Monday/Tuesday September 28/29

The Senate will convene for pro forma session only on Monday, September 28 at 2:45 p.m.

Then, the Senate will convene on Tuesday, September 29 at 3:00 p.m. and will resume consideration of H.R. 8337, the Continuing Resolution. There will be a cloture vote on H.R. 8337 at 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, September 24, 2020

4:21 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will next convene for a pro forma session on Monday, September 28 at 2:45 p.m.

Then, the Senate will next convene on Tuesday, September 29 at 3:00 p.m. and will resume consideration of H.R. 8337, the Continuing Resolution. Cloture will ripen on the H.R. 8337 at 5:30 p.m.

During wrap-up:

  • Passed by voice vote en bloc:
    • S. Res. 719, National Voter Registration Day
    • S. Res. 720, National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day
    • S. Res. 721, Character Counts Week
    • S. Res. 722, National Forensic Science Week
    • S. Res. 723, Campus Fire Safety Month
  • H.R. 1812, Vet Center Eligibility Expansion Act, was passed by unanimous consent.
  • H.R. 2372, Veterans’ Care Quality Transparency Act, was passed by unanimous consent.
  • S. 2693, READI Act, and the Schatz amendment, was passed by unanimous consent.
  • H.R. 6168, Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2020, was passed by unanimous consent.
  • S. 4675, to amend the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, was placed on the calendar under Rule 14.

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3:11 p.m. Senator Udall paid tribute to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

2:50 p.m. Senator Kaine paid tribute to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

2:45 p.m. Senator Manchin spoke on a peaceful transition of power.

2:45 p.m. S.Res. 718, Restoring the peaceful return to power called for in the U.S. Constitution, was adopted by unanimous consent.

2:19 p.m. Senators Enzi, Carper, and Barrasso paid tribute to Wyoming citizen Robert Brown and introduced legislation to name the Thermopolis Post Office after him.

2:17 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell filed cloture on H.R. 8337.

2:16 p.m. The motion to proceed to H.R. 8337 was agreed to, 93 to 2.

Senators voting NO: Cruz and Paul.

Senators NOT voting: Capito, Cassidy, Harris, Johnson, and Moran.

1:41 p.m. Roll call vote began on the motion to proceed to H.R. 8337.

1:25 p.m. Senator Hawley spoke about the election and social media platforms and asked unanimous consent to pass S.3983. Senator Wyden objected.

1:19 p.m. Senator Leahy spoke on the CR.

1:05 p.m. Senator Blumenthal spoke in support of H.R. 4779, To extend the Undertaking Spam, Spyware, And Fraud Enforcement With Enforcers beyond Borders Act of 2006, and then it was passed by voice vote.

12:58 p.m. Senator Gillibrand spoke on the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

12:21 p.m. Senators Collins spoke on federal help for the pandemic.

12:20 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell offered the motion to proceed to H.R. 8337, the continuing resolution.

12:19 p.m. The Senate confirmed the Young nomination 93-2. Senators Blumenthal and Schumer voted against and Senators Capito, Harris, Johnson, Moran and Sanders did not vote.

11:37 a.m. Roll call vote began on confirmation of the Young nomination.

11:27 a.m. Senator Merkley spoke about his staff member Amy Amrine.

10:58 a.m. Senators Braun and Senator Scott (FL) spoke about the Pledge of Allegiance. S. Res. 715, Expressing Support for the Pledge of Allegiance, was agreed to by unanimous consent.

11:11 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the Pledge of Allegiance and the Supreme Court vacancy and on Hispanic Heritage Month.

10:43 a.m. Senator Schumer spoke about election security and the Supreme Court vacancy.

10:08 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the unrest in Louisville and the Supreme Court vacancy.

The confirmation vote on the Young nomination will occur at 11:30 a.m.

10:01 a.m. Senator Grassley spoke about small businesses.

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

A confirmation vote on the nomination of Roderick Young to be a Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia is expected to occur today at a time TBD.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

7:17 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will reconvene at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 24. A confirmation vote on the Young nomination will occur at a time TBA.

6:44 p.m. Senator Bennet spoke about the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

6:43 p.m. The Senate reconvened.

6:40 p.m. The Senate recessed subject to the call of the chair.

6:39 p.m. The Senate began the Rule 14 process to place on the legislative calendar S. 4675, amend the Health Insurance Affordability and Accountability Act.

6:16 p.m. Senator Reed spoke about the Supreme Court vacancy and also about assistance for people hurt by Covid-19.

6:15 p.m. Senator Blumenthal asked unanimous consent that the Senate bring up and pass S. Con. Res. 36, to correct the enrollment of S. 2330, empowering Olympic and Amateur Athletes.

5:53 p.m. Senator Alexander spoke about Covid and education.

5:50 p.m. The Senate confirmed the nomination of Jocelyn Samuels to be a member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission by a tally of 54-42.

5:16 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on confirmation of the nomination of Jocelyn Samuels to be a Member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for a term expiring July 1, 2021.

