Friday, August 27, 2021

9:00 a.m. The Senate convened for a pro forma session. Senator Kaine presided and no business was conducted.

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

8:30 a.m. The Senate convened for a pro forma session. Senator Murphy presided and no business was conducted.

Friday, August 20, 2021

9:00 a.m. The Senate convened for a pro forma session. Senator Bennet presided and no business was conducted.

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

9:30 a.m. The Senate convened for a pro forma session. Senator Peters presided and no business was conducted.

Friday, August 13, 2021

9:30 a.m. The Senate convened for a pro forma session. Senator Van Hollen presided, no business was conducted.

Tuesday, August 10/Wednesday August 11, 2021

5:56 a.m. The Senate adjourned.

Senate pro forma schedule:

  • Friday 8/13 9:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday 8/17 9:30 a.m.
  • Friday 8/20 9:00 a.m.
  • Tuesday 8/23 8:30 a.m.
  • Friday 8/27 9:00 a.m.
  • Tuesday 8/31 10:30 a.m.
  • Friday 9/3 1:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday 9/7 1:00 p.m.
  • Friday 9/10 12:00 p.m.

The Senate will return for business on Monday 9/13 at 3:00 p.m. with a cloture vote at 5:30 p.m. on Exec. Cal. #64, the nomination of James Richard Kvaal, MA, to be Under Secretary of Education.

Cloture was filed on the following:

1. Exec. Cal. #64, James Richard Kvaal, MA, to be Under Secretary of Education.

2. Exec. Cal. #252, David G. Estudillo, WA, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Washington

3. Exec. Cal. #260, Angel Kelley, MA, to be United States District Judge for the District of Massachusetts

4. Exec. Cal. #251, Veronica S. Rossman, CO, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Tenth Circuit

5. Motion to proceed to Calendar #77, S.2093, For the People Act of 2021.

4:52 a.m. Senators Menendez and Murphy spoke on several foreign affairs nominations that are being held up and asked UC to take up and confirm. Senators Cruz and Lee objected regarding the Nord Stream pipeline.

4:46 a.m. ML Schumer filed cloture on the following:

  • James Kvaal to be Under Secretary of Education
  • David Estudillo to be a District Judge for the Western District of Washington
  • Angel Kelly to be a District Judge for Massachusetts
  • Veronica Rossman to be a Circuit Judge for the Tenth Circuit
  • Motion to proceed to S. 2093, regarding voting rights.

4:37 a.m. Senators Merkley and Whitehouse spoke on voting rights.

4:24 a.m. ML Schumer asked to call up S. 2093, regarding voting rights. Senator Cruz objected. ML Schumer asked to call S. 2670, regarding redistricting. Senator Cruz objected. ML Schumer asked UC to take u S. 2671, also regarding voting rights, Senator Cruz attempted to bring up his own bill, that ML Schumer objected to, after which Senator Cruz objected to S. 2671.

4:23 a.m. The motion to discharge S.1 from the Rules committee was agreed to on a party line vote of 50-49 with Senator Rounds absent.

3:58 a.m. Majority Leader Schumer, Senator Manchin and Republican Leader McConnell spoke on the motion to discharge S.1 from the Rules Committee.

3:57 a.m. S. Con Res 14 was adopted on a party line tally of 50-49.

3:42 a.m. The Kennedy amendment 3753 to establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund relating to maintaining the current tax treatment of like kind exchanges (3753) was agreed to by voice vote.

3:40 a.m. The Lee amdt (3815) to create a point of order against legislation that would cause a net increase in outlays unless the Director of the CBO certifies that inflation is below 3 percent was not agreed to on a party line vote of 49-50.

3:33 a.m. The motion to waive the Budget Act with respect to the Cruz amdt regarding providing funding or subsidize the import from the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China of items relating to electric cars was not agreed to 50-49 (60 vote threshold) Manchin voted yes

3:26 a.m. The Sullivan amdt 3626 relating to restricting US funding to international organizations, such as the UN Human Rights Council, until the State dept certifies no members of the organization are state sponsors of terrorism, was not agreed to on a party line vote, 49-50.

