Archive from November, 2019

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

7:01 a.m. The Senate convened for a pro forma session, Senator Moran presiding. No business was conducted.

The final pro forma session of the Thanksgiving recess will occur at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, November 29.

The Senate will next convene for a regular session at 3 p.m. on Monday, December 2, and will resume consideration of the nomination of Dan R. Brouillette of Texas as secretary of the Department of Energy.

A cloture vote on the Brouillette nomination will occur at 5:30 p.m. Monday.

 

Friday, November 22, 2019

9:34 a.m. The Senate met in pro forma session, Senator Blunt  presiding. No business was conducted.

Two more pro forma sessions will be held during the Thanksgiving recess: Tuesday, November 26 at 7 a.m. and Friday, November 29 at 9:30 a.m.

The Senate will next convene in legislative session on Monday, December 2 at 3 p.m. At 5:30 p.m. on December 2, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the nomination of of Dan R. Brouillette, of Texas, to be secretary of of the Department of Energy. The Senate will then vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Eric Ross Komitee to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

5:07 p.m. The Senate adjourned and Senator Fischer asked u.c. that when the Senate meet next for pro forma sessions on:

  • Friday, November 22nd at 9:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday, November 26th at 7:00 a.m.
  • Friday, November 29th at 9:30 a.m.

5:00 p.m. Executive Calendar #456 John E. Kramer to be Chief Financial Officer, Department of Transportation. 2. Executive Calendar #493 Ian Steff to be Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Director General of the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service, Executive Calendar #495 Carl Bentzel to be a Federal Maritime Commissioner for the term expiring June 30, 2024, confirmed en bloc by voice vote.

4:59 p.m. Executive Calendar 129, Department of Labor John Lowry to be Assistant Secretary of Labor for Veterans’ Employment and Training, confirmed by voice vote.

4:57 p.m. En bloc consideration of Executive Calendar #482 Joshua Deahl to be an Associate Judge of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals for the term of 15 years; Exec. Cal. #483 Deborah J. Israel to be an Associate Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia for the term of 15 years; and Exec. Cal. #484 Andrea L. Hertzfeld to be an Associate Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia for the term of 15 years. The nominations were confirmed en bloc by voice vote.

4:56 p.m. Executive Calendar #420 E. Sequoyah Simermeyer to be Chairman of the National Indian Gaming Commission for the term of 3 years, confirmed by voice vote.

4:55 p.m. En bloc consideration of Executive Calendar #485 Robert Dixon to be U.S. Marshal for the Superior Court of the District of Columbia for the term of 4 years; Executive Calendar #537 Thomas O’Connor to be U.S. Marshal for the Southern District of Texas for a term of 4 years; and Executive Calendar #539 Ralph Sozio to be U.S. Marshal for the Southern District of New York for the term of 4 years, the nominations were confirmed en bloc.

4:54 p.m. Military Promotions confirmed by unanimous consent: Executive Calendar #510 – 517, and all nominations on the Secretary’s Desk in the Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Coast Guard and Foreign Service.

4:53 p.m. S.Res. 435, reaffirming the importance of the General Security of Military Information Agreement between the Republic of Korea and Japan, and for other purposes, adopted by u.c.

4:52 p.m. S. 1846, with Peters substitute amendment: State and Local Government Cybersecurity Act.

4:51 p.m. S. 333, National Cybersecurity Preparedness Consortium Act, passed by u.c.

4:51 p.m. passed en bloc:

  • Calendar #293, S.2712 – A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 430 South Knowles Avenue in New Richmond, Wisconsin, as the “Captain Robert C. Harmon and Private John R. Peirson Post Office Building”.
  • Calendar #294, H.R.887 – designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 877 East 1200 South in Orem, Utah, as the “Jerry C. Washburn Post Office Building”.
  • Calendar #295, H.R.1252 – designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 6531 Van Nuys Boulevard in Van Nuys, California, as the “Marilyn Monroe Post Office”.
  • Calendar #296, H.R.1253 – designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 13507 Van Nuys Boulevard in Pacoima, California, as the “Ritchie Valens Post Office Building”.
  • Calendar #297, H.R.1526 – designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 200 Israel Road Southeast in Tumwater, Washington, as the “Eva G. Hewitt Post Office”.
  • Calendar #298, H.R.1844 – designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 66 Grove Court in Elgin, Illinois, as the “Corporal Alex Martinez Memorial Post Office Building”.
  • Calendar #299, H.R.1972 – designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1100 West Kent Avenue in Missoula, Montana, as the “Jeannette Rankin Post Office Building”.
  • Calendar #300, H.R.2151 – designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 7722 South Main Street in Pine Plains, New York, as the “Senior Chief Petty Officer Shannon M. Kent Post Office”.
  • Calendar #301, H.R.2325 – designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 100 Calle Alondra in San Juan, Puerto Rico, as the “65th Infantry Regiment Post Office Building”.
  • Calendar #302, H.R.3144 – designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 8520 Michigan Avenue in Whittier, California, as the “Jose Ramos Post Office Building”.
  • Calendar #303, H.R.3314 – designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1750 McCulloch Boulevard North in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, as the “Lake Havasu City Combat Veterans Memorial Post Office Building”.
  • Calendar #247, H.R.2451 – designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 575 Dexter Street in Central Falls, Rhode Island, as the “Elizabeth Buffum Chace Post Office

4:50 p.m. H.R. 2334, Wilson and Young Medal of Honor VA Clinic, passed by u.c.

4:50 p.m. S. 900, Travis W. Atkins Department of Veterans Affairs Clinic, passed by u.c.

4:49 p.m. S. 1430, Representative Payee Fraud Prevention Act, passed as amended with the Lankford-Peters amendment.

4:48 p.m. S 2193, CHARGE Act., passed as amended.

4:46 p.m. Senator Fischer began wrap up and asked u.c. for the en bloc consideration of:

  • Adopted S.Res.437: expressing support for the goals of Stomach Cancer Awareness Month.
  • Adopted S.Res.438: expressing support for the goals of National Adoption Month and National Adoption Day.
  • Adopted S.Res.439: designating December 1, 2019, as “Drive Safer Sunday”.
  • Adopted S.Res.440: designating December 14, 2019, as “Wreaths Across America Day”.
  • Adopted S.Res.441: celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 12 Moon landing.

3:58 p.m. Senator Reed spoke about crimes committed by members of the Armed Forces.

3:50 p.m. Senator Cortez Masto spoke about health care.

3:37 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke about the Alaskan of the week, Rose Marie Havish.

3:22 p.m. Senator Van Hollen spoke about the NDAA.

3:03 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the Violence Against Women Act.

2:55 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke about the pardon of Chief Petty Officer Edward Gallagher.

2:38 p.m. Senator Portman spoke about renaming NASA’s Plumbrook Station in Ohio after Neil Armstrong. He then spoke about China stealing research.

2:37 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Brouillette nomination by a vote of 74 to 18.

Voting NO: Senators Baldwin, Bennet, Blumenthal, Brown, Cortez Masto, Gillibrand, Hirono, Leahy, Markey, Menendez, Merkley, Reed, Rosen, Schatz, Schumer, Van Hollen, Whitehouse, and Wyden.

1:33 p.m Roll call vote began on cloture on the Brouillette nomination.

1:31 p.m. Senator Murkowski spoke in favor of the Brouillette nomination.

1:16 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke against the Brouillette nomination.

1:12 p.m. Senator Brown spoke on pensions for coal miners.

1:02 p.m. Senators Menendez and Cruz spoke on Armenian Genocide; asked UC to take up and pass S Res 150; Senator Perdue objected.

1:00 p.m. ML McConnell passed H Con Res 75; (correction in enrollment of HR 3055); filed cloture on nomination of Robert Duncan to be a governor of the US Postal Service.

12:59 p.m. The CR HR 3055;was agreed to 74-20.

Senators voting against: 20 Republicans Blackburn, Braun, Cruz, Daines, Enzi, Ernst, Fischer, Hawley, Inhofe, Lee, Paul, Perdue, Risch, Romney, Rounds, Sasse, Scott of Florida, Scott of South Carolina, Tillis and Toomey.

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

12:33 p.m. Vote on passage of the CR began.

