Monday April 1, 2019

7:18 p.m. The Senate adjourned.

7:09 p.m. Senator Perdue spoke on the disaster spending bill.

7:04 p.m. Senator Isakson paid tribute to Woody Woodside.

7:00 p.m. ML McConnell wraps up the Senate for the evening.  He filed cloture on the nominations : ML McConell filed cloture on the following: Jeffrey Kessler to be Asst Secretary of Commerce Roy Altman to be US District Judge for the Southern District of Florida.  The following was passed by UC: SRes 133, honoring Elizabeth Smith Friedman Kritanalis.  UC was also achieved that when the Senate adjourns it reconvene on Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. and resume consideration of the motion to proceed to S Res 50, and that the Senate recess from 12:30 – 2:15 p.m.

6:59 p.m. Cloture was not invoked on HR 268 by  a party line tally of 46-48.

Senators not voting: Burr, Harris, Lee, McSally, Sullivan and Toomey.

6:16 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on HR 268, the emergency supplemental appropriations act.

6:15 p.m. Cloture was not invoked (44-49) on the Shelby substitute amdt to HR 268, the emergency supplemental appropriations bill.

Senators in favor: 43 Republicans, 1 Democrat: Jones.

Senators voting against: 44 Democrats, 4 Republicans (Braun, Enzi, McConnell (only changed vote to no in order to offer motion to reconsider)and Paul); 2 Independents: King and Sanders.

Senators not voting: 6 Republicans: Burr, Cassidy, Lee, McSally, Sullivan and Toomey.

5:30 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the Shelby substitute amendment #201

5:06 p.m. Senators Leahy and Shelby spoke about the disaster spending bill.

4:51 p.m. Senator Isakson spoke about the Senate rules change and the disaster spending bill.

4:39 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke about the disaster spending bill, healthcare, and the Senate rules change.

4:24 p.m. Senator Alexander spoke about the rules change.

3:37 p.m. ML McConnell spoke on the disaster spending bill.

3:03 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke on the disaster spending bill, aluminum and steel tariffs, and nomination holds.

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The Senate will convene at 3:00 p.m.

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R.268, making supplemental appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019.

Cloture has been filed on the Shelby substitute amendment #201 and on the underlying bill H.R.268.

At 5:30pm, the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Shelby substitute amendment #201. If cloture is not invoked, the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on H.R.268.

 

Cloture has also been filed on the motion to proceed to S.Res.50, related to procedures for the consideration of nominations in the Senate.

If cloture is not invoked on the substitute amendment #201 or H.R.268, the cloture motion on the motion to proceed to S.Res.50 will ripen at 2:15 p.m. Tuesday, April 2nd.

 

At 5:30 p.m., Monday April 1st – up to 2 roll call votes:

1)      Motion to invoke cloture on Shelby substitute amendment #201; if cloture is not invoked, then

2)      Motion to invoke cloture on H.R.268, Supplemental Appropriations

 

Thursday, March 28, 2019

4:32 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will reconvene at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, April 1. They will resume consideration of H.R. 268 with vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Shelby substitute at 5:30 p.m.

4:05 p.m. Senator Murkowski spoke about a retiring staffer.

3:42 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke about government corruption.

3:38 p.m. The following bills were passed by voice vote:

  • H.R. 276-Direct the Secreatry of Education to establish the Recognizing Inspiring School Employees Award
  • S. Res. 69-March 29, 2019 as Vietnam Veterans Day
  • S. Res. 100-Recognizing the heritage, culture and contributions of American Indian, Alaskan Native and Native Hawaiian women in the U.S.
  • S.Res. 118-Recognizing the importance of paying tribute to those individuals who have retired from the Armed Forces.
  • S. Res. 124-Condemning the terrorist attacks in Christ Church, New Zealand.

3:15 p.m. Senator McConnell filed cloture on H.R. 268, the supplemental appropriations for FY 2019. He also filed cloture on the MTP to S. Res. 50, a resolution improving procedures for the consideration of nominations in the Senate.

2:24 p.m. Senator Lankford spoke about Women’s History Month and the budget.

2:16 p.m. Senator Lee spoke about Brexit.

2:14 p.m. The Nason nomination was confirmed by a vote of 95 to 1. Senator Sanders voted NO. Senators Booker, Moran, Stabenow, and Sullivan were absent.

