Thursday, July 23, 2020

5:23 p.m. Senate stands adjourned until 4:00 p.m. Monday, July 27.

4:40 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke on the Alaskan of the week.

4:26 p.m. Senator Hirono spoke in tribute of Congressman John Lewis.

4:00 p.m. Majority leader McConnell spoke on proposed Covid recovery package – “CARES 2”.

3:24 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke about lost wages due to the pandemic.

3:28 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke on emergency funding for Covid relief.

3:16 p.m. Senator Warren spoke about the economic issues facing families due to the pandemic.

3:09 p.m. Senator Brown asked u.c. to call up and pass S. 3685 and S. 4597. Senator Crapo objected.

3:08 p.m. By a tally of 60-32, the Senate invoked cloture on the nomination of William Hardy, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

2:40 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of William Scott Hardy, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

2:40 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of William Scott Hardy, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

2:39 p.m. The Senate passed S. 4049, National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), as amended by a tally of 86-14.

Senators voting against:

Democrats/Independent: Senators Booker, Brown, Gillibrand, Harris, Leahy, Markey, Merkley, Sanders, Warren and Wyden.

Republicans: Senators Braun, Kennedy, Lee, and Paul.

Booker, Braun, Brown, Gillibrand, Harris, Kennedy, Leahy, Lee, Markey, Merkley, Paul, Sanders, Warren and Wyden.

1:59 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on passage of S.4049, National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), as amended.

1:40 p.m. Senator Inhofe asked consent to agree to amendments en bloc. Senator Merkley asked consent to modify the request and include amend #2457. Senator Inhofe objected.

Senator Daines asked u.c. to include his amend #2481 in the Manager’s package. Senator Reed objected.

Senator Romney asked u.c. to include his amendment #1885. Senator Inhofe objected.

Senator Romney objected to the Manager’s amendment.

1:03 p.m. Senator Murphy spoke on the Trump administration’s use of federal troops.

12:51 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about federal law enforcement in Chicago.

12:27 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke the protests and violations of civil rights.

12:07 p.m. Senator Blumenthal spoke about public safety and racism.

11:44 a.m. Senator Merkley spoke about public safety and racism.

11:28 a.m. By a tally of 86-14, the Senate invoked cloture on S.4049, NDAA.

Senators voting against 14:

  • 9 Democrats and 1 Independent: Senators Booker, Brown, Gillibrand, Harris, Markey, Merkley, Sanders, Van Hollen, Warren and Wyden.
  • 4 Republicans: Senators Kennedy, Lee, Paul, and Romney

The Senate is expected to vote on passage of S. 4049, National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), as amended later this afternoon as well as on cloture on the nomination of William Hardy to be U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

10:48 a.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on S.4049, National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), as amended.

10:46 a.m. By a tally of 88-12, the Senate adopted the Inhofe substitute amendment #2301, as amended, to S.4049, National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

10:02 a.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on adoption of Inhofe substitute amendment #2301, as amended, to National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

10:01 a.m. ML McConnell asked u.c. to adopt by voice vote the Portman amendment #2080 to Cal. #483, S.4049, National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The Portman amendment was adopted by voice vote.

9:50 a.m. DL Schumer spoke about the Republican response to COVID.

9:33 a.m. Senator Grassley spoke on the pandemic.

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The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m. and resume consideration of S. 4049, the Defense Authorization. At this time, there are no votes scheduled yet.