Thursday, July 2, 2020

1:15 p.m. Senator Schatz spoke about Rule 19 and the enforcement of it.

12:55 p.m. Senator Lee spoke about mob violence. He asked unanimous consent that the Senate agree to S. Res. 645-condemning mob violence. Senator Menendez objected. Senator Menendez said that he would agree to the resolution if language were included that elected officials not incite violence. Senator Lee objected. Both Senators were reminded of Rule 19-impugning other Senators.

12:31 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about the DoD office of Net Assessment.

12:23 p.m. Senator Collins spoke about her bill with Senator Manchin -Autos for Veterans Act.

12:03 p.m. Senator Toomey and Van Hollen spoke about their bill H.R. 7440- Hong Kong Autonomy Act. It passed by unanimous consent.

11:52 a.m. Senator Inhofe spoke about NDAA

11:40 a.m. Senator Sasse spoke about Hong Kong.

11:13 a.m. Senator Feinstein asked unanimous consent to pass S. 1255-proof of age for e-cigarettes. Senator Cornyn spoke in support of the bill and the bill passed.

10:59 a.m. Senator Barrasso spoke about jobs numbers and also about NDAA.

10:51 a.m. Senator Kaine spoke about his amendment to NDAA that active duty military can not be used against protesters.

10:27 a.m. Senator Schumer spoke about the pandemic response and also DC Statehood.

10:02 a.m Senator McConnell spoke about special interests and also spoke about NDAA.

10:00 a.m. Senator Grassley spoke about DoD audit.

The Senate will convene 10:00am. Following Leader remarks, the Senate will enter Executive Session and resume consideration of Executive Calendar #718, Russell Vought, to be Director of the Office of Management and Budget. At 1:30pm, the cloture motion filed on the Vought nomination will ripen and the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

10:46 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will next convene on Thursday, July 2 at 10:00 a.m. Following leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to consideration of Executive Calendar #718, nomination of Russell Vought to be Director of the Office of Management and Budget.

A vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination will occur at 1:30 p.m.

8:03 p.m. Senator Casey spoke about temporary modifications to SNAP and Russia.

7:55 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke about temporary modifications to SNAP.

7:39 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke about temporary modifications to SNAP.

7:30 p.m. Senator Klobuchar spoke about temporary modifications to SNAP.

7:24 p.m. Senator Brown spoke about temporary modifications to SNAP.

7:08 p.m. Senator Stabenow spoke about covid-19 and asked unanimous consent to adopted legislation to make temporary modifications to SNAP. Senator Roberts objected.

6:52 p.m. Senator Menendez asked unanimous consent to adopt H.R. 5084. Senator Lee objected and spoke on it.

6:49 p.m. Senator Kennedy spoke in favor of H.R. 5084.

6:31 p.m. Senator Menendez spoke about S.3669, COVID-19 International Response and Recovery Act of 2020 and H.R. 5084 (Improving Corporate Governance Through Diversity Act of 2019).

6:16 p.m. The motion to table Paul amdt. #2011 was agreed to 60-33.

16 Dems voting YES: Blumenthal, Carper, Coons, Feinstein, Hassan, Jones, King (I), Manchin, Menendez, Murphy, Reed, Rosen, Shaheen, Sinema, Warner, and Whitehouse.

4 Republicans voting NO: Braun, Daines, Lee, and Paul.

7 Senators NOT VOTING: Blunt, Burr, Enzi, Hyde-Smith, Markey, Murkowski, and, Murray.

5:37 p.m. Roll call began on the motion to table Paul amdt. #2011 to S.4049, NDAA.

5:35 p.m. Senator Inhofe spoke against amdt. #2011 and made a motion to table it.

5:30 p.m. Senator Udall spoke in favor of amdt. #2011.

5:24 p.m. Senator Paul spoke about his amendment #2011 (Afghanistan withdrawal).

5:07 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about covid-19 relief funding.

5:04 p.m. Senator Inhofe called up Paul amendment #2011 and at 5:30 p.m. there will be a vote on the motion to table the amendment.

5:02 p.m. Senator Schatz spoke about housing during covid-19.

5:00 p.m. Senator Klobuchar spoke about housing during covid-19.

