Tuesday, May 11, 2021

7:21 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday May 12th.

7:04 p.m. Senator Inhofe spoke on partners and allies in the Indo-Pacific region.

7:00 p.m. Senator Brown began wrap up:

  • Adopted by voice vote, S.Res. 205, Promoting Minority Health Month
  • Adopted by unanimous consent, S.Res. 206, Supporting the designation of April 18-23 as National Crime Victims Rights Week

6:55 p.m. Senator Brown spoke in advance of Police week honoring the 4 Ohio police officers who lost their lives in the line of duty last year.

6:54 p.m. ML Schumer made the motion to discharge from Finance Committee PN124, Chiquita Brooks-LaSure to be Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

6:53 p.m. The Senate passed S.J.Res.15, providing for congressional disapproval of the rule submitted by the Office of the Comptroller of Currency relating to National Banks and Federal Savings Associations as Lenders, 52-47 with Republicans Collins, Lummis and Rubio joining in favor.

5:35 p.m. The Senate began voting on passage of the True Lender CRA.

5:31 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke about the True Lender CRA.

5:21 p.m. Senator Brown spoke about the True Lender CRA.

5:10 p.m. Senator Portman spoke about Police Week.

4:59 p.m. Senator Lummis spoke about the True Lender CRA.

4:45 p.m. Senator Van Hollen spoke about the True Lender CRA.

4:32 p.m. Senator Rubio spoke about China.

4:25 p.m. Senator Moran spoke about the price of lumber.

4:00 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about Police Week and Russia.

3:34 p.m. Senator Braun spoke about the relaunch of the ALS Cacus.

3:24 p.m. Senator Toomey spoke against the True Lender CRA.

3:24 p.m. Senator Van Hollen called up S.J.Res. 15, True Lender CRA. The motion to proceed was agreed to by a voice vote.

3:23 p.m. The Senate confirmed the nomination of Cynthia Marten to be Deputy Secretary of Education by a tally of 54-44.

Not voting: Senators Heinrich and Leahy.

2:27 p.m. The Senate began voting on confirmation of the Marten nomination.

2:21 p.m. Senator Cassidy spoke about Police Week.

2:15 p.m. Senator Tillis spoke about Police Week.

12:56 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Marten nomination, 54 – 44.

Voting Yes: Blunt, Burr, Collins, Grassley, Murkowski, and Portman.

Noting voting: Heinrich and Leahy.

12:19 p.m. The Senate began voting on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Cynthia Marten to be Deputy Secretary of Education.

12:18 p.m. The Palm nomination was confirmed, 61 – 37.

Voting Yes: Blunt, Burr, Capito, Collins, Cornyn, Crapo, Graham, Grassley, Murkowski, Portman, Romney, Rounds, and Sullivan.

Not voting: Heinrich and Leahy.

11:38 p.m. The Senate began voting on confirmation of Andrea Palm to be Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services.

11:22 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on pandemic lawsuits and the economy.

11:01 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke on socialism and President Biden’s American Jobs Plan. And on the American Rescue Plan.

10:51 p.m. Senator Thune spoke on President Biden’s policies.

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The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m. and following Leader remarks, will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #69, Andrea Palm, to be Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Two votes at 11:30 a.m.:

  1. Confirmation of the Palm nomination.
  2. Cloture on Executive Calendar #65 Cynthia Marten to be Deputy Secretary of Education.

Following the cloture vote, the Senate will recess until 2:15 p.m. to allow for the weekly caucus meetings.

If cloture is invoked on the Marten nomination, at 2:30 p.m., the Senate will vote on confirmation of the nomination.

Additional roll call votes are possible in relation to S.J.Res.15, True Lender CRA, and a motion to discharge the nomination of Chiquita Brooks-Lasure to be Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services from the Finance Committee.

Cloture has also been filed on the following nominations:

  1. Executive Calendar #108, Ronald Stroman to be a Governor of the US Postal Service for a term expiring December 8, 2021.
  2. Executive Calendar #109, Ronald Stroman to be a Governor of the US Postal Service for a term expiring December 8, 2028.
  3. Executive Calendar #110,  Amber McReynolds to be a Governor of the US Postal Service for a term expiring December 8, 2026.
  4. Executive Calendar #112, Donet Graves, Jr. to be Deputy Secretary of Commerce.

Monday, May 10, 2021

6:26 p.m. The Senate adjourned.

6:23 p.m. Senator Smith wrapped up for the day.

6:15p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke on the past 100 days under the Biden administration.

5:30 p.m. The Senate began voting on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Andrea Joan Palm to be Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services. Cloture was invoked by a vote of 62-35.

5:11 p.m. Senator Blackburn spoke on employment.

4:48 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke on law enforcement and election fraud.

4:26 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on vulnerable supply chains.

4:18 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke in support of Andrea Joan Palm to be Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services.

4:08 p.m. Senator Tuberville spoke on education.

4:00 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke on unemployment benefits in the covid relief bill.

3:50 p.m. The Senate is in executive session to resume consideration of of Executive Calendar #69, Andrea Joan Palm, of Wisconsin, to be Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services.

3:45 p.m. Leader Schumer filed cloture on cal. #109 and #110 (McReynolds) postal service nominations and  #112 (Graves) dep Sec. Department of Commerce

3:45 p.m. Leader Schumer filed cloture on cal. #109 and #110 (McReynolds) postal service nominations and  #112 (Graves) dep Sec. Department of Commerce

3:40 p.m. Leader Schumer spoke on the legislative calendar of the Senate during this work period.

3:30 p.m. Leader McConnell spoke on the current covid restrictions and vaccinations. He followed with the jobs report and possible inflation.

3:00 p.m. The Senate is in a period of morning business.

The Senate will convene at 3:00 p.m. today of Executive Calendar #69, Andrea Joan Palm, of Wisconsin, to be Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services with a cloture vote on the nomination at 5:30 p.m.

Cloture has also been filed on the nomination of Cynthia Marten to be Deputy Secretary of State for Political Affairs.