Archive from November, 2018

Monday, December 3, 2018

3:31 p.m. The Senate has adjourned until 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, December 4th.

3:27 p.m. Senator Schumer paid tribute to former president George H.W. Bush as well as to Giles Perkins from Alabama.

3:06 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell paid tribute to former president George H.W. Bush.

3:04 p.m.

  • S. Con. Res. 55, authorizing the use of the Capitol rotunda for the lying in state of the remains of the late George H.W. Bush, was passed by unanimous consent.
  • S. Con. Res. 56, providing for the use of the catafalque for the remains of the late George H.W. Bush in the Capitol rotunda, was agreed to by unanimous consent.
  • The vote on the McNamee nomination will be held by 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 5th. 
  • The congressional review period for the S. J. Res. 64 was extended until December 14th by unanimous consent.

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The Senate will convene at 3:00 p.m., and following any leader remarks, will resume consideration of the nomination of Bernard McNamee to be a Member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

We expect the Senate to postpone the cloture vote on the McNamee nomination scheduled for 5:30 p.m. and adjourn shortly after convening until a time to be determined on Wednesday December 5th.

The following nominations are still pending post cloture:

Jonathan Kobes to be a Circuit Judge for the Eighth Circuit

Kathleen Kraninger to be Director of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection

Thomas Farr to be US District Judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina

Thursday, November 29, 2018

7:46 p.m. The Senate stands adjourned until 3:00 p.m. on Monday, December 3rd. Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #1153, Bernard L. McNamee, of Virginia, to be a Member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. At 5:30 p.m., the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the McNamee nomination.

7:45 p.m. Adopted S.Res.712, Official office funds to purchase Pocket Constitutions.

7:44 p.m. Agreed to S.Con.Res.54, printing of Pocket Constitution.

7:44 p.m. Adopted S.Res.709, condemning Russia’s provocative actions in the Kerch Strait against the Ukrainian navy.

7:43 p.m. Adopted S.Res.688, Family Service Learning Week.

7:42 p.m. Adopted calendar #309, S.Res.92, expressing concern over the disappearance of David Sneddon.

7:41 p.m. Passed S.3628, 6-month extension of the National Flood Insurance Program, by voice vote.

7:40 p.m. Passed H.R.7187, one week extension of the National Flood Insurance Program, by voice vote.

7:39 p.m. Senator Kennedy began wrap up.

7:20 p.m. The Senate reconvened.

7:07 p.m. The Senate stands in recess until 7:20 p.m.

5:49 p.m. Senator Nelson spoke about trickle-down economics.

5:31 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke on the Alaskan of the Week, Mr. Ron Travis.

5:04 p.m. Senators Johnson and Carper spoke on chemical facility anti-terrorism program and Senator Johnson asked u.c. that the Senate proceed to the immediate consideration of S. 3405, Senator Carper objected.

4:13 p.m. Senator Stabenow spoke about the delay of GI benefits to veterans.

3:54 p.m. Senator McConnell filed cloture on the nomination of Bernard McNamee to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

3:29 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about prescription drugs.

3:24 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke about the remaining 7 appropriations bills.

3:14 p.m. Senator Leahy spoke about press freedom in the world.

3:02 p.m. Senator Nelson spoke about climate change.

2:54 p.m. Senator Fischer paid tribute to Corporal Matt Henderson.

2:48 p.m. Senator Moran spoke on the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

2:29 p.m. Senator Klobuchar spoke on the Farm bill and climate change.

2:24 p.m. Senator Cortez Masto spoke against the Kraninger nomination.

2:17 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Kraninger nomination by a vote of 50 to 49.

1:30 p.m. The Senate began voting on the cloture motion on the Kraninger nomination.

1:13 p.m. Senator Crapo spoke supporting the Kraninger nomination.

1:03 p.m. Senator Brown spoke about the CFPB.

12:59 p.m. Senator Gardner spoke about the Land Conservation Fund.

12:58 p.m. The Senate invoked cloture on the Kobes nomination to be US Circuit Judge for the 8th Circuit 49-49, Vice President Pence voted yes breaking the tie. Senator Inhofe was absent, Senator Flake withdrew his vote (no vote) therefore pairing with Senator Inhofe.

