U.S. Senate Confirms Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State, 57-42
Senate Session - April 26, 2018

The Senate in a 57-42 vote confirmed the nomination of CIA Director Mike Pompeo as secretary of state. Members also confirmed Richard Grenell to be U.S. ambassador to Germany.

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    THE SENATE WILL COME TO ORDER. THE CHAPLAIN, DR. BARRY BLACK, WILL LEAD…

    THE SENATE WILL COME TO ORDER. THE CHAPLAIN, DR. BARRY BLACK, WILL LEAD THE SENATE IN PRAYER.

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    THE CHAPLAIN

    LET US PRAY. ALMIGHTY GOD, WHO MADE THE LIGHT TO SHINE IN THE DARKNESS,…

    LET US PRAY. ALMIGHTY GOD, WHO MADE THE LIGHT TO SHINE IN THE DARKNESS, SHINE NOW IN OUR HEARTS. FORGIVE US FOR OUR TRANSGRESSIONS IN THOUGHTS, WORDS, AND DEEDS, AS YOU CLEANSE US FROM ALL SIN. WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR MANY BLESSINGS, FOR MUSIC AND LAUGHTER AND POETRY AND COLOR. LORD, STRENGTHEN OUR SENATORS. PROVIDE THEM WITH HELP IN TIMES OF NEED, POWER FOR MOMENTS OF WEAKNESS, AND HOPE FOR THE YEARS TO COME. LIFT OUR LAWMAKERS ABOVE SUSPICION AND FEARS, SO THAT THEY WILL BE YOUR AMBASSADORS OF PEACE TO OUR NATION AND WORLD. WE PRAY IN YOUR MIGHTY NAME. AMEN.

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  • 09:32:04 AM

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    PLEASE JOIN ME IN RECITING THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO OUR FLAG. I PLEDGE…

    PLEASE JOIN ME IN RECITING THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO OUR FLAG. I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AND TO THE REPUBLIC FOR WHICH IT STANDS, ONE NATION UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE, WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.

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  • 09:33:08 AM

    MR. McCONNELL

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE MAJORITY LEADER.

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    MR. McCONNELL

    THIS WEEK WE CONFIRMED YET ANOTHER WELL-QUALIFIED NOMINEE TO THE FEDERAL…

    THIS WEEK WE CONFIRMED YET ANOTHER WELL-QUALIFIED NOMINEE TO THE FEDERAL BENCH, NOW KYLE DUNCAN OF LOUISIANA, TO GET TO WORK SERVING ON THE FIFTH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS. HIS QUALIFICATIONS ARE TRULY IMPRESSIVE BUT HIS STERLING REPUTATION AMONG COLLEAGUES AND PEERS WAS AN EVEN GREATER TESTAMENT TO MR. DUNCAN'S FITNESS. I'M GLAD THE FIFTH CIRCUIT WILL BENEFIT FROM HIS EXPERTISE. SPEAKING OF WELL-QUALIFIED NOMINEES THE PRESIDENT WILL VOTE TODAY ON THE PRESIDENT'S CHOICE FOR SECRETARY OF STATE. WE'LL CONSIDER AN OUTSTANDING NOMINEE. FORTUNATELY WE HAVE THE VOTES. AND LATER TODAY WE'LL CONFIRM MIKE POMPEO AS OUR NATION'S 70th SECRETARY OF STATE. WE'VE BEEN DISCUSSING DIRECTOR POMPEO'S ABUNDANT QUALIFICATIONS ALL WEEK. IN A LITTLE OVER THE YEAR THE SENATE HAS HAD TWO OPPORTUNITIES TO ASSESS HIS CONSIDERABLE QUALIFICATIONS. LAST JANUARY A BIPARTISAN SUPERMAJORITY OF US SAW FIT TO CONFIRM HIM AS C.I.A. DIRECTOR, AND HIS PERFORMANCE IN THAT ROLE, EXEMPLARY BY ALL ACCOUNTS, HAS GIVEN US EVEN MORE COMPELLING CAUSE TO CONFIRM HIM AS OUR CHIEF DIPLOMAT. HE'S EARNED THE TRUST AND THE CONFIDENCE OF THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF BY PROVIDING TOP-NOTCH COUNSEL ON CRITICAL ISSUES AND HELPING LEAD ONGOING EFFORTS TO LAY THE GROUNDWORK FOR NEGOTIATIONS AIMED AT DENUCLEARIZING THE KOREAN PENINSULA. ALONG THE WAY HE DEEPENED HIS REPUTATION FOR FAIRNESS AND DISCERNMENT. I'M GLAD PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS NOMINATED THIS DISTINGUISHED LEADER TO BE AMERICA'S CHIEF DIPLOMAT, AND I'M GLAD A BIPARTISAN MAJORITY OF SENATORS WILL VOTE TO CONFIRM HIM TODAY. IT'S JUST TOO BAD THAT DIRECTOR POMPEO'S CONFIRMATION PROCESS OFFERED SUCH A PRIME EXAMPLE OF THE HISTORIC PARTISAN OBSTRUCTION THAT MY COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE AISLE ARE VISITING ON THE SENATE. ALL FAIR OBSERVERS AGREE THAT MIKE IS UP TO THE JOB. HERE'S HOW "THE WASHINGTON POST" -- NOT KNOWN AS A BASTION OF REPUBLICAN THINKING -- TITLED THEIR EDITORIAL. SIMPLY CONFIRM MIKE POMPEO. BUT DESPITE ALL THIS, DEMOCRATS ON THE FOREIGN RELATIONS COMMITTEE ALMOST TOOK THE UNPRECEDENTED STEP OF VOTING HIM OUT WITH AN UNFAVORABLE RECOMMENDATION. THAT ATTEMPT TO PLAY POLITICS WITH OUR NATION'S SECURITY FORTUNATELY FAILED. BUT EVEN SO, ACCORDING TO THE SENATE HISTORIAN, HE BECAME JUST THE SECOND SECRETARY OF STATE NOMINEE IN RECENT MEMORY TO CLEAR COMMITTEE BY A MARGIN OF ONLY ONE VOTE. THE ONLY OTHER TIME THAT'S HAPPENED IN ALL THE SENATE'S HISTORY WAS ALSO AT THE HANDS OF SENATE DEMOCRATS DURING THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION. AND ONCE THEY GOT HERE ON THE FLOOR THEY WERE ALSO THE ONLY TWO SECRETARY OF STATE NOMINEES IN HISTORY WHO NEEDED CLOTURE TO RECEIVE CONFIRMATION VOTES. LET ME SAY THAT AGAIN. FROM THE FOUNDING OF THE REPUBLIC UNTIL 2017; THE SENATE'S NEVER REQUIRED CLOTURE TO CONFIRM A SECRETARY OF STATE. NOW WE'RE AT TWO, BOTH IN THIS ADMINISTRATION. I GUESS SENATE DEMOCRATS ARE IN A HISTORY-MAKING MOOD. BECAUSE OVER THE PAST 15 MONTHS THEY'VE EMBARKED ON A PARTISAN CAMPAIGN TO BLOCK, OBSTRUCT AND DELAY PRESIDENT TRUMP'S NOMINEES THAT IS QUITE SIMPLY, WITHOUT PRECEDENT IN AMERICAN HISTORY. LET'S PUT THINGS IN PERSPECTIVE. IN THE FIRST TWO YEARS OF THE LAST SIX PRESIDENCIES COMBINED, THE FIRST TWO YEARS OF THE LAST SIX PRESIDENCIES COMBINED THE PRESIDENT SUBJECTED NOMINEES TO A TOTAL OF 24 CLOTURE VOTES. DURING THE LAST SIX PRESIDENCIES DURING THE FIRST TWO YEARS, 24 CLOTURE VOTES. ADD UP PRESIDENT CARTER'S FIRST TWO YEARS, PRESIDENT REAGAN'S FIRST TWO YEARS, AND SO ON THROUGH PRESIDENTS BUSH, CLINTON, BUSH AND OBAMA, 24 TOTAL CLOTURE VOTES ON NOMINEES. AND FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP, 88 AND COUNTING. JUST 15 MONTHS INTO HIS TERM. BY THE END OF THE DAY IT WILL BE 90. 90 CLOTURE VOTES ON NOMINEES. THIS IS PARTISAN OBSTRUCTION ELEVATED TO AN ART FORM. AND EVERY ONE OF US HAS SEEN IT FIRSTHAND. IT'S NOT JUST THE HIGH-PROFILE NOMINATIONS. SCORES OF UNOBJECTIONABLE, UNOBJECTIONABLE CHOICES FOR ALL KINDS OF POSTS HAVE LANGUISHED ON THE SENATE CALENDAR. IT TOOK MONTHS AND MONTHS AND SEVERAL DEADLY ACCIDENTS TO PERSUADE SENATE DEMOCRATS TO STOP OBSTRUCTING A FULLY QUALIFIED NOMINEE TO HEAD THE FEDERAL RAILROAD ADMINISTRATION. OR TAKE THE EXAMPLE OF DISTRICT COURT JUDGES. WITH ONLY ONE EXCEPTION WE'VE HAD TO FILE CLOTURE ON EVERY SINGLE DISTRICT COURT NOMINEE. IT DOESN'T MATTER IF EVERY DEMOCRAT ON THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE SUPPORTED THE NOMINEE. IT DOESN'T MATTER IF EVERY DEMOCRAT IN THE WHOLE SENATE SUPPORTS THE NOMINEE. NO MATTER WHAT, OUR COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE AISLE ARE INSISTING ON OBSTRUCTION FOR NO APPARENT REASON. HERE'S SOME OF THE FINAL VOTE TOTALS FOR THESE DISTRICT JUDGES. 96-1. 98-0. 97-3. 95-0. 96-0. 98-0 ONCE AGAIN. 100-0. BACK IN JANUARY IT TOOK MORE THAN A WEEK OF THE SENATE'S TIME TO CONFIRM FOUR DISTRICT COURT JUDGES, AND NOT ONE SENATOR VOTED NO ON ANY OF THEM. A WHOLE WEEK TO DO FOUR DISTRICT JUDGES, AND NOT ONE SENATOR VOTED NO ON ANY OF THEM. MR. PRESIDENT, OUR PROBLEM IS NOT THE QUALIFIED PERSONNEL BEFORE US. OUR PROBLEM IS THAT NEARLY HALF THE SENATE HAS DECIDED THAT RESISTING FOR THE SAKE OF RESISTANCE IS MORE POLITICALLY ADVANTAGEOUS THAN DOING RIGHT BY THIS INSTITUTION OR BY OUR CONSTITUENTS. THIS REGRETFULLY IS WHERE WE ARE. DEMOCRATS CHEWING UP HOURS OF SENATE TIME ON NOMINEES THAT LITERALLY NO SENATOR OPPOSES. I UNDERSTAND MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE HAVE A NUMBER OF DISAGREEMENTS WITH THE PRESIDENT. THAT TENDS TO HAPPEN IN POLITICS. BUT THAT'S NO EXCUSE AT ALL FOR THIS HISTORIC OBSTRUCTION OF NONCONTROVERSIAL NOMINEES. BAD FOR THE SENATE. IT'S UNFAIR TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THAT'S WHY I SUPPORT SENATOR LANKFORD'S EFFORTS TO ENACT THE VERY SAME RULES CHANGE THAT A LARGE BIPARTISAN MAJORITY AGREED TO BACK IN 2013 WHEN THE DEMOCRATS WERE IN THE MAJORITY HERE IN THE SENATE. IT WOULD EMPOWER THE SENATE TO PROCESS NOMINATIONS MORE QUICKLY WHILE PRESERVING AMPLE OPPORTUNITY FOR DEBATE. IT IS PRECISELY THE RULES CHANGE THAT MY FRIEND, THE DEMOCRATIC LEADER, SUPPORTED BACK IN 2013. I JOINED IN THAT BIPARTISAN EFFORT ALONG WITH A NUMBER OF MY FELLOW REPUBLICANS. IT PASSED 78-16. 78-16. THE WHITE HOUSE MAY HAVE CHANGED HANDS, BUT THE LAST TIME I CHECKED, FAIR IS STILL FAIR, AND COMMON SENSE IS STILL COMMON SENSE. SO SENATOR LANKFORD IS GIVING MY DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES THEIR VERY OWN CHANCE TO SHOW THAT PRINCIPLED CONVICTIONS MATTER MORE THAN POLITICAL CONVENIENCE. I'M PROUD TO BACK HIS PROPOSAL. I'M GLAD TO SEE THE RULES COMMITTEE ADVANCE IT TO THE FLOOR YESTERDAY. THERE'S NO REASON WHY EVERY SENATOR SHOULDN'T BE ABLE TO JOIN US. OTHERWISE, UNTIL OUR DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES PUT ASIDE THEIR HISTORIC OBSTRUCTION, REPUBLICANS WILL CONTINUE TO DO OUR DUTY AND PROCESS THE PRESIDENT'S NOMINATIONS ONE WAY OR THE OTHER. LET ME REPEAT THAT, MR. PRESIDENT. WE'RE GOING TO PROCESS THESE NOMINATIONS ONE WAY OR THE OTHER. AFTER MIKE POMPEO, I FILED CLOTURE ON RICHARD GRENELL'S NOMINATION TO SERVE AS AMBASSADOR TO GERMANY. WE'LL VOTE ON HIS CONFIRMATION LATER THIS AFTERNOON. SO WHY DON'T WE TURN OVER A NEW LEAF TOGETHER AND START REBUILDING THE COMITY AND CUSTOMS THAT OUGHT TO DEFINE OUR WORK HERE. JUST YESTERDAY THE RULES COMMITTEE HELD A VERY PRODUCTIVE MEETING THAT TOOK A STEP, A STEP IN THAT DIRECTION. COLLEAGUES FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TOOK A SERIOUS LOOK AT WHAT WE CAN DO AS A BODY TO MORE EFFICIENTLY FULFILL OUR RESPONSIBILITIES IN THE APPROPRIATIONS PROCESS. AND THAT FOLLOWS ON A PRODUCTIVE MEETING I HAD WITH THE DEMOCRATIC LEADER, THE APPROPRIATIONS CHAIRMAN, AND THE RANKING MEMBER A FEW DAYS AGO. SO I'M HOPEFUL ABOUT THE PROSPECTS OF MOVING FORWARD TOGETHER. WE NEED TO KEEP THIS MOMENTUM GOING AND EXTEND IT NOT JUST TO APPROPRIATIONS, BUT TO NOMINATIONS. THIS CONGRESS HAS ALREADY MADE GREAT PROGRESS IMPLEMENTING A PRO-GROWTH, PROOPPORTUNITY AGENDA FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS, INCLUDING HISTORIC TAX RELIEF FOR FAMILIES AND SMALL BUSINESSES. BUT THERE'S A LOT MORE TO DO. THAT'S HOW THE SENATE SHOULD BE SPENDING OUR TIME, EXCHANGING IDEAS AND FIGHTING FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

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  • 09:42:53 AM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    UNDER THE PREVIOUS ORDER, THE LEADERSHIP TIME IS RESERVED. MORNING…

    UNDER THE PREVIOUS ORDER, THE LEADERSHIP TIME IS RESERVED. MORNING BUSINESS IS CLOSED. UNDER THE PREVIOUS ORDER, THE SENATE WILL PROCEED TO EXECUTIVE SESSION TO RESUME CONSIDERATION OF THE FOLLOWING NOMINATION WHICH THE CLERK WILL REPORT.

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  • 09:43:06 AM

    THE CLERK

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    NOMINATION DEPARTMENT

    NOMINATION: DEPARTMENT OF STATE, MIKE POMPEO OF KANSAS TO BE SECRETARY.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    UNDER THE PREVIOUS ORDER, THE TIME UNTIL 12:00 NOON WILL BE EQUALLY…

    UNDER THE PREVIOUS ORDER, THE TIME UNTIL 12:00 NOON WILL BE EQUALLY DIVIDED BETWEEN THE TWO LEADERS OR THEIR DESIGNEES. A SENATOR: MR. PRESIDENT.

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  • 09:43:20 AM

    A SENATOR

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE SENATOR FROM UTAH.

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    MR. HATCH

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT I BE PERMITTED TO COMPLETE THIS, MY REMARKS…

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT I BE PERMITTED TO COMPLETE THIS, MY REMARKS HERE ON THE FLOOR.

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  • 09:43:27 AM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 09:43:29 AM

    MR. HATCH

    MR. PRESIDENT, THERE'S NO EXCUSE FOR THE DELAYS IN THE CONFIRMATION…

    MR. PRESIDENT, THERE'S NO EXCUSE FOR THE DELAYS IN THE CONFIRMATION PROCESS EXCEPT SHEER PARTISANSHIP. IT AMOUNTS TO AN ONGOING PARTIAL GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN, AND IT DEFINITELY HURTS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. SUCH OBSTRUCTION IS NOT WORTHY OF THE UNITED STATES SENATE, AND THE RESULTING JUDICIAL VACANCIES DO GREAT HARM TO THE JUDICIAL SYSTEM. THESE ARE NOT MY WORDS, MR. PRESIDENT, BUT THE WORDS OF THE SENATOR FROM VERMONT, SENATOR LEAHY, WHEN HE CHAIRED THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE IN 2014. JUDICIAL VACANCIES TODAY ARE 60% HIGHER THAN WHEN HE EXPRESSED THOSE CONCERNS BACK THEN. VACANCIES ARE 52% HIGHER THAN WHAT HE SAID WAS A, QUOTE, DISASTER FOR OUR NATION'S OVERBURDENED COURTS. UNQUOTE. THE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE OF THE U.S. COURTS LABELED SOME JUDICIAL VACANCIES AS JUDICIAL EMERGENCIES BECAUSE OF THEIR DURATION AND IMPACT ON CASELOADS. ON MARCH 12, 2012, THE SENATOR FROM ILLINOIS, SENATOR DURBIN, SAID THAT 35 JUDICIAL EMERGENCY VACANCIES WOULD CAUSE THE ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE TO SUFFER AT EVERY LEVEL. MR. PRESIDENT, TODAY THERE ARE 72 JUDICIAL EMERGENCY VACANCIES, MORE THAN TWICE AS MANY AS SENATOR DURBIN WARNED ABOUT. TO BE FAIR, I HAVE TO SAY THAT THE LEFT-WING GROUPS THAT ARE SUCH FAITHFUL ALLIES OF SENATOR -- OF SENATE DEMOCRATS ARE NO BETTER. IN JULY, 2012, FOR EXAMPLE, THE ALLIANCE FOR JUSTICE PROCLAIMED THAT 76 VACANCIES DEMONSTRATED, QUOTE, AN OVERALL AND ONGOING VACANCY CRISIS IN THE FEDERAL COURTS, UNQUOTE. TODAY,ENING -- TODAY, VACANCYING S ARE 88% HIGHER AND ALL WE HEAR FROM THE ALLIANCE CENTER ARE CALLS TO OPPOSE AND OBSTRUCT EVEN MORE. JUDICIAL VACANCIES TODAY ARE 74% HIGHER THAN WHEN THE BRENNAN CENTER FOR JUSTICE SAID THAT THE SENATE WAS NOT MEETING ITS OBLIGATION TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. MR. PRESIDENT, IF HIGH JUDICIAL VACANCIES HARM THE JUDICIAL SYSTEM AND PREVENT AMERICANS FROM SEEKING JUSTICE, WHY AREN'T DEMOCRATS AND THEIR LEFT-WING ALLIES LEADING THE EFFORT TO CONFIRM JUDICIAL NOMINEES TODAY? IF DEMOCRATS ONCE SAID THAT 79 VACANCIES CONSTITUTES A CRISIS, WHY ARE THEY SILENT ABOUT 143 VACANCIES TODAY? TODAY WE FACE THE HIGHEST JUDICIAL VACANCY TOTAL SINCE JUNE OF 1991 AFTER CONGRESS HAD CREATED DOZENS OF NEW JUDGESHIPS. IT IS CRYSTAL CLEAR WHY THIS DIRE SITUATION CONFRONTS US TODAY. THE PROCEDURE FOR APPOINTING FEDERAL JUDGES, AFTER ALL, HAS ONLY THREE STEPS -- NOMINATION BY THE PRESIDENT, CONSIDERATION BY THE SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, AND A DECISION BY THE FULL SENATE. NOW, THE FIRST STEP IN THE JUDICIAL APPOINTMENT PROCESS IS PRESENTATION NOMINATION. PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS MADE MORE JUDICIAL NOMINATIONS THAN HIS PREDECESSORS OF BOTH PARTIES AT THIS POINT. SO HE IS NOT THE PROBLEM. AS YOU CAN SEE FROM THAT CHART. THE SECOND STEP IS CONSIDERATION BY THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE. CHAIRMAN CHUCK GRASSLEY HAS HELD A HEARING ON 75 OF THOSE NOMINATIONS, MORE THAN UNDER PREVIOUS PRESIDENTS. SO THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE IS NOT THE PROBLEM. THAT LEAVES STEP THREE RIGHT HERE ON THE SENATE FLOOR. EVEN THOUGH PRESIDENT TRUMP IS THE HEAD OF THE NOMINATION -- IS AHEAD OF THE NOMINATION PACE AND THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE IS AHEAD OF THE HEARING PACE, THE SENATE'S CONFIRMATION PACE IS HALF WHAT IT WAS AT THIS POINT FOR THE PAST FIVE PRESIDENTS. ON MARCH 20, I SPOKE HERE ABOUT SOME OF THE BELOW THE RADAR OBSTRUCTION TACTICS THAT DEMOCRATS ARE USING TO MAKE THIS PART OF THE PROCESS AS TIME CONSUMING AND CUMBERSOME AS POSSIBLE. LET ME OFFER A BRIEF REVIEW. DEMOCRATS ONCE COMPLAINED ABOUT U.S. DISTRICT COURT NOMINEES BEING REPORTED FROM THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE ON A PARTY-LINE VOTE. THAT IS HAPPENING AT A RATE MORE THAN FOUR TIMES AS GREAT TODAY. DEMOCRATS ONCE CRITICIZED THE FAILURE TO COOPERATE IN SCHEDULING FLOOR VOTES FOR JUDICIAL NOMINEES. SO FAR, SO FAR, DEMOCRATS HAVE FORCED THE SENATE TO TAKE SEPARATE VOTES TO END DEBATE CALLED A CLOTURE VOTE ON 96%. 96% OF PRESIDENT TRUMP'S JUDICIAL NOMINEES. THE SENATE HAS BEEN FORCED TO TAKE 16 TIMES AS MANY CLOTURE VOTES ON PRESIDENT TRUMP'S JUDICIAL NOMINEES AS UNDER THE LAST 12 PRESIDENTS COMBINED AT THIS POINT. YOU HEARD ME RIGHT. THE SENATE HAS BEEN FORCED TO TAKE 16 TIMES AS MANY CLOTURE VOTES ON JUDICIAL NOMINEES AS UNDER THE LAST 12 PRESIDENTS COMBINED AT THIS POINT. THAT'S EVERY PRESIDENT SINCE THE CLOTURE RULE WAS FIRST APPLIED TO NOMINATIONS IN 1949. IN 2014, WITH A DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENT, DEMOCRATS SAID THAT EVERY TIME THE MINORITY REFUSES TO COOPERATE IN SCHEDULING CONFIRMATION VOTES, EVERY TIME THE MAJORITY LEADER IS FORCED TO INITIATE THE CLOTURE PROCESS, THE SENATE IS FORCED TO TAKE UP SCARCE FLOOR TIME WHEN WE KNOW THAT THEIR -- THAT THESE NOMINEES WILL BE CONFIRMED. TODAY DEMOCRATS ARE USING THAT AND OTHER TACTICS ON A SCALE THIS BODY HAS NEVER SEEN BEFORE. DEMOCRATS ONCE OBJECTED TO VOTING AGAINST CONFIRMING U.S. DISTRICT COURT NOMINEES WHO WERE SUPPORTED BY THEIR OWN TWO SENATORS. AT THIS POINT, PRESIDENT OBAMA'S CONFIRMED DISTRICT COURT NOMINEES HAD RECEIVED A TOTAL OF ZERO NEGATIVE VOTES, ZERO. PRESIDENT TRUMP'S DISTRICT COURT NOMINEES HAVE RECEIVED 73 NEGATIVE VOTES, 73. THINK ABOUT THAT. THINK ABOUT THE UNFAIRNESS OF IT. EACH OF THESE AND MORE BESIDES IS A TACTIC THAT DEMOCRATS ONCE CONDEMNED BUT ARE TODAY PUSHING TO RECORD LEVELS OF OBSTRUCTION, OR SHOULD I SAY TO RECORD LEVELS OF OBSTRUCTION. EVEN MORE IMPORTANT THAN SEEING WHERE WE ARE AND HOW WE GOT HERE IS UNDERSTANDING WHY DEMOCRATS AND THEIR LEFT-WING ALLIES ARE WORKING SO HARD TO PREVENT PRESIDENT TRUMP FROM APPOINTING JUDGES. MR. PRESIDENT, I HAVE SERVED IN THIS BODY AND ON THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE FOR NEARLY 42 YEARS. I HAVE PARTICIPATED IN THE CONFIRMATION OF HALF OF ALL ARTICLE 3 JUDGES WHO HAVE EVER SERVED IN THIS COUNTRY FROM THE BEGINNING. IN ALL THAT TIME, THE CONFLICT OVER JUDICIAL APPOINTMENTS HAS NEVER BEEN OVER JUDICIAL NOMINEES. IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN OVER JUDICIAL POWER. THE VACANCY CRISIS WE FACE TODAY IS A CONSEQUENCE OF THE BROADER ONGOING CONFLICT OVER THE KIND OF JUDGE AMERICA NEEDS ON THE BENCH. AMERICA'S FOUNDERS GAVE US A SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT THAT INCLUDES A JUDICIARY WITH A ROLE DEFINED BY THREE IMPORTANT PRINCIPLES. FIRST, AS FOUNDER JAMES WILSON PUT IT, THE PEOPLE ARE MASTERS OF THE GOVERNMENT. SECONDLY, THE CONSTITUTION IS THE PRIMARY WAY THAT THE PEOPLE SET RULES FOR GOVERNMENT. THIRDLY, AMONG THOSE RULES IS THE SEPARATION OF POWERS INTO THREE CO-EQUAL BUT DIFFERENT BRANCHES. JUDGES ACTING CONSISTENT WITH THESE PRINCIPLES, WHAT I HAVE CALLED IMPARTIAL JUDGES FIT THE DESIGN OF OUR SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT AND THE LIBERTY IT MAKES POSSIBLE. JUDGES WHO DEPART FROM THOSE PRINCIPLES, WHAT I HAVE CALLED POLITICAL JUDGES, ARE AT ODDS WITH THAT DESIGN AND UNDERMINE OUR LIBERTY. PRESIDENT TRUMP IS COMMITTED TO APPOINTING IMPARTIAL JUDGES WHILE THOSE WORKING SO HARD TO OBSTRUCT HIS NOMINEES FAVOR POLITICAL JUDGES. PRESIDENT OBAMA LED THE WAY IN THE QUEST FOR A POLITICAL JUDICIARY, FIRST AS A SENATOR EVALUATING JUDICIAL NOMINEES AND THEN AS A PRESIDENT CHOOSING THEM. HE SAID THAT JUDGES DECIDE CASES BASED ON THEIR EMPATHY, THEIR VISION OF HOW THE WORLD WORKS, THEIR CORE CONCERNS, AND THEIR DEEPLY HELD BELIEFS. IF JUDGES MAKE DECISIONS ON THEIR PERSONAL VIEWS, THEN IT'S NO WONDER THAT DEMOCRATS WANT SO BADLY TO KNOW A JUDICIAL NOMINEE'S PERSONAL VIEWS. I WILL NEVER FORGET THE CONFIRMATION HEARING FOR CHIEF JUSTICE JOHN ROBERTS IN 2005. DEMOCRATS PRESSED HIM TO COMMIT TO ADVANCE -- TO COMMIT IN ADVANCE AND UNDER OATH TO PARTICULAR RESULTS IN DIFFERENT CATEGORIES OF CASES. THEY ASK REPEATEDLY WHOSE SIDE WILL YOU BE ON? POLITICAL JUDGES TAKE SIDES EVEN BEFORE CASES COME BEFORE THEM BECAUSE THEIR MAIN OBJECTIVE IS TO ENSURE THAT THE FAVORED SIDE WINS AND THAT THE PREFERRED POLITICAL INTEREST IS SERVED. NOW, WE SEE THIS IN PLAIN VIEW TODAY. DEMOCRATS OBSERVE A JUDICIAL NOMINEE'S PERSONAL VIEWS OR HIS LEGAL VIEWS ON BEHALF OF THE CLIENT AND INSIST THAT THOSE VIEWS WILL DICTATE HIS JUDICIAL VIEWS. THIS IS WHY MANY DEMOCRATS WILL OPPOSE ANY NOMINEE WHO HAS CONSERVATIVE PERSONAL BELIEFS OR HA-HAS ADVOCATED FOR CONSERVATIVE CLIENTS. TO THEM, THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE BETWEEN POLITICS AND LAW. DEMOCRATS OPPOSE JUDICIAL NOMINEES BECAUSE OF THEIR PERSONAL VIEWS EVEN WHEN THE AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION, WHICH HAS NEVER BEEN ACCUSED OF BEING CONSERVATIVE, GIVES THOSE NOMINEES ITS HIGHEST RATING. THE APPEALS COURT NOMINEE CONFIRMED THIS WEEK, FOR EXAMPLE, RECEIVED THAT RATING ONLY AFTER THE A.B.A. CONSIDERED IN ITS WORDS HIS, QUOTE, COMPASSION, DECISIVENESS, OPEN-MINDEDNESS, COURTESY, PATIENCE, FREEDOM FROM BIAS, AND COMMITMENT TO EQUAL JUSTICE UNDER THE LAW, UNQUOTE. YOU SEE, MR. PRESIDENT, IN THEIR HEART OF HEARTS, THOSE WHO FAVOR POLITICAL JUDGES HAVE NO PROBLEM WITH JUDICIAL MINDS BEING CLOSED OR BIASED SO LONG AS THAT LEADS TO RESULTS THEY LIKE. THEY SEEK POLITICALLY CORRECT RESULTS BY ANY JUDICIAL MEANS. MR. PRESIDENT, THAT JUDICIARY IS VERY DIFFERENT FROM THE ONE CONTEMPLATED BY THE FOUNDERS OF THIS GREAT COUNTRY. THAT JUDICIARY IS VERY DIFFERENT FROM THE ONE DESCRIBED BY THE OATH OF JUDICIAL OFFICE BY WHICH A JUDGE COMMITS TO DO JUSTICE WITHOUT RESPECT TO IDENTITIES OR INTERESTS. AND THAT JUDICIARY IS VERY DIFFERENT FROM THE ONE THAT MAKES OUR LIBERTY POSSIBLE. THE LIBERTY WE ENJOY IS BY DESIGN, NOT BY ACCIDENT. THAT DESIGN REQUIRES JUDGES WITH A LIMITED AND DEFINED ROLE. IMPARTIAL JUDGES SUPPORT THE LIBERTY THAT OUR SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT WAS DESIGNED TO PROVIDE WHILE POLITICAL JUDGES UNDERMINE IT. IMPARTIAL JUDGES TAKE THE LAW AS IT IS AND APPLY IT FAIRLY TO DECIDE CASES, LEAVING DECISIONS ABOUT WHAT THE LAW SHOULD BE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND THEIR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES. POLITICAL JUDGES TAKE DECISIONS ABOUT WHAT THE LAW SHOULD BE AWAY FROM THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, MANIPULATING THE MEANING OF STATUTES AND THE CONSTITUTION TO FOLLOW THEIR OWN VIEWS AND THEIR OWN AGENDA. THE CONFLICT OVER JUDICIAL APPOINTMENTS IS AND WILL REMAIN A CONFLICT OVER JUDICIAL POWER AND THEREFORE A CONFLICT OVER THE SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT CRAFTED BY AMERICA'S FOUNDERS. REMEMBER THE THREE PRINCIPLES THAT I MENTIONED EARLIER. IMPARTIAL JUDGES ALLOW THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO REMAIN THE MASTERS OF GOVERNMENT. POLITICAL JUDGES BECOME THE MASTERS OF THE PEOPLE. IMPARTIAL JUDGES FOLLOW THE RULES THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE PUT IN THE CONSTITUTION. POLITICAL JUDGES CHANGE THE MEANING OF THOSE RULES TO SUIT THEIR OWN ENDS, AND IMPARTIAL JUDGES RESPECT THE SEPARATION OF POWERS WHILE POLITICAL JUDGES BREACH IT. THE UNPRECEDENTED OBSTRUCTION OF JUDICIAL NOMINEES TODAY IS A TOOL IN THE CAMPAIGN FOR AN INCREASINGLY POLITICIZED JUDICIARY. THE RHETORIC OF THAT CAMPAIGN IS ALL ABOUT DESIRABLE OBJECTIVES, ALL ABOUT GOOD INTENTIONS. I CLOSE WITH THE WORDS OF DANIEL WEBSTER WHO REPRESENTED TWO DIFFERENT STATES IN THE HOUSE AND REPRESENTED MASSACHUSETTS HERE IN THE SENATE BEFORE SERVING AS SECRETARY OF STATE UNDER THREE DIFFERENT PRESIDENTS. HE SAID GOOD INTENTIONS WILL ALWAYS BE PLEADED FOR EVERY ASSUMPTION OF AUTHORITY. IT IS HARDLY TOO STRONG TO SAY THAT THE CONSTITUTION WAS MADE TO GUARD THE PEOPLE AGAINST THE DANGERS OF GOOD INTENTIONS. THERE ARE MEN IN ALL AGES WHO MEAN TO GOVERN WELL, BUT THEY MEAN TO GOVERN. THEY PROMISE TO BE GOOD MASTERS, BUT THEY MEAN TO BE MASTERS. THAT'S DANIEL WEBSTER'S -- LET ME JUST REPEAT THAT AGAIN BECAUSE WEBSTER IS ONE OF THE GREATEST PEOPLE WHO EVER SERVED IN THIS GOVERNMENT. GOOD INTENTIONS WILL ALWAYS BE PLEADED FOR EVERY ASSUMPTION OF AUTHORITY. IT IS HARDLY TOO STRONG TO SAY THAT THE CONSTITUTION WAS MADE TO GUARD THE PEOPLE AGAINST THE DANGERS OF GOOD INTENTIONS. THERE ARE THEN MEN IN ALL AGES WHO MEAN TO GOVERN WELL, BUT THEY MEAN TO GOVERN. THEY PROMISE TO BE GOOD MASTERS, BUT THEY MEAN TO BE MASTERS. AMERICA NEEDS IMPARTIAL JUDGES SO THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE CAN BE THE MASTERS OF GOVERNMENT AND SO THAT LIBERTY CAN THRIVE. LET ME GO OVER THAT QUOTE AGAIN FROM DANIEL WEBSTER. AND I WILL END WITH THIS. DANIEL WEBSTER SAID GOOD INTENTIONS WILL ALWAYS BE PLEADED FOR EVERY ASSUMPTION OF AUTHORITY. IT IS HARDLY TOO STRONG TO SAY THAT THE CONSTITUTION WAS MADE TO GUARD THE PEOPLE AGAINST THE DANGERS OF GOOD INTENTIONS. THERE ARE MEN IN ALL AGES WHO MEAN TO GOVERN WELL, BUT THEY MEAN TO GOVERN. THEY PROMISE TO BE GOOD MASTERS, BUT THEY MEAN TO BE MASTERS. SOME OF THOSE FOUNDING FATHERS REALLY KNEW WHAT THEY WERE TALKING ABOUT AND WEBSTER WAS CERTAINLY ONE OF THEM IN MANY RESPECTS. ALL I CAN SAY IS WE HAVE A CHANCE OF WORKING TOGETHER TO DO WHAT IS RIGHT AND IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, AND I INTEND TO SEE THAT WE DO THAT AND I HOPE WE CAN BECAUSE THIS COUNTRY IS WORTH IT AND OUR SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT IS THE BEST THIS WORLD HAS EVER SEEN AND I WANT TO SEE IT CONTINUE TO BE. WITH THAT, MADAM PRESIDENT, I YIELD THE FLOOR AND SUGGEST THE ABSENCE OF A QUORUM.

