Archive from January, 2021

Thursday, January 28, 2021

4:33 p.m. The Senate stands adjourned until 3:00 p.m. on Monday, February 1, 2021. Following Leader remarks on Monday, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of the nomination of Alejandro Nicholas Mayorkas, of the District of Columbia, to be Secretary of Homeland Security, post-cloture.

At 5:30 p.m., the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Mayorkas nomination.

On Tuesday, February 2nd, following the conclusion of morning business, the Senate will proceed to the consideration of the nomination of Peter Paul Montgomery Buttigieg, of Indiana, to be Secretary of Transportation. The time until 12:00 noon will be equally divided between the two Leaders or their designees. At 12:00 noon, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Buttigieg nomination.

2:22 p.m. The Senate invoked cloture on the nomination of Alejandro Mayorkas to be Secretary of Homeland Security by a tally of 55-42.

  • Republicans voting in favor: Senators Capito, Collins, Murkowski, Portman, Romney and Sullivan.
  • Not voting: Senators Cramer, Graham and Warner.

1:39 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #4 Alejandro Nicholas Mayorkas to be Secretary of Homeland Security.

1:37 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the Mayorkas nomination.

1:33 p.m. Senator Peters spoke supporting the Mayorkas nomination.

1:26 p.m. Senator Rosen spoke supporting the Mayorkas nomination.

1:20 p.m. Senator Daines spoke on the 48th annual march for life.

1:00 p.m. Senator King asked u.c. that at 12:00 pm on Tuesday, February 2nd, the Senate proceed to a vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #5 Peter Paul Montgomery Buttigieg to be Secretary of Transportation.

12:32 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke against the Mayorkas nomination.

12:20 p.m. Senator Murphy spoke on Yemen.

12:08 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on COVID vaccine roll out.

11:47 a.m. Senator Capito spoke against the climate executive order.

11:05 a.m. Senator Rubio spoke about abortion and the march for life.

10:49 a.m. Senator Thune spoke on infrastructure and the march for life.

10:30 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke on the attack on the Capitol and law enforcement lives lost as well as on the need for another stimulus.

10:21 a.m. RL McConnell spoke about the March for Life and on legislation by executive order.

10:04 a.m. ML Schumer spoke on the Mayorkas nomination and on COVID relief.

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The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m. and proceed to a period of morning business.

At 1:45 p.m., the Senate will vote on cloture on the nomination of Alejandro Nicholas Mayorkas to be Secretary of Homeland Security.

If cloture is invoked on the Mayorkas nomination, the confirmation vote will occur at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, February 1st.

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

5:32 p.m. The Senate adjourned. and will reconvene at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 28. A cloture vote on the nomination of Alejandro Mayorkas to be Secretary of Homeland Security will occur at 1:45 p.m. If cloture is invoked the vote on confirmation will occur at 5:30 on Monday, February 1.

4:45 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about the Holocaust.

4:25 p.m. Senator Inhofe spoke about the March for Life and about abortion.

3:54 p.m. Senator Whitehouse gave his final “Time to Wake Up” about climate change speech.

3:42 p.m. Senator Schumer filed cloture on the nomination of Alejandro Mayorkas to be Secretary of Homeland Security.

3:35 p.m. Senator Merkley paid tribute to staffers who are leaving.

3:27 p.m. Senator Wicker spoke about the March for Life.

3:11 p.m. Senator Lankford spoke about abortion.

2:23 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke about the President’s executive orders and energy jobs.

2:13 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke about the Holocaust and about anti-Semitism.

1:56 p.m. Senator Blunt spoke about the March for Life.

12:19 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about nominations.

12:11 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke about foreign policy.

11:24 a.m. Senator Blackburn spoke about the U.S. Constitution.

11:15 a.m. Senator Thune spoke about abortion. He spoke about the Becerra nomination.

11:02 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke about the attack on the Capitol and impeachment.

10:54 a.m. Minority Leader McConnell spoke about nominations. He spoke about foreign affairs and defense.

10:42 a.m. Majority Leader Schumer spoke about the attack on the Capitol and the nomination of Alejandro Mayorkas to be secretary of Homeland Security and other nominations. He spoke about President Biden’s executive orders on climate change and other matters. He spoke about coronavirus relief. He spoke about the impeachment trial.

He noted the presence of Senator Leahy, who thanked the leader.

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The Senate will convene at 10:30 a.m. and be in a period of morning business. No votes have been scheduled at this time.

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

5:39 p.m. The Senate adjourned.

5:38 p.m. Senator Durbin wrapped up for the evening.

5:30 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke on the filibuster.

4:45 p.m. Senator Lee paid tribute to the National Guard working at the Capitol and later on abortion.

4:04 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on unity and the filibuster.

3:24 p.m. The Schumer resolution was agreed to 83-17.

Senators voting against: 17 Republicans: Blackburn, Cotton, Cruz, Daines, Hagerty, Hawley, Hyde-Smith, Johnson, Lee, Marshall, Paul, Risch, Rubio, Scott of Florida, Scott of South Carolina, Shelby and Tuberville.

3:19 p.m. Roll call vote began on the Schumer motion resolution to provide for related procedures concerning the articles of impeachment against Donald John Trump, President of the United States.

3:18 p.m. The motion to table was agreed to 55-45, with Republicans Collins, Murkowski, Romney, Sasse and Toomey joining Democrats/Independents in favor.

3:09 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on the motion to table the Paul Constitutional point of order.

3:06 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke against Senator Paul’s point of order and moved to table the point of order.

3:05 p.m. Senator Paul raised a point of order that the proceeding tries a private citizen and not a President, Vice President, or civil officer and violates the Constitution.

3:04 p.m. Acting Sergeant at Arms read a proclamation.

2:38 p.m. Senators began signing the oath book in groups of 4.

2:37 p.m. Senator Leahy swore in members of the Senate.

2:36 p.m. Senator Grassley administered the oath of office to Senator Leahy.

2:15 p.m. The Senate returned from recess.

12:40 p.m. Senators Paul and Johnson spoke against Impeachment.

12:39 p.m. The Senate confirmed the nomination of Antony Blinken to be Secretary of State by a tally of 78-22.

Voting against (22 Republicans): Senators Barrasso, Blackburn, Boozman, Braun, Cassidy, Cotton, Cramer, Cruz, Daines, Ernst, Hawley, Hoeven, Kennedy, Lankford, Lee, Lummis, Marshal,l Paul, Scott (FL), Scott (SC), Shelby, and Tuberville.

12:05 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on confirmation of the Blinken nomination to be Secretary of State.

12:00 p.m. Senator Menendez spoke in favor of the Blinken nomination.

11:56 a.m. Senator Risch spoke in favor of the Blinken nomination

11:32 a.m. Senator Paul spoke about the Blinken nomination.

10:53 a.m. Senator Thune spoke about the power-sharing deal and the filibuster.

10:25 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke about the history of the filibuster. He spoke about the COVID crisis, the attack on the Capitol, and the nomination of Ali Mayorkas of be Secretary of Homeland Security.

10:22 a.m. Minority Leader McConnell spoke about the power-sharing deal and about the implications of killing the filibuster.

10:02 a.m. Majority Leader Schumer spoke about the Senate power-sharing agreement. He spoke about the confirmation of Antony Blinken’s nomination to be Secretary of State and other nominations. He spoke about coronavirus relief.

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

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session to consider the nomination of Executive Calendar #3, Antony Blinken to be Secretary of State.

At 12:00 Noon, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Blinken nomination.

Following the confirmation vote, the Senate will be in a period of Morning Business, with Senator Paul recognized for up to 15 minutes. Following the remarks of Senator Paul, the Senate will recess until 2:15 p.m. to allow for the weekly conference meetings.

At 2:15 p.m. there will be a live quorum.

At 2:30 p.m., the Senate will proceed to the consideration of the Article of Impeachment of Donald John Trump, former President of the United States. At that time, the oath will be administered to the Presiding Officer and Members of the Senate. An official photograph will be taken during the swearing in. It is possible that Senator Paul raises a Constitutional point of order and the Senate votes in relation to that point of order.

Monday, January 25, 2021

8:05 p.m. The Senate adjourned.

8:01 p.m. Majority Leader wrapped up for the evening.

7:02 p.m. The House managers presented the article of Impeachment against former President Trump.

6:31 p.m. Senator Whitehouse responded to Senator Sullivan regarding climate change, and the two engaged in a brief debate.

6:22 p.m Senator Sullivan congratulated Secretary Yellen and explained his vote against her.

6:21 p.m. The Yellen nomination was confirmed 84-15.

Voting against: 15 Republicans: Barasso, Blackburn, Boozman, Cotton, Cramer, Cruz, Hawley, Hoeven, Lee, Paul, Risch, Scott, Shelby, Sullivan and Tuberville.

Not Voting – Rubio

5:30 p.m. Roll call vote began on the Yellen nomination.

5:21 p.m. Senator Cassidy paid tribute to three departing staffers.

5:17 p.m. Senator Moran paid tribute to former Army Secretary McCarthy.

5:09 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke on the Yellen nomination.

4:51 p.m. Senator Blackburn spoke on the filibuster and President Biden’s agenda.

4:32 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on President Biden’s cabinet,Covid and the filibuster.

3:54 p.m. Senator Brown paid tribute to Eugene Goodman and other Capitol employees; and later on the Yellen nomination.

3:19 p.m. Republican Leader McConnell spoke on Covid, the filibuster and the Yellen nomination.

3:06 p.m. Majority Leader Schumer spoke on the Yellen nomination and impeachment.

3:00 p.m. The Senate convened.

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

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session to consider the nomination of Executive Calendar #2, Janet Yellen,

At 5:30 p.m. the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Yellen nomination.

At 7:00 p.m., we expect the House managers will present Articles of Impeachment. They would read the text of H.Res.40, a resolution appointing and authorizing managers for the impeachment trial of Donald John Trump, former President of the United States; and then they would read the text of H.Res.24, a resolution impeaching Donald John Trump, former President of the United States, for high crimes and misdemeanors. The managers would then request leave to withdraw.

Friday, January 22, 2021

11:26 a.m. Senator Sullivan spoke supporting the nomination of Lloyd Austin and on American energy production.

11:17 a.m. Senator Inhofe spoke supporting the National Guard troops stationed at the Capitol.

11:07 a.m. Senator Cotton spoke against the Chinese sanctions of outgoing Trump Administration members.

11:03 a.m.. Senator Wyden spoke supporting the Yellen nomination.

11:03 a.m. The Senate confirmed the nomination of Lloyd James Austin to be Secretary of Defense by a tally of 93-2.

Senators Hawley and Lee voted no.

Not voting: Senators Burr, Capito, Hyde-Smith, Moran and Tillis.o

10:28 a.m. Senator Inhofe spoke in favor of the nomination.

10:23 a.m. Senator Reed spoke in favor of General Austin’s nomination to be secretary of Defense.

10:14 a.m. Minority Leader McConnell spoke about the National Guard/ He spoke about the negotiations for a Senate power-sharing deal and about the filibuster. He spoke about the schedule for the impeachment trial. He spoke about confirmations and, in particular, about the nomination of former military officers as secretaries of Defense.

10:06 a.m. Majority Leader Schumer spoke about accommodations for the National Guard. He spoke about key items on the Senate agenda: confirmation of President Biden’s nominees; relief aid for the pandemic and the economy; the former president’s impeachment trial.

The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m. and at 10:30 a.m. proceed to a roll call vote on confirmation of the nomination of Lloyd Austin to be Secretary of Defense. Further votes are possible on Friday.

Thursday, January 21, 2021

6:15 p.m. The Senate adjourned.

6:13 p.m. Majority Leader Schumer wrapped up for the evening.

5:32 p.m. Senator Inhofe spoke on several of his staff or former staff that have moved on.

5:24 p.m. Senator Menendez spoke in favor of the Blinken nomination.

5:23 p.m. HR 335 the waiver for General Austin was agreed to, 69-27.

Voting against: 14 Democrats: Baldwin, Blumenthal, Booker, Cortez Masto, Duckworth, Gillibrand, Markey, Merkley, Murray, Rosen, Tester, Van Hollen, Warren and Wyden; 13 Republicans: Barrasso, Blackburn, Collins, Cotton, Hawley, Lee, Lummis, Marshall, Rubio, Sasse, Scott of Florida, Toomey and Young.

Not voting: 4 Republicans: Burr, Hyde Smith, Moran and Tillis.

