Monday, October 4, 2021

5:31 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on confirmation of Jonathan Meyer to be General Counsel, Department of Homeland Security.

5:29 p.m. Senator Peters spoke in support of the Meyer’s nomination.

5:16 p.m. Senator Menendez spoke about Israel’s Iron Dome and asked unanimous consent to set-up a Senate vote on H.R. 5323. Senator Paul objected and asked unanimous consent to modify Senator Menendez’s request to include his substitute amendment. Senator Menendez objected.

4:45 p.m. Senator Blackburn paid tribute to Lee Greenwood.

4:30 p.m. Senator Tuberville spoke on the hasty U.S. exit from Afghanistan.

3:44 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke on the filibuster and the Supreme Court.

3:35 p.m. Republican Leader McConnell spoke on the debt limit.

3:26 p.m. Majority Leader Schumer spoke on infrastructure, the Build Back Better legislation, and the debt limit.

3:19 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke on the King nomination and the Supreme Court.

The Senate will convene at 3:00 p.m. and following any leader remarks will resume consideration of the nomination of Paloma Adams-Allen to be Deputy Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development.

At 5:30 p.m., the Senate will vote on confirmation of the nomination of
Jonathan Meyer to be General Counsel, Department of Homeland Security.

Cloture has been filed on the Adams-Allen nomination as well as the nomination of Lauren King to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Washington.

Those cloture motions will ripen at 11:30am on Tuesday, October 5th.

Saturday, October 2, 2021

1:34 p.m. The Senate adjourned.

1:32 p.m. Senator Wyden achieved unanimous consent to pass HR 5434, the 30 day extension of the Surface Transportation re-authorization bill.

1:30 p.m. The Senate convened.

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The Senate will convene at 1:30 p.m. and resume consideration of the nomination of Paloma Adams-Allen to be a Deputy Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development.

The Senate will attempt to pass a 30 day extension of the Surface Transportation Reauthorization Act during today’s session.

Cloture has been filed on the Adams-Allen nomination as well as the nomination of Lauren King to be US District Judge for the Western District of Washington.

The next roll call vote in the Senate will occur on Monday, October 4th, at 5:30 p.m. on confirmation of the nomination of Jonathan Meyer to be General Counsel, Department of Homeland Security.

Friday, October 1, 2021

8:09 p.m. The Senate adjourned.

8:04 p.m. The Senate returned from the recess and Senator Wyden wrapped up for the day. Done in wrap-up by UC: 4 military nominations, H.R. 2278 designating the September 11th National Memorial Trail Route; S Res 405 and 406 authorizing representation by the Senate Legal Counsel in the case of Sean Musgrave vs the Senate Intelligence Committee and Senator Warner (405), and T Thomas Manger (406).

12:50 p.m. The Senate recessed subject to the call of the chair.

12:03 p.m. Senator Murkowski spoke on the pandemic.

12:00 p.m. The Senate convened.

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The Senate will convene at 12:00 p.m., following Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of the nomination of Paloma Adams-Allen to be Deputy Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development.

The next roll call vote is expected on Monday, October 4th on confirmation of the nomination of Jonathan Eugene Meyer to be General Counsel, Department of Homeland Security.

Thursday, September 30th, 2021

9:52 p.m. The Senate stands adjourned until 12:00 noon, Friday October 1, 2021. Next roll call votes expected on Monday, October 4, 2021 at 5:30 p.m.

During wrap up:

The Senate passed the following bills by unanimous consent:

  • A bill to provide for the establishment of a section of the website of the Department of Commerce that shall serve as the primary hub for information relating to Federal manufacturing programs, and for other purposes. (S.1037, as amended by the committee-reported substitute, which was adopted by unanimous consent)
  • A bill to establish a national integrated flood information system within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and for other purposes. (S.558, as amended by the Wicker amendment in the nature of a substitute (3840), which was adopted by unanimous consent)

A bill to improve the fishery resource disaster relief program of the National Marine Fisheries Service, and for other purposes. (S.2923)

  • S.2923 was passed by voice vote.

The Senate adopted the following resolutions, en bloc, by unanimous consent:

  • A resolution designating September 2021 as National Democracy Month as a time to reflect on the contributions of the system of government of the United States to a more free and stable world. (S.Res.338)
  • A resolution expressing support for the designation of the week of September 11 through September 17 as “Patriot Week”. (S.Res.366)
  • A resolution designating September 25, 2021, through October 3, 2021, as “Blue Star Welcome Week”. (S.Res.368)

The Senate adopted the following resolutions, en bloc, by unanimous consent:

  • A resolution providing for a correction in the engrossment of S.Res.357. (S.Res.402)
  • A resolution designating September 2021 as ‘‘National Healthy Aging Month’’ to raise awareness of and encourage healthy lifestyle behaviors and the prevention and management of chronic health conditions among older adults. (S.Res.403)
  • A resolution supporting the goals and ideals of National Retirement Security Month, including raising public awareness of the various tax-preferred retirement vehicles, increasing personal financial literacy, and engaging the people of the United States on the keys to success in achieving and maintaining retirement security throughout their lifetimes. (S.Res.404)

The Senate confirmed the following nominations, en bloc, by voice vote:

  • Daryl W. Baldwin to be a Member of the National Council on the Humanities for a term expiring January 26, 2024.
  • Genine Macks Fidler to be a Member of the National Council on the Humanities for a term expiring January 26, 2022.

