Archive from April, 2018

Monday, April 30, 2018

The Senate convened for a pro forma at 2:30 p.m. No business was conducted. Senator Isakson presided.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

5:37 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will reconvene for regular business at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, May 7. They will resume consideration of Kurt Englehart to be circuit judge for the 5th circuit with a vote on the cloture motion to occur at 5:30 p.m. There will be two pro forma sessions-Monday, April 30 at 2:30 p.m. and Thursday, May 3 at 10:30 a.m.

5:33 p.m. The following nominations were considered and confirmed en bloc:

  • 710-Rohit Chopra to be a Federal Trade Commissioner
  • 711-Noah Phillips to be a Federal Trade Commissioner
  • 712-Joseph Simons to be a Federal Trade Commissioner
  • 713-Christine Wilson to be a Federal Trade Commissioner
  • 714-Christine Wilson to be a Federal Trade Commissioner
  • 825-Rebecca Slaughter to be a Federal Trade Commissioner

The nomination of Andrea Thompson to be Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security was confirmed by voice vote.

The following were passed by voice vote:

  • S. Res. 440-April 2018 as Second Chance month
  • S. Res. 464-Supporting the goals and ideals of take our daughters and sons to work day.
  • S. Res. 489-500

4:58 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke about the rise of antisemitism.

4:11 p.m. Senator Portman spoke about the opioid crisis.

4:08 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke about the Alaskans of the week and also about the Pompeo confirmation.

3:47 p.m. The following nominations were considered and confirmed en bloc:

  • 791-Maj. Gen. Dorothy Hegg to be Surgeon General of the Air Force
  • 792-Rear Adm. Richard Snyder to be Vice Admiral
  • 793-Vice Adm. John Aquilino to be Admiral
  • 794-Vice Adm. Charles Richard to be Vice Admiral
  • 795-Capt. Gregory Todd to be Rear Admiral
  • 796-Capt. John Lemmon to be Rear Admiral
  • 797-Rear Adm. (lh) Ronald Copley  and Rear Adm.(lh) Katheleen Creighton to be Rear Admiral
  • 798-Rear Adm. (lh) Brian Corey, Lorin Selby and Johnny Wolfe, Jr. to be Rear Admiral
  • 799-Read Adm. (lh) Darse Crandall to be Rear Admiral
  • 800-Capt. Kristen Fabry and Capt. Joseph Noble to be Rear Admiral (lh)
  • 801-Capt. Heidi Berg, Capt. Michael Brookes, and Capt. William Chase III to be Rear Admiral (lh)
  • 802-Capt. John Adametz to be Rear Admiral (lh)
  • 803-Capt. Thomas Anderson to be Rear Admiral (lh)
  • 804-Capt. James Aiken, Capt. Richard Cheeseman, Capt. Craig Clapperton, Capt. Keith Davids, Capt. Joseph Diguardo, Capt. Leonard Dollaga, Capt. Christopher Gray, Capt. John Gumbleton, Capt. James Kirk, Capt. Timothy Kott, Capt. Fredrick Luchtman, Capt. Brendan McLane, Capt. Scott Pappano, Capt. Ryan Scholl, Capt. Lance Scott, Capt. Philip Sobeck, Capt. John Spence, Capt. Douglas Verissimo, and Capt. George Wikoff to be Rear Admiral (lh)
  • 805-Gen. Terrance O’Shaughnessy to be General
  • 806-Col. Michale Gerock to be Brigadier General
  • 807-Maj. Gen. Stephen Fogarty to be Lieutenant General
  • 808-Brig. Gen. Raymond Dingle to be Major General
  • 809-Maj. Gen. Francis Beaudette to be be Lieutenant General
  • 810-Brig. Gen. Eugene Leboeuf and Brig. Gen. Stephen Strand to be Major General. Col. Aida Borras, Col. Vincent Buggs, Col. Barry Edberg, Col. Cheryn Fasano, Col. Stephen Iacovelli, Col. Isaac Johnson, Col. James Kokaska, Col. Joseph Lestorti, Col. Edward Merrigan, Col. Michael Roache, Col. Beth Salisbury, Col. Charles Sentell, Col. Jamelle Shawley, and Col. Robert Suter to be Brigadier General.
  • 811-Adm. Philip Davidson to be Admiral
  • 812-Read Adm. David Kriete to be Vice Admiral
  • 813-Rear Adm. (lh) to be Rear Admiral
  • 814-Rear Admirals (lh) Eugene Black, William Byrne, Marc Dalton, John Fuller, Michael Holland, Hurgh Howard, Jeffrey Hughes, Thomas Ishee, Roy Kitchener, Stephen Koehler, Samuel Paparo, Jeffrey Trussler, William Wheeler, And Kenneth Whitesell to be Rear Admiral.
  • 815-Rear Adm. (lh) Brent Scott to be Rear Admiral
  • 816-Capt. Darin Via to be Rear Admiral (lh)
  • 817-Lt. Gen. Michael Dana to be Lieutenant General
  • 818-Lt. Gen David Berger to be Lieutenant General
  • 819-Colonels Stephen Liszewski, Lorna Hahlock, David Odom, Arthur Pasagian, Sean Salene, Kevin Stewart, William Swan, Calvert Worth to be Brigadier General
  • 820-Maj. Gen. Charles Chiarotti to be Lieutenant General.

