Brown, Warren, Tillis, Durbin

Morning Business

Senator Brown: (4:33 p.m.)

  • Spoke on pensions.
    • "What bothers me, it's the only agency in government that stands up against the huge - against Wall Street interests. We see the Office of Comptroller of the Currency, we know how close he is to Wall Street. We see the FDIC and the Federal Reserve and we see these nominees that come out of a white house that looks like it's a retreat for Wall Street executives and they're on one side protecting Wall Street and doing Wall Street's bidding. We have one agency, just one agency that my conservative pro-wall street, pro-corporate colleagues complain about every day, every week, every month, an agency that saved 29 million American consumers $12 billion."
  • Spoke on the First Amendment.
    • "And these important work that local Ohio journalists that do, I want to talk about them. Some I have met. Others I have not met but I've observed because I know how important they are to communities. I'll start doing this on a regular basis because in this town today and with this administration, with the president of the United States -- I still can't believe a president of the United States engages in talk like the Soviet Union calling American citizens who get up every day and do their job to the best of their ability, that he calls them enemies of the people and tries to get the crowds he speaks to the people he addresses to chime in and call them enemies of the people and start calling these reporters names."
  • Spoke in tribute to Sen. John McCain.
    • "On national security issues and on issues that my first year in the Senate I worked with Senator McCain on keeping down the cost of prescription drugs. He's been a critical partner in the fight for sanctions, told our - held other adversaries accountable. We worked with Senators Crapo and Schumer and Graham and Corker and Cardin to pass tough new sanctions on Russia, Iran and North Korea. He's always been clear that we don't only honor the rule of law or refrain from torture when it's easy or convenient. He authored his 2015 amendment to prohibit the use of torture as an interrogation method."

 

Senator Warren: (4:45 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "In one recent case, judge Kavanaugh ruled that the consumer protection bureau was unsteel calling independent agencies like the consumer bureau, quote, a significant threat to individual liberty. Really? That's the consumer agency that a bipartisan group of 60 senators and 237 representatives created after the most devastating financial crisis in generations. The agency that is a tough watchdog for American families. The agency that in just seven years has returned $12 billion directly to people who were cheated by big banks, credit card companies, and student loan servicers."

 

Senator Tillis: (5:01 p.m.)

  • Spoke on Pastor Andrew Brunson.
    • "He has a small church in Izmir that only seats about 100 people, and that started long after he started his mission. And he was living peacefully with his wife Noreen until October of 2016. That was shortly after the coup attempt, an illegal coup attempt where anybody who was actually responsible for it should be in prison. It's not the appropriate way to change a regime in the United States or Turkey or any other western nation. But after the coup attempt, the president, President Erdogan, the president of Turkey, decided to implement emergency powers which gives him the power to basically put anyone in prison."

 

Senator Durbin: (5:07 p.m.)

  • Spoke on U.S. immigration policy.
    • "They didn't have legal status. They weren't documented in the United States. They lived their whole lives here, gone through our schools and some of them have been amazing students. They planned to go on with their education and their lives and learn that they had an obstacle in their path. Well, President Obama created an opportunity for them to continue to live in the United States without fear of deportation and to be able to work here. 790,000 of them stepped up, paid a $500 filing fee, went through a criminal background check and were given on a temporary renewable basis this protection under President Obama's executive order."