Tuesday, April 10, 2018

6:33 p.m.  The Senate stands adjourned until 10:30am on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 under the provisions of S.Res. 455 andS.Res.454, as a further mark of respect to the late Senators Daniel Akaka of Hawaii and Zell Miller of Georgia. On Wednesday, April 11, 2018 following leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of Executive Calendar #728, John F. Ring, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the National Labor Relations Board. Post-cloture. At 12:20pm, there will be 2 roll call votes. Those votes will be on confirmation of the Ring nomination and cloture on the Pizzella nomination. If cloture is invoked, there would be up to 30 hours of post-cloture debate prior to a vote on confirmation.

12:20pm–2 roll call votes:

1.      Confirmation of Executive Calendar #728, John F. Ring, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the National Labor Relations Board

2.      Cloture on Executive Calendar #605, Patrick Pizzella, of Virginia, to be Deputy Secretary of Labor

 5:45 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke on the environment.

5:30 p.m. Senator Brown spoke on the National Labor Relations Board.

4:04 p.m. Senator Murray spoke about equal pay and the Ring nomination.

2:40 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Ring nomination by a vote of 50 to 47. Senators Booker, Duckworth, and McCain were absent.

2:15 p.m. The Senate is now voting on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of John F. Ring to be a Member of the National Labor Relations Board.

12:47 p.m. The Boom nomination was confirmed by a vote of 96 to 1. Senators Booker, Duckworth, and McCain were absent. Senator Sanders voted NO.

12:10 p.m. The Senate began voting on confirmation of Claria Boom to be United States District Judge for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky.

11:30 a.m. Senator Warren spoke against the Ring nomination.

11:20 a.m. Senator Daines spoke about the upcoming Facebook hearing.

10:55 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the upcoming Facebook hearing. He spoke about the nomination process. He spoke in favor of the nominees to lead the Central Intelligence Agency and the State Department.

10:50 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about President Trump and the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 elections.

10:10 a.m. Senator Durbin remembered the late Senator Akaka. He spoke about immigration.

10:04 a.m. Senate Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the nomination process. He spoke about the new tax program.

10:02 a.m. The Senate Resumed consideration of the Boom nomination.

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The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m., and following any Leader remarks resume consideration of the nomination of Claria Boom to be United States District Judge for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky.

At 12:10 p.m., the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on confirmation of the Boom nomination.

The Senate will recess from 12:30-2:15 p.m. to allow for the weekly conference meetings.

At 2:15 p.m., the Senate will proceed to a cloture vote on the nomination of John Ring to be a Member of the National Labor Relations Board.

 

Monday, April 9, 2018

6:57 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 10. By consent, the Senate will resume consideration of the Claria Boom nomination to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky. There will be a confirmation vote at 12:10 p.m.

The Senate will recess for party lunches from 12:30 p.m. until 2:15 p.m., whereupon there will be a cloture vote on the nomination of John F. Ring to a five-year term on the National Labor Relations Board.

During wrap-up, Senator McConnell initiated action on these matters:

— Confirmation, en bloc by a voice vote, of these nominations to Energy Department positions: James Riley, director of the U.S. Geological Survey, Theodore Gerrish, assistant secretary for international affairs, and James Campos, director of the Office of Minority economic Impact

— Passage by consent of H.R. 3445, to accelerate programs under the African Growth and Opportunity Act; S. Res. 85, calling on Iran to assist in the case of Robert Levinson; S. Res. 432, congratulating Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania upon the 100th anniversary of their declarations of independence; H.R. 3979, to amend the Fish and Wildlife Act.

6:35 p.m. Senator Udall spoke in tribute to the friendship of Senator McCain and the late Morris Udall.

6:08 p.m. Senator Alexander achieves a UC agreement that a time to be determined, the Senate take up the nomination of Carlos Muniz to be General Counsel at the Department of Education, with up to ten (10) hours of debate before a roll call vote on the nomination.

6:07 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Boom nomination, 96-2.  Voting NAY: Democrat Hirono and independent Sanders. Senators Duckworth and McCain did not vote.

5:31 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the Boom nomination.

5:08 p.m. Senator Isakson paid tribute to former Senator Zell Miller.

4:52 p.m. Senator Schatz paid tribute to former Senator Akaka.

