Friday, January 24, 2020

4:20 p.m. Representative Garcia continued the managers’ presentation.

4:04 p.m. The Senate reconvened and Representative Demings continued the managers’ presentation.

3:31 p.m. The Senate recessed.

2:19 p.m. Representative Schiff continued the managers’ presentation.

1:57 p.m. Representative Crow continued the managers’ presentation.

1:26 p.m. Representative Jeffries continued the managers’ presentation.

1:10 p.m. Representative Crow continued the mangers’ presentation.

1:09 p.m. Representative Schiff began the House managers’ presentation.

1:08 p.m. ML McConnell announced the Senate is expected to hold brief recesses every few hours, with a potential dinner recess at approximately 6:30 p.m. The Senate will convene on Saturday at 10:00 a.m.

*****

The Senate will convene as a court of impeachment at 1:00 p.m.

There are approximately 7 hours and 52 minutes remaining in the House managers allotted 24 hours.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

10:31 p.m. The Senate, sitting as a Court of Impeachment, is adjourned until Friday, January 24th at 1:00 p.m.

10:05 p.m. Representative Schiff continued the managers presentation.

9:26 p.m. Representative Crow continued the managers presentation.

8:52 p.m. Representative Lofgren continued the managers presentation.

8:38 p.m. Representative Demings continued the managers presentation.

8:37 p.m. The Senate reconvened. ML McConnell announced an all Senators briefing tomorrow on the coronavirus.

8:19 p.m. The Senate took a brief recess.

8:00 p.m. Representative Lofgren continued the managers presentation.

7:47 p.m. Representative Garcia continued the managers presentation.

7:14 p.m. Representative Jeffries continued the managers presentation.

7:13 p.m. The Senate reconvened. ML McConnell announced the Senate plans to adjourn around 10:30 p.m.

6:25 p.m. The Senate recessed for 30 minutes.

5:46 p.m. Representative Jeffries continued the managers presentation.

5:15 p.m. Representative Demings continued the managers presentation.

5:15 p.m. ML McConnell scheduled a dinner break for 6:30 p.m. for 30 minutes.

4:49 p.m. Representative Lofgren continued the managers presentation.

3:27 p.m. Representative Schiff resumed the House presentation.

2:56 p.m. The trial adjourned for an afternoon break.

2:03 p.m. Representative Garcia continued the managers presentation.

1:05 p.m. Representative Schiff and Representative Nadler stated the House mangers will go through Article 1 and President Trump’s abuse of power. At the beginning of today’s session the House managers have 16 hours and 42 minutes remaining to make the presentation of their case.

1:04 p.m. ML McConnell stated plans for trial today will be much like yesterday including short breaks every two or three hours and a 30 minute dinner break.

1:00 p.m. The Senate convened as a court of impeachment for the impeachment trial of Donald John Trump, President of the United States.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

9:42  p.m. The Senate adjourned until 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 23.

9:40 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell and Democratic Leader Schumer paid tribute to the outgoing Senate Pages.

9:08 p.m. Representative Schiff continued the House presentation.

8:46 p.m. Representative Lofgren continued the House presentation.

7:20 p.m. Representative Schiff continued the House presentation.

6:35 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 7:05 p.m.

5:50 p.m. Representatve Jeffries continued the House presentation.

5:25 p.m. Representative Demings continued the House presentation.

4:39 p.m. Representative Crow continued the House presentation.

4:17 p.m. Representative Garcia continued the House presentation.

3:57 p.m. The Senate reconvened and Representative Nadler resumed the House presentation.

3:27 p.m. The Senate recessed.

1:07 p.m. Manager Schiff began the 24-hour presentation of the House case against President Trump.

1:06 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell was recognized to introduce Representative Schiff. Senator McConnell said a recess will occur at about 3 p.m.

The Senate will convene as a court of impeachment at 1:00 p.m.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

1:49 a.m. The Senate adjourned.

1:48 a.m. S Res 483 was agreed to 53-47.

1:40 a.m. Roll call vote began on S Res 483.

1:39 a.m The Schumer amendment #1294 was tabled 53-47.

