Wednesday, May 6, 2020

6:18 p.m. The Senate adjourned.

6:14 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell wrapped up for the evening. SJ Res 68, the President’s veto message on war powers resolution, with a vote on over-riding the veto to occur at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Passed by UC: S Con Res 38, appointing the Joint Congressional Committee on the next inauguration. S Res 562, designating March 25 as Cerebral Palsy day; and S Res 563 designating March as National Womens History Month.

5:27 p.m. Senator Portman spoke on covid-19 and legislation for remote work by the Senate.

5:18 p.m. Senator Loeffler spoke on covid-19.

5:02 p.m. Senator Blackburn spoke on covid-19 and recent storms in Tennessee.

4:57 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke on covid-19.

4:36 p.m. Senator Carper spoke about covid-19 and clean drinking water.

4:23 p.m. Senator Blunt spoke on covid-19.

4:09 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke on covid-19.

3:47 p.m. Senator Klobuchar spoke on covid-19.

2:50 p.m. Senators Durbin and Cortez Masto praised immigrant health care workers.

2:49 p.m. The Senate confirmed the Evanina nominaton, 84-7.

Senators voting against: 7 Democrats: Blumenthal, Duckworth, Hirono, Markey, Merkley, Van Hollen and Wyden.

Senators not voting: 6 Democrats: Brown, Leahy, Murray, Schatz, Stabenow, & Whitehouse; 2 Republicans: Burr and Moran; 1 Independent: Sanders.

2:00 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on confirmation of the Evanina nomination.

1:55 p.m. Senator Kaine spoke about covid-19.

1:41 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about covid-19.

1:21 p.m. Senator Murphy spoke about covid-19.

12:53 p.m. Senator Gardner spoke on covid-19 response.

12:53 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Evanina nomination by a vote of 83 to 7. NOs: Blumenthal, Duckworth, Hirono, Markey, Merkley, Van Hollen and Wyden. NOT VOTING: Brown, Burr, Leahy, Moran, Murray, Sanders, Schatz, Stabenow, Warren, and Whitehouse.

12:00 p.m. The Senate is now voting on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of William R. Evanina to be Director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center.

11:54 a.m. Senator Warner spoke in support of the Evanina nomination.

11:40 a.m. Senator Wyden spoke against the Evanina nomination.

11:33 a.m. Senator Thune paid tribute to the healthcare workers and first responders.

11:22 a.m. Democratic Leader Schumer spoke on the Senate back at work and spoke against the Evanina nomination.

11:07 a.m. Majority Leader spoke on the Evanina nomination and the Senate getting back to work. He also gave his introduction to Judge Justin Walker for the Judiciary Committee on the floor.

11:03 a.m. Senator Grassley paid tribute to the healthcare professionals and first responders.

The Senate meets at 11:00 a.m. Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of Executive Calendar #111, the nomination of William R. Evanina, of Pennsylvania, to be Director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center.

At 12:00 Noon, there will be a cloture vote on the Evanina nomination. If cloture is invoked, the vote on confirmation would occur at 2:00 p.m.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

5:00 p.m. ML McConnell announced the Senate will meet next at 11:00 Wednesday, May 6th. Following the prayer and pledge and any Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of the nomination of William Evanina, to be Director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center.

At 12:00 p.m. there will be a cloture vote on the Evanina nomination. If cloture is invoked, the vote on confirmation would occur at 2:00 p.m.

4:06 p.m. Senator Murkowski spoke on the impact of the pandemic as well as on violence against indigenous people.

3:07 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke on the pandemic.

2:45 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about the failures of the WHO during the pandemic.

2:40 p.m. Senator Blumenthal spoke on the need for oversight for the entire CARES package.

2:32 p.m. DL Schumer asked u.c. to call up and pass S. _ – requiring a report from the administrator of the SBA on small business recovery programs. Senator Rubio objected.

2:27 p.m. Senator Shaheen spoke about the paycheck protection program.

2:22 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke about the paycheck protection program.

2:18 p.m. The Senate reconvened from recess. DL Schumer spoke on the paycheck protection program and the need for oversight.

12:18 p.m. The Senate stands in recess until 2:15 p.m.

12:01 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on the economy.

11:50 a.m. Senator Thune spoke about the coronavirus and on pending Senate business.

11:30 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke on the coronavirus.

11:15 a.m. DL Schumer spoke on the need to work on coronavirus related business.

11:04 a.m. ML McConnell spoke on the pandemic.

11:02 a.m. Senator Grassley spoke about positive events in Iowa during the pandemic.

11:00 a.m. The Senate convened.

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The Senate will convene at 11:00 a.m. and resume consideration of the nomination of William Evanina to be Director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center.

The Senate will recess from 12:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. for the weekly policy lunches.