Friday, December 6, 2019

The Senate stands adjourned until 3 p.m. on Monday, December 9, when it will resume consideration of Patrick Bumatay’s nomination to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court.

At 5:30 p.m. Monday, there will be a cloture vote on the Bumatay nomination

Thursday, December 5, 2019

3:57 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will reconvene at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, December 9. They will resume consideration of Patrick Bumatay to be a circuit judge for the 9th Circuit. At 5:30 p.m. they will vote on the cloture motion in relation to the Bumatay nomination.

Passed during wrap up:

S. 743-awarding Congressional Gold Medal to the members of “Merrill’s Marauders.”

3:33 p.m. Senator Boozman spoke about trade.

3:24 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke about climate change.

2:49 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about the World Bank and the Department of Defense.

2:19 p.m. Senator Kennedy spoke on the 5G auction decision.

2:15 p.m. ML McConnell filed cloture on the following nominations:

  • Patrick Bumatay to be a circuit judge for the 9th Circuit
  • Lawrence VanDyke to be a circuit judge for the 9th circuit
  • John Sullivan to be Ambassador to Russia
  • Stephen Hahn to be Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration
  • Aurelia Skipwith to be Director of the Fish and Wildlife Service

2:14 p.m. The Duncan nomination was confirmed 89-0.

Senators not voting: 4 Democrats: Booker, Harris, Klobuchar and Warren; 6 Republicans: Isakson, Moran, Murkowski, Paul, Perdue and Rounds; 1 Independent: Sanders.

1:33 p.m. Roll call vote began on confirmation of the nomination of Robert Duncan to be a Governor of the United States Postal Service.

1:28 p.m. Senator Whitehouse paid tribute to Senator Isakson.

1:17 p.m. Senator Coons spoke on judicial nominations.

1:00 p.m. Senators Menendez and Cruz discussed genocide in Armenia.  Menendez asked unanimous consent to take up and pass S Res 150 on that topic; Senator Cramer objected.

12:58 p.m. The Lydon nomination was confirmed 76-13.

Senators voting in favor: 47 Republicans, 28 Democrats, 1 Independent: King.

Senators voting against: 13 Democrats:Bennet, Blumenthal, Brown, Cantwell, Gillibrand, Hirono, Markey, Merkley, Murray, Schatz, Schumer, Smith & Van Hollen.

Senators not voting: 4 Democrats: Booker, Harris, Klobuchar and Warren; 6 Republicans: Isakson, Moran, Murkowski, Paul, Perdue and Rounds; 1 Independent: Sanders.

12:33 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on confirmation of the nomination of Sherri Lydon to be United States District Judge for the District of South Carolina.

12:32 p.m. The Myers nomination was confirmed, 68-21.

Senators voting in favor: 47 Republicans, 20 Democrats, 1 Independent: King.

Senators voting against: 21 Democrats: Baldwin, Bennet, Blumenthal, Brown, Cantwell, Cortez Masto, Gillibrand, Heinrich, Hirono, Markey, Menendez, Merkley, Murray, Schatz, Schumer, Smith, Stabenow, Udall, Van Hollen, Whitehouse and Wyden.

Senators not voting: 4 Democrats: Booker, Harris, Klobuchar and Warren; 6 Republicans: Isakson, Moran, Murkowski, Paul, Perdue and Rounds; 1 Independent: Sanders.

12:00 p.m. Roll call began on confirmation of Richard Myers to be U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina.

11:52 a.m. Senator Burr spoke in favor of the Myers nomination.

11:50 a.m. Senator Tillis spoke in favor of the Myers nomination.

11:39 a.m. Senator Cantwell spoke about taxes.

11:32 a.m. Senator Gardner spoke about Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona.

11:10 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about impeachment and energy.

10:50 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about impeachment.

10:35 a.m. Senator Scott of South Carolina secured consent for passage of H.R.2426, as amended, to benefit historically black colleges and to simplify the financial aid process for students from minority groups. Senators Alexander, Murray, Jones and Coons were granted recognition to join Senator Scott in a colloquy about the legislation.

10:15 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell criticized Democrats on impeachment, appropriations, and defense spending.

10:04 a.m. Senator Grassley spoke about the World Bank and China.

*****

The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m. and resume consideration of the nomination of Richard Myers to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina.

12:00 noon – 2 roll call votes:

1.       Confirmation of Executive Calendar #479, Richard Myers to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina

2.       Confirmation of Executive Calendar #489, Sherri Lydon to be United States District Judge for the District of South Carolina

1:45pm – 1 roll call vote:

1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #386, Robert Duncan to be a Governor of the United States Postal Service for a term expiring December 8, 2025.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

5:59 p.m. The Senate adjourned.

5:56 p.m. Senator Blackburn wrapped up the days session.  The Senate confirmed the nomination of Hugh Halpern to be Director of the Government Publishing Office.

Passed by UC: S Res 446, regarding printing of tributes to Senator Hagan and HR 5277.

5:39 p.m. Senator Brown paid tribute to Harrison Dillard.

5:07 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke on climate change for the 260th time; on this occassion discussing a recently released report from the National Council for Science and the Environment.

4:59 p.m. Senator Blackburn spoke the situation in Hong Kong.

4:32 p.m. Senator Stabenow spoke on various legislative proposals that have passed the House before discussing health care.

4:21 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about USMCA.

4:13 p.m. Senator King spoke about blueberries.

4:04 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke on his recent trip with the President to Afghanistan and the defense authorization and appropriations bills.

