December 19, 2018 - Issue: Vol. 164, No. 200 — Daily Edition115th Congress (2017 - 2018) - 2nd Session
UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST--EXECUTIVE CALENDAR; Congressional Record Vol. 164, No. 200
(Senate - December 19, 2018)
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[Page S7863] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST--EXECUTIVE CALENDAR Mr. LEE. Mr. President, I offer up a counteroffer. I am fine with the other two EEOC Commissioners. If that is what we are worried about--the ability of the EEOC to do its business--fine. I ask unanimous consent that the Senate proceed to the en bloc consideration of the following nominations: Executive Calendar Nos. 379 and 381; and that the Senate vote on the nominations en bloc with no intervening action or debate Mr. President. Is there objection? Mrs. MURRAY. I object. The PRESIDING OFFICER. Objection is heard. The PRESIDING OFFICER. The Senator from New Hampshire Ms. HASSAN. Mr. President, I rise today to join my colleagues in urging approval of Chai Feldblum. The EEOC is a vital bipartisan agency that enforces workers' civil rights and helps protect them from harassment and discrimination while on the job. The EEOC has long operated with bipartisan support and requires a quorum of its five members to decide the cases before the Agency--cases which include racial discrimination, gender discrimination, age discrimination, and the abuse of people who experience disabilities. As my colleague from Washington noted, it decides cases of sexual harassment as well. In short, the EEOC operates to protect hard-working people who want a fair shot in the workplace. Blocking this nominee prevents the EEOC from carrying out the work it is tasked to do. It is bringing an unnecessary level of partisanship to a previously bipartisan process. Ms. Feldblum is a highly qualified nominee. She has already been confirmed to the EEOC twice by the U.S. Senate, receiving support from Democrats and Republicans alike. She is also the first and only openly LGBTQ person to serve on the Commission. After being nominated by President Trump for another term last year, it is time that we finally move forward with Ms. Feldblum's nomination. We need to stop these games, and we need to allow the EEOC to fully carry out its duties. Mr. President, I yield the floor. The PRESIDING OFFICER. The Senator from Arkansas. ____________________