Tom Cotton Vows the Senate Will ‘Move Forward Without Delay’ on Trump’s SCOTUS Nominee

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) says the Senate will not drag its feet when it comes to processing President Donald Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court to fill the seat of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  During an appearance on “Fox News Sunday” on Sept. 20, Cotton said, “The Senate will exercise our constitutional duty. We’ll process that nomination. We’ll conduct hearings. We’ll be thorough and deliberate and careful.” “We will move forward without delay,” he added. When asked if Cotton believes that there will be a confirmation before the general election, he said, “There will be a vote.” “It’s too soon to say right now, but we will move forward without delay,” he said.  He went on to assure voters that Republicans will not “cut corners” during the confirmation process. He also noted that while the average time it takes for a Supreme Court nominee to be confirmed is around 70 days, there are examples where the process has been shorter. However, he said he believes the Senate will confirm Trump’s Supreme Court nominee.  Watch the video below: [embedded content] Cotton was also pressed on his apparent shift from his view in 2016 that a Supreme Court vacancy should be held open during a presidential election year.  He responded, “In 2014, the American people elected a Republican majority in the Senate to put the breaks on President Obama’s judicial nominations. In 2018, we had a referendum on this question. Just a month before the 2018 mid-terms, we had the vote on Justice Kavanaugh. There could not have been a clearer mandate because the American people didn’t just re-elect Republicans — they expanded our majority.” “The defeated four Democratic senators who voted against Justice Kavanaugh, they re-elected the one Democratic senator who did vote for Justice Kavanaugh, so we have a clear mandate to perform our constitutional duty,” he added. Cotton did not answer if he believes it would be proper to confirm Trump’s nominee during a lame-duck session if the president lost re-election and Democrats regained control of the Senate. The path to a confirmation vote for a Trump nominee is unclear at this point. Republicans currently hold a narrow 53-47 majority, and so far, two Republican senators have voiced their belief the president elected on Nov. 3 should choose the next Supreme Court nominee.  However, Cotton said he believes Republicans may have the votes to confirm a nominee before the election and even suggested that some Democratic senators may cross party lines to fill the vacancy.

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Cotton: U.S. Should Eliminate China’s ‘Most Favored Nation’ Trade Status

Sen. Tom Cotton (R., Ark.) on Monday said he will introduce a bill that would eliminate China's permanent "most favored nation" trade status. In 2000, the United States granted China permanent most-favored-nation status—a designation that normalized trade relations between Washington and Beijing and eliminated a series of trade barriers between the two countries. On Monday, Cotton took aim at Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, who as a senator voted to include China in the World Trade Organization and give Beijing most-favored-nation trade status. Recent Stories in National Security "This week is the 20th anniversary of Joe Biden voting to give permanent most-favored-nation status to China," Cotton told Fox & Friends. "Over the last 20 years, that decision supercharged the loss of American manufacturing jobs." Biden defended both decisions as recently as last week when CNN's Jake Tapper asked the presidential nominee if he was previously naive on China policy. "No," Biden said. "In the context of that, we want China to grow, we don't want to have a war with China. … It's in our interest that China be stable." Cotton warned on Monday that "Joe Biden will continue to send our jobs to China if he's the president." The senator's new legislation will signal a tougher stance from Washington on Beijing to allies and China-accommodating Democrats alike, a senior aide in Cotton's office told the Washington Free Beacon. "We should not thoughtlessly continue to grant extraordinary privileges to a country whose behavior is indefensible," the aide said. "This sends another strong signal to our allies in the region that Congress stands with them on Chinese aggression, that it won't be tolerated." Cotton also said the ability to revoke China's favored trade status could be used to deter Beijing's belligerent behavior in critical regional issues, including Hong Kong and the South China Sea. One expert told the Free Beacon that Cotton's proposed policy would be a welcome addition to Washington's increasingly hard line on China. "Senator Cotton identifies a major problem, which is China's bad conduct in international trade," Dean Cheng, a senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation, told the Free Beacon. "The United States should absolutely pursue measures via the WTO, and separate measures in coordination with our friends and allies, to make clear to China that its economic activities must abide by the international norms to which it has already agreed. Whether it is withholding the export of personal protective equipment, cyber theft of intellectual property, or subsidized exports of various goods, China must be held accountable."