4:47 p.m. Senator Reed spoke about housing during covid-19.

4:41 p.m. Senator Cortez Masto spoke about housing during covid-19.

4:32 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke about housing during covid-19.

4:20 p.m. Senator Menendez spoke about housing during covid-19.

4:03 p.m. Senator Brown spoke about housing during covid-19 and asked unanimous consent for the Senate to call up and adopt the Emergency Rental Assistance and Market Stabilization Act of 2020. Senator Crapo objected.

3:57 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke about covid-19.

3:39 p.m. Senator Blackburn spoke about freedom of speech on digital platforms.

3:19 p.m. Senator Heinrich spoke about the Justice in Policing Act.

2:47 p.m. Senator Scott (FL) spoke about the Army’s 65th Infantry Regiment and asked and received unanimous consent for the Senate to adopt S.Res. 641, designating April 13th, 2020, as Borinqueneers Day.

2:39 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about the USMCA.

2:31 p.m. Senator Cantwell spoke about NDAA.

2:02 p.m. Senator Sanders spoke about the NDAA and asked unanimous consent to call up amendment #s 1788, 1920, 1789, 1919, and 1918 and have two hours to debate and then vote. Senator Inhofe objected and spoke.

12:54 p.m. Senator Kaine spoke on Russia.

12:44 p.m. Senator Inhofe spoke about NDAA and asked unanimous consent to vote on following amendments to S.4049, NDAA: Paul # 2011, Sanders #1790, Cornyn/Schumer/Cotton #2244 at a time TBD and to call up and vote en bloc on the following amendments, #s 1694, 1881, 1883, 1891, 1987, 2018, 2391, 2077, 2178, 2231, 2238, 2241, 2243, 2248, 1753, 1803, 1808, 1907, 1968, 1977, 2058, 2186, 2215, 2251, 2255, 2256, 2269, 2270, and 2275. Senator Schumer objected and asked unanimous request for a modification to Inhofe’s request: add #1788 instead of 1790, add #s 1972, 1729, 1755, 2361, 2396, 1845 and 2252. Senator Inhofe objected to Senator Schumer’s modification request.

12:35 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about covid-19 and NDAA.

12:24 p.m. Senator Leahy spoke about covid-19.

12:11 p.m. Senator Collins spoke about the Paycheck Protection Program.

11:43 a.m. Senator Gillibrand spoke about LBGTQ members of the military.

11:37 a.m. Senator Loeffler spoke about Independence Day.

11:15 a.m. Senator Smith spoke about the virus and Native Americans.

10:59 a.m. Senator Udall spoke about the corona virus and Native Americans.

10:57 a.m. Senator Durbin objected.

10:43 a.m. Senator Cruz objected. He asked the Senate to consider his immigration counter-proposal.

10:15 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke about immigration. He sought consent to H.R. 6, a measure related to the DACA program.

9:52 a.m. Senator Schumer conducted a colloquy with Senators Wyden and Bennet on coronavirus relief proposals.

9:48 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about the defense bill’s provision to rename military bases now named after Confederate officers. He spoke about coronavirus relief.

9:34 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about continuing protests in some U.S. cities. He spoke about the defense bill. He spoke about China’s Hong Kong policy. He spoke about the House public works bill.

9:33 a.m. Senator Grassley spoke about the reports of bounties for the killing of U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

***

The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m. and will resume consideration of Calendar #483, S.4049: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021.

No roll call votes are scheduled but votes on amendments to the defense authorization are possible today.

On Tuesday, Senator McConnell filed cloture on Executive Calendar #718, nomination of Russell Vought to be Director of the Office of Management and Budget. A vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination may occur one hour after the Senate convenes on Thursday, July 2nd.

Amendments pending to the defense bill:

Inhofe substitute amendment #2301

Portman amendment #2080 (cyber annual report)

Tuesday, June 30, 2020


3:00 p.m. Senator Sanders spoke on the NDAA legislation.

12:30 p.m. The Senate stands in recess for the weekly party lunches.

11:50 a.m. Senator Earnst spoke on the NDAA legislation.

11:45 a.m. Senator Hoeven spoke on the NDAA legislation.

11:35 a.m. Senator Blunt spoke on the NDAA legislation.

