Standing Committee of Correspondents’ Meeting

The Standing Committee of Correspondents will meet on Monday, October 21 at 3:00 p.m. in the Senate Press Gallery, S-316. All those credentialed through the House-Senate daily press galleries are invited to attend.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

7:11 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will convene at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 17. Following leader remarks the EPW Committee will be discharge from further consideration of S.J. Res. 53, the Affordable Clean Energy CRA. If the motion to proceed is made and agreed to, the time until noon will be equally divided.

2 roll call votes scheduled:

12:00 Noon:

     Passage of S.J. Res. 53, the Affordable Clean Energy CRA.

1:45 p.m.:

     Passage of S.J. Res. 54, re: the National Emergency Declaration of objections of the President notwithstanding.

During wrap-up:

  • Began the Rule XIV process to place on the Legislative Calendar of Business:
    • J. Res. 58, Expressing support for freedom of Conscience.
    • J. Res. 77, Opposing the decision to end certain United States efforts to prevent Turkish military operations against Syrian Kurdish forces in Northeast Syria.
  • Res. 358 – Designating the week beginning October 20, 2019, as National Character Counts Week, was adopted by unanimous consent.
  • Res. 356 – Designating September 4, 2019, as National Polycystic Kidney Disease Awareness Day, was adopted by unanimous consent.
  • Res. 324 – Designating September 29, 2019 as National Urban Wildlife Refuge Day, was adopted by unanimous consent.
  • Res. 359 – Authorizing the use of the atrium in the Philip A. Hart Senate Office Building for the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day a semiannual event for the Drug Enforcement Administration

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7:03 p.m. Senator Markey spoke about the House impeachment inquiry.

6:44 p.m. Senator Capito spoke about coal, pension, and the Volk nomination.

6:43 p.m. The Senate confirmed the Kovner nomination 88-3.

Senators voting against: Gillibrand, Heinrich and Markey.

Senators not voting:  5 Democrats: Bennet, Booker, Harris, Klobuchar and Warren; 2 Republicans: Alexander and Isakson; 1 Independent: Sanders.

6:16 p.m. The Senate began voting on confirmation of the nomination of Rachel Kovner to be a District Judge for the Eastern District of the New York.

6:15 p.m. The Senate confirmed the nomination of David Novak by a vote of 89-3.

Senators voting against: 3 Democrats: Gillibrand, Markey and Wyden.

Not voting: 5 Democrats: Bennet, Booker, Harris, Klobuchar and Warren; 2 Republicans: Alexander and Isakson; 1 Independent: Sanders.

5:57 p.m. The Senate began voting on confirmation of the nomination of David Novak to be District Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia.

5:57 p.m. The Senate confirmed the Eskridge nomination, 61-31.

Democrats voting YES: Cardin, Carper, Coons, Feinstein, Kaine, Murphy, Shaheen, Warner and Whitehouse.

Not voting: 5 Democrats: Bennet, Booker, Harris, Klobuchar and Warren; 2 Republicans: Alexander and Isakson; 1 Independent: Sanders.

5:38 p.m. The Senate began voting on confirmation of the nomination of Charles Eskridge to be U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Texas.

5:37 p.m. The Senate confirmed the nomination of Frank Volk to be U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of West Virginia by a tally of 92-0.

Not voting: 5 Democrats: Bennet, Booker, Harris, Klobuchar and Warren; 2 Republicans: Alexander and Isakson; 1 Independent: Sanders.

5:18 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on Confirmation of Frank Volk to be U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of West Virginia.

5:17 p.m. The Senate confirmed the nomination of Barbara Barrett to be Secretary of the Air Force by a vote of 85-7.

Senators voting against: Blumenthal, Duckworth, Gillibrand, Markey, Merkley, Smith and Wyden.

Not voting: 5 Democrats: Bennet, Booker, Harris, Klobuchar and Warren; 2 Republicans: Alexander and Isakson; 1 Independent: Sanders.

4:43 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on confirmation of Barbara Barrett to be secretary of the Air Force.

4:34 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke supporting the nomination of Barbara Barrett.

4:28 p.m. Senator Carper spoke supporting S.J.Res. 53.