5:15 p.m. By a tally of 93-3, the Senate invoked cloture on the nomination of Roderick C. Young to be U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Voting against: Senators Blumenthal, Hirono and Schumer

4:42 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Young nomination.

4:42 p.m. The Senate confirmed the nomination of John Hinderaker to be U.S. District Judge for the District of Arizona by a tally of 70-27.

4:08 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on confirmation of the Hinderaker nomination.

4:01 p.m. Senator Murray spoke about the wildfires in Oregon and on judicial nominations.

3:45p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on the SCOTUS vacancy.

3:22 p.m. Senator Stabenow spoke honoring the life and legacy of Justice Ginsburg.

3:17 p.m. Senator Portman spoke about the economy and the pandemic.

3:07 p.m. Senator Rosen spoke honoring the life and legacy of Justice Ginsburg.

2:58 p.m. Senator Lankford spoke about government funding and on pending airline industry layoffs.

2:30 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke about coronavirus response.

2:10 p.m. Senator Whitehouse gave his weekly climate change speech.

2:04 p.m. Senator Blunt spoke about election security.

1:27 p.m. Senator Tillis spoke against violence against law enforcement.

1:17 p.m. Senator Brown spoke about housing disparity.

1:01 p.m. Senator Duckworth spoke about the life and legacy of Justice Ginsburg.

12:47 p.m. Senator Ernst spoke about responsible spending.

12:35 p.m. Senator Feinstein spoke about the life and legacy of Justice Ginsburg.

12:34 p.m. The Senate invoked cloture on the nomination of on John Charles Hinderaker to be U.S. District Judge for the District of Arizona by a tally of 71-26.

22 Republicans voted no: Senators Barrasso, Blackburn, Boozman, Braun, Cotton, Cruz, Daines, Enzi, Gardner, Hawley, Hoeven, Kennedy, Lankford, Lee, Moran, Rounds, Sasse, Scott (FL), Scott (SC), Sullivan, Thune and Young

4 Democrats voted no: Senators Blumenthal, Heinrich, Hirono and Schumer.

Not Voting – 3 Senators Capito, Harris and Johnson.

11:45 a.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of John Hinderaker to be U.S. District Judge for the District of Arizona.

11:27 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke supporting the bipartisan CR and on the Coronavirus.

11:00 a.m. Senators Hoeven, Thune, Roberts, Sasse and Boozman spoke about funding for farmers and ranchers in the CR.

10:47 a.m. Senator Thune spoke about reaction to a third SCOTUS nomination during the Trump Administration.

10:32 a.m. DL Schumer spoke about the importance of the SCOTUS nomination. DL Schumer asked the Chair a parliamentary inquiry, Is there a precedent for confirming a Supreme Court nominee between July and Election day in a Presidential year? The Chair responded, materials from the Office of the Secretary of the Senate do not show such a precedent. DL Schumer also spoke about the report from Senator Johnson.

10:10 a.m. ML McConnell spoke about Democrats obstructing Senate business and on government funding including the needs of farmers and ranchers. ML McConnell continued the Rule 14 process and placed on the Calendar:

  • S. 4653, a bill to protect the health care of hundreds of millions of people of the United States and prevent efforts of the Department of Justice to advocate courts to strike down the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
  • H.R. 8337, a bill making continuing appropriations for FY 2021, and for other purposes.

10:02 a.m. Senator Grassley spoke about city and state pension funds.

10:00 a.m. The Senate convened.

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The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m. Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of John Hinderaker to be a United States District Judge for the District of Arizona.

There will be 1 vote at 11:45 a.m.

  1. Motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of John Hinderaker to be U.S. District Judge for the District of Arizona.

There will be 3 votes at 4:00 p.m.

  1. Confirmation of the Hinderaker nomination
  2. Cloture on Roderick Young to be U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia
  3. Confirmation of Jocelyn Samuels to be a Member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

** The cloture motion on the Samuels nomination was withdrawn.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

11:21 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will reconvene on Wednesday, September 23 at 10:00 a.m. Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of John Hinderaker to be a United States District Judge for the District of Arizona.

11:45 a.m.

  • Vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of John Hinderaker to be U.S. District Judge for the District of Arizona.

4:00 p.m.

  • Confirmation of the Hinderaker nomination
  • Cloture on Roderick Young to be U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • Confirmation of Jocelyn Samuels to be a Member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

** The cloture motion on the Samuels nomination was withdrawn.

The vote on confirmation of the Young nomination will occur on Thursday TBD.

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11:14 p.m. Senator Schatz spoke about the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the Court vacancy.

10:52 p.m. Senator Cantwell spoke about the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bade Ginsburg and the Court vacancy.

10:24 p.m. Senator Warren spoke about the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the Court vacancy.

10:11 p.m. Senator Murphy spoke about the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the Court vacancy.

10:02 p.m. Senator Baldwin spoke about the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the Court vacancy.

10:00 p.m. H.R. 8337, the Continuing Resolution, was placed on the calendar under Rule 14.

9:44 p.m. Senator Blumenthal spoke about the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the Court vacancy.

