Monday September 28, 2020

The Senate convened at 2:45 p.m. for a pro forma session only, Senator Grassley presiding. No business was conducted.

Thursday, September 24, 2020

4:21 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will next convene for a pro forma session on Monday, September 28 at 2:45 p.m.

Then, the Senate will next convene on Tuesday, September 29 at 3:00 p.m. and will resume consideration of H.R. 8337, the Continuing Resolution. Cloture will ripen on the H.R. 8337 at 5:30 p.m.

During wrap-up:

  • Passed by voice vote en bloc:
    • S. Res. 719, National Voter Registration Day
    • S. Res. 720, National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day
    • S. Res. 721, Character Counts Week
    • S. Res. 722, National Forensic Science Week
    • S. Res. 723, Campus Fire Safety Month
  • H.R. 1812, Vet Center Eligibility Expansion Act, was passed by unanimous consent.
  • H.R. 2372, Veterans’ Care Quality Transparency Act, was passed by unanimous consent.
  • S. 2693, READI Act, and the Schatz amendment, was passed by unanimous consent.
  • H.R. 6168, Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2020, was passed by unanimous consent.
  • S. 4675, to amend the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, was placed on the calendar under Rule 14.

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3:11 p.m. Senator Udall paid tribute to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

2:50 p.m. Senator Kaine paid tribute to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

2:45 p.m. Senator Manchin spoke on a peaceful transition of power.

2:45 p.m. S.Res. 718, Restoring the peaceful return to power called for in the U.S. Constitution, was adopted by unanimous consent.

2:19 p.m. Senators Enzi, Carper, and Barrasso paid tribute to Wyoming citizen Robert Brown and introduced legislation to name the Thermopolis Post Office after him.

2:17 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell filed cloture on H.R. 8337.

2:16 p.m. The motion to proceed to H.R. 8337 was agreed to, 93 to 2.

Senators voting NO: Cruz and Paul.

Senators NOT voting: Capito, Cassidy, Harris, Johnson, and Moran.

1:41 p.m. Roll call vote began on the motion to proceed to H.R. 8337.

1:25 p.m. Senator Hawley spoke about the election and social media platforms and asked unanimous consent to pass S.3983. Senator Wyden objected.

1:19 p.m. Senator Leahy spoke on the CR.

1:05 p.m. Senator Blumenthal spoke in support of H.R. 4779, To extend the Undertaking Spam, Spyware, And Fraud Enforcement With Enforcers beyond Borders Act of 2006, and then it was passed by voice vote.

12:58 p.m. Senator Gillibrand spoke on the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

12:21 p.m. Senators Collins spoke on federal help for the pandemic.

12:20 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell offered the motion to proceed to H.R. 8337, the continuing resolution.

12:19 p.m. The Senate confirmed the Young nomination 93-2. Senators Blumenthal and Schumer voted against and Senators Capito, Harris, Johnson, Moran and Sanders did not vote.

11:37 a.m. Roll call vote began on confirmation of the Young nomination.

11:27 a.m. Senator Merkley spoke about his staff member Amy Amrine.

10:58 a.m. Senators Braun and Senator Scott (FL) spoke about the Pledge of Allegiance. S. Res. 715, Expressing Support for the Pledge of Allegiance, was agreed to by unanimous consent.

11:11 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the Pledge of Allegiance and the Supreme Court vacancy and on Hispanic Heritage Month.

10:43 a.m. Senator Schumer spoke about election security and the Supreme Court vacancy.

10:08 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the unrest in Louisville and the Supreme Court vacancy.

The confirmation vote on the Young nomination will occur at 11:30 a.m.

10:01 a.m. Senator Grassley spoke about small businesses.

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

A confirmation vote on the nomination of Roderick Young to be a Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia is expected to occur today at a time TBD.