Senate recess schedule

The Senate will convene for pro forma sessions on the following dates and times, with no business expected:

  • Monday April 22 at 9:00 a.m.
  • Thursday April 25 at 4:30 p.m.

The Senate will next convene for business on Monday, April 29 at 3:00 p.m. and resume consideration of the nomination of the nomination of William Cooper to be General Counsel of the Department of Energy; with a cloture vote on the nomination at 5:30 p.m.

 

Cloture has also been filed on the following nominations:

  • Clarke Cooper to be an Assistant Secretary of State Political-Military Affairs
  • Gordon Hartogensis to be Director of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation
  • Campbell Barker to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Texas
  • Andrew Brasher to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Alabama
  • Rodolfo Ruiz to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Florida
  • Raul Arias-Marxuach to be United States District Judge for the District of Puerto Rico
  • Joshua Wolson to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

The Senate convened at 11:45 a.m. today for a pro forma session only, with no business conducted. Senator Blunt presided.

The Senate will next convene at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, April 22nd for a pro forma session only.

Monday, April 15, 2019

The Senate convened for a pro forma session only. Senator Sullivan presided and no business was conducted.

The Senate will next convene for a pro forma session on Thursday, April 18 at 11:45 a.m.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

5:03 p.m. The Senate adjourned.

5:02 p.m. ML McConnell announced the pro forma schedule for the recess:

  • Monday April 15 at 3:00 p.m.
  • Thursday April 18 at 11:45 a.m.
  • Monday April 22 at 9:00 a.m.
  • Thursday April 25 at 4:30 p.m.

The Senate will next convene for business on Monday, April 29 at 3:00 p.m. and resume consideration of the nomination of the nomination of William Cooper to be General Counsel of the Department of Energy; with a cloture vote on the nomination at 5:30 p.m.


4:54 p.m. ML McConnell wrapped up for the evening and week. The following were confirmed by voice vote:

  • Drew Wrigley to be US Attorney for the District of North Dakota
  • Wing Chau to be US Marshal for the District of Rhode Island
  • Ramona Dohman to be US Marshal for the District of Minnesota
  • Nick Proffitt to be US Marshal for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • S. RES. 163, 164, 165, 166, 167, and 168
  • H Res 23, regarding awareness about preventing child abductions
  • Daniel Rosenblum to be Ambassador to Uzbekistan
  • Donald Tapia to be Ambassador to Jamaica
  • Robert Scott to be Ambassador to Malawi

Agreed to by UC:

  • S Res 85, recognizing the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Easter Seals
  • S Res 131, regarding national 9-1-1 education month.
  • S Res 136, regarding national safe digging month
  • S Con Res 14, regarding celebrating King Kamehameha
  • H Con Res 31, regarding holocaust remembrance day
  • HR 1222, regarding target practice and marksmanship training support

The following had their first reading:
HR 1644 (regarding net neutrality) and HR 1957 (Taxpayer First Act of 2019)

4:45 p.m. Senator Cramer spoke on the nomination of Drew Wrigley to be US Attorney for the District of North Dakota.

4:23 p.m. Senator Enzi introduced the “association health plan act of 2019.”

2:41 p.m. Senator Sulllivan spoke on the Bernhardt nomination and the Alaskan of the week.

2:30 p.m. ML McConnell filed cloture on the following nominations:

  1. William Cooper to be General Counsel of the Department of Energy.
  2. Clark Cooper to be Assistant Secretary of State for Political and Military Affairs
  3. Gordon Hartogensis to be director of the Pension Benefits Guarantee Corporation.
  4. Campbell Barker to be a district judge for the Eastern District of Texas.
  5. Andrew Brasher to be a district judge for the Middle District of Alabama.
  6. Rodolfo Ruiz to be a district judge for the Southern District of Florida.
  7. Raul Arias-Marxuach to be a district judge for the District of Puerto Rico.
  8. Joshua Wolson to be a district judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

2:29 p.m. The senate confirmed the nomination of David Bernhardt to be Secretary of Interior, 57-41.

Democrats in favor: Heinrich, Manchin and Sinema.
Independent in favor: King
Not voting : 2 Democrats: Booker and Harris, 1 Republican: Perdue.