1:34 a.m. Roll call vote began on the motion to table the Schumer amendment #1294.

1:28 a.m. Mr Schiff spoke in favor of the amendment, Mr Sekulow against.

1:27 a.m. Senator Schumer offered amendment #1294.

1:26 a.m. The Schumer amendment was tabled 52-48 with Senator Collins voting with Democrats against the tabling motion.

1:25 a.m. Roll call vote began on the motion to table the Schumer amendment #1294.

1:21 a.m. Mr Sekulow spoke against the amendment.

1:19 a.m. Mr Schiff spoke in favor of the amendment.

1:18 a.m. Senator Schumer offered amendment #1293.

1:16 a.m. Amendment #1292 was tabled 53-47.

1:12 a.m.

Roll call vote began on the motion to table the Schumer amendment #1292.

1:10 a.m. Mr Schiff responded to Mr Cippollone.

1:08 a.m. Mr Cippollone spoke against the amendment.

1:04 a.m. Mr Schiff spoke in favor of the amendment.

1:04 a.m. Senator Schumer offered amendment #1292.

1:03 a.m. The amendment was tabled 53-47.

12:56 a.m. Roll call vote began on motion to table the Schumer amendment
#1291.

12:43 a.m. Mr Nadler and Mr Schiff rebutted Mr Cippollone.

12:36 a.m. Mr Cippollone spoke against the amendment.

12:03 a.m. House manager Nadler spoke supporting Schumer amendment #1291.

12:02 a.m. Senator Schumer has made pending Amendment #1291 (To subpoena John Robert Bolton) to S.Res.483, the Organizing Resolution

12:01 a.m. The Senate tabled the Schumer amendment #1290 by a tally of 53-47.

11:55 p.m. The Senate began a vote on the motion to table the Schumer Amendment #1290 (To prevent the selective admission of evidence and to provide for appropriate handling of classified and confidential materials) to S.Res.483, the Organizing Resolution.

11:50 p.m. House manager Schiff spoke supporting the Schumer amendment #1290.

11:45 p.m. Mr. Philbin and Mr. Sekulow spoke against the Schumer amendment #1290.

11:41 p.m. House manager Schiff spoke supporting Schumer amendment #1290.

11:40 p.m. The Senate reconvened.

11:19 p.m. The Senate recessed subject to the call of the Chair.

11:18 p.m. DL Schumer called up Amendment #1290 (To prevent the selective admission of evidence and to provide for appropriate handling of classified and confidential materials) to S.Res.483, the Organizing Resolution.

11:17 p.m. The Senate tabled the Schumer amendment #1289 (to subpoena Robert Blair and Michael Duffey) to S. Res. 483 by a vote of 53-47.

11:11 p.m. The Senate began a vote on the motion to table the Schumer amend #1289.

11:05 p.m. Ms. Bondi spoke against the Schumer amendment #1289.

10:28 p.m. House manager Garcia spoke supporting the Schumer amendment #1289.

10:27 p.m. DL Schumer made pending Amendment #1289 (To subpoena Robert B. Blair and Michael P. Duffey) to S.Res.483, the Organizing Resolution.

10:26 p.m. The Senate tabled the Schumer Amendment #1288 (To subpoena certain Department of Defense documents and records) by a tally of 53-47.

10:23 p.m. The Senate began a vote on the motion to table the Schumer Amendment #1288 (To subpoena certain Department of Defense documents and records).

10:14 p.m. House managers Crow and Schiff spoke in favor of the Schumer amendment #1288.

10:10 p.m. Mr. Philbin spoke against the Schumer amendment #1288.

9:47 p.m. House manager Crow spoke in favor of the Schumer amendment #1288.

9:42 p.m. DL Schumer offered amendment #1288 (To subpoena certain Department of Defense documents and records) to S.Res.483, the Organizing Resolution.

9:26 p.m. The Schumer amendment was tabled 53-47. ML McConnell asked consent to as the Democratic Leader to stack votes. DL Schumer objected.

9:21 p.m. The Senate began a vote on the motion to table Schumer Amendment #1287 (To subpoena John Michael “Mick” Mulvaney)

9:00 p.m. Mr. Purpura and Mr. Cippollone spoke against the Schumer amendment #1287.

