Monday, Jul. 16, 2018

Tomorrow -

  • The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Calendar #601, James G. Blew, of California, to be an Assistant Secretary of Education.
  • At 11:45 a.m., the Senate will VOTE on confirmation of Executive Calendar #601, James G. Blew, of California, to be an Assistant Secretary of Education.
  • Following disposition of the Blew nomination, the pending cloture motions will ripen.
  • Following the cloture vote on the Quarles nomination, the Senate will recess until 2:15 p.m. to accommodate the weekly policy meetings.
  • Note: on Thursday, July 12, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #595, Randall Quarles, of Colorado, to be a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve.
  • Note: on Thursday, July 12, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #892, Andrew S. Oldham, of Texas, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit.
  • Note: on Thursday, July 12, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #903, Ryan Wesley Bounds, of Oregon, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit.

 

Senator Sasse: (6:31 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the recent meeting between President Trump and President Putin.
    • "Did he believe in the men and women in the U.S. intelligence community or did he believe in Vladimir Putin, a member of the Russian intelligence community? A thug turned Russian despot. The choice here was between people who are risking their lives on behalf of our freedom and people who go around the world taking people's lives to limit freedom. The president of the United States, how did he answer? He answered, quote, that he didn't see any reasons, quote, why Putin would have interfered in the U.S. election. Make no mistake, Putin has a reason. The reason is clear to all those who have been watching growing Russian authoritarianism in recent years. Putin wants to weaken the U.S. Government."

 

Senator Brown: (6:45 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Randall Quarles to be a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve.
    • "His actions today suggest he ain't learned a lot since. His amnesia and the collective amnesia of this body, it's just a little too familiar in this town. We can't afford any more nominees who fail American workers, who fail American homeowners, who fail American taxpayers. It always comes back to whose side you're on. Are you going to fight for the little guy, whether she punches a time clock or whether he works in a diner, or are you going to fight for the 1%? Are we here to serve American workers in the middle class or are we here to serve Wall Street? Randal Quarles has made it clear whose side he is on. I urge my colleagues to reject his nomination."
  • Spoke on the recent meeting between President Trump and President Putin.
    • "We're talking about a man, President Putin, who presides over a regime where journalists are killed. According to a 2016 Politifact article, Russia ranks 180 out of 199 for press freedom, behind -- not ahead of, behind Iraq, Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and others, according to the international watchdog Freedom House. After all, Putin was a K.G.B. agent. But the president just didn't defend a dictator against the press. He openly attacked the American free press. Heading to meet with the leader of a country that tramples on the rights of journalists, he said, our president, President Trump, our president said much of our news media is indeed the enemy of the people. That's soviet talk."

Murphy, Murray

Executive Session (Stump Nomination)

Jul 16 2018

Senator Murphy: (4:44 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the recent meeting between President Trump and President Putin.
    • "Let's bring it back to Vladimir Putin again because his top priority, his number one goal is the dissolution of the European Union which is his main rival. The breakup of NATO is up there as well. His chief ally in the deconstruction of the E.U. and NATO today is the president of the United States. America is so much weaker today than we were just five days ago, and that's saying a lot. Our nation and the world has never seen a more cataclysmic foreign trip than the one we just witnessed. This country can survive a lot. We're resilient. But President Trump is making this country a laughingstock. We used to be a pillar of strength, an example to be looked up to. Now we are the butt of jokes."

 

Senator Murray: (5:22 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Scott Stump to be an Assistant Secretary of Education.
    • "I come to the floor today in support of Scott Stump as assistant secretary of education for career, technical and adult education. As Secretary Devos continues to make it easier for predatory for-profit colleges to take advantage of our students, students need someone at the department who will remain committed to putting them first no matter what Secretary Devos tries to pressure him to do. Although most of the nominees President Trump has selected, I believe Mr. Stump will be different."