1:52 p.m. The Senate began voting on the Bernhardt nomination.

1:45 p.m. Senator Menendez spoke against the Bernhardt nomination.

1:29 p.m. Senator Scott of FL spoke on Venezuela.

1:21 p.m. Senator Fischer spoke about ICBMs.

1:14 p.m. Senator Manchin spoke in support of the Bernhardt nomination.

1:10 p.m. Senator Durbin paid tribute to his staffer M.J. Kenney.

1:00 p.m. Senator Murkowski spoke in favor of the Bernhardt nomination.

12:30 p.m. Senator Markey spoke against the Bernhardt nomination.

12:15 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on border security.

12:11 p.m. Senator Peters spoke about the vehicle innovation act.

12:05 p.m. ML McConnell announced the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Bernhardt nomination at 1:45 pm.

11:54 a.m. Senator Blackburn spoke on Broadband.

11:34 a.m. Senator Klobuchar spoke on the Bernhardt nomination.

11:17 a.m. Senator Scott (SC) paid tribute to former Senator Hollings.

11:09 a.m. Senator Graham paid tribute to former Senator Hollings.

10:55 a.m. Senator Schumer spoke about AG Barr and the Bernhardt nomination.

10:36 a.m. Senator Gardner spoke supporting the Bernhardt nomination and in memory of Corporal Daniel Groves.

10:10 a.m. Senator Grassley spoke about flooding in the Midwest.

10:05 a.m. ML McConnell spoke on nominations.

10:03 a.m. Senator Grassley spoke on health care.

10:00 a.m. The Senate convened.

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The Senate will convene at 10:00 am and resume consideration of the nomination of David Bernhardt to be Secretary of the Interior, post-cloture.

A roll call vote on confirmation of the Bernhardt nomination is expected during Thursday’s session.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

7:15 p.m. The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00 a.m. Thursday, April 11, 2019.

7:02 p.m. Senator Hirono spoke on the Bernhardt nomination.

Senator Barasso conducted wrap up and the following bills were passed:

By voice vote, passed Calendar #18, S.94, Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act

By voice vote, adopted Calendar #58, S.Res.35, supporting democratic principles and standards in Bolivia and throughout Latin America, w/committee-reported amendment to the preamble.

By voice vote, adopted Calendar #59, S.Res.67, expressing the sense of the Senate on the importance and vitality of the United States alliances with Japan and the Republic of Korea, and our trilateral cooperation in the pursuit of shared interests, w/committee-reported amendment to the preamble.

Adopted Calendar #60, S.Res.95, recognizing the 198th anniversary of the independence of Greece and celebrating democracy in Greece and the United States.

Adopted S. Res.155, relative to the death of the Honorable Ernest F. Hollings, former United States Senator for the State of South Carolina,

Adopted S. Res.156, supporting the goals and ideals of “Take our Daughters and Sons to Work

Day”

Adopted S. Res.157, supporting the designation of April 2019 as “Parkinson’s Awareness Month”

Adopted S. Res.158, authorizing the use of the atrium in the Philip A. Hart Senate Office Building for the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, a semiannual event of the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Agreed to H.Con.Res 16, authorizing the use of the Capitol Grounds for the National Peace Officers Memorial Service and the National Honor Guard and Pipe Band Exhibition.

Agreed to H.Con.Res 19, authorizing the use of the Capitol Grounds for the Greater Washington Soap Box Derby.

Completed the Rule 14 process to place H.R.1585, to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, on the Legislative Calendar of Business.

6:58 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Bernhardt nomination by a vote of 56 to 41. Senators Heinrich, King, Manchin and Sinema voted YES. Senators Booker and Harris did not vote.

6:40 p.m. The Senate began voting on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of David Bernhardt to be Secretary of the Interior.

6:38 p.m. The Morales nomination was confirmed by a vote of 56 to 41. Senators Jones, Manchin, and Sinema voted YES. Senators Booker and Harris did not vote.

6:04 p.m. The Senate began voting on confirmation of David Morales to be US District Judge for the Southern District of Texas.

5:50 p.m. Senator Brown spoke about banks.

5:22 p.m. Senator Udall spoke against the Bernhardt nomination.