9:27 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke about the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the Court vacancy.

9:16 p.m. Senator Brown spoke about the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the Court vacancy.

8:59 p.m. Senator Casey spoke about the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the Court vacancy.

8:51 p.m. Senator Peters spoke about the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the Court vacancy.

8:38 p.m. Senator Bennet spoke about the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the Court vacancy.

8:17 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke about the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the Court vacancy.

8:13 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke about the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the Court vacancy.

7:54 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke about the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the Court vacancy.

7:41 p.m. Senator Klobuchar spoke about the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the Court vacancy.

7:33 p.m. Senator Hassan spoke about the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the Court vacancy.

7:21 p.m. Senator Hirono spoke about the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the Court vacancy.

7:09 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the Court vacancy.

6:47 p.m. Senator Booker spoke about the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the Court vacancy.

6:29 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke about the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the Court vacancy.

6:24 p.m. Senator Hawley received unanimous consent to change his vote on the Sonderling confirmation to YES and the vote tally for confirmation of the Sonderling nomination changed to 52 to 41.

6:14 p.m. Senator Blackburn spoke on the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

6:09 p.m. Senator Moran spoke about veterans’ mental health care.

6:08 p.m. The Sonderling nomination was confirmed, 51 to 42.

Democrats voting YES: Jones, Manchin, and Sinema.

Senators NOT voting: Capito, Harris, Johnson, Sanders, Stabenow, Sullivan, and Tillis.

5:24 p.m. Roll call vote began on confirmation of the Sonderling nomination.

5:07 p.m. Senators Lee and Braun spoke about the Save Moms and Babies Act.

4:43 p.m. Senators Hyde-Smith, Lee, and Cassidy spoke about the Save Moms and Babies Act. Senator Hyde-Smith asked unanimous consent for the Senate to pass S. 3072. Senator Murray objected and asked unanimous consent that the Senate pass S. 4638. Senator Hyde-Smith objected.

4:23 p.m. Senator Van Hollen spoke on the Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the Court vacancy.

4:15 p.m. Senator Menendez spoke about the Affordable Care Act.

4:08 p.m. Senator Cotton spoke about the drug Isotonatasing.

3:55 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke on former Vice President Biden’s tax plan.

3:39 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke on the Supreme Court vacancy and asked unanimous consent that the Senate adopt the Schumer resolution relating to the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Senator Cruz objected and spoke on the vacancy.

3:36 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Sonderling nomination, 52 to 41.

Democrats voting YES: Jones, Manchin and Sinema.

Senators NOT voting: Capito, Harris, Johnson, Sanders, Stabenow, Sullivan, and Tillis.

2:54 p.m. Roll call began on the motion to invoke cloture on the Sonderling nomination.

2:54 p.m. The Lucas nomination was confirmed, 49 to 44.

Party line vote.

Senators NOT voting: Capito, Harris, Johnson, Sanders, Stabenow, Sullivan, and Tillis.

2:16 p.m. Roll call began on confirmation of the Lucas nomination.

2:15 p.m. Senator Rubio asked unanimous consent that the Senate authorize the Intelligence Committee to meet this afternoon. Senator Schumer objected.

12:45 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Lucas nomination, 49 to 44.

Party line vote.

Senators NOT voting: Capito, Harris, Johnson, Sanders, Stabenow, Sullivan, and Tillis.

12:10 p.m. Roll call vote began on the motion to invoke cloture on the Lucas nomination.

12:10 p.m. The Meyers nomination was confirmed, 66-27.

Democrats voting YES: Cardin, Carper, Casey, Cortez Masto, Duckworth, Hassan, Jones, King, Leahy, Manchin, Murphy, Peters, Rosen, Shaheen, Sinema, Tester, and Warner.

Senators NOT voting: Capito, Harris, Johnson, Sanders, Stabenow, Sullivan, and Tillis.

11:30 a.m. Roll call vote began on confirmation of the Meyers nomination.

10:42 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke about the filibuster, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Supreme Court vacancy and the Affordable Care Act.

10:34 a.m. Senator Thune paid tribute to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and spoke on the Supreme Court vacancy.

10:20 a.m. Senator Schumer spoke on the Supreme Court vacancy and the pandemic.

10:05 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke on the Supreme Court vacancy.

10:03 a.m. Senator Grassley spoke on the filibuster.

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

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #603, Edward Meyers to be a Judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims, post-cloture.

11:30 a.m. – 2 roll call votes:

  1. Confirmation of the Meyers nomination.
  2. Cloture on Executive Calendar #706, Andrea Lucas to be Member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Following the Lucas cloture vote, the Senate will recess until 2:15 p.m. to allow for the weekly caucus meetings.

2:15 p.m. – 2 roll call votes:

  1. Confirmation of the Lucas nomination.
  2. Cloture on Executive Calendar #709, Keith Sonderling to be a Member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

If cloture is invoked on the Sonderling nomination, the confirmation vote is expected Tuesday afternoon, potentially during the 5:00pm hour.