4:03 p.m. The Barlow nomination was confirmed 88-4.

Senators voting NO: Gillibrand, Klobuchar, Markey, and Merkley. Senators absent: Booker, Harris, Johnson, Murkowski, Rounds, Sanders, Tillis, and Warren.

3:30 p.m. Roll call vote began on confirmation of the nomination of David Barlow, to be a United States District Judge for the District of Utah.

3:30 p.m. The Huffaker nomination was confirmed, 89-4.

Senators voting against: 4 Democrats: Gillibrand, Klobuchar, Markey and Merkley.

Senators not voting: 3 Democrats: Booker,Harris and Warren; 3 Republicans: Johnson, Murkowski and Rounds; 1 Independent:  Sanders.

3:11 p.m. Roll call vote began on confirmation of the nomination of Austin Huffaker to be a United States District Judge for the Middle District of Alabama.

3:10 p.m. The Cole nomination was confirmed 64-29.

Senators voting in favor: 50 Republicans, 13 Democrats: Brown, Carper, Casey, Coons, Durbin, Hassan, Jones, Leahy, Manchin, Murphy, Reed, Sinema and Whitehouse; 1 Independent: King.

Senators voting against: 29 Democrats.

Senators not voting: 3 Democrats: Booker,Harris and Warren; 3 Republicans: Isakson, Murkowski and Rounds; 1 Independent: Sanders.

2:55 p.m. Roll call vote began on confirmation of the nomination of Douglas Cole to be a United States District Judge for the Southern District of Ohio.

2:54 p.m. The Pitlyk nomination was confirmed 49-44.

Senators voting in favor: 49 Republicans.

Senators voting against: 42 Democrats, 1 Republican: Collins; 1 Independent: King.

Senators not voting: 3 Democrats: Booker,Harris and Warren; 3 Republicans: Isakson, Murkowski and Rounds; 1 Independent:  Sanders.

2:31 p.m. Roll call vote began on the nomination of Sarah Pitlyk to be a United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Missouri.

2:30 p.m. The Senate confirmed the Sinatra nomination, 75-18.

Senators voting in favor: 50 Republicans, 24 Democrats, 1 Independent: King.

Senators voting against: 18 Democrats: Blumenthal, Brown, Cantwell, Duckworth, Durbin, Gillibrand, Heinrich, Hirono, Klobuchar, Markey, Menendez, Merkley, Murray, Schatz, Smith, Udall, Van Hollen and Wyden.

Senators not voting: 3 Democrats: Booker,Harris and Warren; 3 Republicans: Isakson, Murkowski and Rounds; 1 Independent:  Sanders.

2:00 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on confirmation of the Sinatra nomination to be a United States District Judge for the Western District of New York.

1:40 p.m. Senator Sasse spoke supporting the USMCA.

1:34 p.m. Senator Hoeven spoke supporting the USMCA.

1:26 p.m. Senator Tillis spoke supporting the USMCA.

1:14 p.m. Senator Ernst spoke supporting the USMCA.

12:58 p.m. Senator Peters spoke about Veteran’s job training, calls up and passes S.760 by voice vote.

12:57 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Duncan nomination, 91-1.

Senator Hirono voted no.

12:31 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the nomination of Robert Duncan to be a Governor of the United States Postal Service for a term expiring December 8, 2025.

12:31 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Lydon nomination, 79-14.

Senators voting in favor: 51 Republicans, 27 Democrats, 1 Independent: King.

Senators voting against: 14 Democrats: Bennet, Brown, Blumenthal, Cantwell, Gillibrand, Hirono, Klobuchar, Markey, Merkley, Murray, Schatz, Schumer, Smith & Van Hollen.

Senators not voting: 3 Democrats: Booker, Harris and Warren; 3 Republicans: Isakson, Murkowski and Rounds; 1 Independent: Sanders.

12:09 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the nomination of Sherri Lydon to be a United States District Judge for the District of South Carolina.

12:09 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Myers nomination, 72-22.

Senators voting in favor: 51 Republicans, 20 Democrats, 1 Independent: King.

Senators voting against: 22 Democrats: Baldwin, Bennet, Blumenthal, Brown, Cantwell, Cortez Masto, Gillibrand, Heinrich, Hirono, Klobuchar, Markey, Menendez, Merkley, Murray, Schatz, Schumer, Smith, Stabenow, Udall, Van Hollen, Whitehouse and Wyden.

Senators not voting: 3 Democrats: Booker, Harris and Warren; 2 Republicans: Murkowski and Rounds; 1 Independent: Sanders.

11:33 p.m. The Senate began voting on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Richard Ernest Myers II to be a US District Judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina.

11:22 p.m. Senator Lee spoke on the Barlow nomination.

11:05 p.m. Senator Portman spoke about the trade agreement with Mexico and Canada.

10:48 a.m. Senator Lankford spoke about the economy and the federal deficit.

10:37 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about impeachment. He spoke about spending negotiations. He criticized proposed changes in the food stamp program.

10:27 a.m. Senator Thune spoke about a coming wave of new technology — “5G,” for fifth-generation — and the bandwidth and security it will need.

10:07 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about Hong Kong.

*****

The Senate will convene at  10 a.m. and will resume consideration of the nomination of Richard Ernest Myers II, of North Carolina, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina.