12:32 p.m. Cloture was invoked, 75-19.

Voting against: 19 Republicans Blackburn, Braun, Cruz, Daines, Enzi, Ernst, Fischer, Hawley, Inhofe, Lee, Paul, Perdue, Risch, Romney, Rounds, Sasse, Scott of Florida, Tillis and Toomey.

Not voting: 4 Democrats: Booker, Harris, Klobuchar and Warren; 1 Republican: Cassidy; 1 Independent: Sanders.

12:10 p.m. The vote began on cloture for the appropriations package.

12:09 p.m. By a vote of 73 to 20, the Senate tabled the Paul motion to cut the appropriation by 1 percent.

YEA: All 40  Democrats present; independent King and 31 Republicans.

NAY: 20 Republicans Blackburn, Braun, Cornyn, Crapo, Cruz, Daines, Ernst, Fischer, Kennedy, Lankford, Lee, McSally, Paul, Risch, Romney, Sasse, Scott of South Carolina, Sullivan, Tillis and Young.

NOT VOTING: Democrats Booker, Harris, Klobuchar and Warren; independent Sanders; Republicans Cassidy and Cotton.

11:33 a.m. Senator Leahy spoke against the Paul amendment.

11:25 a.m. Senator Paul spoke on his amendment, #1250 to reduce the appropriation by 1 percent and put the savings toward the Highway Trust Fund and certain Environmental Protection Agency public works.

10:58 a.m. Senator Manchin spoke about the Farmington mine disaster and West Virginia miners.

10:51 a.m. Senator Boozman spoke about the Arkansas Gazette.

10:43 a.m. Senator Cotton spoke about the 200th Anniversary of The Arkansas Gazette.

10:32 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about Thanksgiving and about the impeachment inquiry. He spoke about the appropriations package.

10:26 a.m. Senator Thune spoke about Hong Kong.

10:07 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the continuing appropriations package. He spoke about the defense authorization. He secured second reading for H.R. 2920, to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act. He spoke about nominations.

Senator McConnell filed cloture motions on these nominations: Eric Komittee to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York; John L. Sinatra Jr. to U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York; Sarah E. Pitlyk to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri; Douglas Russell Cole to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio; R. Austin Huffaker Jr. to the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama; David B. Barlow to the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah; Richard Earnest Myers II to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina; Sherry Lydon to the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina;

10:03 a.m. Senator Grassley spoke about foster care.

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The Senate will convene at 10 a.m. and will resume consideration of the nomination of Dan Brouillette to be secretary of the Department of Energy.

 At 11:30 a.m., the Chair will lay before the Senate the House message to accompany H.R.3055 (Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2020, and Further Health Extenders Act of 2019).

Senator Paul will move to concur with further amendment and Senator Shelby will move to table the Paul motion.

Following disposition of the Paul motion, Senator McConnell will move to concur in the House amendment to Senate amendment. Cloture is expected to be filed on the McConnell motion to concur. The cloture vote will occur immediately. If cloture is invoked, all post-cloture time will be yielded back.

The Senate will then vote on the motion to concur with the House message. There will be no intervening action or debate.

           Thus, at 11:30 a.m., the following roll call votes are expected:

  • Motion to table Paul motion to concur with further amendment to reduce the appropriation by 1 percent and put the savings toward the Highway Trust Fund and certain Environmental Protection Agency public works.
  • Motion to invoke cloture on the motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to H.R.3055 (the continuing appropriations for 2020, and health extenders).
  • Motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to H.R.3055.

NOTE: Cloture has been filed on the Brouillette nomination. A roll call vote on cloture for Brouillette possible today.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

6:20 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will convene at 10:00 am on Thursday, November 21. The Senate will then resume consideration of Dan R. Brouillette to be Secretary of Energy.

At 11:30 a.m. Senator Paul, or his designee, will be recognized to offer a motion to concur with further amendment (re: 1 percent cut), and Senator Shelby, or his designee, will be recognized to make a motion to table the Paul motion.

Following disposition of the Paul motion, the Majority Leader, or his designee, will be recognized to make a motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment. If cloture is filed on the motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment, the vote on the cloture motion will occur immediately. If cloture is invoked, the post-cloture time will be yielded back, and the Senate will vote on the motion to concur with no intervening action or debate.

