Monday, June 14, 2021

7:28 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will next convene at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 15. Following leaders remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the Khan nomination.

11:30 a.m. – two votes:

  1.  Confirmation of the nomination of Lisa M. Khan to be a Federal Trade Commissioner.
  2. Motion to invoke cloture on Kiran Arjandas Ahuja, MA, to be Director of the Office of Personnel Management.

Following the cloture vote on the Ahuja nomination, the Senate will recess until 2:15 p.m. for weekly policy lunches.

At 2:30 p.m. the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Ahuja nomination.

7:27 p.m. Exec. Cal. #147, Michal Ilana Freedhoff, MD, to be Assistant Administrator for Toxic Substances of the EPA, was confirmed via voice vote.

7:18 p.m. Senator Rosen spoke on anti-Semitism and S. Res. 252 , a resolution unequivocally condemning the recent rise in antisemitic violence and harassment targeting Jewish Americans, and standing in solidarity with those affected by antisemitism, was adopted by voice vote. ML Schumer spoke on the resolution.

6:59 p.m. Senator Gillibrand spoke on the military justice system and asked unanimous consent that the Senate debate and vote on S.1520. Senator Reed objected.

6:46 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Khan nomination, 72-25.

Republicans voting yes: Braun, Capito, Cassidy, Collins, Cornyn, Cramer, Fischer, Graham, Grassley, Hawley, Hoeven, Hyde-Smith, Johnson, Marshall, Moran, Murkowski, Portman, Rounds, Thune, Wicker, and Young.

Senators not voting: Blunt, Rubio, and Sasse.

6:20 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Lisa M. Khan, NY, to be A Federal Trade Commissioner.

6:19 p.m. The Jackson nomination was confirmed, 53-44.

Republicans voting yes: Collins, Graham, and Murkowski.

Senators not voting: Blunt, Rubio, and Sasse.

5:27 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on confirmation of Katanji Brown Jackson to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the D.C. Circuit.

5:13 p.m. Senator Braun spoke on the Pledge of Allegiance.

4:52 p.m. Senator Tuberville spoke on President Biden’s policies.

4:52 p.m. Senator Tuberville spoke on President Biden’s policies.

4:42 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on the southern border.

4:27 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke on the Navigable Waters Protection rule.

4:20 p.m. Senator Moran spoke on the Amateur Athletes Protection and Compensation Act.

4:03 p.m. Senator Lee spoke on the TEAM Act.

3:51 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke on Senate investigations and the Jackson nomination.

3:42 p.m. Senator McConnell spoke on Burma and former AG Bill Barr.

3:29 p.m. ML Schumer spoke the pandemic, nominations, and phone records.

Cloture was filed on the following nominations:

  • exec. cal. #148 – Radhika Fox, CA, to be an Assistant Administrator of the EPA
  • exec. cal. #173 – Lydia Kay Griggsby, MD, to be U.S. District Judge for the District of Maryland

3:04 p.m. Senator Leahy spoke on the pandemic, infrastructure.

The Senate will convene at 3:00 p.m.

At 5:30 p.m. there are 2 votes scheduled:

  1. Confirmation of Katanji Brown Jackson to be a U.S. Circuit Judge for the DC Circuit.
  2. Cloture on the nomination of Lisa M. Khan, NY to be A Federal Trade Commissioner.

Thursday, June 10, 2021

4:10 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will next convene at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, June 14.

At 5:30 p.m. 2 votes:

  1. Confirmation of Katanji Brown Jackson to be to be a U.S. Circuit Judge for the DC Circuit.
  2. Cloture on the nomination of Lisa M. Khan, NY to be A Federal Trade Commissioner.

During wrap-up:

  • 1.S. 1511, Protecting America’s First Responders Act of 2021, and the Grassley amendment, was adopted by unanimous consent.
  • H.J. Res. 27, Providing for the appointment of Barbara Barrett as a citizen regent of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution, was adopted by unanimous consent.
  • S. Res. 254, Expressing support for the designation of May 2021 as Mental Health Awareness Month, was adopted by unanimous consent.

4:05 p.m. The Senate confirmed the following nominations en bloc by voice vote:

  • exec. cal. 118 – Leslie B. Kiernan, MD, to be General Counsel of the Department of Commerce.
  • exec. cal. 125 – Adrianne Todman, Virgin Islands, to be Deputy Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
  • exec. cal. 126 – Nuria I. Fernandez, CA, to b Federal Transit Administrator.

3:42 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on the southwest border.

