6:22 p.m. The Senate adjourned.
6:11 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke on climate change.
6:08 p.m. ML McConnell wrapped up for the evening.
6:07 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Rakolta nomination 55-27.
Senators voting in favor: 44 Republicans, 10 Democrats: Coons, Hassan, Jones, Manchin, Murphy, Peters, Shaheen, Sinema, Stabenow and Tester; 1 Independent: King.
Senators voting against: 27 Democrats.
Senators not voting: 9 Republicans: Alexander, Cruz, Hyde Smith, Kennedy, Risch, Roberts, Romney, Toomey and Wicker; 8 Democrats: Bennet, Booker, Gillibrand, Harris, Klobuchar, Murray, Schatz and Warren; 1 Independent: Sanders.
5:30 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the nomination of John Rakolta to be Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates.
5:09 p.m. Senator Brown spoke about United Auto Workers and women’s healthcare.
4:51 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about Justice Kavanaugh.
4:06 p.m. Democrat Leader Schumer spoke about gun control and China.
3:43 p.m. Senator McConnell filed cloture on H.R. 2740, the appropriation for the Departments of Labor and Health and Human Service and other agencies.
3:31 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the attack on Saudi oil facilities. He spoke about appropriations. He spoke about trade with China. He spoke about the charges against Justice Kavanaugh.
3:02 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about the football game between Iowa and Iowa State.
The Senate will convene at 3:00 p.m.
Following Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business until 5:00 p.m.
At 5:00 p.m., the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of John Rakolta to be Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates.
At 5:30 p.m., the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Rakolta nomination.
Majority Leader McConnell also filed cloture on the following nominations:
- Kenneth Howery to be Ambassador to Sweden.
- Robert Destro to be Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor.
- Brent McIntosh to be an Under Secretary of the Treasury.
- Brian Callanan to be General Counsel for the Department of the Treasury.