Schumer, Cornyn

Executive Session (Wier Nomination)

Senator Schumer: (10:22 a.m.)

  • Spoke on President Trump's recent comments.
    • "The president himself tweeted yesterday that he had the absolute right to pardon himself and that the appointment of a special counsel was unconstitutional, despite the fact that he regularly called for a special counsel to look into Hillary Clinton during the 2016 campaign. The two-facedness, the hypocrisy of saying Hillary should have it but now it's unconstitutional that it applies to him, how can the American people tolerate that kind of thinking in a president? This morning, again, President Trump faulted Attorney General Sessions for recusing himself from the probe instead of helping to end it."
  • Spoke on judicial nominations.
    • "On another matter, this week, the Senate is processing a number of judges. Some of these judges are noncontroversial. As I have said in the past, Democrats are committed to working with the majority to process these noncontroversial nominees, but there are several highly controversial nominees after this slate that bear attention. Tomorrow, the Senate Judiciary Committee will consider the nomination of David Porter for the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. Despite the fact that Senator Casey has not returned a blue slip on Mr. Porter who was nominated by the White House over the home state senator's repeated objections."
  • Spoke on Republican economic policy.
    • "Now that Republicans are in charge, their policies are almost the reverse. Instead of focusing on the middle class, Republicans have elected to turn over the keys to big corporations and the super wealthy, their benefactors. Instead of trying to bring down the costs of everyday items, Republican policies have driven up the costs of things like health care and gasoline by sabotaging our current health care system, President Trump and Republicans have caused insurance rates to increase by double digits across several states."

 

Senator Cornyn: (10:33 a.m.)

  • Spoke on Republican economic policy.
    • "Consumer confidence is at a 17-year high. People are feeling optimistic and hopeful about the future. And nearly three million jobs have been created since President Trump took office, including 304,000 in the manufacturing sector, 337,000 in construction, and 223,000 in May alone. What I hear time and time again when I go back to Texas is employers saying, we're having a hard time finding the workers we need because there's so much demand for workers, for labor, that now employers are going to compete for the workforce they need in order to perform the jobs that they have. Now, as a result of the growing economy."
  • Spoke on judicial confirmations.
    • "They provide the guidance in the most difficult cases where the circuit courts are divided. This now means that one in eight appeals court judges has been appointed by President Trump and confirmed by the United States Senate. These are people who will serve not just four years, not just six years, not just eight years, but perhaps 20 years or 30 years or longer. Lifetime tenure. Of course these circuit courts will hear appeals from district court finding precedent for those lower courts in a wide range of issues."