3:46 p.m. Senator McConnell announced that at a time to be determined the Senate will proceed to 10 hours of consideration of the nomination of Mitchell Zais  to be Deputy Secretary of Education followed by a vote.

3:45 p.m. The following nominations were considered and confirmed en bloc:

  • 621-Yleem Poblete to be an Assistant Secretary of State.
  • 789-Thomas Hushek to be Ambassador to the Republic of South Sudan
  • 790-Kirsten Madison to be an Assistant Secretary of State
  • 774-Kenneth Barbic to be an Assistant Secretary of Agriculture
  • 768-Timothy Garrison to be US Attorney for Missouri
  • 769-Kenji Price to be US Attorney for Hawaii
  • 770-John Bittick to be US Marshal for Georgia
  • 771-David Lyons to be US Marshal for Georgia
  • 772-Rodney Ostermiller to be US Marshal for Montana
  • 784-Nicola Hanna to be US Attorney for California
  • 785-Steven Gladden to be US Marshal for North Carolina
  • 786-Brendan Heffner to be US Marshal for Illinois
  • 787-Theodor Short to be US Marshal for Maine
  • 821-John Peede to be Chairperson of the National Endowment for the Humanities
  • 773-Hannibal Ware to be Inspector General, Small Business Administration
  • 775-Joseph Falvey to be a Judge of the US Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
  • 776-Paul Lawrence to be Under Secretary for Benefits for the Department of Veterans Affairs.

 

2:22 p.m. Senator Murray asked to consider legislation that would provide alternative minimum funding rules for certain single employer funding plans maintained by a community newspaper, Senator Hatch objected.

2:17 p.m. ML McConnell filed cloture on executive calendar #673, Kurt Englehardt of LA to be a Circuit Judge for the 5th Circuit; #690 Michael Brennan to be a Circuit Judge for the 7th Circuit; #729 Joel Carson of New Mexico to be a Circuit Judge for the 10th Circuit; #777 John Nalbandian of Kentucky to be circuit judge for the 6th circuit; #780 Michael Scudder of IL to be a Circuit Court Judge for the 7th Circuit; #781 Amy St. Eve of IL to be Circuit Court Judge for the 7th Circuit.

2:16 p.m. The Senate confirmed the nomination of Richard Grenell to be Ambassador to Germany by a vote of 56-42. 6 Democrats voted yes: Senators Donnelly, Heitkamp, Jones, Manchin, McCaskill, and Tester. Senators Duckworth and McCain were absent.

1:45 p.m. Roll call vote began on the Grenell nomination.

1:43 p.m. Senator Corker spoke in favor of the Grenell nomination.

1:34 p.m. Senator Boozman spoke on the opioid crisis.

1:12 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke about the heritage foundation.

1:05 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke in favor of the recently confirmed Pompeo nomination.

1:04 p.m. Senator Cornyn achieved UC that cloture on the Grenell nomination be vitiated, and at 1:45 the Senate will conduct just ONE roll call vote on confirmation of the nomination.