4:18 p.m. Senator Cotton spoke supporting the protesters in Hong Kong.

3:51 p.m. Senators Cardin, Van Hollen, and Whitehouse spoke about S.J.Res. 53.

3:40 p.m. Senator Sasse spoke supporting the USMCA and on religious intolerance.

3:28 p.m. Senator Fischer spoke supporting the USMCA.

3:10 p.m. Senator Lankford spoke about the Kurds in Turkey.

2:41 p.m. Senator Murphy spoke on President Trump, foreign policy and the impeachment inquiry.

2:37 p.m. Senator Manchin spoke in favor of the Volk nomination.

2:15 p.m. The Senate returned from recess.  Senator Scott of Florida gave his maiden speech.

1:00 p.m. The Senate recessed until 2:15 to allow for the weekly caucus luncheons.

12:51 p.m. Senator Brown spoke about pensions and asked unanimous consent to adopt S.2254, Butch Lewis Act 2019. Senator Grassley objected.

12:50 p.m. Cloture was invoked on Rachel P. Rovner to be U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of New York by a vote of 85 to 3.

Senators Gillibrand, Heinrich and Wyden voted against.

Senators not voting: Alexander, Bennet, Booker, Harris, Hirono, Inhofe, Isakson, Johnson, Klobuchar, Sanders, Stabenow and Warren.

12:25 p.m. The Senate is now voting on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Rachel P. Rovner to be U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of New York.

12:24 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Novak nomination by a vote of 86 to 4. Senators Gillibrand, Heinrich, Markey, and Wyden voted NO. Senators Alexander, Bennet, Booker, Harris, Hirono, Isakson, Johnson, Klobuchar, Sanders, and Warren did not vote.

12:03 p.m. The Senate is now voting on David John Novak to be U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia.

12:02 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Eskridge nomination by a vote of 61 to 29. Senators Cardin, Carper, Feinstein, Shaheen, Sinema, Warner, and Whitehouse voted YES. Senators Alexander, Bennet, Booker, Harris, Hirono, Isakson, Johnson, Klobuchar, Sanders, and Warren did not vote.

11:43 a.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #363 Charles R. Eskridge III to be U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Texas.

11:41 a.m. The Senate invoked cloture on the nomination of Frank Volk to be U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of West Virginia by a tally of 90-0.

11:08 a.m. The Senate is now voting on the motion to invoke cloture on Frank Volk to be District Judge for the Southern District of West Virginia.

10:47 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke about immigration and asked unanimous consent to adopt S. 2603. Senator Kennedy objected.

10:39 a.m. Senator Thune spoke about the Barrett nomination and the situation in Syria.

10:21 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about the impeachment inquiry. He spoke about the situation in Syria. He spoke about appropriations. He spoke about troubled pension plans.

10:07 a.m. On the occasion of the Stanley Cup’s exhibition in the Capitol, Senator Blunt paid tribute to St. Louis sports teams, including hockey’s championship-winning Blues and baseball’s Cardinals.

9:48 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about impeachment.

9:38 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about nominations an about the House impeachment inquiry.

9:32 a.m. Senator Toomey paid tribute to Americans of the Sikh religion and to the visiting chaplain, Gianni Sukhvinder.

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The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m. and will resume consideration of Barbara Barrett’s nomination to be secretary of the Air Force, post-cloture.

At 11 a.m., the Senate will begin these nomination votes:

  1. Motion to invoke cloture on Frank Volk, to be District Judge Southern District of West Virginia
  2. Motion to invoke cloture on Charles Eskridge, to be District Judge of Southern District of Texas
  3. Motion to invoke cloture on David Novak, to be District Judge of Eastern District of Virginia
  4. Motion to invoke cloture on Rachel Kovner, to be District Judge of Eastern District of New York

The Senate will recess from 12:30 p.m. until 2:15 p.m. for the weekly caucus meetings.

At 4:15 p.m., the Senate will begin these confirmation votes:

 Barrett, to be Secretary of the Air Force

  1. Frank Volk, to be District Judge Southern District of West Virginia
  2. Charles Eskridge, to be District Judge of Southern District of Texas
  3. David Novak, to be District Judge of Eastern District of Virginia
  4. Rachel Kovner, to be District Judge of Eastern District of New York

 

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

6:18 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, October 16, 2019. Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #422, Barbara Barrett, to be Secretary of the Air Force, post-cloture. At 11:00 a.m., the cloture motions on the Volk, Eskridge, Novak, and Kovner nominations will ripen and the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nominations.