8:13 p.m. The trial reconvened. House manager Jeffries spoke on
Schumer Amendment #1287 (To subpoena John Michael “Mick” Mulvaney) to S.Res.483, the Organizing Resolution.

7:33 p.m. The Senate recessed until 8:00 p.m.

7:32 p.m. Majority Leader announced a 30 minute recess; after which debate will resume on the Schumer amendment followed by a vote on a motion to table.

7:30 p.m. Democratic Leader Schumer offered amdt #1287 regarding subpoena of Mick Mulvaney.

7:30 p.m. The Schumer amendment was tabled 53-47.

7:24 p.m. Roll call vote began on the motion to table the Schumer amendment #1286.

7:08 p.m. House managers Crow and Schiff spoke in favor of the Schumer amendment.

7:03 p.m. Mr Sekulow spoke against the Schumer amendment.

6:43 p.m. House manager Crow spoke in favor of Schumer amendment #1286.

6:39 p.m. ML McConnell announced following debate and a vote on a motion to table this amendment, the Senate will take a 30 minute recess for debate.

6:33 p.m. Democratic Leader Schumer offered amendment #1286, regarding subpoenas of OMB documents and records.

6:32 p.m. The Schumer amendment was tabled 53-47.

6:24 p.m. Roll call vote began on motion to table the Schumer amendment #1285.

6:03 p.m. Mr Cippollone and Mr Sekulow spoke against the Schumer amendment.

5:16 p.m. The trial reconvened. House Manager Demings spoke for Schumer Amendment #1285.

4:48 p.m. The Senate stands in recess, subject to the call of the chair. Leader McConnell suggested a 10-minute recess, followed by debate on the second Schumer amendment to the organizing resolution.

There will be up to two hours of debate on Schumer Amendment #1285 (to subpoena certain State Department records). A roll call vote will follow on tabling the amendment.

4:42 p.m. By a party line vote of 53 to 47, the Senate tabled the Schumer amendment.

4:32 p.m. Vote began on the motion to table Schumer amendment to S. Res. 483, the organizing resolution for the impeachment trial.

4:26 p.m. Mr. Schiff spoke.

4:24 p.m. Ms. Lofgren spoke.

4:09 p.m. Patrick Philbin spoke on behalf of the president, against the Schumer amendment.


3:28 p.m. House Manager Lofgren spoke for the Schumer amendment.

3:17 p.m. The trial reconvened. House Manager Schiff spoke for the Schumer Amendment (#1284, to subpoena certain White House records).

2:50 p.m. The Senate has recessed subject to the call of the chair (15 minutes).

2:20 p.m. Senator Schumer sent amendment #1284 to S.Res.483 to the desk.

2:27 p.m. Mr. Cipollone spoke on S.Res. 483.

2:16 p.m. Mr. Sekulow gave opening remarks.

1:29 p.m. Representative Schiff gave opening remarks.

1:26 p.m. Mr. Cipollone, Counsel of the President, gave opening remarks.

1:21 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell sent S.Res. 483, a resolution to provide for related procedures concerning the articles of impeachment against Donald John Trump, President of the United States, to the desk and there will be 2 hours debate equally divided between the House managers and the President’s counsel. Senator Schumer is expected to offer a first-degree amendment to the resolution, which is subject to up to two hours of debate equally divided between the House managers and the President’s counsel. A short recess is expected following that debate and then Senator McConnell is expected to make a motion to table the first Schumer amendment.

12:45 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke about impeachment.

12:02 p.m. Senator McConnell spoke about impeachment.

*****

The Senate will convene at 12:30 p.m.

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will recess subject to the call of the Chair.

At 1:00 p.m., the Senate will sit as a court of Impeachment.

Friday, January 17, 2020

The Senate convened for a pro forma session at 2:00 p.m. Senator Tillis presided and no business was conducted.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

4:01 p.m. The Senate stands adjourned. The Senate will convene for a pro forma session with no business conducted at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, January 17th. When the Senate adjourns on Friday, it will next convene at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 21st. Following Leader remarks, the Senate will recess subject to the call of the Chair. At 1:00 p.m., the Senate will sit as a court of Impeachment for the impeachment trial of Donald John Trump, President of the United States.

