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    Senator Sasse Reading Washington's Farewell Address

    Senator Ben Sasses (R-NE) continued the tradition of reading President George Washington’s farewell address.

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    Senator Durbin Tribute to Representative Bob Michel

    Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) paid tribute to former Representative Bob Michel (R-IL), who died earlier that day. He remembered their time as U.S. House members from neighboring Illinois…

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    Senators Enzi and Nelson on Office of Management and Budget Director Nominee

    Following the vote to advance the nomination of Representative Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) to be director of the Office of Management and Budget, Senators Mike Enzi (R-WY) and Bill Nelson (D-FL)…

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    Senator McCain on White House Budget Director Nominee

    Armed Services Committee Chair John McCain (R-AZ) spoke on the Senate floor about his opposition to Representative Mick Mulvaney’s (R-SC) nomination to be White House budget director. Among…

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    Gun Background Checks

    Senators Grassley (R-IA), Hatch (R-UT), Murphy (D-CT), and Wyden (D-OR) spoke on the chamber floor about gun background checks for mentally ill persons. Republicans senators argued for…

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    Senator McConnell on Supreme Court Nominee

    After thanking the Senate staff for their hard work, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) spoke about how U.S. Supreme Court nominees abide by the “Ginsburg Standard,” refraining from…

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    Senator Wyden on Treasury Secretary Nomination

    Finance Committee Chairman on Ron Wyden (D-OR) spoke on the Senate floor about Steven Mnuchin, President Trump’s nominee for secretary of the treasury. He said the committee was not allowed to…

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    Senator Brown on Trump Cabinet Nominees Price and Mnuchin

    Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) said Trump administration health and human services secretary nominee and U.S. Representative Tom Price (R-GA) and treasury nominee Steve Mnuchin told “Trumpian…

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    Senators King and Wyden on Price Nomination

    Senators Angus King (I-ME) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) spoke on the Senate floor in opposition to the nomination of Representative Tom Price (R-GA) to be secretary of the Health and Human Services…

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    Senator Elizabeth Warren on Price Nomination

    Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) spoke on the Senate floor in opposition to the nomination of Representative Tom Price (R-GA) to be secretary of the Health and Human Services Department.

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    Senator Wyden on Health and Human Services Secretary Nomination

    After the Senate voted to advance to debate on the nomination of health and human services secretary nominee Representative Tom Price (R-GA), Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) spoke against the…

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    Swearing-In of Senator Luther Strange

    Senate President Pro Tempore Orrin Hatch presented the certificate from Alabama for Luther Strange’s Senate appointment then swore him in. Senator Strange was accompanied by Senator Richard…

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    Senator Sessions Farewell Speech

    After the Senate confirmed his nomination to be attorney general, Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) gave his final speech in the chamber before offering his resignation. He thanked his…

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    Senator Cornyn on Senator Warren's Speech

    Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) read from Rule 19's prohibition on statements that “impute to another senator, or to other senators, any conduct or motive unworthy or unbecoming a senator” and said “that line was…

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    Senator Schumer on Senator Warren's Speech

    Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said the Senate’s tradition of mutual respect and comity was violated by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) “selective enforcement” of Rule 19. He said Senate Republicans were…

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    Senator Tim Scott on Attorney General Nomination

    Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) talked about race and the attorney general nomination. He said “We have an obligation to judge a man not by the color of his skin nor by the state of his birth but by the…

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    Senator Mitch McConnell on Attorney General Nomination

    Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made a brief floor statement on the nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) to be attorney general, saying Jeff Sessions was qualified, fair, and honest and that…

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    Senator Baldwin on Senator Warren and Civil Rights

    At the end of her remarks opposing the Sessions nomination, Senator Baldwin (D-WI) spoke against the rebuke of Senator Warren the previous evening. She tied the issue to civil rights and…

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    Senators Daines and McConnell Rule XIX Conflict with Senator Warren

    Senator Steve Daines (R-MT), as chair of the Senate, warned Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) that she was violating Rule XIX of the Senate by impugning Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) in a speech she…

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    Vice President Pence Votes for DeVos Nomination

    As the Senate was tied 50-50 in a vote to confirm the nomination of Betsy DeVos to be the education secretary, Vice President Mike Pence cast the tie-breaking vote to confirm her. It was…

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