Archive from July, 2017

Monday, July 31, 2017

6:38 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will convene at 10:00am on Tuesday. Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session to resume consideration of Executive Calendar #172, Kevin Christopher Newsom, of Alabama, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit with all time during Morning Business, recess, adjournment and Leader remarks counting post-cloture.
The Senate will recess from 12:30 to 2:15pm to allow for the weekly conference meetings. Please note, Leader McConnell filed cloture on Executive Calendar #175, Marvin Kaplan, of Kansas, to be a Member of the National Labor Relations Board

6:29 p.m. Senator Brown spoke about Wells Fargo and consumer fraud.

6:27 p.m. The Senate invoked cloture on the Newsom nomination 68-26.

5:30 p.m. The Senate began voting on the motion to invoke cloture on the Newsom nomination.

4:50 p.m. Senator Nelson spoke about chaos in Venezuela.

4:39 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke on sanctions and Russian interference in the elections.

4:38 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell filed cloture on the nomination of Marvin Kaplan, National Labor Relations Board.

4:03 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke in favor of the Newsom nomination.

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The Senate will convene at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, July 31st. Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session to resume consideration of Executive Calendar #172, Kevin Christopher Newsom, of Alabama, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit.

At 5:30 p.m., the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Newsom nomination.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

1:58 a.m. the Senate adjourned until 4 p.m. Monday.

1:55 a.m. Senator McConnell announced that the next vote will be at 5:30 p.m. Monday:  Cloture on Kevin Newsome to be a U.S. District Court judge.

1:48 a.m. Senator Schumer spoke about the health care vote.

1:47 a.m. Senator McConnell spoke about the health care vote. He sought consent to adjourn the Senate and reconvene tomorrow to consider  H.R. 2810, the 2018 Defense Authorization. Senator Paul objected.

1:39 a.m. By a vote of  49 to 51, Amendment #667, the “skinny repeal” of the Obama health care law, has failed. Republicans voting NAY: Collins, McCain, Murkowski.

1:24 a.m. The vote began on amendment #667.

12:59 a.m. By a party line vote of 48 to 52, the Murray motion to commit failed.

12:21 p.m. The Senate began voting on the Murray motion to commit the bill to the HELP committee.

11:10 p.m. Senator Enzi spoke about the health care repeal.

10:57 p.m. Senator Hirono spoke about health care.

10:45 p.m. Senator Booker spoke about health care.

10:27 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke about health care.

10:16 p.m. Senator Brown spoke about health care.

10:09 p.m. Senator Murphy spoke about health care.

10:06 p.m. Senator Murray offered a motion to recommit.

9:53 p.m. Senator McConnell called up Amendment #667, to eliminate individual and employer mandate penalties, among other purposes. By consent: Votes at about midnight on the Murray motion to recommit and McConnell Amendment #667.

9:52 p.m. By a vote of 52 to 48, the Senate passed the Heller amendment to repeal the tax on Cadillac plans. Democratic YEAS: Cortez-Masto and Heinrich. Republican NAYS: Corker and Sasse.

9:02 p.m. The vote began on the Heller amendment #502, to repeal Cadillac tax.

8:58 p.m.  By a vote of 43 to 57, the Schumer motion to recommit was not agreed to. Voting NAY all Republicans and Democrats Durbin, Gillibrand, Kaine, Murphy and Warner.

8:32 p.m. The vote began on the Schumer motion to commit.

8:18 p.m. Senator Stabenow spoke about health care.

8:10 p.m. Senator Bennet spoke about health care.8:01 p.m. Senator Coons spoke about health care.

7:55 p.m. Senator Kaine spoke about health care.

7:50 p.m. Senator Schatz spoke about health care.

7:43 p.m. Senator Heller spoke about health care.

7:32 p.m. Senator Tillis announced that there will be two votes at 8:30. 1) Schumer motion to commit 2) Heller amend #502 (strike sunset of Cadillac tax repeal).

