Thursday, April 12, 2018

5:54 p.m. ML McConnell asked that the Senate adjourn until 3:00 p.m. on Monday, April 16th. Following Leader remarks the Senate resume consideration of the House message to accompany S. 140, White Mountain Apache Water Rights Quantification Act and at 5:30 p.m. the Senate vote on cloture on the motion to concur.

5:53 p.m. ML McConnell began the Rule 14 process to bypass committee and place directly on the Calendar of Business S. 140, State and Tribal regulation of Hemp production.

5:52 p.m. ML McConnell asked u.c. to consider S.Res 461, Commending the University of Central Missory Ginnys for willing the national championship

5:31 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke about the Alaskan of the Week, Mr. John Active.

5:25 p.m. Senator Moran spoke supporting the Broomes nomination.

5:21 p.m. Senator McConnell filled the “amendment tree” to a House amendment to accompany S. 140-White Mountain Apache Water Rights Quantification Act.

5:20 p.m. Senator McConnell filed cloture on a House amendment to accompany S. 140-White Mountain Apache Water Rights Quantification Act.

5:18 p.m. The Jennings nomination was confirmed by voice vote.

5:18 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Jennings nomination by a vote 94-2.

4:50 p.m. The Senate began voting on the motion to invoke cloture on the Nomination of Rebecca Grady Jennings to be U.S. District Judge for Kentucky. 94-2

4:47 p.m. The nomination of John Broomes to be a judge on the Kansas District court was confirmed by voice vote.

4:47 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the nomination of John Broomes to be a judge on the Kansas District Court.

4:31 p.m. The Senate began voting on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of John Broomes to be a judge on the Kansas District Court.

4:31 p.m. The Senate confirmed the Wheeler nomination 53- 45. Democrats Donnelly, Heitkamp and Manchin voted in favor. Senators Duckworth and McCain were absent.

3:59 p.m. The Senate began voting on confirmation of the Wheeler nomination.

3:34 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke against the Wheeler nomination.

3:26 p.m. Senator Cantwell spoke against the Wheeler nomination.

3:00 p.m. Senator Carper returned to discuss the Wheeler nomination.

2:54 p.m. Senator Cassidy paid tribute to a Louisiana Marine, Taylor Conrad who was recently killed in action; and later spoke on the status of nominations.

2:39 p.m. Senator Collins spoke on opioid addiction.

2:20 p.m. Senator Leahy spoke on remarks by the Governor of Vermont about gun control.

2:06 p.m. Senator Van Hollen spoke about Scott Pruitt, the EPA and the Wheeler nomination.

1:43 p.m. Senator Markey spoke about the Wheeler nomination.

12:48 p.m. Senator Udall spoke about Scott Pruitt, the Wheeler nomination and the EPA.

12:20 p.m. Senator Carper spoke against the Wheeler nomination.

12:15 p.m. Senator Inhofe spoke about the Wheeler nomination.

12:00 Senator Barrasso spoke in favor of the Wheeler nomination.

11:53 a.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke against the Wheeler nomination.

11:46 a.m. Senator Carper spoke about the service and sacrifice of employees at the FBI and Homeland Security.

11:31 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the employees of the FBI and James Comey.

11:05 a.m. Senator Carper spoke about Scott Pruitt and his lack of leadership at EPA and against the Wheeler nomination.

10:49 a.m. DL Schumer spoke on the Mueller investigation and President Trump and later discussed tax reform.

10:40 a.m. Senator Wyden joined ML McConnell in discussing the Hemp Farming Act.

10:30 a.m. ML McConnell used leader time to discuss nominations and regulatory reform; introducing the “Hemp Farming Act of 2018.”

10:29 a.m. Cloture was invoked on the Wheeler nomination, 53-45.

Senators in favor: 50 Republicans, 3 Democrats (Donnelly, Heitkamp and Manchin).

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

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

10:04 a.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the nomination of Andrew Wheeler to be Deputy Administrator of the EPA.

10:02 a.m. The Pizzella nomination was confirmed on a party line voter of 50-48. Senators Duckworth and McCain did not vote.

9:30 a.m. Roll call vote began on confirmation of the nomination of Patrick Pizzella to be Deputy Secretary of Labor.

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The Senate convened at 9:15 a.m.

At approximately 9:30 a.m., the Senate will proceed to two roll call votes:

  1. Confirmation of the nomination of Patrick Pizzella to be Deputy Secretary of Labor.
  2. Cloture on the nomination of Andrew Wheeler to be Deputy Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

6:54 p.m. The Senate adjourned.

6:08 p.m. Senator Portman spoke on Ohio First Responders Week; before turning to discuss sex trafficking.

5:37 p.m. ML McConnell wrapped up Senate business for the evening. UC that at 9:30 a.m. Thursday the Senate vote on confirmation of the Pizzella nomination.
Items passed by UC: S. Res 224, recognizing the 5th anniversary of the death of Oswaldo Paya Sardinas; S. Res 457, S Res 458.

5:06 p.m. Senator Gardner spoke on the opioid epidemic.

5:02 p.m. Senator Murray spoke against the Pizzella nomination.

4:23 p.m. Senator Thune spoke about tax reform.

4:08 p.m. Senator Toomey spoke on steel tariffs.

2:04 p.m. Senator Blunt spoke about tax reform.

1:46 p.m. Senator Brown spoke about the Fair Housing Act.

1:19 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke on the Pompeo nomination.

1:18 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Pizzella nomination, 50-48.

12:59 p.m. The Senate began a cloture vote on the nomination of Patrick Pizzella to be Deputy Secretary of Labor.

12:58 p.m. The Ring nomination was confirmed by a party line vote of 50 to 48. Senators Duckworth and McCain were absent.

12:20 p.m. The Senate began voting on confirmation of John Ring to be a member of the NLRB.

12:15 p.m. Senator Peters spoke against the Ring nomination.

12:04 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke about the rise of China.

11:47 a.m. Senator Lankford spoke about tariffs.

11:30 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about China, the year anniversary of the Gorsuch confirmation and legislation passed fighting sex trafficking.

11:11 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke about Venezuela.

11:01 a.m. Senator Cotton spoke about the Army’s “Old Guard.”

10:42 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer responded to Senator McConnell’s remarks about taxes. He spoke about Speaker Ryan. He spoke about the Mueller investigation.

10:34 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell paid tribute to Speaker Ryan. He spoke about nominations. He spoke about the tax program.

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The Senate will convene at 10:30 a.m., as a mark of respect to the late Senators Daniel Akaka of Hawaii and Zell Miller of Georgia.

After leader remarks, the Senate will resume post-cloture consideration of Executive Calendar #728, the nomination of John F. Ring, to the National Labor Relations Board.

At 12:20 p.m., theer will be two roll call votes:

1.      Confirmation of the Ring nomination;

2.      Cloture on Executive Calendar #605, the nomination of Patrick Pizzella, of Virginia, to be Deputy Secretary of Labor. If cloture is invoked, there will be up to 30 hours of post-cloture debate before a confirmation vote.