3:20 a.m. The Grassley amdt (3650) prohibiting illegal aliens with criminal records from receiving conditional or lawful permanent resident status in the US was not agreed to on a party line tally of 49-50.

3:14 a.m. The Hyde Smith amendment relating to adjustments to Federal funds for certain local jurisdictions was not agreed to 47-52 with Collins and Romney voting against.

3:08 a.m. The Hagerty amendment 3742 regarding illegal aliens convicted of crimes was agreed to 53-46 with Cortez Masto, Kelly and Rosen joining in favor.

3:00 a.m. The Daines amendment was agreed to by voice vote.

2:55 a.m. The Inhofe amendment was not agreed to 49-50, Senator Collins voted no.

2:44 a.m. The Lee amendment 3141 related to studying and providing for tax equivalency under the payments in lieu of taxes programs was agreed to 51-48 with Senators Cortez Masto and Rosen voting in favor.

2:34 a.m. The Kennedy amendment was not agreed to 48-51. Senator Manchin voted in favor, Senators Collins and Murkowski voted against.

2:21 a.m. ML Schumer announced a list of 10 final amendments and then adoption of the budget resolution.

2:20 a.m. The Marshall amendment 3797 was agreed to 88-11.

1:51 a.m. The Hoeven amendment 3243 regarding electrical blackouts was agreed to 52-47. Sens Kelly, Manchin and Sinema joined in favor.

1:32 a.m. The Hawley amendment 2734 regarding hiring 100,000 more police was adopted 95-3. Voting no: Lee, Sanders and Toomey. Not voting: Paul and Rounds.

1:11 a.m. The Cruz amendment 3781 regarding immigrants and covid was not agreed to on a party line tally of 49-50.

12:52 a.m. The Blackburn amendment 3062 regarding emergency legislation was not agreed to on a party line tally of 49-50.

12:32 a.m. The Cotton amendment 3680 regarding critical race theory in pre-k, elementary and secondary schools was agreed to 50-49 with Senator Manchin joining all Republicans in favor.

12:13 a.m. The Moran amendment 3795 regarding immigration was agreed to 76-23.

11:51 p.m. The Romney amendment #3652 regarding tax increases was not agreed to on a party line tally of 49-50.

11:31 p.m. The Senate agreed 85-13 to the Baldwin amendment #3648 to establish a reserve fund relating to Great Lakes ice breaking operational improvements. (3648)

11:05 p.m. The Paul amendment in the nature of a substitute was not agreed to 28-71.

10:48 p.m. The Wyden amendment #3805 was agreed to by voice vote.

10:45 p.m. The Sullivan amendment to establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund relating to prohibiting renewable energy projects receiving Federal funds and subsidies from purchasing materials, technology, and critical minerals produced in China. (3627) was agreed to 90-9.

Voting No: Blumenthal, Booker, Carper, Gillibrand, Markey, Murphy, Sanders, Toomey & Whitehouse.

10:25 p.m. The Lankford amendment regarding abortion funding was agreed to 50-49. Senator Manchin joined Republicans in favor.

10:05 p.m. The Young amendment was agreed to 98-1 with Senator Carper voting against.

9:52 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on the Young amendment #3444 to prevent tax increases that would violate President Biden’s repeated promise to not impose a single penny in tax increases on people making less than $400,000 per year.

9:49 p.m. The Senate adopted the Scott of FL amend #3383 by a vote of 99-0.

9:23 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on the Scott of FL amendment #3383.

9:22 p.m. Senator Scott of FL spoke on his amendment #3383 related to Hamas terrorists.

9:21 p.m. By a vote of 66-33 the Senate agreed to the Ernst amendment #3115.

9:05 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on adoption of Ernst amendment #3115 to establish a DNRF relating to prohibiting or limiting the issuance of costly Clean Air Act permit requirements on farmers and ranchers in the United States or the imposition of new Federal methane requirements.