At 11:30 a.m. there will be up to 3 ROLL CALL VOTES:

  1. Motion to table the motion to concur with the House amendment to H.R. 3055, the vehicle for the Continuing Resolution, with a further amendment offered by Senator Paul.
  2. Cloture on the motion to concur in the House amendment to H.R. 3055
  3. Adoption of Motion to concur in the House message to accompany H.R. 3055 (if cloture is invoked)

 

During wrap-up:

S.2920, Re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act, was placed on the calendar via the Rule 14 process.

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5:37 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell filed cloture on the nomination of Dan R. Brouillette to be Secretary of Energy.

5:19 p.m. Senator Shaheen spoke about healthcare and asked unanimous consent that the Senate adopt S. 455. Senator Braun objected and asked unanimous consent that Senator Shaheen modify her request that the Senate adopt S.913. Senator Shaheen objected.

5:03 p.m. Senator Blackburn spoke about the

4:52 p.m. Senator Leahy spoke about the CR.

4:43 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke about Sergei Magnitsky.

4:27 p.m. Senator Alexander spoke about permanent funding for HCBUs. He asked UC that the Senate proceed to S. 2557 (permanent funding for HCBUs). Senator Brown objected.

4:18 p.m. Senator Burr spoke about funding for HCBUs.

4:15 p.m. Senator Coons asked UC that the Senate proceed to H.R. 2486 (short term funding for HCBUs). Senator Alexander objected.

4:05 p.m. Senators Carper and Coons spoke about HCBUs.

3:40 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about the pension system.

3:30 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke about taxes and the spending bills.

3:19 p.m. Senator Hirono spoke about gun violence.

3:15 p.m. The Zuckerman nomination was confirmed, 65-30.

Senators voting in favor: 53 Republicans, 11 Democrats: Carper, Coons, Hassan, Jones, Manchin, Menendez, Murphy, Rosen, Shaheen, Sinema and Warner; 1 Independent: King.

Senators voting against: 30 Democrats.

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

2:37 p.m. Roll call vote began on confirmation of the Zuckerman nomination.

2:32 p.m. Senator Blackburn spoke about The Violence Against Women Act.

2:22 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke about The Violence Against Women Act.

2:22 p.m. Senator Hoeven spoke about The Violence Against Women Act.

2:15 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about The Violence Against Women Act.

2:06 p.m. Senator Ernst spoke about The Violence Against Women Act.

1:54 p.m. Senator Feinstein spoke about The Violence Act Women Reauthorization Act of 2019 and asked unanimous consent that at a time to be determined by both leaders, the Senate proceed to immediate consideration of S. 2843 and vote with a 60 vote threshold for amendments and passage. Senator Ernst objected and spoke on the legislation.

1:07 p.m. Senator Gardner paid tribute to former fellow in his office and Foreign Service Officer Nathan Lane who recently died in Poland.

12:46 p.m. Senators Wyden and Brown spoke on health care.

12:30 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Zuckerman nomination, 65-30.

Senators voting in favor: 53 Republicans, 11 Democrats: Carper, Coons, Hassan, Jones, Manchin, Menendez, Murphy, Rosen, Shaheen, Sinema and Warner; 1 Independent: King.

Senators voting against: 30 Democrats.

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

12:o4 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on cloture on the nomination of Adrian Zuckerman to be Ambassador to Romania.

12:03 p.m. the Lagoa nomination was confirmed 80-15.

Senators voting no: 15 Democrats: Bennet, Brown, Cantwell, Gillibrand, Hirono, Markey, Merkley, Murray, Rosen, Schatz, Schumer, Stabenow , Van Hollen and Wyden.

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

11:30 a.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on confirmation of the nomination of Barbara Lagoa to be a judge for the Eleventh U.S. Circuit Court

11:12 a.m. Senator Blunt spoke supporting the USMCA and on National Adoption Month.

11:08 a.m. Senator Daines spoke supporting the USMCA.

11:01 a.m. Senator Thune spoke about nominations.

10:50 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke about student loans.

