Thursday, May 9, 2019

3:45 p.m. The Senate has adjourned and will reconvene on Monday, May 13th at 3:00 p.m. Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the Truncale nomination.

At 5:30 p.m. the Senate will vote on the nomination of Michael J. Truncale to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Texas.

During wrap-up:

  • Res. 199, Honoring the life and legacy of Judge Damon Jerome Keith, was adopted by unanimous consent.
  • Res. 200, Allowing the taking of a photograph in the Senate Chamber, was adopted by unanimous consent.

Please note, Majority Leader McConnell filed cloture on the following nominations today:

  • Executive Calendar #221 Brian Bulatao to be an Under Secretary of State (Management)
  • Executive Calendar #24 Wendy Vitter to be U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana
  • Executive Calendar #202 Kenneth Lee to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit
  • Executive Calendar #25 Michael Truncale to be U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Texas

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3:07 p.m. Senator Blackburn spoke about immigration.

2:50 p.m. Senator Lee spoke about the Continental Railroad in Utah.

2:22 p.m. Senator Kennedy spoke on small business week.

2:21 p.m. ML McConnell filed cloture on Executive Calendar #221 Brian Bulatao to be an Under Secretary of State (Management)

2:20 p.m. ML McConnell filed cloture on Executive Calendar #24 Wendy Vitter to be U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana

2:18 p.m. ML McConnell filed cloture on Executive Calendar #202 Kenneth Lee to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit

2:16 p.m. ML McConnell filed cloture on Executive Calendar #25 Michael Truncale to be U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Texas

2:15 p.m. The Senate confirmed Michael Park to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit by a vote of 52-41.

Senators Bennet, Booker, Cardin, Harris, Moran, Sinema, and Udall did not vote.

1:45 p.m. Roll call vote began on confirmation of the nomination of Michael Park to be United States Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit.

1:15 p.m. Senator Warner paid tribute to federal employees.

1:05 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the border crisis.

12:47 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about the House Committee voting to hold AG Barr in contempt.

12:35 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke about Robert Pear.

12:28 p.m. Senator Grassley paid tribute to the late Robert Pear of the New York Times.

11:28 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke on small business week.

11:19 a.m. Senator Hyde-Smith delivered her maiden floor speech.

11:08 a.m. Senator Thune spoke on Medicare.

10:45 a.m. Senator Rosen delivered her maiden floor speech. Senator Rosen asked u.c to consider S. Res. 18, Senator Thune objected.

10:43 a.m. Senator Cortez Masto spoke about Senator Rosen.

10:26 a.m. Senator Schumer spoke about the school shooting in Colorado, gun control, disaster relief for Puerto Rico, and climate change.

10:22 a.m. Senator Daines spoke about abortion.

9:32 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke on nominations and the economy.

The Senate convenes at 9:30 am on Thursday, May 9, 2019. Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #117, Michael H. Park, of New York, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit, post-cloture.

At 1:45 pm, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Park nomination.

 

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

7:00 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will and will reconvene at 9:30 am on Thursday, May 9, 2019. Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #117, Michael H. Park, of New York, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit, post-cloture. At 1:45 pm, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Park nomination.

6:59 p.m. Senator Portman began wrap up:

  • Adopted S.Res.196, recognizing the American Peanut Shellers Assocation for a century of effective leadership in the peanut industry and the beneficial work of the peanut industry in the United States and State of Georgia.
  • Adopted S.Res.197, recognizing the roles and contributions of the teachers of the United States in building and enhancing the civic, cultural, and economic well-being of the United States

6:35 p.m. Senator Portman spoke about the opioid epidemic.

6:18 p.m. Senator Lankford spoke about public servant recognition month.

5:37 p.m. Senator Tillis spoke about the shooting at the UNC Charlotte campus.

5:19 p.m. Senator Hassan spoke on women’s health care.

4:58 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke on flooding in the Midwest.

4:42 p.m. Senator Baldwin spoke on women’s health care.

4:34 p.m. Senator Manchin spoke calling for action on the American miners act.

4:21 p.m. Senator Daines spoke on national small business week.

4:13 p.m. Senator Cotton spoke about the Iran nuclear deal.

4:08 p.m. Senator Schatz spoke on American families.

4:03 p.m. Senator Duckworth spoke on women’s health and mother’s day.

3:28 p.m. Senators Blunt, Ernst,Boozman, Blackburn, Tim Scott, and Braun spoke on the economy and small business week.

3:17 p.m. Senator Van Hollen spoke on Mother’s Day,  women’s health and Title X.

3:16 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Park nomination on a party line vote of 51-43.

  • Senators not voting: Democrats Bennet, Booker, Klobuchar and Sinema and Republicans Rubio and Scott of Florida.