11:20 a.m. Senator Lankford spoke on the need to support local police and not to defund the organization.

11:10 a.m. Senator Wicker  spoke on the NDAA legislation.

11:05 a.m. Senator Capito spoke on the NDAA legislation.

11:00 Senator Blackburn spoke on spoke on the NDAA legislation.

10:50 a.m. Senator Scott spoke on the NDAA legislation.

10:30 a.m. Senator Durbin paid respect to his friend, Stanley Bolzikus.

10:20 a.m. Senator Schumer spoke on the service people in Afghanistan and the news of Russia putting bounties on their lives.

10:05 a.m. Leader McConnell spoke on the Senate’s COVID legislation. he also asked for the second reading of H.R.7259. The bill was placed on the calendar.

10:00 a.m. Senator Grassley spoke on the NDAA legislation.

The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m. Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Cal. #483, S. 4049, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m.  At that time, resume consideration of H.R. 4049, the Defense Authorization.

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

At this time there are no roll call votes scheduled on Tuesday.

Monday, June 29, 2020

7:49 p.m. The Senate adjourned.

7:18 p.m. Senators Murphy, Cortez Masto and Blumenthal joined the colloquy.

6:37 p.m. Senator Wyden, Democratic Leader Schumer and Senators Hassan and Menendez engaged in a colloquy urging more assistance to state and local governments for the Covid-19 pandemic. Senator Wyden asked UC to take up and pass the State, local, and tribal fiscal relief and rural stability act. Senator Scott of Florida objected.

6:28 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell wrapped up for the evening. H.R. 7259 had its first reading. UC that the Senator adjourn following remarks of Democratic Leader Schumer and Democratic colleagues.

6:27 p.m. Senator Inhofe called up substitute amendment #2301. ML McConnell then called up second degree amendment #2380.

6:26 p.m. The Senate adopted the motion to proceed to the defense authorization, 89-4. Sens Harris, Murphy, Warren & Wyden voted against. Sens Burr, Cramer, Enzi, Markey, Merkley, Sanders & Toomey did not vote.

5:28 p.m. Roll call vote began on the motion to proceed to the NDAA.

5:15 p.m. Senator Inhofe spoke about NDAA.

5:03 p.m. Senator Duckworth spoke about Russia.

4:50 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about family farms.

4:33 p.m. Senators Murkowski and Manchin spoke about energy.

4:23 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about covid-19.

3:56 p.m. Senator Reed spoke about NDAA.

3:36 p.m. Senator Warren spoke about NDAA.

3:27 p.m. Senator Cantwell spoke about NDAA.

3:15 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke about abortion, Russia, and covid-19.

3:15 p.m. By voice vote, the Senate passed S. 4091, to amend Section 1113 of the Social Security Act.

3:04 p.m. Senator McConnell spoke about the shooting death Saturday of a young man attending a protest in Louisville. He spoke about the virus. He spoke about dangers overseas and about the defense authorization bill no the floor this week.

3:03 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about the coronavirus.

***

The Senate will convene at 3:00 p.m. and following Leader remarks, will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to S.4049, Defense Authorization for Fiscal Year 2021, post-cloture.

At 5:30 p.m., the Senate will vote on adoption of the motion to proceed to the bill.

Thursday, June 25, 2020

5:15 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will reconvene at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, June 29. They will resume debate on the motion to proceed to S. 4049-NDAA-with a vote to occur on the motion at 5:30 p.m.

During wrap-up:

  • S. Res. 618-June 2020 as Post Traumatic Stress Awareness month
  • S. 3377-amend the antitrust Act to repeal the sunset provision

3:34 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke about Alaska and the Alaskan of the week.

3:10 p.m. Senator Sanders spoke about his amendment to NDAA to reduce military budget by 10 percent.

2:58 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the police reform bill and the NDAA.

2:29 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke about the Capital Gazette shooting.

2:10 p.m. Senator Cotton spoke about DC Statehood.

2:09 p.m. The motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to S. 4049 (NDAA) was agreed to by a vote of 90-7. Voting no: Harris, Markey, Merkley, Murphy, Sanders, Warren, Wyden. Not voting: Burr, Enzi, and Moran.

1:12 p.m. Senator Gardner spoke about Korea.

