Statement by Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa
Senate Judiciary Committee
June 8, 2017
have one bill and several nominees on today’s agenda, so I’ll make some brief
remarks. I’m also going to take a point of personal privilege this morning.
nominees are on the agenda for the first time today, and I understand the other
side would like to hold them over. They include two district court nominees:
David Nye for Idaho
Scott Palk for the Western District of Oklahoma
nominees were nominated by President Obama last year and we held a hearing for
them then. When they were re-nominated by President Trump this year, I gave
Members who were not on the Committee last Congress an opportunity to ask them
written questions if they wanted to, just like I did in the past for President
Obama’s nominees. I look forward to voting their nominations out of Committee
on the agenda for the first time are:
Vishal Amin, to be Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator
Stephen Boyd, to be Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs and
Francis Cissna, to be Director of United States Citizenship and Immigration
those nominees are held over.
for consideration this week are the following nominees:
Noel Francisco, to be Solicitor General
Makan Delrahim, to be Assistant Attorney General, Antitrust Division and
Steven Engel, to be Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legal Counsel
pleased we’re voting on Mr. Francisco to be Solicitor General today. He has an
impressive legal career. He clerked for Justice Scalia. He’s spent time both in
the private sector at law firms, and in the public sector at the White House
and the Department of Justice. He’s been named one of Washington DC’s Super
Lawyers as well as one of the 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America.
also has experience arguing before the Supreme Court. And I’ll note that his
client won in each of the three cases he argued. It’s important for the Office
of the Solicitor General to have its leader in place, so I’m pleased that we’re
voting on this nominee today.
also voting on Makan to be Assistant Attorney General for the Antitrust
Division. Makan is well-known to this Committee. He served as Senator Hatch’s
staff director for a number of years.
immigrated to this country as a 10 year old who didn’t know any English. He’s
well-prepared to lead the Antitrust Division. He’s served as the Commissioner
of the US Antitrust Modernization Commission as well as the Deputy Assistant
Attorney General of the Antitrust Division. I’ll be supporting his nomination
we’ll be voting on Steve Engel to be Assistant Attorney General for the Office
of Legal Counsel. This important office functions as legal advisor to the
President and executive branch agencies.
Engel is also well-qualified for this job. He clerked for Justice Kennedy, he’s
spent time in the private sector at law firms, and has worked in the Office of
Legal Counsel for several years as the Deputy Assistant Attorney General and
counsel to the Assistant Attorney General.
supported by former Attorneys General and former Deputy Attorneys General as
well as dozens of his colleagues. I also look forward to voting on his
to legislation, the only bill on our agenda is S. 782, the PROTECT Our
Children Act of 2017. Senator Cornyn is the lead sponsor, and I am a
cosponsor, along with our ranking member. Senators Blumenthal, Hatch, Leahy,
Whitehouse, Klobuchar, and Coons also are cosponsors. The bill would extend an
existing program, known as the National Internet Crimes Against Children Task
Force Program, for five more years. This program helps law enforcement
personnel fight crimes against children on the Internet.