Executive Session (Zais Nomination)
May 16 2018 10:44 AM
Senator Markey: (10:01 a.m.)
- Spoke on net neutrality.
- "Net neutrality may sound complicated, but it's actually very simple. After you pay your monthly internet bill, you should be able to access all content on the web at the same speed. No slowing down certain websites, no blocking websites, and no charging you more to exercise your 21st century right to access the internet. It's as simple as that. If that sounds like common sense, you're not alone. In fact, according to a recent poll, 86% of Americans support net neutrality. And this isn't a partisan issue. 82% of Republicans support net neutrality. Every day we're told that this country is more divided than ever, that our differences outnumber our similarities. Well, the American people agree on net neutrality."
Senator Schumer: (10:25 a.m.)
- Spoke on National Police Week.
- "It's a time to honor the brave men and women who put their lives on the line every day to keep our streets safe. Every morning police officers all across the country wake up, put on their uniform praying for the kind of day the rest of us typically enjoy, a routine one. Praise God. Most days that's the case. But sometimes our police officers are asked to put their own lives at risk in defense of others. Back in my hometown New York, we're protected by the finest law enforcement organization in the world, the NYPD."
- Spoke on North Korea.
- "After weeks of halting progress, it's a reminder that the North Korean regime has not suddenly moderated. Remember, all that's happened so far is that North Korea has announced it's closing a nuclear test site that was defunct anyway and returned American citizens it never should have detained. We are all thankful those three Americans have returned home, but it was not some major give by Kim Jong-un. Americans should never be imprisoned unlawfully by a foreign power and treated as diplomatic bargaining chips and we as a country should not be giving huge kudos to a leader who does just that."
- Spoke on the Mueller probe.
- "Today they are releasing the transcripts of the testimony of just five witnesses who were interviewed about the notorious June, 2016, trump tower meeting, and one of the witnesses, an infamous kremlin-connected lawyer, was allowed to provide only written answers. No follow-up questions, no probing. Astoundingly, our Republican friends decided not to even interview two of the other key participants in that meeting, Jared Kushner and Paul manafort. To call the senate judiciary committee's trump Russia investigation halfhearted is too generous."
- Spoke on prescription drugs.
- "Finally, Mr. President, on prescription drugs, I head a headline in this morning's "Washington Post." Trump's drug price retreat adds to the list of abandoned populist promises. That headline is spot on. The president has repeatedly talked like a - the president has repeatedly talked like a populist but governed like a plutocrat."
Senator Hirono: (10:35 a.m.)
- Spoke on net neutrality.
- "Volcanic activity on a Hawaiian island, including fissures on the capital way a east zone, around 100 earthquakes per day, lava eruptions and significant ashfalls has already destroyed 40 structures in the Puna community. More than 2,000 residents have been evacuated as the lava continues to flow and toxic sulfur dioxide pollutes the air. Residents in the area have depended on a free and open internet to receive free and up to the minute lifesaving information from local media as well as from federal, state, and local governments. Rules on net neutrality established by the Obama administration prevented internet service providers, I.S.P.'s, from discriminating against and blocking content."