Monday, September 27, 2021

The Senate will convene at 3:00 p.m. and resume consideration of H.R. 5305, the continuing resolution.

At 5:30 p.m. the Senate will proceed to a vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed.

Thursday, September 23, 2021

9:47 p.m. The Senate adjourned.

9:42 p.m. ML Schumer wrapped up for the evening: The nomination of Jane Nishida was confirmed to be Assistant Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency by voice vote. Passed by UC: HR 5293; H Con Res 41 regarding the National Peace Memorial Service. Passed by voice vote: proclaiming this week as “Clean Energy Week”. Passed by UC en bloc: S Res 382-385; S Res 386 regarding the death of Robert Dove.

9:37 p.m. Majority Leader Schumer spoke on nominations, the debt limit and the continuing resolution and filed cloture on the motion to proceed to HR. 5305, the CR.

9:36 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Lewis nomination, 62-21.

Senators not voting: Blackburn, Burr, Cassidy, Daines, Feinstein, Inhofe, Johnson, Kaine, Kennedy, Moran, Risch, Rounds, Rubio, Sanders, Scott (FL), Tillis and Toomey.

9:14 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the nomination of Jessica Lewis to be an Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs.

9:13 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Robinson nomination, 54-29.

Senators not voting: Blackburn, Burr, Cassidy, Daines, Feinstein, Inhofe, Johnson, Kaine, Kennedy, Moran, Risch, Rounds, Rubio, Sanders, Scott (FL), Tillis and Toomey.

8:58 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the nomination of Todd Robinson to be an Assistant Secretary of State (International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs).

8:56 p.m. The Senate invoked cloture on the Phee nomination, 58-25.

Republicans voting in favor: Blunt, Capito, Collins, Cornyn, Crapo, Graham, Murkowski, Portman, Romney, Sullivan and Young.

Senators not voting: Blackburn, Burr, Cassidy, Daines, Feinstein, Inhofe, Johnson, Kaine, Kennedy, Moran, Risch, Rounds, Rubio, Sanders, Scott (FL), Tillis and Toomey.

8:37 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the nomination of Mary Catherine Phee to be an Assistant Secretary of State (African Affairs).

8:35 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Medina nomination, 57-26.

GOP voting in favor: Blunt, Capito, Collins, Crapo, Graham, McConnell, Murkowski, Portman, Romney & Sullivan.

Not voting: Blackburn, Burr, Cassidy, Daines, Feinstein, Inhofe, Johnson, Kaine, Kennedy, Moran, Risch, Rounds, Rubio, Sanders, Scott (FL), Tillis and Toomey.

8:00 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the nomination of Monica Medina to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs).

7:35 p.m. Senator Murphy spoke on state department nominations and Afghanistan.

7:33 p.m. Senator Murphy announced the UC agreement for four cloture votes on the Medina, Phee, Robinson and Lewis nominations at approximately 8:00 p.m. with the confirmation votes occurring at a time to be determined by the Majority Leader after consultation with the Republican Leader with an hour of debate prior to each vote.

7:27 p.m. Senator Markey spoke in favor of the Medina nomination.

7:08 p.m. Senator Cruz spoke on Nord Stream 2.

6:53 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke on Republican slow walking nominations.

6:42 p.m. Senator Cotton spoke on the evacuation of Afghanistan.

6:41 p.m. By a vote of 65-21, the Senate invoked cloture on the nomination of Karen Donfried, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (European Affairs and Eurasian Affairs).

6:08 p.m. By a vote of 72-14, the Senate confirmed the nomination of Daniel Kritenbrink to be an Assistant Secretary of State (East Asian and Pacific Affairs)

5:25 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on confirmation of the nomination of Daniel Kritenbrink to be an Assistant Secretary of State (East Asian and Pacific Affairs).

5:18 p.m. Senator Blackburn spoke about a shooting in Tennessee and on Democrats spending.

5:02 p.m. Senator Menendez spoke on foreign policy nominations.

4:43 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the southern border.

4:26 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke about Afghanistan.

4:11 p.m. Senator Lee spoke about Afghanistan.