12:10 p.m. The Senate began voting on the motion to invoke cloture on Exec. Cal. #1141 Jonathan Kobes to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the 8th Circuit.

12:07 p.m. Senator Warren spoke about the fiscal cliff and against the Kraninger nomination.

11:50 a.m. Senator Van Hollen spoke against the Farr nomination, climate change, and on Yemen.

11:29 a.m. Senator Lankford spoke about the Insight Probe launched in May and Immigration.

11:18 a.m. Senator Feinstein spoke against the Farr nomination.

11:10 a.m. Senator Menendez spoke against the Farr nomination.

11:00 a.m. Senator Rubio spoke against removing U.S. support from Yemen.

10:38 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the fight over money for border control.  Senator Cornyn announced that the previously scheduled vote on the Farr nomination will now occur during the week of December 3rd. At 12:00 pm, there will now be only one vote: Motion to invoke cloture on Exec. Cal. #1141 Jonathan Kobes to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the 8th Circuit.

10:29 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke against the Farr nomination. He spoke about the Mueller investigation.

10:02 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about nominations and paid tribute to departing Senator Heller of Nevada.

10:03 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell paid tribute to Senator Heller.

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The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m. Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the Farr nomination, post-cloture. At 12:00 pm, the Senate will proceed to two roll call votes:

  1. Confirmation of Thomas A. Farr to be U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina.
  2. Motion to invoke cloture on  Jonathan A. Kobes, of South Dakota, to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Eighth Circuit.

At 1:45 pm, the Senate will have a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Kathleen Laura Kraninger, of Ohio, to be Director, Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection.

Please note, if cloture is invoked on the Kobes and Kraninger nominations, the Senate will vote on confirmation at a time and date to be determined by the Majority Leader in consultation with the Democratic Leader but not before December 4th.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

7:10 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 10 a.m. Thursday, when it will resume post-cloture consideration of the Farr nomination.

6:46 p.m. Senator Portman talked about the fight against addiction.

6:10 p.m. Senator Shaheen spoke about climate change.

5:56 p.m. Senator Markey spoke about climate change.

5:27  p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke about climate change.

5:11 p.m. Senator Hirono spoke about health insurance and the Farr nomination.

4:52 p.m. Senator Nelson spoke about health insurance.

4:35 p.m. Senator Carper spoke about climate change.

4:26 p.m. The Senate agreed on the motion to discharge from the Foreign Relations Committee S.J.Res.54 by a vote of 63-37.  All Dems/IND in favor.  GOP voting in favor: Alexander, Cassidy, Collins, Corker, Daines, Flake, Graham, Lee, Moran, Murkowski, Paul, Portman, Toomey and Young.

3:58 p.m. The Senate is now voting on S.J. Res. 54, Yemen War Powers Resolution.

3:40 p.m. Senator Menendez spoke about Yemen and Saudi Arabia.

3:28 p.m. Senator Sanders spoke about Yemen and Saudi Arabia.

3:17 p.m. Senator Lee spoke about Yemen and Saudi Arabia.

2:56 p.m. Senator Reed spoke about the humanitarian crisis in Yemen.

2:51 p.m. Senator Young spoke about S.J. Res. 54.

2:40 p.m. Senator Peters spoke against the nomination of Kathleen Kraninger to be the head of the CFPB.

2:25 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke on S.J. Res. 54.

2:00 p.m. Senator Leahy spoke on the Farr nomination.

1:45 p.m. Senator Murphy spoke on S.J. Res. 54.

1:42 p.m. The Senate invoked cloture on the Farr nomination by a vote of 51 to 50 with VP Pence breaking the tie. Senator Flake voted NO. Senator Portman announced that there will be a vote at 4 p.m. on the motion to discharge S.J.Res.54 . Senator Sanders was then recognized and made the motion to discharge.

12:56 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the nomination of Thomas Farr to be a US District Judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina.

12:55 p.m. The Senate confirmed the nomination of Karen Kelley to be Deputy Secretary of Commerce by a tally of 62-38.

Senators voting in favor: 50 Republicans, 11 Democrats: Casey, Donnelly, Heitkamp, Jones, Manchin, McCaskill, Nelson, Schatz, Shaheen and Tester; 1 Independent: King.

Senators voting against:36 Democrats; 1 Independent: Sanders.

