Friday, October 30, 2020

The Senate convened for a pro forma session at 12:00 noon. Senator Cassidy presided and no business was conducted.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

11:31 a.m. The Senate met in pro forma session, Senator Alexander presiding. No business was transacted.

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Monday, October 26, 2020

The Senate is debating the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, post cloture. If all thirty hours are used, a vote on confirmation is expected this evening, at approximately 7:25 p.m.

8:45 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will reconvene for the following pro forma sessions:

  • Tuesday, October 27 at 11:30 a.m.
  • Friday, October 30 at 12:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 3 at 10:15 a.m.
  • Friday, November 6 at 10:00 a.m.

The Senate will reconvene for regular session at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, November 9 and will resume consideration of the Knepp nomination with a vote on cloture to occur at 5:30 p.m.

Confirmed during wrap-up:

MARINE CORPS

Executive Calendar #744 – Lt. Gen. Robert F. Hedelund to be Lieutenant General

AIR FORCE

Executive Calendar #896 – Brig. Gen. Jon S. Safstrom to be Major General

ARMY

Executive Calendar #897 – Col. Robert B. Davis to be Brigadier General

AIR FORCE

Executive Calendar #898 – Maj. Gen. Robert J. Skinner to be Lieutenant General

ARMY

Executive Calendar #899 – Lt. Gen. Mark C. Schwartz to be Lieutenant General

Executive Calendar #900 – the following to be Major General:

Brig. Gen. Matthew V. Baker

Brig. Gen. Vincent B. Barker

Brig. Gen. Bowlman T. Bowles, III

Brig. Gen. Miguel A. Castellanos

Brig. Gen. Miles A. Davis

Brig. Gen. Matthew P. Easley

Brig. Gen. John B. Hashem

Brig. Gen. Joseph J. Heck

Brig. Gen. Susan E. Henderson

Brig. Gen. Jamelle C. Shawley

Brig. Gen. Tracy L. Smith

Brig. Gen. Lawrence F. Thoms

The following to be Brigadier General:

Col. Harvey A. Cutchin

Col. John M. Dreska

Col. Charles A. Gambaro, Jr.

Col. Michael M. Greer

Col. Andrew R. Harewood

Col. Daniel H. Hershkowitz

Col. Stephanie Q. Howard

Col. Maria A. Juarez

Col. Robert T. Krumm

Col. Jocelyn A. Leventhal

Col. Kevin F. Meisler

Col. Andree G. Navarro

Col. Robert S. Powell, Jr.

Col. Jeffrey D. Pugh

Col. David M. Samuelsen

Col. Katherine A. Simonson

Col. Justin M. Swanson

Col. Dean P. Thompson

Col. Jason J. Wallace

Col. Matthew S. Warne

Col. Michael L. Yost

SPACE FORCE

Executive Calendar #901 – Maj. Gen. John E. Shaw to be Lieutenant General

Executive Calendar #902 – Maj. Gen. John E. Shaw to be Major General

8:15 p.m. Senator McConnell filed cloture on the nomination of James Ray Knepp II of Ohio to be District Judge for the northern district of Ohio.

8:07 p.m. By a vote of 52-48, the Senate confirmed Justice Amy C. Barrett to be Associate Justice to the United States Supreme Court. Party line vote except for Collins who voted no.

7:03 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke about the nomination process.

6:46 p.m. Senator Graham thanked his staff for their work on the Barrett confirmation process and also spoke about the nomination.

6:29 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke on the Barrett SCOTUS nomination.

6:16 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on the Barrett SCOTUS nomination.

5:58 p.m. Senator Coons spoke on the Barrett SCOTUS nomination.

5:56 p.m. By tally of 53-46 the Decision of the Chair stands, as the judgement of the Senate in relation to the Schumer motion to adjourn. This was a party-line vote.

Not voting: Senator Harris

5:12 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on motion to table the appeal of the ruling of the Chair in relation to the Schumer motion to adjourn.

5:11 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke on the Barrett SCOTUS nomination process and moved to adjourn until after the election.

4:43 p.m. Senator Booker spoke on the Barrett SCOTUS nomination.

