Friday, June 28, 2019

3:12 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will reconvene for a pro forma session at 4:45 p.m. on Tuesday, July 2.

3:10 p.m. The Udall amendment #883 was not agreed to by a vote of 50-40 (60 vote threshold). Republicans voting aye: Collins, Lee, Moran and Paul. Senators that did not vote: Blackburn, Blunt, Braun, Burr, Cramer, Coons, Inhofe, Roberts, Rounds, Scott (FL).

5:02 a.m. The vote began on the Udall amendment.

 

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The Senate stands in recess until 5:00 a.m. At that time, VOTE on the Udall amendment  amendment #883 (Spending prohibition) to Inhofe substitute amendment #764, as amended, and vote on the amendment, notwithstanding passage of S.1790, NDAA, as amended.  We expect this vote to be open for several hours to accommodate Senators.

When the Senate adjourns following the vote, it will reconvene on the following dates and times for pro forma sessions:

  • Tuesday July 2nd at 4:45 p.m.
  • Friday July 5th at 11:45 a.m.

Following the pro forma on July 5th, the Senate will adjourn until 3:00 p.m. on Monday July 8th.  At that time, resume consideration of Executive Calendar #343, Daniel Bress to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit.

At 5:30 p.m., the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Bress nomination.

 

Majority Leader McConnell has also filed cloture on the following nominations:

1.  Executive Calendar #47, Kent Wetherell  to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Florida

2. Executive Calendar #51, Damon Leichty to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Indiana

3. Executive Calendar #52, Nicholas Ranjan to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania

4. Executive Calendar #101, Robert King to be Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education, Department of Education

5. Executive Calendar #13, Peter Wright to be Assistant Administrator, Office of Solid Waste, Environmental Protection Agency

 

Thursday, June 27, 2019

7:10 p.m. The Senate recessed until 5:00 a.m. Friday.

7:03 p.m. ML McConnell passed the following by voice vote: HR 2940, regarding block grants for states for needy families; S 2047, regarding medicaid community mental health services demonstration; S Res 270 regarding the Stonewall uprising; S Res 271, designating July 12th as “collector car appreciation day”; S 50, regarding sanitation conditions at Bureau of Indian Health facilities; S 212, regarding Native American trade promotion and tourism; several bills en bloc; more details to come; S Res 220, designating June as National Post Traumatic Stress awareness month and June 27th as PTSD day.  UC that the Senate recess until 5:00 a.m.

Further, pro forma sessions on Tuesday July 2 at 4:45 p.m. and Friday July  5 at 11:45 a.m.

6:07 p.m. Senator Rubio spoke on the Udall amendment and Iran.

6:03 p.m. Senator Barrasso recognized the new Secretary for fish, wildlife and parks at the Department of Interior, Robert Wallace.

5:45 p.m. ML McConnell confirmed executive calendar nominations #300-325 and all nominations on the secretary’s desk in the army, navy, air force and marines by unanimous consent; and the following by voice vote:

Aditya Bamzai to a member of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board

Travis Leblanc to a member of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board

Veronica Daigle to be an Assistant Secretary of Defense

Lane Genatowski to be Director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency at the Department of Energy

Ronald Johnson to be Ambassador to El Salvador

Aimee Jorjani to be Chair of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation

David Satterfield to be Ambassador to Turkey

Christopher Scolese to be Director of the National Reconnaissance Office

Gary Burman to be US Marshal for the Western District of Kentucky

William Hyslop to be US Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington

Randall Huff to be US Marshal for the District of Wyoming

Robert Wallace to be Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife at the Department of Interior

Edward Felton to be a member of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board

He called up and filed cloture on the following nominations:

Daniel Bress to be a circuit court judge for the 9th circuit

Kent Wetherell to be a district judge for northern district of Florida

Damon Leichty to be a district judge for northern district of Indiana

Nicholas Ranjan to be district judge for western district of Pennsylvania

Robert King to be Assistant Secretary of post secondary education

John Pallasch to be an Assistant Secretary of Labor

Peter Wright to be Assistant Administrator of the office of solid waste for the Environmental Protection Agency.

5:34 p.m. Senator Romney spoke on Iran and the Udall amendment.

5:19 p.m. Senator Udall called up and spoke on his amendment, (sa 883) regarding Iran to the defense authorization.

4:55 p.m. Senator Lee spoke about the fairness for high skilled immigrants act, and asks UC to take up and pass the bill, S, 386. Senator Paul objected.

4:48 p.m. Senator Hirono and Senator Brown spoke about unions.

4:38 p.m. Senator Moran spoke about Gary Woodland.

4:32 p.m. Senator Braun spoke about the budget.

4:12 p.m. Senator Enzi spoke about the budget.