3:54 p.m. ML McConnell spoke about USMCA and opioid legislation. ML McConnell began wrap up. Senate considered en bloc, S.Res. 476, congratulating North Dakota State University Bison football team; S.Res. 477, designating the week of February 3 through February 7, 2020, as “National School Counseling Week”; S.Res. 478, designating the week of January 26 through February 1, 2020, as “National School Choice Week”; passed by u.c. ML McConnell asked when the Senate completes its business today it meet in a pro forma session on Friday, January 17th at 2:00 p.m. The Senate will meet on Tuesday, January 21st at 12:30 p.m.

2:34 p.m. The Senate went into legislative session for a quorum call.

2:33 p.m. In its capacity as the impeachment court, the Senate adjourned until Tuesday, January 21 at 1 p.m., when the trial will resume.

2:30 p.m. Senator McConnell secured unanimous consent for details of the impeachment trial, including printing of trial paperwork; deadlines for filing of the president’s trial briefs and the House rebuttal; and installation of extra furniture on the Senate floor.

2:11 p.m. The clerk called senators — in groups of four, by alphabetical order — to sign the oath book at the secretary’s desk.

2:10 p.m. Chief Justice Roberts administered the oath to the Senate.

2:08 p.m. Senator Grassley declared that a quorum is present and, at Senator McConnell’s instruction, administered the oath to Chief Justice Roberts.

2:01 p.m. The clerk conducted the live quorum call.

2 p.m. Senator Grassley called the Senate to order and recognized Senator McConnell, who previewed the afternoon’s business.

12:22 p.m. The Senate adjourned until the call of the chair.

12:21 p.m. Senator Grassley recognized Senator McConnell, who informed the Senate of the live quorum call at 2 p.m. The Senate will receive Chief Justice Roberts at that time.

12:07 p.m. Representative Schiff introduced the House managers and read the articles of impeachment.

12:06 p.m. The sergeant at arms proclaimed the order that all present must remain silent during the exhibition of the articles of impeachment.

12:06 p.m. Senator Grassley directed the sergeant at arms to make a proclamation to the Senate.

12:05 p.m. Sergeant at Arms Stenger announced the presence of the House managers.

12:05 p.m. Senate President Pro Tempore Grassley directed the sergeant at arms to present the House managers to the Senate.

12:05 p.m. Senator McConnell announced that the Senate would receive the House managers for presentation of the articles of impeachment.

11:57 a.m. By a vote of 89 to 10, the Senate approved the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement. YEA: 51 Republicans, 47 Democrats, independent King. NAY: Democrats Booker, Gillibrand, Harris, Markey, Reed, Schatz, Schumer, Whitehouse; independent Sanders; Republican Toomey. NOT VOTING: Inhofe.

11:30 a.m. By a vote of 78 to 21, the Senate waived the budget point of order. YEA: 45 Democrats, 31 Republicans and both independents. NAY: Republicans Barrasso, Blackman, Braun, Cassidy, Cruz, Enzi, Fischer, Gardner, Johnson, Kennedy, Lankford, Lee, Paul, Perdue, Romney, Scott of Florida, Scott of South Carolina, Tillis, Toomey, Young. NOT VOTING: Inhofe.

11:00 a.m. Roll call vote began on the motion to waive the budget act regarding H.R. 5430, USMCA.

10:57 a.m. The following legislation was agreed to by unanimous consent:

  1. S. Res. 474, to authorize representation by the Senate legal counsel in the case of Martin F. McMann versus Senator Ted Cruz et al.
  2. S. Res. 3201, a bill to extend the temporary scheduling order for Fentanyl-related substances.
  3. S. 3084, a bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to modify the limitation on pay for certain high-level employees and officers of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
  4. H.R. 886 and McSally amendment, Veteran Treatment Court Coordination Act of 2019.

10:56 a.m. The vote began on the point of order on the trade deal.