3:17 p.m. Senator Lankford spoke on the southwest border and the Keystone XL Pipeline.

3:00 p.m. Senator Kennedy spoke on the US sending covid vaccines to other countries.

2:38 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke on the Alaskan of the Week, Michael Martinez and then on the defense budget.

2:26 p.m. Senator Gillibrand spoke on the military justice system and asked unanimous consent that at a time to be determine, the Senate consider S.1520, Military Justice Improvement and Increasing Prevention Act of 2021, and then vote on the legislation. Senator Reed objected.

2:25 p.m. By a vote of 81-16 the Senate confirmed the Quarishi nomination.

Senators voting no: Blackburn, Blunt, Braun, Cassidy, Cruz, Hawley, Inhofe, Johnson, Lankford, Marshall, Paul, Sasse, Scott (FL), Shelby, Sullivan, and Tuberville.

Senators Burr, Moran, and Smith.

1:46 p.m. The Senate began a vote on confirmation of Zahid N. Quraishi to be United States District Judge for the District of New Jersey.

1:33 p.m. Senator Lee spoke about the Paycheck Fairness Act and asked unanimous consent to pass S.247, Working Families Flexibility Act of 2021. Senator Murray objected.

1:27 p.m. Senator Boozman spoke on the Hunger-Free Summer for Kids Act.

1:25 p.m. ML Schumer filed cloture on:

exec. cal. 119 – Lina M. Khan, NY, to be a Federal Trade Commissioner.

exec. cal. 107 – Kiran Arjandas Ahuja, MA, to be Director of the Office of Personnel Management.

and 107 1:18 p.m. Senator Booker spoke on the Quraishi nomination.

1:14 p.m. Senator Menendez spoke on the Quraishi nomination.

1:05 p.m. Senator Marshall spoke on the southwest border.

1:02 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke in favor of the Quraishi nomination.

1:02 p.m. Cloture was invoked on Ketanji Brown Jackson, 52 – 46.

Senators Collins, Graham and Murkowski voted AYE.

12:19 p.m. The Senate is voting now on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Ketanji Brown Jackson to be a U.S. Circuit Judge for the DC Circuit.

Senators Collins, Graham, and Murkowski joined Dems and voted yes.

Senators Moran and Smith did not vote.

12:18 p.m. The Senate invoked cloture on the Quraishi nomination by a vote of 83-16.

11:30 a.m. The Senate began a vote motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #131, Zahid N. Quraishi, of New Jersey, to be US District Judge for the District of New Jersey.

11:18 a.m. RL McConnell spoke on infrastructure.

11:07 a.m. Senator Thune spoke about Ellsworth Air Force base.

10:41 a.m. ML Schumer paid tribute to Judge Robert Katzmann and spoke on the Endless Frontier Act, nominations, and cyber attacks.

The Senate will convene at 10:30 a.m. and will resume consideration of the nomination of Zahid N. Quaraishi, NJ, to be U.S. District Judge for the District of New Jersey.

At 11:30, the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Quaraishi nomination. Following that vote, the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Ketanji Brown Jackson to be a U.S. Circuit Judge for the DC Circuit.

At 1:45, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Quaraishi nomination.

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

5:00 p.m. The Senate adjourned at 5:01 p.m. and will reconvene at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 10. They will resume consideration of the nomination of Zahid N. Quaraishi, NJ, to be U.S. District Judge for the District of New Jersey. At 11:30, the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Quaraishi nomination. Following that vote, the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Ketanji Brown Jackson to be a U.S. Circuit Judge for the DC Circuit. At 1:45, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Quaraishi nomination.

Passed during wrap up:

S. Res. 266-May 2021 as National Brain Tumor awareness month

4:30 p.m. Senator Blackburn spoke about the infrastructure bill.

4:00 p.m. Senator Scott spoke on the anniversary of the Orlando nightclub shooting. He asked the following bills be approved by unanimous consent: S. 1605, H.R. 49, S. Res. 265 ( all related to the Pulse nightclub shooting).

2:15 p.m. Senator Portman spoke on the President’s 2022 budget plan.

1:47 p.m. Senator Menendez spoke about US-Russia relations.

12:35 p.m. Senator Gilibrand spoke on sexual assault in the military.

11:45 a.m. Senator Barrasso spoke about the southern border.

11:25 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about election security and voter registration.

11:10 a.m. Senator Thune spoke about cybersecurity and the meatpacking industry.

10:56 p.m. Senator McConnell spoke about infrastructure negotiations, the equal pay act, and Afghanistan.

