Friday, July 5, 2019

11:45 a.m. The Senate convened for a pro forma session, Senator Tillis presiding.

 

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

4:45 p.m. The Senate met in a pro forma session. Senator Lankford presided and no business was conducted. The Senate meets next in a pro forma session on Friday, July 5th at 11:45 a.m.

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The Senate will convene for pro forma sessions only, with no business conducted on:

  • Tuesday, July 2nd at 4:45 pm
  • Friday, July 5th at 11:45 am

When the Senate adjourns on Friday, July 5th, the Senate will next convene at 3:00 pm, Monday July 8th. Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #343, Daniel Aaron Bress, of California, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit.

At 5:30 pm, the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Bress nomination.

 

Friday, June 28, 2019

3:12 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will reconvene for a pro forma session at 4:45 p.m. on Tuesday, July 2.

3:10 p.m. The Udall amendment #883 was not agreed to by a vote of 50-40 (60 vote threshold). Republicans voting aye: Collins, Lee, Moran and Paul. Senators that did not vote: Blackburn, Blunt, Braun, Burr, Cramer, Coons, Inhofe, Roberts, Rounds, Scott (FL).

5:02 a.m. The vote began on the Udall amendment.

 

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The Senate stands in recess until 5:00 a.m. At that time, VOTE on the Udall amendment  amendment #883 (Spending prohibition) to Inhofe substitute amendment #764, as amended, and vote on the amendment, notwithstanding passage of S.1790, NDAA, as amended.  We expect this vote to be open for several hours to accommodate Senators.

When the Senate adjourns following the vote, it will reconvene on the following dates and times for pro forma sessions:

  • Tuesday July 2nd at 4:45 p.m.
  • Friday July 5th at 11:45 a.m.

Following the pro forma on July 5th, the Senate will adjourn until 3:00 p.m. on Monday July 8th.  At that time, resume consideration of Executive Calendar #343, Daniel Bress to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit.

At 5:30 p.m., the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Bress nomination.

 

Majority Leader McConnell has also filed cloture on the following nominations:

1.  Executive Calendar #47, Kent Wetherell  to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Florida

2. Executive Calendar #51, Damon Leichty to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Indiana

3. Executive Calendar #52, Nicholas Ranjan to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania

4. Executive Calendar #101, Robert King to be Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education, Department of Education

5. Executive Calendar #13, Peter Wright to be Assistant Administrator, Office of Solid Waste, Environmental Protection Agency

 

Thursday, June 27, 2019

7:10 p.m. The Senate recessed until 5:00 a.m. Friday.

7:03 p.m. ML McConnell passed the following by voice vote: HR 2940, regarding block grants for states for needy families; S 2047, regarding medicaid community mental health services demonstration; S Res 270 regarding the Stonewall uprising; S Res 271, designating July 12th as “collector car appreciation day”; S 50, regarding sanitation conditions at Bureau of Indian Health facilities; S 212, regarding Native American trade promotion and tourism; several bills en bloc; more details to come; S Res 220, designating June as National Post Traumatic Stress awareness month and June 27th as PTSD day.  UC that the Senate recess until 5:00 a.m.

Further, pro forma sessions on Tuesday July 2 at 4:45 p.m. and Friday July  5 at 11:45 a.m.

6:07 p.m. Senator Rubio spoke on the Udall amendment and Iran.

6:03 p.m. Senator Barrasso recognized the new Secretary for fish, wildlife and parks at the Department of Interior, Robert Wallace.

5:45 p.m. ML McConnell confirmed executive calendar nominations #300-325 and all nominations on the secretary’s desk in the army, navy, air force and marines by unanimous consent; and the following by voice vote:

Aditya Bamzai to a member of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board

Travis Leblanc to a member of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board

Veronica Daigle to be an Assistant Secretary of Defense

Lane Genatowski to be Director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency at the Department of Energy

Ronald Johnson to be Ambassador to El Salvador

Aimee Jorjani to be Chair of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation

David Satterfield to be Ambassador to Turkey

Christopher Scolese to be Director of the National Reconnaissance Office

Gary Burman to be US Marshal for the Western District of Kentucky

William Hyslop to be US Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington

Randall Huff to be US Marshal for the District of Wyoming

Robert Wallace to be Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife at the Department of Interior

Edward Felton to be a member of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board

He called up and filed cloture on the following nominations:

Daniel Bress to be a circuit court judge for the 9th circuit

Kent Wetherell to be a district judge for northern district of Florida

Damon Leichty to be a district judge for northern district of Indiana

Nicholas Ranjan to be district judge for western district of Pennsylvania

Robert King to be Assistant Secretary of post secondary education

John Pallasch to be an Assistant Secretary of Labor

Peter Wright to be Assistant Administrator of the office of solid waste for the Environmental Protection Agency.

5:34 p.m. Senator Romney spoke on Iran and the Udall amendment.

5:19 p.m. Senator Udall called up and spoke on his amendment, (sa 883) regarding Iran to the defense authorization.

4:55 p.m. Senator Lee spoke about the fairness for high skilled immigrants act, and asks UC to take up and pass the bill, S, 386. Senator Paul objected.

4:48 p.m. Senator Hirono and Senator Brown spoke about unions.

4:38 p.m. Senator Moran spoke about Gary Woodland.

4:32 p.m. Senator Braun spoke about the budget.

4:12 p.m. Senator Enzi spoke about the budget.

3:53 p.m. Senator Portman spoke about the border crisis.

3:32 p.m. Senator Menendez spoke about the border crisis.

3:37 p.m. Senator Gardner paid tribute to a Colorado State Patrol officer.

3:10 p.m. Senator Blumenthal spoke on Iran.

2:51 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on border security.

2:31 p.m. Senator Reed spoke on Iran.

2:29 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell moved the Senate to a period of morning business.

2:28 p.m. The defense authorization was agreed to 86-8.

Senators voting against: 5 Democrats: Booker, Klobuchar, Markey, Merkley and Wyden; 3 Republicans: Braun, Lee and Paul.

Senators not voting: 4 Democrats: Bennet, Gillibrand, Harris, Warren; 1 Republican: Rounds; 1 Independent: Sanders.

1:52 p.m. The Senate adopted the substitute amendment by voice vote and began on roll call vote on passage of the defense authorization.

1:49 p.m. Senator Reed spoke on the defense authorization.

1:43 p.m. Senator Inhofe vitiated the yeas and nays on the substitute amendment and spoke on the defense authorization.

1:37 p.m. Senators Gardner spoke on the defense authorization.

1:22 p.m. Senator Baldwin spoke on the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising.

1:14 p.m. Senator Blackburn spoke about Independence Day.

1:o7 p.m. Senator Hoeven spoke on the defense authorization.

1:06 p.m. The Romney amendment was adopted, 90-4.

Senators voting against: four Democrats: Booker, Duckworth, Hirono and Leahy.

Senators not voting: 4 Democrats: Bennet, Gillibrand, Harris, Warren; 1 Republican: Rounds; 1 Independent: Sanders.

12:27 p.m. Roll call vote began on adoption of the Romney amendment to provide that funds authorized by the Act are available for the defense of the Armed Forces and United States citizens against attack by foreign hostile forces (#861)

12:26 p.m. DL Schumer and Senator Romney spoke in favor of the Romney amendment.

12:25 p.m.  Cloture was invoked on the substitute amendment, 87-7.

Senators voting against: 5 Democrats: Booker, Klobuchar, Markey, Merkley and Wyden; 2 Republicans: Lee and Paul.

Senators not voting: 4 Democrats: Bennet, Gillibrand, Harris, Warren; 1 Republican: Rounds; 1 Independent: Sanders.

11:50 a.m. The Senate began voting on the motion to invoke cloture on the Inhofe substitute amendment #764.

11:42 a.m. Senator Romney spoke about his amendment.

11:38 a.m. Senator Menendez spoke supporting the Romney Amendment #861.

11:34 a.m. Senator Murray spoke about Pride Month.

11:24 a.m. Senator Collins addressed the Military Widows Tax Elimination Amendment.

11:13 a.m. Majority Whip Thune spoke about border security and funding. Then he spoke about Medicare for all.

10:54 a.m. Senator Jones spoke about the Military Widows Tax Elimination Act. He asked unanimous consent to set aside the pending amendment and move to amendment #269 and adopt it by unanimous consent. Senator Inhofe objected.

10:36 a.m. Senator Merkley spoke about the Iran amendment.

10:28 a.m. Senator Udall spoke about his Iran amendment.

10:15 a.m. Senator Kaine spoke about the Iran amendment.

10:04 a.m. Senator Cotton spoke about the Iran amendment.

9:55 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about the Iran amendment. He spoke about the economic summit and about China trade.

9:54 a.m. The Senate agreed to proceed at 11:45 a.m. to the first two votes today.

9:36 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the spending bill for border control. He spoke about his legislation to keep young people from smoking. He spoke about the defense bill. He spoke about the Udall-Kaine amendment on Iran.

9:32 a.m. Senator Grassley spoke about Alzheimer’s disease, the Supreme Court ruling on the Freedom of Information Act, and the coach of the Toronto Raptors.

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The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m. and will resume consideration of S.1790, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

At 12 p.m., the Senate will proceed to two roll call votes:

  • The motion to invoke cloture on the Inhofe substitute (amendment #764, as modified).
  • Adoption of Romney amendment to provide that funds authorized by the Act are available for the defense of the Armed Forces and United States citizens against attack by foreign hostile forces (#861)

At 1:45 p.m., the Senate will proceed to two roll call votes:

  • Adoption of the Inhofe substitute (#764, as modified), as amended, if amended.
  • Passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (S.1790, as amended, if amended).

Note: the Senate will vote on Friday, June 28 on the Udall-Kaine amendment (#883) to prohibit unauthorized military operations in or against Iran, notwithstanding passage of S.1790, subject to an affirmative 60-vote threshold. The vote is expected to begin in the morning and be held open for several hours. The exact schedule will be set during Thursday’s session of the Senate.

 

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

The Senate adjourned at 7:14 p.m. and will reconvene at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 27th. Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of S. 1790, the National Defense Authorization Act.

At 12:00 p.m. there will be 2 votes:

  1. Motion to invoke cloture on amdt. #764
  2. Adoption of Romney amdt. #861

At 1:45 p.m. the cloture motion on S.1790 will be withdrawn and there will be 2 votes:

  1. Adoption of substitute amdt. #764
  2. Passage of S.1790 as amended, if amended

On Friday at a time TBD, the Senate will vote on adoption of Udall amdt. #883 to S.1790, 60 votes required. The Senate is expected to start this vote first thing in the morning and hold open through the afternoon.  

Today’s wrap-up:

  • S.Res.266, Congratulating the St. Louis Blues on winning the 2019 Stanley Cup Final was adopted by unanimous consent.
  • S.528, Fairness for Breastfeeding Mothers Act, was adopted by voice vote.
  • H.R.866, Fairness for Breastfeeding Mothers Act, was adopted by voice vote.

6:40 p.m. Senator Casey spoke about immigration.

6:38 p.m. Senator Menendez spoke about the NDAA and Toomey’s amdt.

6:24 p.m. Senator Toomey spoke about his amendment, “Blocking Deadly Fentanyl Import Act” and asked unanimous consent that the Senate set aside amdt. #862 and call up his amdt. #900. Senator Menendez objected.

6:11 p.m. Senator Lankford spoke about NDAA.

5:42 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about immigration and Iran.

5:22 p.m. Senator Sullivan paid tribute to his Alaskan of the Week, Calvin Williams and his Coast Guard fellow.

4:35 p.m. Senator Portman spoke about NDAA.

4:21 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke about drug pricing.

4:04 p.m. Senator Stabenow paid tribute to her outgoing staffer Bill Sweeney.

3:56 p.m. Senator Hirono spoke on Iran.

3:31 p.m. DL Schumer spoke on the defense authorization and the Udall amendment.

3:29 p.m. ML McConnell achieved UC that the cloture votes on the defense authorization come at a time to be determined.  There will be votes, including on the Udall amendment regarding authorization of military force, on Friday morning.

3:29 p.m. HR 3401 was agreed to 84-8.

Senators voting against: 6 Democrats: Hirono, Markey, Menendez,  Merkley, Van Hollen and Wyden; 2 Republicans: Lee and Paul.

Senators not voting: 6 Democrats: Bennet, Booker, Gillibrand, Harris, Klobuchar and Warren.  1 Republican: Rounds.  1 Independent: Sanders.

3:09 p.m. Roll call vote began on passage of H.R.3401, Emergency Supplemental Appropriations, as amended. (60 vote threshold)

3:08 p.m. The Shelby substitute was agreed to 84-8.

Senators voting against: 6 Democrats: Hirono, Markey, Menendez,  Merkley, Van Hollen and Wyden; 2 Republicans: Lee and Paul.

Senators not voting: 6 Democrats: Bennet, Booker, Gillibrand, Harris, Klobuchar and Warren.  1 Republican: Rounds.  1 Independent: Sanders.

2:51 p.m. Roll call vote began on adoption of Shelby substitute amendment #901 to H.R.3401, Emergency Supplemental Appropriations. (60 vote threshold).

2:49 p.m. The Paul amendment was tabled, 77-15.

Senators voting against: 15 Republicans: Barrasso, Blackburn, Braun, Cruz, Enzi, Ernst, Grassley, Kennedy, Lankford, Lee, Paul, Perdue, Scott of South Carolina, Tillis and Toomey.

Senators not voting: 6 Democrats: Bennet, Booker, Gillibrand, Harris, Klobuchar and Warren.  1 Republican: Rounds.  1 Independent: Sanders.

