Wednesday, March 10, 2021

7:03 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will reconvene at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 11. They will resume consideration of the motion to discharge from the Finance Committee the nomination of Xavier Bacerra to be Secretary of Health and Human Services. A vote on the motion to discharge will occur at 12:00 noon. There will be a cloture vote on the nomination of Deb Haaland to be Secretary of Interior at 1:30 p.m.

6:40 p.m. Sullivan spoke about the Regan nomination.

6:07 p.m. Senator Schumer made a motion to discharge the nomination of Xavier Bacerra from the Senate Finance Committee. There will be four hours of debate. The vote on the motion to discharge will occur at 12:00 noon on Thursday.

6:05 p.m. By a vote of 66-34 the Regan nomination was confirmed. Republicans voting aye: Braun, Burr, Collins, Cramer, Fischer, Graham, Grassley, Hyde-Smith, Lee, Murkowski, Portman, Romney, Rounds, Rubio, Tillis, Wicker.

5:15 p.m. The Senate began voting on confirmation of the Regan nomination.

4:58 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about China.

4:43 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about Justice Department nominations.

4:26 p.m. Senator Moran spoke about the voting rights bill.

4:17 p.m. Senator Burr spoke about the Regan nomination.

4:03 Senator Kaine spoke about the Covid bill.

3:55 p.m. Senator Capito spoke about the Regan nomination.

3:25 p.m. Senator Carper spoke about the Regan nomination.

3:24 p.m. By a vote of 65-35 cloture was invoked on the Regan nomination. Republicans voting aye: Braun, Burr, Collins, Cramer, Fischer, Graham, Grassley, Hyde-Smith, Lee, Murkowski, Portman, Romney, Rounds, Tillis, Wicker.

2:50 p.m. The Senate began voting on cloture on the nomination of Michael Regan to be EPA Administrator.

2:47 p.m. By a vote of 70-30 the Garland nomination was confirmed. Republicans voting aye: Blunt, Burr, Capito, Cassidy, Collins, Cornyn, Ernst, Graham, Grassley, Inhofe, Johnson, Lankford, McConnell, Moran, Murkowski, Portman, Romney, Rounds, Thune, Tillis.

2:15 p.m. The Senate reconvened and began voting on the Garland nomination to be Attorney General.

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

12:38 p.m. By a vote of 66-34 the Fudge nomination was confirmed. Republicans voting aye: Blunt, Capito, Collins, Cramer, Graham, Grassley, Hoeven, McConnell, Moran, Murkowski, Portman, Romney, Rounds, Scott (SC), Sullivan, Young.

12:00 p.m. The Senate began voting to confirm Marcia Fudge to be Secretary of HUD.

11:18 a.m. Senator Barrasso spoke about immigration.

10:59 a.m. Senator Thune spoke about Senator Blunt’s decision not to seek reelection. He spoke about Democratic tactics on the Covid relief bill.

10:38 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke about immigration.

10:28 a.m. Minority Leader McConnell spoke about his support for the Garland, Fudge and other Biden administration nominations.

10:12 a.m. Majority Leader Schumer spoke about the Fudge, Garland and Regan nominations. He spoke about the Covid relief package.

By consent, the Senate passed S. Res. 102, recognizing the 100th anniversary of the Hoosier Gem.

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The Senate will convene at 10 a.m. and will resume consideration of the nomination of Marcia Fudge to be Secretary of HUD.

At noon, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Fudge nomination.

At 2:15 p.m., there will be two votes:

1. Confirmation of Merrick Brian Garland’s nomination to be attorney general

2. Cloture on the nomination of Michael Regan to be Administrator of the EPA.

If cloture is invoked, the confirmation vote on the Regan nomination will occur at about 5:45 p.m.

Cloture will ripen Thursday on the nomination of Debra Haaland to be secretary of the Interior Department.