7:00 p.m. Senator Wicker spoke about the health care repeal.

6:46 p.m. Senator Lankford spoke about health care.

6:30 p.m. Senator Blunt spoke about health care.

6:25 p.m. H.R. 3364 was agreed to by a vote 98-2. Senators Sanders and Paul voted no.

6:01 p.m. The Senate began voting on passage of H.R. 3364.

5:39 p.m. Senators Cardin, Corker, McCain, Schumer, Brown, Crapo, Menendez, and Gardner spoke supporting H.R.3364, Countering America’s Adversaries through Sanctions Act.

5:38 p.m. The Senate rejected the motion to waive the Budget Act with respect to the Strange amendment #389 by a vote of 50-50. Republican Senators Collins and Murkowski voted no.

5:02 p.m. The Senate began voting on the motion to waive the Budget Act with respect to Strange amendment #389, to H.R.1628.

5:00 p.m. Senator Schatz raised a point of order against the Strange amendment.

4:52 p.m. Senator Strange spoke supporting his amendment.

4:40 p.m. Senator Enzi spoke about the need to repeal and replace the health care law.

4:38 p.m. Senator Enzi asked u.c. that at 5:00 p.m. the Senate proceed to a vote in relation to the Strange amendment #389. Following disposition of the Strange amendment, there will be 20 minutes of debate equally divided, followed by a roll call vote on passage of H.R.3364, Countering America’s Adversaries through Sanctions Act. Finally, following disposition of H.R.3364, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R.1628.

4:24 p.m. Senator Grassley about health care.

4:21 p.m. Senator Wyden responded to Senator Toomey regarding Medicaid.

3:59 p.m. Senator Toomey spoke about reforms to Medicaid.

3:35 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke about the importance of Medicaid.

3:21 p.m. Senator Kennedy spoke about health care.

3:09 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke supporting H.R. 1628.

3:03 p.m. Senator Enzi introduced an amendment for Senator Strange (#389).

3:03 p.m. The Senate rejected the Daines amendment, as modified #340 by a vote of 0-57.

  • 43 dems voted present. Donnelly, Heitkamp, Manchin, Tester, and King (I) joined GOP voting no.

2:23 p.m. The Senate began voting on adoption of the Daines amendment as modified.

2:21 p.m. Senator Sanders spoke on health care.

2:10 p.m. Senators Daines and Roberts spoke about the Daines amendment.

1:44 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke about health care.

1:23 p.m. Senator Bennett spoke about health care.

1:18 p.m. Senator Heinrich spoke about health care.

1:12 p.m. Senator Udall spoke about health care.

1:06 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke about health care.

12:54 p.m. Senator Sasse spoke about health care.

12:47 p.m. Senator Murray spoke about health care.

12:50 p.m. Senator Flake spoke about the Wounded Officer’s Recovery Act and H.R. 3298 was passed by unanimous consent, including the Flake amendment.

12:28 p.m. Senator Moran spoke about health care.

11:44 a.m. Senator Sanders spoke against H.R. 1628.

11:37 a.m. Senator Peters spoke against H.R. 1628.

11:29 a.m. Senator Alexander spoke about the need to repeal and replace Obamacare.

11:27 a.m. ML McConnell spoke about the legislative agenda following the health care debate.

11:26 a.m. Senator McCain expressed that defending our nation should be our first priority.

11:23 a.m. Senator Schumer spoke about health care and expressed that the reconciliation process is preventing the Senate from moving to NDAA.

11:20 a.m. Senator McCain spoke on NDAA and health care legislation, Senator Sanders reserved the right to object.

10:57 a.m. Senator Schumer spoke about health care.

10:33 a.m. Senator Carper spoke about health care.

10:04 a.m. ML McConnell spoke about health care.