4:01 p.m. Senator Shaheen spoke about the potential government shutdown and also spoke about the debt ceiling.

3:30 p.m. Senator Barrasso also spoke about Russia and the gas pipeline.

3:14 p.m. Senator Cruz spoke about Russia and the pipeline to the Ukraine.

3:03 p.m. By a vote of 77-18, cloture was invoked on the nomination of Daniel Kritenbrink to be an Assistant Secretary of State (East Asian and Pacific Affairs)

2:34 p.m. The Senate began voting on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Daniel Kritenbrink to be an Assistant Secretary of State (East Asian and Pacific Affairs)

2:33 p.m. By a vote of 85-11, the nomination of Sarah Bianchi, of Virginia, to be Deputy United States Trade Representative (Asia, Africa, Investment, Services, Textiles, and Industrial Competitiveness), with the rank of Ambassador was confirmed.

1:52 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #244, Sarah Bianchi, of Virginia, to be Deputy United States Trade Representative (Asia, Africa, Investment, Services, Textiles, and Industrial Competitiveness), with the rank of Ambassador.

1:29 p.m. Senator Sanders spoke on upcoming budgetary issues.

1:14 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke on the Russian investigation.

1:03 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke on nominations.

12:48 p.m. Senator Van Hollen spoke on the debt limit.

12:40 p.m. Senator Moran spoke on inflation and the economy.

12:32 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke on North Korean sanctions.

12:02 p.m. Senator Hawley spoke about Afghanistan.

11:46 a.m. Senator Durbin paid tribute to Dr. Shirley Ryan.

11:40 a.m. Senator Murray spoke about the border closure with Canada.

11:40 a.m. By a vote of 85-13 , the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Sarah Bianchi to Deputy U.S. Trade Representative was agreed to.

13 Republicans voted no: Boozman, Braun, Cotton, Cruz, Hawley, Johnson, Lankford, McConnell, Paul, Rubio, Scott (FL), Shelby, and Tuberville.

Senators not voting: Feinstein and Rounds.

11:01 a.m. The Senate is now voting on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Sarah Bianchi to Deputy U.S. Trade Representative.

11:01 a.m. The Pan nomination was confirmed, 68-30.

10:01 a.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on confirmation of Florence Y. Pan to be U.S. District Judge for the District of Columbia.

9:39 a.m. Republican Leader McConnell spoke about the debt limit and Afghanistan.

9:03 a.m. Majority Leader Schumer spoke about the debt limit.

The Senate will convene at 9:00 a.m. and resume consideration of the nomination of Florence Pan to be United States District Judge for the District of Columbia.

At approximately 10:00 a.m., the Senate will conduct two roll call votes:

  • Confirmation of the Pan nomination.
  • Cloture on the nomination of Sarah Bianchi to be Deputy United States Trade Representative.

Following the cloture vote on the Bianchi nomination there will be up to 2 hours of debate prior to roll call votes on confirmation of the nomination.

There will be roll call votes throughout Thursday’s session on cloture and confirmation of the nominations in the list below:

  1. Daniel Kritenbrink to be an Assistant Secretary of State (East Asian and Pacific Affairs)
  2. Karen Donfried to be an Assistant Secretary of State (European Affairs and Eurasian Affairs)
  3. Monica Medina to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs)
  4. Jessica Lewis to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Political-Military Affairs)

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

8:28 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 23. They will resume consideration of the nomination of Florence Pan to be US District Judge for DC. with a vote on the nomination to occur at 10:00 a.m. Additional votes are expected throughout the day and into the evening.

During wrap-up:

  • Confirmed-Ronald L. Davis to be Director of the US Marshal’s Service
  • Agreed to-S. Res. 357-honoring Missourians who made the ultimate sacrifice in Afghanistan
  • Agreed to-S. Res. 378-September 2021 as Prostate Cancer Awareness month
  • Agreed to-S. Res. 379-support for the designation of the week of September 13 as national small business week.

