Wednesday, September 12, 2018

7:52 p.m. The Senate has adjourned until Thursday, September 13 for a pro forma session only with no business expected to be conducted.

Following the pro forma session, the Senate  will next convene on Monday, September 17th at 2:00 p.m. and will proceed to the consideration of H.R.6, with debate time on H.R.6 (Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities Act) and S.2554 (Patient Right to Know Drug Prices Act) running concurrently will resume consideration of H.R. 6 and S. 2554 concurrently with 3 votes at 5:30 p.m.:

  1. Lee amendment #4011 to 2554
  2. Passage of 2554, as amended, if amended
  3. Passage of R.6, as amended with Alexander amendment #4013

During wrap-up:

  • 1050 with Duckworth substitute amendment, To award a Congressional Gold Medal, collectively, to the Chinese-American Veterans of World War II, was passed by unanimous consent.
  • 3029 with Alexander amendment,  PREEMIE Act, adopted by unanimous consent.
  • Res.576, Polycystic Kidney Disease Awareness Day, adopted by unanimous consent.
  • Res.525,  National Democracy Month, adopted by voice vote.
  • Res.627, National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month, adopted by unanimous consent.
  • Res.628, Legal Counsel, adopted by unanimous consent.

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7:43 p.m. Senator Flake began wrap up. Confirmed by voice vote Cal. #933 – Cherith Norman Chalet to be Representative to the United Nations for U.N. Management and Reform, with the rank of Ambassador. Cal. #934 – Cherith Norman Chalet to be an Alternate Representative of the United States to the Sessions of the General Assembly of the UN, during her tenure of service as Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations for U.N. Management and Reform.

7:35 p.m. Senator Flake spoke about AG Sessions.

7:13 p.m. Senator Alexander spoke about the minibus and the opioid bill.

7:12 p.m. The Senate adopted the conference report to accompany H.R. 5895 by a vote of 92 to 5. Senators voting no: Flake, Gillibrand, Markey, Paul, and Warren. Senators Burr, Isakson, and Nelson did not vote.

6:56 p.m. The Senate is now voting on adoption of the conference report to accompany H.R. 5895.

6:52 p.m. Senator Leahy spoke about the minibus.

6:50 p.m. Senator Shelby spoke about the minibus.

6:48 p.m. The Senate confirmed the nomination of Charles P. Rettig, to be Commissioner of Internal Revenue Service by a vote of 64-33. Fifteen Democrats voted yes: Senators Bennet, Brown, Cardin, Casey, Cortez Masto, Donnelly, Hassan, Heitkamp, Jones, Leahy, Manchin, McCaskill, Murphy, Schatz, and Shaheen.

6:31 p.m. The Senate is now voting on confirmation of the Rettig nomination.

6:30 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Rettig nomination by a vote of 63 to 34.

Senators Isakson, Nelson and Toomey did not vote.

6:00 p.m. The Senate began voting on the Motion to Invoke Cloture on the nomination of Charles Rettig to be Commissioner of Internal Revenue.

5:46 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke against the Rettig nomination.

5:36 p.m. Senator Bennett spoke about the shrinking economy.

5:35 p.m. Senator Wyden asked u.c. to speak for up to 15 minutes after Senator Bennett.

5:25 p.m. Senator Smith spoke about climate change.

5:17 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke about onshore wind energy.

5:01 p.m. Senator Portman spoke on the opioid bill.

4:49 p.m. ML McConnell received unanimous consent to withdraw the cloture motion regarding the conference report to accompany HR 5895 and the Senate will then vote on passage of the conference report to accompany H.R. 5895 after disposition of the Rettig nomination.

3 votes at beginning at 5:30 p.m.

  1. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #1013, Charles P. Rettig, of California, to be Commissioner of Internal Revenue for the term expiring November 12, 2022.
  2. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #1013, Charles P. Rettig, of California, to be Commissioner of Internal Revenue for the term expiring November 12, 2022.
  3. Adoption of the Conference Report to accompany H.R.5895, Minibus Appropriations (Energy and Water, Leg. Branch, Mil. Con. VA).