4:30 p.m. Roll call vote began on the waiver for the nomination of General Austin to be Secretary of Defense, with a 60 vote threshold.

4:00 p.m. Senator Schumer announced that the vote on the Austin waiver would likely occur before 5:00 p.m.

3:36 p.m. Senator Portman spoke about the inauguration

3:18 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke about the filibuster and also spoke in support of the Austin nomination.

1:09 p.m. Senator Scott (FL) spoke about the economy and taxes.

1:05 p.m. Senator Thune spoke about the president’s agenda.

12:28 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about Covid, the economy, and health inequity.

12:12 p.m. Senator McConnell spoke about the filibuster and about the executive orders signed last night.

12:05 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke about the inauguration, the executive orders signed last night, and the confirmation of nominations.

The Senate will convene at noon and will proceed with morning business.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

7:10 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will reconvene at noon on Thursday, January 21. They will be in a period of morning business. No votes are scheduled at this time.

7:05 p.m. The nomination of Avril Haines to be Director of National Intelligence was confirmed by a vote of 84-10. Voting no: Senators Blackburn, Braun, Cruz, Ernst, Hagerty, Hawley, Lee, Marshall, Paul and Risch. Not voting: Brown, Crapo, Scott of SC, Tillis, Toomey and Whitehouse.

6:23 p.m. Roll call vote began on the Haines nomination.

6:16 p.m. Senator Warner spoke in support of the Haines nomination.

6:01 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke about the Haines nomination to be DNI.

5:52 p.m. Senator Rubio spoke about the new Biden/Harris administration.

5:27 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about the new Biden/Harris administration and Dreamers.

5:08 p.m. Senator Grassley congratulated Senator Leahy as President Pro Tempore. He then discussed todays inauguration and the one four years ago.

5:06 p.m. Republican Leader McConnell spoke on the new Biden/Harris administration.

4:58 p.m. Majority Leader Schumer spoke on the new Biden/Harris administration and welcoming Senators Ossoff, Padilla and Warnock.

4:52 p.m. S Res 6 electing Senator Leahy President Pro Tempore and S. Res 7 thanking Senator Grassley and designating him President Pro Tempore Emeritus were agreed to by unanimous consent. S Res 8 and 9 notifying the President and the House of S Res 6 were also agreed to by UC. S Res 10 and 11 electing the Secretaries of the Majority and Minority were passed by UC.

4:51 p.m. Majority Leader Schumer laid out the schedule, including the possibility of a vote this evening.

4:48 p.m. Vice President Harris swore in Senators Ossoff, Padilla and Warnock.
4:30 p.m. The Senate convened.

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·      The Senate will convene at 4:30 p.m. Following the prayer and pledge, Senator-designate Alex Padilla and Senators-elect Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock are expected to be sworn in as United States Senators.

·        Following the swearing-in of the new Senators, the Senate is expected to proceed to and adopt resolutions relative to the following:

o   Thanking and designating Senator Grassley as President pro tempore emeritus

o   Electing Senator Leahy as President pro tempore

·        If the above resolution is adopted, Senator Leahy will then be sworn in as President pro tempore.

·        Following the expected swearing-in of the President pro tempore, the Senate is expected to proceed to and adopt resolutions relative to the following:

o   Notifying the House and the President that Senator Leahy is President pro tempore

o   Appointing the Secretary for the Majority

o   Appointing the Secretary for the Minority

·        Following leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business with Senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each.

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

4:03 p.m. The Senate adjourned.

1:07 p.m. Senator Booker paid tribute to USCP Officer Sicknick.

12:51 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke on the attack on the Capitol and paid tribute to his departing chief of staff.

12:39 p.m. Senator Loeffler gave her farewell speech.

12:21 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke on the Inauguration and upcoming Biden Administration nominations.

12:03 p.m. ML McConnell spoke on the attack on the Capitol.

12:02 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke on constituent meetings.

The Senate will convene at 12:00 noon and be in a period of morning business. Votes are not expected today but are still possible.

Friday January 15, 2021

The Senate convened for a pro forma session at 10:00 a.m. Senator Sasse presided and no business was conducted.

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

The Senate convened for a pro forma session at 12:30 p.m. Senator Fischer presided and no business was conducted.

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