4:07 p.m. Senator Hawley spoke on the Barrett SCOTUS nomination.

3:35 p.m. Senator Heinrich spoke on the Barrett SCOTUS nomination.

3:10 p.m. Senators Markey and Peters spoke on the Barrett SCOTUS nomination.

3:01 p.m. Senator Warner spoke on the pandemic and about the Barrett nomination.

2:24 p.m. Senator Lankford spoke about the Barrett nomination.

2:07 p.m. Senator Rosen spoke against the Barrett nomination.

1:55 p.m. Senator Shaheen spoke against the Barrett nomination.

1:37 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke against the Barrett nomination.

1:07 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke about the Barrett nomination.

12:59 p.m. Senator Tillis spoke about the Barrett nomination.

12:41 p.m. Senator Gardner spoke about the Barrett nomination.

12:32 p.m. Senator Cassidy spoke about the Barrett nomination.

12:22 p.m. Senator Shelby spoke about the Barrett nomination.

12:05 p.m. Senator Lee spoke about the Barrett nomination.

Noon: Reverend Black delivered the prayer.

11:37 a.m. Senator Murray spoke about the Barrett nomination.

10:53 a.m. Senator Blumenthal spoke about the Barrett nomination.

10:33 a.m. Senator Thune spoke about the Barrett nomination.

10:14 a.m. Senator Romney spoke about the Barrett nomination.

10:02 a.m. Senator Young spoke about the Barrett nomination. 9:50 a.m. Senator Hassan spoke about the Barrett nomination.

9:34 a.m. Senator Udall spoke about the Barrett nomination.

9:10 a.m. Senator Baldwin spoke about the Barrett nomination.

7:19 a.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke about the Barrett nomination.

7:04 a.m. Senator Sasse spoke about the Barrett nomination.

6:07 a.m. Senator Gillibrand spoke about the pandemic, the economy and the Barrett nomination.

5:02 a.m. Senator Kaine spoke on the pandemic and the Barrett nomination.

3:33 a.m. Senator Murphy spoke on the pandemic and against the Barrett nomination.

2:05 a.m. Senator Schatz read the names of several Americans who have died from Covid-19 before speaking against the Barrett nomination.

2:00 a.m. Senator Schatz urged stenographers to stay further away from Senators speaking, particularly if they are not wearing masks.

1:04 a.m. Senator Van Hollen spoke against the Barrett nomination.

12:33 a.m. Senator Casey spoke against the Barrett nomination.

12:00 a.m. Senator Cortez Masto spoke against the Barrett nomination.

Sunday, October 25, 2020

10:59 p.m. Senator Warren spoke against the Barrett nomination.

10:27 p.m. Senator Klobuchar spoke against the Barrett nomination.

9:47 p.m. Senator King spoke against the Barrett nomination.

9:32 p.m. Senator Menendez spoke against the Barrett nomination.

8:34 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke against the Barrett nomination.

8:03 p.m. Senator Bennet spoke briefly on Colorado wildfires before speaking against the Barrett nomination.

7:26 p.m. Senator Reed spoke against the Barrett nomination.

7:09 p.m. Senator Hirono spoke about Patsy Mink and against the Barrett nomination.

7:08 p.m. DL Schumer yielded 1 hour to Senator Murphy.

6:20 p.m. Senator Blackburn spoke supporting the Barrett nomination.

5:56 p.m. Senator Cantwell spoke against the Barrett nomination.

5:22 p.m. Senator Carper spoke about the Supreme Court nomination process and against the Barrett nomination.

4:51 p.m. Senator Portman spoke supporting the Barrett nomination. Senator Portman also spoke on the pandemic.

4:35 p.m. Senator Collins spoke supporting the Barrett nomination.

4:28 p.m. Senators Boozman and Cotton spoke about the death of Pinebluff police detective Kevin Collins.

4:10 p.m. Senator Inhofe spoke about the shooting of Tulsa police officer Zark and Sgt. Johnson. Senator Inhofe also spoke supporting the Barrett nomination.

3:55 p.m. Senator Stabenow spoke against the Barrett nomination.

3:36 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke supporting the Barrett nomination.

3:21 p.m. Senator Leahy spoke against the Barrett nomination.

3:06 p.m. Senator Kennedy spoke supporting the Barrett nomination.

2:59 p.m. Senator Gardner spoke about the recent devastating wildfires in Colorado.

2:30 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about spiking Coronavirus numbers in the state of Illinois and against the Barrett nomination.

2:07 p.m. Senator Feinstein spoke against the Barrett nomination.

1:59 p.m. Senator Thune spoke about previous Supreme Court nominations and supporting the Barrett nomination.

1:41 p.m. DL Schumer spoke about Republican Coronavirus cases during consideration of the Barrett nomination and also spoke against the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett.

1:26 p.m. ML McConnell spoke supporting the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett.

1:25 p.m. The Senate invoked cloture on the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States by a tally of 51-48.

Senators Collins and Murkowski joined 44 Democrats and 2 Independents voting no.

Senator Harris did not vote.

1:03 p.m. A quorum was established. The Senate began a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #890 Amy Coney Barrett to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.

12:00 p.m. The Senate convened.

*****

The Senate will convene at 12:00 p.m. and resume consideration of the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.

At approximately 12:45 p.m., the Senate will begin a live quorum. Once a quorum is established, the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Barrett nomination.

If cloture is invoked on the Barrett nomination, there will be up to thirty hours of debate prior to a vote on confirmation, which is expected on Monday evening, October 26.

Other votes are also possible.

Saturday, October 24, 2020

5:02 p.m. The Senate recessed until noon Sunday.

4:51 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke about judicial nomination procedure. Senator Whitehouse spoke about the term “court packing.”

4:50 p.m. Senator Daines objected. He spoke about “dark money.”

4:48 p.m. Senator Whitehouse sought consent for passage of a measure disapproving of “dark money” support for judicial nominations.

4:43 p.m. Senator Daines spoke about campaign finance.

4:37 p.m. Senator Whitehouse objected. He spoke about financial support for judicial nominations.

4:24 p.m. Senator Daines spoke in support of the Barrett nomination. He sought consent for passage of a bill to fix the size of the Supreme Court at nine seats.

4:36 p.m.4:13 p.m. Senator Cramer spoke about the debate over Justice Kavanaugh’s elevation to the Supreme Court. He spoke about the Barrett nomination.

4:09 p.m. Senator Blumenthal objected.

4:04 p.m. Senator Scott of Florida spoke about China. He sought consent for passage of legislation relating to Chinse human rights abuses.

3:59 p.m. Senator Cramer objected.

3:58 p.m. Senator Blumenthal sought consent to proceed to legislative session.

3:57 p.m. Senator Cramer objected.

3:55 p.m. Senator Blumenthal sought consent to proceed to legislative session.

3:55 p.m. Senator Cramer objected.

3:52 p.m. Senator Blumenthal sought consent to proceed to legislative session.

3:51 p.m. Senator Cramer objected.

3:50 p.m. Senator Blumenthal sought consent to proceed to legislative session.

3:50 p.m. Senator Cramer objected.

3:48 p.m. Senator Blumenthal sought consent to proceed to legislative session.

3:47 p.m. Senator Cramer objected.

3:46 p.m. Senator Blumenthal sought consent to proceed to legislation.

3:45 p.m. Senator Cramer objected.

3:21 p.m. Senator Blumenthal spoke about the corona virus, the Barret nomination, abortion rights and other issues. He sought consent to move into legislative session.

3:16 p.m. Senator Cassidy spoke about his support for the Barrett nomination.

2:59 p.m. Senator Murkowski spoke about the Barrett nomination’s possible effect on confidence in the judiciary. She warned against elimination of the legislative filibuster and packing the courts. She said she will vote to confirm the Barrett nomination.

2:55 p.m. Senator Johnson spoke about the President’s illness.

2:51 p.m. Senator Brown spoke about President Trump.

2:39 Senator Johnson objected.

2:23 p.m. Senator Brown spoke about the Barrett nomination. He sought consent to proceed to legislation.

2:11 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about the Barrett nomination.

2:10 p.m. Senator Brown spoke about unemployment.

2:07 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke about the economy.

2:03 p.m. Senator Johnson objected.

2 p.m. Senator Schumer sought consent to move to legislative session to consider four anti-suicide bills.

1:56 p.m. Senator Braun objected.

1:53 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke about election security. He sought consent to move to legislative session to consider H.R. 1.

1:37 p.m. Senator Alexander spoke about energy. He spoke about vaccines.

1:19 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the Barrett nomination. He spoke about energy.

1:18 p.m. Senator Durbin sought consent to proceed to legislative session. Senator Braun objected.

1:17 p.m. Senator Braun objected.

1:17 p.m. Senator Durbin sought consent to move to legislative session.

12:46 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about the Barrett nomination. He spoke about health care. He spoke about foreign interference in U.S. elections.

12:38 p.m. Senator Thune spoke about corona virus relief.

12:35 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke about Barrett nomination.

12:31 p.m. Senator Thune objected.

12:17 p.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about the Barrett nomination. He sought consent to move to legislative session in order to proceed to H.R. 925.

12:04 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the Barrett nomination.

12:02 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about corn and soybeans.

The Senate convened at noon.

Friday, October 23, 2020

3:33 p.m. By a vote of 53-43 the Senate agreed to the motion to recess. They will reconvene at 12:00 noon on Saturday, October 24.

2:57 p.m. By a party line vote of 53-43 the Senate agreed to the motion to table the Schumer appeal of the ruling of the Chair regarding the Schumer motion to adjourn until November 9 (with the ability to return in the case of a bipartisan Coronavirus agreement).

2:52 p.m. By a party line vote of 53- 44 the Senate agreed to the motion to table to motion to recommit the Amy Coney Barrett nomination to the Judiciary committee.

2:25 p.m. By a party line vote of 53-44 the Senate agreed to the Motion to table the motion to indefinitely postpone consideration of the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett.

1:31 p.m. Senator McConnell filed cloture on the nomination and spoke about the qualifications of the nominee.

1:30 p.m. The Senate began consideration of the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett.

1:29 p.m. The motion to proceed to executive session was agreed to by a vote of 51-46. Senators Collins and Murkowski voted nay. Senators Harris, Jones and Sinema did not vote.

1:17 p.m. The Senate resumed open session and proceeded to begin voting on the motion to proceed to executive session.

12:53 p.m. Senator McConnell asked unanimous consent to proceed to executive session. Senator Schumer made a motion to go to closed session. Senator Durbin seconded. The Senate proceeded to closed session. During closed session the motion to proceed to open session was agreed to.

12:51 p.m. The motion to proceed to legislation session was agreed to by a vote of 53-43.

12:18 p.m. The Senate began voting on the motion to proceed to legislative session.

12:17 p.m. A quorum was deemed present. Senator McConnell made a motion to go to legislative session.

12:00 p.m. The Senate convened. Senator McConnell made a motion to go to legislative session. Senator Schumer requested a quorum be called. A live quorum was called.

The Senate will convene at 12:00 noon.

Procedural roll call votes in relation to the Barrett nomination are expected throughout Friday’s session.

Thursday, October 22, 2020

5:22 p.m. By a party-line vote of 53 to 43, the Senate recessed until noon Friday. NOT VOTING: Democrats Harris, Jones. Kaine and Sinema.

4:59 p.m. Vote began on whether to recess until noon Friday.

4:57 p.m. By a vote of 67 to 30, the Senate confirmed the Newman nomination.

YEA: All Republicans and Democrats
Brown, Cantwell, Carper, Cortez Masto, Feinstein, Hassan, Leahy, Kaine, Manchin, Peters, Rosen, Shaheen, Tester and Warner.

NAY: 28 Democrats and both independents.

NOT VOTING: Democrats Harris, Jones and Sinema.

4:20 p.m. Roll call vote began on confirmation of the Newman nomination.

4:17 p.m. Senator Portman spoke about the Newman nomination.

3:50 p.m. Senator Murphy spoke about the Senate’s record of legislative work.

3:36 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about election interference. He spoke about the Barrett nomination.

3:33 p.m. Senator Crapo spoke about sanction authority against Russia.

3:27 p.m. Senator Van Hollen spoke about election interference.

3:20 p.m. Senator Crapo spoke on election interference.

3:07 p.m. Senator Van Hollen spoke on the pandemic response and election interference. He asked UC to take up S.1060 on election interference; Senator Crapo objected.

2:55 p.m. Senator Lankford spoke on the Barrett nomination.

2:54 p.m. The Senate affirmed the decision of the Chair on a party line vote of 53-44. Not voting: 3 Democrats: Harris, Jones and Sinema.

2:23 p.m. Roll call vote began on whether the decision of the Chair stand as the judgement of the Senate; the chair ruled the Barrett nomination was reported out of the Judiciary Committee following the rules of that committee.

2:21 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Newman nomination 66-31.

Senators voting in favor: 53 Republicans, 13 Democrats: Brown, Cantwell, Carper, Cortez Masto, Hassan, Leahy, Kaine, Manchin, Peters, Rosen, Shaheen, Tester and Warner.

Senators voting against: 29 Democrats, 2 Independents: King and Sanders.

Senators not voting: 3 Democrats: Harris, Jones and Sinema.

1:52 p.m. Cloture vote began on the nomination of Michael Newman to be a District Judge for the southern district of Ohio.

1:51 p.m. The motion to proceed to legislative session was not agreed to 45-51. Senator Collins joined all Democrats/Independents present in favor.

Not voting: 3 Democrats: Harris, Jones and Sinema; 1 Republican: Rubio.

1:00 p.m. Roll call vote began on the motion to proceed to legislative session.

12:51 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about the Barrett nomination.

12:41 p.m. Senator Thune spoke about the Barrett nomination.

12:30 p.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about Republican nomination procedure. He spoke about the Barrett nomination. He then asked for the yays and nays to proceed to legislative session to consider S. Res 409 regarding Turkey and Syria, with the vote to occur right before the cloture vote on the Newman nomination.

12:24 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about ethanol and other renewable fuels.

12:04 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about foreign efforts to undermine U.S. election procedure. He spoke about the Barrett nomination.

12:03 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about corona virus relief.

***

The Senate will convene at noon and will resume consideration of the nomination of Michael Jay Newman to be a U.S. District Court Judge for the Southern District of Ohio.

There are likely three roll call votes beginning at 1:00 p.m.

  1. Cloture on the Newman nomination.
  2. Motion to table the appeal of the ruling of the Chair in relation to a Democratic Leader Schumer point of order.
  3. Motion to table the appeal of the ruling of the Chair in relation to a Schumer motion to adjourn.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

7:24 p.m. The Senate recessed until 12:00 p.m on Thursday, October 22. They will resume consideration of the nomination of Michael Jay Newman to be a US District Judge for the Southern District of Ohio. A cloture vote on the nomination will occur at 1:00 p.m.

6:53 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke about the Barrett nomination and also about Covid relief. He asked unanimous consent to bring up and pass his bill about utilities. Senator Cramer objected.

6:45 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke about the Barrett nomination.

6:35 p.m. Senator Loeffler spoke supporting the Barrett nomination.

6:35 p.m. By a tally of 53-41 the Senate agreed to the motion table the appeal of the ruling of the Chair in relation to the Schumer compound motion to adjourn. This was a party line vote.

Senators not voting: Feinstein, Harris, Manchin, Sanders, Sinema and Wyden.

5:53 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke about the Supreme Court nomination process and that the Democrats will boycott the Judiciary business meeting. Senator Schumer moved to adjourn until November 9th, the Chair ruled it was out of order. DL Schumer appealed the ruling of the chair. The Senate began a roll call vote on the motion to table the appeal of the ruling of the chair.

5:39 p.m. Senator Udall spoke about covid relief.

5:27 p.m. Senator Shaheen spoke about a covid relief bill.

5:07 p.m. Senators Hoeven and Cramer gave a tribute to State Senator Mark Andrews.

4:51 p.m. Senator Smith spoke against the Barrett nomination.

4:36 p.m. Senator Hawley spoke about the big technology firms. Senator Hawley asked unanimous consent to call up and pass S. 3983,
Limiting Section 230 Immunity to Good Samaritans Act. Senator Schatz objected.

3:15 p.m. Senator Brown spoke about presiding officers wearing masks and on Medicare. Senator Brown asked unanimous consent to call up and pass his bill to provide emergency rental assistance and rental market stabilization, to provide a temporary moratorium on eviction filings. Senator Crapo objected.

3:04 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke about unemployment insurance. he asked unanimous consent to bring up and pass his bill. Senator Thune objected.

3:00 p.m. Senators Blackburn, Sullivan, Hyde-Smith, Capito, Wicker, Hoeven and Scott (FL) spoke supporting the Barrett nomination.

2:57 p.m. Senator Blunt spoke supporting the Barrett nomination.

2:52 p.m. Senator Ernst spoke supporting the Barrett nomination.

2:32 p.m. Senator Kaine spoke about Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act.

2:18 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about tax cuts.

2:18 p.m. By a tally of 51-44 the Senate agreed to the motion to table the appeal of the ruling of the Chair in relation to the Schumer point of order (the ruling of the Chair stands).

This was a party line vote. Senators not voting: Harris, Manchin, Murkowski, Paul and Sinema.

1:44 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on motion to table the appeal of the ruling of the chair.

1:40 p.m. DL Schumer made a point of order regarding the consideration of Supreme Court nominees just weeks from an election. The Chair did not sustain the point of order. Senator Schumer moved to appeal the ruling of the Chair and moved to table the appeal.

1:38 p.m. By a tally of 51-44 cloture was not invoked on the McConnell amendment #2652 (Republican Coronavirus proposal), in relation to the House message to accompany S.178 (shell). This was a party line vote.

1:02 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on McConnell amendment #2652 (Republican Coronavirus proposal), in relation to the House message to accompany S.178 (shell).

12:57 p.m. Senator Tillis spoke supporting law enforcement.

12:51 p.m. Senator Leahy spoke about the toll of the Coronavirus upon the American public.

12:41 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke against the Republican Covid proposal.

12:36 p.m. Senator Thune spoke against Democrats blocking their Covid relief package.

12:20 p.m. DL Schumer spoke against the Republican Covid proposal.

12:03 p.m. ML McConnell spoke about the Republican Covid relief package. ML McConnell asked u.c. to waive the mandatory quorum call with respect to the cloture motion on the motion to concur w/amendment #2652.

12:00 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about family farmers.

*****

The Senate will return from recess at 12:00 noon.

At that time, resume consideration of the nomination of Michael Newman to be U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Ohio. Cloture has been filed on the Newman nomination.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

7:49 p.m. The Senate recessed until 12:00 noon on Wednesday.

7:12 p.m. Senator Casey spoke on the Barrett nomination and the Affordable Care Act; and later on Russia.

6:36 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke on climate change.

6:15 p.m. Senator Inhofe spoke on the Defense Authorization.

6:14 p.m. The Motion to table the Schumer appeal of the ruling of the Chair was agreed to 52-43 on a party line vote, with 4 Democrats: Harris, Shaheen, Sinema and Stabenow, and 1 Republican: Paul not voting.

5:44 p.m. DL Schumer offered a motion to adjourn, the chair ruled it was out of order. DL Schumer appealed the ruling of the chair. The Senate began a roll call vote on the motion to table the appeal of the ruling of the chair.

5:43 p.m. ML McConnell filed cloture on the Newman nomination.

5:42 p.m. The motion to proceed to Executive Session was agreed to on a party line vote of 52-43. Senators not voting: 4 Democrats: Harris, Jones, Shaheen and Sinema; 1 Republican: Paul.

5:25 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on the motion to proceed to Executive Session to consider the nomination of Executive Calendar #866 Michael Jay Newman to be U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Ohio.

5:24 p.m. By a tall of 45-52, the Schumer motion to table the motion to proceed to S.4675, a bill to amend the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act was not agreed to.

This was a party line vote.

