Archive from February, 2019

Thursday, February 28, 2019

The Senate adjourned at 6:17 p.m. and will reconvene at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, March 4. They will resume consideration of the nomination of Allison Rushing to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Fourth Circuit. A vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination will occur at 5:30 p.m.

During wrap up:

Read for the first time:

  • S. 617-Tax Extender and Disaster Relief Act
  • H.R. 8-Bipartisan Background checks act

Passed by voice vote:

Concurred in the House amendment to S.483, PRIA

S.Res.43, honoring the 150th anniversary of the establishment of Lindsborg, Kansas.

S.Res.86, providing for members on the part of the Senate of the Joint Committee on Printing and the Joint Committee of Congress on the Library.

S.Res.87, authorizing the printing of a collection of the rules of the committees of the Senate.

S.Res.88, designating March 1, 2019, as “Read Across America Day”.

S.Res.89, expressing the condolences of the Senate and honoring the memory of the victims of the mass shooting in Aurora, Illinois on February 15, 2019.

S.Res.90, designating February 28 2019, as “Rare Disease Day”.

S. Con. Res.6, authorizing the printing of a commemorative document in memory of the late President of the United States George Herbert Walker Bush.

S.Con.Res.7, authorizing the printing of the 26th edition of the pocket version of the Constitution of the United States.

Nominations confirmed by voice vote:

Exec. Cal. #81 – Lt. Gen. Michael X. Garrett to be General

Exec. Cal. #82 – Col. Timothy J. Donnellan to be Brigadier General

Exec. Cal. #83 – Col. Stephen J. Mallette to be Brigadier General

Exec. Cal. #84 – The following to be Rear Admiral (Lower Half):

Capt. Scott M. Brown

Capt. Casey J. Moton

Capt. Stephen R. Tedford

Capt. Eric H. Verhage

Exec. Cal. #85 – The following to be Rear Admiral (Lower Half):

Capt. Jeffrey T. Anderson

Capt. Stephen D. Barnett

Capt. Michael W. Baze

Capt. Richard T. Brophy, Jr.

Capt. Anthony C. Carullo

Capt. Robert B. Chadwick, II

Capt. Jeffrey J. Czerewko

Capt. Michael P. Donnelly

Capt. Christopher M. Engdahl

Capt. Robert M. Gaucher

Capt. Daniel P. Martin

Capt. John V. Menoni

Capt. Curt A. Renshaw

Capt. Scott F. Robertson

Capt. Milton J. Sands, III

Capt. Paul C. Spedero, Jr.

Capt. Christopher J. Sweeney

Capt. Jeromy B. Williams

Exec. Cal. #86 – Lt. Gen. VeraLinn Jamieson to be Lieutenant General

5:48 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke about the Alaskan of the week.

4:52 p.m. Senator Peters spoke about the Wheeler nomination.

3:47 p.m. Senator Stabenow and Senator Hirono spoke about women’s medical health.

3:01 p.m. Senator Coons spoke about climate change.

2:58 p.m. Senator Isakson spoke about disaster relief.

2:56 p.m. Senator Schumer paid tribute to Senate staffer Bruce King.

2:40 p.m. Senator Portman spoke about Otto Warmbier and also spoke about China and education.

2:15 p.m. Senator Leahy spoke about the Budget.

2:00 p.m. ML McConnell filed cloture on Executive Calendar #15 Allison Rushing to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Fourth Circuit; on Executive Calendar #17 Chad Readler to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit; Executive Calendar #18 Eric Murphy to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit; and on Executive Calendar #11 John Fleming to be Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development.

1:46 p.m. Senator Alexander spoke about the border security emergency declaration.

1:45 p.m. The Senate confirmed the Ryder nomination by voice vote.

1:35 p.m. Senator Alexander spoke on the Ryder nomination to be a member of the board of directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority.

1:08 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke on tax extenders.

1:07 p.m. By a vote of 52-47 the Senate confirmed Andrew Wheeler to be administrator of the EPA. Senator Collins joined Democrats and voted no. Senator Sinema did not vote.

