Thursday, August 5, 2021

12:16 a.m. The Senate adjourned and will next convene on Saturday, August 7 at 11:00 a.m. Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R. 3684, the INVEST in America Act (infrastructure).

1 vote at 12 noon:

  1. Motion to invoke cloture on the Sinema-Portman substitute amendment #3157 to H.R. 3684, INVEST in America Act

A vote on confirmation of Eunice C. Lee, to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit, will occur at a time to be determined on Saturday.

Wrap-Up:

  1. Confirmed by voice vote en bloc:

Exec. Cal. #143 – Jose W. Fernandez, NY, to be U.S. Alternate Governor of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development.  

Exec. Cal. #144 – Jose W. Fernandez, NY, to be U.S. Alternate Governor of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

Exec. Cal. #145 – Jose W. Fernandez, NY, to be an Under Secretary of State (Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment).

Exec. Cal. #272 – Kathleen S. Miller, VA, to be a Deputy Under Secretary of Defense.

  1. S. 610, Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act, the Murray-Burr amendment and committee-reported substitute amendment, agreed to by voice vote.
  2. S. 1041, RENACER Act, and the committee-reported amendment, agreed to by voice vote.
  3. S.812,  A bill to direct the Secretary of State to develop a strategy to regain observer status for Taiwan in the World Health Organization, agreed to by unanimous consent.
  4. S.1031,  A bill to require the Comptroller General of the United States to conduct a study on disparities associated with race and ethnicity with respect to certain benefits administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, agreed to by unanimous consent.
  5. H.R. 1448, Puppies Assisting Wounded Service Members for Veterans Therapy Act, adopted by voice vote
  6. Began Rule 14 process to place on the legislative calendar:

S. 2670, A bill to provide for redistricting, reform.

S. 2671, SHIELD Act.

11:47 p.m. Majority Leader Schumer and Senator Sinema spoke on the infrastructure bill. ML Schumer announced the Senate will vote on Saturday, August 7 on the motion to invoke cloture on H.R. 3684, INVEST in America Act.

11:46 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Lee nomination, 50-49.

Senator Graham did not vote.

8:48 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Eunice C. Lee to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the second circuit.

8:47 p.m. Majority Leader Schumer filed cloture on the following:

  1. Sinema-Portman substitute amendment #2137 to H.R. 3684
  2. H.R. 3684, INVEST in America Act

6:39 p.m. Senator Lummis spoke on financial systems.

6:39 p.m. Senators Wicker and Shaheen spoke on the infrastructure bill.

6:25 p.m. Senator Casey spoke on Rich Trumka.

6:07 p.m. Senator Cruz spoke on climate change.

5:54 p.m. The Senate confirmed exec. cal. #158 Robert Peter Silvers, D.C., to be Under Secretary for Strategy, Policy, and Plans, Department of Homeland Security, by voice vote.

5:32 p.m. Senator Peters spoke in favor of two nominations to the Department of Homeland Security Robert Silvers and Jonathan Meyer. He asked unanimous consent that the Senate confirm Robert Peter Silvers, D.C., to be Under Secretary for Strategy, Policy, and Plans, Department of Homeland Security. Senator Lankford objected. Senator Peters asked unanimous consent that the Senate confirm Jonathan Eugene Meyer, OH, to be General Counsel, Department of Homeland Security. Senator Lankford objected.

5:26 p.m. Senator Menendez spoke on the infrastructure bill.

5:22 p.m. Senator Murray spoke on Rich Trumka.

4:57 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke on dark money interests to take control of the Supreme Court.

4:51 p.m. Senator Shaheen spoke on the Survivor’s Bill of Rights.

4:31 p.m. Senators Toomey and Wyden spoke on the infrastructure bill.

4:31 p.m. Senators Toomey and Wyden spoke on the infrastructure bill.

3:57 p.m. Senator Warnock spoke on Rick Trumka and health care.

3:30 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on the infrastructure bill.

3:12 p.m. Senator Warren spoke on Rich Trumka.

3:04 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke on Rich Trumka.

2:49 p.m. Senator Blumenthal spoke on Rich Trumka and the September 11th Transparency bill.

2:04 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke on climate change.

1:43 p.m. Senator Van Hollen paid tribute to Rich Trumka.

1:32 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke on climate change.

1:26 p.m. Senator Carper spoke on the infrastructure legislation.

1:02 p.m. Senator Rosen also spoke on Rich Trumka and then on the infrastructure legislation.

12:56 p.m. Senator Brown paid tribute to Rich Trumka of the AFL-CIO.

12:50 p.m. Senator Young spoke on government spending.

12:33 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke on the Survivor’s Bill of Rights.

12:05 p.m. Senator Peters spoke on the infrastructure legislation.

11:55 a.m. Senator Stabenow also paid tribute to Rich Trumka.

11:45 Leader Schumer paid tribute to Rich Trumka.

11:30 p.m. Senator Carper announced the vote would be posted until further notice.

The Senate will convene at 10:30 a.m., and following Leader remarks, will resume consideration of H.R.3684, the vehicle for the Infrastructure bill.

At 11:30 a.m., the Senate will vote on cloture on the nomination of Eunice Lee to be United States Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit.

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

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

9:10 p.m. Leader Schumer said the Senate will be in at 10:30 on Thursday and resume the infrastructure legislation. The frist roll call vote will  be at 11:30a.m.

