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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Senate stands adjourned, sine die, until noon on Tuesday, January 6, 2015, when the 114th Congress will convene.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

 

11:24 p.m. Pursuant to a voice vote on H. Con. Res. 125, the adjournment resolution,  the Senate adjourned sine die until noon on Tuesday, Jan. 6th, 2015.

11:15 p.m. By consent, the Senate vitiated its action on the discharge of Privileged nominations 265, 1279, 1280 and 2896.

By  voice votes, the Senate passed these measures:

  • Grand Portage Band Per Capita Adjustment Act (H.R. 3608)
  • A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 18640 NW 2nd Avenue in Miami, Florida, as the “Father Richard Marquess-Barry Post Office Building”. (H.R. 4030)
  • Mni Wiconi Project Act Amendments of 2013 (S. 684, as amended by Committee-reported amendments and Johnson amendment to provide an offset (#4122), which were agreed to by unanimous consent.)
  • Bureau of Reclamation Transparency Act (S. 1800, as amended by Committee-reported amendments and Barrasso amendment to provide an offset, which were agreed to by unanimous consent.)
  • A resolution recognizing Nobel Laureates Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai for their efforts to end the financial exploitation of children and to ensure the right of all children to an education. (S.Res. 595)
  • A resolution celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Birth of James Cleveland ‘Jesse’ Owens (S.Res. 226)
  • A resolution honoring conservation on the centennial of the passenger pigeon extinction. (S.Res. 565)

9:59 p.m. Senators Shaheen, Portman, and Ayotte speak on their energy efficiency legislation, ask UC to pass it (HR 2126); Senator Toomey objected.

9:54 p.m. Senator Warren spoke about Citigroup, asks UC to pass S.1898, the “Truth in Settlements Act”; Senator Toomey objected.

9:52 p.m. Senator Vitter asked to pass HR 4137, regarding welfare and marijuana; Senator Wyden objected.

9:51 p.m Senator Wyden asked to pass HR 5701, Western Oregon Indian Tribal Lands Act, Senator Vitter objected.

9:50 p.m. The Senate has confirmed the following nominations by voice vote:

o Jorge Luis Alonso to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois
o Haywood Stirling Gilliam, Jr., to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of California
o Amit Priyavadan Mehta to be United States District Judge for the District of Columbia
o Allison Dale Burrough, to be United States District Judge for the District of Massachusetts
o John Robert Blakey to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois
o Amos L. Mazzant III to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Texas
o Robert Lee Pitman to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Texas
o Robert William Schroeder III to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Texas
o Joan Marie Azrack to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of New York
o Elizabeth K. Dillon to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Virginia
o Loretta Copeland Biggs to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of North Carolina

9:45 p.m. By a vote of 51-38, the Senate has confirmed the Bough nomination.

9:22 p.m. ML Reid: last vote of this Congress, UC that cloture motions be withdrawn on pending nominations, Senate vote in order in which cloture was filed.

9:21 p.m. By a vote of 51-38, cloture invoked on nomination of Stephen Bough to be a US District Judge for The Western District of Missouri

8:57 p.m. ML Reid offered a UC agreement on Terrorism Insurance, Senator Coburn objected.

8:25 p.m. By a series of voice votes, the Senate has confirmed these nominations:

  • Colette Dodson Honorable to be a Member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
  • Estevan R. Lopez to be Commissioner of Reclamation.
  • Marcus Dwayne Jadotte to be an Assistant Secretary of Commerce.
  • Jonathan Nicholas Stivers to be an Assistant Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development.
  • John Charles Cruden to be an Assistant Attorney General.
  • Christopher Smith to be an Assistant Secretary of Energy (Fossil Energy)

8:06 p.m. The Senate has confirmed these nominations by unanimous consent:

BROADCASTING BOARD OF GOVERNORS

#900 Karen Kornbluh – to be a Member of the Broadcasting Board of Governors for a term expiring August 13, 2016

CHEMICAL SAFETY AND HAZARD INVESTIGATION BOARD

#651 Richard J. Engler – to be a Member of the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board for a term of five years

#970 Manuel H. Ehrlich, Jr. – to be a Member of the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board for a term of five years

OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE

#1079 Nicholas J. Rasmussen – to be Director of the National Counterterrorism Center, Office of the Director of National Intelligence

INTER-AMERICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK

#514 Mark E. Lopes – to be United States Executive Director of the Inter-American Development Bank for a term of three years

DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS

#1104 Leigh A. Bradley – to be General Counsel, Department of Veterans Affairs

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

#1141 Mark R. Rosekind – to be Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS

#933 Helen Tierney – to be Chief Financial Officer, Department of Veterans Affairs

MORRIS K. UDALL AND STEWART L. UDALL FOUNDATION

#644 Charles P. Rose – to be a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation for a term expiring May 26, 2019

#645 Mark Thomas Nethery – to be a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation for a term expiring October 6, 2018

#646 Anne J. Udall – to be a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation for a term expiring October 6, 2016 (Reappointment)

#737 Camilla C. Feibelman – to be a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation

LEGAL SERVICES CORPORATION

#844 Martha L. Minow – to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation for a term expiring July 13, 2017

#845 Charles Norman Wiltse Keckler – to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation for a term expiring July 13, 2016

#862 Gloria Valencia-Weber – to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation for a term expiring July 13, 2017

#864 John Gerson Levi – to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation for a term expiring July 13, 2017

#865 Robert James Grey, Jr. – to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation for a term expiring July 13, 2017

ELECTION ASSISTANCE COMMISSION

#757 Thomas Hicks – to be a Member of the Election Assistance Commission for a term expiring December 12, 2017

#1085 Matthew Vincent Masterson – to be a Member of the Election Assistance Commission for a term expiring December12, 2017

#1086 Christy A. McCormick – to be a Member of the Election Assistance Commission for a term expiring December 12, 2015

DEPARTMENT OF STATE

#1099 Isobel Coleman – to be Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations for U. N. Management and Reform, with the rank of Ambassador

#1100 Isobel Coleman – to be an Alternate Representative of the United States of America to the Sessions of the General Assembly of the United Nations during her tenure of service as Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations for U.N. Management and Reform

UNITED STATES AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

#790 Paige Eve Alexander – to be an Assistant Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

#1110 Robert M. Scher – to be an Assistant Secretary of Defense

#1111 David J. Berteau – to be an Assistant Secretary of Defense

DEPARTMENT OF STATE

#1090 Jess Lippincott Baily – to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Macedonia

#1091 Robert Francis Cekuta – to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Azerbaijan

#1092 Margaret Ann Uyehara – to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Montenegro

#1093 Richard M. Mills, Jr. – to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Armenia

PN 2091 Micheal P. O’Rielly,  (FCC)

PN 1279 – Laurie Mikva (Legal Services)

PN 1280 – Victor Maddox (Legal Services) PN 2065 – Joseph Pius Pietzyzk (Legal Services)

PN 1916 – James Huffman

PN 1804  — Arthur Lee Bentley III, of Florida, U.S. Attorney, Middle District of Florida

PN 1806  — David Rivera, of Tennessee, to be U.S. Attorney, Middle District of Tennessee.