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

7:01 p.m. The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday.
4 votes are expected on tomorrow: 12PM: confirmation of Marcia Fudge to be HUD Secretary 2:15PM: confirmation of Merrick Garland to be AG, & cloture on the nomination of Michael Regan to be EPA Administrator Approx 5:45 confirmation of the Regan nomination

6:59 p.m. By a tally of 70-29, the Senate invoked cloture on the nomination of Merrick Garland to be Attorney General.

6:17 p.m. By a tally of 69-30, the Senate invoked cloture on the Fudge nomination.

5:30 p.m. The Senate began a vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Marcia Fudge to be Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

5:09 p.m. Senator Tuberville spoke on immigration.

4:54 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on the Rescue package.

4:32 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke on academic freedom and free speech as well as on the Garland nomination.

4:17 p.m. Senator Blackburn spoke against the Rescue package.

4:06 p.m. Senator Brown spoke supporting the Fudge nomination.

3:54 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke on the Rescue package and on nominations.

3:49 p.m. RL McConnell spoke against the Rescue package and on far-left nominees.

3:48 p.m. ML Schumer filed cloture on the nomination of Debra Anne Haaland, of New Mexico, to be Secretary of the Interior.

3:33 p.m. ML Schumer spoke on the Rescue package and on the Fudge and Garland nominations.

3:03 p.m. Senator Cotton spoke about Amazon’s book sales selection policies.

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

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of Executive Calendar #12, Marcia Fudge to be Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

At 5:30 p.m. – 2 roll call votes:

  1. Cloture on the Fudge nomination.
  2. Cloture on Executive Calendar #27, Merrick Garland to be Attorney General.

Cloture has also been filed on the nomination of Michael Regan to be Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Friday March 5/Saturday March 6, 2021





1:04 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 9. Cloture votes at 5:30 p.m. on Fudge and Garland.

12:33 p.m. ML Schumer filed cloture on nomination of Michael Stanley Regan, of North Carolina, to be Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

12:32 p.m. ML Schumer filed cloture on the nomination of Merrick Garland, of Maryland, to be Attorney General.

12:30 p.m. ML Schumer has filed cloture on the nomination of Marcia Fudge, of Ohio, to be Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

12:24 p.m. The Senate passed H.R. 1319, American Rescue Plan, as amended by a tally of 50-49.

12:15 p.m. The Senate is voting on passage of H.R.1319, American Rescue Plan, as amended.

12:10 p.m. RL McConnell spoke against the legislation.

12:07 p.m. ML Schumer spoke supporting H.R. 1319.

12:06 p.m. The Senate adopted the Schumer amendment #891, as amended, by a voice vote.

12:05 p.m. The Senate adopted the Schumer amendment #1398 by voice vote

Noon: The chaplain offered a prayer.

11:59 a.m. By a vote of 93 to 6, the Senate passed the Warner amendment #1391 on classified contract workers. NAYS: Republicans Braun, Johnson, Lee, Lummis, Paul, Tuberville.

11:30 a.m. Vote has begun on Warner amendment 1391, on classified contract workers.

11:26 a.m. The Senate did not agree to the Daines motion to commit the bill to the Foreign Relations committee by a vote of 49-50.

11:17 am. The Senate began a vote on the Daines motion to commit H.R. 1319 to the Foreign Relations committee re: Keystone XL Pipeline.

11:15 a.m. By a voice vote, the Senate agreed to the Murkowski amend #1233 re: $800 million for homeless children.

11:00 a.m. The Senate did not agree to the Grassley amendment #902 by a tally of 45-54.

10:50 a.m. The Senate began a vote on the Grassley amend #902 re:
funding for payments for losses of crops due to disaster.

10:46 a.m. By a tally of 49-50, the Senate did not agree to the Lee amend
#1331 re: premium assistance.

10:37 a.m. By a tally of 49-50, the Senate did not agree to the Cruz amend #968 re: barring stimulus checks for undocumented immigrants.

10:24 a.m. The Senate is voting on the Cruz amendment #968 re: no checks for undocumented immigrants.

10:20 a.m. By a vote of 49 to 50 the Cassidy amendment was not agreed to.

10:13 a.m. The Senate began a vote on the Cassidy amend re: no stimulus checks for inmates.

