Thursday, October 24, 2019

5:00 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will reconvene on Monday, October 28 at 3:00 p.m. They will resume consideration of H.R. 3055 with votes on  the Cortez Masto amendment (food distribution programs), the Paul amendment (reduce appropriations by 2 percent)and the Jones amendment (farmland relending program) to occur at 5:30 p.m.

During wrap-up:

  • Passed Calendar #198, S.2107: Protecting America’s Food & Agriculture Act.
  • Passed Calendar #197, S.2065, with committee-reported substitute: Deepfake Report Act.
  • Adopted S.Res.362: designating the week beginning on October 13, 2019, as “National Wildlife Refuge Week”
  • Adopted S.Res.379: National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month.
  • Adopted S.Res.380: National Retirement Security Week.
  • Adopted S.Res.381: Day of the Deployed.
  • Adopted S.Res.382: National Principals Month.
  • Adopted S.Res.383: Lights on Afterschool.
  • Adopted S.Res.384: Legal Counsel.

4:13 p.m. Senator Kaine spoke about Syria.

3:42 p.m. Senator Carper spoke about Syria.

3:00 p.m. Senator Van Hollen asked unanimous consent that the Senate proceed to H.R. 549 (Temporary Protected Status) and that his amendment be agreed to. Senator Scott objected.

2:59 p.m. Senator Scott asked unanimous consent that the Senate proceed to H.R. 549 (Temporary Protected Status) and that his amendment be agreed to. Senator Van Hollen objected.

2:57 p.m. Senator Scott (FL) spoke about Venezuela.

2:46 p.m. Senator Manchin paid tribute to Capt. Charles T. Jones.

2:36 p.m. Senator Van Hollen spoke about the FUTURE Act and asked unanimous consent to adopt H.R. 2486. Senator Alexander objected.

2:36 p.m. The Walker nomination was confirmed on a party line vote of 50-41.

1:36 p.m. Roll call vote began on confirmation of the Walker nomination.

1:22 p.m. Senator Blumenthal spoke on election interference and asked UC to take up and pass S. 1247, Senator Paul objected.

1:06 p.m. Senator Warner spoke on the situation in Syria and asked UC to take up and pass S. 2625, Senator Paul objected.

12:39 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on trade and the USMCA.

12:38 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Walker nomination on a party line tally of 50-39.

Senators not voting: 7 Democrats: Booker, Carper, Coons, Harris, Kaine, Whitehouse and Warren; 3 Republicans: Hyde Smith, Isakson and Moran; 1 Independent: Sanders.

12:00 p.m. The Senate returned and began a roll call vote on cloture on the nomination of Justin Walker to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Kentucky.

10:37 a.m. The Senate stands in recess until 12:00 noon.

10:21 a.m. Senator Schumer spoke about the impeachment inquiry, Syria, and Judicial nominations.

10:02 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the Walker nomination,  the opioid epidemic, and the impeachment inquiry.

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

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of Justin Walker to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Kentucky.

The Senate will recess from 10:30 a.m. until 12:00 noon to allow for the Lying in State Honoring Rep. Elijah Cummings.

At 12:00 noon, the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Walker nomination.

At 1:45 p.m., if cloture is invoked, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Walker nomination.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

6:15 p.m. The Senate adjourned.

6:14 p.m. ML McConnell wrapped up for the evening. No business was done by voice vote or unanimous consent during wrap-up.

4:31 p.m Senators Warner, Murray, Wyden and Stabenow spoke about health care and pre-existing conditions.

4:12 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke USMCA.

3:49 p.m. Senator Cramer spoke supporting the USMCA.

3:40 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke about election security and asked u.c. to call up and pass S. 1834, Deceptive Practices and Voter Intimidation Prevention Act. Senator Cramer objected.

3:39 p.m. The Senate did not agree to passage of SJ Res 50, the “State and Local Taxes” (SALT) CRA by a tally of 43-52.

Senator Bennet voted against the resolution and Senator Paul voted in favor.

Senators not voting: Harris, Isakson, Sanders, Warren and Whitehouse.

3:05 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on passage of S.J. Res. 50, to disapprove of a measure relating to credits for state and local taxes.

2:53 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke paying tribute to former Senator Ted Stevens, the Alaskan of the Century.

2:50 p.m. Senator Shelby spoke paying tribute to former Senator Stevens.

2:45 p.m. Senator Wicker spoke paying tribute to former Senator Ted Stevens.

2:29 p.m. Senators Blunt, Murkowski, Wicker, Shelby and Sullivan paid tribute to former Senator Ted Stevens and on his portrait unveiling.

1:42 p.m. Senators Ernst, McSally, Blackburn, Portman, Wicker Hyde-Smith, Hoeven and Blunt spoke about the USMCA.

1:33 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke about flawed SALT regulations.

1:08 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about the USMCA and tax reform.

12:56 p.m. Senator Menendez spoke about tax reform.

12:53 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke about tax reform.

12:33 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about gun control and mental health as well as tax reform.

12:25 p.m. Senator Hoeven spoke about the Appropriations process.

12:21 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke about the Agriculture Appropriations bill.

12:13 p.m. Senator Feinstein spoke about Ted Stevens.

12:02 p.m. Senator Hawley spoke about Hong Kong protests.

11:54 a.m. Senator Wyden asked UC to proceed to S. 2238-the SAFE act. Senator Blackburn objected.

11:45 a.m. Senator Klobuchar and Senator Wyden spoke about election security legislation. Senator Klobuchar asked UC to proceed S. 2669 -the SHIELD act. Senator Blackburn objected.

11:41 a.m. Senator Warner asked UC to proceed to S. 2242-FIRE Act. Senator Blackburn objected.

11:35 a.m. Senator Warner spoke about Russian election interference.

11:27 a.m. Senator Toomey spoke about tax reform.

10:57 a.m. Senators Murkowski and Udall spoke on the appropriations process and H.R. 3055; specifically the Department of Interior portions.

10:46 a.m. Senator Gardner spoke on his tours around Colorado discussing agriculture.

10:40 a.m. Senator Daines spoke on trade.

10:34 a.m. Democratic Leader spoke on the situation in Syria.

10:11 a.m. Senator Thune spoke about the pending state and local tax measure. He spoke about the tax exemption for religious organizations.

9:41 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about Senator Stevens. He spoke about H.R. 4617, a measure relating to the Federal Election Commission. He spoke about the pending measure on state and local tax credits.

Senator acted under Rule XIV to bring directl to the floor S.J. Res. 59, expressing the sense of Congress opposing the U.S. withdrawal from Syria and Turkey’s incursion into Turkey.

9:32 a.m. Senator Grassley spoke about the unveiling of a portrait of the late Sen. Ted Stevens.

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The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m. and will resume consideration of S.J. Res. 50, to disapprove of a measure relating to credits for state and local taxes.

At 2:45 p.m., the Senate will vote on passage of the resolution to disapprove of the tax-credit measure.

After the vote on the tax question, the Senate will resume consideration of the fiscal 2020 appropriations minibus, H.R.3055. Measure covers spending for the Departments of Commerce, Justice, Agriculture, Interior, Transportation, HUD and related agencies, as well as military construction, veterans affairs, and science.

Senate Amendment #948 and Senate Amendment #950 are now pending to H.R.3055, the appropriations measure.