8:04 p.m. On a vote of 76  to  16, the Senate passed HR 5771, the tax extenders bill.

7:11 p.m. Senators Wyden, Begich, Casey, Hatch, and Burr speak on tax extenders.

7:10 p.m ML Reid achieves a UC agreement to take up HR 5771, tax extenders package for thirty minutes, with a vote to follow, 60 vote threshold.

7:08 p.m. By a vote of 65-28, cloture has been invoked on the nomination of Collette Honorable to be a member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

6:50 p.m. Blinken nomination confirmed 55-40, Senators Corker and Flake joined with Democrats in favor.

6:29 p.m. By a vote of 53-40, cloture is invoked on the Blinken nomination.

5:47 p.m. Senator Levin spoke about wall street bank involvement with physical commodities, and briefly noting he has introduced a bill
amending the War Powers Act.

5:03 p.m. Senator McCain spoke against the Blinken nomination, and Senator Menendez spoke in favor.

4:52 p.m. Senator Hatch paid tribute to departing Senators, before turning to discuss tax reform.

4:36 p.m. Senator Coburn spoke on the Social Security disability program.

4:21 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke on climate change.

3:55 p.m. Senator Hoeven spoke about the tax increase prevention act.

3:25 p.m. Senator Isakson spoke against the Colvin nomination.

3:22 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke in favor of the Colvin nomination.

3:20 p.m. Senator Mikulski asked unanimous consent to proceed to the nomination of Carolyn Watts Colvin to be commissioner of the Social Security Administration. Senator Hatch objected.

3:15 p.m. Senator Mikulski spoke in favor of the nomination of Carolyn Colvin to the Social Security Administration.

3:14 p.m. By a vote of 55 – 39, Saldana was confirmed. Hatch and Coburn voted in favor.

2:52 p.m. By a vote of 53 – 41, cloture was achieved on the the Saldana nomination.

2:25 p.m. Senator Carper spoke in favor of the Saldana nomination.

The Senate recessed from 1:07 – 2:15 p.m.

1:05 p.m. Senator Hirono spoke on the Saldana nomination.

12:50 p.m. Senator Brown tribute to Senator Rockefeller.

12:35 p.m. Senator Thune spoke on the new leadership in the Senate in 2015. Senator Merkley spoke on a ranchers and farmers.

12:10 p.m. Senator Carper spoke in favor of the Saldana nomination.

11:30 a.m. Senator Menendez also spoke on immigration and the Saldana nomination.

10:54 a.m. Senator Lee spoke on immigration and the Saldana nomination.

10:47 a.m. RL McConnell spoke about Staff Sgt Daniel Lee, who was killed in Afghanistan.

10:16 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke against the Saldana nomination and immigration, followed by Senator Durbin speaking in favor of the nomination and immigration.

10:00 a.m. The Senate convened, Majority Leader Reid laid out the days schedule, the Santos and Rose nominations were confirmed by voice vote.
The Senate is now considering the Saldana nomination with up to three hours of debate.

It is anticipated that upon the use or yielding back of time, the Senate will recess until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings.

The time from 2:15 – 2:30pm will be equally divided and controlled in the usual form, followed by 2 roll call votes on cloture and confirmation of the Saldana nomination.

At 6:00pm, there will be up to 2 roll call votes on cloture and confirmation of the Blinken nomination. Additional roll call votes are expected.

Monday, December 15, 2014

The Senate adjourned at 8:09 p.m. and will reconvene tomorrow at 10:00 am with first votes expected at 2:30 p.m. (10 am votes on Santos and Rose are expected to be voice votes).
First vote will be on the nomination of Sarah R. Saldana to be an assistant secretary of homeland security. If cloture is invoked, her confirmation vote would immediately ensue.

7:26 p.m. Senator Portman offered a unanimous consent agreement for the Senate to consider and pass H.R. 2126 – Energy Efficiency Improvement Act. Senator Coburn objected. Senator Portman and Shaheen and Ayotte spoke in favor of the legislation.

Senator Blumenthal offered a unanimous consent agreement for the Senate to consider H.R. 5059 – Veterans Suicide Prevention. Coburnn objected. Senator Walsh spoke in favor of the bill.

NO FURTHER VOTES TODAY

7:00 p.m. Cloture invoked Daniel J. Santos to the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board by a vote of 54 to 39. Cloture invoked Frank A. Rose to be an assistant secretary of state by a vote of 54 to 39.

6:17 p.m. Vivek Murthy confirmed to be Surgeon General by a vote of 51- 43.

6:00 p.m. Cloture invoked on Murthy nomination by a vote of 51-43.

4:37 p.m. Senator Sessions and Durbin spoke on immigration and the Saldana and Deyo nominations.

3:35 p.m. Senator Carper spoke on the Saldana and Deyo nominations to positions at the Homeland Security Department.

3:18 p.m. Senator Hoeven spoke on the “tax increase prevention act.”

2:18 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke on the Bough nomination.

2:10 p.m. Senator Sanders spoke on social security.

1:42 p.m. Senator Nelson discussed the Commerce Committee agenda for 2015.

1:24 p.m. Senator Thune paid triubute to Senator Rockfeller and spoke about Internet taxation and about the “ABLE” disabilities bill.

1:03 p.m. Senator Wyden paid tribute to Senator Rockefeller.

12:44 p.m. ML Reid pays tribute to Senator Landrieu and Senator Walsh.

12:17 p.m. Senator Collins spoke on passage of the National Womens History Museum Commission; and then paid tribute to Senator Chambliss.

11:23 a.m. ML Reid paid tribute to Senator Hagan.

10:44 a.m. Senator Barrasso spoke against the Murthy nomination and Senator Durbin spoke in favor of the nomination.

10:03 a.m. ML Reid spoke on the Senate’s schedule, Senator Begich and Senator Udall (CO), and offered the motion to proceed to HR 5771, the ABLE Act, and the Tax Extenders legislation.