10:36 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about the intelligence estimate on the Islamic State and Syria. He spoke about the defense authorization and Russian interference in the U.S. elections of 2016.

10:09 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the Hong Kong measures that passed the Senate Tuesday. He spoke about trade, the rural economy, and the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement.

10:03 a.m. Senator Grassley spoke about the opioid epidemic.

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The Senate will convene at 10 a.m. and will resume post-cloture consideration of the nomination of Barbara Lagoa to be a Judge for the Eleventh U.S. Circuit Court.

Votes at 11:30 a.m.:

  • Confirmation of the nomination of Barbara Lagoa to be a judge for the Eleventh U.S. Circuit Court.
  • Cloture on the nomination of Adrian Zuckerman to be U.S. ambassador to Romania.

The Zuckerman nomination is subject to up to two hours of post cloture debate prior to a confirmation vote, which is expected to occur in the afternoon.

The Senate is expected to consider a continuing resolution to December 20, 2019 during this week’s session of the Senate.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

 

6:23 p.m. The Senate stands adjourned until 10 a.m. Wednesday, whereupon it will resume post-cloture consideration of the Lagoa nomination.  A roll call vote on confirmation will occur at 11 a.m.

6:20 p.m. During wrap-up, by unanimous consent, the Senate passed en bloc Senate Resolutions  430, 431, 432,  433 and 434.  By consent, the Senate also passed H.R. 4258 to authorize the protection of the Supreme Court.

6:10 p.m. Senator Merkley secured unanimous consent for passage S. 2710.

6:04 p.m. Senator Merkley and Senator Cornyn spoke about S. 2710,  a bill to ban the export of certain munitions to the Hong Kong police.

6:02 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke about the Hong Kong bill.

6 p.m. By unanimous consent, the Senate passed S. 1838.

5:46 p.m. Senator Durbin, Scott of Florida, Hawley and Cruz joined in the colloquy on Hong Kong.

5:35 p.m. Senators Risch, Cardin, Menendez and Cotton joined in the colloquy about the Hong Kong measure.

5:26 p.m. Senator Rubio spoke about the Hong Kong legislation, S. 1838.

5:19 p.m. Senator Blackburn spoke about legislation to affirm U.S. support of democracy in Hong Kong.

5 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke about climate change.

4:54 p.m. Senator Burr joined in the education discussion.

4:47 p.m. Senator Casey objected.

4:44 p.m. Senator Alexander objected. He sought consent to proceed to a related measure, S. 2557.

4:33 p.m. Senator Casey spoke about historically black colleges. He sought consent to move to related legislation, H.R. 2486.

4:12 p.m. Senator Wicker spoke about television satellite access.

3:37 p.m. Senator Bennet spoke about Senator Hagen.

3:23 p.m. Senator Lankford spoke on the appropriations process, federal employees and government shutdowns.

3:12 p.m. Senator Kennedy spoke on 5G technology and praised the FCC fo their recent decision on that topic.

3:11 p.m. The Senate invoked cloture on the nomination of Barbara Lagoa to the 11th Circuit, 80-15.

No votes: 15 Democrats: Bennet, Brown, Cantwell, Cortez Masto, Gillibrand, Hirono, Markey, Merkley, Murray, Rosen, Schatz, Schumer, Stabenow, Van Hollen & Wyden.

Not voting: Booker, Harris, Klobuchar, Sanders and Warren.

2:48 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #488 Barbara Lagoa to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit.

2:47 p.m. The Senate confirmed the nomination of Robert Luck to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit by a tally of 64-31.

Senators Baldwin, Carper, Coons, Feinstein, Jones, Leahy, Manchin, Murphy, Reed, Sinema and Whitehouse joined all 53 Republicans voting yes.

Senator Booker, Harris, Klobuchar, Sanders and Warren did not vote.

2:15 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #487 Robert J. Luck to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit.

12:16 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the legislative process.

12:08 p.m. Senator Toomey spoke about the wind production tax credit.

12:01 p.m. Senator Alexander spoke about the wind production tax credit.

11:33 a.m. Senator Casey spoke on the situation in Syria and Ukraine and President Trumps relationship with Russia.  He later spoke about witnesses testifying on the impeachment inquiry.

