Archive from March, 2021

Monday, March 29, 2021

11:00 a.m. The Senate met in a pro forma session with Senator Cardin presiding. No business was conducted.

Thursday, March 25, 2021

5:29 p.m. When the adjourns on Thursday April 8th, it will next convene at 3:00 p.m. on Monday April 12th. Following Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of Polly Trottenberg, to be Deputy Secretary of Transportation.

The Senate will meet for pro forma sessions on:

  • Monday, March 29th at 11:00 a.m.       
  • Thursday, April 1st at 10:00 a.m.            
  • Monday, April 5th at 2:00 p.m. 
  • Thursday, April 8th at 5:30 p.m.

5:25 p.m. ML Schumer began wrap up:

  • By unanimous consent, S.Res. 109, Designating April 2021 as “National Native Plant Month”
  • By unanimous consent, S.Res. 130, Remembering the 5th anniversary of the terrorist attacks at Brussels Airport and the Maalbeek metro station in Belgium and honoring the victims of the terrorist attacks.
  • By unanimous consent, S.Res. 144, Recognizing National Poison Prevention Week
  • By unanimous consent, S.Res. 145, Designation Asbestos Awareness Week
  • By unanimous consent, S.Res. 34, Recognizing the 200th Anniversary of the Independence of Greece
  • Cal. 41 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 and 56 as well as all nominations placed on the Secretary’s desk.

The Senate will meet for pro forma sessions on:

When the Senate stands adjourned on Thursday April 8th, it will next convene at 3:00pm on Monday April 12th.Following Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of Executive Calendar #55, Polly Ellen Trottenberg, of New York, to be Deputy Secretary of Transportation.

3:59 p.m. Senators Booker and Bennett spoke on the Child Tax Credit.

3:57 p.m. Senator Brown spoke on the Adeyemo nomination and on the child tax credit.

3:52 p.m. Senator Wicker spoke on Alexei Navalny.

3:52 p.m. The nomination of Adewale Adeyemo to be Deputy Secretary of the Treasury was confirmed by voice vote.

3:45 p.m. ML Schumer filed cloture on the following:

  • Polly Trottenberg to be Deputy Secretary of Transportation.
  • Wendy Sherman to be Deputy Secretary of State.
  • Gary Gensler to be a member of the Securities and Exchange Commission.
  • Brenda Mallory to be a member of Council on Environmental Quality.
  • S. 937, a bill to facilitate the expedited review of Covid-19 hate crimes.

3:44 p.m. H.R. 1868 was agreed to 90-2. Senators Paul and Toomey voted no.

2:54 p.m. Roll call vote began on passage of H.R. 1868.

2:53 p.m. The Scott amendment was not agreed to on a party line vote of 47-50 with Republicans Hyde-Smith, Moran and Sasse absent.

2:19 p.m. Roll call vote began on the Scott of Florida amendment to H.R. 1868.

2:03 p.m. ML Schumer and Senators Braun, Manchin, Scott of Florida and Feinstein spoke on H.R. 1868.

2:02 p.m. H.R. 1799 was passed, 92-7. Senators voting against: Cruz, Crapo, Hawley, Lee, Paul, Risch and Shelby. Senator Sasse did not vote.

1:30 p.m. Roll call vote began on passage of H.R. 1799, the PPP extension, with a 60 vote threshold.

1:23 p.m. The motion to waive was agreed to 64-36. Republican YEAs: Burr, Collins, Cramer, Graham, Hoeven, Inhofe McConnell, Murkowski, Portman, Romney, Shelby, Sullivan Thune.

12:50 p.m. The Senate is now voting on the motion to waive the Budget Act with respect to the Paul amend to H.R. 1799, PPP Extension. 60 vote threshold.

12:47 p.m. By a vote of 48-52, the Senate did not agree to the Rubio Amendment #1405 in relation to H.R.1799, PPP Extension Act.

Senators Collins and Portman voted no.

