Archive from September, 2019

Friday, September 27, 2019

The Senate met in a pro forma session at 11:40 a.m. Senator Tim Scott presided and no business was conducted.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

4:45 p.m. The Senate concluded its business and adjourned. The next legislation session will begin at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 15.  The following pro forma sessions have been scheduled:

Friday, September 27th at 11:40am; Tuesday, October 1st at 12:00 Noon; Friday, October 4th at 4:30pm; Tuesday, October 8th at 12:00 Noon; and  Friday, October 11th at 2:15pm.

4:40 p.m. Wrap Up:

Legislative Business

Adopted S.Res.252: designating September 2019 as “National Democracy Month”.

Adopted S.Res.346: designating October 8, 2019, as “National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day”.

Adopted S.Res.347: designating October 2, 2019, as “Energy Efficiency Day”.

Adopted S.Res.348: proclaiming the week of September 23 through September 27, 2019, as “National Clean Energy Week”.

Adopted S.Res.349: supporting the designation of September 20, 2019, as “National Concussion Awareness Day”.

Adopted S.Res.350: designating September 2019 as “National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month”.

Adopted S.Res.351: designating the week of September 29 through October 5, 2019, as “National Community Policing Week”.

Adopted S.Res.352: recognizing Hispanic Heritage Month and celebrating the heritage and culture of Latinos in the United States and the immense contributions of Latinos to the United States.

Adopted S.Res.353: recognizing September 24, 2019, as “National Voter Registration Day”.

Adopted S.Res.354: designating September 2019 as “National Brain Aneurysm Awareness Month”.

Adopted S.Res.355: designating the week of September 22 through September 28, 2019, as “National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week”.

Passed by voice vote Calendar #180, S.737: Building Blocks of STEM Act, with Rosen-Crapo substitute amendment.

Began the Rule 14 process to place on the Legislative Calendar of Business S.2593, End Government Shutdowns (Portman).

Executive Business

Confirmed the following nominations:

ARMY

Executive Calendar #423, Ryan McCarthy, to be Secretary of Army

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

Executive Calendar #446 – W. Stephen Muldrow, of Puerto Rico, to be United States Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico for the term of four year

Executive Calendar #447 – Michael D. Baughman, of Pennsylvania, to be United States Marshal for the Western District of Pennsylvania for the term of four years

Executive Calendar #448 – Kerry Lee Pettingill, of Oklahoma, to be United States Marshal for the Eastern District of Oklahoma for the term of four years

Executive Calendar #449 – Fernando L. G. Sablan, of Guam, to be United States Marshal for the District of Guam and concurrently United States Marshal for the District of the Northern Mariana Islands for the term of four years

DEPARTMENT OF STATE

Executive Calendar #398 – Lana J. Marks, of Florida, to be Ambassador of the United States of America to the Republic of South Africa

Executive Calendar #442 – John Leslie Carwile, of Maryland, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador of the United States of America to the Republic of Latvia

Executive Calendar #443 – Erin Elizabeth McKee, of California, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador of the United States of America to the Independent State of Papua New Guinea, and to serve concurrently and without additional compensation as Ambassador of the United States of America to the Solomon Islands and Ambassador of the United States of America to the Republic of Vanuatu

Executive Calendar #444 – Anthony F. Godfrey, of Virginia, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador of the United States of America to the Republic of Serbia

Executive Calendar #445 – Herro Mustafa, of California, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Counselor, to be Ambassador of the United States of America to the Republic of Bulgaria

 

UNITED STATES INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT FINANCE CORPORATION

Executive Calendar #455 – Adam Seth Boehler, of Louisiana, to be Chief Executive Officer of the United States International Development Finance Corporation

ARMY

Executive Calendar #424 – Brig. Gen. Douglas A. Sims, II to be Major General

Executive Calendar #425 – Col. Curtis A. Buzzard to be Brigadier General

AIR FORCE

Executive Calendar #426 – Col. Linell A. Letendre to be Brigadier General

 

ARMY

Executive Calendar #427 – Lt. Gen. James H. Dickinson to be Lieutenant General

Executive Calendar #428 – Maj. Gen. Ricky L. Waddell to be Lieutenant General

Executive Calendar #429 – Maj. Gen. Jason T. Evans to be Lieutenant General

Executive Calendar #430 – Maj. Gen. Raymond S. Dingle to be Lieutenant General

NAVY

Executive Calendar #431 – Rear Adm. Daryl L. Caudle to be Vice Admiral

 

AIR FORCE

Executive Calendar #432 – Maj. Gen. Glen D. VanHerck to be Lieutenant General

 

ARMY

Executive Calendar #433 – Brig. Gen. Arthur J. Logan to be Major General

 

AIR FORCE

Executive Calendar #434 – Lt. Gen. Anthony J. Cotton to be Lieutenant General

 

NAVY

Executive Calendar #435 – Vice Adm. Colin J. Kilrain to be Vice Admiral

 

AIR FORCE

Executive Calendar #436 – Brig. Gen. Timothy D. Haugh to be Lieutenant General

Executive Calendar #437 – Maj. Gen. Michael A. Minihan to be Lieutenant General

Executive Calendar #438 – Maj. Gen. Scott A. Kindsvater to be Lieutenant General

 

NAVY

Executive Calendar #439 – Vice Adm. David M. Kriete to be Vice Admiral

Executive Calendar #440 – Vice Adm. Stuart B. Munsch to be Vice Admiral

And all nominations on the Secretary’s Desk in the FOREIGN SERVICE, AIR FORCE, ARMY, MARINE CORPS, and NAVY.

4:02 p.m. Senator Jones spoke about the current state of democracy.

3:56 p.m. Senator Hawley spoke about life expectancy.

3:48 p.m. Senator Van Hollen spoke about The Future Act.