4:36 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke on the Bernhardt nomination.

4:21 p.m. Senator Kaine spoke on the Abizaid nominaton.

4:18 p.m. Senator Daines spoke on healthcare.

4:18 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Morales nomination by a vote of 57 to 41. Senators Jones, Kaine, Manchin and Sinema votes YES. Senators Booker and Harris did not vote.

3:49 p.m. The Senate began voting on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of David Morales to be US District Judge for the Southern District of Texas.

3:45 p.m. The nomination of Holly Brady was confirmed by a vote of 56-42.

Senators in favor: 53 Republicans, 3 Democrats: Jones, Manchin and Sinema.

Senators opposed: 41 Democrats, 2 Independents: King and Sanders.

Senators not voting: 2 Democrats: Booker and Harris

3:07 p.m. The Senate began voting on the nomination of Holly Brady to be US District Judge for the Northern District of Indiana.

2:57 p.m. Senator Whitehouse gave his weekly climate change speech.

2:32 p.m. Senator Carper spoke about socialism and also about the auto industry.

2:25 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke about the tax cuts.

2:11 p.m. Senator Lankford spoke about tax cuts.

2:06 p.m. Senator Young spoke about tax cuts and jobs.

2:00 p.m. Senator Blunt spoke about the tax cuts and economy.

1:54 p.m. Senator Ernst spoke about tax cuts.

1:46 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about Venezuela.

1:33 p.m. Senator Shelby paid tribute to former Senator Hollings.

1:14 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke in encouragement of whistle blowers.

1:13 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Brady nomination, 56-43.

Senators in favor: 53 Republicans, 3 Democrats: Jones, Manchin and Sinema.

Senators opposed: 41 Democrats, 2 Independents: King and Sanders.

Senators not voting: 1 Democrat: Booker.

12:48 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on cloture on the nomination of Holly Brady to be a District Judge for the Northern District of Indiana.

12:48 p.m. The Abizaid nomination was confirmed 92-7.

Senators voting against: 6 Democrats (Gillibrand, Harris, Klobuchar, Markey, Merkley and Warren); 1 Independent: Sanders

Senators not voting: 1 Democrat: Booker.

12:23 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on confirmation of the nomination of John Abizaid to be Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

12:23 p.m. The Stanton nomination was confirmed 53-45.

Senators in favor: 53 Republicans

Senators against: 43 Democrats, 2 Independents (King and Sanders)

Senators not voting: 2 Democrats: Booker and Klobuchar

11:48 a.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on the confirmation of Cheryl Stanton to be Administrator of the Wage and Hour Division, Department of Labor.

11:14 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about VAWA and sexual assault victims.

10:55 a.m. Senator Schumer spoke against the Bernhardt nomination, on disaster aid and on the Department of Homeland Security.

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

10:20 a.m. Senator Menendez spoke on the Abizaid nomination.

9:49 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell received unanimous consent for the second reading of H.R. 1585 to Reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act under Rule 14 and spoke about nominations.

9:47 a.m. Senator Grassley spoke about the FBI Clinton investigation.

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The Senate will convene at 9:45 a.m.

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of Cheryl Stanton to be Administrator of the Wage and Hour Division, Department of Labor.

11:45 a.m. – up to 3 roll call votes:

1.      Confirmation of Cheryl Stanton to be Administrator of the Wage and Hour Division, Department of Labor

2.      Confirmation of John Abizaid to be Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (voice vote possible)

3.      Motion to invoke cloture on Holly Brady to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Indiana.

 

Cloture petitions are also pending on the following nominations:

  1. David Morales to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Texas
  2. David Bernhardt to be Secretary of the Interior.

If cloture is invoked on the Brady and Morales nominations, there would be up to 2 hours of debate prior to a vote on confirmation. Then there would be a cloture vote on the next nomination. If cloture is invoked on the Bernhardt nomination, there would be up to 30 hours of debate prior to a vote on confirmation.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

5:10 p.m. Senator Fischer spoke about flooding in the Midwest.

4:56 p.m. Senator Brown spoke about the Doolittle Raiders.