4:45 p.m. Senator Wicker spoke about Bosnia and Herzegovina.

4:27 p.m. Senator Menendez spoke against the Rettig nomination.

4:21 p.m. Senator Boozman spoke about the minibus.

4:12 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke about 9/11 and the Kavanaugh nomination.

3:54 P.M. Senator Cornyn spoke on the opioid bill.

3:42 p.m. Senator Casey spoke on freedom of the press.

3:27 p.m. Senators Daines and Murphy spoke on the conference report.

3:17 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke on nominations and specifically the Kavanugh nomination.

3:04 p.m. ML McConnell spoke on the Kavanaugh nomination, the Rettig nomination, the opioid bill, and the economy.  He then filed cloture on the conference report to accompany HR 5895.

3:00 p.m. The Senate convened.

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The Senate will convene at 3:00 p.m. and will resume consideration of the nomination of Charles Rettig to be Commissioner of Internal Revenue, with a cloture vote on the nomination at 5:30 p.m.

The Senate may also consider S 2554 and HR 6 this week.

Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities Act (H.R. 6)/Consent Agreement

At a time to be determined by the Majority Leader, in consultation with the Democratic Leader, the Senate will proceed to the consideration of H.R. 6, at which point Senator Alexander, or his designee, will be recognized in order to offer a substitute amendment (#4013).  There will then be up to one hour for debate, followed by adoption of the substitute amendment and a roll call vote on passage of H.R. 6.

Patient Right to Know Drug Prices Act (S. 2554)/Consent Agreement

At a time to be determined by the Majority Leader, in consultation with the Democratic Leader, the Senate will proceed to the consideration of S. 2554, at which point Senator Lee, or his designee, will be recognized to offer an amendment to limit application of the gag clause to self-insured group health plans (#4011).  There will then be up to one hour for debate, followed by a roll call vote on Lee amendment #4011.  Following disposition of the Lee amendment, the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on passage of S. 2554.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

The Senate convened for a pro forma session at 5:00 p.m.  No business was conducted and Senator Burr presided.

 

Friday, September, 7, 2018

The Senate convened at 9:00 a.m. for a pro forma session only. No business was conducted and Senator Kennedy presided.

 

Thursday, September 6, 2018

5:35 p.m. The Senate adjourned. The Senate will next meet in these pro forma sessions, with no business to be conducted:

— Friday, September 7 at 9 a.m.

— Tuesday, September 11 at 5 p.m.

The Senate will next meet in regular session at 3 p.m. Wednesday, September 12 and will resume consideration of cloture for the nomination of Charles Rettig to be commissioner of Internal Revenue. There will be a cloture vote at 5:30 p.m.

5:23 p.m. By voice votes, the Senate agreed to go to conference with the House and named conferees for these appropriations bills:

— The “minibus” for Interior and other agencies, HR. 6147:  Republicans Collins, Lankford, Hoeven, Shelby, Hyde-Smith; Democrats Udall, Reed, Coon, Murphy, Leahy.

— The Defense Department, H.R. 6157:  Republicans Shelby, Blunt, Graham, Moran; Democrats Durbin, Murray, Leahy.

By voice vote, en bloc, the Senate confirmed these nominations to ambassadorships:

— Donald. L. Tapia, Jamaica;

— Michael A. Hammer, Congo;

— Dereck J. Hogan, Moldova;

— Philip S. Kosnett, Kosovo;

— Stephanie Sanders Sullivan, Ghana;

— Judy Rising Reinke, Montenegro.

Also by voice vote, en bloc, the Senate confirmed these nominations of Foreign Service officers to ambassadorships:

— Randy W. Berry, Nepal;

— Donald Lu, Kyrgyz Republic;

–Alaina B. Teplitz, Sri Lanka and Republic of Maldives.