12:29 p.m. Senator Carper spoke against the Wheeler nomination.

12:15 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on socialism.

11:25 p.m. Senators Whitehouse, Heinrich, Markey, Merkley, Schatz, and Carper spoke about climate change.

11:15 a.m. Senator Schumer spoke about a climate change resolution and also spoke against the Wheeler nomination.

10:58 a.m. Senator Collins spoke in favor of the resolution disapproving of the emergency declaration.

10:47 a.m. Senator Udall spoke in favor of the measure to oppose President Trump’s emergency declaration.

10:37 a.m. Senator Thune spoke about the economy.

10:27 a.m. Senator Schumer spoke about the North Korea summit.

10:05 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the president’s summit conference with North Korea’s leader. He spoke about executive nominations. He spoke about Democratic policy issues.

10:03 a.m. Senator Grassley spoke about Senate procedure for considering  executive nominations.

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The Senate will convene at 10 a.m. and will resume post-cloture debate on the nomination of Andrew Wheeler to be administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

A confirmation vote on the Wheeler nomination will occur at 12:30 p.m.

Following that vote the Senate will begin debate on the nomination of John L. Ryder to be a member of the board of directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority. A confirmation vote on that nomination will occur at 1:45 p.m.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

7:00 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will reconvene at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 28. They will resume post cloture debate on the nomination of Andrew Wheeler to be EPA Administrator. A confirmation vote on the nomination will occur at 12:30 p.m. Following that vote the Senate will begin debate on the nomination of John Ryder to be a member of the board of directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority. A confirmation vote on that nomination will occur at 1:45 p.m.

Passed during wrap up:

  • S. Res. 83-Designating February 2019 as American Heart month
  • S. Res. 84-Celebrating Black History Month

6:48 p.m. Senator Carper spoke mercury and air pollution and also spoke against the Wheeler nomination.

6:37 p.m. Senator Kaine spoke about Venezuela.

6:20 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke about climate change.

6:05 p.m. Senator Hirono spoke against the Wheeler nomination.

5:44 p.m. Senator Markey spoke about climate change and the Green New Deal.

5:43 p.m. Senator McConnell withdrew the cloture motion to the nomination of John Ryder to be a member of the board of directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority.

5:27 p.m. Senator Udall spoke against the Wheeler nomination.

5:02 p.m. Senator Van Hollen spoke against the Wheeler nomination.

4:52 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke against the Wheeler nomination.

4:46 p.m. Senator Shaheen paid tribute to her departing chief of Staff Maura Heath.

4:35 p.m. Senator Cotton paid tribute to two medal of honor winners who passed away recently, Air Force Colonel Joe Jackson and Army Colonel Charles Kettles.

4:24 p.m. Senator Casey spoke against the Wheeler nomination.

4:15 p.m. Senators Fischer and Sasse paid tribute to the University of Nebraska on its 150th anniversary; and passed by unanimous consent S Res 82 recognizing that anniversary.

4:05 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke against the Wheeler nomination.

3:33 p.m. Senator Hirono spoke against the Wheeler nomination.

3:16 p.m. Senator Perdue spoke about Hurricane Michael.

3:03 p.m. Senator Schatz spoke about the Blue slip process.

2:51 p.m. Senator Blunt asked u.c. to pass S.Res. 70, An original resolution authorizing expenditures by committees of the Senate for the periods March 1, 2019 through September 30, 2019, October 1, 2019 through September 30, 2020, and October 1, 2020 through February 28, 2021; and H.Con. Res. 21, Directing the Secretary of the Senate to make a correction in the enrollment of the bill S. 47.

2:00 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke about climate change, as part of his “time to wake up” series.  On this occasion, he engaged in a colloquy with Senators King, Klobuchar, Leahy and Tester about a letter six Senators wrote in 1986 about studying climate change.

1:44 p.m. Senator Murphy spoke on firearm legislation.

1:35 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke supporting the Wheeler nomination.

