Thursday, June 7, 2018

4:52 p.m. The Senate adjourned. The Senate meets next at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, June 11th.Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to H.R.5515, National Defense Authorization Act, post-cloture. At 5:30 p.m., the Senate will vote on the motion to proceed to H.R. 5515.

4:49 p.m. Senator McConnell conducted wrap up and passed the following bills by u.c.

  •  S.2734: a bill to designate the Federal building and United States courthouse located at 1300 Victoria Street in Laredo, Texas, as the “George P. Kazen Federal Building and United States Courthouse”
  • S.2377: a bill to designate the Federal building and United States courthouse located at 200 West 2nd Street in Dayton, Ohio, as the “Walter H. Rice Federal Building and United States Courthouse”
  • S.Res.537: commending the Yale University Men’s Lacrosse team for winning the 2018 National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I Men’s Lacrosse Championship
  • S.Res.538: commending the Wesleyan University Men’s Lacrosse team for winning the 2018 National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III Men’s Lacrosse Championship
 3:41 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke about the Alaskan of the week.

2:53 p.m. Senator Brown spoke about Chinese telecom company ZTE.

2:52 p.m. Senator Cassidy spoke about Seersucker Thursday and health care.

2:20 p.m. Senator Wicker spoke about Seersucker Thursday and the economy.

2:19 p.m. The Senate invoked cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R.5515, NDAA by a vote of 92-4. Senators Merkley, Paul, Sanders, and Wyden voted no.

1:45 p.m. The Senate began voting on the cloture motion on the motion to proceed to H.R. 5515.

1:25 p.m. Senator Fischer paid tribute to a fallen soldier from Nebraska.

1:22 p.m. Senatore Inhofe announced a vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R. 5515 NDAA occur today at 1:45 p.m.

1:21 p.m. Senator Inhofe asked UC that the Senate resume the motion to proceed to H.R. 5515 with Senator Inhofe, Senator Boozman, and Senator Reed each be recognized to offer an amendment. Senator Paul objected unless he also be recognized to offer his amendment. Senator Inhofe objected.

1:20 p.m. The Senate has confirmed the Marcus nomination by a vote 50 to 46.

12:30 p.m. The Senate is now voting on the nomination of Kenneth Marcus to be Assistant Secretary of Education for Civil Rights.

12:23 p.m. Senator Murray spoke about the Marcus nomination.

12:10 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about national security regarding foreign students at U.S. universities.

12:04 p.m. Senator Moran spoke about the defense bill, and his Amendment #2269, on Army force structure.

11:55 a.m. Senator Alexander spoke in favor of the Marcus nomination.

11:37 a.m. Senator Nelson spoke about trade. He spoke about the danger of global warming to coastal areas.

11:21 a.m. Senator Flake spoke about trade.

11:14 a.m. Senator Inhofe spoke about the defense bill. He suggested that debate begin today on Boozman Amendment #2276 and Reed Amendment #2284. He said the bill can be completed next week.

11:02 a.m. Senator Booker spoke about the nomination of Kenneth Marcus to be the Assistant Secretary of Education for Civil Rights.

10:42 a.m. Senator Schumer spoke about Turkey and the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 5515). He spoke about ZTE and trade restrictions. He spoke about Blumenthal, et al. v. Trump and presidential pardons.

10:39 a.m. Senator Tillis spoke about Pastor Brunson and the National Defense Authorization Act.

10:03 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 5515). He spoke about the Republican legislative record since January 2017.

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The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m., and following any leader remarks, will begin consideration of the nomination of Kenneth Marcus to be Assistant Secretary of Education for Civil Rights, with a roll call vote on confirmation of the nomination at 12:30 p.m.

 

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

6:32 p.m. The Senate adjourned.

6:14 p.m. Senator Portman spoke on Iran.

5:57 p.m. Senator Brown spoke on consumer banking protection.

5:17 ML McConnell wraps up for the evening.

Items passed by unanimous consent:

  • HR 88, regarding Shiloh National Military Park
  • HR 1719, regarding John Muir National Historic Site

Items passed by voice vote, en bloc:

  • HR 1900, the National Veterans Memorial and Museum Act
  • S. 2857, the National Nordic Museum Act
  • HR 1397, to authorize, direct, facilitate, and expedite the transfer of administrative jurisdiction of certain Federal land
  • S. 1692, authorizing the National Emergency Medical Services Memorial Foundation to establish a commemorative work in the District of Columbia
  • S Res 536, to authorize document production by the Intelligence Committee.

Unanimous consent that when the Senate adjourns it do so until 10:00 a.m. Thursday, proceed to Executive Session to consider the Marcus nomination, with a vote on the nomination at 12:30 p.m.

Unanimous consent that the Senate adjourn following remarks of Senators Tillis, Brown and Portman.

4:45 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke about Bobby Kennedy.

4:21 p.m. Senator Toomey spoke about Defense Authorization.

3:32 p.m. Senator Hatch spoke about unnecessary procedural votes and the backlog of nominations.

3:13 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke about the anniversary of the armistice of the Korean War.

3:06 p.m. Senator Lankford spoke about the need to work on nominations and appropriations bills during the August recess.

2:45 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke about hemp.

2:35 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke about the economy and jobs.

2:01 p.m. Senator Blunt spoke about the economy and jobs.

1:04 p.m. Senator Nelson spoke about Facebook.

12:47 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on gun control issues; and later on student visas potentially being used wrongfully.

12:33 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about Bobby Kennedy; and later on the status of NATO.

11:44 a.m. Senators Inhofe and Toomey spoke on the Defense Authorization.

11:41 a.m. ML McConnell asked UC to proceed to the Defense Authorization, (HR 5515) Senator Toomey objected.  ML McConnell filed cloture on the motion to proceed.

11:39 a.m. The Axon nomination was confirmed 83-11.

Senators voting in favor: 50 Republicans, 32 Democrats, 1 Independent: King.

Senators voting against: 10 Democrats: Booker, Gillibrand, Harris, Hirono, Menendez, Merkley, Peters, Stabenow, Warren, Wyden; 1 Independent: Sanders.

Senators not voting: 5 Democrats: Coons, Duckworth, Heinrich, Leahy and Markey; 1 Republican: McCain.

11:03 a.m. Roll call vote began on confirmation of the Axon nomination.

10:57 a.m. Senator Warren spoke about Bobby Kennedy.

10:38 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the August schedule. He spoke about nomination procedure. He spoke about World War II veterans.

10:31 a.m. Senator Daines spoke about the medical care of veterans.

10:11 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about health care and the August work schedule. He spoke about trade.

 

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The Senate will convene at 10 a.m.

At 11 a.m., the Senate will vote on confirmation of the nomination of Annemarie Carney Axon to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama.

After disposition of the Axon nomination, Majority Leader McConnell is expected to move to proceed to the defense authorization, H.R. 5515.