The Senate consented to these measures:

— S. 1417, as amended, on vegetation management;

— H.R. 6124, amending Title II of the Social Security Act;

— S-1586, on the Environmental Sensitivity Index;

— S.Res. 522, making the week of Sept. 23 Gold Stars Remembrance Week;

— S.Res. 603, making this School Bus Safety Month;

— S.Res. 612, making this National Child Awareness Month;

— S.Res. 624, commemorating Arthur Ashe;

— H.R. 302, as amended, on sports medicine.

The Senate consented to consider and vote on S.2554, and the Lee Amendment #4011 at a time to be determined.

The Senate consented to consider and vote on H.R. 6, and the Alexander Amendment #4013 at a time to be determined.

The Senate agreed to meet next week in these pro forma sessions, with no business to be conducted:

— Friday, September 7 at 9 a.m.

— Tuesday, September 11 at 5 p.m.

2:43 p.m. The Senate recessed subject to the call of the chair.

2:42 p.m. S. Res. 623 (To constitute the Majority Party’s membership on certain committees for the 115th Congress or until successors are appointed) was passed by voice vote.

2:41 p.m. Senator McConnell filed cloture on the nomination of Charles Rettig to be Commissioner of Internal Revenue.

2:40 p.m. The Senate confirmed the following nominations by voice vote:

  • Robert Summerhays to be District Judge for the Western District of Louisiana
  • Eric Tostrud to be District Judge for the District of Minnesota
  • Alan Albright to be District Judge for Western Texas

2:40 p.m. The Senate confirmed the nomination of Charles Williams

2:14 p.m. The Senate confirmed the nomination of Dominic Lanza by a vote of 60-35.

1:48 p.m. The Senate voted on the nomination of Dominic Lanza to be District Judge for the District of Arizona.

1:46 p.m. The Senate confirmed the following nominations by voice vote:

  • Marilyn Horan to be District Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • William Jung to be District Judge for the Middle District of Florida
  • Kari Dooley to be District Judge for the District of Connecticut

1:29 p.m. Senator Portman spoke on the Kavanaugh nomination and opioid overdoses.

1:13 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke on the Kavanaugh nomination.

12:56 p.m. Senator Leahy spoke about appropriations.

12:45 p.m. Senator Murray spoke about appropriations.

12:38 p.m. Senator Blunt spoke about the Kavanaugh nomination.

12:28 p.m. Senator Cotton endorsed Dominic Lanza’s nomination to the U.S. District Court for Arizona.

12:12 p.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about the Kavanaugh nomination.

12:03 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the Kavanaugh nomination. He paid tribute to Walter Oleszek’s 50 years of service in the Library of Congress.

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The Senate will convene at 12:00 p.m. and proceed to a period of morning business with Senators permitted to speak therein for up to ten minutes each.

At least one roll call vote is expected at 1:45 p.m.

At a time to be determined during the week of September 4th, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the following nominations, in the order listed:

o Marilyn Horan for the Western District of Pennsylvania
o William Jung for the Middle District of Florida
o Kari Dooley for the District of Connecticut
o Dominic Lanza for the District of Arizona
o Charles Williams for the Northern District of Iowa
o Robert Summerhays for the Western District of Louisiana
o Eric Tostrud for the District of Minnesota
o Alan Albright for the Western District of Texas

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

1:17 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 12:00 p.m. Thursday September 6th.

1:08 p.m. Senator Inhofe spoke about Senator Kyl and later about President Trump.

1:01 p.m. Senator Manchin spoke about his health care bill; and asked unanimous consent to take up and pass S Res 581.  Senator Inhofe objected.

1 p.m. Senator McConnell secured consent for the Senate to adjourn after today’s morning business.

12:57 p.m. Senator Schumer objected to Senator McConnell’s request for the Judiciary Committee to continue to meet during the Senate session.

12:56 p.m. Vice President Pence swore in Senator Kyl.

12:55 p.m. The certificate of Senator Kyle’s appointment was presented to the Senate.

12:54 p.m. By a vote of 85 to 14, the Senate confirmed the nomination of Elad Roisman to the S.E.C.

Senators voting in favor: 50 Republicans, 34 Democrats, 1 Independent: King.

