Monday, September 16, 2019

6:22 p.m. The Senate adjourned.

6:11 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke on climate change.

6:08 p.m. ML McConnell wrapped up for the evening.

6:07 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Rakolta nomination 55-27.

Senators voting in favor: 44 Republicans, 10 Democrats: Coons, Hassan, Jones, Manchin, Murphy, Peters, Shaheen, Sinema, Stabenow and Tester; 1 Independent: King.

Senators voting against: 27 Democrats.

Senators not voting: 9 Republicans: Alexander, Cruz, Hyde Smith, Kennedy, Risch, Roberts, Romney, Toomey and Wicker; 8 Democrats: Bennet, Booker, Gillibrand, Harris, Klobuchar, Murray, Schatz and Warren; 1 Independent: Sanders.

5:30 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the nomination of John Rakolta to be Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates.

5:09 p.m. Senator Brown spoke about United Auto Workers and women’s healthcare.

4:51 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about Justice Kavanaugh.

4:06 p.m. Democrat Leader Schumer spoke about gun control and China.

3:43 p.m. Senator McConnell filed cloture on H.R. 2740, the appropriation for the Departments of Labor and Health  and Human Service and other agencies.

3:31 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the attack on Saudi oil facilities. He spoke about appropriations. He spoke about trade with China. He spoke about the charges against Justice Kavanaugh.

3:02 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about the football game between Iowa and Iowa State.

***

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

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business until 5:00 p.m.

At 5:00 p.m., the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of John Rakolta to be Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates.

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

 

Majority Leader McConnell also filed cloture on the following nominations:

  1. Kenneth Howery to be Ambassador to Sweden.
  2. Robert Destro to be Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor.
  3. Brent McIntosh to be an Under Secretary of the Treasury.
  4. Brian Callanan to be General Counsel for the Department of the Treasury.

 

Thursday, September 12, 2019

4:21 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will reconvene on Monday, September 16 at 3:00 p.m. At 5:00 p.m. they will resume consideration of the nomination of John Rakolta, Jr. to be Ambassador to the UAE with a cloture vote on the nomination to occur at 5:30 p.m.

Passed during wrap-up:

  • H.R. 1200-Veteran’s compensation COLA
  • S. Res. 311-Supporting the designation of the week of 9/11 as Patriot Week
  • S. Res. 312-Designating the week of 9/8 as National Direct Support Professionals week.

4:16 p.m. Senator McConnell paid tribute to SAA staffer Cindy Hasiak.

3:44 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke about prescription drug prices.

3:07 p.m. Senator Capito asked u.c. to call up and agree to S.Res. 310, Recognizing the King Centennial of the community of Wheeling, West Virginia. Senators Capito and Manchin spoke about the Centennial.

3:06 p.m. ML McConnell filed cloture on Executive Calendar #418 Brian Callanan to be General Counsel for the Department of the Treasury.

3:05 p.m. ML McConnell filed cloture on Executive Calendar #419 Brent James McIntosh to be an Under Secretary of the Treasury.

3:04 p.m. ML McConnell filed cloture on Executive Calendar #223 Robert A. Destro to be Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights.

3:03 p.m. ML McConnell filed cloture on Executive Calendar #288 Kenneth A. Howery to be Ambassador of the U.S. to the Kingdom of Sweden

3:01 p.m. ML McConnell began wrap up and filed cloture on Executive Calendar #399 John Rakolta, Jr. to be Ambassador of the U.S. to the United Arab Emirates.

2:52 p.m. Senator Van Hollen spoke on military funding.

2:51 p.m. The Senate received the papers from the House with respect to S. 1790. S. 1790 is passed and amendment 938 is agreed to and the measure will be returned to the House.

2:25 p.m. Senators Schatz, Cardin, Murray and Duckworth spoke on military funding.

2:16 p.m. Senator Kennedy spoke about the Department of the Treasury and unclaimed funds.

2:15 p.m. The Senate confirmed the nomination of Thomas Peter Feddo to be Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Investment Security by a tally of 85-1. Senator Paul voted against.

1:45 p.m. The Senate is now voting on confirmation of Thomas Feddo to be Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Investment Security.

1:44 p.m. Senator Schumer paid tribute to SAA staffer Cindy Hasiak.

12:59 p.m. Senator Blackburn spoke about the southern border.

12:58 p.m. The nomination of Jennifer Nordquist to be U.S. Executive Director of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development was confirmed by voice vote.

12:58 p.m. The Senate confirmed Michelle Bowman to be a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System by a vote of 60 to 31.