At 11:30 a.m., cloture votes will occur on these nominations:

  1.  Richard Ernest Myers II, of North Carolina, to be a United States District Judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina
  2.  Sherri A. Lydon, of South Carolina, to be a United States District Judge for the District of South Carolina
  3.  Robert M. Duncan, of Kentucky, to be a Governor of the United States Postal Service for a term expiring December 8, 2025

At 2 p.m., confirmation votes will occur on these nominations:

  1. John L. Sinatra, Jr. to be a United States District Judge for the Western District of New York
  2. Sarah E. Pitlyk to be a United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Missouri
  3. Douglas Russell Cole to be a United States District Judge for the Southern District of Ohio
  4. R. Austin Huffaker, Jr. to be a United States District Judge for the Middle District of Alabama
  5. David B. Barlow, to be a United States District Judge for the District of Utah

Thursday December 5 if cloture has been invoked on these nominations, confirmation votes will occur:

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #479, Richard Ernest Myers II, of North Carolina, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina
  2. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #489, Sherri A. Lydon, of South Carolina, to be United States District Judge for the District of South Carolina
  3. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #386, Robert M. Duncan, of Kentucky, to be a Governor of the United States Postal Service for a term expiring December 8, 2025

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

6:36 p.m. The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 4, 2019. Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #479, Richard Ernest Myers II, of North Carolina, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina.

6:35 p.m. Senator Merkley asked u.c. to change his vote from No to Yes on roll call #372, (motion to invoke cloture for Douglas Russell Cole to be U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Ohio). The tally on cloture of the Cole nomination is now 62-29.

6:35 p.m. The Senate invoked cloture 88-4: on Executive Calendar #460 David B. Barlow to be U.S. District Judge for the District of Utah.

6:20 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #460 David B. Barlow to be U.S. District Judge for the District of Utah.

6:19 p.m. The Senate invoked cloture on Executive Calendar #459 R. Austin Huffaker, Jr. to be U.S. District Judge for the Middle District of Alabama by a tally of 88-4.
Senators Gillibrand, Hirono, Markey and Merkley voted no.
6:03 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #459 R. Austin Huffaker, Jr. to be U.S. District Judge for the Middle District of Alabama.
6:03 p.m. The Senate invoked cloture on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #381 Douglas Russell Cole to be U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Ohio by a tally of 61-30.
Not voting: Senators Booker, Harris, Isakson, Johnson, Klobuchar, Murkowski, Rounds, Sanders, and Warren.

5:48 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #381 Douglas Russell Cole to be U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Ohio.

5:45 p.m. The Senate invoked cloture by a tally of 50-43 on Executive Calendar #478 Sarah E. Pitlyk to be U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Missouri.

Senator Collins voted no.

Not voting: Senators Booker, Harris, Klobuchar, Murkowski, Rounds, Sanders and Warren.

5:00 p.m. The Senate began a vote on cloture on the nomination of Sarah E. Pitlyk to be a Judge for the Eastern District of Missouri.

2:57 p.m. Senators Perdue, Coons, Grassley, Murray, Roberts, Leahy, Collins, Durbin, Enzi, Reed, Alexander, Cardin, Cornyn, Blunt, Thune, Carper and Portman paid tribute to Senator Isakson.

2:29 p.m. Senator Isakson delivered his farewell speech.

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

12:55 p.m. The Senate recessed until 2:15 p.m. to accommodate the weekly Caucus luncheons.

12:51 p.m. Senator Feinstein spoke against the Lyndon nomination.

12:48 p.m. Senator Wicker announced at 4:30 pm, the Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of John Sinatra Jr. to be a Judge for the Western District of New York, post-cloture, with the time until 5:00 pm equally divided between the two Leaders or their designees.

 At 5 pm today, the Senate will proceed to four roll call votes relative to the following:

  • Cloture on the nomination of Sarah E. Pitlyk to be a Judge for the Eastern District of Missouri.
  • Cloture on the nomination of Douglas Russell Cole to be a Judge for the Southern District of Ohio.
  • Cloture on the nomination R. Austin Huffaker, Jr. to be a Judge for the Middle District of Alabama.
  • Cloture on the nomination David B. Barlow to be a Judge for the District of Utah.

On Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at 11:30 am, the Senate will proceed to three roll call votes relative to the following:

  • Cloture on the nomination of Richard Ernest Myers II to be a Judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina.
  • Cloture on the nomination of Sherri A. Lydon to be a Judge for the District of South Carolina.
  • Cloture on the nomination of Robert M. Duncan to be a Governor of the United States Postal Service.

At 2:00 pm, on Wednesday if cloture has been invoked, the Senate will proceed to five roll call votes relative to the following:

  • Confirmation of the nomination of John L. Sinatra to be a Judge for the Western District of New York.
  • Confirmation of the nomination of Sarah E. Pitlyk to be a Judge for the Eastern District of Missouri.
  • Confirmation of the nomination of Douglas Russell Cole to be a District Judge for the Southern District of Ohio.
  • Confirmation of the nomination R. Austin Huffaker, Jr. to be a Judge for the Middle District of Alabama.
  • Confirmation of the nomination David B. Barlow to be a Judge for the District of Utah.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

  • If cloture is invoked on the Myers, Lydon, and Duncan nominations, the confirmation votes will occur on Thursday, December 5 at a time to be determined by the Majority Leader in consultation with the Democratic Leader.

12:46 p.m. The Senate invoked cloture on the Sinatra nomination by a tally of 76-16.

Senators voting against: 16 Democrats: Blumenthal, Brown, Cantwell, Duckworth, Durbin, Heinrich, Hirono, Markey, Menendez, Merkley, Murray, Schatz, Smith, Udall, Van Hollen and Wyden.

