Wednesday, April 14, 2021

6:27 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will reconvene at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 15. They will resume consideration of the motion to proceed S. 937, a bill to facilitate the expedited review of COVID-19 hate crimes. At 12 noon all post-cloture time will expire and the motion to proceed will be agreed to. At noon, the Senate is expected to have a roll call vote on a motion to proceed to Executive Session in order to move to discharge the nomination of Vanita Gupta from the Judiciary Committee.

During wrap-up:

Agreed to by voice vote, S. Res. 148 Recognizing the importance of paying tribute to those individuals who have faithfully served and retired from the armed forces.  

Passed by voice vote, S. 400, renaming  the Dept. of Transportation Headquarters to the William T. Coleman building.

6:18 p.m. Senator Burr paid tribute to Alvin Sykes.

5:53 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke about the infrastructure bill.

5:43 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about the hate crimes bill.

5:30 p.m. Senator Stabenow spoke about electric cars.

5:20 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke about voting rights.

5:10 p.m. Senator Scott (FL) and Senator Barrasso spoke about election laws and S. 1.

5:08 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke about anti-Asian hate crimes and violence.

4:56 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke about S. 937.

4:55 p.m. By a vote of 92-6, the cloture motion on the motion to proceed to S. 937 was agreed to. Voting no: Cotton, Cruz, Hawley, Marshall, Paul and Tuberville. Not voting: Rounds and Tillis.

4:15 p.m. The Senate began voting on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to Calendar #13, S.937, a bill to facilitate the expedited review of COVID-19 hate crimes.

4:12 p.m. By a vote of 53-45, the Mallory nomination was confirmed. Voting aye: Collins, Graham and Portman. Not voting: Rounds and Tillis.

3:33 p.m. The Senate began voting on the nomination of Brenda Mallory, of Maryland, to be a Member of the Council on Environmental Quality.

3:21 p.m. Senator Hirono spoke about anti-Asian hate crimes and violence.

2:14 p.m. Senators Warnock, Murkowski, Toomey, Padilla, Cortez Masto and Cassidy read Dr. Martin Luther King’s letter from the Birmingham jail.

2:12 p.m. Senator Brown announced that 6 Senators will read Dr. Martin Luther King’s letter from the Birmingham jail.

1:55 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the filibuster.

1:39 p.m. Senator Murphy spoke about Afghanistan.

1:29 p.m. Senator Blackburn spoke about the filibuster and also spoke about the voting rights bill.

1:17 p.m. Senator Carper spoke about the Mallory nomination.

1:15 p.m. By a vote of 53-45, cloture was invoked on the Mallory nomination. Voting aye: Collins, Graham and Portman. Not voting: Rounds and Tillis.

12:28 p.m. The Senate began voting on cloture on the nomination of Brenda Mallory, of Maryland, to be a Member of the Council on Environmental Quality

12:26 p.m. By a vote of 53-45 the Gensler nomination was confirmed. Republicans voting aye: Senators Collins, Grassley and Lummis. Not voting: Senators Rounds and Tillis.

11:45 a.m. The Senate began voting on confirmation of Gary Gensler to be a Member of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

11:30 a.m. Senator Thune spoke about the border crisis.

11:15 a.m. Senator Marshall spoke about Kansas voters and democracy.

11:00 a.m. Senator McConnell spoke about Afghanistan, about the filibuster and about voting rights.

10:45 a.m. Senator Schumer spoke about Asian hate crimes, about infrastructure and also about the troop removal from Afghanistan.

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

Wednesday, April 14th at 11:45 am –  2 roll call votes:

  • Confirmation Gary Gensler to be a Member of the Securities and Exchange Commission for the remainder of the term expiring June 5, 2021.
  • Motion to invoke cloture on Brenda Mallory, of Maryland, to be a Member of the Council on Environmental Quality

Wednesday, April 14th at 3:30 pm – 2 roll call votes:

  • Confirmation of Brenda Mallory, of Maryland, to be a Member of the Council on Environmental Quality
  • Motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to Calendar #13, S.937, a bill to facilitate the expedited review of COVID-19 hate crimes.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

6:41 p.m. The Senate stands adjourned under the provisions of S.Res. 152, until 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 14, 2021, and does so as a further mark of respect to the memory of United States Capitol Police Officer William Francis “Billy” Evans.

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of Gary Gensler, to be Member of the Securities and Exchange Commission, post-cloture.

At 11:45 a.m., all post-cloture debate time will be considered expired and the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Gensler nomination, and upon its disposition there will be an immediate cloture vote on the nomination of Brenda Mallory, to be a Member of the Council on Environmental Quality.

If cloture is invoked on the Mallory nomination, then at 3:30 p.m. all post-cloture time will be considered expired and the Senate will vote on confirmation of the nomination. Upon disposition of the Mallory nomination, the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to Calendar #13, S.937, a bill to facilitate the expedited review of COVID-19 hate crimes.

6:39 p.m. Senator Hassan began wrap up. By unanimous consent the Senate passed S.Res 152, Honoring the memory of Officer William Francis “Billy” Evans of the U.S. Capitol Police for his selfless acts of heroism on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol on April 2, 2021.

6:37 p.m. The Senate invoked cloture on the nomination of Gary Gensler to be a member of the SEC by a vote of 53-45. Senators Collins, Grassley and Lummis voted yes.

Senators Rounds and Tillis did not vote.

6:09 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the nomination of Gary Gensler to be a member of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

6:08 p.m. The Sherman nomination was confirmed, 56-42 with Republicans Burr, Capito, Collins, Murkowsi, Portman and Romney joining all Democrats and Independents in favor. Republicans Rounds and Tillis did not vote.

5:25 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on confirmation of the nomination of Wendy Sherman to be Deputy Secretary of State.

5:12 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke paying tribute to Iowa State Patrol Sergeant Jim Smith and also on Fentanyl.

4:57 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on the President’s infrastructure plan.

4:35 p.m. Senator Wicker spoke about the Coast Guard Congressional Fellow program.

4:22 p.m. Senator Brown spoke supporting the Gensler nomination to lead the SEC.

4:13 p.m. Senator Toomey spoke on the SEC.

4:01 p.m. Senator Thune spoke honoring the life Officer Billy Evans and service of Officer Ken Shaver and on court packing.

3:30 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke on Georgia voting laws and restrictions.

3:29 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Sherman nomination, 55-42. Republicans Burr, Capito, Collins, Murkowski, Portman, Romney and Rounds joined Democrats/Independents in favor. Senators not voting: Booker, Tillis and Warnock.

2:55 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the nomination of Wendy Sherman to be Deputy Secretary of State.

2:54 p.m. The Trottenberg nomination was confirmed 82-15. Voting no, all Republicans: Blackburn, Braun, Cotton, Cruz, Daines, Hagerty, Hawley, Kennedy, Lee, Paul, Rubio, both Scotts, Shelby and Tuberville voting no. Not voting: Two Democrats: Booker and Warnock, one Republican: Tillis.

2:15 p.m. The Senate returned from recess and began a roll call vote on confirmation of Polly Trottenberg to be Deputy Secretary of Transportation.

12:50 p.m. The Senate stands in recess until 2:15 p.m.

12:39 p.m. RL McConnell spoke on Officer Billy Evans lying in honor in the Capitol Rotunda, on troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, and on the American Jobs Plan.

12:21 p.m. ML Schumer spoke on violence against Asian Americans and racial bias and on the Trottenberg nomination.

The Senate will convene at 12:00 p.m. and following Leader remarks, resume consideration of the nomination of Polly Trottenberg to be Deputy Secretary of Transportation.

The Senate will recess from 12:30 p.m. until 2:15 p.m. to allow for the weekly caucus luncheons.

At 2:15 p.m. proceed to two roll call votes:

**Confirmation of the Trottenberg nomination.

**Cloture on the nomination of Wendy Sherman to be Deputy Secretary of State.

We expect a confirmation vote on the Sherman nomination and a cloture vote on the nomination of Gary Gensler to be Member of the Securities and Exchange Commission later today.