Isakson (UC), Casey, Kennedy

Morning Business

Senator Isakson: (2:53 a.m.)

  • Unanimous Consent –
    • That the Senate be in a period of morning business with senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each.
    • (Without objection)
    • Note: the cloture motion with respect to the Stewart nomination has been withdrawn, and the Senate just confirmed Executive Calendar #866, James M. Stewart, of North Carolina, to be an Assistant Secretary of Defense, by voice vote.

 

Senator Casey: (2:54 p.m.)

  • Spoke in tribute to Matthew Shepard.
    • "She has relived the horror of his death so that others may never know such pain. I had the opportunity in 2005 to meet Judy Shepard here in Washington, and I was impressed and inspired by her strength. The foundation that the Shepard family has organized has worked to end hate in all forms around the country, starting dialogues at schools, corporations, and communities to promote human dignity for all individuals. They have also provided an online resource center for LGBT youth, help to provide a dialogue for hate crimes and help to advocate for legislation to end hate crimes."

 

Senator Kennedy: (3:00 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the Affordable Care Act.
    • "The Affordable Care Act has not worked for the American people. I wish it had. I'm disappointed that it didn't. We were promised upon the passage of the affordable care act that our lives would be better. Our lives are worse. We were promised upon passage of the Affordable Care Act that health insurance would be cheaper and more accessible. It's been neither. As you know, Mr. President, the United States Senate has tried to come up with a health insurance reform effort to replace the Affordable care act. We have not been able to do that. But we didn't quit, Mr. President, as you well know."