Senators voting against: 13 Democrats: Baldwin, Blumenthal, Booker, Durbin, Feinstein, Gillibrand, Harris, Markey, Menendez, Merkley, Schumer Warren and Whitehouse; 1 Independent: Sanders.

12:03 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell paid tribute to Senator Kyl. He spoke about the agriculture and appropriations bills and about nominations. He spoke about the Kavanaugh nomination. He called for a vote on the Roisman nomination.

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The Senate will convene at 12:00 p.m. Following any Leader remarks, resume consideration of Elad Roisman to be a Member of the Securities and Exchange Commission, post-cloture.

At approximately 12:15 p.m., vote on confirmation of the Roisman nomination.

At approximately 12:45 p.m., Senator Kyl will be sworn in as Senator from Arizona.

We anticipate the Senate to recess following the vote and swearing in until 2:15 p.m.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

7:120 p.m. The Senate stands adjourned until 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 5, 2018.

6:25 p.m. Senator Alexander paid tribute to the late Senator McCain.

6:15 p.m.  The Senate voted  83-14  to limit debate on the nomination of Elad Roisman to be a member of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Senators voting in favor: 50 Republicans, 32 Democrats, 1 Independent: King.

Senators voting against: 14 Democrats: Baldwin, Blumenthal, Booker, Feinstein, Gillibrand, Harris, Hirono, Markey, Menendez, Merkley, Schatz, Schukmer, Warren and Whitehouse.

Senators not voting: 1 Democrat: Brown; 1 Independent: Sanders.

5:30 p.m. The Senate is currently voting on a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Elad Roismant o be a member of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

5:13 p.m. Senator Murkowski spoke in tribute of Senator McCain.

4:53 p.m. Senator Cassidy spoke about the Kavanaugh nomination.

4:45 p.m. Senator Warren paid tribute to Senator McCain.

4:19 p.m. Senator Udall spoke on climate change and wildfires.

4:12 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke about climate change.

4 p.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about the Kavanaugh nomination.

3:33 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the Kavanaugh nomination.

3:04 p.m. Senator Ernst paid tribute to Senator McCain.

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The Senate will convene at 3:00 p.m. and resume consideration of the nomination of Elad Roisman to be a Member of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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

At a time to be determined during the week of September 4th, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the following nominations, in the order listed:

o Marilyn Horan for the Western District of Pennsylvania
o William Jung for the Middle District of Florida
o Kari Dooley for the District of Connecticut
o Dominic Lanza for the District of Arizona
o Charles Williams for the Northern District of Iowa
o Robert Summerhays for the Western District of Louisiana
o Eric Tostrud for the District of Minnesota
o Alan Albright for the Western District of Texas

Friday, August 31, 2018

The Senate met at 10:00 a.m. in a pro forma session, Senator Ernst presided and no business was conducted.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

7:46 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 10:00 a.m. on Friday, August 31st for a pro forma session.

7:45 p.m. ML McConnell asked u.c. that the Senate meet in a pro forma session om Friday, August 31st at 10:00 a.m. and when the Senate adjourns on Friday, it will next convene at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 4th. Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #1061, Elad L. Roisman, of Maine, to be a Member of the Securities and Exchange Commission. At 5:30 p.m., the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Roisman nomination.

7:38 p.m. S Res 617, recognizing the American Legion for 100 years of service to veterans and members of the Armed Forces in the United States and their families, and designating the week of August 24 through August 30, 2018, as “American Legion Week” – adopted by u.c.

7:38 p.m. S.Res. 620, Congratulating the National Academy of Inventors on the milestone of achieving 200 member institutions – adopted by u.c.

7:37 p.m. #869 Dept of Defense nomination #869, James H. Anderson, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary of Defense  – confirmed by voice vote en bloc.

7:36 p.m. Commodity Futures Trading Commission #270, Dawn DeBerry Stump, of Texas, to be a Commissioner of the CFTC; #1039, Dan Michael Berkovitz, of Maryland, to be a Commissioner of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission for a term expiring April 13, 2023; Dept of Agriculture #1040, James E. Hubbard, of Colorado, to be Under Secretary of Agriculture for Natural Resources and Environment – nominations confirmed by voice vote en bloc.

