Archive from July, 2019

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

6:39 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday July 17th. Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Treaties Calendar #2, Treaty Doc. No. 112-1, Protocol Amending Tax Convention with Swiss Confederation.

6:37 p.m. Senator Thune began wrap up and passed S. 375, Payment Integrity Information Act, by u.c.; S. Res. 198, A resolution condemning Brunei’s dramatic human rights backsliding, the resolution as amended was agreed to by u.c.; began the Rule 14 process to place H.R. 1327, Never Forget the Heroes: James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer, and Luis Alvarez Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act, on the Legislative Calendar.

6:34 p.m. By a tally of 94-2 the Senate Ratified the Treaties Calendar #1, the Protocol Amending the Tax Convention with Spain. Senators Lee and Paul voted no.

6:00 p.m. By a vote of 4-92 the Senate did not adopt the Paul amendment #921 in relation to the tax treaty with Spain.

5:41 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on adoption of Paul amendment #921 in relation to Treaties Cal. #1, the Protocol Amending the Tax Convention with Spain.

5:39 p.m. By a vote of 4-92 the Senate did not agree to the Paul amendment #924 to the tax treaty with Spain. Senators Cruz, Lee, Paul and Sullivan voted yes.

5:00 p.m. The Senate is currently voting on the Paul amendment to provide a reservation to the Protocol (#924).

4:50 p.m. Senator Paul spoke on his amendment 924 to the Treaty Doc 113-4, tax convention with Spain.

4:10 p.m. At 5:00 p.m., there will be three votes.  1- Paul #924,  Paul #921 and final passage of the Resolution of Ratification.

4:00 p.m Cloture was invoked on the protocol amending the tax convention with Spain, 94-1.  Senator Paul voted against and Senators Bennet, Booker, Gillibrand, Harris and Sanders did not vote.

3:38 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the protocol amending the tax convention with Spain.

3:37 p.m. The Phipps nomination was confirmed 56-40, with Democrats Jones, Manchin and Sinema joining all Republicans in favor. Senators Bennet, Booker, Gillibrand and Harris did not vote.

3:10 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on confirmation of the nomination of Peter Phipps to be a U.S. Circuit Judge for the 3rd Circuit.

3:00 p.m. Senator Thune spoke about the USMCA and other international trade agreements.

2:49 p.m. Senator Leahy spoke about the murder of Jamal Khashoggi and the subsequent investigation and report.

2:05 p.m. Senator Hoeven, Braun, Grassley, Boozman, Portman, Ernst, Roberts, and Gardner spoke about the USMCA.

12:40 p.m. The Senate recessed to accommodate the weekly caucus lunches.

12:27 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about the EB-5 Green Card program.

12:14 p.m. Senator Jones spoke about the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

11:55 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the southern border.

11:38 a.m. Senator Stabenow spoke about medicare.

11:32 a.m. Senator Corker spoke about healthcare.

11:17 a.m. Senator Menendez spoke about the pending treaties.

10:13 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke about the tax treaties and about the cost of prescription drugs. He spoke about immigration. He spoke about the president’s criticism of four Democratic congresswomen.

10:03 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the economy. He spoke about the tax treaties pending on the floor.

10:03 a.m. Senator Grassley spoke about the first moon landing.

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The Senate will convene at 10 a.m. and will resume post-cloture debate on the nomination of Peter Phipps to be a U.S. Circuit Judge for the 3rd Circuit.

The Senate will adjourn from 12:30 p.m. until 2:15 p.m. for weekly caucus lunches.

There will be 2 votes at 3 p.m.:

  1. Confirmation of the nomination of Peter Phipps to be a U.S. Circuit Judge for the 3rd Circuit.
  2. Cloture on Treaty Doc. 103-4, the Tax Convention with Spain.

Monday, July 15, 2019

6:16 p.m. The Senate has adjourned until 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 16th and will resume post-cloture debate on the nomination of Peter Phipps to be a U.S. Circuit Judge for the 3rd Circuit.