The Senate will convene at 10:00am. Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R.1628, American Health Care Act of 2017 with the time until 2:15pm equally divided between the two Leaders or their designees. There is approximately ten hours of debate time remaining on H.R. 1628

At 2:15pm, the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote in relation to the Daines amend #340 as modified.

 

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

7:58 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 10:00 a.m. Thursday, July 26 and will resume consideration of H.R. 1628. A vote on Daines amendment #340, as modified, will occur at 2:15 p.m.

7:41 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke about climate change.

7:27 p.m. Senator Franken spoke about health care.

7:18 p.m. Senator Reed spoke about health care.

7:11 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke against the amendment process.

7:11 p.m. ML McConnell called up amend #340 for Senator Daines as modified.

7:10 p.m. The Senate rejected the motion to waive the Budget Act with respect to the Heller amendment #288 by a vote of 10-90.

6:40 p.m. The Senate began voting on the motion waive the Budget Act with respect to Heller amendment #288, to H.R.1628

6:39 p.m. Senator Sanders raised a point of order against the Heller amendment #288.

6:39 p.m. The Casey motion to commit failed 48-51, Senator Johnson did not vote.

6:10 p.m. The Senate began voting on the Casey motion to commit (strikes provisions regarding people with disabilities).

6:06 p.m. Senator Casey spoke supporting his motion commit.

6:01 p.m. Senator Duckworth spoke supporting the Casey motion to commit.

5:52 p.m. Senator Heller spoke supporting his amendment #288.

5:41 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke supporting the Casey motion to commit.

5:36 p.m. Senator Hassan spoke in support of the Casey motion.

5:16 p.m. Senator Carper spoke on health care.

5:15 p.m. Senator Enzi achieved a UC that at 6:10 p.m., the Senate vote on the Casey motion to commit and the Heller amendment #288.

5:10 p.m. Senator Inhofe spoke on the Cassidy/Graham amendment.

4:52 p.m. Senators Cassidy and Graham spoke on their block grant amendment.

4:34 p.m. Senator Casey offered a motion to commit that would strike provisions regarding people with disabilities.

4:33 p.m. The Donnelly motion to commit was not agreed to 48-52. 100% party line.

4:13 p.m. The Senate began voting on the Donnelly motion to commit HR 1628 to the Finance Committee.

4:12 p.m. The Enzi amendment was not agreed to 45-55.

Republicans voting against: Alexander, Capito, Collins, Heller, McCain, Murkowski and Portman.

3:38 p.m. The Senate began voting on the Enzi amendment 271.

3:04 p.m. Senators Enzi and Strange spoke on health care.

2:42 p.m. Senator Johnson spoke on his pending amendments to H.R. 1628.

2:39 p.m. Senator Blumenthal spoke on health care.

2:27 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke about health care.

2:21 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about Senator McCain and health care.

2:14 p.m. Senator Shaheen spoke about health care.

1:59 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke supporting H.R. 1628.

1:21 p.m. Senator Van Hollen spoke about health care.

1:07 p.m. Senator Donnelly spoke about Medicaid expansion.

1:00 p.m. Senator Cantwell spoke about Medicaid and health care.

12:44 p.m. Senators Thune and Daines spoke supporting the Republican health care legislation.

12:13 p.m. Senators Wyden, Sanders, and Stabenow spoke about health care.

12:12 p.m. Senator Enzi asked u.c. that the actions scheduled to take place at 11:30 a.m. now occur at 3:30 p.m. and all other provisions of the u.c. remain in place.

11:07 a.m. Senator Paul spoke about health care.

10:21 a.m. Senators Warren, Kaine, Murray, Murphy, and Blumenthal spoke against the Republican health care bill.

10:06 a.m. Senator Enzi spoke about health care.

9:50 a.m. Senator Schumer spoke about the health care and the failure of the Republican repeal and replace measure.

9:33 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about moving H.R. 1628, American Health Care Act forward in the Senate.

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The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m. Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R.1628, American Health Care Act of 2017 with the time until 11:30 a.m. equally divided between the two Leaders or their designees. There are approximately 17 hours of debate, equally divided, remaining on the bill.

