Monday, March 22, 2021

6:50 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will reconvene at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 23. They will resume consideration of the nomination of Shalanda Young to be Deputy Director of OMB. The Senate will vote on cloture on the Young nomination at 11:45 a.m. Following the vote they will recess until 2:15 for weekly party lunches. Further votes on the Young nomination and also on the nomination of Vivek Murthy to be the Surgeon General will occur during Tuesday’s session.

First reading: H. J. Res. 17-Equal Rights Amendment

6:20 p.m. Senator Portman spoke about the border crisis.

6:18 p.m. By a vote of 68-29 the Senate confirmed Martin Walsh to be Secretary of Labor. Senators not voting: Blackburn, Murkowski, and Toomey.

5:17 p.m. Senator Burr spoke about the Walsh nomination.

4:50 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about immigration and the conditions at the border.

4:33 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about the false claims act.

4:16 p.m. Senator Collins spoke about her higher education bills.

4:00 p.m. Senator Brown spoke about the Walsh nomination.

3:37 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about the work for the Judiciary Committee and also about the filibuster.

3:24 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke about the new Sergeant at Arms leadership and about the Walsh nomination.

3:23 p.m. The following resolutions were agreed to by unanimous consent:

  • S. Res. 127-Karen Gibson to be Sergeant at Arms for the Senate
  • S. Res. 128-Notifying the House of the election of the SAA
  • S. Res. 129-Notifying the President of the election of the SAA

3:05 p.m. Senator McConnell spoke about China, National Security, and about the Walsh nomination.

3:00 p.m. The Senate convened.

The Senate will convene at 3:00 p.m. At 5:30 p.m. on Monday, the Senate will proceed to a vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #17 Martin Joseph Walsh to be Secretary of Labor.

Thursday, March 18, 2021

3:35 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will return on Monday, March 22nd at 3:00 p.m. At 5:30 p.m. on Monday, the Senate will proceed to a vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #17 Martin Joseph Walsh to be Secretary of Labor.

3:14 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about unaccompanied minors at the Southern border.

3:05 p.m. ML Schumer began wrap up:

  • Confirmed by voice vote: Executive Calendar #28 William Joseph Burns, of Maryland, to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
  • Confirmed by voice vote: Executive Calendar #36 Brian P. McKeon to be Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources
  • Filed cloture on the nomination of Shalanda D. Young to be Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget
  • Filed cloture on the nomination of Vivek Murthy to be Medical Director in the Regular Corps of the Public Health Service, subject to qualifications therefor as provided by law & regulations, & to be Surgeon General of the Public Health Service for a term of 4 years
  • Filed cloture on nomination of Rachel Leland Levine to be an Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services
  • Filed cloture on nomination of David Turk to be Deputy Secretary of Energy
  • Filed cloture on the nomination of Adewale O. Adeyemo to be Deputy Secretary of the Treasury
  • Filed cloture on the motion to proceed to Cal. #11, H.R.1799, PPP Extension

2:29 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke on the IC assessment on foreign threats in the 2020 federal election.

2:16 p.m. Senator Blunt spoke on S.1, the election security bill.

2:11 p.m. Senator Manchin paid tribute to his brother in law Robert Thompson who passed away recently.

2:10 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Walsh nomination, 68-30.

1:30 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the Walsh nomination.

1:15 p.m. Senator Cruz spoke on possible illegal immigrants receiving stimulus checks and asked to take up and pass S. 842. Senator Durbin objected.

1:05 p.m. Senator Murray spoke in favor of the Walsh nomination.

12:44 p.m. Senators Wyden and Brown spoke on protecting PPP from predatory loans. Senator Wyden asked unanimous consent to call up and pass S. 823 – protection of recovery rebates. Senator Toomey objected.

12:42 p.m. The Senate confirmed the nomination of Xavier Becerra to be Secretary of Health and Human Services by a vote of 50-49.

Senator Collins voted yes and Senator Hirono did not vote

12:00 p.m. The Senate is voting on confirmation of Executive Calendar #37 Xavier Becerra to be Secretary of Health and Human Services.

11:47 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke on the filibuster and on immigration.

11:14 a.m. Senators Barrasso and Inhofe spoke against the Becerra nomination.

11:02 a.m. Senators Wyden and Stabenow spoke supporting the Becerra nomination.