3:25 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke about former Marines John Kelly, former Secretary Jim Mattis, and General Joe Dunford.

3:08 p.m. Senator Brown spoke about Americorps and on departing staffer Jenny Donahue.

3:04 Senator Braun asked u.c. to change his vote on roll call vote #311 (on passage of H.R. 4378) from yes to no.

2:42 p.m. Senator Lankford spoke about government shutdowns.

2:23 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell filed cloture on the following nominations:

  • Barbara Barrett to be Secretary of the Air Force.
  • Frank Volk to be US District Judge for the Southern District of West Virginia.
  • Charles Eskridge to be US District Judge for the Southern District of Texas.
  • David Novak to be US District Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia.
  • Rachel Kovner to be US District Judge for the Eastern District of New York.
 2:23 p.m. The Scalia nomination was confirmed  on a party line vote of 53-44, with Senators Booker, Sanders and Warren not voting.
2:07 p.m. Roll call vote began on confirmation of the nomination of Eugene Scalia to be Secretary of Labor.
2:07 p.m. The Hyten nomination was confirmed 75-22.
Senators voting no: 21 Democrats: Baldwin, Blumenthal, Brown, Cantwell, Cardin, Casey, Duckworth, Gillibrand, Harris, Hirono, Klobuchar, Markey, Menendez, Merkley, Murray, Peters, Schumer, Stabenow, Udall, Van Hollen and Wyden; 1 Republican: Ernst.
Senators not voting: 2 Democrats: Booker and Warren; 1 Independent: Sanders.
1:33 p.m. Roll call vote began on confirmation of the Hyten nomination.
1:27 p.m. Senator Inhofe spoke in favor of the Hyten nomination.
1:22 p.m. Senator Brown spoke against the Scalia nomination.
1:17 p.m. Senator Cruz paid tribute to Shea Woodward Hall, a retiring staff member.
1:16 p.m. The Senate passed HR 4378 82-15.
Senators voting against: 15 Republicans: Blackburn, Cruz, Daines, Ernst, Hawley, Inhofe, Lee, Paul, Perdue, Risch, Rounds, Sasse, Scott of FL,Scott of SC and Toomey.
 
Senators not voting: Booker, Sanders & Warren.

12:54 p.m. Roll call vote began on passage of HR 4378, the CR through November 21.

12:53 p.m. The Senate did NOT agree to the Paul amendment 24-73.

Senators voting in favor: 24 Republicans: Barrasso, Blackburn, Braun, Cornyn, Crapo, Cruz, Daines, Enzi, Ernst, Fischer, Grassley, Johnson, Kennedy, Lankford, Lee, Paul, Risch, Rubio, Sasse, Scott of South Carolina, Sullivan, Tillis, Toomey and Young.

Senators voting against: 43 Democrats, 29 Republicans, 1 Independent: King.

Senators not voting: 2 Democrats: Booker and Warren; 1 Independent: Sanders.

12:15 p.m. The Senate began voting on Paul amendment #942 to H.R. 4378.

12:08 p.m. Senator Paul called up his amendment #942 (rate reduction in operations) to H.R. 4378, continuing appropriations for FY 2020.

12:06 p.m. Senator Murray spoke against the Scalia nomination.

12:03 p.m. Senator Alexander spoke supporting the need for a permanent funding fix for HBCU’s.

11:59 a.m. Senator Menendez spoke supporting the FUTURE act.

11:54 a.m. Senator Murray spoke about funding for minority colleges and universities.

11:38 a.m. Senator Jones spoke about the FUTURE Act and asked unanimous consent to pass H.R. 2486, FUTURE Act. Senator Alexander objected and spoke about the bill.

11:17 a.m. Senator Rosen spoke about the shooting at the Route 91 Music Festival in Las Vegas.

11:07 a.m. Senator Cortez Masto spoke about the shooting at the Route 91 Music Festival in Las Vegas.

10:56 a.m. Senator Thune criticized Democratic positions on impeachment, prescription drug prices and other issues.

10:51 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about Hispanic Americans in Texas.

10:41 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about the Ukraine matter. He spoke about appropriations. He spoke about the Scalia nomination.

10:23 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement. He paid tribute to the retiring financial clerk of the Senate, Ileana Garcia.

The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m. and proceed to the consideration of HR 4378, Continuing Appropriations Act, 2020, and Health Extenders Act of 2019.

12:15pm – 2 roll call votes:

  1. Paul amendment #942 (re: 2 percent across-the-board cut) to H.R.4378.
  2. Passage of H.R. 4378. (60 vote threshold)

1:30pm – 2 roll call votes:

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #415 Gen. John E. Hyten to be Vice Chair of the Joint Chiefs.
  2. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #450 Eugene Scalia, of Virginia, to be Secretary of Labor.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

7:23 p.m. The Senate adjourned.

7:21 p.m. Senator Portman wrapped up for the evening.

6:48 p.m. Senator Portman spoke on retirement security.

6:35 p.m. Senators Scott of Florida and Menendez spoke on H.R. 549 and his amendment regarding Venezuela refugees; and objected to each others unanimous consent requests.

6:34 p.m. The Senate invoked cloture on the nomination of Eugene Scalia to be Secretary of Labor on a party line vote of 52-42.

Not voting: Bennet, Booker, Harris, Rubio, Sanders and Warren.

6:11 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the nomination of Eugene Scalia to be Secretary of Labor.

6:10 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Hyten nomination, 73-21.

Senators in favor: 51 Republicans, 21 Democrats, 1 Independent: King.

Senators voting against: 20 Democrats: Baldwin, Blumenthal, Brown, Cantwell, Cardin, Casey, Duckworth, Gillibrand, Hirono, Klobuchar, Markey, Menendez, Merkley, Murray, Peters, Schumer, Stabenow, Udall, Van Hollen and Wyden; 1 Republican: Ernst.

