Thursday, December 13, 2018

6:59 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 3:00 p.m. on Monday, December 17th. Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the House Message on S.756, the legislative vehicle for Criminal Justice Reform. At 5:30 p.m. on Monday the Senate will vote on the Motion to invoke cloture on the motion to concur in the House message to accompany S.756, with further amendment, legislative vehicle for Criminal Justice Reform.

6:50 p.m. ML McConnell began wrap up and the Senate passed the following:
  • Passed S.2827, with Barrasso substitute amendment: Udall Foundation Act.
  • Passed S.645, Measuring the Economic Impact of Broadband Act.
  • Passed H.R.4431, Correcting Miscalculations in Veterans’ Pensions Act.
  • Passed H.R.6160, Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act.
  • Passed H.R.1318, Preventing Maternal Deaths Act.
  • Passed S.2322, with Johnson amendment, Codifying Useful Regulatory Definitions Act.
  • Passed by voice vote S.2863, National Law Enforcement Museum Commemorative Coin Act.
  • Passed S.3461, AMBER Alert Nationwide Act.
  • Adopted S.Res.717, Rebecca Teresa Weichhand.
  • Adopted S.Res.731, Human Rights Day.
  • Passed H.R.6227, with Thune substitute amendment, National Quantum Initiative Act.

5:31 p.m. Senator Young spoke honoring Fred Fasenfill.

5:27 p.m. Senator Lankford asked u.c. to consider:

  • H.R. 2606, Stigler Act Amendments, Lankford amendment agreed to by U.C. The bill, as amended, is agreed to by U.C.
  • S. 2599, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Reservation Restoration Act. Committee-reported amendments agreed to by U.C. The bill, as amended, is agreed to by Voice Vote.
  • H.R. 4032, Gila River Indian Community Federal Rights-of-Way, Easements and Boundary Clarification Act, agreed to by Voice Vote.
  • S. Res. 707, 40th Anniversary of the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978, agreed to by Voice Vote.

5:05 p.m. Senator Cassidy paid tribute to WWII veterans.

4:45 p.m. Senator Portman spoke about opioid epidemic and also paid tribute to Senator Corker.

4:24 p.m. Senator Casey spoke about the anniversary of the Sandy Hook mass shooting.

4:18 p.m. Senator Wicker spoke honoring Rex Buffington.

3:53 p.m. Senator Klobuchar spoke supporting the Farm Bill Conference Report.

3:34 p.m. Senators Roberts and Stabenow spoke supporting the Farm Bill Conference Report

3:30 p.m. ML McConnell filed cloture and filled the amendment tree on the motion to concur in the House amendment to  S. 756, Save Our Seas Act and concur in with a further amend. #4108 legislative vehicle for Criminal Justice Reform bill.

3:25 p.m. The Senate adopted by a voice vote, S.J.Res. 69, Supporting a diplomatic solution in Yemen and condemning the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.

3:22 p.m. The Senate proceeded to S.J.Res. 69, Supporting a diplomatic solution in Yemen and condemning the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. Senator Corker spoke supporting the resolution.

3:21 p.m. By a vote of 56-41, the Senate adopted S.J. Res. 54, Yemen War Powers Resolution, as amended.

  • Republican Senators voting yes: Collins, Daines, Flake, Lee, Moran, Paul, and Young.
  • Senators not voting: Graham, Heller, and Tillis.

3:04 p.m. The Senate began voting on passage of S.J.Res. 54, Yemen War Powers Resolution, as amended.

2:59 p.m. The Senate did not agree to the Cotton amendment #4098 by a vote of 45-54.

2:43 p.m. The Senate began voting on the Cotton amend #4098.

2:42 p.m. Senator Murphy spoke against the Cotton amend #4098.

2:41 p.m. Senator Cotton spoke on his amendment #4097. The Senate rejected Cotton #4097 by a voice vote.

2:40 p.m. The Senate adopted Cornyn #4090 and Cornyn #4095 amends en bloc.

2:37 p.m. The Senate adopted the Cornyn amend #4096 as modified by a vote 0f 99-0. Senator Tillis did not vote.

2:19 p.m. The Senate began voting on the Cornyn amendment #4096, as modified.

2:18 p.m. The Senate adopted the Young amendment #4080 by a vote of 58-41.

  • 9 Republican Senators Alexander, Cassidy, Collins, Corker, Lee, Moran, Murkowski, Paul, and Young joined all Democrats voting yes.
  • Senator Tillis did not vote.

1:49 p.m. The Senate has begun voting on the Young amendment #4080.

1:47 p.m. Senator Young spoke for his amendment.

1:45 p.m. Senator Corker said the first votes will be 15 minutes. Subsequent votes will be five minutes.

1:42 p.m. Senator Sanders spoke about the Yemen bill.

1:26 p.m. Senator Menendez spoke about the Yemen resolution.

1:17 p.m. Senator Moran paid tribute to his departing military fellow, Army Capt. Mark Bedren.

1:10 p.m. Senator Durbin Paid tribute to Senator McCaskill.

1:01 p.m. Senator Nelson paid tribute to Senator McCaskill.

12:56 p.m. Senator Tester paid tribute to Senator McCaskill.

12:51 p.m. Senator Collins paid tribute to Senator McCaskill.

12:49 p.m. Senator Feinstein paid tribute to Senator McCaskill.

12:42 p.m. Senator Blunt paid tribute to Senator McCaskill.

12:29 p.m. Senator McCaskill gave her farewell speech.

12:28 p.m. Senator Corker introduced Cornyn amdt. #4096 as modified.

12:11 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about the opioid epidemic and paid tribute to Senator Flake.