There will be 2 votes at 3:00 p.m.:

  1. Confirmation of the nomination of Peter Phipps to be a U.S. Circuit Judge for the 3rd Circuit.
  2. Cloture on Treaty Doc 103-4, the Tax Convention with Spain.

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6:12 p.m. The Senate invoked cloture on the Phipps nomination by a vote of 53 to 40. Senators Jones, Manchin & Sinema voted YES. Senators Bennet, Booker, Gillibrand, Klobuchar, Moran, Paul, and Sasse were absent.

5:30 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Peter Phipps to be a U.S. Circuit Judge for the 3rd Circuit.

3:31 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke about election security.

Minority Leader Schumer spoke about the president’s attacks on four Democratic congresswomen. He said he would seek a Senate resolution denouncing the president’s statements.

3:04 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about nominations and treaties before the Senate.

3:02 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about the genocide in Bosnia 20 years ago.

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The Senate will convene at 3:00 p.m.

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #362, Peter Phipps to be United States Circuit Judge for the Third Circuit.

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

 

Majority Leader McConnell has also filed cloture on the below treaty documents and nominations:

1. Executive Calendar #1, The Protocol Amending the Tax Convention with Spain

2. Executive Calendar #2, The Protocol Amending the Tax Convention with Swiss Confederation

3. Executive Calendar #3, The Protocol Amending the Tax Convention with Japan

4. Executive Calendar #4, The Protocol Amending the Tax Convention with Luxembourg

5. Executive Calendar #54, Clifton Corker to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Tennessee

6. Executive Calendar #175, Lynda Blanchard to be Ambassador to the Republic of Slovenia

7. Executive Calendar #183, Donald Tapia to be Ambassador to Jamaica

Thursday, July 11, 2019

3:27 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will reconvene at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, July 15. They will resume consideration of of the Phipps nomination with a vote on the cloture motion to occur at 5:30 p.m.

3:08 p.m. Senator Portman spoke about Apollo 11.

2:45 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke about the Helsinki Commission.

2:30 p.m. Senator Cruz spoke about the border crisis.

2:18 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell filed cloture on the following:

  • exec. cal. #362 Peter Joseph Phipps to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Third Circuit
  • Treaties Calendar #1-4, Tax Treaties:
    • #1 The Protocol Amending the Tax Convention w/Spain
    • #2 Protocol Amending Tax Convention w/Swiss Confederation
    • #3 Protocol Amending the Tax Convention w/Japan
    • #4 Protocol Amending Tax Convention w/Luxembourg
  • exec. cal. #54 Clifton L. Corker to be U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Tennessee
  • exec. cal. #175 Lynda Blanchard to be Ambassador of the U.S. to the Republic of Slovenia
  • exec. cal. #183 Donald R. Tapia to be Ambassador of the U.S. to Jamaica

2:17 p.m. The Senate confirmed the Wright nomination by a vote of 52 to 38. Senators Bennet, Booker, Durbin, Gillibrand, Harris, Heinrich, Manchin, Moran, Sanders and Warren were absent.

1:48 p.m. The Senate is now voting on confirmation of the nomination of Peter Wright to be an Assistant Administrator, Office of Solid Waste, EPA.

1:43 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke about the Wright nomination.

1:37 p.m. Senator Markey spoke about the Wright nomination.

1:29 p.m. Senator Menendez spoke about the Wright nomination.

1:20 p.m. Senator Udall spoke about toxic PFOS and the Wright nomination.

1:05 p.m. Senator Carper spoke about the Wright nomination.

12:56 p.m. Senator Shaheen spoke about the Affordable Care Act and asked unanimous consent to pass S. Res. 134. Senator Barrasso objected.

12:44 p.m. Senator Blackburn spoke about sexual predators.

12:35 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on the border crisis.