3:45 p.m. Senator Jones spoke about Martin Luther King Jr. and read his “Letter from Birmingham Jail” along with Senators Alexander, Cruz, Harris, Kaine, & Murkowski.

3:33 p.m. ML McConnell received unanimous consent that the Senate will vote on the Wyrick nomination at 5:30 p.m. today and that at a time to be determined on April 10, the Senate vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of John P. Abizaid to be Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

3:12 p.m. Senator Blackburn delivered her maiden floor speech.

3:11 p.m. The Senate invoked cloture on the nomination of Patrick Wyrick to be U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Oklahoma by a vote of 53 to 46. Senator Booker did not vote.

2:47 p.m. The Senate began voting on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Patrick Wyrick to a U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Oklahoma.

2:46 p.m. The Senate confirmed the nomination of Daniel Domenico to be U.S. District Judge for the District of Colorado by a vote of 57-42.

2:15 p.m. The Senate returned from recess and began voting on confirmation of Daniel Domenico to be US District Judge for the District of Colorado.

12:43 p.m. The Senate stands in recess until 2:15 p.m. to accommodate the weekly caucus lunches.

12:35 p.m. Senator Ernst spoke about sexual assault.

12:26 p.m. Senator Hawley spoke about discrimination of people of faith.

12:07 p.m. Senator Kennedy spoke about the abuse of NDA’s across government and on immigration.

11:54 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about military families. At 2:15 pm the Senate will proceed to 2 votes: 1.Confirmation of Daniel Domenico to be U.S. District Judge for the District of CO 2.Motion to invoke cloture on Patrick Wyrick to be U.S. District Judge for the Western District of OK

11:50 a.m. The Senate invoked cloture on the Domenico nomination by a vote of 55-42. Senators Cruz, Duckworth and Johnson did not vote.

11:10 a.m. The Senate is now voting on the motion to invoke cloture on the Domenico nomination.

11:07 a.m. Senator Gardner spoke about the Domenico nomination.

11:04 a.m. Senator Schumer spoke about abortion legislation.

10:47 a.m. Senator Schumer spoke Trump administration personnel changes. He spoke about abortion legislation and judicial nominations.

10:34 a.m. Senator Thune spoke about computer scams.

10:12 a.m. The presiding officer announced that the House-passed H.R. 2030 (with text identical to S. 1057, the Colorado River Basin drought measure passed Monday) is deemed to have passed the Senate.

10:03 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about nominations and about Democratic health care proposals.

10:02 a.m. The Senate resumed consideration of the Domenico nomination.

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The Senate will convene at 10 a.m.  and will resume consideration of the nomination of Daniel Domenico to the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado.

At 11 a.m., there will be a cloture vote on the Domenico nomination. If cloture is invoked, post-cloture debate will run as long as two hours.

The Senate is expected to recess from 12:30 p.m. until 2:15 p.m. for weekly party luncheons.

Additional roll call votes are expected throughout Tuesday’s session.

Majority Leader McConnell has filed cloture on the nominations below.  The Senate will take them up in order, each nomination following the disposition of the previous one. The first five are subject to up to two hours of post-cloture debate.

The David Bernhardt nomination is subject to 30 hours of post-cloture debate. 

  • Patrick R. Wyrick to be a United States District Judge for the Western District of Oklahoma
  • Cheryl Marie Stanton to be Administrator of the Wage and Hour Division, Department of Labor
  • John P. Abizaid to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • Holly A. Brady to be a United States District Judge for the Northern District of Indiana
  • David Steven Morales to be a United States District Judge for the Southern District of Texas
  • David Bernhardt to be Secretary of the Interior (subject to up to 30 hours of post-cloture debate)

Monday, April 8, 2019

6:10 p.m.  The Senate adjourned until 10 a.m. Tuesday, when it will resume consideration of the Domenico nomination. There will be a cloture vote on Domenico at 11 a.m.

6:03 p.m. The Senate consented to S.1057 as modified.

6:02 p.m. Senator Cortez Masto sought a modification, which Senator McSally accepted.

5:59 p.m. Senator McSally spoke about the drought in the Southwest. She sought consent for passage of a drought relief bill, S. 1057.

5:24 p.m. Senator Scott of Florida paid tribute to his late press secretary, Jeri Bustamente.

