Wee Hours

Voinovich Resolution

The two Senators from Ohio gave statements on the floor remembering the late George V. Voinovich, who had a storied career in Ohio politics.

Sen. Sherrod Brown(D) spoke of his colleague fondly, recalling the four years they had spent together in the upper chamber. He also commended Mr. Voinovich’s bipartisan legacy.

The Republican Senator, Rob Portman, introduced a resolution honoring the late Senator, calling him “an amazing public servant” and enumerating some of the varied roles Mr. Voinovich played in his many years in Ohio politics: County Commissioner, County Auditor, Mayor of Cleveland, Lieutenant Governor, Governor, and once his term limit was reached in the Executive, enthusiastic election as one of Ohio’s Senators, a position he inhabited from 1999 to 2011.

“This was a guy who devoted his life to public service,” concluded Portman, before introducing Simple Resolution 493, which honored the ex-Senator and passed with unanimous consent.

National Child Awareness Month

The Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell(KY) introduced S. Resolution 494, which designates September 2016 National Child Awareness Month. The resolution passed with unanimous consent.

Time to Wake Up

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, D-RI, gave the last speech on the floor before the Senate adjourned for the day. Standing next to an image of Earth with the words “Time To Wake Up” emblazoned in capital letters over it, Sen. Whitehouse opened by marking this speech as his 140th on climate.

He condemned House Republicans voting to unanimously reject climate measures, and compared the current GOP stance on climate change to that of thirty years ago, when the former Rhode Island Senator John Chafee held a two day panel hearing on ozone depletion and the greenhouse effect.

“The GOP’s trust in science has eroded,” said Sen. Whitehouse.

“When one looks at how that party is funded, and how it has become virtually the political wing of the fossil fuel industry, one sees the sad state of affairs.”

“A very few Republicans in Congress are now so bold to accept mainstream science…yet none will yet act,” he continued later in his speech.

Senator Whitehouse finished by highlighting a 2009 ad published in the New York Times urging urgent climate action at the Copenhagen climate summit. Among those who signed were Donald Trump, his two sons, and his daughter Ivanka as representatives of the Trump Organization.  Mr. Trump today rejects the scientific consensus on man-made climate change, and has called it a “hoax.”

Trump Urgent Climate Action

The 2009 New York Times advertisement, Above.

by Marlon J. Ettinger


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