Thursday, May 21, 2020





5:48 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will meet on May 22nd at 9:00 a.m. for a pro forma session.

5:16 p.m. Senator Sullivan paid tribute to the Alaskan of the Week, Sharon Long and on the Due Process Protections Act.

5:02 p.m. ML McConnell conducted wrap up:

ML McConnell asked u.c. that the Senate meet in pro forma sessions on:

Friday, May 22nd at 9:00 a.m.

Tuesday, May 26th at 9:30 a.m.

Thursday, May 28th at 11:00 a.m.

ML McConnell asked for the first reading of the following bills en bloc: S. 3833, a bill extending the loan forgiveness period for the Paycheck Protection Program and on H.R. 6800, the Heroes Act.

Adopted S.Res.597, designating May 2020 as ‘‘Older Americans Month’’.

Adopted S.Res.598, recognizing National Foster Care Month as an opportunity to raise awareness about the challenges of children in the foster care system, and encouraging Congress to implement policies to improve the lives of children in the foster care system.

Adopted S.Res.599, honoring the life and legacy of Judge Lee Roy West.

Agreed to by u.c.: S.Res. 556, Designating May 1st as U.S. Foreign Service Day.

Confirmed by voice vote en bloc: PN1608 – Christopher T. Hanson to be a Member of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for the term of 5 years PN1333 – David A. Wright to be a Member of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for the term of 5 years

Confirmed by voice vote: Executive Calendar #654 Kenneth J. Braithwaite to be Secretary of the Navy.

5:00 p.m. ML McConnell spoke about upcoming legislative business, including Great American Outdoors Act and NDAA.

3:34 p.m. Senator Collins spoke about strengthening PPP legislation.

3:15 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about essential workers unable to work from home.

2:41 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke on the Memorial Day holiday.

2:37 p.m. Senator Cramer spoke about Major General Scott Spellmon.

2:25 p.m. Senator Blunt spoke about recent increases in addiction issues as well as increases in mental and behavioral health issues.

2:23 p.m. ML McConnell filed cloture on the following:

Executive Calendar #644 Drew B. Tipton to be U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Texas.


Executive Calendar #656 James H. Anderson to be a Deputy Under Secretary of Defense.

Executive Calendar #652 Brian D. Miller to be Special Inspector General for Pandemic Recovery.

Executive Calendar #655 Victor G. Mercado to be an Assistant Secretary of Defense.

2:21 p.m. The #Senate invoked cloture on John Badalamenti to be U.S. District Judge for the Middle District of Florida by a tally of 65-28.

1:31 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on John Leonard Badalamenti to be U.S. District Judge for the Middle District of Florida.

1:16 p.m. Senator Cruz spoke about the coronavirus and on Chinese persecution of the Uighurs.

12:46 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke about the need to remain in session over the Memorial Day recess.

12:35 p.m. The Senate confirmed the nomination of John Ratcliffe to be Director of National Intelligence on a party line vote of 49-44.

Senators not voting: Alexander, Burr, Markey, Murkowski, Murray, Rounds, & Sanders.

12:00 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on the nomination of John Ratcliffe to be the Director of National Intelligence.

11:31 a.m. Senator Wyden spoke against the Ratcliffe nomination.

11:09 a.m. Senator Grassley spoke supporting the Ratcliffe nomination and on the Russia investigation.

10:52 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke supporting the need for additional coronavirus funding.

10:33 a.m. Senator Thune spoke about Senate action on the coronavirus.

10:23 a.m. DL Schumer spoke about unemployment numbers and increasing deaths due to the coronavirus. Senator Schumer also spoke about the need for economic relief and against the Ratcliffe nomination.

10:04 a.m. ML McConnell spoke on the legislative accomplishments of the Senate and on the House voting by proxy. ML McConnell asked u.c. that the action of the Senate with respect to S.J. Res. 72, providing for the reappointment of Michael M. Lynton as a citizen regent of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution, be vitiated.

10:02 a.m. Senator Grassley spoke about religious persecution in Nigeria.

10:00 a.m. The Senate has convened.

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The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m. and begin consideration of the nomination of John Ratcliffe to be Director of National Intelligence.

There will be a vote on confirmation of the Ratcliffe nomination at 12:00 noon.

Following the vote on the Ratcliffe nomination, the Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of John Badalamenti to be a US District Judge for the middle district of Florida.

There will be a cloture vote on the Badalamenti nomination at 1:30 p.m.

If cloture is invoked, the confirmation vote would occur at 5:30 p.m. on Monday June 1, 2020.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

7:11 p.m. The Senate adjourned.

7:05 p.m Senator Portman wrapped up for the evening. Passed in wrap-up: S. Res 590, S Res 591, S Res 571, S. 1380, SJ Res 72, S 3782, S 1130 (passed by voice vote), S. 2927 (passed by voice vote).