5:02 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about trade.

4:33 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, the high cost of prescription drugs, Austin Tice held captive in Syria, and the Citgo executives held captive in Venezuela.

4:03 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell paid tribute to former Senator Hollings of SC and spoke nominations.

4:02 p.m. The motion to proceed to the nomination of David Bernhardt to be Secretary of Interior was agreed to by voice vote and ML McConnell filed cloture on the nomination.

The Senate will convene at 4:00 p.m.

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business.

There will be no roll call votes during Monday’s session.

We expect the next roll call vote to be at approximately 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 9th on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Daniel Domenico to be US District Judge for the District of Colorado.

Cloture has also been filed on the following nominations:

  1. Patrick Wyrick to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Oklahoma
  2. Cheryl Stanton to be Administrator of the Wage and Hour Division, Department of Labor
  3. John Abizaid to be Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  4. Holly Brady to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Indiana
  5. David Morales to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Texas

 

If cloture is invoked on any of these nominations, there would be up to 2 hours of debate prior to a vote on confirmation. Then there would a cloture vote on the next nomination.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

6:39 p.m. The Senate stands adjourned until 4:00 p.m. on Monday. Following Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business with Senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each. There will be no roll call votes during Monday’s session. We expect the next roll call vote to be on Tuesday morning (April 9th) on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Daniel Desmond Domenico, of Colorado, to be United States District Judge for the District of Colorado.

6:37 p.m. During wrap up the Senate passed: S.Res 123, supporting NATO; S.Res. 145, commemorating the bicentennial of the birth of Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise; S.Res. 146, Recognizing the centennial of the Institute of International Education.

4:37 p.m. ML McConnell filed cloture on Executive Calendar #30 David Morales to be U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Texas.

4:36 p.m. ML McConnell filed cloture on Executive Calendar #31 Holly Brady to be U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Indiana.

4:34 p.m. ML McConnell filed cloture on Executive Calendar #173 John Abizaid to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the U.S. to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

4:33 p.m. ML McConnell filed cloture on Executive Calendar #105 Cheryl Stanton to be Administrator of the Wage and Hour Division, Department of Labor.

4:32 p.m. ML McConnell filed cloture on Executive Calendar #27 Patrick Wyrick to be U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Oklahoma.

4:31 p.m. ML McConnell filed cloture on Executive Calendar #21 Daniel Domenico to be U.S. District Judge for the District of Colorado.

4:05 p.m. Senator Shaheen spoke about NATO’s 70th anniversary.

3:58 p.m. Senator Enzi spoke about disaster funding.

3:20 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about the President’s tax returns.

3:19 p.m. The Senate confirmed the nomination of Mark Calabria to be director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency by a vote of 52-44. Senators Booker, Harris, Lee and Sanders did not vote.

2:40 p.m. Roll call vote began on confirmation of the nomination of Mark Calabria to be director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency

2:24 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke against the Calabria nomination.

2:16 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about the deaths of Trooper Jones Story, Trooper Jerry Ellis and Trooper Lambert.

1:54 p.m. Senator Brown spoke in opposition to the Calabria nomination.

1:49 p.m. Senator Tillis spoke about NATO’s 70th anniversary.

1:35 p.m. Senator Toomey spoke on the Calabria nomination and on taxing unrealized investment gains.

1:30 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke about NATO’s 70th anniversary.

1:19 p.m. Senator Warner spoke on the Mueller report. Senator Warner asked u.c to consider H.Con.Res. 24,  Expressing the sense of Congress that the report of Special Counsel Mueller should be made available to the public and to Congress. Senator Paul asked u.c to amend the Senator Warner’s request to include all of the communications. Senator Warner objected. Senator Paul objected to the original request.

12:55 p.m. Senator Alexander spoke on the agreement between the US and China to reduce the flow of fentanyl.  He later spoke on health care.

12:54 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Calabria nomination, 53-46.

Senators voting in favor: 53 Republicans.

Senators voting against: 44 Democrats, 2 Independents: King and Sanders.

Senators not voting: 1 Democrat: Harris.

12:23 p.m. Roll call vote began on the nomination of Mark Calabria to be director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency.