12:01 p.m. Senator Klobuchar spoke on the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veteran’s Act and the resolution.

11:53 a.m. Senator Lankford spoke on the resolution.

11:35 a.m. Senator Collins paid tribute to Senator Flake.

11:25 a.m. Senators Kyl and Coons paid tribute to Senator Flake.

11:03 a.m. Senator Flake delivered his farewell address.

10:58 a.m. Senator Leahy spoke on S.J.Res. 54.

10:54 a.m. The Senate passed by Unanimous Consent: S 3749, A Bill to amend the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 to reform the procedures for the initiation, review, and resolution of claiming that offices of the Legislative Branch have violated the protections of their employees including protections against sexual harassment and for other purposes. Senators Blunt and Klobuchar spoke supporting the legislation.

10:42 a.m. Senator Rubio spoke about Senator Heller and on S.J.Res. 54, Yemen War Powers Resolution.

10:30 a.m. Senators, Cornyn, Isakson, Thune, and Cortez Masto paid tribute to Senator Heller.

10:06 a.m. Senator Heller gave his farewell speech.

9:52 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about the possibility of a government shutdown over the disputed resolution to continue federal appropriations — including the proposed spending for a border wall. He spoke about China’s trade practices.

He paid tribute to Senator Heitkamp.

9:33 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell secured second reading under Rule XIV for S. 3747, a measure addressing prisoner recidivism. He spoke about items remaining on the Senate agenda for this Congress, including today’s disposition of the Yemen War Powers resolution. He spoke about recent Senate action, including passage of the new bill to prevent sexual harassment on Capitol Hill.

He paid tribute to Senator Flake.

*****

The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m. and will resume consideration of S.J. Res. 54, the Yemen War Powers Resolution.

At 1:45 p.m. there will be up to 8 votes on S.J. Res. 54:

  1. Young amdt. #4080 (mid-air refueling)
  2. Cornyn amdt. #4096 (rule of construction re: Israel and regional allies)
  3. Cornyn amdt. #4090 (risk assessment report)
  4. Cornyn amdt. #4095 (risk assessment report re: terrorist attacks )
  5. Cotton amdt. #4097 (provision of material and advice )
  6. Cotton Amdt. #4098 ( operations against Houthi attacks)
  7. Sanders amdt. #4105 (no authorization of military force against Iran)
  8. Passage of S.J. Res. 54

 

Wednesday,December 12, 2018

9:22 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 9:30 a.m., Thursday, December 13th. Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of S.J. Res. 54, the Yemen War Powers Resolution.

At 1:45 p.m. there will be up to 8 votes on S.J. Res. 54:

  1. Young amdt. #4080 (mid-air refueling)
  2. Cornyn amdt. #4096 (rule of construction re: Israel and regional allies )
  3. Cornyn amdt. #4090 (risk assessment report)
  4. Cornyn amdt. #4095 (risk assessment report re: terrorist attacks )
  5. Cotton amdt. #4097 (provision of material and advice )
  6. Cotton Amdt. #4098 ( operations against Houthi attacks)
  7. Sanders amdt. #4105 (no authorization of military force against Iran)
  8. Passage of S.J. Res. 54

 

During wrap-up:

Nominations

  • #1154 – #1169
  • All nomination placed on the Secretary’s Desk in the Air Force, Army, Marine Corp and Navy

Legislative

  • 3747 – 1st Reading
  • 3748 –  Improving the Inspector General Process for Legislative Branch Instrumentalities Act passed by unanimous consent.
  • 1158 – Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act of 2018, and Cardin substitute amendment, passed by unanimous consent.
  • 1580 – Protecting Girls’ Access to Education in Vulnerable Settings Act, and committee-reported substituent amendment, passed by voice vote.
  • R. 1222 – Congenital Heart Futures Reauthorization Act of 2017, and Durbin substitute, as amended, passed by unanimous consent.
  • 3031 – Federal Personal Property Management Act of 2018, passed by unanimous consent.
  • 2076 – Authorizing expansion of activities related to Alzheimer’s disease, and Collins amendment, passed by voice vote.
  • R. 7120 – Extending through 2023 FEC authority to impose civil money penalties, passed by unanimous consent.
  • Res. 444 – American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian Women, passed by voice vote.
  • Res. 596 – Puyallup, passed by unanimous consent.
  • Postal Namings passed by unanimous consent, en bloc:
    • R.6020 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 325 South Michigan Avenue in Howell, Michigan, as the “Sergeant Donald Burgett Post Office Building”.
    • R.5791 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 9609 South University Boulevard in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, as the “Deputy Sheriff Zackari Spurlock Parrish, III, Post Office Building”.
    • R.5792 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 90 North 4th Avenue in Brighton, Colorado, as the “Detective Heath McDonald Gumm Post Office”.
    • R.6591 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 501 South Kirkman Road in Orlando, Florida, as the “Napoleon ‘Nap’ Ford Post Office Building”.
    • R.6780 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 7521 Paula Drive in Tampa, Florida, as the “Major Andreas O’Keeffe Post Office Building”.
    • R.6513 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1110 West Market Street in Athens, Alabama, as the “Judge James E. Horton, Jr. Post Office Building”.
    • R.6405 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 2801 Mitchell Road in Ceres, California, as the “Lance Corporal Juana Navarro Arellano Post Office Building”.
    • R.6655 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 44160 State Highway 299 East Suite 1 in McArthur, California, as the “Janet Lucille Oilar Post Office”.
    • R.6216 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 3025 Woodgate Road in Montrose, Colorado, as the “Sergeant David Kinterknecht Post Office”.
    • R.6217 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 241 N 4th Street in Grand Junction, Colorado, as the “Deputy Sheriff Derek Geer Post Office Building”.
    • R.6831 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 35 West Main Street in Frisco, Colorado, as the “Patrick E. Mahany, Jr., Post Office Building”.
    • R.4326 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 200 West North Street in Normal, Illinois, as the “Sgt. Josh Rodgers Post Office”.
    • R.6428 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 332 Ramapo Valley Road in Oakland, New Jersey, as the “Frank Leone Post Office”.
    • R.5395 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 116 Main Street in Dansville, New York, as the “Staff Sergeant Alexandria Gleason-Morrow Post Office Building”.
    • R.5412 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 25 2nd Avenue in Brentwood, New York, as the “Army Specialist Jose L. Ruiz Post Office Building”.
    • R.6621 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 530 East Main Street in Johnson City, Tennessee, as the “Major Homer L. Pease Post Office”.
    • R.1210 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 122 W. Goodwin Street, Pleasanton, Texas, as the “Pleasanton Veterans Post Office”.
    • R.1211 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 400 N. Main Street, Encinal, Texas, as the “Encinal Veterans Post Office”.
    • R.3184 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 180 McCormick Road in Charlottesville, Virginia, as the “Captain Humayun Khan Post Office”.
    • R.6628 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 4301 Northeast 4th Street in Renton, Washington, as the “James Marshall ‘Jimi’ Hendrix Post Office Building”.