1:03 p.m. By a tally of 57-42, the Pompeo nomination was confirmed.

Senators voting in favor: 50 Republicans, 6 Democrats: Donnelly, Heitkamp, Jones, Manchin, McCaskill and Nelson; 1 Independent: King.

Senators voting against: 41 Democrats, 1 Independent: Sanders.

Senators not voting: 1 Republican: McCain.

12:35 p.m. Roll call vote began on confirmation of the Pompeo nomination.

12:34 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Pompeo nomination, 57-42.

Senators voting in favor: 50 Republicans, 6 Democrats: Donnelly, Heitkamp, Jones, Manchin, McCaskill and Nelson; 1 Independent: King.

Senators voting against: 41 Democrats, 1 Independent: Sanders.

Senators not voting: 1 Republican: McCain.

12:04 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the Pompeo nomination.

12:00 p.m. Senator Corker spoke in favor of the Pompeo nomination.

11:55 a.m. Senator Menendez spoke against the Pompeo nomination.

11:45 a.m. Senators Burr and Blunt paid tribute to Matthew Pollard, former staffer of the Intelligence Committee who recently passed away from a heart attack.

11:38 a.m. Senator Ernst spoke in favor of the Pompeo nomination.

10:57 a.m. Senator Menendez spoke against the Grenell nomination.

10:53 a.m. Senator Peters spoke against the Pompeo nomination.

10:40 a.m. Senator Warren spoke against the Pompeo nomination.

10:34 a.m. Senator Roberts spoke supporting the Pompeo nomination.

10:24 a.m. Senator Cardin spoke against the Pompeo nomination.

10:22 a.m. Senator Roberts spoke about a bipartisan agreement to consider appropriations.

10:09 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about President Trump’s statements of today. He spoke about the Mueller investigation. He spoke about the medical system.

9:40 a.m. Senator Hatch spoke about undisciplined nominations.

9:33 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about nominations.

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The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m. and will resume consideration of the Pompeo nomination.

Four votes are expected today:

12:05 p.m.

  1. Cloture vote on the nomination of Mike Pompeo to be Secretary of State
  2. Confirmation vote on the Pompeo nomination

1:45 p.m.

  1. Cloture vote on the nomination of Richard Grenell to be Ambassador to Germany
  2. Confirmation vote on the Grenell nomination

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

The Senate has adjourned until 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 26th and will resume consideration of the Pompeo nomination. 4 votes are expected during Thursday’s session:

12:05 p.m.

  1. Cloture vote on the nomination of Mike Pompeo to be Secretary of State
  2. Confirmation vote on the Pompeo nomination

1:45 p.m.

  1. Cloture vote on the nomination of Richard Grenell to be Ambassador to Germany
  2. Confirmation vote on the Grenell nomination

During wrap-up the following legislation was agreed to by unanimous consent:

  1. Res. 429, Commemorating the 59th Anniversary of Tibet’s 1959 Uprising as Tibetan Rights Day.
  2. 2758, Display of the POW-MIA Flag at the World War I Memorials.
  3. Res. 401, Designating May 5, 2018 as the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls.
  4. Res. 483, 484, 485 en bloc.

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7:09 p.m. Senator Blumenthal spoke about campaign finance and the Pompeo nomination.

6:52 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke about the Pompeo nomination.

6:18 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke about campaign finance.

6:03 p.m. Senator Schatz spoke about climate change.

5:48 p.m. Senator Reed spoke about campaign finance.

5:32 p.m. Senator Van Hollen spoke about the Pompeo nomination.

5:05 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about the Pompeo nomination.

4:54 p.m Senator Markey spoke against the Pompeo nomination.

4:35 p.m. Senator Murphy spoke about the Pompeo nomination.

4:18 p.m. Senator Toomey spoke about tax reform.

3:48 p.m. Senator Carper spoke about climate change.

3:24 p.m. Senator Murray spoke about the Pompeo nomination.

3:09 p.m. Senator Cotton spoke about the opioid epidemic.

2:47 p.m. Senators Lankford and McCaskill discussed and asked UC to take up and pass S. 317, the “tax payers right to know”.  A bill regarding GAO and federal government bureaucracy.