The Senate confirmed the following nominations by voice vote:

  • Melanie Anne Egorin to be an Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services.
  • Thomas Andrew Monheim to be Inspector General of the Intelligence Community, Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

The Senate confirmed the following nominations, en bloc, by voice vote:

  • Erek L. Barron to be United States Attorney for the District of Maryland for the term of four years.
  • Nicholas W. Brown to be United States Attorney for the Western District of Washington for the term of four years.
  • Clifford D. Johnson to be United States Attorney for the Northern District of Indiana for the term of four years.
  • Zachary A. Myers to be United States Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana for the term of four years.
  • Trini E. Ross to be United States Attorney for the Western District of New York for the term of four years.
  • Vanessa Waldref to be United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington for the term of four years.

Military Promotions confirmed by unanimous consent: Executive Calendar

#377-#385, #388, #389 and all nominations on the Secretary’s Desk in the Air Force, Army and Navy.

9:00 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke on the “Alaskan of the Week”. ML Schumer filled the amendment tree on S. 1301. ML Schumer filed several cloture motions: Paloma Adams-Allen, DC, to be deputy admin, USAID; Lauren King, Washington, US District Judge, Western District of Washington. These motions will ripen at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 5, 2021.

8:45 p.m. By a vote of 50-43, the motion is agreed to: Motion to proceed to S.1301, vehicle for Debt Limit.

8:18 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on the motion to lay the House message with respect to S. 1301, the legislative vehicle to suspend the debt limit.

8:17 p.m. ML Schumer got consent that at 5:30pm on Monday, October 4th, the Senate will proceed to a vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #159 Jonathan Eugene Meyer to be General Counsel, Department of Homeland Security.

8:16 p.m. By a vote of 50-45, the Senate confirmed the nomination of Tracy Stone-Manning to be Director of the Bureau of Land Management.

7:32 p.m. The Senate began a vote on confirmation of on Executive Calendar #293 Tracy Stone-Manning to be Director of the Bureau of Land Management.

7:28 p.m. Senator Tester spoke on the Stone-Manning nomination.

7:15 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke against the Stone-Manning nomination.

6:55 p.m. Senator Lankford spoke against the Tracy Stone-Manning nomination and on Afghanistan.

6:36 p.m. Senator Murkowski spoke against the Stone-Manning nomination and on the National Day of Remembrance for native children.

6:08 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke against the Tracy Stone-Manning nomination and against the Saule Omarova nomination.

6:00 p.m. Senator Lummis spoke against the Tracy Stone-Manning nomination.

5:44 p.m. Senator Risch spoke against the Tracy Stone-Manning nomination.

5:41 p.m. Senator Rosen spoke on the anniversary of the Harvest Music Festival attack.

5:35 p.m. Senator Lee spoke against the Tracy Stone-Manning nomination.

5:30 p.m. Senator Romney spoke against the Tracy Stone-Manning nomination.

5:25 p.m. Senator Cortez-Masto spoke on the anniversary of the Harvest Music Festival attack.

5:24 p.m. The Senate invoked cloture, 50-48 on Executive Calendar #293 Tracy Stone-Manning to be Director of the Bureau of Land Management.

Senators Cornyn and Paul did not vote.

4:52 p.m. The Senate began a vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #293 Tracy Stone-Manning to be Director of the Bureau of Land Management.

4:50 p.m. By a vote of 50-48, the Senate confirmed the Chopra nomination.

Senators Cornyn and Paul did not vote.

4:10 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on confirmation of the Chopra nomination.

3:57 p.m. Senator Brown spoke in support of the Chopra nomination.

3:50 p.m. Senator Toomey spoke on the Chopra nomination.

3:47 p.m. Senator Tester spoke in support of the Stone-Manning nomination.

3:39 p.m. Senator Manchin spoke in support of the Stone-Manning nomination.

3:30 p.m. Senator Barasso spoke on the Tracy Stone-Manning nomination to be Director of the Bureau of Land Management.

3:13 p.m. Senator Lee asked unanimous consent that the Senate pass S. 2843, No Taxation Without Congressional Consent. Senator Murray objected. Senator Lee spoke on covid vaccine mandates.

3:04 p.m. Senator Ernst spoke on a creating a memorial for the Global War on Terrorism and asked unanimous consent that the Senate pass S. 535, Global War on Terrorism Memorial Location Act. Senator Manchin objected.

2:48 p.m. Senator Carper paid tribute to staffer Emily Spain.

2:47 p.m. By a vote of 50-50, with the Vice President being the tie breaking vote, the Senate invoked cloture on the Chopra nomination.

1:54 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Rohit Chopra to be Director, Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection.

1:52 p.m. By a vote of 65-35, the Senate adopted H.R. 5305, Continuing Resolution (through December 3rd), as amended.

Republicans voting Yes: Blunt, Burr, Capito, Cassidy, Collins, Cornyn, Graham, Kennedy, McConnell, Murkowski, Romney, Rounds, Shelby, Tillis, and Young.

1:10 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on adoption of H.R. 5305, Continuing Resolution (through December 3rd), as amended.

1:08 p.m. By voice vote, the Senate adopted the Leahy substitute amendment #3830, as amended.

1:07 p.m. By a vote of 53-47, the Senate did not agree to the Braun amendment #3832.

Democrats voting Yes: Cortez-Masto, Hassan, Kelly, Manchin, Ossoff, Rosen, Sinema, and Warnock.

Republicans voting No: Blunt, Murkowski, Paul, Shelby, and Tillis.

12:31 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on adoption of the Braun amendment to provide that Members of Congress may not receive pay after October 1 of any fiscal year in which Congress has not approved a concurrent resolution on the budget and passed the regular appropriations bills (3832) in relation to Cal. #137, H.R. 5305, Continuing Resolution (through December 3rd).

This vote is subject to an affirmative 60-vote threshold.

12:30 p.m. Senator Leahy spoke on the Braun amendment.

12:28 p.m. Senator Braun spoke on his amendment # 3832. Braun amendment

12:28 p.m. By a vote of 50-50, the Senate did not agree to the Marshall amendment #3831.

11:51 a.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on adoption of the Marshall amendment to prohibit the use of Federal funds for implementing or enforcing COVID-19 vaccine mandates (3831) in relation to Cal. #137, H.R. 5305, Continuing Resolution (through December 3rd).

This vote is subject to an affirmative 60-vote threshold.

11:50 a.m. Senator Marshall spoke on his amendment #3831.

11:49 a.m. By a vote of 50-50, the Senate did not agree to the Cotton amendment #3833.

11:05 a.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on adoption of the Cotton amendment to modify the immigration benefits for which certain Afghan nationals are eligible (#3833) in relation to Cal. #137, H.R.5305, Continuing Resolution (through December 3rd).

10:40 p.m. Senator Thune spoke about the southern border.

10:31 a.m. Senator Leahy spoke about the CR and the debt ceiling.

10:25 a.m. Senator Schumer spoke about the CR, the Chopra nomination, and the debt ceiling.

10:01 a.m. Senator McConnell spoke about the continuing resolution and also paid tribute to Sue Thorpe and a staffer, Jane Lee.

9:30 a.m. The Senate convened.

  • The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m. and following leader remarks will proceed to the consideration of H.R.5305, a bill making continuing appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2022.
  • Senator Leahy or his designee will then be recognized to offer the Leahy amendment in the nature of a substitute (3830), with the only other amendments in order being the Cotton amendment (3833), Marshall amendment (3831), and Braun amendment (3832).
  • At 10:30am, the Senate will proceed to a series of roll call votes relative to the following:
  • Cotton amendment to modify the immigration benefits for which certain Afghan nationals are eligible. (3833)
  • Marshall amendment to prohibit the use of Federal funds for implementing or enforcing COVID-19 vaccine mandates. (3831) This vote is subject to an affirmative 60-vote threshold.
  • Braun amendment to provide that Members of Congress may not receive pay after October 1 of any fiscal year in which Congress has not approved a concurrent resolution on the budget and passed the regular appropriations bills. (3832) This vote is subject to an affirmative 60-vote threshold.
  • Leahy amendment in the nature of a substitute (3830), as amended, if amended. (voice vote expected)
  • Passage of H.R.5305, as amended. This vote is subject to an affirmative 60-vote threshold.
  • Following disposition of H.R.5303, the Senate will proceed to executive Session to consider the nomination of Rohit Chopra to be Director, Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection, and the Senate will immediately proceed to a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Chopra nomination.
  • If cloture is invoked on the Chopra nomination, there will  be up to 2 hours of debate, followed by two roll call votes relative to the following:
  • Confirmation of the nomination of Rohit Chopra to be Director, Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection.
    • Motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Tracy Stone-Manning to be Director of the Bureau of Land Management.
  • Upon the use or yielding back of the 2 hour post-cloture debate time, the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on confirmation of the Stone-Manning nomination.
  • As a reminder, during Wednesday’s session of the Senate an agreement was reached that at a time to be determined on Thursday, September 30th, the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on confirmation of the nomination of Jonathan Eugene Meyer to be General Counsel, Department of Homeland Security.

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

8:11 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will reconvene at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 30. They will proceed to consideration of H.R. 5305 (Continuing Resolution). There will be 5 votes at 10:30 a.m. on the following amendments to the resolution followed by a vote on final passage:

  • Cotton amend #3833-Afghan refugees
  • Marshall amend #3831-Vaccine Mandate (60 vote threshold)
  • Braun amend #3832-No Budget, No Pay (60 vote threshold)
  • Leahy amend # 3830-Subsitute

The Senate will then proceed to Executive Session to resume consideration of Rohit Chopra to be Director of the CFPB.

6:20 p.m. Senator Portman spoke about taxes.

6:09 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke on plastic pollution.

6:09 p.m. The Anderson nomination was confirmed, 53-44.

Senators Collins, Graham, and Murkowski voted Yes.

Senators Cotton, Crapo, and Moran did not vote.

5:01 p.m. Roll call vote began on confirmation of the nomination of Robert Anderson to be Solicitor of the Department of the Interior.

4:53 p.m. Senator Cortez Masto paid tribute to a domestic violence counselor from Nevada who is retiring and reproductive rights.

4:25 p.m. Senators Rick Scott, Johnson and Lee spoke on Covid 19, vaccines and mandates. Senator Scott asked UC to take up and pass S. 2895 on this topic. Senator Cantwell objected.

3:59 p.m. Senator Wyden asked UC to take up and confirm the nomination of Jonathan Davidson to be Deputy Under Secretary of Treasury. Senator Cruz objected and asked to take up his bill (S. 2894) regarding the Nord Stream pipeline. Senator Wyden objected.

3:57 p.m. Senator Wyden locked in a UC agreement to vote on confirmation of the Anderson nomination at 4:45 and at a time to be determined on the Meyer nomination at a time to be determined on Thursday, September 30th.

3:56 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Meyer nomination, 52-46 with Republicans Capito and Portman joining all Democrats and Independents in favor. Senators Crapo and Moran did not vote.

3:11 p.m. The Senate began voting on cloture on the nomination of Eugene Meyer to be General Counsel, Department of Homeland Security.

3:10 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Anderson nomination, 52-46 with Republican Collins and Murkowski joining all Democrats and Independents in favor. Senator Crapo and Moran did not vote.

2:31 p.m. The Senate began voting on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Robert Anderson to be Solicitor of the Department of the Interior.

2:29 p.m. Senator Peters spoke in favor of the Meyer nomination.

2:25 p.m. Senator Barasso spoke against the Anderson nomination.

2:20 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke in support of vaccine mandate.

2:11 p.m. Senator Lee spoke against a vaccine mandate.

1:57 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about the Texas abortion ban.

1:45 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the Supreme Court and also about abortion.

1:28 p.m. Senator Blackburn spoke on mental health as it relates to social media platforms.

1:17 p.m. Senator Cassidy spoke on inflation.

1:05 p.m. Senator Lummis spoke on digital currency.

11:45 a.m. Senator Thune spoke on Afghanistan.

11:33 a.m. Senator Hirono spoke on the Syed nomination.

11:25 a.m. Senator Cardin asked unanimous consent to call up the Syed nomination, Senator Paul objected.

11:23 a.m. Senator Padilla spoke on the Dilawar Syed nomination.

11:14 a.m. Senator Cardin spoke on nominations.

11:13 a.m. By a vote of 70-27, the Senate confirmed the nomination of Jessica Lewis to be an Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs.

Not voting: Senators Blunt, Crapo, and Moran.

10:30 a.m. Roll call vote began on confirmation of the Lewis nomination.

10:07 a.m. Republican Leader McConnell spoke on Democrats budget priorities and Afghanistan.

9:50 a.m. Majority Leader Schumer spoke on government funding and the debt limit.

9:30 a.m. The Senate convened.

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The Senate meets at 9:30 a.m. Following Leader remarks the Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of Jessica Lewis to be an Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs.

At 10:30 a.m. the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Lewis nomination.

Upon disposition of the Lewis nomination the Senate will resume consideration of the Anderson nomination.

At 2:30 p.m. the Senate will have 2 cloture votes on:

  1. Robert Anderson to be Solicitor of the Department of the Interior.
  2. Eugene Meyer to be General Counsel, Department of Homeland Security.

If cloture is invoked on either nomination, the confirmation votes will occur later in the day.

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

7:51 p.m. The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday.

During wrap up:

  • Adopted by unanimous consent, S. Res. 392, National Forensic Science Week
  • Adopted by voice vote, S.Res. 393, National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month.
  • Began the Rule 14 process to place on the Legislative Calendar of Business: S.2868 – a bill to suspend the debt limit; H.R.3755 – Women’s Health Protection Act of 2021; and on H.R.5323 – Iron Dome Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021

7:47 p.m. ML Schumer has filed cloture on Executive Calendar #293 Tracy Stone-Manning to be Director of the Bureau of Land Management.

7:46 p.m. ML Schumer filed cloture on Executive Calendar #354 Rohit Chopra to be Director, Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection for a term of five years.

7:46 p.m. By a vote of 53-41, the Senate confirmed Todd Robinson to be an Asst Secretary of State for Intl Narcotics & Law Enforcement Affairs.

6:56 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #240 Todd D. Robinson, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Career Minister, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs).

6:47 p.m. Senator Cotton spoke on China.

6:23 p.m. Senator Cruz spoke on Russia.

5:58 p.m. Senator Menendez spoke on the pending nomination debates. Senator Menendez asked unanimous consent to call up and confirm the nomination of Paloma Adams-Allen to be deputy administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development. Senator Hawley objected to the request.

Senator Menendez asked u.c. to confirm Isobel Coleman to be Deputy Administrator for Policy and Programming, United States Agency for International Development. Senator Hawley objected.

Senator Menendez asked u.c. to confirm Tulinabo Salama Mushing to be Ambassador to Angola. Senator Hawley objected.

Senator Menendez asked u.c. to confirm Eugene S. Young to be Ambassador to the Republic of the Congo. Senator Hawley objected.

Senator Menendez asked u.c. to confirm Larry Edward Andre Jr. to be Ambassador to Somalia. Senator Hawley objected.

Senator Menendez asked u.c. to confirm Elizabeth Moore Aubin to be Ambassador to the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria. Senator Hawley objected.

Senator Menendez asked u.c. to confirm Maria E. Brewer to be Ambassador to the Kingdom of Lesotho. Senator Hawley objected.

Senator Menendez asked u.c. to confirm Christopher John Lamora to be Ambassador to Cameroon. Senator Hawley objected.

Senator Menendez asked u.c. to confirm Marc Evans Knapper to be Ambassador to Vietnam. Senator Hawley objected.

5:57 p.m. By a vote of 67-31, the Senate confirmed Mary Phee to be an Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs.

5:13 p.m. The Senate began a vote on confirmation of Mary Phee, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (African Affairs).

4:54 p.m. Senator Lee spoke against mandating the Covid-19 vaccine. Senator Lee asked unanimous consent to call up and pass S. 2850. Senator Murray objected.

4:14 p.m. Senator Cruz spoke on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.

4:12 p.m. By a vote of 61-36, the Senate confirmed Monica Medina to be Assistant Secretary of State (Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs)

Republicans voting in favor: Senators Blunt, Capito, Collins, Crapo, Graham, McConnell, Murkowski, Portman, Risch, Romney, Rounds, Sullivan, and Tillis.

3:27 p.m. Roll call vote began on confirmation of the Medina nomination.

2:52 p.m. Senators Collins, Lankford and Scott of South Carolina spoke on welfare.

2:47 p.m. Senators Murray, Klobuchar and Merkley spoke on the debt limit.

2:38 p.m. Majority Leader spoke on government funding and the debt limit and asked UC for a time agreement and vote on a debt limit bill. Republican Leader McConnell objected and asked ML Schumer to modify his request, which ML Schumer objected to.

2:15 p.m. The Senate returned from the recess. Senator Murphy spoke on Afghanistan.


12:27 p.m. The Senate resumed consideration of the nomination of Monica P. Medina to be Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, and recessed until 2:15 p.m. for weekly caucus lunches.

11:30 a.m. The Senate is currently voting on the confirmation of Karen Erika Donfried to be an Assistant Secretary of State (European Affairs and Eurasian Affairs). The nomination was confirmed by a roll call vote of 73-26.

11:15 a.m. Senator Cruz spoke on Russian sanctions.

11:04 a.m. Senator Thune spoke on the continuing resolution.

10:49 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke on the continuing resolution and immigration.

10:43 a.m. Majority Leader Schumer spoke on the continuing resolution.

10:30 a.m. Republican Leader McConnell spoke on the continuing resolution.

The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m. today.

At 11:30 a.m., there will be a roll call vote on confirmation of Karen Erika Donfried to be an Assistant Secretary of State (European Affairs and Eurasian Affairs).

Following the Donfried vote, the Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of Monica P. Medina to be Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, and recess until 2:15 p.m. for weekly caucus lunches.

At 3:15 p.m. there will be a roll call vote on confirmation of the Medina nomination.

Further votes are expected during today’s session and cloture has ripened on the following nominations:

  • Mary Catherine Phee to be an Assistant Secretary of State (African Affairs).
  • Todd D. Robinson to be an Assistant Secretary of State (International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs).
  • Jessica Lewis to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Political-Military Affairs.

As a reminder, cloture was filed on the following nomination during yesterday’s session:

  • Executive Calendar #264, Robert T. Anderson, of Washington, to be Solicitor of the Department of the Interior.

Monday, September 27, 2021


5:50 p.m. The Senate is currently voting in H.R. 5305, the continuing resolution. The vote was not agreed to by a vote of 48-50.

5:30 p.m. Leader McConnell spoke of the reason republicans are not passing H.R. 5305, the CR and they would offer a clean CR. He offered an amendment to H.R. 5305 and Leahy objected.

5:25 p.m.  Senator Leahy spoke on programs that would be negatively affected by a government shutdown.

5:15 p.m. Senator Shelby spoke about the debt limit.

4:57 p.m. Senator Tuberville spoke on the Biden administration.

4:40 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke on Afghanistan.

4:22 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on the debt limit and on immigration.

4:07 p.m. Senator Blackburn spoke on the Infrastructure plan.

3:59 p.m. Senator Moran spoke on Haitian migrants.

3:39 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke on January 6th, the electoral college, and on the debt limit.

3:30 p.m. Leader McConnell spoke on the democratic continuing resolution and pronounced it dead on arrival. He added Republicans are will to pass a non partisan continuing resolution today.

3:20 p.m. The Senate resumed consideration of H.R. 5305, the continuing resolution.

3:05 p.m. Leader Schumer spoke on the schedule and the need to pass the continuing resolution and debt ceiling.

3:00 p.m. The Senate convened.

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The Senate will convene at 3:00 p.m. and resume consideration of H.R. 5305, the continuing resolution.

At 5:30 p.m. the Senate will proceed to a vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed.

Thursday, September 23, 2021

9:47 p.m. The Senate adjourned.

9:42 p.m. ML Schumer wrapped up for the evening: The nomination of Jane Nishida was confirmed to be Assistant Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency by voice vote. Passed by UC: HR 5293; H Con Res 41 regarding the National Peace Memorial Service. Passed by voice vote: proclaiming this week as “Clean Energy Week”. Passed by UC en bloc: S Res 382-385; S Res 386 regarding the death of Robert Dove.

9:37 p.m. Majority Leader Schumer spoke on nominations, the debt limit and the continuing resolution and filed cloture on the motion to proceed to HR. 5305, the CR.

9:36 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Lewis nomination, 62-21.

Senators not voting: Blackburn, Burr, Cassidy, Daines, Feinstein, Inhofe, Johnson, Kaine, Kennedy, Moran, Risch, Rounds, Rubio, Sanders, Scott (FL), Tillis and Toomey.

9:14 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the nomination of Jessica Lewis to be an Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs.

9:13 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Robinson nomination, 54-29.

Senators not voting: Blackburn, Burr, Cassidy, Daines, Feinstein, Inhofe, Johnson, Kaine, Kennedy, Moran, Risch, Rounds, Rubio, Sanders, Scott (FL), Tillis and Toomey.

8:58 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the nomination of Todd Robinson to be an Assistant Secretary of State (International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs).

8:56 p.m. The Senate invoked cloture on the Phee nomination, 58-25.

Republicans voting in favor: Blunt, Capito, Collins, Cornyn, Crapo, Graham, Murkowski, Portman, Romney, Sullivan and Young.

Senators not voting: Blackburn, Burr, Cassidy, Daines, Feinstein, Inhofe, Johnson, Kaine, Kennedy, Moran, Risch, Rounds, Rubio, Sanders, Scott (FL), Tillis and Toomey.

8:37 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the nomination of Mary Catherine Phee to be an Assistant Secretary of State (African Affairs).

8:35 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Medina nomination, 57-26.

GOP voting in favor: Blunt, Capito, Collins, Crapo, Graham, McConnell, Murkowski, Portman, Romney & Sullivan.

Not voting: Blackburn, Burr, Cassidy, Daines, Feinstein, Inhofe, Johnson, Kaine, Kennedy, Moran, Risch, Rounds, Rubio, Sanders, Scott (FL), Tillis and Toomey.

8:00 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the nomination of Monica Medina to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs).

7:35 p.m. Senator Murphy spoke on state department nominations and Afghanistan.

7:33 p.m. Senator Murphy announced the UC agreement for four cloture votes on the Medina, Phee, Robinson and Lewis nominations at approximately 8:00 p.m. with the confirmation votes occurring at a time to be determined by the Majority Leader after consultation with the Republican Leader with an hour of debate prior to each vote.

7:27 p.m. Senator Markey spoke in favor of the Medina nomination.

7:08 p.m. Senator Cruz spoke on Nord Stream 2.

6:53 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke on Republican slow walking nominations.

6:42 p.m. Senator Cotton spoke on the evacuation of Afghanistan.

6:41 p.m. By a vote of 65-21, the Senate invoked cloture on the nomination of Karen Donfried, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (European Affairs and Eurasian Affairs).

6:08 p.m. By a vote of 72-14, the Senate confirmed the nomination of Daniel Kritenbrink to be an Assistant Secretary of State (East Asian and Pacific Affairs)

5:25 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on confirmation of the nomination of Daniel Kritenbrink to be an Assistant Secretary of State (East Asian and Pacific Affairs).

5:18 p.m. Senator Blackburn spoke about a shooting in Tennessee and on Democrats spending.

5:02 p.m. Senator Menendez spoke on foreign policy nominations.

4:43 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the southern border.

4:26 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke about Afghanistan.

4:11 p.m. Senator Lee spoke about Afghanistan.

4:01 p.m. Senator Shaheen spoke about the potential government shutdown and also spoke about the debt ceiling.

3:30 p.m. Senator Barrasso also spoke about Russia and the gas pipeline.

3:14 p.m. Senator Cruz spoke about Russia and the pipeline to the Ukraine.

3:03 p.m. By a vote of 77-18, cloture was invoked on the nomination of Daniel Kritenbrink to be an Assistant Secretary of State (East Asian and Pacific Affairs)

2:34 p.m. The Senate began voting on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Daniel Kritenbrink to be an Assistant Secretary of State (East Asian and Pacific Affairs)

2:33 p.m. By a vote of 85-11, the nomination of Sarah Bianchi, of Virginia, to be Deputy United States Trade Representative (Asia, Africa, Investment, Services, Textiles, and Industrial Competitiveness), with the rank of Ambassador was confirmed.

1:52 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #244, Sarah Bianchi, of Virginia, to be Deputy United States Trade Representative (Asia, Africa, Investment, Services, Textiles, and Industrial Competitiveness), with the rank of Ambassador.

1:29 p.m. Senator Sanders spoke on upcoming budgetary issues.

1:14 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke on the Russian investigation.

1:03 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke on nominations.

12:48 p.m. Senator Van Hollen spoke on the debt limit.

12:40 p.m. Senator Moran spoke on inflation and the economy.

12:32 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke on North Korean sanctions.

12:02 p.m. Senator Hawley spoke about Afghanistan.

11:46 a.m. Senator Durbin paid tribute to Dr. Shirley Ryan.

11:40 a.m. Senator Murray spoke about the border closure with Canada.

11:40 a.m. By a vote of 85-13 , the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Sarah Bianchi to Deputy U.S. Trade Representative was agreed to.

13 Republicans voted no: Boozman, Braun, Cotton, Cruz, Hawley, Johnson, Lankford, McConnell, Paul, Rubio, Scott (FL), Shelby, and Tuberville.

Senators not voting: Feinstein and Rounds.

11:01 a.m. The Senate is now voting on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Sarah Bianchi to Deputy U.S. Trade Representative.

11:01 a.m. The Pan nomination was confirmed, 68-30.

10:01 a.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on confirmation of Florence Y. Pan to be U.S. District Judge for the District of Columbia.

9:39 a.m. Republican Leader McConnell spoke about the debt limit and Afghanistan.

9:03 a.m. Majority Leader Schumer spoke about the debt limit.

The Senate will convene at 9:00 a.m. and resume consideration of the nomination of Florence Pan to be United States District Judge for the District of Columbia.

At approximately 10:00 a.m., the Senate will conduct two roll call votes:

  • Confirmation of the Pan nomination.
  • Cloture on the nomination of Sarah Bianchi to be Deputy United States Trade Representative.

Following the cloture vote on the Bianchi nomination there will be up to 2 hours of debate prior to roll call votes on confirmation of the nomination.

There will be roll call votes throughout Thursday’s session on cloture and confirmation of the nominations in the list below:

  1. Daniel Kritenbrink to be an Assistant Secretary of State (East Asian and Pacific Affairs)
  2. Karen Donfried to be an Assistant Secretary of State (European Affairs and Eurasian Affairs)
  3. Monica Medina to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs)
  4. Jessica Lewis to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Political-Military Affairs)

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

8:28 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 23. They will resume consideration of the nomination of Florence Pan to be US District Judge for DC. with a vote on the nomination to occur at 10:00 a.m. Additional votes are expected throughout the day and into the evening.

During wrap-up:

  • Confirmed-Ronald L. Davis to be Director of the US Marshal’s Service
  • Agreed to-S. Res. 357-honoring Missourians who made the ultimate sacrifice in Afghanistan
  • Agreed to-S. Res. 378-September 2021 as Prostate Cancer Awareness month
  • Agreed to-S. Res. 379-support for the designation of the week of September 13 as national small business week.

8:23 p.m. The following bills had their 2nd reading and were placed on the calendar:

  • S. 278-reauthorize the flood insurance program
  • S. 2789- a bill making continuing appropriations for the fiscal year ending Sept. 20, 2022 (Shelby-McConnell)
  • S. 2809-protect social security benefits and military pay
  • H.R. 5305-an act making continuing appropriations for the fiscal year ending Sept. 20, 2022

8:22 p.m. The Senate reconvened.

8:20 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 8:22 p.m.

8:19 p.m. The following bills had their first reading.

  • S. 2809- protect social security benefits and military pay
  • H.R. 5305- an act making continuing appropriations for the fiscal year ending Sept. 20, 2022

8:18 p.m. By a vote of 66-27 , the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Florence Pan to be US District Judge for DC was agreed to.

7:41 p.m. The Senate began voting on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Florence Pan to be US District Judge for DC.

7:40 p.m. By a vote of 80-18, the nomination of Jayme White to be a Deputy US Trade Representative was confirmed.

6:31 p.m. Roll call vote began on on confirmation of Jayme White to be a Deputy US Trade Representative.

5:55 p.m. Senator Cruz spoke about the border.

5:45 p.m. Senator Stabenow spoke about carbon pollution.

5:20 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about election laws.

4:18 p.m. Senators Brown, Bennett, Booker and Warnock spoke about the Child Tax Credit.

3:58 p.m. Senator Inhofe spoke on Afghanistan.

3:35 p.m. By a vote of 64-34, the Senate confirmed the nomination of Lily Lawrence Batchelder to be an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury.

Senators Feinstein and Rounds did not vote.

2:49 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on confirmation of the Batchelder nomination.

2:34 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke on the Batchelder and White nominations.

2:28 p.m. Senator Young spoke on the continuing resolution and the debt limit.

2:23 p.m. Senator Young spoke on the continuing resolution and the debt limit.

2:17 p.m. Senator Blackburn spoke on the continuing resolution and the debt limit.

2:13 p.m. Senator Marshall spoke on the continuing resolution and the debt limit.

2:04 p.m. Senator Blunt spoke on the continuing resolution and the debt limit.

1:55 p.m. Senator Scott (FL) spoke on the continuing resolution and debt limit.

1:43 p.m. Senator Ernst spoke on the continuing resolution and debt limit.

1:14 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke on socialism.

12:50 p.m. The following changes were made to the vote schedule:

1 vote at 2:45 p.m.:

  1. Confirmation of the Batchelder nomination.

2 votes at 6:30 p.m.:

  1. Confirmation of the White nomination.
  2. Motion to invoke cloture on Florence Y. Pan to be U.S. District Judge for the District of Columbia.

12:49 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the White nomination, 78-20.

Senators voting no: Boozman, Braun, Cotton, Cruz, Daines, Hagerty, Hawley, Hyde-Smith, Inhofe, Johnson, Kennedy, Lankford, Lee, Marshall, Paul, Rubio, Scott (FL), Shelby, Sullivan, and Tuberville.

Senators not voting: Feinstein and Rounds.

12:08 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #245 Jayme Ray White to be a Deputy United States Trade Representative (Western Hemisphere, Europe, the Middle East, Labor, and Environment).

12:07 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Batchelder nomination, 63-35.

11:17 a.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #169 Lily Lawrence Batchelder to be an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury.

11:07 a.m. Senator Thune spoke on election reform.

10:54 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke on the Pan nomination and on the pandemic.

10:32 a.m. RL McConnell spoke on meeting with Boris Johnson, on the economy and on immigration.

10:17 a.m. ML Schumer spoke about the continuing resolution, on the debt limit, and on nominations.

10:00 a.m. The Senate has convened.

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The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m.

At 11 a.m. the Senate will proceed to 2 votes on:

  1. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #169 Lily Lawrence Batchelder to be an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury.
  2. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #245 Jayme Ray White to be a Deputy United States Trade Representative (Western Hemisphere, Europe, the Middle East, Labor, and Environment).

At 2:45 p.m. the Senate will vote on:

  1. Confirmation of the Batchelder nomination. (If cloture is invoked)
  2. Confirmation of the White nomination. (If cloture is invoked)
  3. Motion to invoke cloture on Florence Y. Pan to be U.S. District Judge for the District of Columbia.

As a reminder, ML Schumer filed cloture on the following nominations:

  • Sarah Bianchi to be Deputy United States Trade Representative (Asia, Africa, Investment, Services, Textiles, and Industrial Competitiveness), with the rank of Ambassador.
  • Daniel J. Kritenbrink, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (East Asian and Pacific Affairs).
  • Karen Erika Donfried to be an Assistant Secretary of State (European Affairs and Eurasian Affairs).
  • Monica P. Medina to be Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs.
  • Mary Catherine Phee, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (African Affairs).
  • Todd D. Robinson, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Career Minister, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs).
  • Jessica Lewis to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Political-Military Affairs).