8:46 p.m. The Senate is now voting on Schumer amendment #2570, to establish safety standards for certain limousines. The measure was approved by a roll call vote of 58-39.

8:41 p.m.  The Senate adopted the Fischer-Cortez Masto amendment #2164 by a vote of 95-0.

8:21 p.m. Senator Cortez-Masto spoke supporting the Fischer amendment.

8:20 p.m. Senator Fischer spoke on her amendment #2164 re: online mapping tool displaying broadband deployment projects.

8:18 p.m. The Senate adopted by voice vote the Bennet-Hoeven amendment #2548 in relation to H.R.3684, Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

8:16 p.m. Senator Bennet spoke about the Bennet-Hoeven amendment #2548 re: the joint chiefs program landscapes restoration act.

8:11 p.m. The Senate adopted by voice vote the Carper-Inhofe amendment #2564 in relation to H.R.3684, Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

8:10 p.m. The Senate adopted by voice vote the Rosen amendment #2358 in relation to H.R.3684, Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

8:04 p.m. By a vote of 47-50, the Senate did not agree to the Lee amendment #2279 in relation to H.R.3684, Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

7:29 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on the Lee amendment #2279.

7:23 p.m. Senator Carper spoke on the Lee amendment.

7:21 p.m. Senator Lee spoke supporting his amendment.

7:21 p.m. Senator Carper asked unanimous consent to proceed to up to 2 votes in relation to H.R. 3684, Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

  1. Lee amendment #2279 (60 vote affirmative threshold)
  2. 2. Rosen amendment #2358 (voice vote possible)

7:20 p.m. By a vote of 42-55, the Senate did not agree to Scott (FL) amendment #2338 in relation to Cal. #100, H.R.3684, Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. Senators Graham, Inhofe and Rounds did not vote.

6:34 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on the Scott amendment #2338.

6:30 p.m. Senator Scott of FL spoke supporting his amendment and asked unanimous consent to call up and pass S.Res. 327. Senator Durbin objected to the request.

6:29 p.m. The Senate did not agree to the Daines amendment by a party line vote of 48-50.

6:00 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on the Daines amendment #2449.

5:59 p.m. Senator Carper asked unanimous consent that the votes in this series be 15 minute votes.

5:58 p.m. Senator Manchin spoke opposing the Daines amendment.

5:57 p.m. Senator Daines spoke supporting his amendment #2449.

5:57 p.m. The Senate adopted by voice vote, the Cardin-Wicker amendment #2478 in relation to Cal. #100, H.R.3684, Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

5:55 p.m. Senators Cardin and Wicker spoke on their amendment.

5:52 p.m. The Senate did not agree to the Lankford amendment by a vote of 53-45.

5:18 p.m. The Senate began a vote on adoption of the Lankford amendment.

5:17 p.m. Senator Lankford spoke on his pending amendment #2233 re: e-verify.

5:15 p.m. The Senate adopted the Peters-Rounds amendment by a vote of 96-2. Senators Cornyn and Whitehouse voted no. Senators Inhofe and Graham did not vote.

4:25 p.m. The Senate began a vote on adoption of Peters-Rounds amendment #2464 in relation to Cal. #100, H.R.3684, Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. (60 vote affirmative threshold)

4:15 p.m. Senator Carper asked unanimous consent to call up the following amendments and proceed to five votes starting at 4:25 p.m. Peters 2464, Lankford 2233, Cardin-Wicker 2478, Daines 2449, Scott (FL) 2338. The Senate is currently considering the Peters amendment #2464.

4:10 p.m. Senator Hawley spoke on the situation facing cattle farmers and other producers of livestock.

3:40 p.m. Senator Shaheen spoke on the current infrastructure legislation.

3:30 p.m. Senator Romney spoke on the current infrastructure legislation.

3:20 p.m.  Senator Cramer spoke on the current infrastructure legislation.

3:00 p.m. Senator Cornyn also spoke as in morning business about immigration.

2:50 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke as in morning business about immigration.

2:45 p.m. The Kennedy amendment was not agreed to by a roll call vote of 19-79.

2:10 p.m. Roll call vote began on the Kennedy amendment #2210 with a 60 vote threshold.

2:08 p.m. Senators Kennedy and Collins spoke on the Kennedy amendment.

2:07 p.m. The Senate did not agree to the Wicker amendment by a tally of 43-55. Republicans Cassidy, Collins, Murkowski, Portman and Romney joined all Democrats and Independents voting no. Senators Graham and Inhofe did not vote.

1:26 p.m. The Senate is now voting on Wicker amendment #2146, to provide that the Administrative Procedures Act shall apply to actions taken by the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information in carrying out the Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment Program.

1:20 p.m. Senator King spoke on the Wicker amendment #2146.

1:16 p.m. Senator Wicker spoke on his pending amendment #2146.

1:15 p.m. The Senate did not agree to the Johnson amendment by a tally of 48-49. Senator Manchin voted yes.

Senators Graham, Inhofe and Sasse did not vote.

12:37 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on the Johnson amendment #2245 (re: border contracts). This vote is subject to an affirmative 60-vote threshold.

12:29 p.m. Senator Carper spoke on the Johnson amendment.

12:28 p.m. Senator Capito spoke supporting the Johnson amendment.

