Wednesday, December 9, 2015

5:54 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 9:30 a.m. Thursday, December 10.  The Senate will be in morning business until 3:00 p.m. when it will recess until 4:30 for the all member briefing.

5:50 p.m. Senator Peters spoke on the education bill.

5:46 p.m. ML McConnell brought up nominations en bloc and they were confirmed by voice vote. They were executive calendar numbers 415-420, 422 and 423.

Catherine Ebert-Gray to be Ambassador to the independent state of Papua New Guinea, G. Kathleen Hill to be Ambassador to the Republic of Malta, John D. Feeley to be Ambassador to the Republic of Panama, Eric Seth Rubin to be ambassador to the Republic of Bulgaria, Kyle R. Scott to be Ambassador to the Republic of Serbia, Todd Chapman to be ambassador to the Republic of Ecuador, Jean Elizabeth Manes, to be ambassador to El Salvador and Linda Swartz Taglialatela to be ambassador to Barbados, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, Antigua and Barbuda and the Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

The Senate passed H.R. 2820, as amended by the committee-reported amendment, to reauthorize the stem cell act of 2005, by unanimous consent.

The Senate passed S. Res. 317 commemorating the 20-year anniversary of the opening of the American Visionary Art Museum

ML McConnell scheduled a confirmation vote for Monday January 11 at 5:30 p.m. on the nomination of Luis Felipe Restrepo of Pennsylvania to be a judge for the Third Circuit.

5:30 p.m. Senator Sasse joined the debate to ask why tax protections for health care plans for small businesses are not part of the debate.

5:13 p.m. Senator Heller and Senator Heinrich spoke about the “Cadillac tax” on the health care bill.

4:32 p.m. Senator Bennet spoke about the Education Bill.

4:18 p.m. Senator Toomey spoke about the Iran Nuclear Deal.

3:50 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on the education bill.

3:20 p.m. Senator Menedez spoke on the education bill.

3:11 p.m. Senator Murkowski spoke on the sportsmen bill and on the death of Sydney Huntington, Alaskan education advocate .

2:45 p.m. Senator Murphy spoke on the education bill.

2:26 p.m. Senator Inhofe spoke on self determination in Burundi and climate change.

2:02 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke on government corruption in the Ukraine.

12:49 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke about the Paris climate conference.

12:40 p.m. Senator Brown sought unanimous consent for the voice vote confirmations of Adawale Adayemo to be an assistant treasury secretary; of Patricia Loui-Schmicker to the Ex-Im Bank; of Amias Gerity to be an assistant treasury secretary; of Therese McMillan to be administrator of the Federal Transit Administration; and of Jay Lerner to be inspector general of the FDIC. Senator Shelby objected in each instance.

12:33 p.m. Senator Brown sought unanimous consent for a voice vote confirmation of the nomination of Adam Szubin as undersecretary of the treasury. Senator Shelby objected.

12:06 p.m. Senator Blunt spoke about mental illness.

11:25 a.m. Senators Schumer, Hatch, Gillibrand, Wyden, Menendez and Blumenthal spoke about Puerto Rico’s economic crisis. Senator Schumer tried to get unanimous consent to proceed to S. 1774, help for Puerto Rico. Senator Hatch objected.

10:47 a.m. The conference report for S.1177 , education bill, was passed by a vote of 85-12.

10:40 a.m. Senator Murray spoke on the education bill.

10:32 a.m. Senator Mikulski spoke on the education bill.

10:21 a.m. Senator Alexander spoke on the education bill.

10:13 a.m. Senator Reid spoke on the education bill and Republican leadership.

10:07 a.m. ML McConnell spoke on the education bill.

The Senate will convene at 10 a.m.

At 10:45 a.m., the Senate will vote on passage of the conference report for S. 1177, the “Every Child” reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Schools Act.