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  • 10:01:40 AM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE CLERK WILL CALL THE ROLL. QUORUM CALL:

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    MR. HATCH

    MADAM PRESIDENT.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE SENATOR FROM UTAH.

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    MR. HATCH

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE QUORUM CALL BE CALLED OFF. AND SUSPENDED.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. IF NO ONE YIELDS TIME, THE TIME WILL BE CHARGED EQUALLY.

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    MR. SCHUMER

    MADAM PRESIDENT.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE DEMOCRATIC LEADER.

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    MR. SCHUMER

    MADAM PRESIDENT, I WATCHED THE PRESIDENT ON TV THIS ARE MORNING, AND LIKE…

    MADAM PRESIDENT, I WATCHED THE PRESIDENT ON TV THIS ARE MORNING, AND LIKE MOST AMERICANS, SO MANY AMERICANS, I WAS AGHAST. THE PRESIDENT SEEMS TO LIVE IN AN ALTERNATIVE REALITY. HE SAYS THINGS THAT ARE PATENTLY FALSE AND HE THINKS JUST BY SAYING THEM THEY BECOME TRUE. THE AMOUNT OF 1880- -- 1880-DEGREE TURNS, NAME CALLING AND BLAMING, YOU WATCH THE PRESIDENTED THE PRESIDENT THIS MORNING AND THE -- YOU WATCHED THE PRESIDENT THIS MORNING AND THE WAY HE ACTED IT IS SO UNBECOMING OF A PRESIDENT AND DEMOCRACY. WE BELIEVE IN TRUTH. PEOPLE MAY VP DIFFERENT VALUE SYSTEMS, BUT TO JUST MAKE UP THINGS AS THEY GO ALONG AND WITHOUT A BLINK OF THE EYE AND CONTRADICT THINGS THAT HE SAID THAT ARE EXACTLY THE OPPOSITE A FEW HOURS, A FEW WEEKS AGO IS NOT WHO ANY PRESIDENT OF ANY PARTY OF ANY I'D LOLLINGY -- IDEOLOGY SHOULD BE. WHAT THE PRESIDENT SAID THIS MORNING IS EMBARRASSING TO AMERICA, DEMOCRACY, AND TO ANY AMERICAN WHO PRIZES TRUTH. ONE OF THE THINGS THE PRESIDENT SAID THIS MORNING WAS THAT, QUOTE, HE'S DECIDED NOT TO BE INVOLVED IN THE RUSSIA PROBE BUT MAY CHANGE HIS MIND. THAT IS WHY IT IS SO GOOD THIS MORNING, MADAM PRESIDENT, THAT THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE IS MARKING UP LEGISLATION, BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION, THAT WOULD PROTECT SPECIAL COUNSEL MUELLER FROM POLITICAL INTERFERENCE. FROM THE VERY BEGINNING, SPECIAL COUNSEL MUELLER'S INVESTIGATION HAS BEEN ABOUT FOLLOWING THE FACTS AND HOW A FOREIGN HOSTILE POWER INTERFERED WITH OUR FREE ELECTIONS, THE WELL-SPRING OF OUR DOMESTIC. THAT INVESTIGATION MUST BE ALLOWED TO PROCEED SAFE FROM THE HEAVY HAND OF THE PRESIDENT. THE PRESIDENT CAN'T MAKE THIS GO AWAY BY NAME CALLING. HE CAN'T DISPUTE FACTS. HE CAN'T DISPUTE THE FACT THAT RUSSIA INTERFERING IN OUR ELECTION IS VERY DANGEROUS AND MUST BE INVESTIGATED NO MATTER WHERE IT LED. IT IS SO ABUNDANTLY CLEAR FROM THE PRESIDENT'S REMARKS THIS MORNING AND SO MANY OTHER THINGS HE HAS SAID, THAT HE HAS LITTLE REGARD FOR THE RULE OF LAW. HE SEEMS TO HAVE THIS VIEW THAT THE PURPOSE OF THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT IS TO PROTECT HIS INTERESTS AND PERSECUTE HIS ENEMIES. THAT IS NOT A DEMOCRACY, MR. PRESIDENT. THE PURPOSE OF THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT IS RULE OF LAW AND THAT NO MAN OR WOMAN IS ABOVE THE LAW, NOT SIMPLY TO GO AFTER HIS FRIENDS. HE'S ANGRY WHEN THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT DOES SOMETHING HE DOESN'T LIKE EVEN THOUGH THEY ARE FOLLOWING THE LAW. THAT, AGAIN, IS NOT THE HALLMARK OF OUR DEMOCRACY, AND SO I AM SO PROUD OF OUR JUDICIARY COMMITTEE AND CHAIRMAN GRASSLEY RISING TO THE OCCASION, PROPOSING, AND HOPEFULLY PASSING LEGISLATION THAT SAYS WE WILL PROTECT RULE OF LAW, WE WILL PROTECT OUR DEMOCRACY BY NOT ALLOWING THE PRESIDENT TO FIRE THE SPECIAL COUNSEL AT WILL BECAUSE HE SIMPLY DOESN'T LIKE THE RESULTS THEY COME UP WITH. AGAIN, THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE THIS MORNING MAKES US PROUD. IT RISES TO THE OCCASION. IT RISES TO THE OCCASION TO TELL THE PRESIDENT THEY CAN'T TAMPER WITH THE VERY WELLSPRINGS OF OUR DEMOCRACY AND WILL PAY A BIPARTISAN PRICE IF HE DOES. I WANT TO PARTICULARLY PRAISE CHAIRMAN GRASSLEY. WE'VE WORKED TOGETHER ON MANY THINGS, WE'VE HAD OUR DIFFERENCES ON MANY THINGS, BUT THIS MORNING HE IS RISING TO THE OCCASION AND HISTORY REGARDS SUCH MOMENTS VERY FAVORABLY. I HOPE WE WILL GET A LARGE VOTE THIS MORNING -- A LARGE VOTE. NOW, WHILE WE'RE SPEAKING ABOUT BIPARTISANSHIP, THERE'S ANOTHER BIT OF GOOD NEWS. THERE ARE TWO CHIEWTS OF BIPARTISAN -- CHIEWTS OF BIPARTISANSHIP, ONE ON THE COMMITTEE'S ACTION TO PREVENT THE PRESIDENT FROM FIRING SPECIAL COUNSEL MUELLER AND THE AGREEMENT BETWEEN LEAHY, SHELBY, LEADER McCONNELL AND MYSELF TO TRY TO BEGIN MOVING APPROPRIATIONS BILLS THE WAY WE USED TO IN A BIPARTISAN WAY, AND WE HAD A VERY GOOD MEETING YESTERDAY WHERE WE LAID OUT THE PERIMETERS -- PARAMETERS OF HOW TO DO THIS. WE TALKED ABOUT NOT ALLOWING EX STRANGEUS AMENDMENTS DISRUPT THE PROCESS. WELE TALKED ABOUT DOING OUR JOB THE WAY IT USED TO BE DONE, DOING ALL THE APPROPRIATION BILLS THIS YEAR, DOING THEM IN A BIPARTISAN WAY WITH THE CHAIR AND RANKING MEMBER OF THE SUBCOMMITTEES WORKING TOGETHER TO CRAFT A BILL THAT BOTH SIDES CAN BE HAPPY WITH EVEN THOUGH NEITHER SIDE WILL BE HAPPY WITH EVERYTHING IN IT. I HOPE THAT MOVES FORWARD. I WANT TO PLEDGE TO THE MILLIMETERS OF THIS BODY AND TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT I'M COMMITTED TO MAKING THAT PROCESS MOVE FORWARD IN A FAIR BIPARTISAN WAY AND TRY TO RESTORE SOME OF THE SEMBLANCE OF BIPARTISANSHIP THAT WE USED TO HAVE IN THIS PLACE BACK TO ACTUAL ACTION AND REALITY. ANOTHER ISSUE, MADAM PRESIDENT, THE V.A. SECRETARY. WE JUST RECEIVED WORD THAT THE PRESIDENT'S NOMINATION TO BE THE NEXT SECRETARY OF THE V.A. HAS WITHDRAWN HIS NOMINATION. THE ALLEGATIONS SWIRLING AROUND THE NOMINATION OF DR. JACKSON WERE TROUBLING, RAISED LOTS OF QUESTIONS. BUT THE REAL BLAME HERE FALLS ON THE ADMINISTRATION FOR ONCE AGAIN BEING SLOPPY AND CARELESS IN THE VETTING PROCESS. DR. JACKSON DIDN'T GO THROUGH A CAREFUL VET, WHERE SOME OF THESE THINGS MIGHT HAVE BEEN DISCOVERED BEFOREHAND AND HE WOULDN'T HAVE HAD TO GO THROUGH THE PROCESS THAT HE WENT THROUGH. THE VETERANS' COMMITTEE DID THE RIGHT THING, AND THEY DIDN'T SEEK TO GO AFTER JACKSON. PEOPLE CAME TO THEM. WHEN PEOPLE COME TO THEM, PARTICULARLY MILITARY FOLKS, WITH SERIOUS AND TROUBLING ALLEGATIONS, THEY HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO INVESTIGATE. AND I WANT TO SALUTE CHAIRMAN ISAKSON AND RANKING MEMBER TESTER FOR PURSUING THOSE ALLEGATIONS. IT IS -- DR. JACKSON WENT THROUGH A MAELSTROM, AND HE SHOULD TELL HIS PATIENT, I GUESS, THE PRESIDENT, THAT HE -- THE PRESIDENT -- IS WHAT CAUSED THIS PROBLEM BY NOT PROPERLY VETTING, BY MAKING THESE DECISIONS ON THE FLY, BY MAKING SURE THEY DON'T COUNT. OUR OBLIGATION ABOVE ALL IS NOT TO ANY ONE INDIVIDUAL, BUT TO THE MILLIONS OF VETERANS IN AMERICA. THEY DESERVE A DEPARTMENT THAT TREATS THEM WELL. THEY DESERVE THE BEST HEALTH CARE. AND WE NEED SOMEONE TO RUN THE V.A. WHO IS UP TO THE JOB. I HOPE THE PRESIDENT LEARNS HIS LESSON. I HOPE THE NEXT NOMINEE IS THOROUGHLY VETTED BEFORE HE OR SHE IS SENT TO THE CONGRESS. MOST OF ALL, I HOPE THAT SO OUR VETERANS CAN GET THE KIND OF LEADER THEY DESERVE. FINALLY, ON ANOTHER MATTER -- HEALTH CARE. NEXT WEEK HEALTH INSURANCE COMPANIES WILL BEGIN TO ANNOUNCE THEIR INITIAL PROPOSES RATES FOR 2019 IN EACH STATE ACROSS THE COUNTRY. AND WHEN THEY DO, EVERY AMERICAN SHOULD REMEMBER THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP AND CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICANS HAVE SPENT THE PAST YEAR AND A HALF TRYING TO SABOTAGE OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM IN A WAY THAT COULD INCREASE COSTS AND DECREASE ACCESS TO QUALITY HEALTH CARE. IT'S TRUE THAT LAST SUMMER THE SENATE REPUBLICAN EFFORT TO REPEAL OUR CURRENT HEALTH CARE SYSTEM AND GUT MEDICAID, AN EFFORT THAT WOULD HAVE LEFT TENS OF MILLIONS UNINSURED AND RAISED COSTS ON MILLIONS MORE, ENDED THANKFULLY FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IN FAILURE. DESPITE THAT LEGISLATIVE FAILURE, PRESIDENT TRUMP, HIS ADMINISTRATION, AND CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICANS HAVE COMMITTED SEVERAL OTHER ACTS OF SABOTAGE, RAISING PREMIUMS AND HURTING HEALTH CARE, ALL IT SEEMS TO ME FOR POLITICAL VENDETTA. FOR A LONG TIME THE PRESIDENT REFUSED TO GUARANTEE THAT THE ADMINISTRATION WILL HONOR THE COST-SHARING PROGRAM WHICH REDUCES PREMIUMS AND OUT-OF-POCKET EXPENSES FOR LOW-INCOME AMERICANS. HE EVENTUALLY CANCELED PAYMENTS FOR THAT PROGRAM CAUSING MAJOR UNCERTAINTY AND CONFUSION IN THE MARKETS. THEN REPUBLICANS REPEALED THE HEALTH CARE REQUIREMENT AS A PART OF THAT TAX BILL AND PUT NOTHING IN ITS PLACE. THE C.B.O. PROJECTS REPEALING THE COVERAGE REQUIREMENT COULD CAUSE RATES TO INCREASE BY AS MUCH AS 10% AND RESULT IN MILLIONS MORE PEOPLE WITHOUT INSURANCE. SO IF YOU CAN'T GET INSURANCE, MR. OR MRS. AMERICAN, OR IF YOUR PREMIUMS ARE GOING UP, YOU'LL KNOW WHO CAUSED IT. THE PRESIDENT AND CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICANS BY SABOTAGING THE LAW THAT A MAJORITY OF AMERICANS WANT TO SEE STAY ON THE BOOKS. MAKING THINGS WORSE, EARLIER THIS WEEK THE COMMENT PERIOD ENDED FOR A PROPOSED TRUMP ADMINISTRATION RULE THAT IS PERHAPS THE MOST RADICAL SABOTAGE OF OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM YET, A RULE THAT WOULD EXPAND THE AVAILABILITY OF JUNK INSURANCE PLANS. THESE JUNK INSURANCE PLANS WOULD FORCE HIGHER PREMIUMS ON PEOPLE WITH PREEXISTING CONDITIONS, IMPOSE AN AGE TAX ON OLDER AMERICANS, AND ONCE AGAIN COULD SUBJECT AMERICANS TO THE DEVASTATING EFFECTS OF MEDICAL BANKRUPTCY. WHICH TOO MANY PEOPLE GO THROUGH NOW. MANY PLANS MIGHT NOT COVER ESSENTIAL SERVICES LIKE PRESCRIPTION DRUGS, MATERNITY CARE, MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES. EACH OF THESE ACTIONS TAKEN BY PRESIDENT TRUMP AND REPUBLICANS IN CONGRESS WILL RAISE COSTS AND REDUCE ACCESS. WE ARE TRULY LIVING UNDER TRUMPCARE TODAY WITH NO EFFORT BY THE PRESIDENT OR CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICANS TO MAKE IT BETTER. AND UNFORTUNATELY, STARTING NEXT WEEK THE AMERICAN PEOPLE COULD WELL SEE THE DEVASTATING CONSEQUENCES OF A YEAR AND A HALF OF HEALTH CARE SABOTAGE REFLECTED IN THEIR 2019 RATES. FINALLY, MR. PRESIDENT, I'D LIKE TO ADD A WORD ABOUT AN EVENT TAKING PLACE TODAY IN MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA. TODAY IN MONTGOMERY, THE NATIONAL MEMORIAL FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE DEDICATED TO THE LEGACY OF ENSLAVED BLACK PEOPLE'S VICTIMS OF LYNCHING AND AFRICAN AMERICANS VICTIMIZED BY WHITE SUPREMACY WILL OPEN UP ITS DOORS. I READ ABOUT THE NEW MEMORIAL IN THE NEWSPAPER. IT WAS TOUCHING. IT WAS MOVING. SO MANY INNOCENT PEOPLE LYNCHED FOR NO REASON. WALKING BEHIND A WHITE WOMAN ARE -- OTHER KINDS OF THINGS LIKE THAT. HAVING READ AND WATCHED ACCOUNTS ABOUT THE MEMORIAL IT WILL BE A HARROWING EXPERIENCE MUCH LIKE THE HOLOCAUST MUSEUM IN WASHINGTON, D.C., IT FORCES VISITORS TO CONFRONT THE HUMAN TOLL OF RACISM, ORIGINAL SIN. AND IT ALLOWS EACH COUNTY TO GET A REPLICA OF THE LIST AND THE BLOCK, SORT OF LIKE A TOMBSTONE, OF WHO WAS LYNCHED. SO MAYBE THOSE COUNTIES CAN LOOK INTO THEIR SOULS TOO AND DO BETTER, AS WE ALL CAN, AT TRYING TO ELIMINATE RACISM. AMERICA'S ORIGINAL SIN IS RACISM, AND THE VAST AND TERRIBLE NUMBERS OF AFRICAN AMERICANS WHO WERE BRUTALLY MURDERED FOR SIMPLY BEING BLACK. THIS MUSEUM FORCES US AS MARTIN LUTHER KING DID, TO LOOK INTO THE MIRROR, SEE WHAT THE COUNTRY HAS DONE WRONG, AND MOVE TO CORRECT IT. I TRULY SALUTE ALL THE FOLKS WHO PUT THIS WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL MUSEUM TOGETHER. I YIELD THE FLOOR.

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  • 10:22:10 AM

    MR. ROBERTS

    WOULD THE DISTINGUISHED MINORITY LEADER --

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE SENATOR FROM KANSAS.

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    MR. ROBERTS

    I'D LIKE TO MAKE A VERY SHORT COMMENT WITH REGARD TO YOUR REMARKS THIS…

    I'D LIKE TO MAKE A VERY SHORT COMMENT WITH REGARD TO YOUR REMARKS THIS MORNING. IN THE MIDST OF ALL OF YOUR REMARKS, YOU DID MENTION SOMETHING THAT I THINK IS TERRIBLY IMPORTANT. YESTERDAY IN THE RULES COMMITTEE -- AND THE DISTINGUISHED SENATOR AOUFPD TO BE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE -- USED TO BE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE RULES COMMITTEE. I THINK I WAS RANKING AT THE TIME. BUT AN AGREEMENT TO MOVE APPROPRIATIONS BILLS. AND I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR THAT, AND ALSO FOR SENATOR DURBIN WHO INDICATED THAT AS OF YESTERDAY. WE DID REACH AN AGREEMENT ON A BIPARTISAN WAY TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT FILING CLOTURE 86 TIMES AND OTHER THINGS GOING ON, AND REDUCING THAT TIME PERIOD. WE'LL GET TO THAT. THE BREAKTHROUGH COULD BE AN AGREEMENT THAT YOU HAVE AGREED TO, SIR, WITH REGARD TO APPROPRIATIONS BILLS. IF WE CAN DO THAT, WE MIGHT BE ABLE TO GET BACK TO A REGULAR ORDER THAT BOTH OF US HAVE EXPERIENCED WHEN WE FIRST CAME TO THE SENATE. AND MANY MEMBERS HERE HAVE NOT EXPERIENCED THAT. AND SO CONSEQUENTLY, I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR THAT. I KNOW SENATOR SHELBY IS EAGER TO DO THE 12 APPROPRIATIONS BILLS. I KNOW SENATOR DURBIN IS AS WELL. AND SO I THINK THAT THAT ONE STATEMENT IN THE MIDST OF YOUR COMMENTS, SIR, THAT CERTAINLY IS IMPORTANT. AND I WANT PEOPLE TO CERTAINLY BE AWARE OF IT, AND I THANK YOU.

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  • 10:23:54 AM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE SENATOR FROM MARYLAND.

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    MR. CARDIN

    MADAM PRESIDENT, I TAKE THIS TIME BECAUSE I KNOW SHORTLY WE'RE GOING TO BE…

    MADAM PRESIDENT, I TAKE THIS TIME BECAUSE I KNOW SHORTLY WE'RE GOING TO BE VOTING ON MR. POMPEO'S NOMINATION TO BE SECRETARY OF STATE. AND I WANT TO EXPLAIN TO MY COLLEAGUES WHY I CANNOT SUPPORT HIS NOMINATION. AS I SAID IN THE SENATE FOREIGN RELATIONS COMMITTEE DURING HIS NOMINATION HEARING, I APPRECIATE MR. POMPEO'S PUBLIC SERVICE THROUGHOUT HIS CAREER, HIS SERVICE IN THE MILITARY, HIS SERVICE IN CONGRESS, AND AS DIRECTOR OF THE CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY. I ALSO APPRECIATE THE FACT THAT HE'S WILLING TO SERVE OUR NATION IN THIS MOST IMPORTANT POST AS SECRETARY OF STATE. IN THE UNITED STATES WE URGENTLY NEED A CONFIRMED SECRETARY OF STATE, BUT IT'S OUR RESPONSIBILITY IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE TO ADVISE AND CONSENT THE PRESIDENT ON HIS NOMINATIONS AND TO ACT AS AN INDEPENDENT PWRAFRPL OF -- BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT. WE'RE IN THIS URGENT NEED BECAUSE OF MR. TRUMP'S ABRUPT DISMISSAL OF OUR FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE IN THE MIDST OF MANY INTERNATIONAL CHALLENGES. IN MY VIEW, THOUGH, MR. POMPEO IS NOT THE RIGHT PERSON, AND I REACH THAT CONCLUSION BY HIS ACTIONS AND HIS RHETORIC. IF MR. POMPEO IS CONFIRMED, HE WILL BE THE TOP DIPLOMAT FOR THE UNITED STATES. HE MUST BE AN INDEPENDENT VOICE IN THE WHITE HOUSE. I HAVE QUESTIONS AS TO WHETHER HE WILL BE THAT INDEPENDENT VOICE. HE NEEDS TO ENGAGE OUR ALLIES. THAT'S HOW DIPLOMACY WORKS. HE HAS TO BE THE LOUDEST VOICE FOR DIPLOMACY IN OUR NATIONAL SECURITY AND THE USE OF OUR TOOLS THAT THE MILITARY NEEDS TO BE A MATTER OF LAST RESORT. I WAS REMINDED OF THIS CHALLENGE FOR PRESIDENT WITH PRESIDENT MACRON'S JOINT ADDRESS YESTERDAY. WHEN HE POINTED OUT THE WORLD ORDER AFTER WORLD WAR II EMBODIED IN THE TRANS-ATLANTIC PARTNERSHIP, AND WE MUST LEAD THE UNITED STATES IN ORDER TO PRESERVE THAT MULTINATIONAL SECURITY BLANKET. SO IT'S INCUMBENT UPON THE INTERSECTION SECRETARY OF STATE TO WORK WITH OUR ALLIES, PARTICULARLY THE EUROPEAN ALLIES BUT ALL OF OUR ALLIES. WHEN I LOOK AT MR. POMPEO'S RECORD WITH REGARD TO THE NUCLEAR AGREEMENT WITH IRAN AS JUST ONE EXAMPLE, DURING THAT DISCUSSION AS TO WHETHER WE WOULD HAVE DIPLOMACY, IT WAS MR. POMPEO WHO SAID THAT THE SOLUTION RESTS WITH 2,000 SORTIES TO DESTROY THE IRAN NUCLEAR CAPACITY. THAT'S NOT DIPLOMACY. THAT'S NOT LEADING WITH DIPLOMACY. AND NOW HE IS ESPOUSING THAT IF NECESSARY, WE SHOULD PULL OUT OF THE AGREEMENT, PULL OUT OF THE AGREEMENT IF WE CAN'T CHANGE IT, EVEN THOUGH IRAN IS IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE AGREEMENT. THAT'S NOT DIPLOMACY, AND THAT'S CERTAINLY NOT WORKING WITH OUR EUROPEAN ALLIES. WE HEARD PRESIDENT MACRON YESTERDAY ASSERT THAT IT'S CRITICALLY IMPORTANT THAT THAT AGREEMENT MOVE FORWARD IF IRAN IS IN COMPLIANCE. WE CAN BUILD ONE BUT TO WALK AWAY FROM IT WOULD BE WRONG. ANOTHER EXAMPLE WHICH GIVES ME GREAT CONCERN IS MR. POMPEO'S POSITION WITH REGARD TO THE PARIS CLIMATE TALKS. I KNOW WE ALL HAVE TKEUFRP VIEWS ABOUT CLIMATE AND -- DIFFERENT VIEWS ABOUT CLIMATE AND WHAT OUR INDIVIDUAL POLICIES SHOULD BE IN ORDER TO DEAL WITH THE REALITIES OF CLIMATE CHANGE, BUT ONE THING SHOULD BE CLEAR, THAT WE WANT TO BE IN THE DISCUSSIONS WITH THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY. IN REGARDS TO IRAN, MR. POMPEO WOULD ISOLATE OURSELVES FROM OUR EUROPEAN ALLIES. BUT IN REGARDS TO WITHDRAWING FROM THE PARIS CLIMATE TALKS, HE WOULD ISOLATE AMERICA FROM EVERY OTHER NATION IN THE WORLD. WE WOULD BE THE ONLY NATION NOT PART OF DISCUSSIONS. LET ME REMIND MY COLLEAGUES THAT THE COMMITMENTS MADE IN PARIS ARE ONLY ENFORCEABLE BY OURSELVES. THERE IS NO INTERNATIONAL ENFORCEMENT MECHANISM. WORDS MATTER. OUR TOP DIPLOMAT NEEDS TO ENGAGE A VERY DIVERSE GLOBAL COMMUNITY. MR. POMPEO'S WORDS ARE UNFORTUNATELY VERY CHALLENGING FOR HIM TO BE ABLE TO HAVE THE CONFIDENCE OF THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY. HE ASSOCIATED AMERICAN MUSLIMS WITH TERRORISM BY STATING THAT THEIR PERCEIVED SILENCE IS CONDEMNING ATTACKS AND I QUOTE, HAS MADE ISLAMIC LEADERS ACROSS AMERICA POTENTIALLY COMPLICIT. END QUOTE. MADAM PRESIDENT, I KNOW AFTER EACH OF THE HORRIBLE TERRORIST ACTIVITIES THAT WE'VE SAO EP -- SEEN IN AMERICA THAT MUSLIM LEADERS IN MARYLAND AND MUSLIM LEADERS AROUND THE WORLD HAVE STOOD UP AND SAID THAT THEY CONDEMN IN THE STRONGEST POSSIBLE TERMS THOSE TERRORIST ACTS. THAT SHOULD HAVE NO SPACE. UNFORTUNATELY, THOSE TYPES OF COMMENTS GIVE SPACE TO THOSE WHO ARE PROMOTING A FORM OF NATIONALISM THAT ALLOWS FOR HATE MONGERING, AND THAT CANNOT BE TOLERATED IN OUR COUNTRY. THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY IS RIGHTLY CONCERNED. I GO TO MR. POMPEO'S, CITING VERBATIM THE FOLLOW PASSAGE FROM A SERMON CASTRATING MEMBERS OF THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY. QUOTE, AMERICA HAS WORSHIPPED OTHER GODS AND CALLED IT MULTICULTURISM. WE ENDORSE PERVERSION AND CALL IT ALTERNATIVE LIFESTYLES. THAT TYPE OF LANGUAGE SHOULD HAVE NO PLACE FOR SOMEONE WHO WANTS TO BE THE TOP DIPLOMAT OF AMERICA. SO I HAVE COME TO THE CONCLUSION BASED UPON THE NECESSITY OF THE SECRETARY OF STATE TO ENGAGE THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY, TO PROVIDE U.S. LEADERSHIP ON THE USE OF DIPLOMACY THAT BASED UPON THOSE, MY PRIORITIES, POLICY PRIORITIES, NOT POLITICS OR PARTISANSHIP THAT I CANNOT SUPPORT MR. POMPEO FOR SECRETARY OF STATE. I JUST WANT TO CONCLUDE ON THIS -- I'VE HAD THE CHANCE TO LEAD THE DEMOCRATS ON THE SENATE FOREIGN RELATIONS COMMITTEE. I'VE BEEN A MEMBER OF THE SENATE FOREIGN RELATIONS COMMITTEE MY ENTIRE 12 YEARS IN THIS INSTITUTION. THE SENATE FOREIGN RELATIONS COMMITTEE AND ITS LEADERS HAVE HAD A LONG TRADITION OF BIPARTISANSHIP, OF RECOGNIZING THE INDEPENDENT ROLE OF THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH AND THE CRITICAL ROLE PLAYED BY THE SENATE FOREIGN RELATIONS COMMITTEE, AND WE'RE ALWAYS STRONGER WHEN WE ACT IN UNITY. THAT'S A TRADITION OF OUR COMMITTEE. I WANT TO POINT OUT, I DON'T QUESTION ANYONE'S MOTIVES ON HOW THEY VOTE ON THE NOMINEE FOR SECRETARY OF STATE, BUT I HAVE GREAT CONFIDENCE THAT WE IN THE SENATE FOREIGN RELATIONS COMMITTEE WILL CONTINUE THE GREAT TRADITION THAT WE HAVE ESTABLISHED AS AN INDEPENDENT VOICE AND AS A VOICE THAT WORKS -- TRIES TO WORK IN UNITY IN THE BEST INTERESTS OF OUR NATION. WITH THAT, MADAM PRESIDENT, I WOULD YIELD THE FLOOR.

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  • 10:30:48 AM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE SENATOR FROM KANSAS.

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    MR. ROBERTS

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    A SENATOR

    PRESIDENT. A SENATOR: MADAM PRESIDENT.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE SENATOR FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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    MS. WARREN

    MADAM PRESIDENT, ARE WE IN A QUORUM CALL?

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE SENATE IS NOT IN A QUORUM CALL?

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    MS. WARREN

    MAY I BE RECOGNIZED TO SPEAK?

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE SENATOR IS RECOGNIZED TO SPEAK.