1:18 p.m. Senator Carper spoke against the Wheeler nomination.

1:17 p.m. The Senate invoked cloture on the Wheeler nomination by a vote of 52-46. Senators Scott of FL and Sinema did not vote.

12:57 p.m. The Senate began voting on the motion to invoke cloture on the Wheeler nomination.

12:55 p.m. The Desmond nomination was confirmed by a vote of 83-15. Voting no: Booker, Duckworth, Gillibrand, Harris, Hirono, Klobuchar, Markey, Menendez, Merkley, Reed, Sanders, Schatz, Schumer, Warren and Whitehouse. Not voting: Scott of FL and Sinema.

12:15 p.m. Senator Menendez spoke against the Desmond nomination.

12:11 p.m. Senator Murray spoke against the Neomi Rao nomination.

12:01 p.m. Senator Stabenow spoke against the Wheeler nomination.

11:55 a.m. Senator Lankford spoke about nomination procedure.

11:35 a.m. Senator Grassley spoke about tax returns.

11:23 a.m. Senator Perdue joined in the colloquy on nominations procedure.

11:11 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about Senate procedure on nominations.

10:59 a.m. Senator Ernst spoke on nominations.

10:39 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke on climate change and the green new deal, and later on the cost of prescription drugs; introducing his “pharma fleece award.”

10:35 a.m. Senator Thune spoke on the green new deal.

10:22 a.m. Democratic Leader Schumer spoke on the green new deal and climate change; and later on President Trumps trip to Asia.

10:02 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke on the Desmond nomination, nominations in general,  and the green new deal.

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The Senate will convene at 10 a.m. and will resume-post-cloture consideration of  the nomination of Michael J. Desmond, of California, to be Chief Counsel for the Internal Revenue Service and an Assistant General Counsel in the Department of the Treasury.

At 12:15 there will be two roll call votes:
1. Confirmation of the Desmond nomination.

2. Cloture on the nomination of Andrew Wheeler to be Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Senator McConnell has filed cloture on the following nomination:

— John L. Ryder, of Tennessee, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority.

The cloture motion on the Ryder nomination will ripen upon disposition of the Ryder nomination. Each nomination is subject to up to 30 hours of post-cloture debate.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

6:41 p.m. Senator Brown spoke on climate change and the green new deal.

6:35 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke on climate change.

6:23 p.m. Senator Markey spoke on climate change.

6:10 p.m. Senator Carper spoke on climate change.

6:05 p.m. The Senate agreed to the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Michael Desmond by a vote of 84-15.

5:30 p.m. The nomination of Eric Miller to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit was agreed to by a roll call vote of 53-46. Party line. Sinema absent.

The Senate immediately began voting on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Michael Desmond.

4:53 p.m. The Senate began voting on confirmation of Eric Miller to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit.

4:35 p.m. Senator Cortez Masto spoke against the Miller nomination.

4:24 p.m. Senator Blumenthal spoke against the Miller nomination.

3:58 p.m. Senator Tester spoke against the Miller nomination.

3:45 P.M. Senator Murray spoke against the Miller nomination.

3:52 p.m. Senator Udall spoke against the Miller nomination.

3:43 p.m. Senator Klobuchar spoke against the Miller nomination.

3:33 p.m. Senator Tillis spoke on border security.

3:11 p.m. Senators Murphy and Coons spoke against the Miller nomination.

2:58 p.m. Senator Cruz paid tribute to Texas fight for independence ahead of the anniversary of that event on March 2; 183 years ago.

2:48 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke against the Miller nomination.

2:16 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on S. 311 and later on prescription drugs.

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

12:44 p.m. The Senate recessed until 2:15 p.m.

12:20 p.m. Senator Cantwell spoke against the Miller nomination.

12:12 p.m. Senator Tim Scott spoke on the born-alive bill.

11:51 a.m. Senator Leahy spoke about the president’s emergency declaration.

10:44 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke about the abortion bill. He spoke about the recent mass shooting in Illinois.

