Thursday, June 20, 2019

4:57 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will reconvene at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, June 24. They will resume consideration of the Motion to Proceed to S. 1790-NDAA. A vote on the motion to proceed will occur at 5:30 p.m. Passed during wrap up:

  • Res.257: designating June 20, 2019, as “American Eagle Day” and celebrating the recovery and restoration of the bald eagle, the national symbol of the United States.
  • Res.258: expressing support for the designation of May 2019 as “National Brain Tumor Awareness Month”.
  • Res.242: designating June 15, 2019, as “World Elder Abuse Day”.
  • R.559: Northern Mariana Islands Long-Term Legal Residents Relief Act.

4:30 p.m. Senator Hassan spoke about gun safety legislation.

4:21 p.m. Senator Collins spoke about Defense Authorization.

4:08 p.m. Senator Udall spoke about AUMF for Iran.

3:55 p.m. Senator Kaine spoke about events in the Middle East and AUMF for Iran.

3:42 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke about the Defense Authorization Act.

3:25 p.m. Senator Carper spoke about climate change.

3:13 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke about air quality.

2:58 p.m. Senator Sasse spoke about Planned Parenthood.

2:50 p.m. Senator Blackburn spoke on the VA Mission Act.

2:43 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke about the clean power plan rule.

2:30 p.m. Senator Portman spoke about the opioid epidemic.

2:29 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell received unanimous consent to vote on the motion to proceed to S. 1790 at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, June 24.

2:27 p.m. The Senate confirmed the following nominations en block by voice vote:

  • exec. cal. 88 – Seth Daniel Appleton, MO, to be an Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
  • exec. cal. 90 – Dino Falaschetti, MT, to be Director, Office of Financial Research, Department of the Treasury.
  • exec. cal. 92 – Robert Hunter Kurtz, VA, to be an Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
  • exec. cal. 93 – Bimal Patel, GA, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury.
  • exec. cal. 334 – Allison Herren Lee, CO ,to be a Member of the Securities and Exchange Commission
  • exec. cal. 195 – Keith Krach, CA, to be an Under Secretary of State (Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment).
  • exec. cal. 196 – Keith Krach, CA, to be United States Alternate Governor of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
  • exec. cal. 197 – Keith Krach, CA, to be United States Alternate Governor of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development for a term of 5 years.
  • exec. cal. 287 – Jeffrey L. Eberhardt, of WI, a Career Member of the Senior Executive Service, to be Special Representative of the President for Nuclear Nonproliferation, rank of Ambassador.

2:27 p.m. The Senate confirmed the Baranwal nomination by a vote of 86 to 5. Senators Cortez Masto, Markey, Rosen, Schatz and Warren voted NO. Senators Booker, Cassidy, Gillibrand, Harris Klobuchar, Moran, Rounds, Sanders, and Toomey did not vote.

1:45 p.m. Roll call vote began on confirmation of Rita Baranwal to be Assistant Secretary of Energy for nuclear energy.

1:41 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke on climate change.

1:35 p.m. Senator Brown spoke on the 50th anniversary of the Cuyahoga river catching on fire and environmental awareness since.

1:22 p.m. Senator Perdue paid tribute to Billy Payne and then spoke on border security.

1:03 p.m. Senator Carper spoke on the 75th anniversary of the GI Bill.

12:54 p.m Senator Cornyn spoke on border security.

12:53 p.m. SJ Resolutions 27-35, 37 and 39-48 were passed en bloc, 51-45.  GOP in favor: Collins, Graham, Moran, Paul & Young.  Senators not voting Blackburn, Gillibrand, Lee and Rounds.

12:28 p.m Roll call vote began on passage en bloc of SJ Resolutions 27-35, 37 and 39-48.

12:27 p.m. SJ Res 38 was agreed to 53-45.  GOP in favor: Collins, Graham, Lee, Moran, Murkowski, Paul & Young. Senators Gillibrand and Rounds did not vote.

12:08 p.m Roll call vote began on passage of SJ Res 38.

12:08 p.m. SJ Res 36 was agreed to 53-45. GOP in favor: Collins, Graham, Lee, Moran, Murkowski, Paul & Young. Senators Gillibrand and Rounds did not vote.

11:38 a.m. The Senate is now voting on passage of SJ Res 36.

11:29 a.m. Senator Risch spoke about arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

11:22 a.m. Senator Menendez spoke about arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

11:15 a.m. Senator Graham spoke about arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

10:53 a.m. Senator Paul spoke about arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

10:40 a.m. Senator Cotton spoke about arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

10:19 Senator Thune spoke on the defense authorization.

10:03 a.m. Democratic Leader Schumer spoke on Iran, the pending joint resolutions, the debate on putting Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill, gun violence, and election security.

9:38 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke on the defense authorization, the situation in Iran, the pending joint resolutions, the nomination of Kelly Craft to be Ambassador to the United Nations, and border security.