12:17 p.m. Roll call vote began on the nomination of Karen Kelley to be Deputy Secretary of Commerce..

12:15 p.m. Senator Flake made a unanimous consent request that the Senate pass S. 2644 (Special Counsel protection). Senator Lee objected.

12:05 p.m. Senators Coons, Booker and Flake spoke about the bill to protect the Special Counsel.

12:00 p.m. The Senate reconvened and resumed consideration of Karen Dunn Kelley to be Deputy Secretary of Commerce.

10:58 a.m. The Senate has recessed until 12:00 p.m. for an all senators briefing on Yemen and Saudi Arabia.

10:29 a.m. Senator Sanders spoke about Yemen and Saudi Arabia.

10:18 a.m. Senator Blunt spoke about Russia and the Ukraine.

10:02 a.m. Senator Schumer spoke about China as well as Yemen and Saudi Arabia.

9:46 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke about gun violence.

9:32 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the Senators briefing on Yemen and Saudi Arabia as well as the Senate’s priorities for the end of the session.

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The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m. Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of Karen Dunn Kelley, of Pennsylvania, to be Deputy Secretary of Commerce, with the time until 11:00 a.m. equally divided.

The Senate will recess from 11:00am until 12:00 Noon to allow for an all-senators briefing.

All post-cloture time will expire at 12:15 p.m. and the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Kelley nomination. Upon disposition of the Kelley nomination, there will be a cloture vote on the Farr nomination.

The Senate could also consider a motion to discharge S.J.Res.54 during Wednesday’s session.

As a reminder, Senator McConnell has also filed cloture on the following nominations:

  1. Executive Calendar #1141, Jonathan A Kobes, of South Dakota, to be US Circuit Judge for the Eighth Circuit; and
  2. Executive Calendar #1064, Kathleen Laura Kraninger, of Ohio, to be Director, Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection

Each cloture motion will ripen upon disposition of the previous one and each is subject to up to 30 hours of post-cloture debate time.

 

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

6:55 p.m.

The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Wednesday, November 28, 2018.

Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #939, Karen Dunn Kelley, of Pennsylvania, to be Deputy Secretary of Commerce, with the time until 11:00am equally divided.

The Senate will recess from 11:00am until 12:00 Noon to allow for an all-senators briefing.

All post-cloture time will expire at 12:15pm and the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Kelley nomination. Upon disposition of the Kelley nomination, there will be a cloture vote on the Farr nomination

The Senate could also consider a motion to discharge S.J.Res.54 during Wednesday’s session.

As a reminder, Senator McConnell has filed cloture on the following nominations:

  1. Executive Calendar #939, Karen Dunn Kelley, of Pennsylvania, to be Deputy Secretary of Commerce;
  2. Executive Calendar #626, Thomas Alvin Farr, of North Carolina, to be US District Judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina;
  3. Executive Calendar #1141, Jonathan A Kobes, of South Dakota, to be US Circuit Judge for the Eighth Circuit; and
  4. Executive Calendar #1064, Kathleen Laura Kraninger, of Ohio, to be Director, Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection

Each cloture motion will ripen upon disposition of the previous one and each is subject to up to 30 hours of post-cloture debate time.

In today’s session of the Senate there were the following two Roll Call Votes:

 

  1. Confirmation  of Executive Calendar #544, Stephen Alexander Vaden, of Tennessee, to be General Counsel of the Department of Agriculture; confirmed: 53-46.
  2. Cloture on Executive Calendar #939, Karen Dunn Kelley, of Pennsylvania, to be Deputy Secretary of Commerce; invoked: 62-37.

Today’s wrap up

Legislative Business

Concurred in the House amendment to S.2074, conveyance of land around Jamestown reservoir.

Concurred in the House amendment to S.440, conveyance of land around Dickinson reservoir.

Passed Calendar #650, H.R.5317: Alcohol Manufacturing on Indian Lands.

Passed by voice vote H.R.1074: Sac and Fox Indian Reservation.

Passed H.R.3946, with Isakson amendment: Ray Hendrix Veterans Clinic.

Adopted S.Res.674: National Principals Month.

Adopted S.Res.424, with Baldwin amendment: honoring the 25th anniversary of the National Guard Youth Challenge Program.