Senators not voting: 2 Democrats: Harris and Sinema, 1 Republican: Paul.

4:48 p.m. Roll call vote began on the Schumer motion to table the motion to proceed to S. 4675.

4:42 p.m. Democratic Leader Schumer spoke on his amendment.

4:41 p.m. The McConnell amendment was not tabled 40-57.

Senators voting in favor: 38 Democrats, 2 Independents (King and Sanders).

Senators voting against: 52 Republicans and 5 Democrats: Senators Hassan, Jones, Peters, Shaheen and Warner.

Senators not voting: 2 Democrats: Harris and Sinema, 1 Republican: Paul.

4:04 p.m. ML McConnell withdrew the motion to proceed to S. 4765, the Protect Act. ML McConnell moved to table Rubio amend #2680. The Senate began a roll call vote on the motion to table McConnell amendment #2680 (PPP), in relation to the House message to accompany S.178 (vehicle for Coronavirus-related Proposals).

4:00 p.m. Senator Collins spoke supporting the continuation of PPP loans.

3:49 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke on climate change and the Barrett nomination.

3:47 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke against the Barrett nomination.

3:36 p.m. Senator Stabenow spoke supporting additional PPP funding that is not including in the Republican bill.

3:27 p.m. Senator Rubio spoke on PPP loans.

3:05 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke on political obstruction by the Majority.

2:54 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke on additional Coronavirus funding.

2:37 p.m. Senator Collins spoke supporting her amendment to renew PPP loans.

2:21 p.m. Senator Thune spoke supporting the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett and on Coronavirus funding.

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

12:52 p.m. The Senate recessed until 2:15 p.m.

12:37 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about the pandemic.

12:21 p.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about the virus and about relief legislation. He said Democrats will seek a vote today on an alternative to the Republican bill. He spoke about election procedures. He spoke about the Barrett nomination.

12:04 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about corona virus assistance. He said the Senate will vote today on the Paycheck Protection Program

12:02 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about wrestler Dan Gable’s Presidential Medal of Freedom.

The Senate will convene at noon.

The pending business is the nomination of Michael Jay Newman, of Ohio, to be United States District Court Judge for the Southern District of Ohio. Votes are expected but no vote has been scheduled.

Cloture was filed Monday on the motion to concur in House amendment to S. 178 (condemning violence against ethic Turkish Muslims), with McConnell Amdt. #2652. Pending to that amendment is McConnell Second-degree amendment #2680.

Monday, October 19, 2020

7:05 p.m. The Senate stands adjourned until noon on Tuesday, October 20. 2020.

6:59 p.m. By a party line vote of 48- 43. The rule of the chair stood and the appeal failed.

6:25 p.m. Senator Schumer moved to adjourn the Senate until November 9, with several intervening pro forma sessions. The chair ruled that the motion required consent consent and was therefore not in order. Mr. Schumer appealed the ruling of the chair. A roll call vote was called.

6:25 p.m. By a vote of 43 to 48, with Republican Collins joining the minority, the resolution disapproving the community reinvestment changes failed.

5:33 p.m. Senator Crapo spoke about community reinvestment.

5:28 p.m. Senator Menendez spoke about community reinvestment.

5:26 p.m. Senator Coons spoke about community reinvestment.

5:14 p.m. Senator Brown spoke about the measure concerning the Community Reinvestment Act.

5 p.m. Senator Blackburn spoke about social media publication practices.

4:44 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke about the Barrett nomination and about corona virus relief. The Senate agreed to vote at 5:45 p.m. on H.J.Res. 90, to disapprove of proposed changes in the Community reinvestment Act.

4:43 p.m. The Senate proceeded to S. 4675, a bill to amend the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

4:34 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the Barrett nomination. He spoke about corona virus relief legislation. He filed cloture on S. 178, condemning violence against ethnic Turkish Muslims, as amended by amendments 2652 and 2680.

4:32 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about Hunter Biden.

***

The Senate will convene at 4:30 p.m. and resume consideration of the nomination of Michael Newman to be a Judge for the Southern District of Ohio.

Votes are possible during todays session.

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