12:35 p.m. The Senate invoked cloture on the nomination of Peter Wright to be an be Assistant Administrator, Office of Solid Waste, Environmental Protection Agency by a tally of 53-39. Senators not voting: 7 Democrats: Bennet, Booker, Durbin, Gillibrand, Harris, Heinrich and Warren; 1 Independent: Sanders.

12:04 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Peter Wright to be an be Assistant Administrator, Office of Solid Waste, Environmental Protection Agency.

12:03 p.m. The Senate confirmed the nomination of John Pallasch to be an Assistant Secretary of Labor by a tally of 54-39. Senator Manchin joined Republican Senators and voted yes.

11:40 a.m. Roll call vote began on confirmation of the nomination of John Pallasch to be an Assistant Secretary of Labor.

11:39 a.m. The King nomination was confirmed 56-37.

Senators voting in favor: 53 Republicans, 3 Democrats: Jones, Manchin and Sinema.

Senators voting against: 36 Democrats; 1 Independent: King.

Senators not voting: 6 Democrats: Bennet, Booker, Gillibrand, Harris, Heinrich and Warren; 1 Independent: Sanders.

11:00 a.m. Roll call vote began on confirmation of the nomination of Robert King to be Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education, Department of Education.

10:54 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke about immigration policy.

10:40 a.m. Democratic Leader spoke on the President’s likely declaration of an executive order regarding the census and later on deportation raids. He spoke about trade with China.

10:28 a.m. Senator Blunt echoed Senator Wicker before urging an extension in the excellence in mental health program.

10:14 a.m. Senator Wicker spoke on Chinese and US military spending.

10:05 a.m. Senator Thune spoke against Democrats funding proposals and student loan debt.

9:33 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke on the election security briefing the Senate had yesterday and later on nominations.

9:32 a.m. President Pro Tempore Grassley spoke on agriculture in Iowa.

9:30 a.m. The Senate convened.

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The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m. and resume consideration of the nomination of Robert King to be Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education, Department of Education, post-cloture.

At 11:00 a.m., the Senate will proceed to three roll call votes relative to the following:

  • Confirmation of the nomination of Robert King to be Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education, Department of Education.
  • Confirmation of the nomination of John Pallasch to be an Assistant Secretary of Labor.
  • Cloture on the nomination of Peter Wright to be an be Assistant Administrator, Office of Solid Waste, Environmental Protection Agency.
  • At 1:45pm, if cloture has been invoked, the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on confirmation of the Wright nomination.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

6:15 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will reconvene at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, July 11th and will resume consideration of the King nomination.

There will be 3 votes at 11:00 a.m.:

  1. Confirmation of the nomination of Robert L. King to be to be Assistnat Secretary for Postsecondary Education, Department of Education.
  2. Confirmation of the nomination of John P. Pallasch to be an Assistant Secretary of Labor.
  3. Motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Peter C. Wright to be Assistant Administration, Office of Solid Waste, EPA.

If cloture is invoked on the Wright nomination, there will be a vote on confirmation at 1:45 p.m.

During wrap-up:

  • S.1811, WRDA Technical Corrections, was adopted by voice vote.

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5:34 p.m. Senator Blumenthal spoke about the cost of prescription drugs.

5:32 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Pallasch nomination by a vote of 54 to 41. Senator Manchin voted YES. Senators Booker, Gillibrand, Harris, Heinrich, and Sanders were absent.

5:03 p.m. The Senate is now voting on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of John P. Pallasch to be an Assistant Secretary of Labor.

5:02 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the King nomination by a vote of 56 to 39. Senators Jones, Manchin, and Sinema voted YES. Senators Booker, Gillibrand, Harris, Heinrich and Sanders were absent.

4:28 p.m. The Senate is now voting on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Robert L. King to be Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education, Department of Education.

4:11 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke about the U.S. women’s national soccer team.

4:04 p.m. Senator Murray spoke on the Pallasch and King nominations.