11:17 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke on the issue of young people vaping.

10:38 a.m. Senator Thune spoke about military spending.

10:27 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about Hong Kong and related legislation. He spoke about the House impeachment inquiry. He spoke about public works.

10:04 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about appropriations,  the defense authorization, and nominations. He spoke about Iranian influence in the Middle East.

10:02 a.m. Senator Grassley spoke about biofuels.

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

Following Leader remarks, resume consideration of Executive Calendar #487, Robert Luck to be United States Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit, post-cloture.

The Senate will recess from 12:30 p.m. until 2:15 p.m. to allow for the weekly caucus meetings.

At 2:15 p.m., two roll call votes:
1. Confirmation of the Luck nomination.

2. Cloture on nomination of Barbara Lagoa to be United States Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit.

As a reminder, cloture has also been filed on Executive Calendar #454, Adrian Zuckerman to be Ambassador to Romania.

Monday, November 18, 2019

6:27 p.m. Senate adjourns.

6:26 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell wrapped up for the evening.

Passed by UC: S 2071, repealing existing substandard provisions encouraging conciliation with tribes act; S Res 428 taking pictures in Senate chamber for use by Capitol Visitors Center.

6:19 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Luck nomination, 61-30.

Senators voting in favor: 51 Republicans, 9 Democrats: Baldwin, Coons, Feinstein, Jones, Leahy, Manchin, Reed, Sinema and Whitehouse.

Senators voting against:30 Democrats; 1 Independent: King.

Senators not voting: 6 Democrats: Booker, Harris, Klobuchar, Murphy, Schatz and Warren; 2 Republicans: Isakson and Roberts; 1 Independent: Sanders.

5:31 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the Luck nomination.

5:11 p.m. Senator Murkowski spoke about Ted Stevens.

4:25 p.m. Dem Leader Schumer spoke about the impeachment inquiry, e-cigarettes, and Huawei

3:34 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about appropriations and nominations. He spoke about Hong Kong.

3:02 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about appropriations.

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

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #487, Robert Luck to be United States Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit.

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

Cloture has also been filed on the following nominations:

  1. Executive Calendar #488, Barbara Lagoa to be United States Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit.
  2. Executive Calendar #454, Adrian Zuckerman to be Ambassador of the United States to Romania.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

4:01 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will convene on Monday, November 18, 2019. Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the Robert J. Luck to be to be United States Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit.

There will be a 5:30 p.m. vote on the Luck nomination.

During wrap-up:

  • R. 3889, ONDCP Technical Corrections Act of 2019, was agreed to by unanimous consent.
  • Res. 415, expressing the sense of the Senate that the United States Postal Service should issue a commemorative postage stamp series honoring women veterans of the Armed Forces and that the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee should recommend to the Postmaster General that such a stamp series be issued, was adopted by unanimous consent.
  • Res. 393, recognizing the historical, cultural, and religious significance of the 550th birthday of Guru Nanak and the contributions and sacrifices made by Sikhs of the United States, was adopted by unanimous consent.
  • Adopted by unanimous consent en bloc:
    • Res. 422, recognizing November 15, 2019, as “America Recycles Day” and expressing the sense of the Senate that recycling promotes a healthy economy and responsible environmental stewardship.
    • Res. 423, recognizing November 2019 as “National Homeless Children and Youth Awareness Month”.
    • Res. 424, recognizing the 100th Anniversary of the Colorado Farm Bureau Federation and celebrating the long history of the Colorado Farm Bureau Federation representing the farmer and ranchers of Colorado.
    • Res. 425, designating October 2019 as “National Down Syndrome Awareness Month” and supporting the goals and ideals of National Down Syndrome Awareness Month.

 

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3:42 p.m. Senator Cramer spoke about Sully’s Hill Game Preserve and the Senate adopted S. 2099 by unanimous consent.

3:18 p.m. Senator Boozman spoke about recycling.

3:03 p.m. Senator Carper spoke about recycling.

2:47 p.m. Senator Blackburn spoke about Africa.