The Senate will recess from 12:30 pm until 2:15 pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings.

At 4:15 pm on Wednesday, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Barrett, Volk, Eskridge, Novak, and Kovner nominations.

6:10 p.m. Senator Blackburn spoke about the music industry in Nashville.

6:08 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Barrett nomination by a tally of 84-7. Senators Blumenthal, Duckworth, Gillibrand, Markey, Merkley, Smith, and Wyden voted no.

Senators not voting: Alexander, Bennet, Booker, Coons, Harris, Hirono, Klobuchar, Sanders and Warren.

5:30 p.m. The Senate is currently voting on the motion to invoke cloture on  Executive Calendar #422, the nomination of Barbara Barrett to be secretary of the Air Force.

5:00 p.m.Senator Whitehouse spoke on retirees in fear of losing their pensions and H.R. 397, the Rehabilitation of Multiemployer pension Act.

4:40 p.m. Senator Stabenow spoke on retirees in fear of losing their pensions and H.R. 397, the Rehabilitation of Multiemployer pension Act.

4:30 p.m. Senator Manchin spoke on retirees in fear of losing their pensions and H.R. 397, the Rehabilitation of Multiemployer pension Act.

4:25 p.m. Senator Brown spoke on retirees in fear of losing their pensions and H.R. 397, the Rehabilitation of Multiemployer pension Act.

4:07 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about whistleblowers.

3:50 p.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about the Ukraine episode at the center of the impeachment inquiry. He said Democrats will use a special procedure to force votes on health care, taxes, and climate change.

He spoke about the situation in Syria.

3:30 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the presidential  impeachment effort in the House. He spoke about the Senate agenda, including nominations, appropriations, and the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement.

He voiced “grave concern” about the situation in Syria.

He moved under Rule XIV to place on the calendar H.R. 2593, the continuing resolution on federal spending for fiscal year 2020.

3:07 p.m. Senator Tillis paid tribute to the visiting chaplain, Pastor Andrew Brunson of North Carolina.

3:02 p.m. Senator Grassley noted the anniversary of the U.S. Navy. He paid tribute to former Ambassador Ken Quinn for his fight against hunger.

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The Senate will convene at 3 p.m., and will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #422,  the nomination of Barbara Barrett to be secretary of the Air Force.

At 5:30 p.m., the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Barrett nomination.

Cloture has also been filed on the following nominations:

1. Executive Calendar #359, Frank Volk to be a district court judge for the Southern District of West Virginia;

2. Executive Calendar #363, Charles Eskridge to be a district court judge for the Southern District of Texas;

3. Executive Calendar #328, David Novak to be a district court judge for the Eastern District of Virginia;

4. Executive Calendar #348, Rachel Kovner to be a district court judge for the Eastern District of New York.

 

Friday, October 11, 2019

The Senate convened at 2:15 p.m. for a pro forma session.  No business was conducted and Senator Boozman presided.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

The Senate convened for a pro forma at 12:00 p.m. No business was conducted and Senator Cassidy presided.

Friday, October 4, 2019

The Senate convened for a pro forma session at 4:30 p.m. Senator Lee presided and no business was conducted.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

The Senate convened at noon for a pro forma session. No business was conducted. Senator Hawley presided.

 

Friday, September 27, 2019

The Senate met in a pro forma session at 11:40 a.m. Senator Tim Scott presided and no business was conducted.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

4:45 p.m. The Senate concluded its business and adjourned. The next legislation session will begin at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 15.  The following pro forma sessions have been scheduled:

Friday, September 27th at 11:40am; Tuesday, October 1st at 12:00 Noon; Friday, October 4th at 4:30pm; Tuesday, October 8th at 12:00 Noon; and  Friday, October 11th at 2:15pm.

4:40 p.m. Wrap Up:

Legislative Business

Adopted S.Res.252: designating September 2019 as “National Democracy Month”.