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  • The  Senate convened at 10:00 a.m. and proceeded to debate on these  nominations:

 

    • Vivek Hallegere Murthy to be surgeon general;
    • Daniel J. Santos to the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board
    • Frank A. Rose to be an assistant secretary of state

 

  • At 5:30pm, there will begin up to four votes. First will be a cloture on the Murthy nomination. If cloture is invoked, the Senate will immediately proceed to a confirmation vote. 
  • Following disposition of the Murthy nomination, the Senate will immediately proceed to cloture votes on the Santos and Rose nominati0ns.

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  • The  nomination of Carolyn Watts Colvin to be Commissioner of Social Security has been withdrawn.

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  • On Tuesday, the Senate will convene at 10 a.m. and proceed to confirmation votes on Santos and Rose.

At 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, a cloture vote will occur on the nomination of Sarah R. Saldana to be an assistant secretary of homeland security. If cloture is invoked, her confirmation vote would immediately ensue.

At 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, a cloture vote will occur on the nomination of Antony Blinken to be Deputy Secretary of State. Confirmation would follow if cloture is invoked.

Also this week: the Senate is expected to take up the terrorism insurance and tax extenders bills and to deal with these additional nominations (cloture having been filed Saturday for all of them):

    • Colette Dodson Honorable to be a Member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
    • Estevan R. Lopez to be Commissioner of Reclamation.
    • Marcus Dwayne Jadotte to be an Assistant Secretary of Commerce.
    • Jonathan Nicholas Stivers to be an Assistant Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development.
    • John Charles Cruden to be an Assistant Attorney General.
    • Christopher Smith to be an Assistant Secretary of Energy (Fossil Energy)
    • Stephen R. Bough to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Missouri
    • Jorge Luis Alonso to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois
    • Haywood Stirling Gilliam, Jr., to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of California
    • Amit Priyavadan Mehta to be United States District Judge for the District of Columbia
    • Allison Dale Burrough, to be United States District Judge for the District of Massachusetts
    • John Robert Blakey to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois
    • Amos L. Mazzant III to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Texas
    • Robert Lee Pitman to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Texas
    • Robert William Schroeder III to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Texas
    • Joan Marie Azrack to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of New York
    • Elizabeth K. Dillon to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Virginia
    • Loretta Copeland Biggs to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of North Carolina

 

 

 

Saturday, December 13, 2014

10:10 p.m. On a vote of 56 to 40, the Senate passed the omnibus spending bill for 2015.

9:50 p.m. On a vote of 22 to 74, the Senate defeated an immigration-related procedural maneuver by Senator Cruz. The Senate then moved immediately to the vote on final passage of the omnibus bill.

9:30  p.m. On a vote of  77 to 19,    the Senate invoked cloture on the omnibus spending bill.

9:09 p.m. The Senate began a cloture vote on the omnibus spending bill for fiscal year 2015. If cloture is invoked, Senator Cruz would be permitted to pursue a parliamentary point of order. If he fails to win his appeal on a roll call vote, the Senate would move immediately to final passage of the omnibus spending bill.

8:55 p.m. By consent, ML Reid filed cloture on these nominations:

    • Jorge Luis Alonso to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois
    • Haywood Stirling Gilliam, Jr., to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of California
    • Amit Priyavadan Mehta to be United States District Judge for the District of Columbia
    • Allison Dale Burrough, to be United States District Judge for the District of Massachusetts
    • John Robert Blakey to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois
    • Amos L. Mazzant III to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Texas
    • Robert Lee Pitman to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Texas
    • Robert William Schroeder III to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Texas
    • Joan Marie Azrack to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of New York
    • Elizabeth K. Dillon to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Virginia
    • Loretta Copeland Biggs to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of North Carolina

 

8:54 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke in opposition to confirming certain judges during the lame duck session.

8: 53  p.m. The Senate voted  54 to 42 to proceed to executive session. ML Reid filed cloture on the nomination of Stephen R. Bough to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri.

8:34 p.m. The Senate voted 53 to 42 to proceed to legislative session.

8:16 p.m. The Senate voted 54 to 42 to proceed to executive session. ML Reid filed cloture on the nomination of Christopher Smith to be assistant secretary of energy.

7:58 p.m. The Senate voted 54 to 42 to proceed to legislative session.

7:40 p.m. The Senate voted 53 to 42 to proceed to executive session. ML Reid filed cloture on the nomination of John C. Cruden to be assistant attorney general.

7:22 p.m. ML Reid secured unanimous consent for a series of up to three roll calls on H.R. 83, the omnibus spending bill for FY 2015: 1) Cloture 2) A procedural appeal by Senator Cruz and 3) Passage. These votes will occur after the filing of cloture on the remaining nominations.

6:34 p.m. Senate voted 54 to 42 to proceed to Executive session. ML Reid filed cloture on the Stivers nomination.

6:17 p.m. ML Reid offered motion to proceed to Executive session for the purpose of considering the nomination of Jonathan Stivers to be an Assistant Administrator of the US Agency for International Development.

6:16 p.m. Senate voted to go to legislative session by a vote of 54-42.

5:57 p.m ML Reid filed cloture on the Jardotte nomination.

5:56 p.m Motion to proceed to Executive session agreed to 53-42.

5:02 p.m. ML Reid offered motion to proceed to Executive session for the purpose of considering the nomination of Marcus Jadotte to be an Assistant Secretary of Commerce.

5:37 p.m.Senate voted to go to legislative session by a vote of 54-42.

5:22 p.m. ML Reid filed cloture on the Lopez nomination.

5:20 p.m. Motion to proceed to Executive session agreed to 54-42.

5:02 p.m. ML Reid offered motion to proceed to Executive session for the purpose of considering the nomination of Estevan Lopez to be Commissioner of Reclamation.

5:02 p.m.Senate voted to go to legislative session by a vote of 52 – 42.

4:43 p.m. ML Reid filed cloture on the Santos nomination.

4:42 p.m. Motion to proceed to Executive Session agreed to 52-41.

4:25 p.m. ML Reid offered motion to proceed to Executive session for the purpose of considering the nomination of Daniel Santos to be a member of the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board.

4:24 p.m.Senate voted to go to legislative session by a vote of 53 – 40 (Boozman voted aye).

4:06 p.m. ML Reid filed cloture on the Honorable nomination.

4:05 p.m. Motion to proceed to Executive Session agreed to 50-41.