10:10 a.m. The Senate is discussing the Cassidy amendment #1162 re: stimulus checks for inmates.

10:09 a.m. The Senate did not agree to the Cornyn motion to commit H.R. 1319 by a tally of 49-50.

10:00 a.m. The Senate is voting on the Cornyn motion to commit H.R. 1319 to w/instructions to the HELP Committee.

9:58 a.m. By a vote of 49 to 50 the Senate did not agree to the Lee amendment.

9:48 a.m. The Senate is voting on the Lee amendment 1381, related to the child tax credit.

9:45 a.m. By a tally of 48-51, the Senate did not agree to the Scott (FL) motion to commit H.R.1319 to the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee w/instructions Re: No budget no pay

9:35 a.m. The Senate is voting on the Scott (FL) motion to commit re: no budget no pay.

9:33 a.m. The Kennedy amendment on small business loans was not agreed to by a party-line vote of 48 to 50. Senators Sullivan and Young did not vote.

9:24 a.m. Senate is voting on the Kennedy amendment on small business loans.

9:21 a.m. By a tally of 49-50 the Senate did not agree to the Hagerty motion to commit en bloc, H.R. 1319.

9:11 a.m. The Senate began a vote on the Hagerty motion to commit en bloc, H.R.1319, FY2021 Budget Reconciliation, with instructions.

9:07 a.m. On a vote of 49 to 50, the Tuberville amendment failed. Democrat Manchin voted YES. Republican Murkowski voted NO.

8:58 a.m. Vote began on Tuberville Amendment 1386 on Title IX spending.

8:55 a.m. By a tally of 49-50 the Senate did not agree to the Romney amend #1364 to provide target relief to state and local governments based on a demonstrated need

8:41 a.m. The Senate began a vote on the Romney amendment #1364.

8:36 a.m. Senator Romney discussed his amendment #1364 on targeted state and local relief. Senator Wyden spoke against the Romney amendment.

8:35 a.m. ML Schumer announced that there are approximately 14 amendments remaining and asked Senators to remain in their seats.

8:34 a.m. By a vote of 49 to 50, the Cruz amendment 969 on school closings was not agreed to.

8:04 a.m. By a vote of 52 to 47, the Senate declined to waive the point of order on the Lankford amendment 1031, to add abortion spending language (Hyde amendment) to the bill. Waiver required 60 votes. Democrats Casey, Kaine and Manchin voted YEA.

Next: Cruz 969 on school openings.

7:28 a.m. The Senate is voting on waiving the point of order on the Lankford Amendment 1031, on abortion spending.

7:25 a.m. By a party-line vote of 49 to 50, the Blackburn amendment was not agreed to.

6:59 a.m. By a voice vote, the Senate agreed to the Moran amendment on veterans, 1342.

Next: Blackburn Amendment 996 on hospital reimbursement.

6:56 a.m. By a vote of 48 to 50, the Cotton amendment was not agreed to.

Next: Moran Amendment 1342, on veterans education.

6:29 a.m. Amendment 1395 (Scott of Florida) was not agreed to by a vote of 47 to 51. Republican Moran voted NAY.

Next up: Cotton Amendment on sanctuary cities.

6:06 a.m. By a vote of 48 to 50, the Capito amendment was not agreed to.

Next up: Amendment 1395, Scott of Florida, to redirect Amtrak funds.

5:42 a.m. Senate is voting on Capito Amendment 1319, to pay for transportation projects.

5:39 a.m. By a vote of 47 to 50 the Young Amendment was not agreed to.

5:23 a.m. Senate is voting on Young amendment #1383 on striking an emergency federal employee leave fund.

5:14 a.m. The Paul amendment was not agreed to 47-51 with Senator Murkowski joining all Democrats and Independents against and Senators Sullivan and Toomey absent.

4:53 a.m. Roll call vote began on the Paul amendment #1014 regarding the paycheck protection program and non profit organizations.

4:50 a.m. The Fischer amendment was not agreed to on a party line vote of 49-50 with Senator Sullivan absent.