4:42 p.m. Senator Hirono paid tribute to former Senator Akaka.

3:04 p.m. Senator Wicker escorted Senator-designate Hyde-Smith to the well of the Senate, where Vice President Pence administered the oath of office.

Present, besides the senators from Mississippi, were Majority Leader McConnell, Minority Leader Schumer, and Republican Senators Hatch, Collins, Alexander and Young. The Family Gallery and several rows in the Visitors Gallery were full.

3:05 p.m. Senator McConnell spoke in memory of former Senators Zell and Akaka. He spoke in favor of the nomination of Claria Boom to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky. He discussed other nominations. He spoke about the tax program.

Under Rule XIV, Senator McConell took steps to bring directly to the floor S. 2629, to improve postal operations, and H.R. 5247 to permit the prescription of certain drugs to certain patients.

3:11 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke in memory of Senator Akaka. He welcomed Senator Hyde-Smith. He spoke about nominations, the tax program and about Secretary Pruit.

 

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•The Senate will convene at 3:00 p.m. At that time, Senator-designate Cindy Hyde-Smith will be sworn in as Senator from the State of Mississippi.  The Senate will then resume consideration of the nomination of Claria Boom to be a US District Judge for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky.

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

• Majority Leader McConnell has filed cloture on the Boom, Ring, Pizzella, Wheeler, Broomes, and Jennings nominations. The cloture petitions on each of the nominations 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, April 5, 2018

The Senate convened for a pro forma session at 11:30 a.m.  Senator Young presided and no business was conducted.

Monday, April 2, 2018

The Senate convened for a pro forma session at 12:00 p.m., Senator Blunt presided and no business was conducted.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

The Senate convened at 3:45 p.m. Senator Rounds presided and no business was conducted. The Senate meets next for a pro forma session on Monday, April 2nd at 12:00 p.m.

Monday, March 26, 2018

The Senate convened for a pro forma schedule at 11:30 a.m.  Senator Roberts presided, and no business was conducted.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

1:00 a.m. The Senate adjourns.

12:57 a.m. Senator Johnson wraps up for the night.

12:47 a.m. Senators Johnson and Donnelly talk about HR 4257.

12:44 a.m. Senator Johnson asks UC to take up and pass HR 4257. Senator Schumer objects.

12:39 a.m. ML McConnell files cloture on several nominations.
12:38 a.m. The omnibus was agreed to 65-32.

Senators voting in favor: 25 Republicans, 39 Democrats and 1 Independent: King.

Senators voting against: 23 Republicans: Barrasso, Cassidy, Corker, Cotton, Crapo, Cruz, Daines, Enzi, Ernst, Fischer, Flake, Gardner, Grassley, Johnson, Kennedy, Lankford, Lee, Paul, Perdue, Risch, Sasse, Sullivan, and Tillis; 8 Democrats: Booker, Feinstein, Gillibrand, Harris, Markey, McCaskill, Merkley, and Warren; 1 Independent: Sanders.

Senators not Voting 3 Republicans: Burr, McCain and Toomey.

12:21 a.m. Roll call vote began on passage of the omnibus.

12:20 a.m. Cloture is invoked 67-30.

Senators voting in favor: 28 Republicans, 38 Democrats, 1 Independent: King.

Senators voting against: 20 Republicans: Barrasso, Cassidy, Corker, Cotton, Crapo, Cruz, Daines, Enzi, Fischer, Flake, Gardner, Grassley, Johnson, Kennedy, Lee, Paul, Perdue, Risch, Sasse,
Sullivan and Wicker; 9 Democrats: Booker, Durbin, Feinstein, Gillibrand, Harris, McCaskill, Merkley and Warren; 1 Independent: Sanders.

Senators not voting: 3 Republicans: Burr, McCain and Toomey.

12:00 a.m. Roll call vote began on cloture.

11:57 p.m. ML McConnell explains he has been cajoling all day.

11:56 p.m. Senator Corker, reserving the right to object complains about the fact the votes are occurring at such a late hour.

11:56 p.m. ML McConnell offers UC to vote on cloture, a budget point of order, and passage.

11:55 p.m. The motion to instruct was 91-6, thus a quorum was present.

10:49 p.m. The Senate is now voting on the motion to instruct the Sergeant at Arms to Request the Attendance of Absent Senators.

