Monday, Jul. 9, 2018

Tomorrow -

  • The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of Executive Calendar #836, Mark Jeremy Bennett, of Hawaii, to be United States Circuit Court Judge for the Ninth Circuit, post-cloture.
  • The Senate will recess from 12:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. to accommodate the weekly policy lunches.
  • At 2:15 p.m., the Senate will VOTE on confirmation of Executive Calendar #836, Mark Jeremy Bennett, of Hawaii, to be United States Circuit Court Judge for the Ninth Circuit.
  • Note: all time during adjournment, leader remarks, morning business, and recess will count post-cloture on the Bennett nomination.
  • Note: on Thursday, June 28, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #639, Brian Allen Benczkowski, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Attorney General.
  • Note: on Thursday, June 28, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #686, Paul C. Ney, of Tennessee, to be Counsel of the Department of Defense.

 

Senator Brown: (6:29 p.m.)

  • Spoke on bank regulations.
    • "Some of the regulators today who are in the Treasury Department in the Bush White House in the Fed in those days and didn't see the crisis coming turned their backs and said, it's okay to allow these dividends understand allow these - and allow these buybacks. The set often largest banks in the country increased their stock difficulties paid to investors by 24% compared to last year. The banks increase their repurchases by a stunning 63%. What teller, what salesperson, what branch bank manager in Lorain, Ohio or Miamisburg, Ohio, what seller got a raise like that in the last year?"

Grassley, Hirono

Executive Session (Bennett Nomination)

Jul 09 2018

Senator Grassley: (4:46 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the upcoming Supreme Court vacancy.
    • "I'm optimistic that the person the president nominates tonight will be highly qualified and committed to the rule of law. I'm optimistic because President Trump already appointed one such Supreme Court justice, Neil Gorsuch. The president's selection process is the most transparent in history. He issued a list of potential Supreme Court nominees directly to the American people during his 2016 campaign. To my knowledge no other presidential candidate has ever done that. The list demonstrated the type of judges that he will appoint to the bench. The American people voted for President Trump, in part, because of that list of names and what it reflected and of his promise to nominate these types of jurists."

 

Senator Hirono: (5:21 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Mark Bennett to be United States Circuit Court Judge for the Ninth Circuit.
    • "He has experience in trial and appellate work, on civil and criminal matters, at the state and federal levels. He understands legislating and has served in the executive branch. He has received high ratings from the American Bar Association and the Hawaii state bar association he is well-respected and has been honored multiple times by his colleagues. I have every confidence that Mark will put his skilled and experience to good use on the bench as a fair and impartial judge, beholden to nothing but the law and the Constitution. However, as has been my practice, I will vote no on cloture on Mark's nomination I vote this way to call attention to my disagreement and deep concern over how the Senate Judiciary Committee is conducting its judicial nomination hearings."

Cornyn, McConnell, Nelson

Executive Session (Bennett Nomination)

Jul 09 2018

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."

Schumer

Opening Remarks

Jul 09 2018

Today -

  • The Senate will convene at 3:00 p.m.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of Executive Calendar #836, Mark Jeremy Bennett, of Hawaii, to be United States Circuit Court Judge for the Ninth Circuit.
  • At 5:30 p.m., the pending cloture motions will ripen.
  • Note: on Thursday, June 28, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #836, Mark Jeremy Bennett, of Hawaii, to be United States Circuit Court Judge for the Ninth Circuit.
  • Note: on Thursday, June 28, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #639, Brian Allen Benczkowski, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Attorney General.
  • Note: on Thursday, June 28, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #686, Paul C. Ney, of Tennessee, to be Counsel of the Department of Defense.

 

Senator Schumer: (3:05 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the upcoming Supreme Court vacancy.
    • "Now, Mr. President, as everyone knows, later tonight President Trump will announce his nomination for the upcoming vacancy on the Supreme Court. Whoever fills Justice Kennedy's seat will join an otherwise evenly divided court and immediately obtain the ability to effect the laws of the United States and the rights of its citizens for generations to come. Enormously important issues hang in the balance: The right of workers to organize, the pernicious influence of dark money in our politics, the right of Americans to marry whom they love, the right to vote. Two issues of similar and profound consequence are the fate of the affordable health care and a woman's freedom to make the most sensitive medical decisions about her body."
  • Spoke on North Korea.
    • "Despite the pomp and circumstance, the negotiations have thus far been a flop. After the summit, President Trump declared, without any evidence, that, quote, North Korea is no longer a nuclear threat, unquote, his words, to the United States. The reality, of course, is far, far different. Recent reports have shown that North Korea is making upgrades to a nuclear facility and expanding ballistic missile manufacturing. Just a few days ago North Korea media called negotiations with Secretary of State Pompeo, quote, deeply regrettable, unquote, accusing the Trump administration of a unilateral and gangster-like demand for denuclearization."
  • Spoke on healthcare reform.  
    • "This comes at a time when 2019 premiums are being filed and insurers from coast to coast and is saying the Republican sabotage is causing premiums to increase, to be much higher than they need to be. Many of these insurers are also saying if the Trump administration enacts further sabotage, such as the action like this one and the action of junk plans, then insurers may need to raise their rates and raise premiums even more."