2:35 p.m. Roll call vote began on the motion to table the Paul amendment #902 in relation to H.R.3401, Emergency Supplemental Appropriations.

2:34 p.m. Senator Graham offered a motion to table the Paul amendment.

2:33 p.m. Senator Paul spoke on his amendment, #902.

2:32 p.m. Senator Shelby called up the substitute amendment #901.

2:31 p.m. Democratic Leader Schumer spoke on the supplemental.

2:30 p.m. HR 3401 was not agreed to, 37-55.

Senators voting in favor: 36 Democrats, 1 Independent: King.

Senators voting against: 52 Republicans, 3 Democrats: Manchin, Markey and Merkley.

Senators not voting: 6 Democrats: Bennet, Booker, Gillibrand, Harris, Klobuchar and Warren.  1 Republican: Rounds.  1 Independent: Sanders.

2:00 p.m. Roll call vote began on H.R.3401, Emergency Supplemental Appropriations. (60 vote threshold).

1:31 p.m. Senators Leahy, Paul and Shelby spoke about border security.

1:20 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke about energy law.

1:04 p.m. Senator Murphy spoke about the Affordable Care Act.

12:45 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke about border security.

12:32 p.m. Senator Wicker spoke supporting the NDAA.

12:10 p.m. Senator Blunt spoke supporting the NDAA.

11:53 a.m. Senator Capito spoke supporting the NDAA and the Emergency Supplemental.

11:50 a.m. ML McConnell achieved UC to have 5 votes at 2:00 pm on the following:

  • Passage of H.R.3401, Emergency Supplemental Appropriations. (60 vote threshold)
  • Motion to table Paul amendment #902 in relation to H.R.3401, Emergency Supplemental Appropriations.
  • Adoption of Shelby substitute amendment #901 to H.R.3401, Emergency Supplemental Appropriations. (60 vote threshold)
  • Passage of H.R.3401, Emergency Supplemental Appropriations, as amended, if amended. (60 vote threshold)
  • Motion to invoke cloture on substitute amendment #764, as modified, to S.1790, NDAA.

Please note, a sixth vote is possible on the motion to invoke cloture on the underlying S.1790, NDAA, if cloture is not adopted on substitute amendment #764, as modified.

11:27 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on border security, Iran, and the defense authorization.

11:05 a.m. Senator Lee spoke on foreign policy, the Constitutional requirement of Congress to declare war and the defense authorization.

10:45 a.m. Senator Schumer spoke on reauthorizing the 9/11 victims compensation fund and later on Iran, the defense authorization, and border security.

10:39 a.m. Senator Thune spoke on the defense authorization.

10:05 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke on border security and later on chemical weapon destruction in Kentucky.   He also spoke about rolling back government regulations.

10:03 a.m. Senator Grassley spoke about the value of internships in his office and later about blue bunny ice cream.

10:00 a.m. The Senate convened.

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The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m. and resume consideration of S.1790, the Defense Authorization act.

12:00 p.m.: Up to two votes:

1. Motion to invoke cloture on Inhofe substitute amendment #764, as modified

If cloture is not invoked, then

2. Motion to invoke cloture on S.1790, NDAA.

This week, the Senate may also consider border supplemental appropriations.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

6:04 p.m. The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 26 2019.

12:00 noon, Wednesday June 26 – up to 2 roll call votes:

1. Motion to invoke cloture on Inhofe substitute amendment #764, as modified

If cloture is not invoked, then

2. Motion to invoke cloture on S.1790, NDAA.

Amendments pending to S.1790, NDAA:

Inhofe amendment #764, as modified (substitute)

McConnell for Romney amendment #861 (use of funds to defend U.S)

McConnell Amendment #862 to SA #861 (date change)

McConnell Amendment #863 to the language proposed to be stricken (date change)

McConnell Amendment #864 to SA #863 (date change)

McConnell Motion to recommit with amendment #865 (date change)

Amendment #866 to SA#865 (date change)

Amendment #867 to SA #866 (date change)

4:53 p.m. Senators Blumenthal and Whitehouse spoke on climate change.

4:30 p.m. Senator Burr spoke on Intel Authorization for FY 2020 included in NDAA.

3:40 p.m. Senator Inhofe spoke on the defense authorization.

3:33 p.m. Senator Blackburn spoke on the defense authorization.

3:25 p.m. Senator Tillis spoke on various provisions in the defense authorization.

3:02 p.m. Senator Stabenow spoke on the cost of prescription drugs.

2:59 p.m. Senator Inhofe spoke on the defense authorization.

2:42 p.m. Senator Cramer spoke on the defense authorization.