8:23 p.m. The following bills had their 2nd reading and were placed on the calendar:

  • S. 278-reauthorize the flood insurance program
  • S. 2789- a bill making continuing appropriations for the fiscal year ending Sept. 20, 2022 (Shelby-McConnell)
  • S. 2809-protect social security benefits and military pay
  • H.R. 5305-an act making continuing appropriations for the fiscal year ending Sept. 20, 2022

8:22 p.m. The Senate reconvened.

8:20 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 8:22 p.m.

8:19 p.m. The following bills had their first reading.

  • S. 2809- protect social security benefits and military pay
  • H.R. 5305- an act making continuing appropriations for the fiscal year ending Sept. 20, 2022

8:18 p.m. By a vote of 66-27 , the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Florence Pan to be US District Judge for DC was agreed to.

7:41 p.m. The Senate began voting on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Florence Pan to be US District Judge for DC.

7:40 p.m. By a vote of 80-18, the nomination of Jayme White to be a Deputy US Trade Representative was confirmed.

6:31 p.m. Roll call vote began on on confirmation of Jayme White to be a Deputy US Trade Representative.

5:55 p.m. Senator Cruz spoke about the border.

5:45 p.m. Senator Stabenow spoke about carbon pollution.

5:20 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about election laws.

4:18 p.m. Senators Brown, Bennett, Booker and Warnock spoke about the Child Tax Credit.

3:58 p.m. Senator Inhofe spoke on Afghanistan.

3:35 p.m. By a vote of 64-34, the Senate confirmed the nomination of Lily Lawrence Batchelder to be an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury.

Senators Feinstein and Rounds did not vote.

2:49 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on confirmation of the Batchelder nomination.

2:34 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke on the Batchelder and White nominations.

2:28 p.m. Senator Young spoke on the continuing resolution and the debt limit.

2:23 p.m. Senator Young spoke on the continuing resolution and the debt limit.

2:17 p.m. Senator Blackburn spoke on the continuing resolution and the debt limit.

2:13 p.m. Senator Marshall spoke on the continuing resolution and the debt limit.

2:04 p.m. Senator Blunt spoke on the continuing resolution and the debt limit.

1:55 p.m. Senator Scott (FL) spoke on the continuing resolution and debt limit.

1:43 p.m. Senator Ernst spoke on the continuing resolution and debt limit.

1:14 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke on socialism.

12:50 p.m. The following changes were made to the vote schedule:

1 vote at 2:45 p.m.:

  1. Confirmation of the Batchelder nomination.

2 votes at 6:30 p.m.:

  1. Confirmation of the White nomination.
  2. Motion to invoke cloture on Florence Y. Pan to be U.S. District Judge for the District of Columbia.

12:49 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the White nomination, 78-20.

Senators voting no: Boozman, Braun, Cotton, Cruz, Daines, Hagerty, Hawley, Hyde-Smith, Inhofe, Johnson, Kennedy, Lankford, Lee, Marshall, Paul, Rubio, Scott (FL), Shelby, Sullivan, and Tuberville.

Senators not voting: Feinstein and Rounds.

12:08 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #245 Jayme Ray White to be a Deputy United States Trade Representative (Western Hemisphere, Europe, the Middle East, Labor, and Environment).

12:07 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Batchelder nomination, 63-35.

11:17 a.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #169 Lily Lawrence Batchelder to be an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury.

11:07 a.m. Senator Thune spoke on election reform.

10:54 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke on the Pan nomination and on the pandemic.

10:32 a.m. RL McConnell spoke on meeting with Boris Johnson, on the economy and on immigration.

10:17 a.m. ML Schumer spoke about the continuing resolution, on the debt limit, and on nominations.

10:00 a.m. The Senate has convened.

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The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m.

At 11 a.m. the Senate will proceed to 2 votes on:

  1. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #169 Lily Lawrence Batchelder to be an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury.
  2. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #245 Jayme Ray White to be a Deputy United States Trade Representative (Western Hemisphere, Europe, the Middle East, Labor, and Environment).

At 2:45 p.m. the Senate will vote on:

  1. Confirmation of the Batchelder nomination. (If cloture is invoked)
  2. Confirmation of the White nomination. (If cloture is invoked)
  3. Motion to invoke cloture on Florence Y. Pan to be U.S. District Judge for the District of Columbia.

