Wednesday, May 16, 2018

6:47 p.m. The Senate has adjourned until 9:30 a.m. Thursday, May 17th. Following leader remarks, Senator Paul will be recognized to make a motion to proceed to S. Con. Res. 36 and that there be up to 90 minutes of debate and then a vote on the motion.

During wrap-up:

  • Confirmation of United States Coast Guard Vice Admiral Charles W. Ray to be Admiral by unanimous consent.
  • 2850, To amend the White Mountain Apache Tribe Water Rights Quantification Act of 2010 to clarify the use of amounts in the WMAT Settlement Fund, 2nd Reading.
  • 2349, Improve Data on Sexual Violence Act, passed by unanimous consent.
  • R. 3249, Project Safe Neighborhoods Grant Program Authorization Act of 2017, passed by voice vote.
  • R. 2772, SEA Act and the Tillis substitute, passed by unanimous consent
  • R. 3562, To authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to furnish assistance for adaptations of residences of veterans in rehabilitation programs under chapter 31 of such title, passed by unanimous consent.
  • R. 4009, Smithsonian National Zoological Park Central Parking Facility Authorization Act, passed by unanimous consent.
  • Con.Res. 112, Authorizing the use of Emancipation Hall in the Capitol Visitor Center for an event to celebrate the birthday of King Kamehameha I, passed by unanimous consent.
  • Passed by unanimous consent en bloc:
    • Res. 512
    • Res. 513
    • Res. 514

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6:18 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke about the Haspel nomination.

6:06 p.m. Senator Heitkamp spoke on National Police Week.

5:42 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about National Foster Care Month and the release of information on the Russian investigation by the Judiciary committee.

5:00 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke about climate change.

4:39 p.m. Senator Toomey spoke about National Police Week, the Bureau of Prisons Gun Locker Bill, and budget rescission.

4:26 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about S.J.Res. 52, National Police Week, and Project Safe Neighborhood.

4:25 p.m. The Senate confirmed the Zais nomination to be Deputy Secretary of Education on a party line vote of 50-48. Senators Duckworth and McCain did not vote.

3:55 p.m. Roll call vote began on confirmation of the nomination of Mitchell Zais to be Deputy Secretary of Education.

3:54 p.m. The joint resolution was agreed to 52-47.  There are up to ten hours of debate, however we expect a vote on passage at approximately 3:00 p.m.

Senators voting in favor 47 Democrats, 3 Republicans (Collins, Kennedy and Murkowski), 2 Independents (King and Sanders).

  • Senators voting against: 47 Republicans.
  • Senators not voting: 1 Republican: McCain.

3:21 p.m. Roll call vote began on passage of the joint resolution.

3:13 p.m.  Senator Thune spoke against S.J. Res 52.

2:55 p.m.  Senator Markey spoke supporting S.J.Res. 52.

2:41 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke supporting the Haspel nomination.

2:32 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke in favor of S.J.Res. 52.

2:24 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke in favor of S.J. Res 52.

2:06 p.m. Senator Lankford spoke against S.J. Res. 52.

2:00 p.m. Senator Schatz spoke in favor of S.J. Res 52.

1:15 p.m. Senators Blumenthal, Warren, Murray and Nelson spoke in favor of S.J. Res 52.

12:56 p.m. Senator Thune spoke against S.J. Res 52, asked UC to return it to the calendar and take up net neutrality legislation with amendments; Senator Markey objected.

12:50 p.m. Democratic Leader Schumer spoke in favor of S.J. Res 52.

12:49 p.m. The motion to proceed was agreed to 52-47.  There are up to ten hours of debate, however we expect a vote on passage at approximately 3:00 p.m.

Senators voting in favor 47 Democrats, 3 Republicans (Collins, Kennedy and Murkowski), 2 Independents (King and Sanders).

Senators voting against: 47 Republicans.

Senators not voting: 1 Republican: McCain.

12:00 p.m. The Senate began voting on the motion to proceed to S.J. Res 52-net neutrality.

11:54 a.m. Senator Wicker spoke against the motion to proceed to net neutrality.

11:25 a.m. Senator Wyden and Senator Markey spoke about net neutrality.