10:33 p.m. H. Con. Res. 116, Providing for a correction in the enrollment of H.R. 1625, was agreed to by unanimous consent.

6:23 p.m. Senator Leahy spoke on the omnibus bill.

6:09 p.m. Senator Carper spoke about the omnibus bill.

5:38 p.m. Senator Inhofe spoke on the omnibus appropriations bill.

5:22 p.m. Senator Blunt spoke about the omnibus appropriations bill and the opioid crisis.

5:10 p.m. Senator Collins spoke about her amendment.

5:00 p.m. Senator Alexander spoke about health care and the omnibus.

4:58 p.m. ML McConnell filed cloture on the motion to concur in the House amendment to H.R.1625, the Omnibus appropriations bill and filled the amendment tree.

4:48 p.m. Senator Murray spoke about health care and asked u.c. that when the Senate proceeds to the consideration of the Omnibus bill (H.R. 1625), the Murray amendment be agreed to, Senator McConnell objected.

4:47 p.m. Senator Collins asked u.c. that when the Senate proceeds to the consideration of the Omnibus bill (H.R. 1625), the Collins-Alexander amendment be agreed to. Senator Murray objected.

4:43 p.m. Senator Tillis spoke on DACA. Tillis asked u.c. that the Senate resume consideration of H.R. 2579, the pending amendments be withdrawn with the execption of the Grassley amend #1959 and the Grassley amen be agreed to and the bill as amended passed. Senator Durbin objected.

4:25 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke on the omnibus and DACA. Durbin asked u.c. to proceed to S. 1615, Senator Tillis objected.

4:18 p.m. Senator Manchin spoke about opioid addiction.

4:15 p.m. Senator Peters spoke on trade.

4:01 p.m. Senator Lankford spoke briefly on the omnibus and then turned to election security.

2:51 p.m. Senator Alexander secured consent for an hour to discuss health care and the Hyde Amendment with Senators Collins, Graham and Rounds.

2:45 p.m. Senator Young spoke about Robert F. Kennedy’s speech in Indianapolis on April 4, 1968.

2:35 p.m. Senator Cantwell spoke about H.R. 4851, to create the Kennedy-King peace memorial in Indiana. She spoke about the firefighting and affordable housing provisions of the spending bill.

2:30 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke about confirmation procedure.

2:14 p.m. Senator Casey spoke about gun control.

2:11 p.m. ML McConnell asked to call up the nomination of Richard Grenell to be Ambassador to Germany. Senator Merkley objected.

1:39 p.m. Senator Brown spoke about gun control.

1:20 p.m. Senator Sullivan paid tribute to Senator Cochran and spoke about the Alaskan of the week.

1:04 p.m. Senator Cochran gave his farewell speech.

1:01 p.m. Senator Durbin paid tribute to Senator Cochran.

12:57 p.m. Senator Enzi paid tribute to Senator Cochran.

12:52 p.m. Senator Isakson paid tribute to Senator Cochran.

12:47 p.m. Senator Blunt paid tribute to Senator Cochran.

12:42 p.m. Senator Hatch paid tribute to Senator Cochran.

12:40 p.m. Senator Schumer paid tribute to Senator Cochran.

12:34 p.m. Senator Collins paid tribute to Senator Cochran.

12:30 p.m. Senator Shelby paid tribute to Senator Cochran.

12:21 p.m. Senator Leahy paid tribute to Senator Cochran.

12:10 p.m. ML McConnell paid tribute to Senator Cochran.

12:02 p.m. Senator Wicker paid tribute to Senator Cochran who is retiring April 1

11:46 a.m. Senator Cornyn paid tribute to Senator Cochran and spoke on the Omnibus.

11:36 a.m. Senator Lee spoke about the Ryan Nelson nomination at the Department of Interior.

11:22 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke about Captain Paul Bower who was killed in line of duty and gun control.

11:01 a.m. Senator Corker spoke about the spending bill.

10:46 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer paid tribute to Senator Cochran. He spoke about the spending bill. He spoke about trade with China.

10:33 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the omnibus appropriation. He spoke about the tax overhaul. Senator McConnell moved to proceed to S. 1519, the defense authorization for fiscal year 2018.

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The Senate will convene at 10:30 a.m.