Senators not voting: 4 Democrats: Bennet, Booker, Harris and Warren; 1 Republican: Rubio; 1 Independent: Sanders.

5:56 p.m. The cloture vote began on the nomination of Gen. John E. Hyten to be vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

5:54 p.m. The McConnell/Ernst on FMLA motion passed by a vote of 55 to 39. Yes votes included Democrats Jones, Manchin and Sinema and independent King. Not voting: Booker, Burr, Harris, Rubio, Sanders, Warren.

5:32 p.m. Roll call vote began on the Ernst (#336) motion to instruct regarding FMLA.

5:31 p.m. The McSally motion to instruct was agreed to 53-42. Republican voting against: Paul.  Democrats voting in favor: Jones and Sinema. Not voting: Booker, Harris, Rubio, Sanders, Warren.

5:13 p.m The Senate began a roll call vote on the McSally (related to repayment of military funds )motion to instruct (#335).

5:12 p.m The Senate agreed to the the Peters (on the hazardous chemicals known as PFAS) motion to instruct (#334) by voice vote.

5:10 p.m.  By a vote of 47 to 48,  the Senate did not agree to the Schatz motion regarding medical leave.

Republicans voting in favor: Capito, Collins, Murkowski, Portman. Not voting: Booker, Harris, Rubio, Sanders, Warren.

4:53 p.m. Vote began on the Schatz (on the Family and Medical Leave Act)  (#333) motion to instruct.

4:49 p.m. The Senate agreed to the Jones motion (#332) to instruct NDAA conferees on Widows Tax by a vote of 94 to 0. Not voting: Booker, Burr, Harris, Rubio, Sanders, Warren.

4:34 p.m. A roll call vote began on the motion to instruct the defense authorization conferees #332 from Jones (on a widows tax).

4:31 p.m. The Senate agreed to the Cotton/Schumer motion (#331) to instruct NDAA conferees on Huawei, 91-4. Voting no: Crapo, Enzi, Paul and Risch.

4:02 p.m. A roll call vote began on the motion to instruct the defense authorization conferees #331 from Senator Cotton-Schumer (relating to Huawei).

4:00 p.m. The Senate passed via a voice vote on the Van Hollen motion (#330) to instruct defense authorization conferees on foreign interference in our elections.

3:35 p.m. Senator Van Hollen spoke on two motions to instruct, the first regarding Huawei and the second on foreign interference in our elections.

3:32 p.m. Senator Gillibrand spoke on President Trump and Ukraine before discussing the Schatz motion to instruct regarding family and medical paid leave.

3:30 p.m. The Senate returned from recess.

2:47 p.m. The Senate recessed until 3:30 p.m. for a briefing on Iran.

2:35 p.m. Senator Menendez made a unanimous consent request to proceed to S. 2537-actions involving Ukraine should not be kept from the Senate.  Senator Risch objected.

2:27 p.m. Senator Menendez spoke about President Trump and impeachment.

2:15 p.m Senator Whitehouse gave his weekly climate change speech.

1:58 p.m. Senator Brown spoke on recent changes in overtime rules.

1:45 p.m. Senator Cotton spoke in favor of the Scalia nomination.

1:28 p.m. Senator Brown spoke about funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and Minority Serving Institutions (MSI).

1:16 p.m. Senator Shaheen spoke on “dark money”, particularly in relation to surprise medical bill flyers in New Hampshire.

1:06 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke about funding diverted to pay for a wall on the southern border.

12:54 p.m. Senator Alexander achieved UC that the Senate recess from 2:30-3:30 p.m. for an all Senators briefing.  He then spoke about the Clinton 12, the country music documentary and later on the nomination of Eugene Scalia.

12:54 p.m. The motion to instruct the defense authorization resolutions were introduced by number , S. Res 330 – S Res 336; see below for links.

12:53 p.m. The Senate agreed to S.J. Res. 54, to terminate the president’s emergency declaration regarding a border wall, 54-41.

Voting in favor 42 Democrats, 11 Republicans: Alexander, Blunt, Collins, Lee, Moran, Murkowski, Paul, Portman, Romney, Toomey and Wicker; 1 Independent: King.

Senators voting against: 41 Republicans.

Senators not voting: 3 Democrats: Booker,Harris and Warren; 1 Republican: Rubio; 1 Independent: Sanders.

12:17 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on S.J. Res. 54, to terminate the president’s emergency declaration regarding a border wall.

12:13 p.m. Senator Collins spoke supporting S.J. Res. 54, to terminate the president’s emergency declaration regarding a border wall.

11:54 a.m. Senator Warner spoke on election security and on protections for individuals with pre-existing conditions.

11:31 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about Speaker Pelosi’s movement on impeachment and on the Debbie Smith Act.

11:16 a.m. Senator Leahy spoke about border wall funding.

10:58 a.m. Senator Blackburn spoke about a recent telephone town hall.

10:40 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about the House impeachment inquiry. He spoke about the resolution on the border wall emergency declaration.

10:35 a.m. Senator Thune spoke about the defense authorization bill.

10:09 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the House impeachment inquiry. He spoke about the resolution on the border wall emergency declaration. He filed cloture on the nomination of Eugene Scalia nomination to be secretary of the Labor Department.

10:02 a.m. Senator Grassley spoke about the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement.

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The Senate will convene at 10 a.m. and will consider S.J. Res. 54, to terminate the president’s emergency declaration regarding a border wall.

At 12:15 p.m., the Senate will vote on passage of the measure to termi

nate the emergency declaration.

The Senate will then resume consideration of these motions concerning the 2020 defense authorization:

At 3:45 p.m., the Senate will begin votes on passage of these resolutions, with minutes of debate equally divided prior to each vote.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

7:00 P.M. The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 25, 2019.

6:30 p.m. Senator Wyden paid tribute to the late Mary Petrow.

