Hirono, Grassley, Cortez Masto

Executive Session (Ney Nomination)

Senator Hirono: (5:11 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "The Supreme Court changed that. There was a time when gay people could be arrested for loving one another and when it was illegal for them to get married. The Supreme Court changed that. There was a time when thousands of women died seeking illegal, unsafe abortions, and the Supreme Court changed that. The justices on the Supreme Court matter to each and every one of us our lives. That's why there's so much concern over President Trump's nominee to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court, Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Right-wing groups like the Heritage Foundation and the federalist society have been working for decades setting the stage to pack our federal courts with ideologically driven conservatives."

 

Senator Grassley: (5:20 p.m.)

  • Spoke on DoD oversight.
    • "That happened in 1985 when I as a first-term senator began watch-dogging the Pentagon after a report uncovered the $640 toilet seat and a $400 hammer, I began asking very tough questions. Something like how could the bureaucrats possibly justify paying such exorbitant prices? I'm still waiting for a straight answer. A lot has changed since the 1980's. The internet, which was in its infancy in the 1980's, is now part of everyday life. Mobile phones back then were once the size of bricks. Now those mobile phones can fit in the palm of your hand and do a lot more work in helping you make telephone calls. But one thing hasn't changed in all those decades - wasteful Department of Defense procurement practices."

 

Senator Cortez Masto: (5:47 p.m.)

  • Spoke on U.S. immigration policy.
    • "I want to share with my colleagues and the American people what I witnessed on a couple of immigration facilities on our southern border and to share the stories of the people, children, infants being held there. On a visit to an adult detention facility, I sat down with a group of six mothers whose children have been taken from them. One of them, her name was Anna, and she had a five-year-old daughter she brought with her to the United States. After witnessing a brutal murder in her neighborhood and receiving death threats in her home country, she decided to leave that country to keep her five-year-old daughter safe."