10:40 a.m. Senator Thune spoke about the abortion bill.

10:22 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about the House vote on the president’s emergency declaration. He spoke about income inequality. He spoke about climate change. He spoke about the president’s negotiations with North Korea.

10:02 a.m.  Majority Leader McConnell spoke about yesterday’s abortion vote. He spoke about the Miller nomination. He spoke about the charges of voting fraud in a North Carolina congressional election.

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The Senate will convene at 10 a.m. and will resume post-cloture consideration of the nomination of Eric Miller to be a U.S. Circuit Judge for the 9th Circuit. (The Senate invoked cloture shortly after 6:30 p.m. Monday.)

At 12:30 p.m., the Senate will recess until 2:15 p.m. for the weekly policy lunches.

Note: cloture has also been filed on the following nominations:

  1. Michael J. Desmond, CA, to be Chief Counsel for the Internal Revenue Service and an Assistant General Counsel in the Department of the Treasury.
  2. Andrew Wheeler, VA, to be Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.
  3. John L. Ryder, TN, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority.

 

Monday, February 25, 2019

7:47 p.m. The Senate has adjourned until 10:00 a.m. Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of Eric Miller to be a US Circuit Judge for the 9th Circuit, post-cloture.

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7:23 p.m. Senator Alexander spoke about Senate rules.

7:16 p.m. Senator Moran spoke about abortion.

7:00 p.m. Senator Reed spoke on North Korea.

6:52 p.m. Senator Boozman spoke in favor of S. 311.

6:38 p.m. Senator Murray spoke against S. 311 and the Miller nomination.

6:37 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the nomination of Eric Miller, 51-46.

Senators voting in favor: 51 Republicans.

Senators voting against: 45 Democrats, 1 Independent: King.

Senators not voting: 2 Republicans: Cramer and Murkowski; 1 Independent: Sanders.

6:14 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the nomination of Eric Miller to be a US Circuit Judge for the 9th Circuit.

6:13 p.m. Cloture was NOT invoked on the motion to proceed to S. 311, 53-44.

Senators voting in favor: 50 Republicans, 3 Democrats: Casey, Jones and Manchin.

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

Senators not voting: 3 Republicans: Cramer, Murkowski and Tim Scott.

5:41 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the motion to proceed to S.311.

4:46 p.m. Senators Fischer, Smith, Ernst, Shaheen, Hirono, Daines, Duckworth, Lankford and Sasse spoke about abortion and the pending legislation.

4:35 p.m. Senator Casey paid tribute to 5 African-American Innovators from Pennsylvania.

4:25 p.m. Senator Sasse spoke about abortion.

4:11 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke about the border wall, North Korea, China, abortion, and the 9/11 Victim’s Compensation Fund.

3:52 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the flooding in Kentucky. He spoke about Eric Miller’s nomination to the federal appeals court for the Ninth Circuit. He spoke about  the upcoming cloture vote on proceeding to the abortion measure.

3:02 p.m. Senator Fischer was recognized to read George Washington’s Farewell Address.

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The Senate will convene at 3:00 p.m.  Following the prayer and pledge, Senator Fischer will be recognized to deliver Washington’s farewell address.

Following the address, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed S.311, regarding abortion.

At 5:30 p.m. the Senate will conduct a cloture vote on the motion to proceed to S.311.

If cloture is not invoked, there will be another cloture vote; on the nomination of Eric Miller to be a US Circuit Judge for the 9th circuit.

Cloture has also been filed on the following nominations:

  • Michael Desmond to be Chief Counsel for the IRS and an Assistant Attorney Counsel in the Treasury Department
  • Andrew Wheeler to be Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency
  • John Ryder to be a member of the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority

Thursday, February 21, 2019

10:02 a.m. The Senate convened in pro forma session, Senator Hawley presiding. No business was conducted.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

10:01 a.m. The Senate convened for a pro forma session, Senator Cotton presiding. The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, when there will be a pro forma session.

Friday, February 15, 2019

The Senate convened in pro forma session at 7 a.m., Senator Sasse presiding. No business was conducted.