12:25 p.m. Senator Peters spoke opposing the Johnson amendment.

12:18 p.m. Senator Johnson spoke on his pending amendment #2245 (border wall).

12:17 p.m. Senator Carper briefly paid tribute to Senator Kelly.

11:57 a.m. Senator Kelly gave his maiden speech to the Senate.

11:49 a.m. Senator Barrasso spoke on the budget resolution.

11:47 a.m. Senator Carper achieved UC for two additional votes at 12:30 p.m. on amendments from Senator Wicker and Kennedy.

11:32 a.m. Senator Lee spoke on infrastructure.

11:19 a.m. Senator Thune paid tribute to departing staffer Nick Rossi.

11:08 a.m. Republican Leader McConnell spoke on the appropriations and budget process, defense spending, Afghanistan and Al Qaeda.

10:54 a.m. Majority Leader Schumer spoke on infrastructure, the eviction moratorium, the Lee nomination and judicial nominations in general.

10:30 a.m. The Senate convened.

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The Senate will convene at 10:30 a.m. and following any Leader remarks, will resume consideration of H.R.3684, the legislative vehicle for the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

At 12:00 Noon, Senator Kelly will deliver his Maiden Speech to the Senate.

At approximately 12:15 p.m., the Senate will vote on Johnson amendment #2245 (border wall) set at a 60-vote threshold.

Roll call votes on additional amendments are expected during today’s session.

Amendments pending to H.R.3684:

  • Schumer for Sinema-Portman #2137 (substitute)
  • Carper-Capito #2131 (re: strikes a definition)
  • Johnson #2245 (border wall)

Note: Majority Leader Schumer filed cloture on the nomination of Eunice Lee to be US Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit.

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

8:22 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will reconvene at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 4. They will resume consideration of H.R. 3684, the vehicle for the bipartisan infrastructure bill. They will vote on the Johnson amend #2245 at 12:15 p.m.

Senator Schumer filed cloture on on the nomination of Eunice C. Lee to be US Circuit Judge for the Second District.

Stacey Dixon to be Principal Deputy Director, Office of the Director of National Intelligence was confirmed by voice vote.

8:17 p.m. By a vote of 97-0 the Van Hollen amendment #2354 was agreed to.

7:31 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on Van Hollen amendment #2354 to H.R. 3684.

7:30 p.m. Senator Capito spoke in support of Van Hollen amdt. #2354.

7:28 p.m. Senator Carper spoke in support Van Hollen amdt. #2354.

7:21 p.m. Senator Van Hollen spoke on his amdt. #2354.

6:56 p.m. Senator King spoke on lobster and S. Res. 335, designating September 25, 2021 as National Lobster Day, was adopted by unanimous consent.

6:20 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke on the MS-13 gang, government spending, fentanyl, and the IRS.

6:19 p.m. Senator Carper announced a 7:30 p.m. vote on the Van Hollen amdt. #2354 (60 vote threshold) and an 11 am vote tomorrow on Johnson amdt. #2245 (60 vote threshold).

6:10 p.m. Senator Portman spoke on the infrastructure bill.

5:38 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about Senator Graham, the pandemic, the USCP, and PFAS chemicals.

5:03 p.m. Senator Menendez spoke on Cuba and the Senate adopted S. Res. 310 by unanimous consent.

4:55 p.m. Senator Stabenow spoke about the infrastructure bill.

4:40 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the infrastructure bill.

4:34 p.m. The Senate agreed to the Cruz-Warnock amendment #2300 by voice vote.

4:32 p.m. By a vote of 48-50, the Duckworth amendment #2140 was not agreed to. Democrats voting no: King and Manchin. Not voting: Graham and Inhofe.

3:48 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on Duckworth amdt. #2140.

3:47 p.m. Senator Carper spoke in support of the Duckworth amdt.

3:46 p.m. Senator Toomey spoke against the Duckworth amdt.

3:45 p.m. Senator Duckworth spoke on her amdt. #2140.

3:40 p.m. Senator Toomey spoke against Duckworth amdt. #2140.

3:24 p.m. Senator Carper introduced the following amendments and there will be 2 votes at 3:45 p.m.:

  1. Duckworth #2140
  2. Cruz-Warnock #2300

3:11 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke on the pandemic.

2:51 p.m. Senator Sanders spoke about the infrastructure bill.

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

1:11 p.m. The Senate recessed until 2:15 p.m.

1:10 p.m. The Lee amendment was not agreed to 20-78.
Voting in favor: 20 Republicans:Barrasso, Blackburn, Boozman, Braun, Cornyn, Cotton, Cruz, Daines, Ernst, Grassley, Hagerty, Johnson, Kennedy, Lankford, Lee, Lummis, Paul, Rubio, Sasse and Scott of Florida. Senators not voting: 2 Republicans: Graham and Inhofe.

12:39 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on the Lee amendment #2255 to H.R. 3684, the INVEST in America Act.

12:38 p.m. Senator Carper spoke against the Lee amendment #2255.

12:37 p.m. Senator Capito spoke on the Lee amendment #2255.

12:31 p.m. Senator Lee spoke on his amendment #2255.

12:30 p.m. The Lummis-Kelly amendment was agreed to , 95-3. Senators Hawley, Lee and Scott of Florida voted against, and Senators Graham and Inhofe were absent.

11:48 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on Lummis-Kelly amendment #2181 to H.R. 3684, the INVEST in America Act.

11:45 p.m. Senator Carper spoke on the infrastructure bill. Following the vote on Lummis-Kelly amendment #2181, the Senate will then vote on Lee amendment #2254 (60 vote threshold).

11:41 p.m. Senators Lummis, Kelly, and Capito spoke on amendment #2181.

11:31 p.m. Senator Thune spoke on H.R. 3325 and the Tracy Stone-Manning nomination.

11:15 p.m. Majority Leader Schumer and senators Klobuchar and Blunt spoke on January 6. Klobuchar received unanimous consent for the Senate to adopt H.R. 3325, to award four congressional gold medals to the United States Capitol Police and those who protected the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.

10:50 a.m. Republican Leader McConnell spoke on infrastructure and on the Biden administration.

10:44 a.m. Senator Collins paid tribute to police officers who responded on January 6th; and later on infrastructure.

10:41 a.m. Majority Leader Schumer spoke on infrastructure and that he will return to the floor later to ask the Senate to award Congressional Gold Medals to police that responded to the events of January 6th.

10:30 a.m. The Senate convened.

The Senate will convene at 10:30 a.m., and following any Leader remarks will resume consideration of H.R.3684, the legislative vehicle for the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

At approximately 11:45 a.m., the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on the Lummis-Kelly amendment to require the Secretary of Transportation to carry out a highway cost allocation study. (2181) This vote is subject to an affirmative 60-vote threshold.

Additional roll call votes on amendments to H.R.3684 are expected today.

Monday, August 2, 2021

9:00 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will reconvene at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August 2. They will resume consideration of H.R. 3684 (vehicle for the bipartisan infrastructure bill). The Senate will vote on the Lummis/Kelly amendment #2181 (highway cost allocation study) at 11:45.

8:15 p.m. By a vote of 45-48 the Barrasso amendment #2180 was not agreed to. Not voting: Blunt, Booker, Graham, Hawley, Inhofe, Kaine, and Rubio.

7:18 p.m. Senator Carper announced a vote on the Barrasso amendment #2180-building codes.

6:44 p.m. By a vote of 95-1, the Thune/Tester amendment was agreed to. Voting no: Senator Paul. Not voting: Senators Booker, Graham, Inhofe, and Rubio.

6:11 p.m. By a vote of 90-7, the Padilla/Moran amendment #2133 was agreed to. Voting no: Senators Blackburn, Braun, Cotton, Kennedy, Lee, Paul and Tuberville. Not voting: Senators Booker, Graham, and Inhofe.

5:19 p.m. Senator Padilla spoke about his amendment.

5:01 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke about wildfires.

4:50 p.m. Senator Carper announced that there will be two votes on amendments at 5:30, each with a 60 vote affirmative threshold:

  • Padilla/Moran #2133-Indian Health
  • Thune/Tester #2162-communications workers

4:40 p.m. Senator Casey paid tribute to Mike Enzi and Carl Levin.

4:25 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the infrastructure in Texas.

4:12 p.m. Senator Cassidy spoke about the infrastructure bill.

3:56 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke about the infrastructure bill.

3:34 p.m. Senator Tuberville spoke about crime and police reform.

3:21 p.m. Senator Blackburn spoke against the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan.

3:02 p.m. Senator Portman spoke about the infrastructure bill.

2:23 p.m. Senator Murkowski spoke about how the infrastructure bill came together.

1:51 p.m. Senator Schatz spoke about surfing in the Olympics.

1:36 p.m. Senator Tester spoke about the bill.

1:15 p.m. Senator Capito spoke about West Virginia infrastructure.

12:49 p.m. Senator Carper spoke about H.R. 3684.

12:40 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about government responsibilities.

12:30 p.m. Senator McConnell spoke about H.R. 3684.

12:20 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke about amendments to H.R. 3684.

12:15 p.m. Senator Carper offered his amendment #2131.

12:00 p.m. The Senate convened and resumed consideration of H.R. 3684, the vehicle for the bipartisan infrastructure bill.

The Senate convenes at 12:00 p.m.

Sunday, August 1, 2021

10:27 p.m. The Senate stands adjourned until 12:00 p.m. on Monday.

10:19 p.m. ML Schumer announced that the Senate will adjourn following the remarks of Senator Lee. The Senate will convene at 12 noon on Monday and resume consideration of H.R. 3684.

9:24 p.m. Senator Lee spoke on the infrastructure package and inflation.

9:17 p.m. ML Schumer spoke on the the infrastructure package and called up the Substitute Amendment #2137 to Cal. #100, H.R.3684, the legislative vehicle for the Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act.

9:13 p.m. Senator Romney spoke on the infrastructure package.

9:09 p.m. Senator Cassidy spoke on the infrastructure package.

9:04 p.m. Senator Manchin spoke on the infrastructure package.

9:00 p.m. Senator Murkowski spoke on the infrastructure package.

8:58 p.m. Senator Shaheen spoke on the infrastructure package.

8:54 p.m. Senator Collins spoke on the infrastructure package.

8:53 p.m. Senator Warner spoke on the infrastructure package.

8:48 p.m. Senator Portman spoke on the infrastructure package.

8:44 p.m. Senator Sinema spoke on the infrastructure package.

12:46 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke on January 6th and Covid-19.

12:27 p.m. Majority Leader Schumer discussed the status of the infrastructure package and the budget resolution.

12:04 p.m. Senator Leahy paid tribute to staff working this weekend.

12:00 p.m. The Senate convened.

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The Senate will convene at 12 noon and will resume consideration of H.R. 3684, the legislative vehicle for the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs bill.

The final legislative text for H.R. 3684 is expected tomorrow.

Saturday, July 31, 2021

9:52 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will next convene at 12 noon on Sunday, August 1. The Senate will resume consideration of H.R. 3684, the legislative vehicle for the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs bill.

The final legislative text for H.R. 3684 is expected tomorrow.

Majority Leader Schumer reminded everyone that on completion of the infrastructure bill, the Senate will turn to the budget resolution with reconciliation instructions.

5:18 p.m. Majority Leader Schumer spoke on the floor to speak on the bipartisan infrastructure legislation and say that the legislative counsel continues to work on the text and when finalized, he will return to the Senate floor to take up that legislation and begin the amendment process.

The Senate then again adjourned subject to the call of the chair.

2:42 p.m. The Senate has recessed subject to the call of the chair.

2:25 p.m. Senator Warner spoke on infrastructure.

12:12 p.m. Senator Warren spoke on the eviction moratorium.

11:20 a.m. Majority Leader Schumer spoke on the bipartisan infrastructure legislation.

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

Votes are possible during today’s session.

Friday, July 30, 2021

7:11 p.m. The Senate stands adjourned until 11:00 a.m. on Saturday under the provisions of S.Res.333 as a further mark of respect for the late Carl M. Levin, former Senator for the State of Michigan.

7:05 p.m. ML Schumer began wrap up:

  • S. 1046, A bill to amend the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to reauthorize the residential substance use disorder treatment program, and for other purposes, passed by u.c.
  • S. 1301, Promoting Physical Activity for Americans Act, passed by voice vote
  • S. 2045, A bill to designate the area between the intersections of 16th Street, Northwest and Fuller Street, Northwest and 16th Street, Northwest and Euclid Street, Northwest in Washington, District of Columbia, as “Oswaldo   Paya Way,” passed by u.c.
  • S.Res. 318, A resolution expressing support for the designation of July 2021 as “American Grown Flower and Foliage Month,” adopted by u.c.
  • S.Res. 333, Relating to the death of the Honorable Carl Levin, a former Senator for the state of Michigan, adopted by u.c.
  • Nominations confirmed en bloc by voice vote: Janie Simms Hipp to be General Counsel of the Department of Agriculture; Susanna V. Blume to be Director of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation, Department of Defense; and Margaret Vo Schaus to be Chief Financial Officer at NASA

5:12 p.m. Senator Brown spoke about the child tax credit.

4:26 p.m. Senators Klobuchar and Smith spoke congratulating Suni Lee.

3:43 p.m. Senators Stabenow, Peters, Reed and Merkley paid tribute to the late Senator Levin.

3:40 p.m. By a vote of 47- 34 the nomination of Ur Mendoza Jaddou to be Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services was confirmed.

2:59 p.m. The Senate began voting on confirmation of Ur Mendoza Jaddou to be Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

2:50 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke supporting the Jaddou nomination.

2:39 p.m. Senator Scott of FL spoke on the Infrastructure legislation.

2:30 p.m. Senator Murphy spoke on Coronavirus response.

2:13 p.m. RL McConnell paid tribute to former Senator Levin and on nominations.

1:57 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on Infrastructure.

1:38 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about employee whistleblower protections.

1:37 p.m. By a vote of 50-41, the Senate invoked cloture on the nomination of Ur Mendoza Jaddou to be Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services This was a party line vote.

Not voting: Senators Burr, Inhofe, Johnson, Marshall, Paul, Risch, Rounds, Rubio & Sasse.

1:06 p.m. The Senate is voting on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #232 Ur Mendoza Jaddou to be Director of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security.

1:05 p.m. The Senate agreed to, 66-28: Motion to proceed to Cal. #100, H.R.3684, the legislative vehicle for the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

16 Republicans voted yes: Senators Blunt, Burr, Capito, Cassidy, Collins, Cramer, Crapo, Graham, Grassley, Hoeven, McConnell, Murkowski, Portman, Romney, Tillis & Young.

Not voting: Senators Inhofe, Marshall, Paul, Risch, Rounds & Rubio.

12:25 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on the motion to proceed to Cal. #100, H.R.3684, the legislative vehicle for the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

11:10 a.m. Senator Durbin paid tribute to Senator Levin and later on immigration.

10:51 a.m. Majority Leader Schumer paid tribute to Senator Levin, and later spoke on the infrastructure bill and the Jaddou nomination.

10:35 a.m. Senator Leahy paid tribute to former Senator Levin on his passing.

10:30 a.m. The Senate convened.

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The Senate will convene at 10:30 a.m. and following any Leader remarks, will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to H.R.3684, the legislative vehicle for the bipartisan infrastructure framework.

At 11:30 a.m., the Senate will proceed to two roll call votes:

  • Motion to proceed to H.R.3684.
  • cloture on the nomination of Ur Mendoza Jaddou to be Director of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.

If cloture is invoked on the Jaddou nomination, there will be up to 2 hours of debate, followed by a vote on confirmation of the Jaddou nomination.