Passed S.3661: 75th Anniversary of World War II program.

Passed by voice vote H.R.1918, with Menendez amendment: Nicaraguan Investment Conditionality Act of 2017.

No Executive Business

5:50 p.m. Senator Menendez spoke on Putin and separately the breaking news of Paul Manafort’s  meeting with Assange.

5:40 p.m. Senator Gillibrand spoke against the Farr nomination.

5:30 p.m. Senator Blumenthal spoke on gun violence in America.

5:20 p.m. Senator Brown spoke about jobs in the U.S.

4:59 p.m. Senator Lee spoke about former Congressman Jim Hansen and on war powers.

4:42 p.m. Senator Warren spoke about the Farr nomination.

4:20 p.m. Senator Kyl spoke on nuclear weapons capabilities.

4:05 p.m. Senator Klobuchar spoke about the Farr nomination and voter registration.

3:41 p.m. Senator Hatch spoke about his time in the Senate.

2:57 p.m. Senators Grassley, Portman, and Toomey paid tribute to retiring Senator Orrin Hatch.

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

1:15 p.m. The Senate recessed to accommodate the weekly caucus lunches.

1:15 p.m. The Senate invoked cloture by a vote of 62-37 on the nomination of Karen Kelley to be Deputy Secretary of Commerce.

Senators voting in favor: 50 Republicans, 11 Democrats: Casey, Donnelly, Heitkamp, Jones, Manchin, McCaskill, Murphy, Nelson, Schatz, Shaheen and Tester; 1 Independent: King.

Senators voting against:36 Democrats; 1 Independent: Sanders.

Senators not voting: 1 Republican: Hyde Smith.

12:54 p.m. The Senate is now voting on the motion to invoke cloture on Karen Dunn Kelley to be Deputy Secretary of Commerce.

12:53 p.m. The Vaden nomination was confirmed by a vote of 53 to 46.

Senators voting in favor: 50 Republicans, 3 Democrats: Donnelly, Heitkamp, and Stabenow.

Senators voting against: 44 Democrats, 2 Independents: King and Sanders.

Senators not voting: 1 Republican: Hyde-Smith.

12:16 p.m. The Senate is now voting on confirmation of the Vaden nomination.

12:08 p.m. Senator Thune spoke on the accomplishments of the 115th Congress.

11:54 a.m. Senator Harris spoke against the Farr nomination.

11:36 a.m. Senator Merkley spoke on climate change.

11:22 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke on the Farr nomination.

11:08 a.m. Democratic Leader Schumer spoke about the layoffs and plant closings by General Motors, the economy, climate change, and the Farr nomination.

10:42 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about government funding and caravans.

10:35 a.m. Senator Leahy spoke about the Vermont state house.

10:15 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke supporting the Vaden nomination.

10:00 a.m. The Senate convened.

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The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m. today and will resume consideration of the Vaden nomination, post-cloture. There will be two votes at 12:15 p.m.:

  1. Confirmation of the Vaden nomination. 
  2. Motion to invoke cloture on Karen Dunn Kelley, of Pennsylvania, to be Deputy Secretary of Commerce.

Majority Leader McConnell also filed cloture on the following nominations:

  • Thomas Farr to be a US District Judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina
  • Jonathan Kobes to be US Circuit Judge for the Eighth Circuit
  • Kathleen Kraninger to be Director, Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection

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

Monday, November 26, 2018

6:24 p.m.  The Senate has adjourned until 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, November 27th and will resume consideration of the nomination of Stephen Vaden to be General Counsel of the Department of Agriculture, post-cloture. At 12:15 p.m. the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Vaden nomination.

During wrap-up:

  • 3649, Prison Reform, was read a 2nd time and placed on the calendar.
  • Res. 702, Native American Heritage Month, was adopted by voice vote.
  • Res. 687, Boston Red Sox, was adopted by unanimous consent.
  • Res. 704, Adoption Month, was adopted by unanimous consent.
  • Res. 705, Phenylketonuria Awareness Day, was adopted by unanimous consent.
  • Res.706, Legal Counsel, was adopted by unanimous consent.

