Monday, October 5, 2020

4:47 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will meet for pro forma sessions with no business conducted on the following dates and times:

  • Tuesday, October 6th at 11:30 a.m.
  • Friday, October 9th at 10:00 a.m.
  • Tuesday, October 13th at 8:45 a.m.
  • Friday, October 16th at 4:30 p.m.

When the Senate adjourns on Friday, October 16th, it will next convene at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, October 19, 2020. Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #866, Michael Jay Newman, of Ohio, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Ohio.

4:46 p.m. Senator Kaine asked ML McConnell to modify his pro forma u.c. so that in lieu of reconvening on Monday, October 19th there be additional pro forma sessions on October 20, 23, 27, 30th and on November 3rd. ML McConnell objected to Senator Kaine’s request.

4:45 p.m. ML McConnell asked u.c. that when the Senate adjourns today it meet in pro forma sessions on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, October 6 at 11:30 a.m.
  • Friday, October 9 at 10:00 a.m.
  • Tuesday, October 13 at 8:45 a.m.
  • Friday, October 16 at 4:30 p.m.

4:44 p.m. ML McConnell asked u.c. that the cloture motions filed on Wednesday, September 30th be withdrawn. Agreed to by unanimous consent.

ML McConnell asked u.c. that notwithstanding the provisions of the Congressional Review Act, H.J. Res 90, Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency relating to “Community Reinvestment Act Regulations”. remain in status quo through October 19, 2020.

4:40 p.m. Senator Kaine spoke wishing the President and First Lady a full recovery. Senator Kaine spoke about the need for additional Coronavirus funding.

4:32 p.m. ML McConnell spoke about his intent to postpone floor activity until October 19th and on the Judiciary committee hearings.

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The Senate will convene at 4:30 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell is expected to ask unanimous consent for the Senate to meet in pro forma sessions until Monday, October 19, with floor activity postponed until then.

Thursday, October 1, 2020

4:31 p.m. The Senate adjourned.

4:24 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell wrapped up for the evening. Passed by voice vote: S. Res 742 regarding childhood cancer awareness;
S. 2359 asking the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to submit a report to Congress. Passed by UC: S. Res 743 regarding supporting goals of national retirement security month; H.R. 4183 directing the Comptroller General to conduct a study on disability and pension benefits.

2:37 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about Judge Amy Coney Barrett.

2:23 p.m. Senators Cortez Masto and Rosen spoke about the 3rd anniversary of the Las Vegas shooting.

2:18 p.m. Senator Fischer paid tribute to Judge Laurie Smithcamp.

1:59 p.m. Senator Markey spoke about the T-band, the spectrum the first responders use to communicate and asked unanimous consent that the Senate pass H.R. 451. Senator Barrasso objected.

1:40 p.m. Senator Kennedy spoke on social media and asked unanimous consent that the Senate pass S. 4756, The Don’t Push My Buttons Act. Senator Wyden objected.

1:36 p.m. Cloture was not invoked on the motion to proceed to H.R. 4653, 51-43.

Senators voting in favor: 43 Democrats, 6 Republican: Collins, Ernst, Gardner, McSally, Murkowski and Sullivan; 2 Independents: King and Sanders.

Senators voting against: 43 Republicans.

Senators not voting: 4 Republicans: Alexander, Lee, Graham and Rubio; 2 Democrats: Harris and Tester.

1:02 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R. 4653.

12:51 p.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about white supremacy. He spoke about health care and the Supreme Court.

12:45 p.m. Senator Durbin sought consent to pass H.R. 5602, a measure on domestic extremism. Senator Johnson objected.

12:31 p.m. Senator Blumenthal spoke about white supremacy. Senators Kaine, Jones and Booker joined in the colloquy.

12:26 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about the president’s remarks on the Proud Boys.

12:23 p.m. Three bills were presented for second reading. Senator McConnell moved to proceed to S.4675, a health insurance measure.

12:08 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about Judge Barrett’s nomination. He spoke about the pending legislation and the pending Supreme Court case on health care.

12:03 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about election security.

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The Senate will convene at noon and will resume consideration of the nomination of Michael Jay Newman to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.

There will be a cloture vote at 1 p.m. on Minority Leader Schumer’s motion to proceed to S. 4653, a health care measure.

Cloture has also been filed on the federal district court nominations corresponding to Executive Calendar Numbers 862, 863, 864, and 865.