9:32 a.m. Senator Grassley spoke on an Iowa promotion program.

9:30 a.m. The Senate convened.

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The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m.

At that time, resume consideration en bloc of Senate joint resolutions of disapproval 27-48, all dealing with arm sales.

At 11:30 a.m. there will be three roll call votes:

At 1:45 p.m. there will be one roll call vote:

  • Confirmation of Rita Baranwal to be Assistant Secretary of Energy for nuclear energy.

 

Note: At 10:30 a.m., Senators Van Hollen and Wyden will have a pen and pad briefing here in the Senate press gallery to discuss long-term unemployment issues.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

6:45 p.m. The Senate adjourned.

6:04 p.m. Senators Menendez, Cardin and Murphy spoke on arm sales to Saudi Arabia.

6:02 p.m. Senator Inhofe wrapped up for the evening. Passed by UC: S Res 253 regarding Juneteenth.  UC that Senate adjourn following remarks until 9:30 a.m. on Thursday following remarks of Democratic Senators.

5:18 p.m. Senators Inhofe and Reed spoke on the defense authorization.

5:15 p.m Senators Menendez and Inhofe spoke on SJ Res 36, regarding arms sales to Saudi Arabia.

5:13 p.m ML McConnell called up SJ Res 27-48 en bloc. They all deal with arm sales.

There will be 3 roll call votes at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday:

  1. SJ Res 36 
  2. SJ Res 38 
  3. the rest of the list en bloc.

5:12 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the motion to proceed to the defense authorization, 88-11.

Voting no: Carper, Gillibrand, Harris, Klobuchar, Markey, Merkley, Sanders, Udall, Warren, Whitehouse and Wyden. Not voting: Booker.

4:54 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the motion to proceed to S. 1790, the defense authorization.

4:53 p.m. The Guidry nomination was confirmed on a party line vote of 53-46, with Senator Booker not voting.

4:34 p.m. Roll call vote began on confirmation of Greg Guidry to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana.

4:34 p.m. The Cain nomination was confirmed, 77-21. Senators Booker and Gillibrand did not vote.

Senators in favor: 53 Republicans, 23 Democrats, 1 Independent: King.

Senators voting against: 20 Democrats (Baldwin, Blumenthal, Brown Cantwell, Casey, Duckworth, Harris, Klobuchar, Markey, Menendez, Merkley, Murray, Peters, Schatz, Schumer, Smith, Stabenow, Van Hollen, Warren and Wyden; 1 Independent: Sanders.

4:18 p.m. Roll call vote began on confirmation of James Cain to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Louisiana.

4:17 p.m. The Winsor nomination was confirmed, 54-44.  It was a party line vote, with the exception of Senator Manchin voting in favor.  Senators Booker and Gillibrand did not vote.

4:02 p.m. Roll call vote began on confirmation of Allen Winsor to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Florida.

4:02 p.m. The Kacsmaryk nomination was confirmed, 52-46.  It was a party line vote, with the exception of Senator Collins voting against.  Senators Booker and Gillibrand did not vote.

3:30 p.m. Roll call vote began on confirmation of the Kacsmaryk nomination.

2:55 p.m. Senator Daines spoke about Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).

2:36 p.m. Senator Lankford acknowledged the anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. Then he spoke about the V.A. Mission Act.

1:53 p.m. Senators Ernst, Isakson, Young, Boozman, Braun and Daines spoke about the V.A. Mission Act.

1:34 p.m. Senators Shaheen and Graham spoke on Syria.

12:34 p.m. Senators Blumenthal, Murphy, Casey, Cardin, Kaine and Cortez Masto spoke about gun violence.

12:21 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on the defense authorization and nuclear weapons.

11:59 a.m. Senator Stabenow spoke about Medicare.

11:41 a.m. Senator Cotton spoke about abortion.

11:13 a.m. Senator Cardin spoke about Hong Kong.

11:03 a.m. Senator Barrasso spoke about energy security.

10:39 a.m. Senator Schumer spoke about foreign policy and climate.

10:26 a.m. Senator Thune spoke on the defense authorization.

9:57 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke about health care and pre-existing conditions.

9:42 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell expressed his gratitude on outgoing acting Defense Secretary Shanahan.  He later spoke on the defense authorization, government regulations and border security.

9:32 a.m. Senator Grassley spoke about sexual assault in the military.

9:30 a.m. The Senate convened.

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The Senate will reconvene at 9:30 am. Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of Matthew  Kacsmaryk to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Texas.

At 3:30 pm the Senate will vote on 5 roll call votes:

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #22, Matthew J. Kacsmaryk, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Texas;
  2. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #28, Allen Cothrel Winsor, of Florida, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Florida;
  3. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #50, James David Cain, Jr., of Louisiana, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Louisiana;
  4. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #118, Greg Girard Guidry, of Louisiana, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana; and
  5. Motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to S.1790, National Defense Authorization Act.