The Senate will turn to the consideration of the omnibus appropriations bill if and when it is received from the House. (The House will meet to consider the spending bill at 9 a.m., with votes to begin at 10:15 a.m.)

At noon, farewell tributes to Senator Cochran will begin.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

The Senate has adjourned until 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 22nd.

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4:45 p.m Senator Durbin paid tribute to Senator Cochran and to Congresswomen Louise Slaughter. And spoke about DACA.

4:23 p.m. Senator Sasse spoke about Putin’s reelection and President Trump’s leaked confidential material.

4:13 p.m.  H.R. 1865, SESTA,  was agreed to by a vote of 97 to 2. Senators Paul and Wyden voted NO.

3:31 p.m. The Senate is now voting on passage of H.R. 1865.

3:30 p.m. Senators Portman, Blumenthal and Wyden spoke about sex trafficking.

3:27 p.m. The motion to waive the budget act with respect to the Wyden amendment #2213 was not agreed to by a vote of  21 to 78 and the amendment fell. Senator Wyden withdrew amendment #2212.

Senators in favor: 20 Democrats: Booker, Cantwell, Casey, Coons, Donnelly, Gillibrand, Heinrich, Hirono, Jones, Leahy, Markey, McCaskill, Merkley, Murray, Peters, Stabenow, Tester, Udall, Van Hollen and Wyden; 1 Independent: Sanders.

Senators opposed: 50 Republicans, 27 Democrats, 1 Independent: King.

2:54 p.m. Roll call vote began on the motion to waive the budget act with respect to they Wyden amendment #2213.

2:52 p.m. Senators Portman and Wyden have their final speeches before the vote.

2:51 p.m. Senator Wyden made a motion to waive the budget act with respect to amendment #2213.

2:50 p.m. ML McConnell raised a budget point of order against the Wyden amendment #2213.

1:51 p.m. Senator Wyden offered his amendments to H.R. 1865.

o Wyden amendment to provide additional funding to the Department of Justice to combat the online facilitation of sex trafficking (#2213)

o Wyden amendment to clarify that efforts of a provider or user of an interactive computer service to identify, restrict access to, or remove objectionable material shall not be considered in determining the criminal or civil liability of the provider or user for other material (#2212)

1:32 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke about sex trafficking.

1:06 p.m Senator Jones gave his maiden speech.

12:56 p.m. Senator Fischer spoke about sex trafficking.

12:50 p.m. Senator Murkowskin spoke about sex trafficking.

12:45 p.m. At approximately 2:45 p.m., the Senate will have three roll call votes:

  • Wyden amendment #2213 (60 vote threshold)
  • Wyden amendment #2212 (60 vote threshold)
  • Passage of H.R.1865, SESTA, as amended, if amended

Majority Leader McConnell also spoke about sex trafficking and tax reform.

12:35 p.m. Senator Nelson spoke about sex trafficking.

11:36 a.m. Senator Portman began a colloquy on sex trafficking, with Senators Thune, Blumentha, McCaskill and Heitkamp.

11:03 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell said he hopes there will be votes today on the sex trafficking bill. Senator will be notified when votes will occur.

The Senate will convene at 11:00 a.m.

Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to the consideration of H.R.1865, the sex trafficking prevention act.

At a time to be determined in the afternoon, the Senate will proceed to up to three roll call votes on the following in relation to H.R.1865:
1. Wyden amendment #2122
2. Wyden amendment #2213
3. Passage of H.R.1865, SESTA, as amended, if amended

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

6:27 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 11:00am on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. Following leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to the consideration of H.R.1865, SESTA/FOSTA. The only amendments in order are Wyden amendment #2122 and Wyden amendment #2213. There will be up to 4 hours of debate concurrently on the amendments and that following the use or yielding back of time, the Senate will vote in relation to the amendments, with a 60 vote threshold required for adoption of each amendment. Upon disposition of the amendments, the Senate will vote on passage of the bill, as amended, if amended.

The Senate may have the 3 SESTA/FOSTA votes Wednesday afternoon. Check @Senatepress on Twitter to find out if/when those votes are scheduled.

At 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Senator Jones is scheduled to deliver his maiden speech.
6:26 p.m. ML McConnell asked u.c. to proceed to S. 899, Veterans Health Administration Leave, passed by u.c.

6:25 p.m. ML McConnell asked u.c. to proceed to S.Res. 434, Recognizing the Contributions of AmeriCorps, adopted by u.c.

6:23 p.m. The following en bloc DOJ nominations were passed by voice:

  • Cal. #735 – William M. McSwain, of Pennsylvania, to be United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania for the term of four years.
  • Cal. #736 – Matthew D. Harris, of Utah, to be United States Marshal for the District of Utah for the term of four years.
  • Cal. #737 – Johnny Lee Kuhlman, of Oklahoma, to be United States Marshal for the Western District of Oklahoma for the term of four years.
  • Cal. #738 – Joseph D. McClain, of Indiana, to be United States Marshal for the Southern District of Indiana for the term of four years.
  • Cal. #739 – David A. Weaver, of Colorado, to be United States Marshal for the District of Colorado for the term of four years., the nominations were passed by voice

6:02 p.m. Senator Thune spoke supporting H.R. 1865, the sex trafficking prevention bill.

5:42 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke about climate change.

5:31 p.m. Senator Brown spoke about Wall Street’s effect on employment.

5:06 p.m. Senators Portman, Blumenthal, and McCaskill spoke supporting H.R. 1865, the sex trafficking prevention bill.

5:05 p.m. The Senate agreed to the motion to table the motion to discharge S.J.Res. 54 by a vote of 55-44. (5 Republicans voted no: Senators Collins, Daines, Lee, Moran, and Paul and 10 Democrats voted yes: Senators Coons, Cortez Masto, Donnelly, Heitkamp, Jones, Manchin, Menendez, Nelson, Reed and Whitehouse) Senator McCain did not vote.

4:34 p.m. The Senate began voting on the motion to table the motion to discharge S.J.Res. 54, the Yemen War Powers Resolution.

4:26 p.m. Senator Sanders spoke against the motion to table the resolution on Yemen.

4:17 p.m. Senator Corker spoke about Yemen and the importance of the committee process.

4:12 p.m. Senator Lee spoke against the motion to table the joint resolution on Yemen.

4:08 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke about the joint resolution on Yemen.

4:03 p.m. Senator Coons spoke about foreign policy in the Trump Administration.

4:01 p.m. Senator Murphy spoke about the European Defense Initiative.

4:00 p.m. Senator Markey spoke on President Trump’s relationship with North Korea, a possible meeting between the leaders and the lack of an Ambassador.

3:45 p.m. Senator Sanders spoke on the threats America faces from Russia.

3:30 p.m. Senator Shaheen spoke on the joint resolution on Yemen.

2:47 p.m. Senator Young spoke on the joint resolution on Yemen.

2:42 p.m. Senator Boozman spoke on H.R. 1865, the sex trafficking prevention bill.

2:30 p.m. Senator Reed spoke on the pending joint resolution and the situation in Yemen.

2:16 p.m. Senator Hatch spoke about juducial nominations.

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

12:39 p.m. The Senate recessed until 2:15 p.m. to accomodate the weekly caucus luncheons.

12:17 p.m. Senators Durbin and Merkley spoke in favor of the Yemen resolution.

11:53 a.m. Senators Menendez and Corker spoke against this Yemen resolution, but did express concern about the situation in Yemen.

11:29 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke supporting H.R. 1865, the sex trafficking prevention legislation and supporting the motion to table re: Yemen.

11:20 a.m. Senator Murphy spoke against engagement in Yemen.

10:51 a.m. Senator Lee spoke for the Yemen measure.

10:29 a.m. Senator Sanders spoke about Yemen and the War Powers Act.

10:13 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about Puerto Rico’s hurricane recovery. He spoke about the tax overhaul.

10:04 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell paid tribute to Paralympian Oksana Masters of Kentucky. He spoke about the bill to prevent sex-trafficking.  He spoke against the Yemen measure. He spoke about the omnibus spending bill.

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NOTE: Senator Duckworth and Representatives Gallego and Brown will hold a Pen & Pad session today at 3:30 p.m. in the Senate Press Gallery, Room S-316 of the Capitol.

TOPIC: The lawmakers, all combat veterans who have served in Iraq, will reflect on the 15th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

 The Senate will convene at 10 a.m.

After leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to H.R.1865, the sex trafficking prevention bill.