1:00 p.m. Senator Hyde-Smith spoke about the police reform bill.

12:45 p.m. Senator Blackburn spoke about the internet and regulations.

12:30 p.m. Senator Brown spoke about the Export-Import Bank. He asked unanimous consent to proceed to nominations for the Ex-Im board. Senator Toomey objected.

12:08 p.m. Senator Kaine spoke about S. 3947-A bill to amend the provisions relating to the higher education emergency relief fund to clarify the flexibility provided to institutions and for students under the fund. He asked unanimous consent to proceed to the bill. Senator Scott (FL) objected and asked that the Senator proceed to S. 2559-Student Training and Education Metrics Act of 2019 instead. Senator Kaine objected.

11:53 a.m. Senator Hawley asked unanimous consent that the Senate proceed to S. Res. 596-Sense of the Senate that Hong Kong national security law proposed by China will violate the obligations of that government under the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration and the Hong Kong Basic Law and calling upon all free nations of the world to stand with the people of Hong Kong. Senator Van Hollen objected and asked that S. 3789-Hong Kong autonomy act- also be considered and passed en bloc with S. Res. 596. Both bills were passed en bloc.

11:39 a.m. Senator Toomey asked unanimous consent that the Senate proceed to S. Res. 579- encouraging the international community to stay committed to collaboration and coordination to mitigate and prevent the further spread of Covid-19-with a Lee/Durbin amendment.

11:37 a.m. Senator Hawley asked unanimous consent that the Senate pass S. 2163 (a bill to establish a commission on the social status of Black men and boys) with an amendment by Senator Lankford.

10:52 a.m. Senator Inhofe spoke about NDAA.

10:39 a.m. Senator Schumer spoke about the Justice in Policing Act, about Covid testing, and an emergency relief bill.

10:03 a.m. Senator McConnell spoke about the Justice Act and about NDAA.

10:00 a.m. Senator Grassley spoke about the police reform bill.

The Senate will convene at 10:00 and will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to S.4049, NDAA. A vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to S. 4049 will occur at 1:30 p.m.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

6:43 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will next convene at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 25 and resume consideration of S.4049, the National Defense Authorization Act FY 2021.

A vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to S. 4049, NDAA will occur at 1:30 p.m.

During wrap-up:

  • S.2472, Neil A. Armstrong Test Facility Act, was agreed to by unanimous consent.

6:20 p.m. Senator Cassidy spoke about police reform.

5:55 p.m. Senator Portman spoke about multiemployer pension reform.

5:29 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke on police reform and Michael Flynn.

5:20 p.m. Senator Hoeven paid tribute to Sister Thomas Welder.

4:53 p.m. Senator Reed spoke about NDAA.

4:42 p.m. Senator Inhofe spoke about NDAA.

4:30 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke about judicial nominations.

4:20 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the police reform bill.

4:20 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the police reform bill.

4:01 p.m. Senator Cramer paid tribute to Sister Thomas Welder.

3:52 p.m. Senator Young spoke about border security.

3:34 p.m. Senator Casey spoke on the JUSTICE Act.

3:18 p.m. Senator Alexander spoke about police reform and pandemics.

2:57 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about police reform, LGBTQ, and DACA.

2:15 p.m. Senator Lankford spoke about police reform.

1:37 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke about police reform.

1:35 p.m. Senator Sasse spoke about the police bill.

1:25 p.m. Senator Kaine spoke about the police bill.

12:50 p.m. Senator Scott of South Carolina spoke about the police bill.

12:48 p.m. Senator McConnell filed cloture on the motion to proceed to S. 4049, National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2021. Senator Perdue spoke about the police bill.

12:47 p.m. By a vote of 55 to 45, the Senate failed to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to the police bill. YEAs were 52 Republicans, Democrats Jones and Manchin and independent King. NAYs were 43 Democrats, independent Sanders and Republican McConnell (who switched his vote in order to protect the majority’s option to reconsider.)

12:17 p.m. The vote began on cloture for the motion to proceed to the police bill.

12:16 p.m. The Wilson nomination was confirmed 52 to 48. Senator Collins voted NAY, with 45 Democrats and both independents.