Adopted S.Res.346: designating October 8, 2019, as “National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day”.

Adopted S.Res.347: designating October 2, 2019, as “Energy Efficiency Day”.

Adopted S.Res.348: proclaiming the week of September 23 through September 27, 2019, as “National Clean Energy Week”.

Adopted S.Res.349: supporting the designation of September 20, 2019, as “National Concussion Awareness Day”.

Adopted S.Res.350: designating September 2019 as “National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month”.

Adopted S.Res.351: designating the week of September 29 through October 5, 2019, as “National Community Policing Week”.

Adopted S.Res.352: recognizing Hispanic Heritage Month and celebrating the heritage and culture of Latinos in the United States and the immense contributions of Latinos to the United States.

Adopted S.Res.353: recognizing September 24, 2019, as “National Voter Registration Day”.

Adopted S.Res.354: designating September 2019 as “National Brain Aneurysm Awareness Month”.

Adopted S.Res.355: designating the week of September 22 through September 28, 2019, as “National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week”.

Passed by voice vote Calendar #180, S.737: Building Blocks of STEM Act, with Rosen-Crapo substitute amendment.

Began the Rule 14 process to place on the Legislative Calendar of Business S.2593, End Government Shutdowns (Portman).

Executive Business

Confirmed the following nominations:

ARMY

Executive Calendar #423, Ryan McCarthy, to be Secretary of Army

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

Executive Calendar #446 – W. Stephen Muldrow, of Puerto Rico, to be United States Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico for the term of four year

Executive Calendar #447 – Michael D. Baughman, of Pennsylvania, to be United States Marshal for the Western District of Pennsylvania for the term of four years

Executive Calendar #448 – Kerry Lee Pettingill, of Oklahoma, to be United States Marshal for the Eastern District of Oklahoma for the term of four years

Executive Calendar #449 – Fernando L. G. Sablan, of Guam, to be United States Marshal for the District of Guam and concurrently United States Marshal for the District of the Northern Mariana Islands for the term of four years

DEPARTMENT OF STATE

Executive Calendar #398 – Lana J. Marks, of Florida, to be Ambassador of the United States of America to the Republic of South Africa

Executive Calendar #442 – John Leslie Carwile, of Maryland, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador of the United States of America to the Republic of Latvia

Executive Calendar #443 – Erin Elizabeth McKee, of California, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador of the United States of America to the Independent State of Papua New Guinea, and to serve concurrently and without additional compensation as Ambassador of the United States of America to the Solomon Islands and Ambassador of the United States of America to the Republic of Vanuatu

Executive Calendar #444 – Anthony F. Godfrey, of Virginia, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador of the United States of America to the Republic of Serbia

Executive Calendar #445 – Herro Mustafa, of California, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Counselor, to be Ambassador of the United States of America to the Republic of Bulgaria

 

UNITED STATES INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT FINANCE CORPORATION

Executive Calendar #455 – Adam Seth Boehler, of Louisiana, to be Chief Executive Officer of the United States International Development Finance Corporation

ARMY

Executive Calendar #424 – Brig. Gen. Douglas A. Sims, II to be Major General

Executive Calendar #425 – Col. Curtis A. Buzzard to be Brigadier General

AIR FORCE

Executive Calendar #426 – Col. Linell A. Letendre to be Brigadier General

 

ARMY

Executive Calendar #427 – Lt. Gen. James H. Dickinson to be Lieutenant General

Executive Calendar #428 – Maj. Gen. Ricky L. Waddell to be Lieutenant General

Executive Calendar #429 – Maj. Gen. Jason T. Evans to be Lieutenant General

Executive Calendar #430 – Maj. Gen. Raymond S. Dingle to be Lieutenant General

NAVY

Executive Calendar #431 – Rear Adm. Daryl L. Caudle to be Vice Admiral

 

AIR FORCE

Executive Calendar #432 – Maj. Gen. Glen D. VanHerck to be Lieutenant General

 

ARMY

Executive Calendar #433 – Brig. Gen. Arthur J. Logan to be Major General

 

AIR FORCE

Executive Calendar #434 – Lt. Gen. Anthony J. Cotton to be Lieutenant General

 