4:27 a.m. Roll call vote began on the Fischer amendment #944 regarding public transportation funding.

4:25 a.m. The Toomey amendment was not agreed to on a party line vote of 49-50 with Senator Sullivan absent.

4:02 a.m. The Senate began voting on the Toomey amendment #1010 regarding payments to farmers.

3:59 a.m. The Grassley motion to commit was not agreed to on a party line tally of 49-50 with Senator Sullivan absent.

3:34 a.m. The Senate began voting on a Grassley motion to commit.

3:32 a.m. The Cassidy amendment was not agreed to on a party line vote of 49-50 with Senator Sullivan absent.

3:12 a.m. The Senate began voting on the Cassidy amendment #1161 regarding Covid expenses and private schools.

3:09 a.m. The motion to waive the Budget Act was not agreed to by a vote of 51-48 (60 vote threshold) . The point of order is sustained and the amendment fails. Senators Tester and Manchin joined with all Republicans voting aye.

2:46 a.m. Vote began on the motion to waive the Budget Act in relation to the Tester amendment #1197 regarding the Keystone pipeline.

2:44 a.m. The Graham amendment was not agreed to 48-51 with Senator Toomey joining against and Senator Sullivan absent.

2:20 a.m. The Senate began voting on Graham amend #1369 as modified.

2:10 a.m. The Hassan amendment was agreed to by a vote of 51-48 with Senator Collins joining all Democrats/Independents voting aye and Senator Sullivan absent.

1:53 a.m. Roll call vote began on the Hassan amendment #1344 regarding education.

1:50 a.m. The Rubio amendment was not agreed to on a party line tally of 48-51 with Senator Murkowski joining all Democrats/Independents against and Senator Sullivan absent.

1:30 a.m. The Senate began voting on the Rubio amendment #1026
amending the elementary and secondary school emergency relief fund.

1:25 a.m. The Wyden amendment was agreed to on a party line vote of 50-49 with Senator Sullivan absent.

1:02 a.m. The Senate began voting on the Wyden amendment #1378 regarding unemployment.

12:57a.m. The Senate did not agree to the Scott amendment on a party line tally of 49-50 with Senator Sullivan absent.

12:37 a.m. The Senate began voting on the Scott (SC) amendment regarding nursing homes (#1030).

12:35 a.m. The motion to waive the Budget Act failed by a vote of 48-51. The point of order was not sustained and the amendment failed. Senator Hawley voted no and Senator Sullivan was absent.

12:18 a.m. The Senate began voting on the motion to waive the Budget Act with regard to the Collins amdt. #1242 (to 891) on smaller, targeted relief.

12:16 a.m. The Senate began voting on the Collins amdt. #1242 (to 891) smaller, targeted relief. Senator Sanders raised a point of order that the amendment violates the Budget Act. Senator Collins moved to waive the Budget Act.

12:14 a.m. The Portman amendment was agreed to by a vote of 50-49.

Saturday, March 6, 2021

11:45 p.m. Senate now voting on the Portman Amdt. # 1092 (to 891) on Unemployment Insurance.

11:24 p.m. The motion to adjourn was not agreed to by a vote of 49-50. Senator Sullivan did not vote.

10:55 p.m. The Senate began voting on the motion to adjourn.

10:55 p.m. Senator McConnell spoke about the length of the vote and made a motion to adjourn until 10:00 a.m. tomorrow.

10:54 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke about moving ahead with the bill and voting.

10:53 p.m. The motion to waive the Budget Act with respect to the Sanders amendment failed by a vote of 42-58. The point of order was sustained. Dems voting no: Carper, Coons, Hassan, Manchin, Shaheen, Sinema, Tester. Independent voting no: King.

11:03 a.m. The Senate began voting on the motion to waive the Budget Act with respect to the Sanders amendment (minimum wage) was not agreed to by a vote of 42-58.

11:02 a.m. Senator Graham raised a point of order that the Sanders amendment violates the Budget Act. Senator Sanders moved to waive the Budget Act.