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6:20 p.m. The Senate invoked cloture on the nomination of Stephen Vaden to be General Counsel of the Department of Agriculture by a vote of 49-45. Democrats voting in favor: Senators Donnelly, Heitkamp, and Stabenow. Senators not voting: Crapo, Graham, Hyde-Smith, Moran, Sanders, and Wicker.

5:30 p.m. The Senate is now voting on confirmation of the nomination of Stephen Vaden to be General Counsel of the Department of Agriculture.

5:24 p.m. Senator Alexander spoke in support of the Vaden nomination.

5:21 p.m. Senator Corker spoke in support of the Vaden nomination.

5:15 p.m. Senator Isakson paid tribute to Senator Nelson.

5:07 p.m. Senator Nelson spoke about his time in the Senate.

4:47 p.m. ML McConnell spoke about the 115th Congress, nominations, and government funding.

4:11 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke about the Farr nomination and pending nominations.

3:15 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about Senate accomplishments.

The Senate will convene at 3:00 p.m. and resume consideration of the nomination of Stephen Vaden to be General Counsel of the Department of Agriculture.

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

Majority Leader McConnell also filed cloture on the following nominations:

  • Karen Kelley to be Deputy Secretary of Commerce
  • Thomas Farr to be a US District Judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina
  • Jonathan Kobes to be US Circuit Judge for the Eighth Circuit
  • Kathleen Kraninger to be Director, Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection

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

Friday, November 23, 2018

The Senate convened for a pro forma session at 12:00 noon.  Senator Perdue presided and no business was conducted.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

The Senate convened for a pro forma session at 10:00 a.m. No business was conducted. Senator Johnson presided.

 

 

Friday, November 16, 2018

3:00 p.m. The Senate convened for a pro forma session with Senator Murkowski presiding. No business was conducted.

 

Thursday, November 15, 2018

5:32 p.m. The Senate stands adjourned until 3:00 p.m. on Friday, November 16, 2018 for a pro forma session. The next roll call vote is expected at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, November 26 on the cloture motion of Stephen Alexander Vaden to be the General Counsel of the Department of Agriculture.

Passed the following post office naming bills, en bloc:

  1. Calendar #588 S. 3209 –A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 413 Washington Avenue in Belleville, New Jersey, as the “Private Henry Svehla Post Office Building”.
  2. Calendar #589 S. 3237 — A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 120 12th Street Lobby in Columbus, Georgia, as the “Richard W. Williams Chapter of the Triple Nickles (555th P.I.A.) Post Office”.
  3. Calendar #590 S. 3414 — A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 20 Ferry Road in Saunderstown, Rhode Island, as the “Captain Matthew J. August Post Office”.
  4. Calendar #591 S. 3442 — A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 105 Duff Street in Macon, Missouri, as the “Arla W. Harrell Post Office”.
  5. Calendar #592 H.R. 606—  To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1025 Nevin Avenue in Richmond, California, as the “Harold D. McCraw, Sr., Post Office Building”.
  6. Calendar #593 H.R. 1209 — To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 901 N. Francisco Avenue, Mission, Texas, as the “Mission Veterans Post Office Building”.
  7. Calendar #594 HR 2979 — To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 390 West 5th Street in San Bernardino, California, as the “Jack H. Brown Post Office Building”
  8. Calendar #595 HR 3230 — To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 915 Center Avenue in Payette, Idaho, as the “Harmon Killebrew Post Office Building”.
  9. Calendar #596 H.R. 4407 — To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 3s101 Rockwell Street in Warrenville, Illinois, as the “Corporal Jeffery Allen Williams Post Office Building”.
  10. Calendar #597 H.R. 4890 — To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 9801 Apollo Drive in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, as the “Wayne K. Curry Post Office Building”.
  11. Calendar #598 H.R. 4913 — To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 816 East Salisbury Parkway in Salisbury, Maryland, as the “Sgt. Maj. Wardell B. Turner Post Office Building”.
  12. Calendar #599 H.R. 4946 — To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1075 North Tustin Street in Orange, California, as the “Specialist Trevor A. Win’E Post Office”.
  13. Calendar #600 H.R. 4960 — To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 511 East Walnut Street in Columbia, Missouri, as the “Spc. Sterling William Wyatt Post Office Building”.
  14. Calendar #601 H.R. 5349 — To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1325 Autumn Avenue in Memphis, Tennessee, as the “Judge Russell B. Sugarmon Post Office Building”.
  15. Calendar #602 H.R. 5504 — To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 4801 West Van Giesen Street in West Richland, Washington, as the “Sergeant Dietrich Schmieman Post Office Building”.
  16. Calendar #603 H.R. 5737 — To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 108 West D Street in Alpha, Illinois, as the “Captain Joshua E. Steele Post Office”.
  17. Calendar #604 H.R. 5784 — To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 2650 North Doctor Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, shall be known and designated as the “Vel R. Phillips Post Office Building”.
  18. Calendar #605 H.R. 5868 — To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 530 Claremont Avenue in Ashland, Ohio, as the “Bill Harris Post Office”.
  19. Calendar #606 H.R 5935 — To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1355 North Meridian Road in Harristown, Illinois, as the “Logan S. Palmer Post Office”.
  20. Calendar #607 H.R. 6116 — To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 362 North Ross Street in Beaverton, Michigan, as the “Colonel Alfred Asch Post Office”