10:45 a.m. Senator Schumer spoke about supply chains, the equal pay act, and judicial nominees.

The Senate will convene at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 9.

Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of Zahid N. Quaraishi, NJ, to be U.S. District Judge for the District of New Jersey.

Cloture has been filed on the Quraishi nomination and the nomination of Ketanji Brown Jackson to be United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit. Absent an agreement, the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Quraishi nomination 1 hour after the Senate convenes on Thursday, June 10, 2021.

NO roll call vote time has been yet set for today’s session – votes are possible.

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

7:52 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will next convene at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 9.

Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of Zahid N. Quaraishi, NJ, to be U.S. District Judge for the District of New Jersey.

During wrap-up:

  • Cloture was filed on the following nominations –
  • Exec. Cal. #131, Zahid N. Quaraishi, NJ, to be U.S. District Judge for the District of New Jersey.
  • Exec. Cal. #129, Ketanji Brown Jackson, DC, to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia.
  • S. Res. 184, Tardive Dyskinesia Awareness Week,  was agreed to by unanimous consent.
  • Agreed to by unanimous consent en bloc –
    • S. Res. 262 – to authorize testimony, documents, and representation in U.S. v. Dodd
    • S. Res. 263 – to authorize testimony, documents, and representation in U.S. v. Taylor
  • Nomination of Arun Ramon, D.C., to be Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Director General of the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service, was jointly referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs and the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

7:10 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke on corporate campaign donations.

7:10 p.m. By a vote of 49-50, the Senate did not invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to Cal. #46, H.R.7, Paycheck Fairness Act. Senator Gillibrand did not vote.

6:42 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R. 7.

6:39 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke on paycheck fairness.

6:35 p.m. Senator Murray spoke on paycheck fairness.

6:34 p.m. S.1260, the Endless Frontier Act was adopted, 68-32.

6:00 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on final passage of S. 1260, the Endless Frontier Act.

5:56 p.m. ML Schumer spoke on S.1260.

5:48 p.m. Senators Cantwell, Wicker, and Young spoke on S.1260.

5:47 p.m. The substitute amendment #1502 to S. 1260 was agreed to, 68-32.

5:14 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on passage of Schumer substitute amendment #1502 to S. 1260 the Endless Frontier Act.

18 Republicans voted yes: Blunt, Capito, Cornyn, Crapo, Daines, Graham, Grassley, McConnell, Murkowski, Portman, Risch, Romney, Rounds, Sasse, Sullivan, Tillis, Wicker, and Young.

Senator Sanders voted no.

5:07 p.m. Senator Cantwell asked unanimous consent to add 42 amendments en bloc to amendment #1502 and Senator Paul objected.

5:07 p.m. The Senate waived the budget act with respect to the substitute amendment to the Endless Frontier Act, 72-28.

23 Republicans voted yes: Blackburn, Blunt, Burr, Capito, Collins, Cornyn, Crapo, Graham, Hyde-Smith, Inhofe, Moran, Murkowski, Portman, Risch, Romney, Rounds, Rubio, Sasse, Sullivan, Thune, Tillis, Wicker, and Young.

Senator Sanders voted no.

4:29 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on the motion to waive the budget act.

4:28 p.m. Senator Cantwell made a motion to waive the Budget Act and spoke.

4:27 p.m. Senator Scott (FL) raised a budget point of order regarding amendment #1502 to S.1260 The Endless Frontier Act.

4:26 p.m. The Senate did not agree to the Cornyn amendment #1858, 42-58.

  • 8 Republicans voted no: Senators Blunt, Capito, Daines, Kennedy, Murkowski, Portman, Rubio and Sullivan

3:54 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on the Cornynamendment #1858 (re: Davis Bacon) to S.1260 The Endless Frontier act.

3:50 p.m. The Senate confirmed the Rodriguez nomination, 72-28.

Senators voting in favor: 48 Democrats, 22 Republicans: Burr, Capito, Collins, Cornyn, Cramer, Ernst, Fischer, Graham, Grassley, Hoeven, Hyde-Smith, Kennedy, Murkowski, Portman, Romney, Rounds, Rubio, Scott (SC), Tillis, Toomey, Wicker and Young; 2 Independents: King and Sanders.

3:07 p.m. The Senate is voting on confirmation of the nomination of Regina Rodriguez to be a U.S. District Judge for the District of Colorado.

2:58 p.m. Senator Cantwell spoke about S. 1260, the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act.

2:38 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about the origins of the pandemic.

2:32 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act.

2:15 p.m. The Senate returned from recess. Senator Collins and Warner spoke about the Havana Act.