As a reminder, ML Schumer filed cloture on the following nominations:

  • Sarah Bianchi to be Deputy United States Trade Representative (Asia, Africa, Investment, Services, Textiles, and Industrial Competitiveness), with the rank of Ambassador.
  • Daniel J. Kritenbrink, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (East Asian and Pacific Affairs).
  • Karen Erika Donfried to be an Assistant Secretary of State (European Affairs and Eurasian Affairs).
  • Monica P. Medina to be Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs.
  • Mary Catherine Phee, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (African Affairs).
  • Todd D. Robinson, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Career Minister, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs).
  • Jessica Lewis to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Political-Military Affairs).

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

7:17 p.m. The Senate stands in recess until 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 22nd. At 11:00 a.m. the Senate will proceed to 2 votes on the following:

  1. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #169 Lily Lawrence Batchelder to be an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury.
  2. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #245 Jayme Ray White to be a Deputy United States Trade Representative (Western Hemisphere, Europe, the Middle East, Labor, and Environment).

At 2:45 p.m. the Senate will vote on:

  1. Confirmation of the Batchelder nomination. (If cloture is invoked)
  2. Confirmation of the White nomination. (If cloture is invoked)
  3. Motion to invoke cloture on Pan to be U.S. District Judge for the District of Columbia.

During wrap up:

  • Began Rule XIV process on S. 2788, A bill to reauthorize the national flood insurance program and on S. 2789, A bill making continuing appropriations for FY 2022 and providing emergency assistance.
  • Adopted by unanimous consent, S.Res. 376, Gold Star Families Remembrance Week

ML Schumer filed cloture on the following nominations:

  • Sarah Bianchi to be Deputy United States Trade Representative (Asia, Africa, Investment, Services, Textiles, and Industrial Competitiveness), with the rank of Ambassador.
  • Daniel J. Kritenbrink, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (East Asian and Pacific Affairs).
  • Karen Erika Donfried to be an Assistant Secretary of State (European Affairs and Eurasian Affairs).
  • Monica P. Medina to be Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs.
  • Mary Catherine Phee, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (African Affairs).
  • Todd D. Robinson, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Career Minister, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs).
  • Jessica Lewis to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Political-Military Affairs).

7:07 p.m. By a vote of 49-48, the Senate discharged from the Banking Committee PN116, Rohit Chopra to be Director, Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection for a term of 5 years.

This was a party line vote. Senators Burr, Feinstein and Rounds did not vote.

6:05 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on the motion to discharge from the Banking Committee,PN116, Rohit Chopra, D.C., to be Director, Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection.

5:49 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on the Olsen nomination and on the budget.

5:47 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke on the Olsen nomination.

5:29 p.m. Senator Warner spoke about the budget and asked unanimous consent for the Senate to confirm exec. cal. #347, Matthew G. Olsen to be an Assistant Attorney General (National Security). Senator Cornyn objected to the request.

5:20 p.m. Senator Lankford spoke about taxes and the budget.

5:14 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke about taxes and the budget.

5:08 p.m. Senator Cassidy spoke about taxes and the budget.

4:55 p.m. Senator Portman spoke about taxes and the budget.

4:44 p.m. Senator Daines spoke about taxes and the budget.

4:38 p.m. Senator Young spoke about taxes and the budget.

4:29 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about taxes and the budget.

4:20 p.m. Senator Sasse spoke about taxes and the budget.

4:13 p.m. Senator Crapo spoke about taxes and the budget.

3:33 p.m. Senator Cassidy spoke about flood insurance.

3:31 p.m. ML Schumer moved to discharge from the Banking Committee PN116 Rohit Chopra to be Director, Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection for a term of five years. The Senate will vote on the motion at approximately 5:45 p.m.

3:21 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke on Afghanistan.

3:18 p.m. By a vote of 52-45, the Senate confirmed the nomination of Margaret Strickland to be U.S. District Judge for the District of New Mexico.

Senators Collins, Graham, and Murkowski joined Democrats and voted in favor.