12:22 p.m. The Altman nomination was confirmed 66-33.

Senators voting in favor: 52 Republicans, 14 Democrats (Cardin, Cortez Masto, Duckworth, Feinstein, Hassan, Jones, Kaine, Manchin, Murphy, Rosen, Shaheen, Sinema, Tester and Warner .

Senators voting against: 30 Democrats, 2 Independents: King and Sanders; 1 Republican: Paul.

Senators not voting: 1 Democrat: Harris.

11:45 a.m. Roll call vote began on the confirmation of the nomination of Roy Kalman Altman to be a United States District Judge for the Southern District of Florida.

11:43 a.m. Senator Leahy spoke about disaster relief.

11:41 a.m. Senator Shelby spoke about disaster relief.

11:28 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about disaster relief.

11:21 a.m. Senator Thune spoke about taxes.

11:11 a.m. Senator Crapo spoke in favor of the Calabria nomination.

11:03 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the new limitation of post-cloture debate on nominations.

*****

The Senate will convene at 11 a.m. and will resume post-cloture consideration of the nomination of Roy Kalman Altman to be a United States District Judge for the Southern District of Florida.

At 11:45 a.m., the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on confirmation of the Altman nomination.

Following disposition of the Altman nomination, the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Mark Anthony Calabria to be Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency.

The Calabria nomination will be subject to up to two hours of post-cloture debate prior to a vote on confirmation of the nomination.

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

6:42 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will convene Thursday, April 4th at 11:00 a.m. and will resume consideration of the Calabria nomination.

There will be 2 votes beginning at 11:45 a.m.:

  1. Confirmation of the nomination of Roy Kalman Altman to be U.S. District Judge of the Southern District of Florida.
  2. Motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Mark Anthony Calabria to be Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency.

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6:22 p.m. Senator Brown spoke about the Calabria nomination.

6:07 p.m. Senator Hoeven spoke on the confirmation process.

6:06 p.m. ML McConnell received unanimous consent to have the confirmation vote on the Altman nomination occur at 11:45 a.m. tomorrow, April 4.

5:50 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about his Enhancement of Savings Act of 2019.

5:49 p.m. On a vote of 48-51, the Senate has over-ruled the ruling of the chair that post cloture time on district judge is 30 hours.

Senators in favor: 44 Democrats, 2 Republicans (Collins and Lee), 2 Independents (King and Sanders). 

Senators voting against: 51 Republicans.

Senators not voting: 1 Democrat: Harris.

5:17 p.m. Roll call vote began on whether the ruling of the chair should stand that post cloture time on district judges should remain at 30 hours.

5:17 p.m. ML McConnell made a point of order asking that post cloture time be limited to two hours.  The Chair ruled the point of order is not sustained.

5:16 p.m. The Senate invoked cloture on the the Altman nomination by a vote of 66 to 33.  Senators Cardin, Cortez Masto, Duckworth, Durbin, Feintein, Hassan, Jones, Kaine, Manchin, Rosen, Shaheen, Sinema, Tester, and Warner voted YES. Senator Harris did not vote.

4:40 p.m. The Senate began voting on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Roy Kalman Altman to be US District Judge for the Southern District of Florida.

4:39 p.m. The nomination of Jeffrey Kessler to be Assistant Secretary of Commerce was confirmed by voice vote.

4:22 p.m. Senator Stabenow spoke about health care.

4:00 p.m. Senator Manchin spoke about the rule change.

3:47 p.m. Senator Blunt spoke on the rule change.

3:46 p.m. On a vote of 48-51, the Senate has over-ruled the ruling of the chair that post cloture time on certain nominees is 30 hours.

Senators in favor: 44 Democrats, 2 Republicans (Collins and Lee), 2 Independents (King and Sanders). 

Senators voting against: 51 Republicans.

Senators not voting: 1 Democrat: Harris.

The Senate is now in post cloture debate on the Kessler nomination for up to two hours.  

3:13 p.m. Roll call vote began on whether the ruling of the chair should stand that post cloture time on sub-level cabinet appointments should remain at 30 hours.

3:12 p.m. ML McConnell made a point of order asking that post cloture time be limited to two hours.  The Chair ruled it is not.