2:15 p.m. The Senate returned from recess. Senator Collins and Warner spoke about the Havana Act.

12:58 p.m. The Senate invoked cloture by a vote of 72-28, on the nomination of Regina M. Rodriguez to be U.S. District Judge for the District of Colorado.

12:17 p.m. The Senate is now voting on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Regina M. Rodriquez to be U.S. District Judge for the District of Colorado.

12:17 p.m. The Senate confirmed the Neals nomination, 66 – 33.

Senator Sanders did not vote.

11:30 a.m. The Senate began voting on confirmation of
Julien Xavier Neals to be US District Judge for the District of New Jersey.

11:20 a.m. Senator Bennett spoke on the nomination of Regina Rodriguez to be US District Judge for the District of Colorado.

10:51 a.m. Senator Thune spoke on the January 6th report and on the Biden budget.

10:39 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke on judicial nominations.

10:23 a.m. RL McConnell spoke about the Endless Frontier Act and on the January 6th report.

10:11 a.m. ML Schumer spoke about judicial nominations and on the January 6th report.

10:00 a.m. The Senate convened.

***

The Senate will convene on Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. and resume consideration of Executive Calendar #130, Julien Neals to be US District Judge for the District of New Jersey.

At 11:30 a.m., two roll call votes:

  1. Confirmation of the Neals nomination.
  2. Cloture on Executive Calendar #127, Regina Rodriguez to be US District Judge for the District of Colorado.

Following the cloture vote, the Senate will recess until 2:15 p.m. to allow for the weekly caucus meetings.

At 3:00 p.m. The Senate will proceed to up to 6 roll call votes:

  1. Confirmation of the Rodriguez nomination.
  2. The Cornyn amendment #1858 (re: Davis Bacon) to S.1260 The Endless Frontier act.
  3. Motion to waive the Budget Act with respect to substitute amendment #1502 (if raised)
  4. Substitute amendment #1502, as amended
  5. Passage of S.1260 [60-affirmative vote threshold]
  6. Cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R.7, Paycheck Fairness Act.

Monday, June 7, 2021

7:18 p.m. The Senate adjourned.

7:14 p.m. Majority Leader Schumer wrapped up for the day. Passed by voice vote: S Res 229, recarding an attack in Kabul, Afghanistan. Passed by UC: S. 1828, amending the Central Intelligence Act; S. 1502 regarding federal law enforcement support communication; S Res 253, regarding National Cancer Research Month.

6:59 p.m. Senator Portman spoke on the 77th anniversary of D-Day.

6:25 p.m. Senator Gillibrand spoke on sexual assault in the military and asked consent to take up her bill on that topic, S.1520. Senator Reed objected.

6:24 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Neals nomination, 66 to 28.

Senators voting in the affirmative: 48 Democrats, 17 Republicans (Burr, Capito, Cassidy, Collins, Cornyn, Fischer, Graham, Grassley, Hyde-Smith, Kennedy, Murkowski, Portman, Rounds, Tillis, Toomey, Wicker and Young; 1 Independent: Sanders.

Senators voting against: 28 Republicans.

Senators not voting 5 Republicans: Daines, Ernst, Rubio, Sasse and Thune; 1 Independent: King.

5:28 p.m. The vote began on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of exec. calendar 130, Julien Xavier Neals to be US District Judge for the District of New Jersey.

5:21 p.m. Senator Menendez spoke in favor of the Neals nomination.

5:15 p.m. Senator Booker spoke in favor of the Neals nomination.

5:03 p.m. Senator Blackburn spoke on President Biden’s proposed budget.

4:52 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke on inflation.

4:31 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on the border crisis.

4:07 p.m. Senator Tuberville spoke on inflation.

3:28 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke on January 6th and undocumented farm workers.

3:19 p.m. RL McConnell spoke on the job market.

3:08 p.m. ML Schumer spoke on the Endless Frontier Act, the Paycheck Fairness Act, and the Neals nomination.

The Senate will convene at 3:00 p.m. and will resume consideration of the nomination of exec. calendar 130, Julien Xavier Neals to be US District Judge for the District of New Jersey.

At 5:30 p.m. there will be a vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Neals nomination.

Thursday, June 3, 2021

The Senate convened for a pro forma session at 11:00 a.m. Senator Cardin presided and no business was conducted.

The Senate will return for business on Monday June 7th at 3:00 p.m. and will conduct a cloture vote at 5:30 p.m. on the nomination of Julien Neals to be a District Judge for New Jersey.