Senators Burr, Feinstein and Rounds did not vote.

2:35 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #231 Margaret Irene Strickland to be U.S. District Judge for the District of New Mexico.

2:26 p.m. Senator Cotton on the Taliban and on Afghanistan. Senator Cotton asked unanimous consent to call up and pass S. 2770. Senator Murphy objected.

2:17 p.m. Senator Haggerty paid tribute to Staff Sergeant Ryan Knauss.

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

12:37 p.m. The Senate stands in recess until 2:15 p.m.

12:36 p.m. By a vote of 52-46, the Senate invoked cloture on the Strickland nomination.

Senators Collins, Graham, and Murkowski joined Democrats and voted in favor.

Senators Feinstein and Rounds did not vote.

11:47 a.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Margaret Irene Strickland to be U.S. District Judge for the District of New Mexico.

11:42 a.m. Senator Heinrich spoke on the Strickland nomination.

11:28 a.m. Senator Thune spoke on the debt limit.

11:17 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke on the Strickland nomination and the debt limit.

11:01 a.m. Republican Leader McConnell spoke on taxes.

10:46 a.m. Majority Leader Schumer spoke on the continuing resolution and nominations.

The Senate began the Rule 14 process regarding S.2765, A bill to provide that Members of Congress may not receive pay after October 1 of any fiscal year in which Congress has not approved a concurrent resolution on the budget and passed the regular appropriations bills.

The Senate will convene at 10:30 a.m. Following Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of Executive Calendar #231, Margaret Irene Strickland, New Mexico, to be United States District Judge for the District of New Mexico.

At 11:30 a.m., the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Strickland nomination.

Following the cloture vote, the Senate will recess until 2:15pm for the weekly caucus meetings.

If cloture is invoked, at 2:30pm, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Strickland nomination.

As a reminder, cloture has been filed on the following nominations:

Executive Calendar #169, Lily Lawrence Batchelder, Massachusetts, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury.

Executive Calendar #245, Jayme Ray White, Washington, to be a Deputy United States Trade Representative.

Executive Calendar #341, Florence Y. Pan, District of Columbia, to be United States District Judge for the District of Columbia.

Monday, September 20, 2021

7:00 p.m. The Senate stands adjourned until 10:30am on Tuesday, September 21, 2021. Following Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of Executive Calendar #231, Margaret Irene Strickland, of New Mexico, to be United States District Judge for the District of New Mexico. At approximately 11:30am, the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Strickland nomination. Following the cloture vote, the Senate will recess until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings. If cloture is invoked, at 2:30pm, all post-cloture time will be considered expired, and the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Strickland nomination. During Monday’s session, Senator Schumer filed cloture on the following nominations: 1. Executive Calendar #169, Lily Lawrence Batchelder, of Massachusetts, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury. 2. Executive Calendar #245, Jayme Ray White, of Washington, to be a Deputy United States Trade Representative. 3. Executive Calendar #341, Florence Y. Pan, of the District of Columbia, to be United States District Judge for the District of Columbia. Tuesday, September 21st at approximately 11:30am – roll call vote: 1. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #231, Margaret Irene Strickland, of New Mexico, to be United States District Judge for the District of New Mexico Tuesday, September 21st at 2:30pm – if cloture is invoked, roll call vote: 1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #231, Margaret Irene Strickland, of New Mexico, to be United States District Judge for the District of New Mexico

6:30 p.m. Senator Ernst spoke on her legislation to honor the men and women who sacrificed in Afghanistan with a memorial on the mall.

6:17 p.m. Rossman nomination was confirmed 50-42.

5:30 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on confirmation of Veronica Rossman to be United States Circuit Judge for the Tenth Circuit.

5:08 p.m. Senator Tuberville spoke on taxes and China.

5:03 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke on immigration.

4:46 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on immigration.

4:40 p.m. Senator Manchin paid tribute to John Kennedy Bailey.

4:21 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke on the Supreme Court.

4:07 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke on the ruling by the Parliamentarian and on the pandemic.

3:55 p.m. Senator Fischer spoke on precision agriculture technology.