3:51 p.m. ML Reid offered motion to proceed to Executive session for the purpose of considering the nomination of Colette Honorable to be a member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

3:49 p.m ML Reid achieves consent to pass short term CR (HJ Res 131) thru Wednesday.

3:49 p.m. Motion to proceed to Legislative session agreed to 52-41.

3:12 p.m. ML Reid filed cloture on the Rose nomination.

3:11 p.m. Motion to proceed to Executive Session agreed to 52-41.

2:53 p.m. ML Reid offered motion to proceed to Executive session for the purpose of considering the nomination of Frank Rose to be an Assistant Secretary of State.

2:52p.m. Motion to proceed to Legislative session agreed to 52-41.

2:28 p.m. ML Reid files cloture on Blinken nomination.

2:27 p.m. Motion to proceed to Executive Session agreed to 52-41.

2:11 p.m ML Reid offered motion to proceed to Executive session for the purpose of considering the nomination of Anthony Blinken to be Deputy Secretary of State.

2:10 p.m. Motion to proceed to Legislative session agreed to 52-40.

1:54 p.m. ML Reid files cloture on the Murthy nomination.

1:53 p.m. Motion to proceed to Executive session agreed to 52-40.

1:37 p.m. ML Reid offered motion to proceed to Executive Session for the purpose of considering nomination of Vivek Murthy to be Surgeon General.

1:36 p.m. Motion to proceed to Legislative session agreed to 51-41 .

1:14 p.m. Senator Hatch spoke against nomination.

1:12 p.m. ML Reid filed cloture on the Colvin nomination.

1:11 p.m. Motion to proceed to Executive session agreed to 52-41.

12:55 p.m. ML Reid on motion to proceed to executive session for the purpose of considering nomination of Carolyn W. Colvin, MD, to be Commissioner of Social Security.

12:53 p.m. Motion to proceed to Legislative session agreed to 52-40.

12:31 p.m. ML Reid files cloture on Saldana nomination, informs Senators votes will be cut off at 20 minutes.

12:30 p.m. Motion to proceed to Executive Session agreed to 48-34.

12:02 p.m. ML Reid begins days session. Moves to proceed to Executive Session to consider nomination of Sarah Saldana to be Assistant Secretary of
Homeland Security.

The Senate convened at 12:00noon. We expect up to 40 roll call votes. Majority Leader Reid intends to file cloture on 20 nominations, and to do so, he must go into and out of Executive Session for each nomination. This is a debatable motion, thus one roll call vote to go in and another to go back out for each nominee, and you arrive at 40.

The Senate usually averages 3-4 roll call votes per hour during vote-a-ramas.

Secondly, the cloture vote could occur on the CR/Omnibus at 1:00am.

Friday, December 12, 2014

11:05 p.m. Senator Reid announced the Senate will be in session on Saturday at noon with votes early and into the night.

9:44 p.m. — Senator Cruz spoke on the omnibus.

9:12 p.m. — Senator Rubio spoke on the economy.

8:37 p.m. — Senator Sessions spoke against the omnibus.

8:19 p.m. — Senator Coons spoke in support of the omnibus.

7:58 p.m. — Senator Mikulski  spoke on the omnibus and the passing of Senator Cochran’s wife.

7:42 p.m. — Senator Nelson spoke on the omnibus

7:28 p.m. — Senator Graham spoke on the omnibus and said good bye to the outgoing senators.

7:18 p.m. — Senator Warren spoke on the omnibus.

7:00 p.m. — Senator Leahy spoke on the omnibus.

6:49 p.m. — Senator Lee spoke against the omnibus.

6:38 p.m. — Senator Murray spoke on the omnibus.

6:24 p.m. — Senator Udall (NM) spoke on the omnibus.

6:13 p.m. — Senator Mikulski spoke on the omnibus.

5:55 p.m. — Senator Cardin spoke on the omnibus.

5:50 p.m. — The following nominations were confirmed by voice vote:

  • Mark Gilbert to be Ambassador  to New Zealand and Samoa
  • Robert C. Barber to be Ambassador to Iceland
  • Amy Jane Hyatt to be Ambassador to Palau
  • Arnold A. Chacon to be Director General of the Foreign Service
  • Virginia  E. Palmer to be Ambassador to Malawi
  • Donald L. Heflin to be Ambassador  to Cabo Verde
  • Michael W. Kempner to be a Member of the Broadcasting Board of Governors
  • Leon Aron to be a Member of the Broadcasting Board of Governors

The nomination of David Nathan Saperstein to be the Ambassador for International Religious Freedom was confirmed by a vote of 61-36.

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5:20 p.m — Senate passed H.R. 3949 (final passage) by a vote of 89-11. H. Con. Res. 121 and H. Con. Res. 123 were passed by unanimous consent.

4:46 p.m. — Coburn motion to suspend the rule (yes to keep rule), the Senate sustained the rule by a vote of 55-45.

4:28 p.m. — Coburn motion to refer is not agreed to 18-82.

4:00 p.m. — Senate begins roll call vote on Coburn motion to refer the Defense Authorization, 60 vote threshold.

3:48 p.m. — Senators Inhofe and Levin gave final speeches regarding the Defense Authorization before votes.

3:39 p.m. — Senator Hirono spoke on HR 4329, a bill regarding housing funding for native Americans, asks UC to take up and pass HR 4329; Senator Lee objected.

3:29 p.m. — Senator Lee attempted to set aside an amendment and call up his own. Senator Levin objected.

3:08 p.m. — Senator Coburn returned to discuss Senate precedent change in 2011 regarding offering amendments post cloture.

2:19 p.m. — Senators Murkowski, Flake, Menendez, Cardin, and Heinrich spoke on the lands package included in the Defense Authorization.

1:52 p.m. — Senator Coburn spoke on the Defense Authorization and the lands package, at 2:15 p.m, asked UC to take up and pass S. 2113, providing taxpayers with an annual report disclosing the cost and performance of government programs, with Majority Leader Reid objecting.

1:42 p.m. — Senator Baldwin spoke on the Defense Authorization.

1:28 p.m. — Senator Sanders spoke against the omnibus.

1:00 p.m. — Senators Inhofe and Ayotte spoke on the Defense Authorization.

12:08 p.m. — Tributes began to Senator Harkin: Senators Grassley, Stabenow, Alexander, Franken, Klobuchar, Murphy, Brown, Merkley, and Carper, Durbin, and Sanders.

11:31 a.m. — Senator Harkin gave his farewell speech.