2:34 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke in favor of the Pompeo nomination.

2:17 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke against the Pompeo nomination; and later about Dreamers.

2:10 p.m. Senator Risch spoke in favor of the Pompeo nomination.

1:44 p.m. Senator Blunt spoke supporting the Pompeo nomination.

1:29 p.m. Senator Capito spoke supporting the Pompeo nomination.

1:13 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about prison reform.

1:06 p.m. Senator Brown spoke about Acting CFPB Director Mulvaney.

1:04 p.m. Senator Daines spoke supporting the Pompeo nomination.

12:50 p.m. Senator Menendez spoke against the Pompeo nomination.

12:43 p.m. Senator Tillis spoke about foreign policy and the Pompeo nomination.

12:23 p.m. Minority Leader Schumer saluted President Macron. He spoke about the Pompeo nomination. He spoke about the Russia investigation.

12:15 p.m. Senator Wicker spoke in favor of the Pompeo nomination.

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The Senate will convene at noon.

Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of Mike Pompeo, of Kansas, to be Secretary of State.

Cloture has been filed on these nominations:

— Pompeo, Secretary of State.

— Richard Grenell, of California, to be ambassador to Germany.

At 10:30 a.m., President Macron of France will address a Joint Meeting of Congress in the House chamber.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

The Senate will convene at 12:00 p.m., and following any Leader remarks, will resume consideration of the nomination of Mike Pompeo to be Secretary of State.

Cloture has been filed on the following nominations in the following order:

– Mike Pompeo to be Secretary of State.

– Richard Grenell to be Ambassador to Germany.

At 10:30 a.m., His Excellency Emmanuel Macron, the President of France, will address a Joint Meeting of Congress from the Hall of the House of Representatives in the U.S. Capitol.

Tuesday, April 24 2018

6:14 p.m. The Senate stands adjourned until 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25th and the Senate will resume consideration of the Pompeo nomination.

6:12 p.m. ML McConnell does wrap up for the evening. Asked UC that the President of the Senate his Excellency Emanuel Macron, to the Joint Meeting of Congress

  • H.R.2061, North Korean Human Rights w/Rubio amdt, passed by UC
  • Adopted by UC S.Res.482, congratulating the Villanova University Wildcats for winning the 2018 National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament.

5:55 p.m. Senator Portman spoke supporting the Grenell nomination and the Pompeo nomination.

5:42 p.m. Senator Udall spoke about the Koch brothers.

5:20 p.m. Senator Markey spoke about the Koch brothers.

5:03 p.m. Senator Warren spoke about the Koch brothers.

4:51 p.m. Senator Cortez Masto spoke about influence of the Koch brothers.

4:42 p.m. Senator Flake spoke about North Korea.

4:20 p.m. Senator Thune spoke in favor of the Duncan nomination.

3:34 p.m. ML McConnell filed cloture on the nominations of Mike Pompeo to be Secretary of State and Richard Grenell to be Ambassador to Germany.

3:33 p.m. The Duncan nomination was confirmed by a vote of 50 to 47. Senator Manchin voted YES. Senators Duckworth, McCain and Paul were absent.

3:00 p.m. Roll call vote began on confirmation of the Duncan nomination.

2:55 p.m. Senator Kennedy spoke in favor of the Duncan nomination.

2:37 p.m. Senators Menendez and Blumenthal spoke against the Duncan nomination.

2:15 p.m. Senator Hassan spoke against the Duncan nomination.

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

12:27 p.m. The Senate stands in recess until 2:15 p.m.

12:13 p.m. Senators Warren and Murray spoke against the Duncan nomination.

12:06 p.m. Senator Peters spoke against the Duncan nomination.

11:55 a.m. Senator Hatch spoke supporting the Pompeo nomination for Secretary of State.

11:50 a.m. ML McConnell asked u.c. consider Executive Calendar #765 Lt. Gen. Paul M. Nakasone (Army) to be appointed General. The nomination was confirmed by voice vote. The Majority Leader asked u.c. that all post-cloture time on the Duncan nomination expire at 3:00 p.m. today, and that the Senate vote on confirmation of the nomination.