2:55 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the cloture rules change.

2:33 p.m. Democratic Leader Schumer spoke against the cloture rules change.

2:32 p.m. By a vote of 95-3 the Senate invoked cloture on the Kessler nomination. Senators Gillibrand, Sanders, and Warren voted no.

2:01 p.m. The Senate began voting on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Jeffrey Kessler to be an Assistant Secretary of Commerce.

1:59 p.m. Senator Cotton spoke on the nomination process.

1:53 p.m. Senator Lankford spoke on the nomination process.

1:34 p.m. Senator Bennett spoke on the nomination process.

1:23 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the nomination process.

1:06 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke about the cloture rules change.

12:53 p.m. Senator Thune spoke about the prospective post-cloture rules change.

12:33 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell took steps under Rule XIV to place on the Senate calendar H.R. 7, amending the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Senator McConnell praised the NATO secretary-general’s speech to the joint session of Congress today.

He spoke about the Republican plan to reduce the post-cloture debate time for most nominations.

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

At 2 p.m., the Senate is expected to vote on cloture for the nomination of Jeffrey Kessler to be Assistant Secretary of Commerce.

No further votes have been scheduled, but more roll call votes are possible today.

Upon the disposition of the Kessler nomination, there will be a cloture vote for the nomination Roy Kalman Altman to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

The Senate adjourned and will reconvene at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3, 2019.  Next Vote (s) is expected at 2:00 p.m.

By voice vote, passed H.R.1839, Medicaid Services Investment and Accountability Act of 2019
Adopted S.Res.132, honoring the life of Ted Lindsay
 Adopted S.Res.138, recognizing the 50th anniversary of the Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University
Adopted S.Res.139, to authorize the production of records by the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.
 Began the Rule 14 process to place H.R.7, Paycheck Fairness Act, on the Legislative Calendar of Business.

5:50 p.m. Senator Cotton spoke on the electoral college.

5:30 p.m. Senator Hasan and Durbin spoke about student loan debt and for profit colleges.

4:30 p.m. The Senate stands in recess until 5:30 p.m.

3:03 p.m. Senator Lee spoke about Brexit and asked u.c. to consider S.Res. 137, Senator Wyden objected. Senator Lee asked u.c. that the Senate recess between 4:30-5:30 p.m. today.

2:5 p.m. Senator Cortez Masto spoke on equal pay day.

2:45 p.m. Senators Murray and Gillibrand spoke on equal pay day, and offered a UC to take up H.R. 7; Senator Alexander objected.

2:44 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell entered a motion to reconsider.

2:44 p.m. The Senate did not invoke cloture (51-48, 60 needed) on the motion to proceed to S.Res.50, related to procedures for the consideration of nominations in the Senate.

Senators voting in favor: 51 Republicans.

Senators voting against: 44 Democrats, 2 Independents (King and Sanders), 2 Republicans (Lee and McConnell) ML McConnell changed his vote to no only in order to bring this motion back up again.

Senators not voting: 1 Democrat: Harris.

2:15 p.m. The Senate returned from the recess and began voting on cloture on the motion to proceed to S Res 50.

12:48 p.m. The Senate recessed until 2:15 p.m. to accommodate the weekly caucus luncheons.

12:36 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about the Senate rules change.

12:18 p.m. Senator Lankford spoke about the Senate rules change.

12:02 p.m. Senator Klobuchar spoke about the Senate rules change.

11:53 a.m. Senator Hirono spoke about the Senate rules change.

11:29 a.m. Senator Grassley spoke about the Senate rules change.

11:20 a.m. Senator Thune spoke about the Senate rules change.

11 a.m. Senator Schumer spoke about disaster relief and healthcare.

10:41 a.m. Senator Leahy spoke about the Commerce Department budget. He spoke about nomination procedures.

10:20 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about border security.

10:04 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about disaster aid. He spoke about nomination procedures.

10:03 a.m. Senator Grassley spoke about disaster aid.

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

At that time, following any leader remarks, resume consideration of the motion to proceed to S.Res.50, related to procedures for the consideration of nominations in the Senate.

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

We expect the cloture vote on the motion to proceed to occur at 2:15 p.m.

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