11:38 a.m. Roll call began on confirmation of Cory T. Wilson of Mississippi to the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court.

11:33 a.m. Senator Scott spoke about the police legislation.

11:06 a.m. Senator Perdue spoke about the police legislation.

10:54 a.m. Senator Cantwell spoke about the police legislation.

10:41 a.m. Senator Thune spoke about policing.

10:20 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about police proposals.

10:04 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about nominations. He spoke about the Republican police bill.

10:03 a.m. Senator Grassley spoke about judicial nominations.

***

The Senate will convene at 10 a.m. and will resume post-cloture consideration of the nomination of Cory T. Wilson of Mississippi to the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court.

At 11:30 a.m. the Senate will have two votes:

1) Confirmation of Wilson.

2) Motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to S.3985, JUSTICE Act (the Republican police bill).

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

5:37 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will reconvene at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 24th. Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the Wilson nomination. At 11:30 a.m. the Senate will have two votes on 1) Confirmation of the Wilson nomination 2) Motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to S.3985, JUSTICE Act.

5:36 p.m. ML McConnell conducted wrap up.

  • S. Res. 621, Naming June 15th World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, passed by u.c.

5:21 p.m. Senator Rubio spoke on racial discrimination.

5:06 p.m. Senator Menendez spoke on police reform.

4:57 p.m. Senator Brown spoke on police violence and reform.

4:47 p.m. Senator Blumenthal spoke on police reform.

4:35 p.m. Senator Bennet spoke about racial inequalities.

4:28 p.m. Senator Duckworth spoke on police reform.

4:20 p.m. Senator Stabenow spoke on police reform.

4:09 p.m. Senator Klobuchar spoke about meaningful police reform.

3:58 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke on police reform.

3:42 p.m. Senator Scott (SC) spoke supporting the Justice Act.

3:24 p.m. Senator Alexander spoke about the attempt to tear down the Andrew Jackson statue in Lafayette Square.

3:07 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke about the police reform bill.

2:31 p.m. Senator Klobuchar spoke about the threat COVID-19 poses to elections. Senator Klobuchar asked u.c. to call up and pass S. 4033, the natural disaster and emergency ballot act of 2020. Senator Blunt objected to the request.

2:15 p.m. The Senate reconvened. Senator Hyde Smith spoke supporting the Wilson nomination.

12:30 p.m. The Senate stands in recess until 2:15 p.m.

12:19 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on police reform.

11:27 a.m. Senator Hirono spoke on the Equality Act and against the Wilson nomination.

11:16 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke about police reform.

11:10 a.m. Senator Cornyn and Senator Harris engaged in a colloquy related to the police reform legislation.

10:55 a.m. Senator Harris spoke about Republican attempts to water down police reform legislation.

10:40 a.m. Senator Booker spoke about the police reform bill.

10:30 a.m. DL Schumer spoke about the differing police reform proposals.

10:03 a.m. ML McConnell spoke about protests and our imperfect union. ML McConnell also spoke on police reform legislation.

10:01 a.m. Senator Grassley spoke on the justice reform legislation.

*****

The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m. and will resume consideration of the nomination of Cory Wilson to be a U.S. Circuit Judge for the 5th Circuit post-cloture.

Votes have not been scheduled at this time.

Monday, June 22, 2020

6:31 p.m. The Senate adjourned.

6:30 p.m. Senator Sasse wrapped up for the evening.

6:29 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Wilson nomination, 51-43 with Senator Collins joining Democrats and Independent King voting against.

Senators not voting: 4 Democrats: Merkley, Murray, Sinema and Stabenow, 1 Republican: Murkowski, 1 Independent: Sanders.

5:29 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the nomination of Cory T. Wilson to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the 5th Circuit.

5:08 p.m. Senator Shaheen spoke about covid-19.

5:00 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about African American heritage.

4:40 p.m. Senator Blackburn spoke about freedom of speech.

4:27 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about police reform.

4:06 p.m. Senator Wicker spoke in support of the Wilson nomination.

3:37 p.m. Senator Cotton spoke about the recent unrest.

3:12 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke about police reform, covid-19, and judiciary matters.

3:02 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the Justice Act and filed cloture on S. 3985, JUSTICE Act.