Passed Calendar #631, S.3554: to extend the effective date for the sunset for collateral requirements for Small Business Administration disaster loans.

Passed S.3321 with Coons substitute and title amendments: Hidden Figures Congressional Gold Medal Act.

Concurred in the House amendment to S.2152: Amy, Vicky, and Andy Child Pornography Victim Assistance Act of 2018.

Adopted S.Res.692: recognizing November 24, 2018 as “Small Business Saturday” and celebrating the vital role of small businesses, along with the efforts of the Small Business Administration, to help people in the United States start, build, and grow businesses.

4:30 p.m. Senator McConnell filed cloture on the following nominations

  • Stephen Alexander Vaden to be the General Counsel of the Department of Agriculture
  • Karen Kelley to be Deputy Secretary of Commerce
  • Thomas Farr to be US District Judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina
  • Jonathan Kobes to be US Circuit Judge for the Eighth Circuit.
  • Kathleen Kraninger to be Director for the CFPB.

4:03 p.m. Senator Brown spoke about nominations.

3:30 p.m. Senator Inhofe spoke about immigration.

3:05 p.m. Senator Lankford spoke on the national debt.

2:49 p.m. Senator Casey spoke about the shooting in Pittsburgh.

2:43 p.m. Senator Cortez Masto paid tribute to Emily Faye Reece.

2:42 p.m. The Bowman nomination was confirmed by a vote of 64 to 34. Dems voting YES: Bennet, Carper, Coons, Donnelly, Hassan, Heitkamp, Jones, Kaine, Manchin, McCaskill, Peters, Shaheen, Tester, and Warner. Paul voted NO. Senators Murphy and Nelson did not vote.

1:45 p.m. The Senate is now voting on confirmation of the Bowman nomination.

1:29 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the migrant caravan.

1:15 p.m. The Senate resumed consideration of the nomination of Michelle Bowman to be a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.

1:10 p.m. The motion to table was agreed to by a vote of 77-21. Not voting: Senators Coons and Nelson. Voting no: Senators Baldwin, Booker, Cantwell, Casey, Durbin, Feinstein, Gillibrand, Harris, Hirono, Leahy, Lee, Markey, Merkley, Moran, Murray, Paul, Peters, Sanders, Van Hollen, Warren and Wyden.

12:25 p.m. The Senate began voting on the motion to table the motion to discharge S. J. Res 65.

12:15 p.m. Senator Menendez spoke against the Bahrain Arms sales resolution.

11:49 a.m. Senator Paul spoke about US involvement in Yemen and the Bahrain Arms Sales resolution.

11:33 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the Senate’s accomplishments during the 115th Congress.

11:18 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke about criminal justice reform.

11:10 a.m. Senator Cardin spoke about AG Sessions and Special Counsel Mueller.

11:04 a.m. Senator Paul offered his motion to discharge S.J.Res. 65, the Bahrain Arms Sales Resolution Disapproval.

10:57 a.m. ML McConnell spoke supporting the Bowman nomination, on the Coast Guard Reauthorization, and on other legislative accomplishments.

10:56 a.m. The Majority Leader called up S.Con.Res. 51, correcting enrollment of S. 140, the concurrent resolution was agreed to.