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    MS. WARREN

    THANK YOU, MADAM PRESIDENT. I RISE TODAY TO EXPRESS MY STRONG OPPOSITION…

    THANK YOU, MADAM PRESIDENT. I RISE TODAY TO EXPRESS MY STRONG OPPOSITION TO PRESIDENT TRUMP'S NOMINATION OF MIKE POMPEO TO BE THE NEXT SECRETARY OF STATE. THERE ARE MANY REASONS TO OPPOSE THP NOMINATION, BUT THE MAIN REASON FOR ME IS PRETTY STRAIGHTFORWARD. MIKE POMPEO IS COMPLETELY UNFIT TO SERVE AS AMERICA'S CHIEF DIPLOMAT. DURING HIS TIME AS A PUBLIC SERVANT, MIKE POMPEO HAS EMBRACED A VARIETY OF VIEWS THAT BETRAY AMERICA'S VALUES, WHETHER IT'S HIS SUPPORT FOR INTERROGATION TECHNIQUES THAT AMOUNT TO TORTURE, HIS PREFERENCE FOR WAR OVER DIPLOMATIC SOLUTIONS, OR HIS HATEFUL, BLATANTLY DISCRIMINATORY VIEWS ABOUT MUSLIM AND LGBTQ AMERICANS, MIKE POMPEO'S CONFIRMATION WOULD DEGRADE AMERICA'S DIPLOMACY AND ERODE OUR MORAL STANDING ON THE WORLD STAGE. LET'S START WITH HIS EVOLVING POSITION ON TORTURE. IN 2014, THEN-CONGRESSMAN POMPEO PRAISED THE INTERROGATORS WHO USED TORTURE AS, QUOTE, PATRIOTS AND, QUOTE, HEROES, BUT WHEN SEEKING CONFIRMATION TO BECOME C.I.A. DIRECTOR, MR. POMPEO SUDDENLY SAID HE WOULD, QUOTE, ALWAYS COMPLY WITH THE LAW PROHIBITING TORTURE. WHEN ASKED IF HE WOULD COMPLY WITH A REQUEST FROM THE PRESIDENT TO USE TORTURE, HE SAID HE COULDN'T, QUOTE, IMAGINE BEING ASKED TO DO SO. NEVER MIND THAT AS A CANDIDATE, DONALD TRUMP BOASTED ABOUT HIS DESIRE TO BRING BACK WATERBOARDING AND, QUOTE, A HELL OF A LOT WORSE, AND IN HIS LATER WRITTEN ANSWERS, MR. POMPEO SUGGESTED THAT HE COULD SUPPORT BRINGING BACK WATERBOARDING AND ORATOR TOUR TECHNIQUES IF HE THOUGHT THEY WERE NECESSARY. SO FIRST, MIKE POMPEO WAS FOR TORTURE, BUT WHEN HE WANTED TO BE C.I.A. DIRECTOR, HE MIRACULOUSLY CHANGED HIS POSITION. NOW HE THINKS THE UNITED STATES SHOULD REVERSE THE RIGHT TO TORTURE -- RESERVE THE RIGHT TO TORTURE PEOPLE IN THE FUTURE. THIS POSITION UNDERMINES OUR CORE VALUES AS AMERICANS, AND THAT ALONE SHOULD DISQUALIFY HIM FROM BEING AMERICA'S SECRETARY OF STATE. BUT THERE IS MORE. MIKE POMPEO'S HAWKISH VIEWS COULD QUITE LITERALLY LEAD US INTO ANOTHER WAR. JUST LOOK AT HIS VIEWS ON IRAN. THE IRANIAN GOVERNMENT IS A BAD ACTOR, NO DOUBT ABOUT IT. THAT'S WHY THE IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL WAS SO IMPORTANT. IT IS EASIER TO COUNTER IRAN'S BAD BEHAVIOR IF IT HAS NO NUCLEAR WEAPONS THAN IT WOULD BE TO KEEP IRAN IN CHECK IF IT COULD THREATEN THE REGION AND THREATEN THE WORLD WITH A NUCLEAR BOMB. THE DEAL WITH IRAN IMPOSED STRONG LIMITS AND INTRUSIVE INSPECTIONS ON IRAN'S NUCLEAR PROGRAM SO THAT IT CANNOT DEVELOP A NUCLEAR WEAPON, AND OUR INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY TELLS US IT IS WORKING. THAT'S VERY IMPORTANT TO THE SECURITY OF OUR ALLIES AND THE SECURITY OF THE WHOLE WORLD. THE IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL IS A NEGOTIATED SOLUTION DESIGNED TO PREVENT IRAN FROM DEVELOPING NUCLEAR WEAPONS, AND IT WAS ACCOMPLISHED WITHOUT RESORTING TO MILITARY ACTION. THE DEAL IS THE PRODUCT OF PUTTING DIPLOMACY FIRST. THAT'S GOOD FOR THE SECURITY OF THE UNITED STATES, GOOD FOR OUR ALLIES, AND GOOD FOR THE WORLD. MIKE POMPEO DOESN'T SEEM TO UNDERSTAND THAT. HE HAS CALLED THE IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL A, QUOTE, SURRENDER, AND HE HAS SAID THAT THE UNITED STATES SHOULD WALK AWAY. POMPEO HAS EVEN PUBLICLY CONTEMPLATED REGIME CHANGE. HOW CAN WE EXPECT COUNTRIES TO TRUST AMERICA'S WORD WHEN OUR CHIEF DIPLOMAT BELIEVES THAT WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO BREAK OUR WORD AND VIOLENT INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENTS AT ANY MOMENT. AND THINK FOR A MINUTE ABOUT WHAT IT WOULD MEAN FOR NEGOTIATING ANY DEAL WITH NORTH KOREA ABOUT THEIR NUCLEAR WEAPONS IF MR. POMPEO IS IN CHARGE. HE SAID WE CAN TEAR UP OUR AGREEMENT WITH IRAN EVEN THOUGH THEY HAVE FALLEN THROUGH ON THEIR -- FOLLOWED THROUGH ON THEIR PART JUST BECAUSE MR. TRUMP AND MR. POMPEO HAVE DECIDED THEY DON'T LIKE IT. WHO WOULD NEGOTIATE WITH A UNITED STATES THAT HAS SO LITTLE RESPECT FOR THE STANDING OF ITS PROMISES? I CANNOT IN GOOD FAITH VOTE IN FAVOR OF MR. POMPEO FOR THE REASONS I HAVE OUTLINED, BUT THERE IS ANOTHER REASON I CANNOT VOTE FOR HIM, ONE THAT IS DEEPLY PERSONAL TO ME. SHORTLY AFTER THE BOSTON MARATHON ATTACK, THEN-CONGRESSMAN POMPEO ACCUSED MUSLIM LEADERS OF BEING SILENT ABOUT THE BOMBING AND EVEN SAID THEY WERE POTENTIALLY COMPLICIT IN THE ATTACK. AFTER THE MARATHON BOMBINGS, ALL OF BOSTON GRIEVED TOGETHER, INCLUDING OUR MUSLIM LEADERS. OUR MUSLIM COMMUNITIES HELPED MASSACHUSETTS EMERGE STRONGER AND MORE UNITED. TO SUGGEST OTHERWISE IS INSULTING TO THE BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING VICTIMS AND TO OUR MUSLIM AMERICAN BROTHERS AND SISTERS. WHEN HE WAS SHOWN TO BE WRONG, MIKE POMPEO REFUSED TO APOLOGIZE. HIS COMMENTS WERE IGNORANT, OFFENSIVE, AND JUST PLAIN WRONG. THEY CERTAINLY AREN'T THE WORDS OF SOMEONE WHO IS FIT TO AMERICA'S CHIEF DIPLOMAT, BUT THERE'S MORE. MIKE POMPEO'S LONGSTANDING ATTACKS ON THE LGBTQ ALSO MAKE HIM UNFIT TO SERVE AS SECRETARY OF STATE. HE SUPPORTED LEGISLATION IN CONGRESS TO ALLOW STATES NOT TO RECOGNIZE EQUAL MARRIAGE AND HE RELIED ON FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS FROM HATEFUL GROUPS LIKE FAMILY RESEARCH COUNSEL. HIS PUBLIC RECORD PAINTS A DEEPLY DISTURBING WORLD VIEW. THE RISKS POSED BY THIS NOMINATION IS MAGNIFIED BECAUSE MIKE POMPEO WOULD BE TEAMING UP WITH JOHN BOLTON, PRESIDENT TRUMP'S NEW NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR. JOHN BOLTON HAS NEVER MET A WAR HE DIDN'T LIKE AND MIKE POMPEO SUPPORTED BOLTON'S DISASTER IRAQ WAR. TOGETHER THEY WILL FAN THE FLAMES OF WAR IN PRESIDENT TRUMP'S -- AND PRESIDENT TRUMP'S FOREIGN POLICY BECAUSE THEY BOTH EMBRACE MILITARY SOLUTIONS FIRST. I HOPE THAT, IF CONFIRMED, MR. POMPEO WILL TAKE REAL STEPS TO PRIORITIZE DIPLOMACY, TO IMPROVE MORALE AT THE STATE DEPARTMENT, AND TO FILL KEY DIPLOMATIC POSITIONS THAT HAVE BEEN VACANT FOR FAR TOO LONG. BUT AT A TIME WHEN WE'RE FACING ENORMOUS GLOBAL CHALLENGES, THE STATE DEPARTMENT NEEDS A LEADER WHO WILL PUT DIPLOMACY FIRST TO SOLVE PROBLEMS AND TO PROTECT OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. MIKE POMPEO IS NOT THAT LEADER. I STRONGLY URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE AGAINST HIS NOMINATION. MADAM PRESIDENT, I YIELD THE FLOOR. A SENATOR: MADAM PRESIDENT.

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    A SENATOR

    A SENATOR: MADAM PRESIDENT.

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    MR. PETERS

    THE SENATOR FROM MICHIGAN.

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    MR. PETERS

    ARE WE IN A QUORUM CALL.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE SENATE IS NOT IN A QUORUM CALL.

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    MR. PETERS

    MADAM PRESIDENT, I RISE TO OPPOSE THE NOMINATION OF C.I.A. DIRECTOR MIKE…

    MADAM PRESIDENT, I RISE TO OPPOSE THE NOMINATION OF C.I.A. DIRECTOR MIKE POMPEO TO BE THE SECRETARY OF STATE. I VOTED AGAINST CONFIRMING MIKE POMPEO TO BE THE DIRECTOR OF THE CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY BECAUSE HE LACKED THE EXPERIENCE AND THE QUALIFICATIONS FOR THE POSITION. HIS TIME AT THE C.I.A. HAS DONE NOTHING TO ASSURE ME THAT HE NOW HAS THE CAPABILITIES TO LEAD THE SECRETARY OF STATE. -- THE STATE DEPARTMENT. AS A MEMBER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES MIKE POMPEO MADE REPEATED DISCRIMINATORY REMARKS ABOUT MUSLIM AMERICANS. HE HAS ARGUED THAT THE MUSLIM-AMERICAN LEADERS HAVE A SPECIAL OBLIGATION TO DENOUNCE TERRORIST ATTACKS AND HE HAS FALSELY CLAIMED THAT THEY HAVE FAILED TO DO THAT. I'M PROUD TO REPRESENT A DYNAMIC MUSLIM AND ARAB-AMERICAN COMMUNITY IN MICHIGAN. I HAVE SEEN THAT THESE PATRIOTIC COMMUNITIES ARE OFTEN THE FIRST -- THEY ARE THE FIRST TO DENOUNCE SENSELESS ACTS OF VIOLENCE THAT PERVERTS THE ISLAMIC FAITH. MIKE POMPEO HAS ALSO CLOSE TIES TO THE GROUP THAT THE SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER DESIGNATED HATE GROUP BECAUSE OF ITS ANTI-MUSLIM RHETORIC AND CONSPIRACY THEORIES. I QUESTION THE JUDGMENT OF AN ELECTED OFFICIAL WHO WOULD WORK WITH SUCH A GROUP AND I DO NOT BELIEVE IT SHOWS THE TYPE OF CHARACTER REQUIRED IN AN INDIVIDUAL THAT IS NOMINATED TO BE OUR COUNTRY'S TOP DIPLOMAT. HOW CAN SOMEONE WITH THIS ATTITUDE WORK EFFECTIVELY WITH OUR ALLIES AND PARTNERS IN THE MIDDLE EAST? I DON'T THINK HE CAN. MR. POMPEO HAS ALSO SUPPORTED BRINGING BACK WATERBOTHERING AND OTHER -- WATERBOARDING AND OTHER TORTURE. HE HAS DONE NOTHING TO KEEP OUR COUNTRY SAFE. HE SAID THAT TORTURE, AND I QUOTE, ABSOLUTELY WORKS. MADAM PRESIDENT, WE CAN DO BETTER THAN THAT. AMERICA IS BETTER THAN THIS. I VOTED TO BAN THE USE OF WATERBOARDING AND OTHER SO-CALLED ENHANCED INTERROGATION MEASURES BECAUSE THEY DO NOT WORK, AND, IN FACT, THEY VIOLATE BASIC HUMAN RIGHTS, UNDERMINE OUR NATION'S COUNTERTERRORISM MISSIONS AND PLACE OUR NATION AT RISK. CONFIRMING A SECRETARY OF STATE THAT CONDONES TORTURE IS ANOTHER STEP IN OUR NATION'S RETREAT OF WHAT RONALD REAGAN CALLED A SHINNING CITY ON THE HILL. I'M CONCERNED THAT MIKE POMPEO WILL ALSO CONTINUE THE UNITED STATES' RETREAT FROM A LEADERSHIP ROLE IN ADDRESSING CLIMATE CHANGE, AND MORE RAL AND ECONOMIC ISSUE THAT WILL AFFECT OUR PLANET FOR GENERATIONS TO COME. DIRECTOR POMPEO HAS CRITICIZED THE PARIS CLIMATE AGREEMENT AND MADE STATEMENTS THAT CONTRADICTS THE OVERWHELMING SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE ON CLIMATE CHANGE. OUR NATION FACES SERIOUS GLOBAL CHALLENGES, RUSSIA AGGRESSION, NORTH KOREA NUCLEAR WEAPONS PROGRAMS, INSTABILITY IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND CHINA'S ONGOING EFFORTS TO EXPAND HER POWER AND INFLUENCE. MADAM PRESIDENT, THE WORLD IS LOOKING TO THE UNITED STATES FOR LEADERSHIP. THIS IS A TIME WHEN SKILLED AND EXPERIENCED DIPLOMACY IS ESSENTIAL TO ADVANCE OUR INTERESTS AND OUR VALUES ON A WORLD STAGE. I DO NOT BELIEVE THAT DIRECTOR POMPEO HAS THE NECESSARY EXPERIENCE, DIPLOMATIC SKILLS AND VALUES REQUIRED TO BE THE SECRETARY OF STATE. AND I WILL OPPOSE HIS NOMINATION THIS AFTERNOON. MADAM PRESIDENT, I YIELD THE FLOOR.

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  • 10:57:38 AM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE SENATOR FROM NEW JERSEY.

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    MR. MENENDEZ

    MADAM PRESIDENT, IN ADDITION TO THE NOMINATION OF THE SECRETARY OF STATE…

    MADAM PRESIDENT, IN ADDITION TO THE NOMINATION OF THE SECRETARY OF STATE LATER TODAY, WE ARE CONSIDERING THE NOMINATION OF RICHARD GRENELL TO BE OUR AMBASSADOR TO GERMANY. I OPPOSE MR. GRENELL'S NOMINATION IN COMMITTEE AND I WILL OPPOSE HIS NOMINATION TODAY. IF CONFIRMED MR. GRENELL WILL ASSUME THE POST IN A TIME OF STRAIN OF THE BILATERAL RELATIONSHIP SINCE THE ELECTION OF PRESIDENT TRUMP WHO HAS DISAGREED WITH WITH THE CHANCELLOR MERKEL. THEY ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR SECURING PEACE AND PROSPERITY. GERMANY SERVED WITH DISTINCTION AND SACRIFICE IN AFGHANISTAN. GERMANY SERVES ON THE FRONT LINES OF EUROPE AGAINST AN AGGRESSIVE RUSSIA THAT IS LOOKING TO DESTABILIZE GERMANY'S DEMOCRACY. GERMAN ACCEPTED SO MANY REFUGEES. THIS IS A CLOSE ALLY FOR OUR SECURITY BUT MORE IMPORTANT AN ALLY IN CHAMPIONING THE VALUE THAT WE HOLD DEAR. IT WOULD BE MY HOPE AND DESIRE THAT SUCH AN IMPORTANT ALLY AS GERMANY THE PRESIDENT WOULD HAVE PUT FORWARD A SERIOUS, CREDIBLE, EXPERIENCE DIPLOMAT WHO WOULD STRENGTHEN OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GERMANY. INSTEAD PRESIDENT TRUMP NOMINATED MR. GRENELL. IN A FEW MOMENTS I WILL READ THINGS THAT MR. GRENELL HAS TWEETED IN THE PAST AND THAT HE CONTINUES TO TWEET EVEN AS HIS NOMINATION HAS BEEN PENDING BEFORE THIS BODY. I DO NOT SAVOR HAVING TO READ THESE TWEETS BECAUSE, FRANKLY, I DON'T THINK THEY ARE SUITABLE TO HAVE TO SAY ON THE FLOOR OF THE SENATE, BUT SINCE THE MAJORITY AND THE PRESIDENT HAVE PRIORITIZED THIS NOMINEE AND THE VOTE WILL OCCUR A LITTLE LATER, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE TO KNOW EXACTLY WHO THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION WANTS TO REPRESENT THE UNITED STATES TO OUR GREAT FRIEND AND ALLY GERMANY. AND SO I'LL READ A SELECTION OF MR. GRENELL'S TWEETS FOR THE RECORD. QUOTE, DID YOU NOTICE THAT WHILE MICHELE OBAMA IS WORKING OUT ON THE BIGGEST LOSER, SHE IS SWEATING ON THE EAST ROOM'S CARPET? UNQUOTE. RACHEL MADDOW SHOULD TAKE A BREATH AND PUT ON A NECK LAST. ALSO ABOUT CALISTA, SHE STANDS THERE PLIEC SHE IS -- LIKE SHE IS WIFE NUMBER ONE. DO YOU THINK HER HAIR SNAPS ON? THIS IS JUST A SELECTION. A SELECTION. I CONSIDERED THE ONES THAT ARE NOT INSULTS. THESE ARE NOT THE WORDS OF A CHILD OR TEENAGER WOULD DOES NOT UNDERSTAND THE POWER OF WORDS. THESE ARE THE WORDS OF A GROWN ADULT WHO HAD PREVIOUSLY BEEN THE PUBLIC FACE OF THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION FOR EIGHT YEARS. MR. GRENELL'S DEROGATORY COMMENTS ABOUT WOMEN ARE SIMPLY UNACCEPTABLE FOR ANYONE TO MAKE IN PUBLIC LET ALONE A DIPLOMAT. AND I WOULD GO FURTHER. NOT ONLY DO THESE TWEETS SHOW BAD JUDGMENT, THEY SHOW US WHO MR. GRENELL REALLY IS AND HOW COMFORTABLE HE IS PUBLICLY CONTRIBUTING HIS OWN BRAND OF TOXIC POLITICAL DISCOURSE. WILL HE DO SUCH THINGS IF HE'S CONFIRMED AND GOES TO GERMANY? WILL HE INSULT VIA HIS TWITTER ACCOUNT THE FEMALE CHANCELLOR OF GERMANY? I DON'T KNOW AND I HOPE NOT. IN THE COMMITTEE PROCESS OF CONSIDERING HIS NOMINATION, MR. GRENELL WAS ASKED ABOUT THESE TWEETS AND OTHER COMMENTS HE HAS MADE. AND YOU KNOW WHAT HE SAID? HE ASSURED US HE UNDERSTOOD THERE WAS A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BEING A PRIVATE CITIZEN AND BEING A PUBLIC FIGURE AND THAT HE WOULD NEVER SAY OR TWEET SUCH THINGS AS A PUBLIC FIGURE. SO IMAGINE OUR SURPRISE WHEN MR. GRENELL STARTED TWEETING AGAIN AFTER HE HAD BEEN VOTED OUT OF THE COMMITTEE. ASTONISHINGLY, HE RETWEETED A WIKILEAKS TWEET WHICH INCLUDED DOCUMENTS STOLEN BY RUSSIAN INTELLIGENCE. THE OTHER NOMINEE BEFORE US TODAY, C.I.A. DIRECTOR MIKE POMPEO HAS CALLED WIKILEAKS, AND I QUOTE, A NONSTATE HOSTILE INTELLIGENCE SERVICE. THAT'S WHAT MIKE POMPEO, THE C.I.A. DIRECTOR, CALLED WIKILEAKS, A NONSTATE HOSTILE INTELLIGENCE SERVICE, UNQUOTE. AND HE FURTHER WENT ON TO SAY ABOUT WIKILEAKS THAT WILL, QUOTE, TAKE DOWN AMERICA ANY WAY THEY CAN AND FIND ANY WILLING PARTNER TO ACHIEVE THAT END, UNQUOTE. SO IMAGINE THAT. AMIDST ALL THE CONTROVERSY ABOUT THE CONNECTIONS BETWEEN WIKILEAKS AND RUSSIAN AND THEIR INTERFERENCE IN OUR 2016 ELECTION AND WHILE UNDER CONSIDERATION FOR AN AMBASSADORSHIP OF THIS BODY -- BY THIS BODY, MR. GRENELL FEELS PERFECTLY COMFORTABLE TWEETING OUT E-MAILS STOLEN BY RUSSIAN INTELLIGENCE TO INTERFERE IN OUR DEMOCRATIC PROCESS. BASICALLY, IN ESSENCE, AS MIKE POMPEO DESCRIBES, DOING THE WORK OF RUSSIAN INTELLIGENCE. MR. PRESIDENT, THESE ARE NOT THE ACTIONS OF A PERSON WITH ANYTHING CLOSE TO GOOD JUDGMENT. THESE ARE NOT THE ACTIONS OF A DIPLOMAT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO REJECT SENDING MR. GRENELL TO GERMANY AS THE U.N. AMBASSADOR. WITH THAT, MR. PRESIDENT, I YIELD THE FLOOR AND OBSERVE THE ABSENCE OF A QUORUM.

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  • 11:03:31 AM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE CLERK WILL CALL THE ROLL. QUORUM CALL: QUORUM CALL: QUORUM CALL:

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    Quorum Call

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    MRS. ERNST

    MR. PRESIDENT?

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE SENATOR FROM IOWA.

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    MRS. ERNST

    MR. PRESIDENT, I ASK THAT THE QUORUM CALL BE VITIATED.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MRS. ERNST

    MR. PRESIDENT, I HAVE FOUR REQUESTS FOR COMMITTEES TO MEET DURING TODAY'S…

    MR. PRESIDENT, I HAVE FOUR REQUESTS FOR COMMITTEES TO MEET DURING TODAY'S SESSION OF THE SENATE. THEY HAVE THE APPROVAL OF THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY LEADERS.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    DULY NOTED.

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    MRS. ERNST

    MR. PRESIDENT, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE PRESIDENT'S NOMINATION OF…

    MR. PRESIDENT, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE PRESIDENT'S NOMINATION OF DIRECTOR MIKE POMPEO TO SERVE AS SECRETARY OF STATE. DIRECTOR POMPEO HAS A VERY LONG RECORD OF PUBLIC SERVICE THAT HAS PREPARED HIM FOR THIS VERY, VERY IMPORTANT POSITION. LET'S START AT THE BEGINNING. DIRECTOR POMPEO WAS TOP OF HIS CLASS AT THE UNITED STATES MILITARY ACADEMY AT WEST POINT, AND HE SERVED HONORABLY IN THE UNITED STATES ARMY. HE'S ALSO A GRADUATE OF HARVARD LAW SCHOOL. IN CONGRESS, DIRECTOR POMPEO WAS A LEADER ON ISSUES OF NATIONAL SECURITY AND FOREIGN RELATIONS, AND THEN FINALLY AND MOST RECENTLY AS DIRECTOR OF THE C.I.A., DIRECTOR POMPEO HAS BEEN A SUCCESSFUL LEADER IN THE WORLD'S BEST INTELLIGENCE PROFESSION TO WORK AND RESOLVE SOME OF OUR NATION'S MOST SENSITIVE AND DIFFICULT PROBLEMS. NOW, I'VE HEARD ON THE FLOOR OF THE SENATE HERE RECENTLY A NUMBER OF MY COLLEAGUES THAT HAVE CALLED INTO QUESTION WHETHER HE SHOULD SERVE AS OUR NATION'S TOP DIPLOMAT. HE SERVED IN THE MILITARY. HE HAS SERVED AS DIRECTOR OF THE C.I.A. AND WHAT I WANT TO DO IS GO BACK TO THE TIME THAT HE SPENT AT THE UNITED STATES MILITARY ACADEMY AT WEST POINT. AND WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO DO IS JUST REMIND THE BODY THAT IN THE MILITARY, WE SERVE IN MANY MISSIONS, BUT ONE OF THEM DOES INCLUDE DIPLOMACY. NOW, AS THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE UNDERSTANDS THAT AS MILITARY MEMBERS, WHETHER YOU'RE A MARINE OR A SOLDIER, THAT OFTENTIMES DURING CONFLICTS, YOU STAND SHOULDER TO SHOULDER WITH MEMBERS OF OTHER COUNTRIES. YOU MUST HAVE AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE CULTURAL EFFECTS AND THE CULTURAL DIFFERENCES BETWEEN OUR NATIONS. AND YOU WORK TO RESOLVE PROBLEMS, WHETHER IT'S WITH THE INDIGENOUS POPULATION OR WHETHER IT'S WITHIN THE MILITARY RANKS. WE SERVE AS DIPLOMATS. NOW, AT WEST POINT I KNOW THAT DIRECTOR POMPEO LEARNED THIS LESSON VERY WELL. MANY OF US, WHETHER YOU GO THROUGH A MILITARY ACADEMY OR WHETHER YOU ARE GOING THROUGH RESERVE OFFICER TRAINING CORPS PROGRAM AT A UNIVERSITY LIKE I DID AT IOWA STATE, YOU LEARN ABOUT WHAT WE CALL THE INSTRUMENTS OF NATIONAL POWER. AND THOSE INSTRUMENTS OF NATIONAL POWER ARE CALLED DIME. IT'S AN ACRONYM, D-I-M-E. D STANDS FOR DIPLOMACY. WE LEARNED THAT AGAIN AS MEMBERS OF THE MILITARY AND AS OFFICERS IN OUR NATION'S MILITARY. SO DIPLOMACY, THE SECOND THING THING, THE I IS INFORMATION. M FOR MILITARY ACTION AND THE E STANDS FOR ECONOMIC ACTION SUCH AS SANCTIONS. BUT WITHIN THE REALM OF DIPLOMACY, WHAT WE ARE TAUGHT IS THAT WE WORK WITH AMBASSADORS. WE WORK THROUGH EMBASSIES. WE ARE TAUGHT ABOUT THE REALM OF NEGOTIATIONS AND TREATIES AND VARIOUS POLICIES THAT AFFECT DIFFERENT NATIONS AROUND THE GLOBE. WE'RE ENGAGING IN INTERNATIONAL FORUMS AND AGAIN WORKING IN THE DEFENSE SPACE. OF COURSE WE HAVE MANY OPPORTUNITIES TO ENGAGE WITH LEADERS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES. DIPLOMACY, IT IS THE VERY BASIS OF THE INSTRUMENTS OF NATIONAL POWER THAT WE ALL LEARN. SO I KNOW THAT DIRECTOR POMPEO IN HIS CAPACITY, WHETHER HE WAS SERVING AT THE C.I.A. OR GOING BACK MANY YEARS TO WHEN HE SERVED IN THE UNITED STATES ARMY QUITE ADMIRABLY, AND BACK AT THE ACADEMY WHEN HE WAS FIRST TAUGHT THOSE INSTRUMENTS OF NATIONAL POWER OR DIME, THAT HE IS WELL VERSED IN WORKING WITH MANY NATIONS IN VERY, VERY DIFFICULT CIRCUMSTANCES. SO AGAIN, DIRECTOR POMPEO HAS A VERY LONG RECORD OF PUBLIC SERVICE. NOW, DIRECTOR POMPEO ALSO HAS HAD VERY STRONG RELATIONSHIPS AND HE VALUES THOSE RELATIONSHIP RELATIONSHIPS. HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH SECRETARY OF DEFENSE MATTIS WILL PROVE INVALUABLE AS HE WORKS TO ENSURE PEACE THROUGH STRENGTH. ADDITIONALLY, I AM CONFIDENT HE WILL INSPIRE AND LEAD THE MEN AND WOMEN OF OUR STATE DEPARTMENT TO ACHIEVE RESULTS FOR OUR NATION. AND THOSE RESULTS WILL BE CENTERED AROUND DIPLOMACY. DIRECTOR POMPEO UNDERSTANDS THE THREATS THAT WE FACE AS A NATION EVERY DAY. DURING A TIME WHEN THE THREATS AGAINST THE UNITED STATES CONTINUED TO GROW AROUND THE GLOBE, IT IS IMPORTANT, IMPORTANT FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP TO HAVE HIS FULL DIPLOMATIC AND NATIONAL SECURITY TEAM IN PLACE. WE MUST DO THIS. DIPLOMACY, DIPLOMACY. DIRECTOR POMPEO IS ALSO THE RIGHT PERSON TO SERVE AS OUR TOP DIPLOMAT. HE WILL RISE TO MEET THE CHALLENGES AND FOSTER THOSE RELATIONSHIPS THAT WE NEED AROUND THE WORLD TO KEEP OUR NATION FREE, SECURE, AND PROSPEROUS. AGAIN, I WILL GO BACK TO THE INSTRUMENTS OF NATIONAL POWER. D-I-M-E. THE FIRST IS ALWAYS DIPLOMACY. DIRECTOR POMPEO UNDERSTANDS THAT AND I'M GLAD THAT WE AS A BODY WILL BE TAKING UP HIS CONFIRMATION VOTE TODAY. AND I WOULD URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS EMINENTLY QUALIFIED MAN AS OUR NEXT SECRETARY OF STATE. THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT. I YIELD THE FLOOR AND NOTICE THE ABSENCE OF A QUORUM.