10:45 a.m. Senator Thune spoke on the filibuster.

10:30 a.m. Republican Leader McConnell spoke about immigration and election integrity and then paid tribute to Jennifer Hemingway.

10:14 a.m. Majority Leader Schumer had the second reading of H.R. 1799, and then proceeded to discuss cabinet nominations and the economy.

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The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m.

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #37, Xavier Becerra to be Secretary of Health and Human Services.

12:00 noon: VOTE on confirmation of Executive Calendar #37, Xavier Becerra to be Secretary of Health and Human Services.

1:30pm: VOTE on cloture on Executive Calendar #17, Martin Walsh to be Secretary of Labor.

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

6:22 p.m. The Senate adjourned.

6:17 p.m. Senator Padilla wrapped up for the day.

5:51 p.m. Senators Blumenthal and Padilla spoke about the shootings in Atlanta and the Becerra nomination.

5:26 p.m. Senator Carper spoke in favor of the Becerra nomination.

5:11 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about the filibuster.

5:01 p.m. Senator Young spoke about Indiana basketball.

4:51 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke on the economy.

4:30 p.m. Senator Tillis spoke about the protect and serve act.

4:10 p.m. Senator Braun spoke about paycheck protection.

3:46 p.m. Senator Van Hollen spoke about the Becerra nomination.

3:32 p.m. Senator Brown spoke about the Becerra nomination.

3:25 p.m. Senator Menendez spoke about Russian interference in our election.

3:20 p.m. Senator Markey spoke in favor of the Becerra nomination.

3:00 p.m.  Senator Casey spoke in favor of the Beccerra nomination.

2:45 p.m. Senator Cruz spoke in opposition of the Becerra nomination.

2:40 p.m. Senator Blackburn spoke in opposition of the Becerra nomination.

2:35 p.m. Senator Lee spoke in opposition of the Becerra nomination.

2:25 p.m. Senator Daines spoke in opposition of the Becerra nomination.

2:20 p.m. Senator Lamkford spoke about government debt.

2:15 p.m. Senator Scott spoke about prison payments in the covid relief bill.

2:05 p.m. Senator Braun spoke in opposition of the Becerra nomination.

1:50 p.m. Senator Ernst spoke in opposition of the Becerra nomination.

1:30 p.m. Senator Moran spoke against the nomination of Becerra.

1::25 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke on Medicare and in support of the Bucerra nomination.

1:15 p.m. Senator Warnock gave him maiden speech on the voting rights of the citizens in Georgia

1:00 p.m.  Senator Boozman spoke on veteran’s care.

12:17 p.m.   The Senate is currently voting on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Xavier Becerra to be Secretary of Health and Human Services. The motion was agreed to by a vote of 50-49.

11:30 a.m.   The Senate is voting on the nomination of Katherine C. Tai to be United States Trade Representative. The nomination was agreed to by a vote 0f 98-0.

11:22 a.m. Senator Thune spoke about social media.

11:15 a.m. Senator Peters spoke about his departing chief of staff, Eric Feldman.

11:03 a.m. Minority Leader McConnell spoke about the Becerra nomination He spoke about the Tai nomination and China trade policy.

10:43 a.m. Majority Leader Schumer began Rule XIV proceedings to bring to the floor H.R. 1799, a measure to extend S.B.A.’s the Paycheck Protection Program.

He spoke about the shootings in Atlanta. He spoke about nominations. He spoke about a bill on election procedures in the states, S-1. He spoke about the new Covid relief program.

***

The Senate will convene at 10:30 a.m. and will resume post-cloture consideration of the nomination of Katherine C. Tai to be United States Trade Representative.

  • At 11:30 a.m., there will be two roll call votes:
  • Confirmation of the Tai nomination;
  • Cloture on the nomination of Xavier Becerra to be secretary of Health and Human Services.

NOTE: Cloture is pending on the nomination of Martin Walsh to be secretary of Labor.

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

5:53 p.m. The Senate recessed and will reconvene at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 17. They will resume consideration of the nomination of Katharine C. Tai to be U.S. Trade Representative. A vote on confirmation will occur at 11:30 a.m. followed by a cloture vote on the nomination of Xavier Bacerra to be Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Passed during wrap-up: S. Res. 118, Honoring Army Chaplain Emil J. Kapaun

5:39 p.m. Senator Portman spoke about workforce training.

4:57 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about immigration and the southern border.

4:44 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke about the covid bill.

4:32 p.m. Senator Lankford spoke about immigration and the southern border.

4:19 p.m. Senator Menendez spoke about the Jan. 6 attack.

4:05 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about voter laws.

3:47 p.m. Senator Cotton spoke against the Bacerra nomination.

3:34 p.m. Senator Carper spoke in support of the Tai nomination.

3:33 p.m. By a vote of 98-0 the Senate invoked cloture on
he nomination of Katherine C. Tai to be United States Trade Representative.

3:04 p.m. The Senate began voting cloture on the nomination of Katherine C. Tai to be United States Trade Representative.

3:03 p.m. By a vote of 81-17 the Senate confirmed Isabella Guzman to be Administrator of the Small Business Administration.

2:25 p.m. The Senate began voting on confirmation of Isabella Casillas Guzman to be Administrator of the Small Business Administration

2:18 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke in support of the Tai nomination.

2:15 p.m. Senator Rosen spoke in support of the Guzman nomination.

2:15 p.m. The Senate reconvened and resumed consideration of the Guzman nomination.

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

12:37 p.m. Senator Coons got unanimous consent for 2 votes at approximately 2:30 p.m. on: 1. Confirmation of Isabella Casillas Guzman to be Administrator of the Small Business Administration 2. Cloture on the nomination of Katherine C. Tai to be United States Trade Representative

12:36 p.m. By a tally of 80-18 the Senate invoked cloture on the nomination of Isabella Guzman to be Administrator of the SBA.

12:04 p.m. The Senate began a vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Isabella Casillas Guzman to be Administrator of the Small Business Administration.

11:56 a.m. Senator Cardin spoke supporting the Guzman nomination.

11:46 a.m. Senator Klobuchar spoke supporting the Guzman nomination.

11:06 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke on the filibuster and on Covid relief.

10:50 a.m. Senator Thune spoke against the death tax.

10:23 a.m. RL McConnell spoke on proposed legislative changes.

10:05 a.m. ML Schumer spoke supporting the Guzman nomination and on Covid relief.

10:00 a.m. The Senate convened.

*****

The Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of Isabella Casillas Guzman to be Administrator of the Small Business Administration.

At 12:00 pm, the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Guzman nomination.

Following the vote on the motion to invoke cloture, the Senate will recess until 2:15 pm to allow for the weekly caucus luncheons.

If cloture is invoked on the Guzman nomination, a roll call vote on confirmation of the Guzman nomination is expected to occur during Tuesday’s session of the Senate. Following the vote on confirmation, the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Katherine C. Tai to be United States Trade Representative.

Monday, March 15, 2021

6:37 p.m. The Senator adjourned until 10 a.m. Tuesday.

6:25 p.m. By a vote of 51 to 40, the Senate confirmed the nomination of Debra Haaland to be secretary of the Interior.

Majority Leader Schumer filed cloture on the nominations of Xavier Becerra to be secretary of Health and Human Services and Martin Walsh to be secretary of Labor.

The Senate agreed to meet at 10 a.m. Tuesday, to vote at noon on cloture for the nomination of Isabella Guzman to be administrator of the Small Business Administration, and to then to recess until 2:15 p.m. for policy luncheons.

Votes are expected later Tuesday on confirmation of Guzman and cloture for the nomination of Katherine Tai to be U.S. Trade Representative.

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The Senate will convene at 3:00 p.m.

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #31, Debra Haaland to be Secretary of the Interior.

At 5:30 p.m. the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Haaland nomination.

Cloture has also been filed on the following nominations:

1. Executive Calendar #26, Isabella Guzman to be Administrator of the Small Business Administration.

2. Executive Calendar #29, Katherine Tai to be United States Trade Representative.

Thursday, March 11, 2021

4:01 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 3:00 p.m. on Monday, March 15, 2021. Following Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of the nomination of Debra Anne Haaland, to be Secretary of the Interior, post-cloture. At 5:30 p.m., all post-cloture time will be considered expired, and the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Haaland nomination.