7:35 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke about the resolution.

7:15 p.m. Senator Blumenthal spoke about Saudi Arabia.

6:56 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke about the resolution.

6:49 p.m. Senator Flake spoke about Zimbabwe.

6:31 p.m. Senator Tester spoke paid tribute to his staffers Aaron Murphy and Dana Swanson.

6:28 p.m. Senator Peters spoke in favor of the resolution.

6:08 p.m. Senator Lee spoke in support of the resolution.

5:45 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke on the resolution and the Time magazine’s person of the year.

5:31 p.m. Senator Murphy spoke in support of the resolution.

5:26 p.m. Senator Inhofe spoke in opposition to the resolution.

5:10 p.m. Senator Young brought up his amendment onto the Yemen resolution to address in-flight refueling by U.S. aircraft of non-U.S. aircraft.

4:40 p.m. Senators Corker and Menendez spoke on the resolution.

4:21 p.m. Senator Sanders spoke in favor of the resolution.

4:17 p.m. The Senate voted 96-3 that it is the judgement of the Senate that amendments offered under 50 USC 15-46-A Must be germane to the underlying joint resolution.

Senators Cruz, Lee and Paul voted no, and Senator Tillis did not vote.

3:40 p.m. The Senate is now voting on if it is the judgement of the Senate that amendments offered under 50 USC 15-46-A be germane to the underlying joint resolution.

3:37 p.m. Senator Corker raised a point of order that amendments offered under 50 U.S.C., 15- 46-A must be germane to the underlying joint resolution to which they are offered.

3:35 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke on where the Senate stands regarding germanes of amendments to S.J. Res. 54.

3:35 p.m. The motion to proceed to S.J. Res. 54, the Yemen War Powers Resolution was agreed to by a vote of 60 to 39.

Senators in favor: 47 Democrats, 2 Independents (King and Sanders), 11 Republicans: Cassidy, Collins, Crapo, Daines, Flake, Lee, Moran, Murkowski, Paul, Risch and Young.

Senator Tillis did not vote.

2:56 p.m. The Senate is now voting on the motion to proceed to S. J. Res. 54, the Yemen War Powers Resolution.

2:49 p.m. Senator Cruz paid tribute to Senator Nelson.

2:33 p.m. Senators Rubio, Klobuchar and Thune paid tribute to Senator Nelson.

2:00 p.m. Senator Nelson gave his farewell speech.

1:44 p.m. Senator Leahy spoke on government funding.

1:05 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about tax reform.

1:04 p.m. Senator Grassley achieved unanimous consent that the Senate proceed to a period of morning business.

1:03 p.m. The Senate adopted S.J Res 64, 50-49.  Republican Senator Collins joined all Democrats and Independents King and Sanders in favor.

Senator Tillis did not vote.

12:27 p.m. The Senate began voting on adoption of S.J.Res.64, Congressional Review Act on Non-Profit Disclosure.

12:19 p.m. Senator Testor spoke on the non-profit disclosure bill.

12:12 p.m. Senator Johnson paid tribute to Senator Hatch and spoke on the non-profit disclosure bill.

12:07 p.m. Senator Shaheen spoke on the non-profit disclosure bill.

12:05 p.m. Senator Sullivan paid tribute to Senator Hatch.

12:01 p.m. Senator Cornyn paid tribute to Senator Hatch.

11:55 a.m. Senator Enzi paid tribute to Senator Hatch.

11:47 a.m. Senator Collins paid tribute to Senator Hatch.

11:43 a.m. Senator Inhofe paid tribute to Senator Hatch.

11:33 a.m. Senator Lee paid tribute to Senator Hatch.

11:27 a.m. Senator Wyden paid tribute to Senator Hatch.

10:56 a.m. Senator Hatch spoke about his time in the Senate.

10:49 a.m. Senator Van Hollen spoke about the non-profit disclosure bill.

10:47 a.m. Senator Peters spoke about the non-profit disclosure bill.

10:39 a.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke about the non-profit disclosure bill.

10:19 a.m. Senator Wyden spoke about his bill tor require financial disclosure by certain non-profits.

10:06 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke about the non-profit disclosure bill, Senator Nelson and border security.

9:56 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about Senator Hatch, the farm bill and the president’s threat of a government shutdown.

9:32 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the hemp provision of the farm bill passed yesterday. He spoke about the non-profit disclosure bill. He said the Senate may consider the Yemen act later. He paid tribute to the retiring Senator Hatch.

*****

The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m. and will resume consideration of S.J.Res.64, Congressional Review Act on Non-Profit Disclosure.

At 12:15 pm, the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on adoption of the non-profit disclosure bill.

Tuesday, December 11th, 2018

8:02 p.m. The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30 a.m. Next vote expected at 12:15 p.m. on Wednesday, December 12 on S. J. Res 64, IRS Disclosure CRA.

Passed in wrap up:

Passed Calendar #560, S.1092, with Thune substitute amendment: Interstate Transport Act of 2018.

Passed Calendar #581, S.2961, with Blunt amendment: reauthorize subtitle A of the Victims of Child Abuse Act of 1990.

Passed Calendar #612, H.R.6964: Juvenile Justice Reform Act.

Passed Calendar #695, S.3482: Emergency Medical Services for Children Program Reauthorization.

Passed by voice vote Calendar #701, H.R.1872: Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act.

Passed H.R.5759: 21st Century IDEA.

Passed H.R.3996: Protecting Access to the Courts for Taxpayers Act.

Adopted S.Res.154: promoting awareness of motorcycle profiling, and for other purposes.

Adopted S.Res.565, with Perdue amendment: 40th Anniversary of Naval Submarine Base, Kings Bay.

Adopted S.Res.711: designating November 2018 as “National Runaway Prevention Month”.

Adopted S.Res.719: designating December 15, 2018, as “Wreaths Across America Day”.

Adopted S.Res.720: expressing condolences of the Senate and honoring the memory of the victims of the shooting at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois, on November 19, 2018.

Adopted S.Res.721: designating the week beginning on October 21, 2018, as “National Chemistry Week”.

Adopted S.Res.722: designating October 26, 2018, as “Day of the Deployed”.

Adopted S.Res.723: congratulating the American College of Emergency Physicians on its 50th anniversary.

7:42 p.m. Senator Bennet spoke on the passage of the Farm Bill.

7:31 p.m. Senator Kennedy spoke on criminal justice reforms.

6:20 p.m. Senator Murkowski spoke on the Artic.

5:42 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke about climate change.

5:18 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke supporting prison reform legislation.

5:06 p.m. Senator Smith spoke supporting the Farm Bill.

4:55 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke supporting the Farm Bill.

4:44 p.m. Senator Inhofe spoke on funding our national defense.

4:39 p.m. Senator Isakson spoke on the economy.

4:38 p.m. Senator Tester spoke on S.J.Res. 64, IRS Disclosure CRA.

4:37 p.m. The Senate began consideration of S.J.Res. 64, IRS Disclosure CRA, with up to 10 hours of debate.

4:35 p.m. The Senate adopted the Conference Report to accompany H.R. 2, the Farm Bill by a vote of 87-13. Senators voting no (13 R’s): Barrasso, Cotton, Enzi, Flake, Grassley, Johnson, Kennedy, Kyl, Lee, Murkowski, Paul, Rubio, & Toomey.

3:57 p.m. The Senate is voting on Adoption of the Conference Report to Accompany H.R. 2, the Farm Bill.

3:48 p.m. Senators Stabenow and Roberts spoke on the Farm Bill.

3:46 p.m. Senator Roberts spoke about Senator Donnelly.

3:41 p.m. Senator Stabenow spoke about Senator Donnelly.

3:35 p.m. Senator Young spoke about Senator Donnelly.

3:34 p.m. Senator Isakson spoke about Senators Heitkamp and Donnelly.

3:00 p.m. Senator Donnelly gave his farewell speech.

2:58 p.m. The Senate resumed legislative session and began consideration of the Conference Report to Accompany H.R. 2, the Farm bill.

2:54 p.m. Senator Thune spoke about the economy.

2:50 p.m. The #Senate confirmed the nomination of Jonathan Kobes to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Eighth Circuit by a vote of 51-50, with the Vice President voting in the affirmative. Senator Flake voted no.

2:15 p.m. The Senate began a vote on confirmation of the nomination of Jonathan A. Kobes to be a United Circuit Judge for the Eighth Circuit. At 3:45 p.m., the Senate will proceed to a vote on adoption of the Conference Report to accompany H.R.2, the Farm Bill.

1:17 p.m. The Senate stands in recess to accommodate the weekly caucus lunches until 2:15 p.m. At 2:15 p.m., the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on confirmation of the nomination of Jonathan A. Kobes to be a United Circuit Judge for the Eighth Circuit.

An additional roll call vote relative to adoption of the conference report to accompany the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (H.R. 2) is possible during Tuesday’s session.  Further, it is possible the Senate will consider a joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Department of the Treasury relating to “Returns by Exempt Organizations and Returns by Certain Non-Exempt Organizations” (S.J.Res. 64) as early as today, with a vote on passage occurring during Wednesday’s session.

1:15 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke about Senator Heitkamp.

1:05 p.m. Senator Udall spoke about Senator Heitkamp.

1:01 p.m. Senator Hassan spoke about Senator Heitkamp.

12:59 p.m. Senator Stabenow spoke about Senator Heitkamp.

12:56 p.m. Senator Roberts spoke about Senator Heitkamp.

12:53 p.m. Senator Tester spoke about Senator Heitkamp.

12:46 p.m. Senator Collins spoke about Senator Heitkamp.

12:40 p.m. Senator Klobuchar spoke about Senator Heitkamp.

12:39 p.m. Senator Hoeven spoke about Senator Heitkamp.

12:02 p.m. Senator Heitkamp gave her farewell speech.

11:58 a.m. Senator Murray spoke against the Kobes nomination.

11:51 a.m. Senator Blunt spoke on mental health.

 11:50 a.m. Senator Blunt asked u.c. that at 2:15 PM the Senate will vote on confirmation of Jonathan A. Kobes to be a United Circuit Judge for the Eighth Circuit.

11:53 a.m. By a vote of 55 to 44 the Senate confirmed the nomination of Justin Muzinich to be Deputy Treasury Secretary. Voting YEA were all Republicans present, Democrats Blumnthal, Coons, Jones and Nelson and independent King. Senator Tillis did not vote.

11 a.m. The vote began on the Muzinich nomination.

10:55 a.m. Senator Capito spoke about border security.

10:21 a.m. Senator Alexander spoke about health care.

10:04 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell said the Senate will take up the revised criminal justice bill and will, if necessary, be in session between Christmas and New Year’s in order to complete work on the floor agenda.  He cited these additional matters as requiring action this session: presidential nominations; the farm bill; the resolution to continue federal spending, including money for border security; disposition of the Yemen resolution; a bill requiring certain non-profits to make public their lists of contributors.

*****

The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m.

Following any leader remarks, resume consideration of the nomination of Justin Muzinich to be Deputy Secretary of Treasury, post cloture.

At 11:30 a.m., the Senate will proceed to a confirmation vote on the Muzinich nomination.

At 12:30 p.m., the Senate will recess for the weekly caucus luncheons until 2:15 p.m.

Monday, December 10, 2018

6:48 p.m. ML McConnell wrapped up for the evening. NO items were passed by UC or voice vote.  UC that Senate adjourn until 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 11th; vote on Muzinich at 11:30 a.m.

6:24 p.m. Senator Gillibrand asked UC to take up and pass HR 299, the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act; Senator Iskason joined in urging in favor.  Senator Enzi objected. Senators Gillibrand, Daines , Tester, Brown and Blumenthal spoke in favor of the bill.

6:23 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Muzinich nomination 55-43.

Senators voting in favor: 50 Republicans; 4 Democrats: Blumenthal, Coons, Jones and Nelson; 1 Independent: King.

Senators voting against: 42 Democrats, 1 Independent: Sanders.

Senators not voting: 1 Republican: Tillis, 1 Democrat: McCaskill.

5:31 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the Muzinich nomination.

5:15 p.m. Senator Leahy spoke about the continuing resolution.

4:52 p.m. Senator Nelson spoke about the space program.

4:35 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke against the Muzinich nomination.

4:22 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the migrant crisis.

4:02 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke on the Muzinich nomination.

*****

The Senate will convene at 4:00 p.m. and resume consideration of the nomination of Justin Muzinich to be Deputy Secretary of Treasury.

At 5:30 p.m., the Senate will proceed to a cloture vote on the Muzinich nomination.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

6:14  The Senate adjourned and will reconvene at 4:00 on Monday, December 10. They will resume consideration of the Justin Muzinich to be Deputy Secretary of the Treasury with a cloture vote on the nomination to occur at 5:30 p.m. The following bills were passed and nominations confirmed during wrap up:

 H.J.Res.143: making further continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2019 (CR through December 21st).
 H.R.5238: to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1234 Saint Johns Place in Brooklyn, New York, as the “Major Robert Odell Owens Post Office”.
 H.R.1861: to award a Congressional Gold Medal in honor of Lawrence Eugene ‘‘Larry’’ Doby in recognition of his achievements and contributions to American major league athletics, civil rights, and the Armed Forces during World War II.
 H.R.1417: to amend the National Law Enforcement Museum Act to allow the Museum to acquire, receive, possess, collect, ship, transport, import, and display firearms, and for other purposes.
 H.R.3398: REAL ID Act Modification for Freely Associated States Act.
 H.R.6330: Small Business Runway Extension Act
 S.3561: National Guard and Reserve Entrepreneurship Support Act
 S.2679: Excess or Surplus Property re: veteran-owned small businesses
 H.R.4111: Spurring Business in Communities Act
 S.2597: to amend the Public Health Service act to reauthorize the program of payments to children’s hospitals that operate graduate medical education programs.
 S.1942: Savanna’s Act.
 S.2343: Precision Agriculture.
 S.3119, with Risch substitute amendment: Endangered Salmon Predation Prevention Act.
 S.2276, with Young substitute amendment: GAO-IG Act.
 H.R.2454, with Johnson substitute amendment: DHS Security Data Framework Act.
 H.R.5075: Ashanti Alert Act.
H.R.315: Improving Access to Maternity Care Act.
Executive Calendar #1200, Vice Adm. James J. Malloy, to be Vice Admiral

4:45 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke about the Anchorage earthquake.

3:59 p.m. Senator Nelson spoke about the Florida Everglades.

3:35 p.m. Senator Boozman spoke about the global war on terror.

3:01 p.m. Senator Feinstein spoke about climate change.

2:56 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke about climate change.

2:52 p.m. Senator Thune paid tribute to former president George H. W. Bush.

2:36 p.m. Senator Moran paid tribute to Herb Holtzhafel of the Farmers’ Rights Cooperative and paid tribute to Kansas University head football couch Bill Snyder.

2:19 p.m. Senator Alexander spoke about fentanyl from China.

2:18 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell filed cloture on the nomination of Justin George Muzinich to be Deputy Secretary of the Treasury.

2:17 p.m. The Senate confirmed the Kraninger nomination by a vote of 50 to 49. Senator Tillis did not vote.

1:34 p.m. The Senate is now voting on confirmation of the nomination of Kathleen Kraninger to be Director of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection.

1:27 p.m. Senator Casey spoke about Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

1:16 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about prescription drug costs.

1:02 p.m. Senator Daines spoke paid tribute to Hannah Nieskens and spoke about Temporary Assitance for Needy Families program.

12:51 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke about climate change.

12:50 p.m. The Senate agreed to H.J. Res. 143 by voice vote.

12:49 p.m. The McNamee nomination was confirmed by a vote of 50 to 49. Senator Tillis did not vote.

12:00 p.m. The Senate is voting on Confirmation of Executive Calendar #1153 Bernard McNamee to be a Member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for the remainder of the term expiring June 30, 2020.

11:16 a.m. Senator Lankford spoke honoring President George H.W. Bush.

11:16 a.m. The Senate resumed executive session and consideration of the McNamee nomination.

11:09 a.m. The Senate proceeded to Legislative Session. Senator Cornyn asked u.c. To pass the following bills:

  • H.R. 4111, an act to amend the small business investment act of 1958, was passed by voice vote.
  • S. 2679, Veterans Small Business Enhancement Act, the bill as amended was passed by voice vote.
  • S. 3561, National Guard and Reserve Entrepreneurship Support Act entrepreneurs serving in the National Guard, the bill as amended was passed by voice vote.
  • H.R. 6330, Small Business Runway Extension Act, was passed by voice vote.
  • H.R. 3398, Real ID Act Modification for Freely Associated States Act, passed by u.c.
  • H.R. 1417, National Law Enforcement Museum Exhibits Act, passed by u.c.
  • H.R. 1861, awarding congressional gold medal to Larry Dolby, was passed by voice vote.
  • HR 5238, To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1234 Saint Johns Place in Brooklyn, New York, as the “Major Robert Odell Owens Post Office”, passed by u.c

10:44 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the life of George H.W. Bush, on government funding, and on caravans of migrants.

10:33 a.m. Senator Smith spoke against the McNamee nomination and on climate change.

10:26 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about the continuing resolution on federal spending, the McNamee nomination and climate change.

10:05 a.m. Senator Coons said tribute to Senator Corker.

9:52 a.m. Senator Alexander paid tribute to Senator Corker.

9:35 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell thanked the Senate community for its work on the ceremonies for the late President Bush. He spoke about the McNamee nomination. He paid tribute to retiring Senator Corker.

9:32 a.m. Senator Cassidy welcomed the visiting chaplain, Dr. Tommy Middleton of Baton Rouge.

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

Two confirmation votes are scheduled:

— Noon on Bernard McNamee’s nomination to the Federal Energy Regulatory Administration

— 1:45 p.m. on Kathy Kraninger’s nomination to be director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

A confirmation vote is also possible on the nomination of Jonathan A. Kobes to be a United Circuit Judge for the Eighth Circuit.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

6:47 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 9:30 a.m. Thursday.

6:46 p.m. The Senate consented to have two confirmation votes Thursday: noon on Bernard McNamee’s nomination to FERC, and 1:45 p.m. on Kathy Kraninger’s nomination to be director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

The Senate consented to S. Res. 715, to honor the late President Bush.

6:21 p.m. Senator Murkowski spoke about the earthquake in Alaska.

5:59 p.m. Senator Warner spoke in support of Senator Casey’s initiative on childhood death. He also spoke in support of legislation to improve efforts to locate victims of abduction and other missing persons.

5:48 p.m. Senator Casey spoke about his legislation to research and combat the phenomenon of sudden,unexplained death in young children.

5:44 p.m. Senator Kennedy paid tribute to the late President Bush.

5:18 p.m. Senator Nelson paid tribute to the late President Bush. He spoke about voting rights.

4:48 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke on the McNamee nomination and climate change.

4:43 p.m. Senator Blunt paid tribute to a staffer.

4:42 p.m. The McNamee nomination was confirmed 50-49 on a party line vote with Senator Tillis the lone absentee.

4:04 p.m. The Senate began voting on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Bernard McNamee to the Federal Energy Regulator Commission.

4:00 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke against the McNamee nomination.

3:47 p.m. Senator Murkowski spoke supporting the McNamee nomination.

3:20 p.m. Senator Cantwell spoke against the McNamee nomination.

3:12 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke against the McNamee nomination.

2:33 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell paid tribute to the late President Bush. He spoke about the nomination of Bernard McNamee to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

2:32 p.m. Senator Corker welcomed the visiting chaplain.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

The Senate adjourned at 6:15 p.m., conducted no roll call votes and will reconvene on Wednesday, December 5 at 2:30 p.m. The next roll call vote will occur at 4:00 p.m. on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Bernard McNamee, VA, to be a member of the FERC.

During Today’s session the following bills were passed by unanimous consent:

Passed Calendar #576, S.1934: Alaska Remote Generator Reliability and Protection Act.

Passed Calendar #585, H.R.754: to award the Congressional Gold Medal to Anwar Sadat in recognition of his heroic achievements and courageous contributions to peace in the Middle East.

Passed Calendar #616, S.2736, with Gardner amendment: Asia Reassurance Initiative Act.

Passed Calendar #707, S.3530: Museum and Library Services Act Reauthorization.

Agreed to S.Con.Res.57: authorizing the printing of a commemorative document in memory of the late President of the United States, George Herbert Walker Bush.

4:35 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke honoring the late President George H.W. Bush.

4:18 p.m. Senator Alexander spoke honoring the late President George H.W. Bush.

4:01 p.m. Senator Carper spoke honoring the late President George H.W. Bush.

3:44 p.m. Senator Blunt spoke honoring the late President George H.W. Bush.

3:33 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke honoring the late President George H.W. Bush.

3:14 p.m. Senator Cruz spoke honoring the late President George H.W. Bush.