3:32 p.m. RL McConnell spoke on the recent ruling by the Parliamentarian and on the debt limit.

3:13 p.m. ML Schumer spoke on the continuing resolution, on judicial nominations and raising the debt limit.

3:00 p.m. The Senate convened.

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The Senate will convene at 3:00 p.m. and following Leader remarks, will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #231, Margaret Strickland to be United States District Judge for the District of New Mexico.

At 5:30 p.m. the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #251, Veronica Rossman to be United States Circuit Judge for the Tenth Circuit and immediately vote on confirmation of the nomination.

At 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, September 21st, the Senate will proceed to a cloture vote on the Strickland nomination.

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

1:54 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will next convene on Thursday, September 16th at 10:15 a.m. for a pro forma session only.

Following the pro forma session on Thursday, the Senate will next convene on Monday, September 20th at 3:00 p.m. with a 5:30 p.m. vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #251, Veronica S. Rossman, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Tenth Circuit.

By unanimous consent, the cloture motion on Executive Calendar #231, Margaret Irene Strickland, to be United States District Judge for the District of New Mexico, will ripen at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, September 21st.

The cloture motion with respect to the motion to proceed toS. 2093, the For the People Act, has been withdrawn.

During wrap-up:

  1. S. 2747  A bill to expand Americans’ access to the ballot box and reduce the influence of big money in politics, was placed on the calendar under the Rule 14 process.
  2. S. Res. 365, Honoring the Life, Legacy, and Achievements of MacNolia Cox, agreed to by unanimous consent.

1:30 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke on border security and paid tribute to the 13 service members killed in Afghanistan, and spoke on Afghanistan.

1:12 p.m. Senator Cornyn paid tribute to Corporal David Espinoza, spoke on Afghanistan, and spoke on the budget.

1:02 p.m. Senator Ernst paid tribute to Corporal Daegen William-Tyeler Page.

12:51 p.m. Senator Padilla spoke supporting the Freedom to Vote Act.

12:36 p.m. Senator Kaine spoke supporting the Freedom to Vote Act.

12:22 p.m. Senator Warnock spoke supporting the Freedom to Vote Act.

12:12 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke supporting the Freedom to Vote Act.

11:59 a.m. Senator Klobuchar spoke supporting the Freedom to Vote Act.

11:36 a.m. Senator Portman spoke on the economy.

11:31 a.m. Senator Padilla asked unanimous consent to withdraw the cloture motion with respect to the motion to proceed to S. 2093, For the People Act.

11:08 a.m. Senator Cassidy spoke about the impact of Hurricane Ida.

11:00 a.m. The Senate convened.

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The Senate will convene at 11:00 a.m. today. Following Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of Executive Calendar #231, Margaret Irene Strickland, to be United States District Judge for the District of New Mexico. By unanimous consent, the cloture motion on the Strickland nomination will ripen at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, September 21st.

The next roll call vote will be at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, September 20th, on confirmation of Executive Calendar #251, Veronica S. Rossman, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Tenth Circuit.

As a reminder, cloture has been filed on the following items:

1.      Motion to proceed to Calendar #77, S.2093, For the People Act of 2021.

2.      Executive Calendar #231, Margaret Irene Strickland, of New Mexico, to be United States District Judge for the District of New Mexico 

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

6:37 p.m. The Senate stands adjourned until 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 15th.

6:25 p.m. Senator Lankford spoke on vaccine mandates and on a potential government shutdown.

6:16 p.m. Majority Leader Schumer filed cloture on Exec. Cal. #231 Margaret Irene Strickland, NM, to be U.S. District Judge for the District of New Mexico.

The following was passed during wrap up:

  • By voice vote, passed S. 273 – Driftnet Modernization and Bycatch Reduction Act w/ Feinstein amendment
  • Passed S. 297 – Reinforcing American-Made Products Act

Adopted the following resolutions:

  • S.Res.315 – Hamilton Class Coast Guard cutters
  • S.Res.325 – PCOS Awareness Month
  • S.Res.339 – National Ataxia Awareness Day w/Murphy amendment
  • S.Res.362 – National Student Parent Month
  • S.Res.363 – School Bus Safety Month

6:15 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Rossman nomination. 51-44.