Nelson, McConnell, Schumer

Executive Session (Stump Nomination)

Jul 16 2018

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

  • Spoke on the recent meeting between President Trump and President Putin.
    • "Mr. President, almost everybody in the world knows by now that the president met with Vladimir Putin today and while nobody knows what the two presidents said in the private meeting, what they said afterwards certainly should alarm all of us. Because President Trump refused once again to accept the fact that Russia at Putin's order interfered in our elections. What the president said was alarming and it was embarrassing, and it is unacceptable. We know Putin interfered and we know that he'll do it again in our upcoming elections, and this is a unanimous report of the intelligence community of this country reaffirmed earlier today by the director of national intelligence, former Senator Dan Coats, the appointee of President Trump, reaffirmed by him this morning."

 

Senator McConnell: (3:38 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "Some of the most interesting testimony has come from the men and women who may know better than anyone how Judge Kavanaugh approaches his work, his law clerks. You can learn a lot about a leader by asking the men and women who work for and with him. 34 of his past clerks sent an open letter to Chairman Grassley and Senator Feinstein last week. Their own political and legal views are quite diverse. Our ranks include Republicans, Democrats, and independents, but we are united in this, our admiration and fondness for Judge Kavanaugh run deep. They describe his commitment to legal excellence. We never once saw him take a shortcut, treat a case as unimportant, or search for an easy answer."
  • Spoke on Republican economic policies.
    • "On Friday economists at the Florida Chamber of Commerce announced that the Sunshine State's G.D.P. has surpassed a trillion dollars for the first time. That's a trillion dollars the G.D.P. of Florida. If Florida were a sovereign nation, it would be the 17th largest national economy in the world. And in the past year, Floridians alone have created 182,000 new jobs. It's hard to argue with the facts, but it's even harder to argue with reports that come straight from hardworking Americans. Last month during his visit to Duluth, Minnesota, President Trump met with local workers and job creators to discuss tax reform and economic growth in their communities. And heard them loud and clear. Republican policies are working."

 

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

  • Spoke on the recent meeting between President Trump and President Putin.
    • President Trump hardly pressed president Putin on a single issue, saying that, quote, both countries are responsible for the state of relations between the United States and Russia. When it came to interference in the 2016 elections, the president has managed to point the finger at just about everybody except the culprit. The one person he hasn't blamed is the man who's rule actually responsible - Vladimir Putin. Rather that happen taking the opportunity to confront Putin and stand up in defense of the United States, rather than demanding that Putin hand over the Russian intelligence agents indicted last week, the president took the word of the K.G.B. over the brave, hardworking men and women of the C.I.A. It's amazing."
  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "We know that President Trump promised to pick a judge who would be hostile to a woman's right it to choose, to Roe v. Wade, and to the health care law, including protections for Americans with preexisting conditions. That is incredibly troubling in and of itself. But I have little doubt that every one of those 25, in the eyes of the Federalist Society and Heritage Foundation, which put together the list, would do those two things that would so hurt America, in my judgment. But there's another troubling aspect of Judge Kavanaugh's nomination. His views on presidential power and whether presidents should be treated as though they are above the law."

Cornyn

Opening Remarks

Jul 16 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 #936, Scott Stump, of Colorado, to be an Assistant Secretary of Education, with the time until 5:30 p.m. equally divided between the two leaders or their designees.
  • At 5:30 p.m., the Senate will VOTE on confirmation of Executive Calendar #936, Scott Stump, of Colorado, to be an Assistant Secretary of Education.
  • Note: on Thursday, July 12, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #595, Randall Quarles, of Colorado, to be a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve.
  • Note: on Thursday, July 12, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #892, Andrew S. Oldham, of Texas, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit.
  • Note: on Thursday, July 12, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #903, Ryan Wesley Bounds, of Oregon, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit.

 

Senator Cornyn: (3:07 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "I say reconnect because I actually met Judge Kavanaugh back in 2000, when, as attorney general of Texas, I had the great privilege to represent my state in front of the United States Supreme Court in an oral argument. And as part of my preparation for that argument, something that's something like the Super Bowl for lawyers, I had a chance to practice that argument in a moot court, as it's called, in front of three distinguished Supreme Court advocates, including Brett Kavanaugh, who at that time was a private lawyer. I'm sure I benefited at that time from his help, as I did with the help of the other two, but I followed judge Kavanaugh's career very closely now in the 18 years since I first met him, and, of course, the last 12 years he served with distinguish on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, which some have called the second most powerful court in the nation since most of the noncontroversial litigation comes through that court."