Wednesday, March 13, 2019

7:07 p.m. Senate adjourns until 10:00 a.m.

7:05 p.m. Senator Sullivan wraps up the session for the day.  S Res 108 (re: Walter Beamon Jones) was passed by UC. HR 1 and HR 1617 had their first reading.   UC that Senate adjourn until 10:00 a.m.. Thursday.  At that time, consider HJ Res 46 with no amendments in order.

7:05 p.m. SJ Res 7 (Yemen) was agreed to 54-46.

Senators voting in favor: 45 Democrats, 7 Republicans (Daines, Lee, Moran, Murkowski, Paul and Young), 2 Independents (King and Sanders).

Senators voting against: 46 Republicans.

6:04 p.m. The Senate is now voting on final passage of S. J. Res. 7 (Yemen).

6:04 p.m. The Rubio amendment #195 was agreed to by voice vote.

6:03 p.m. The motion to table the Inhofe amendment #194 was agreed to by a vote of 52 to 48. Senators Daines, Lee, Moran, Paul, and Young. Rubio amendment #195 was agreed to by voice vote.

5:29 p.m. Roll Call vote began on a motion to table the Inhofe amendment.

5:25 p.m. Senators Inhofe and Sanders spoke on the Inhofe amendment.

5:24 p.m. The Paul amendment was agreed to by voice vote.

4:53 p.m. Senators Sullivan, Risch and Lee spoke on the Yemen resolution.

4:32 p.m. Senator Reed spoke in support of the S.J. Res. 7.

4:22 p.m. Senator Inhofe spoke about Yemen.

4:20 p.m. Senator Lee received unanimous consent for 4 votes on S.J. Res. 7, Yemen, to occur after 2 hours of debate (as late as 6:20 p.m. but likely earlier):

  1. In relation to Paul amdt 193
  2. In relation to Inhofe amdt 194
  3. In relation to Rubio amdt 195
  4. Passage of  S.J.Res.7

4:00 p.m. Senator Lee spoke about Yemen.

2:52 p.m. Senators Sanders, Murphy and Menendez spoke on S.J.Res.7 (Yemen).

2:26 p.m. Senators Barrasso, Capito, Rick Scott and Young spoke on the green new deal.

2:25 p.m. The Beach nomination was confirmed 55-44.

Senators Manchin and Sinema joined all Republicans in favor, and Senator Murray was absent.

1:45 p.m. Roll call vote began on confirmation of the Beach nomination.

1:15 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke on the Yemen resolution.

1:05 p.m. Senator Blunt spoke on the green new deal.

1:04 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Beach nomination on a party line vote of 55-43.  Senators Manchin and Sinema joined all Republicans in favor, and Senators Duckworth and Murray was absent.  The Confirmation vote is scheduled at 1:45 p.m.

12:41 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the Beach nomination.

12:40 p.m. The Rao nomination was confirmed on a party line vote of 53-46; with Senator Murray absent.

12:00 p.m. The Senate began voting on the Rao nomination.

11:40 a.m. Senator Daines spoke against the Green New Deal.

11:30 a.m. Senator Hassan spoke about border security and also spoke against the Rao nomination.

11:09 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about border security.

10:57 a.m. Senator Burr spoke about Deputy Staff Director Christian Cook.

10:32 a.m. Senator Thune spoke about climate change and the Green New Deal.

10:09 a.m. Senator Hirono spoke against the consideration of judicial nominations without the assent of home-state senators through the “blue slip” practice. She spoke against the Rao nomination.

9:54 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke against the resolution to kill the president’s emergency declaration. He spoke about the president’s 2020 federal budget request. He spoke about trade with China.

9:36 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke in favor of the Rao  nomination and other executive nominations. He spoke against the Yemen resolution. He spoke about the Green New Deal.

9:33 a.m. The Senate resumed consideration of the Rao nomination.

*****

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

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #107, Neomi Rao to  be United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit, post-cloture.

At 12:00 p.m. – 2 roll call votes:

1.      Confirmation of the Rao nomination.

2.      Cloture on Executive Calendar #98, William Beach to be Commissioner of Labor Statistics, Department of Labor.

At 1:45 p.m.- 1 roll call vote:

1.      Confirmation of the Beach nomination.

 

The Senate is also expected to consider S.J.Res.7 (Yemen) during Wednesday’s session.

 

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

7:07 p.m. The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday. Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the Rao nomination to be a U.S. Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit. The Senate is also expected to consider S.J.Res.7 (Re: Yemen) during Wednesday’s session.

Senate votes scheduled:

12:00 pm Wednesday – 2 roll call votes:

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #107, Neomi J. Rao, of the District of Columbia, to  be United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit
  2. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #98, William Beach, of Kansas, to be Commissioner of Labor Statistics, Department of Labor

1:45 pm Wednesday – 1 roll call vote:

  1. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #98, William Beach, of Kansas, to be Commissioner of Labor Statistics, Department of Labor.

6:54 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke against the Rao nomination.

6:32 p.m. Senator Van Hollen spoke on climate change.

6:20 p.m. ML McConnell began wrap up, passed: S. Res. 105, Designating March 2019 National Colorectal Cancer Month passed by u.c.; S.Res. 106, Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the United Negro College Fund, passed by u.c.; S.Res. 107, Authorizing Testimony and Representation in the United States V. Talbert, passed by u.c.; S.Res. 91, March 3, 2019 designated as World Wildlife Day, passed by voice vote as amended.

6:14 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke about climate change.

6:06 p.m. Senator Warren spoke against the Rao nomination.

5:47 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about President Jimmy Carter and medical research.

5:12 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke about President Erdogan and NBA player Enes Kanter.

4:50 p.m. Senator Lankford spoke on trade with China.

4:40 p.m. Senator Jones spoke about ending the Widow’s Tax.

4:15 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about the Accountability through Electronic Verification Act.

4:00 p.m. Senator Blumenthal spoke on the Rao nomination.

3:45 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke about the passage of the E.R.A.

3:40 p.m. Senator Barrasso  offered resolution regarding Medicare for All. Hirono objected

3:35 p.m. Senator Hirono spoke about the resolution regarding the Affordable Care Act.

3:31 p.m. The Senate invoked cloture on the Rao nomination by a vote of 53-46. Senator Murray did not vote.

3:00 p.m. The Senate is voting on the motion to invoke cloture on Neomi Rao to be a U.S. Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit.

2:59 p.m. The Senate confirmed the nomination of Paul Matey to be the U.S. Circuit Judge for the Third Circuit by a vote of 54-45.

2:30 p.m. The Senate is now voting on confirmation of Paul Matey to be the U.S. Circuit Judge for the Third Circuit.

12:28 p.m. Senator Gardner paid tribute to Sam Mammott of the Colorado Municipal League.

12:05 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the Rao nomination.

10:46 a.m. Senator Booker spoke against the Matey nomination.

10:39 a.m. Senator Thune spoke on tax reform.

10:21 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about the budget. He spoke about stock buybacks.

10:03 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the president’s 2020 budget request and about nominations. He spoke about Medicare.

*****

The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m. and resume consideration of the nomination of Paul Matey to be a United States Circuit Judge for the Third Circuit, post-cloture.

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

At 2:30 p.m. the Senate will proceed to two roll call votes:

  1. Confirmation of the Matey nomination.
  2. Cloture on the nomination of Neomi Rao to be a United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Cloture has also been filed on the nomination of William Beach to be Commissioner of Labor Statistics, Department of Labor.  The cloture vote with respect to the Beach nomination will occur following disposition of the Rao nomination.

 

Monday, March 11, 2019

7:28 p.m. The Senate adjourned.

6:56 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke about immigration and about a bill to advance equality for persons of all sexual orientations.

6:54 p.m. The Senate consented to have post-cloture time on the Matey nomination expire at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow.

By consent, the Senate passed S.Res. 103, to make March 27 National Assistive Technology Awareness Day.

S. 729, regarding federal research on climate change, was placed on the calendar under Rule XIV.

The Senate consented to meet at 10 a.m. Tuesday, to resume post-cloture consideration of the Matey nomination and to recess for weekly luncheons from 12:30 p.m. until 2:15 p.m.

6:48 p.m. Senator Boozman spoke about the American Legion.

6:25 p.m. Senator Carper spoke about immigration.

6:15 p.m. Senator Menendez spoke about the Matey nomination and the blue slip process.

6:12 p.m. Senator Isakson paid tribute to Dick Williams, a long time columnist for the Atlanta Journal Constitution, upon his retirement.

6:11 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Matey nomination on a party line vote of  50-44.

Senators not voting: 3 Republicans: Graham, Murkowski and Perdue; 2 Democrats: Manchin and Murray; 1 Independent: Sanders.

5:32 p.m. The Senate is now voting on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Paul Matey to be a US Circuit Judge for the Third Circuit.

4:52 p.m. Senator Collins spoke about The Biologic Patent Transparency Act.

4:15 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about economic theory.

3:36 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke about the resolution to terminate the president’s emergency declaration. He spoke about the president”s 2020 budget request. He spoke about nominations. He spoke about administration policy on China trade.

3:12 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about the Green New Deal.

3:03 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about the placement of holds on bills and nominations.

*****

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

At 5:30 p.m., the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Matey nomination.

Majority Leader McConnell has also filed cloture on the below nominations.  The cloture motions will be processed one at a time, after disposition of the previous nomination. Each is subject to up to thirty hours of post-cloture debate.

 Neomi Rao to be a US Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit

William Beach to be Commissioner of Labor Statistics, Department of Labor

Thursday, March 7, 2019

 

5:29 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 3 p.m. Monday, when it will resume consideration of the Matey nomination. At 5:30 p.m., cloture petitions will ripen for the Matey, Rao and Beach nominations.

5:15 p.m. During wrap-up, the Senate consented to passage of S.725, to change the address of a postal facility. By voice vote, the Senate passed S.Res.101, supporting the goals of International Women’s Day.

First reading was given for S.729, regarding climate change.

3:46 p.m. Senator Peters spoke about trade.

2:23 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell filed cloture on the following nominations:

  • Paul Matey to be US Circuit Judge for the third circuit.
  • Neomi Rao to be US Circuit Judge for the DC Circuit.
  • William Beach to be Commissioner of Labor Statistics at the Department of Labor.

2:22 p.m. The Senate confirmed the Fleming nomination, 67-30.

Senators voting in favor: 51 Republicans, 15 Democrats (Cardin, Carper, Casey, Coons, Cortez Masto, Duckworth, Feinstein, Hassan, Manchin, Murphy, Reed, Rosen, Schumer, Shaheen and Whitehouse), 1 Independent: King.

Senators voting against: 29 Democrats, 1 Independent:Sanders.

Senator not voting: 2 Republicans: Moran and Perdue, 1 Democrat: Jones.

1:43 p.m. Roll call vote began on the nomination of John Fleming to be Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development.

1:38 p.m Senator Carper spoke in favor of the nomination.

1:33 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke on the nomination process and particularly the Fleming nomination to be Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development

1:23 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke on gun background checks.

1:11 p.m Senator Grassley spoke on tax season.

1:10 p.m. The Senate confirmed the Murphy nomination on a party line vote of 52-46.

Senators Jones (D) and Perdue (R) did not vote.

12:36 p.m. The Senate began voting on the nomination of Eric Murphy to be Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit.

12:25 p.m.  Senator Brown spoke against the Murphy nomination.

11:07 a.m. Senators Tillis and Cornyn spoke on border control.

10:46 a.m. Senator Murray spoke on health care.

10:40 a.m. Senator Capito spoke in support of the Fleming nomination.

10:32 a.m. Senator Thune spoke about health care.

9:53 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about the Green New Deal. He spoke about election law. He spoke about

9:33 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell placed two measures on the calendar: H.R. 1271, regarding a Veterans Administration program for pre-medical students; H.R. 1381, regarding VA registries.

He spoke about the anti-Semitism measure in the House. He spoke about presidential nominations. He spoke about the House proposal on election law.

*****

The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m. and will resume post-cloture consideration of the nomination of Eric E. Murphy to be a United States Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit.

Two votes are scheduled:

  1. 12:30 p.m. – Confirmation of the Murphy nomination.
  2. 1:45 p.m. – Confirmation of the nomination of John Fleming to be Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development

(Leader McConnell has withdrawn the cloture petition on Fleming)

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

6:37 p.m. The Senate has adjourned until 9:30 a.m. Thursday, March 7th and will resume consideration of the Murphy nomination post-cloture.

Two votes are scheduled:

  1. 12:30 p.m. – Confirmation of the nomination of Eric E. Murphy to be a United States Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit.
  2. 1:45 p.m. – Confirmation of the nomination of John Fleming to be Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development. (McConnell withdrew the cloture petition on Fleming)

During wrap-up:

  • R. 1271, Vet HP Act, had its 1st reading.
  • R. 1381, Burn Pit Registry Enhancement Act, had its 1st reading.

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6:32 p.m. Senator Markey spoke about net neutrality.

6:14 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke about the For the People Act.

5:58 p.m. Senator Udall spoke about the For the People Act.

5:29 p.m. Senator Carper spoke about Don Young and climate change.

5:16 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke about the Alaskan of the Week, Don Young.

5:16 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Murphy nomination by a vote of 53 to 46. Senator Manchin was absent.

4:37 p.m. The Senate is now voting on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Eric E. Murphy to be a United States Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit.

4:35 p.m. The Readler nomination was confirmed by a vote of 52 to 47. Senator Collins voted NO and Senator Manchin was absent.

4:01 p.m. The Senate is now voting on the nomination of Chad A. Readler to be a United States Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit.

3:55 p.m. Senator Brown spoke against the Readler nomination.

3:42 p.m. Senator Coons paid tribute to departing staffer Franz Wuerfmannsdobler.

3:13 p.m. Senators Stabenow and Leahy spoke against the Readler nomination.

2:47 p.m. Senators Barrasso, Cramer and Boozman spoke on climate change.

2:37 p.m. Senator Markey and Democratic Leader Schumer spoke in favor of the green new deal.

2:00 p.m. Senators Young, Tillis, Blunt, Capito, Cramer and Sullivan spoke against the Green New Deal.

1:49 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about socialism and the Green New Deal.

1:39 p.m. Senator Ernst spoke against the Green New Deal.

1:26 p.m. Senator Cortez Masto spoke against the Readler nomination.

1:08 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about the Green New Deal.

12:54 p.m. Senator Peters spoke against the Readler nomination.

12:41 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about the border wall and military funding.

12:17 p.m. Senator Menendez spoke against the Readler nomination.

12:00 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke about the Readler nomination.

11:34 a.m. Senator Brown spoke about sentencing reform.

10:46 a.m. Senator Thune spoke about the Green New Deal.

10:36 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about the Green New Deal, climate change and judicial nominations.

10:06 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about judicial nominations, the Green New Deal, and the House resolution on anti-semitism.

10:03 a.m. Senator Grassley spoke about the New Deal economic policies.

*****

The Senate will convene at 10 a.m. and will resume post-cloture debate on the nomination of Chad A. Readler to be a United States Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit.

At 4 p.m., the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Readler nomination.

Following disposition of the Readler nomination, the Senate vote on cloture for the nomination of Eric E. Murphy to be a United States Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit.

Senator McConnell has also filed cloture on the nomination of John Fleming to be Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development.  The cloture vote for Fleming will follow disposition of the Murphy nomination.  Each is subject to up to thirty hours of post-cloture debate.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

 

6:10 p.m. Senator Portman spoke on the opioid epidemic in Ohio.

5:00 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke in morning business on climate change.

5:00 p.m. The motion to invoke cloture was invoked on the nomination of Chad A. Readler to the Sixth U.S. Circuit Court by a roll call vote of 53-45.

4:35 p.m. By a party-line vote of 53 to 44, the Senate confirmed the Rushing nomination.

At 4:00 p.m. the Senate will have a series of two roll call votes.

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar 15, the nomination of Allison Jones Rushing to the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court.
  2. Cloture on the nomination of Chad A. Readler to the Sixth U.S. Circuit Court

3:40 p.m. Senator Van Hollen spoke against the nomination of Chad A. Readler to the Sixth U.S. Circuit Court.

3:00 p.m. Senator Murkowski spoke on border security.

2:15 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on Senator Shelby and votes on nominations.

11:42 a.m. Senator Murphy spoke on the Affordable Care Act.

11:19 a.m. Senator Lankford spoke on the national debt.

10:50 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke about President Obama’s economic policy, taxes, diabetes and judicial nominations.

10:48 a.m. Senator Thune spoke about taxes and the economy.

10:30 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about election law, nominations, health care, the president’s emergency declaration, climate change and trade with China.

10:08 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about nominations and election law.

10:03 a.m. Senator Grassley spoke about the Green New Deal.

*****

The Senate will convene at 10 a.m. and will resume post-cloture debate on the nomination of Allison Jones Rushing to the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court.

The Senate will recess for party luncheons from 12:30 p.m. until 2:15 p.m.

At 4 p.m., there will be two votes:

— Confirmation of the Rushing nomination;

— Cloture on the nomination of Chad A. Readler to the Sixth U.S. Circuit Court.

Monday, March 4, 2019

6:39 p.m. The Senate stands adjourned until 10 a.m. Tuesday.

6:30 p.m. During wrap-up, Senator McConnell secured consent for the Senate to convene at 10 a.m., to resume post-cloture debate on the Rushing nomination, to recess for party luncheons from 12:30 p.m. until 2:15 p.m., and to conclude debate on the Rushing nomination at 4 p.m.

The Senate consented to steps to place these measures on the calendar under Rule XXII: H.R. 1112 and H.R. 8, on background checking procedures for firearms purchases; S.617, to extend certain expiring provisions of the tax code.

By consent, the Senate passed S.252, to promote Senator Dole to the rank of colonel in the U.S. Army.

By voice vote, the Senate passed S.Res.92, to designate the first week in April as National Asbestos Awareness Week.

6:25 p.m. By a vote of 52 to 43, the Senate invoked cloture on the Rushing nomination. Vote split along party lines. Not voting were: Brown, Heinrich, Murkowski, Sanders and Sinema.

5:30 p.m Roll call vote began on cloture on the Rushing nomination.

5:10 p.m. Senators Jones and Isakson spoke about the tornadoes in Alabama.

5:02 p.m. Senator Ernst spoke about Russia.

4:37 p.m. Senator Wicker spoke about Russia.

4:29 p.m. Senator Alexander spoke about border control.

3:59 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about border control.

3:48 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about Tornado relief in Alabama and Georgia, nominations, election law, and Democratic legislative initiatives.

3:29 p.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about judicial nominations, the president’s emergency declaration, climate change and trade.

*****

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

Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of Allison Rushing,  Executive Calendar #15, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fourth Circuit.

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

 

5:30pm Monday, March 4th – 1 roll call vote:

1)      Motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Allison Rushing to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fourth Circuit.

 

Cloture has also been filed on the following nominations:

1)           Executive Calendar #17, Chad Readler to be United States Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit.

2)           Executive Calendar #18, Eric Murphy to be United States Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit.

3)           Executive Calendar #11, John Fleming to be Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development.

If cloture is invoked on any of the nominations, there would be up to 30 hours of debate prior to a vote on confirmation of the nomination, before proceeding to a cloture vote on the next nomination.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

The Senate adjourned at 6:17 p.m. and will reconvene at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, March 4. They will resume consideration of the nomination of Allison Rushing to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Fourth Circuit. A vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination will occur at 5:30 p.m.

During wrap up:

Read for the first time:

  • S. 617-Tax Extender and Disaster Relief Act
  • H.R. 8-Bipartisan Background checks act

Passed by voice vote:

Concurred in the House amendment to S.483, PRIA

S.Res.43, honoring the 150th anniversary of the establishment of Lindsborg, Kansas.

S.Res.86, providing for members on the part of the Senate of the Joint Committee on Printing and the Joint Committee of Congress on the Library.

S.Res.87, authorizing the printing of a collection of the rules of the committees of the Senate.

S.Res.88, designating March 1, 2019, as “Read Across America Day”.

S.Res.89, expressing the condolences of the Senate and honoring the memory of the victims of the mass shooting in Aurora, Illinois on February 15, 2019.

S.Res.90, designating February 28 2019, as “Rare Disease Day”.

S. Con. Res.6, authorizing the printing of a commemorative document in memory of the late President of the United States George Herbert Walker Bush.

S.Con.Res.7, authorizing the printing of the 26th edition of the pocket version of the Constitution of the United States.

Nominations confirmed by voice vote:

Exec. Cal. #81 – Lt. Gen. Michael X. Garrett to be General

Exec. Cal. #82 – Col. Timothy J. Donnellan to be Brigadier General

Exec. Cal. #83 – Col. Stephen J. Mallette to be Brigadier General

Exec. Cal. #84 – The following to be Rear Admiral (Lower Half):

Capt. Scott M. Brown

Capt. Casey J. Moton

Capt. Stephen R. Tedford

Capt. Eric H. Verhage

Exec. Cal. #85 – The following to be Rear Admiral (Lower Half):

Capt. Jeffrey T. Anderson

Capt. Stephen D. Barnett

Capt. Michael W. Baze

Capt. Richard T. Brophy, Jr.

Capt. Anthony C. Carullo

Capt. Robert B. Chadwick, II

Capt. Jeffrey J. Czerewko

Capt. Michael P. Donnelly

Capt. Christopher M. Engdahl

Capt. Robert M. Gaucher

Capt. Daniel P. Martin

Capt. John V. Menoni

Capt. Curt A. Renshaw

Capt. Scott F. Robertson

Capt. Milton J. Sands, III

Capt. Paul C. Spedero, Jr.

Capt. Christopher J. Sweeney

Capt. Jeromy B. Williams

Exec. Cal. #86 – Lt. Gen. VeraLinn Jamieson to be Lieutenant General

5:48 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke about the Alaskan of the week.

4:52 p.m. Senator Peters spoke about the Wheeler nomination.

3:47 p.m. Senator Stabenow and Senator Hirono spoke about women’s medical health.

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

2:58 p.m. Senator Isakson spoke about disaster relief.

2:56 p.m. Senator Schumer paid tribute to Senate staffer Bruce King.

2:40 p.m. Senator Portman spoke about Otto Warmbier and also spoke about China and education.

2:15 p.m. Senator Leahy spoke about the Budget.

2:00 p.m. ML McConnell filed cloture on Executive Calendar #15 Allison Rushing to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Fourth Circuit; on Executive Calendar #17 Chad Readler to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit; Executive Calendar #18 Eric Murphy to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit; and on Executive Calendar #11 John Fleming to be Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development.

1:46 p.m. Senator Alexander spoke about the border security emergency declaration.

1:45 p.m. The Senate confirmed the Ryder nomination by voice vote.

1:35 p.m. Senator Alexander spoke on the Ryder nomination to be a member of the board of directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority.

1:08 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke on tax extenders.

1:07 p.m. By a vote of 52-47 the Senate confirmed Andrew Wheeler to be administrator of the EPA. Senator Collins joined Democrats and voted no. Senator Sinema did not vote.

12:29 p.m. Senator Carper spoke against the Wheeler nomination.

12:15 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on socialism.

11:25 p.m. Senators Whitehouse, Heinrich, Markey, Merkley, Schatz, and Carper spoke about climate change.

11:15 a.m. Senator Schumer spoke about a climate change resolution and also spoke against the Wheeler nomination.

10:58 a.m. Senator Collins spoke in favor of the resolution disapproving of the emergency declaration.

10:47 a.m. Senator Udall spoke in favor of the measure to oppose President Trump’s emergency declaration.

10:37 a.m. Senator Thune spoke about the economy.

10:27 a.m. Senator Schumer spoke about the North Korea summit.

10:05 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the president’s summit conference with North Korea’s leader. He spoke about executive nominations. He spoke about Democratic policy issues.

10:03 a.m. Senator Grassley spoke about Senate procedure for considering  executive nominations.

* * * * *

The Senate will convene at 10 a.m. and will resume post-cloture debate on the nomination of Andrew Wheeler to be administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

A confirmation vote on the Wheeler nomination will occur at 12:30 p.m.

Following that vote the Senate will begin debate on the nomination of John L. Ryder to be a member of the board of directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority. A confirmation vote on that nomination will occur at 1:45 p.m.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

7:00 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will reconvene at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 28. They will resume post cloture debate on the nomination of Andrew Wheeler to be EPA Administrator. A confirmation vote on the nomination will occur at 12:30 p.m. Following that vote the Senate will begin debate on the nomination of John Ryder to be a member of the board of directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority. A confirmation vote on that nomination will occur at 1:45 p.m.

Passed during wrap up:

  • S. Res. 83-Designating February 2019 as American Heart month
  • S. Res. 84-Celebrating Black History Month

6:48 p.m. Senator Carper spoke mercury and air pollution and also spoke against the Wheeler nomination.

6:37 p.m. Senator Kaine spoke about Venezuela.

6:20 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke about climate change.

6:05 p.m. Senator Hirono spoke against the Wheeler nomination.

5:44 p.m. Senator Markey spoke about climate change and the Green New Deal.

5:43 p.m. Senator McConnell withdrew the cloture motion to the nomination of John Ryder to be a member of the board of directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority.

5:27 p.m. Senator Udall spoke against the Wheeler nomination.

5:02 p.m. Senator Van Hollen spoke against the Wheeler nomination.

4:52 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke against the Wheeler nomination.

4:46 p.m. Senator Shaheen paid tribute to her departing chief of Staff Maura Heath.

4:35 p.m. Senator Cotton paid tribute to two medal of honor winners who passed away recently, Air Force Colonel Joe Jackson and Army Colonel Charles Kettles.

4:24 p.m. Senator Casey spoke against the Wheeler nomination.

4:15 p.m. Senators Fischer and Sasse paid tribute to the University of Nebraska on its 150th anniversary; and passed by unanimous consent S Res 82 recognizing that anniversary.

4:05 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke against the Wheeler nomination.

3:33 p.m. Senator Hirono spoke against the Wheeler nomination.

3:16 p.m. Senator Perdue spoke about Hurricane Michael.

3:03 p.m. Senator Schatz spoke about the Blue slip process.

2:51 p.m. Senator Blunt asked u.c. to pass S.Res. 70, An original resolution authorizing expenditures by committees of the Senate for the periods March 1, 2019 through September 30, 2019, October 1, 2019 through September 30, 2020, and October 1, 2020 through February 28, 2021; and H.Con. Res. 21, Directing the Secretary of the Senate to make a correction in the enrollment of the bill S. 47.

2:00 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke about climate change, as part of his “time to wake up” series.  On this occasion, he engaged in a colloquy with Senators King, Klobuchar, Leahy and Tester about a letter six Senators wrote in 1986 about studying climate change.

1:44 p.m. Senator Murphy spoke on firearm legislation.

1:35 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke supporting the Wheeler nomination.

1:18 p.m. Senator Carper spoke against the Wheeler nomination.

1:17 p.m. The Senate invoked cloture on the Wheeler nomination by a vote of 52-46. Senators Scott of FL and Sinema did not vote.

12:57 p.m. The Senate began voting on the motion to invoke cloture on the Wheeler nomination.

12:55 p.m. The Desmond nomination was confirmed by a vote of 83-15. Voting no: Booker, Duckworth, Gillibrand, Harris, Hirono, Klobuchar, Markey, Menendez, Merkley, Reed, Sanders, Schatz, Schumer, Warren and Whitehouse. Not voting: Scott of FL and Sinema.

12:15 p.m. Senator Menendez spoke against the Desmond nomination.

12:11 p.m. Senator Murray spoke against the Neomi Rao nomination.

12:01 p.m. Senator Stabenow spoke against the Wheeler nomination.

11:55 a.m. Senator Lankford spoke about nomination procedure.

11:35 a.m. Senator Grassley spoke about tax returns.

11:23 a.m. Senator Perdue joined in the colloquy on nominations procedure.

11:11 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about Senate procedure on nominations.

10:59 a.m. Senator Ernst spoke on nominations.

10:39 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke on climate change and the green new deal, and later on the cost of prescription drugs; introducing his “pharma fleece award.”

10:35 a.m. Senator Thune spoke on the green new deal.

10:22 a.m. Democratic Leader Schumer spoke on the green new deal and climate change; and later on President Trumps trip to Asia.

10:02 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke on the Desmond nomination, nominations in general,  and the green new deal.

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The Senate will convene at 10 a.m. and will resume-post-cloture consideration of  the nomination of Michael J. Desmond, of California, to be Chief Counsel for the Internal Revenue Service and an Assistant General Counsel in the Department of the Treasury.

At 12:15 there will be two roll call votes:
1. Confirmation of the Desmond nomination.

2. Cloture on the nomination of Andrew Wheeler to be Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Senator McConnell has filed cloture on the following nomination:

— John L. Ryder, of Tennessee, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority.

The cloture motion on the Ryder nomination will ripen upon disposition of the Ryder nomination. Each nomination is subject to up to 30 hours of post-cloture debate.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

6:41 p.m. Senator Brown spoke on climate change and the green new deal.

6:35 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke on climate change.

6:23 p.m. Senator Markey spoke on climate change.

6:10 p.m. Senator Carper spoke on climate change.

6:05 p.m. The Senate agreed to the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Michael Desmond by a vote of 84-15.

5:30 p.m. The nomination of Eric Miller to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit was agreed to by a roll call vote of 53-46. Party line. Sinema absent.

The Senate immediately began voting on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Michael Desmond.

4:53 p.m. The Senate began voting on confirmation of Eric Miller to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit.

4:35 p.m. Senator Cortez Masto spoke against the Miller nomination.

4:24 p.m. Senator Blumenthal spoke against the Miller nomination.

3:58 p.m. Senator Tester spoke against the Miller nomination.

3:45 P.M. Senator Murray spoke against the Miller nomination.

3:52 p.m. Senator Udall spoke against the Miller nomination.

3:43 p.m. Senator Klobuchar spoke against the Miller nomination.

3:33 p.m. Senator Tillis spoke on border security.

3:11 p.m. Senators Murphy and Coons spoke against the Miller nomination.

2:58 p.m. Senator Cruz paid tribute to Texas fight for independence ahead of the anniversary of that event on March 2; 183 years ago.

2:48 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke against the Miller nomination.

2:16 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on S. 311 and later on prescription drugs.

2:15 p.m The Senate returned from the recess.

12:44 p.m. The Senate recessed until 2:15 p.m.

12:20 p.m. Senator Cantwell spoke against the Miller nomination.

12:12 p.m. Senator Tim Scott spoke on the born-alive bill.

11:51 a.m. Senator Leahy spoke about the president’s emergency declaration.

10:44 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke about the abortion bill. He spoke about the recent mass shooting in Illinois.

10:40 a.m. Senator Thune spoke about the abortion bill.

10:22 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about the House vote on the president’s emergency declaration. He spoke about income inequality. He spoke about climate change. He spoke about the president’s negotiations with North Korea.

10:02 a.m.  Majority Leader McConnell spoke about yesterday’s abortion vote. He spoke about the Miller nomination. He spoke about the charges of voting fraud in a North Carolina congressional election.

*****

The Senate will convene at 10 a.m. and will resume post-cloture consideration of the nomination of Eric Miller to be a U.S. Circuit Judge for the 9th Circuit. (The Senate invoked cloture shortly after 6:30 p.m. Monday.)

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

Note: cloture has also been filed on the following nominations:

  1. Michael J. Desmond, CA, to be Chief Counsel for the Internal Revenue Service and an Assistant General Counsel in the Department of the Treasury.
  2. Andrew Wheeler, VA, to be Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.
  3. John L. Ryder, TN, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority.

 

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