Thursday, February 14, 2018

6:31 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 7:00 A.M. for a pro forma session on Friday, February 15, 2019.

6:08 Senator Carper spoke in tribute of the late John Dingell, D-MI.

5:04 p.m. ML McConnell conducted wrap up. The following bills were passed:

Adopted S.Res.71: honoring the memory of the victims of the senseless attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School 1 year ago.

Passed S.488: the Justice for Victims of Lynching Act of 2019.

Agreed to S.Con.Res.4: enrollment correction (H.J.Res.31).

Adopted S.Res.75: honoring the life, achievements, and distinguished public service of John David Dingell, Jr., and expressing condolences to his family on his passing.

Adopted S.Res.76: designating March 1, 2019, as “National Speech and Debate Education Day”.

Adopted S.Res.77: designating the week of February 16 through 23, 2019 as “National FFA Week”, recognizing the important role of the National FFA Organization in developing young leaders, and celebrating 50 years of Female membership in the National FFA Organization.

Agreed to S.Con.Res.1, with Menendez-Risch amendments: calling for credible, transparent, and safe elections in Nigeria, and for other purposes.

Passed Calendar #26, S.483: to enact into law a bill by reference (H.R.1029 of the 115th Congress).

Completed the Rule 14 process to place the following items on the Legislative Calendar of Business:

1.      S.483: to enact into law a bill by reference [115th Congress – H.R.1029, Pesticide Registration Improvement Extension Act of 2018] (Roberts)

2.      S.J.Res.8: recognizing the duty of the Federal Government to create a Green New Deal (McConnell)

Executive Business

PN 175, the nomination of John Lowry III, of Illinois, to be Assistant Secretary of Labor for Veterans’ Employment and Training was referred jointly to the HELP and Veterans’ Affairs Committees.

4:32 p.m. Senators Menendez and Reed spoke about the Mueller investigation.

4:29 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke on the President Trump declaring a National Emergency.

4:28 p.m. ML McConnell filed cloture on Executive Calendar #12 John Ryder to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority for a term expiring May 18, 2021.

4:27 p.m. ML McConnell filed cloture on Executive Calendar #10, Andrew Wheeler to be Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

4:26 p.m. ML McConnell filed cloture on Executive Calendar #6, Michael J. Desmond to be Chief Counsel for the Internal Revenue Service and an Assistant General Counsel in the Department of the Treasury.

4:25 p.m. ML McConnell filed cloture on Executive Calendar #16, Eric D. Miller to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit.

4:24 p.m. ML McConnell filed cloture on the motion to proceed to S.311, Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act

4:23 p.m. The Senate adopted the Conference Report to Accompany H.J.Res.1, Appropriations Package by a vote of 83-16.

3:58 p.m. The Senate began voting on Adoption of the Conference Report to Accompany H.J.Res.1, Appropriations Package.

 3:57 p.m. The Senate invoked cloture on the Conference Report to Accompany H.J.Res. 1, Appropriations Package. Senators voting against: Booker, Cotton, Cruz, Gillibrand, Harris, Hawley, Inhofe, Lee, Markey, Paul, Rubio, Sasse, Scott (SC), Toomey, and Warren.

3:30 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the conference report, HJ Res 31.

3:15 p.m. Senator Leahy, Democratic Leader Schumer and Senator Shelby spoke on the conference report and border security.

3:06 p..m. ML McConnell announced the vote will be soon, and that President Trump will sign it and at the same time declare a national emergency.  He then called up the conference report and filed cloture on it, and that the vote will occur at 3:30 p.m.  If cloture is invoked, the Senate would then vote on the conference report.

2:46 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke on tariffs and imports, and later about tax extenders.

2:33 p.m. Senator Perdue spoke about border security.

1:59 p.m. Senator Tillis paid tribute to Representative Jones from North Carolina who passed away recently.  He later spoke on border security and Valentines Day.

1:47 p.m. Senator Murphy spoke on gun violence and the Parkland shooting.