Senators not voting: 6 Democrats: Bennet, Booker, Gillbrand, Harris, Klobuchar, Warren & Whitehouse; 1 Independent: Sanders; 1 Republican: Rounds.

12:25 p.m. The Senate is currently voting on the Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #353, John L. Sinatra, Jr., of New York, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of New York.

11:46 a.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on confirmation of the nomination of Eric Komitee to be a Judge for the Eastern District of New York.  He was confirmed by a roll call vote of 86-4.
YES: 51 Republicans, 34 Democrats & independent King.
NO: Democrats Cantwell, Heinrich, Markey & Murray.
NOT VOTING: Democrats Bennet, Booker, Gillbrand, Harris, Klobuchar, Warren & Whitehouse; independent Sanders; Republicans Rounds & Scott of South Carolina…..

11:18 a.m. Senator Blackburn spoke on constituent frustration.

11:07 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke on immigration.

10:50 a.m. Senator Cotton spoke about Communist China.

10:41 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about impeachment and about Russian interference in U.S. elections. He paid tribute to Senator Isakson.

10:36 a.m. Senator Moran spoke about the trade agreement.

10:11 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade deal, appropriations, and the defense authorization. He paid tribute to Senator Isakson.

10:02 a.m. Senator Grassley spoke about Iran.

*****

The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m. and resume consideration of the nomination of Eric Komitee to be a Judge for the Eastern District of New York.

 Two roll call votes at 11:45 a.m.

  • Confirmation of the nomination of Eric Komitee to be a Judge for the Eastern District of New York.
  • Cloture on the nomination of John Sinatra to be a Judge for the Western District of New York.

The Senate will recess from 12:30 p.m. until 2:15 p.m. for a bipartisan caucus luncheon honoring Senator Isakson.

 At 2:30 p.m Senator Isakson will deliver his farewell address.

Additional votes in relation to the pending nominations (listed below) are expected during today’s session, potentially around 5:00 p.m.

Cloture has also been filed on the following nominations:

  • Sarah Pitlyk to be a Judge for the Eastern District of Missouri.
  • DouglasCole to be a District Judge for the Southern District of Ohio
  • Austin Huffaker to be a Judge for the Middle District of Alabama
  • David Barlow to be a Judge for the District of Utah
  • Richard Myers to be a Judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina
  • Sherri Lydon to be a Judge for the District of South Carolina.
  • Robert Duncan to be a Governor of the United States Postal Service

Monday, December 2, 2019

6:37 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will convene at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 3rd and will resume consideration of the Komitee nomination.

At 11:45 p.m. there will be two votes:

  1. Confirmation of Eric Ross Komitee, of New York, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of New York.
  2. Cloture on John L. Sinatra, Jr., of New York, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of New York.

The Senate will recess from 12:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. for weekly caucus lunches.

During wrap-up:

  • H.R. 1138, Reauthorizing the West Valley Demonstration Projected; adopted by unanimous consent.
  • S. Res. 318, and the committee reported amendments, to Support the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and the Replenishment; adopted by unanimous consent.
  • S. Res. 442, designating November 2019 as “National Runaway Prevention Month”; adopted by voice vote.

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6:33 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Komitee nomination, 81-5.

Senators voting against: Cantwell, Heinrich, Hirono, Markey and Murray.
Senators not voting: 8 Democrats: Bennet, Booker, Gillibrand, Harris, Jones, Klobuchar, Warren and Whitehouse; 5 Republicans: Blunt, Portman, Rounds, Scott of South Carolina and Toomey; 1 Independent: Sanders.

6:12 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the nomination of Eric Komitee to be a US District Judge for the Eastern District of New York.

6:10 p.m. The Brouillette nomination was confirmed 70-15.

Senators voting in favor: 47 Republicans, 22 Democrats, 1 Independent: King.

Senators voting against: 15 Democrats: Baldwin, Blumenthal, Brown, Cortez Masto, Hirono, Leahy, Markey, Menendez, Merkley, Reed, Rosen, Schatz, Schumer, Van Hollen and Wyden.

Senators not voting: 8 Democrats: Bennet, Booker, Gillibrand, Harris, Jones, Klobuchar, Warren and Whitehouse; 6 Republicans: Blunt, Graham, Portman, Rounds, Scott of South Carolina and Toomey; 1 Independent: Sanders.

5:30 p.m. Roll call vote began on confirmation of the Brouillette nomination.

5:25 p.m. Senator Manchin spoke on the Brouillette nomination.

5:11 p.m. Senator Alexander spoke about the Brouillette nomination.

4:49 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke about the Brouillette nomination.

3:51 p.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about Russian made phone apps, election security, and appropriations.

3:26 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about Thanksgiving and about the legislative agenda, including appropriations, the defense authorization, and the U.S-Mexico-Canada trade pact.

3:02 p.m. Senator Grassely spoke about the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement.

*****

The Senate convenes today at 3:00 p.m. following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Dan R. Brouillette, of Texas, to be Secretary of Energy, post-cloture.

At 5:30 p.m., all post-cloture time will expire and the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Brouillette nomination. Following its disposition, the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Eric Ross Komitee, of New York, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of New York.