10:51 a.m. Senator Grassley spoke about the trade deal.

10:42 a.m. Senator Toomey spoke about the trade deal.

10:35 a.m. Senator Wyden spoke about the trade deal.

10:21 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke about impeachment and the trade deal with Mexico and Canada.

10:08 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about impeachment.

9:52 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about impeachment. He spoke about the U.S.-Canada-Mexico Trade Agreement.

9:47 a.m. Senator Grassley spoke about National Religious Freedom Day.

*****

The Senate will convene at 9:45 a.m. and will resume consideration of H.R.5430, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act.

  • Senator Toomey or his designee will raise a Budget Act point of order against H.R.5430. Senator Grassley or his designee will move to waive all applicable points of order.
  • At 11 a.m., two roll call votes are expected:
  • A motion to waive the budget point of order is raised.
    • Passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act.
  • At noon, the Senate will receive the House managers to present the articles of impeachment against President Donald John Trump.
  • Senators are asked to be in their seats on the floor at noon.
  • There will be a Democratic Caucus luncheon from approximately 12:30 p.m. until 2 p.m.
  • At 2 p.m., the Senate will proceed to the consideration of the articles of impeachment. Senator Grassley will swear in the Chief Justice, who will then swear in senators.
  • When the Chief Justice swears in the Senate, he will read the oath to the body and senators will respond collectively with, “I do.”  The clerk will call up senators in alphabetical groups of four to sign the impeachment oath book at the desk. Senators must sign the oath book to sit in the trial.

After agreements on the scheduling of trial proceedings and the Senate floor set-up, the trial is expected to adjourn until Tuesday, January 21.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

6:46 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will convene at 9:45 a.m. on Thursday, January 16th and resume consideration of H.R. 5430, the USMCA Act. Debate time on USMCA will expire at 11:00 a.m. and Senator Toomey or his designee will be recognized to raise a budget point of order.

There will be 2 vote at 11:00 a.m.:

  1. The motion to waive the budget act in relation to H.R. 5430, the USMCA Act
  2. Passage of H.R. 5430, the USMCA Act

At 12:00 noon, the Senate will receive the Managers on the part of the House of Representatives to present and exhibit the articles of impeachment.

At 2:00 p.m., the presence of the Chief Justice of the United States is requested as presiding officer for consideration of the articles of impeachment, pursuant to Article I, Section 3, Clause 6 of the U.S. Constitution.

During wrap-up:

  • H.R. 133, to promote economic partnership and cooperation between the United States and Mexico, was passed by unanimous consent.
  • S.Res. 371, reaffirming the support of the United States for the people of the Republic of South Sudan and calling on all parties to uphold their commitments to peace and dialogue as outlined in the 2018 revitalized peace agreement, was adopted by voice vote.
  • S.Res. 472, commending the Louisiana State University Tigers football team for winning the 2020 College Football Playoff National Championship, was adopted by unanimous consent.
  • S.Res. 473, congratulating the University of Charleston men’s soccer team for winning the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II Men’s Soccer Championship at Highmark Stadium in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was adopted by unanimous consent.

6:35 p.m. Senators Hoeven and Cramer spoke about the North Dakota State University football team.

5:37 p.m. The Senate received the message from the House that the articles of impeachment were ready. S.Res.471, allowing the taking of a photograph in the Senate Chamber, was adopted by unanimous consent.

5:13 p.m. Senator Sanders spoke against USMCA.

5:06 p.m. Senator Cantwell spoke in tribute to staffer Chris Allen and supporting USMCA.

5:03 p.m. Senator Brown spoke in tribute to staffer Chris Allen.

4:44 p.m. Senator Portman spoke on USMCA.

4:33 p.m. Senator Carper spoke on USMCA.

3:28 p.m. Senators Wyden, Grassley, and Brown spoke about USMCA.

3:18 p.m. Senator Markey spoke about Iran.

3:03 p.m. Senator Barasso spoke about the impeachment process.

2:40 p.m. Senator Grassley paid tribute to Chris Allen, a member of the Finance Committee Staff.

2:30 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke about Puerto Rico.