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Cotton Announces Bill to Revoke China’s ‘Most Favored Nation’ Status

Sen. Tom Cotton (R., Ark.) speaks during a Senate Intelligence Committee nomination hearing in Washington, D.C., May 5, 2020. (Andrew Harnik/Reuters)Senator Tom Cotton (R., Ark.) announced Monday that he is introducing legislation to repeal permanent most favored nation trade status, a designation that guarantees equal trading opportunity among a nation’s trade partners. In an appearance on Fox & Friends, Cotton criticized China’s status as a most favored nation, and said he would introduce legislation this week that would require the president and congress to reassess the status each year. Advertisement Under Cotton’s new legislation if China were to “shoot missiles at our ships in the Western Pacific” or crack down on Hong Kong as it has done this year, “then we would be able to say each year we are not going to renew most favored nation status for China,” he said.  China should be stripped of its permanent most-favored-nation status. Joe Biden voted to give the communist country the special trade status 20 years ago, supercharging the loss of American manufacturing jobs. I'm introducing legislation to end it. — Tom Cotton (@SenTomCotton) September 14, 2020 The senator also blasted Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden for his decades of support of increased trade opportunities with the Chinese Communist Party. Advertisement “This week is the twentieth anniversary of Joe Biden voting to give permanent most favored nation status to China,” he said. “Just think about that — most favored nation status to a communist country.” He said the status had “supercharged the loss of American manufacturing jobs” and criticized the former vice president for defending it last week during an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper. Tapper asked Biden, “A lot of people think that allowing China into the World Trade Organization, which you supported, extending most favored nation status to China, which you supported, that those steps allowed China to take advantage of the United States by using our own open trade deals against us. Do you think, in retrospect, you were naive about China?” Advertisement Biden defended the stance saying, “No, here is the thing. In the context of that, we want China to grow. We don’t want a war with China.” Cotton has shown repeated disapproval of Biden’s stance on China and in March published an article at National Review titled “Joe Biden Is China’s Choice for President,” in which he criticized Biden’s support for China’s most favored nation status.  Advertisement “In the critical fight over whether to grant most-favored-nation trade status and World Trade Organization membership to China in the 1990s — a fight in which, again, many of his party’s leaders in Congress were on the right side — Biden carefully shepherded China through the process from his powerful perch as the senior Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee,” the longtime China hawk wrote.  In 2000, Biden voted to approve Permanent Normal Trade Relations with the country, which created a path for China to become a member of the World Trade Organization one year later. Advertisement “Wherever a brake might have been applied — by placing human-rights or labor conditions on most-favored-nation status, for example — Biden voted the measures down and lobbied other senators for Beijing,” Cotton continued. “Unfortunately, China and Biden got their way, and American workers are still suffering from it.” Send a tip to the news team at NR.

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Lawmakers Demand Federal Investigation Into Netflix Film ‘Cuties’ For Child Pornography