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

  1. Eric Ross Komitee, of New York, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of New York
  2. John L. Sinatra, Jr., of New York, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of New York
  3. Sarah E. Pitlyk, of Missouri, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Missouri
  4. Douglas Russell Cole, of Ohio, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Ohio
  5. R. Austin Huffaker, Jr., of Alabama, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Alabama
  6. David B. Barlow, of Utah, to be United States District Judge for the District of Utah
  7. Richard Ernest Myers II, of North Carolina, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina
  8. Sherri A. Lydon, of South Carolina, to be United States District Judge for the District of South Carolina
  9. Robert M. Duncan, of Kentucky, to be a Governor of the United States Postal Service

Monday, December 2nd at 5:30 pm – 2 roll call votes:

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #503, Dan R. Brouillette, of Texas, to be Secretary of Energy
  2. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #347, Eric Ross Komitee, of New York, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of New York

 

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

7:01 a.m. The Senate convened for a pro forma session, Senator Moran presiding. No business was conducted.

The final pro forma session of the Thanksgiving recess will occur at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, November 29.

The Senate will next convene for a regular session at 3 p.m. on Monday, December 2, and will resume consideration of the nomination of Dan R. Brouillette of Texas as secretary of the Department of Energy.

A cloture vote on the Brouillette nomination will occur at 5:30 p.m. Monday.

 

Friday, November 22, 2019

9:34 a.m. The Senate met in pro forma session, Senator Blunt  presiding. No business was conducted.

Two more pro forma sessions will be held during the Thanksgiving recess: Tuesday, November 26 at 7 a.m. and Friday, November 29 at 9:30 a.m.

The Senate will next convene in legislative session on Monday, December 2 at 3 p.m. At 5:30 p.m. on December 2, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the nomination of of Dan R. Brouillette, of Texas, to be secretary of of the Department of Energy. The Senate will then vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Eric Ross Komitee to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

5:07 p.m. The Senate adjourned and Senator Fischer asked u.c. that when the Senate meet next for pro forma sessions on:

  • Friday, November 22nd at 9:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday, November 26th at 7:00 a.m.
  • Friday, November 29th at 9:30 a.m.

5:00 p.m. Executive Calendar #456 John E. Kramer to be Chief Financial Officer, Department of Transportation. 2. Executive Calendar #493 Ian Steff to be Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Director General of the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service, Executive Calendar #495 Carl Bentzel to be a Federal Maritime Commissioner for the term expiring June 30, 2024, confirmed en bloc by voice vote.

4:59 p.m. Executive Calendar 129, Department of Labor John Lowry to be Assistant Secretary of Labor for Veterans’ Employment and Training, confirmed by voice vote.

4:57 p.m. En bloc consideration of Executive Calendar #482 Joshua Deahl to be an Associate Judge of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals for the term of 15 years; Exec. Cal. #483 Deborah J. Israel to be an Associate Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia for the term of 15 years; and Exec. Cal. #484 Andrea L. Hertzfeld to be an Associate Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia for the term of 15 years. The nominations were confirmed en bloc by voice vote.

4:56 p.m. Executive Calendar #420 E. Sequoyah Simermeyer to be Chairman of the National Indian Gaming Commission for the term of 3 years, confirmed by voice vote.

4:55 p.m. En bloc consideration of Executive Calendar #485 Robert Dixon to be U.S. Marshal for the Superior Court of the District of Columbia for the term of 4 years; Executive Calendar #537 Thomas O’Connor to be U.S. Marshal for the Southern District of Texas for a term of 4 years; and Executive Calendar #539 Ralph Sozio to be U.S. Marshal for the Southern District of New York for the term of 4 years, the nominations were confirmed en bloc.

4:54 p.m. Military Promotions confirmed by unanimous consent: Executive Calendar #510 – 517, and all nominations on the Secretary’s Desk in the Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Coast Guard and Foreign Service.

4:53 p.m. S.Res. 435, reaffirming the importance of the General Security of Military Information Agreement between the Republic of Korea and Japan, and for other purposes, adopted by u.c.

4:52 p.m. S. 1846, with Peters substitute amendment: State and Local Government Cybersecurity Act.

4:51 p.m. S. 333, National Cybersecurity Preparedness Consortium Act, passed by u.c.

4:51 p.m. passed en bloc:

  • Calendar #293, S.2712 – A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 430 South Knowles Avenue in New Richmond, Wisconsin, as the “Captain Robert C. Harmon and Private John R. Peirson Post Office Building”.
  • Calendar #294, H.R.887 – designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 877 East 1200 South in Orem, Utah, as the “Jerry C. Washburn Post Office Building”.
  • Calendar #295, H.R.1252 – designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 6531 Van Nuys Boulevard in Van Nuys, California, as the “Marilyn Monroe Post Office”.
  • Calendar #296, H.R.1253 – designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 13507 Van Nuys Boulevard in Pacoima, California, as the “Ritchie Valens Post Office Building”.
  • Calendar #297, H.R.1526 – designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 200 Israel Road Southeast in Tumwater, Washington, as the “Eva G. Hewitt Post Office”.
  • Calendar #298, H.R.1844 – designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 66 Grove Court in Elgin, Illinois, as the “Corporal Alex Martinez Memorial Post Office Building”.
  • Calendar #299, H.R.1972 – designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1100 West Kent Avenue in Missoula, Montana, as the “Jeannette Rankin Post Office Building”.
  • Calendar #300, H.R.2151 – designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 7722 South Main Street in Pine Plains, New York, as the “Senior Chief Petty Officer Shannon M. Kent Post Office”.
  • Calendar #301, H.R.2325 – designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 100 Calle Alondra in San Juan, Puerto Rico, as the “65th Infantry Regiment Post Office Building”.
  • Calendar #302, H.R.3144 – designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 8520 Michigan Avenue in Whittier, California, as the “Jose Ramos Post Office Building”.
  • Calendar #303, H.R.3314 – designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1750 McCulloch Boulevard North in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, as the “Lake Havasu City Combat Veterans Memorial Post Office Building”.
  • Calendar #247, H.R.2451 – designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 575 Dexter Street in Central Falls, Rhode Island, as the “Elizabeth Buffum Chace Post Office

4:50 p.m. H.R. 2334, Wilson and Young Medal of Honor VA Clinic, passed by u.c.