3:01 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke on the Justice Act.

The Senate will convene at 3 p.m. and will resume consideration of cloture for Executive Calendar #717, the nomination of Cory T. Wilson of Mississippi to the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court.

At 5:30 p.m., the Senate will vote on cloture for Wilson.

Thursday, June 18, 2020

4:03 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will reconvene at 3:00 on Monday, June 22. They will resume consideration of Cory Wilson to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the 5th Circuit. A cloture vote on the nomination will occur at 5:30 p.m.

During wrap up:

  • Confirmed- Sethuraman Panchanathan, of Arizona, to be Director of the National Science Foundation for a term of six years
  • Confirmed- Peter M. McCoy, Jr., of South Carolina, to be United States Attorney for the District of South Carolina
  • Confirmed- Vincent F. DeMarco, of New York, to be United States Marshal for the Eastern District of New York
  • Confirmed- William Zollars, of Kansas, to be a Governor of the United States Postal Service
  • Confirmed- Donald Lee Moak, of Florida, to be a Governor of the United States Postal Service
  • Agreed to-S.Res. 616-June 12 as Women’s Veteran appreciation day
  • Agreed to-S. Res. 630-June 20 as American Eagle Day
  • Agreed to-S. Res. 631-honoring David Doran

2:57 p.m. Senator Murkowski spoke about the pandemic and the effect on the Energy industry and also spoke about the American Energy Innovation Act. She also spoke about policing reforms.

2:23 p.m. Senator Blunt spoke about Flag Day.

2:22 p.m. Senator McConnell filed cloture on the nomination of Cory Wilson to be a Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit.

2:21 p.m. The nomination of Justin Walker was confirmed by a vote of 51-42. Republicans voting no: Collins. Not voting: Manchin, Markey, Murray, Rosen, Sanders, Sinema and Sullivan.

1:40 p.m. The Senate began voting on the nomination of Justin Walker to be US Circuit Judge for the DC Circuit.

1:34 p.m. Senator Cruz spoke about the Supreme Court decision on DACA.

1:24 p.m. Senator Portman spoke about S.Res. 623- honoring Otto Warmbier and condemning the North Korean regime for their continued human rights abuses. The resolution was agreed to by voice vote.

1:00 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about inspectors general.

12:42 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the Supreme Court decision on DACA.

12:26 p.m. Senator Booked asked unanimous consent to proceed to a bill that would remove confederate statues from the Capitol. Senator Blunt objected and gave his reasons on the complexities of passing the bill.

12:23 p.m. Senator Shumer spoke about the confederate statues in the Capitol.

12:21 p.m. Senator Booker spoke about the confederate statues in the Capitol.

12:08 p.m. Senator Lankford spoke about the Equality Act.

12:05 p.m. Senator Hawley spoke about the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

12:00 p.m. Senator Lee spoke on why he objected to proceeding to the Equality Act.

11:57 a.m. Senator Merkley spoke about the Equality Act. He asked unanimous consent that the Senate proceed to the bill and that it be passed. Senator Lee objected.

11:50 a.m. Senator Booker spoke about the Equality Act.

11:42 a.m. Senator Klobuchar spoke about the Supreme Court decision on LGBTQ discrimination.

11:22 a.m. Senators Stabenow, Wyden and Bennet spoke about the Equality Act.

11:14 a.m. Senator Baldwin spoke about the Supreme Court decision on LGBTQ discrimination.

11:00 a.m. Senator Merkley spoke about the Supreme Court decision on LGBTQ discrimination and the Equality Act.

10:35 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke on the Supreme Court’s DACA decision.

10:18 a.m. DL Schumer spoke on the Supreme Court’s DACA decision, on police reform, and on China policy.

10:04 a.m. ML McConnell spoke racial justice proposals, on Hong Kong policy, and supporting the Walker nomination.

ML McConnell continued the Rule 14 process on S. 3985, a bill to improve and reform policing practices, accountability, and transparency. The bill was placed on the calendar.

10:02 a.m. Senator Grassley spoke about Iowa’s high graduation rate this year.

The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m. and resume consideration of the nomination of Justin Walker to be a Circuit Judge for the DC Circuit, post cloture.

The confirmation vote on the Walker nomination is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.

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