11:34 a.m. Senator Lankford spoke about his proposed Senate rules change.

11:18 a.m. Senator Cantwell spoke against the Duncan nomination.

10:58 a.m. Senator Wyden spoke against the Duncan nomination.

10:31 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about measures to prevent the firing of special counsel Mueller.

10:18 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke abut the Pompeo nomination.

10:03 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke in favor of the Pompeo nomination. He spoke about drug abuse.

 

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

At that time, resume post-cloture debate on the nomination of Stuart Duncan to be a U.S. Circuit Court Judge for the Fifth Circuit..

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

Monday, April 23, 2018

7:21 p.m. The Senate adjourned.

6:41 p.m Senators Durbin and Whitehouse  spoke about the Koch brothers.

6:38 p.m ML McConnell does wrap up for the evening.  Passed by UC: S. Res 479, re “Donate life month”; S. Res 480, regarding May 1 being designated Silver Star Service Banner Day; HR 4300, the Pacific War Commemorative Display Establishment Act.   Passed by voice vote: S. 2325, the Northern Mariana Islands US Workforce Act.  UC that when the Senate adjourns, it do so until 10:00 a.m. Tuesday and resume consideration of the Duncan nomination. Further that the Senate recess from 12:30-2:15.  UC that the Senate adjourn following remarks of Senators Durbin and Whitehouse.

6:37 p.m Cloture was invoked on the Duncan nomination 50-44.

Senators in favor: 49 Republicans, 1 Democrat (Manchin).

Senators against: 42 Democrats, 2 Independents (King and Sanders).

Senators not voting: Duckworth, Feinstein, Hirono, Isakson, McCain and Nelson.

5:30 p.m. Roll call vote has begun on cloture on the Duncan nomination.

5:21 p.m. Senator Cassidy spoke in favor of the Duncan nomination and the Pompeo nomination.

4:19 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke about the Duncan nomination.

4:01 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the Pompeo nomination.

3:46 p.m. Senator King spoke about National Park Week.

3:43 p.m. Senator Daines spoke about National Park Week.

3:10 p.m. ML McConnell spoke about the Pompeo and Duncan nominations and tax reform.

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The Senate will convene at 3:00 p.m. and resume consideration of the nomination of Stuart Duncan to be a United States Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit.

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

Thursday, April 19, 2018

4:57 p.m. The Senate adjourned until Monday, April 23 at 3:00 p.m. ML McConnell announced that the next roll call vote will be on cloture on the nomination of Stuart Duncan, LA, to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the 5th Circuit.

The Senate passed the following by unanimous consent:

S. Res 478 – April 21-29, National Parks Week

S. Res 431 – International parental abduction prevention

H.Con Res 115 – use of Capitol Grounds, peace officers services

4:16 p.m. Senator Perdue spoke about the Budget.

3:32 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke about the Alaskan of the week.

3:06 p.m. Senator Reed spoke about Russia and the 2016 election.

2:45 p.m. Senator Merkley paid tribute to Senator Duckworth and then discussed the Royhinga crisis.

2:43 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell filed cloture on the nomination of Stuart Duncan to be a US Circuit judge for the fifth circuit.

2:42 p.m. The nomination was confirmed on a party line vote of 50-49; with Senator McCain not voting.

1:46 p.m. Roll call vote began on the nomination on the Bridenstine nomination.

1:38 p.m. Senator Burr spoke about the Pompeo nomination.

12:59 p.m. Senator Casey spoke about Senator Duckworth’s new baby and Syria.

12:40 p.m. Senator Heller paid tribute to Major Stephen Del Bagno.

12:30 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about NASA and the Bridenstine nomination.

12:08 p.m. Senator Peters spoke in opposition to the Bridenstine nomination.

12:01 p.m. Senator Klobuchar spoke memorializing the artist Prince and also spoke about the bill the Senate passed allowing Senators to bring infants to the Senate floor.

11:57 a.m. Senator Inhofe spoke about the Oklahoma City bombing and supporting the Bridenstine nomination.

11:50 a.m. Senator Lankford spoke supporting the Bridenstine and Pompeo nominations.

11:28 a.m. Senator Corker spoke supporting the Pompeo nomination.