10:51 a.m. Senator Graham spoke about the Covid Relief bill..

10:34 a.m. Senator Cardin spoke about the $15 minimum wage.

10:23 a.m. Senator Cantwell spoke about the $15 minimum wage.

10:16 a.m. Senator Murray spoke about the $15 minimum wage.

10:08 a.m. Senator Wyden spoke about the $15 minimum wage.

10:02 a.m. Senator Padilla spoke about the $15 minimum wage.

9:33 a.m. Senator Sanders spoke about his amendment $15 minimum wage.

9:22 a.m. Senator McConnell spoke about the Covid Relief bill.

9:03 a.m. Senator Schumer spoke about the Covid Relief bill.

The Senate will convene at 9:00 a.m.

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R.1319, with 3 hours of debate remaining.

Upon the use or yielding back of that time, the Senate will begin a long series of roll call votes (a vote-a-rama). It will be in order for Senator Sanders to offer the first amendment.

Thursday, March 4, 2021

2:05 a.m. The Senate adjourned.

2:04 a.m. Senator Van Hollen wrapped up for the morning.

2:04 a.m. The clerks finished reading the bill.

3:20 p.m. Senator Johnson objected to dispensing with the reading of the bill. The clerks began reading the bill.

3:19 p.m. The Senate adopted the motion to proceed to H.R.1319, FY2021 Budget Reconciliation by a tally of 51-50 with Vice President Harris breaking the tie.

2:35 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on the motion to proceed to H.R.1319, FY2021 Budget Reconciliation.

2:23 p.m. ML Schumer spoke on the relief package and announced the Senate would vote on the motion to proceed shortly.

2:13 p.m. Senator Graham spoke on the relief package.

1:48 p.m. Senator Sanders spoke on the minimum wage.

1:34 p.m. Senator Peters spoke about the relief package.

1:11 p.m. Senator Kennedy spoke about China.

1:04 p.m. Senator Thune spoke about the relief package.

12:49 p.m. Senator Murphy spoke about the relief package.

12:39 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about the relief package.

12:29 p.m. Minority Leader McConnell spoke about flooding in Kentucky and the relief package. He spoke about House elections legislation.

12:02 p.m. Majority Leader Schumer spoke about the COVID relief package.

  • The Senate will convene at noon.
  • A vote is expected as early as noon on the motion to proceed to H.R.1319, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

4:36 p.m. Senator Johnson spoke ab out the relief bill.

4:12 p.m. Senator Toomey spoke about the relief package.

4:01 p.m. Senator Lee spoke about the relief bill.

3:46 p.m. Senator Peters objected.

3:32 p.m. Senators Scott of Florida, Ernst and Lankford joined in a colloquy about the relief bill. Senator Scott of Florida sought consent for passage of S.Res. 88, on oversight of virus-related spending.

3:18 p.m. Senator Portman spoke about the relief package.

3:12 p.m. Senator Casey spoke about the relief package.

2:40 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about th COVID package.

2:26 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke about election security.

2:09 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about the COVID package.

12:53 p.m. Senator Thune spoke about the COVID package.

12:34 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about the Garland nomination and the COVID package.

12:17 p.m. Minority Leader McConnell spoke about the COVID package and border security.

12:02 p.m. Majority Leader Schumer spoke about the appointment of Karen Gibson as Senate Sergeant at Arms. He spoke about upcoming Senate action on the COVID aid package.

  • The Senate will convene at noon.
  • A roll call vote on the motion to proceed to H.R.1319, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 is expected during Wednesday’s session of the Senate. A Whip Alert will be sent if and when any votes are scheduled.

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

7:11 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday. The Senate is expected to move to proceed to H.R. 1319, an act to provide for reconciliation pursuant to Title 2 of S.Con.Res. 5 during Wednesday’s session. A vote on the motion to proceed is expected but has not been set.

7:09 p.m. The Senate convened. ML Schumer asked for the second reading of H.R. 5 and H.R. 1319. ML Schumer completed the Rule 14 process and the bills are placed in the calendar.

7:07 p.m. ML Schumer asked for the first reading of H.R. 5, an act to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, gender identity and sexual orientation and H.R. 1319, an act to provide for reconciliation pursuant to Title 2 of S.Con.Res. 5. The bills were read for the first time. The Senate adjourned until 7:09 p.m. today.

7:06 p.m. The Senate confirmed the nomination of Cecilia Rouse to be Chairman of the Council of Economic Adviser by a tally of 95-4.

Voting No: Senators Cotton, Paul, Scott of Florida and Tuberville.

5:37 p.m. The Senate began a vote on confirmation of the nomination of Cecilia Rouse to be Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors.

5:34 p.m. Senator Braun asked u.c. to call up and pass S. 294, relating to parental rights of children’s medical decisions. Senator Hirono objected.

4:02 p.m. Senators Daines, Hoeven, Marshall, Tillis, Ernst, Young, Lankford, Barrasso, Grassley and Braun spoke on the Covid relief plan.

4:02 p.m. Senator Capito paid tribute to West Virginia Senate President Pro Tempore Donna Boley, before discussing the Covid relief plan.

3:48 p.m. Senator Carper objected to Senator Lee’s request.

3:42 p.m. Senator Lee spoke on vaccinations of children 11 and older in the District of Columbia and asked UC to pass S.J Res 7, disapproving the DC Council in approving the Minor Consent for Vaccinations amendment Act of 2020.

3:33 p.m. Senator Brown spoke in favor of the Rouse nomination.

3:32 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Rouse nomination, 94-5.

Voting no: 5 Republicans: Cotton, Lummis, Paul, Scott of Florida and Tuberville.

Not voting 1 Republican: Blackburn.

2:55 p.m. Cloture vote began on the nomination of Cecilia Rouse to be Chair of the Council of Economic Advisors.

2:54 p.m. The Raimondo nomination was confirmed 84-15.

Senators voting against: 15 Republicans: Barrasso, Cotton, Cramer, Cruz, Hagerty, Hawley, Hoeven, Kennedy, Lummis, Rubio, Sasse, Scott of Florida, Scott of South Carolina, Shelby and Tuberville.

Not voting: 1 Republican: Blackburn.

2:15 p.m. The Senate returned from recess and began a vote on
confirmation of Gina Marie Raimondo to be Secretary of Commerce.

12:34 p.m. The Senate recessed until 2:15 p.m.

12:20 p.m. Senator Cruz spoke about Texas Independence Day.

12:07 p.m. Senator Fischer spoke about the COVID package.

11:49 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the COVID package. He spoke about Texas Independence Day.

11:31 a.m. Senator Cantwell spoke in favor of the Raimondo nomination.

11:17 a.m. Senator Thune spoke about the COVID package.

11:06 a.m. Senator Barrasso spoke about the COVID package.

10:56 a.m. Minority Leader McConnell spoke about the COVID package. He spoke about Iran.

10:42 a.m. Majority Leader Schumer spoke about nominations, the COVID relief package and voting rights.

The Senate will convene at 10:30 a.m. and will resume consideration of the nomination of Gina Marie Raimondo to be Secretary of Commerce, post-cloture.

  • At 12:15 p.m., Senator Cruz will be recognized for up to 30 minutes. Following his remarks, the Senate will recess until 2:15 p.m. to allow for the weekly caucus luncheons.
  • At 2:15 p.m., the Senate will proceed to two roll call votes:
  • Confirmation of the nomination of Gina Marie Raimondo to be Secretary of Commerce.
  • Motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Cecilia Elena Rouse to be Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers.
  • If cloture is invoked on the Rouse nomination, a roll call vote on confirmation of the Rouse nomination is expected to occur during Tuesday’s session of the Senate.

Monday, March 1, 2021

The Senate will convene at 3:00 p.m. and resume consideration of Executive Calendar #16, Miguel Cardona to be Secretary of Education. 

