Thursday July 24, 2014

6:15 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will reconvene at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, July 28. At 5:30 p.m. there will be up to 5 votes on nominations.

6:10 p.m. The following resolutions were agreed to by voice vote:

  • S. Res. 462-Recognizing Cambodia and Laos Freedom fighters
  • S. Res. 519-Designating Aug. 16 as National Airborne Day

5:45 p.m. McConnell spoke about Burma

5:15 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke about climate change.

5:00 p.m. Senator Harkin spoke about funding for NIH.

4:15 p.m. Senator Cruz spoke about Israel and immigration.

3:54 p.m. Senator Sessions spoke about Immigration

3:40 p.m. Senator Rubio spoke about Israel and Gaza

3:30 p.m. There will be NO further votes this week. Next votes will be on Monday, July 28th.  Senator Durbin spoke on Migrant crisis at the U.S. border and Senator Portman spoke on taxes.

3 p.m. Senator Baldwin spoke about the border crisis. Senator Heller spoke about the conflict in Gaza. Senator Hatch spoke about the “Bring Jobs Home” bill. Senator Durbin spoke about the border crisis.

2:21 p.m. On voice votes, the Senate confirmed these nominations:
— Lisa S. Disbrow as assistant secretary of the Air Force;
— Victor M. Mendez as deputy secretary of transportation;
— Peter M. Rogoff as transportation under secretary for policy;
— Bruce H. Andrews as deputy secretary of commerce.

2:19 p.m. On a vote of 54 to 41, the Senate invoked cloture on the nomination of Pamela Harris to the  U.S. Circuit Court for the Fourth Circuit. (Roll call on con firmation is to occur on Monday, July 28.)

2:18 p.m. On a voice vote, the Senate passed the motion to proceed to S. 2569 (“Bring Jobs Home” bill).

1:35 p.m. Senator Vitter spoke about the effects of the immigration crisis on Louisiana.

1:26 p.m. Senator Reed spoke in favor of highway bill.

1:12 p.m. Senator Thune spoke against the “Bring Jobs Home Act.”

12:40 p.m.  Senators Murray and Cantwell discuss the wildfires in Washington.  Senator Cantwell pivoted to discuss the Export Import bank, followed by Senator Kaine on the same topic.

12:35 p.m. Majority Leader Reid gets UC agreement to confirm following nominations by voice vote after vote sequence later this afternoon:
Victor Mendez to be Deputy Secretary of Transportation; Peter Rogoff to be Under Secretary of Transportation for Policy; and Bruce Andrews to be Deputy Secretary of Commerce.

Further UC that at a time to be determined, after consultation with RL McConnell Senate proceed to consider following nominations:

Elliot Kaye to be member and chairman of Consumer Product Safety Commission; Joseph Mohorovic to be member of Consumer Product Safety Commission; and Brian McKeon to be Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense.

11:57 a.m. Senators Cardin and Grassley spoke on the Harris nomination.

11:47 a.m. Senator Heller spoke on the “Bring Jobs Home Act.”

11:32 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about immigration.

11:25 a.m. Senator Begich, a member of the Veterans Affairs Committee, spoke about the veterans legislation and the process.

11:19 a.m. Senator Sanders and Senator McCain engaged in a colloquy about how to move forward with the veterans legislation.

11:16 a.m. Senator McCain urged calm about the Veterans Affairs conference committee process.  There is a meeting scheduled at 12:00 p.m. today.

11:03 a.m. Senator Sanders, chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs,  spoke about House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman’s plan to have a conference committee on a Veterans Affairs bill without consulting Senators.

10:54 a.m. Senator Tester spoke about the duty to Veterans and his frustration with politics interfering with a bill to improve services for veterans.

10:49 a.m. Senator Reid propounded a UC providing for four hours of debate and a vote on confirmation of Robert Alan McDonald as Secretary of the VA.

10:44 a.m. Senator Warner spoke about public servants.

10:24 a.m. Senator Moran spoke on the Israeli and Palestinian conflict.

9:33 a.m. Senators Reid and McConnell paid tribute to officers Chestnut and Gibson. McConnell also spoke  the EPA and the death of Kentucky Airman  Lt. Col. John Loftit.

The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m.

At  1:45 p.m the Senate will conduct a voice vote on the motion to proceed to S.2569, the “Bring Jobs Home” bill . Thursday July 24, 2014.  That will be followed by a cloture vote on the nomination of Pamela Harris of Maryland to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Fourth Circuit and a vote on confirmation of Lisa Disbrow, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Air Force.