11:07 a.m. Senator Cardin spoke about net neutrality.

10:57 a.m. Senator Hassan spoke about net neutrality.

10:44 a.m. Senator Cantwell spoke about net neutrality.

10:36 a.m. Senator Hirono spoke about National Police Week and net neutrality.

10:25 a.m. Senator Schumer spoke about National Police Week.

10:00 a.m. Senator Markey spoke about net neutrality.

9:47 a.m. ML McConnell spoke about the Haspell nomination and net neutrality.

9:37 a.m. Senator Tillis spoke about the imprisonment of Pastor Brunson in Turkey.

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The Senate will convene at 9:30 am. Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of Mitchell Zais, of South Carolina, to be Deputy Secretary of Education.

At 12:00 pm, the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on the motion to proceed to S.J.Res.52, the Net Neutrality CRA.

Following disposition of S.J.Res.52, the Net Neutrality CRA, the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on confirmation of the Zais nomination.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

6:03 The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30 Wednesday, May 16th.

5:40 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke on pensions.

5:15 Senator Rubio spoke on U.S. Chinese relations.

4:54 p.m. Senator Klobuchar spoke on pensions.

4:48 p.m. Senator Manchin spoke on pensions.

4:32 p.m. Senator Peters spoke on the central states pension fund.

4:04 p.m. Senator Donnelly spoke about pensions.

3:51 p.m. Senator Collins spoke about price of prescription drugs.

3:42 p.m. Senator Murkowski spoke about Peace Officers Memorial Day.

3:23 p.m. Senator Hoeven spoke about Peace Officers Memorial Day.

3:02 p.m. Senator Blunt spoke about Peace Officers Memorial Day.

2:30 p.m. Senator King spoke in praise of law enforcement in conjunction with Peace Officers Memorial Day.

2:16 p.m. Senator Murray spoke against the Zais nomination.

2:15 p.m. The Senate returned from the recess and began consideration of the nomination of Mitchell Zais to be Deputy Secretary of Education.  There are up to ten (10) hours of debate on the nomination.

1:00 p.m. The Senate stands in recess until 2:15 p.m.

12:59 p.m. The Nalbandian nomination was confirmed by a vote of 53 to 45.

Senators in favor: 50 Republicans, 3 Democrats: Donnelly, Heitkamp and Manchin.

Senators against: 43 Democrats, 2 Independents: King and Sanders.

Senators Duckworth and McCain were absent.

12:34 p.m. The Senate is now voting on confirmation of John Nalbandian to be Judge for the 6th Circuit.

12:33 p.m. The Carson nomination was confirmed by a vote of 77 to 21.

Senators in favor: 50 Republicans, 26 Democrats: Bennet, Blumenthal, Cardin, Carper, Coons, Donnelly, Durbin, Feinstein, Hassan, Heinrich, Heitkamp, Jones, Kaine, Klobuchar, Leahy, Manchin, McCaskill, Murphy, Nelson, Schatz, Schumer, Shaheen, Tester, Udall, Van Hollen and Warner; 1 Independent: King.

Senators voting against: 20 Democrats, 1 Independent: Sanders.

Senators Duckworth and McCain were absent.

11:59 a.m. The Senate is now voting on confirmation of Joel Carson III to be Judge for the 10th Circuit.

11:57 a.m. At 2:15 p.m. the Senate will proceed to the nomination of Mitchell Zais to be Deputy Secretary of Education.

10:51 a.m. Senator Leahy spoke about harmful budget cuts.

10:22 a.m. Senator Schumer spoke about Brown vs. Board anniversary, Medicare cuts, and infastructure.

10:03 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about National Police week and on judicial nominations.

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The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m. and resume consideration of the nomination of Joel Carson to be a judge on the 10th circuit.

At 12:00 noon, the Senate will conduct two roll call votes:

Following the votes, the Senate will recess for the weekly caucus luncheons until 2:15 p.m.