6:18 p.m. Leader McConnell wrapped up the Senate and announced tomorrow’s schedule.

6:05 p.m. Senator Udall spoke on Speaker Pelosi’s announcement of the inquiry into impeachment of President Trump.

6:00 p.m. Senator Shaheen spoke on Speaker Pelosi’s announcement of the inquiry into impeachment of President Trump.

5:50 p.m. Senator Leahy spoke on Speaker Pelosi’s announcement of the inquiry into impeachment of President Trump.

5:45 p.m. Senator Murray spoke on Speaker Pelosi’s announcement of the inquiry into impeachment of President Trump.

5:24 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on Indian PM Modi’s visit to Texas.

5:23 p.m. The Senate confirmed the nomination of David Black to be Deputy Commissioner of Social Security for a term expiring January 19, 2025 by a tally of 68-26.

5:04 p.m. The Senate began a vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #292 David Fabian Black to be Deputy Commissioner of Social Security for a term expiring January 19, 2025.

5:03 p.m. The Senate confirmed the Jorjani nomination by a tally of 51-43. Senator Collins voted NO. Senators Booker, Harris, Jones, Sanders and Tillis did not vote.

4:51 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #367 Daniel Habib Jorjani to be Solicitor of the Department of the Interior.

4:50 p.m. The Senate confirmed the Cella nomination by a tally of 56-38.

3 Democrats and 1 Independent voted yes: Senators King, Manchin, Murphy, and Sinema.

Senators not voting: Booker, Harris, Jones, Sanders, Tillis, and Whitehouse.

4:32 p.m. Roll call vote began on the nomination of Joseph Cella to be Ambassador to Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga and Tuvalu.

4:20 p.m. Democratic Leader Schumer asked UC to take up S.Res.325 – Transmission of Whistleblower Complaint: Expressing the sense of the Senate that the whistleblower complaint received on 8/12/19, by the IG of the Intelligence Community should be transmitted immediately to Intelligence Committee; the resolution was agreed to by unanimous consent.

4:16 p.m. The McGuire nomination was confirmed 88-6.
Senators voting against: Brown, Casey, Gillibrand, Markey, Merkley and Warren.

Senators not voting: Booker, Harris, Jones, Sanders, Tillis and Whitehouse.

3:39 p.m. Roll call vote began on confirmation of Brian McGuire to be a Deputy Under Secretary of Treasury.

3:13 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke on energy security.

3:05 p.m. Senator Gardner discussed Huawei and ZTE. He asked unanimous consent to take up and pass S Con Res 10. Senator Wyden objected.

2:46 p.m. Senator Gardner spoke on the strategic petroleum reserve and long term energy supply solutions.

2:24 p.m. Senators Enzi and Perdue spoke on federal spending.

2:15 p.m. The Senate returned from the recess.  Senator Grassley spoke on trade, specifically the “USMCA”.

1:06 p.m. The Senate recessed to accommodate the weekly caucus luncheons.

1:05 p.m. The Senate invoked cloture on the nomination of David Black to be Deputy Commissioner of Social Security by a tally of 66-25. Democrats voting yes: Senators Bennet, Cardin, Carper, Casey, Coons, Feinstein, Hassan, Kaine, King (I), Leahy, Manchin, Murphy, Shaheen, Sinema, Warner, and Wyden.

Senators not voting: Blackburn, Booker, Graham, Harris, Jones, Sanders, Tillis, Warren, and Whitehouse.

12:38 p.m. The Senate began voting on the nomination of David Black to be Deputy Commissioner of Social Security.

12:37 p.m. The Jorjani nomination was confirmed by a vote of 50 to 41. Senator Collins voted NO. Senators Booker, Graham, Harris, Jones, Sanders, Tillis, Warner, Warren, and Whitehouse did not vote.

12:13 p.m. The Senate began voting on the nomination of Daniel Jorjani to be Solicitor of the Department of the Interior.

12:13 p.m. The Cella nomination was confirmed by a vote of 55 to 37. Senators King, Manchin, Murphy, and Sinema voted YES. Senators Booker, Graham, Harris, Jones, Sanders, Tillis, Warren, and Whitehouse did not vote.

11:38 a.m. The Senate began voting on the nomination of Joseph Cella to be Ambassador to Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga and Tuvalu.

11:27 a.m. Senator Wyden spoke about the Jorjani nomination.

11:19 a.m. Senator Ernst spoke about government spending.

11:11 a.m. Senator Hirono spoke about the Jorjani nomination.

10:56 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke about the Ukraine.

10:43 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about the Ukraine episode. He said he will seek Senate consent to a resolution  seeking the text of the whistleblower complaint. He spoke about the administration’s transfer of military funds to construction of a border wall. He spoke against the nomination of Daniel Jorjani to be solicitor of the Interior Department.

10:30 a.m. Senator Thune spoke about trade.

10:15 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell paid tribute to a Kentucky lawman killed in the line of duty. He spoke about nominations. He spoke about appropriations.

10:02 a.m. Senator Grassley spoke about the constitutional roles of the House and Senate.

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The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m. and will resume post-cloture consideration of the nomination of Brian McGuire to be a Deputy Under Secretary of Treasury. 

At 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, the Senate will vote to invoke cloture on the following nominations:

1.       Executive Calendar #176, Joseph Cella to be Ambassador to Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga and Tuvalu.

2.       Executive Calendar #367, Daniel Jorjani to be Solicitor of the Department of the Interior.

3.       Executive Calendar #292, David Black to be Deputy Commissioner of Social Security.

After the vote on Black, the Senate will adjourn for policy luncheons until 2:15 p.m.

At 3:30 p.m. , there will be confirmation votes on McGuire and — if cloture has been invoked — on Cella, Jorjani and Black.