7:35 p.m. United States Postal Service #832, Robert Duncan of KY to be a Governor of the U.S. Postal Service for a term expiring December 8, 2018 and  #834, David William of IL to be a Governor of the U.S. Postal Service for a term expiring December 8, 2019 – nominations were confirmed by voice vote en bloc.

7:34 p.m. #1015 Department of Energy nomination – Karen Evans of WV to be an Assistant Secretary of Energy (Cybersecurity, Energy Security and Emergency Response) – nomination confirmed en bloc

7:33 p.m. U.S. Tax Corps nominations #995 Elizabeth Copeland of TX to be a Judge on the US Tax Court and #996 Patrick Urda of IN to be a Judge on the US Tax Court – nominations confirmed by voice vote en bloc.

7:32 p.m. Department of Justice nominations #1066, Ariana Fajardo Orshan, of Florida, to be United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida for the term of four years; #1067, Peter G. Strasser, of Louisiana, to be United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana for the term of four years; #1068, G. Zachary Terwilliger, of Virginia, to be United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia for the term of four years – nominations confirmed by voice vote en bloc.

7:30 p.m. Department of Justice nominations, #916, Charles L. Goodwin, of Hawaii, to be United States Marshal for the District of Hawaii for the term of four years; #917, R. Don Ladner, Jr., of Florida, to be United States Marshal for the Northern District of Florida for the term of four years; #918, Susan Llewellyn Pamerleau, of Texas, to be United States Marshal for the Western District of Texas for the term of four years; #919, Gadyaces S. Serralta, of Florida, to be United States Marshal for the Southern District of Florida for the term of four years; #948, John D. Jordan, of Missouri, to be United States Marshal for the Eastern District of Missouri for the term of four years; #949, Mark F. Sloke, of Alabama, to be United States Marshal for the Southern District of Alabama for the term of four years; #950, Nick Willard, of New Hampshire, to be United States Marshal for the District of New Hampshire for the term of four years; #1004, Maria Chapa Lopez, of Florida, to be United States Attorney for the Middle District of Florida for the term of four years; #1005, Richard E. Taylor, Jr., of Texas, to be United States Marshal for the Northern District of Texas for the term of four years; – nominations confirmed by voice vote en bloc.

7:29 p.m. Department of State nomination – #1060, David Hale, of New Jersey, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Career Minister, to be an Under Secretary of State (Political Affairs) – confirmed by voice vote

7:28 p.m. ML McConnell asked u.c. that the injunction of secrecy be removed from the treaty transmitted to the Senate on August 28, 2018 by the President. Amendments to the Treaty on Fisheries between the governments of certain Pacific Island States and the government of the United States. The Treaty be considered read for the first time and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.

7:27 p.m. ML McConnell began wrap up and filed cloture on Executive Calendar #1061, Elad L. Roisman, of Maine, to be a Member of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

7:14 p.m. Senator Casey spoke on Senator McCain.

6:51 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke on Senator McCain.

6:30 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke on Senator McCain.

6:16 p.m. Senator Sasse spoke on Senator McCain.

6:07 p.m. Senator Tester spoke about health care.

5:56 p.m. Senator Hoeven spoke on Senator McCain.

5:47 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke on Senator McCain.

5:35 p.m. Senator Moran spoke on Senator McCain.

5:30 p.m. Senator Schatz spoke on Senator McCain.

5:18 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke on Senator McCain.

5:18 p.m. The Senate confirmed Exec. Cal. #837 Nancy Brasel to be U.S. District Judge for the District of Minnesota by a voice vote.

5:17 p.m. The Senate confirmed Exec. Cal. #692 Susan Baxter to be U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

5:17 p.m. The Senate confirmed Exec. Cal. #676 James R. Sweeney II to be U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Indiana by a voice vote.

5:16 p.m. The Senate confirmed Exec. Cal. #674 Barry Ashe to be U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana by a voice vote.