10:38 a.m.– Tributes continued for Senator Levin: Senators Collins, Stabenow, McCaskill, Sessions, Nelson, Manchin, Cardin, Brown, Merkley, Alexander, Harkin, Inhofe, Sanders, Franken, King, Schumer, and Portman.

10:21 a.m. — Senator Levin bade farewell to the Senate.

10:17 a.m. — RL McConnell paid tribute to outgoing Secretary of the Senate Erickson.

10:02 a.m. — ML Reid laid out schedule, expect to take up CR/Omnibus following votes this afternoon. Paid tribute to Senator Pryor.

The Senate convened at 10:00 a.m. and has resumed post-cloture debate on the motion to concur in the House message accompanying the Fiscal Year 2015 Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 3979).

At noon, all post-cloture time will be deemed expired.  It will be in order for Senator Coburn to move to refer the measure to the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Up to three hours of debate would follow on such a Coburn motion.

If that time is used, the Senate will proceed at about 3 p.m. to a roll call vote on the Coburn motion to refer, with 60 votes required for passage.

If the Coburn motion fails, Senator Coburn could move to suspend the rules.

A roll call vote on final passage of the Defense Authorization would follow disposition of the Coburn motion. Sixty votes will be required for passage.

Following disposition of H.R. 3979, votes will occur on confirmation of the nominations listed below.  All but the Saperstein nomination, which is expected to require a roll call vote, are likely to be approved by voice vote.

 

    • Mark Gilbert to be ambassador to New Zealand and, concurrently, to Samoa.x
    • Robert C. Barber to be ambassador to Iceland
    • David Nathan Saperstein to be Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom
    • Amy Jane Hyatt to be ambassador to Palau
    • Arnold A. Chacon to be director general of the Foreign Service
    • Virginia E. Palmer to be ambassador to Malawi
    • Donald L. Heflin to be ambassador to Cabo Verde
    • Michael W. Kempner to the Broadcasting Board of Governors
    • Leon Aron to the Broadcasting Board of Governors

 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

11:30 p.m. — The Senate has adjourned until 10:00 a.m. tomorrow, December 11. 4 roll call votes are expected tomorrow at 3 p.m. on H.R. 3979, Defense Act. Followed by votes on nominations. A two day short term CR was passed this evening that expires Sunday, December 14.

The following items were passed by unanimous consent during wrap-up:

  • nominations #1112-1137 confirmed en bloc
  • H.R. 3096 Renaming FBI building in Vienna, VA
  • H.R. 4771 Anabolic steroids
  • H.R. 5057 Amend Energy Policy and Conservation Act
  • S. 3008 Protection for members of uniformed services relating to mortgages
  • S.2338 Reauthorize anti-doping agency
  • S. 2983 Contract for Merchant Marine Academy’s Melville Hall
  • S. Res. 599 100th Anniversary of Big Brother, Big Sister of Southeastern PA

The following items were passed by unanimous consent during today’s session:

  • S.J. Res. 130, 2 Day Short Term Continuing Resolution
  • S. 1535, Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act
  • S. 2828, Sanctions on Russia
  • S.1353, Cyber Security
  • H.R. 2640, Wild & Scenic Rivers Act
  • H.R. 3044 + S. 2875 considered en bloc
  • H.R. 3329, Community Financial Institutions
  • H.R. 3468, Amendments to Federal Credit Union Act

Cloture was invoked on the H.R. 3979 National Defense Authorization Bill by a vote of 85 to 14.

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10:00 p.m. — Senator Mikulski spoke on the CR and omnibus.

9:55 p.m. — ML Reid came to the floor to talk about the schedule for the next few days. Proposes to pass two day CR by tonight by unanimous consent and vote on National Defense Authorization Bill tomorrow afternoon. No indication exactly when vote on Tax Extenders and the omnibus would be.

8:23 p.m. — Senator Rubio spoke on Defense Authorization Bill.

7:54 p.m. — Senator Blumenthal spoke on the tired truck drivers and the Clay Hunt Suicide Bill.

7:41 p.m. — Senator Sessons paid tribute to Senator Chambliss.

7:33 p.m. — Senator Sessions paid tribute to Senator Rockefeller.

7:23 p.m. — Senator Moran spoke on The Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention Act.

7:12 p.m. — Senator Sessions paid tribute to Senator Coburn.

7:10 p.m. — The Senate passed S. 1353, the Cyber Security Act by unanimous consent.

6:30 p.m. — Senator Moran spoke on the Affordable Care Act.

5:56 p.m. — Senator Hatch spoke against the nomination of Carolyn Colvin to be Commissioner of the Social Security Administration.

5:42 p.m. — Senator Cardin gave a tribute to Kelly McKellogg Swayne, a Fellow in his office.

5:27 p.m. — Senator Booker spoke on the CR and omnibus.

5:22 p.m. — Senator Schatz spoke on the CR and omnibus.

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5:03 p.m. — S. 1535 Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, was passed by unanimous consent. SenatorsSchumer and Cornyn spoke on the bill.

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4:55 p.m. — Senator Heitkamp spoke on Vietnam veterans.

4:51 p.m. — Senator Testor spoke in favor of the Montana Lands Bill.

4:15 p.m. — Senator Heinrich spoke on the Land Title legislation.

4:10 p.m. Senators Coats, Warner, Cardin and Markey paid tribute ro Senator Landrieu.

3:44 p.m. — Senator Klobuchar paid tribute to Senator Landrieu.

3:42 p.m. Senate Manchin paid tribute to Senator Landrieu.

3:40 p.m. H.R. 2640 – Wild and Scenic Rivers Act passed with a Merkley subsitute amendment without objuection.  Senatr Merkley also paid tribute to Senator Landrieu.

3:33 p.m. — Senator Vitter paid tribute to Senator Landrieu.

3:00 p.m. — Senator Landrieu made her farewell speech.

2:55 p.m.– Senator Levin spoke about declassifying a cable from CIA director Brennan.

2:54 p.m. — Senator Grassley spoke about the EPA and the Clean Air Act.

2:45 p.m. — Senator Udall (NM) paid tribute to Mark Udall.

2:33 p.m. — Senator Bennett paid tribute to Mark Udall.

2:26 p.m. — Senator Durbin paid tribute to Senator Hagan and spoke about deaths in police custody.

2:10 p.m. — Senator Hagan made her farewell address.

1:53 p.m. — Senator Leahy spoke in tribute to the U.S. Capitol Police.

1:45 p.m. — Senator Lee spoke on the president’s imigration order.