4:50 p.m. S. 900, Travis W. Atkins Department of Veterans Affairs Clinic, passed by u.c.

4:49 p.m. S. 1430, Representative Payee Fraud Prevention Act, passed as amended with the Lankford-Peters amendment.

4:48 p.m. S 2193, CHARGE Act., passed as amended.

4:46 p.m. Senator Fischer began wrap up and asked u.c. for the en bloc consideration of:

  • Adopted S.Res.437: expressing support for the goals of Stomach Cancer Awareness Month.
  • Adopted S.Res.438: expressing support for the goals of National Adoption Month and National Adoption Day.
  • Adopted S.Res.439: designating December 1, 2019, as “Drive Safer Sunday”.
  • Adopted S.Res.440: designating December 14, 2019, as “Wreaths Across America Day”.
  • Adopted S.Res.441: celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 12 Moon landing.

3:58 p.m. Senator Reed spoke about crimes committed by members of the Armed Forces.

3:50 p.m. Senator Cortez Masto spoke about health care.

3:37 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke about the Alaskan of the week, Rose Marie Havish.

3:22 p.m. Senator Van Hollen spoke about the NDAA.

3:03 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the Violence Against Women Act.

2:55 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke about the pardon of Chief Petty Officer Edward Gallagher.

2:38 p.m. Senator Portman spoke about renaming NASA’s Plumbrook Station in Ohio after Neil Armstrong. He then spoke about China stealing research.

2:37 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Brouillette nomination by a vote of 74 to 18.

Voting NO: Senators Baldwin, Bennet, Blumenthal, Brown, Cortez Masto, Gillibrand, Hirono, Leahy, Markey, Menendez, Merkley, Reed, Rosen, Schatz, Schumer, Van Hollen, Whitehouse, and Wyden.

1:33 p.m Roll call vote began on cloture on the Brouillette nomination.

1:31 p.m. Senator Murkowski spoke in favor of the Brouillette nomination.

1:16 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke against the Brouillette nomination.

1:12 p.m. Senator Brown spoke on pensions for coal miners.

1:02 p.m. Senators Menendez and Cruz spoke on Armenian Genocide; asked UC to take up and pass S Res 150; Senator Perdue objected.

1:00 p.m. ML McConnell passed H Con Res 75; (correction in enrollment of HR 3055); filed cloture on nomination of Robert Duncan to be a governor of the US Postal Service.

12:59 p.m. The CR HR 3055;was agreed to 74-20.

Senators voting against: 20 Republicans Blackburn, Braun, Cruz, Daines, Enzi, Ernst, Fischer, Hawley, Inhofe, Lee, Paul, Perdue, Risch, Romney, Rounds, Sasse, Scott of Florida, Scott of South Carolina, Tillis and Toomey.

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

12:33 p.m. Vote on passage of the CR began.

12:32 p.m. Cloture was invoked, 75-19.

Voting against: 19 Republicans Blackburn, Braun, Cruz, Daines, Enzi, Ernst, Fischer, Hawley, Inhofe, Lee, Paul, Perdue, Risch, Romney, Rounds, Sasse, Scott of Florida, Tillis and Toomey.

Not voting: 4 Democrats: Booker, Harris, Klobuchar and Warren; 1 Republican: Cassidy; 1 Independent: Sanders.

12:10 p.m. The vote began on cloture for the appropriations package.

12:09 p.m. By a vote of 73 to 20, the Senate tabled the Paul motion to cut the appropriation by 1 percent.

YEA: All 40  Democrats present; independent King and 31 Republicans.

NAY: 20 Republicans Blackburn, Braun, Cornyn, Crapo, Cruz, Daines, Ernst, Fischer, Kennedy, Lankford, Lee, McSally, Paul, Risch, Romney, Sasse, Scott of South Carolina, Sullivan, Tillis and Young.

NOT VOTING: Democrats Booker, Harris, Klobuchar and Warren; independent Sanders; Republicans Cassidy and Cotton.

11:33 a.m. Senator Leahy spoke against the Paul amendment.

11:25 a.m. Senator Paul spoke on his amendment, #1250 to reduce the appropriation by 1 percent and put the savings toward the Highway Trust Fund and certain Environmental Protection Agency public works.

10:58 a.m. Senator Manchin spoke about the Farmington mine disaster and West Virginia miners.

10:51 a.m. Senator Boozman spoke about the Arkansas Gazette.

10:43 a.m. Senator Cotton spoke about the 200th Anniversary of The Arkansas Gazette.

10:32 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about Thanksgiving and about the impeachment inquiry. He spoke about the appropriations package.

10:26 a.m. Senator Thune spoke about Hong Kong.

10:07 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the continuing appropriations package. He spoke about the defense authorization. He secured second reading for H.R. 2920, to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act. He spoke about nominations.

Senator McConnell filed cloture motions on these nominations: Eric Komittee to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York; John L. Sinatra Jr. to U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York; Sarah E. Pitlyk to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri; Douglas Russell Cole to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio; R. Austin Huffaker Jr. to the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama; David B. Barlow to the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah; Richard Earnest Myers II to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina; Sherry Lydon to the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina;

10:03 a.m. Senator Grassley spoke about foster care.