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  • 11:45:18 AM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE CLERK WILL CALL THE ROLL. QUORUM CALL:

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE SENATOR FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

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    MR. BURR

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO VITIATE THE QUORUM CALL.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. BURR

    MR. PRESIDENT, IT'S WITH GREAT SADNESS THAT I RISE TODAY TO NOTE THE…

    MR. PRESIDENT, IT'S WITH GREAT SADNESS THAT I RISE TODAY TO NOTE THE PASSING OF AN -- AND ACKNOWLEDGE MANY OF THE SERVICE OF A VALUED MEMBER OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE STAFF. ON THE EVENING OF APRIL 23, WHILE ATTENDING A CONFERENCE ON BEHALF OF THE COMMITTEE, MATTHEW POLLARD LOST HIS LIFE TO A HEART ATTACK. HE WAS 52 YEARS OLD. MATT IS SURVIVED BY HIS MOTHER, THREE OLDER SISTERS, AND A YOUNG SON BRADLEY WHO WAS THE -- HE WAS THE CHERISHED ONE. MATT SERVED HONORABLY IN THE ARMY AS AN INTELLIGENCE OFFICER, TWICE DEPLOYED IN SUPPORT OF OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM FROM 2003 TO 2004, AND OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM FROM 2009 TO 2010. MATT WAS SMART, REALLY SMART. HE HELD A MASTER'S DEGREE IN STRATEGIC INTELLIGENCE, MECHANICAL ENGINEERING, AND WAS CLOSE TO COMPLETING HIS THIRD MASTER'S DEGREE. MATT HAD ONE OF THOSE JOBS LIKE MANY WHO SERVE ON MY COMMITTEE THAT YOU JUST CAN'T TALK ABOUT VERY MUCH. BUT THAT SILENCE DID NOT ACCURATELY REFLECT THE VALUE HE BROUGHT TO THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE. HE FILLED A CRITICAL ROLE. HE WAS THE MAJORITY STAFF MEMBER RESPONSIBLE FOR CONDUCTING OVERSIGHT OVER THE NATION'S OVERHEAD ARCHITECTURE. IN LAYMAN'S TERMS, HE KNEW SATELLITES. MATT KNEW A LOT ABOUT SATELLITES. HE KNEW ABOUT WHAT THEY WERE CAPABLE OF AND WHAT THEY WEREN'T CAPABLE OF. HE KNEW WHAT THEY COST AND PERHAPS MORE IMPORTANTLY WHAT THEY SHOULD NOT HAVE COST. MATT ALSO HAD THE UNIQUE ABILITY TO EXPLAIN THE UNEXPLAINABLE, WHICH AS MANY HERE KNOW IS A RARE SKILL. MATT HAD A MIND AND AN EYE FOR DETAIL, BOTH TECHNICAL AND BUDGETARY. HE PRIDED HIMSELF IN FINDING WAYS TO CUT THE COST OF THOSE FANTASTICALLY EXPENSIVE PROGRAMS. ON OUR COMMITTEE, HE HAD A DISCERNING EYE FOR CALLING OUT CONTRACTORS WHERE HE SAW DEFICIENCIES. BUT MATT WAS GOOD NATURED. HE WAS GOOD NATURED WITH HIS COLLEAGUES AND INDUSTRY. HE WAS TOUGH, BUT THOSE SAME COLLEAGUES LOVED HIM. MATT WOULD HALF SMILE, HE WOULD HALF FROWN AT A PRESENTATION, AND YOU COULD SEE A CONTRACTOR LOWER THEIR HEADS AND SHUFFLE THEIR FEET, A LITTLE BIT BECAUSE THEY KNEW MATT WAS RIGHT. HE WAS UNIVERSALLY RESPECTED AND LIKED BY ALL WHO ENCOUNTERED HIM, WHETHER THEY SAT AT THE SAME TABLE SIDE OR WHETHER THEY WERE ON THE OTHER SIDE. WHEN MATT PASSED AWAY ON MONDAY, WORD LITERALLY SPREAD AROUND THE COUNTRY IN A MATTER OF HOURS. HIS LOSS IS DEVASTATING TO MANY, INCLUDING THE COMMITTEE, THE MEMBERS, AND THE STAFF. MATT ACTUALLY SERVED TWICE ON THE STAFF OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE. HE BEGAN HIS FIRST TOUR WITH US IN MARCH OF 2002. THAT FIRST TOUR LASTED 11 YEARS. MATT COULDN'T STAY AWAY FROM THE SENATE FOR LONG ENOUGH, THOUGH, AND HE GAVE IN TO TREMENDOUS PRESSURE FROM THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE TO JOIN THEM, WHICH HE DID IN APRIL OF 2014. MATT'S DRIVE TO SERVE WAS STRONG, AND WHEN I BECAME CHAIRMAN IN JANUARY OF 2015, I HAD ONE OBJECTIVE -- PERSUADING HIM TO REJOIN THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE, AND IT WAS ONE OF MY TOP PRIORITIES. I'M ETERNALLY GRATEFUL THAT I WAS ABLE TO LURE HIM AWAY FROM THE APPROPRIATORS AND KNOW WITHOUT A DOUBT HE WAS ONE OF THE STRONGEST MEMBERS OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE STAFF. MATT STUDIED, MATT INQUIRED. HE NEVER BACKED DOWN FROM A DEBATE. MATT SPOKE HIS MIND AND SPOKE TRUTH TO POWER, AND HE DID IT OFTEN WITHOUT BIAS. WE LOVED HIM FOR ALL OF IT, AND WE WILL SORELY MISS MATT. HOWEVER, MORE IMPORTANTLY THAN THE VALUES HE BROUGHT TO THE COMMITTEE, TO THE UNITED STATES SENATE, AND TO THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE WAS HOW MATT CONDUCTED HIMSELF AS A PERSON AND AS A FATHER. MATT LOVED HIS SON BRADLEY. AND THAT'S PROBABLY WHAT I WILL REMEMBER MOST OF MATT. BRADLEY WAS MATT'S WORLD. BOY SCOUTS, CAMPOUTS, SOCCER GAMES. IF BRADLEY WAS INVOLVED, MATT WAS THERE. HE WAS A GREAT DAD. WE WEREN'T SURPRISED WHEN WE HEARD THAT MATT RECENTLY MISJUDGED THE FORECAST, AND DESPITE WEARING ONLY A T-SHIRT AND SHORTS IN 40-DEGREE TEMPERATURES, WHIPPING WINDS, HE CHEERED LOUDLY AS BRADLEY PLAYED HIS FIRST SOCCER GAME. THIS ONE SMALL EXAMPLE OF HIS DEVOTION TO BRADLEY, WHOM HE PROUDLY REFERRED TO AS MY BOY, BRADLEY, I WANT TO SAY THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR FATHER WITH US. WE WILL FOREVER BE GRATEFUL. GIVEN MATT'S HOURS AND PORTFOLIO, HE, LIKE MANY OF THE STAFF, OFTEN WORKED ON THE WEEKENDS, AND BRADLEY WAS A REGULAR PRESENCE IN THE COMMITTEE ON THOSE WEEKENDS IN THE COMMITTEE SPACE. HE OFTEN COULD BE FOUND PLAYING BOARD GAMES WITH KIDS OF OTHER STAFFERS WHO WERE ALSO WORKING WEEKENDS AND SIMILARLY ENGAGED IN FINDING A WORK-LIFE BALANCE. BUT MATT'S DEVOTION AND GENEROSITY EXTENDED BEYOND BRADLEY. HE WAS ALSO KNOWN ON OCCASION TO LEAD MANY ADVENTURES AROUND THE CAPITOL. HE WOULD TAKE THEM THROUGH THE COMPLEX WITH SMALL HERDS OF CHILDREN IN TOW SO THEIR PARENTS COULD ACTUALLY GET SOME WORK DONE. KIDS WOULD COME BACK FULL OF STORIES ABOUT GUESS WHAT WE DID TO THEIR PARENTS. WE AT THE COMMITTEE, OUR SISTER COMMITTEE IN THE HOUSE WILL MISS HAVING THE BENEFITS OF HIS WISDOM AND HIS EXPERIENCE. SO, TOO, WILL THOSE IN THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY WHO WORKED WITH MATT TO INCLUDE THE SENIOR LEADERSHIP AT SOME OF THE MOST IMPORTANT AGENCIES. AND WHILE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE MAY HAVE NEVER KNOWN MATT BY NAME, HOPEFULLY THIS STATEMENT WILL GIVE YOU SOME INSIGHT INTO HIS CHARACTER. AND MORE IMPORTANTLY, HIS CONTRIBUTIONS THAT HE MADE TO OUR NATION'S SECURITY. WE WILL MISS HIS EXPERTISE, HIS INFECTIOUS SENSE OF HUMOR, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY HIS FRIENDSHIP. MR. PRESIDENT, BEFORE I YIELD, I WOULD LIKE TO TURN TO SENATOR BLUNT.

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  • 11:52:55 AM

    MR. BLUNT

    THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN. I CERTAINLY AGREE WITH AND REALLY UNDERSTAND AND…

    THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN. I CERTAINLY AGREE WITH AND REALLY UNDERSTAND AND APPRECIATE ALL THE COMMENTS THE CHAIRMAN JUST MADE ABOUT MATT POLLARD. HE WAS THE PERSON I WORKED MOST CLOSELY WITH IN THE INTEL COMMUNITY. HE HAD SERVED HIS COUNTRY HIS WHOLE ADULT LIFE. HE LOVED HIS COUNTRY, HE LOVED HIS WORK. HE UNDERSTOOD THE IMPORTANCE OF PROTECTING AND ADVANCING AND DEFENDING WHO WE ARE. THE CHAIRMAN JUST POINTED OUT HIS REAL DEDICATION TO HIS SON, AND OFTEN MATT WOULD COME OVER TO MY OFFICE FOR JUST SORT OF A TOP-LINE INDICATION OF WHAT WE WERE GOING TO BE DOING WHEN WE GOT TO THE INTEL COMMITTEE, AND SINCE YOU REALLY CAN'T TALK ABOUT THAT UNTIL YOU GET TO THE INTEL COMMITTEE, THE SURE WAY TO GET A GOOD CONVERSATION GOING WAS JUST TO SAY TELL ME ABOUT THAT SON OF YOURS. AND HE WOULD HAVE CHAPTER AND VERSE OF WHAT HAD HAPPENED IN THE LAST FEW DAYS OF THE THINGS HE WAS DOING WITH BRAD. HE WAS REALLY APPRECIATED BY HIS -- BY HIS CO-WORKERS. I TALKED TO THE CHAPLAIN YESTERDAY WHO WENT OVER TO SEE OUR INTEL TEAM MOMENTS AFTER THEY HAD FOUND OUT ABOUT THE LOSS OF MATT POLLARD, AND THE CHAPLAIN WAS IMPRESSED BY THE EMOTIONAL SENSE OF LOSS THAT THAT WHOLE TEAM FELT. HE KNEW MORE ABOUT HIS AREA OF EXPERTISE THAN ANYBODY ON OUR STAFF. WE WILL MISS THAT, BUT WE WILL MOSTLY MISS HIM. WE'RE GRATEFUL FOR HIS SERVICE, GRATEFUL FOR HIS DEDICATION TO HIS COUNTRY AND HIS SON AND THE FUTURE OF BOTH HIS COUNTRY AND HIS FAMILY. I WOULD YIELD BACK TO THE CHAIRMAN.

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  • 11:54:42 AM

    MR. BURR

    I THANK MY COLLEAGUE, SENATOR BLUNT. MR. PRESIDENT, WE'RE SADDENED BUT…

    I THANK MY COLLEAGUE, SENATOR BLUNT. MR. PRESIDENT, WE'RE SADDENED BUT WE'RE BLESSED. WE'RE SADDENED AT THE LOSS, AND WE ARE BLESSED THAT WE PARTICIPATED IN A SMALL PART OF MATT POLLARD'S LIFE HERE ON EARTH. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 11:55:20 AM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE SENATOR FROM NEW JERSEY.

  • 11:55:24 AM

    MR. MENENDEZ

    MR. PRESIDENT, WE'RE ABOUT TO VOTE ON THE CLOTURE ON THE SECRETARY OF…

    MR. PRESIDENT, WE'RE ABOUT TO VOTE ON THE CLOTURE ON THE SECRETARY OF STATE NOMINEE. I ONCE AGAIN, JUST TO SUMMARIZE, EXPRESS MY OPPOSITION TO MIKE POMPEO SERVING AS THIS NATION'S TOP DIPLOMAT. AS I SAID EARLIER THIS WEEK IN COMMITTEE, I AM GENERALLY DISAPPOINTED TO BE CASTING A VOTE AGAINST A SECRETARY OF STATE NOMINEE. I BELIEVE THE UNITED STATES NEEDS AN EFFECTIVE LEADER ON THE GLOBAL STAGE, BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY AS I CONSIDER DIRECTOR POMPEO'S NOMINATION INCLUDING HIS HEARING, HIS PAST STATEMENTS, AND RECENT REVELATIONS, I HAVE LINGERING CONCERNS WHICH I OUTLINED IN DETAIL YESTERDAY ON THE FLOOR, AND I WILL NOT GO INTO THAT DETAIL HERE AGAIN. I DO WANT TO SAY, THOUGH, IN LISTENING TO THE REMARKS OF SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES THIS WEEK, I WAS STRUCK BY HOW EASILY SOME CHARACTERIZED LEGITIMATE CONCERNS ABOUT A NOMINEE AS A PURELY PARTISAN ACT, AND I WAS STRUCK BY SUGGESTIONS THAT SOMEHOW DEMOCRATS HAVE OBSTRUCTED THIS NOMINATION. DEMOCRATS ON THE FOREIGN RELATIONS COMMITTEE AGREED TO EVERY REQUEST OF THE CHAIRMAN IN THE PROCESS OF CONSIDERING THIS NOMINATION. WE HELD HEARINGS ON THE DATE THE CHAIRMAN REQUESTED. WE HELD THE BUSINESS MEETING TO VOTE ON THE NOMINATION ON THE DATE THE CHAIRMAN REQUESTED. WE SENT THE NOMINATION TO THE FLOOR. YESTERDAY WE HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO DEBATE THE NOMINATION HERE ON THE SENATE FLOOR. TODAY WE WILL VOTE. THAT'S NOT OBSTRUCTION. THAT'S A FAIR AND APPROPRIATE PROCESS AGREED ON IN A COOPERATIVE MANNER. AND DEMOCRATS HAVE WORKED WITH REPUBLICANS IN A CONSTRUCTIVE MANNER TO CONFIRM A WIDE RANGE OF NOMINATIONS. WE VOTED FOR THE PRESIDENT'S NOMINATION FOR CABINET MEMBERS. NIKKI HALEY WAS CONFIRMED AS A U.N. AMBASSADOR 96-4. JOHN KELLY WAS CONFIRMED AS SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY 88-11. SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN SULLIVAN WAS CONFIRMED 94-6. THIS BODY CONFIRMED SECRETARY MATTIS BY A VOTE OF 98-1. 98-1. SO IT SEEMS THAT REPUBLICANS COMPLAIN ABOUT DEMOCRATIC VOTES ONLY WHEN THEY DON'T GET WHAT THEY WANT. I WOULD SAY IT IS THE PRESIDENT WHO IS POLITICIZING MANY OF THESE NOMINEES BY NOMINATING PEOPLE THAT HE MUST KNOW OFTEN CANNOT DRAW BROAD BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. THERE ARE MANY QUALIFIED CANDIDATES THIS PRESIDENT COULD HAVE NOMINATED FOR THIS CRITICAL POSITION. WHO I AM SURE MY COLLEAGUES AND I AS WELL AS OTHERS WOULD HAVE BEEN HAPPY TO CONFIRM. LET ME CLOSE BY PROVIDING SOME MORE ACTUAL FACTS. IN THE SENATE FOREIGN RELATIONS COMMITTEE ALONE, WE HAVE SENT 86 NOMINEES TO THE SENATE FLOOR. 77 OF THEM HAVE BEEN CONFIRMED, MOSTLY THROUGH UNANIMOUS CONSENT. IT IS THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION THAT HAS FAILED TO KEEP PACE ON NOMINATIONS OF THE 172 SENATE CONFIRMED POSITIONS AT THE STATE DEPARTMENT, OUR BEAZ, AND USAID, THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION HAS NOT NOMINATED ANYONE TO FILL 76 OF THOSE VACANCIES. THEY INCLUDE AMBASSADORIAL VACANCIES LEFT UNFILLED WHICH INCLUDE CRITICAL COUNTRIES OF GREAT STRATEGIC IMPORTANCE LIKE SOUTH KOREA, EGYPT, JORDAN, QATAR, SAUDI ARABIA, SWEDEN, SOUTH AFRICA, AND TURKEY. THE COMMITTEE HAD AGREED TO HOLD A NOMINATIONS HEARING FOR THREE NOMINEES JUST THIS PAST WEEK WHEN THE ADMINISTRATION ASKED THAT THE HEARING BE INDEFINITELY POSTPONED. AND LET US NOT FORGET THAT REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP CAN BRING UP ANY NOMINEE ON THE FLOOR ANY TIME THEY CHOOSE. AND SO THIS SUGGESTION THAT NOT SUPPORTING A NOMINEE YOU BELIEVE IS UNQUALIFIED IS A PURELY PARTISAN ACT IS RIDICULOUS BASED UPON THE FACTS. WHAT IS PARTISAN IS TO HOLD UP A QUALIFIED NOMINEE FOR JUSTICE TO THE SUPREME COURT LIKE MERRICK GARLAND FOR 295 DAYS WITHOUT A HEARING OR EVEN A VOTE. SO PLEASE SAVE ME THE SANCTIMONIOUS VOICES OF THIS QUESTION OF PARTISANSHIP. IT IS THE ARTICLE 1 RIGHT OF THIS BODY TO VET NOMINEES AND CAST A VOTE THEY THINK IS CORRECT. I BELIEVE STRONGLY THAT THE CONGRESS PLAYS A VITAL ROLE IN THE CHECK AND BALANCE OF ANY EXECUTIVE BRANCH, AND I BELIEVE THAT REGARDLESS OF WHO IS -- REGARDLESS OF WHO IS SITTING IN THE WHITE HOUSE, THAT'S WHAT ARTICLE 1 IS ALL ABOUT. SO I -- I CLOSE SIMPLY BY SAYING WE WILL CONTINUE TO WORK TO ADVANCE THOSE NOMINEES THAT ARE QUALIFIED. WE WILL CONTINUE TO WORK WITH THE CHAIRMAN AS WE HAVE. AND WE WILL SUPPORT THOSE NOMINEES WHO TRULY ARE QUALIFIED. AND EVEN IF WE DO NOT AGREE, WE CERTAINLY WANT TO BE OF SUPPORT IN THE MISSION TO MAKE SURE THAT AMERICA IS SAFE AND SECURE. WITH THAT, MR. PRESIDENT, I YIELD THE FLOOR.

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  • 11:59:57 AM

    MR. CORKER

    MR. PRESIDENT.

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    MR. CORKER

    I WANT TO THANK THE RANKING MEMBER FOR ALLOWING THE PROCESS TO GO FORTH…

    I WANT TO THANK THE RANKING MEMBER FOR ALLOWING THE PROCESS TO GO FORTH AND FOR US TO VOTE ON THIS NOMINEE TODAY. I THINK ALL OF US ARE AWARE THAT THERE IS A NATO SUMMIT WHERE FOREIGN MINISTERS WILL BE PRESENT. US PASSING HIM OUT TODAY WILL ALLOW DIRECTOR POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE POMPEO TO BE A PARTICIPANT IN A MEETING THAT NEEDS TO TAKE PLACE. I WANT TO THANK HIM FOR HIS COOPERATION AND CERTAINLY HIS POINT OF VIEW. LET ME OFFER A DIFFERENT POINT OF VIEW, THOUGH, AS IT RELATES TO THIS NOMINEE. I THINK HE'S ONE OF THE MOST OUTSTANDING NOMINEES WE COULD HAVE FOR THIS POSITION. I DID NOT KNOW HIM WELL WHEN THE PROCESS BEGAN. I KNEW HE HAD DONE A VERY GOOD JOB AS DIRECTOR OF THE CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY. BUT I HAVE TO TELL YOU, THROUGH THE PROCESS OF HIM GOING THROUGH THE CONFIRMATION HEARINGS AND THE CONVERSATIONS WE'VE HAD, THE MEETINGS WE'VE HAD, I THINK HE'S GOING TO BE EXEMPLARY. LET ME GO THROUGH HIS RESUME BRIEFLY. I KNOW PEEP ARE HERE READY TO VOTE. HE GRADUATED FIRST IN HIS CLASS AT WEST POINT. FIRST IN HIS CLASS AT WEST POINT. HE SERVED OUR NATION IN UNIFORM PATROLLING THE IRON CURTAIN. AND IT WAS THERE HE LEARNED ABOUT DIPLOMACY AND THE EFFECT THAT DIPLOMACY CAN HAVE ON THE WORLD. BUT I HAVE FOUND FROM THOSE INDIVIDUALS THAT HAVE WORN THE UNIFORM, THOSE PEOPLE WE HOLD ON A BED PEDESTAL LIKE OUR PRESIDING OFFICER, THEY RESPECT DIPLOMACY ALMOST MORE THAN ANYONE ELSE BECAUSE THEY KNOW IT'S THE THING THAT KEEPS OUR MEN AND WOMEN FROM BEING IN HARM'S WAY. I KNOW THIS NOMINEE BELIEVES STRONGLY IN THE ROLE OF DIPLOMACY AND HE'S SEEN IT IN ACTION FIRSTHAND ON THE GROUND. HE GRADUATED AFTER SERVING IN THE MILITARY, HE GRADUATED FROM HARVARD LAW SCHOOL WHERE HE WAS EDITOR OF THE LAW REVIEW. HE THEN FOUNDED HIS OWN COMPANY ACTING AS C.E.O. AND BECAME PRESIDENT OF ANOTHER COMPANY AFTER THAT. SO HE SERVED IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR. FOUR TIMES HE WAS ELECTED IN KANSAS TO THE FOURTH DISTRICT. NOW, LET ME JUST SAY THIS. SOMETIMES PEOPLE SAY THINGS WHEN THEY'RE IN PUBLIC OFFICE AND WHEN THEY'RE RUNNING IN CAMPAIGNS. I KNOW SOME HAS BEEN SAID ABOUT THAT. I WILL SAY WE CONFIRMED SECRETARY KERRY AND SECRETARY CLINTON BY 94 VOTES. AND I CAN ASSURE YOU THAT DURING THEIR CAMPAIGNS, THEY MAY HAVE SAID SOME THINGS THAT REPUBLICANS DIDN'T PARTICULARLY CARE FOR, BUT WE WENT AHEAD AND CONFIRMED THEM WITH 94 VOTES ON THE FLOOR. FOR THE LAST 15 MONTHS HE SERVED OUR NATION AS DIRECTOR OF THE CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY. I THINK EVERYONE KNOWS HOW HE'S RUN THAT DEPARTMENT OR THAT AGENCY. I THINK EVERYONE KNOWS THE CULTURE THAT HE HAS BUILT THERE. THE STATE DEPARTMENT RIGHT NOW HAS TERRIBLE CULTURE. THE MORALE IS TERRIBLE. A LOT OF POSITIONS, AS MY FRIEND, THE RANKING MEMBER MENTIONED, HAVE NOT BEEN FILLED. BUT THEY ALSO FEEL LIKE THAT THEY HAVEN'T HAD A LEADER IN SOME TIME THAT HAS REALLY STOOD BEHIND THEM AND RAISED THEM UP TO LEVERAGE OUR DIPLOMATIC EFFORTS AROUND THE WORLD. I BELIEVE THIS PARTICULAR NOMINEE WILL BE EXCELLENTLY SUITED FOR THAT. HE'S DEMONSTRATED THAT AT THE C.I.A. I STRONGLY SUPPORT HIS NOMINATION. AND WITH THAT, I HOPE WE WILL VOTE. I LOOK FORWARD TO HIM SERVING OUR NATION. I LOOK FORWARD TO HIM -- AND I DON'T KNOW OF A PERSON -- LET ME JUST SAY THIS. I DON'T KNOW OF A PERSON IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA THAT COULD HAVE MORE CURRENT KNOWLEDGE ABOUT WHAT IS HAPPENING AROUND THE WORLD IN HIS CURRENT ROLE. WE'VE MET WITH THE NORTH KOREANS. WE HAVE KNOWN FOR SOME TIME THAT THE C.I.A. HAS BEEN OUR CONTACT, OUR BACKCHANNEL WITH THE NORTH KOREANS. HE'S THE PERFECT PERSON TO COME IN AT THIS TIME AND LEAD THOSE EFFORTS DIPLOMATICALLY. WITH THAT I YIELD THE FLOOR. I ALSO YIELD BACK ANY REMAINING TIME.

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  • 12:03:55 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE MOTION TO INVOKE CLOTURE.

  • 12:03:58 PM

    THE CLERK

    CLOTURE MOTION, WE THE UNDERSIGNED SENATORS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE…

    CLOTURE MOTION, WE THE UNDERSIGNED SENATORS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF RULE 22 OF THE STANDING RULES OF THE SENATE DO HEREBY MOVE TO BRING TO A CLOSE DEBATE ON THE NOMINATION OF MIKE POMPEO OF KANSAS TO BE SECRETARY OF STATE SIGNED BY 17 SENATORS.

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  • 12:04:00 PM

    Senate Vote 83 - On the Cloture Motion PN1761

    Cloture Motion Agreed to (57 - 42)
    Yea
    Nay

    Vote Details: Yea - 57
    Republican - 50
    Democratic - 6
    Independent - 1

    Vote Details: Nay - 42
    Democratic - 41
    Independent - 1

  • 12:04:12 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    BY UNANIMOUS CONSENT, THE MANDATORY QUORUM CALL HAS BEEN WAIVED. THE…

    BY UNANIMOUS CONSENT, THE MANDATORY QUORUM CALL HAS BEEN WAIVED. THE QUESTION IS, IS IT THE SENSE OF THE SENATE THAT DEBATE ON THE NOMINATION OF MIKE POMPEO OF KANSAS TO BE SECRETARY OF STATE SHALL BE BROUGHT TO A CLOSE. THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE MANDATORY UNDER THE RULE. THE CLERK WILL CALL THE ROLL. VOTE: VOTE: VOTE:

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  • 12:33:57 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    ARE THERE ANY SENATORS IN THE CHAMBER WISHING TO VOTE OR WISHING TO CHANGE…

    ARE THERE ANY SENATORS IN THE CHAMBER WISHING TO VOTE OR WISHING TO CHANGE THEIR VOTE? IF NOT, THE AYES ARE 57. THE NAYS ARE 42. THE MOTION IS AGREED TO. UNDER THE PREVIOUS ORDER, ALL POSTCLOTURE TIME IS EXPIRED, AND THE QUESTION OCCURS ON CONFIRMATION OF THE NOMINATION OF MR. POMPEO. THERE IS A SECOND. IS THERE A SUFFICIENT SECOND? THERE APPEARS TO BE. THE CLERK WILL CALL THE ROLL. VOTE: VOTE: VOTE:

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  • 12:34:00 PM

    Senate Vote 84 - U.S. Senate Confirms Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State, 57-42

    Nomination Confirmed (57 - 42)
    Yea
    Nay

    Vote Details: Yea - 57
    Republican - 50
    Democratic - 6
    Independent - 1

    Vote Details: Nay - 42
    Democratic - 41
    Independent - 1

  • 01:02:50 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    ARE THERE ANY OTHER SENATORS IN THE CHAMBER WISHING TO VOTE OR CHANGE…

    ARE THERE ANY OTHER SENATORS IN THE CHAMBER WISHING TO VOTE OR CHANGE THEIR VOTE? IF NOT, ARE THE YEAS ARE 57. THE NAYS ARE 42. THE NOMINATION IS CONFIRMED. UNDER THE PREVIOUS ORDER, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS CONSIDERED MADE AND LAID UPON THE TABLE AND THE PRESIDENT WILL BE IMMEDIATELY NOTIFIED OF THE SENATE'S ACTION. THE SENATE WILL RESUME CONSIDERATION OF THE FOLLOWING NOMINATION WHICH THE CLERK WILL REPORT.

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  • 01:03:22 PM

    THE CLERK

    DEPARTMENT OF STATE, RICHARD GRENELL OF CALIFORNIA TO BE AMBASSADOR…

    DEPARTMENT OF STATE, RICHARD GRENELL OF CALIFORNIA TO BE AMBASSADOR EXTRAORDINARY AND PLENIPOTENTIARY OF THE UNITED STATES TO THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY.

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  • 01:03:32 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE MAJORITY WHIP.

  • 01:03:34 PM

    MR. CORNYN

    MR. PRESIDENT, I'D ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT NOT WITHSTANDING RULE 22 THE…

    MR. PRESIDENT, I'D ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT NOT WITHSTANDING RULE 22 THE CLOTURE MOTION WITH RESPECT TO THE GRENELL NOMINATION BE WITHDRAWN, THE TIME UNTIL 1:45 BE EQUALLY DIVIDED IN THE USUAL FORM AND UPON THE USE OR YIELDING BACK OF THAT TIME THE SENATE VOTE ON THE NOMINATION WITH NO INTERVENING ACTION OR DEBATE. FURTHER, THAT IF CONFIRMED, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER BE CONSIDERED MADE AND LAID UPON THE TABLE AND THE PRESIDENT BE IMMEDIATELY NOTIFIED OF THE SENATE'S ACTION.

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  • 01:04:01 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE SENATE'S ACTION.

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    A SENATOR

    MR. PRESIDENT.

  • 01:04:13 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE MAJORITY WHIP.

  • 01:04:14 PM

    MR. CORNYN

    OFFICER: THE MAJORITY WHIP.

  • 01:11:29 PM

    A SENATOR

    A SENATOR: MR. PRESIDENT.

  • 01:11:30 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE SENATOR FROM OREGON.

  • 01:11:33 PM

    MR. MERKLEY

    HAS THE QUORUM CALL BEEN LIFTED?

  • 01:11:36 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    WE'RE NOT IN A QUORUM CALL.