At 11:30 a.m., the Senate will proceed to up to 2 roll call votes on the following in relation to H.R.1628:

  1. Motion to waive the Budget Act with respect to Enzi amendment #271
  2. Adoption of Enzi amendment #271

Further, at 3:30 p.m. the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on the Donnelly motion to recommit. Please note, further roll call votes are possible during the 3:30 p.m. vote series.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

5:46 p.m. Senator Schatz spoke about health care.

5:26 p.m. Senator Brown spoke about health care.

5:10 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about health care.

4:17 p.m. Senator Nelson spoke about Senator McCain and on health care.

3:24 p.m. The clerk read the McConnell substitute amendment #267 with two hours of debate equally divided.

3:09 p.m. Senator McCain spoke about the state of the Senate and his plans to remain in the Senate.

3:08 p.m. The Senate agreed 50-50 and the Vice President voted yes to break the tie on the motion to proceed to H.R. 1628, to provide for reconciliation Pursuant to Title II of the Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for FY 2017.

  • Senators Collins, Murkowski, and all Democrats voted no. Vice President Pence voted yes.

2:30 p.m. The Senate began voting on the motion to proceed to H.R. 1628, to provide for reconciliation Pursuant to Title II of the Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for FY 2017.

2:23 p.m. ML McConnell spoke supporting the motion to proceed.

2:17 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke against the pending health care legislation.

12:32 p.m. Senator Fischer asked that the Senate stand in recess until 2:15 p.m. to accommodate the weekly Caucus lunches.

12:23 p.m. Senator Fischer noted the absence of a quorum.

12:13 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke about the Republican health care plan and the related procedural vote. He spoke about President Trump’s criticism of Attorney General Sessions. He spoke about the House bill to sanction Iran, Syria and Russia.

12:09 p.m. Senator McConnell secured consent for Minority Leader Schumer to be recognized for up to 20 minutes, whereupon Senator Fischer will be recognized to note the absence of a quorum.

12:03 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell moved to proceed to H.R. 2810, the 2018 Defense Authorization. He paid tribute to Senator McCain. He spoke about today’s procedural vote on health care.

 

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The Senate will convene at 12:00 noon.  Following any leader remarks, it is anticipated ML McConnell will move to proceed to HR 2810, the Defense Authorization, until moving to proceed to the reconcilation vehicle following the usual Tuesday caucuses.

Monday, July 24, 2017

11:19 p.m. The Senate stands adjourned.

11:01 p.m. Senator Perdue spoke on nominations and health care.

10:25 – 11:00 p.m. Senators Merkley and Schatz spoke on health care.

9:20 -10:24 p.m. Senators Sanders, Baldwin, Kaine and Murphy spoke on health care.

8:23 – 9:19 p.m. Senators Warren, Klobuchar, Franken and Hassan spoke on health care.

7:12 -8:22 p.m. Senators Durbin, Casey, Cantwell and Whitehouse spoke on health care.

7:11 p.m. ML McConnell announced that when the Senate adjourns this evening, it will return on Tuesday at 12:00 p.m.

6:38 p.m. Senators Murray and Reed spoke about health care.

6:32 p.m. Senator Daines spoke about forest fires in Montana and forest management reform.

6:32 p.m. ML McConnell moved to proceed to HR 2810, the Defense Authorization bill.

6:31 p.m. The Senate confirmed the Bernhardt nomination by a vote of 53 to 43. 4 Democrats and 1 Independent voted in favor: Bennet, Donnelly, Heitkamp, King and Manchin.

5:32 p.m. The Senate is now voting on confirmation of David Bernhardt to be Deputy Secretary of Interior.

5:29 p.m. Senators Daines and Murkowski spoke in support of the Bernhardt nomination.

5:11 p.m. Senator Flake spoke about NAFTA.