Cloture has also been filed on the following nominations:

  1. Executive Calendar #708, Jocelyn Samuels to be a Member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
  2. Executive Calendar #588, John Hinderaker to be a United States District Judge for the District of Arizona.
  3. Executive Calendar #815, Roderick Young to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Monday, September 21, 2020

6:48 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 22nd. The next vote will occur at 11:30 a.m. on the Meyers nomination. During wrap up, the Senate unanimously approved: S. Con. Res. 45, to provide for the use of the catafalque situated in the crypt in the rotunda of the Capitol to be used for the memorial service for the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court.

6:26 p.m. By a vote of 65 to 25, the Senate invoked cloture on the nomination of Edward Meyers to be a Judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims.

       

5:30 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the Meyers nomination.

5:22 p.m. Senator Coons spoke about the life and legacy of Justice Ginsburg.

4:31 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about the life and legacy of Justice Ginsburg. Senator Durbin also spoke on the “McConnell Rule” relating to filling SCOTUS vacancies.

4:20 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the life and legacy of Justice Ginsburg. Senator Cornyn spoke about the Senate’s advice and consent role. Senator Cornyn spoke supporting the Jenna Quinn law.

3:46 p.m. Senator Leahy spoke about the life and legacy of Justice Ginsburg. Senator Leahy also spoke about the SCOTUS nomination process.

3:29 p.m. DL Schumer spoke about the life and legacy of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and on SCOTUS nomination process during an election year.

3:11 p.m. ML McConnell spoke in tribute to the life of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. ML McConnell also spoke on the confirmation process and history of previous nominations.

3:00 p.m. The Senate convened.

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

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #603, Edward Meyers to be a Judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims.

At 5:30pm, the Senate will vote on cloture on the Meyers nomination.

Cloture has also been filed on the following nominations:

1.Executive Calendar #706, Andrea Lucas to be Member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

2. Executive Calendar #708, Jocelyn Samuels to be a Member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

3. Executive Calendar #709, Keith Sonderling to be a Member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

4. Executive Calendar #588, John Hinderaker to be a District Judge for Arizona.

5. Executive Calendar #815, Roderick Young to be a District Judge for Eastern Virginia.

Thursday, September 17, 2020

5:01 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will next convene on Monday, September 21 at 3:00 p.m. Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the Meyers nomination.

At 5:30 p.m. the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Edward Hulvey Meyers to be Judge for the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.  

During wrap-up:

Adopted by unanimous consent en bloc:

  • S. Res. 702 – Designating September 2020 as ‘‘National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month’’.
  • S. Res. 703 – Designating the week beginning September 14, 2020, as National Hispanic- Serving Institutions Week.
  • S. Res. 704 – Honoring the accomplishments of General Thomas P. Stafford and recognizing his contribution to the U.S. Space Program.
  • S. Res. 705 – Proclaiming the week of September 21 through September 25, 2020, to be ‘‘National Clean Energy Week’’.
  • S. Res. 706 – Expressing support for the designation of September 2020 as ‘‘Sickle Cell Disease Awareness Month’’ in order to educate communities across the United States about sickle cell disease and the need for research, early detection methods, effective treatments, and preventative care programs with respect to complications from sickle cell disease and conditions related to sickle cell disease.
  • S. Res. 707 – Recognizing September 1, 2020, as “National Poll Worker Recruitment Day”.

S. 1646 – To designate the community-based outpatient clinic of the Department of Veterans Affairs in St. Augustine, Florida, as the “Leo C. Chase Jr. Department of Veterans Affairs Clinic”, and the Rubio amendment, was passed as amended by unanimous consent.

S. 4072 – To designate the clinic of the Department of Veterans Affairs in Bend, Oregon, as the “Robert D. Maxwell Department of Veterans Affairs Clinic”, was passed by unanimous consent.

S. 924 – To amend the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act to require training and education to teachers and other school employees, students, and the community about how to prevent, recognize, respond to, and report child sexual abuse in primary and secondary education, and the Cornyn substitute amendment, was passed as amended by unanimous consent.

S. 1160 –  To amend the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act to increase support for mental health, with the Smith substitute amendment, was passed as amended by unanimous consent.

S. 4618, Emergency supplemental appropriations (Portman), was placed on the calendar under Rule 14.

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4:50 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell filed cloture on the following nominaitons:

  1. Exec. Cal. # 603, Edward Hulvey Meyers, MD, to be a Judge for the U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  2. Exec. Cal. #706, Andrea R. Lucas, VA, to be a Member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  3. Exec. Cal. #708, Jocelyn Samuels, MD, to be a Member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  4. Exec. Cal. #709, Keith E. Sonderling, FL, to be a Member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  5. Exec. Cal. #588, John Charles Hinderaker, AZ, to be U.S. District Judge for the District of Arizona
  6. Exec. Cal. #815, Roderick C. Young, VA, to be U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia

3:47 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke on his Alaskan of the Week.

3:32 p.m. Senator Alexander spoke about FAFSA.

3:12 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke about the International Day of Democracy.