2:29 p.m. Senator McConnell filed cloture on the following nominations:

  • Robert Luck to be US Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit
  • Barbara Lagoa to be US Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit
  • Adrian Zuckerman to be Ambassador to Romania

2:26 p.m. The nomination of Steven Menashi was confirmed by a vote of 51-41. Republicans voting no: Senator Collins. Not voting: Bennet, Booker, Harris, Jones, Klobuchar, Rounds, Sanders and Warren.

1:42 p.m. Roll call vote began on confirmation of the Menashi nomination.

1:31 p.m. Senator Casey spoke paid tribute to former senator Kay Hagan.

1:13 p.m. Senator Portman paid tribute to Ohio veterans.

1:03 p.m. Senator Gardner paid tribute to Colorado Veterans and Military Families.

12:50 p.m. Senator Duckworth asked UC to proceed to S. 1573 (Veterans co-pay for medications). Senator Boozeman objected.

12:36 p.m. Senator Reed spoke about the Menashi nomination.

12:30 p.m. Senator Murray spoke about healthcare.

11:50 a.m. Senator Brown spoke about veterans and paid tribute to Dayton Police Detective George Del Rio.

11:42 a.m. Senator Stabenow spoke about veterans.

11:32 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the Violence Against Women Act and e cigarettes.

11:31 a.m. H.Con.Res. 72, correction in enrollment of H.R. 2423,  was adopted by unanimous consent.

11:21 a.m. Senator Blumenthal spoke about gun violence.

11:11 a.m. Senator Murphy spoke about gun violence and asked unanimous consent that the Senate adopt H.R. 8. Senator Hyde Smith objected.

11:05 a.m. Senator Murray spoke about gun control.

10:55 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about the Menashi nomination, veterans, and trade policy.

10:40 a.m. Senator Thune spoke about adoption.

10:37 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke about the late Senator Hagen.

10:04 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about nominations and appropriations. He spoke about defenses against Russian interference in U.S. elections.

10:02 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about efforts to ease the burdens on farmers.

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The Senate will convene at 10 a.m. and will resume consideration of the nomination of Steven Menashi to the U.S. Circuit Court for the Second Circuit.

A vote on confirmation of Menashi’s nomination will occur at 1:45 p.m.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

6:40 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 10 a.m. Thursday.

6:30 p.m. Senator Lankford spoke about President Erdogan.

6:19 p.m. Senator Brown spoke against the nomination of Steven Menashi. He spoke about pensions.

6:13 p.m. Senator Menendez spoke about the Armenian genocide. He sought consent for passage of S. Res. 150, to commemorate the Armenian genocide.  Sen. Graham objected.

5:55 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke about the economy. He spoke about impeachment.

5:49 p.m. The Senate consented to passage of S-2851, to amend Section 442 of Title 18.  By consent, the Senate will convene Thursday at 10 a.m. and will resume consideration of the nomination of Steven Menashi to the Second U.S. Circuit Court. A vote on confirmation will occur at 1:45 p.m.

5:22 p.m. Senators Grassley and Shaheen spoke about sexual assault legislation.

5:04 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke about climate change.

4:59 p.m. Senator Thune spoke  on the USMCA trade agreement.

4:49 p.m. Senator Brown urged the list of medical conditions for veterans exposed to Agent Orange be expanded. He asked that S Res 420 on that topic be passed by unanimous consent.  Senator Isakson objected.

4:25 p.m. Senator Kennedy spoke on 5G technology.

4:14 p.m. Senator Manchin spoke about homeless children and youth.

4:05 p.m. Senator Tester spoke about veterans, Agent Orange and Vietnam.

3:59 p.m. Senator Moran spoke about abuse in the Olympics.

3:50 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke about the Menashi nomination.

3:23 p.m. Senators Cotton, Perdue, Fischer, and Tillis spoke about the Defense Authorization bill.

3:15 p.m. Senator Blunt spoke about the Defense Authorization bill.

3:09 p.m. Senator Murphy spoke about health care.

2:59 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke about supporting Veterans.

2:38 p.m. Senator Heinrich spoke against the Wolf nomination.

2:30 p.m. Senator Cramer spoke on the Defense authorization and appropriations bills.

2:00 p.m. Senators Grassley and Collins spoke on prescription drug pricing.