2:45 p.m. Senator Cassidy spoke about pharmaceutical costs.

2:39 p.m.Senator Braun spoke about entrepreneurship and health care changes.

2:30 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about bipartisan health care bills and prescription drug costs.

2:21 p.m. Senator Lankford spoke about the Affordable Care Act and prescription drug costs.

2:14 p.m. Senator Alexander spoke about the cost of prescription drugs.

2:07 p.m. Senator Capito spoke about the cost of prescription drugs.

2:02 p.m. Senator Scott of FL spoke about the Affordable Care Act.

1:56 p.m. Senator Ernst spoke about the cost of prescription drugs.

1:38 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about medical research funding and immigration.

12:50 p.m. Senator Barrasso achieved UC that the Senate recess from 3:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. to allow for an all Senators briefing on election security.  He then spoke on health care.

12:28 p.m. The Senate confirmed the Leichty nomination, 85-10.

Voting against: 10 Democrats: Blumenthal, Durbin, Harris, Klobuchar, Markey, Murray, Schatz, Smith, Stabenow & Warren.

Not voting: 4 Democrats: Booker, Duckworth, Gillibrand and Heinrich; 1 Independent: Sanders.

12:04 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on confirmation of the nomination of Damon Ray Leichty to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana.

12:03 p.m. The Senate confirmed the Ranjan nomination, 80-14.

Voting against: 14 Democrats: Bennet, Blumenthal, Cantwell, Harris, Hirono, Klobuchar, Markey, Merkley, Murray, Smith, Stabenow, Udall, Warren & Wyden.

Not voting:4 Democrats: Booker, Duckworth, Gillibrand and Heinrich;  1 Republican: Young; 1 Independent: Sanders.

11:37 a.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on confirmation of the nomination of Nicholas Ranjan to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

11:36 a.m. The Senate confirmed the Wetherell nomination, 78-15.

Voting against:15 Democrats: Baldwin, Blumenthal, Harris, Hirono, Klobuchar, Markey, Menendez, Merkley, Schatz, Schumer, Smith, Stabenow, Van Hollen, Warren & Wyden.

Not voting:5 Democrats: Booker, Duckworth, Gillibrand, Heinrich and Warner; 1 Republican: Young; 1 Independent: Sanders.

11:01 a.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on confirmation of the Wetherell nomination to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida.

10:54 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about crime victims rights.

10:45 a.m. Senator Thune spoke on health care and job creation.

10:28 a.m. DL Schumer spoke about border issues and cartoonist Ben Garrison. Schumer also spoke on election security and health care.

9:34 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about today’s briefing for senators about election security.

Senator McConnell took steps under Rule XIV to bring to the floor H.R. 2740 and H.R. 3055, appropriations bills for, respectively, the Health and Human Services Department and other agencies, and the Commerce and Justice Departments and other agencies.

9:33 a.m. Senator Grassley spoke a Secret Service report on mass violence.

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The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m and will resume post-cloture consideration of the nomination of T. Kent Wetherell II to be a United States District Judge for the Northern District of Florida.

At 11 a.m., there will be three confirmation votes:

— Wetherell to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida;

—  J. Nicholas Ranjan, of Pennsylvania, to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania;

— Damon Ray Leichty to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana.

At 4:30 p.m., there will be two cloture votes:

  1. The nomination of Robert L. King to be Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education, Department of Education
  2. The nomination of John P. Pallasch to be an Assistant Secretary of Labor

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

5:25 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #51 Damon Leichty to be U.S.District Judge for the Northern District of Indiana.

5:24 p.m. The Senate invoked cloture on Executive Calendar #47 T. Kent Wetherell II to be U.S.District Judge for the Northern District of Florida by a vote of 82-16.

5:15 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #47 T. Kent Wetherell II to be U.S.District Judge for the Northern District of Florida.

5:12 p.m. The Senate confirmed the nomination of Daniel Bress, to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit by a vote of 53-45.