11: 20 a.m. Senator Lee spoke supporting the Bridenstine nomination.

11:15 a.m. Senator Schatz spoke against the Bridenstine nomination.

10:51 a.m. Senator Rubio spoke about nominations and Venezuela.

10:30 a.m. Senator Nelson spoke about the power outage in Puerto Rico and the anniversary of the oil spill in the Gulf.

10:22 a.m. Senator Schumer spoke about North Korea and Special Counselor Mueller.

10:02 a.m. ML McConnell spoke about the Protecting Moms and Infants Act, Pompeo, and tax reform.

  • The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m. and resume consideration of the nomination of James Bridenstine to serve as Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, post-cloture.

 

  • At 1:45 p.m., the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on confirmation of the Bridenstine nomination.

 

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

7:35 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 10:00 a.m. Thursday April 19. Next vote expected at 1:45 p.m. on the Bridenstine nomination to be Administrator, NASA.

7:25 p.m. Senator Portman spoke in tribute to fomer first lady Barbara Bush.

6:40 p.m. Senator Inhofe spoke on human rights in Ethiopia.

6:37 p.m. Senator Durbin gave tribute to Senator Duckworth.

6:36 p.m. Senator McConnell spoke and the Senate passed the following by unanimous consent:

S. Res 426 – International Woman’s day.

S. Res 463 – to allow a Senator to bring an infant onto the Senate floor during Senate votes.

Passed en bloc: S. Res 474, 475 and 476

6:30 p.m. Senator Heitkamp spoke on Export Import Bank.

6:25 p.m. Senator Toomey offered an unanimous consent agreement to confirm the nomination of Mark Greenblatt, MD, to be Inspector General of Export Import Bank. Senator Brown objected.

6:22 p.m. Senator Brown offered an unanimous consent agreement to pass pending nominations for the Export Import bank. Senator Toomey objected.

5:44 p.m. Senator Brown spoke on the Coast Guard Reauthorization bill and Ex Im Bank.

5:42 p.m. Senator Thune spoke on the Coast Guard Reauthorization bill.

5:34 p.m. Senator Cantwell spoke on Coast Guard Reauthorization bill.

5:30 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke on the Coast Guard Reauthorization bill.

5:28 p.m. Senator Schumer offered an unanimous consent agreement to pass a clean Coast Guard Reauthorization bill. McConnell objected.

5:24 p.m.  Senator Schumer spoke on Coast Guard reauthorization and the Clean Air Act.

5:16 p.m. Senator Gardner spoke in favor of the Pompeo nomination.

5:15 p.m. The Muniz nomination was confirmed 55-43.

Senators voting in favor: 50 Republicans, 5 Democrats (Donnelly, Heitkamp, Jones, Manchin and Nelson)

Senators voting against: 41 Democrats, 2 Independents (King and Sanders).

Senators not voting: 1 Democrat (Duckworth), 1 Republican (McCain).

4:30 p.m. Roll call vote began on the nomination of Carlos Muniz to be General Counsel of the Department of Education.

4:13 p.m. Senator Alexander paid tribute to Barbara Bush.

4:07 p.m. Senator Toomey spoke about Sikhism.

3:51 p.m. Senator Markey spoke against the Bridenstine nomination.

3:25 p.m. Senator Isakson paid tribute to John Williams.

3:00 p.m. Senator Cruz spoke supporting the Bridenstine nomination and about Israel’s Independence Day.

2:43 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke about the choose Medicare Act.

2:32 p.m. Senator Murray spoke against the Muniz and Bridenstine nominations.

2:17 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about Barbara Bush, the Pompeo nomination, and Tax policy.

2:15 p.m. Senator Alexander spoke in favor of the Muniz nomination.

2:14 p.m. On a party line vote, cloture was invoked on the Bridenstine nomination 50-48. Senators Duckworth and McCain did not vote.

1:07 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the nomination of James Bridenstine to be Administator of NASA.

1:06 p.m Cloture on S.140, WMAT with Coast Guard authorization NOT invoked, 56-42. (6o necessary).

Senators in favor: 49 Republicans, 7 Democrats: Casey, Donnelly, Heitkamp, Jones, Manchin,McCaskill and Nelson.