  • 01:11:37 PM

    MR. MERKLEY

    THANK YOU. IF I TOLD YOU A KABUL OF WEALTHY ELITES AND SPECIAL INTERESTS…

    THANK YOU. IF I TOLD YOU A KABUL OF WEALTHY ELITES AND SPECIAL INTERESTS WERE SPINNING A WEB OF DECEIT TO LIE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND RIG THE LEVERS OF POWER IN THEIR FAVOR, YOU'D THINK I WAS TALKING ABOUT THE PLOT OF SOME MOVIE. SOME TV SHOW, SOME NOVEL. BUT AS SENATOR WHITEHOUSE AND SEVERAL OF OUR COLLEAGUES HAVE COME TO THE FLOOR TO DEMONSTRATE THIS PAST WEEK, THIS ISN'T ABOUT A PLOT OF A MOVIE. THIS IS REAL LIFE. IT'S HAPPENING HERE RIGHT NOW, AND IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE AS AMERICANS AND THAT WE AS MEMBERS OF THIS SENATE FACE IT SQUARELY AND UNDERSTAND HOW THIS MANIPULATION IS BEING DESIGNED TO TAKE OUR WE THE PEOPLE CONSTITUTION AND TURN ON ITS HEAD, TURN IT INTO A GOVERNMENT OF, BY, AND FOR THE POWERFUL RATHER THAN OF, BY, AND FOR THE PEOPLE. TODAY I'M GOING TO SHARE WITH YOU A LITTLE INFORMATION ABOUT ONE PIECE OF THIS WEB OF DECEIT, AND THAT'S THE HERITAGE FOUNDATION. IT'S A WELL-KNOWN NAME HERE IN WASHINGTON. AFTER DECADES OF ENGAGING IN A MISSION OF FORMULATING, PROMOTING RIGHT-WING PUBLIC POLICIES, PEOPLE AT THE HERITAGE FOUNDATION, THEY KNOW WHAT IT IS. IT WAS CREATED AS JANE MEYER WRITES IN HER BOOK "DARK MONEY" TO BE, AND I QUOTE, PURPOSEFULLY POLITICAL, PRAOEUGD ITSELF ON -- PRIDING ITSELF ON CREATING, ON SELLING AND INJECTING CONSERVATIVE IDEAS INTO THE AMERICAN MAINSTREAM. THAT'S A MORE COMPLICATED WAY OF SAYING IT WAS CREATED TO BE AN ADVOCATE FOR THE FOSSIL FUEL INDUSTRY AND TO MISLEAD AMERICANS IN EVERY POSSIBLE WAY IN ORDER FOR THEM TO CONTINUE THEIR DEEPLY DAMAGING AND POLLUTING WAYS. SHE GOES ON TO DESCRIBE THE ORGANIZATION AS A, QUOTE, POLITICAL WEAPON DISGUISED AS A THINK TANK. AND THAT PRETTY MUCH SUMS IT UP. ONE OF THE ORGANIZATION'S FOUNDERS ONCE SAID ABOUT SOLIDIFYING POWER FOR THE BIGGEST CORPORATIONS AND WEALTHIEST AMERICANS, AND I QUOTE, I DON'T WANT EVERYBODY TO VOTE. OUR LEVERAGE IN THE ELECTIONS, QUITE CANDIDLY, GOES UP AS THE VOTING POPULACE GOES DOWN. AND THAT'S THIS INTENSE SUPPORT TO ENGAGE IN VOTER SUPPRESSION. IF YOU ARE A RED-BLOODED AMERICAN, YOU BELIEVE IN THE VISION OF VOTER EMPOWERMENT, NOT VOTER SUPPRESSION. SO IT SAYS A LOT ABOUT WHAT THIS ORGANIZATION IS ALL ABOUT. NOT WE THE PEOPLE. NOT VOTER EMPOWERMENT. BUT RIGGING THIS NATION AND THIS PROCESS FOR THE POWERFUL AND THE PRIVILEGED. THE PAPERS, REPORTS, AND JOURNALS THAT COME FROM THE HERITAGE FOUNDATION WORK TO MUDDY THE WATER ON ESTABLISHED SCIENCE. I DID FIND IT INTERESTING, EVERY NOW AND THEN THEY COME UP AND PROMOTE AN IDEA THAT ACTUALLY MAKES SOME SENSE. THEY PROMOTED BACK IN 1989 IN A PUBLICATION ENTITLED "ENSURING AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE FOR ALL AMERICANS," THEY PLAN TO ESTABLISH A MARKETPLACE WITH TAX CREDITS TO ENABLE PEOPLE TO BE ABLE TO HELP BUY POLICIES. THIS WAS THE FOUNDATION FOR ROMNEYCARE. IN MASSACHUSETTS. AND IT BECAME THE FOUNDATION THEN FOR THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. IN FACT, BACK THEN, LONG BEFORE THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT CAME ALONG, PEOPLE LIKE HOUSE SPEAKER NEWT GINGRICH, WHENEVER HE TALKED ABOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF IMPROVING GOVERNMENT HEALTH CARE, TALKED ABOUT THE HERITAGE FOUNDATION PLAN FOR A MARKETPLACE, BUT THE MOMENT, THE MOMENT THAT AN ADMINISTRATION CAME ALONG THAT HAPPENED TO BE A DEMOCRATIC ADMINISTRATION THAT TOOK THAT IDEA SERIOUSLY, THE HERITAGE FOUNDATION IMMEDIATELY ABANDONED IT, WHICH GOES TO MY POINT, THAT THEY ARE ENGAGED DIRECTLY IN THE GAME OF POLITICS ON THE BEHALF OF THE KOCH BROTHERS CABAL AND SABOTAGEING IN A PARTISAN POLITICAL WAY THE BLUE TEAM AT ANY POSSIBLE MOMENT. IN ONE BRIEF, HERITAGE EXPLAINED AWAY THEIR CHANGE OF HEART, SAYING, I QUOTE, ANALYSTS ONCE SUPPORTED A LIMITED AND QUALIFIED INSURANCE MANDATE, BUT NOW BELIEVE IT WAS, QUOTE, BAD PUBLIC POLICY BECAUSE A MANDATE CAME FROM THE HERITAGE FOUNDATION. IN 2012, STUART BUTLER, THE HERITAGE FOUNDATION RESEARCHER WHO AUTHORED THE ORIGINAL PUBLICATION CALLING FOR AN INDIVIDUAL MANDATE, WROTE AN OP-ED SAYING HE HAD CHANGED HIS MIND, AND HE TITLED IT, QUOTE, DON'T BLAME HERITAGE FOR THE OBAMACARE MANDATE. WELL, WHY NOT? THEY PUT THE IDEA FORWARD. IT ACTUALLY WAS A KEY PRINCIPLE OF INSURANCE MARKETPLACES. OTHERWISE YOU CREATE AN INSURANCE DEATH CYCLE. SO THEY PUT THE IDEA FORWARD, THEY PROMOTED THE MARKETPLACE, THEY SAID THIS IS WHAT'S NECESSARY, AND THEN THEY ABANDON IT WHEN IT'S ADVANTAGEOUS TO A PARTISAN POLITICAL ATTACK. IN FACT, THE THEN-PRESIDENT, FORMER SENATOR JIM DeMINT, WENT OUT IN 2013 ON A MULTISTATE TOUR TO BASICALLY DRIVE UP SUPPORT FOR STOPPING THE VERY IDEA THAT HERITAGE HAD INITIATED. THEY CERTAINLY HAVE GONE OUT OF THEIR WAY ON THIS EVIDENT FOR VOTER SUPPRESSION, WHICH IS A COMPLETE AFFRONT TO THE MOST FUNDAMENTAL AND BASIC RIGHT OF OUR NATION. IN REPORTS, THEY MADE CLAIMS LIKE, AND I QUOTE, THERE IS NO CREDIBLE EVIDENCE THAT VOTER I.D. LAWS HAVE IMPEDED TURNOUT, ESPECIALLY AMONG MINORITIES AND DEMOCRATS, AS THEIR OPPONENTS SUGGEST. WELL, OF COURSE, THE EXACT OPPOSITE IS TRUE. IN REGARD TO NORTH CAROLINA, THEY SAID THERE HAS BEEN NO SUPPRESSION OF THE TURNOUT IN NORTH CAROLINA BY ANY OF THESE REFORM MEASURES. OKAY. NOT TRUE. AND, IN FACT, IT WAS EXACTLY THE INTENT OF IMPEDING TURNOUT THAT WAS DEBATED IN THE NORTH CAROLINA LEGISLATURE. THAT WAS THE HEART OF WHY THEY UNDERTOOK IT. IN FACT, WHEN THE FOURTH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS REVIEWED IT, THEY DESCRIBED IT AS ALMOST SURGICAL PRECISION IN THE WAY IT WAS TARGETED AT SUPPRESSING THE VOTE BY MINORITY VOTERS. AND THE U.S. SUPREME COURT REVIEWED IT, AND THEY REFUSED TO HEAR A CASE APPEALING THE LOWER COURT'S RULING. THEN THERE IS THE REAL HEART OF THIS WEB OF DECEIT, AND THAT IS THE HERITAGE FOUNDATION'S DECADES OF EFFORTS TO SAVE CARBON DIOXIDE POLLUTION IS JUST FINE, DON'T WORRY. I THINK ABOUT HOW BACK IN 1959, EDWARD TELLER WAS ADDRESSING THE 100-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE OIL INDUSTRY. HE HAD BEEN INVITED TO SPEAK AS AN EMINENT SCIENTIST. HE SAID MANY GOOD THINGS ABOUT THE ROLE THAT BURNING FOSSIL FUELS COULD DO TO AMPLIFY THE ENERGY IN AMERICA, BUT HE ALSO SAID THERE IS TWO CHALLENGES THAT THIS INDUSTRY HAS. THE FIRST CHALLENGE IS THAT THERE IS A LIMITED AMOUNT OF FOSSIL FUELS IN THE GROUND AND SOMEDAY WE'LL RUN UP AGAINST THAT SHORTFALL AND WE'LL HAVE TO SWITCH TO OTHER FORMS OF ENERGY. NOW, IT TURNED OUT THAT THERE WAS A LOT MORE FOSSIL FUELS AROUND THE PLANET THAN WE EVER ANTICIPATED IN 1959. THE SECOND POINT HE SAID IS THIS MAY NOT SEEM LIKE A POLLUTANT BECAUSE YOU CAN'T SMELL IT, THIS CARBON DIOXIDE, YOU CAN'T SEE IT, BUT IT HAS THIS INTRIGUING AND PROBLEMATIC CHARACTERISTIC IN THAT CARBON DIOXIDE TRAPS HEAT. IT TRAPS INFRARED ENERGY. AND AS A CONSEQUENCE, IT'S GOING TO CAUSE GREAT DISTURBANCES AS IT BUILDS UP IN THE ATMOSPHERE. WE SPECIFICALLY TALKED ABOUT ITS EFFECT ON THE POLES IN RAISING TEMPERATURES, MELTING ICE, AND RAISING SEA LEVELS. WELL, WE KNOW TODAY THAT IT HAS MANY MORE IMPACTS, THAT TELLER DIDN'T ELABORATE ON BACK IN 1959 BUT COME FROM THIS WARMING IMPACT. WE HAVE SEEN GLOBAL TEMPERATURES REACH A RECORD YEAR AFTER YEAR AFTER YEAR WITH SOME 17 OF THE HOTTEST YEARS OCCURRING IN THE LAST 18 YEARS, WHICH IS A PHENOMENAL INDICATION OF THE DIRECTION WE'RE HEADED. WE HAVE SEEN WHEN I WAS RUNNING FOR OFFICE A BILLION BABY OYSTERS DIE IN OREGON AT A HATCHERY, NOT BECAUSE OF A VIRUS BUT BECAUSE THE ACIDITY OF THE WATER HAD GROWN 30% OVER THE COURSE OF THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION BURNING FOSSIL FUELS. AND HOW DOES THAT -- HOW IS THAT CONNECTED? IT'S BECAUSE THE FOSSIL FUELS, BURNING THEM PRODUCES CARBON DIOXIDE, THE WAVE ACTION TAKES THAT CARBON DIOXIDE, TURNS IT INTO CARBONIC ACID, AND NOW YOU HAVE A MASSIVE FLOW OF ACID INTO THE OCEANS, ENOUGH TO CHANGE ITS ACIDITY LEVEL BY 30%. ENOUGH TO KILL BABY OYSTERS BECAUSE IT'S SO DIFFICULT TO START EXTRACTING THE CHEMICALS FOR A SHELL OUT OF THE WATER WHEN THE ACIDIC LEVEL IS OSHA HIGHER. AND WE HAVE SEEN THE IMPACT ON OUR CORAL REEFS. THE OCEAN ACIDITY COMBINED WITH THE TEMPERATURE OF THE OCEAN. AS MANY WILL ALREADY UNDERSTAND, CORAL IS AN ANIMAL THAT LIVES IN A SYMBIOTIC RELATIONSHIP WITH AN ALGAE, AND WHEN THE TEMPERATURE OF THE OCEAN GETS WARMER, THE ALGAE OVERWHELMS THE CORAL, THE CORAL EXPELS IT, BASICALLY COMMITS SUICIDE. IT'S CALLED BLEACHING. THEY THROW THE SYMBIOTIC ALGAE OUT AND THEN THE CORAL DIES, AND THE ACIDITY ADDS TO THAT DIFFICULTY OF THE CORAL FORMING THE CORAL STRUCTURE ITSELF. WE ARE SENT A HUGE MESSAGE BY MOTHER NATURE. REMEMBER HARVEY AND IRMA AND MARIA, THREE DRAMATIC HURRICANES ALL HITTING THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. AND WHY DID THEY CARRY SO MUCH PUNCH? THEY CARRIED IT BECAUSE 90% OF THE HEAT THAT IS TRAPPED BY GLOBAL WARMING IS TRAPPED IN THE OCEAN, AND THAT GREATER ENERGY IN THE OCEAN PRODUCED STRONGER HURRICANES. AND IF THAT WASN'T ENOUGH, WE HAD THOSE RAGING FOREST FIRES FROM MONTANA ON THROUGH THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF WASHINGTON STATE, DOWN THROUGH OREGON, DEEP INTO CALIFORNIA, AND CLEAR LATE INTO THE SEASON, CLEAR TO DECEMBER. MUCH LONGER SEASON. MANY ACRES BURNED, FIERCER FIRES. SO WHETHER IT WAS HURRICANES OR RAGING FOREST FIRES, MOTHER NATURE IS TRYING TO SAY SOMETHING'S DRAMATICALLY WRONG, AND YOU BETTER ACT. BUT THE HERITAGE FOUNDATION, THEY ARE THERE FOR POLITICAL PURPOSES. THEY ARE THERE TO DO THE KOCH BROTHERS' BIDDING. SO THEIR PURPOSE IS TO SOW DOUBT, MISLEAD AMERICANS. IT'S LIKE THE TOBACCO INDUSTRY MISLEADING AMERICANS ABOUT THE FACT THAT SMOKING CIGARETTES CAUSE CANCER. IN THE COURSE OF THEIR GREED, THEY ARE DAMAGING THE WORLD IN A COLOSSAL WAY, AND WE HAVE TO CALL THEM OUT. WE HAVE TO STRIP AWAY THEIR PRETENSE TO BE SERIOUS ABOUT POLICY AND KNOW WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT, THE GREED OF THE FOSSIL FUEL INDUSTRY FOR SHORT-TERM PROFITS WHILE DEEPLY DAMAGING THIS BEAUTIFUL BLUE-GREEN PLANET THAT WE HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY TO PROTECT. THEY SAID THAT CLIMATE CHANGE IS A POTENTIALLY SERIOUS ISSU MIGHT CAUSE PROBLEMS IN THE FUTURE. IMPACTS CAN'T BE DETERMINED WITH ANY DEGREE OF CERTAINTY. WHAT A COLOSSAL LIE. IT'S NOT POTENTIAL. IT'S HERE NOW. IT'S NOT A MIGHT CAUSE PROBLEMS. IT IS CAUSING PROBLEMS, AND SCIENTISTS DO MEASURE IT IN ALL KINDS OF WAYS. THEY MEASURE IT WITH A THERMOMETER. THEY -- WHEN THEY MEASURE THE TEMPERATURE OF THE AIR AND WATER. THEY MEASURE IT WITH A YARDSTICK WHEN THEY MEASURE THE OCEANS. AND THEN THEY MEASURE IT WITH THE MOVEMENT OF INSECTS AND ANIMALS THAT WE SEE ALL THROUGHOUT OUR NATION, FROM THE SPREAD OF DISEASES LIKE ZIKA TO THE SPREAD OF CHALLENGES LIKE THE PINE BEETLE IN THE NORTHWEST AND THE TICKS IN THE NORTHEAST. THEY BLATANTLY DISTORT AND MISREPRESENT THE TRUTH. THEY DID THIS ON A ROYAL SOCIETY'S STATEMENT ON CLIMATE. THEY EDITED IT TO CHANGE A POWERFUL STATEMENT ABOUT THE PROBLEM INTO ONE THAT CAST DOUBT ON THE ISSUE. THEY JUST DID THIS. NOW, LET ME EXPLAIN THAT THIS IS NOT -- THE ROYAL SOCIETY IS NOT JUST ANY ORGANIZATION. THIS IS A UNITED KINGDOM'S NATIONAL SCIENCE ACADEMY, A FELLOWSHIP OF THE WORLD'S MOST EMINENT SCIENTISTS. IT'S BEEN AROUND SINCE THE 1660'S, BRINGING SCIENTIFIC FACT TO POLICY DEBATES. IT INCLUDED SIR ISAAC NEWTON. IT INCLUDED CHARLES DARWIN. IT INCLUDED ALBERT EINSTEIN. IT INCLUDED BENJAMIN FRANKLIN. IT INCLUDED THE LATE STEVEN HAWKINGS. BUT IN 2010, A HERITAGE FELLOW WHO HAPPENED TO BE A FORMER KOCH FOUNDATION ASSOCIATE JUST SO INACCIDENTALLY POSTED A BLOG ON THE FOUNDATION SITE TITLED "THE U.S. CAN LEARN FROM U.K.'S GLOBAL WARMING REVERSAL." JUST THE VERY TITLE SAYING THE OPPOSITE OF WHAT THE ACTUAL DOCUMENT SAID. IT COMMENTED ON THIS BLOG, ON THE DRAMATIC REVERSAL OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY ON CLIMATE. BUT THE BLOG CUT AND PASTED PARTS OF THE REPORT TO MAKE IT SAY THE OPPOSITE OF WHAT IT ACTUALLY SAID. TEN PAGES, 48 PARAGRAPHS THAT LAID OUT THE IMPACT OF CLIMATE CHAOS WERE EDITED OUT IN ORDER TO MISCHARACTERIZE THE ROYAL SOCIETY'S CONCLUSIONS. THIS IS THE TYPE OF TRUTH BENDING, MISREPRESENTATION, AND OUTRIGHT LIES THAT THE HERITAGE FOUNDATION IS INVOLVED IN ON BEHALF OF THE KOCH BROTHERS. THE REPORT SUMMARY EVEN SAID THAT THE REPORT, QUOTE, SHOWS THERE IS STRONG EVIDENCE -- THIS IS THE ACTUAL REPORT, NOT THE BLOG -- STRONG EVIDENCE OF EARTH'S WARMING CAUSED BY HUMAN ACTIVITY. THE HERITAGE FOUNDATION PROCEEDS TO SAY THINGS LIKE THE HYSTERIA OVER GLOBAL WARMING IS PERVASIVE IN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. THEY ARE SAYING HYSTERIA BECAUSE THEY WANT TO DISMISS IT AS SOME EMOTIONAL RESPONSE RATHER THAN THE CONCLUSION OF VIRTUALLY THE ENTIRE SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY. EVERY MAJOR SCIENTIFIC ORGANIZATION IN THE WORLD WEIGHING IN. WHY IS THIS? THEY WANT TO REIN IN E.P.A.'S REGULATORY EXCESSES, WHAT THEY SAY ARE -- THIS IS WHAT THEY SAY. WE WANT TO REIN IN E.P.A.'S REGULATORY EXCESSES WITH RESPECT TO CARBON DIOXIDE AND OTHER GREENHOUSE EMISSIONS. SUCH EFFORTS TO REIN IT IN IS LONG OVERDUE. THEY GO ON TO SAY CONGRESS SHOULD INSIST ON PREVENTING REGULATORS FROM MANDATING GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSION CAPS OR FROM USING GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS AS A MEANS TO PROMULGATE A RULE. IN OTHER WORDS, WHAT THEY ARE SAYING IS WE ARE MISCONSTRUING THE SCIENCE, OUTRIGHT LYING TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO PREVENT CONGRESS FROM RESPONDING TO THIS DRAMATIC IMPACT ON OUR COUNTRY. NOT JUST ON OUR COUNTRY BUT ON THE WORLD. THEY ALSO PROCEED TO MISREPRESENT A LOT OF INFORMATION ABOUT THE IMPACTS OF OIL DRILLING. IN THE 1985 PIECE, "HERITAGE TODAY" TITLED OFFSHORE OIL DRILLING GOOD FOR THE ECONOMY, GREAT FOR FISH. IT LAYS OUT THAT THE FEAR OF THE DAMAGE FROM OIL SPILLS IS ABSURD. BECAUSE, AND I QUOTE, SNORE DISASTER LIKE SANTA BARBARA CHANNEL SPILL IN 1969 WHEN UP TO TWO MILLION GALLONS OF SEPIA COLORED OIL BUBBLED UP FROM THE OCEAN FLOOR COVERING HUNDREDS OF SQUARE MILES OF SEA WERE NOT JUSTIFIED. FEARS ABOUT ANOTHER DISASTER WERE NOT JUSTIFIED. AND WHY? THEY SAID BECAUSE OFFSHORE OIL AND GAS PRODUCTION IS CAREFULLY REGULATED. IT WENT ON TO SAY EVERY OFFSHORE OPERATION PLUS INCLUDE THREE BLOWOUT PREVENTERS AND CASINGS FOR DRILLS, DRILLS MUST BE CEMENTED INTO THE SURROUNDING EARTH, AND THEY SAID OIL COMPANIES MUST SUBMIT AN OIL SPILL CONTINUE JUANCY PLAN AND THAT FREQUENT SAFETY INSPECTIONS, SCHEDULED AND UNSCHEDULED, FURTHER REDUCES THE RISK. TELL ALL THAT TO THE CREW OF THE DEEPWATER HORIZON. WHAT WE LEARNED WHEN WE INVESTIGATED WHAT HAPPENED AT DEEPWATER HORIZON AND WHAT HAPPENED AT OTHER DRILLING PLATFORMS ALL AROUND THE GULF WAS THE EXACT OPPOSITE OF WHAT THE HERITAGE FOUNDATION PUT FORWARD ON BEHALF OF THE KOCH BROTHERS AND THE FOSSIL FUEL BUSINESS. WHAT WE REALLY FOUND OUT IS THAT THE BLOWOUT PREVENTERS WERE POORLY DESIGNED AND THAT THEY FAILED, AN EXPLOSION SUNK THE RIG, A SEA FLOOR GUSHER FLOWED FOR 87 DAYS. THAT IS THREE MONTHS, FLOWED FOR THREE MONTHS. AND THE ASSOCIATED PRESS FOUND IN THE LEADUP TO THE ACCIDENT, THE DEEPWATER HORIZON WASN'T CAREFULLY REGULATED. INSTEAD, A QUARTER OF THE REQUIRED INSPECTIONS WERE NEVER CARRIED OUT. IT SAID THE RIG WAS ALLOWED TO OPERATE WITHOUT SAFETY DOCUMENTATION THAT WAS REQUIRED, THAT THEY HAD RECEIVED FIVE OR SIX SAFETY CITATIONS, THE MOST SERIOUS OF WHICH IN 2002 OCCURRED WHEN THE RIG WAS SHUT DOWN BECAUSE REQUIRED PRESSURE TESTS HAD NOT BEEN CONDUCTED ON THE BLOWOUT PREVENTER, THE DEVICE, THE VERY DEVICE THAT WAS SUPPOSED TO STOP THE OIL FROM GUSHING IF THINGS WENT WRONG. NOW, THE GULF COAST IS STILL TRYING TO RECOVER FROM THIS DISASTER. 48 MILLION HARVESTABLE OYSTERS KILLED. 50,000 TO 80,000 BIRDS KILLED. 56,000 TO 166 SEA TURTLES KILLED. A 51% DECREASE IN THE DOLPHIN POPULATION. AN ESTIMATED TWO TRILLION TO FIVE TRILLION NEWLY HATCHED FISH KILLED. AND THE LIST GOES ON AND ON AND ON, HARDLY THE VISION THAT THE HERITAGE FOUNDATION WANTED TO PUT FORWARD. HOW DOES THIS WEB OF DECEIT WORK? JUST FOLLOW THE MONEY. SINCE 1998, THEY HAVE RECEIVED A HUGE AMOUNT OF SUPPORT FROM THE FOSSIL FUEL INDUSTRY. $780,000 IN DONATIONS JUST FROM ONE COMPANY, EXXONMOBIL. OVER THE COURSE OF A NUMBER OF YEARS, THE KOCH FOUNDATION GAVE $7.1 MILLION TO FUND THEIR WORK. THERE WAS AN ADDITIONAL NEARLY $5 MILLION RECEIVED FROM THE CLAUDE R.LAMM FOUNDATION, WHICH HAPPENS TO BE ONE OF THE KOCH FAMILY FOUNDATIONS. HERITAGE IS ALSO A MEMBER OF THE STATE POLICY NETWORK, A WEB OF RIGHT-WING THINK TANKS ACROSS THE COUNTRY THAT THE KOCH BROTHERS FUND. KOCH MONEY COMING FROM EVERY DIRECTION. THIS IS THE PUPPET, THE HERITAGE FOUNDATION IS A PUPPET OF THE KOCH CARTEL ENTERPRISE. THAT'S N ONLY THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG OF HOW THIS SYSTEM WORKS. YOU CAN TRACE BACK ALL THE PIECES OF THE FOSSIL FUEL EFFORT TO MISLEAD THE AMERICAN PUBLIC, TO LIE TO THE AMERICAN PUBLIC, TO SPREAD DOUBTS ON ACTUAL SCIENTIFIC WORK. AND WE SEE THEIR CONNECTIONS ALL THROUGH THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION WHEN THE KOCH BROTHERS SAY JUMP, THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES SAYS HOW HIGH AND DOES WHATEVER THEY ASK. THEY WANT SCOTT PRUITT AS HEAD OF THE E.P.A., WELL, THAT'S WHO THEY ARE GOING TO GET. THEY WANT THE CONGRESSMAN THEY CHAMPIONED THROUGHOUT HIS CAREER TO BE HIS CHIEF DIPLOMAT, THAT IS WHAT THEY GET.

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  • 01:33:30 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE DEMOCRAT'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

  • 01:33:34 PM

    MR. MERKLEY

    THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT. IF I CAN WRAP-UP IN TWO SENTENCES, I WILL SAY…

    THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT. IF I CAN WRAP-UP IN TWO SENTENCES, I WILL SAY THIS WEB OF DECEIT IS ENORMOUSLY DAMAGING TO OUR NATION. LET'S CALL IT OUT. LET'S HAVE AN ACTUAL DEBATE BASED ON THE SCIENCE, NOT LET THE KOCH BROTHERS DO WHAT THE TOBACCO INDUSTRY DID AND MISLEAD THE AMERICAN PUBLIC DECADE AFTER DECADE AFTER DECADE TO THE GREAT DAMAGE OF THE CITIZENS OF THIS GREAT COUNTRY.

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  • 01:34:05 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE SENATOR FROM ARKANSAS.

  • 01:34:08 PM

    MR. BOOZMAN

    THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALEX ABDRA WEBB BE…

    THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALEX ABDRA WEBB BE GRANTED FLOOR PRIVILEGES PRSM.

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  • 01:34:24 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 01:34:27 PM

    MR. BOOZMAN

    THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT. MR. PRESIDENT, I SPENT TIME WITH SEVERAL…

    THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT. MR. PRESIDENT, I SPENT TIME WITH SEVERAL BUSINESS LEADERS. WE HAD A LIVELY AND INFORMTIVE DISCUSSION ABOUT THE ECONOMIC GROWTH IN ARKANSAS. MUCH OF OUR CONVERSATION WAS FOCUSED ON FORWARD-THINKING WAYS TO CONTINUE THESE POSITIVE TRENDS. THERE WAS ALSO A FRANK AND CANDID DISCUSSION ABOUT AN ISSUE HOLDING OUR COMMUNITIES BACK, THE OPIOID CRISIS. POLICYMAKERS HAVE BEEN STRUGGLING TO ADDRESS THE HEROIN AND OPIOID EPIDEMIC. OUR STATE HAS BEEN PARTICULARLY HARD BY THE NATIONAL CRISIS. RETAIL DATA COLLECTED FROM PHARMACIES SHOWS THAT ARKANSAS HAS ONE OF THE HIGHEST OPIOID CONSUMPTION RATE. WE HAVE THE SECOND HIGHEST PRESCRIBING RATE IN THE COUNTRY, ENOUGH FOR EACH ARKANSAN TO HAVE ONE OPIOID PRESCRIPTION IN HIS OR HER NAME. IT'S AN ISSUE THAT ALL OF US, IS IT CITY LEADERS TO LAWMAKERS IN LITTLE ROCK TO OUR CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION IN WASHINGTON, CONTINUE TO WORK TIRELESSLY TO CONFRONT BECAUSE WE'VE SEEN HOW PERVASIVE THIS CRISIS IS AND HOW DEVASTATING ITS AFFECTS ARE. I KNOW EVERYONE WHO SERVES IN THIS CHAMBER IS WORKING JUST AS FEVERISHLY WITH THEIR STATE AND LOCAL LEADERS TO CONFRONT THE CRISIS. THAT'S WHY IT WAS SO IMPORTANT THAT WE INCLUDED SUBSTANTIAL RESOURCES FOR A WIDE-RANGING STRATEGY TO COUNTER THE EPIDEMIC, NEARLY $4 BILLION IN THE OMNIBUS BILL. THIS FUNDING WILL BE USED TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT, CONTINUE IMPORTANT GRANT PROGRAMS THAT HELP STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS OFFSET THE COST OF OPIOID ABUSE, AND ALSO SUPPORT RESEARCH INTO OPIOID ADDICTION AND ALTERNATIVE TREATMENTS. WE MUST ENSURE WE ARE ALL DOING ALL WE CAN DO TO SUPPLEMENT STATE AND LOCAL EFFORTS TO COMBAT THE SPREAD OF OPIOID ABUSE. UNFORTUNATELY THIS IS CURRENTLY NOT HAPPENING. THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE IS HURTING OUR COMMUNITY'S EFFORTS TO GET A HANDLE ON THE CRISIS BY WITHHOLDING CRITICAL FUNDS. THE BURN JAG GRANT PROGRAM WAS CREATED MORE THAN A DECADE AGO AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES PURCHASED ESSENTIAL EQUIPMENT AND SUPPORT DRUG TREATMENT AND ENFORCEMENT ACTIVITIES. IT'S THE LARGEST SOURCE OF FEDERAL JUSTICE FUNDING TO HELP PROVIDE LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS WITH THE TOOLS AND TRAINING TO PROTECT OUR COMMUNITIES. CURRENTLY, D.O.J. IS DENYING EVERY STATE ACCESS TO THOSE FUNDS BECAUSE SOME COMMUNITIES AND STATES ARE VIOLATING FEDERAL IMMIGRATION LAW. THIS LEAVES STATES LIKE ARKANSAS SCRAMBLING TO CONTINUE FUNDING CRUCIAL SAFETY PROGRAMS. ARKANSAS LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES HAVE RECEIVED MILLIONS OF DOLLARS THROUGH THIS PROGRAM TO SUPPORT TRAINING, PERSONNEL, EQUIPMENT, SUPPLIES, AND INFORMATION SHARING. ARKANSAS IS ELIGIBLE FOR MORE THAN $2 MILLION IN FUNDING FROM FISCAL YEAR 2017 TO HELP FUND MULTIJURISDICTIONAL PROGRAMS LIKE DRUG TASK FORCES. EARLIER THIS YEAR I MET WITH ARKANSAS DRUG DIRECTOR KIRK LANE TO DISCUSS HOW CRUCIAL THE PROGRAM IS TO OUR STATE'S EFFORTS TO COMBAT OPIOID ABUSE. HE STRESSED THAT LIMITED FUNDS STRETCHES THE TASK FORCES. MATCHING FUNDS FROM THE STATE ARE RUNNING DRY. SO UNLESS D.O.J. RELEASES BURN JAG FUNDS, THE CRITICAL WORK DONE BY OFFICERS THAT ARE PART OF THESE TASK FORCES TO FIGHT THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC WILL BE SERIOUSLY COMPROMISED. THAT'S WHY EARLIER THIS YEAR I LED A BIPARTISAN EFFORT TO EXPRESS THESE CONCERNS TO ATTORNEY GENERAL SESSIONS. WE RELAYED TO THE ATTORNEY GENERAL THAT WITHHOLDING THESE VITAL FUNDS WILL HAVE LONG-TERM, NEGATIVE CONSEQUENCES FOR OUR COMMUNITIES. SINCE WE HAVE NOT RECEIVED A RESPONSE WITH D.O.J., I RAISED THE ISSUE AGAIN WITH THE ATTORNEY GENERAL AT YESTERDAY'S APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE HEARING. AS I SAID TO THE ATTORNEY GENERAL WHEN I SPEAK WITH LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AND COUNTY SHERIFFS BACK IN ARKANSAS, THEY ALL INQUIRE ABOUT WHEN THESE FUNDS WILL BE RELEASED AND MADE AVAILABLE. WHILE IT MAY NOT SEEM LIKE A WHOLE LOT OF MONEY, THESE GRANTS MAKE A HUGE DIFFERENCE. IT SUBPOENA OFTEN THE SOLE REASON THAT POLICE DEPARTMENTS IN SMALL OPPORTUNITIES ARE ABLE TO STAND UP A DRUG TASK FORCE. THEY ARE DETERMINED TO GET THE MONEY OUT AND IT IS A HIGH PRIORITY FOR HIM PERSONALLY. IT SIMPLY HAS TO GET DONE. I ASK D.O.J. TO RECTIFY THE SITUATION QUICKLY. WITH EACH PASSING DAY THAT LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT IS DENIED THESE RESOURCES, LIVES THAT COULD BE SAVED ARE LOST. WHILE WE LOOK AT NEW WAYS TO TACKLE THIS PROBLEM, ONE STEP WASHINGTON TOOK YEARS AGO CONTINUES TO HELP, THE NATIONAL PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKE-BACK INITIATIVE, SPEARHEADED BY THE EDA, -- D.E.A. HAS HELPED REMOVE EXPIRED AND UNNECESSARY OPIOIDS FROM HOMES. RESEARCH HAS FOUND THAT THE MAJORITY OF OPIOID ABUSERS GET THEIR DRUGS FROM FRIENDS AND FAMILY, OFTEN LIFTING PILLS FROM A FAMILIAR MEDICINE CABINET. REMOVING THEM FROM HOMES HELPS REDUCE EXPERIMENTATION AND OVERDOSES. IN EARLY 2010, A COALITION OF FEDERAL AND STATE LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS, PREVENTION PROFESSIONALS AND PRIVATE ORGANIZATIONS LAUNCHED AN ONGOING EDUCATION PROGRAM TO ENCOURAGE ARKANSANS TO MONITOR, TO SECURE AND DISPOSE OF THEIR PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS. THE COALITION ORGANIZED ARKANSAS' PARTICIPATION IN THE NATIONAL PRESCRIPTION TAKE-BACK INITIATIVE AND HOSTED ARKANSAS TAKE-BACK DAY COLLECTION EVENTS FOR EIGHT YEARS. DESPITE OUR STATE'S MODEST POPULATION, ARKANSAS RANKS 13TH IN THE NATION OF TOTAL WEIGHT COLLECTED OVER A 14-STATEWIDE TAKE-BACK EFFORT EVENTS. THAT'S A TESTAMENT TO THE COALITION'S EFFORTS. THESE EVENTS HAVE PRODUCED THE RETURN OF ALMOST 132 TONS OF UNLEAD IN -- UNNEEDED MEDICATIONS, WHICH AMOUNTS TO OVER 400 MILLION PILLS. THIS CAMPAIGN GETS UNNECESSARY PRESCRIPTION DRUGS OUT OF CIRCULATION AND HELPING BREAK THE CYCLE OF ADDICTION IN OUR COMMUNITIES. BESIDES THAT, IT IS SO IMPORTANT IN GETTING RID OF THESE PRESCRIPTIONS IN THE RIGHT WAY AS OPPOSED TO JUST FLUSHING THEM IN THE TOILET WHERE THEY GET IN OUR WATER SUPPLY. THE NEXT TAKE-BACK EVENT IS SATURDAY, APRIL 28. THERE ARE MORE THAN 130 PERMANENT DROPOFF SITES ACROSS ARKANSAS, AND MANY LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES HOES DROPOFF SITES AS WELL. I ENCOURAGE ARKANSANS ONCE AGAIN TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS WORTHWHILE EVENT IN FULL FORCE THIS YEAR. EVENTS LIKE THIS, ALONG WITH LOCAL, STATE, AND NATIONAL EFFORTS, TO COMBAT THE OPIOID CRISIS NEED TO BE SUPPORTED AND STRENGTHENED IF WE ARE SERIOUS ABOUT ENDING THIS CRISIS. WITH THAT, I SUGGEST THE ABSENCE OF A QUORUM.

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  • 01:43:10 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE CLERK WILL CALL THE ROLL.

  • 01:43:20 PM

    MR. CORKER

  • 01:43:22 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE SENATOR FROM TENNESSEE.

  • 01:43:23 PM

    MR. CORKER

    I THINK WE'RE VOTING IN TWO MINUTES.

  • 01:43:26 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE SENATE IS IN A QUORUM CALL.

  • 01:43:28 PM

    MR. CORKER

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT IT BE VITIATED.

