Thursday, December 3, 2020

The Senate adjourned at 5:08 p.m. and will return on Monday, December 7th at 3:00 p.m. to resume consideration of Stephen Schwartz to be a
Judge of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. At 5:30 p.m., the Senate will proceed to a vote on Executive Calendar #649 Stephen Sidney Schwartz to be a Judge of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims for a term of fifteen years.

4:57 p.m. Senator Blunt began wrap up:

  • Confirmed by voice vote: Executive Calendar #568 Lanny Erdos to be Director of the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement.
  • Passed by u.c. En bloc: H.R. 2246, H.R. 4279, S. 4409, H.R. 2969, H.R. 3275, H.R. 3847, H.R. 3870, H.R. 4034, H.R. 4200, H.R. 4672, H.R. 4785, H.R. 4975, H.R. 5062, H.R. 5317, S. 4684, H.R. 2454, H.R. 3005, H.R. 3680, H.R. 4725, H.R. 4875, H.R. 4971, H.R. 5307 and H.R. 5954.
  • Passed by u.c.: H.R. 473, Establishing the every word we utter monument in the District of Columbia.
  • Agreed to by u.c.: H.Con.Res. 125, Directing the Clerk of the House of Representatives to make a correction in the enrollment of H.R. 1830.
  • Adopted by voice vote: S.Res. 791, Designating November 2020 as National College Application Month
  • Adopted by unanimous consent: S.Res. 792, authorizing representation by the Senate legal counsel in the case of Chad Michael Frane v Dianne Feinstein.
  • Adopted by unanimous consent: S.Res. 793, Remembering the December 6, 2019 terrorist attack at Naval Air Station Pensacola and commemorating those who lost their lives and were injured in the line of duty.

4:35 p.m. Senator Blunt spoke about the Coronavirus vaccine.

4:06 p.m. ML McConnell filed cloture on:

  • The nomination of Stephen Sidney Schwartz to be a Judge of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims for a term of fifteen years.
  • The nomination of Nathan A. Simington to be a Member of the Federal Communications Commission for a term of five years from July 1, 2019.

3:37 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the legislative agenda for the remainder of the year.

3:03 p.m. Senator Capito paid tribute to police officer Cassie Johnson.

2:54 p.m. Senator Stabenow paid tribute to Senator Alexander and spoke on the economy in Michigan.

2:25 p.m. Senator Alexander paid tribute to his staff.

2:23 p.m. By a vote of 59-34, the Senate confirmed Liam Hardy to be a Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.

Senators voting in favor: 47 Republicans, 11 Democrats: Cardin, Carper, Hassan, Jones, Kelly, Manchin, Murphy, Reed, Shaheen, Sinema and Tester. 1 Independent: King.

1:41 p.m. The Senate began a vote on Confirmation of Liam Hardy to be a Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.

1:23 p.m. Senator Van Hollen spoke on payroll taxes. Senator Van Hollen asked unanimous consent to call up and pass S. 4810, Protecting Employees from Surprise Taxes Act of 2020 and proceed to its immediate consideration. Senator Daines objected.

12:42 p.m. The Senate invoked cloture on the Hardy nomination, 61-34.

Senators voting in favor: 49 Republicans, 11 Democrats: Cardin, Carper, Hassan, Jones, Kelly, Manchin, Murphy, Reed, Shaheen, Sinema and Tester. 1 Independent: King.

Senators voting against: 34 Democrats.

Senators not voting: 3 Republicans: Graham, Loeffler and Perdue; 1 Democrat: Harris, 1 Independent: Sanders.

12:08 p.m. The Senate began a cloture vote on the nomination of
Liam Hardy to be a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.

12:07 p.m. The Senate confirmed the nomination of Christopher Waller to the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve by a tally of 48-47.

Senators voting in favor: 48 Republicans.

Senators voting against: 46 Democrats, 1 Republican: Paul, 1 Independent: King.

Senators not voting: 3 Republicans: Graham, Loeffler and Perdue; 1 Democrat: Harris, 1 Independent: Sanders.

11:29 a.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on confirmation of Christopher Waller to the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve.

11:08 a.m. Senator Portman paid tribute to departing Senators Alexander, Enzi, Roberts, Gardner, McSally, Udall and Jones.

11:01 a.m. Democratic Leader Schumer spoke on the pandemic and relief effort negotiations.

10:46 a.m. Senator Cortez Masto spoke on the effects of the pandemic on Nevada.

10:42 a.m. Senator Thune spoke on the Defense Authorization.

10:29 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke on Covid-19 relief.

10:02 a.m. Senator Grassley spoke on giving Tuesday.

10:00 a.m. The Senate convened.

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

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #761, Christopher Waller to be a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, post-cloture.

At 11:30 a.m., 2 roll call votes:

1. Confirmation of the Waller nomination.

2. Cloture on Executive Calendar #842, Liam Hardy to be a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.

At 1:45pm – 1 roll call vote:

1. Confirmation of the Hardy nomination.

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

7:17 p.m. The Senate adjourned at 7:17 p.m. and will reconvene at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 3. They will resume consideration of the nomination of Christopher Waller to be a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. At 11:30, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the nomination. Following that vote the Senate will vote on the cloture motion on the nomination of Liam Hardy to be a Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. If cloture is invoked on the nomination a vote on confirmation will occur at 1:45 p.m.