12:19 p.m. The Senate is now voting on confirmation of Michelle Bowman to be a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.

12:18 p.m. The request for return of papers from the House regarding S.1790 to provide for a correction was agreed to by unanimous consent.

12:03 p.m. Senator Kennedy spoke about the national debt and election security.

11:52 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about Vietnam and the Vietnamese community in Texas and paid tribute to staffer Sandy Edwards.

11:32 a.m. Senator Portman spoke about e cigarettes, pell grants, the opioid crisis, and the Great Lakes.

11:16 a.m. Senator Schumer spoke about appropriations, gun control, China, and e cigarettes.

10:07 a.m. Senator Thune spoke about agriculture and trade.

10:03 a.m. Senator Grassley spoke about student loans.

*****

The Senate will convene at 10 a.m.  and will resume post-cloture consideration of the nomination of Michelle Bowman to the board of the Federal Reserve.

At 12:15 p.m., the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Bowman nomination and the nomination of  Jennifer Nordquist to be U.S. executive director of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

At 1:45 p.m. the Senate will vote on confirmation  of Thomas Feddo, of Virginia, to be assistant secretary of the Treasury for investment security.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

10:03 a.m. Senator Grassley spoke about student loans.

10:46 a.m. Senator Murray spoke about September 11th.

10:39 a.m. Senator Crapo spoke on the Bowman and Feddo nominations.

10:23 a.m. Senator Thune spoke about a tornado in Sioux Falls. He spoke about the September 11 attacks. He paid tribute to Senator Isakson.

10:13 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about the September 11 attacks. He spoke about appropriations. He spoke about gun control.

9:55 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about appropriations legislation.  He paid tribute to the outgoing national security advisor, John Bolton. He spoke about the September 11 attacks.

9:48 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke about vaping.

9:32 a.m. Senator Grassley spoke about the September 11 attacks.

*****

The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m.

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume post-cloture consideration of the nomination of Stephen Akard, of Indiana, to be director of the Office of Foreign Missions, with the rank of ambassador.

At 11 a.m., there will be three confirmation votes:

  1. Akard nomination to the Office of Foreign Missions;
  2. Nomination of Dale Cabaniss, of Virginia, to be director of the Office of Personnel Management;
  3. Nomination of James Byrne, of Virginia, to be deputy secretary of Veterans Affairs.

Following disposition of the Byrne nomination, the Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of Michelle Bowman, of Kansas, to the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.

At 2:45 p.m., there will be up to nine nomination votes — three on motions to invoke cloture and six confirmations:

  1. Cloture on the Bowman nomination to the Fed;
  2. Cloture on the nomination of Thomas Feddo, of Virginia, to be assistant secretary of the Treasury for Investment Security;
  3. Cloture on the nomination of Jennifer Nordquist, of Virginia, to be U.S. executive director of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development;
  4. Confirmation, Stephanie L. Haines, of Pennsylvania, to be a U.S. District Court judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania;
  5. Confirmation, Ada E. Brown, of Texas, to be a U.S. District Court judge for the Northern District of Texas;
  6. Confirmation, Steven D. Grimberg, of Georgia, to be a U.S. District Court judge for the Northern District of Georgia;
  7. Confirmation, Steven C. Seeger, of Illinois, to be a U.S. District Court judge for the Northern District of Illinois;
  8. Confirmation, Mary S. McElroy, of Rhode Island, to be a U.S. District Court judge for the District of Rhode Island;
  9. Confirmation, Stephanie A. Gallagher, of Maryland, to be a U.S. District Court judge for the District of Maryland.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

5:45 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 11th.

5:43 p.m. Senator Cassidy conducted wrap up. Passed S.1881, Veterans Expedited TSA Screening Safe Travel Act; Passed S.2035, TSA Credential and Endorsement Harmonization Act.

Wednesday September 11 at 11:00am – 3 roll call votes:

  • Confirmation of Executive Calendar #174, Stephen Akard, of Indiana, to be Director of the Office of Foreign Missions, with the rank of Ambassador
  • Confirmation of Executive Calendar #246, Dale Cabaniss, of Virginia, to be Director of the Office of Personnel Management
  • Confirmation of Executive Calendar #294, James Byrne, of Virginia, to be Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs

Wednesday September 11 at 2:45 pm – up to 9 roll call votes:

  • Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #333, Michelle Bowman, of Kansas, to be a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
  • Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #335, Thomas Feddo, of Virginia, to be Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Investment Security
  • Motion to invoke cloture Executive Calendar #407, Jennifer Nordquist, of Virginia, to be United States Executive Director of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development
  • Confirmation of Executive Calendar #233, Stephanie L. Haines, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • Confirmation of Executive Calendar #326, Ada E. Brown, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Texas
  • Confirmation of Executive Calendar #327, Steven D. Grimberg, of Georgia, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Georgia
  • Confirmation of Executive Calendar #352, Steven C. Seeger, of Illinois, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois
  • Confirmation of Executive Calendar #344, Mary S. McElroy, of Rhode Island, to be United States District Judge for the District of Rhode Island
  • Confirmation of Executive Calendar #346, Stephanie A. Gallagher, of Maryland, to be United States District Judge for the District of Maryland

4:37 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke about climate change.

4:27 p.m. Senator Cassidy congratulated the East Bank Little League team for winning the 2019 Little League World Series.

3:55 p.m. Senator Booker spoke on S. 169, updating water infrastructure in cities.

3:55 p.m. The Senate invoked cloture cloture on Executive Calendar #294, James Byrne, of Virginia, to be Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs by vote 81-13.

3:15 p.m. The Senate invoked cloture on Executive Calendar #246, Dale Cabaniss, of Virginia, to be Director of the Office of Personnel Management for a term of four years by a vote of 53 to 41.

2:44 p.m. The Senate invoked cloture on the nomination of Stephen Akard to be Director of the Office of Foreign Missions, with the rank of Ambassador by a vote 91-3.

2:43 p.m. The confirmed Elizabeth Darling to be Commissioner on Children, Youth, and Families, Department of Health and Human Services by a vote of 57-37.

Senators Jones, King (I), Manchin, Murphy, Tester, and Whitehouse joined 51 Republicans in voting yes.

Not voting: Alexander, Harris, Roberts, Sanders, Sinema and Warren

2:15 p.m. The Senate reconvened and began voting on confirmation of the Darling nomination.

1:06 p.m. By a vote of 57 to 37, cloture was invoked on the Darling nomination. Senate recessed for policy luncheons.

12:32 p.m. By a vote of 56 to 38, the Craft nomination was confirmed. YEAS: 51 Republicans and Democrats Coons, Hassan, Manchin, Murphy and Shaheen. NAYS 37 Democrats and independent King. Not voting: Alexander, Harris, Roberts, Sanders, Sinema and Warren. Vote on cloture for the Darling nomination began.

11:55 a.m. The Senate began voting on Confirmation of Kelly Craft to be Representative of the U.S. to the United Nations General Assembly.

11:44  a.m. Senator Leahy spoke against cuts to Defense spending.

11:29 a.m. Senator Kaine spoke supporting the Defense Authorization and Appropriations bills.

11:20 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on rape kit backlogs.

11:03 a.m. Senator Peters spoke against the Cabaniss nomination.

10:18 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about the administration’s transfer of funds from the military to pay for border wall construction.

He spoke about appropriations and gun control.

10:04 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell about nominations, appropriations and a temporary spending measure. He spoke about the milestone — in 1619 — of the “original sin” of slavery in America.

10:02 a.m. Senator Grassley spoke about agriculture and the pending trade deal with Mexico and Canada.

***

The Senate will convene at 10 a.m. and will resume post-cloture consideration of the nomination of Kelly Craft to be representative of the United States to the United Nations General Assembly.

At 11:50 a.m. the Senate will proceed to two roll call votes:

  • Confirmation of the Craft nomination;
  • Cloture on the nomination of Elizabeth Darling to be Commissioner on Children, Youth, and Families, Department of Health and Human Services.

At 12:30 p.m., the Senate will recess until 2:15 p.m. for the weekly caucus luncheons.

  • At 2:15 p.m., all post-cloture time will be considered expired on the Darling nomination and the Senate will proceed to four roll call votes:   
  • Confirmation of the Darling nomination;
  • Cloture on the nomination of Stephen Akard to be Director of the Office of Foreign Missions, with a rank of Ambassador;
  • Cloture on the nomination of Dale Cabaniss to be Director of the Office of Personnel Management;
  • Cloture on the nomination of James Byrne to be Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

Senator McConnell has filed cloture on these additional nominations, to considered during this week’s session:

  • Kelly Craft to be the U.S. representative of to the Sessions of the U.N. General Assembly of the United Nations.
  • Michelle Bowman to be a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System for a term of fourteen years from February 1, 2020.
  • Thomas Feddo to be Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Investment Security.
  • Jennifer Nordquist to be United States Executive Director of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

Monday, September 9, 2019

6:38 p.m. The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 10 and will resume consideration of the Craft nomination.