2:46 p.m. Senator Lee spoke about the Air Force’s birthday and spoke about the Military Spouse Licensing Relief Act.

2:33 p.m. Senator King spoke about the pandemic.

2:20 p.m. Senator Lankford spoke on the recent agreement between Israel and Bahrain and the UAE.

2:15 p.m. Senator Cotton spoke on most favored nation status and China.

2:14 p.m. The Johnston nomination was confirmed, 77-14.

Senators voting against: 14 Democrats: Blumenthal, Booker, Cantwell, Gillibrand, Hirono, Klobuchar, Markey, Menendez, Merkley, Schatz, Schumer, Van Hollen, Warren and Wyden.

Senators not voting: 6 Republicans: Burr, Capito, Hyde Smith, Moran, Perdue, Scott of Florida; 2 Democrats: Harris and Tester, 1 Independent: Sanders.

1:24 p.m. Roll call began on the confirmation of Iain Johnston to be a judge for the northern district of Illinois.

12:59 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke about the Protect Our Heroes Act and asked unanimous consent to pass S.1135 and the Sullivan substitute amendment. Senator Udall objected and then spoke on the Violence Against Women Re-authorization Act. Senator Udall then asked unanimous consent that the Senate pass S. 2843 Violence Against Women Re-authorization Act. Senator Toomey objected.

12:43 p.m. Senator Cantwell spoke about the aviation industry and wildfires.

12:37 p.m. Senator Blackburn spoke about pandemic relief legislation.

12:32 p.m. By a vote of 68 to 26, the Senate confirmed the Valderrama nomination.

Voting NO: Barrasso, Blackburn, Braun, Cotton, Cramer, Cruz, Daines, Enzi, Ernst, Gardner, Hawley, Hoeven, Johnson, Lankford, Lee, Loeffler, Paul, Perdue, Rounds, Rubio, Sasse, Scott (FL), Scott (SC), Sullivan, and Thune.

NOT voting: Burr, Capito, Harris, Moran, Sanders, and Sinem

11:43 a.m. Roll call began on confirmation of Franklin Ulyses Valderrama to be U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of IL.

11:36 a.m. Senator Cortez Masto spoke about the wildfires and paid tribute to the two pilots, David Blake Haynes and Scott Thomas, who crashed while fighting wildfires in July.

11:28 a.m. Senator Stabenow spoke about farmers.

11:27 a.m. Senator Cornyn received unanimous consent to withdraw the cloture motion regarding the Valderrama nomination. The vote on confirmation of the Valderrama will occur at 11:45 a.m.

11:06 a.m. Senator Wyden spoke about the wildfires in Orgeon. He spoke about Medicare.

10:36 a.m. Senator Thune began a colloquy on the needs of farmers and ranchers. Also speaking: Senators Roberts, Hoeven, Fischer, Ernst, Hyde-Smith and Barrasso.

10:30 a.m. Senator Thune spoke about a South Dakota veterans’ facility.

10:20 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about coronavirus relief and election security.

10:07 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about the president’s remarks on coronavirus deaths in “blue” states.

9:47 a.m. Senator Grassley spoke about charges of Russian meddling in the 2016 elections. He spoke about the 2020 elections.

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

At 11:30 a.m., the Senate will proceed to 2 votes:

1. Motion to invoke cloture on nomination of Franklin Ulyses Valderrama to be U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of IL;

2. (If cloture is invoked) confirmation of the Valderrama nomination.

At 1:30 p.m., the Senate will vote on confirmation of Iain D. Johnston to be U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

7:55 p.m. The Senate stands adjourned until 9:45 a.m. on Thursday.

7:26 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke about Oregon wildfires.

7:20 p.m. Senator Rosen spoke about historic wildfires in the West.

7:13 p.m. Senator Portman asked u.c. that when the Senate adjourns tonight following the remarks of Democrats, it meet on Thursday at 9:45 a.m. and resume consideration of the Valderrama nomination.

7:10 p.m. Senator Portman asked u.c. to call up and consider en bloc S. Res. 698, 699 and 700 – agreed to by unanimous consent.

7:09 p.m. Passed by voice vote as amended, S. 3051, America’s Conservation Enhancement Act w/Barrasso substitute amendment.

6:45 p.m. Senator Portman spoke about Covid relief negotiations and the need for additional funding.

6:32 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke about obstruction by Democrats.

6:18 p.m. Senator Braun spoke supporting Vincennes University, Jasper Campus.

5:50 p.m. Senators Scott of FL and Senator Daines spoke about the need to fund the police. Senator Scott asked u.c. to call up and pass, S. Res. 697 _, Senator Udall objected. Senator Udall asked u.c. to call up and pass S. Res. _, (at the desk) Senator Scott objected.

5:14 p.m. Senator Boozman spoke about the tireless sacrifices of health care workers.

5:14 p.m. The Senate invoked cloture on the Johnson nomination to be a Judge for the Northern District of Illinois by a tally of 81-15.

Senators voting against: Blumenthal, Booker, Brown, Cantwell, Gillibrand, Hirono, Klobuchar, Markey, Menendez, Merkley, Murray, Schumer, Van Hollen, Warren and Wyden.