9:03 p.m. By a vote of 51-48, the Senate adopted the Fischer amendment #3128, in relation to Cal. #122, S.Con.Res.14, FY22 Budget Resolution.

Democrat Senators Kelly, Manchin & Sinema joined 48 Republicans voting Yes.

Republican Senator Blackburn joined 45 Democrats and 2 Independents voting No.

8:45 p.m. The Senate began a vote on adoption of the Fischer amendment #3128.

8:41 p.m. Senator Fischer spoke on her amendment #3128 to means-test electric vehicle tax credits to ensure high-income individuals do not get government subsidies to buy expensive luxury cars.

8:40 p.m. By a vote of 86-13 the #Senate adopted the Braun amendment #3114.

8:25 p.m. The Senate began a vote on the Braun amendment
#3114 to establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund relating to removing the prohibition on States and territories against lowering their taxes.

8:21 p.m. The Senate adopted the Boozman amendment #3103 by a vote of 53-46.

Senators Kelly, Manchin, Sinema and Tester joined all Republicans and voted yes.

8:02 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on the Boozman amendment.

7:58 p.m. Senator Boozman spoke on his amendment #3103 to establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund relating to policies or legislation to prohibit the Department of Agriculture from making ineligible for financing fossil fuel-burning power plants.

7:57 p.m. The Senate adopted the Capito amendment #3284 by a voice vote.

7:55 p.m. Senator Capito spoke on her amendment #3284 to establish a DNRF relating to supporting or expediting the deployment of carbon capture, utilization, and sequestration technologies .

7:54 p.m. By a vote of 99-0, the Senate adopted the Klobuchar amendment #3731 re: reserve fund to honor the U.S. Capitol Police, Metropolitan Police and all other first responders to the January 6th riot.

7:33 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on the Klobuchar amendment #3731.

7:31 p.m. Senator Klobuchar spoke on her amendment #3731.

7:30 p.m. By a vote of 99-0, the Senate adopted the Tuberville amend #3113, in relation to Cal. #122, S.Con.Res.14, FY22 Budget Resolution.

7:13 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on the Tuberville amendment to establish a DNRF relating to decreasing Federal funding for local jurisdictions that defund the police

7:10 p.m. Senator Tuberville spoke on his amendment #3113.

7:09 p.m. By a vote of 47-51, the Senate agreed to the Wyden amendment #3569 to S.Con.Res. 14.

6:45 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on adoption of Wyden amendment #3569, establishing a reserve fund relating to increasing the progressivity of the tax code in relation to Cal. #122, S.Con.Res.14, FY2022 Budget Resolution.

6:44 p.m. By a vote of 48-51, the Senate did not agree to the Grassley amendment #3251, in relation to Cal. #122, S.Con.Res.14, FY2022 Budget Resolution.

Senator Paul joined all Democrats and voted No. Senator Rounds did not vote.

6:18 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on the Grassley amendment #3251 to prevent changes to the State and local tax (SALT) deduction that mainly benefit the wealthy

6:16 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke on his amendment #3251.

6:15 p.m. The Senate did not agree to the Shelby amendment #3293 by a vote of 46-53. Republican Senators Braun, Lee & Paul voted no.

5:56 p.m. The Senate began a vote on adoption of Shelby amendment #3293 re: defense spending, in relation to Cal. #122, S.Con.Res.14, FY2022 Budget Resolution.

5:52 p.m. Senator Shelby spoke on his amendment #3293 providing funds available to the Department of Defense to implement the 2018 National Defense Strategy.

5:52 p.m. By a voice vote, the Senate adopted the Rubio amendment #3097 re: Cuban regime.

5:49 p.m. The Senate did not agree to the Scott (SC) amend #3073 by a vote of 49-50.

This was a party line vote. Senator Rounds did not vote.

5:23 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on the Scott (SC) amendment #3073.

5:21 p.m. Senator Murray spoke on the Scott amendment #3073.

5:20 p.m. Senator Scott (SC) spoke on his amendment #3073.

5:19 p.m. The Cramer amendment #3105 was agreed to, 57-42.

7 Democrats and 1 Independent voted yes: Bennet, Casey, Heinrich, Hickenlooper, King, Lujan, Manchin, and Tester.

Senator Rounds did not vote.

4:57 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on the Cramer amendment #3105.

4:55 p.m. Senator Sanders spoke on the Cramer amendment #3105.

4:54 p.m. Senator Cramer spoke on his amendment #3105.

4:53 p.m. The Wyden amendment #3365 was agreed to, 50-49.

Party line. Senator Rounds did not vote.

4:29 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on the Wyden amendment #3365.

4:28 p.m. Senator Crapo spoke on the Wyden amendment #3365.

4:27 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke on his amendment #3365.

4:26 p.m. The Crapo amendment #3099 was not agreed to, 49-50.

Party line. Senator Rounds did not vote.

4:08 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on the Crapo amendment #3099.

4:07 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke on amendment #3099.

4:05 p.m. Senator Crapo spoke on his amendment #3099.

4:04 p.m. The Senate agreed to Hassan-Young amendment #3278 by voice vote.

4:02 p.m. Senators Hassan and Young spoke on their amendment #3278.

4:02 p.m. The Senate did not agree to the Lummis amdendment #3104, 49-50.

Party line. Senator Rounds did not vote.

3:30 p.m. Senator Lummis called up and spoke on amendment #3104. Senator Manchin spoke against it. The Senate began a roll call vote on Lummis amendment #3104.

3:07 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on Cortez-Masto amendment #3317. The vote was not agreed to by a vote of 49-50.  Senator Sinema voted no. Senator Rounds did not vote.

3:05 p.m. Senator Thune spoke on Cortez-Masto amendment #3317.

3:05 p.m. Senator Cortez-Masto spoke on her amendment #3317.

3:04 p.m. Immediately following the vote on Cortez Masto amendment #3317, the Senate will proceed to up to 7 votes on the following amendments:

Lummis #3104, Hassan-Young #3278, Crapo #3099, Wyden #3365, Cramer #3105, Scott (SC) #3073, Rubio #3097

3:04 p.m. Thune amendment #3106 was agreed to, 99-0. Senator Rounds did not vote.

2:38 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on adoption of the Thune amendment #3106 creating a DNRF to preserve the current “step up in basis” tax provisions.

2:35 p.m. Senator Thune spoke on his amendment #3106.

2:34 p.m. By a vote of 51-48, the Senate agreed to the Carper amendment #3330 to S.Con.Res. 14. Senator Collins votes yes and Senator Rounds did not vote.

2:13 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on Carper amendment #3330 to S. Con. Res. 14, creating a DNRF to address climate change.

2:11 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke on Carper amendment #3330.

2:10 p.m. Senator Carper spoke on his amendment #3330.

2:10 p.m. The Barrasso amendment was agreed to #3055, 99-0. Senator Rounds did not vote.

1:39 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on Barrasso amendment #3055 to S. Con. Res. 14, the Budget Resolution.

Following the vote on the Barrasso amendment, the Senate will vote on the following amendments:

Carper #3330, Thune #3106, and Cortez-Masto #3317

1:38 p.m. Senator Sanders spoke on Barrasso amendment #3055.

1:37 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke on his amendment #3055.

1:15 p.m. Senator Graham spoke on covid, infrastructure, and the budget resolution.

12:55 p.m. Senator Sanders spoke on the budget resolution.

12:54 p.m. The motion to proceed to S.Con. Res. 14 was agreed to, 50-49. Party line. Senator Rounds did not vote.

11:55 p.m. Leader Schumer called up S.Con.Res.14, a concurrent resolution setting forth the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2022 and setting for the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2023 through 2031, and the Senate is now currently voting on the motion to proceed to S.Con.Res.14.

11:51 a.m. H.R. 3684 was agreed to, 69-30.

19 Republicans voted yes: Blunt, Burr, Capito, Cassidy, Collins, Cramer, Crapo, Fischer, Graham, Grassley, Hoeven, McConnell, Murkowski, Portman, Risch, Romney, Sullivan, Tillis, and Wicker.

Senator Rounds did not vote.

11:17 a.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on final passage of H.R. 3684, Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

11:10 a.m. Majority Leader Schumer spoke on infrastructure and the budget.

11:00 a.m. Senator Carper spoke on infrastructure.

10:50 a.m. Senator Capito spoke on infrastructure.

10:38 a.m. Senator Portman spoke on infrastructure.

10:20 a.m. Senator Thune spoke on the budget.

10:00 a.m. Senator Durbin paid tribute to Chicago Police Officer Ella French, opioid overdoses, and paid tribute to Barb’s Donuts in Northport, Michigan.

9:50 a.m. Republican Leader McConnell spoke on budget reconcilliation.

9:41 a.m. Senator Cantwell spoke on infrastructure.

The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m. Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R. 3684, Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, post-cloture.

At approximately 11:00 a.m., all post-cloture time will be considered expired, and the Senate will vote on passage of the bill as amended. Following disposition of the bill, ML Schumer is expected to move to proceed to S.Con.Res.14, Budget resolution, and the Senate would vote on that motion. Once the motion is agreed to, the vote-a-rama is expected to begin shortly thereafter.

Monday, August 9, 2021

9:11 p.m. The Senate stands adjourned and will reconvene at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August 10, 2021. Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R. 3684, Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, post-cloture.

At approximately 11:00 a.m., all post-cloture time will be considered expired, and the Senate will vote on passage of the bill as amended. Following disposition of the bill, ML Schumer is expected to move to proceed to S.Con.Res.14, Budget resolution, and the Senate would vote on that motion. Once the motion is agreed to, the vote-a-rama is expected to begin shortly thereafter.

9:11 p.m. Senator Whitehouse asked unanimous consent to pass S. 1917, K–12 Cybersecurity Act of 2021.

8:54 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke climate change.

8:38 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke on the infrastructure bill and on climate change

8:27 p.m. ML Schumer spoke on infrastructure and began wrap up:

  • Confirmed nominations en bloc by voice vote: Confirmed by voice vote: Executive Calendar #266 Samuel T. Walsh to be General Counsel of the Department of Energy; Executive Calendar #269 Mara Elizabeth Karlin to be an Assistant Secretary of Defense; Executive Calendar #316 Jennifer L. Homendy to be Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board for a term of three years; Executive Calendar #325 Rena Bitter, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Consular Affairs); Executive Calendar #326 Gentry O. Smith, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Diplomatic Security);
    Executive Calendar #343 Caral E. Spangler to be an Assistant Secretary of the Army.
  • Military Promotions confirmed by unanimous consent: Executive Calendar #302 – #310 and all nominations on the Secretary’s Desk in the Air Force and Army.
  • Passed by unanimous consent – H.R. 3642, Harlem Hellfighters Congressional Gold Medal Act,
  • Passed by unanimous consent – S.Res. 202, A resolution designating May 7, 2021, as “United States Foreign Service Day” in recognition of the men and women who have served, or are presently serving, in the Foreign Service of the United States, and honoring the members of the Foreign Service who have given their lives in the line of duty.
  • Adopted by unanimous consent – S.Res. 285, A resolution honoring the lives and legacies of the “Radium Girls” with the Menendez substitute amendment.
  • Adopted by unanimous consent – S.Res. 319, A resolution expressing support for the designation of July 2021 as “National Sarcoma Awareness Month”.
  • Adopted by a voice vote – S.Res. 346, Expressing support for honoring Earth Day, and for other purposes.
  • Adopted by a voice vote – S.Res. 348, Recognizing the importance of independent living for individuals with disabilities made possible by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

8:06 p.m. Senator Hagerty spoke on the infrastructure and budget deals.

7:50 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke on climate change.

7:20 p.m. Senator Peters spoke on the budget resolution.

7:07 p.m. Senator Markey spoke on the budget resolution.

6:49 p.m. Senator Murphy spoke on the budget resolution and on Afghanistan.