NAVY

Executive Calendar #435 – Vice Adm. Colin J. Kilrain to be Vice Admiral

 

AIR FORCE

Executive Calendar #436 – Brig. Gen. Timothy D. Haugh to be Lieutenant General

Executive Calendar #437 – Maj. Gen. Michael A. Minihan to be Lieutenant General

Executive Calendar #438 – Maj. Gen. Scott A. Kindsvater to be Lieutenant General

 

NAVY

Executive Calendar #439 – Vice Adm. David M. Kriete to be Vice Admiral

Executive Calendar #440 – Vice Adm. Stuart B. Munsch to be Vice Admiral

And all nominations on the Secretary’s Desk in the FOREIGN SERVICE, AIR FORCE, ARMY, MARINE CORPS, and NAVY.

4:02 p.m. Senator Jones spoke about the current state of democracy.

3:56 p.m. Senator Hawley spoke about life expectancy.

3:48 p.m. Senator Van Hollen spoke about The Future Act.

3:25 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke about former Marines John Kelly, former Secretary Jim Mattis, and General Joe Dunford.

3:08 p.m. Senator Brown spoke about Americorps and on departing staffer Jenny Donahue.

3:04 Senator Braun asked u.c. to change his vote on roll call vote #311 (on passage of H.R. 4378) from yes to no.

2:42 p.m. Senator Lankford spoke about government shutdowns.

2:23 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell filed cloture on the following nominations:

  • Barbara Barrett to be Secretary of the Air Force.
  • Frank Volk to be US District Judge for the Southern District of West Virginia.
  • Charles Eskridge to be US District Judge for the Southern District of Texas.
  • David Novak to be US District Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia.
  • Rachel Kovner to be US District Judge for the Eastern District of New York.
 2:23 p.m. The Scalia nomination was confirmed  on a party line vote of 53-44, with Senators Booker, Sanders and Warren not voting.
2:07 p.m. Roll call vote began on confirmation of the nomination of Eugene Scalia to be Secretary of Labor.
2:07 p.m. The Hyten nomination was confirmed 75-22.
Senators voting no: 21 Democrats: Baldwin, Blumenthal, Brown, Cantwell, Cardin, Casey, Duckworth, Gillibrand, Harris, Hirono, Klobuchar, Markey, Menendez, Merkley, Murray, Peters, Schumer, Stabenow, Udall, Van Hollen and Wyden; 1 Republican: Ernst.
Senators not voting: 2 Democrats: Booker and Warren; 1 Independent: Sanders.
1:33 p.m. Roll call vote began on confirmation of the Hyten nomination.
1:27 p.m. Senator Inhofe spoke in favor of the Hyten nomination.
1:22 p.m. Senator Brown spoke against the Scalia nomination.
1:17 p.m. Senator Cruz paid tribute to Shea Woodward Hall, a retiring staff member.
1:16 p.m. The Senate passed HR 4378 82-15.
Senators voting against: 15 Republicans: Blackburn, Cruz, Daines, Ernst, Hawley, Inhofe, Lee, Paul, Perdue, Risch, Rounds, Sasse, Scott of FL,Scott of SC and Toomey.
 
Senators not voting: Booker, Sanders & Warren.

12:54 p.m. Roll call vote began on passage of HR 4378, the CR through November 21.

12:53 p.m. The Senate did NOT agree to the Paul amendment 24-73.

Senators voting in favor: 24 Republicans: Barrasso, Blackburn, Braun, Cornyn, Crapo, Cruz, Daines, Enzi, Ernst, Fischer, Grassley, Johnson, Kennedy, Lankford, Lee, Paul, Risch, Rubio, Sasse, Scott of South Carolina, Sullivan, Tillis, Toomey and Young.

Senators voting against: 43 Democrats, 29 Republicans, 1 Independent: King.

Senators not voting: 2 Democrats: Booker and Warren; 1 Independent: Sanders.

12:15 p.m. The Senate began voting on Paul amendment #942 to H.R. 4378.

12:08 p.m. Senator Paul called up his amendment #942 (rate reduction in operations) to H.R. 4378, continuing appropriations for FY 2020.

12:06 p.m. Senator Murray spoke against the Scalia nomination.