Not voting: Senators Burr, Capito, Harris and Sanders.

4:41 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Iain D. Johnston to be U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois.

4:40 p.m. The Senate confirmed the McGlynn nomination by a tally of 55-41. Senators Durbin, Manchin and Murphy joined 52 Republicans and voted yes.

Not voting: Senators Capito, Harris, Sanders and Warren.

4:11 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on confirmation of the nomination of Stephen McGlynn to be U.S. District Judge for Southern Illinois.

4:10 p.m. The Senate confirmed the Dugan nomination by a tally of 55-41.

Senators Durbin, Jones and Manchin joined 52 Republican Senators and voted yes.

Not voting: Senators Capito, Harris, Sanders and Warren.

3:30 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on confirmation of the nomination of David Dugan to be a Judge for the Southern District of Illinois.

3:12 p.m. Senators Menendez and Van Hollen spoke about the need to extend TPS status to Venezuelans.

3:02 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about the Maduro regime and asked u.c. to pass H.R. 549, The Venezuela TPS Act of 2019. Senator Thune objected.

2:53 p.m. Senator Ernst spoke spoke about the need for Covid relief.

2:45 p.m. Senator Young spoke about the Democratic party.

2:40 p.m. Senator Scott (FL) spoke about American values.

2:29 p.m. Senator Blunt spoke about violence and crime in Missouri.

2:14 p.m. Senator Johnson responded to Senator Schumer and Senator Wyden.

2:01 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke about the Homeland Security Committee Ukraine investigation subpoenas.

1:55 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke about the Homeland Security Committee Ukraine investigation subpoenas.

1:36 p.m. Senator Shaheen spoke supporting a bipartisan Covid relief package.

1:16 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about social security.

1:15 p.m. The Senate invoked cloture on Stephen P. McGlynn to be U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Illinois by a tally of 55-42.

12:48 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Stephen P. McGlynn to be U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Illinois.

12:47 p.m. The Senate invoked cloture on the Dugan nomination by a tally of 56-40. Democrats voting yes: Senators Durbin, Jones, Manchin and Murphy.

Senators not voting: Capito, Harris, Sanders and Warren.

12:17 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #812 David W. Dugan to be U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Illinois.

12:17 p.m. The Senate confirmed the nomination of Todd Robinson to be a Judge for the Southern District of California by a tally of 86-10.

Senators Blumenthal, Booker, Cantwell, Gillibrand, Klobuchar, Markey, Merkley, Murray, Schumer & Wyden voted no.

11:30 a.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on confirmation of the nomination of Todd Wallace Robinson to be a Judge for the Southern District of California.

10:47 a.m. Senator Brown spoke about the need to support the American worker.

10:38 a.m. Senator Thune spoke on the increasing national debt and the Green New Deal.

10:28 a.m. Senator Schumer spoke about the election, the need for election security funding and supporting the people of Venezuela.

10:05 a.m. ML McConnell spoke on the need for a bipartisan pandemic relief package, on judicial nominations, and on the decline of the us of e-cigarettes and vaping devices by young Americans.

10:00 a.m. The Senate convened. Senator Grassley spoke on violence against the people of Belarus.

The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m. and resume consideration of the nomination of Todd Robinson to be a judge for the Southern District of California. 

At 11:30 a.m. there will be three roll call votes:

  1. Confirmation of the Robinson nomination.
  2. Cloture on the nomination of David Dugan to be a judge for the Southern District of Illinois.
  3. Cloture on the nomination of Stephen McGlynn to be a judge for the Southern District of Illinois.

At 3:30 p.m. there will be three roll call votes:

  1. Confirmation of the Dugan nomination.
  2. Confirmation of the McGlynn nomination.
  3. Cloture on the nomination of Iain Johnston to be a judge for the Northern District of Illinois.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

6:57 p.m. The Senate adjourned.

6:55 p.m. Senator Moran wrapped up for the evening. S. 4582 regarding daylight savings time had its first reading. H. Con Res 92 authorizing printing of a revised and updated version of “Women in Congress 1917-2006” was agreed to by UC. S Res 696 designating Sept 4 as “Polycystic Kidney Disease Awareness Day” was agreed to by UC.

6:52 p.m. Senator Moran spoke on the agreements between Israel and Bahrain and the UAE.

6:32 p.m. Senator Jones paid tribute to Col Scott Grant on his recent retirement; and later remembered Robert Eddington who recently passed away.

6:14 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke on climate change for the 271st time.

5:55 p.m. Senator Alexander spoke about student athletes.

5:54 p.m. The Holcomb nomination was confirmed 83-12.

Senators voting against: 12 Democrats: Blumenthal, Booker, Cantwell, Gillibrand, Hirono, Klobuchar, Markey, Merkley, Murray, Schumer, Van Hollen, Warren, and Wyden.

Senators not voting: 3 Democrats: Coons, Harris and Heinrich; 1 Republican: Capito; 1 Independent: Sanders.

