Cornyn, McConnell, Nelson

Executive Session (Bennett Nomination)

Senator Cornyn: (3:24 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the upcoming Supreme Court vacancy.
    • "I know the president considered a handful of these jurists who's revealed a list of potential appointees to the court when he ran for president, and I think that probably was one reason why he was elected because when people saw that the quality and the experience and the qualifications of the individuals that he said he would consider for the supreme court, I think it gave them greater confidence that he would choose wisely given the opportunity as president to appoint somebody to the court. These individuals, of course, who are in the pool of perspective nominees have come from - come from different academic and professional backgrounds, but I have no doubt the selection will be a good one primarily because of the one appointment that the president has already made to the Supreme Court, and that is, of course, Justice Neil Gorsuch."


Senator McConnell: (3:43 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the upcoming Supreme Court vacancy.
    • "Guess what left-wing pressure groups said about David Souter right after President Bush elected him? That's right. The very same things you're hearing today. The same things you've heard from these same corners about every Supreme Court nominee named by a Republican president. One organization proclaimed that Justice Souter might, quote, undo the advances made by women, minorities, dissenters and other disadvantaged groups. That was about Justice Souter. And back in 1975, they assailed the nomination of John Paul Stevens. They said he lacked impartiality and opposed women's rights. That's what they said about John Paul Stevens. So these far-left groups have been at the same scare tactics, Mr. President, for over 40 years."


Senator Nelson: (3:49 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the recent natural disasters in Florida.
    • "That as we had requested, Congressman Hastings, Senator Rubio, and I had requested to use the disaster relief money for the hurricanes which the last traunch was upwards of $80 billion, to use a portion of that to help us speed up the acceleration of the construction of the dike so that the dike can be reinforced, that the lake can hold more water without the communities around the lake being threatened that the dike might give way because of the pressure of the water, the higher the level in the lake. We were able to pass on at that meeting the announcement of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the White House having utilized part of that money and their recommendations, utilizing that $80 billion as a source of money to speed up the dike."