2:50 p.m. The Senate began voting on cloture on the nomination of Michael Park to be a judge on the second circuit.

2:50 p.m. The Dhillon nomination was confirmed on a party line vote of 50-43, with Democrats Bennet, Booker, Klobuchar and Sinema and Republicans Murkowski, Rubio and Scott of Florida not voting.

2:20 p.m. The Senate began voting on confirmation of the Dhillon nomination to be a member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for a term ending July 1, 2022.

2:14 p.m. Senator Murray spoke against the Dhillon nomination.

2:00 p.m. Senator Murphy spoke on Iraq and Iran.

1:55 p.m. Senator Shaheen spoke about women’s healthcare.

1:43 p.m. Senator Casey spoke about the Park and Dhillon nominations.

1:33 p.m. Senator Hirono spoke about women’s healthcare.

1:26 p.m. Senator Murray spoke about women’s healthcare.

1:14 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on prescription drug prices.

12:59 p.m. Senator Smith spoke on climate change.

12:47 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke about a single payer health care plan.

12:23 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke against the Dhillon nomination and also about border security.

12:14 p.m. Senator Thune spoke about the nominations process and partisanship.

12:13 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Dhillon nomination on a party line tally of 52-44.

Senators not voting: 3 Democrats: Booker, Klobuchar and Sinema, 1 Republican: Murkowski.

11:53 a.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the Janet Dhillon to be a member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

11:51 a.m. The Pryor nomination was confirmed 77-19.

  • Senators voting in favor: 42 Democrats, 34 Republicans; 1 Independent: King.
  • Senators voting against: 18 Republicans: Barrasso, Blackburn, Braun, Cruz, Daines, Grassley, Hawley, Inhofe, Kennedy, Lankford, Lee, Paul, Rubio, Sasse, Shelby, Sullivan, Toomey and Young; 1 Independent: Sanders.
  • Senators not voting: 3 Democrats: Booker, Klobuchar and Sinema, 1 Republican: Murkowski.

11:33 a.m. Roll call vote began on confirmation of the Pryor nomination.

11:33 a.m. The Bachus nomination was confirmed 72-22.

  • Senators voting in favor: 36 Democrats, 35 Republicans, 1 Independent: King.
  • Senators voting against: 17 Republicans: Barrasso, Blackburn, Braun, Cruz, Daines, Grassley, Hawley, Inhofe, Kennedy, Lankford, Lee, Paul, Rubio, Sasse, Shelby, Toomey and Young; 5 Democrats: Gillibrand, Harris, Markey, Merkley and Warren.
  • Senators not voting: 4 Democrats: Booker, Klobuchar, Sinema and Whitehouse; 1 Independent: Sanders; 1 Republican: Murkowski.

11:08 a.m. The Senate is now voting on confirmation of the Bachus nomination.

11:07 a.m. The Senate confirmed the Reed nomination by a vote of 79 to 17.

  • Senators voting in favor: 42 Democrats, 36 Republicans, 1 Independent: King.
  • Senators voting against: 16 Republicans: Barrasso, Blackburn, Cruz, Daines, Grassley, Hawley, Inhofe, Kennedy, Lankford, Lee, Rubio, Sasse, Shelby, Toomey and Young; 1 Independent: Sanders.
  • Senators not voting: 3 Democrats: Booker, Klobuchar and Sinema, 1 Republican: Murkowski.

10:48 a.m. Roll call vote began on confirmation of the Reed nomination.

10:47 a.m. The Bianco nomination was confirmed 54-42.

  • Senators voting in favor: 52 Republicans, 2 Democrats: Jones and Manchin.
  • Senators voting against: 40 Democrats, 2 Independents: King and Sanders.

Senators not voting: 3 Democrats: Booker, Klobuchar and Sinema; 1 Republican: Murkowski.

10:14 a.m. The Senate is now voting on confirmation of the Bianco nomination.

10:12 a.m. Senator Brown spoke about the Ex-Im Bank.

9:57 a.m. Senator Schumer paid tribute to Robert Pear, spoke on the Mueller Report, disaster relief, nominations, and women’s healthcare.

9:39 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the Denver school shooting, nominations, and unemployment.

The Senate will convene at 9:30am and resume consideration of the nomination of Joseph Bianco to be a US Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit, post-cloture.

At 10:00am, the Senate will proceed to five roll call votes relative to the following:

  • Confirmation of Joseph Bianco to be US Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit.
  • Confirmation of Kimberly Reed to be President of the Export-Import Bank.
  • Confirmation of Spencer Bachus to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Export-Import Bank.
  • Confirmation of Judith Pryor to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Export-Import Bank.
  • Cloture on Janet Dhillon to be a Member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

 

  • Two further votes are expected this afternoon:
    • Confirmation on the Dhillon nomination
    • Cloture on Michael Park to be US Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit