Friday, October 23, 2020

3:33 p.m. By a vote of 53-43 the Senate agreed to the motion to recess. They will reconvene at 12:00 noon on Saturday, October 24.

2:57 p.m. By a party line vote of 53-43 the Senate agreed to the motion to table the Schumer appeal of the ruling of the Chair regarding the Schumer motion to adjourn until November 9 (with the ability to return in the case of a bipartisan Coronavirus agreement).

2:52 p.m. By a party line vote of 53- 44 the Senate agreed to the motion to table to motion to recommit the Amy Coney Barrett nomination to the Judiciary committee.

2:25 p.m. By a party line vote of 53-44 the Senate agreed to the Motion to table the motion to indefinitely postpone consideration of the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett.

1:31 p.m. Senator McConnell filed cloture on the nomination and spoke about the qualifications of the nominee.

1:30 p.m. The Senate began consideration of the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett.

1:29 p.m. The motion to proceed to executive session was agreed to by a vote of 51-46. Senators Collins and Murkowski voted nay. Senators Harris, Jones and Sinema did not vote.

1:17 p.m. The Senate resumed open session and proceeded to begin voting on the motion to proceed to executive session.

12:53 p.m. Senator McConnell asked unanimous consent to proceed to executive session. Senator Schumer made a motion to go to closed session. Senator Durbin seconded. The Senate proceeded to closed session. During closed session the motion to proceed to open session was agreed to.

12:51 p.m. The motion to proceed to legislation session was agreed to by a vote of 53-43.

12:18 p.m. The Senate began voting on the motion to proceed to legislative session.

12:17 p.m. A quorum was deemed present. Senator McConnell made a motion to go to legislative session.

12:00 p.m. The Senate convened. Senator McConnell made a motion to go to legislative session. Senator Schumer requested a quorum be called. A live quorum was called.

The Senate will convene at 12:00 noon.

Procedural roll call votes in relation to the Barrett nomination are expected throughout Friday’s session.

Thursday, October 22, 2020

5:22 p.m. By a party-line vote of 53 to 43, the Senate recessed until noon Friday. NOT VOTING: Democrats Harris, Jones. Kaine and Sinema.

4:59 p.m. Vote began on whether to recess until noon Friday.

4:57 p.m. By a vote of 67 to 30, the Senate confirmed the Newman nomination.

YEA: All Republicans and Democrats
Brown, Cantwell, Carper, Cortez Masto, Feinstein, Hassan, Leahy, Kaine, Manchin, Peters, Rosen, Shaheen, Tester and Warner.

NAY: 28 Democrats and both independents.

NOT VOTING: Democrats Harris, Jones and Sinema.

4:20 p.m. Roll call vote began on confirmation of the Newman nomination.

4:17 p.m. Senator Portman spoke about the Newman nomination.

3:50 p.m. Senator Murphy spoke about the Senate’s record of legislative work.

3:36 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about election interference. He spoke about the Barrett nomination.

3:33 p.m. Senator Crapo spoke about sanction authority against Russia.

3:27 p.m. Senator Van Hollen spoke about election interference.

3:20 p.m. Senator Crapo spoke on election interference.

3:07 p.m. Senator Van Hollen spoke on the pandemic response and election interference. He asked UC to take up S.1060 on election interference; Senator Crapo objected.

2:55 p.m. Senator Lankford spoke on the Barrett nomination.

2:54 p.m. The Senate affirmed the decision of the Chair on a party line vote of 53-44. Not voting: 3 Democrats: Harris, Jones and Sinema.

2:23 p.m. Roll call vote began on whether the decision of the Chair stand as the judgement of the Senate; the chair ruled the Barrett nomination was reported out of the Judiciary Committee following the rules of that committee.

2:21 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Newman nomination 66-31.

Senators voting in favor: 53 Republicans, 13 Democrats: Brown, Cantwell, Carper, Cortez Masto, Hassan, Leahy, Kaine, Manchin, Peters, Rosen, Shaheen, Tester and Warner.

Senators voting against: 29 Democrats, 2 Independents: King and Sanders.

Senators not voting: 3 Democrats: Harris, Jones and Sinema.

1:52 p.m. Cloture vote began on the nomination of Michael Newman to be a District Judge for the southern district of Ohio.

1:51 p.m. The motion to proceed to legislative session was not agreed to 45-51. Senator Collins joined all Democrats/Independents present in favor.

Not voting: 3 Democrats: Harris, Jones and Sinema; 1 Republican: Rubio.

1:00 p.m. Roll call vote began on the motion to proceed to legislative session.

12:51 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about the Barrett nomination.

12:41 p.m. Senator Thune spoke about the Barrett nomination.

12:30 p.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about Republican nomination procedure. He spoke about the Barrett nomination. He then asked for the yays and nays to proceed to legislative session to consider S. Res 409 regarding Turkey and Syria, with the vote to occur right before the cloture vote on the Newman nomination.

12:24 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about ethanol and other renewable fuels.

12:04 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about foreign efforts to undermine U.S. election procedure. He spoke about the Barrett nomination.

12:03 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about corona virus relief.

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

There are likely three roll call votes beginning at 1:00 p.m.

  1. Cloture on the Newman nomination.
  2. Motion to table the appeal of the ruling of the Chair in relation to a Democratic Leader Schumer point of order.
  3. Motion to table the appeal of the ruling of the Chair in relation to a Schumer motion to adjourn.