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.

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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.