2:34 p.m. Senator Blumenthal attempted to call up and pass S. 1247, the “Duty to Report Act”;  Senator Hyde Smith objected.

2:15 p.m. The Senate returned from the recess.  Senator Cornyn spoke on the defense authorization and prescription drug prices.

12:30 p.m. The Senate recessed to accommodate the weekly caucus luncheons.

12:19 p.m. Senator Thune spoke about southern border crisis and agriculture.

12:02 p.m. Senator Inhofe spoke about National Security Advisor John Bolton and President Trump as well as NDAA.

11:48 a.m. Senator Duckworth spoke about Iran.

11:28 a.m. Senators Inhofe and Reed spoke on the NDAA legislation.

11:17 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke on immigration.

10:59 a.m. Senator Lankford objected to Senator Klobuchar’s request on the cyber security measure.

10:47 a.m. Senator Klobuchar spoke about Iran. She spoke about her cyber security amendment to the defense bill. She sought consent for consideration of the measure.

10:33 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about the September 11 compensation fund. He spoke about Iran. He spoke about immigration. He spoke about the Supreme Court’s Shelby decision on voting rights.

10:30 a.m. The Senate resumed consideration of S. 1790, the defense bill (NDAA).

10:04 a.m. Senate Majority Leader McConnell spoke about Iran. He said the Senate will vote this week on the defense authorization bill for fiscal year 2020..

10:02 a.m. Senator Grassley spoke about trade.

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The Senate will convene at 10 a.m.

Monday, June 24, 2019

7:10 p.m. The Senate adjourned.

6:54 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke on Iran and the lack of debate in the Senate.

6:33 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke on Saudi Arabia, Jamal Khashoggi, President Trump vilifying the press; and protecting press sources.

6:27 p.m. Senators Inhofe and Reed spoke on the defense authorization.

6:25 p.m. ML McConnell achieved unanimous consent that following the remarks of Senators Inhofe, Reed, Wyden and Merkley, the Senate adjourn until 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday.

6:20 p.m. ML McConnell filled the tree and filed cloture on the substitute amendment and the bill.

6:20 p.m. The motion to proceed was agreed to 86-6.

Voting no: Carper, Klobucahar, Markey, Merkley, Udall and Wyden.

Not voting: 4 Republicans: Kennedy, Rounds, Sasse and Toomey; 3 Democrats: Gillibrand, Harris and Warren; 1 Independent: Sanders.

5:31 p.m. Roll call vote began on the motion to proceed to S.1790.

5:20 p.m. Senators Collins and Jones spoke on their amendment to the defense authorization on a military widows tax.

4:36 p.m. Senator Manchin spoke about the American Miners Act.

3:41 p.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund. Then he spoke about the danger of escalation Iran. Finally, he addressed the southern border.

3:15 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on the security challenges associated with technological developments. Then he spoke about the Defense Authorization Act.

The Senate will convene at 3:00 p.m. and resume consideration of the motion to proceed to S.1790, the National Defense Authorization Act, post-cloture.

At 5:30 p.m. the Senate will vote on adoption of the motion to proceed to S. 1790.

 

 

Thursday, June 20, 2019

4:57 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will reconvene at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, June 24. They will resume consideration of the Motion to Proceed to S. 1790-NDAA. A vote on the motion to proceed will occur at 5:30 p.m. Passed during wrap up:

  • Res.257: designating June 20, 2019, as “American Eagle Day” and celebrating the recovery and restoration of the bald eagle, the national symbol of the United States.
  • Res.258: expressing support for the designation of May 2019 as “National Brain Tumor Awareness Month”.
  • Res.242: designating June 15, 2019, as “World Elder Abuse Day”.
  • R.559: Northern Mariana Islands Long-Term Legal Residents Relief Act.

4:30 p.m. Senator Hassan spoke about gun safety legislation.

4:21 p.m. Senator Collins spoke about Defense Authorization.

4:08 p.m. Senator Udall spoke about AUMF for Iran.

3:55 p.m. Senator Kaine spoke about events in the Middle East and AUMF for Iran.

3:42 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke about the Defense Authorization Act.

3:25 p.m. Senator Carper spoke about climate change.

3:13 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke about air quality.

2:58 p.m. Senator Sasse spoke about Planned Parenthood.

2:50 p.m. Senator Blackburn spoke on the VA Mission Act.

2:43 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke about the clean power plan rule.

2:30 p.m. Senator Portman spoke about the opioid epidemic.

2:29 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell received unanimous consent to vote on the motion to proceed to S. 1790 at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, June 24.

2:27 p.m. The Senate confirmed the following nominations en block by voice vote:

  • exec. cal. 88 – Seth Daniel Appleton, MO, to be an Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
  • exec. cal. 90 – Dino Falaschetti, MT, to be Director, Office of Financial Research, Department of the Treasury.
  • exec. cal. 92 – Robert Hunter Kurtz, VA, to be an Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
  • exec. cal. 93 – Bimal Patel, GA, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury.
  • exec. cal. 334 – Allison Herren Lee, CO ,to be a Member of the Securities and Exchange Commission
  • exec. cal. 195 – Keith Krach, CA, to be an Under Secretary of State (Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment).
  • exec. cal. 196 – Keith Krach, CA, to be United States Alternate Governor of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
  • exec. cal. 197 – Keith Krach, CA, to be United States Alternate Governor of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development for a term of 5 years.
  • exec. cal. 287 – Jeffrey L. Eberhardt, of WI, a Career Member of the Senior Executive Service, to be Special Representative of the President for Nuclear Nonproliferation, rank of Ambassador.

2:27 p.m. The Senate confirmed the Baranwal nomination by a vote of 86 to 5. Senators Cortez Masto, Markey, Rosen, Schatz and Warren voted NO. Senators Booker, Cassidy, Gillibrand, Harris Klobuchar, Moran, Rounds, Sanders, and Toomey did not vote.

1:45 p.m. Roll call vote began on confirmation of Rita Baranwal to be Assistant Secretary of Energy for nuclear energy.

1:41 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke on climate change.

1:35 p.m. Senator Brown spoke on the 50th anniversary of the Cuyahoga river catching on fire and environmental awareness since.

1:22 p.m. Senator Perdue paid tribute to Billy Payne and then spoke on border security.

1:03 p.m. Senator Carper spoke on the 75th anniversary of the GI Bill.

12:54 p.m Senator Cornyn spoke on border security.

12:53 p.m. SJ Resolutions 27-35, 37 and 39-48 were passed en bloc, 51-45.  GOP in favor: Collins, Graham, Moran, Paul & Young.  Senators not voting Blackburn, Gillibrand, Lee and Rounds.

12:28 p.m Roll call vote began on passage en bloc of SJ Resolutions 27-35, 37 and 39-48.

12:27 p.m. SJ Res 38 was agreed to 53-45.  GOP in favor: Collins, Graham, Lee, Moran, Murkowski, Paul & Young. Senators Gillibrand and Rounds did not vote.

12:08 p.m Roll call vote began on passage of SJ Res 38.

12:08 p.m. SJ Res 36 was agreed to 53-45. GOP in favor: Collins, Graham, Lee, Moran, Murkowski, Paul & Young. Senators Gillibrand and Rounds did not vote.

11:38 a.m. The Senate is now voting on passage of SJ Res 36.

11:29 a.m. Senator Risch spoke about arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

11:22 a.m. Senator Menendez spoke about arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

11:15 a.m. Senator Graham spoke about arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

10:53 a.m. Senator Paul spoke about arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

10:40 a.m. Senator Cotton spoke about arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

10:19 Senator Thune spoke on the defense authorization.

10:03 a.m. Democratic Leader Schumer spoke on Iran, the pending joint resolutions, the debate on putting Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill, gun violence, and election security.

9:38 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke on the defense authorization, the situation in Iran, the pending joint resolutions, the nomination of Kelly Craft to be Ambassador to the United Nations, and border security.

9:32 a.m. Senator Grassley spoke on an Iowa promotion program.

9:30 a.m. The Senate convened.

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

At that time, resume consideration en bloc of Senate joint resolutions of disapproval 27-48, all dealing with arm sales.

At 11:30 a.m. there will be three roll call votes:

At 1:45 p.m. there will be one roll call vote:

  • Confirmation of Rita Baranwal to be Assistant Secretary of Energy for nuclear energy.

 

Note: At 10:30 a.m., Senators Van Hollen and Wyden will have a pen and pad briefing here in the Senate press gallery to discuss long-term unemployment issues.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

6:45 p.m. The Senate adjourned.

6:04 p.m. Senators Menendez, Cardin and Murphy spoke on arm sales to Saudi Arabia.

6:02 p.m. Senator Inhofe wrapped up for the evening. Passed by UC: S Res 253 regarding Juneteenth.  UC that Senate adjourn following remarks until 9:30 a.m. on Thursday following remarks of Democratic Senators.

5:18 p.m. Senators Inhofe and Reed spoke on the defense authorization.

5:15 p.m Senators Menendez and Inhofe spoke on SJ Res 36, regarding arms sales to Saudi Arabia.

5:13 p.m ML McConnell called up SJ Res 27-48 en bloc. They all deal with arm sales.

There will be 3 roll call votes at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday:

  1. SJ Res 36 
  2. SJ Res 38 
  3. the rest of the list en bloc.

5:12 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the motion to proceed to the defense authorization, 88-11.

Voting no: Carper, Gillibrand, Harris, Klobuchar, Markey, Merkley, Sanders, Udall, Warren, Whitehouse and Wyden. Not voting: Booker.

4:54 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the motion to proceed to S. 1790, the defense authorization.

4:53 p.m. The Guidry nomination was confirmed on a party line vote of 53-46, with Senator Booker not voting.

4:34 p.m. Roll call vote began on confirmation of Greg Guidry to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana.

4:34 p.m. The Cain nomination was confirmed, 77-21. Senators Booker and Gillibrand did not vote.

Senators in favor: 53 Republicans, 23 Democrats, 1 Independent: King.

Senators voting against: 20 Democrats (Baldwin, Blumenthal, Brown Cantwell, Casey, Duckworth, Harris, Klobuchar, Markey, Menendez, Merkley, Murray, Peters, Schatz, Schumer, Smith, Stabenow, Van Hollen, Warren and Wyden; 1 Independent: Sanders.

4:18 p.m. Roll call vote began on confirmation of James Cain to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Louisiana.

4:17 p.m. The Winsor nomination was confirmed, 54-44.  It was a party line vote, with the exception of Senator Manchin voting in favor.  Senators Booker and Gillibrand did not vote.

4:02 p.m. Roll call vote began on confirmation of Allen Winsor to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Florida.

4:02 p.m. The Kacsmaryk nomination was confirmed, 52-46.  It was a party line vote, with the exception of Senator Collins voting against.  Senators Booker and Gillibrand did not vote.

3:30 p.m. Roll call vote began on confirmation of the Kacsmaryk nomination.

2:55 p.m. Senator Daines spoke about Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).

2:36 p.m. Senator Lankford acknowledged the anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. Then he spoke about the V.A. Mission Act.

1:53 p.m. Senators Ernst, Isakson, Young, Boozman, Braun and Daines spoke about the V.A. Mission Act.

1:34 p.m. Senators Shaheen and Graham spoke on Syria.

12:34 p.m. Senators Blumenthal, Murphy, Casey, Cardin, Kaine and Cortez Masto spoke about gun violence.

12:21 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on the defense authorization and nuclear weapons.

11:59 a.m. Senator Stabenow spoke about Medicare.

11:41 a.m. Senator Cotton spoke about abortion.

11:13 a.m. Senator Cardin spoke about Hong Kong.

11:03 a.m. Senator Barrasso spoke about energy security.

10:39 a.m. Senator Schumer spoke about foreign policy and climate.

10:26 a.m. Senator Thune spoke on the defense authorization.

9:57 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke about health care and pre-existing conditions.

9:42 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell expressed his gratitude on outgoing acting Defense Secretary Shanahan.  He later spoke on the defense authorization, government regulations and border security.

9:32 a.m. Senator Grassley spoke about sexual assault in the military.

9:30 a.m. The Senate convened.

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The Senate will reconvene at 9:30 am. Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of Matthew  Kacsmaryk to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Texas.

At 3:30 pm the Senate will vote on 5 roll call votes:

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #22, Matthew J. Kacsmaryk, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Texas;
  2. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #28, Allen Cothrel Winsor, of Florida, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Florida;
  3. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #50, James David Cain, Jr., of Louisiana, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Louisiana;
  4. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #118, Greg Girard Guidry, of Louisiana, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana; and
  5. Motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to S.1790, National Defense Authorization Act.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

6:29 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday June 19th. The Senate will resume consideration of the Kacsmaryk nomination.

6:28 p.m. The Senate passed S.Res. 235. Women Veterans Appreciation Day with the Booker amendment by u.c.

6:27 p.m. The Senate passed by u.c. H.J.Res. 60, Requesting the Secretary of the Interior to authorize unique and one-time arrangements for displays on the National Mall and the Washington Monument during the period beginning on July 16, 2019 and ending on July 20, 2019.

6:26 p.m. ML McConnell began wrap up and announced at 3:30 p.m. on June 19th the Senate will vote on confirmation of the 1) Kacsmaryk, 2) Winsor, 3) Cain, and 4) Guidry nominations, and on 5) the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to S.1790, National Defense Authorization Act.

5:54 p.m. Senator Blumenthal spoke against the Kacsmarak nomination.

5:36 p.m. Senator Fischer spoke about immigration.

5:21 p.m. Senator Casey spoke against the Kacsmaryk nomination.

4:53 p.m. Senator Baldwin spoke against the Kacsmaryk nomination.

