Monday, July 21, 2014

7:23 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 22, 2014.

Before that, it passed S. Res 509 honoring Mattie Stepanek.

On Tuesday, the Senate will conduct three cloture votes at 10:45 a.m.  The first vote will be on Andre Birotte Jr, of California, to be U.S. District Judge for the Central District of California.  The second vote will be on Robin L. Rosenberg, of Florida, to be U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Florida.  The third vote will be on John W. deGravelles, of Louisiana, to be U.S. District Judge for the Middle District of Louisiana.

The Senate will recess from 12:30 to 2:15 for weekly caucus lunches.

7:12 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about Ukraine and victims on the plane that was shot down.

6:50 p.m. Senator Cruz spoke about Venezuelan politics and political prisoners there.

6:37 p.m. Senator Carper spoke about the need to pass a transportation bill.

6:30 p.m. Senator Corker spoke against the practice of pension smoothing.

6:25 p.m. Senator Boxer spoke about the need to pass the Highway Bill

6:17 p.m. The Senate confirmed, by voice vote, Michael Anderson Lawson, to assume the rank of ambassador during his service as U.S. representative on the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization;

The Senate confirmed, by voice vote, Eunice S. Reddick to be ambassador to Niger.

5:30 p.m. The Senate voted 94-0 to confirm Julia E. Carnes of Georgia to the U.S. Circuit Court for the Eleventh Circuit.

5:20 p.m. Senators Chambliss and Isakson spoke on the Carnes nomination, supporting confirmation.

5:15 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke about a Helsinki hearing

5:06 p.m. Senator Wicker spoke about the health care law.

4:59 p.m. Senator Hoeven spoke about Russia and energy.

4:46 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke about the expiring highway authorization.

4:23 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the Southwest border crisis.

4:04 p.m. Senator Sessions spoke about executive actions on immigration.

3:47 pm Senator Stabenow spoke on the “Bring Jobs Home Act.”

2:33 pm Senator Nelson spoke on the 45th anniversary of the moon landing.

2:02 pm  ML Reid lays out schedule, laments blockage of nomination of Michael Lawson to be Ambassador to the Council of  International Civil Aviation, after plane shot down over Ukraine.  S. 2631 has its second reading.  Discusses southern border immigration crisis.

The Senate convened at 2 p.m. and will be in morning business until 5:30 p.m.

At 5:30 p.m., the Senate will vote on confirmation of the nomination of Julia E. Carnes of  Georgia to the U.S. Circuit Court for the Eleventh Circuit.

Voice votes are expected to follow immediately on the confirmation of these nominations:

— Michael Anderson Lawson to assume the rank of ambassador during his service as U.S. representative on the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization;

Eunice S. Reddick to be ambassador to Niger.