5:43 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Veronica S. Rossman to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Tenth Circuit.

5:43 p.m. The Senate confirmed the Kelley nomination by a vote of 52-44.

Republicans voting YES: Collins, Graham, and Grassley.

Senators not voting: Braun, Murkowski, Rounds, and Schatz.

4:58 p.m. The Senate began a vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #260 Angel Kelley to be U.S. District Judge for the District of Massachusetts.

4:54 p.m. Senator Bennet spoke in support of the Rossman nomination.

4:39 p.m. Senator Markey spoke in support of the Kelley nomination.

4:11 p.m. Senator Blunt spoke about Lance Corporal Jared Schmitz and the 12 other service members killed in Afghanistan.

4:04 p.m. Senator Cruz paid tribute to Lance Corporal David Lee Espinoza.

3:59 p.m. Senator Sasse paid tribute to Corporal Page and the other 12 service members killed in Afghanistan.

3:57 p.m. Senator Lummis paid tribute to Lance Corporal Rylee McCollum.

3:51 p.m. Senator Portman paid tribute to Navy Corpsman Max Soviak.

3:47 p.m. Senator Romney paid tribute to Staff Sergeant Taylor Hoover and the 12 other service members killed in Afghanistan.

3:43 p.m. Senator Fischer paid tribute to Corporal Page and the 12 other service members killed in Afghanistan.

3:34 p.m. Senator Lee spoke on Afghanistan.

3:34 p.m. By a vote of 52-43, the Senate invoked cloture on Executive Calendar #260 Angel Kelley to be U.S. District Judge for the District of Massachusetts.

Republican Senators Collins, Graham and Grassley joined Democrats and voted YES.

Not voting: Senators Braun, Murkowski, Rounds, Schatz and Young.

1:09 p.m. The Senate stands in recess until 2:15 p.m.

1:09 p.m. By a vote of 52-42, the Senate invoked cloture on David Estudillo to be US District Judge for the Western District of Washington.

Republican Senators voting yes: Collins, Ernst, Graham and Grassley.

Not voting: Senators Braun, Kaine, Murkowski, Rounds, Schatz and Young.

12:37 p.m. The Senate began a vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of David G. Estudillo to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Washington.

12:35 p.m. By a vote of 58-37, the Senate confirmed the Kvaal nomination.

11:57 a.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on confirmation of the nomination of James Richard Kvaal to be Under Secretary of Education.

11:52 a.m. Senator Murray spoke supporting the Kvaal nomination.

11:37 a.m. Senator Moran spoke on Afghanistan and the anniversary of the September 11th attacks.

11:22 a.m. Senator Hawley spoke on Afghanistan.

11:09 a.m. Senator Tuberville spoke on HBCUs.

10:52 a.m. Senator Thune spoke on Afghanistan, reconciliation, and the 20th anniversary of September 11th.

10:38 a.m. Republican Leader McConnell spoke on covid relief, taxes and Afghanistan.

10:19 a.m. Majority Leader Schumer spoke on nominations, reconciliation, voting rights, and the debt limit.

10:00 a.m. The Senate convened.

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The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m., and following Leader remarks, will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #64, James Kvaal to be Under Secretary of Education.

11:30 a.m. – Two roll call votes:

  1. Confirmation of the Kvall nomination.
  2. Cloture on Executive Calendar #252, David Estudillo to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Washington.

Following the vote on the Estudillo, the Senate will recess to accommodate the weekly caucus luncheons.

2:20 p.m. – Two roll call votes:

  1. Confirmation of the Estudillo nomination.
  2. Cloture on Executive Calendar #260, Angel Kelley to be United States District Judge for the District of Massachusetts.

5:30 p.m. – Two roll call votes:

  1. Confirmation of the Kelley nomination.
  2. Cloture on Executive Calendar #251, Veronica Rossman to be United States Circuit Judge for the Tenth Circuit.

Monday, September 13, 2021


7:00 p.m.