  • 01:43:30 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 01:43:32 PM

    MR. CORKER

    MR. GRENELL HAS A DEEP BACKGROUND IN DIPLOMACY AND STRATEGIC…

    MR. GRENELL HAS A DEEP BACKGROUND IN DIPLOMACY AND STRATEGIC COMMUNICATIONS, HE RECEIVED HIS MASTER'S DEGREE IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION FROM HARVARD UNIVERSITY AT THE J.F.K. SCHOOL OF GOVERNMENT. HE SPENT EIGHT YEARS AS POKESMAN -- SPOKESMAN TO THE UNITED NATIONS MISSION IN NEW YORK AND WORKED FOR EVERY U.N. AMBASSADOR APPOINTED BY PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH. THE GERMAN CHANCELLOR IS SCHEDULED TO ARRIVE TOMORROW FOR A ONE-DAY WORKING TRIP TO MEET WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP. HER VISIT COMES AT A TIME OF HEIGHTENED IMPORTANCE WITH A NUMBER OF CRITICAL ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDING TRANSATLANTIC TRADE, THE IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL, AND I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT TO VOTE ON THIS AMBASSADORSHIP TODAY. I HOPE THAT HE WILL BE QUICKLY SWORN IN. THANK YOU, AND I YIELD THE FLOOR.

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  • 01:44:42 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    UNDER THE PREECHES ORDER, THE QUESTION -- PREVIOUS ORDER THE QUESTION…

    UNDER THE PREECHES ORDER, THE QUESTION -- PREVIOUS ORDER THE QUESTION OCCURS ON THE NOMINATION. IS THERE A SUFFICIENT SECOND? THERE APPEARS TO BE. THE CLERK WILL CALL THE ROLL. VOTE: VOTE: VOTE: VOTE VOTE: VOTE:

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  • 01:45:00 PM

    Senate Vote 85 - On the Nomination PN1383

    Nomination Confirmed (56 - 42)
    Yea
    Nay

    Vote Details: Yea - 56
    Republican - 50
    Democratic - 6

    Vote Details: Nay - 42
    Democratic - 40
    Independent - 2

    Vote Details: Not Voting - 2
    Democratic - 1
    Republican - 1

  • 02:16:13 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    ARE THERE ANY SENATORS IN THE CHAMBER WISHING TO VOTE OR CHANGE THEIR…

    ARE THERE ANY SENATORS IN THE CHAMBER WISHING TO VOTE OR CHANGE THEIR VOTE? IF NOT, THE YEAS ARE 56. THE NAYS ARE 42. THE NOMINATION IS CONFIRMED. UNDER THE PREVIOUS ORDER, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS CONSIDERED MADE AND LAID UPON THE TABLE AND THE PRESIDENT WILL BE IMMEDIATELY NOTIFIED OF THE SENATE'S ACTION. MAJORITY LEADER.

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  • 02:16:30 PM

    MR. McCONNELL

    I MOVE TO PROCEED TO LEGISLATIVE SESSION.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION TO PROCEED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. ALL…

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION TO PROCEED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. ALL THOSE OPPOSED NO. THE AYES APPEAR TO HAVE IT. THE AYES DO HAVE IT. THE MOTION IS AGREED TO.

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  • 02:16:42 PM

    MR. McCONNELL

    I MOVE TO PROCEED TO EXECUTIVE SESSION TO CONSIDER CALENDAR 673.

  • 02:16:49 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. ALL THOSE…

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. ALL THOSE OPPOSED SAY NO. AYES APPEAR TO HAVE IT. THE AYES DO HAVE IT. THE MOTION IS AGREED TO. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE NOMINATION.

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  • 02:17:00 PM

    THE CLERK

    NOMINATION, THE JUDICIARY, KURT D. ENGELHARDT OF LOUISIANA TO BE UNITED…

    NOMINATION, THE JUDICIARY, KURT D. ENGELHARDT OF LOUISIANA TO BE UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE.

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  • 02:17:10 PM

    MR. McCONNELL

    I SEND A CLOTURE MOTION TO THE DESK.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE CLOTURE MOTION CLERK CLOTURE MOTION, WE THE…

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE CLOTURE MOTION CLERK CLOTURE MOTION, WE THE UNDERSIGNED SENATORS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF RULE 22 OF THE STANDING RULES OF THE SENATE DO HEREBY MOVE TO BRING TO A CLOSE DEBATE ON THE NOMINATION OF KURT D. ENGELHARDT OF LOUISIANA TO BE UNITED STATES CIRCUIT JUDGE FOR THE FIFTH CIRCUIT SIGNED BY 17 SENATORS.

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  • 02:17:29 PM

    MR. McCONNELL

    I ASK CONSENT THE READING OF THE NAMES BE WAIVED.

  • 02:17:31 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 02:17:33 PM

    MR. McCONNELL

    I MOVE TO PROCEED TO LEGISLATIVE SESSION.

  • 02:17:35 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. ALL THOSE…

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. ALL THOSE OPPOSED NO. THE AYES APPEAR TO HAVE IT. THE AYES DO HAVE IT. THE MOTION IS AGREED TO.

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  • 02:17:42 PM

    MR. McCONNELL

    I MOVE TO PROCEED TO EXECUTIVE SESSION TO CONSIDER CALENDAR NUMBER 690.

  • 02:17:48 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED…

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED NO. AYES APPEAR TO HAVE IT. THE AYES DO HAVE IT. THE MOTION IS AGREED TO. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE NOMINATION.

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  • 02:17:59 PM

    THE CLERK

    NOMINATION, THE JUDICIARY, MICHAEL B. BRENNAN OF WISCONSIN TO BE UNITED…

    NOMINATION, THE JUDICIARY, MICHAEL B. BRENNAN OF WISCONSIN TO BE UNITED STATES CIRCUIT JUDGE FOR THE SEVENTH CIRCUIT.

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  • 02:18:07 PM

    MR. McCONNELL

    I SEND A CLOTURE MOTION TO THE DESK.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE CLOTURE MOTION.

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    THE CLERK

    CLOTURE MOTION, WE THE UNDERSIGNED SENATORS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE…

    CLOTURE MOTION, WE THE UNDERSIGNED SENATORS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF RULE 22 OF THE STANDING RULES OF THE SENATE DO HEREBY MOVE TO BRING TO A CLOSE DEBATE ON THE NOMINATION OF MICHAEL B. BRENNAN TO BE UNITED STATES SIR CUT JUDGE.

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  • 02:18:29 PM

    MR. McCONNELL

    I ASK THE READING OF THE NAMES BE WAIVED.

  • 02:18:31 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 02:18:32 PM

    MR. McCONNELL

    I MOVE TO PROCEED TO LEGISLATIVE SESSION.

  • 02:18:34 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. ALL THOSE…

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. ALL THOSE OPPOSED NO. THE AYES APPEAR TO HAVE IT. THE AYES DO HAVE IT. THE MOTION IS AGREED TO.

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  • 02:18:41 PM

    MR. McCONNELL

    I MOVE TO PROCEED TO EXECUTIVE SESSION TO CONSIDER CALENDAR 729.

  • 02:18:46 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE CLERK IS ON THE QUO. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. ALL THOSE OPPOSED NO.…

    THE CLERK IS ON THE QUO. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. ALL THOSE OPPOSED NO. THE AYES APPEAR TO HAVE IT. THE AYES DO HAVE IT. THE MOTION IS AGREED TO THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE NOMINATION.

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  • 02:18:56 PM

    THE CLERK

    NOMINATION, THE JUDICIARY, JEWEL M. CARSON III OF NEW MEXICO TO BE UNITED…

    NOMINATION, THE JUDICIARY, JEWEL M. CARSON III OF NEW MEXICO TO BE UNITED STATES CIRCUIT JUDGE FOR THE TENTH CIRCUIT.

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  • 02:19:04 PM

    MR. McCONNELL

    I SEND A CLOTURE MOTION TO THE DESK.

  • 02:19:06 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE CLOTURE MOTION.

  • 02:19:09 PM

    THE CLERK

    CLOTURE MOTION, WE THE UNDERSIGNED SENATORS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE…

    CLOTURE MOTION, WE THE UNDERSIGNED SENATORS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF RULE 22 OF THE DANK RULES OF THE SENATE DO HEREBY MOVE TO BRING TO A CLOSE DEBATE ON THE NOMINATION OF JEWEL M. CARSON OF NEW MEXICO TO BE UNITED STATES CIRCUIT JUDGE SIGNED BY 17 SENATORS AS FOLLOWS.

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  • 02:19:27 PM

    MR. McCONNELL

    I ASK CONSENT THE READING OF THE NAMES BE WAIVED.

  • 02:19:29 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 02:19:31 PM

    MR. McCONNELL

    I MOVE TO PROCEED TO LEGISLATIVE SESSION.

  • 02:19:33 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. ALL THOSE…

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. ALL THOSE OPPOSED NO. THE AYES APPEAR TO HAVE IT. THE AYES DO HAVE IT. THE MOTION IS AGREED TO.

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  • 02:19:40 PM

    MR. McCONNELL

    I MOVE TO PROCEED TO EXECUTIVE SESSION AND CONSIDER CALENDAR NUMBER 777.

  • 02:19:46 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE QUESTION ON THE MOTION. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED NO.…

    THE QUESTION ON THE MOTION. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE MOTION IS AGREED TO. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE NOMINATION.

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  • 02:19:55 PM

    THE CLERK

    NOMINATION, THE JUDICIARY, JOHN B. NALBANDIAN OF KENTUCKY TO BE UNITED…

    NOMINATION, THE JUDICIARY, JOHN B. NALBANDIAN OF KENTUCKY TO BE UNITED STATES CIRCUIT JUDGE FOR THE SIXTH CIRCUIT.

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  • 02:20:04 PM

    MR. McCONNELL

    I SEND A CLOTURE MOTION TO THE DESK.

  • 02:20:05 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE CLOTURE MOTION.

  • 02:20:08 PM

    THE CLERK

    CLOTURE MOTION, WE THE UNDERSIGNED SENATORS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE…

    CLOTURE MOTION, WE THE UNDERSIGNED SENATORS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF RULE 22 OF THE STANDING RULES OF THE SENATE DO HEREBY MOVE TO BRING TO A CLOSE DEBATE ON THE NOMINATION OF JOHN B. NALBANDIAN OF KENTUCKY TO BE UNITED STATES CIRCUIT JUDGE FOR THE SIXTH CIRCUIT SIERCHED BY 17 SENATORS.

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  • 02:20:23 PM

    MR. McCONNELL

    I ASK THE READING OF THE NAMES BE WAIVED AND PROCEED TO LEGISLATIVE…

    I ASK THE READING OF THE NAMES BE WAIVED AND PROCEED TO LEGISLATIVE SESSION.

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  • 02:20:28 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED…

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE MOTION IS AGREED TO.

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  • 02:20:34 PM

    MR. McCONNELL

    I MOVE TO PROCEED TO EXECUTIVE SESSION AND CONSIDER CALENDAR NUMBER 780.

  • 02:20:39 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED…

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED NO. THE AYES APPEAR TO HAVE IT. THE AYES DO HAVE IT. THE MOTION IS AGREED TO. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE NOMINATION.

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  • 02:20:49 PM

    THE CLERK

    NOMINATION, THE JUDICIARY, MICHAEL Y. SCUDDER OF ILLINOIS TO BE UNITED…

    NOMINATION, THE JUDICIARY, MICHAEL Y. SCUDDER OF ILLINOIS TO BE UNITED STATES CIRCUIT JUDGE FOR THE SEVENTH CIRCUIT.

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  • 02:20:57 PM

    MR. McCONNELL

    I SEND A CLOTURE MOTION TO THE DESK.

  • 02:20:59 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE CLOTURE MOTION CLERK CLOTURE MOTION, WE THE…

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE CLOTURE MOTION CLERK CLOTURE MOTION, WE THE UNDERSIGNED SENATORS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF RULE 22 OF THE STANDING RULES OF THE SENATE DO HEREBY MOVE TO BRING TO A CLOSE DEBATE ON THE NOMINATION OF MICHAEL SCUDDER OF ILLINOIS TO BE UNITED STATES CIRCUIT JUDGE FOR THE SEVENTH CIRCUIT SIGNED BY 17 SENATORS.

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  • 02:21:17 PM

    MR. McCONNELL

    I ASK CONSENT THE READING OF THE NAMES BE WAIVED.

  • 02:21:20 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 02:21:24 PM

    MR. McCONNELL

    I ASK THE READING. NAMES BE WAIVED.

  • 02:21:28 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 02:21:29 PM

    MR. McCONNELL

    I MOVE TO PROCEED TO LEGISLATIVE SESSION.

  • 02:21:31 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE QUESTION ON THE MOTION. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED NO.…

    THE QUESTION ON THE MOTION. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE MOTION IS AGREED TO.

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  • 02:21:37 PM

    MR. McCONNELL

    I MOVE TO PROCEED TO EXECUTIVE SESSION TO CONSIDER CALENDAR -- CONSIDER…

    I MOVE TO PROCEED TO EXECUTIVE SESSION TO CONSIDER CALENDAR -- CONSIDER CALLED 781.

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  • 02:21:42 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    CALLED 781.

  • 02:21:52 PM

    THE PRESIDING.THE CLERK

    NOMINATION. THE PRESIDING.THE CLERK: NOMINATION, THE JUDICIARY. AMY J.…

    NOMINATION. THE PRESIDING.THE CLERK: NOMINATION, THE JUDICIARY. AMY J. SAINT EVE OF ILLINOIS TO BE INNOCENCE CIRCUIT JUDGE FOR THE SEVENTH CIRCUIT.

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  • 02:22:01 PM

    MR. McCONNELL

    I SEND A CLOTURE MOTION TO THE DESK.

  • 02:22:03 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE CLOTURE MOTION.

  • 02:22:05 PM

    THE CLERK

    CLOTURE MOTION, WE THE UNDERSIGNED SENATORS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE…

    CLOTURE MOTION, WE THE UNDERSIGNED SENATORS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF RULE 22 OF THE STANDING RULES OF THE SENATE DO HEREBY MOVE TO BRING TO A CLOSE DEBATE ON THE NOMINATION OF AMENDMENT J. ST. EVE OF ILLINOIS TO BE UNITED STATES CIRCUIT JUDGE FOR THE SEVENTH CIRCUIT.

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  • 02:22:21 PM

    MR. McCONNELL

    I ASK CONDESCENDCONSENTTHE READING OF THE NAMES BE WAIVED. I ASK UNANIMOUS…

    I ASK CONDESCENDCONSENTTHE READING OF THE NAMES BE WAIVED. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE MANDATORY QUORUM CALLS FOR THE CLOTURE MOTIONS BE WAIVED.

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  • 02:22:29 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 02:22:38 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE SENATOR FROM WASHINGTON.

  • 02:22:40 PM

    MRS. MURRAY

    THANK YOU. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THE SENATE NOW PROCEED TO THE IMMEDIATE…

    THANK YOU. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THE SENATE NOW PROCEED TO THE IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION OF A BILL WHICH IS AT THE DESK THAT PROVIDES ALTERNATIVE MINIMUM FUNDING RULES FOR CERTAIN SINGLE EMPLOYER PLANS MAINTAINED BY A COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER. THE BILL BE CONSIDERED READ A THIRD TIME AND PASSED AND THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER BE CONSIDERED MADE AND LAID UPON THE TABLE WITH NO INTERVENING ACTION OR DEBATE.

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  • 02:23:03 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    IS THERE OBJECTION?

  • 02:23:07 PM

    MR. HATCH

    MR. PRESIDENT, RESERVING THE RIGHT TO OBJECT. THE LEGISLATION IN QUESTION…

    MR. PRESIDENT, RESERVING THE RIGHT TO OBJECT. THE LEGISLATION IN QUESTION MAKES A SIGNIFICANT CHANGE TO THE PENSION FUNDING RULE THAT IS NARROWLY WRITTEN TO ONLY ADDRESS ISSUES CONSIDERING A SINGLE RETIREMENT PLAN. THERE ARE A NUMBER OF COMPANIES THAT HAVE SIMILAR FUNDING ISSUES WHICH ARE NOT ADDRESSED BY MY COOL LEAGUE -- COLLEAGUE'S PROPOSAL. I APPRECIATE THE WORK MY COLLEAGUE, SENATOR MURRAY HAS DONE AND KNOW THERE'S ONGOING BIPARTISAN WORK ON ISSUES THAT HER LEGISLATION ADDRESSES AS WELL AS OTHER ISSUES SURROUNDING RETIREMENT PLANS. THE COMMITTEE WITH JURISDICTION OVER THESE ISSUES INCLUDING THE FINANCE COMMITTEE CONTINUE TO WORK ON BIPARTISAN SOLUTIONS BUT HAVE NOT FULLY VETTED THE MATTER THAT MY FRIEND, SENATOR MURRAY, IS PUTTING FORTH TODAY. UNTIL THEY DO SO, IT IS NOT APPROPRIATE TO MOVE THIS MEASURE FORWARD. THEREFORE, MR. PRESIDENT, I RESPECTFULLY OBJECT TO THIS UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST.

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  • 02:24:07 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE OBJECTION IS HEARD.

  • 02:24:29 PM

    MR. HATCH

    I SUGGEST THE ABSENCE OF A QUORUM.

  • 02:24:31 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE CLERK WILL CALL THE ROLL. QUORUM CALL: QUORUM CALL: QUORUM CALL:…

    THE CLERK WILL CALL THE ROLL. QUORUM CALL: QUORUM CALL: QUORUM CALL: QUORUM CALL: QUORUM CALL: QUORUM CALL:

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  • 02:24:46 PM

    Quorum Call

  • 03:44:30 PM

    MR. McCONNELL

    MR. PRESIDENT.

  • 03:44:31 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE MAJORITY LEADER.

  • 03:44:33 PM

    MR. McCONNELL

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT FURTHER PROCEEDINGS UNDER THE QUORUM CALL BE…

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT FURTHER PROCEEDINGS UNDER THE QUORUM CALL BE DISPENSED WITH.

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  • 03:44:38 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 03:44:40 PM

    MR. McCONNELL

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE SENATE PROCEED DO THE EN BLOC…

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE SENATE PROCEED DO THE EN BLOC CONSIDERATION OF THE EXECUTIVE CALENDAR 621, 790, 774, 768, 769, 770, 771, 772, 784, 785, 786, 787, 821, 773, 775, 776..

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  • 03:45:16 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    IS THERE OBJECTION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE SENATE SHALL CONSIDER THE…

    IS THERE OBJECTION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE SENATE SHALL CONSIDER THE NOMINATIONS EN BLOC.

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  • 03:45:23 PM

    MR. McCONNELL

    I ASK CONSENT THE SENATE VOTE ON THE NOMINATIONS EN BLOC WITH NO…

    I ASK CONSENT THE SENATE VOTE ON THE NOMINATIONS EN BLOC WITH NO INTERVENING ACTION OR DEBATE, THAT IF CONFIRMED, THE MOTIONS TO RECONSIDER BE CONSIDERED MADE AND LAID UPON THE TABLE EN BLOC, THE PRESIDENT BE IMMEDIATELY NOTIFIED OF THE SENATE'S ACTION, THAT NO FURTHER MOTIONS BE IN ORDER, AND THAT ANY STATEMENTS RELATING TO THE NOMINATIONS BE PRINTED IN THE RECORD.

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  • 03:45:41 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    IS THERE OBJECTION? WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE QUESTION IS ON THE NOMINATIONS…

    IS THERE OBJECTION? WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE QUESTION IS ON THE NOMINATIONS EN BLOC. ALL IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED NO. THE AYES APPEAR TO HAVE IT. THE AYES DO HAVE IT. THE NOMINATIONS ARE AGREED TO EN BLOC.

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  • 03:45:59 PM

    MR. McCONNELL

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT AT A TIME TO BE DETERMINED BY THE MAJORITY…

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT AT A TIME TO BE DETERMINED BY THE MAJORITY LEADER IN CONSULTATION WITH THE DEMOCRATIC LEADER, THE SENATE PROCEED TO EXECUTIVE SESSION FOR THE CONSIDERATION OF THE FOLLOWING NOMINATION, EXECUTIVE CALENDAR 607. I ASK CONSENT THERE BE TEN HOURS OF DEBATE EQUALLY DIVIDED IN THE USUAL FORM AND FOLLOWING THE USE OR YIELDING BACK OF TIME, THE SENATE VOTE ON THE NOMINATION WITH NO INTERVENING ACTION OR DEBATE, THAT IF CONFIRMED, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER BE CONSIDERED MADE AND LAID UPON THE TABLE, THE PRESIDENT BE IMMEDIATELY NOTIFIED OF THE SENATE'S ACTION, THAT NO FURTHER MOTIONS BE IN ORDER, AND THAT ANY STATEMENTS RELATING TO THE NOMINATION BE PRINTED IN THE RECORD.

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  • 03:46:38 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    IS THERE OBJECTION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 03:46:43 PM

    MR. McCONNELL

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THE SENATE PROCEED TO THE EN BLOC CONSIDERATION OF…

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THE SENATE PROCEED TO THE EN BLOC CONSIDERATION OF EXECUTIVE CALENDAR 791 THROUGH 820 AND ALL NOMINATIONS ON THE SECRETARY'S DESK, THAT THE NOMINATIONS BE CONFIRMED, THE MOTIONS TO RECONSIDER BE CONSIDERED MADE AND LAID UPON THE TABLE WITH NO INTERVENING ACTION OR DEBATE, THAT NO FURTHER MOTIONS BE IN ORDER, THAT ANY STATEMENTS RELATED TO THE NOMINATIONS BE PRINTED IN THE RECORD, THE PRESIDENT BE IMMEDIATELY NOTIFIED OF THE SENATE'S ACTION, AND THE SENATE THEN RESUME LEGISLATIVE SESSION.

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  • 03:47:13 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    IS THERE OBJECTION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 03:47:27 PM

    MR. McCONNELL

    I SUGGEST THE ABSENCE OF A QUORUM.

  • 03:47:29 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE CLERK SHALL CALL THE ROLL. QUORUM CALL:

  • 03:47:43 PM

    Quorum Call

  • 03:58:50 PM

    MR. SULLIVAN

  • 03:58:51 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE SENATOR FROM ALASKA.

  • 03:58:52 PM

    MR. SULLIVAN

    MR. PRESIDENT, ARE WE IN A QUORUM CALL?

  • 03:58:54 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    WE ARE.

  • 03:58:57 PM

    MR. SULLIVAN

    I'D ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT WE VITIATE THE QUORUM CALL.

  • 03:59:01 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 03:59:03 PM

    MR. SULLIVAN

    MR. PRESIDENT, IT'S THURSDAY, AND AS YOU KNOW, A LOT OF TIMES I LIKE TO…

    MR. PRESIDENT, IT'S THURSDAY, AND AS YOU KNOW, A LOT OF TIMES I LIKE TO COME DOWN ON THE FLOOR AND A LOT OF TIMES MY COLLEAGUE FROM LOUISIANA IS ACTUALLY IN THE CHAIR SO HE GETS TO SEE A LOT ABOUT THE GREAT STATE OF ALAS CAME. I LIKE TO COME -- ALASKA. I LIKE TO COME DOWN TO THE FLOOR AND TALK ABOUT SOMEONE IN MY STATE WHO HAS DONE AN AMAZING JOB FOR THE COMMUNITY, THE STATE, OR EVEN THE COUNTRY. WE CALL THIS PERSON OUR ALASKAN OF THE WEEK. I KNOW THE PAGES, IT'S THE FAVORITE TIME OF THE SENATE BECAUSE THEY GET TO LEARN ALL ABOUT WHAT'S GOING ON IN ALASKA. A LOT OF PEOPLE WATCHING OR WATCHING ON TV HAVE FOUND A LOT OF INTEREST IN THIS BECAUSE WE -- LIKE EVERY STATE HERE, I CERTAINLY THINK I COME FROM THE BEST STATE IN THE COUNTRY. IT'S BEAUTIFUL RIGHT NOW. I REALLY WANT TO INVITE EVERYBODY IN THE GALLERY, WATCHING ON TV TO COME UP TO ALASKA AND VISIT. IT WILL BE THE TRIP OF A LIFETIME, I PROMISE. BUT WHAT MAKES MY STATE SO TRULY GREAT IS THE PEOPLE, NOT JUST THE MAJESTIC MOUNTAINS AND THE BEAUTY AND THE WILDLIFE BUT THE PEOPLE. STRONG, -- STRONG, KIND, CARING PEOPLE WHO BAN TOGETHER, LET'S FACE IT, WITH A STATE WITH SOME EXTREME ENVIRONMENT, AND OFTENTIMES BAN TOGETHER IN CREATIVE WAYS. SO, MR. PRESIDENT, TODAY I WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE TO YOU OUR ALASKANS OF THE WEEK, HOLLY CHRISTIAN SEVEN -- BOTH OF THESE INCREDIBLE WOMEN HAVE SPENT COUNTLESS HOURS HELPING THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN IN ALASKA, AND REALLY ACROSS AMERICA. CHILDREN WHO NEED HELP AND CARE AND LOVE BECAUSE THEY HAVE BEEN HELPING CHILDREN WHO ARE SUFFERING FROM CANCER. SO THIS IS A REALLY INCREDIBLE STORY, AND IT'S ONE OF THESE STORIES THAT I THINK MOST PEOPLE LOVE TO HEAR ABOUT BECAUSE IT STARTS WITH JUST AN IDEA, A LITTLE MOVEMENT, A SPARK THAT TURNS INTO SOMETHING BIG, UNEXPECTEDLY, IT'S A PEBBLE IN A POND CREATING RIPPLES THAT TURN INTO WAVES. SO THIS INCREDIBLE STORY, MR. PRESIDENT, STARTS WHEN HOLLY, AN ONCOLOGY NURSE WITH THREE YOUNG CHILDREN OF HER OWN, RECEIVED NEWS THAT LILY, WHO WAS THE CHILD OF ONE OF HER FORMER CLASSMATES WAS DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER. SO LILY IS A YOUNG GIRL AND SO SHE'S GOING THROUGH TREATMENT, CHEMO. NOW, HOLLY KNEW THAT LILY -- THIS WOULD BE A DIFFICULT TIME FOR ANY KID WORKING THROUGH THE DIFFICULTIES OF CANCER, OF COURSE, A LOT OF TIMES WITH CHEMO THAT MEANS LOSING YOUR HAIR, IT'S ESPECIALLY DIFFICULT FOR A YOUNG DWIRL. SO HOLLY HAD -- GIRL. SO HOLLY HAD AN IDEA. WHY NOT CROCHET A WIG FOR LILY WITH SOFT YARN THAT MADE HER LOOKED LIKE A PRINCESS. SHE SHE DID IT. THE WIG HAD LONG STRANDS OF YELLOW YARN, DECORATED WITH BLUE AND RED FLOWERS MODELED AFTER RUE PUNSLE. AND SHE GIVE GAVE IT TO LILY AND IT BRIGHTENED THIS LITTLE GIRL'S DAY DURING THIS DARK TIME. SHE WAS ABLE TO TWIRL AROUND IN A DRESS WITH HER LONG BRAIDS. SHE WAS ABLE, MR. PRESIDENT, IN MANY WAYS TO BE A KID AGAIN AND GET OUT OF THE DARKNESS AND DIFFICULTY AND PAIN OF CANCER TREATMENTS. WELL, THEN SOMETHING REALLY REMARKABLE HAPPENED. LILY AND HER PARENTS WERE SO HAPPY WITH THE WIG THAT HOLLY GOT SOME FRIENDS TOGETHER AND THEY BEGAN TO MAKE A FEW MORE WIGS AND THEN A FEW MORE, A DOZEN OR SO FOR MORE CHILDREN IN ALASKA WHO WERE SUFFERING FROM CANCER ALL MODELED ON DISNEY CANCERS. THAT'S WHERE BRIE CAME IN. SHE HEARD ABOUT HOLLY AMENDMENT FRONT ON FACEBOOK AND SHE BEGAN TO VOLUNTEER. SON THEY BEGAN MAKING AND DISTRIBUTING TENS AND THEN HUNDREDS OF WIGS OUT OF HOLLY'S GARAGE IN PALMER, ALASKA. EVENTUALLY THEY STARTED A NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION CALLED THE MAGIC YARN PROJECT. IT IS THIS ONE LITTLE IDEA FOR THIS ONE BEAUTIFUL LITTLE GIRL THE MAGIC YARN PROJECT WAS BORN. SOON DOZENS OF ALASKANS BEGAN TO VOLUNTEER THEIR TIME AND BEGAN TO HOLD -- AND THE MAGIC BEGAN TO SPREAD THROUGHOUT ALASKA AND THEN IT STARTED TO SPREAD THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY AND EVEN AROUND THE WORLD THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE BEGAN MAKING PRINCESS HAIR AND SUPER HERO HAIR OUT OF YARN FOR CHILDREN LIVING THROUGH THE DARKNESS AND SUFFERING THROUGH THE DIFFICULTY OF CANCER. MR. PRESIDENT, TO DATE THIS DYNAMIC DUO, HOLLY AND BRIE, HAVE FACILITATED THE DISTRIBUTION OF OVER 7,000 WIGS IN 38 COUNTRIES ACROSS THE GLOBE FOR CHILDREN WHO ARE LOSING THEIR HAIR THROUGH THE CANCER AND CHEMOTHERAPY TREATMENT. THINK ABOUT THAT, ONE IDEA, ONE WIG, NOW WE'RE AT 7,000. HOLLY AND BRIE HAVE AMASSED AN ARMY OF OVER 4,000 VOLUNTEERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO CROCHET WIGS. THIS TAKES TIME AND CARE AND TALENT, OLD, YOUNG FROM EVERY WALK OF LIFE HAVE REACHED OUT TO THEM TO HELP BRIGHTEN A CHILD'S LIFE. A FOOTBALL PLAYER FROM THE SEATTLE SEAHAWKS CAME FROM THE FIRST OUT OF STATE WORKSHOP THEY HELD IN SEATTLE. IT WAS REALLY, REALLY -- EVERYONE'S GETTING INVOLVED HERE. THERE ARE EVEN WOMEN WHO ARE INCARCERATED IN ALASKA MAKING WHIMSICAL WIGS FOR THESE KIDS. SO IT'S IMPACTING EVERYBODY. OUT OF THIS ONE-CAR GARAGE IN PALMER, ALASKA, WHICH IS A SMALL TOWN WITH A BIG HEART, LITERALLY THE PRODUCTION AND LOVE AND CARE MAKING OF THESE WIGS HAVE OVERTAKEN NOT JUST ALASKA, NOT JUST THE COUNTRY, BUT THE WORLD. BECAUSE OF THE PROJECT'S GROWING POPULARITY AND THEIR DESIRE TO REACH AS MANY VOLUNTEERS AS POSSIBLE, THE TWO HAVE OPENED UP -- HAVE OPENED UP CHAPTERS IN SEVEN STATES AND EVEN IN MEXICO. IT'S BEEN DAUNTING AND A LOT OF WORK BUT THEY HAVE DISCOVERED SO MUCH ABOUT THEMSELVES AND THEIR COMMUNITY. FIRST THEY WERE STRUCK WITH HOW GENEROUS ALASKANS ARE, AND IT WAS ONLY POSSIBLE BECAUSE ALASKANS ALL ACROSS THE STATE ROSE TO THE OCCASION TO HELP THESE YOUNG KIDS. AND BREE SAID THE MAGIC YARN PROJECT PUSHED HER IN WAYS SHE NEVER THOUGHT POSSIBLE. IT MADE HER A BETTER MOM AND PERSON. HOLLY SAID ONE OF THE BEST THINGS ABOUT THE PROJECT IS WATCHING HER OWN CHILDREN GET INVOLVED AND HELP WITH DEEP COMPASSION FOR CHILDREN WHO ARE SATURNING -- SUFFERING WHETHER IN ALASKA OR SOMEWHERE ELSE IN THE WORLD. THERE HAVE BEEN TIMES WHEN HOLLY SAID THAT A LITTLE VOICE INSIDE HER SAID, THESE ARE JUST WIGS, IT ISN'T THAT IMPORTANT. BUT WHEN THEY GET THE PICTURES BACK OF THESE YOUNG GIRLS ALL OVER THE COUNTRY WEARING THEIR BEAUTIFUL WIGS, THEY REALIZE IT IS A BIG DEAL. IT'S A HUGE DEAL. THE PARENTS OF THESE KIDS HAVE TOLD HOLLY AND BREE HOW GRATEFUL THEY ARE TO SEE THEIR CHILD WHO OFTEN IS LIVING IN A LIFE OF PAIN AND NEEDLES AND SURGERIES AND HOSPITALS SMILE AGAIN BECAUSE OF WHAT THEY'VE DONE. IT GIVES THEM A GLIMPSE OF WHAT IT WAS LIKE BEFORE, AND HOPEFULLY OF WHAT IT WILL BE LIKE WHEN THEY GET BETTER HOLLY SAID. TO HOLLY AND BREE WE CAN'T THANK YOU ENOUGH FOR YOUR EXTRAORDINARY WORK, YOUR GREAT COMPASSION THAT'S TOUCHED LITERALLY THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF LIVES ACROSS AMERICA AND THE WORLD, AND CONGRATULATIONS FOR BEING OUR ALASKANS OF THE WEEK. MR. PRESIDENT, I'D LIKE MY FOLLOWING REMARKS TO APPEAR IN A DIFFERENT PART OF THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD.

