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They would eliminate that they would take that away from them in order to put them on a single payer. Government program medicare, as we know, has its own financial problems and something we obviously need to shore up it’s. A commitment we’ve made to our seniors that if you pay into the medicare program you’re going to have health coverage when you, when you become eligible but dumping 330 million people into the medicare program in a single payer system will bankrupt it. And we know that providers depend on a payment mix between medicaid, medicare and private insurance in order to pay the bills without the private insurance premium or our payments, our health care providers, our hospitals, including those in rural parts of our our states, would be bankrupt. So i just think it’s really important to to just lay out the facts here. This is all for show they have given up on the aca, because they realize that it did not fulfill the promises that were made when it passed now, it’s unaffordable to most ordinary texans and americans, and so they have thrown that out the window in favor of A single payer system and finally, you know senator schumer, said everything is on the table if they win the majority. If i think you’ve observed, mr chairman, that if shu were on the other foot, we have no doubt what they would do under these circumstances. But beyond that, senator schumer has said that the legislative filibuster is in jeopardy that they will turn this into simply a partisan body where you don’t need to do the hard work to get bipartisan support.
They would consider turning d.c into a state, and the state would get two senators puerto rico a state and get two senators. They want to permanently transform this country, this isn’t about incremental change. This is about revolutionary changes in our country and then finally, as we’ve all observed, they’re advocating packing the supreme court with additional partisan judges and, as ruth bader ginsburg pointed out, there goes the crown jewels of the american republic, which is our independent judiciary, becomes nothing but Another political body, a second legislative or political branch, so i just wanted to take a minute and thank you for your patience to lay out my thoughts and observations with regard to this. These theatrics, with which our democratic colleagues are presenting us today. This is all for show. This is to try to capture a narrative which is simply false and to cover up what they are really about. So thank you, mr chairman uh. Thank you senator cornyn, and i agree with what you said uh. Why don’t we do the business, the committee, we had a few more judges and uh the subpoena request. Let’S get through that and i’ll stay around, and anybody who wants to speak will will do so. On the motion to report the nomination of benjamin j beaton to be united states district judge for the western district of kentucky favor leads to the floor. The clerk will call the roll mr grassley, mr cornyn aye mr lee aye mr cruz aye mr sands, mr hawley, mr tillis, miss ernst, mr crapo, mr kennedy, mrs blackburn, mrs feinstein, mr leahy, mr durbin, mr whitehouse, ms klobuchar, mr coons, mr blumenthal, ms hirono, mr booker.
Ms harris, mr chairman aye, mr chairman, the votes are 12 years and 10 not present. The nomination will reported will be reported favorably to the floor on the motion report. The nomination of christie johnson to be united states district judge for the southern district of mississippi favorably to the floor. The clerk will call the roll mr grassley aye mr cornyn aye, mr lee, mr cruz, mr sass, mr hawley, mr tillis, ms ernst, mr crapo, mr kennedy. Mrs blackburn, mrs feinstein, mr leahy, mr durbin, mr whitehouse, ms klobuchar, mr coons, mr blumenthal, ms hirono, mr booker, ms harris, mr chairman aye, mr chairman, the votes are 12 years and 10 not present. The nomination will be sent to the floor. Favorably motion for taylor b mcneill to be united states district judge for miss southern district of mississippi favorably floor. The clerk call the roll mr grassley aye mr cornyn aye mr lee hi, mr cruz, mr sass, mr hawley, mr tillis, ms ernst, mr crapo, mr kennedy. Mrs blackburn, mrs feinstein, mr leahy, mr durbin, mr whitehouse, ms klobuchar, mr coons, mr blumenthal, ms hirono, mr booker, ms harris, mr chairman aye, mr chairman, the votes are 12 years and 10, not present uh the reported favorably to the floor next catherine mizell to the united States district judge for the middle district of florida fabley floor. The clerk will call the roll mr grassley aye mr cornyn aye mr lee hi mr cruz, mr sass, mr hawley, mr tillis, ms ernst, mr crapo, mr kennedy, mrs blackburn, mrs feinstein, mr leahy, mr durbin, mr whitehouse, ms klobuchar, mr coons, mr blumenthal, ms hirono, mr booker.
Ms harris, mr chairman aye, mr chairman, the votes are 12 years and 10, not present domination of thompson deets to the united states. District judge for excuse me to be united states district judge for the united states court of federal claims favorably to the floor. The clerk will call the roll mr grassley aye mr cornyn hi mr lee hi, mr cruz, mr smash, mr hawley, mr tillis, ms ernst, mr crapo, mr kennedy, mrs blackburn, mrs feinstein, mr leahy, mr durbin, mr whitehouse, miss klovachar, mr coons, mr blumenthal, ms hirono, mr booker. Ms harris, mr chairman aye, mr chairman, the votes are 12 years and 10 not present. The nomination will be reported, favorably the floor uh. Now we have a subpoena request. I’Ve been asked by my democratic colleagues to hold it over and i i think, there’s a lot of interest on the other side of getting some of the social media folks here to answer questions about their platforms so i’m, going to move forward with the request today. For the subpoena, hopefully give us some leverage to secure their testimony. I moved to vote on the chairman’s october 22nd 2020 motion to authorize subpoenas to mark zuckerberg and jack dorsey relating to online content. Modernization. The clerk will call the roll mr grassley, mr cornyn hi. Mr lee aye mr cruz, mr sass, mr hawley, mr tillis, ms ernst, mr crapo, mr kennedy, mrs blackburn, mrs feinstein, mr leahy, mr durbin, mr whitehouse, ms klobuchar, mr mr blumenthal, ms hirono, mr booker, ms harris, mr chairman hi, mr chairman.