A special note about the lunches:  The President will be attending the GOP policy luncheon. Access will be restricted on the East side of the Ohio Clock Corridor and movement throughout the second floor will be impacted during his visit.  Those wishing to attend, can enter the OCC via the West Grand Staircase. Those wishing to catch Senators should seek alternatives to the east side of the OCC. The bank of six elevators will be open during POTUS visit, but reporters will likely not be able to move with Senators throughout the corridor and possible be held in place while POTUS moves through the building.  Only hard passes will be accepted for today’s event (not a good day to forget your pass!). Please follow gallery staff guidance and thanks in advance for your cooperation.

Monday, May 14, 2018

6:45 p.m. Senate adjourns until 10:00 a.m. Tuesday.

6:34 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell paid tribute to Senator McCain, as well as discussing the new embassy in Jerusalem and thoughts about former Senator Reid.

Confirmed in wrap-up by voice vote: Nomination of Michael Atkinson to be Inspector General of the Intelligence community.

6:33 p.m. The St Eve nomination was confirmed 91-0.  Senators absent: Blunt, Cruz, Duckworth, Graham, Heller, Lankford, Lee, Manchin and McCain.

6:06 p.m. The Senate is now voting on confirmation of the Amy St. Eve nomination to be the US Circuit Judge for the 7th Circuit.

6:00 p.m. The Scudder nomination was confirmed 90-0. Senators absent: Blunt, Cruz, Duckworth, Graham, Heller, Lankford, Lee, Manchin, McCain and Nelson.

5:31 p.m. The Senate is now voting on confirmation of the nomination of Michael Scudder to be US Circuit Judge for the 7th Circuit.

4:54 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke about former Senator Harry Reid’s health and intellectual property and trade policy with China. He also spoke about oil prices.

4:44 p.m. Senator Portman spoke about National Police Week.

4:14 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about the judicial nominees.

3:50 p.m. Senator Boozman spoke about National Police Week.

3:02 p.m. Senator Hatch spoke about Israel.

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The Senate meets at 3:00 p.m. on May 14th. Following leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of Executive Calendar #780, Michael Scudder, of Illinois, to be Judge for the 7th Circuit.

At 5:30 pm on Monday, May 14th – 2 roll call votes
1)      Confirmation of Executive Calendar #780, Michael Scudder, of Illinois, to be Judge for the 7th Circuit
2)      Confirmation of Executive Calendar #781, Amy St. Eve, of Illinois, to be Judge for the 7th Circuit
At 12:00 noon on Tuesday, May 15th – 2 roll call votes
1)      Confirmation of Executive Calendar #729, Joel Carson III, of New Mexico, to be Judge for the 10th Circuit
2)      Confirmation of Executive Calendar #777, John Nalbandian, of Kentucky, to be Judge for the 6th Circuit.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

4:51 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 3:00 p.m. on Monday May 14th.

4:47 p.m. Senator Portman wraps up for the evening, Department of Justice nominations were confirmed en bloc by voice vote:

  • Ex. Cal. #740 – Patrick Hovakimian, of California, to be a Member of the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission of the United States for a term expiring September 30, 2020.
  • Ex. Cal. #830 – Gregory Allyn Forest, of North Carolina, to be United States Marshal for the Western District of North Carolina for the term of four years.
  • Ex. Cal. #831 – Bradley A. Maxwell, of Illinois, to be United States Marshal for the Southern District of Illinois for the term of four years
Adopted by u.c. S.Res.505, recognizing the roles and contributions of the teachers of the United States in building and enhancing the civic, cultural, and economic well-being of the United States.
Adopted by u.c.  S.Res.506, supporting the designation of May 15, 2018, as “National Senior Fraud Awareness Day”
Passed by u.c. H.R.931, Firefighter Cancer Registry Act of 2017 with Alexander amendment

4:35 p.m. Senator Portman spoke supporting the Haspel nomination.

3:27 p.m. Senator Carper spoke about fuel efficiency.

3:05 p.m. Senator Rubio spoke about relationship with China.

3:05 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Nalbandian nomination, 52-43.

1:45 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the nomination of John Nalbandian to be a judge for the 6th Circuit.

1:43 p.m. ML McConnell acheives UC to vitiate cloture on the following nominations, and the confirmation votes occur Monday at 5:30 p.m.