3:53 p.m. Senator Portman spoke about the border crisis.

3:32 p.m. Senator Menendez spoke about the border crisis.

3:37 p.m. Senator Gardner paid tribute to a Colorado State Patrol officer.

3:10 p.m. Senator Blumenthal spoke on Iran.

2:51 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on border security.

2:31 p.m. Senator Reed spoke on Iran.

2:29 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell moved the Senate to a period of morning business.

2:28 p.m. The defense authorization was agreed to 86-8.

Senators voting against: 5 Democrats: Booker, Klobuchar, Markey, Merkley and Wyden; 3 Republicans: Braun, Lee and Paul.

Senators not voting: 4 Democrats: Bennet, Gillibrand, Harris, Warren; 1 Republican: Rounds; 1 Independent: Sanders.

1:52 p.m. The Senate adopted the substitute amendment by voice vote and began on roll call vote on passage of the defense authorization.

1:49 p.m. Senator Reed spoke on the defense authorization.

1:43 p.m. Senator Inhofe vitiated the yeas and nays on the substitute amendment and spoke on the defense authorization.

1:37 p.m. Senators Gardner spoke on the defense authorization.

1:22 p.m. Senator Baldwin spoke on the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising.

1:14 p.m. Senator Blackburn spoke about Independence Day.

1:o7 p.m. Senator Hoeven spoke on the defense authorization.

1:06 p.m. The Romney amendment was adopted, 90-4.

Senators voting against: four Democrats: Booker, Duckworth, Hirono and Leahy.

Senators not voting: 4 Democrats: Bennet, Gillibrand, Harris, Warren; 1 Republican: Rounds; 1 Independent: Sanders.

12:27 p.m. Roll call vote began on adoption of the Romney amendment to provide that funds authorized by the Act are available for the defense of the Armed Forces and United States citizens against attack by foreign hostile forces (#861)

12:26 p.m. DL Schumer and Senator Romney spoke in favor of the Romney amendment.

12:25 p.m.  Cloture was invoked on the substitute amendment, 87-7.

Senators voting against: 5 Democrats: Booker, Klobuchar, Markey, Merkley and Wyden; 2 Republicans: Lee and Paul.

Senators not voting: 4 Democrats: Bennet, Gillibrand, Harris, Warren; 1 Republican: Rounds; 1 Independent: Sanders.

11:50 a.m. The Senate began voting on the motion to invoke cloture on the Inhofe substitute amendment #764.

11:42 a.m. Senator Romney spoke about his amendment.

11:38 a.m. Senator Menendez spoke supporting the Romney Amendment #861.

11:34 a.m. Senator Murray spoke about Pride Month.

11:24 a.m. Senator Collins addressed the Military Widows Tax Elimination Amendment.

11:13 a.m. Majority Whip Thune spoke about border security and funding. Then he spoke about Medicare for all.

10:54 a.m. Senator Jones spoke about the Military Widows Tax Elimination Act. He asked unanimous consent to set aside the pending amendment and move to amendment #269 and adopt it by unanimous consent. Senator Inhofe objected.

10:36 a.m. Senator Merkley spoke about the Iran amendment.

10:28 a.m. Senator Udall spoke about his Iran amendment.

10:15 a.m. Senator Kaine spoke about the Iran amendment.

10:04 a.m. Senator Cotton spoke about the Iran amendment.

9:55 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about the Iran amendment. He spoke about the economic summit and about China trade.

9:54 a.m. The Senate agreed to proceed at 11:45 a.m. to the first two votes today.

9:36 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the spending bill for border control. He spoke about his legislation to keep young people from smoking. He spoke about the defense bill. He spoke about the Udall-Kaine amendment on Iran.

9:32 a.m. Senator Grassley spoke about Alzheimer’s disease, the Supreme Court ruling on the Freedom of Information Act, and the coach of the Toronto Raptors.

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The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m. and will resume consideration of S.1790, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

At 12 p.m., the Senate will proceed to two roll call votes:

  • The motion to invoke cloture on the Inhofe substitute (amendment #764, as modified).
  • Adoption of Romney amendment to provide that funds authorized by the Act are available for the defense of the Armed Forces and United States citizens against attack by foreign hostile forces (#861)

At 1:45 p.m., the Senate will proceed to two roll call votes:

  • Adoption of the Inhofe substitute (#764, as modified), as amended, if amended.
  • Passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (S.1790, as amended, if amended).

Note: the Senate will vote on Friday, June 28 on the Udall-Kaine amendment (#883) to prohibit unauthorized military operations in or against Iran, notwithstanding passage of S.1790, subject to an affirmative 60-vote threshold. The vote is expected to begin in the morning and be held open for several hours. The exact schedule will be set during Thursday’s session of the Senate.