At 5:30 p.m. on Monday, the Senate will proceed to two roll call votes:

1.       Confirmation of the Cardona nomination.

2.      Cloture on Executive Calendar #8, Gina Raimondo to be Secretary of Commerce.

 Cloture has also been filed on Executive Calendar #13, Cecilia Rouse to be Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers.

Thursday, February 25,2021

3:04 p.m. The Senate adjourned.

3:00 p.m. Senator Cortez Masto wrapped up for the day and week.

2:59 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Cardona nomination, 66-32.

Senators voting in favor: 48 Democrats, 16 Republicans: Burr, Capito, Cassidy, Collins, Cornyn, Fischer, Grassley, Hyde-Smith, Johnson, McConnell, Moran, Murkowski, Portman, Romney, Rubio and Tillis; 2 Independents: King and Sanders.

Senators not voting: 2 Republicans: Inhofe and Sullivan.

1:25 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the Cardona nomination.

1:14 p.m. Senator Lankford paid tribute to Maxine Horner.

1:05 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke on the Postal Service.

12:47 p.m. Senators Blunt and Klobuchar spoke on the inauguration.

12:46 p.m. The Granholm nomination was confirmed, 64-35.

Senators voting in favor: 48 Democrats, 14 Republicans: Burr, Collins, Cramer, Crapo, Daines, Hoeven, Johnson, McConnell, Murkowski, Portman, Risch, Romney, Rounds and Young; 2 Independents: King and Sanders.

Senators voting against: 35 Republicans.

Senators not voting: 1 Republican: Sullivan.

12:07 p.m. Roll call vote began on confirmation of the Granholm nomination.

12:05 p.m. Senator Manchin spoke in favor of the Granholm nomination.

12:00 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke against the Granholm nomination.

11:56 a.m. Senator Peters spoke in support of the Granholm nomination.

11:48 a.m. Senator Thune spoke on agriculture issues.

11:20 a.m. Republican Leader McConnell spoke on election access legislation and paid tribute to outgoing Secretary of the Senate Julie Adams.

11:13 a.m. Senator Leahy paid tribute to outgoing Secretary of the Senate Julie Adams and introduced the next Secretary of the Senate, Sonceria “Ann” Berry.

11:03 a.m. Majority Leader Schumer discussed nominations and Covid-19 relief.

11:00 a.m. The Senate convened.

The Senate will convene at 11:00 a.m. and be in a period of morning business.

At approximately 12:10 p.m. – 1 roll call vote:

1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #9, Jennifer Granholm to be Secretary of Energy.

At 1:30 p.m. – 1 roll call vote:

2. Cloture on Executive Calendar #16, Miguel Cardona to be Secretary of Education.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

6:35 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 11 a.m. Thursday, whereupon it will resume consideration of the Granholm nomination, with a confirmation vote at noon.

There will be a cloture votes at 1:30 p.m. on the nomination of Miguel Cardona as education secretary.

6:18 p.m. Senator Portman spoke about the drug addiction epidemic.

6:11 p.m. Senator Lankford spoke about reopening schools.

6:05 p.m. The Senate consented to passage of these measures: S.Res. 70, on Senate budget and calendar matters; S.422, on employee-sharing matters; S.Res. 74, setting Rare Disease Day on Feb. 28; and S.Res. 75, celebrating Black History Month.

5:48 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the crisis in Texas. He spoke about the relief bill.

5:38 p.m. Senator Daines spoke about reopening schools.

5:30 p.m. Senator Blackburn spoke about reopening schools.

5:15 p.m. Senator Collins spoke about a bill to expand broadband access in rural areas.

4:50 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about the mass communications technology business.

4:49 p.m. By a vote of 67 to 32, the Senate invoked cloture on the nomination of Jennifer Granholm to be secretary of energy.

4:01 p.m. The Senate began voting on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Jennifer Granholm to be Secretary of Energy.

4:00 p.m. The Senate reconvened.

3:08 p.m. The Senate recessed for an all Senators briefing.

2:58 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke about energy.