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  • 04:08:57 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 04:09:01 PM

    MR.SULLIVAN MR.SU

    MR. PRESIDENT, I WANT TO CONGRATULATE MY COLLEAGUES WHO DEBATED LAST WEEK…

    MR. PRESIDENT, I WANT TO CONGRATULATE MY COLLEAGUES WHO DEBATED LAST WEEK AND VOTED ON THE NEW SECRETARY OF STATE MAKE POMPEO WHO I BELIEVE IS EITHER IN ROUTE OR WILL BE SOON TO THE NATO FOREIGN MINISTERS SUMMIT. AS MANY OF US SAID ON THE FLOOR, MIKE POMPEO IS EXTREMELY WELL WELL QUALIFIED TO BE THE SECRETARY OF STATE. HE IS A CONGRESSMAN WHO FOCUSED ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS, THE CURRENT DIRECTOR OF THE C.I.A., AN ARMY OFFICER, GRADUATED NUMBER ONE IN HIS CLASS FROM WEST POINT, HARVARD LAW REVIEW EDITOR WHEN HE WENT TO HARVARD LAW SCHOOL, AND I PARTICULARLY WANT TO COMMEND MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE WHO DID THE RIGHT THING AND VOTED FOR MR. POMPEO. MR. PRESIDENT, AS I COME DOWN TO THE FLOOR A COUPLE OF TIMES TO TALK ABOUT THIS ISSUE WE'VE HAD A LONG TRADITION IN THE UNITED STATES, PARTICULARLY AS IT RELATES TO THE SECRETARY OF STATE, THAT THIS BODY TYPICALLY COMES TOGETHER AND SOMEONE IS QUALIFIED, IT IS THE PRESIDENT'S PICK. THE TRADITION HAS BEEN TO VOTE FOR THAT PERSON. SO IF YOU LOOK AT THE VOTES OVER THE LAST 50 YEARS, THE SECRETARIES OF STATE, WHETHER REPUBLICAN OR DEMOCRAT, USUALLY IN THE UNANIMOUS VOTE, 100 SENATORS, 96 SENATORS, 99 SENATORS, AND WHAT I'M HOPEFUL IS THAT WE CAN GET BACK TO THAT ISSUE WITH REGARD TO FOREIGN POLICY AND NATIONAL SECURITY CHOICES FOR THE PRESIDENT REGARDLESS OF WHO THE PRESIDENT IS, AND SO I WANT TO COMMEND MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE, BUT PARTICULARLY MY DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES WHO I KNOW FACED A LOT OF PRESSURE TO VOTE ON THIS, FOR THOSE WHO KNEW IT WAS IMPORTANT TO HAVE A BIPARTISAN VOTE, I WANT TO THANK THEM AND I THINK MIKE POMPEO IS GOING TO DO A GOOD JOB. I YIELD THE FLOOR.

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  • 04:11:57 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE SENATOR FROM OHIO.

  • 04:12:01 PM

    MR. PORTMAN

    MR. PRESIDENT, I'D LIKE TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUE FROM ALASKA IN COMMENTING THE…

    MR. PRESIDENT, I'D LIKE TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUE FROM ALASKA IN COMMENTING THE UNITED STATES SENATE FOR CONFIRMING MIKE POMPEO FOR SKATE. -- SECRETARY OF STATE. I THINK HE IS THE RIGHT PERSON AT THE RIGHT TIME AND WE NEED SOMEBODY THERE. THERE IS TOO MUCH GOING ON NOT TO HAVE SOMEONE THERE AND THERE'S AN IMPORTANT MEETING OF THE FOREIGN MINISTERS THAT HE NEEDED TO ATTEND. WHETHER IT'S NORTH KOREA WHERE HE IS INVOLVED OR IRAN AND THE CONTINUING CONCERNS WE HAVE WITH IRAN OR WHAT IS HAPPENING WITH SYRIA AND ON THE EASTERN BORDER OF UKRAINE, THERE'S LOTS OF HOTSPOTS AROUND THE WORLD AND WE NEED TO HAVE SOMEBODY WHO UNDERSTANDS THE IMPORTANCE OF ADDRESSING THOSE ISSUES AND ADDRESSING SOME OF THE BIGGER AND LONGER-TERM CHALLENGES WE HAVE WITH COUNTRIES LIKE RUSSIA AND CHINA TO HAVE A MORE CONSTRUCTIVE RELATIONSHIP SO IT'S GOOD TO HAVE SOMEBODY IN THAT JOB. WHEN JOHN KERRY CAME UP FOR A CONFIRMATION HERE IN THE SENATE, NOT EVERYBODY AGREED WITH HIM ON THE POLICIES. WHEN HILLARY CLINTON CAME UP FOR A VOTE, NOT EVERYBODY AGREED WITH HER ON THE POLICIES, BUT THEY AGREED THEY WERE QUALIFIED, AS MIKE POMPEO IS, AND THEY AGREED THAT A PRESIDENT SHOULD HAVE THE ABILITY TO HAVE HIS OR HER PERSON IN THAT JOB, PARTICULARLY AS SECRETARY OF STATE. SO THE VOTE WAS 94 SENATORS IN FAVOR. I'M GLAD THAT THE SENATE CHOSE TO CONFIRM HIM, BUT I DO WISH WE HAD MORE OF A BIPARTISAN SUPPORT FOR IT BECAUSE I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO SHOW AROUND THE WORLD THAT WE DO INDEED HAVE MOMENTUM BEHIND THIS NOMINEE AND HIS ABILITY TO LEAD OUR COUNTRY IN THE AREA OF SOFT POWER DIPLOMACY AROUND THE WORLD. I THINK HE'LL DO A GOOD JOB AND EARN THE TRUST OF THOSE WHO VOTED FOR HIM TODAY AND ALSO BE ABLE TO CHANGE THE VIEWS, PERHAPS OF SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES, WHO VOTED NO TODAY. SO CONGRATULATIONS TO MIKE POMPEO AND I'M HAPPY FOR A COUNTRY R -- FOR OUR COUNTRY THAT HE'S IN PLACE. MR. PRESIDENT, I COME TO THE FLOOR TODAY TO TALK ABOUT AN ISSUE THAT HAS GRIPPED MY STATE AND EVERY STATE REPRESENTED IN THIS CHAMBER, AND THAT'S THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC. THIS IS PRESCRIPTION DRUGSES AND HEROIN -- DRUGS AND HEROIN AND FENTANYL AND CARFENTANIL. IT IS SOMETHING THAT WE TALKED WITH ON THE FLOOR MORE IN THE PAST COUPLE OF YEARS THAN WE HAVE AT ANY TIME REALLY IN THE HISTORY OF THIS BODY AND WE PASSED GOOD LEGISLATION, BUT, BOY, THERE'S SO MUCH MORE TO DO. SADLY, THIS CRISIS CONTINUES TO UNFOLD AND AT LEAST IN MY STATE AND I BELIEVE IN MOST STATES IN THIS COUNTRY IT HAS GOTTEN WORSE, NOT BETTER. WE HAVE TAKEN IMPORTANT ACTIONS AND WE NEED TO TAKE MORE. JUST LAST WEEK A COUPLE IN YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO, WERE ARRESTED FOR HMEDZ AND -- HOMICIDE AFTER THEIR 16 MONTH-OLD DAUGHTER DIED. SHE WAS SUBMITTED TO CART FENTANYL AND IS THE BIGGEST CONCERN WE HAVE IN OHIO RIGHT NOW. IN FACT, IN OHIO WE HAD AN INCREASE IN OVERDOSES LAST YEAR AND 60% OF THOSE OVERDOSES WERE FROM FENTANYL. THIS SYNTHETIC FORM OF OPIOIDS THAT WAS HARDLY PRESENT FIVE YEARS AGO. AS WE MADE PROGRESS ON PRESCRIPTION DRUGS, HEROIN CAME IN. AS WE MADE PROGRESS ON HEROIN, FENTANYL AND CARFENTANIL CAME IN. THAT'S THE LATEST POISON AND THERE'S A NEED FOR US TO PUSH BACK AND PUSH BACK HARD. OPIOID DEATHS ARE NOW THE NUMBER ONE CAUSE OF DEATH IN MY HOME STATE OF OHIO. IT'S THE NUMBER ONE CAUSE OF ACCIDENTAL DEATH IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. YOU THINK ABOUT THAT. HOW MANY PEOPLE WHO ARE BEING AFFECTED BY THIS, AND IT'S ACROSS THE BOARD. IT KNOWS NO ZIP CODE. IT'S NOT JUST IN THE URBAN AREAS, NOT JUST THE RURAL AREAS. IT'S IN THE SUBURBAN AREAS. IT'S EVERYWHERE. IT'S SOMETHING WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE ON. I'VE SEEN SOME PROGRAMS THAT ARE ACTUALLY WORKING WELL TO TRY TO TURN THE TIDE AND PUSH BACK. ONE I WILL MENTION IS FUNDED IN PART FROM LEGISLATION WE PASSED IN THIS CHAMBER JUST A YEAR AND A HALF AGO. IT'S IN COLUMBUS, OHIO, THE MARY ADDICTION STABILIZATION CENTER. IT'S AN ATTEMPT BY FRANKLIN COUNTY WHICH IS LARGELY COLUMBUS, OHIO, TO COME TOGETHER AND SAY WE'VE GOT TO DO SOMETHING HERE TO GET MORE PEOPLE WHO HAVE OVERDOSED INTO TREATMENT. BECAUSE ONE OF THE MANY CHALLENGES WE FACE IN THIS CRISIS IS THE GAPS. AND ONE HUGE GAP IS THE FACT THAT PEOPLE WHO OVERDOSE HAVE HAD THEIR LIVES SAVED THROUGH THIS MIRACLE DRUG CALLED NARCAN WHICH REVERSES THE EFFECTS OF AN OVERDOSE, BUT THEN AFTER COMING OUT OF THEIR OVERDOSE, GETTING CONSCIOUS AGAIN, THEY SIMPLY GO BACK INTO THE COMMUNITY AND BACK TO THE ENVIRONMENT THAT CREATED THIS POTENTIAL OVERDOSE SITUATION IN THE FIRST PLACE. SO ONCE AGAIN, A WEEK LATER PERHAPS, MAYBE DAYS LATER, IN SOME CASES HOURS LATER, THE PERSON MAY OVERDOSE AGAIN. THE ANSWER IS NOT JUST APPLYING NARCAN AS IMPORTANT AS IT IS BECAUSE WE DO NEED TO SAVE LIVES. THE IMPORTANT THING IS TO THEN GET THAT PERSON INTO A PROGRAM WHERE THEY CAN BEGIN TO DEAL WITH THEIR ADDICTION, WHERE THEY CAN GET THE SUPPORT LONGER TERM THROUGH A RECOVERY PROGRAM TO STAY AWAY FROM THE OLD ENVIRONMENT AND THE OLD GANG THAT GOT THEM INVOLVED IN THIS ISSUE PERHAPS IN THE FIRST PLACE. ADDICTION IS A DISEASE. TREATMENT IS REQUIRED JUST AS IT WOULD BE FOR OTHER DISEASES. SO I'M EXCITED ABOUT WHAT'S HAPPENING AT MARY HAVEN ADDICTION RECOVERY BECAUSE AT THIS CENTER, THEY ARE BRINGING PEOPLE IN WHO HAVE OVERDOSED AND THEN IN THE SAME FACILITY, THERE ARE ABOUT 50 BEDS FOR TREATMENT. SO INSTEAD OF HAVING THE VAST MAJORITY OF PEOPLE WHO OVERDOSE AND COME INTO AN EMERGENCY ROOM GO HOME OR GO BACK TO THE OLD ENVIRONMENT, 80% OF THE PEOPLE AT MARY HAVEN ARE GOING INTO TREATMENT. THAT'S A HUGE CHANGE. THAT'S A SEA CHANGE. IT WILL HAVE AN ENORMOUS IMPACT ON DEALING WITH THE 200,000 OR SO PEOPLE IN MY STATE OF OHIO WHO ARE CURRENTLY ADDICTED. IT WILL HELP THEM GET INTO A DECENT PROGRAM, GET THROUGH THE DETOX, GET INTO RECOVERY, AND HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO GET THEIR LIVES BACK TOGETHER. THAT PROGRAM IS FUNDED AGAIN IN LARGE PART FROM FEDERAL FUNDING THAT CAME FROM THIS LEGISLATION WE PASSED HERE ABOUT A YEAR AND A HALF AGO, ABOUT A MILLION DOLLARS, MAYBE $1.2 MILLION, WAS MATCHED BY SOME PRIVATE FUNDING, STATE AND LOCAL FUNDING. AGAIN, WE HAVE THIS NEW PROJECT THAT I THINK CAN BE EMULATED AROUND THE STATE BECAUSE IT SEEMS TO BE WORKING REALLY WELL. THE CURES ACT WHICH WE PASSED HERE HAS PROVIDED TO OHIO JUST RECENTLY $26 MILLION IN NEW FUNDING. AND WE NEED IT BADLY. AND WE NEED TO PUT IT TO USE IN WAYS THAT WORK. AGAIN, THIS IS AN EXAMPLE OF SOMETHING THAT'S ACTUALLY WELL THOUGHT OUT, IS GOING TO HELP CLOSE THE GAP AND MAKE A DAVE. IN 2016, WE WERE TOLD THAT WE HAD THE DEADLIEST YEAR ON RECORD IN TERMS OF OVERDOSES. UNFORTUNATELY IT LOOKS LIKE 2017, WHEN WE HAVE THE FINAL NUMBERS, IT'S GOING TO BE WORSE. CERTAINLY WILL BE IN OHIO. THE FRANKLIN COUNTY, CORRIDOR, THE COLUMBUS, OHIO AREA, THE CORONER RECENTLY CAME OUT WITH THEIR NUMBERS FOR 2017. THEY HAD AN OVERDOSE DEATH RATE THAT WAS HIGHER THAN 2016. WE LOST 520 OF OUR FELLOW CITIZENS TO OVERDOSES IN FRANKLIN COUNTY IN 2017. THAT WAS A 47% INCREASE FROM 2016. SO NOT JUST A LITTLE INCREASE, A HUGE INCREASE. AND BY THE WAY, A STAGGERING TWO-THIRDS OF THOSE, 66% OF THOSE DEATHS WERE FROM THIS SYNTHETIC HEROIN WE TALKED ABOUT, THE SYNTHETIC OPIOIDS, FENTANYL AND CARFENTANIL. THAT'S WHY I SAID EARLIER THAT'S REALLY THE BIG ISSUE NOW IN SO MANY COMMUNITIES AROUND THE COUNTRY. JUST LAST MONTH FRANKLIN COUNTY EXPERIENCED 18 OVERDOSES IN JUST ONE WEEK. ONE COUNTY, 18 OVERDOSES IN ONE WEEK. THIS IS JUST LAST MONTH. THAT'S AN AVERAGE OF OVER TWO DEATHS PER DAY. AND THINK ABOUT THAT WHEN YOU'RE THINKING ABOUT JUST ONE COUNTY OUT OF 88 AND THE IMPACT THIS IS HAVING. WE NEED TO DO MORE AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL TO COMBAT THIS EPIDEMIC. I'D LIKE TO TALK ABOUT A COUPLE OF NEW PIECES OF LEGISLATION THAT WOULD BUILD ON THE SUCCESS WE'VE HAD IN THIS BODY OF DRAFTING NEW LEGISLATION THAT HELPS TO DIRECT THIS MONEY IN WAYS THAT IS GOING TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE TOWARD EVIDENCE-BASED PROGRAMS, NOT JUST THROWING MONEY AT THE PROBLEM BUT BEING SURE THE MONEY IS WELL SPENT. ONE OF THE PIECES OF LEGISLATION IS CRITICAL TO THIS ISSUE OF THE FENTANYL AND CARFENTANIL COMING INTO OUR COMMUNITIES. UNBELIEVABLY, THIS POISON THAT WE TALKED ABOUT TODAY, TWO-THIRDS OF THE DEATHS IN THIS COUNTY IN OHIO LAST YEAR WERE BECAUSE OF THIS FENTANYL. THIS 16-MONTH-OLD BABY WE TALKED ABOUT WAS KILLED THROUGH A CARFENTANIL AND OTHER SYNTHETIC. UNBELIEVABLY, THIS STUFF IS COMING IN THROUGH OUR U.S. MAIL SYSTEM PRIMARILY. SO IT'S COMING NOT OVER THE BORDER PRIMARILY OR NOT IN SOME OTHER WAY, LIKE HEROIN MIGHT OR EVEN PRESCRIPTION DRUGS, BUT IT'S LITERALLY COMING THROUGH THE MAIL. PRIMARILY FROM CHINA. SO YOU HAVE EVIL CHEMISTS IN CHINA MIXING UP THIS POISONOUS BREW THAT BECOMES FENTANYL AND THEN IT GETS SHIPPED THROUGH THE MAIL SYSTEM INTO OUR COMMUNITIES COMMUNITIES, SOMETIMES TO A P.O. BOX, SOMETIMES TO SOMEONE'S HOME, SOMETIMES TO A BUSINESS, AND UNFORTUNATELY, WE DO NOT HAVE THE ABILITY WITHIN THE U.S. POSTAL SERVICE TO PUSH BACK. TO ME THIS IS AN OBVIOUS EXAMPLE WHERE THIS BODY OUGHT TO COME TOGETHER AND SAY YOU KNOW WHAT? LET'S PROVIDE LAW ENFORCEMENT THE TOOLS THEY NEED TO BE ABLE TO STOP SOME OF THIS POISON FROM COMING IN. IF YOU WERE TO SEND THIS SAME FENTANYL BY FEDEX OR U.P.S. OR D.H.L. OR PRIVATE CARRIER, THEY WOULD HAVE TO.LAW ENFORCEMENT IN ADVANCE -- TO LAW ENFORCEMENT IN ADVANCE DATA OF THE PACKAGE, WHAT'S IN IT, WHERE IT'S GOING. WITH THAT DATA LAW ENFORCEMENT CAN THEN TARGET PACKAGES, SUSPECT PACKAGES, AND PULL THEM OFF THE LINE AND PULL SOME OF THIS POISON OUT OF OUR COMMUNITIES. I'VE BEEN TO THESE DISTRIBUTION CENTERS WHERE THE PRIVATE CARRIERS DO EXACTLY THAT. THEY HAVE CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION OFFICIALS THERE. THEY HAVE ROOMS THERE THAT HAVE THE PROPER VENTING TO BE ABLE TO OPEN THESE PACKAGES. AS YOU KNOW, THIS FENTANYL, CARFENTANIL IS SO DANGEROUS. OUR FIRST RESPONDERS ARE PUTTING THEIR LIVES AT RISK EVERY DAY JUST BY DEALING WITH IT. BUT WHAT THEY'RE ABLE TO DO IS TO STOP THIS POISON FROM COMING IN WHICH HELPS AT A MINIMUM TO RAISE THE COST BECAUSE RIGHT NOW ONE OF THE REASONS IT'S EXPANDING IS BECAUSE IT'S DEADLY. IT'S SOMETHING THAT IS CAUSING MANY MORE OVERDOSES AND DEATHS THAN EVER BEFORE, BUT IT'S ALSO RELATIVELY INEXPENSIVE. SO OUR LEGISLATION IS VERY SIMPLE. IT'S CALLED THE STOP ACT. IT'S COSPONSORED BY AMY KLOBUCHAR, DEMOCRAT FROM MINNESOTA, AND THE NOTION IS TO SAY TO OUR U.S. POSTAL SERVICE, SHOE HAVE FOR PROVIDE THAT SAME INFORMATION BECAUSE LAW ENFORCEMENT TELLS US UNLESS THEY HAVE THAT INFORMATION, IT'S LIKE FINDING A NEEDLE IN A HAYSTACK. 900 MILLION PACKAGES A YEAR, HARD TO IMAGINE HOW THEY'RE GOING TO BE ABLE TO STOP THOSE PACKAGES WITHOUT HAVING AT LEAST THAT TOOL OF KNOWING WHAT'S IN THOSE PACKAGES, WHERE IT'S COMING FROM, WHERE IT'S GOING SO THEY CAN USE THEIR ANALYTIC, THE BIG DATA TO BE ABLE TO IDENTIFY THOSE PACKAGES AND TO BE ABLE TO STOP THEM. LAST MONTH A MAN FROM CLEVELAND, OHIO, WAS CHARGED AFTER UNDERCOVER LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENTS FOUND HE WAS SELLING FENTANYL THAT HE JUST BOUGHT ONLINE FROM CHINA. ACCORDING TO THE PROSECUTOR, AND I QUOTE, THE DEFENDANT ORDERED THOUSANDS OF DEADLY DOSES OF FENTANYL FROM CHINA, BROUGHT IT TO A RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOOD IN EUCLID, OHIO, AND MAILED THE DANGEROUS DRUGS OVER OHIO AND THE COUNTRY USING OUR MAIL SYSTEM. THE PERMANENT SUBCOMMITTEE HERE IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE WHICH IS A GROUP THAT I CHAIR DID A YEAR-LONG INVESTIGATION OF THIS ISSUE. WE COMPLETED THIS SEVERAL MONTHS AGO AND UNFORTUNATELY WHAT IT SHOWED WAS EXACTLY WHAT YOU WOULD SUSPECT, WHICH IS THE TRAFFICKERS WHEN ASKED HOW SHOULD WE SHIP THESE DRUGS THAT WE'RE BUYING FROM YOU ONLINE BECAUSE WE HAD AN UNDERCOVER PERSON WORKING FOR US, HE WAS A MEMBER OF THE HOME WHRD SECURITY -- HOMELAND SECURITY DEPARTMENT, SOMEONE WHO DEALS WITH THESE ISSUES EVERY DAY. HE ACTUALLY CONTACTED WEBSITES AROUND THE COUNTRY. UNFORTUNATELY, THE WEBSITES ALL SAID THE SAME THING. YEAH, WE'LL SELL YOU THIS DEADLY DRUG, BUT YOU'VE GOT TO SHIP IT THROUGH THE U.S. MAIL SYSTEM. WE'LL GUARANTEE DELIVERY IF YOU DO THAT. WE WERE ABLE TO FIND FIVE DIFFERENT WEBSITES THAT WERE OPENLY SELLING FENTANYL. THEY ALL TOLD US WHERE TO SEND IT BY USING SOME OF THE INFORMATION THAT WE HAD BASED ON THE PAYMENT SYSTEMS THEY WERE USING, WE WERE ABLE TO IDENTIFY THE PEOPLE WHO HAD BEEN SHIPPED DRUGS THROUGH THESE SITES. WE FOUND INCIDENTALLY THAT JUST IN A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME, SEVEN PEOPLE HAD DIED OF OVERDOSES FROM GETTING DRUGS FROM THESE PARTICULAR WEBSITES. WE ALSO WERE ABLE TO REFER TO LAW ENFORCEMENT, SOME OTHER PEOPLE WHO APPARENTLY WERE DEALING THESE DRUGS BY TAKING LARGE QUANTITIES. BUT EVEN THIS PERSON IN EUCLID, OHIO, WE TALKED ABOUT, THOUSANDS OF DEADLY DOSES OF FENTANYL WERE FOUND. THAT COULD BE IN A PACKAGE ABOUT THIS SIZE. THREE FLAKES OF THIS STUFF CAN KILL YOU. SO AT A MINIMUM, WE'VE GOT TO BE SURE THAT OUR U.S. POSTAL SERVICE IS GIVING LAW ENFORCEMENT THESE TOOLS TO BE ABLE TO HELP STOP THIS DEADLY POISON. THE POSTAL SERVICE HAS BEGUN OVER THE LAST YEAR OR SO TO MAKE SOME PROGRESS IN THIS AREA, BUT STILL THEY TELL US THAT ONLY 36% OF THE PACKAGES TRANSPORTED INTO THIS COUNTRY HAVE ANY KIND OF ADVANCED ELECTRONIC DATA. AS WE DUG INTO THIS DEEPER AND HAVE -- HAVING RESEARCHED AND GONE TO SOME OF THESE SITES WHERE THE U.S. POSTAL SERVICE IS PROVIDING INFORMATION, WE ALSO FOUND OUT THAT IT'S NOT 36% BECAUSE 20% OF THE PACKAGES THAT THEY ARE REQUIRING THIS INFORMATION ON WHERE LAW ENFORCEMENT SAID I NEED TO PULL THAT PACKAGE OUT, 20% OF THOSE PACKAGES WENT INTO THE COMMUNITY ANYWAY BECAUSE OF LACK OF COMMUNICATION WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT. FINALLY, WE'RE FINDING OUT THAT IT MAY BE 36% OF THE PACKAGES, BUT MUCH OF THE INFORMATION IS NOT HELPFUL. SO WE NEED TO HAVE NEW RULES IN PLACE THAT SAY TO COUNTRIES, IF YOU WANT TO DO BUSINESS WITH THE UNITED STATES AND SEND YOUR PACKAGES HERE, YOU'VE GOT TO PLAY BALL WITH US AND.THIS DIGITAL INFORMATION UPFRONT SO OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT CAN DEAL WITH WHAT IS CLEARLY A CRISIS IN THIS COUNTRY. IT'S A GLARING LOOPHOLE IN THE SCREENING PROCESS. IT UNDERMINES THE SAFETY AND SECURITY OF OUR COUNTRY, NOT JUST FOR DRUGS BUT FOR OTHER ISSUES AS WELL. IT'S TIME WE FIX IT. AFTER 9/11 AND THE TERRIBLE TRAGEDY OF THAT DAY, THIS CONGRESS DECIDED TO REQUIRE PRIVATE CARRIERS TO REQUIRE ALL OF THAT INFORMATION, THE ADVANCED ELECTRONIC DATA, BECAUSE OF THE RISK OF TERRORISM, FRANKLY. WE SAID AT THE TIME THE POST OFFICE NEEDS TO DO A STUDY ON THIS TO GIVE THEM TIME TO GET READY. THAT WAS OVER 15 YEARS AGO. AND THEY STILL HAVEN'T DONE IT. THEY NEED TO PROVIDE LAW ENFORCEMENT WITH THE TOOLS THEY NEED BY REQUIRING ADVANCED ELECTRONIC DATA ON ALL PACKAGES ENTERING THE UNITED STATES. 32 OF MY SENATE COLLEAGUES, BYES WAY, 19 REPUBLICANS, 12 DEMOCRATS, AND 1 INDEPENDENT HAS SIGNED ON AS COSPONSORS OF THE LEGISLATION. IT ALREADY HAS ONE-THIRD SUPPORT OF THE SENATE. IT'S BEEN SUPPORTED BY PRESIDENT TRUMP'S OPIOID COMMISSION BECAUSE IT'S A COMMON SENS SOLUTION TO A GROWING PROBLEM AROUND THE COUNTRY. THERE'S HOUSE COMPANION LEGISLATION TO DO THIS. STOPPING THIS INFLUX OF FENTANYL IS GOING TO HAPPEN ONLY IF WE STOP HOW IT'S COMING, WHICH IS THROUGH OUR POSTAL SERVICE FROM COUNTRIES OVERSEAS, PRIMARILY CHINA. WE ALSO NEED A MORE COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH, OF COURSE, TO THE DRUG ISSUE. IT'S NOT ENOUGH JUST TO STOP THE SUPPLY IF YOU HAVE A STRONG DEMAND. DEALING WITH THE DEMAND INCLUDES PREVENTION EFFORTS THAT ARE INCLUDED IN LEGISLATION THAT WE PASSED IN THIS BODY ABOUT A YEAR AND A HALF AGO AND STILL NEED TO BE IMPLEMENTED. WE HAVE NEW LEGISLATION TO HELP INCREASE THAT COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH. THE LAST BILL WAS CALLED THE COMPREHENSIVE ADDICTION RECOVERY ACT, AGAIN SIGNED INTO THE LAW THE END OF 2016. NOW WE HAVE A NEW BILL CALLED CARA 2.0. IT PROVIDES MORE RESOURCES FOR EVIDENCE-BASED PREVENTION, TREATMENT, AND RECOVERY PROGRAMS. IT WILL HELP PEOPLE GET INTO LONGER-TERM TREATMENT WHERE THEY CAN TRULY OVERCOME THEIR ADDICTION. IT HAS HELPED OVERCOME THE STIGMA BY TREATING ADDICTION AS A DISEASE JUST BY PASSING THAT FIRST BILL. NOW IT'S TIME FOR US TO ENSURE WE'RE LOOKING AT WHAT WORKS AND BUILDING ON IT. I'VE INTRODUCED THIS LEGISLATION WITH MY COLLEAGUES, SENATOR SHELDON WHITEHOUSE AND SIX OTHERS, SENATOR SHELLEY CAPITO, AMY KLOBUCHAR, DAN SULLIVAN, MAGGIE HASSAN, BILL CASSIDY WHO IS SITTING IN THE CHAIR TODAY AND MARIA CANTWELL, FOUR REPUBLICANS AND FOUR DEMOCRATS. WE KEPT THIS BIPARTISAN. OTHER MEMBERS HAVE JOINED IN AS WELL. IT PICKS UP WHERE THE CARA LEGISLATION LEFT OFF TO PROVIDE A BETTER FRAMEWORK AS TO HOW WE CAN SPEND THE EXTRA RESOURCES THAT THIS CONGRESS HAS WISELY DETERMINED TO PUT AGAINST THIS FIGHT. IN THE SPENDING BILL THAT WAS JUST PASSED, THERE WAS ADDITIONAL $6 BILLION OVER TWO YEARS PUT AGAINST THIS ISSUE. LET'S BE SURE THE MONEY IS WELL SPENT. LET'S BE SURE WE HAVE A ROAD MAP TO BUILD ON THE SUCCESSES WE'VE HAD AND ENSURE THAT THAT MONEY IS GOING TO THINGS THAT ACTUALLY CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. WE TALKED ABOUT ONE EARLIER, THIS ADDICTION STABILIZATION CENTER. WE ALSO KNOW THAT ONE WAY WE CAN SPEND OUR MONEY BETTER IS TO HAVE A BETTER PRESCRIPTION DRUG MONITORING PROGRAM NATIONALLY. SO EVERY STATE NOW HAS SOME SORT OF PRESCRIPTION DRUG MONITORING PROGRAM BUT OFTEN THEY DON'T TALK TO EACH OTHER. THIS IS SOMETHING THAT IS REQUIRED. IN MY STATE OF OHIO, WEST VIRGINIA, KENTUCKY, AND INDIANA, MICHIGAN, ALL STATES WHERE THERE IS ALSO AN OPIOID CRISIS. PENNSYLVANIA, WE NEED TO BE SURE THEY'RE TALKING TOGETHER SO WHEN SOMEONE GOES TO GET A PRESCRIPTION, THE INFORMATION IS LOGGED. AND IF THE PERSON GOES OUT OF THE STATE TO ORDER A PRESCRIPTION ACROSS THE BORDER, MAYBE JUST RIGHT ACROSS THAT BORDER, THAT INFORMATION IS PROVIDED JUST AS IT WOULD BE AS IF IS IN THAT STATE. THAT'S IN THE LEGISLATION AS WELL. WE ALSO TARGET ADDICTION AS A SOURCE. ABOUT 80% OF THE PEOPLE WHO DIE OF OVERDOSES TODAY PROBABLY STARTED ON PRESCRIPTION DRUGS. THAT'S THE LATEST DATA WE HAVE. SOME OF THAT WAS PRESCRIPTION DRUGS THAT WERE PROVIDED TO THAT INDIVIDUAL AS A RESULT OF AN ACCIDENT OR AN INJURY. THEY BECAME PHYSICALLY ADDICTED BECAUSE THEY WERE PRESCRIBED AN OPIOID FOR PAIN RELIEF. THE STORIES ARE HEARTBREAKING. THE PARENTS WHO COME TO ME AND SAY -- AND THIS HAS HAPPENED TWICE -- MY SON OR MY DAUGHTER WENT TO GET A WISDOM TOOTH EXTRACTED AND THE DENTIST GAVE MY SON OR MY DAUGHTER OPIOIDS. IN ONE CASE IT WAS 60 PILLS. PERCOCETS OR OXYCONTIN. AND SURE ENOUGH, THAT YOUNG PERSON HAD A PHYSICAL ADDICTION DEVELOP BECAUSE OF THAT. AND THEN WHEN THE PILLS WERE HARDER TO GET OR MORE EXPENSIVE, THEY TURNED TO SOMETHING LESS EXPENSIVE AND MORE ACCESSIBLE WHICH IS HEROIN OR PHENYL OR CARFENTANIL AND OVERDOSED AND DIED. THESE ARE 17-YEAR-OLD CHILDREN PRESCRIBED THIS MEDICATION. THERE ARE OTHER CASES AS WELL. I MET ADULTS WHO ARE WELL INTO THEIR 30'S OR 40'S LEADING SUCCESSFUL LIVES, WELL ESTABLISHED IN THEIR COMMUNITY, WELL CONNECTED IN THEIR FAMILIES, LOVING FAMILIES, THEY HAD AN ACCIDENT OR INJURY. MAYBE IT WAS A CAR ACCIDENT, AND WERE GIVEN PAIN MEDICATION. OPIOIDS. AND BECAME PHYSICALLY ADDICTED. AND THIS ADDICTION IS A TOUGH ONE TO CLIMB OUT OF. AND SO MANY PEOPLE THEN, AGAIN, TURN TO ANOTHER SUBSTANCE WHICH IS MORE AVAILABLE OR ACCESSIBLE, MAYBE LESS EXPENSIVE. AND THEN THE OFFENDER AND THEN THE -- THEN THE OFFENDER AND DEATH AND PEOPLE SAY HOW COULD THIS HAVE HAPPENED. IT HAPPENED BECAUSE OF A PRESCRIPTION DRUG, SOMETHING OVERPRESCRIBED. OTHERS MIGHT BUY A PRESCRIPTION DRUG ON THE STREET. THIS SATURDAY IS DRUG TAKE-BACK DAY IN AMERICA. I HOPE EVERYBODY WHO'S LISTENING HERE WILL THINK ABOUT WHETHER THEY CAN GO INTO THEIR OWN MEDICINE CABINET OR MAYBE THEIR PARENTS OR GRANDPARENTS AND TAKE OUT SOME OF THESE OPIOIDS AND HAVE THOSE DISPOSED OF PROPERLY AT A POLICE STATION OR SOMEPLACE ELSE. I KNOW KROGERS IS DOING THIS IN OHIO AND OTHER STATES. FIND OUT WHERE YOUR DRUG TAKE-BACK LOCATION IS. TAKE THESE DRUGS IN, GET RID OF THEM. I'VE HEARD TOO MANY CASES UNBELIEVABLY OF PEOPLE STEALING THESE DRUGS AND USING THEM AND THEN AGAIN DEVELOPING THAT ADDICTION OR SELLING THEM AND SOMEONE ELSE DEVELOPS THE ADDICTION. AGAIN, THE THOUGHT IS THAT PROBABLY EIGHT OUT OF TEN PEOPLE DYING OF OVERDOSES STARTED WITH PRESCRIPTION DRUGS. OUR LEGISLATION DOES DEAL WITH THAT. IT DEALS WITH OVERPRESCRIBING BECAUSE IT MUST BE DEALT WITH. IT REQUIRES DOCTORS AND PHARMACISTS TO USE DRUG MONITORING PROGRAMS TO ENSURE WE'RE NOT OVERPRESCRIBING AND IT SETS A THREE-DAY LIMIT ON PRESCRIPTIONS FOR ACUTE PAIN. WE ACCEPT CHRONIC PAIN. WE HAVE EXCEPTIONS FOR CANCER. BUT FOR ACUTE PAIN, THE SURGERIES WE TALKED ABOUT, WE'RE USING THE SCIENCE, THE GOOD SCIENCE FROM THE CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL, C.D.C. AND OTHERS THAT SAYS TWO THINGS. ONE, AFTER THE THIRD DAY OF USING THESE OPIOIDS AND THAT FOURTH DAY, FIFTH DAY, SIXTH DAY IS WHEN THE OPPORTUNITY FOR AN ADDICTION GROWS DRAMATICALLY AND THE CHANCES OF YOU FALLING INTO THAT ADDICTION INCREASES SIGNIFICANTLY. SECOND, IN TERMS OF PAIN AND DEALING WITH PAIN, WE'VE ALSO LEARNED THAT FOR ACUTE PAIN FOR MOST KINDS OF PROCEDURES THERE ARE OTHER KINDS OF PAIN MEDICATION AVAILABLE. I'VE TALKED TO THE DENTIST A LOT ON THIS. THERE IS A DENTIST FROM OHIO WHO IS A GOOD MAN, JOE CROWLEY, PRESIDENT OF THE AMERICAN DENTAL ASSOCIATION. HE'S WORKING WITH THE DENTISTS TO TRY TO ENSURE WE HAVE NEW POLICIES IN PLACE TO DISCOURAGE THE USE OF OPIOIDS ALTOGETHER FOR THINGS LIKE A WISDOM TOOTH BEING REMOVED. BUT TO THE EXTENT IT'S USED AFTER THE FIRST AND SECOND AND THIRD DAY, IT'S MUCH, MUCH LESS NECESSARY, MUCH LESS USEFUL AND OTHER PAIN MEDICATION CAN TAKE ITS PLACE. AS A RESULT, WE HAVE IN OUR LEGISLATION SOMETHING THAT'S A DRAMATIC DIFFERENCE FROM THE UNFORTUNATE OVERPRESCRIBING THAT CONTINUES TO GO ON IN OUR COUNTRY IN TOO MANY INSTANCES. THAT'S A THREE-DAY LIMIT. AFTER THREE DAYS, IF YOU CONTINUE TO HAVE THE KIND OF PAIN THAT CAN ONLY BE DEALT WITH WITH OPIOIDS, IF YOU'RE ONE OF THE FEW INDIVIDUALS WHERE THAT'S TRUE, YOU GO BACK TO THE DOCTOR, GET ANOTHER PRESCRIPTION. BUT YOU HAVE TO GO THROUGH A PROCESS TO DO THAT. THE ALTERNATIVE IS WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO SEE MORE AND MORE PEOPLE BECOME ADDICTED THROUGH PRESCRIPTION DRUGS AS A GATEWAY. AND THEN AGAIN GETTING INTO THIS TERRIBLE CYCLE OF OVERDOSES AND EVENTUALLY OVERDOSE AND DYING IN TOO MANY CASES. SO CARA 2.0 HAS THESE POLICY CHANGES AS WELL AS THE ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR PREVENTION PROGRAMS, TREATMENT PROGRAMS, RECOVERY PROGRAMS. IT ALSO HELPS OUR FIRST RESPONDERS BY SAYING IF YOU CAN'T AFFORD THE COST OF NARCAN, WE'LL HELP YOU OUT BUT ALSO TO GIVE YOU TRAINING IN NARCAN, AND ALSO TO DEAL WITH THIS GAP BETWEEN THE IMMEDIATE OVERDOSE REVERSAL USING NARCAN AND THEN GOING INTO DETOX. BETWEEN DETOX AND TREATMENT, TREATMENT AND LONGER TERM RECOVERY TO TRY TO ENSURE THAT YOU HAVE CONTINUITY, THIS IS SOMETHING THAT JUST MAKES SO MUCH SENSE. IT CAN SAVE SO MANY LIVES. THESE LEGISLATIVE EFFORTS WE'RE TALKING ABOUT HERE ARE IMPORTANT, SO FOR THOSE WHO ARE WATCHING AND MAYBE SOME STAFF MEMBERS WATCHING FROM SOME OF THE OFFICES, PLEASE CHECK IT OUT. CHECK OUT THE STOP ACT IF YOU'RE NOT ALREADY A COSPONSOR. CHECK OUT CARA 2.0 IF YOU'RE NOT ALREADY A COSPONSOR. BE SURE WE'RE DOING EVERYTHING WE POSSIBLY CAN HERE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE AND BEGIN TO REVERSE THIS TIDE, BEGIN TO SAVE LIVES AGAIN RATHER THAN HAVING THIS DISCOURAGING INCREASE IN ADDICTION. IT'S NOT ALL ABOUT OVERDOSES AND DEATHS, AS TRAGIC AS IT IS. IT'S ABOUT THE MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WHOSE LIVES ARE GETTING OFF TRACK, WHO MAY NOT OVERDOSE AND MAY NOT END UP NEEDING NARCAN BUT WHO ARE PULLING AWAY FROM THEIR FAMILY, WHO ARE NOT WORKING, WHO ARE NOT ENGAGED IN THEIR COMMUNITY, WHO ARE GIVING UP ON THEIR FRIENDS AND THEIR LOVED ONES. A LOT OF PEOPLE IN THIS CHAMBER ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE FACT THAT SO MANY AMERICANS ARE OUT OF WORK TODAY AND NOT SHOWING UP EVEN ON THE UNEMPLOYMENT ROLLS BECAUSE THEY'VE LEFT WORK ALTOGETHER. THEY AREN'T EVEN LOOKING FOR WORK. THE ECONOMISTS SAY OUR LABOR FORCE PARTICIPATION RATE FOR MEN IS HISTORICALLY LOW, PROBABLY THE LOWEST IT'S EVER BEEN IN THE HISTORY OF THIS COUNTRY. WHEN YOU COMBINE MEN AND WOMEN YOU HAVE TO GO BACK TO THE 1970'S TO SEE AS MANY PEOPLE WHO ARE OUT OF WORK ALTOGETHER. I AGREE THAT'S A BIG PROBLEM. I WOULD URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO LOOK AT THE IMPACT OF OPIOIDS ON THAT PROBLEM. THERE ARE TWO STUDIES, ONE BY THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, ONE BY THE BROOKINGS INSTITUTION WHICH INDICATE IN THE STRONGEST POSSIBLE TERMS THAT OPIOIDS ARE DRIVING MUCH OF THIS DYSFUNCTION IN OUR WORKFORCE TODAY. SO TO EMPLOYERS OUT THERE WHO ARE SAYING THE ECONOMY IS GROWING, THE TAX CUTS ARE WORKING, REGULATORY RELIEF IS WORKING BUT I CAN'T FIND WORKERS, 44% OF THOSE WHO ARE OUT OF THE WORKFORCE, ACCORDING TO A DEPARTMENT OF LABOR STUDY FROM THE BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS, 44% TOOK A PRESCRIPTION PAIN MEDICATION THE DAY BEFORE. THE BROOKINGS STUDY SHOWS THAT 47% OF MEN BETWEEN 25 AND 55, ABLE-BODIED MEN, ARE TAKING PAIN MEDICATION ON A DAILY BASIS. THESE ARE FRIGHTENING NUMBERS. BY THE WAY, I CAN'T IMAGINE THAT'S OVERREPORTED. I IMAGINE IT'S UNDERREPORTED BECAUSE OF THE STIGMA ATTACHED TO THIS ISSUE OF OPIOID ADDICTION BECAUSE OF THE POTENTIAL LEGAL LIABILITY PEOPLE COULD BE IN FOR ADMITTING IT. AND EVEN SO, ALMOST HALF OF THOSE SURVEYED SAY THEY'RE NOT WORKING. THEY'RE NOT EVEN LOOKING FOR WORK BUT THEY'RE TAKING PAIN MEDICATION ON A DAILY BASIS. SO THIS AFFECTS ALL OF US. GO TO YOUR FIREHOUSE IN YOUR COMMUNITY AND ASK THEM, ARE THEY DOING MORE OVERDOSE RUNS OR MORE FIRE RUNS? I'LL BET YOU THEY'LL SAY THE FORMER. THEY'RE DOING MORE DRUG OVERDOSE RUNS THAN THEY ARE FIRE RUNS. WE'RE ALL PAYING TPORBLGZ. TALK TO -- FOR THAT. TALK TO YOUR SHERIFF OR LOCAL POLICE CHIEF AND ASK THE THEM WHAT THE NUMBER ONE DRIVER IS IN YOUR COMMUNITY. I'LL BET TH E THEY'LL SAY IT DRUGS. PEOPLE SHOP LIFTING OR FRAUD TO BE ABLE TO PAY FOR THE HABIT, $300 A DAY OR MORE. PEOPLE ARE NOT WORKING. THERE'S A TEMPTATION TO COMMIT THOSE CRIMES, AND THERE'S A CRAVING FOR THIS DRUG THAT PUTS PEOPLE IN POSITIONS THEY NEVER WOULD HAVE IMAGINED THEY WOULD FIND THEMSELVES IN. THINK OF THE FAMILIES WHO ARE BROKEN UP. THINK OF THE KIDS WHO HAVE LOST THEIR PARENTS TO THIS EPIDEMIC. IN OHIO, WE HAVE MORE KIDS IN FOSTER CARE UNDER THE CARE OF THE STATE THAN EVER IN OUR HISTORY. GO TO YOUR NEONATAL UNITS IN YOUR HOSPITAL AND ASK THEM ABOUT THIS. THEY'LL SAY IT'S THE NUMBER-ONE ISSUE AFFECTING THEM BECAUSE SO MANY KIDS ARE BEING BORN TO A MOTHER WHO IS ADDICTED, AND THESE KIDS HAVE TO BE TAKEN THROUGH WITHDRAWAL THEMSELVES. LITTLE BABIES, YOU CAN HOLD THEM PRACTICALLY IN THE PALM OF YOUR HAND. I'VE GONE TO THESE NEONATAL UNITS IN OHIO AND SEEN THESE BABIES, AND IT IS HEARTBREAKING. BECAUSE JUST LIKE ADULTS, THEY HAVE TO GO THROUGH THIS TOUGH WITHDRAWAL PROCESS. NO BABY SHOULD HAVE TO DO THAT. SO THIS ISSUE IS ONE WHERE CONGRESS HAS TAKEN STEPS IN THE LAST YEAR AND A HALF, AND I CONGRATULATE THIS BODY AND THE HOUSE FOR MOVING FORWARD WITH SOME POSITIVE STEPS. BUT THERE IS SO MUCH MORE TO BE DONE. AND THESE TWO BILLS ARE A START. THESE TWO BILLS WILL HELP. THEY WILL HELP TO SAVE LIVES. THEY WILL HELP TO GET PEOPLE BACK ON TRACK AND HELP TO ENSURE THAT PEOPLE CAN LIVE OUT THEIR GOD-GIVEN PURPOSE RATHER THAN GET DISTRACTED THROUGH THIS EPIDEMIC. RATHER THAN GETTING OFF TRACK WITH REGARD TO FAMILY AND WORK AND DIGNITY AND SELF-RESPECT. THESE TWO BILLS WILL HELP, GIVING LAW ENFORCEMENT IN OUR COMMUNITIES THE TOOLS THEY NEED AND HELPING OUR COMMUNITIES TO BE ABLE TO HAVE A COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH HERE TO TURN BACK THIS ASSAULT OF ADDICTION IN OUR COUNTRY. I HOPE WE CAN MOVE QUICKLY IN THE SENATE TO PASS THIS LEGISLATION SO THE PRESIDENT CAN SIGN INTO LAW AND WE CAN BEGIN TO MAKE A BIGGER DIFFERENCE. MR. PRESIDENT, I YIELD BACK MY TIME AND NOTE THE ABSENCE OF A QUORUM.