5:15 p.m. The confirmed the nomination of Charles Goodwin to be U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Oklahoma by a vote of 52-42.

4:55 p.m. The Senate began voting on confirmation of Charles Goodwin to be U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Oklahoma.

4:54 p.m. The confirmed Exec. Cal. #635, R. Stan Baker to be U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Georgia by a voice vote.

4:53 p.m. The Senate confirmed Exec. Cal. #633, Terry Moorer to be U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Alabama by a voice vote.

4:52 p.m. The Senate confirmed by a vote of 75-20, Isabel Patelunas to be Assistant Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis, Department of the Treasury.

4:36 p.m. The Senate is voting on confirmation of Isabel Patelunas to be Assistant Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis, Department of the Treasury.

4:35 p.m. The Senate confirmed Joseph Hunt to be an Assistant Attorney General by a vote of 72-23.

4:23 p.m. The Senate is voting now on confirmation of Joseph H. Hunt, to be an Assistant Attorney General.

4:21 p.m. The Senate confirmed by voice vote, Exec. Cal. #911 Richard Clarida to be a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve for the unexpired term of 14 years from February 1, 2008.

4:19 p.m. The Senate confirmed the Clarida nomination to be Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System by a vote of 69-26.

3:46 p.m. The Senate voted on the confirmation of Richard Clarida to be the Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.

3:43 p.m. Senator Blunt spoke on Senator McCain.

3:30 p.m. Senator Brown spoke about Richard Clarida’s nomination.

3:22 p.m. Senator Portman spoke on Senator McCain.

3:09 p.m. Senator Klobuchar spoke on Senator McCain.

At 3:45 p.m., the Senate will proceed to up to 11 roll call votes.

3:00 p.m. Senator Thune spoke on Senator McCain.

2:54 p.m. Senator Reed spoke on Senator McCain.

2:49 p.m. Senator Cassidy spoke on Senator McCain.

2:16 p.m. Senator Graham spoke honoring the life and legacy of his friend, Senator John McCain.

2:15 p.m. The Senate reconvened.

12:48 p.m. The Senate is in recess until 2:15 p.m.

12:38 p.m. Senator Tillis spoke on Senator McCain and Pastor Andrew Brunson.

12:24 p.m. Senator Hatch spoke on Senator McCain and the Kavanaugh nomination.

12:07 p.m. Senator Coons spoke on Senator McCain.

11:51 a.m. Senator Nelson spoke on Senator McCain.

11:38 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on Senator McCain and the Kavanaugh nomination.

11:37 a.m. By a vote of 69 to 26, the Senate invoked cloture on the Clarida nomination to the to the vice chairmanship of the Fed.

11:14 a.m. The cloture vote began on the Clarida nomination to the vice chairmanship of the Fed.

11:13 a.m. By a vote of 67 to 28, the Senate confirmed Lynn Johnson as Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services. All Republicans present voted YEA. Nineteen Democrats voted YEA: Baldwin, Bennet, Cantwell, Casey, Donnelly, Hassan, Heitkamp, Hirono, Jones, Kaine, Manchin, McCaskill, Murphy, Murray, Nelson, Schumer, Shaheen, Tester, Wyden. Independent King voted YES.  Not voting: Cruz, Graham, Leahy, Murkowski.

10:41 a.m. The confirmation vote began on the Johnson nomination.

10:31 a.m. Senator Schumer spoke about Senator McCain and about the Kavanaugh nomination.

10:14 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke about Senator McCain.

10:03 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about Senator McCain, about nominations, and about the economy.

The Senate will convene at 10 a.m. and will resume post-cloture consideration of the nomination of Lynn A. Johnson to be Assistant Secretary for Family Support, Department of Health and Human Services.

At 10:40 a.m., the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Johnson nomination.

Following disposition of the Johnson nomination, the Senate will vote on cloture for the nomination of Richard Clarida to be Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.

From 12:30 p.m. until 2:15 p.m., the Senate will recess for the weekly caucus luncheons.

  • Additional roll call votes are possible today.