5:14 p.m. Roll call vote began on confirmation of the nomination of John Holcomb to be a judge for the central district of California.

4:33 p.m. Senators Heinrich, Manchin, Rosen, and Brown spoke about William Perry Penally, the Director of Bureau and Land Management.

4:25 p.m. Senator Cassidy spoke about Hurricane Sally.

4:12 p.m. Senator Udall spoke about William Perry Penally, the Director of Bureau and Land Management.

3:55 p.m. Senator Toomey spoke about the sheriff deputies that were shot in LA and asked unanimous consent that the Senate pass S. 1508, Thin Blue Line Act. Senator Udall objected and asked unanimous consent that the Senate pass S. 2843, Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act. Senator Toomey objected.

3:52 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Robinson nomination 83-13.

Voting NO: Blumenthal, Booker, Cantwell, Gillibrand, Hirono, Klobuchar, Markey, Merkley, Murray, Schatz, Schumer, Van Hollen, and Warren.

Not voting: Capito, Coons, Harris, and Sanders.

3:22 p.m. Roll call began on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Todd Wallace Robinson to be a District Judge for the Southern District of California.

3:21 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Holcomb nomination 83 – 13.

Voting NO: Blumenthal, Booker, Cantwell, Gillibrand, Hirono, Klobuchar, Markey, Merkley, Murray, Schumer, Van Hollen, Warren, and Wyden.

NOT voting: Capito, Coons, Harris and Sanders.

2:53 p.m. Roll call began on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of John Holcomb to the U.S. District Judge for the Central District of California.

2:52 p.m. The Blumenfeld nomination was confirmed 92-4.

Voting NO: Blumenthal, Gillibrand, Markey, and Warren.

NOT Voting: Capito, Coons, Harris, and Sanders.

2:15 p.m. Roll call began on confirmation of Stanley Blumenfeld to be U.S. District Judge for the Central District of California.

12:31 p.m. Senator Markey spoke about the pandemic.

12:08 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about filibuster rules.

11:46 a.m. Senator Thune and Senator Murkowski spoke on pandemic relief and filibuster rules.

11:46 a.m. Cloture on the Blumenfeld nomination was invoked 89-6.

Voting NO: Blumenthal, Gillibrand, Hirono, Markey, Van Hollen, and Warren.

NOT voting: Capito, Cramer, Coons, Harris and Sanders.

11:12 a.m. Roll call began on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Stanley Blumenfeld, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Central District of California.

11:11 a.m. The Scarsi nomination was confirmed 83 – 12.

Voting NO: Blumenthal, Booker, Cantwell, Gillibrand, Klobuchar, Markey, Merkley, Murray, Schatz, Schumer, Warren, and Wyden.

NOT voting: Baldwin, Capito, Coons, Harris, and Sanders.

10:35 a.m. Roll call began on confirmation of Mark C. Scarsi to be U.S. District Judge for the Central District of California.

10:25 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about federal relief for the coronavirus crisis. He spoke about wildfires and climate change.

10:05 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the Middle East. He spoke about law enforcement and racism.

10:03 a.m. Senator Grassley spoke about the Middle East.

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

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of Mark C. Scarsi, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Central District of California, post-cloture. At 10:30 a.m., the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Scarsi nomination followed by a cloture vote on Stanley Blumenfeld, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Central District of California.

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., the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Blumenfeld nomination cloture on the Holcomb and Robinson nominations.

If cloture is invoked on the Holcomb nomination, then at 5:15 p.m. the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Holcomb nomination.

Monday, September 14, 2020

6:44 p.m. The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 15, 2020.

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of Mark C. Scarsi, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Central District of California, post-cloture. At 10:30 a.m., the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Scarsi nomination followed by a cloture vote on Stanley Blumenfeld, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Central District of California.

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., the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Blumenfeld nomination cloture on the Holcomb and Robinson nominations. If cloture is invoked on the Holcomb nomination, then at 5:15 p.m. the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Holcomb nomination.

6:43 During wrap up, ML McConnell called up by u.c. and adopted by voice vote S.Res.690, designating September 2020 as ‘‘National Workforce Development Month’’.

6:42 p.m. The Senate invoked cloture on the Scarsi nomination by a tally of 77-12. Senators not voting: Cassidy, Coons, Cramer, Daines, Harris, Kennedy, Moran, Murray, Sanders, Tillis and Toomey. (7 Republicans, 3 Democrats and 1 Independent)

5:30 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Mark C. Scarsi to be U.S. District Judge for the Central District of California.

5:00 p.m. Senator Blackburn spoke on the lack of respect in civil discourse in today’s world.

4:35 p.m. Senator Capito spoke on the broadband data act and legislation to create a single data map.

4:21 p.m. Senator Warner spoke about the horrific images from the fires and also on the need to pass government funding legislation in the next 16 days.

3:51 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke about the fires in Oregon.

3:38 p.m. Senator Rubio spoke on race in America.

3:26 p.m. ML McConnell spoke on the Arab-Israel peace deal and on Coronavirus relief efforts.