4:57 p.m. Senator Hirono spoke about health care.

4:47 p.m. Senator Tester spoke about the wildfires in Montana.

4:31 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke about health care.

4:16 p.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about Democratic policy goals.

4:07 p.m. Senator Hatch spoke in favor of the Bernhardt nomination.

4:02 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell indicated that the Senate will vote Tuesday on whether to proceed to consider a health care bill.

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The Senate will convene at 4:00 p.m. and resume consideration of the nomination of David Bernhardt to be Deputy Secretary of Interior, post-cloture.

At 5:30 p.m., the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on confirmation of the Bernhardt nomination.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

5:12 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 4 p.m. Monday, July 24, when it will resume consideration of the Bernhardt nomination.

5:01 p.m. Senator Warren spoke against the Bernhardt nomination.

4:46 p.m. Senator Blunt spoke about transportation, innovation, and manufacturing.

3:20 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke about Senator McCain and also about health care.

2:55 p.m. Senator Murphy spoke on health care.

2:33 p.m. Senator Hatch spoke on the pace of nominations, and later international tax policy.

2:32 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Bernhardt nomination 56-39.

Senators in favor: 49 Republicans, 6 Democrats: Bennet, Donnelly, Heinrich, Heitkamp, Manchin and Schatz; 1 Independent: King.

Senators against: 38 Democrats, 1 Independent: Sanders.

Senators not voting: 3 Republicans: McCain, Moran and Sasse; 2 Democrats: Leahy and Stabenow.

1:45 p.m. The Senate proceeded to a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of David Bernhardt, of Virginia, to be Deputy Secretary of the Interior.

1:38 p.m. Senator Gardner spoke supporting the Bernhardt nomination.

1:17 p.m. Senator Cantwell spoke about the Bernhardt nomination.

12:52 p.m. Senator Nelson spoke against the Bernhardt nomination.

12:51 p.m. The Senate began consideration of David Bernhardt to be Deputy Secretary of the Interior.

12:50 p.m. John Bush was confirmed by a party line vote of 51-47. Not voting: Senators Stabenow and McCain.

12:15 p.m. The Senate began voting on the nomination of John Bush to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Sixth District.

11:59 a.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke on climate change.

11:27 a.m. Senator Hassan spoke about Senator McCain and opposing the Bush nomination.

11:18 a.m. Senator Schumer spoke sending well wishes to Senator McCain, spoke about health care, and against the Bush nomination.

11:01 a.m. Senator McConnell spoke in favor of the Bush nomination.

10:19 a.m. Senator Enzi spoke about health care.

10:11 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about Senator McCain and about health care.

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The Senate will convene at 10 a.m. and will resume post-cloture consideration of the nomination of John Kenneth Bush, of Kentucky, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit.

At 12:15 p.m., the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on confirmation of the Bush nomination.

At 1:45 p.m., the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of David Bernhardt, of Virginia, to be Deputy Secretary of the Interior.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

5:31 p.m. ML McConnell asked u.c. that the Senate adjourn until 10:00 a.m. Thursday. Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session to resume consideration of Executive Calendar #170, John Kenneth Bush, of Kentucky, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit, post-cloture. At 12:15 p.m., all post-cloture time will expire and the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on confirmation of the Bush nomination. At 1:45 p.m., the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #100, David Bernhardt, of Virginia, to be Deputy Secretary of the Interior.

5:11 p.m. Senators Merkley  and Warren spoke against the Bush nomination.

4:42 p.m. Senator Inhofe spoke about the energy policy.

4:33 p.m. Senator Coons spoke against the Bush nomination.

4:08 p.m. Senator Peters spoke on helping small businesses.

4:00 p.m. The Senate returned from the recess.

1:55 p.m. The Senate recessed to accommodate an all Senators briefing on ISIS.

1:06 p.m. Senators Hirono, Murray, Blumenthal and Franken spoke against the Bush nomination.

12:35 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke about the Constitution and health care.