6:36 p.m. Senator Stabenow spoke about the budget resolution.

6:04 p.m. Senators Portman and Warner spoke on crypto currency.

5:59 p.m. Senator Schatz spoke on infrastructure and the budget resolution.

5:48 p.m. Senator Inhofe spoke on the Ligado order.

5:35 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke on infrastructure and the budget resolution.

5:25 p.m. Senator Inhofe spoke on the western Sahara.

5:18 p.m. Senator Brown spoke on the budget resolution.

4:51 p.m. Senator Murkowski spoke on infrastructure.

4:41 p.m. Senator Sinema spoke on infrastructure.

4:34 p.m. Senator Cruz spoke on crypto currency then asked unanimous consent for the Senate to agree to Cruz amendment #2466. Senator Shelby asked for a modification to include his amendment #2535. Senator Cruz objected to the modification request and Senator Shelby objected to amendment #2466.

4:24 p.m. Senator Toomey asked unanimous consent that Senate agree to amendment #2656, Senator Shelby asked for a modification to include his amendment #2535 the request, Senator Toomey agreed to the modification request and asked unanimous consent that it be agreed to. Senator Sanders objected. Senator Carper asked unanimous consent for the Senate to agree to amendment #2656, Senator Shelby asked for a modification to include his amendment #2535. Senator Carper objected to the modification request and Senator Shelby objected to Senator Carper’s request to agree to amendment #2656.

4:08 p.m. Senators Toomey, Lummis, Portman, Cruz spoke on the infrastructure bill regarding crypto exchange.

3:51 p.m. Senator Portman spoke about infrastructure and the budget.

3:36 p.m. Senator Blumenthal spoke on the budget.

3:24 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke on the Justice Department’s investigation into President Trump.

3:05 p.m. Senator Padilla spoke on climate and the budget.

2:49 p.m. Senator Collins spoke on infrastructure.

2:43 p.m. Senator Gillibrand spoke on the budget.

2:24 p.m. Senator Crapo spoke on infrastructure and the budget.

2:19 p.m. Senator Murray spoke on the budget.

2:07 p.m. Senator Blackburn spoke on China.

2:01 p.m. Senator Moran spoke on infrastructure.

1:40 p.m. Senator Brown spoke on the budget and infrastructure.

1:08 p.m. Senator Sanders spoke on immigration, infrastructure, the budget., and the climate.

12:44 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke on Afghanistan, climate change, and immigration.

12:33 p.m. Republican Leader McConnell spoke on the budget and Afghanistan.

12:16 p.m. Majority Leader Schumer spoke on infrastructure and the budget.

The Senate will convene at 12:00 noon and resume consideration of the Sinema-Portman substitute amendment #2137 to H.R.3684, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, post-cloture.

Once the post-cloture time is used, yielded back, or a further agreement is reached, the Senate will vote on passage of the bill as amended. Following disposition of the bill, Senator Schumer is expected to move to proceed to the Budget Resolution, and the Senate would vote on that motion.

Sunday, August 8, 2021

7:50 p.m. The Senate is currently voting on the Motion to waive the Budget Act to the Sinema-Portman amendment in the nature of a substitute (2137). This vote is subject to an affirmative 60-vote threshold.

H.R.3684, a bill to authorize funds for Federal-aid highways, highway safety programs, and transit programs, and for other purposes. {Legislative vehicle for the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act} • The Senate has resumed consideration of the Sinema-Portman amendment in the nature of a substitute (2137) to H.R.3684, post-cloture. • If no agreement is reached, the post-cloture time expires at 7:50pm tonight. At that point, the Senate would dispose of any pending amendments and would proceed to three roll call votes relative to the following: o Motion to waive the Budget Act. This vote is subject to an affirmative 60-vote threshold. o Adoption of Sinema-Portman amendment in the nature of a substitute. (2137) o Motion to invoke cloture on H.R.3684. This vote is subject to an affirmative 60-vote threshold. • The current expectation is that there will be three roll call votes this evening at approximately 7:50pm.