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

The Senate convened for a pro forma session at 11:30 a.m. Senator King presided and no business was conducted.


Friday, May 28, 2021

12:52 p.m. The Senate stands adjourned pursuant to S.Res. 258, expressing the sense of the Senate regarding the life and work of Senator John W. Warner. The Senate meets at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 1st for a pro forma session. The Senate will then meet on Thursday, June 3rd at 11:00 a.m. for a pro forma session.

The Senate returns for legislative business on Monday, June 7th, 2021 at 3:00 PM. At 5:30 PM, the Senate will proceed to a vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #130 Julien Xavier Neals to be U.S. District Judge for the District of NJ.

12:22 p.m. ML Schumer began wrap up:

  • Confirmed by unanimous consent: 1. Executive Calendar #132 Michael J. McCord, of Virginia, to be Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller). 2. All nominations on the Secretary’s Desk in the Foreign Service
  • Confirmed by voice vote: Executive Calendar #133 Ronald S. Moultrie to be Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security
  • .
  • Adopted by u.c.: S.Res. 921, A bill to amend Title 18 U.S.C. to further protect officers and employees of the U.S., as amended
  • Adopted by voice vote: S.Res. 255, Designating May 2021 as ALS Awareness Month
  • Adopted by u.c.: S.Res. 256, Expressing the Sense of the Senate regarding the need to conduct a comprehensive investigation to determine the origins of Covid-19.
  • Adopted by u.c.: S.Res. 257, Commending and congratulating the Marshall University Men’s Soccer team
  • Adopted by u.c.: S.Res. 258, Expressing the Sense of the Senate regarding the life and work of Senator John W. Warner
  • Adopted by u.c.: S.Res.409, A bill to amend the commodity exchange act for the customer protection fund
  • Passed by u.c.: H.R. 711, West Los Angeles VA Campus Improvement Act w/Feinstein amend

12:15 p.m. ML Schumer filed cloture on:

  • Executive Calendar #130 Julien Xavier Neals to be United States District Judge for the District of New Jersey.
  • Executive Calendar #127 Regina M. Rodriguez to be United States District Judge for the District of Colorado.
  • the motion to proceed to H.R.7, Paycheck Fairness Act.

12:15 p.m. Confirmed by voice vote: Executive Calendar #134 Eric S. Lander to be Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy.

12:14 p.m. Confirmed by voice vote: Executive Calendar #111 Anton George Hajjar to be a Governor of the United States Postal Service for a term expiring December 8, 2023.

12:14 p.m. By a vote of 54-35 the Senate did not invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R.3233, January 6th Commission (60 vote affirmative threshold).

Senators Cassidy, Collins, Murkowski, Portman, Romney, & Sasse joined Dems and voted YES.

11:24 a.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to Cal. #60, H.R.3233, January 6th Commission. (60 vote affirmative threshold).

11:14 a.m. ML Schumer asked. u.c. that at a time to be determined on Tuesday, June 8th, the Senate will resume consideration of S. 1260, Endless Frontier Act, that all post-cloture time be considered expired. The Senate would then vote in relation to the following,

  • the Cornyn #1858 amendment to modify the semiconductor incentives program of the Department of Commerce.
  • if a Budget Act point of order is raised, the Senate will likely proceed to a roll call vote on the motion to waive
  • If the motion to waive is agreed to, the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on the Schumer amendment in the nature of a substitute #1502, as amended.
  • The cloture motion with respect to the bill will be withdrawn, and the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on passage of S.1260, as amended, with 60-affirmative votes required for passage.

10:39 a.m. Senator Lee spoke about his concerns regarding the Endless Frontier legislation.

10:31 a.m. Senator Paul spoke about spending by the National Science Foundation.

9:50 a.m. Senator Tuberville spoke on China.

9:16 a.m. Senator Paul spoke on the connection between cocaine and the risky sex habits of quail and other government research expenditures.

9:00 a.m. The Senate has reconvened and began a live quorum.

***

The Senate will reconvene at 9:00 a.m. and immediately proceed to a Live Quorum. At that time, Senators will assemble on the Senate Floor for a roll call vote on the Motion to Instruct the Sergeant at Arms to request the presence of any absent Senators. 

The Senate is expected to resume consideration of S.1260, the Endless Frontier Act.  During yesterday’s session, the Senate voted to invoke cloture on Schumer substitute amendment #1502 to S.1260. 