3:58 p.m. ML Schumer began wrap up:

  • Adopted S.Res.96, designating March 8 through March 14, 2021, as “Women of the Aviation Workforce Week”, w/Rosen amendment
  • Adopted S.Res.106, recognizing Girl Scouts of the United States of America on its 109th birthday and celebrating its legacy of fostering civic action and community service among girls and creating leaders in Gold Award Girl Scouts, including the 2020 National Gold Award Girl Scouts
  • AdoptedS.Res.108, to make technical corrections to the amendments made be Senate Resolution 30 (117th Congress) to Senate Resolution 458 (98th Congress), and for other purposes.

3:23 p.m. Senator Lee spoke about his father.

3:08 p.m. Senator Rosen spoke supporting the Haaland nomination.

2:57 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on immigration.

2:35 p.m. Senator Portman spoke on immigration.

2:12 p.m. Senator Lankford reflected on the roughly one year anniversary of the pandemic and the relief package passed this week.

2:11 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Haaland nomination 54-42. Republicans Collins, Graham, Murkowski and Sullivan joined all Democrats and Independents in favor. Senators Burr, Cassidy, Kennedy and Moran did not vote.

1:34 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the Haaland nomination.

1:30 p.m. Senator Manchin spoke in favor of the Haaland nomination.

1:19 p.m Senator Barraasso spoke against the Haaland nomination.

1:08 p.m. Senator Heinrich spoke in favor of the Haaland nomination.

1:01 p.m. Senator Lummis spoke against the Haaland nomination.

12:50 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke in favor of the Haaland nomination.

12:46 p.m. Majority Leader Schumer filed cloture on the nominations of Isabella Guzman to be Administrator of the Small Business Administration; and Katherine Tai to be US Trade Representative.

12:45 p.m. The Becerra nomination was discharged on a tally of 51-48, with Senator Collins joining Democrats and Independents in favor and Senator Burr not voting.

12:03 p.m. Roll call vote began on discharging the Becerra nomination.

11:59 a.m. Senator Cantwell spoke in favor of the Beccera nomination.

11:46 a.m. Senator Daines spoke against the Haaland nomination.

11:39 a.m. Senator Blackburn spoke against the Becerra nomination.

11:31 a.m. Senator Cassidy spoke on the pandemic and schools.

11:23 a.m. Senator Thune spoke against the Becerra nomination.

11:11 a.m. Senator Wyden spoke in favor of the Becerra nomination.

11:00 a.m. Minority Leader McConnell spoke about the pandemic and the relief package. He spoke about the Becerra nomination. He paid tribute to the departing Mary Jones, assistant secretary of the Senate.

10:46 a.m. Majority Leader Schumer spoke about the Becerra discharge petition. He said Deb Haaland’s nomination to be secretary of the Interior will be confirmed Monday. He spoke about the Covid relief package.

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The Senate will convene at 10:30 a.m. and will resume consideration of the motion to discharge the nomination of Xavier Becerra from the Committee on Finance.

  • At noon, the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on the motion to discharge the Becerra nomination. Simple majority required.
  • At 1:30pm, the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Debra Haaland to the secretary of the Interior Department.

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

7:03 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will reconvene at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 11. They will resume consideration of the motion to discharge from the Finance Committee the nomination of Xavier Bacerra to be Secretary of Health and Human Services. A vote on the motion to discharge will occur at 12:00 noon. There will be a cloture vote on the nomination of Deb Haaland to be Secretary of Interior at 1:30 p.m.

6:40 p.m. Sullivan spoke about the Regan nomination.

6:07 p.m. Senator Schumer made a motion to discharge the nomination of Xavier Bacerra from the Senate Finance Committee. There will be four hours of debate. The vote on the motion to discharge will occur at 12:00 noon on Thursday.

6:05 p.m. By a vote of 66-34 the Regan nomination was confirmed. Republicans voting aye: Braun, Burr, Collins, Cramer, Fischer, Graham, Grassley, Hyde-Smith, Lee, Murkowski, Portman, Romney, Rounds, Rubio, Tillis, Wicker.

5:15 p.m. The Senate began voting on confirmation of the Regan nomination.

4:58 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about China.

4:43 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about Justice Department nominations.

4:26 p.m. Senator Moran spoke about the voting rights bill.

4:17 p.m. Senator Burr spoke about the Regan nomination.

4:03 Senator Kaine spoke about the Covid bill.

3:55 p.m. Senator Capito spoke about the Regan nomination.