1:40 p.m. The Senate is now voting on confirmation of Nicole Nason, to be Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration.

1:28 p.m. Senator Carper spoke in support of the Nason nomination.

1:24 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke in support of the Nason nomination.

1:11 p.m. Senator Tester spoke about health care.

12:40 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about healthcare.

12:03 p.m. Senator Klobuchar spoke about election transparency and the Mueller report.

11:42 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the supplemental spending bill.

11:31 a.m. Senator Menendez spoke about Puerto Rico.

11:13 a.m. Senator Grassley spoke about whistle blowers.

10:56 a.m. Dem Leader Schumer spoke about healthcare and the supplemental spending bill.

10:32 a.m. Senator Thune spoke about the economy.

10:21 a.m. Senator Leahy spoke about the Mueller report. He spoke about disaster relief.

10:14 a.m. Senator McConnell filed cloture on his substitute amendment, #201, to the supplemental spending bill. Senator McConnell filled the amendment tree.

10:13 a.m. By voice vote, the Senate passed the motion to proceed to the fiscal year 2019 supplemental appropriation (H.R. 268) and consented to withdraw Amendments #5 and #6. Senator Shelby called up his amendment, #201.

10:12 a.m. Using Rule XIV procedures Senator McConnell placed on the floor H.R. 279, on recognition of the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana.

10:03 a.m. Senator McConnell spoke about flooding in Kentucky. He spoke about the Green New Deal and about Democratic proposals on election law, and the makeup of the Supreme Court.

10:02 a.m. Senator Grassley spoke about flood warnings in the Midwest.

***

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

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to H.R.268, the supplemental appropriations for FY 2019.

At that time, we expect the motion to proceed to be adopted by voice vote. The Senate will then begin consideration of H.R.268.

At 1:30 p.m., the Senate will proceed to the consideration of Executive Calendar #9, Nicole Nason, to be Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration, with 15 minutes equally divided followed by a vote on confirmation of the Nason nomination.

Thursday at 1:45pm – 1 roll call vote

1.      Confirmation of Executive Calendar #9, Nicole Nason, of New York, to be Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

6:33 p.m. The Senate adjourned.

6:30 p.m. ML McConnell wrapped up for the evening. UC to have a vote at 1:45 p.m on the nomination of Nicole Nason to be Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration.
Done by Unanimous consent in wrap up:

Passed S.590: to award Congressional Gold Medals to Katherine Johnson and Dr. Christine Darden, to posthumously award Congressional Gold Medals to Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson, and to award a Congressional Gold Medal to honor all of the women who contributed to the success of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration during the Space Race.

Adopted S.Res.125: designating March 2019, as “National Women’s History Month”.

 

Adopted S.Res.126: expressing support for the designation of the week of March 25 through March 29, 2019, as “Public Schools Week”.

 

Adopted S.Res.127: recognizing the contributions of AmeriCorps members and alumni to the lives of the people of the United States.

Began the Rule 14 process to place H.R.297, Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians Restoration Act of 2019, on the Legislative Calendar of Business.

 

5:51 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke on nominations.

5:29 p.m. Senator Casey spoke on child care.

4:15 p.m. Senator Portman spoke about career and technical education.

2:36 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke about the green new deal.

2:31 p.m. Senator Blunt spoke about women’s history month.

2:23 p.m. Senator Cotton spoke on the green new deal.

2:01 p.m. Senators Ernst, Capito and Boozman paid tribute to Women’s History Month.

1:49 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke on the Dream Act, which he will reintroduce today.

12:30 p.m. Senator Menendez spoke about climate change and nominations.

12:12 p.m. Senator Klobuchar spoke about climate change.

11:46 p.m. Senator Leahy spoke about disaster relief.

10:59 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the green new deal.

10:47 a.m. Senator Toomey spoke about the Sikh holiday of Vaisakhi.

10:36 a.m. Senator Thune spoke about the Green New Deal.

10:16 a.m. Democratic Leader Schumer spoke on health care, the green new deal, the Mueller report and Puerto Rico.

9:49 a.m. Senator Feinstein spoke on the Mueller report.

9:47 a.m. Senator Feinstein asked unanimous consent that the Mueller report be released in full at some point.  ML McConnell objected.

9:36 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke on the green new deal and other Democratic priorities, and later on the pending supplemental.

9:33 a.m. Senator Grassley spoke about the green new deal.

9:30 a.m. The Senate convened.

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The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m. and resume consideration of the motion to proceed to a bill making supplemental appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019 (H.R. 268, Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2019), post-cloture.

The Senate expects to adopt the motion to proceed to H.R.268 during Wednesday’s session of the Senate.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

8:07 p.m. The Senate has adjourned and will next convene at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 27th. Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to H.R. 268, Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2019, post-cloture.

During wrap-up:

  1. Res. 68, Designating April 5, 2019 as “Gold Star Wives Day”, was passed by unanimous consent.
  2. Res. 72, Honoring the 100th Anniversary of Fort Benning in Columbus, Georgia, was passed by unanimous consent.
  3. Res. 117, Designating March 22, 2019 as “National Rehabilitation Counselors Appreciation Day”, was passed by voice vote.

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6:35 p.m. Senator Klobuchar spoke about the Affordable Care Act.

5:52 p.m. Senator Perdue spoke about H.R. 268.

5:33 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about the Green New Deal.

5:18 p.m. Senator Fischer spoke about the floods in Nebraska.

5:16 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the motion to proceed to H.R. 268 by a vote of 90 to 10. Senators Braun, Crapo, Enzi, Inhofe, Johnson, Lankford, Lee, Paul, Risch and Toomey voted NO.

4:51 p.m. The Senate is now voting on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R. 268, Supplemental Appropriations Bill for 2019.

4:50 p.m. Cloture was not invoked on the motion to proceed to S.J. Res. 8 by a vote of 0 to 57. 43 Senators voted present.

4:17 p.m. The Senate is now voting on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to  SJ Res 8, The Green New Deal.

4:15 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke about climate change.

4:02 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke about climate change and asked unanimous consent that the Senate pass S. Res. 97, A Resolution establishing the select committee on the climate crisis. Senator Barrasso objected.

3:55 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke about the Green New Deal.

3:48 p.m. Senator Carper spoke about climate change and asked unanimous consent that the Senate pass S.J. Res. 9, Senator Barrasso objected.

3:32 p.m. Senator Hirono spoke about climate change.

3:27 p.m. Senator Warren spoke about climate change.

3:21 p.m. Senator Ernst spoke about the flooding in Iowa.

3:09 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke about climate change.

3:02 p.m. Senator Cortez Masto spoke about climate change.

2:46 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the Green New Deal.

2:45 p.m. The Bade nomination was confirmed by a vote of 78 to 21. Senators Bennet, Brown, Cardin, Carper, Coons, Duckworth, Durbin, Feinstein, Hassan, Heinrich, Jones, Kaine, Leahy, Manchin, Murphy, Reed, Rosen, Schatz, Shaheen, Sinema, Tester, Van Hollen, Warner, and Whitehouse voted YES. Senator Udall did not vote.

2:15 p.m. The Senate is now voting on confirmation of Bridget Bade to be a circuit judge on the 9th circuit.

1:07 p.m. The Senate stands in recess until 2:15 p.m. to accommodate the weekly caucus lunches.

12:27 p.m. Senators Van Hollen, Stabenow, Schatz, Heinrich, and Markey spoke about climate change.

12:22 p.m. Senator Murray spoke about climate change.

12:08 p.m. Senator Lee spoke against the Green New Deal.

11:50 a.m. Senator Cantwell spoke about renewable energy.

11:33 a.m. Senator Murkowski spoke against the Green New Deal.

11:23 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke about climate change.

10:53 a.m. Senator Casey spoke about climate change.

10:45 a.m. Senator Thune spoke against the Green New Deal

10:35 a.m. Senator Roberts spoke against the Green New Deal.

10:26 a.m. DL Schumer spoke about preexisting conditions and the Green New Deal.

10:10 a.m. ML McConnell spoke about the Green New Deal.

*****

The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m. and resume consideration of the nomination of Bridget Bade to be a circuit judge on the 9th circuit, post cloture.

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

At 2:15 p.m., the Senate will vote on confirmation of Bade nomination.

At 4:00 p.m. the Senate will have up to two roll call votes:

  1. Cloture on the motion to proceed to SJ Res 8; the green new deal.
  2. If cloture is not invoked on the motion to proceed to SJ Res 8, vote on cloture on motion to proceed to HR 268 (supplemental appropriations).

 

Monday, March 25, 2019

7:20 p.m. The Senate adjourned.