*****

The Senate will convene at 10 a.m. and will resume consideration of the nomination of Dan Brouillette to be secretary of the Department of Energy.

 At 11:30 a.m., the Chair will lay before the Senate the House message to accompany H.R.3055 (Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2020, and Further Health Extenders Act of 2019).

Senator Paul will move to concur with further amendment and Senator Shelby will move to table the Paul motion.

Following disposition of the Paul motion, Senator McConnell will move to concur in the House amendment to Senate amendment. Cloture is expected to be filed on the McConnell motion to concur. The cloture vote will occur immediately. If cloture is invoked, all post-cloture time will be yielded back.

The Senate will then vote on the motion to concur with the House message. There will be no intervening action or debate.

           Thus, at 11:30 a.m., the following roll call votes are expected:

  • Motion to table Paul motion to concur with further amendment to reduce the appropriation by 1 percent and put the savings toward the Highway Trust Fund and certain Environmental Protection Agency public works.
  • Motion to invoke cloture on the motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to H.R.3055 (the continuing appropriations for 2020, and health extenders).
  • Motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to H.R.3055.

NOTE: Cloture has been filed on the Brouillette nomination. A roll call vote on cloture for Brouillette possible today.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

6:20 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will convene at 10:00 am on Thursday, November 21. The Senate will then resume consideration of Dan R. Brouillette to be Secretary of Energy.

At 11:30 a.m. Senator Paul, or his designee, will be recognized to offer a motion to concur with further amendment (re: 1 percent cut), and Senator Shelby, or his designee, will be recognized to make a motion to table the Paul motion.

Following disposition of the Paul motion, the Majority Leader, or his designee, will be recognized to make a motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment. If cloture is filed on the motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment, the vote on the cloture motion will occur immediately. If cloture is invoked, the post-cloture time will be yielded back, and the Senate will vote on the motion to concur with no intervening action or debate.

At 11:30 a.m. there will be up to 3 ROLL CALL VOTES:

  1. Motion to table the motion to concur with the House amendment to H.R. 3055, the vehicle for the Continuing Resolution, with a further amendment offered by Senator Paul.
  2. Cloture on the motion to concur in the House amendment to H.R. 3055
  3. Adoption of Motion to concur in the House message to accompany H.R. 3055 (if cloture is invoked)

 

During wrap-up:

S.2920, Re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act, was placed on the calendar via the Rule 14 process.

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5:37 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell filed cloture on the nomination of Dan R. Brouillette to be Secretary of Energy.

5:19 p.m. Senator Shaheen spoke about healthcare and asked unanimous consent that the Senate adopt S. 455. Senator Braun objected and asked unanimous consent that Senator Shaheen modify her request that the Senate adopt S.913. Senator Shaheen objected.

5:03 p.m. Senator Blackburn spoke about the

4:52 p.m. Senator Leahy spoke about the CR.

4:43 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke about Sergei Magnitsky.

4:27 p.m. Senator Alexander spoke about permanent funding for HCBUs. He asked UC that the Senate proceed to S. 2557 (permanent funding for HCBUs). Senator Brown objected.

4:18 p.m. Senator Burr spoke about funding for HCBUs.

4:15 p.m. Senator Coons asked UC that the Senate proceed to H.R. 2486 (short term funding for HCBUs). Senator Alexander objected.

4:05 p.m. Senators Carper and Coons spoke about HCBUs.

3:40 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about the pension system.

3:30 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke about taxes and the spending bills.

3:19 p.m. Senator Hirono spoke about gun violence.

3:15 p.m. The Zuckerman nomination was confirmed, 65-30.

Senators voting in favor: 53 Republicans, 11 Democrats: Carper, Coons, Hassan, Jones, Manchin, Menendez, Murphy, Rosen, Shaheen, Sinema and Warner; 1 Independent: King.

Senators voting against: 30 Democrats.

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

2:37 p.m. Roll call vote began on confirmation of the Zuckerman nomination.

2:32 p.m. Senator Blackburn spoke about The Violence Against Women Act.

2:22 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke about The Violence Against Women Act.

2:22 p.m. Senator Hoeven spoke about The Violence Against Women Act.

2:15 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about The Violence Against Women Act.

2:06 p.m. Senator Ernst spoke about The Violence Against Women Act.

1:54 p.m. Senator Feinstein spoke about The Violence Act Women Reauthorization Act of 2019 and asked unanimous consent that at a time to be determined by both leaders, the Senate proceed to immediate consideration of S. 2843 and vote with a 60 vote threshold for amendments and passage. Senator Ernst objected and spoke on the legislation.

1:07 p.m. Senator Gardner paid tribute to former fellow in his office and Foreign Service Officer Nathan Lane who recently died in Poland.

12:46 p.m. Senators Wyden and Brown spoke on health care.

12:30 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Zuckerman nomination, 65-30.

Senators voting in favor: 53 Republicans, 11 Democrats: Carper, Coons, Hassan, Jones, Manchin, Menendez, Murphy, Rosen, Shaheen, Sinema and Warner; 1 Independent: King.

Senators voting against: 30 Democrats.

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

12:o4 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on cloture on the nomination of Adrian Zuckerman to be Ambassador to Romania.

12:03 p.m. the Lagoa nomination was confirmed 80-15.