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1:42 p.m. — Senator Durbin secured unanimous consent for passsage of a series of bills by voice vote: S. 2828 (Sanctions on Russia); H.R. 3044 and S. 2875, conisidered en bloc; H.R. 3329 (community financial institutions); H.R. 3468 (amendments to the Federal Credit Union Act).

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1:20 p.m. — Senator Warren spoke on the deriviates portion of the omnibus.

1:17 p.m. — Senator Boozman paid tribute to Senator Pryor.

12:45 p.m. — Senators Warner, Franken, Landrieu, Merkley, Stabenow, Booker, Tom Udall, and Klobuchar paid tribute to Senator Begich.

12:25 p.m. — Senator Begich paid tribute to Senator Coburn and gave his own farewell speech.

11:32 a.m. — Senators Chambliss, McConnell, Collins, Carper, Burr, Schumer, Manchin, Flake, King, Isakson, Inhofe, and Coats paid tribute to Senator Coburn.

11:03 a.m. — Senator Coburn bade the Senate farewell.

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11:01 a.m. — Cloture invoked, 85-14.

10:31 a.m. —  Roll call vote begins on cloture on Defense Authorization.

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10:28 a.m. —  Senators Levin and Inhofe speaks on Defense Authorization.

10:26 a.m. — Senator Gillibrand responds to Senator Graham.

10:25 a.m. — Senator Levin joins objection.

10:15 a.m. — Senator Graham joins objection, speaks on issue.

10:15 a.m. — Senator Inhofe objected.

10:09 a.m. — Senator Gillibrand spoke on sexual assault in the military.  Asks UC to take up and vote on S. 2992.

10:03 a.m. — Senator Thune paid tribute to Senator Johnson.

9:50 a.m. — Senator Tim Johnson gave his farewell speech.

9:32 a.m. — ML Reid laid out schedule and paid tribute to James Fransen, retiring Senate Legislative Counsel; and the lands package included in the Defense Authorization.

The Senate convened at 9:30 a.m. and following leader time, will resume the motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to H.R. 3979, Defense Authorization Bill, with a cloture vote scheduled to begin at approximately 10:30 a.m.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

7:55 p.m. — Senate adjourns until 9:30am, Thursday December 11.

7:50 p.m. — Senator Bennet wrapped up the session for the evening.

Items passed by UC:

H.R. 1447: An act to encourage states to report to the Attorney General certain information regarding deaths of individuals in the custody of law enforcement agencies.
H.R. 3574: Providing for the use of saving promotion raffle products.
H.R. 4193: Amending title 5, US Code.
H.R. 4926: An act designating a segment of Interstate 35 in the State of Minnesota.
H.R. 5705: An act to modify certain provisions relating to the propane education and research council.
S. 2822: A bill to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to conduct a study on matters relating to the burial of unclaimed remains of veterans in national cemeteries.
S. Res 598: Expressing condolences to the family of Abdul Rahman Peter Kasig.

S. 2992 has its second reading.

HR 5471 was discharged from the Banking Committee and referred to the Agriculture Committee.

7:35 p.m. — Senator Bennet spoke on the CIA torture report.

6:31 p.m. — Senators Landrieu, Bennet, and Murkowski spoke on the lands package.

6:14 p.m. — Senator Whitehouse spoke for the 82nd time on climate change.

5:48 p.m. — Senator Flake spoke about the lands package included in the pending Defense Authorization bill.

5:35 p.m. — Senator Casey spoke about ISIS.

5:25 p.m. — Senator Schumer spoke on the intelligence report.

5:20 p.m. — Senator Coburn spoke on the Taxpayer Right-to-Know Act.

5:19 p.m. — On a voice vote requested by Senator Brown, the Senate passed S. 2614, amending certain provisions of the F.A.A. Modernization and Reform Act of 2012.

5:08 p.m. — Senator Blumenthal spoke on school shootings.

4:55 p.m. — Senator Murphy spoke on school shootings.

4:18 p.m. — Tributes to Senator Chambliss began, from the following Senators: Feinstein, Isakson, Manchin, Burr, Coats, Coburn, Johanns, Portman, Ayotte, and Hoeven.

4:09 p.m. — Senator Chambliss began his farewell address.

4:07 p.m. — Senator Warner spoke in tribute to Senator Chambliss.

4:02 p.m. — Senator Manchin spoke against the nomination of Antonio Weiss to be an under secretary of the Treasury.

3:54 p.m. — Senator Brown spoke against the financial deregulatory clause in the CR-Omnibus spending bill.

3:40 p.m. — Senator Sanders spoke on the economy and the middle class.

3:15 p.m. — Senator Stabenow spoke on the tax extenders bill.

3:05 p.m. — Senator McCain paid tribute to Senator Coburn.

2:58 p.m. — Senator Mikulski spoke on the CR-Omnibus.

2:45 p.m. — Senator Heller spoke on the Defense Authorization Bill.

2:37 p.m. — Senator Coons spoke on the Defense Authorization Bill and the CR-Omnibus.

2:00 p.m. — Senator Durbin spoke on the C.I.A. torture report.

1:50 p.m. — Senator Lee spoke on the CR-Omnibus bill.

1:25 p.m.– Senator Barrasso spoke against the Affordable Care Act.

1:10 p.m.– Senator Reed spoke in favor of the Defense Authorization Bill and ship building.

1:00 p.m.– Senator Udall (NM) spoke about the Indonesia Partnership.

12:45 p.m. — Senator Blunt spoke about regulations that haven’t been passed by the Senate.

12:26 p.m. — Senator Booker spoke on equal justice under the law, and protests in Ferguson, New York City, and elsewhere.

12:16 p.m. — Senator Warren spoke on the CR-Omnibus, specifically the derivatives portion.

12:07 p.m. — Senator Vitter spoke on immigration, will vote against Lynch due to Executive Action.

12:03 p.m. — Senator Begich spoke  on S.2444, Coast Guard Bill.

12:00 p.m. — Senator Boxer acheives consent to pass the following: S. 2519, HR 4007,  and HR 2952.

11:47 a.m. — Senators Boxer, Murkowski, and Vitter have a colloquy on a Coast Guard Bill.  Passes S. 2444, with Substitute Amendment, which includes a three year extension of the vessel discharge moratorium.

11:30 a.m. — Senator Walsh gave his farewell speech.

10:47 a.m. — Senator Udall (CO) spoke on the CIA torture report and the response of President Obama’s administration.

10:23 a.m. — Senator Inhofe spoke in favor of the defense bill.