NOTE: Cloture has been filed on these additional nominations.  They will be dealt with in this order, with up to thirty hours of post-cloture debate possible on each. 

  • Richard Clarida to the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (as distinct from his earlier nomination to be vice chairman of the Fed);
  • Joseph H. Hunt to be an assistant attorney general;
  • Isabel Marie Keenan Patelunas to be assistant Treasury secretary for intelligence and analysis;
  • Terry Fitzgerald Moorer to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama;
  • Stan Baker to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia;
  • Charles Barnes Goodwin to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma;
  • Barry W. Ashe to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana;
  • James R. Sweeney II, to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana;
  • Susan Paradise Baxter to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania;
  • Marilyn Jean Horan to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania;
  • William F. Jung to the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida;
  • Dominic W. Lanza to the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona;
  • Charles J. Williams to the the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa;
  • Robert R. Summerhays to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana;
  • Alan D. Albright to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas.

 

Monday, August 27, 2018

6:54 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 10 a.m. on Tuesday, August 28.

During wrap-up, Senator McConnell secured consent for the post-debate time on the Johnson nomination to be considered expired at 10:45 a.m. The Senate will recess from 12:30 p.m. until 2:15 p.m. for weekly policy lunches.

By unanimous consent the Senate passed these measures:

  • Res. 619, on the death of Senator McCain;
  • Con. Res. 43, on arrangements for Senator McCain’s ceremony in the Rotunda;
  • Con. Res. 44, authorizing Senator McCain’s remains to lie in state the Rotunda.

6:12 p.m. Senators Brown and Whitehouse paid tribute to Senator McCain.

6:11 p.m. The Senate invoked cloture on the Johnson nomination 60-28.

Senators voting in favor: 46 Republicans, 13 Democrats: Baldwin, Bennet, Casey, Donnelly, Hasssan, Heitkamp, Kaine, McCaskill, Murphy, Nelson, Shaheen, Tester and Wyden; 1 Independent: King.

Senators not voting: Carper, Cassidy, Crapo, Cruz, Graham, Hirono, Jones, Leahy, Manchin, Murkowski and Murray.

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

5:23 p.m. Senator Flake paid tribute to Senator McCain.

4:53 p.m. Senator Inhofe paid tribute to Senator McCain.

4:42 p.m. Senator Isakson paid tribute to Senator McCain.

4:32 p.m. Senator Collins paid tribute to Senator McCain.

4:21 p.m. Senator Schumer paid tribute to Senator McCain. He spoke about his resolution to rename the Russell Senate Office Building for Senator McCain.

4:02 p.m. ML McConnell paid tribute to Senator McCain.

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The Senate will convene at 4:00 p.m.

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of Lynn Johnson to be Assistant Secretary for Family Support, Department of HHS.

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

Additionally, Majority Leader McConnell has filed cloture on the following nominations:

1. Richard Clarida to be Vice Chair of the Board of the Federal Reserve System
2. Richard Clarida to be Member of the Board of the Federal Reserve System
3. Joseph Hunt to be an Assistant Attorney General
4. Isabel Patelunas to be Asst Secretary for Intelligence & Analysis, Treasury Dept.
5. Terry Moorer to be US District Judge for the Southern District of Alabama
6. Stan Baker to be US District Judge for the Southern District of Georgia
7. Charles Goodwin to be US District Judge for the Western District of Oklahoma
8. Barry Ashe to be US District Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana
9. James Sweeney to be US District Judge for the Southern District of Indiana
10. Susan Baxter to be US District Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania
11. Marilyn Horan to be US District Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania
12. William Jung to be US District Judge for the Middle District of Florida
13. Dominic Lanza to be US District Judge for the District of Arizona
14. Charles Williams to be US District Judge for the Northern District of Iowa
15. Robert Summerhays to be US Dist Judge for the Western District of Louisiana
16. Alan Albright to be US District Judge for the Western District of Texas.

Each cloture motion will ripen upon disposition of the previous one and each is subject to up to 30 hours of post-cloture debate time.

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