Sunday, August 8, 2021

The Senate will convene at 12:00 noon and following any leader remarks will resume consideration of H.R. 3684, the infrastructure bill.

Absent any agreements, the votes on the Sinema-Portman substitute amendment and cloture on the underlying bill would occur at approximately 7:15 p.m.

Saturday, August 7, 2021

7:26 p.m. The Senate adjourned.

7:22 p.m. Senator Schatz wrapped up for the evening. Confirmed/passed by UC:

  • Bryan Newland to be an Assistant Secretary of Interior.
  • Carlos Toro to be Secretary of the Navy
  • Christopher Maier to be an Assistant Secretary of Defense
  • S Res 343, regarding former Senator Gravel on his passing.

6:41 p.m. ML Schumer announced that the Senate will convene at 12pm on Sunday. Time during any recess, adjournment or period of morning business will count post-cloture.

5:42 p.m. The Lee nomination was confirmed on a party line vote of 50-47 with Republicans Blackburn, Graham and Rubio not voting.

5:04 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on confirmation of the nomination of Eunice Lee to be United States Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit.

5:03 p.m. ML Schumer spoke supporting the Lee nomination.

4:44 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about restaurant revitalization.

4:31 p.m. Senators Cardin and Schumer spoke about restaurant revitalization. Senator Cardin asked unanimous consent to call up and pass S. 2675. Senator Paul objected.

4:30 p.m. Senator Durbin announced at 5:00 p.m. that the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Lee nomination.

4:09 p.m. Senator Lee spoke on the Infrastructure bill.

3:00 p.m. Senator Blackburn spoke about her objections to the Infrastructure bill.

2:42 p.m. Senator Hagerty spoke on his objections to the costly Infrastructure bill.

2:09 p.m. Senator Manchin spoke supporting the Infrastructure bill.

1:29 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke on student loan debt.

1:18 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on the Infrastructure bill.

1:13 p.m. Senator Carper called up amendment #2633 to H.R. 3684, Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

1:13 p.m. By a tally of 67-27 the Senate invoked cloture on Sinema-Portman substitute amendment #2137 to H.R. 3684, Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

18 Republicans voted Yea: Senators Blunt, Capito, Cassidy, Collins, Cornyn, Cramer, Crapo, Fischer, Grassley, Hoeven, McConnell, Murkowski, Portman, Risch, Romney, Rounds, Tillis & Young

Not voting: Senators Barrasso, Burr, Graham, Rubio, Scott (SC) & Warnock

12:05 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Sinema-Portman substitute amendment #2137 to Cal. #100, H.R.3684, Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

11:53 a.m. Senator Carper spoke on the Infrastructure bill.

11:36 a.m. Senator Capito spoke supporting the Infrastructure bill.

11:17 a.m. RL McConnell spoke on the Infrastructure bill and on the ATF nominee David Chipman.

11:09 a.m. Senator Leahy spoke about the need to move forward on H.R. 3684, Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

11:07 a.m. ML Schumer completed the Rule XIV process on S. 2670, A bill to provide for redistricting reform, and for other purposes and S. 2671, A bill to amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to provide for additional disclosure requirements for corporations, labor organizations, Super PACs and other entities, and for other purposes. ML Schumer spoke about H.R. 3684, Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

11:00 a.m. The Senate convened.

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The Senate will convene at 11:00 a.m., following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R.3684, a bill to authorize funds for Federal-aid highways, highway safety programs, and transit programs, and for other purposes. (Legislative vehicle for the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act)

The filing deadline for 1st degree amendments to the Sinema-Portman amendment in the nature of a substitute (2137) and to the underlying bill, H.R.3684, will be at 11:15 a.m. and 2nd degree amendments is 11:45 a.m. today.

At 12:00 p.m., the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Sinema-Portman substitute amendment #2137

As a reminder, cloture was invoked on the nomination of Eunice Lee to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit. The vote on confirmation of the Lee nomination will occur at a time to be determined today.

Additional roll call votes are possible during Saturday’s session in relation to amendments to H.R.3684.

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