Senator Sanders or his designee will then move to discharge S.J. Res. 54, concerning the War Powers Act and Yemen. There will be up to four hours of debate. If all time is used,  a roll call vote is expected at about 4:15 p.m. on a motion to table the motion to discharge the War Powers measure..

 

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

On Wednesday, March 21, at a time to be determined, the Senate will proceed to the consideration of H.R.1865, the sex trafficking prevention bill. The only amendments in order are Wyden #2122 and Wyden #2213. There will be up to four hours of concurrent debate on the amendments.

When time expires or is yielded back, the Senate will vote on the amendments in the order listed, with 60 votes required for each. Upon disposition of the amendments, the Senate will vote on passage of the sex trafficking bill, as amended, if amended.

Monday, March 19, 2018

7:18 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 10:00 a.m. Tuesday.

7:14 p.m. ML McConnell announced UC on HR 1865, on Wednesday at a time to be determined, after four hours of debate on two amendments by Senator Wyden, the Senate vote on the amendments with 60 vote thresholds. Following the disposition of HR 1865. UC that at a time on Tuesday, Senator Sanders, or designee, will then make a motion to discharge S.J.Res. 54, Yemen. There will be up to 4 hours of debate equally divided between the opponents and proponents. Upon the use or yielding back of time, there will be a roll call vote in relation to the motion to discharge. We expect a motion to table the motion to discharge around the 4:00pm range.

The Senate will recess from 12:30pm until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings.

On Wednesday, March 21, at a time to be determined, the Senate will proceed to the consideration of H.R.1865, SESTA/FOSTA. The only amendments in order are Wyden amendment #2122 and Wyden amendment #2213. There will be up to 4 hours of debate concurrently on the amendments and that following the use or yielding back of time, the Senate will vote in relation to the amendments in the order listed, with a 60 vote threshold required for adoption of each amendment. Upon disposition of the amendments, the Senate will vote on passage of the bill, as amended, if amended.

Agreed to/confirmed in wrap-up: Legislative Business
H.R.3731, Secret Service Recruitment w/Grassley sub

Executive Business
Confirmed Executive Calendar #471, Nazakhtar, of Maryland, to be an Assistant Secretary of Commerce

6:50 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke about the crisis in Yemen.

6:29 p.m. Senator Portman spoke about the Online Sex Trafficking Prevention Act.

6:25 p.m. The Senate invoked cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R. 1865 by a vote of 94 to 2. Senators Paul and Wyden voted no.

Those not voting: Burr, McCain, Roberts and Toomey.

6:06 p.m. The Senate is now voting on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R. 1865, the Online Sex Trafficking Prevention Act.

6:04 p.m. The McAleenan nomination was confirmed 77-19.

Senators voting in favor: 50 Republicans, 26 Democrats, 1 Independent: King.

Senators voting against: 18 Democrats: Blumenthal, Booker, Cardin, Duckworth, Durbin, Feinstein, Gillibrand, Harris, Heinrich, Kaine, Markey, Menendez, Merkley, Schatz, Schumer, Udall, Van Hollen and Warren; 1 Independent: Sanders.

Senators not voting: Burr, McCain, Roberts and Toomey.

5:36 p.m. Roll call vote began on the McAleenan nomination.

5:32 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke about the McAleenan nomination.

5:24 p.m. Senator Nelson spoke about gun control.

5:11 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about citizenship.

5:00 p.m. Senator Tester spoke about banking reform bill.

4:48 p.m. Senator Murphy spoke about gun control.

3:29 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about his measure to restrict firearms sales to certain sufferers from mental illness. He spoke about the sex-trafficking bill. He spoke about support for the Saudi-led opposition in Yemen.

3:06 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the omnibus spending bill, the McAleenan nomination and the anti-sex trafficking bill.

3:03 p.m. The Senate resumed consideration of the motion to proceed to H.R. 1865.

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The Senate will convene at 3:00 p.m. and resume consideration of the motion to proceed to H.R. 1865, Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017.

At 5:30 p.m. the Senate will have 2 roll call votes:

  • Confirmation of Executive Calendar #598, the nomination of Kevin K. McAleenan, of Hawaii, to be Commissioner of U.S. Protection, Department of Homeland Security
  • Motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to Calendar #339, H.R.1865: SESTA/FOSTA.

 

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