8:02 p.m. – The Senate adjourned until 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 1.
8 p.m. — On voice votes, the Senate has confirmed the nomination of Carolyn R. Welsh of Illinois to be Commerce Secretary and the nominations of 15 military officers to higher rank. The Senate has also passed, by voice vote, a resolution in honor of the late Senator and RADM Jeremiah A. Denton Jr.
7:05 p.m. — The majority leader moved to proceed to the minimum wage bill, S. 1737.
7:01 p.m. – On a voice vote, the Senate passed the motion to proceed to the unemployment insurance extension. The majority leader has filed cloture on the bill, H.R. 3979.
6:58 – On a vote of 64 to 35, the Senate passed the “Doc Fix” bill, H.R. 4302.
Voting with the majority were 46 Democrats, 16 Republicans and 2 independents. Voting with the minority were 29 Republicans and 6 Democrats.
6:31 p.m. – On a vote of 64 to 35, the Senate waived the budget act with respect to the “Doc Fix” bill, H.R. 4302. The next vote will be passage of the Doc Fix.
6:11 p.m. – On a vote of 56 to 43, the Senate confirmed the nomination of John B. Owens of California to the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Leader Reid gave the Senate schedule and spoke on Obamacare. The Senate moved to H.R. 4302 (Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014). The following Senators spoke on the pending business or as in morning business: Cornyn, Sessions, Tester, Wyden, Coburn, Warner and Kaine.
At 5:00 PM, the Senate will proceed to an Executive Session to consider Cal. #573, John Owens to be US Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit. At 5:30 PM, the Senate will proceed to vote on the nomination. The Senate will then proceed to a Legislative Session and vote on final passage of H.R. 4302 (Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014), which will be subject to a 60-yea vote threshold. The Senate will then proceed to vote on the Motion to Proceed to H.R. 3979 (Amend the IRS Code of 1986/Legislative vehicle for unemployment insurance extension).
The Senate will convene at 2 p.m.
After leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to consideration of the “Doc fix” bill ( H.R.4302, the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014).
At 5 p.m., the Senate will debate Executive Calendar #573, the nomination of John B. Owens of California to the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
At. 5:30 p.m., the Senate will begin a series of votes. Roll calls are expected on at least two of the following:
– Confirmation of the Owens nomination;
– An expected motion on a budget waiver for the Doc fix bill (60 votes required);
– Passage of the Doc fix (60 votes required);
– Motion to proceed to H.R.3979, the legislative vehicle for the Unemployment Insurance extension (possible voice vote).