12:03 p.m. Senator Alexander spoke supporting the need for a permanent funding fix for HBCU’s.

11:59 a.m. Senator Menendez spoke supporting the FUTURE act.

11:54 a.m. Senator Murray spoke about funding for minority colleges and universities.

11:38 a.m. Senator Jones spoke about the FUTURE Act and asked unanimous consent to pass H.R. 2486, FUTURE Act. Senator Alexander objected and spoke about the bill.

11:17 a.m. Senator Rosen spoke about the shooting at the Route 91 Music Festival in Las Vegas.

11:07 a.m. Senator Cortez Masto spoke about the shooting at the Route 91 Music Festival in Las Vegas.

10:56 a.m. Senator Thune criticized Democratic positions on impeachment, prescription drug prices and other issues.

10:51 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about Hispanic Americans in Texas.

10:41 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about the Ukraine matter. He spoke about appropriations. He spoke about the Scalia nomination.

10:23 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement. He paid tribute to the retiring financial clerk of the Senate, Ileana Garcia.

The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m. and proceed to the consideration of HR 4378, Continuing Appropriations Act, 2020, and Health Extenders Act of 2019.

12:15pm – 2 roll call votes:

  1. Paul amendment #942 (re: 2 percent across-the-board cut) to H.R.4378.
  2. Passage of H.R. 4378. (60 vote threshold)

1:30pm – 2 roll call votes:

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #415 Gen. John E. Hyten to be Vice Chair of the Joint Chiefs.
  2. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #450 Eugene Scalia, of Virginia, to be Secretary of Labor.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

7:23 p.m. The Senate adjourned.

7:21 p.m. Senator Portman wrapped up for the evening.

6:48 p.m. Senator Portman spoke on retirement security.

6:35 p.m. Senators Scott of Florida and Menendez spoke on H.R. 549 and his amendment regarding Venezuela refugees; and objected to each others unanimous consent requests.

6:34 p.m. The Senate invoked cloture on the nomination of Eugene Scalia to be Secretary of Labor on a party line vote of 52-42.

Not voting: Bennet, Booker, Harris, Rubio, Sanders and Warren.

6:11 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the nomination of Eugene Scalia to be Secretary of Labor.

6:10 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Hyten nomination, 73-21.

Senators in favor: 51 Republicans, 21 Democrats, 1 Independent: King.

Senators voting against: 20 Democrats: Baldwin, Blumenthal, Brown, Cantwell, Cardin, Casey, Duckworth, Gillibrand, Hirono, Klobuchar, Markey, Menendez, Merkley, Murray, Peters, Schumer, Stabenow, Udall, Van Hollen and Wyden; 1 Republican: Ernst.

Senators not voting: 4 Democrats: Bennet, Booker, Harris and Warren; 1 Republican: Rubio; 1 Independent: Sanders.

5:56 p.m. The cloture vote began on the nomination of Gen. John E. Hyten to be vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

5:54 p.m. The McConnell/Ernst on FMLA motion passed by a vote of 55 to 39. Yes votes included Democrats Jones, Manchin and Sinema and independent King. Not voting: Booker, Burr, Harris, Rubio, Sanders, Warren.

5:32 p.m. Roll call vote began on the Ernst (#336) motion to instruct regarding FMLA.

5:31 p.m. The McSally motion to instruct was agreed to 53-42. Republican voting against: Paul.  Democrats voting in favor: Jones and Sinema. Not voting: Booker, Harris, Rubio, Sanders, Warren.

5:13 p.m The Senate began a roll call vote on the McSally (related to repayment of military funds )motion to instruct (#335).

5:12 p.m The Senate agreed to the the Peters (on the hazardous chemicals known as PFAS) motion to instruct (#334) by voice vote.

5:10 p.m.  By a vote of 47 to 48,  the Senate did not agree to the Schatz motion regarding medical leave.

Republicans voting in favor: Capito, Collins, Murkowski, Portman. Not voting: Booker, Harris, Rubio, Sanders, Warren.

4:53 p.m. Vote began on the Schatz (on the Family and Medical Leave Act)  (#333) motion to instruct.

4:49 p.m. The Senate agreed to the Jones motion (#332) to instruct NDAA conferees on Widows Tax by a vote of 94 to 0. Not voting: Booker, Burr, Harris, Rubio, Sanders, Warren.

