Blumenthal, Blunt, Lankford

Executive Session (Ney Nomination)

Senator Blumenthal: (3:08 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "But we are at an extraordinary decision point for the United States Supreme Court, the highest court in the land, a branch of government that can shape the law and culture of this country for generations to come. When we are called upon to consider a Supreme Court nominee, ordinarily we have to read tea leaves. Ordinarily we have no way to know with certainty the values and beliefs that someone will bring to the court. Ordinarily presidents make every effort to persuade us that their nominees were picked on the basis of merit, not ideology. And so ordinarily we look forward to hearing what nominees tell us about their beliefs and values since they are unknown when we first hear their name. Mr. President, we live in times that are the opposite of ordinary."

 

Senator Blunt: (3:30 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "But I do know that the job that Judge Kavanaugh currently has is often cited as the second-most significant court in the country, the D.C. Court of Appeals. I do know that his 100 most often cited opinions have been cited by more than 210 judges around the country. I do know that the Supreme Court has endorsed his opinions of the law at least a dozen times and adopted them as the opinions of the Supreme Court. Remember the way this works. The judge that - the job that Brett Kavanaugh currently has is a job that, like all other circuit judges, the court of appeals before the court. But unlike all others, it is a court that often is the court that has the real jurisdiction over a constitutional case. So lots of cases, 12 years of looking at what he has done as a judge."

 

Senator Lankford: (3:44 p.m.)

  • Spoke on U.S. immigration policy.
    • "My encouragement to this body is to stop pointing the finger at the president and to ask a very simple question. Why is there conversation about a zero tolerance policy and what does this really mean? Well, in it's most simple form, I think we could agree if someone illegally crosses the American border into this country they should at least be stopped and asked, who are you? Why are you here? Because in the last year 1.1 million people became legal citizens of the United States. They made legal application, worked through that process, received a green card, were evaluated with background checks, and became citizens of the United States."