10:05 a.m. — Senator Levin opened debate on H.R. 3979 with a statement in favor of the F.Y. 2015 Defense Authorization.

9:48 p.m. — Senator McConnell paid tribute to Senator Chambliss.

9:33 a.m. — Senator Reid delivered tributes to Senate Secretary Nancy Erickson and Assistant Secretary Sheila Dwyer

The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m. and will resume consideration of H.R. 3979, the Defense Authorization for Fiscal Year 2015.

No votes are scheduled yet.

Cloture has been filed on the defense bill, so a cloture vote can occur on Thursday. Passage on Friday is possible.

The amendment tree on the defense bill has been filled. These  amendments and motions are pending to the House message to accompany H.R. 3979:

  •  Reid amendment to change the enactment date. (#3984)
  • Reid second-degree amendment to Reid amendment #3984, of a perfecting nature. (#3985)
  • Reid motion to refer the House message with respect to H.R. 3979 to the Armed Services Committee to report back forthwith with an amendment, to change the enactment date. (#3986)
  • Reid amendment to Reid motion to refer #3986, of a perfecting nature. (#3987)
  • Reid second-degree amendment to Reid amendment #3987, of a perfecting nature. (#3988)

The omnibus spending bill has been filed. Agreements to proceed are under negotiation.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Senate Intelligence Committeee’s minority report is here.

Senate Intelligence Committee has posted its report: here.

6:51 p.m. — The nomination of Virginia Tyler Lodge was confirmed by a vote of 86-12. The nomination of Ronald Anderson Walter was confirmed by a vote of 86-12.

The following nominations were confirmed by voice vote:

  • cal. #1094 Peter Michael McKinley to be ambassador to Afghanistan
  • cal. #1085 Richard Rahul Verma to be ambassador to India
  • cal. #800 Tony Hammond to be Commissioner of the Postal Regulatory Commission
  • cal. #801 Nanci E. Langley to be Commissioner of the Postal Regulatory Commission

ML Reid filed cloture on the motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to H.R. 3979, Defense Authorization Bill, and filled the amendment tree.

The Senate passed the following bills by voice vote during wrap up:

  • HR 1067
  • HR 4199
  • S.Res. 413
  • HR 4681
  • H. Con. Res 107

The Senate adjourned at 8:55p.m.  to reconvene at 9:30 on Wednesday, December 10 to resume the motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to H.R. 3979, Defense Authorization Bill

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6:06 p.m. — Senator Coburn asked unanimous consent to proceed to S. 2113 Taxpayers’ Right-to-Know Act, Reid objected.

6:01 p.m. — Senator Coburn spoke on the Taxpayers’ Right-to-Know Act.

5:47 p.m. — Senator Thune spoke on the Affordable Care Act.

5:41  p.m. — Beginning at 6:00 p.m., there will be 2 roll call votes on the confirmation of Virginia Tyler Lodge and Ronald Anderson Walter to the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority. Following it is expected that the Senate will confirm the nominations of Peter Michael McKinley (#1094 to be ambassador to Afghanistan) and Richard Rahul Verma (#1095 to be ambassador to India) by voice vote.

5:19 p.m. — Senator Whitehouse spoke on the Intellligence report.

4:43 p.m. — Senator Moran spoke on the American Savings and Promotion Act.

4:31 p.m. — Senator Levin spoke on the Intelligence report.

4:25 p.m. — Senator Heinrich spoke on the Intelligence report.

4:06 p.m. — Senator King spoke on the Intelligence report.

3:45 p.m. — Senator Leahy spoke on the Intelligence report.

3:35 p.m. — Senator Cornyn spoke about the Intelligence report and about Rep. Ralph Hall.

3:30 p.m. –Senator Udall of Colorado spoke about the Intelligence report.

3:15 p.m. — Senator Wyden spoke about the Intelligence Committee interrogation report.

2:47 p.m. — Tributes to Senator Johanns began. Speaking were Senators Fischer, Portman, Roberts, Collins, Hoeven, Carper and Wyden.

2:35 p.m. — Senator Johanns gives his farewell speech.

2:27 p.m. — Senators McCain, Chambliss and Isakson paid tribute to Senator Johanns.

2:03 p.m. — Senator Chambliss spoke on the CIA torture report.

The Senate recessed for the weekly caucus luncheons from 1:11 — 2:00p.m.

1:10 p.m. — Senator Whitehouse thanked Senators Feinstein, Rockefeller and McCain.

1:09 p.m. — Senator Begich acheived consent to pass S.1474, regarding intergovernmental agreements with Indian tribes.

12:28 p.m. — Senators McCain, Rockefeller and Graham spoke on the CIA torture report.

11:28 a.m. — 12:26 p.m. — Senator Feinstein spoke on the CIA torture report.

11:20 a.m. – The Senate invoked cloture on the nomination of Virginia Tyler Lodge to the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority by a vote of 63-32 and the nomination of Ronald Anderson Walter to the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority by a vote of 65-31; confirmation votes on these nominations will occur at approximately 6:00pm this evening.

The Senate convened at 10:00 a.m.

The Senate will recess for weekly policy lunches from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 8, 2014

7:45 p.m. — The Senate adjourned until 10 a.m. on Dec. 9, 2014.

7:36 p.m. — On a voice vote, the Senate passed S. 2521, to amend the federal information security system, as amended by the Carper-Coburn substitute. On a voice vote, the Senate passed H.R. 1281, to reauthorize certain Public Health Service Programs. On a voice vote, the Senate passed the following bills en bloc: H.R. 4939; H.R. 1707; H.R. 1778; H.R. 2112; H.R. 2223; H.R. 2678; H.R. 3534; H.R. 3550. On a voice vote, the Senate passed S. 2142, a bill to impose sanctions for human rights violations in Venezuela.

6:19 p.m. – Senator Rubio spoke about the experiences of military personnel during the attack on Pearl Harbor.

6:19 p.m. — On a voice vote, the Senate confirmed the nomination of Ellen Dudley Williams to be director of the Advance Research Projects Agency, Department of Energy.

6:18  p.m. – On a vote of  54  to 40, the Senate confirmed the nomination of Lauren McGarity McFeran to the National Labor Relations Board

5:55 p.m. – On a vote of 52 to 40, the Senate confirmed the nomination of Jeffrey Martin Baran to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission

5:16 p.m. – Senator Harkin spoke for the McFerran nomination to the National Labor Relations Board.

5:13 p.m. – Senator Leahy secured consent to pass a substitute for S. 2520, a bill to revise the Freedom of Information Act.