Cloture has been filed on the following in the following order:

  1. S.1260, the Endless Frontier Act.
  2. Motion to proceed to H.R.3233, January 6th Commission.
  3. The nomination of Anton Hajjar to be a Governor of the United States Postal Service.
  4. The nomination of Eric Lander to be Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Thursday, May 27, 2021

2:52 p.m. The Senate recessed until 9:00 a.m.

1:45 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke on the Endless Frontier Act.

12:41 a.m. Senator Scott (FL) spoke on the Endless Frontier Act and the national debt.

12:25 p.m. Senator Kennedy spoke on the Endless Frontier Act.

11:44 p.m. Senator Johnson spoke on the Endless Frontier Act.

11:40 p.m. Senator Cornyn called up and spoke on Cornyn/Cotton amendment #1858.

11:40 p.m. Senator Catnwell withdrew amendment #1527.

11:27 p.m. Senator Cantwell asked unanimous consent that the following amendments be agreed to en bloc (manager’s package):

Collins #1583, Fischer #1637, Johnson #1701, Shaheen #1758, Rubio #1777, Thune #1851, Wicker #1943, Hagerty #1958, Cotton #1964, Blunt #1988, Scott (FL) #2000, Ernst/Hassan #2017, Romney/Menendez #2025, Johnson #2048, Lujan #2082, Cornyn #1768, Merkley #1823, Warnock #1980, Murray #1981, Hassan #2001, Warren #2104, Collins #1622, Wicker #1801, Leahy #2093, Van Hollen #2049, Blackburn #2085, Cortez-Masto #2083, Lankford #1945, Baldwin #2026, Hyde-Smith #1933, Hyde-Smith #1841, Merkley #2103, Ossoff #2105, Barrasso #2094, Rubio #2106, and Kaine #2090.

Senator Johnson objected and proposed a modification to Cantwell’s unanimous consent request, requesting the Senate stand in recess for 3 hours. Senator Cantwell objected.

Senator Scott (FL) requested a modification to Cantwell’s unanimous consent request requesting the unanimous consent request be delayed until the Senate returns from recess on June 7. Senator Cantwell objected.

Senator Lee objected to Cantwell’s original unanimous consent request. Senator Cantwell responded.

11:27 p.m. The motion to direct the Sergeant at Arms to request the attendance of absent senators was agreed to, 84 to 7.

10:26 p.m. Senate conducted a live quorum and finding a quorum not present, began a vote on the motion to direct the Sergeant at Arms to request the attendance of absent senators.

9:58 p.m. Senator Cantwell spoke on the Endless Frontier Act.

9:48 p.m. Senator Wicker spoke on the Endless Frontier Act.

8:41 p.m. Senator Brown spoke on banking.

8:17 p.m. Senator Murkowski spoke on the retirement of staffer Michelle Blackwell and the retirement of Coast Guard Admiral Matthew T. Bell Jr.

7:23 p.m. Senator Markey spoke on the Lander nomination.

7:05 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke on January 6.

6:55 p.m. Senator Stabenow spoke on the Endless Frontier Act.

6:54 p.m. S.789 RESPECT was adopted by voice vote.

6:46 p.m. Senator Schatz spoke on tribal affairs and asked unanimous consent that the Senate take-up and pass, en block, H.R. 478 (Blackwater Trading Post Land Transfer Act and S.789 (RESPECT Act). Senator Lee objected but said he would not object to passing S.789 by voice vote.

6:29 p.m. Senator Bennet spoke the Endless Frontier Act and January 6.

6:22 p.m. Senator Hoeven spoke on Military Appreciate Month.

6:04 p.m. Senator Cantwell spoke on the Endless Frontier Act.

5:53 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on the Endless Frontier Act.

5:47 p.m. Senator Cramer paid tribute to North Dakotan Lynn Aas who is celebrating his 100th Birthday.

5:40 p.m. Senator Murphy spoke on the Endless Frontier Act.

5:24 p.m. Senator Padilla spoke on Memorial Day and January 6.

5:15 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke on amendment #2103.

5:07 p.m. Senator Gillibrand spoke on sexual assault in the military and asked unanimous consent that at a time to be determined the ARmed Services Committee be discharged form further consideration of S.1520 and the Senate proceed to it’s consideration. Senator Reed objected.

4:57 p.m. Senator Blumenthal spoke on hate crimes.

4:50 p.m. Senator Young spoke on the Endless Frontier Act.

4:39 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke on the U.S. Helsinki Commission.

4:40 p.m. The Crapo amendment was agreed to 91-4. Senators voting against: Cotton, Hawley, Rubio and Sanders. Senators not voting: Blackburn, Blunt, Braun, Burr and Sinema.