2:55 p.m. Senator Schumer filed cloture on the following nominations:

  • Gina Raimondo to be Secretary of Commerce
  • Cecilia Rouse to be Chairman of the Council of Economic advisors.

1:25 p.m. Senators Boozman, Blunt, Ernst, Capito and Scott (FL) spoke about re-opening schools.

1:13 p.m. Senator Thune spoke about student loan debt.

12:54 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about the virus and vaccines.

12:27 p.m. Majority Leader Schumer spoke about the relief package. He spoke about China policy.

12:10 p.m. Senator Kennedy spoke about re-opening schools.

The Senate will convene at 12:00 p.m. and resume consideration of the nomination of Jennifer Granholm to be Secretary of Energy.

At 3:00 p.m. the Senate will recess until 4:00 p.m. to accommodate an all Senators briefing on Capitol security.

At 4:00 p.m. there will be a cloture vote on the Granholm nomination.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

6:53 p.m. The Senate adjourned.

6:29 p.m. Senator Casey spoke on Black history month.

5:45 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke on Covid-19 relief.

5:30 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke on suicide and opioids.

5:13 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the recent bad weather in Texas, and the Garland and Tanden nominations.

5:04 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke on school shootings.

4:52 p.m. Senator Blackburn spoke against the Becerra nomination.

4:37 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke against the Vilsack nomination and on energy.

3:54 p.m. Majority Leader Schumer filed cloture on the nomination of Miguel Cardona to be Secretary of Education.

3:53 p.m. The Thomas-Greenfield nomination was confirmed 78-21.

3:07 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #11 Linda Thomas-Greenfield to be Representative of the U.S. to the Sessions of the General Assembly of the UN during her tenure of service as Representative of the U.S. to the UN.

3:06 p.m. The Senate confirmed the nomination of Tom Vilsack to be Secretary of Agriculture by a vote of 92-7.

Voting against: Senators Cruz, Hawley, Paul, Rubio, Sanders, Scott (FL) and Sullivan.

Not voting: Senator Shaheen.

2:27 p.m. The Senate began a vote on confirmation of the Vilsack nomination.

2:23 p.m. Senator Boozman spoke on the Vilsack nomination.

2:23 p.m. Senator Boozman spoke on the Vilsack nomination.

2:15 p.m. Senator Stabenow spoke supporting the Vilsack nomination.

12:41 p.m. The Senate recessed until 2:15 p.m.

12:40 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Thomas Greenfield nomination by a tally of 77-20.

12:08 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the nomination of Linda Thomas Greenfield to be representative to the General Assembly.

12:07 p.m. The nomination was confirmed 78-20.

11:30 a.m. Roll call vote began on confirmation of the Thomas Greenfield nomination to be Ambassador to the United Nations.

11:09 a.m. Senator Thune spoke on Covid-19 relief.

10:53 a.m. RL McConnell spoke on returning to schools and on the Becerra nomination.

10:39 a.m. ML Schumer spoke on nominations, Covid-19 relief and on the January 6th attack.

10:30 a.m. The Senate convened.

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The Senate will convene at 10:30 a.m. and resume consideration of Executive Calendar #10, Linda Thomas-Greenfield to be Ambassador to the United Nations.

At 11:30 a.m. two roll call votes:

  1. Confirmation of Linda Thomas-Greenfield to be Ambassador to the United Nations.
  2. Cloture on Executive Calendar #11, Linda Thomas-Greenfield to be Representative to the Sessions of the General Assembly of the United Nations during her tenure of service as Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations.

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

At approximately 2:35pm – 2 roll call votes:

1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #7, Thomas Vilsack to be Secretary of Agriculture.

2. If cloture is invoked, confirmation of the Thomas-Greenfield nomination to be Representative to the Sessions of the General Assembly of the United Nations.

During Monday’s session of the Senate, Senator Schumer filed cloture on  Executive Calendar #9, Jennifer Mulhern Granholm, to be Secretary of the Energy. Under the rule and if no agreement is reached, that cloture vote would occur 1 hour after the Senate convenes on Wednesday.

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