4:38 p.m. Senator Murray spoke against the Kacsmaryk nomination.

3:43 p.m Senator Cornyn spoke about border security.

3:42 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Guidry nomination on a party line tally of 53-43, with Senators Gillibrand, Harris, Hirono and Wyden not voting.

3:26 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the nomination of Greg Guidry to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana.

3:25 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Cain nomination, 76-20.

Senators voting in favor: 53 Republicans, 22 Democrats, 1 Independent: King.

Senators voting against: 19 Democrats, 1 Independent: Sanders.

Senators not voting: 4 Democrats: Gillibrand, Harris, Hirono and Wyden.

3:10 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the nomination of James Cain to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Louisiana.

3:09 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Winsor nomination, 54-42.

Senators voting in favor: 53 Republicans, 1 Democrat: Manchin.

Senators voting against: 40 Democrats, 2 Independents: King and Sanders.

Senators not voting: 4 Democrats: Gillibrand, Harris, Hirono and Wyden.

2:55 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the nomination of Allen Winsor to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Florida.

2:55 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Kacsmaryk nomination, 52-44.

Senators voting in favor; 52 Republicans.

Senators voting against: 41 Democrats, 2 Independents: King and Sanders, 1 Republican: Collins.

Senators not voting: 4 Democrats: Gillibrand, Harris, Hirono and Wyden.

2:39 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the nomination of Matthew Kacsmaryk to be US District Judge for the Northern District of Texas.

2:38 p.m. The Cairncross nomination was confirmed, 59-37.

Senators in favor: 53 Republicans, 5 Democrats (Carper, Coons, Jones, Manchin and Sinema; 1 Independent: King).

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

Senators not voting: 4 Democrats: Gillibrand, Harris, Hirono and Wyden.

2:15 p.m The Senate reconvened and began voting on confirmation of the Cairncross nomination.

12:54 p.m. The Senate recessed until 2:15 p.m. to accommodate the party luncheons.

12:52 p.m. Senator King spoke about Senator Collins’ 7000th consecutive vote.

12:50 p.m. Senator Collins spoke about her 7000th consecutive vote.

12:47 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell paid tribute to Senator Collins for her 7000th consecutive vote.

12:47 p.m. The motion to invoke cloture on the Cairncross nomination was agreed to by a vote of 59 to 37.

12:04 p.m. The Senate is now voting on the motion to invoke cloture on Sean Cairncross, of Minnesota, to be Chief Executive Officer, Millennium Challenge Corporation

11:53 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about recent deployments of U.S. troops to the Middle East. Then he spoke about the Trump Administration’s immigration policy. Lastly, he addressed election security.

11:32 a.m. Senator Smith paid tribute to staff member Alana Peterson.

11:25 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke on LGBTQ equality. Then he spoke about the Culver Center in Chicago and refugee issues.

11:20 a.m. Senator Blackburn spoke about NDAA.

10:52 a.m. Senator Blunt paid tribute to the St Louis Blues. Then he spoke about agricultural innovation.

10:44 a.m. Senator Menendez achieved UC to take up SJ Res 36, a joint resolution providing for Congressional disapproval of proposed transfer of arms to Saudi Arabia.

10:33 a.m. Senator Thune spoke about the farm economy.

10:04 a.m. ML McConnell spoke on Iran and the Middle East, he later spoke about the situation in Hong Kong, the defense authorization bill; and the Taxpayer Reform Act.

10:02 a.m. Senator Grassley spoke on age discrimination.

10:00 a.m. The Senate convened.

***

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

Following a period of morning business until 11:30 a.m., the Senate will resume consideration of Sean Cairncross to be Chief Executive Officer, Millennium Challenge Corporation.  At 12:00 Noon, the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Cairncross nomination.

The Senate will recess from 12:30 p.m. until 2:15 p.m. to allow for the weekly caucus meetings.

Tuesday at 12:00 Noon – 1 roll call vote:

1.       Cloture on Sean Cairncross, of Minnesota, to be Chief Executive Officer, Millennium Challenge Corporation

Tuesday at 2:15pm – 5 roll call votes expected:

1.       If cloture has been invoked, Confirmation of Sean Cairncross to be Chief Executive Officer, Millennium Challenge Corporation

2.       Cloture on Matthew Kacsmaryk to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Texas

3.       Cloture on Allen Winsor to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Florida

4.       Cloture on James Cain to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Louisiana

5.       Cloture on Greg Guidry to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana.

 

Majority Leader McConnell also filed cloture on the motion to proceed to S.1790, National Defense Authorization Act. The cloture vote on the motion to proceed to NDAA will occur upon disposition of the above nominations (expected on Wednesday).

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