Monday, September 23, 2019

6:53 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 10 a.m. Tuesday, when it will resume post-cloture consideration of the nomination of Brian McGuire to be a Deputy Under Secretary of Treasury

At 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, the Senate will vote on these cloture nominations:

1.       Executive Calendar #176, Joseph Cella to be Ambassador to Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga and Tuvalu.

2.       Executive Calendar #367, Daniel Jorjani to be Solicitor of the Department of the Interior.

3.       Executive Calendar #292, David Black to be Deputy Commissioner of Social Security.

After the vote on Black, the Senate will adjourn for policy luncheons until 2:15 p.m.

At 3:30 p.m. , there will be cloture votes on McGuire and — if cloture has been invoked — on Cella, Jorjani and Black.

During wrap-up Monday, by consent, the Senate passed H.R. 4285 (extending authorities of the Veterans Administration Title 38); S. 1340, as amended by the Menendez-Lee amendment, to combat Ebola in Congo; S. 323, recognizing National Kinship Care Month.

6:30 p.m. Senator Rubio spoke about China.

6:19 p.m. Senator Cassidy paid tribute to Mandeville Police Captain Vincent Liberto, recently killed in the line of duty.

6:14 p.m. Senator Alexander spoke on the Ken Burns country music documentary.

6:14 p.m.  The Senate invoked cloture on the nomination of Brian McGuire to be a Deputy Under Secretary of Treasury, 82-6.

Voting no: Brown (D), Casey (D), Gillibrand (D), Markey (D), Merkley (D) and Paul (R).
Not voting: 5 Democrats: Bennet, Booker, Harris, Warren and Whitehouse; 6 Republicans: Graham, Isakson, Risch, Roberts, Tillis and Toomey; 1 Independent: Sanders.

5:33 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the nomination of Brian McGuire of be Deputy Under Secretary of Treasury.

5:18 p.m Senator Menendez spoke about President Trump and Ukraine.

5:03 p.m. Senator Murphy spoke about President Trump and Ukraine.

3:38 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about nominations and appropriations. He said bipartisan efforts are underway to investigate the reported Ukraine episode.

3:28 p.m  Minority Leader Schumer spoke about President Trump’s reported request for Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Biden’s son.

3:03 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about layoffs at an ethanol plant in Iowa.

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

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of Executive Calendar #417, Brian McGuire to be a Deputy Under Secretary of the Treasury.

At 5:30 p.m., the Senate will vote on cloture on the McGuire p.m. Majority  nomination.

Majority Leader McConnell filed cloture on the following nominations:

1.       Executive Calendar #176, Joseph Cella to be Ambassador to Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga and Tuvalu.

2.       Executive Calendar #367, Daniel Jorjani to be Solicitor of the Department of the Interior.

3.       Executive Calendar #292, David Black to be Deputy Commissioner of Social Security.

 

 

Thursday, September 19, 2019

4:24 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 3:00 p.m. on Monday, September 23, 2019. Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #417, Brian McGuire, of New York, to be a Deputy Under Secretary of the Treasury. At 5:30 p.m., the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the McGuire nomination.

4:19 p.m. ML McConnell began wrap up:

  • Adopted S.Res.205, expressing gratitude of the Senate for the people who operate or support diaper banks and diaper distribution programs in their local communities.
  • Passed by voice vote H.R.1058, to reauthorize certain provisions of the Public Health Service Act relating to autism.
  • Adopted S.Res.319, National Hispanic-Serving Institutions Week.
  • Adopted S.Res.320, National Forensic Science Week.
  • Adopted S.Res.321, National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.
  • Began the Rule 14 process to place on the Legislative Calendar of Business, H.R.2486, Fostering Undergraduate Talent by Unlocking Resources for Education Act

3:35 p.m. Senator Manchin spoke about National Childhood Cancer Month.

3:12 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke about the Alaskan of the week, Elena Vic.

2:24 p.m. Senator Brown spoke on the autoworkers’ strike.

1:49 p.m. Senator Murray spoke in favor of H.R. 2486.

1:44 p.m. Senator Jones recognized the important of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU).  He then asked unanimous consent to take up and pass H.R. 2486.  Senator Alexander objected.

12:59 p.m. Senator Lee asked u.c to call up and pass H.R. 1044, Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act with the Lee amendment #939. Senator Perdue objected.

12:55 p.m. ML McConnell filed cloture on Executive Calendar #292 David Fabian Black to be Deputy Commissioner of Social Security for a term expiring January 19, 2025.

12:54 p.m. ML McConnell filed cloture on Executive Calendar #367 Daniel Habib Jorjani to be Solicitor of the Department of the Interior.

12:50 p.m. ML McConnell announced at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, September 19th, the Senate will proceed to a vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Brian McGuire to be a Deputy Under Secretary of the Treasury. ML McConnell filed cloture on Executive Calendar #176 Joseph Cella to be Ambassador of U.S. to the Republic of Fiji, & serve concurrently and without additional compensation as Ambassador to the Republic of Kiribati, the Republic of Nauru, the Kingdom of Tonga, & Tuvalu.

12:36 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about legislation on gun safety and on the Dream Act.

12:26 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke about legislation on gun safety.

11:32 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about healthcare and appropriations.

10:55 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke the border wall, military spending and appropriations. He spoke about trade and farm supports.

10:42 a.m. Senator Duckworth spoke about President Trump’s remarks about the attack on Saudi oil facilities.

10:32 a.m. Senator Thune spoke about judicial nominations.

10:04 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the defense bill. He spoke about appropriations.

10:02 a.m. Senator Grassley spoke about yesterday’s cloture vote on the defense authorization.

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The Senate will convene at 10 a.m. and will resume consideration of the cloture motion on the nomination of Brian McGuire to be deputy under secretary of the Treasury.

A cloture vote on McGuire is expected at noon.

