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.