1:38 p.m. Senator Boozman spoke on the Veterans affairs department.

1:37 p.m. The Senate confirmed the nomination of William Barr to be Attorney General by a vote of 54-45.

  • Democrats voting Yes: Senators Jones, Manchin, & Sinema.
  • Republican voting No: Senator Paul.

12:31 p.m. The Senate is now voting on confirmation of William Barr to be the Attorney General.

12:21 p.m. Senator Shaheen spoke on the spending bill.

12:14 p.m. Senator Smith spoke on the spending bill.

12:06 p.m. Senator Thune spoke about the spending bill and tax reform.

11:48 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the deal on border security.

11:46 a.m. S. 488 (anti-lynching bill) was passed by voice vote.

11:34 p.m. Senator Harris and Senator Booker spoke about anti-lynching legislation.

11:23 p.m. Senator Capito remembered the victims of the Parkland shooting and also spoke about the border spending agreement.

11:23 p.m. Senator McConnell announced that the vote on the Barr nomination will occur at 12:30 p.m.

10:59 a.m. Senator Whitehouse began a colloquy with Senators Schatz and Merkley about climate change.

10:48 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer said he expects that the Senate will vote this afternoon on the spending deal. He spoke against Senator McConnell’s plan for the Senate to vote on the “Green New Deal” measure.

10:45 a.m. Senator Scott of Florida joined in Senator Rubio’s commemoration and read the names of the shooting victims.

10:27 a.m. Senator Rubio spoke about the Florida school shooting that took place a year ago. The Senate consented to passage of his resolution in memory of the shooting victims.

10:04 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell took Rule XIV actions for S. 483 and S.J. Res. 8.

He spoke in favor of the spending deal. Without objection, the Senate agreed to let Senator McConnell — in consultation with Minority Leader Schumer — set a time for the cloture vote on the H.J. Res 1, the vehicle for the spending deal.

10:02 a.m. Senator Grassley, following the visiting chaplain’s prayer, prayed that the president would sign into law the agreement on spending and border control.

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The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m.   Following any leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the Barr nomination.

By unanimous consent, the vote on the Barr nomination will occur at a time to be determined by the Majority Leader after consultation with the Democratic Leader.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

6:36 p.m The Senate adjourned.

6:34 p.m. ML McConnell wraps up for the evening.  S. 483 and SJ Res 8 (green new deal) have their first reading. UC that Senate adjourn until tomorrow at 10:00 a.m., following leader remarks resume consideration of Barr nomination, vote on confirmation at a time to be determined tomorrow.

6:18 p.m. Senator Sullivan paid tribute to his family and Alaska.

5:55 p.m. Senator Moran paid tribute to President Reagan.

5:40 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke about climate change.

5:02 p.m. Senators Carper, Lankford and Murray spoke about the Barr nomination.

4:39 p.m. Senator Fischer spoke about expanding the Air Force.

4:15 p.m. Senators Manchin, Brown, Capito, Warner, and Casey spoke about coal miners’ pensions.

3:58 p.m. Senator Blumenthal spoke against the Barr nomination.

3:00 p.m. Senator Booker spoke against the Barr nomination.

2:29 p.m. Democratic Leader Schumer spoke against the Barr nomination.

2:22 p.m. Senator Murkowski spoke on the passage yesterday of the lands package, and thanked everyone involved.

1:58 p.m. Senator Blunt spoke supporting the Barr nomination and a possible rules change on time of debate of certain nominations.

1:27 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke on the tax bill and on the Barr nomination.

1:15 p.m. Senator Peters spoke on cyber security.

1:04 p.m. Senator Klobuchar spoke against the Barr nomination.

12:49 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke about voting rights.

12:35 p.m. Senator Leahy spoke against the Barr nomination.

12:20 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke against the Barr nomination.

11:45 a.m. Senator Hirono spoke against the Barr nomination.

11:34 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about border security and in favor of the Barr nomination.

11:29 a.m. Senator Coons spoke against the Barr nomination.