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  • 04:42:09 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    A QUORUM.

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    Quorum Call

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    A SENATOR

    A SENATOR: MR. PRESIDENT.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE SENATOR FROM MARYLAND.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. CARDIN

    MR. PRESIDENT, I RISE TODAY TO DISCUSS THE RECENT RISE OF ANTI-SEMITISM…

    MR. PRESIDENT, I RISE TODAY TO DISCUSS THE RECENT RISE OF ANTI-SEMITISM AND RACISM IN OUR COMMUNITIES. AS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, WE HAVE AN ENORMOUS RESPONSIBILITY TO TAKE STRONG ACTION AND STAND UP AGAINST ENTITLEMENTS BEFORE IT TAKES ROOT IN THE NEXT GENERATION. IT IS INCUMBENT UPON ALL PEOPLE TO ENSURE THAT ADEQUATE TOOLS ARE IN PLACE TO COUNTER THE RESURGENCE OF FEAR AND HATEMONKERING, WHETHER DIRECTED AT OLD TARGETS OR NEW THAT LED TO THE HOLOCAUST AND OTHER ATROCITIES. AMERICA MUST MAINTAIN ITS LEADERSHIP ABROAD, ESPECIALLY WHEN IT COMES TO THE ISSUE OF HUMAN RIGHTS AND RELIGIOUS FREEDOM. THE CORE FOUNDATIONS UPON WHICH OUR NATION WAS BUILT. WE MUST UPHOLD THESE STANDARDS HERE AT HOME AND DEFEND AND PROMOTE THEM GLOBALLY. IN MY ROLE AS THE REPRESENTATIVE OF ANTI-SEMITISM, RACISM, TOLERANCE AND THE AGENCY FOR COOPERATION IN EUROPE, I VISITED PARIS AND COPENHAGEN AND MET WITH LOCAL LEADERS IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE VIOLENT ANTI-SEMITIC ATTACKS OF 2015, INCLUDING THE CHARLIE HEBDU MASSACRE. THE BRUTAL MURDER OF HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR NOREL ON MARCH 24 IS A GRIM REMINDER OF THE URGENCY OF OUR TASK. IN POLAND, THERE HAVE BEEN NO ATTACKS RECENTLY, BUT THERE IS A GROWING CLIMATE OF FEAR. GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS HAVE EQUIVOCATEED REGARDING POLAND'S RESPONSIBILITY TO THE WORLD WAR II MASSACRE AND THE POST-WAR ATTACKS WHICH OCCURRED IN 1986. ACCOMPLISH PRESIDENT SIGNED INTO LAW AN ANTIDEFAMATION BILL THAT MAKES IT ILLEGAL TO CONTRIBUTE RESPONSIBILITY FOR AND COMPLICITY TO THE HOLOCAUST OR THE POLISH NATION OR STATE. THIS WILL CHILL FREE SPEECH AND HINDER TEACHING ABOUT THE HOLOCAUST AND THE CRIMES COMMITTED IN OCCUPIED POLAND DURING WORLD WAR II. IN HUNGRY VICTOR ORBAN HAS STOKED A CAMPAIGN OF HATRED IN HIS BID FOR PRIME MINISTER. IN HIS CAMPAIGN, AND PERHAPS REVEALING CONCERNS FOR HIS MARGIN OF VICTORY, HIS PARTY HAS SHARPENED ITS CALL THAT IS WHITE AND CHRISTIAN. HERE AT HOME WE HAVE WITNESSED EXTREMISTS AND NEO-NAZIS OPENLY CARRYING HATEFUL SYMBOLS FROM THE 1930'S. NEO-NAZIS AND WHITE SUPREMACISTS TOOK TO THE STREETS IN CHARLOTTESVILLE, INCITING VIOLENCE THAT COST HEATHER HAILER HER LIFE. ANOTHER GROUP OF NEO-NAZIS MARCHED IN GEORGIA AND BURNED A SWASTIKA AFTERWARDS. BREWS CALUZI, TOLD THE NEWSPAPER THAT THERE WAS NO PARTICULAR REASON THAT CITY WAS CHOSEN FOR THE RALLY. IT'S ALWAYS PREFERABLE THAT IT'S IN A WHITE TOWN. HOW CAN WE ADDRESS THESE CHALLENGES AND BUILD A MORE TOLERANT COMMUNITY. EARLIER THIS YEAR IN REMEMBRANCE OF THE HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY, THERE WAS A CONFERENCE ON THE RESPONSIBILITY OF STATES IN THE FIGHT AGAINST ANTI-SEMITISM IN THE OSCE AREA. AT THAT EVENT, CONVEYED ON THE 80TH ANNIVERSARY OF ITALY'S RACIAL LAWS WHICH DISCRIMINATED AGAINST JEWS AND PEOPLE OF AFRICAN DESCENT. THEY COLLECTED AND REPORTED HATE CRIME DATA TO SUPPORTING EDUCATION AT A TIME WHEN FEW HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS WERE WITNESSES FROM WORLD WAR II REMAIN. THEY HAVE A PROGRAM DESIGNED TO ASSIST GOVERNMENTS BOLSTER JEWISH COMMUNITIES AND HOW TO RECOGNIZE PREJUDICE AND BUILD COALITIONS BETWEEN JEWISH AND OTHER COMMUNITIES. YET, AT THIS CRITICAL JUNCTION WE HAVE BEEN CUTTING FUNDING AND OTHER RESOURCES MEANT TO BOLSTER AMERICA'S DIPLOMATIC EFFORTS ABROAD. I HAVE THOUGHT TO INCLUDE $1 MILLION TO COMBAT ANTI-SEMITISM IN THE APPROPRIATIONS BILL RECENTLY PASSED BY CONGRESS. I ALSO WROTE LETTERS URGING PRESIDENT TRUMP AND HIS ADMINISTRATION TO SELECT A NEW SPECIAL ENVOY TO MONITOR AND COMBAT ANTI-SEMITISM. THIS HAS BEEN CRITICAL IN WORKING WITH ORGANIZATIONS ABROAD. WE MUST ALL UNDERSTAND THAT A THREAT AGAINST ONE RELIGION OR RACE IS A THREAT AGAINST ALL RACES, ALL ETHNICITIES. HATRED UNLEASHED RARELY FORMS ITS OWN BOUNDARY. IN GERMANY THEY CAME FIRST FOR THE COMMUNISTS AND I DIDN'T SPEAK UP BECAUSE I WASN'T A COMMUNIST, AND THEN THEY CAME FOR JEWS AND I DIDN'T SPEAK UP BECAUSE I WASN'T A JEW, AND THEN THEY CAME FOR ME, AND BY THAT TIME THERE WAS NO ONE LEFT TO SPEAK UP. A PROTESTANT PASTOR SAID THAT. POLITICAL LEADERS NEED TO DENOUNCE THOSE WHO -- AS HATE CRIMES CONTINUE TO RISE IN OUR OWN NATION AND THE NUMBER OF REFUGEES AROUND THE WORLD FLEEING POLITICAL VIOLENCE AND PERSECUTION REACHES RECORD HIGHS, WE MUST REAFFIRM OUR SENSE OF DUTY AND COMMIT TO FUNDAMENTAL HUMAN RIGHTS FOR ALL PEOPLE. ADDRESSING ANTI-SEMITISM TAKES A CONCERTED AND SUSTAINED EFFORT FROM A COALITION OF GOVERNMENTS, FAITH AND COMMUNITY LEADERS AND GLOBAL ADVOCATES TO DENOUNCE THESE ATROCITIES AND PROMOTE PEACE AND TOLERANCE AROUND THE WORLD. NOW MORE THAN EVER WE NEED TO JOIN TOGETHER AND SPEAK UP TO PROTECT HUMAN RIGHTS AROUND THE GLOBE BECAUSE IT'S IN ALL OF OUR INTEREST TO DO SO. WE MUST ALSO USE THE TOOLS AVAILABLE TO US FROM HATE CRIME LAWS TO CAPACITY-BUILDING MEASURES FOR CIVIL SOCIETIES AND GOVERNMENTS SUCH AS THOSE OFFERED BY THE OSCE. I WILL CONTINUE TO STAND ALONGSIDE CIVIL SOCIETIES THAT REMAIN -- AND REMAIN AN ADVOCATE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DO LIKEWISE. MR. PRESIDENT, I SUGGEST THE ABSENCE OF A QUORUM.

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  • 05:05:12 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE CLERK SHOULD CALL THE ROLL. QUORUM CALL: QUORUM CALL: QUORUM CALL:

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    Quorum Call

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    McCONNELL MADAM

    MADAM PRESIDENT.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE MAJORITY LEADER.

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    MR. McCONNELL

    I ASK CONSENT FURTHER PROCEEDINGS UNDER THE QUORUM CALL BE DISPENSED WITH.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. McCONNELL

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    FOLLOWING NOMINATIONS

    EXECUTIVE CALENDAR 710, 711, 712, 713, 714, AND 825.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE SENATE WILL PROCEED TO THE NOMINATIONS EN BLOC.

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    MR. McCONNELL

    I ASK CONSENT THE SENATE VOTE ON THE NOMINATIONS EN BLOC WITH NO…

    I ASK CONSENT THE SENATE VOTE ON THE NOMINATIONS EN BLOC WITH NO INTERVENING ACTION OR DEBATE, THAT IF CONFIRMED THE MOTIONS TO RECONSIDER BE CONSIDERED MADE AND LAID UPON THE TABLE EN BLOC, THE PRESIDENT BE IMMEDIATELY NOTIFIED OF THE SENATE'S ACTION, THAT NO FURTHER MOTIONS BE IN ORDER, THAT ANY STATEMENTS RELATED TO THE NOMINATIONS BE PRINTED IN THE RECORD.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    IS THERE OBJECTION? WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE QUESTION OCCURS ON THE…

    IS THERE OBJECTION? WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE QUESTION OCCURS ON THE NOMINATIONS EN BLOC. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. OPPOSED NO. THE AYES APPEAR TO HAVE IT. THE AYES DO HAVE IT. THE NOMINATIONS ARE CONFIRMED EN BLOC.

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    MR. McCONNELL

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THE SENATE PROCEED TO THE CONSIDERATION OF THE…

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THE SENATE PROCEED TO THE CONSIDERATION OF THE FOLLOWING NOMINATIONS: EXECUTIVE CALENDAR 757.

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    FOLLOWING NOMINATIONS

    FOLLOWING NOMINATIONS: EXECUTIVE CALENDAR 757.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE CLERK WILL REPORT.

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    THE CLERK

    NOMINATION, DEPARTMENT OF STATE, ANDREA L. THOMPSON OF SOUTH DAKOTA TO BE…

    NOMINATION, DEPARTMENT OF STATE, ANDREA L. THOMPSON OF SOUTH DAKOTA TO BE UNDER SECRETARY FOR ARMS CONTROL AND INTERNATIONAL SECURITY.

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    MR. McCONNELL

    I ASK CONSENT THE SENATE VOTE ON THE NOMINATION WITH NO INTERVENING ACTION…

    I ASK CONSENT THE SENATE VOTE ON THE NOMINATION WITH NO INTERVENING ACTION OR DEBATE, THAT IF CONFIRMED THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER BE CONSIDERED MADE AND LAID UPON THE TABLE EN BLOC, THE PRESIDENT BE IMMEDIATELY NOTIFIED OF THE SENATE'S ACTION, THAT NO FURTHER MOTIONS BE IN ORDER, AND THAT ANY STATEMENTS RELATED TO THE NOMINATION BE PRINTED IN THE RECORD.

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    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    IS THERE OBJECTION? WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE QUESTION IS ON THE NOMINATION.…

    IS THERE OBJECTION? WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE QUESTION IS ON THE NOMINATION. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. OPPOSED NAY. THE AYES APPEAR TO HAVE IT. THE AYES DO HAVE IT. AND THE NOMINATION IS CONFIRMED.

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  • 05:34:29 PM

    MR. McCONNELL

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THE SENATE RESUME LEGISLATIVE SESSION FOR A PERIOD…

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THE SENATE RESUME LEGISLATIVE SESSION FOR A PERIOD OF MORNING BUSINESS WITH SENATORS PERMITTED TO SPEAK THEREIN FOR UP TO TEN MINUTES EACH.

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  • 05:34:37 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 05:34:39 PM

    MR. McCONNELL

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE BE DISCHARGED FROM FURTHER…

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE BE DISCHARGED FROM FURTHER CONSIDERATION AND THE SENATE NOW PROCEED TO S. RES. 440.

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  • 05:34:47 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT.

  • 05:34:49 PM

    THE CLERK

    SENATE RESOLUTION 440, DESIGNATING APRIL 2018 AS SECOND CHANCE MONTH.

  • 05:34:57 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    IS THERE OBJECTION TO PROCEED TO THE MEASURE? WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 05:35:05 PM

    MR. McCONNELL

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT --

  • 05:35:06 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE COMMITTEE IS DISCHARGED AND THE SENATE WILL PROCEED.

  • 05:35:09 PM

    MR. McCONNELL

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THE RESOLUTION BE AGREED TO, THE PREAMBLE BE…

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THE RESOLUTION BE AGREED TO, THE PREAMBLE BE AGREED TO, AND THE MOTIONS TO RECONSIDER BE CONSIDERED MADE AND LAID UPON THE TABLE.

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  • 05:35:16 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 05:35:19 PM

    MR. McCONNELL

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE HELP COMMITTEE BE DISCHARGED FROM FURTHER…

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE HELP COMMITTEE BE DISCHARGED FROM FURTHER CONSIDERATION AND THE SENATE NOW PROCEED TO S. RES. 464.

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  • 05:35:26 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT.

  • 05:35:27 PM

    THE CLERK

    SENATE RESOLUTION 464, SUPPORTING THE GOALS AND IDEALS OF TAKE OUR…

    SENATE RESOLUTION 464, SUPPORTING THE GOALS AND IDEALS OF TAKE OUR DAUGHTERS AND SONS TO WORK DAY.

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  • 05:35:34 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    IS THERE OBJECTION TO PROCEEDING TO THE MEASURE? WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE…

    IS THERE OBJECTION TO PROCEEDING TO THE MEASURE? WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE COMMITTEE IS DISCHARGED AND THE SENATE WILL PROCEED.

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  • 05:35:45 PM

    MR. McCONNELL

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THE RESOLUTION BE AGREED TO, THE PREAMBLE BE…

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THE RESOLUTION BE AGREED TO, THE PREAMBLE BE AGREED TO, AND THE MOTIONS TO RECONSIDER BE CONSIDERED MADE AND LAID UPON THE TABLE.

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  • 05:35:52 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 05:35:55 PM

    MR. McCONNELL

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THE SENATE NOW PROCEED TO THE EN BLOC…

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THE SENATE NOW PROCEED TO THE EN BLOC CONSIDERATION OF SENATE RESOLUTION 489 THROUGH AND INCLUDING 500 WHICH WERE SUBMITTED EARLIER TODAY.

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  • 05:36:05 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    IS THERE OBJECTION TO PROCEEDING TO THE MEASURES EN BLOC? WITHOUT…

    IS THERE OBJECTION TO PROCEEDING TO THE MEASURES EN BLOC? WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE SENATE WILL PROCEED.

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  • 05:36:13 PM

    MR. McCONNELL

    I KNOW OF NO FURTHER DEBATE ON THE RESOLUTIONS.

  • 05:36:18 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    IS THERE FURTHER DEBATE? HEARING NONE, THE QUESTION IS ON THE RESOLUTIONS…

    IS THERE FURTHER DEBATE? HEARING NONE, THE QUESTION IS ON THE RESOLUTIONS EN BLOC. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. OPPOSED NAY. THE AYES APPEAR TO HAVE IT. THE AYES DO HAVE IT, AND THE RESOLUTIONS ARE ADOPTED EN BLOC.

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  • 05:36:38 PM

    MR. McCONNELL

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THE PREAMBLES BE AGREED TO AND THAT THE MOTIONS TO…

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THE PREAMBLES BE AGREED TO AND THAT THE MOTIONS TO RECONSIDER BE CONSIDERED MADE AND LAID UPON THE TABLE, ALL EN BLOC.

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  • 05:36:45 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 05:36:48 PM

    MR. McCONNELL

    NOW, MADAM PRESIDENT, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT WHEN THE SENATE…

    NOW, MADAM PRESIDENT, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT WHEN THE SENATE COMPLETES ITS BUSINESS TODAY IT ADJOURN TO CONVENE FOR PRO FORMA SESSIONS ONLY WITH NO BUSINESS BEING CONDUCTED ON THE FOLLOWING DATES AND TIMES AND THAT FOLLOWING EACH PRO FORMA SESSION THE SENATE ADJOURN UNTIL THE NEXT PRO FORMA SESSION. MONDAY, APRIL 30, AT 2:30 P.M. THURSDAY, MAY 3 AT 10:30 A.M. I FURTHER ASK THAT WHEN THE SENATE ADJOURNS ON THURSDAY, MAY 3, IT NEXT CONVENE AT 3:00 P.M., MONDAY, MAY 7, AND THAT THE FOLLOWING THE PRAYER AND PLEDGE THE MORNING HOUR DEEMED EXPIRED, THE JOURNAL OF PROCEEDINGS BE APPROVED TO DATE, THE TIME FOR THE TWO LEADERS BE RESERVED FOR THEIR USE LATER IN THE DAY AND MORNING BUSINESS BE CLOSED. FURTHER, FOLLOWING LEADER REMARKS THE SENATE PROCEED TO EXECUTIVE SESSION AND RESUME CONSIDERATION OF THE ENGLEHARDT NOMINATION. FINALLY NOT WITHSTANDING THE PROVISIONS OF RULE 22, THE CLOTURE MOTIONS FILED DURING TODAY'S SESSION RIPEN AT 5:30 P.M., MONDAY, MAY 7.

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  • 05:37:50 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    IS THERE OBJECTION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 05:37:54 PM

    MR. McCONNELL

    IF THERE IS NO FURTHER BUSINESS TO COME BEFORE THE SENATE, I ASK IT STAND…

    IF THERE IS NO FURTHER BUSINESS TO COME BEFORE THE SENATE, I ASK IT STAND ADJOURNED UNDER THE PREVIOUS ORDER.

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  • 05:38:03 PM

    THE PRESIDING OFFICER

    ORDER.

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