6:36 p.m. Senator Portman spoke on Covid-19 and our financial situation.

6:04 p.m. Senator Kennedy spoke on coronavirus funding for states and local governments; and asked UC to take up and pass S. 3608 on that topic. Senator Scott of Florida objected.

5:46 p.m. Senator Portman spoke on China and US research.

5:30 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke on the borrower defense rule and later on immigrant essential workers.

5:14 p.m. Senator Blackburn paid tribute to gold star families.

5:13 p.m. The Heil nomination was confirmed by a vote of 75 to 17.

Senators voting NO: Blumenthal, Booker, Brown, Cantwell, Gillibrand, Harris, Hirono, Klobuchar, Menendez, Merkley, Murray, Schatz, Schumer, Stabenow, Van Hollen, Warren and Wyden.

Senators not voting: Alexander, Burr, Leahy, Markey, Murkowski, Rounds, Sanders, and Whitehouse.

4:43 p.m. Roll call vote began on confirmation of the Heil nomination.

4:42 p.m. Senator Lankford achieved UC that the Senate vote at noon on Thursday on confirmation of John Ratcliffe to be National Intelligence Director, and at 1:30 on cloture on the nomination of John Badalamenti to be a judge for the Middle District of Florida; if cloture is invoked, the confirmation vote would be scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Monday June 1.

4:27 p.m. Senator Lankford spoke in support of the Heil nomination, Memorial Day, Decoration Day, and essential workers.

4:11 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke about helping small business during the pandemic.

3:55 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the peaceful transition of power for the presidency.

3:54 p.m. The Manasco nomination was confirmed 71 to 21.

Senators voting NO: Bennet, Blumenthal, Booker, Brown, Cantwell, Coons, Gillibrand, Harris, Heinrich, Hirono, Klobuchar, Menendez, Merkley, Murray, Schatz, Schumer, Stabenow, Udall, Van Hollen, Warren, and Wyden.

Senators not voting: Alexander, Burr, Leahy, Markey, Murkowski, Rounds, Sanders, and Whitehouse.

3:00 p.m. Roll call began on confirmation of the Manasco nomination.

2:54 p.m. Senator Warner spoke about the shooting of
Bijan Ghaisar.

2:09 p.m. Senators Ernst, Blunt, Capito, Hoeven, Collins, Young, and Roberts spoke about Memorial Day.

1:53 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about the pandemic.

1:33 p.m. Senator Hawley spoke about China and the World Trade Organization.

1:31 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Heil nomination by a vote of 76 to 16. Senators voting NO: Blumenthal, Booker, Brown, Cantwell, Gillibrand, Harris, Hirono, Klobuchar, Menendez, Merkley, Murray, Schatz, Schumer, Stabenow, Van Hollen, and Wyden. Senators not voting: Alexander, Burr, Markey, Murkowski, Rounds, Sanders, Warren, and Whitehouse.

12:45 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the nomination of John Heil to be US District Judge for Northern, Eastern and Western Oklahoma.

12:36 p.m. Senator Loeffler spoke about the CARES Act and the pandemic.

12:13 p.m. Senators Menendez, Cassidy, and Collins spoke about the pandemic and the SMART Act.

11:56 a.m. Senator Sasse spoke about China and the pandemic.

11:45 a.m. Senator Kennedy spoke about China and the pandemic. He sought consent to passage of S. 945, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.

11:42: a.m. By a vote of 72 to 20, the Senate invoked cloture on the Manasco nomination.

11:03 a.m. Roll call began on the motion to invoke cloture on Anna Manasco to be a judge for the Northern District of Alabama.

10:51 a.m. Senator Thune spoke about school reopenings.

10:36 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about coronavirus relief.

10:06 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke about Dr. Monahan and coronavirus relief.

10:03 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about coronavirus relief. He spoke about Dr. Brian Monahan, the Senate’s attending physician.

10:02 a.m. Senator Grassley paid tribute to the college journalists of The Daily Iowan.

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The Senate will convene at 10 a.m. and will resume consideration of the nomination of Anna Manasco to be a judge for the Northern District of Alabama.

  • At 11 a.m., the Senate will vote on cloture for the Manasco nomination.
  • At 12:30 p.m., the Senate will vote on cloture for the nomination of John Heil to be a judge for the Northern, Eastern and Western Districts of Oklahoma.
  • If cloture has been invoked on the Manasco nomination, the Senate will vote at 3 p.m. on confirmation of Manasco.
  • If cloture has been invoked on the Heil nomination, the Senate will vote at 4:30 p.m. on confirmation of Heil.
  • Upon disposition of the Heil nomination, a cloture vote will be in order for the nomination of John Leonard Badalamenti to be a judge for the Middle District of Florida.