  • Michael Scudder to be a United States Circuit Judge for the 7th Circuit
  • Amy St. Eve to be a United States Circuit Judge for the 7th Circuit

Further, that at 12:00 noon on Tuesday May 15, the Senate vote on confirmation of the Carson and Nalbandian nominations.

1:35 p.m. Senator Heller spoke against the bill approved today by the House regarding Yucca Mountain.

1:24 p.m. Senator Nelson spoke briefly on the Haspel nomination and then turned to discuss medicaid and its conditions in Florida.

1:15 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke in favor of the Haspel nomination.

1:14 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Carson nomination, 71-24.

Senators in favor: 49 Republicans, 21 Democrats: Bennet, Carper, Donnelly, Durbin, Feinstein, Hassan, Heinrich, Heitkamp, Jones, Kaine, Leahy, Manchin, McCaskill, Murphy, Nelson, Schatz, Schumer, Shaheen, Tester, Udall and Warner; 1 Independent: King.

Senators voting against: 23 Democrats, 1 Independent: Sanders.

Senators not voting: 3 Democrats: Booker, Coons and Duckworth; 2 Republicans: Graham and McCain.

12:43 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the Carson nomination.

12:42 p.m. The Brennan nomination was confirmed on a party line tally of 49-46.

Senators not voting: Booker, Coons, Duckworth, Graham and McCain.

12:00 p.m. Roll Call vote began on confirmation of Michael Brennan to be a judge for the 7th Circuit.

11:44 a.m. Senators Tillis and Lankford spoke on Pastor Andrew Brunson imprisoned in Turkey.

11:24 a.m. Senator Flake asked u.c. to call up H.R. 1551, with an amendment related to immigration. Senator Lee objected.

11:11 a.m. Senator Warren spoke about nominations.

10:53 a.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke about blue slips.

10:29 a.m. Senator Schumer spoke about nominations, North Korea, Iran, and healthcare.

10:04 a.m. ML McConnell spoke about Secretary Pompeo, nominations, and tax reform.

The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m.; at which time resume consideration of the nomination of Michael Brennan to be judge for the 7th circuit, post cloture.

At 12:00 noon there will be a roll call vote on confirmation of the Brennan nomination followed by a cloture vote on the Carson nomination.

At 1:45 p.m., there will be a cloture vote on the Carson nomination. If cloture is invoked on both nominations, the time will run concurrently.

12:00 noon—2 roll call votes

  1. Confirmation of  Michael Brennan to be Judge for the 7th Circuit
  2. Cloture Joel Carson to be Judge for the 10th Circuit

1:45 p.m.—1 roll call vote

  1. Cloture on John Nalbandian to be Judge for the 6th Circuit

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

6:21 p.m. Senate adjourns.

6:18 p.m. ML McConnell wraps up for the evening, the following nomination was confirmed by UC: Vice Adm. Karl L. Schultz to be Admiral in the Coast Guard.

5:05 p.m. Senators Shaheen, Cortez Masto and Brown spoke about net neutrality.

5:00 p.m. Senator Klobuchar spoke on the Brennan nomination and the Iran deal.

4:08 p.m. Senators Markey, King, Wyden, Cantwell, Hassan adn Klobuchar spoke about net neutrality.

3:47 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the Haspel nomination.

3:09 p.m. Senator Blunt spoke about judicial nominations.

2:50 p.m. Senator Johnson spoke in favor of the Brennan nomination.

2:24 p.m. Senator Portman spoke about unemployment.

2:07 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke about unemployment.

2:02 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about net neutrality.

1:36 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke in favor of the Brennan nomination; and later on the blue slip issue.

1:10 p.m. Senator Blumenthal spoke on the one year anniversary of President Trump firing James Comey; and the attempted undermining of the work of the FBI and other intelligence agencies.

1:05 p.m. On a party line vote of 49-47, cloture was invoked on the nomination of Michael Brennan to be a US Circuit court judge for the 7th circuit.

Senators not voting: 2 Democrats (Donnelly and Duckworth), 2 Republicans (Graham and McCain).

12:37 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the nomination of Michael Brennan to be a US Circuit court judge for the 7th circuit.

12:36 p.m. The Engelhardt nomination was confirmed 62-34.

Senators in favor:  Republicans, 12 Democrats (Bennet, Coons, Heitkamp, Jones, Klobuchar, Leahy, Manchin, McCaskill, Murphy, Nelson, Tester and Warner; 1 Independent: King.

Senators voting against: 33 Democrats, 1 Independent: Sanders.

Senators not voting: Donnelly, Duckworth, Graham, McCain.

12:01 p.m. The Senate is now voting on confirmation of the Engelhardt nomination.

11:48 a.m. Senator Peters spoke about net neutrality.

11:27 a.m. Senator Hatch spoke about the 3 prisoners in North Korea coming home, the detainment of Joshua Holt in Venezuela and the Haspel nomination. He also paid tribute to Assistant Parliamentarian Michael Beaver.

11:11 a.m. Senator Murphy spoke about healthcare.

10:53 a.m. Senator Thune spoke on tax reform.

10:38 a.m. Senator Schumer spoke about teacher appreciate week, blue slip nominations, against the Brennan nomination, and on net neutrality.

10:00 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about Secretary of State Pompeo’s trip to North Korea, the Gina Haspel nomination, judicial nominations, and on historian Jim Klotter.

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The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m. and resume consideration of the nomination of Kurt Engelhardt to be a US Circuit Judge for the 5th Circuit, post-cloture.

At 12:00 p.m., the Senate will proceed to two roll call votes:

  1. Confirmation of the Engelhardt nomination.
  2. Cloture on the nomination of Michael Brennan to be a US Circuit Judge for the 7th Circuit.

Cloture has also been filed on the following nominations

  • Joel Carson to be a US Circuit Judge for the 10th Circuit
  • John Nalbandian to be a US Circuit Judge for the 6th Circuit
  • Michael Scudder to be a US Circuit Judge for the 7th Circuit
  • Amy St. Eve to be a US Circuit Judge for the 7th Circuit

The cloture motions on each nomination will ripen one at a time, after disposition of the previous nomination. Each is subject to up to thirty hours of post-cloture debate.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

6:38 p.m. The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00 a.m. tomorrow.

6:27 p.m. Senator Brown spoke on the opiod epidemic.

6:24 p.m.   ML McConnell outlined the schedule for tomorrow. The Senate will vote on the nomination of Kurt Engelhardt, US Circuit judge 5th Circuit at noon.

6:13 p.m. Senator Baldwin spoke on the “blue slip” process for judicial nominations.

5:53 p.m. Senator Alexander spoke on health insurance

5:34 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke on climate change.

4:40 p.m. Senator Nelson spoke on President Trump’s decision to pull out of the nuclear deal with Iran.

4:20 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke about “blue slips’ and the process of judicial nominations in the Senate.

4:10 p.m. Senator Leahy also spoke about “blue slips’ and the process of judicial nominations in the Senate.

4:00 p.m. Senator Hirono spoke about “blue slips’ and the process of judicial nominations in the Senate.

2:58 p.m. Senator Merkley paid tribute to the Assistant Parliamentarian Michael Beaver and talked about judicial nominations.

2:44 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about Haspel nomination.

2:37 p.m. ML McConnell spoke about the memorial service for the four Capitol Police Officers killed in the line of duty. He also spoke about the Englehardt and Brennan nominations and tax reform.

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The Senate will convene at 2:30 p.m. and resume consideration of the nomination of Kurt Engelhardt to be a US Circuit judge for the 5th circuit, post cloture.

Monday, May 7, 2018

6:23 p.m. The Senate adjourned until Tuesday May 8 at 2:30 p.m.

6:18 p.m. Senator Cantwell paid tribute to civil rights leader Samuel McKinney.

6:14 p.m. Senator Cassidy spoke in support of the Engelhardt nomination.

6:12 p.m. ML McConnell wraps up for the evening. Items passed by UC: S. 1732, regarding testing of incentive payments for behavioral health providers for adoption. HR 4, FAA reauthorization was read for the first time. UC that the Senate adjourn until 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, at which time resume consideration of the Engelhardt nomination, post cloture. UC that Senate adjourn following remarks of Senators Cassidy and Cantwell.