3:05 p.m. Senator Collins spoke on the passing of President George H.W. Bush.

2:56 p.m. Senator Klobuchar spoke on the passing of President George H.W. Bush.

2:35 p.m. Senator Portman spoke on the passing of President George H.W. Bush.

2:30 p.m. The Senate convened.

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The Senate will convene at 2:30 p.m. and will be in morning business for speeches in tribute to the late President Bush.

No votes are expected. Democratic senators are expected to meet for their weekly caucus luncheon from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Republican senators will meet away from the Capitol.

The next vote will be at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, cloture on the nomination of Bernard L. McNamee to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

NOTE: The late President Bush will lie in state in the Rotunda until Wednesday morning. The Rotunda will remain open overnight for members of the public to pay their respects, until 7 a.m. Wednesday.

Senators have been invited to attend President Bush’s funeral at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Washington National Cathedral.

 

Monday, December 3, 2018

3:31 p.m. The Senate has adjourned until 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, December 4th.

3:27 p.m. Senator Schumer paid tribute to former president George H.W. Bush as well as to Giles Perkins from Alabama.

3:06 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell paid tribute to former president George H.W. Bush.

3:04 p.m.

  • S. Con. Res. 55, authorizing the use of the Capitol rotunda for the lying in state of the remains of the late George H.W. Bush, was passed by unanimous consent.
  • S. Con. Res. 56, providing for the use of the catafalque for the remains of the late George H.W. Bush in the Capitol rotunda, was agreed to by unanimous consent.
  • The vote on the McNamee nomination will be held by 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 5th. 
  • The congressional review period for the S. J. Res. 64 was extended until December 14th by unanimous consent.

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The Senate will convene at 3:00 p.m., and following any leader remarks, will resume consideration of the nomination of Bernard McNamee to be a Member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

We expect the Senate to postpone the cloture vote on the McNamee nomination scheduled for 5:30 p.m. and adjourn shortly after convening until a time to be determined on Wednesday December 5th.

The following nominations are still pending post cloture:

Jonathan Kobes to be a Circuit Judge for the Eighth Circuit

Kathleen Kraninger to be Director of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection

Thomas Farr to be US District Judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina

Thursday, November 29, 2018

7:46 p.m. The Senate stands adjourned until 3:00 p.m. on Monday, December 3rd. Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #1153, Bernard L. McNamee, of Virginia, to be a Member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. At 5:30 p.m., the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the McNamee nomination.

7:45 p.m. Adopted S.Res.712, Official office funds to purchase Pocket Constitutions.

7:44 p.m. Agreed to S.Con.Res.54, printing of Pocket Constitution.

7:44 p.m. Adopted S.Res.709, condemning Russia’s provocative actions in the Kerch Strait against the Ukrainian navy.

7:43 p.m. Adopted S.Res.688, Family Service Learning Week.

7:42 p.m. Adopted calendar #309, S.Res.92, expressing concern over the disappearance of David Sneddon.

7:41 p.m. Passed S.3628, 6-month extension of the National Flood Insurance Program, by voice vote.

7:40 p.m. Passed H.R.7187, one week extension of the National Flood Insurance Program, by voice vote.

7:39 p.m. Senator Kennedy began wrap up.

7:20 p.m. The Senate reconvened.

7:07 p.m. The Senate stands in recess until 7:20 p.m.

5:49 p.m. Senator Nelson spoke about trickle-down economics.

5:31 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke on the Alaskan of the Week, Mr. Ron Travis.

5:04 p.m. Senators Johnson and Carper spoke on chemical facility anti-terrorism program and Senator Johnson asked u.c. that the Senate proceed to the immediate consideration of S. 3405, Senator Carper objected.

4:13 p.m. Senator Stabenow spoke about the delay of GI benefits to veterans.

3:54 p.m. Senator McConnell filed cloture on the nomination of Bernard McNamee to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

3:29 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about prescription drugs.

3:24 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke about the remaining 7 appropriations bills.

3:14 p.m. Senator Leahy spoke about press freedom in the world.

3:02 p.m. Senator Nelson spoke about climate change.

2:54 p.m. Senator Fischer paid tribute to Corporal Matt Henderson.

2:48 p.m. Senator Moran spoke on the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

2:29 p.m. Senator Klobuchar spoke on the Farm bill and climate change.

2:24 p.m. Senator Cortez Masto spoke against the Kraninger nomination.

2:17 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Kraninger nomination by a vote of 50 to 49.

1:30 p.m. The Senate began voting on the cloture motion on the Kraninger nomination.

1:13 p.m. Senator Crapo spoke supporting the Kraninger nomination.

1:03 p.m. Senator Brown spoke about the CFPB.

12:59 p.m. Senator Gardner spoke about the Land Conservation Fund.

12:58 p.m. The Senate invoked cloture on the Kobes nomination to be US Circuit Judge for the 8th Circuit 49-49, Vice President Pence voted yes breaking the tie. Senator Inhofe was absent, Senator Flake withdrew his vote (no vote) therefore pairing with Senator Inhofe.

12:10 p.m. The Senate began voting on the motion to invoke cloture on Exec. Cal. #1141 Jonathan Kobes to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the 8th Circuit.

12:07 p.m. Senator Warren spoke about the fiscal cliff and against the Kraninger nomination.

11:50 a.m. Senator Van Hollen spoke against the Farr nomination, climate change, and on Yemen.

11:29 a.m. Senator Lankford spoke about the Insight Probe launched in May and Immigration.

11:18 a.m. Senator Feinstein spoke against the Farr nomination.

11:10 a.m. Senator Menendez spoke against the Farr nomination.