If cloture is invoked, the confirmation vote is expected at 1:45 p.m.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

7:09 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 19 and will resume consideration of the McGuire nomination.

7:07 p.m. Cloture was filed on the nomination of exec. cal. #417, Brian McGuire to be a Deputy Under Secretary of the Treasury.

7:06 p.m. The compound motion to go to conference regarding S.1790, NDAA, was agreed to by voice vote and following conferees were appointed by voice vote:

Senators Inhofe, Wicker, Fischer, Cotton, Rounds, Ernst, Perdue, Scott of Florida, Blackburn, Reed, Shaheen, Blumenthal, Hirono, Kaine, King, Heinrich, Warren, Peters, Manchin, Duckworth and Jones.

7:04 p.m.  The motion to invoke cloture on the compound motion to go to conference regarding S. 1790 was agreed to by a vote of 87-7. Voting no: Senators Gillibrand, Harris, Markey, Merkley, Paul, Warren and Wyden.

6:15 p.m. The Senate began voting on the motion to invoke cloture on the compound motion to go to conference regarding S.1790 NDAA.

6:10 p.m. Senator Brown spoke about healthcare.

5:57 p.m. Senator Casey spoke about healthcare.

5:17 p.m. Senator Portman spoke about government shut downs.

5:08 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about the Middle East.

4:35 p.m. Senator Udall spoke about the separation of powers of the government and about authorization of war.

4:09 p.m. Senator Blackburn paid tribute to Senator Alexander.

3:49 p.m. Senator McConnell paid tribute to Senator Alexander’s long record of service.

3:58 p.m. Senator McConnell filed cloture on the motion to disagree in the house amendment, agree to the request from the House for a conference, and to authorize the chair to appoint conferees in relation to S. 1790-NDAA. The cloture vote will occur at a time to be determined by the two leaders.

3:27 p.m. Senator Blackburn spoke about Constitution Day.

3:24 p.m. By a tally of 51-44, cloture was NOT invoked on the motion to proceed to H.R.2740: Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Defense, State, Foreign Operations, and Energy and Water Development Appropriation­s Act, 2020.

Dems in favor: Jones and Peters  

Republican against: McConnell* (only changed to a no vote in order to offer motion to reconsider) and Paul 

Not voting: Booker, Klobuchar, Roberts, Rounds, Sanders

2:48 p.m. The Senate began voting on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R.2740: Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Defense, State, Foreign Operations, and Energy and Water Development Appropriation­s Act, 2020.

2:39 p.m. Senator Shelby spoke in favor of H.R. 2740.

2:24 p.m. Senator Leahy spoke against H.R. 2740.

1:52 p.m. Senators Ernst, Daines, Lankford and Blunt spoke about Constitution Day.

1:43 p.m. Senator Fischer spoke on the life and legacy of Chief Standing Bear.

12:59 p.m. Senator Blunt spoke on beginning the appropriations process and on H.R. 2740.

12:42 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on gun violence and Brett Kavanaugh.

12:41 p.m. Senator Cornyn achieved UC that at 2:40 p.m. the Senate vote on cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R.2740: Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Defense, State, Foreign Operations, and Energy and Water Development Appropriation­s Act, 2020.

12:40 p.m. The nomination Brian Callanan to be General Counsel for the Department of Treasury was confirmed 55-39.

Senators voting in favor: 49 Republicans, 6 Democrats: Cardin, Carper, Jones, Manchin, Murphy and Sinema.

Senators voting against: 37 Democrats, 1 Independent: King; 1 Republican: Paul.

Senators not voting: 3 Republicans: Alexander, Roberts and Rounds; 2 Democrats: Booker, Klobuchar; 1 Independent: Sanders.

12:16 p.m. Roll call vote began on confirmation of the nomination of Brian Callanan to be General Counsel for the Department of Treasury.

12:15 p.m. The nomination of Brent McIntosh to be an Under Secretary of the Treasury was confirmed 54-38. 

Senators voting in favor: 50 Republicans, 4 Democrats: Jones, Manchin, Murphy and Sinema. 

Senators voting against: 37 Democrats, 1 Independent: King.

Senators not voting: 3 Republicans: Alexander, Roberts and Rounds; 4 Democrats: Bennet, Booker, Klobuchar and Warren; 1 Independent: Sanders

11:48 a.m. Roll call vote began on confirmation of the nomination of Brent McIntosh to be an Under Secretary of the Treasury.

11:47 a.m. The Destro nomination was confirmed 49-44.

Republican Collins and Independent King joined all Democrats present voting against.

Senators not voting: 3 Republicans: Alexander, Roberts and Rounds; 3 Democrats: Booker, Klobuchar and Warren; 1 Independent: Sanders

11:09 a.m. Roll call vote began on confirmation of the nomination of Robert Destro to be Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor.

11:00 a.m. DL Schumer spoke on the appropriations process, election security, carbon pollution standards, and the pending Destro nomination.

10:37 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke on nicotine, tobacco and vaping.

10:28 a.m. Senator Thune spoke on military funding.

10:03 a.m. ML McConnell paid tribute to David Jones Sr.; discussed the appropriations process, the situation in the Middle East; energy policy;

10:02 a.m. Senator Grassley paid tribute to an Iowa serviceman from World War II.

10:00 a.m. The Senate convened.

***

The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m.

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Robert Destro to be Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, post-cloture.

11:00 a.m. – 3 roll call votes expected:

1.       Confirmation of Executive Calendar #223, Robert Destro to be Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor.

2.       Confirmation of Executive Calendar #419, Brent McIntosh to be an Under Secretary of the Treasury.

3.       Confirmation of Executive Calendar #418, Brian Callanan to be General Counsel for the Department of the Treasury.

Cloture has also been filed on the motion to proceed to H.R.2740: Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Defense, State, Foreign Operations, and Energy and Water Development Appropriation­s Act, 2020. If no agreement is reached, that vote would occur immediately upon disposition of the Callanan nomination.