Additional votes are possible during today’s session.

Thursday, July 29, 2021

6:01 p.m. The Senate adjourned under the provisions of S. Res. 330, as a further mark of respect for the late senator Mike Enzi, former senator from Wyoming, will next convene at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, July 30. Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to H.R. 3684, the legislative vehicle for the bipartisan infrastructure bill post-cloture.

2 votes – 11:30 a.m.

  1. Motion to proceed to H.R. 3684, the legislative vehicle for the bipartisan infrastructure bill
  2. Motion to invoke cloture on Ur Mendoza Jaddou, CA, to be Director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services

1 vote – 3:00 p.m.

  • Confirmation of the Jaddou nomination (if cloture is invoked)

During wrap-up:
1. The following nominations were confirmed by unanimous consent en bloc:

  • Exec. cal. #273
  • Exec. cal. #274
  • Exec. cal. #275
  • Exec. cal. #276
  • Exec. cal. #277
  • Exec. cal. #278
  • Exec. cal. #279
  • Exec. cal. #280
  • Exec. cal. #281
  • Exec. cal. #282
  • Exec. cal. #283
  • Exec. cal. #284
  • Exec. cal. #285
  • Exec. cal. #286
  • Exec. cal. #287
  • Exec. cal. #288
  • Exec. cal. #289
  • Exec. cal. #290
  • Exec. cal. #291
  • Exec. cal. #292
  • All nominees on the Secretary’s desk in the Air Force, Army, Foreign Service, Marine Corps, Navy , and Space Force.

The following nominations were confirmed en bloc by voice vote:

  • Exec. cal. #163 – Frank A. Rose, MA, to be Principal Deputy Administrator, National Nuclear Security Administration
  • Exec. cal. #164 – Deborah G. Rosenblum, D.C., to be an Assistant Secretary of Defense

S. 231 – To direct the administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to develop guidance for firefighters and other emergency response personnel, committee substitute withdrawn, and the Peters substitute amendment, was adopted by unanimous consent.

S. 583 – To promote innovative acquisition techniques and procurement strategies, and committee-reported amendments, was adopted by unanimous consent.

S. Res. 328 – Designating August 1, 2021, as Gold Star Children’s Day, was adopted by unanimous consent.

S. Res. 329 – Amending the eligibility criteria for the Senate Employee Childcare Center, was adopted by unanimous consent.

S. Res. 330 – Relating to the death of the Honorable Mike Enzi, former senator for the state of Wyoming, was adopted by unanimous consent.

S. Res. 331 – Designating August 11, 2021 as Hip Hop Celebration Day, designating August, 2021, as Hip Hop Recognition Month, and designating November, 2021, as Hip Hop History Month, was adopted by unanimous consent.

4:29 p.m. Senators Blackburn, Cruz, and Lee spoke on the mask mandate.

4:12 p.m. Senator Lee spoke on the mask mandate.

4:04 p.m. Senator Wicker spoke on Olympian Sam Kendricks testing positive for covid-19.

3:55 p.m. Senator Warnock spoke on medicaid.

3:42 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on crime.

3:26 p.m. Senator King spoke paid tribute to Senator Mike Enzi.

3:05 p.m. Senator Lankford spoke on passport renewal and immigration.

3:05 p.m. Senator Lankford spoke on passport renewal and immigration.

2:43 p.m. Senator Blumenthal spoke on 9/11.

2:27 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke on the Alaskan of the Week, Lydia Jacoby.

2:21 p.m. Senator Leahy spoke on passage of the bill.

2:20 p.m. The Senate agreed to H.R. 3237, the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 98-0 with Senators Marshall and Rounds absent.

1:45 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on passage of
H.R. 3237, the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act.

1:44 p.m. The Substitute amendment was agreed to by voice vote.

1:43 p.m. The Senate waived the budget point of order to the Leahy-Shelby substitute amendment, 72-26.
Senators voting in favor: 48 Democrats, 20 Republicans: Blunt, Burr, Collins, Cramer, Cruz, Ernst, Graham, Grassley, Hoeven, Hyde-Smith, McConnell, Murkowski, Portman, Romney, Rubio, Shelby, Tillis, Tuberville, Wicker and Young; 2 Independents: King and Sanders.

Senators voting against: 26 Repulicans.

Senators not voting: 2 Republicans: Marshall and Rounds.

1:01 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on the motion to waive the Budget Act with respect to the Leahy-Shelby substitute amendment to H.R. 3237, the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act.

1:00 p.m. The Senate adopted Cotton amendment #2124 to the Leahy substitute amendment #2123 to H.R. 3237, by voice vote. Senator Leahy made a motion to waive the budget act in regards to the Leahy-Shelby substitute amendment.

12:57 p.m. Senator Braun spoke on the Emergency Security Supplemental and raised a budget point of order with respect to the Leahy-Shelby substitute amendment #2123 to H.R. 3237.

12:51 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke on the Emergency Security Supplemental and received unanimous consent to vote shortly on the following, regarding H.R. 3237, the Emergency Security Supplemental:

  1. Cotton amendment #2123 to the Leahy substitute amendment #2124
  2. Vote on the motion to waive the budget act expected re:Leahy-Shelby substitute amendment
  3. Leahy-Shelby amendment in the nature of a substitute #2123. (voice vote expected)
  4. Passage of H.R.3237, as amended, if amended. This vote is subject to an affirmative 60-vote threshold.

