Monday June 1, 2020

6:20 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will next convene on Tuesday, June 2, at 10:00 a.m. Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of Victor Mercado to be an Assistant Secretary of Defense.

A vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Mercado nomination is expected sometime Tuesday morning as well as a confirmation vote on Mercado at 2:15 p.m. and confirmation on the Miller nomination at 4:00 p.m. (if cloture is invoked on those nominations).

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

6:16 p.m. The Badalamenti nomination was confirmed 55-22.

5:30 p.m. Roll call vote began on confirmation of the nomination of John Badalamenti to be a district judge for the middle district of Florida.

5:09 p.m. Senator Collins spoke about the death of George Floyd and the current unrest.

4:41 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about the death of George Floyd and the current unrest.

4:25 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the death of George Floyd and the current unrest.

4:15 p.m. Senator Hawley spoke about the death of George Floyd and the current unrest.

3:22 p.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about the police killings of black citizens and the ensuing protests. He spoke about judicial nominations. He criticized the president’s reaction to the current protests.

3:30 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about recent deaths of black citizens at the hands of police. He spoke about the actions of protestors during the current unrest. He called for an end to violence and destruction of property. He acted under Rule XIV to bring S. 3833, the coronavirus relief bill, directly to the floor.

He spoke about the House-passed coronavirus relief measure..

He spoke about China’s actions in Hong Kong.

3:02 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about the death of George Floyd and the current unrest.

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

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #644, Drew Tipton to be US District Judge for the Southern District of Texas.

At 5:30 p.m., the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on confirmation of the nomination of John Badalamenti to be US District Judge for the Middle District of Florida.

Cloture has been filed on the following nominations:

  1. Victor Mercado to be an Assistant Secretary of Defense.
  2. Brian Miller to be Special Inspector General for Pandemic Recovery.
  3. James Anderson to be a Deputy Under Secretary of Defense.
  4. Drew Tipton to be US District Judge for the Southern District of Texas.

Friday, May 22, 2020

The Senate convened for a pro forma session only at 9:00 a.m. with no business conducted. Senator Blunt presided.