6:11 p.m. By a vote of 64-31, cloture was invoked on the Engelhard nomination.

Senators voting in favor: 48 Republicans, 15 Democrats: Bennet, Carper, Coons, Donnelly, Feinstein, Heitkamp, Jones, Klobuchar, Leahy, Manchin, McCaskill, Murphy, Nelson, Tester, Warner; 1 Independent: King.

Senators voting against: 30 Democrats, 1 Independent: Sanders

Senator not voting: Duckworth, Graham, Isakson, McCain and Merkley.

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

5:15 p.m. Senator Kennedy spoke in favor of the Engelhardt nomination.

4:15 p.m. Senator Nelson spoke about hurricane damage in Puerto Rico.

4:00 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the nominee for director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

3:30 p.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke in memory of Michael Beaver. He spoke about nominations. He spoke about the tax program.

3:03 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke in memory of assistant parliamentarian Michael Beaver. He spoke about nominations. He spoke about employment.

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The Senate will convene at 3:00 pm. Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session to resume consideration of Executive Calendar #673, Kurt D. Engelhardt, of Louisiana, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit.

At 5:30 pm the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Engelhardt nomination

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

  • Michael Brennan to be a United States Circuit Judge for the 7th Circuit
  • Joel Carson III to be a United States Circuit Judge for the 10th Circuit
  • John Nalbandian to be a United States Circuit Judge for the 6th Circuit
  • Michael Scudder to be a United States Circuit Judge for the 7th Circuit
  • Amy St. Eve to be a United States Circuit Judge for the 7th Circuit

The cloture motions on each nomination will ripen one at a time, after disposition of the previous nomination. Each is subject to up to thirty hours of post-cloture debate.

 

Thursday, May 3, 2018

The Senate convened at 10:30 a.m. for a pro forma session only. No business was conducted. Senator Toomey was in the chair.

 

Monday, April 30, 2018

The Senate convened for a pro forma at 2:30 p.m. No business was conducted. Senator Isakson presided.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

5:37 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will reconvene for regular business at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, May 7. They will resume consideration of Kurt Englehart to be circuit judge for the 5th circuit with a vote on the cloture motion to occur at 5:30 p.m. There will be two pro forma sessions-Monday, April 30 at 2:30 p.m. and Thursday, May 3 at 10:30 a.m.

5:33 p.m. The following nominations were considered and confirmed en bloc:

  • 710-Rohit Chopra to be a Federal Trade Commissioner
  • 711-Noah Phillips to be a Federal Trade Commissioner
  • 712-Joseph Simons to be a Federal Trade Commissioner
  • 713-Christine Wilson to be a Federal Trade Commissioner
  • 714-Christine Wilson to be a Federal Trade Commissioner
  • 825-Rebecca Slaughter to be a Federal Trade Commissioner

The nomination of Andrea Thompson to be Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security was confirmed by voice vote.

The following were passed by voice vote:

  • S. Res. 440-April 2018 as Second Chance month
  • S. Res. 464-Supporting the goals and ideals of take our daughters and sons to work day.
  • S. Res. 489-500

4:58 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke about the rise of antisemitism.

4:11 p.m. Senator Portman spoke about the opioid crisis.

4:08 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke about the Alaskans of the week and also about the Pompeo confirmation.

3:47 p.m. The following nominations were considered and confirmed en bloc:

  • 791-Maj. Gen. Dorothy Hegg to be Surgeon General of the Air Force
  • 792-Rear Adm. Richard Snyder to be Vice Admiral
  • 793-Vice Adm. John Aquilino to be Admiral
  • 794-Vice Adm. Charles Richard to be Vice Admiral
  • 795-Capt. Gregory Todd to be Rear Admiral
  • 796-Capt. John Lemmon to be Rear Admiral
  • 797-Rear Adm. (lh) Ronald Copley  and Rear Adm.(lh) Katheleen Creighton to be Rear Admiral
  • 798-Rear Adm. (lh) Brian Corey, Lorin Selby and Johnny Wolfe, Jr. to be Rear Admiral
  • 799-Read Adm. (lh) Darse Crandall to be Rear Admiral
  • 800-Capt. Kristen Fabry and Capt. Joseph Noble to be Rear Admiral (lh)
  • 801-Capt. Heidi Berg, Capt. Michael Brookes, and Capt. William Chase III to be Rear Admiral (lh)
  • 802-Capt. John Adametz to be Rear Admiral (lh)
  • 803-Capt. Thomas Anderson to be Rear Admiral (lh)
  • 804-Capt. James Aiken, Capt. Richard Cheeseman, Capt. Craig Clapperton, Capt. Keith Davids, Capt. Joseph Diguardo, Capt. Leonard Dollaga, Capt. Christopher Gray, Capt. John Gumbleton, Capt. James Kirk, Capt. Timothy Kott, Capt. Fredrick Luchtman, Capt. Brendan McLane, Capt. Scott Pappano, Capt. Ryan Scholl, Capt. Lance Scott, Capt. Philip Sobeck, Capt. John Spence, Capt. Douglas Verissimo, and Capt. George Wikoff to be Rear Admiral (lh)
  • 805-Gen. Terrance O’Shaughnessy to be General
  • 806-Col. Michale Gerock to be Brigadier General
  • 807-Maj. Gen. Stephen Fogarty to be Lieutenant General
  • 808-Brig. Gen. Raymond Dingle to be Major General
  • 809-Maj. Gen. Francis Beaudette to be be Lieutenant General
  • 810-Brig. Gen. Eugene Leboeuf and Brig. Gen. Stephen Strand to be Major General. Col. Aida Borras, Col. Vincent Buggs, Col. Barry Edberg, Col. Cheryn Fasano, Col. Stephen Iacovelli, Col. Isaac Johnson, Col. James Kokaska, Col. Joseph Lestorti, Col. Edward Merrigan, Col. Michael Roache, Col. Beth Salisbury, Col. Charles Sentell, Col. Jamelle Shawley, and Col. Robert Suter to be Brigadier General.
  • 811-Adm. Philip Davidson to be Admiral
  • 812-Read Adm. David Kriete to be Vice Admiral
  • 813-Rear Adm. (lh) to be Rear Admiral
  • 814-Rear Admirals (lh) Eugene Black, William Byrne, Marc Dalton, John Fuller, Michael Holland, Hurgh Howard, Jeffrey Hughes, Thomas Ishee, Roy Kitchener, Stephen Koehler, Samuel Paparo, Jeffrey Trussler, William Wheeler, And Kenneth Whitesell to be Rear Admiral.
  • 815-Rear Adm. (lh) Brent Scott to be Rear Admiral
  • 816-Capt. Darin Via to be Rear Admiral (lh)
  • 817-Lt. Gen. Michael Dana to be Lieutenant General
  • 818-Lt. Gen David Berger to be Lieutenant General
  • 819-Colonels Stephen Liszewski, Lorna Hahlock, David Odom, Arthur Pasagian, Sean Salene, Kevin Stewart, William Swan, Calvert Worth to be Brigadier General
  • 820-Maj. Gen. Charles Chiarotti to be Lieutenant General.

3:46 p.m. Senator McConnell announced that at a time to be determined the Senate will proceed to 10 hours of consideration of the nomination of Mitchell Zais  to be Deputy Secretary of Education followed by a vote.

3:45 p.m. The following nominations were considered and confirmed en bloc:

  • 621-Yleem Poblete to be an Assistant Secretary of State.
  • 789-Thomas Hushek to be Ambassador to the Republic of South Sudan
  • 790-Kirsten Madison to be an Assistant Secretary of State
  • 774-Kenneth Barbic to be an Assistant Secretary of Agriculture
  • 768-Timothy Garrison to be US Attorney for Missouri
  • 769-Kenji Price to be US Attorney for Hawaii
  • 770-John Bittick to be US Marshal for Georgia
  • 771-David Lyons to be US Marshal for Georgia
  • 772-Rodney Ostermiller to be US Marshal for Montana
  • 784-Nicola Hanna to be US Attorney for California
  • 785-Steven Gladden to be US Marshal for North Carolina
  • 786-Brendan Heffner to be US Marshal for Illinois
  • 787-Theodor Short to be US Marshal for Maine
  • 821-John Peede to be Chairperson of the National Endowment for the Humanities
  • 773-Hannibal Ware to be Inspector General, Small Business Administration
  • 775-Joseph Falvey to be a Judge of the US Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
  • 776-Paul Lawrence to be Under Secretary for Benefits for the Department of Veterans Affairs.