4:09 p.m. Roll call vote began on the Crapo amendment #1562 with a 60 vote threshold.

4:08 p.m. The Rubio amendment was tabled, 55-40.

Republicans in favor: Collins, Daines, Hyde-Smith, Paul, Wicker and Young.

Senators not voting: Blackburn, Blunt, Braun, Burr and Sinema.

3:26 p.m. The Senate began voting on the motion to table the Rubio amendment #1802 to S. 1260.

3:23 p.m. Senator Cantwell spoke against the Rubio amendment #1802.

3:05 p.m. Senators Crapo and Wyden spoke on their amendment.

3:04 p.m. Senator Cantwell achieved UC to call up the Crapo-Wyden amendment as modified, and that following disposition of the Rubio amendment the senate vote on the Crapo-Wyden amendment with a 60 vote threshold.


3:03 p.m. The Senate invoked cloture on the substitute amendment to S. 1260, Endless Frontier Act, 68-30. GOP in favor: Capito, Cassidy, Collins, Cornyn, Crapo, Daines, Graham, Ernst, Hyde-Smith, McConnell, Murkowski, Portman, Romney, Risch, Rounds, Sasse, Tillis, Wicker, Young. Independent against: Sanders; not voting: Blackburn and Blunt.

11:03 a.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the substitute amendment #1502 to S.1260, United States Innovation and Competition Act of 2021.

10:39 a.m. Senator Thune spoke on the auto industry and automatic vehicles.

10:39 a.m. Senator Thue s

10:23 a.m. Republican Leader McConnell spoke on crime, the Endless Frontiers Act, and the January 6th commission.

10:10 a.m. Majority Leader Schumer spoke on the Endless Frontiers Act and the January 6th commission.

10:00 a.m. The Senate convened.

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The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m. and following any Leader remarks will resume consideration of S.1260, United States Innovation and Competition Act of 2021.

Unless an agreement is reached, at 11:00am, the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on substitute amendment #1502.

Cloture has also been filed on the following:

  1. S.1260, United States Innovation and Competition Act of 2021.
  2. Motion to proceed to H.R.3233, to establish the National Commission to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the US Capitol Complex.
  3. Executive Calendar #111, Anton Hajjar to be Governor of the United States Postal Service.
  4. Executive Calendar #134, Eric Lander to be Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Additional roll call votes are expected during today’s session.

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

11:02 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will reconvene at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 27. They will resume consideration of S. 1260-the Endless Frontier. They will vote at 11:00 a.m. on the motion to invoke cloture on the Schumer substitute amendment #1502.

10:58 p.m. Agreed to by voice vote, S. Res. 245-honoring the life and legacy of David Henry Gambrill.

10:57 p.m. By a vote of 67-30 the Senate adopted the Sasse amendment #2023.

10:39 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on Sasse amend #2023-re DARPA.

10:36 p.m. Agreed to by voice vote-Marshall amendment #1973-investigation into the origins of Covid-19.

10:33 p.m. By a vote of 48-49, the Senate did not agree to the Braun amend #1771-prohibiton on Human-Animal Chimeras.

10:16 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on Braun amend #1771-prohibiton on Human-Animal Chimeras

10:14 p.m. By a tally of 48-49, the Senate did not agree to the Lee amend #1929-Regulatory oversight and review taskforce.

10:00 p.m. The Senate began voting on the Lee amend #1929-Regulatory oversight and review taskforce.

9:56 By a vote of 83-14, the Coons amendment #1588 was agreed to.

9:20 p.m. The Senate began voting on the Coons amendment #1588-energy security and innovation.

9:00 p.m. Senator Cantwell announced that the Senate will vote on the following 5 amendments to S. 1260 at 9:15 p.m. All have 60 vote affirmative threshold.

  • Lee #1929-Regulatory oversight and review taskforce
  • Coons #1588-energy security and innovation
  • Braun #1771-prohibiton on Human-Animal Chimeras
  • Marshall #1973, as modified-investigation into the origins of Covid-19
  • Sasse #2023-defense advanced research projects agency

The Senate also proceeded with the following business:

Passed, S.144-a bill to authorize the secretary of HHS through the director of the Indian Health Service to acquire private land.

Passed, S. 325-amend the Native Children Act

Passed, S. 559-amend the Grand Ronde Reservation Act

Passed, S. 108-authorize the Seminole Tribe toe lease or transfer certain land

Passed, S. 314- Klamath Tribe Judgment Fund Repeal Act

Passed, S. 548-convey land in Anchorage to the Health Consortium

Passed, S. 549-provide for the conveyance of certain property to the tribal council.