The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Tuesday, September 14, 2021. Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #64, James Richard Kvaal, of Massachusetts, to be Under Secretary of Education, post cloture. At 11:30am, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Kvaal nomination followed by a cloture vote on Executive Calendar #252, David G. Estudillo, of Washington, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Washington. Following the cloture vote, the Senate will recess until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings. At 2:20pm, all post-cloture time on the Estudillo nomination will expire and the Senate will vote on confirmation of the nomination followed by a cloture vote on Executive Calendar #260, Angel Kelley, of Massachusetts, to be United States District Judge for the District of Massachusetts. Finally, at 5:30pm, all post-cloture time on the Kelley nomination will expire and the Senate will vote on confirmation of the nomination followed by a cloture vote on Executive Calendar #251, Veronica S. Rossman, of Colorado, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Tenth Circuit. Cloture has been filed on the following items: 1. Executive Calendar #252, David G. Estudillo, of Washington, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Washington 2. Executive Calendar #260, Angel Kelley, of Massachusetts, to be United States District Judge for the District of Massachusetts 3. Executive Calendar #251, Veronica S. Rossman, of Colorado, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Tenth Circuit 4. Motion to proceed to Calendar #77, S.2093, For the People Act of 2021. Tuesday, September 14th at 11:30am – 2 roll call votes: 1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #64, James Richard Kvaal, of Massachusetts, to be Under Secretary of Education 2. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #252, David G. Estudillo, of Washington, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Washington Tuesday, September 14th at 2:20pm – 2 roll call votes: 1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #252, David G. Estudillo, of Washington, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Washington 2. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #260, Angel Kelley, of Massachusetts, to be United States District Judge for the District of Massachusetts Tuesday, September 14th at 5:30pm – 2 roll call votes: 1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #260, Angel Kelley, of Massachusetts, to be United States District Judge for the District of Massachusetts 2. Executive Calendar #251, Veronica S. Rossman, of Colorado, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Tenth Circuit

6:17 p.m. Senator Brown spoke on Labor Day.

6:17 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Kvaal nomination, 55-37.

5:39 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of James Kvaal to be Under Secretary of Education.

5:14 p.m. Senator Menendez spoke on foreign affairs nominations and the Senate confirmed by voice vote exec. cal. #335, the nomination of Donald Lu, to be Assistant Secretary of State for South Asian Affairs. Senator Cruz spoke on the nominee.

Additionally, the Senate confirmed the following by voice vote:

exec. cal. #150 Brett M. Holmgren, MN, to be an Assistant Secretary of State, Intelligence and Research.

exec. cal. #322 Brian A. Nichols, RI, to be an Assistant Secretary of State, Western Hemisphere Affairs.

Senator Menendez also asked unanimous consent for the Senate to confirm exec. cal. #323 Marcela Escobari, MA, to be an Assistant Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development. Senator Cruz objected.

5:10 p.m. Senator Rubio paid tribute to former staffer Richard Kinkoff.

4:51 p.m. Senator Blackburn spoke on 9/11 and Afghanistan.

4:37 p.m. Senator King spoke on Afghanistan and then paid tribute to retiring Tim Hudson from the National Park Service.

4:20 p.m. Senator Barrasso paid tribute to Lance Corporal Rylee McCollum and spoke on Afghanistan.

4:03 p.m. Senator Tuberville spoke on 9/11.

3:45 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke on Afghanistan, the budget, and 9/11.

3:37 p.m. Republican Leader McConnell spoke on Afghanistan.

3:23 p.m. Majority Leader Schumer spoke on the budget, the debt ceiling, and voting rights.

The Senate will convene at 3:00 p.m., and following any Leader remarks, will resume consideration of the nomination of James Kvaal to be Under Secretary of Education.

At 5:30 p.m., the Senate will vote on cloture on the Kvaal nomination.

Cloture has also been filed on the following:

1. Executive Calendar #252, David Estudillo to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Washington.

2. Executive Calendar #260, Angel Kelley to be United States District Judge for the District of Massachusetts

3. Executive Calendar #251, Veronica Rossman to be United States Circuit Judge for the Tenth Circuit

4. Motion to proceed to S.2093, For the People Act of 2021.

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