 

2:22 p.m. Senator Murray asked to consider legislation that would provide alternative minimum funding rules for certain single employer funding plans maintained by a community newspaper, Senator Hatch objected.

2:17 p.m. ML McConnell filed cloture on executive calendar #673, Kurt Englehardt of LA to be a Circuit Judge for the 5th Circuit; #690 Michael Brennan to be a Circuit Judge for the 7th Circuit; #729 Joel Carson of New Mexico to be a Circuit Judge for the 10th Circuit; #777 John Nalbandian of Kentucky to be circuit judge for the 6th circuit; #780 Michael Scudder of IL to be a Circuit Court Judge for the 7th Circuit; #781 Amy St. Eve of IL to be Circuit Court Judge for the 7th Circuit.

2:16 p.m. The Senate confirmed the nomination of Richard Grenell to be Ambassador to Germany by a vote of 56-42. 6 Democrats voted yes: Senators Donnelly, Heitkamp, Jones, Manchin, McCaskill, and Tester. Senators Duckworth and McCain were absent.

1:45 p.m. Roll call vote began on the Grenell nomination.

1:43 p.m. Senator Corker spoke in favor of the Grenell nomination.

1:34 p.m. Senator Boozman spoke on the opioid crisis.

1:12 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke about the heritage foundation.

1:05 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke in favor of the recently confirmed Pompeo nomination.

1:04 p.m. Senator Cornyn achieved UC that cloture on the Grenell nomination be vitiated, and at 1:45 the Senate will conduct just ONE roll call vote on confirmation of the nomination.

1:03 p.m. By a tally of 57-42, the Pompeo nomination was confirmed.

Senators voting in favor: 50 Republicans, 6 Democrats: Donnelly, Heitkamp, Jones, Manchin, McCaskill and Nelson; 1 Independent: King.

Senators voting against: 41 Democrats, 1 Independent: Sanders.

Senators not voting: 1 Republican: McCain.

12:35 p.m. Roll call vote began on confirmation of the Pompeo nomination.

12:34 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Pompeo nomination, 57-42.

Senators voting in favor: 50 Republicans, 6 Democrats: Donnelly, Heitkamp, Jones, Manchin, McCaskill and Nelson; 1 Independent: King.

Senators voting against: 41 Democrats, 1 Independent: Sanders.

Senators not voting: 1 Republican: McCain.

12:04 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the Pompeo nomination.

12:00 p.m. Senator Corker spoke in favor of the Pompeo nomination.

11:55 a.m. Senator Menendez spoke against the Pompeo nomination.

11:45 a.m. Senators Burr and Blunt paid tribute to Matthew Pollard, former staffer of the Intelligence Committee who recently passed away from a heart attack.

11:38 a.m. Senator Ernst spoke in favor of the Pompeo nomination.

10:57 a.m. Senator Menendez spoke against the Grenell nomination.

10:53 a.m. Senator Peters spoke against the Pompeo nomination.

10:40 a.m. Senator Warren spoke against the Pompeo nomination.

10:34 a.m. Senator Roberts spoke supporting the Pompeo nomination.

10:24 a.m. Senator Cardin spoke against the Pompeo nomination.

10:22 a.m. Senator Roberts spoke about a bipartisan agreement to consider appropriations.

10:09 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about President Trump’s statements of today. He spoke about the Mueller investigation. He spoke about the medical system.

9:40 a.m. Senator Hatch spoke about undisciplined nominations.

9:33 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about nominations.

*****

The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m. and will resume consideration of the Pompeo nomination.

Four votes are expected today:

12:05 p.m.

  1. Cloture vote on the nomination of Mike Pompeo to be Secretary of State
  2. Confirmation vote on the Pompeo nomination

1:45 p.m.

  1. Cloture vote on the nomination of Richard Grenell to be Ambassador to Germany
  2. Confirmation vote on the Grenell nomination
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