11:53 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the pace of confirmation of nominees.

11:04 a.m. Senator Brown spoke against the Bush nomination.

11:01 a.m. The Senate invoked cloture on the nomination of John Bush to be a circuit judge for the sixth circuit on a party line vote, 51-48 with Senator McCain not voting.

10:32 a.m. The cloture vote on Bush began.

10:22 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about health care. He spoke against the Bush nomination.

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At 10:30 a.m., the Senate will vote on cloture for the Bush nomination.

Cloture has been filed on the nomination of David Bernhardt to be deputy secretary of the Interior. A cloture vote will occur after the Senate has disposed of the Bush nomination.

NOTE: Republican senators will attend a luncheon at the White House today at 12:30 p.m. Senators will board buses at 11:45 a.m. at the Senate steps of the Capitol. Departure for the White House will be at noon. The luncheon is expected to conclude at about 1:45 p.m.

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9:49 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke in favor of the Bush nomination.

9:54 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke against the Bush nomination.

 

 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The Senate is considering the nomination of John Bush to be a US Circuit Court Judge for the 6th Circuit.  We expect a cloture vote on the nomination one hour after the Senate convenes on Wednesday. 

4:17 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about health care.

3:30 p.m. Senators Udall, Franken and Heitkamp spoke about Indian health care.

2:32 p.m. Senator Carper spoke about health care.

2:22 p.m. Senator Hatch spoke about health care.

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

12:47 p.m. Senate stands in recess until 2:15 to accomodate party luncheons.

12:47 p.m. Senate resumes consideration of the nomination of John Bush to be a US Circuit Judge for the 6th Circuit.

12:47 p.m. Patrick Shanahan confirmed as Deputy Secretary of Defense by a vote of 92-7.

Senators voting against: Booker, Gillibrand, Duckworth, Harris, Markey, Sanders and Warren.

Senators not voting: McCain.

12:15 p.m. The Senate began vote on confirmation of the nomination of Patrick Shanahan to be Deputy Secretary of Defense.

11:56 a.m. Senator Reed spoke supporting the Shanahan nomination.

11:52 a.m. Senator Shaheen asked u.c. to consider S. 1462, Marketplace Certainty Act, Senator Cornyn objected.

10:51 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer and Senators Shaheen, Klobuchar, Kaine, Carper, and Hassan spoke about health care.

10:03 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell said the Senate will take up a measure to repeal the Obama administration’s health care law.

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The Senate will convene 10 a.m. and will resume post-cloture consideration of the nomination of Patrick Shanahan to be Deputy Secretary of Defense.

A confirmation vote is expected at 12:15 p.m.

The Senate will recess for policy lunches from 12:30 p.m. until 2:15 p.m.

The Senate will then resume consideration of the nomination of John Kenneth Bush, of Kentucky, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit.

Majority Leader McConnell has filed cloture on the Bush nomination and on the nomination of David Bernhardt, of Virginia, to be Deputy Secretary of the Interior.

A cloture vote expected on Bush after the Senate convenes on Wednesday. When the Senate has disposed of the Bush nomination, a cloture vote is expected on Bernhardt.

Monday, July 17, 2017

7:06 p.m. The Senate has adjourned until 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 18th. A vote on confirmation on Patrick Shanahan to be Deputy Secretary of Defense is expected at 12:15 p.m.

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6:45 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke about climate change.

6:40 p.m. Senator Isakson paid tribute to staffer Stefanie Mohler.

6:21 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke about obstruction in the Senate.

6:20 p.m. The Senate invoked cloture on the Shanahan nomination by a vote of 88 to 6. Senators voting no: Booker, Gillibrand, Harris, Markey, Sanders, and Warren. Senators absent: Duckworth, Ernst, Flake, Heller, McCain, and Wicker.

5:31 p.m. The Senate is now voting on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Patrick Shanahan to Be Deputy Secretary of Defense.

