Calling For Confirmations: Sen. Flake pressed his colleagues to confirm qualified Trump Administration nominees and made the case for the speedy confirmation of fellow-Arizonan Brenda Burman as Commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation. View full remarks here.
Key Takeaway: “The president ought to get his nominees, especially when they are as qualified as Brenda Burman. Arizona and other western states will be well served by Ms. Burman’s deep background on thorny water issues when she takes charge of the Bureau of Reclamation. She ought to be swiftly confirmed so we can get work overcoming those challenges, starting with the situation at Lake Mead.” – Sen. Jeff Flake
Washington D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Power and Water, today pressed his Senate colleagues to confirm fellow-Arizonan Brenda Burman as Commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation without delay. Flake made the case for Berman’s speedy confirmation during her hearing before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
“The president ought to get his nominees, especially when they are as qualified as Brenda Burman,” said Flake. “Arizona and other western states will be well served by Ms. Burman’s deep background on thorny water issues when she takes charge of the Bureau of Reclamation. She ought to be swiftly confirmed so we can get work overcoming those challenges, starting with the situation at Lake Mead.”
Support For FBI Director Nominee: Sen. Flake expressed his support for the confirmation of FBI Director nominee Christopher Wray after voting in favor of Wray in the Senate Judiciary Committee. Read more here.
Key Takeaway: “Throughout the confirmation process, Mr. Wray has demonstrated that his diverse career in law enforcement provides a wealth of experience and knowledge necessary to be FBI director. It was gratifying to help advance Mr. Wray’s nomination on a unanimous vote in committee, and I hope to see him confirmed overwhelmingly by the Senate.” – Sen. Jeff Flake
Protecting The Protectors: KTAR News reports on Sen. Flake’s Wounded Officer Recovery Act, legislation to eliminate red tape preventing Capitol Police officers wounded during the attack on the Republican congressional baseball team from accessing funds raised for their recovery. Read the full story here.
Key Takeaway: “Special agents Crystal Griner and David Bailey had our backs on that baseball field, and now we have theirs. It’s a privilege to assist them in their recovery and to reaffirm Congress’ support for brave men and women of the U.S. Capitol Police.” – Sen. Jeff Flake via KTAR News
Pig Roast: Cronkite News reports on Sen. Flake attending the release of Citizens Against Government Waste’s 2017 Congressional Pig Book, outlining pork-barrel spending projects. Read the full story here.
Key Takeaway: “We’d like to see a permanent ban [on earmarks] instead of having to go every couple of years and include it in the rules. We have a ban on earmarks now, we ought to stick to it. That will protect the taxpayers and the Treasury.” – Sen. Jeff Flake via Cronkite News
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