10:54 a.m. ML McConnell asked u.c. Adoption of the motion to concur on the House amend to S. 140 w/amend 4054 (Coast Guard Reauthorization), as modified, be further modified (correcting a technical error omitting charts and tables from the bill).

10:24 a.m. Senator Kyl spoke about defense funding and on the consensus reached by the National Defense Strategy Commission.

10:12 a.m. Senator Schumer spoke about need to protect the special counsel and on voter protection.

10:00 a.m. The Senate convened for the day.

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The Senate will convene at 10 a.m. At 11:00 a.m. Senator Paul will be recognized to offer a motion to discharge  S.J. Res. 65, the Bahrain Arms Sales Resolution of Disapproval, followed by a 12:15 p.m. vote on the motion to discharge. The Senate will then resume consideration of the nomination of Michelle Bowman to be a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System with a vote on confirmation at 1:45 p.m.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

7:23 p.m.  The Senate has adjourned until 10 a.m. Thursday, November 15th. At 11:00 a.m. Senator Paul will be recognized to offer a motion to discharge  S.J. Res. 65, the Bahrain Arms Sales Resolution of Disapproval, followed by a 12:15 p.m. vote on the motion to discharge. The Senate will then resume consideration of the nomination of Michelle Bowman to be a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System with a vote on confirmation at 1:45 p.m.

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6:52 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke about bipartisan accomplishments and the Coast Guard Reauthorization bill.

6:05 p.m. Senator Alexander spoke about the Tennessee Valley Authority and asked unanimous consent to confirm the nomination of John L. Ryder to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the TVA. Senator Schumer objected and then spoke about bipartisanship. Alexander also spoke about the Foothills Parkway, clean air, and the opioid legislation.

5:43 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke about climate change.

5:02 p.m. Senator Thune spoke about the Coast Guard Reauthorization bill.

4:38 p.m. Senators Reed and Whitehouse spoke on the 100 birthday of Senator Claiborne Pell.

4:27 p.m. Senator Booker spoke supporting the special counsel protection legislation, S. 2644.

4:20 p.m. Senator Coons spoke supporting the special counsel protection legislation, S. 2644.

4:13 p.m. Senator Flake asked u.c. to call up S. 2644, a bill to ensure independent investigations and judicial review of removal of a special counsel. ML McConnell objected.

4:03 p.m. Senator Toomey spoke about the Tree of Life synagogue shooting.

3:54 p.m. Senator Cantwell spoke on the Coast Guard Reauthorization bill.

3:44 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about hurricane recovery.

3:20 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Bowman nomination 63-36.

Senators voting in favor: 50 Republicans, 13 Democrats: Bennet, Carper, Coons, Donnelly, Hassan, Heitkamp, Jones, Kaine, Manchin, Peters, Shaheen, Tester and Warner.

Senators voting against: 33 Democrats, 2 Independents: King and Sanders, 1 Republican: Paul.

Senators not voting: 1 Democrat: Nelson.

2:48 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the nomination of Michelle Bowman to be a member of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors.

2:47 p.m. The Coast Guard bill,S 140 was passed, 94-6.

Senators voting against: 5 Democrats: Cardin, Feinstein, Gillibrand, Harris and Schumer; 1 Independent: Sanders.

2:20 p.m. Roll call vote began in relation to passage of the Coast Guard bill S. 140.

2:19 p.m. Senator Nelson joined Senator Wicker on the Coast Guard bill.

2:13 p.m. Senator Wicker resumed his discussion of the Coast Guard bill.

2:07 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the coast guard bill, the Bowman nomination, and the leadership elections.

2:01 p.m. Senator Wicker spoke on the pending Coast Guard bill.

2:00 p.m. The Senate convened.

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• The Senate will convene at 2:00 p.m. and resume consideration of the motion to concur in the House amendment to <ahref=”https://www.congress.gov/congressional-record/2018/10/11/senate-section/article/S6826-3″>S. 140; the legislative vehicle for the Coast Guard Reauthorization, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute (#4054, as modified), post-cloture.

•Following Leader remarks,  at approximately 2:15 p.m., the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on the motion to concur in the House amendment to S. 140, with an amendment #4054 (passage of the Coast Guard reauthorization).

• Following disposition of S. 140, the Senate will immediately proceed to a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Michelle Bowman to be a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.

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