Both Democrat and Republican members of Congress are demanding the DOJ investigate Netflix for distributing child porn via the new Netflix film, “Cuties,” which many people believe sexualizes young girls and encourages pedophilia. The French film “Cuties” is about Amy, an 11-year-old Parisian, who struggles to balance the strict rules of her Senegalese Muslim family and the hyper sexualization of young girls on social media. Amy and her friends are part of a dance troupe that dresses in revealing outfits while performing suggestive choreography. In a letter Friday to Attorney General Bill Barr, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz urged the Department of Justice to investigate whether the film violates child pornography laws. “I urge the Department of Justice to investigate the production and distribution of this film to determine whether Netflix, its executives, or the individuals involved in the filming and production of ‘Cuties’ violated any federal laws against the production and distribution of child pornography,” Cruz wrote, joining a growing group of Washington lawmakers calling for a Department of Justice investigation of Netflix over airing the new film “Cuties.” Republican Sen. Tom Cotton wrote on Twitter, “Like any parent, I find ⁦@netflix⁩ decision to peddle child pornography disgusting. And it’s criminal. ⁦@TheJusticeDept⁩ should take swift action.” Like any parent, I find ⁦@netflix⁩ decision to peddle child pornography disgusting. And it’s criminal. ⁦@TheJusticeDept⁩ should take swift action. — Tom Cotton (@SenTomCotton) September 12, 2020 Indiana Republican Rep. Jim Banks has also called for the DOJ to bring child porn charges against Netflix. As a father of three young daughters, I find “Cuties” sickening. Glad to join @SenTomCotton in calling on the DOJ to bring charges against Netflix for distribution of child pornography. — Jim Banks (@RepJimBanks) September 11, 2020 “As a father of young daughters, I find it sickening. Not only is this movie fodder for pedophiles, it encourages very young girls to defy their parents’ wishes and share pornographic images of themselves with strangers,” Banks told the Daily Caller. ‘The lessons taught in this film are not ones I want my daughters learning.” Banks added that the DOJ should be “readying charges against Netflix for distribution of child pornography.” Hawaii Democrat Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard also accused Netflix of being complicit in pedophilia and child trafficking. .@netflix child porn "Cuties" will certainly whet the appetite of pedophiles & help fuel the child sex trafficking trade. 1 in 4 victims of trafficking are children. It happened to my friend's 13 year old daughter. Netflix, you are now complicit. #CancelNetflix — Tulsi Gabbard 🌺 (@TulsiGabbard) September 12, 2020 The initial outrage over the new film was ignited after Netflix released a promotional poster for the film in mid-August which depicted the four main character young actresses in suggestive poses and exposed midriffs. Netflix apologized for the film’s artwork, calling it “inappropriate,” but did not stop the film from being released on their platform this week. Since its release, a growing campaign to “cancel Netflix” has ensued. For the past several days on Twitter, “#CancelNetflix” has been a top trending topic. In addition to the trend, a series of petitions, signed by hundreds of thousands, have encouraged many to cancel their Netflix subscriptions. Cancel your Netflix subscription. Do not support the sexualization of children. — Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) September 10, 2020 “Cancel Netflix” trends are not new. In 2018 Netflix confirmed that it had signed a multiyear deal with Barack and Michelle Obama, inciting outrage from conservatives. Earlier this year, people threatened to cancel Netflix over “365 Days,” a movie that petitioners argued glorified sexual violence against women. This time, however, Netflix may be feeling a more impactful financial blow than ever before. Ryan Fournier who campaigns for younger Trump voters wrote on Twitter that it is “good” Netflix has lost over $9 billion in stock market value since the #CancelNetflix hashtag began. Netflix has lost over $9 billion in market value since the #CancelNetflix hashtag went viral. Good. Any network that promotes pedophelia should fall. — Ryan Fournier (@RyanAFournier) September 12, 2020 The 35-year old French-Senegalese director of “Cuties,” Maimouna Doucouré, has defended her movie as a commentary on the dangers of society sexualizing its youth. Many in the corporate media have jumped to defend the film, in addition to a number of leftists in Hollywood, like actress Tessa Thompson, who called the film “beautiful.” Disappointed to see how it was positioned in terms of marketing. I understand the response of everybody. But it doesn’t speak to the film I saw. — Tessa Thompson (@TessaThompson_x) August 20, 2020 Critics of the film have fired back, saying that the disturbing and graphic imagery defeats the purpose of exposing the oversexualization of children in our culture. Lila Rose, a pro-life advocate and campaigner for children’s rights, explained that, “You don’t fight child exploitation by exploiting children.” You don’t fight child exploitation by exploiting children. You don’t stop child pornography by creating, selling and distributing child pornography.#CancelNetflix — Lila Rose (@LilaGraceRose) September 11, 2020 Filmmaker Sonia Poulton sounded off on Twitter saying, “If you call ‘Cuties’ art or a ‘social statement’. I call you a child abuser. We have no time for niceties while children are being sexualized for mass entertainment. #CancelNetflix” If you call ‘Cuties’ art or a ‘social statement’. I call you a child abuser. We have no time for niceties while children are being sexualised for mass entertainment. #CancelNetflix — Sonia Poulton (@SoniaPoulton) September 10, 2020

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