There is also an effort to go to conference on NDAA before the end of the week.

 

 

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

10:17 p.m. The Senate stands adjourned until 10 a.m. Wednesday.

10:03 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke about guns.

9:13 p.m. Senators Whitehouse, Murphy and Schatz spoke about guns.

8:18 p.m. Senators Van Hollen, Casey, Brown and Murphy spoke about guns.

7:25 p.m. Senators Murray, Heinrich, Gillibrand, Udall, Bennet, Cantwell, Markey and Blumenthal spoke on background checks and gun safety.

5:26 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about gun safety and background checks.

5:18 p.m. Senator Stabenow spoke about the need for background checks.

5:17 p.m. ML McConnell announced that following the remarks of Democrats this evening, the Senate will reconvene at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday and the Senate will have 3 votes at 11:00 a.m.:

1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #223 Robert A. Destro to be Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor

2. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #419 Brent James McIntosh to be an Under Secretary of the Treasury

3. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #418 Brian Callanan to be General Counsel for the Department of the Treasury.

5:17 p.m. The Senate invoked cloture on Brian Callanan to be General Counsel for the Department of the Treasury by a tally of 55-37.

Democrats voting yes: Senators Carper, Jones, Manchin, Murphy, and Sinema.

Republican voting no: Senator Paul

Senators not voting: Alexander, Booker, Harris, Johnson, Klobuchar, Roberts, Sanders and Warren.

4:56 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #418 Brian Callanan to be General Counsel for the Department of the Treasury.

4:55 p.m. The Senate invoked cloture on Brent James McIntosh to be an Under Secretary of the Treasury by a vote of 54-40.

4:30 p.m. The Senate invoked cloture on the Destro nomination to be Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights by a vote of 49-44. Senator Collins joined 42 Democrats and 1 Independent voting no.

Senators Alexander, Bennet, Booker, Cruz, Harris, Roberts, Sanders and Warren did not vote.

4:09 p.m. The Senate began voting on the motion to invoke cloture on Robert A. Destro to be Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights.

4:08 p.m. The Senate confirmed the nomination of Kenneth Howery to be Ambassador to the Kingdom of Sweden by a vote of 62-32.

3:30 p.m. The Senate began voting on confirmation of Kenneth Howery to be the Ambassador to the Kingdom of Sweden.

3:02 p.m. Senator Coons spoke on gun violence.

2:21 p.m. Senator Feinstein spoke on gun violence.

2:15 p.m. The Senate returned from recess. Senator Perdue paid tribute to Senator Isakson.

1:23 p.m. The Senate recessed until 2:15 p.m.

1:22 p.m.  Cloture was invoked on the Howery nomination, 63-29.

Senators voting in favor: 51 Republicans; 11 Democrats: Carper, Coons, Hassan, Jones, Kaine, Manchin, Merkley, Murphy, Shaheen, Sinema and Warner; 1 Independent: King.

Senators voting against: 29 Democrats.

Senators not voting: 5 Democrats: Bennet, Booker, Harris and Warren and Wyden; 2 Republicans: Alexander and Roberts; 1 Independent: Sanders.

12:52 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Kenneth Howery to be the Ambassador to the Kingdom of Sweden.

12:50 p.m. The Senate confirmed the nomination of John Rakolta to be Ambassador to the UAE by a tally of 63-30.

Senators voting in favor: 51 Republicans, 11 Democrats: Coons, Hassan, Jones, Manchin, Murphy, Peters, Shaheen, Sinema, Stabenow, Tester and Van Hollen; 1 Independent: King.

Senators voting against: 30 Democrats.

Senators not voting: 4 Democrats: Bennet, Booker, Harris and Warren; 2 Republicans: Alexander and Roberts; 1 Independent: Sanders.

12:00 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on confirmation of John Rakolta to be Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates.

11:56 a.m. Senator Romney spoke in favor of the Rakolta nomination.

11:46 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about taxes and the cost of prescription drugs.

11:27 a.m. Senator Kennedy spoke about taxes.

11:08 a.m. Senator Tester spoke about impact on agriculture due to tariffs.

11 a.m. Senator Blackburn spoke about the charges against Justice Kavanaugh.

10:46 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke about a pioneering advocate for the rights of people with disabilities, Marcia Bristo. He spoke against the transfer of military funds to construction of a border wall.

10:40 a.m. Senator Thune spoke about agricultural trade.

10:33 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about appropriations. He spoke about Democratic plans to hold the floor tonight for speeches on gun control.

10:03 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the floor schedule for appropriations.

10:02 a.m. Senator Grassley spoke about Constitution Day.

*****

The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m.

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of John Rakolta to be Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, post-cloture.

12:00 noon – 2 roll call votes:

  1. Confirmation of John Rakolta to be Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates.
  2. Cloture on Kenneth Howery to be Ambassador to the Kingdom of Sweden.

Following the Howery cloture vote, the Senate will recess until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings.

3:30pm – 4 roll call votes:

  1. If cloture is invoked, confirmation of Kenneth Howery to be Ambassador to the Kingdom of Sweden.
  2. Cloture on Robert Destro to be Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor.
  3. Cloture on Brent McIntosh to be an Under Secretary of the Treasury.
  4. Cloture on Brian Callanan to be General Counsel for the Department of the Treasury.

 

During Monday’s session, Majority Leader McConnell filed cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R.2740, Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Defense, State, Foreign Operations, and Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act, 2020. That cloture vote is expected to occur during Wednesday’s session.

If cloture is invoked on the nominations, then expected at TBD Wednesday September 18 – 4 roll call votes:

  1. Confirmation of Robert Destro to be Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor.
  2. Confirmation of Brent McIntosh to be an Under Secretary of the Treasury.
  3. Confirmation of Brian Callanan to be General Counsel for the Department of the Treasury.
  4. Motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R.2740, Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Defense, State, Foreign Operations, and Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act, 2020

Monday, September 16, 2019

6:22 p.m. The Senate adjourned.