12:11 p.m. Roll call vote began on the Rubio amendment 1405 to establish appropriate limitations on the Administrator of the Small Business Administration establishing new priorities for processing lender applications.

12:08 p.m. Senators Rubio and Cardin spoke on the Rubio amendment to H.R. 1799.

12:07 p.m. By a vote of 48-52 the Senate did not agree to the Kennedy amendment.

Senators Collins and Portman voted no.

10:54 a.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on the Kennedy amendment #1401 prohibiting PPP loans and second draw loans for applicants convicted of a felony in relation to a riot or civil disorder during the 2-year period preceding the date of the application.

10:47 a.m. Senator Kennedy spoke on his amendment to H.R. 1799.

10:37 a.m. Senators Lankford, Cardin and Marshall spoke on the paycheck protection program.

10:27 a.m. RL McConnell spoke on immigration, election laws and the pandemic response.

10:11 a.m. ML Schumer had the second reading of H.R. 1868, authorizing a dedicated domestic terrorism offices within the department of Homeland Security. He then spoke on accomplishments of the last few months and the agenda for the months ahead.

10:00 a.m. The Senate convened.

  • The Senate will convene at 10:00. Following Leader remarks, all post-cloture time on the motion to proceed to H.R.1799, a bill to amend the Small Business Act and the CARES Act to extend the covered period for the paycheck protection program, and for other purposes, will be considered expired and the motion to proceed to H.R.1799 will be agreed to.
  • The following two amendments to H.R.1799 will be in order:
  • Kennedy amendment to prohibit paycheck protection program loans and second draw loans for applicants convicted of a felony in relation to a riot or civil disorder during the 2-year period preceding the date of the application. (1401)
    • Rubio amendment to establish appropriate limitations on the Administrator of the Small Business Administration establishing new priorities for processing lender applications. (1405)
  • Further, it will be in order for Senator Paul or his designee to raise a Budget Act point of order.
  • At 10:45am, the Senate will proceed to four roll call votes relative to the following:
  • Kennedy amendment to prohibit paycheck protection program loans and second draw loans for applicants convicted of a felony in relation to a riot or civil disorder during the 2-year period preceding the date of the application. (1401)
  • Rubio amendment to establish appropriate limitations on the Administrator of the Small Business Administration establishing new priorities for processing lender applications. (1405)
  • Motion to waive the Budget Act point of order, if raised. This vote is subject to a 60-vote threshold.
  • Passage of H.R.1799, a bill to amend the Small Business Act and the CARES Act to extend the covered period for the paycheck protection program, and for other purposes, if the motion to waive the Budget Act is agreed to, as amended, if amended. This vote is subject to a 60-vote threshold.

Additional roll call votes—including on confirmation of the nomination of Adewale O. Adeyemo to be Deputy Secretary of the Treasury—are expected during Thursday’s session of the Senate. It is possible the Senate will consider H.R.1868, a bill to prevent across-the-board direct spending cuts, and for other purposes

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

11:03 p.m. The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00 a.m.

Senators Sullivan on Alaskan of the week; Senator Sasse spoke on the separation of powers in government.

8:32 p.m. Senator Casey spoke on gun violence.

8:20 p.m. Senators Klobuchar, Cortes-Masto, and Blumenthal spoke on gun violence.

6:56 p.m. Senator Murphy spoke about gun violence.

6:41 p.m. Senator Bennet spoke about the shootings in Colorado.

6:40 p.m. The Senate agreed that after morning business on Thursday, post-cloture time on H.R. 1799 be deemed expired, the motion to proceed be agreed to, the amendments of Senators Kennedy and Rubio be in order, and Senator Paul be recognized to raise a budget point of order.

At 11 a.m., the Senate will vote on the amendments in the order listed and on passage — with 60 votes required for passage.

6 p.m. By a vote of 98 to 2, the Senate confirmed the nomination of David Turk to be deputy secretary of Energy. NAYs: Hawley, Paul.

5:33 p.m. By a vote of 52 to 48, the Senate confirmed the nomination of Rachel Levine to be assistant secretary of H.H.S. Republicans Collins and Murkowski voted YEA.

4:33 p.m. Senator Smith spoke about the recent shootings.

4:25 p.m. Senator Leahy spoke about immigration and also paid tribute to Judge Peter Hall.

4:07 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about prescription drug prices and also about the cattle industry.

3:45 p.m. Senator Lee spoke about human trafficking and immigration. He asked Unanimous consent that the Senate pass S. 88. Senator Durbin objected.

3:23 p.m. Senator Scott (FL) spoke about coronavirus bill. He asked unanimous consent that the Senate pass S. 948. Senator Wyden objected.

3:05 p.m. Senator Cruz spoke about immigration. He asked unanimous consent that the Senate pass S. 890. Senator Lujan objected.

2:27 p.m. Senator Blackburn spoke about immigration and the border. She asked unanimous consent to pass S. 903-dna testing. Senator Padilla objected.

2:08 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about immigration.

1:52 p.m. Senator Ernst spoke about immigration.

1:27 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke about the S.B.A.’s paycheck protection program and about the Equal Rights Amendment.

1:13 p.m. Senator Murphy spoke about immigration.

12:48 p.m. Senator Inhofe spoke about the border and immigration. He asked Unanimous Consent to proceed to S. Res. 132-sense of the Senate that the current influx of migrants at the border constitutes a crisis. Senator Padilla objected and explained why. He offered an amendment to the bill. Senator Inhofe objected.

12:53 p.m. Senator Padilla spoke about immigration.

12:47 p.m. By a vote of 98-2 cloture was invoked on the nomination of David Turk to be deputy secretary of Energy. Voting no: Senators Hawley and Paul.

12:21 p.m. The Senate is voting on whether to invoke cloture on the nomination of David Turk to be deputy secretary of Energy.

12:20 p.m. By a vote of 52 to 48, the Senate invoked cloture on the nomination of Rachel Levine to be assistant secretary of H.H.S. Republicans Collins and Murkowski voted YEA.

11:17 a.m. Senator Thune spoke about Senate rules and about election law.

10:50 a.m. Majority Leader Schumer spoke about gun violence and nominations.

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The Senate will convene at 10:30 a.m.

At 11:30 a.m. the Senate will proceed to 2 votes on the following:

  • 1. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #40 Rachel Leland Levine to be an Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services.
  • 2. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #38 David Turk to be Deputy Secretary of Energy.

Further, at 4:45 p.m., the Senate will proceed to 2 votes on the following:

  • 1. (If cloture is invoked) Confirmation of the Levine nomination
  • 2. (If cloture is invoked) Confirmation of the Turk nomination

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

7:47 p.m. The Senate stands adjourned until 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 24th.

7:09 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke supporting the Walsh nomination and on the filibuster.

7:01 p.m. Senator King began wrap up:

  • The Senate will convene at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 24th and will resume consideration of the nomination of Rachel Levine, to be Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services and on the nomination of David Turk, to be Deputy Secretary of Energy en bloc. At 11:30 a.m. the Senate vote on cloture on 1) Rachel Levine to be Assistant Secretary of HHS 2) David Turk to be Deputy Secretary of Energy. Further, at 4:45 p.m., if cloture has been invoked on the nominations, the Senate vote on confirmation of the 1) Levine and 2) Turk nominations.
  • Adopted S.Res. 123, Designating March 2021 as National Women’s History Month
  • Adopted S.Res. 125, A resolution recognizing the heritage, culture, and contributions of American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian women in the United States.
  • Began the Rule XIV on S. 937.

6:27 p.m. Senator Inhofe spoke on the need for a strong defense budget.

6:15 p.m. Senator Sanders asked unanimous consent to call up and pass H.R. 1868, an act to prevent across-the-board direct spending cuts. Senator Barrasso asked unanimous consent to amend Senator Sanders request with the Barrasso amendment. Senator Sanders objected to Senator Barrasso’s request. Senator Barrasso objected to the original request.

6:14 p.m. The Murthy nomination was confirmed 57-43.
All Democrats and Independents voted in favor and were joined by the following seven Republicans: Cassidy, Collins, Marshall, Murkowski, Portman, Romney & Sullivan.

5:29 p.m. Roll call vote began on confirmation of the Murthy nomination.

5:06 p.m. Senator Kennedy spoke on recent attacks on Asians and Asian Americans.

4:45 p.m. Senator Cruz spoke on illegal immigrants in prison receiving stimulus checks and asked UC to take up and pass S. 928, S. 929 and S. 930 related to that issue. Senator Wyden objected.

4:28 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on the Covid-19 pandemic.

3:34 p.m. Senators Merkley, Klobuchar, Padilla, Van Hollen, Whitehouse and Durbin spoke on voting access.

3:33 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Murthy nomination, 57-43. All Democrats and Independents voted in favor and were joined by the following seven Republicans: Cassidy, Collins, Marshall, Murkowski, Portman, Romney & Sullivan.

3:01 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the nomination of Vivek Murthy to be Surgeon General.

3:00 p.m. The Young nomination was confirmed, 63-37 with the following 13 Republicans joining all Democrats and 2 Independents in favor: Blunt, Burr, Cassidy, Collins, Cramer, Graham, Grassley, Hoeven, Hyde Smith, Kennedy, Murkowski, Shelby & Sullivan.

2:16 p.m. Roll call vote began on confirmation of the Young nomination.

2:15 p.m. The Senate returned from the recess and Senator Peters spoke in favor of the nomination.

12:35 p.m. The Senate recessed until 2:15 p.m. to accommodate the weekly caucus luncheons.

12:30 p.m. Senator Leahy spoke on the Young nomination.

12:29 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Young nomination, 62-38. All Democrats and Independents were joined voting in favor by the following 12 Republicans: Blunt, Burr, Cassidy, Collins, Cramer, Graham, Hoeven, Hyde Smith, Kennedy, Murkowski, Shelby and Sullivan.

11:55 a.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the Young nomination.

11:51 a.m. Senator Peters spoke in favor of the Young nomination.

11:23 a.m. Senator Sasse spoke about the filibuster.

11:13 a.m. Senator Barrasso spoke on immigration.

10:49 a.m. Senators Thune and Tuberville spoke about the filibuster.

10:18 a.m. Republican Leader McConnell spoke on election reform legislation and the filibuster.

10:08 a.m. Majority Leader Schumer had the second reading of H.J. Res 17, removing the deadline for the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. He then spoke about the shooting in Colorado and gun violence in general. He then spoke about hate crimes against Asian Americans.

10:00 a.m. The Senate convened.

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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 Executive Calendar #32, Shalanda Young to be Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget.

11:45am – 1 roll call vote: cloture on the Young nomination.

Following the cloture vote on the Young nomination, the Senate will recess until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings.

2:15pm – 2 roll call votes expected:

1. Confirmation of the Young nomination.

2. Cloture on Executive Calendar #39, Vivek Murthy to be Surgeon General.

If cloture is invoked on the Murthy nomination, we expect the confirmation vote later this afternoon.

Cloture has also been filed on the following:

1. Executive Calendar #40, Rachel Levine to be an Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services.

2. Executive Calendar #38, David Turk to be Deputy Secretary of Energy.

3. Executive Calendar #30 Adewale Adeyemo to be Deputy Secretary of the Treasury.

4. Motion to proceed to Calendar #11, H.R.1799, PPP Extension Act.

Monday, March 22, 2021

6:50 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will reconvene at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 23. They will resume consideration of the nomination of Shalanda Young to be Deputy Director of OMB. The Senate will vote on cloture on the Young nomination at 11:45 a.m. Following the vote they will recess until 2:15 for weekly party lunches. Further votes on the Young nomination and also on the nomination of Vivek Murthy to be the Surgeon General will occur during Tuesday’s session.

First reading: H. J. Res. 17-Equal Rights Amendment

6:20 p.m. Senator Portman spoke about the border crisis.

6:18 p.m. By a vote of 68-29 the Senate confirmed Martin Walsh to be Secretary of Labor. Senators not voting: Blackburn, Murkowski, and Toomey.

5:17 p.m. Senator Burr spoke about the Walsh nomination.

4:50 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about immigration and the conditions at the border.

4:33 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about the false claims act.

4:16 p.m. Senator Collins spoke about her higher education bills.

4:00 p.m. Senator Brown spoke about the Walsh nomination.

3:37 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about the work for the Judiciary Committee and also about the filibuster.

3:24 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke about the new Sergeant at Arms leadership and about the Walsh nomination.

3:23 p.m. The following resolutions were agreed to by unanimous consent:

  • S. Res. 127-Karen Gibson to be Sergeant at Arms for the Senate
  • S. Res. 128-Notifying the House of the election of the SAA
  • S. Res. 129-Notifying the President of the election of the SAA

3:05 p.m. Senator McConnell spoke about China, National Security, and about the Walsh nomination.

3:00 p.m. The Senate convened.

The Senate will convene at 3:00 p.m. At 5:30 p.m. on Monday, the Senate will proceed to a vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #17 Martin Joseph Walsh to be Secretary of Labor.

Thursday, March 18, 2021

3:35 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will return on Monday, March 22nd at 3:00 p.m. At 5:30 p.m. on Monday, the Senate will proceed to a vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #17 Martin Joseph Walsh to be Secretary of Labor.

3:14 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about unaccompanied minors at the Southern border.

3:05 p.m. ML Schumer began wrap up:

  • Confirmed by voice vote: Executive Calendar #28 William Joseph Burns, of Maryland, to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
  • Confirmed by voice vote: Executive Calendar #36 Brian P. McKeon to be Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources
  • Filed cloture on the nomination of Shalanda D. Young to be Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget
  • Filed cloture on the nomination of Vivek Murthy to be Medical Director in the Regular Corps of the Public Health Service, subject to qualifications therefor as provided by law & regulations, & to be Surgeon General of the Public Health Service for a term of 4 years
  • Filed cloture on nomination of Rachel Leland Levine to be an Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services
  • Filed cloture on nomination of David Turk to be Deputy Secretary of Energy
  • Filed cloture on the nomination of Adewale O. Adeyemo to be Deputy Secretary of the Treasury
  • Filed cloture on the motion to proceed to Cal. #11, H.R.1799, PPP Extension

2:29 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke on the IC assessment on foreign threats in the 2020 federal election.

2:16 p.m. Senator Blunt spoke on S.1, the election security bill.

2:11 p.m. Senator Manchin paid tribute to his brother in law Robert Thompson who passed away recently.

2:10 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Walsh nomination, 68-30.

1:30 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the Walsh nomination.

1:15 p.m. Senator Cruz spoke on possible illegal immigrants receiving stimulus checks and asked to take up and pass S. 842. Senator Durbin objected.

1:05 p.m. Senator Murray spoke in favor of the Walsh nomination.

12:44 p.m. Senators Wyden and Brown spoke on protecting PPP from predatory loans. Senator Wyden asked unanimous consent to call up and pass S. 823 – protection of recovery rebates. Senator Toomey objected.

12:42 p.m. The Senate confirmed the nomination of Xavier Becerra to be Secretary of Health and Human Services by a vote of 50-49.

Senator Collins voted yes and Senator Hirono did not vote

12:00 p.m. The Senate is voting on confirmation of Executive Calendar #37 Xavier Becerra to be Secretary of Health and Human Services.

11:47 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke on the filibuster and on immigration.

11:14 a.m. Senators Barrasso and Inhofe spoke against the Becerra nomination.

11:02 a.m. Senators Wyden and Stabenow spoke supporting the Becerra nomination.

10:45 a.m. Senator Thune spoke on the filibuster.

10:30 a.m. Republican Leader McConnell spoke about immigration and election integrity and then paid tribute to Jennifer Hemingway.

10:14 a.m. Majority Leader Schumer had the second reading of H.R. 1799, and then proceeded to discuss cabinet nominations and the economy.

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

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #37, Xavier Becerra to be Secretary of Health and Human Services.

12:00 noon: VOTE on confirmation of Executive Calendar #37, Xavier Becerra to be Secretary of Health and Human Services.

1:30pm: VOTE on cloture on Executive Calendar #17, Martin Walsh to be Secretary of Labor.

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

6:22 p.m. The Senate adjourned.

6:17 p.m. Senator Padilla wrapped up for the day.

5:51 p.m. Senators Blumenthal and Padilla spoke about the shootings in Atlanta and the Becerra nomination.

5:26 p.m. Senator Carper spoke in favor of the Becerra nomination.

5:11 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about the filibuster.

5:01 p.m. Senator Young spoke about Indiana basketball.

4:51 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke on the economy.

4:30 p.m. Senator Tillis spoke about the protect and serve act.

4:10 p.m. Senator Braun spoke about paycheck protection.

3:46 p.m. Senator Van Hollen spoke about the Becerra nomination.

3:32 p.m. Senator Brown spoke about the Becerra nomination.

3:25 p.m. Senator Menendez spoke about Russian interference in our election.

3:20 p.m. Senator Markey spoke in favor of the Becerra nomination.

3:00 p.m.  Senator Casey spoke in favor of the Beccerra nomination.

2:45 p.m. Senator Cruz spoke in opposition of the Becerra nomination.

2:40 p.m. Senator Blackburn spoke in opposition of the Becerra nomination.

2:35 p.m. Senator Lee spoke in opposition of the Becerra nomination.

2:25 p.m. Senator Daines spoke in opposition of the Becerra nomination.

2:20 p.m. Senator Lamkford spoke about government debt.

2:15 p.m. Senator Scott spoke about prison payments in the covid relief bill.

2:05 p.m. Senator Braun spoke in opposition of the Becerra nomination.

1:50 p.m. Senator Ernst spoke in opposition of the Becerra nomination.

1:30 p.m. Senator Moran spoke against the nomination of Becerra.

1::25 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke on Medicare and in support of the Bucerra nomination.

1:15 p.m. Senator Warnock gave him maiden speech on the voting rights of the citizens in Georgia

1:00 p.m.  Senator Boozman spoke on veteran’s care.

12:17 p.m.   The Senate is currently voting on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Xavier Becerra to be Secretary of Health and Human Services. The motion was agreed to by a vote of 50-49.

11:30 a.m.   The Senate is voting on the nomination of Katherine C. Tai to be United States Trade Representative. The nomination was agreed to by a vote 0f 98-0.

11:22 a.m. Senator Thune spoke about social media.

11:15 a.m. Senator Peters spoke about his departing chief of staff, Eric Feldman.

11:03 a.m. Minority Leader McConnell spoke about the Becerra nomination He spoke about the Tai nomination and China trade policy.

10:43 a.m. Majority Leader Schumer began Rule XIV proceedings to bring to the floor H.R. 1799, a measure to extend S.B.A.’s the Paycheck Protection Program.

He spoke about the shootings in Atlanta. He spoke about nominations. He spoke about a bill on election procedures in the states, S-1. He spoke about the new Covid relief program.

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The Senate will convene at 10:30 a.m. and will resume post-cloture consideration of the nomination of Katherine C. Tai to be United States Trade Representative.

  • At 11:30 a.m., there will be two roll call votes:
  • Confirmation of the Tai nomination;
  • Cloture on the nomination of Xavier Becerra to be secretary of Health and Human Services.

NOTE: Cloture is pending on the nomination of Martin Walsh to be secretary of Labor.

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

5:53 p.m. The Senate recessed and will reconvene at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 17. They will resume consideration of the nomination of Katharine C. Tai to be U.S. Trade Representative. A vote on confirmation will occur at 11:30 a.m. followed by a cloture vote on the nomination of Xavier Bacerra to be Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Passed during wrap-up: S. Res. 118, Honoring Army Chaplain Emil J. Kapaun

5:39 p.m. Senator Portman spoke about workforce training.

4:57 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about immigration and the southern border.

4:44 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke about the covid bill.

4:32 p.m. Senator Lankford spoke about immigration and the southern border.

4:19 p.m. Senator Menendez spoke about the Jan. 6 attack.

4:05 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about voter laws.

3:47 p.m. Senator Cotton spoke against the Bacerra nomination.

3:34 p.m. Senator Carper spoke in support of the Tai nomination.

3:33 p.m. By a vote of 98-0 the Senate invoked cloture on
he nomination of Katherine C. Tai to be United States Trade Representative.

3:04 p.m. The Senate began voting cloture on the nomination of Katherine C. Tai to be United States Trade Representative.

3:03 p.m. By a vote of 81-17 the Senate confirmed Isabella Guzman to be Administrator of the Small Business Administration.

2:25 p.m. The Senate began voting on confirmation of Isabella Casillas Guzman to be Administrator of the Small Business Administration

2:18 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke in support of the Tai nomination.

2:15 p.m. Senator Rosen spoke in support of the Guzman nomination.

2:15 p.m. The Senate reconvened and resumed consideration of the Guzman nomination.

12:38 p.m. The Senate stands in recess until 2:15 p.m.

12:37 p.m. Senator Coons got unanimous consent for 2 votes at approximately 2:30 p.m. on: 1. Confirmation of Isabella Casillas Guzman to be Administrator of the Small Business Administration 2. Cloture on the nomination of Katherine C. Tai to be United States Trade Representative

12:36 p.m. By a tally of 80-18 the Senate invoked cloture on the nomination of Isabella Guzman to be Administrator of the SBA.

12:04 p.m. The Senate began a vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Isabella Casillas Guzman to be Administrator of the Small Business Administration.

11:56 a.m. Senator Cardin spoke supporting the Guzman nomination.

11:46 a.m. Senator Klobuchar spoke supporting the Guzman nomination.

11:06 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke on the filibuster and on Covid relief.

10:50 a.m. Senator Thune spoke against the death tax.

10:23 a.m. RL McConnell spoke on proposed legislative changes.

10:05 a.m. ML Schumer spoke supporting the Guzman nomination and on Covid relief.

10:00 a.m. The Senate convened.

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The Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of Isabella Casillas Guzman to be Administrator of the Small Business Administration.

At 12:00 pm, the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Guzman nomination.

Following the vote on the motion to invoke cloture, the Senate will recess until 2:15 pm to allow for the weekly caucus luncheons.

If cloture is invoked on the Guzman nomination, a roll call vote on confirmation of the Guzman nomination is expected to occur during Tuesday’s session of the Senate. Following the vote on confirmation, the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Katherine C. Tai to be United States Trade Representative.

Monday, March 15, 2021

6:37 p.m. The Senator adjourned until 10 a.m. Tuesday.

6:25 p.m. By a vote of 51 to 40, the Senate confirmed the nomination of Debra Haaland to be secretary of the Interior.

Majority Leader Schumer filed cloture on the nominations of Xavier Becerra to be secretary of Health and Human Services and Martin Walsh to be secretary of Labor.

The Senate agreed to meet at 10 a.m. Tuesday, to vote at noon on cloture for the nomination of Isabella Guzman to be administrator of the Small Business Administration, and to then to recess until 2:15 p.m. for policy luncheons.