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

7:17 p.m. The Senate stands in recess until 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 22nd. At 11:00 a.m. the Senate will proceed to 2 votes on the following:

  1. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #169 Lily Lawrence Batchelder to be an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury.
  2. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #245 Jayme Ray White to be a Deputy United States Trade Representative (Western Hemisphere, Europe, the Middle East, Labor, and Environment).

At 2:45 p.m. the Senate will vote on:

  1. Confirmation of the Batchelder nomination. (If cloture is invoked)
  2. Confirmation of the White nomination. (If cloture is invoked)
  3. Motion to invoke cloture on Pan to be U.S. District Judge for the District of Columbia.

During wrap up:

  • Began Rule XIV process on S. 2788, A bill to reauthorize the national flood insurance program and on S. 2789, A bill making continuing appropriations for FY 2022 and providing emergency assistance.
  • Adopted by unanimous consent, S.Res. 376, Gold Star Families Remembrance Week

ML Schumer filed cloture on the following nominations:

  • Sarah Bianchi to be Deputy United States Trade Representative (Asia, Africa, Investment, Services, Textiles, and Industrial Competitiveness), with the rank of Ambassador.
  • Daniel J. Kritenbrink, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (East Asian and Pacific Affairs).
  • Karen Erika Donfried to be an Assistant Secretary of State (European Affairs and Eurasian Affairs).
  • Monica P. Medina to be Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs.
  • Mary Catherine Phee, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (African Affairs).
  • Todd D. Robinson, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Career Minister, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs).
  • Jessica Lewis to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Political-Military Affairs).

7:07 p.m. By a vote of 49-48, the Senate discharged from the Banking Committee PN116, Rohit Chopra to be Director, Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection for a term of 5 years.

This was a party line vote. Senators Burr, Feinstein and Rounds did not vote.

6:05 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on the motion to discharge from the Banking Committee,PN116, Rohit Chopra, D.C., to be Director, Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection.

5:49 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on the Olsen nomination and on the budget.

5:47 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke on the Olsen nomination.

5:29 p.m. Senator Warner spoke about the budget and asked unanimous consent for the Senate to confirm exec. cal. #347, Matthew G. Olsen to be an Assistant Attorney General (National Security). Senator Cornyn objected to the request.

5:20 p.m. Senator Lankford spoke about taxes and the budget.

5:14 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke about taxes and the budget.

5:08 p.m. Senator Cassidy spoke about taxes and the budget.

4:55 p.m. Senator Portman spoke about taxes and the budget.

4:44 p.m. Senator Daines spoke about taxes and the budget.

4:38 p.m. Senator Young spoke about taxes and the budget.

4:29 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about taxes and the budget.

4:20 p.m. Senator Sasse spoke about taxes and the budget.

4:13 p.m. Senator Crapo spoke about taxes and the budget.

3:33 p.m. Senator Cassidy spoke about flood insurance.

3:31 p.m. ML Schumer moved to discharge from the Banking Committee PN116 Rohit Chopra to be Director, Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection for a term of five years. The Senate will vote on the motion at approximately 5:45 p.m.

3:21 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke on Afghanistan.

3:18 p.m. By a vote of 52-45, the Senate confirmed the nomination of Margaret Strickland to be U.S. District Judge for the District of New Mexico.

Senators Collins, Graham, and Murkowski joined Democrats and voted in favor.

Senators Burr, Feinstein and Rounds did not vote.

2:35 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #231 Margaret Irene Strickland to be U.S. District Judge for the District of New Mexico.

2:26 p.m. Senator Cotton on the Taliban and on Afghanistan. Senator Cotton asked unanimous consent to call up and pass S. 2770. Senator Murphy objected.

2:17 p.m. Senator Haggerty paid tribute to Staff Sergeant Ryan Knauss.

2:15 p.m. The Senate reconvened from recess.

12:37 p.m. The Senate stands in recess until 2:15 p.m.

12:36 p.m. By a vote of 52-46, the Senate invoked cloture on the Strickland nomination.

Senators Collins, Graham, and Murkowski joined Democrats and voted in favor.

Senators Feinstein and Rounds did not vote.

11:47 a.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Margaret Irene Strickland to be U.S. District Judge for the District of New Mexico.

11:42 a.m. Senator Heinrich spoke on the Strickland nomination.

11:28 a.m. Senator Thune spoke on the debt limit.

11:17 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke on the Strickland nomination and the debt limit.

11:01 a.m. Republican Leader McConnell spoke on taxes.

10:46 a.m. Majority Leader Schumer spoke on the continuing resolution and nominations.

The Senate began the Rule 14 process regarding S.2765, A bill to provide that Members of Congress may not receive pay after October 1 of any fiscal year in which Congress has not approved a concurrent resolution on the budget and passed the regular appropriations bills.

The Senate will convene at 10:30 a.m. Following Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of Executive Calendar #231, Margaret Irene Strickland, New Mexico, to be United States District Judge for the District of New Mexico.

At 11:30 a.m., the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Strickland nomination.

Following the cloture vote, the Senate will recess until 2:15pm for the weekly caucus meetings.

If cloture is invoked, at 2:30pm, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Strickland nomination.

As a reminder, cloture has been filed on the following nominations:

Executive Calendar #169, Lily Lawrence Batchelder, Massachusetts, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury.

Executive Calendar #245, Jayme Ray White, Washington, to be a Deputy United States Trade Representative.

Executive Calendar #341, Florence Y. Pan, District of Columbia, to be United States District Judge for the District of Columbia.

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