Tuesday, May 8, 2018

6:38 p.m. The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00 a.m. tomorrow.

6:27 p.m. Senator Brown spoke on the opiod epidemic.

6:24 p.m.   ML McConnell outlined the schedule for tomorrow. The Senate will vote on the nomination of Kurt Engelhardt, US Circuit judge 5th Circuit at noon.

6:13 p.m. Senator Baldwin spoke on the “blue slip” process for judicial nominations.

5:53 p.m. Senator Alexander spoke on health insurance

5:34 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke on climate change.

4:40 p.m. Senator Nelson spoke on President Trump’s decision to pull out of the nuclear deal with Iran.

4:20 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke about “blue slips’ and the process of judicial nominations in the Senate.

4:10 p.m. Senator Leahy also spoke about “blue slips’ and the process of judicial nominations in the Senate.

4:00 p.m. Senator Hirono spoke about “blue slips’ and the process of judicial nominations in the Senate.

2:58 p.m. Senator Merkley paid tribute to the Assistant Parliamentarian Michael Beaver and talked about judicial nominations.

2:44 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about Haspel nomination.

2:37 p.m. ML McConnell spoke about the memorial service for the four Capitol Police Officers killed in the line of duty. He also spoke about the Englehardt and Brennan nominations and tax reform.

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The Senate will convene at 2:30 p.m. and resume consideration of the nomination of Kurt Engelhardt to be a US Circuit judge for the 5th circuit, post cloture.

Monday, May 7, 2018

6:23 p.m. The Senate adjourned until Tuesday May 8 at 2:30 p.m.

6:18 p.m. Senator Cantwell paid tribute to civil rights leader Samuel McKinney.

6:14 p.m. Senator Cassidy spoke in support of the Engelhardt nomination.

6:12 p.m. ML McConnell wraps up for the evening. Items passed by UC: S. 1732, regarding testing of incentive payments for behavioral health providers for adoption. HR 4, FAA reauthorization was read for the first time. UC that the Senate adjourn until 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, at which time resume consideration of the Engelhardt nomination, post cloture. UC that Senate adjourn following remarks of Senators Cassidy and Cantwell.

6:11 p.m. By a vote of 64-31, cloture was invoked on the Engelhard nomination.

Senators voting in favor: 48 Republicans, 15 Democrats: Bennet, Carper, Coons, Donnelly, Feinstein, Heitkamp, Jones, Klobuchar, Leahy, Manchin, McCaskill, Murphy, Nelson, Tester, Warner; 1 Independent: King.

Senators voting against: 30 Democrats, 1 Independent: Sanders

Senator not voting: Duckworth, Graham, Isakson, McCain and Merkley.

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

5:15 p.m. Senator Kennedy spoke in favor of the Engelhardt nomination.

4:15 p.m. Senator Nelson spoke about hurricane damage in Puerto Rico.

4:00 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the nominee for director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

3:30 p.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke in memory of Michael Beaver. He spoke about nominations. He spoke about the tax program.

3:03 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke in memory of assistant parliamentarian Michael Beaver. He spoke about nominations. He spoke about employment.

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The Senate will convene at 3:00 pm. Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session to resume consideration of Executive Calendar #673, Kurt D. Engelhardt, of Louisiana, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit.

At 5:30 pm the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Engelhardt nomination

Majority Leader McConnell has also filed cloture on the following nominations:

  • Michael Brennan to be a United States Circuit Judge for the 7th Circuit
  • Joel Carson III to be a United States Circuit Judge for the 10th Circuit
  • John Nalbandian to be a United States Circuit Judge for the 6th Circuit
  • Michael Scudder to be a United States Circuit Judge for the 7th Circuit
  • Amy St. Eve to be a United States Circuit Judge for the 7th Circuit

The cloture motions on each nomination will ripen one at a time, after disposition of the previous nomination. Each is subject to up to thirty hours of post-cloture debate.