4:40 p.m. Senator Hatch spoke in support of the Shanahan nomination.

4:10 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell filed cloture on the nomination of John Kenneth Bush, KY, to be U.S. Circuit Judge for Sixth Circuit and the nomination of David Bernhardt, VA,  to be Deputy Secretary of the Interior.

3:54 p.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about Senator McCain. He spoke about health care and anti-Semitism.

3:36 p.m. Senator Nelson spoke about health care and about education. He spoke about science.

3:14 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about health care.

3:03 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell wished a speedy recovery to Senator McCain. He spoke of the Shanahan nomination. He spoke about health care.

Senator McConnell completed Rule XIX proceedings to place on the calendar H.R. 2430, an FDA bill.

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The Senate will next convene on Monday July 17 at 3:00 p.m. 

Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session to resume consideration of the nomination of Patrick Shanahan to be Deputy Secretary of Defense, with a cloture vote on the nomination at 5:30 p.m.

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

5:57 p.m. Senate adjourns until Monday July 17 at 3:00 p.m.

5:56 p.m. ML McConnell wraps up for the evening.  HR 2430, regarding the Food and Drug administration had its first reading.

5:05 p.m. Senators Cassidy, Cantwell and Stabenow spoke on health care.

4:52 p.m. Senator Sullivan paid tribute to the “Alaskan of the week.”  On this occasion, he recognized Gene Zerkel, an aviation entrepreneur.

4:30 p.m. Senator Johnson spoke on the opioid crisis.

4:18 p.m. Senator Blunt spoke about the nomination process in the Senate.

4:06 p.m. Senator Sanders spoke about the just released Health Care bill.

3:38 p.m. Senators Heitkamp, Capito, Whitehouse, and Manchin spoke about coal, electricity and Co2 emissions.

3:24 p.m. Senator Portman spoke about human trafficking.

3:10 p.m. Senator Heitkamp spoke about health care.

3:04 p.m. Senator Shaheen asked unanimous consent to proceed to and pass S.1462 and Senator Cornyn objected.

2:59 p.m. Senator Klobuchar spoke about health care.

2:47 p.m. Senator Heitkamp spoke about health care.

2:40 p.m. Senator Shaheen spoke about health care.

2:15 p.m. Senator Hatch spoke about health care, and then paid tribute to a former staffer, Everett Eissenstat.

2:10 p.m. Senator Flake spoke about the national debt.

2:10 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell filed cloture on Executive Calendar #157, Patrick M. Shanahan to be Deputy Secretary of Defense.

2:08 p.m. The Senate confirmed the nomination of William F. Hagerty, IV to be ambassador to Japan by a vote of 86-12.

Senators voting against: Booker, Brown, Gillibrand, Harris, Heinrich, Hirono, Merkley, Peters, Sanders (I), Stabenow, Udall and Warren.

Senators not voting: McCaskill and Moran.

1:45 p.m. The Senate began voting on confirmation of William F. Hagerty IV to be ambassador to Japan.

1:30 p.m. Senators Alexander and Corker spoke supporting the Hagerty nomination.

1:20 p.m. Senator Markey spoke about health care and the opiod crisis.

1:09 Senator McCain spoke about defense issues and asked UC that on Monday, July 17th at 5:00 p.m., the Senate proceed to consideration of Executive Calendar #157 the nomination of Patrick Shanahan to be Deputy Secretary of Defense. Senator Schumer objected.

1:00 p.m. Senator Peters spoke about health care.

12:52 p.m. Minority Leader Schumer discussed the shortcomings of the Republican health care draft.

12:40 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke on the revised draft for health care reform.

12:33 p.m. Senator Thune welcomed today’s guest chaplain, Pastor Bill Ewing.

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The Senate will convene at 12:30 p.m. Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of William F. Hagerty IV to be ambassador to Japan.

At about 1:45 p.m., the confirmation vote will occur on the Hagerty nomination.

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