2:19 p.m. By voice vote, the Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to H.R. 5430-USMCA. There will be 20 hours of debate evenly divided.

2:11 p.m. Senator Blackburn spoke on the USMCA.

1:30 p.m. Senator Casey spoke on Iran.

1:11 p.m. Senator Van Hollen spoke about impeachment and on election security.

1:02 p.m. Senator Gardner spoke about USMCA.

12:27 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke about Iran.

12:01 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about impeachment and USMCA.

11:03 a.m. Minority Leader Schume spoke about impeachment.

10:37 a.m. Senator Thune spoke about the trade deal.

10:15 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke about impeachment, trade and student debt.

10:04 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about impeachment. He spoke about the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement. He secured second reading for S. 3193, to amend the Controlled Substances Act.

10:03 a.m. Senator Grassley spoke about Iran.

***

The Senate will convene at 10 a.m. and will be in a period of morning business with Senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each.

 Roll call votes are possible during Wednesday’s session of the Senate.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

5:39 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke on climate change.

5:31 p.m. Senator Brown spoke on the USMCA.

5:19 p.m. Senator Cramer spoke against the war powers legislation.

4:50 p.m. Senator Rubio spoke on the war powers legislation.

4:45 p.m. Senator Portman spoke on the articles of Impeachment being sent by the House of Representatives and on the Opioid  crisis.

4:35 p.m. Senators Lankford spoke on Iranian attacks and the death of Solemani.

4:00 p.m.  Senators Barrasso and Enzi paid tribute to the life of Geraldine Brown of Wyoming.

3:55 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke on the committee passing the USMCA legislation.

3:00 p.m. The Senate is in a quorum call.

2:47 p.m. Senator Blackburn spoke on war powers and Iran.

2:43 p.m. Senator Barasso spoke on the USMCA.

2:16 p.m. Senator Cotton spoke on Iran and war powers.

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

12:04 p.m. The Senate recessed to accommodate the caucus luncheons.

12:03 p.m. The Gaynor nomination was confirmed, 81 to 8. 

Senators voting NO: Brown, Gillibrand, Harris, Menendez, Schumer, Stabenow, Udall, and Van Hollen.

Senators NOT VOTING: Booker, Cassidy, Cramer, Inhofe, Johnson, Kennedy, Klobuchar, Markey, Murphy, Sanders, and Warren.

11:29 a.m. Roll call vote began on the nomination of Peter Gaynor to be administrator of FEMA.

11:26 a.m. Senator Reed spoke in support of the Gaynor nomination.

11:12 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about impeachment and USMCA.

10:49 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke about impeachment.

10:38 a.m. Senator Thune spoke about the war powers resolution.

10:25 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about impeachment. He criticized the first phase of the U.S.-China trade deal.

10:03 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about impeachment. He spoke about the measure on the use of war powers against Iran.

*****

The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m.  Following any leader remarks, resume consideration of the nomination of  Peter Gaynor to be administrator of FEMA.

At 11:30 a.m., the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Gaynor nomination.

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

 

Monday, January 13, 2020

6:49 p.m. The Senate adjourned.

6:46 p.m. ML McConnell wrapped up for the evening.

HR 434, regarding the Emancipation national historic trail was passed by voice vote.  HR 468, regarding Jocelyn Burdick was passed by unanimous consent.

6:04 p.m. Senators Sullivan, Whitehouse and Menendez spoke on protecting oceans and “Save our Seas 2.0”.

6:01 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Gaynor nomination, 76-8.

Senators voting in favor: 45 Republicans, 30 Democrats; 1 Independent: King.

Senators voting against: 8 Democrats:  Brown, Gillibrand, Harris, Menendez, Schumer, Stabenow, Udall and Van Hollen.

Senators not voting:8 Republicans: Cassidy, Cramer, Graham, Inhofe, Kennedy, Risch, Scott of South Carolina and Toomey; 7 Democrats: Bennet, Booker, Durbin, Klobuchar, Markey, Warner and Warren; 1 Independent: Sanders.

5:31 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the Gaynor nomination.