6:11 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke on climate change.

6:08 p.m. ML McConnell wrapped up for the evening.

6:07 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Rakolta nomination 55-27.

Senators voting in favor: 44 Republicans, 10 Democrats: Coons, Hassan, Jones, Manchin, Murphy, Peters, Shaheen, Sinema, Stabenow and Tester; 1 Independent: King.

Senators voting against: 27 Democrats.

Senators not voting: 9 Republicans: Alexander, Cruz, Hyde Smith, Kennedy, Risch, Roberts, Romney, Toomey and Wicker; 8 Democrats: Bennet, Booker, Gillibrand, Harris, Klobuchar, Murray, Schatz and Warren; 1 Independent: Sanders.

5:30 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the nomination of John Rakolta to be Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates.

5:09 p.m. Senator Brown spoke about United Auto Workers and women’s healthcare.

4:51 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about Justice Kavanaugh.

4:06 p.m. Democrat Leader Schumer spoke about gun control and China.

3:43 p.m. Senator McConnell filed cloture on H.R. 2740, the appropriation for the Departments of Labor and Health  and Human Service and other agencies.

3:31 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the attack on Saudi oil facilities. He spoke about appropriations. He spoke about trade with China. He spoke about the charges against Justice Kavanaugh.

3:02 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about the football game between Iowa and Iowa State.

***

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

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business until 5:00 p.m.

At 5:00 p.m., the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of John Rakolta to be Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates.

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

 

Majority Leader McConnell also filed cloture on the following nominations:

  1. Kenneth Howery to be Ambassador to Sweden.
  2. Robert Destro to be Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor.
  3. Brent McIntosh to be an Under Secretary of the Treasury.
  4. Brian Callanan to be General Counsel for the Department of the Treasury.

 

Thursday, September 12, 2019

4:21 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will reconvene on Monday, September 16 at 3:00 p.m. At 5:00 p.m. they will resume consideration of the nomination of John Rakolta, Jr. to be Ambassador to the UAE with a cloture vote on the nomination to occur at 5:30 p.m.

Passed during wrap-up:

  • H.R. 1200-Veteran’s compensation COLA
  • S. Res. 311-Supporting the designation of the week of 9/11 as Patriot Week
  • S. Res. 312-Designating the week of 9/8 as National Direct Support Professionals week.

4:16 p.m. Senator McConnell paid tribute to SAA staffer Cindy Hasiak.

3:44 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke about prescription drug prices.

3:07 p.m. Senator Capito asked u.c. to call up and agree to S.Res. 310, Recognizing the King Centennial of the community of Wheeling, West Virginia. Senators Capito and Manchin spoke about the Centennial.

3:06 p.m. ML McConnell filed cloture on Executive Calendar #418 Brian Callanan to be General Counsel for the Department of the Treasury.

3:05 p.m. ML McConnell filed cloture on Executive Calendar #419 Brent James McIntosh to be an Under Secretary of the Treasury.

3:04 p.m. ML McConnell filed cloture on Executive Calendar #223 Robert A. Destro to be Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights.

3:03 p.m. ML McConnell filed cloture on Executive Calendar #288 Kenneth A. Howery to be Ambassador of the U.S. to the Kingdom of Sweden

3:01 p.m. ML McConnell began wrap up and filed cloture on Executive Calendar #399 John Rakolta, Jr. to be Ambassador of the U.S. to the United Arab Emirates.

2:52 p.m. Senator Van Hollen spoke on military funding.

2:51 p.m. The Senate received the papers from the House with respect to S. 1790. S. 1790 is passed and amendment 938 is agreed to and the measure will be returned to the House.

2:25 p.m. Senators Schatz, Cardin, Murray and Duckworth spoke on military funding.

2:16 p.m. Senator Kennedy spoke about the Department of the Treasury and unclaimed funds.

2:15 p.m. The Senate confirmed the nomination of Thomas Peter Feddo to be Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Investment Security by a tally of 85-1. Senator Paul voted against.

1:45 p.m. The Senate is now voting on confirmation of Thomas Feddo to be Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Investment Security.

1:44 p.m. Senator Schumer paid tribute to SAA staffer Cindy Hasiak.

12:59 p.m. Senator Blackburn spoke about the southern border.

12:58 p.m. The nomination of Jennifer Nordquist to be U.S. Executive Director of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development was confirmed by voice vote.

12:58 p.m. The Senate confirmed Michelle Bowman to be a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System by a vote of 60 to 31.

12:19 p.m. The Senate is now voting on confirmation of Michelle Bowman to be a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.

12:18 p.m. The request for return of papers from the House regarding S.1790 to provide for a correction was agreed to by unanimous consent.

12:03 p.m. Senator Kennedy spoke about the national debt and election security.

11:52 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about Vietnam and the Vietnamese community in Texas and paid tribute to staffer Sandy Edwards.

11:32 a.m. Senator Portman spoke about e cigarettes, pell grants, the opioid crisis, and the Great Lakes.

11:16 a.m. Senator Schumer spoke about appropriations, gun control, China, and e cigarettes.

10:07 a.m. Senator Thune spoke about agriculture and trade.

10:03 a.m. Senator Grassley spoke about student loans.

*****

The Senate will convene at 10 a.m.  and will resume post-cloture consideration of the nomination of Michelle Bowman to the board of the Federal Reserve.

At 12:15 p.m., the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Bowman nomination and the nomination of  Jennifer Nordquist to be U.S. executive director of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

At 1:45 p.m. the Senate will vote on confirmation  of Thomas Feddo, of Virginia, to be assistant secretary of the Treasury for investment security.

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