12:49 p.m. The Senate recessed until 2:00 p.m. to allow for the policy luncheons.

12:37 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke about the impeachment inquiry, the Dept. of Agriculture’s Market Facilitation Program, and the funding of treatment for Vietnam veterans suffering from exposure to agent orange.

12:04 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the cost of prescription drugs and asked unanimous consent for the Senate to adopt S. 1416 and the Cornyn substitute amendment. Senator Durbin objected and asked unanimous consent to adopt S.1437 and the Durbin-Grassley amendment. Senator Toomey objected and asked unanimous consent that the Senate adopt S.1416 and the Cornyn substitute and following disposition of S. 1416, the Senate proceed to H.R. 2740 and following the offering of a substitute amendment by Senator Shelby or his designee, the first amendment in order be an amendment to be offered by Senator Durbin or Senator Grassley, the text of which is identical to S. 1437, as amended. Senator Durbin objected. Senator Schumer also joined the debate over the cost of prescription drugs.

12:02 p.m. Senator Blumenthal spoke about the cost of prescription drugs.

12:01 p.m. Cloture was invoked on Steven J. Menashi to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit by a vote of 51 to 44.

Senator Collins voted NO.

Senators Booker, Harris, Rounds, Sanders, and Warren were absent.

11:38 a.m. Roll call vote began on the motion to invoke cloture on Steven J. Menashi to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit.

11:37 a.m. Chad Wolf to be Under Secretary for Strategy, Policy, and Plans, Department of Homeland Security was confirmed by a vote of 54-41.

Senators Manchin and Sinema voted YES.

Senators Booker, Harris, Rounds, Sanders, and Warren were absent.

11:00 a.m. The confirmation vote began on the Wolf nomination.

10:12 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke about Senate procedure, nominations, and immigration.

10:05 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about nominations. He spoke about the White House visit of Turkish President Erdogan. He spoke about impeachment and about appropriations.

10:02 a.m. Senator Grassley spoke about adoption.

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The Senate will convene at 10 a.m. and will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #387, Chad F. Wolf, of Virginia to be Under Secretary for Strategy, Policy, and Plans, Department of Homeland Security, post-cloture.

At 11 a.m., all post-cloture time will be considered expired, and the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Wolf nomination. Following disposition of the Wolf nomination, the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #486, Steven J. Menashi, of New York, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit.

The Senate will recess from 12:30 p.m. until 2 p.m. to allow for the weekly caucus meetings.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

7:03 p.m. The Senate stands adjourned.

6:45 p.m. Senator Menendez spoke against President Trump’s invitation of President Erdogan to the White House.

6:15 p.m. Senator Inhofe spoke on Chinese tariffs.

5:30 p.m. The Senate is currently voting on  the nomination of  Executive Calendar #387, Chad Wolf to be Under Secretary for the Department of Homeland Security. the nomination was agreed to by a vote of 54-40.

5:20 p.m. Senator Peters spoke against the Wolf nomination.

5:12 p.m. Senator Johnson spoke about the Wolf nomination.

5:04 p.m. Senator Rosen spoke about the Wolf nomination.

4:50 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the cost of prescription drugs.

4:24 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about DACA and asked unanimous consent that the Senate agree to H.R. 6, The American Dream and Promise Act. Senator Blackburn objected and spoke about DACA.

4:16 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about counterfeit goods online.

3:56 p.m. Senator Van Hollen spoke against President Trump’s invitation of President Erdogan to the White House.

3:43 p.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about immigration. He spoke about nominations. He spoke about Agent Orange.

3:07 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about a trade agreement with Spain. He spoke about nominations.

3:03 p.m. Senator Grassley paid tribute to the American Legion.

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

At that time, resume consideration of the nomination of  Executive Calendar #387, Chad Wolf to be Under Secretary for the Department of Homeland Security.

At 5:30 p.m. there will be a cloture vote on the Wolf nomination.

Cloture has also been filed on the nomination of  Executive Calendar #486, Steven Menashi to be United States Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit.

Friday, November 8, 2019

The Senate convened for a pro forma session at 8:00 a.m. Senator Gardner presided and no business was conducted.

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