5:08 p.m. – Senator Tester sought consent to pas an Indian housing bill. Senator Lee sought an amendment, regarding Hawaiian peoples, to which Senator Tester objected. Senator Lee then objected to Senator Tester’s underlying consent request.

4:23 p.m. – Senator Cardin spoke about racial profiling.

4:16 p.m. – Senator Klobchar gave a tribute to Senator Pryor. She also spke about a bill to stop sexual trafficking.

3:55 p.m. – Seantor Durbin gave a tribute to Senator Pryor.

3:45 p.m. – Senator Collins gave a tribute to Senator Pryor.

3:30 p.m. – Senator Pryor gave his final speech.

3:15 p.m. – Senator Nelson paid tribute to Senator Rockefeller.

2:40 p.m. — Senator Cornyn paid tribute to Senators Chambliss, Johanns, and Coburn.

2:25 p.m. — Senator Hatch spoke on immigration.

2:03 p.m. — ML Reid discussed the days schedule and paid tribute to Senators Levin and Rockefeller.

The Senate convened at 2:00 p.m., and following leader time, proceeded to morning business until 5:30 p.m.

At 5:30 p.m., the Senate will proceed to confirmation votes on the following nominations:

 

    • Jeffery Martin Baran to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission
    • Lauren McGarity McFerran to the National Labor Relations Board
    • Ellen Dudley Williams to be director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, Department of Energy

 

Thursday, December 4, 2014

7:25 p.m. — The Senate adjourned and will reconvene at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, December 8. There will be three roll call votes at 5:30 onthe following nominations:
-Jeffrey Baran to be a member of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
-Lauren McFerran to be a member of the National Labor Relations Board.
-Ellen Williams to be Director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency for the Energy Department.

5:43 p.m. — Senator Levin spoke about the Defense Authorization Act

5:28 p.m. — Senator Coats spoke about Ash Carter and Iran

5:23 p.m. — Senator Thune spoke about a staffer who is leaving.

5:01 p.m. — Senator Shaheen spoke about tax extenders.

4:56 p.m. — Senator Heitkamp spoke about the mayor of Fargo and Senator Rockefeller

4:47 p.m.– Senator Roberts spoke about tax extenders.

4:23 p.m. — Senator Grassley spoke about intelligence leaks.

3:13 p.m. — Senator Rockefeller gave his farewell speech.

3:12 p.m. — By a vote of 57-34, cloture was invoked on the nomination of Ellen Williams to be Director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency.

2:55 p.m. — By a vote of 51-42, cloture was invoked on the nomination of Lauren McFerran to be a member of the National Labor Relations Board.

2:35 p.m. — By a vote of 53-40 (Senator Heller joined all Dem’s,IND voting) Cloture was invoked on the nomination of Jeffery Baran to be a member of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

2:15 p.m. — The Griggsby nomination was confirmed by voice vote.

2:14 p.m. — The Leeson nomination was confirmed, 76-16.

1:45 p.m. — The Stivers nomination was confirmed by voice vote.

1:16 p.m. — Senator Sessions spoke on immigration.

1:08 p.m. — Senator Murphy spoke about farm land conservation tax incentives.

1:05 p.m. — Senator Nelson spoke about the Orion spacecraft.

12:40 p.m. — Senator Baldwin spoke about the proposed cuts to the U.S. Postal Service.

12:30 p.m. — Senator Sanders spoke about the proposed cuts to the U.S. Postal Service.

12:20 p.m. — Senator Tester spoke about a measure to block planned cutbacks at U.S. Postal Service.

12:04 p.m. — Senators Coons and Ayotte engaged in a colloquy about their bill to improve manufacturing skills.

11:50 a.m. — Senator Cornyn spoke about making the Senate function better.

11:38 a.m. — Senator Toomey expressed thanks for help on the Leeson nomination.

11:35 a.m. — Cloture was invoked on the Griggsby nomination, 53-36.

11:10 a.m. — Cloture was invoked on the Leeson nomination, 66-26.

10:54 a.m. — Cloture was invoked on the Stivers nomination, 70-23.

10:29 a.m. — The Hizer nomination was confirmed 89-3. (Barrasso, Enzi,and Heller)

10:00 a.m. — The Orr nomination was confirmed by voice vote.

9:56 a.m. — Senator Durbin spoke on the Ebola virus.

9:48 a.m. — Senator Johanns thanked the leaders and paid tribute to his wife, Stephanie Johanns.

9:47 a.m. — Leader Reid paid tribute to Senator Johanns.

9:38 a.m. — Leader McConnell paid tribute to Senator Johanns.

9:36 a.m. — Leader Reid spoke on the low annual rate of health care cost inflation.

9:33 a.m. — Senator Harkin welcomed Pastor Calvin French, who delivered the morning prayer.

The Senate will convene on Thursday December 4th at 9:30am and proceed to Executive Session.

At 10:00am, proceed to up to 5 roll call votes:

1. Confirmation of the nomination of Franklin Orr to be Under Secretary for Science.
2. Confirmation of the nomination of Joseph Hizer to be Chief Financial Officer, Department of Energy.
3. Cloture on the nomination of Gregory Stivers to be a US District Judge for the Western District of Kentucky.
4. Cloture on the nomination of Joseph Leeson to be a US District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
5. Cloture on the nomination of Lydia Griggsby to be a Judge of the US Court of Federal Claims.

At 1:45pm tomorrow, we expect up to six roll call votes:

1. Confirmation of the Stivers nomination.
2. Confirmation of the Leeson nomination.
3. Confirmation of the Griggsby nomination.
4. Cloture on the nomination of Jeffrey Baran to be a member of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
5. Cloture on the nomination of Lauren McFerran to be a member of the National Labor Relations Board.
6. Cloture on the nomination of Ellen Williams to be Director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, Energy Department.

On Monday December 8th at 5:30pm, after an afternoon of morning business only, we expect up to three roll call votes :

1. Confirmation of the Baran nomination.
2. Confirmation of the McFerran nomination.
3. Confirmation of the Williams nomination.
Note: After these votes, morning business for debate only.

On Tuesday December 9th, after convening for morning business only, at 10:30am, we expect two votes:

1. Cloture on the nomination of Virginia Lodge to be a member of the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority.
2. Cloture on the nomination of Ronald Walter to be a member of the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority.
Note: After these votes, morning business for debate only.

On Tuesday, December 9th at 6:30pm, we expect up to two roll call votes:

1.Confirmation of the Lodge nomination.
2.Confirmation of the Walter nomination.

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