12:21 p.m. Senator Leahy spoke on the Emergency Security Supplemental.

12:14 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke on nursing homes and covid-19.

11:43 p.m. Senator Moran paid tribute to Senator Mike Enzi.

11:37 p.m. Senator Thune spoke on immigration.

11:17 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke on infrastructure and the cost of prescription drugs.

11:04 a.m. Republican Leader McConnell spoke on the infrastructure bill the budget resolution and immigration. He then paid tribute to former Parliamentarian Bob Dove who passed away recently.

10:48 a.m. Majority Leader Schumer spoke on the infrastructure bill and budget resolution, and later on Covid-19, climate change and funding the Capitol Police.

10:30 a.m. The Senate convened.

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The Senate will convene at 10:30 a.m. and following any Leader remarks, will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to H.R.3684, the vehicle for the bipartisan infrastructure framework.

Roll call votes are possible during today’s session.

Cloture has been filed on Executive Calendar #232, Ur Mendoza Jaddou, to be Director of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security.

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

7:15 p.m. The Senate stands adjourned until 10:30 a.m. on Thursday.

7:13 p.m. ML Schumer spoke supporting the Bipartisan Infrastructure group.

7:12 p.m. By a vote of 67-32 the Senate invoked cloture on the motion to proceed to Cal. #100, H.R.3684, the legislative vehicle for the bipartisan infrastructure bill, upon reconsideration.

17 Republican Senators voted AYE: Senators Blunt, Burr, Capito, Cassidy, Collins, Cramer, Crapo, Graham, Grassley, Hoeven, McConnell, Murkowski, Portman, Risch, Romney, Tillis and Young.

6:45 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to Cal. #100, H.R.3684, the legislative vehicle for the bipartisan infrastructure bill, upon reconsideration.

6:43 p.m. By voice votes, the Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to the motion to reconsider the vote by which cloture failed and the motion to reconsider the vote upon which cloture was not invoked.

6:42 p.m. By a vote of 53-46 the nomination of David M. Prouty to be a Member of the National Labor Relations Board was confirmed.

5:46 p.m. The Senate began voting on confirmation of nomination of David M. Prouty to be a Member of the National Labor Relations Board.

5:42 p.m. Senator Cortez-Masto spoke about veterans clothing allowance.

5:32 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke about taxes.

4:57 p.m. Senator Menendez spoke about Cuba.

4:37 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the infrastructure bill.

4:27 p.m. Senator Murphy spoke about Egypt.

4:23 p.m. By a vote of 53-46, the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of David M. Prouty to be a Member of the National Labor Relations Board was agreed to. Republicans voting aye: Collins, Murkowski, and Sullivan.

3:32 p.m. The Senate began voting on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of David M. Prouty to be a Member of the National Labor Relations Board.

3:31 p.m. By a vote of 52-47, the Senate confirmed Gwynne A. Wilcox to be a Member of the National Labor Relations Board for the term of five years expiring August 27, 2023.

2:41 p.m. The Senate began a vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #257 Gwynne A. Wilcox to be a Member of the National Labor Relations Board for the term of five years expiring August 27, 2023.

2:02 p.m. Senators Blunt, Scott of Florida, Marshall, Lee and Blackburn spoke about tax increases and government spending.

1:55 p.m. The Senate returned from recess. Senator Ernst spoke government spending by Democrats.

1:12 p.m. The Senate stands in recess until 1:55 p.m.

1:05 p.m. Senator Cassidy spoke about the bipartisan infrastructure bill.

12:52 p.m. Senator Klobuchar spoke about the emergency supplemental to fund the Capitol Police.

12:40 p.m. Senator Inhofe spoke about the Ligado order.

12:27 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about the 1/6 insurrection.

12:25 p.m. By a vote of 52-47, the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Gwynne A. Wilcox to be a Member of the National Labor Relations Board for the term of five years expiring August 27, 2023 was agreed to.

11:35 a.m. The Senate began a vote on motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Executive Calendar #257 Gwynne A. Wilcox to be a Member of the National Labor Relations Board for the term of five years expiring August 27, 2023.

11:26 a.m. Senator Murray spoke supporting the Wilcox nomination.

11:17 a.m. Senator Thune spoke on government spending.

11:02 a.m. Senator Murkowski spoke congratulating Olympian Lydia Jacoby.

10:55 a.m. ML Schumer advised Senators to be prepared to vote again on the bipartisan infrastructure bill as early as tonight, on the emergency supplemental funding for the Capitol Police and on nominations.

10:35 a.m. RL McConnell spoke about emergency funding for the Capitol Police and National Guard; on election security; and on the threat from Al-Shabaab.

10:30 a.m. The Senate convened.

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The Senate will convene at 10:30 a.m., following Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of the nomination of Gwynne A. Wilcox to be a Member of the National Labor Relations Board.

At 11:30 a.m., the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Wilcox nomination.

If cloture is invoked on the Wilcox nomination, there will be up to two hours of debate, and then the Senate will proceed to two roll call votes relative to the following:

Confirmation of the nomination of Gwynne A. Wilcox to be a Member of the National Labor Relations Board.

Motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of David M. Prouty to be a Member of the National Labor Relations Board.

If cloture is invoked on the Prouty nomination, there will be up to two hours of debate, and then the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on confirmation of the Prouty nomination.

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

6:51 p.m. The Senate stands adjourned until 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 28, 2021. Following Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session to resume consideration of the nomination of Gwynne A. Wilcox, to be a Member of the National Labor Relations Board.

At 11:30 a.m., the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Wilcox nomination.

Wednesday, July 28 at 11:30 a.m. – 1 roll call vote:

  1. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #257, Gwynne A. Wilcox, of New York, to be a Member of the National Labor Relations Board

Then, if cloture is invoked on the Wilcox nomination, up to 2 hours of debate – 2 roll call votes at approximately 2:45 p.m.:

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #257, Gwynne A. Wilcox, of New York, to be a Member of the National Labor Relations Board
  2. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #258, David M. Prouty, of Maryland, to be a Member of the National Labor Relations Board

Then, if cloture is invoked on the Prouty nomination, up to 2 hours of debate – 1 roll call vote at approximately 5:30 p.m.:

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #258, David M. Prouty, of Maryland, to be a Member of the National Labor Relations Board

6:29 p.m. Senator Inhofe paid tribute to the life of Senator Enzi.

6:24 p.m. Senator Whitehouse began wrap up:

  • Passed the following postal naming bills en bloc: H.R.208 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 500 West Main Street, Suite 102 in Tupelo, Mississippi, as the “Colonel Carlyle ‘Smitty’ Harris Post Office”; H.R.264 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1101 Charlotte Street in Georgetown, South Carolina, as the “Joseph Hayne Rainey Memorial Post Office Building”; S.566 – A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 42 Main Street in Slatersville, Rhode Island, as the “Specialist Matthew R. Turcotte Post Office”; H.R.772 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 229 Minnetonka Avenue South in Wayzata, Minnesota, as the “Jim Ramstad Post Office”.
  • Passed by voice vote – S. 503, PARENTS Act
  • Passed S.452 with Stabenow substitute amendment: Willie O’Ree Congressional Gold Medal Act.
  • Passed H.R.1002: DEBAR Act of 2021.
  • Adopted S.Res.317: congratulating the Milwaukee Bucks, and the fans of the Milwaukee Bucks around the world, on winning the 2021 National Basketball Association championship.
  • Adopted S.Res.323: National Ani-Counterfeiting and Consumer Education and Awareness Month.
  • Adopted S.Res.324: National Whistleblower Appreciation Day.

6:02 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke on political donations.

6:01 p.m. ML Schumer filed cloture on Executive Calendar #232 Ur Mendoza Jaddou to be Director of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security.

5:58 p.m. The Stone Manning nomination was successfully discharged on a party line vote of 50-49 with Senator Rounds absent.

5:04 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on the motion to discharge the nomination of Tracy Stone-Manning to be Director of the Bureau of Land Management from the Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

5:00 p.m. Senator Tester spoke in support of the Stone-Manning nomination.

4:52 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke on the Stone-Manning nomination.

4:48 p.m. Senator Cornyn paid tribute to Senator Mike Enzi.

4:44 p.m. Senator Lankford spoke about the Stone-Manning nomination.

4:35 p.m. Senator Carper paid tribute to Senator Mike Enzi.

4:21 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke on the Covid-19 vaccine, Senator Mike Enzi and on the Olympic Games.

3:32 p.m. Senators Marshall, Risch, Hyde-Smith, Lee and Daines spoke against the Stone-Manning nomination.

3:12 p.m. Senator Grassley paid tribute to Senator Enzi and on the origins of the Coronavirus.

2:44 p.m. Senators Barrasso and Grassley spoke against the Stone-Manning nomination.

2:37 p.m. The Senate reconvened from recess. Senator Tester spoke on funding for the U.S. Capitol Police and National Guard.

12:38 p.m. The Senate stands in recess until 2:15 p.m.

12:37 p.m. ML Schumer announced at approximately 5:00 p.m., the Senate will proceed to a vote on the motion to discharge from Energy & Natural Resources Committee PN443, Tracy Stone-Manning to be Director of the Bureau of Land Management.

12:36 p.m. The Senate confirmed Executive Calendar #122 Todd Sunhwae Kim to be an Assistant Attorney General, 58-41.

Republican Senators Blunt, Capito, Collins, Cornyn, Graham, Grassley, Murkowski & Tillis voted yes.

Senator Rounds did not vote.

11:33 a.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #122 Todd Sunhwae Kim to be an Assistant Attorney General.

11:04 a.m. Senators Barrasso, Lummis, and Thune paid tribute to former Senator Enzi.

10:54 a.m. Republican Leader McConnell paid tribute to former Senator Enzi and infrastructure.

10:39 a.m. Majority Leader Schumer paid tribute to former Senator Enzi, nominations, January 6th, and student loans.

10:34 a.m. Senator Leahy paid tribute to former Senator Enzi.

The Senate will convene at 10:30 a.m. today. Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #122, Todd Sunhwae Kim, D.C., to be an Assistant Attorney General, post-cloture.

At 11:30am – 1 vote:

  1. Confirmation of the Kim nomination.

The 117th Congress Official Photo will take place at 2:15pm.

Additional roll call votes are possible during today’s session.

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