Monday, September 13, 2021


7:00 p.m.

The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Tuesday, September 14, 2021. Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #64, James Richard Kvaal, of Massachusetts, to be Under Secretary of Education, post cloture. At 11:30am, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Kvaal nomination followed by a cloture vote on Executive Calendar #252, David G. Estudillo, of Washington, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Washington. Following the cloture vote, the Senate will recess until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings. At 2:20pm, all post-cloture time on the Estudillo nomination will expire and the Senate will vote on confirmation of the nomination followed by a cloture vote on Executive Calendar #260, Angel Kelley, of Massachusetts, to be United States District Judge for the District of Massachusetts. Finally, at 5:30pm, all post-cloture time on the Kelley nomination will expire and the Senate will vote on confirmation of the nomination followed by a cloture vote on Executive Calendar #251, Veronica S. Rossman, of Colorado, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Tenth Circuit. Cloture has been filed on the following items: 1. Executive Calendar #252, David G. Estudillo, of Washington, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Washington 2. Executive Calendar #260, Angel Kelley, of Massachusetts, to be United States District Judge for the District of Massachusetts 3. Executive Calendar #251, Veronica S. Rossman, of Colorado, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Tenth Circuit 4. Motion to proceed to Calendar #77, S.2093, For the People Act of 2021. Tuesday, September 14th at 11:30am – 2 roll call votes: 1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #64, James Richard Kvaal, of Massachusetts, to be Under Secretary of Education 2. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #252, David G. Estudillo, of Washington, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Washington Tuesday, September 14th at 2:20pm – 2 roll call votes: 1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #252, David G. Estudillo, of Washington, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Washington 2. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #260, Angel Kelley, of Massachusetts, to be United States District Judge for the District of Massachusetts Tuesday, September 14th at 5:30pm – 2 roll call votes: 1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #260, Angel Kelley, of Massachusetts, to be United States District Judge for the District of Massachusetts 2. Executive Calendar #251, Veronica S. Rossman, of Colorado, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Tenth Circuit

6:17 p.m. Senator Brown spoke on Labor Day.

6:17 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Kvaal nomination, 55-37.

5:39 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of James Kvaal to be Under Secretary of Education.

5:14 p.m. Senator Menendez spoke on foreign affairs nominations and the Senate confirmed by voice vote exec. cal. #335, the nomination of Donald Lu, to be Assistant Secretary of State for South Asian Affairs. Senator Cruz spoke on the nominee.

Additionally, the Senate confirmed the following by voice vote:

exec. cal. #150 Brett M. Holmgren, MN, to be an Assistant Secretary of State, Intelligence and Research.

exec. cal. #322 Brian A. Nichols, RI, to be an Assistant Secretary of State, Western Hemisphere Affairs.

Senator Menendez also asked unanimous consent for the Senate to confirm exec. cal. #323 Marcela Escobari, MA, to be an Assistant Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development. Senator Cruz objected.

5:10 p.m. Senator Rubio paid tribute to former staffer Richard Kinkoff.

4:51 p.m. Senator Blackburn spoke on 9/11 and Afghanistan.

4:37 p.m. Senator King spoke on Afghanistan and then paid tribute to retiring Tim Hudson from the National Park Service.

4:20 p.m. Senator Barrasso paid tribute to Lance Corporal Rylee McCollum and spoke on Afghanistan.

4:03 p.m. Senator Tuberville spoke on 9/11.

3:45 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke on Afghanistan, the budget, and 9/11.

3:37 p.m. Republican Leader McConnell spoke on Afghanistan.

3:23 p.m. Majority Leader Schumer spoke on the budget, the debt ceiling, and voting rights.

The Senate will convene at 3:00 p.m., and following any Leader remarks, will resume consideration of the nomination of James Kvaal to be Under Secretary of Education.

At 5:30 p.m., the Senate will vote on cloture on the Kvaal nomination.

Cloture has also been filed on the following:

1. Executive Calendar #252, David Estudillo to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Washington.

2. Executive Calendar #260, Angel Kelley to be United States District Judge for the District of Massachusetts

3. Executive Calendar #251, Veronica Rossman to be United States Circuit Judge for the Tenth Circuit

4. Motion to proceed to S.2093, For the People Act of 2021.

Thursday, September 9, 2021

The Senate convened for a pro forma session at 12:00 p.m. Senator Baldwin presided and no business was conducted.