Votes are expected later Tuesday on confirmation of Guzman and cloture for the nomination of Katherine Tai to be U.S. Trade Representative.

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

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #31, Debra Haaland to be Secretary of the Interior.

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

Cloture has also been filed on the following nominations:

1. Executive Calendar #26, Isabella Guzman to be Administrator of the Small Business Administration.

2. Executive Calendar #29, Katherine Tai to be United States Trade Representative.

Thursday, March 11, 2021

4:01 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 3:00 p.m. on Monday, March 15, 2021. Following Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of the nomination of Debra Anne Haaland, to be Secretary of the Interior, post-cloture. At 5:30 p.m., all post-cloture time will be considered expired, and the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Haaland nomination.

3:58 p.m. ML Schumer began wrap up:

  • Adopted S.Res.96, designating March 8 through March 14, 2021, as “Women of the Aviation Workforce Week”, w/Rosen amendment
  • Adopted S.Res.106, recognizing Girl Scouts of the United States of America on its 109th birthday and celebrating its legacy of fostering civic action and community service among girls and creating leaders in Gold Award Girl Scouts, including the 2020 National Gold Award Girl Scouts
  • AdoptedS.Res.108, to make technical corrections to the amendments made be Senate Resolution 30 (117th Congress) to Senate Resolution 458 (98th Congress), and for other purposes.

3:23 p.m. Senator Lee spoke about his father.

3:08 p.m. Senator Rosen spoke supporting the Haaland nomination.

2:57 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on immigration.

2:35 p.m. Senator Portman spoke on immigration.

2:12 p.m. Senator Lankford reflected on the roughly one year anniversary of the pandemic and the relief package passed this week.

2:11 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Haaland nomination 54-42. Republicans Collins, Graham, Murkowski and Sullivan joined all Democrats and Independents in favor. Senators Burr, Cassidy, Kennedy and Moran did not vote.

1:34 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the Haaland nomination.

1:30 p.m. Senator Manchin spoke in favor of the Haaland nomination.

1:19 p.m Senator Barraasso spoke against the Haaland nomination.

1:08 p.m. Senator Heinrich spoke in favor of the Haaland nomination.

1:01 p.m. Senator Lummis spoke against the Haaland nomination.

12:50 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke in favor of the Haaland nomination.

12:46 p.m. Majority Leader Schumer filed cloture on the nominations of Isabella Guzman to be Administrator of the Small Business Administration; and Katherine Tai to be US Trade Representative.

12:45 p.m. The Becerra nomination was discharged on a tally of 51-48, with Senator Collins joining Democrats and Independents in favor and Senator Burr not voting.

12:03 p.m. Roll call vote began on discharging the Becerra nomination.

11:59 a.m. Senator Cantwell spoke in favor of the Beccera nomination.

11:46 a.m. Senator Daines spoke against the Haaland nomination.

11:39 a.m. Senator Blackburn spoke against the Becerra nomination.

11:31 a.m. Senator Cassidy spoke on the pandemic and schools.

11:23 a.m. Senator Thune spoke against the Becerra nomination.

11:11 a.m. Senator Wyden spoke in favor of the Becerra nomination.

11:00 a.m. Minority Leader McConnell spoke about the pandemic and the relief package. He spoke about the Becerra nomination. He paid tribute to the departing Mary Jones, assistant secretary of the Senate.

10:46 a.m. Majority Leader Schumer spoke about the Becerra discharge petition. He said Deb Haaland’s nomination to be secretary of the Interior will be confirmed Monday. He spoke about the Covid relief package.

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The Senate will convene at 10:30 a.m. and will resume consideration of the motion to discharge the nomination of Xavier Becerra from the Committee on Finance.

  • At noon, the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on the motion to discharge the Becerra nomination. Simple majority required.
  • At 1:30pm, the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Debra Haaland to the secretary of the Interior Department.

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