Friday, September 28, 2018

6:21 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 3:00 p.m. on Monday.

6:17 p.m. ML McConnell called up the Kavanaugh nomination, and not withstanding rule 22, if cloture is invoked on the FAA bill, the Senate will remain in executive session and the time on the FAA bill will run concurrently.

6:15 p.m. ML McConnell called up, filed cloture and filled the tree on HR 302, the vehicle for the FAA re-authorization, with a cloture vote on the motion to concur at 5:30 p.m. Monday.

6:09 p.m. ML McConnell discusses the Kavanaugh nomination.

5:58 p.m. ML McConnell wraps up for the day.

Passed by UC:

  • HR 6897, one week FAA authorization, one week extension.
  • S. 2515, regarding Indian self determination and education assistance act.
  • S. Res 632, regarding National workforce development month.
  • S Res 661, regarding sickle cell disease awareness.
  • S Res 662, regarding campus fire safety month.

First reading: S. 3532 had its first reading, a bill to authorize the US Postal Service to provide certain non postal property, products, and services on behalf of state, local and tribal governments.

Time agreement:

  • UC that at a time to be determined, begin consideration of HR 6, opioid bill, after a motion to concur and up to four hours of debate with a vote on the motion to concur to follow.

4:53 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on the Kavanaugh nomination.

4:22 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke about climate change.

4:03 p.m. Senator Ernst secured consent for passage of S. Con. Res. 47, for a correction in the enrollment of S. 2553, to amend the Social Security Act.

3:28 p.m. Senator Blumenthal spoke about the Kavanaugh nomination.

2:59 p.m. Senator Hirono spoke about the Kavanaugh nomination.

2:06 p.m. Senator Murray spoke about the Kavanaugh nomination.

The Senate will convene at 2:00 p.m. and proceed to a period of morning business.


Thursday, September 27, 2018

4:23 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 2:00 p.m.

4:15 p.m. Senator Perdue wraps up the Senate for the day.

Items passed by UC:

S.1768 with Feinstein amendment: National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program Reauthorization Act.

H.R.4254: to amend the National Science Foundation Authorization Act of 2002 to strengthen the aerospace workforce pipeline by the promotion of Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program and National Aeronautics and Space Administration internship and fellowship opportunities to women.
S.3170: Making certain changes to the reporting requirement of certain service providers regarding child sexual exploitation visual depictions, and for other purposes.
S.3354: to amend the Missing Children’s Assistance Act.
S.Res.637: designating September 2018, as “National Kinship Care Month.”
S.Res.656: recognizing and supporting the goals and ideals of National Forensic Science Week.
S.Res.657: designating the week of September 23 through 29, 2018, as “National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week” .
S.Res.658: designating the week of September 30 through October 6, 2018 as “National Community Policing Week”.
Completed the Rule 14 process to place on the Legislative Calendar of Business H.R.6287, 9/11 Memorial Act
The Senate confirmed the following military nominations:
Col. Jeffrey H. Hurlbert to be Brigadier General
Rear Adm. Michael J. Dumont to be Vice Admiral
Capt. Robert D. Katz to be Rear Admiral (lower half)
Maj. Gen. Michael T. Plehn to be Lieutenant General
Rear Adm. Timothy G. Szymanski to be Vice Admiral
Maj. Gen. James E. Rainey to be Lieutenant General
Maj. Gen. Thomas J. Sharpy to be Lieutenant General
Col. David P. Garfield to be Brigadier General
Maj. Gen. Timothy G. Fay to be Lieutenant General
Maj. Gen. George W. Smith, Jr. to be Lieutenant General
And all nominations on the Secretary’s Desk in the Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, and Navy

UC that Senate adjourns until 2:00 p.m Friday.

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

1:15 p.m. Senator Lankford asked u.c. that the Senate stands in recess until 4:00 p.m.

1:14 p.m. The Senate confirmed the nomination of Lisa Porter by a vote of 98-1. Senator Paul voted no. Senator Sullivan did not vote.

12:40 p.m. Roll call vote began on the confirmation of the Porter nomination.

12:00 p.m. The Senate convened.


The Senate will convene at noon and will consider the nomination of Lisa Porter to be deputy undersecretary of  defense, with a confirmation vote to occur at 12:40 p.m.