7:02 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke on climate change.

6:12 p.m Senators Whitehouse and Reed spoke on climate change.

6:10 p.m. ML McConnell laid out the schedule for Tuesday.   UC that Senate vote on confirmation of Bade nomination at 2:15 p.m.; and on cloture on the motions to proceed to  SJ Res 8 (green new deal) and HR 268 (supplemental appropriations) at 4:00 p.m.  Further UC that the Senate take up and pass S. 863, clarifying the grade and pay of podiatrists at the Veterans Affairs Department.  He then achieved UC that the Senate adjourn following the remarks of Democratic Senators, and next convene at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday.

6:09 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Bade nomination by a tally of 77-20.

Senators voting against: 19 Democrats: Baldwin, Blumenthal, Booker, Cantwell, Casey, Cortez-Masto, Gillibrand, Harris, Hirono, Klobuchar, Markey, Menendez, Merkley, Murray, Peters, Schumer, Smith, Stabenow and Wyden; 1 Independent: Sanders.

Senators not voting: 2 Democrats (Udall and Warren); 1 Republican (Inhofe).

5:33 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the Bade nomination.

5:21 p.m. Senator Carper spoke on the green new deal.

5:14 p.m. Senator Isakson spoke on the emergency supplemental.

5:08 p.m. Senator Peters spoke on the green new deal.

4:50 p.m. Democratic Leader Schumer spoke on the Mueller report and the green new deal.  He later asked UC to take up and pass H Con Res 24, making the Mueller report public. Majority Leader McConnell objected.

4:39 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke on the Mueller report and the green new deal.

3:47 p.m. Senator Alexander spoke about the green new deal.

3:32 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on the Mueller report and the green new deal.

3:03 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke on the flooding in Iowa.

3:00 p.m. The Senate convened.

*****

The Senate will convene at 3:00 p.m. and will resume consideration of the nomination of Bridget Bade to be a US Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit.

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

ML McConnell also filed cloture on motions to proceed to SJ Res 8 (green new deal) and HR 268 (supplemental appropriations).  Those cloture motions will ripen in order, following disposition of the previous item.  Each is subject to up to 30 hours of post-cloture debate, if cloture is invoked.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

The Senate convened for the last pro forma session of the recess at 2:10 p.m, Senator Blackburn presided and no business was conducted.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

The Senate met for a pro forma session at 9:30 a.m. Senator Sasse presided, and no business was transacted.

 

 

Friday, March 15, 2019

11:02 a.m. The Senate met in pro forma session, Senator Roberts presiding.

The Senate will convene for pro forma sessions on the following days, with no business being conducted:

  • Tuesday, March 19th at 9:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, March 21st at 2:10 p.m.

Monday, March 25, 2019

  • The Senate will convene at 3:00 p.m. and resume consideration of the nomination of Bridget Bade to be a US Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit.
  • At 5:30 p.m., the Senate will proceed to a cloture vote on the Bade nomination.

 

  • ML McConnell also filed cloture on motions to proceed to SJ Res 8 (green new deal) and HR 268 (supplemental appropriations).  Those cloture motions will ripen in order, following disposition of the previous item.  Each is subject to up to 30 hours of post-cloture debate, if cloture is invoked.

 

Lynch award winners 2019

WASHINGTON – Dan Freedman of Hearst Newspapers and Sam Brodey of MinnPost are co-winners of the 2018 David Lynch Memorial Regional Reporting Award.

 

They won the prize for stories on sexual harassment in the congressional delegations they cover. The judges said Freedman and Brodey “exemplified the ideal traits of regional congressional reporting,” serving as an accountability watchdog of their delegations and finding deep local implications in one of the defining stories of our time. The panel also cited Nick Grube of the Honolulu Civil Beat for honorable mention.

 

The Lynch Award honors daily print journalism that explains how actions in Congress touch the local community. Judges look for thorough and incisive coverage, clear writing, and the reporter’s ability to explain complex subjects to a hometown audience.

 

Freedman and Brodey (who recently moved to The Daily Beast) will share a $2,000 prize. They will be honored tonight at the 75th annual dinner of the Washington Press Club Foundation. The foundation co-sponsors the annual award with the Standing Committee of Correspondents, the governing body of the Congressional press corps.