Senator against: 39 Democrats, 2 Independents: King and Sanders; 1 Republican: McConnell (only switched to no to be able to bring back up.)

Senators not voting:1 Democrat: Duckworth, 1 Republican:McCain.

12:39 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on S.140, WMAT with Coast Guard authorization amendment.

12:35 p.m. Senator Thune urged passage of the bill.

12:34 p.m. Senator Baldwin spoke against passage of the Coast Guard reauthorization due to a vessel discharge title.

12:33 p.m. S.J. Res 57 was agreed to 51-47.  Senator Manchin joined all Republicans present in favor.  Senators Duckworth and McCain did not vote.

12:00 p.m. The Senate is now voting on S.J. Res. 57, the resolution to disapprove of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s automobile lending regulation.

11:50 a.m. Senator Crapo spoke about the car loan regulation.

11:40 a.m. Senator Wicker spoke in favor of the Coast Guard reauthorization.

11:22 a.m. Senator Nelson spoke about the civilian space program.

11:08 a.m. Senator Booker spoke about the car loan regulation.

10:59 a.m. Senator Wicker joined Senator Sullivan in discussing the Coast Guard reauthorization.

10:44 a.m. Senator Sullivan spoke in favor of the Coast Guard reauthorization.

10:38 a.m. Senator Moran spoke about the auto loan measure.

10:19 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer paid tribute to Barbara Bush. He spoke about White House policy on Russia sanctions. He spoke about China policy. He criticized the Senate majority’s legislative program.

9:46 a.m. Senator Toomey spoke for repeal of the auto loan regulation.

9:36 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell paid tribute to Barbara Bush. He spoke against the car loan regulation at issue in S.J.Res. 57. He spoke for the Coast Guard reauthorization. He spoke about the tax program.

9:33 a.m. The Senate resumed consideration of the resolution of disapproval of a regulation of automobile lending.

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The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m. and will resume consideration of S.J.Res. 57, the resolution to disapprove of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s automobile lending regulation.

At noon, there will be two votes:

— On passage of the auto loan resolution;

— On cloture for the motion to concur in the House amendment to S. 140, which includes the Coast Guard Reauthorization.

If cloture is invoked on the Coast Guard measure, there will be up to 30 hours of post-cloture debate before a roll call vote on passage.

If the Senate fails to invoke cloture on the Coast Guard measure, there will be an immediate vote on cloture for the nomination of James Bridenstine to be Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

At 2 p.m., the Senate will vote on confirmation of the nomination of Carlos Muniz to be general counsel of the Education Department.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

6:25 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.

6:20 p.m. Senator Thune spoke about the Coast Guard authorization.

6:14 p.m. By voice votes, the Senate passed these measures:

— S. 1281, to establish a pilot bounty program in the Homeland Security Department;

— S.Res. 471, to establish March 29, 2018 as Vietnam Veterans Day;

— S. Res. 471, to establish April 5, 2018 as Gold Star Mothers Day.

Leader McConnell secured consent for two votes to occur at noon Wednesday:

1. On passage of S.J.Res. 57, to disapprove of an automobile lending regulation;

2. On cloture for S. 140, which contains the Coast Guard authorization.

6:03 p.m. Senator Klobuchar spoke about an initiative for new congressional parents and their children.

5:52 p.m. Senator Portman spoke about the tax program.

5:34 p.m. Senator Heller spoke about the new tax program.

5:31 p.m. Senator Schatz spoke about the auto loan regulatory issue.

4:20 p.m. The Senate stands in recess until 5:30 for an all Senators briefing.

4:00 p.m. Senator Perdue spoke supporting  S.J.Res 57

3:44 p.m. Senator Toomey spoke supporting S.J.Res 57

3:35 p.m. Senator Thune spoke about tax day.

3:12 p.m. Senator Brown spoke against S.J.Res 57

2:59 p.m. Senator Moran spoke supporting S.J.Res. 57

2:44 p.m. Senator Crapo spoke in favor of S.J.Res. 57

2:43 p.m. The motion to proceed was agreed to 50-47.

Senator Manchin joined all Republicans present voting in favor.

Senators Duckworth, McCain and Tillis did not vote.

