Monday, November 30, 2015

6:15 p.m The Senate adjourns until 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 1, 2015.

6:14 p.m. The Smith nomination is confirmed 79-7.

Ayes: 34 Republicans, 44 Democrats, 1 Independent.

No’s: 7 Republicans (Blunt, Crapo, Heller, Lee, Paul, Risch and Sasse)

Not voting: 14: 13 Republicans and 1 Independent: Ayotte, Burr, Cruz, Flake, Graham, Johnson, Kirk, McCain, Portman, Rubio, Sanders, Shelby, Tillis, Vitter.

(3 Republicans (Cruz, Graham, Rubio) 1 Independent (Sanders))

5:35 p.m Roll call vote begins on the nomination of Gayle Smith to be Administrator of the US Agency for International Development.

5:32 p.m. Senator Inhofe proceeds to the “wrap-up” session before the roll call vote.  Items passed by UC:

Executive Calendar #388: The nomination of Robert Becklund to be a Brigadier General in the Air National Guard.

Executive Calendar #390: The nomination of Frank Emanuel to be Brigadier General in the Army National Guard.

Executive Calendar #391: The nomination of Michelle Skubic to be Rear Admiral in the Navy.

All nominations on the Secretary’s desk in the Air Force, Army and Navy.

S. 1698: A bill to exclude payments from state eugenics compensation programs from consideration in determining

eligibility for or the amount of federal public benefits.

S Res 322: Recognizing the 60th anniversary of the refusal of Rosa Parks to give up her seat on a bus on December 1, 1955.
UC that following the roll call vote on the Smith nomination, the Senate return to legislative session and adjourn for the day until 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 1.

At that time, following any leader time, proceed to a period of morning business until 12:30 p.m., and that at 12:30, recess for the weekly caucus luncheons until 2:15 p.m.

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5:13 p.m. Senators Shaheen and Cardin spoke in favor of the Smith nomination.

5:12 p.m. The Senate begins debate on the nomination of Gayle Smith to be Administrator of the US Agency for International Development.   Senators Shaheen and Cardin spoke in favor of the nomination.

4:14 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about gun violence and the refugee crisis.

4:06 p.m. Senator Cotton spoke on secret service agents violating the Privacy Act, and three holds he initiated to prod the administration on this topic.

3:46 p.m. Senator Nelson spoke on Puerto Rico’s national debt and the bulk metadata collection program.

3:20 p.m. Senator Hatch spoke on Puerto Rico’s national debt.

3:08 p.m. Senator Reid spoke on Planned Parenthood and gun violence.

3:03 p.m. ML McConnell’s unanimous consent request that the Secretary of the Senate be authorized to request a return of the papers with respect to P.N. 742 and that when the papers are received, the Senate’s action regarding the nomination November 19, 2015 be vitiated, was agreed to.

S. 2329 – Preventing entry of extremists under the refugee program was read for the 2nd time.

He also spoke on an energy tax.

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The Senate will convene at 3:00 p.m. and proceed to a period of morning business until 5:00 p.m.

  • At 5:00 p.m., the Senate will enter Executive Session in order to consider the nomination of Gayle Smith to be Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development.
  • At approximately 5:30 p.m., the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on confirmation of the Smith nomination.