 

The late David Lynch was a longtime member of the Congressional Press Galleries. He covered Congress for the Buffalo News and for bureaus that served dailies from New England to Alaska.  After Lynch’s death in 1998 from colon cancer, his family, friends and colleagues raised money to establish the award in his name.

 

The judges were: Tom Ferraro, formerly of Thomson-Reuters; Seung Min Kim of The Washington Post; Paul Singer of the New England Center for Investigative Reporting; David Lightman of McClatchy Newspapers and Carl Weiser of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

 

Links to Freedman: https://www.ctpost.com/news/article/Esty-under-scrutiny-over-handling-of-alleged-abuse-12791993.php

https://www.ctpost.com/news/article/Esty-staffers-dismayed-by-her-response-to-abuse-12802787.php

https://www.ctpost.com/news/article/Source-says-Esty-downplayed-investigation-of-12805660.php

https://www.ctpost.com/news/article/DC-Buzz-Esty-interview-Part-II-12826476.php

Brodey:  https://www.minnpost.com/politics-policy/2018/07/rep-rick-nolan-s-legislative-director-left-office-amid-multiple-sexual-haras/

 

Information: John Mulligan, Senate Press Gallery (202) 224-0241

Thursday, March 14, 2019

4:00 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about Sunshine week.

3:40 p.m. Senator Murkowski spoke about the Iditarod race.

3:18 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke about the making the Mueller report public and asked UC that H.Con. Res. 24 be agreed to by voice vote. Senator Graham objected. Senator Graham asked to include an amendment that appoints special counsel to investigate Department of Justice misconduct. Senator Schumer objected.

2:56 p.m. Senator Fischer spoke about the storms in the Midwest and about the sacrifices of troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

2:55 p.m. ML McConnell filed cloture on the motion to proceed to Cal.#15, H.R.268, Disaster Supplemental Appropriations.

2:54 p.m. ML McConnell filed cloture on the motion to proceed to Cal. #27, S.J.Res.8, Green New Deal.

2:53 p.m. ML McConnell filed cloture on Executive Calendar #20 Bridget Bade to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit.

2:53 p.m. By a vote of 59-41, the Senate adopted H.J.Res.46, the Emergency Declaration resolution of disapproval. Republicans voting in favor of the resolution (12): Senators Alexander, Blunt, Collins, Lee, Moran, Murkowski, Paul, Portman, Romney, Rubio, Toomey, & Wicker.

2:15 p.m. The Senate is voting on adoption of H.J.Res.46, the Emergency Declaration resolution of disapproval.

1:45 p.m. Senator Lankford spoke about the emergency declaration.

1:37 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke about the emergency declaration.

1:20 p.m. Senator Portman spoke about the emergency declaration.

1:11 p.m. Senator Brown spoke on deregulation.

1:04 p.m. Senator Tester spoke about the emergency declaration.

12:54 p.m. Senator Kaine spoke about the emergency declaration and also paid tribute to a departing staffer.

12:45 p.m Senator Reed spoke about Liberia.

12:44 p.m. Senator McConnell announced that the vote on H. J. Res 46-relating to the emergency declaration will occur at 2:15, if time is not yielded back.

12:40 p.m. Senator Shaheen spoke about the emergency declaration.

12:22 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the emergency declaration.

11:55 a.m. Senator Bennett spoke in favor of the resolution overturning the emergency declaration.

11:37 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke about drug prices.

11:18 a.m. Senator Cotton spoke supporting the emergency declaration.

11:05 a.m. Senator Leahy spoke in favor of the resolution to overturn the emergency declaration.

10:57 a.m. Senator Collins spoke in favor of the resolution to overturn the emergency declaration.

10:45 a.m. Senator Udall spoke in favor of the resolution to overturn the emergency declaration.

10:39 a.m. Senator Alexander spoke against the emergency declaration.

10:26 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke against the emergency declaration. He spoke about the trade talks with China.

10:03 a.m. Under Rule XIV, the Senate placed a bill regarding Russia on the calendar.

Majority Leader McConnell spoke against the resolution to disapprove of the president’s emergency declaration. He spoke about border security.

Senator McConnell also paid tribute to “Stew” — his departing communications director and deputy chief of staff, Don Stewart.

 

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The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m.

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will begin consideration of H.J.Res 46, relating to a national emergency declared by the President on February 15, 2019.

No amendments will be in order to the joint resolution.

There will be an effort to vote on passage of H.J.Res.46 at 1:45 p.m.

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