2:15 p.m. Roll call vote began on the motion to proceed to S. J Res 57, a resolution of disapproval re: “Indirect Auto Lending and Compliance with the Equal Credit Opportunity Act”.

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

12:30 p.m. Senate stands in recess until 2:15 p.m.

12:26 p.m. Senator Young spoke on tax reform.

12:25 p.m. Senator Cornyn entered a UC that at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday the Senate resume consideration of the Muniz nomination with one hour of debate time remaining, and that after the use or yielding back of time the Senate vote on the nomination.  Further it is expected ML McConnell will offer a motion to proceed to SJ Res 57, a resolution of disapproval re: “Indirect Auto Lending and Compliance with the Equal Credit Opportunity Act”; and a roll call vote on that motion is likely to occur at 2:15 p.m today.

12:23 p.m. Senator Gillibrand spoke against the Muniz nomination.

12:12 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on missile strikes in Syria; and later tax reform.

12:04 p.m. Senator Flake spoke about border protection and DACA and asked unanimous consent to pass H.R. 1551 and the Flake substitute amendment. Senator Cotton objected.

11:51 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke about tax reform.

11:32 a.m. Senator Barrasso spoke about tax reform.

11:17 a.m. Senator Stabenow spoke about the Coast Guard reauthorization.

11:05 a.m. Senator Warren spoke about the Equal Credit Opportunity Act.

10:25 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer noted that the presiding officer, Senator Hyde-Smith, was in the chair for the first time. He spoke about the tribal labor bill. He spoke about the Mueller investigation. He spoke about taxes.

10:02 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the Coast Guard reauthorization. He said action would first come on the resolution to disapprove of an auto loan regulation. He spoke about taxes.

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The Senate will convene at 10 a.m., and will proceed to the consideration of Carlos G. Muniz to be general counsel of the Department of Education.

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

Cloture has been filed on the motion to concur in the House amendment to S.140, amended to include the Coast Guard reauthorization.

Cloture has also been filed on the nomination of James Bridenstine, of Oklahoma, to be administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Action is possible this week on:

Nominations, resolutions of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act, and Coast Guard reauthorization.

Monday, April 16, 2018

The Senate has adjourned until 10:00 am, Tuesday, April 17th and will proceed to the consideration of Carlos G. Muniz to be General Counsel, Department of Education.

During wrap-up:

  • Res. 465, Electing Michael C. Stenger as the Sergeant at Arms of the Senate, was agreed to by unanimous consent.
  • S.Res. 466, 467, 468 were agreed to by unanimous consent en bloc.

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7:03 p.m. Senator Udall spoke about the tribal labor bill.

6:56 p.m. The motion to invoke cloture on the motion to concur in the House message to accompany S.140 was not agreed to by a vote of 54 to 41. Senators Duckworth, McCain, Rubio, and Tillis did not vote. Senator Portman voted NO. Senators Baldwin, Heinrich, Heitkamp, Kaine, King, Tester, Udall and Warner voted YES.

ML McConnell filled the tree and filed cloture on the motion to concur in the House amendment  to S.140 with an amendment. Cloture was also filed on the nomination of Emily Coody Marks to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Alabama.

5:35 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the motion to concur in the House message to accompany S. 140.

5:27 p.m. Senator Hoeven spoke on the tribal labor bill.

5:03 p.m. Senator Brown spoke on the tribal labor bill and privatizing the VA.

4:42 p.m. Senator Moran spoke in favor of the tribal labor bill.

4:39 p.m. Senator Flake spoke in favor of the tribal labor bill.

4:35 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke in favor of the tribal labor bill.

4:06 p.m. ML McConnell spoke about the military action in Syria, the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act, and tax reform.  S. 2667, to amend the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 to provide for state and tribal regulation of hemp production, had its second reading.

3:52 p.m. Senator Daines spoke in favor of the tribal labor bill.

3:02 p.m. The Senate resumed consideration of the tribal labor bill.

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• The Senate will convene at 3:00 p.m. and resume consideration of the House message to accompany S.140 [legislative vehicle for the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act].

• At 5:30 p.m., the Senate will proceed to a cloture vote on the House message to accompany S. 140.

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