There will be 2 votes at 11:50 a.m.:

  1. Confirmation of Kelly Craft, of Kentucky, to be Representative of the United States to the UN General Assembly.
  2. Motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Elizabeth Darling, of Texas, to be Commissioner on Children, Youth, and Families, Department of Health and Human Services.

There will be 4 votes at 2:15 p.m.

  1. Confirmation vote on the Darling nomination.
  2. Motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Stephen Akard, of Indiana, to be Director of the Office of Foreign Missions.
  3. Motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Dale Cabaniss, of Virginia, to be Director of the Office of Personnel Management.
  4. Motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of James Byrne, of Virginia, to be Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

The Senate will recess for the weekly caucus lunches following the cloture vote on the Darling nomination.

During wrap-up:

  • H.Con.Res. 57, authorizing the use of Emancipation Hall for an event to commemorate the 400th Anniversary of the arrival of the first African slaves to the territory that would become the US, was agreed to by unanimous consent.
  • S.349, Reviving America’s Scenic Byways Act, and committee substitute, was agreed to by voice vote.
  • S.1689, to permit State to transfer certain funds from the clean water revolving fund of a State to the drinking water revolving fund of the State in certain circumstances, was agreed to by voice vote.
  • H.R. 831, Reviving America’s Scenic Byways Act of 2019, was agreed to by voice vote.

6:32 p.m. Senator Portman paid tribute to the 6 Dayton police officers who confronted a shooter.

6:19 p.m. Senator Gardner spoke about the Bureau of Land Management.

6:15 p.m. Senator Isakson paid tribute to former University of Georgia head football coach and athletic director Vince Dooley.

6:15 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Craft nomination by a vote of 54 to 38.

5:32 p.m. The Senate is now voting on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Kelly Craft to be representative to the U.N. General Assembly.

4:49 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about gun control.

4:37 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke about August recess and gun control.

4:00 p.m. Senator Klobuchar spoke about gun control, election security, and the cost of prescription drugs.

3:47 p.m. Senator Brown paid tribute to Dayton police officers Knight, Vincent Carter, Ryan Nable, Jeremy Campbell, and David Denlinger.

3:07 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about his 99 county meetings.

3:02 p.m. ML McConnell spoke about Senator Isakson retiring, nominations, and appropriations.

The Senate will convene at 3:00 pm. Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of Executive Calendar #403, Kelly Craft, of Kentucky, to be Representative of the United States of America to the Sessions of the General Assembly of the United Nations during her tenure of service as Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations.

At 5:30 pm, the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Craft nomination.

Please note, the Leader filed cloture on the following nominations in the following order:

  1. Executive Calendar #403, Kelly Craft, of Kentucky, to be Representative of the United States of America to the Sessions of the General Assembly of the United Nations during her tenure of service as Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations.
  2. Executive Calendar #5, Elizabeth Darling, of Texas, to be Commissioner on Children, Youth, and Families, Department of Health and Human Services.
  3. #174 – Stephen Akard, of Indiana, to be Director of the Office of Foreign Missions, with the rank of Ambassador.
  4. Executive Calendar #246, Dale Cabaniss, of Virginia, to be Director of the Office of Personnel Management for a term of four years.
  5. Executive Calendar #294, James Byrne, of Virginia, to be Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
  6. Executive Calendar #333, Michelle Bowman, of Kansas, to be a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System for a term of fourteen years from February 1, 2020. (Reappointment).
  7. Executive Calendar #335, Thomas Peter Feddo, of Virginia, to be Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Investment Security. (New Position)
  8. Executive Calendar #407, Jennifer D. Nordquist, of Virginia, to be United States Executive Director of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development for a term of two years.

Friday, September 6, 2019

8:30 a.m. The Senate convened at 8:30 a.m. for a pro forma session only, Senator Braun presiding. No business was conducted.

 

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

The Senate convened today at 1:00 p.m. for a pro forma session only. No business was conducted. Senator Cruz presided.

The next pro forma session will occur at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, September 6th.

Friday, August 30, 2019

The Senate convened for a pro forma session at 5:00 p.m.  Senator Capito presided and no business was conducted.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

12:18 p.m. The Senate met for a pro forma session, Senator Rubio presiding. No business was conducted.

The next pro forma session is on Friday August 30 at 5:00 p.m.

Friday, August 23, 2019

The Senate convened for a pro forma session at 9:19 a.m. Senator Daines presided and no business was conducted.

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