3:25 p.m. Senator Carper spoke about the Regan nomination.

3:24 p.m. By a vote of 65-35 cloture was invoked on the Regan nomination. Republicans voting aye: Braun, Burr, Collins, Cramer, Fischer, Graham, Grassley, Hyde-Smith, Lee, Murkowski, Portman, Romney, Rounds, Tillis, Wicker.

2:50 p.m. The Senate began voting on cloture on the nomination of Michael Regan to be EPA Administrator.

2:47 p.m. By a vote of 70-30 the Garland nomination was confirmed. Republicans voting aye: Blunt, Burr, Capito, Cassidy, Collins, Cornyn, Ernst, Graham, Grassley, Inhofe, Johnson, Lankford, McConnell, Moran, Murkowski, Portman, Romney, Rounds, Thune, Tillis.

2:15 p.m. The Senate reconvened and began voting on the Garland nomination to be Attorney General.

12:44 p.m. The Senate recessed until 2:15 p.m.

12:38 p.m. By a vote of 66-34 the Fudge nomination was confirmed. Republicans voting aye: Blunt, Capito, Collins, Cramer, Graham, Grassley, Hoeven, McConnell, Moran, Murkowski, Portman, Romney, Rounds, Scott (SC), Sullivan, Young.

12:00 p.m. The Senate began voting to confirm Marcia Fudge to be Secretary of HUD.

11:18 a.m. Senator Barrasso spoke about immigration.

10:59 a.m. Senator Thune spoke about Senator Blunt’s decision not to seek reelection. He spoke about Democratic tactics on the Covid relief bill.

10:38 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke about immigration.

10:28 a.m. Minority Leader McConnell spoke about his support for the Garland, Fudge and other Biden administration nominations.

10:12 a.m. Majority Leader Schumer spoke about the Fudge, Garland and Regan nominations. He spoke about the Covid relief package.

By consent, the Senate passed S. Res. 102, recognizing the 100th anniversary of the Hoosier Gem.

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The Senate will convene at 10 a.m. and will resume consideration of the nomination of Marcia Fudge to be Secretary of HUD.

At noon, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Fudge nomination.

At 2:15 p.m., there will be two votes:

1. Confirmation of Merrick Brian Garland’s nomination to be attorney general

2. Cloture on the nomination of Michael Regan to be Administrator of the EPA.

If cloture is invoked, the confirmation vote on the Regan nomination will occur at about 5:45 p.m.

Cloture will ripen Thursday on the nomination of Debra Haaland to be secretary of the Interior Department.

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

7:01 p.m. The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday.
4 votes are expected on tomorrow: 12PM: confirmation of Marcia Fudge to be HUD Secretary 2:15PM: confirmation of Merrick Garland to be AG, & cloture on the nomination of Michael Regan to be EPA Administrator Approx 5:45 confirmation of the Regan nomination

6:59 p.m. By a tally of 70-29, the Senate invoked cloture on the nomination of Merrick Garland to be Attorney General.

6:17 p.m. By a tally of 69-30, the Senate invoked cloture on the Fudge nomination.

5:30 p.m. The Senate began a vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Marcia Fudge to be Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

5:09 p.m. Senator Tuberville spoke on immigration.

4:54 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on the Rescue package.

4:32 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke on academic freedom and free speech as well as on the Garland nomination.

4:17 p.m. Senator Blackburn spoke against the Rescue package.

4:06 p.m. Senator Brown spoke supporting the Fudge nomination.

3:54 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke on the Rescue package and on nominations.

3:49 p.m. RL McConnell spoke against the Rescue package and on far-left nominees.

3:48 p.m. ML Schumer filed cloture on the nomination of Debra Anne Haaland, of New Mexico, to be Secretary of the Interior.

3:33 p.m. ML Schumer spoke on the Rescue package and on the Fudge and Garland nominations.

3:03 p.m. Senator Cotton spoke about Amazon’s book sales selection policies.

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The Senate will convene at 3:00 p.m.

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of Executive Calendar #12, Marcia Fudge to be Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

At 5:30 p.m. – 2 roll call votes:

  1. Cloture on the Fudge nomination.
  2. Cloture on Executive Calendar #27, Merrick Garland to be Attorney General.

Cloture has also been filed on the nomination of Michael Regan to be Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Friday March 5/Saturday March 6, 2021





1:04 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 9. Cloture votes at 5:30 p.m. on Fudge and Garland.

12:33 p.m. ML Schumer filed cloture on nomination of Michael Stanley Regan, of North Carolina, to be Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

12:32 p.m. ML Schumer filed cloture on the nomination of Merrick Garland, of Maryland, to be Attorney General.

12:30 p.m. ML Schumer has filed cloture on the nomination of Marcia Fudge, of Ohio, to be Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

12:24 p.m. The Senate passed H.R. 1319, American Rescue Plan, as amended by a tally of 50-49.

12:15 p.m. The Senate is voting on passage of H.R.1319, American Rescue Plan, as amended.

12:10 p.m. RL McConnell spoke against the legislation.

12:07 p.m. ML Schumer spoke supporting H.R. 1319.

12:06 p.m. The Senate adopted the Schumer amendment #891, as amended, by a voice vote.

12:05 p.m. The Senate adopted the Schumer amendment #1398 by voice vote

Noon: The chaplain offered a prayer.

11:59 a.m. By a vote of 93 to 6, the Senate passed the Warner amendment #1391 on classified contract workers. NAYS: Republicans Braun, Johnson, Lee, Lummis, Paul, Tuberville.

11:30 a.m. Vote has begun on Warner amendment 1391, on classified contract workers.

11:26 a.m. The Senate did not agree to the Daines motion to commit the bill to the Foreign Relations committee by a vote of 49-50.

11:17 am. The Senate began a vote on the Daines motion to commit H.R. 1319 to the Foreign Relations committee re: Keystone XL Pipeline.

11:15 a.m. By a voice vote, the Senate agreed to the Murkowski amend #1233 re: $800 million for homeless children.

11:00 a.m. The Senate did not agree to the Grassley amendment #902 by a tally of 45-54.

10:50 a.m. The Senate began a vote on the Grassley amend #902 re:
funding for payments for losses of crops due to disaster.

10:46 a.m. By a tally of 49-50, the Senate did not agree to the Lee amend
#1331 re: premium assistance.

10:37 a.m. By a tally of 49-50, the Senate did not agree to the Cruz amend #968 re: barring stimulus checks for undocumented immigrants.

10:24 a.m. The Senate is voting on the Cruz amendment #968 re: no checks for undocumented immigrants.

10:20 a.m. By a vote of 49 to 50 the Cassidy amendment was not agreed to.

10:13 a.m. The Senate began a vote on the Cassidy amend re: no stimulus checks for inmates.

10:10 a.m. The Senate is discussing the Cassidy amendment #1162 re: stimulus checks for inmates.

10:09 a.m. The Senate did not agree to the Cornyn motion to commit H.R. 1319 by a tally of 49-50.

10:00 a.m. The Senate is voting on the Cornyn motion to commit H.R. 1319 to w/instructions to the HELP Committee.

9:58 a.m. By a vote of 49 to 50 the Senate did not agree to the Lee amendment.

9:48 a.m. The Senate is voting on the Lee amendment 1381, related to the child tax credit.

9:45 a.m. By a tally of 48-51, the Senate did not agree to the Scott (FL) motion to commit H.R.1319 to the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee w/instructions Re: No budget no pay

9:35 a.m. The Senate is voting on the Scott (FL) motion to commit re: no budget no pay.

9:33 a.m. The Kennedy amendment on small business loans was not agreed to by a party-line vote of 48 to 50. Senators Sullivan and Young did not vote.

9:24 a.m. Senate is voting on the Kennedy amendment on small business loans.

9:21 a.m. By a tally of 49-50 the Senate did not agree to the Hagerty motion to commit en bloc, H.R. 1319.

9:11 a.m. The Senate began a vote on the Hagerty motion to commit en bloc, H.R.1319, FY2021 Budget Reconciliation, with instructions.

9:07 a.m. On a vote of 49 to 50, the Tuberville amendment failed. Democrat Manchin voted YES. Republican Murkowski voted NO.

8:58 a.m. Vote began on Tuberville Amendment 1386 on Title IX spending.

8:55 a.m. By a tally of 49-50 the Senate did not agree to the Romney amend #1364 to provide target relief to state and local governments based on a demonstrated need

8:41 a.m. The Senate began a vote on the Romney amendment #1364.

8:36 a.m. Senator Romney discussed his amendment #1364 on targeted state and local relief. Senator Wyden spoke against the Romney amendment.

8:35 a.m. ML Schumer announced that there are approximately 14 amendments remaining and asked Senators to remain in their seats.

8:34 a.m. By a vote of 49 to 50, the Cruz amendment 969 on school closings was not agreed to.

8:04 a.m. By a vote of 52 to 47, the Senate declined to waive the point of order on the Lankford amendment 1031, to add abortion spending language (Hyde amendment) to the bill. Waiver required 60 votes. Democrats Casey, Kaine and Manchin voted YEA.

Next: Cruz 969 on school openings.

7:28 a.m. The Senate is voting on waiving the point of order on the Lankford Amendment 1031, on abortion spending.

7:25 a.m. By a party-line vote of 49 to 50, the Blackburn amendment was not agreed to.

6:59 a.m. By a voice vote, the Senate agreed to the Moran amendment on veterans, 1342.

Next: Blackburn Amendment 996 on hospital reimbursement.

6:56 a.m. By a vote of 48 to 50, the Cotton amendment was not agreed to.

Next: Moran Amendment 1342, on veterans education.

6:29 a.m. Amendment 1395 (Scott of Florida) was not agreed to by a vote of 47 to 51. Republican Moran voted NAY.

Next up: Cotton Amendment on sanctuary cities.

6:06 a.m. By a vote of 48 to 50, the Capito amendment was not agreed to.

Next up: Amendment 1395, Scott of Florida, to redirect Amtrak funds.

5:42 a.m. Senate is voting on Capito Amendment 1319, to pay for transportation projects.

5:39 a.m. By a vote of 47 to 50 the Young Amendment was not agreed to.

5:23 a.m. Senate is voting on Young amendment #1383 on striking an emergency federal employee leave fund.

5:14 a.m. The Paul amendment was not agreed to 47-51 with Senator Murkowski joining all Democrats and Independents against and Senators Sullivan and Toomey absent.

4:53 a.m. Roll call vote began on the Paul amendment #1014 regarding the paycheck protection program and non profit organizations.

4:50 a.m. The Fischer amendment was not agreed to on a party line vote of 49-50 with Senator Sullivan absent.

4:27 a.m. Roll call vote began on the Fischer amendment #944 regarding public transportation funding.

4:25 a.m. The Toomey amendment was not agreed to on a party line vote of 49-50 with Senator Sullivan absent.

4:02 a.m. The Senate began voting on the Toomey amendment #1010 regarding payments to farmers.

3:59 a.m. The Grassley motion to commit was not agreed to on a party line tally of 49-50 with Senator Sullivan absent.

3:34 a.m. The Senate began voting on a Grassley motion to commit.

3:32 a.m. The Cassidy amendment was not agreed to on a party line vote of 49-50 with Senator Sullivan absent.

3:12 a.m. The Senate began voting on the Cassidy amendment #1161 regarding Covid expenses and private schools.

3:09 a.m. The motion to waive the Budget Act was not agreed to by a vote of 51-48 (60 vote threshold) . The point of order is sustained and the amendment fails. Senators Tester and Manchin joined with all Republicans voting aye.

2:46 a.m. Vote began on the motion to waive the Budget Act in relation to the Tester amendment #1197 regarding the Keystone pipeline.

2:44 a.m. The Graham amendment was not agreed to 48-51 with Senator Toomey joining against and Senator Sullivan absent.

2:20 a.m. The Senate began voting on Graham amend #1369 as modified.

2:10 a.m. The Hassan amendment was agreed to by a vote of 51-48 with Senator Collins joining all Democrats/Independents voting aye and Senator Sullivan absent.

1:53 a.m. Roll call vote began on the Hassan amendment #1344 regarding education.

1:50 a.m. The Rubio amendment was not agreed to on a party line tally of 48-51 with Senator Murkowski joining all Democrats/Independents against and Senator Sullivan absent.

1:30 a.m. The Senate began voting on the Rubio amendment #1026
amending the elementary and secondary school emergency relief fund.

1:25 a.m. The Wyden amendment was agreed to on a party line vote of 50-49 with Senator Sullivan absent.

1:02 a.m. The Senate began voting on the Wyden amendment #1378 regarding unemployment.

12:57a.m. The Senate did not agree to the Scott amendment on a party line tally of 49-50 with Senator Sullivan absent.

12:37 a.m. The Senate began voting on the Scott (SC) amendment regarding nursing homes (#1030).

12:35 a.m. The motion to waive the Budget Act failed by a vote of 48-51. The point of order was not sustained and the amendment failed. Senator Hawley voted no and Senator Sullivan was absent.

12:18 a.m. The Senate began voting on the motion to waive the Budget Act with regard to the Collins amdt. #1242 (to 891) on smaller, targeted relief.

12:16 a.m. The Senate began voting on the Collins amdt. #1242 (to 891) smaller, targeted relief. Senator Sanders raised a point of order that the amendment violates the Budget Act. Senator Collins moved to waive the Budget Act.

12:14 a.m. The Portman amendment was agreed to by a vote of 50-49.

Saturday, March 6, 2021

11:45 p.m. Senate now voting on the Portman Amdt. # 1092 (to 891) on Unemployment Insurance.

11:24 p.m. The motion to adjourn was not agreed to by a vote of 49-50. Senator Sullivan did not vote.

10:55 p.m. The Senate began voting on the motion to adjourn.

10:55 p.m. Senator McConnell spoke about the length of the vote and made a motion to adjourn until 10:00 a.m. tomorrow.

10:54 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke about moving ahead with the bill and voting.

10:53 p.m. The motion to waive the Budget Act with respect to the Sanders amendment failed by a vote of 42-58. The point of order was sustained. Dems voting no: Carper, Coons, Hassan, Manchin, Shaheen, Sinema, Tester. Independent voting no: King.

11:03 a.m. The Senate began voting on the motion to waive the Budget Act with respect to the Sanders amendment (minimum wage) was not agreed to by a vote of 42-58.

11:02 a.m. Senator Graham raised a point of order that the Sanders amendment violates the Budget Act. Senator Sanders moved to waive the Budget Act.

10:51 a.m. Senator Graham spoke about the Covid Relief bill..

10:34 a.m. Senator Cardin spoke about the $15 minimum wage.

10:23 a.m. Senator Cantwell spoke about the $15 minimum wage.

10:16 a.m. Senator Murray spoke about the $15 minimum wage.

10:08 a.m. Senator Wyden spoke about the $15 minimum wage.

10:02 a.m. Senator Padilla spoke about the $15 minimum wage.

9:33 a.m. Senator Sanders spoke about his amendment $15 minimum wage.

9:22 a.m. Senator McConnell spoke about the Covid Relief bill.

9:03 a.m. Senator Schumer spoke about the Covid Relief bill.

The Senate will convene at 9:00 a.m.

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R.1319, with 3 hours of debate remaining.

Upon the use or yielding back of that time, the Senate will begin a long series of roll call votes (a vote-a-rama). It will be in order for Senator Sanders to offer the first amendment.

Thursday, March 4, 2021

2:05 a.m. The Senate adjourned.

2:04 a.m. Senator Van Hollen wrapped up for the morning.

2:04 a.m. The clerks finished reading the bill.

3:20 p.m. Senator Johnson objected to dispensing with the reading of the bill. The clerks began reading the bill.

3:19 p.m. The Senate adopted the motion to proceed to H.R.1319, FY2021 Budget Reconciliation by a tally of 51-50 with Vice President Harris breaking the tie.

2:35 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on the motion to proceed to H.R.1319, FY2021 Budget Reconciliation.

2:23 p.m. ML Schumer spoke on the relief package and announced the Senate would vote on the motion to proceed shortly.

2:13 p.m. Senator Graham spoke on the relief package.

1:48 p.m. Senator Sanders spoke on the minimum wage.

1:34 p.m. Senator Peters spoke about the relief package.

1:11 p.m. Senator Kennedy spoke about China.

1:04 p.m. Senator Thune spoke about the relief package.

12:49 p.m. Senator Murphy spoke about the relief package.

12:39 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about the relief package.

12:29 p.m. Minority Leader McConnell spoke about flooding in Kentucky and the relief package. He spoke about House elections legislation.

12:02 p.m. Majority Leader Schumer spoke about the COVID relief package.

  • The Senate will convene at noon.
  • A vote is expected as early as noon on the motion to proceed to H.R.1319, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.
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