11:13 a.m. Senator Warner spoke on the recent government shutdown.

10:52 a.m. Senator Thune spoke abut the lands package. He spoke for the Barr nomination. He spoke about the deal on spending and border control.

10:35 a.m. Senator Feinstein spoke against the Barr nomination.

10:27 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke for the spending deal. He spoke against the nomination of William P. Barr to be attorney general.

10:04 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell brought up S.464 for a second reading under Rule XIV. He spoke for the deal on spending and border control. He spoke about the proposed House election law revision, H.R. 1.

*****

The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m. and resume consideration of the nomination of William Barr to be Attorney General, post cloture.

No votes are scheduled at this time.  Under regular order, the confirmation vote on the Barr nomination would occur one hour after the Senate convenes on Thursday.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

6:13 p.m The Senate adjourned.

6:05 p.m. Senator Whitehouse continued on the Mueller investigation and the Justice department.

6:02 p.m Majority Leader McConnell wrapped up for the evening, passed by UC: S. 461, regarding HBCUs; S Res 36, regarding trafficking and slavery prevention month.

S. 464 regarding a lapse in appropriations as a mitigating condition when assessing financial considerations for security clearances had its first reading.

5:44 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke against the Barr nomination; and later on the Justice department and the Mueller investigation.

5:33 p.m. Senator Graham spoke on the Barr nomination.

5:32 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Barr nomination, 55-44.

Senators in favor: 52 Republicans, 3 Democrats (Jones, Manchin and Sinema).

Senators voting against: 41 Democrats, 2 Independents (King and Sanders), 1 Republican (Paul).

Senators not voting: 1 Democrat: Booker.

5:09 p.m. The Senate began voting on the motion to invoke cloture on Exec. Cal. #14 the nomination of William Barr to be Attorney General.

5:08 p.m. The Senate passed S. 47, Lands Package as amended by a vote of 92-8. 

8 Republican Senators voted no: Cruz, Inhofe, Johnson, Lankford, Lee, Paul, Sasse, and Toomey.

4:31 p.m. Roll call vote began on passage of S.47.

4:30 p.m. The Senate agreed to the Rubio and Murkowski amendments, and the subsitute amendment to S. 47.

4:15 p.m. Senators Murkowski and Manchin gave their final speeches before the vote on passage of the lands package.

3:53 p.m. Senator Brown paid tribute to Frank Robinson, later spoke on the anniversary of the Parkland shooting, and taxes.

3:33 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke on the amount of jobs created buy the tax cuts.

3:12 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about border security.

3:05 p.m Senator Warner spoke against the Barr nomination.

2:38 p.m. Senator Collins spoke about her affection for Maine.

2:23 p.m. Senator Ernst spoke about her affection for Iowa.

2:15 p.m. The Senate returned from the recess, Senator Daines spoke on the lands package.

11:59 a.m. The Senate stands in recess until 2:15 p.m.

11:32 a.m. Senator Wyden spoke supporting the lands package.

11:22 a.m. Senator Warren spoke against the Barr nomination.

11:05 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke about the lands package and on a sterlization plant in Willowbrook, IL.

10:52 p.m. Senator Cantwell spoke about the lands package.

10:41 a.m. Senator Gardner spoke about the lands package.

10:30 a.m. The Senate resumed consideration of the lands package. Senator Thune spoke about the Green New Deal.

10:19 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about the spending and border control deal. He spoke about a hedge fund’s handling of newspaper investments.

10:03 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the deal on federal spending and border control. He spoke about the lands package. He spoke about H.R. 1, the proposed House revision of election law.

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The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m. and resume consideration of the Natural Resources Management Act S. 47, post-cloture.

The Senate will recess from 12:00 p.m. until 2:15 p.m. to allow for the weekly caucus luncheons.

At 4:30 p.m., the Senate will dispose of any pending amendments to S. 47 and adopt the pending substitute amendment, as amended, if amended. The Senate will then vote on passage of S. 47, as amended.

Following disposition of S. 47, the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of William Barr to be Attorney General.

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