Senators voting no: 15 Democrats: Bennet, Brown, Cantwell, Gillibrand, Hirono, Markey, Merkley, Murray, Rosen, Schatz, Schumer, Stabenow , Van Hollen and Wyden.

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

11:30 a.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on confirmation of the nomination of Barbara Lagoa to be a judge for the Eleventh U.S. Circuit Court

11:12 a.m. Senator Blunt spoke supporting the USMCA and on National Adoption Month.

11:08 a.m. Senator Daines spoke supporting the USMCA.

11:01 a.m. Senator Thune spoke about nominations.

10:50 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke about student loans.

10:36 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about the intelligence estimate on the Islamic State and Syria. He spoke about the defense authorization and Russian interference in the U.S. elections of 2016.

10:09 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the Hong Kong measures that passed the Senate Tuesday. He spoke about trade, the rural economy, and the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement.

10:03 a.m. Senator Grassley spoke about the opioid epidemic.

*****

The Senate will convene at 10 a.m. and will resume post-cloture consideration of the nomination of Barbara Lagoa to be a Judge for the Eleventh U.S. Circuit Court.

Votes at 11:30 a.m.:

  • Confirmation of the nomination of Barbara Lagoa to be a judge for the Eleventh U.S. Circuit Court.
  • Cloture on the nomination of Adrian Zuckerman to be U.S. ambassador to Romania.

The Zuckerman nomination is subject to up to two hours of post cloture debate prior to a confirmation vote, which is expected to occur in the afternoon.

The Senate is expected to consider a continuing resolution to December 20, 2019 during this week’s session of the Senate.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

 

6:23 p.m. The Senate stands adjourned until 10 a.m. Wednesday, whereupon it will resume post-cloture consideration of the Lagoa nomination.  A roll call vote on confirmation will occur at 11 a.m.

6:20 p.m. During wrap-up, by unanimous consent, the Senate passed en bloc Senate Resolutions  430, 431, 432,  433 and 434.  By consent, the Senate also passed H.R. 4258 to authorize the protection of the Supreme Court.

6:10 p.m. Senator Merkley secured unanimous consent for passage S. 2710.

6:04 p.m. Senator Merkley and Senator Cornyn spoke about S. 2710,  a bill to ban the export of certain munitions to the Hong Kong police.

6:02 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke about the Hong Kong bill.

6 p.m. By unanimous consent, the Senate passed S. 1838.

5:46 p.m. Senator Durbin, Scott of Florida, Hawley and Cruz joined in the colloquy on Hong Kong.

5:35 p.m. Senators Risch, Cardin, Menendez and Cotton joined in the colloquy about the Hong Kong measure.

5:26 p.m. Senator Rubio spoke about the Hong Kong legislation, S. 1838.

5:19 p.m. Senator Blackburn spoke about legislation to affirm U.S. support of democracy in Hong Kong.

5 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke about climate change.

4:54 p.m. Senator Burr joined in the education discussion.

4:47 p.m. Senator Casey objected.

4:44 p.m. Senator Alexander objected. He sought consent to proceed to a related measure, S. 2557.

4:33 p.m. Senator Casey spoke about historically black colleges. He sought consent to move to related legislation, H.R. 2486.

4:12 p.m. Senator Wicker spoke about television satellite access.

3:37 p.m. Senator Bennet spoke about Senator Hagen.

3:23 p.m. Senator Lankford spoke on the appropriations process, federal employees and government shutdowns.

3:12 p.m. Senator Kennedy spoke on 5G technology and praised the FCC fo their recent decision on that topic.

3:11 p.m. The Senate invoked cloture on the nomination of Barbara Lagoa to the 11th Circuit, 80-15.

No votes: 15 Democrats: Bennet, Brown, Cantwell, Cortez Masto, Gillibrand, Hirono, Markey, Merkley, Murray, Rosen, Schatz, Schumer, Stabenow, Van Hollen & Wyden.

Not voting: Booker, Harris, Klobuchar, Sanders and Warren.

2:48 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #488 Barbara Lagoa to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit.

2:47 p.m. The Senate confirmed the nomination of Robert Luck to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit by a tally of 64-31.

Senators Baldwin, Carper, Coons, Feinstein, Jones, Leahy, Manchin, Murphy, Reed, Sinema and Whitehouse joined all 53 Republicans voting yes.

Senator Booker, Harris, Klobuchar, Sanders and Warren did not vote.

2:15 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #487 Robert J. Luck to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit.

12:16 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the legislative process.

12:08 p.m. Senator Toomey spoke about the wind production tax credit.

12:01 p.m. Senator Alexander spoke about the wind production tax credit.

11:33 a.m. Senator Casey spoke on the situation in Syria and Ukraine and President Trumps relationship with Russia.  He later spoke about witnesses testifying on the impeachment inquiry.

11:17 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke on the issue of young people vaping.

10:38 a.m. Senator Thune spoke about military spending.

10:27 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about Hong Kong and related legislation. He spoke about the House impeachment inquiry. He spoke about public works.

10:04 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about appropriations,  the defense authorization, and nominations. He spoke about Iranian influence in the Middle East.

10:02 a.m. Senator Grassley spoke about biofuels.

*****

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

Following Leader remarks, resume consideration of Executive Calendar #487, Robert Luck to be United States Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit, post-cloture.

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

At 2:15 p.m., two roll call votes:
1. Confirmation of the Luck nomination.

2. Cloture on nomination of Barbara Lagoa to be United States Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit.

As a reminder, cloture has also been filed on Executive Calendar #454, Adrian Zuckerman to be Ambassador to Romania.

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