The votes are 12 years and 10 not present motion is passed. Thank you all right, uh. Thank you. All i’ll be glad to listen to any comments you’d like to make, but uh we did it. We did. It judge barrett’s going to the floor. I hope you look back on this time on the committee and say i was there when it mattered and you were senator lee. Thank you, mr chairman. It is indeed an honor to be here on this historic occasion when we’ve confirmed uh, judge, barrett and uh forwarded favorably to the floor, our recommendation as i’ve since, if as i’ve said ever since she was nominated to this position, uh judge amy, coney barrett is one Of the most impressive legal minds in the united states she’s a thoughtful and fair minded lawyer, a loving daughter, wife and mother, and a devout believer in her faith and in the constitution. She was arguably the most impressive judicial nominee that i’ve ever seen in any of these hearings and i’ve been watching them intently. Since i was a kid judge, barrett is going to make an absolutely outstanding supreme court justice and the american people will be really lucky to have her on the bench. It is a shame that our colleagues, on the other side, having failed to lay a glove on judge barrett during the hearings, have chosen to walk out on this process and, in so doing, walk out on the american people.
This is sad, but in context it’s, not really that surprising. I suppose we should be grateful that a walkout is all the democrats will do to judge bara today. Not all nominees have been so lucky. This is an important point for those watching these proceedings, who might be tempted to believe the pious pearl, clutching and performance art of the media and the minority party about this particular nomination i’d like to take a few moments to set the record straight about the history Of this process and why america needs and deserves to have judge barrett on the supreme court for the first 200 years of the history of our republic supreme court, nominations of both political parties were almost always polite and even boring relatively non partisan, non political affairs. Judicial nominees were examined for their qualifications and rejected by the senate only in relatively rare instances, but that era of generally common mutual respect ended in 1987, when a democratic, controlled senate, shamefully and slanderously defeated the nomination of the one of the country’s most respected lawyers and Constitutional scholars that is judge robert borg, the cynical attacks against judge borg, whose only offense was that he was a conservative, were dirty and they were downright dishonest. But, like the boy who cried wolf, senate democrats got away with it at least the first time. Four years later, president george herbert walker bush nominated judge, clarence thomas then serving on the u.s court of appeals for the d.
c circuit to replace justice, thurgood marshall democrats on the judiciary committee democrats. Not republicans tried to do to judge thomas what they had done to judge bork a few years earlier. The public was now wise to the democrats game and that that particular attack while injurious failed. So they resorted to the next tactic: organizing what thomas rightly called a high tech lynching of a black man who dared disagree with the rich white liberals who ran the democratic party. When democrats won back the white house in 1992, when the shoe was put on the other foot senate republicans did not retaliate senate republicans did not respond the way they did. They did not respond in kind. In 1993, the famously liberal judge, ruth bader ginsburg, was confirmed to the supreme court with 96 votes in 1984 judge stephen breyer was confirmed with 87 votes, they went low and in response we went high. Now did republicans good faith, behavior influence or improve the democrats. Behavior. No, the record suggests that it only encouraged them within a decade. Democrats once again breached norms. They unilaterally escalated their war over the judiciary by filibustering for the first time in history, a judicial nominee miguel estrada mr estrada was and remains to this day. One of the most respected lawyers and constitutional scholars in the country. He was a natural and inspiring choice to serve as a federal appellate judge, but to the left you see. That was precisely the problem mr estrada was latino and and brilliant and charismatic and young, and widely seen as a future nominee to the us supreme court.
So the left decided to strangle mr estrada’s nomination with false insincere attacks and unprecedented obstructionism. They filibustered mr estrada’s nomination. Not once not twice but seven times fan service to hateful leftist groups, who were vilifying an honorable man in a revolting tantrum of political cynicism and blatant racial condescension. Sure, during this ordeal, mr estrada’s family suffered irreparable tragedy, but at least the new york times was happy and the left sent a clear message to latino americans about what they can expect if they too, dare question liberal orthodoxy. Thus, democrats ushered in yet another new era. In there, not the but in their judicial culture wars, the era of judicial filibusters, now remember at the time of the miguel estrada filibuster republicans had control of the white house and of the senate. They could have invoked the nuclear option to break the democrats unprecedented norm. Breaking obstruction we didn’t, we did not retaliate, not after the estrada filibuster, not after the democrats. Malignant mendacious smearing of then judge sam alito on his way to the supreme court. It’S, not the narrative, but it is the truth. Once again, democrats went low, cruelly disgustingly low and once again republicans took the high road under president obama, republicans accepted the democrats practice and required super majority. Cloture votes for judicial nominees after a few years of this democrats got tired of having to play by their own rules, so they broke them in 2013, with a number of obama policies being challenged on constitutional and other grounds in the courts.
Democrats invoked the nuclear option over senate rules, so they could confirm judges with only 51 votes. Republicans pleaded with democratic leader harry reid, not to do it and we warned democrats that they would soon live to regret it. But hubris makes the powerful deaf as well as blind. They ran through their appellate court judges. We could not stop them, they did it because they could in response the american people did what they could in the next election and, in fact, in every single congressional election.