3:02 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke on Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

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The Senate will convene at 3:00 p.m. and resume consideration of the nomination of Mark Scarsi to be a judge for the central district of California.

At 5:30 p.m, the Senate will proceed to a cloture vote on the Scarsi nomination.

Cloture has also been filed on the following nominations:

  • Stanley Blumenfeld to be a District Judge for the Central District of California.
  • John Holcomb to be a District Judge for the Central District of California.
  • Todd Robinson to be a District Judge for the Southern District of California.
  • David Dugan to be a District Judge for the Southern District of Illinois.
  • Stephen McGlynn to be a District Judge for the Southern District of Illinois.
  • Iain Johnston to be a District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois.
  • Franklin Valderrama to be a District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois.

Thursday, September 10, 2020

5:26 p.m. The Senate adjourned.

5:12 p.m. Senator Sanders spoke on pandemic related economic relief.

4:53 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell announced the Senate will adjourn until 3:00 p.m. on Monday September 14th following the remarks of Senator Sanders.dem

4:47 p.m. Majority Leader wrapped up for the evening.

Items passed by unanimous consent: 

  • S. Res 688, designating September 25th as National Lobster Day.
  • H.J Res 87 and 88, reappointing Michael Linton and Franklin Vanes as citizen regents of the board of regents of the Smithsonian Institution.

3:55 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke on Covid-19 and for the 270th time, spoke on climate change. 

3:22 p.m. Senator Warner spoke on President Trump’s comments on the military. 

3:05 p.m. Senator Hirono spoke on covid-19 economic relief negotiations. 

2:45 p.m ML McConnell filed cloture on the following:

  • Mark Scarsi to be a District Judge for the Central District of California.
  • Stanley Blumenfeld to be a District Judge for the Central District of California.
  • John Holcomb to be a District Judge for the Central District of California.
  • Todd Robinson to be a District Judge for the Southern District of California.
  • David Dugan to be a District Judge for the Southern District of Illinois.
  • Stephen McGlynn to be a District Judge for the Southern District of Illinois.
  • Iain Johnston to be a District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois.
  • Franklin Valderrama to be a District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois.

2:11 p.m. Senator Portman spoke on covid-19 relief.

1:57 p.m. Senator Stabenow spoke in support of the Jarbou nomination, and spoke on supporting members of the military and veterans. 

1:31 p.m. Senator Brown spoke on supporting members of the military and veterans.

1:22 p.m. Cloture was not invoked, 52-47.  Senator Paul joined all Democrats and Independents voting against, and Senator Harris was the lone absentee.

12:56 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture vote on the motion to concur in the House amendment to S.178, with a further amendment #2652, the GOP targeted relief package.

12:55 p..m. The Senate confirmed the Gujarati nomination, 99-0.

Senators not voting: 1 Democrat: Harris.

12:26 p.m. Roll call began on confirmation of Diane Gujarati to be U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of New York.

12:26 p.m. The Senate confirmed the Cullen nomination 79 to 19. 

Senators voting in favor: 53 Republicans, 25 Democrats, 1 Independent: King.

Senators voting against: 18 Democrats: Bennet, Blumenthal, Booker, Cantwell, Gillibrand, Heinrich, Hirono, Klobuchar, Markey, Merkley, Murray, Schatz, Schumer, Smith, Stabenow, Udall and Wyden; 1 Independent: Sanders.

Senators not voting: 2 Democrats: Harris and Warren.

12:02 p.m. Roll call began on confirmation of Thomas Cullen to be U.S. District Judge for the Western District of VA.

12:02 p.m. The Senate confirmed the Jarbou nomination 83 to 15. 

Senators voting in favor: 53 Republicans, 29 Democrats, 1 Independent: King.

Senators voting against: 14 Democrats: Blumenthal, Booker, Brown, Cantwell, Gillibrand, Klobuchar, Markey, Menendez ,Merkley, Murray, Schatz, Schumer, Van Hollen and Wyden; 1 Independent: Sanders.

Senators not voting: 2 Democrats: Harris and Warren.

11:27 a.m. Roll call began on confirmation of Hala Jarbou to be U.S. District Judge for the Western District of MI .

11:10 a.m. Senator Murkowski spoke about the relief package.

11:03 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke about the relief package. 

10:45 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about the relief package. He spoke about the president’s reported criticism of the U.S. military.

10:35 a.m. Senator Thune spoke about the relief package.

10:05 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the September 11 attacks. He spoke about the coronavirus relief package.

10:03 a.m. Senator Grassley spoke about the coronavirus relief package.

***

The Senate will convene at 10 a.m. and will vote on the following nominations at 11:30 a.m.:

1. Confirmation of Cal. #811 Hala Jarbou to be U.S. District Judge for the Western District of MI

2. Confirmation of Cal. #646 Thomas Cullen to be U.S. District Judge for the Western District of VA

3. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #358 Diane Gujarati to be U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of New York.

4. Motion to invoke cloture on the motion to concur in the House amendment to S.178, with a further amendment #2652, the Targeted Relief Package.

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