11:00 a.m. Senator Rubio spoke against removing U.S. support from Yemen.

10:38 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the fight over money for border control.  Senator Cornyn announced that the previously scheduled vote on the Farr nomination will now occur during the week of December 3rd. At 12:00 pm, there will now be only one vote: Motion to invoke cloture on Exec. Cal. #1141 Jonathan Kobes to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the 8th Circuit.

10:29 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke against the Farr nomination. He spoke about the Mueller investigation.

10:02 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about nominations and paid tribute to departing Senator Heller of Nevada.

10:03 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell paid tribute to Senator Heller.

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The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m. Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the Farr nomination, post-cloture. At 12:00 pm, the Senate will proceed to two roll call votes:

  1. Confirmation of Thomas A. Farr to be U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina.
  2. Motion to invoke cloture on  Jonathan A. Kobes, of South Dakota, to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Eighth Circuit.

At 1:45 pm, the Senate will have a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Kathleen Laura Kraninger, of Ohio, to be Director, Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection.

Please note, if cloture is invoked on the Kobes and Kraninger nominations, the Senate will vote on confirmation at a time and date to be determined by the Majority Leader in consultation with the Democratic Leader but not before December 4th.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

7:10 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 10 a.m. Thursday, when it will resume post-cloture consideration of the Farr nomination.

6:46 p.m. Senator Portman talked about the fight against addiction.

6:10 p.m. Senator Shaheen spoke about climate change.

5:56 p.m. Senator Markey spoke about climate change.

5:27  p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke about climate change.

5:11 p.m. Senator Hirono spoke about health insurance and the Farr nomination.

4:52 p.m. Senator Nelson spoke about health insurance.

4:35 p.m. Senator Carper spoke about climate change.

4:26 p.m. The Senate agreed on the motion to discharge from the Foreign Relations Committee S.J.Res.54 by a vote of 63-37.  All Dems/IND in favor.  GOP voting in favor: Alexander, Cassidy, Collins, Corker, Daines, Flake, Graham, Lee, Moran, Murkowski, Paul, Portman, Toomey and Young.

3:58 p.m. The Senate is now voting on S.J. Res. 54, Yemen War Powers Resolution.

3:40 p.m. Senator Menendez spoke about Yemen and Saudi Arabia.

3:28 p.m. Senator Sanders spoke about Yemen and Saudi Arabia.

3:17 p.m. Senator Lee spoke about Yemen and Saudi Arabia.

2:56 p.m. Senator Reed spoke about the humanitarian crisis in Yemen.

2:51 p.m. Senator Young spoke about S.J. Res. 54.

2:40 p.m. Senator Peters spoke against the nomination of Kathleen Kraninger to be the head of the CFPB.

2:25 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke on S.J. Res. 54.

2:00 p.m. Senator Leahy spoke on the Farr nomination.

1:45 p.m. Senator Murphy spoke on S.J. Res. 54.

1:42 p.m. The Senate invoked cloture on the Farr nomination by a vote of 51 to 50 with VP Pence breaking the tie. Senator Flake voted NO. Senator Portman announced that there will be a vote at 4 p.m. on the motion to discharge S.J.Res.54 . Senator Sanders was then recognized and made the motion to discharge.

12:56 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the nomination of Thomas Farr to be a US District Judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina.

12:55 p.m. The Senate confirmed the nomination of Karen Kelley to be Deputy Secretary of Commerce by a tally of 62-38.

Senators voting in favor: 50 Republicans, 11 Democrats: Casey, Donnelly, Heitkamp, Jones, Manchin, McCaskill, Nelson, Schatz, Shaheen and Tester; 1 Independent: King.

Senators voting against:36 Democrats; 1 Independent: Sanders.

12:17 p.m. Roll call vote began on the nomination of Karen Kelley to be Deputy Secretary of Commerce..

12:15 p.m. Senator Flake made a unanimous consent request that the Senate pass S. 2644 (Special Counsel protection). Senator Lee objected.

12:05 p.m. Senators Coons, Booker and Flake spoke about the bill to protect the Special Counsel.

12:00 p.m. The Senate reconvened and resumed consideration of Karen Dunn Kelley to be Deputy Secretary of Commerce.

10:58 a.m. The Senate has recessed until 12:00 p.m. for an all senators briefing on Yemen and Saudi Arabia.

10:29 a.m. Senator Sanders spoke about Yemen and Saudi Arabia.

10:18 a.m. Senator Blunt spoke about Russia and the Ukraine.

10:02 a.m. Senator Schumer spoke about China as well as Yemen and Saudi Arabia.

9:46 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke about gun violence.

9:32 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the Senators briefing on Yemen and Saudi Arabia as well as the Senate’s priorities for the end of the session.

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The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m. Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of Karen Dunn Kelley, of Pennsylvania, to be Deputy Secretary of Commerce, with the time until 11:00 a.m. equally divided.

The Senate will recess from 11:00am until 12:00 Noon to allow for an all-senators briefing.

All post-cloture time will expire at 12:15 p.m. and the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Kelley nomination. Upon disposition of the Kelley nomination, there will be a cloture vote on the Farr nomination.

The Senate could also consider a motion to discharge S.J.Res.54 during Wednesday’s session.

As a reminder, Senator McConnell has also filed cloture on the following nominations:

  1. Executive Calendar #1141, Jonathan A Kobes, of South Dakota, to be US Circuit Judge for the Eighth Circuit; and
  2. Executive Calendar #1064, Kathleen Laura Kraninger, of Ohio, to be Director, Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection

Each cloture motion will ripen upon disposition of the previous one and each is subject to up to 30 hours of post-cloture debate time.

 

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