Passed, S. 550-provide for the conveyance of certain property to the southeast Alaska regional health consortium

Agreed to, S. Res 190-recognize 50 years Amtrak

Agreed to, S. Res. 243-Designating May 2021 as Older Americans Month

Agreed to, S. Res. 244-providing for members of the Joint Committee on Printing and the Joint Committee on the Library of Congress.

Confirmed, 136-Kristin Acquavella to be Rear Admiral

Confirmed, 137-Jay Bargeron, Brian Cavanaugh, Dimitri Henry, Ryan Heritage, Christopher McPhillips, Robert Sofge, Jr., and Matthew Trollinger to be Major General

Confirmed, 138-Robert Miller to be Lt. General

Confirmed, 139-Edward Banta to be Lt. General

Confirmed, 140-Paul LaCamera to be General

Confirmed, 141-Randy George to be Lt. General

8:26 p.m. S. 1876 (require the Director of National Intelligence to declassify information relating to the origin of Covid-19) was passed by unanimous consent.

8:19 p.m. Senators Hawley and Braun spoke about the Wuhan lab and the origins of Covid-19.

6:20 p.m. Senator Inhofe spoke about Ethiopia.

6:14 p.m. Senator Brown spoke about “Buy America” legislation.

5:18 p.m. Senator Ernst spoke about Military Appreciation Month.

5:08 p.m. Senators Gillibrand and Ernst spoke about military sexual assault reform. Senator Gillibrand asked unanimous consent that at a time to be determined the Armed Services Committee be discharged from further consideration of S. 1520 and the Senate proceed to it’s consideration. Senator Reed objected.

4:49 p.m. Senator Casey spoke on the Endless Frontier Act and amendment #1853.

4:28 p.m. Senator Lee spoke on the threat from Communist China.

4:14 p.m. Senator Lummis spoke about the founding of the financial innovation caucus.

3:51 p.m. Senator Kennedy spoke about former Governor Roman.

3:44 p.m. The Kennedy amendment #1710 was not agreed to by a vote of 51-49. Democrats voting aye: Senator Manchin.

3:13 p.m. The Senate began a vote on adoption of Kennedy amendment #1710 in relation to Cal. #58, S.1260, Endless Frontier Act. (60-vote affirmative threshold)

3:10 p.m. By a vote of 50-50, the Senate did not agree to the Durbin amend #2014 in relation to S. 1260, the Endless Frontier Act. (60-vote affirmative threshold).

2:32 p.m. The Senate began a vote on the Durbin amendment #2014 (60 vote affirmative threshold).

2:29 p.m. Senator Kennedy spoke against Senator Durbin’s amendment.

2:24 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke against Senator Kennedy’s amendment.

2:17 p.m. Senator Cassidy spoke about federal workers during Covid.

2:15 p.m. The Senate returned from recess.

1:03 p.m. By a vote of 49-51 the Senate did not agree to the Sullivan amendment #1911 (re: higher institutions and freedom of speech). The Senate stands in recess until 2:15 p.m.

Senator Blunt joined Democrats and voted no.

12:15 p.m. The Senate is now voting on Sullivan amendment #1911 in relation to S. 1260, Endless Frontier Act.

12:07 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke on his amendment.

11:50 a.m. Senator Barrasso spoke about the border crisis and the Biden administration.

11:43 a.m. Senator Grassley spoke about the meatpacking industry, about former Senator Warner, and also about hate crimes and anti-Semitism.

11:36 a.m. Senator Thune spoke about the meatpacking industry.

11:32 a.m. The Senate called up the Sullivan amendment #1911 to S. 1260, U.S. Innovation and Competition Act.

11:05 a.m. Senators Warner, Kaine, Reed, and Thune spoke about the passing of former Senator John Warner.

10:53 a.m. RL McConnell spoke on the passing of former Senator John Warner, on the Surface Transportation bill, on the Clean Energy bill, and on the economy.

10:36 a.m. ML Schumer spoke on the passing of former Senator John Warner, supporting the Innovation Act, and on H.R.3233, National Commission to Investigate the January 6 Attack on the United States Capitol Complex Act.

10:30 a.m. The Senate convened.

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The Senate meets at 10:30 a.m. Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Calendar #58, S.1260, United States Innovation and Competition Act of 2021.

Wednesday, May 26th at 12:00 Noon – 1 roll call vote:

Wednesday, May 26th at 2:30pm – 2 roll call votes:

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