4:31 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on confirmation of Daniel Bress to the 9th Circuit.

4:30 p.m. Senator Cortez Masto spoke about the Affordable Care Act.

3:31 p.m. Senators Murphy, Blumenthal, Manchin, Murray, Brown, Stabenow, and Wyden spoke about the Affordable Care Act.

3:19 p.m. Senator Young spoke about the organ donating system.

2:26 p.m. Senator Whitehouse paid homage to Jim Taricani.

2:20 p.m. Senator Reed paid homage to Jim Taricani.

2:15 p.m. Senator Feinstein spoke about the Bress nomination.

12:08 p.m. Senator Toomey spoke about Hong Kong.

12:02 p.m. Senator Thune spoke about the economy.

11:45 a.m. Senator Kaine spoke about the Affordable Care Act.

11:26 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the Affordable Care Act. He spoke about immigration and the southern border.

10:56 a.m. Senator Cotton spoke about an Arkansan’s battle against cancer.

10:31 a.m. Senator Schumer  spoke about the U.S. women’s World Cup soccer team. He spoke about Jeffrey Epstein. He spoke abut election security. He spoke about news coverage of President Trump.

10:10 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke about baseball safety.

10:02 a.m. Senator McConnell spoke about nominations. He spoke about economic policy.

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  • The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m. and resume consideration of the nomination of Daniel Bress to be a Judge for the Ninth Circuit.

 

  • The Senate will recess from 12:30 p.m. until 2:15 p.m. for the weekly caucus luncheons. 

 

  • At 4:30 p.m.,the Senate will proceed to 4 roll call votes relative to the following:

 

  • Confirmation of the nomination of Daniel Aaron Bress to be a Judge for the Ninth Circuit.
  • Cloture on the nomination of Kent Wetherell to be a Judge for the Northern District of Florida.
  • Cloture on the nomination of Damon Leichty to be a Judge for the Northern District of Indiana.
  • Cloture on the nomination of Nicholas Ranjan to be a Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

At a time to be determined on Wednesday, the Senate will vote on confirmation of any of the above nominations that achieved cloture.

 

Monday, July 8, 2019

6:52 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 9.

6:50 p.m. The Senate consented to passage of S. Res. 208, designating July as National Grain and Flour Month.

6:29 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke about climate change.

6:14 p.m. Senators Schatz and Heinrich spoke on climate change.

6:13 p.m. ML McConnell achieved UC for 4 votes at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday:

  1. Confirmation vote on Bress nomination
  2. Cloture on Kent Wetherell to be a district judge for the Northern District of Florida
  3. Damon Leichty to be a district judge for the Northern District of Indiana
  4. Nicholas Ranjan to be a district judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania

Further, that if cloture is invoked, the confirmation votes occur at a time to be determined on Wednesday.

6:10 p.m. The Senate invoked cloture on the Bress nomination on a party line tally of 50-42.

Senators not voting: 4 Democrats: Gillibrand, Harris, Leahy and Warren; 3 Republicans: Cassidy, Rubio and Tillis; 1 Independent: Sanders.

5:30 p.m. The Senate is now voting on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Daniel Bress to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit.

5:04 p.m. Senator Boozman spoke about veteran suicide.

4:50 p.m. Senator Jones paid tribute to former Senator Howell Heflin and Giles Perkins.

4:41 p.m. Senator Brown about the Youngstown Vindicator and P-FAS chemicals in drinking water.

4:25 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke about the US women’s soccer team, healthcare, immigration, climate change.

4:08 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the 4th of July, the US women’s soccer team, and the Bress nomination.

3:02 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about his meetings with Iowa constituents.

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The Senate will convene at 3:00 p.m. Following Leader remarks, the Senate will 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

Friday, July 5, 2019

11:45 a.m. The Senate convened for a pro forma session, Senator Tillis presiding.

 

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