4:34 p.m. A roll call vote began on the motion to instruct the defense authorization conferees #332 from Jones (on a widows tax).

4:31 p.m. The Senate agreed to the Cotton/Schumer motion (#331) to instruct NDAA conferees on Huawei, 91-4. Voting no: Crapo, Enzi, Paul and Risch.

4:02 p.m. A roll call vote began on the motion to instruct the defense authorization conferees #331 from Senator Cotton-Schumer (relating to Huawei).

4:00 p.m. The Senate passed via a voice vote on the Van Hollen motion (#330) to instruct defense authorization conferees on foreign interference in our elections.

3:35 p.m. Senator Van Hollen spoke on two motions to instruct, the first regarding Huawei and the second on foreign interference in our elections.

3:32 p.m. Senator Gillibrand spoke on President Trump and Ukraine before discussing the Schatz motion to instruct regarding family and medical paid leave.

3:30 p.m. The Senate returned from recess.

2:47 p.m. The Senate recessed until 3:30 p.m. for a briefing on Iran.

2:35 p.m. Senator Menendez made a unanimous consent request to proceed to S. 2537-actions involving Ukraine should not be kept from the Senate.  Senator Risch objected.

2:27 p.m. Senator Menendez spoke about President Trump and impeachment.

2:15 p.m Senator Whitehouse gave his weekly climate change speech.

1:58 p.m. Senator Brown spoke on recent changes in overtime rules.

1:45 p.m. Senator Cotton spoke in favor of the Scalia nomination.

1:28 p.m. Senator Brown spoke about funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and Minority Serving Institutions (MSI).

1:16 p.m. Senator Shaheen spoke on “dark money”, particularly in relation to surprise medical bill flyers in New Hampshire.

1:06 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke about funding diverted to pay for a wall on the southern border.

12:54 p.m. Senator Alexander achieved UC that the Senate recess from 2:30-3:30 p.m. for an all Senators briefing.  He then spoke about the Clinton 12, the country music documentary and later on the nomination of Eugene Scalia.

12:54 p.m. The motion to instruct the defense authorization resolutions were introduced by number , S. Res 330 – S Res 336; see below for links.

12:53 p.m. The Senate agreed to S.J. Res. 54, to terminate the president’s emergency declaration regarding a border wall, 54-41.

Voting in favor 42 Democrats, 11 Republicans: Alexander, Blunt, Collins, Lee, Moran, Murkowski, Paul, Portman, Romney, Toomey and Wicker; 1 Independent: King.

Senators voting against: 41 Republicans.

Senators not voting: 3 Democrats: Booker,Harris and Warren; 1 Republican: Rubio; 1 Independent: Sanders.

12:17 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on S.J. Res. 54, to terminate the president’s emergency declaration regarding a border wall.

12:13 p.m. Senator Collins spoke supporting S.J. Res. 54, to terminate the president’s emergency declaration regarding a border wall.

11:54 a.m. Senator Warner spoke on election security and on protections for individuals with pre-existing conditions.

11:31 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about Speaker Pelosi’s movement on impeachment and on the Debbie Smith Act.

11:16 a.m. Senator Leahy spoke about border wall funding.

10:58 a.m. Senator Blackburn spoke about a recent telephone town hall.

10:40 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about the House impeachment inquiry. He spoke about the resolution on the border wall emergency declaration.

10:35 a.m. Senator Thune spoke about the defense authorization bill.

10:09 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the House impeachment inquiry. He spoke about the resolution on the border wall emergency declaration. He filed cloture on the nomination of Eugene Scalia nomination to be secretary of the Labor Department.

10:02 a.m. Senator Grassley spoke about the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement.

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The Senate will convene at 10 a.m. and will consider S.J. Res. 54, to terminate the president’s emergency declaration regarding a border wall.

At 12:15 p.m., the Senate will vote on passage of the measure to termi

nate the emergency declaration.

The Senate will then resume consideration of these motions concerning the 2020 defense authorization:

At 3:45 p.m., the Senate will begin votes on passage of these resolutions, with minutes of debate equally divided prior to each vote.

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