5:20 p.m. Senator Johnson spoke about the Gaynor nomination.

4:37 p.m. Senator Harris spoke about impeachment.

4:22 p.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about impeachment.

3:34 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about impeachment.

3:06 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about Iran. He spoke about impeachment.

The Senate will convene at 3 p.m and will resume consideration of the nomination of Peter Gaynor to be administrator of FEMA with a cloture vote to occur on the nomination at 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

5:36 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will reconvene at 3:00 p.m on Monday, January 13. They will resume consideration of the nomination of Peter Gaynor to be administrator of FEMA with a cloture vote to occur on the nomination at 5:30 p.m.

Passed by voice vote during wrap up:

  • Calendar #289, S.2629, United States Public Health Service Modernization Act of 2019
  • H.R. 263, to rename the Oyster Bay National Wildlife Refuge as the Congressman Lester Wolff Oyster Bay Wildlife Refuge.
  • S.J.Res.265, providing for the reappointment of John Fahey as a citizen regent of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution.
  • S.J.Res.266, providing for the appointment of Denise O’Leary as a citizen of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution
  • S.J.Res.267, providing for the reappointment of Risa Lavizzo-Mourney as a citizen regent of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution
  • H.R. 925, North American Wetlands Conservation Extension Act, w/ Barrasso amdts
  • S. 1982, Save Our Seas 2.0 Act, w/Sullivan substitute amdt

The following nominations were confirmed by voice vote:

  • Executive Calendar #541, Cynthia L. Attwood, of Virginia, to be a Member of the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission for a term expiring April 27, 2025.  (Reappointment)
  • Executive Calendar #542, Amanda Wood Laihow, of Maine, to be a Member of Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission for the remainder of a term expiring April 27, 2023.
  • Executive Calendar #552, Crosby Kemper III, of Missouri, to be Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services for a term of four years.

5:27 p.m. The Senate reconvened.

3:32 p.m. The Senate stands in recess subject to the call of the chair.

3:15 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke about the Alaskan of the Week! – Doug and April Moore of Moore’s Hardware in Talkeetna.

3:10 p.m. Senator Lankford spoke about USMCA.

3:02 p.m. Senator Brown spoke about NAFTA and trade.

2:27 p.m. Senators Cramer and Hoeven paid tribute to former Senator Jocelyn Burdick.

2:25 p.m. Senator Scott of FL spoke about Iran.

2:23 p.m. ML McConnell filed cloture on the nomination of Peter Gaynor to be Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

2:22 p.m. The Ray nomination was confirmed on a party line vote of 50-44.

Senators not voting: 3 Republicans: Alexander, Moran and Perdue; 2 Democrats: Booker and Warren; 1 Independent: Sanders.

1:37 p.m. The Senate began a vote on confirmation of the nomination of Paul Ray to be administrator of thiOffice of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget.

1:22 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke about departing staffer Lauren Oppenheimer.

1:08 p.m. Senator Blackburn spoke supporting the Ray nomination and on Iran.

12:50 Senator Carper spoke about carbon emissions, on Iran, and against the Ray nomination.

12:41 p.m. Senator Gardner spoke about Iran.

12:23 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke about the USMCA trade agreement.

12:07 p.m. Senator Rubio spoke about Iran.

11:37 a.m. Senators Cornyn and Leahy spoke on impeachment.

11:36 a.m. Cloture was invoked on the Ray nomination on a party line tally of 50-45.

Senators not voting: 3 Republicans: Alexander, Moran and Perdue; 2 Democrats: Booker and Warren.

11:03 a.m. The vote began on whether to invoke cloture on the nomination of Paul Ray to be administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget.

11 a.m. Senator Johnson spoke for the Ray nomination.

10:56 a.m. Senator Peters spoke in opposition to the Ray nomination.

10:46 a.m. Senator Thune spoke about impeachment.

10:29 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about Iran and about impeachment.

10:04 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about impeachment.

10:03 a.m. Senator Grassley spoke about Iran.

The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m. and resume consideration of the nomination of Paul Ray to be Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget. 

At 11:00 a.m., the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Ray nomination.

The Ray 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.

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