Passed during wrap-up:

  • S. 434-Report on the maintenance of Federal Land Holdings by the Secretary of the Interior.
  • H.R. 3349- Daughters of the Republic of TX establish the Republic of TX as work in DC.
  • H.R. 3465- Act to authorize the Fallen Journalists Memorial Foundation and establish a commemorative work in DC.
  • House Message to accompany S. 910-Sea Grant College program Act-Senate agreed to House amendment.
  • House Message to accompany S. 1069-National Oceanic Administration Digital Information Platform-Senate agreed to House amendment.
  • S. 496-preserve the National Fishing Heritage
  • Senate resolutions: 783, 784, 785, 786, and 787

6:31 p.m. Senator Inhofe spoke about the NY Post being suppressed by Twitter and also spoke about NDAA.

6:18 p.m. Senator Lee paid tribute to Congressman Rob Bishop.

6:17 p.m. H.R. 1044-Fairness for High-skilled Immigrant Act passed by UC with an amendment from Senator Lee.

6:08 p.m. Senator Lee spoke about the ALS act.

5:50 p.m. Senator Brown paid tribute to Larry Willis and then also spoke about workers at risk of Covid.

5:27 p.m. Senator Braun spoke about the ALS act.

5:20 p.m. Senator Whitehouse gave his weekly climate change speech.

5:16 p.m. Senator Cotton spoke about the ALS act.

5:15 p.m. S. 578 passed by a vote of 96-1. Senator Lee voted no.

4:38 p.m. The Senate began voting on final pass of S. 578-ALS Disability.

4:37 p.m. The Grassley amendment was not agreed to by a vote of 48-49.

3:57 p.m. The Senate began voting on the Grassley amendment to S. 578-ALS Disability.

3:29 p.m. Senators Durbin, Collins Whitehouse and Blunt paid tribute to Senator Enzi.

3:15 p.m. Senator Barrasso paid tribute to Senator Enzi.

2:52 p.m. Senator Enzi gave his farewell speech.

2:50 p.m. By a vote of 51-45, the Waller nomination was confirmed.

2:03 p.m. Mark Kelly was sworn in.

1:50 p.m. By a vote of 50 to 45, cloture was invoked on the Waller nomination. Senator Paul voted “Nay.”

1:13 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Davis nomination by a vote of 51-44.

12:40 p.m. The Senate began voting on Davis cloture motion.

12:43 p.m. By a vote of 56 to 39, the Hauptman nomination was confirmed.

12:07 a.m. Confirmation vote began on Hauptman.

12:01 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke about coronavirus relief.

11:17 a.m. Senators Blunt, Romney, Cantwell, Wicker, Murray, Cornyn and Thune joined in the tributes to Senator Alexander.

11:10 a.m. Senator Durbin paid tribute to Senator Alexander.

11:03 a.m. Senator Collins paid tribute to Senator Alexander.

10:59 a.m. Senator Feinstein paid tribute to Senator Alexander.

10:52 a.m. Senator Blackburn paid tribute to Senator Alexander.

10:30 a.m. Senator Alexander began his farewell address.

10:29 a.m. The Senate consented to name conferees to a conference with the House over the House and Senate versions of the 2021 defense authorization.

10:25 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about Senator Alexander. He spoke about Senator-elect Kelly.

10:05 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about coronavirus relief legislation. He paid tribute to Senator Alexander.

10:02 a.m. Senator Grassley spoke about disaster-related agricultural regulations.

***

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

At 11:45 a.m. there will be three roll call votes:

  1. Confirmation of Kyle Hauptman to be a member of the National Credit Union Administration Board.
  2. Cloture on Kathryn Davis to be a judge on the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.
  3. Cloture on Christopher Waller to the Fed.

At 2 p.m., the swearing-in of Senator-elect Mark Kelly is expected.

At 2:05 p.m., if cloture has been invoked, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Davis nomination.

More roll-call votes are possible on Wednesday.

If cloture is invoked on Waller, his confirmation vote will occur on Thursday.

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

6:52 p.m. The Senate adjourned.

6:49 p.m. ML McConnell wrapped up for the evening.

6:14 p.m. Senator Portman lined up votes for Wednesday; two votes at 11:45 on confirmation of the Hauptman nomination and cloture on the nomination of Kathryn Davis to be a judge of the US Court of Federal Claims; and then spoke on passing Covid relief.

4:27 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the appointment of John Durham as a special counsel, and later on priorities to do before the 116th Congress ends.

4:10 p.m. Senator Toomey spoke about the Cares act and lending practices.

3:29 p.m. Senator Cotton spoke in favor of the Hauptman nomination.

3:29 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Hauptman nomination, 56-37.

Democrats in favor: Hassan, Jones, King (I), Shaheen, Sinema and Warner.

Not voting; Harris, Inhofe, Loeffler, McSally, Sanders, Schatz and Whitehouse.

3:02 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the nomination of Kyle Hauptman to be a member of the National Credit Union Administration.

3:01 p.m. The Senate confirmed the nomination of J. Philip Calabrese, of Ohio, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Ohio by a vote of 58-35.

Democrats voting AYE: Senators Brown, Carper, Hassan, Jones, Manchin, Murphy, Sinema and Tester.

Not voting: Senators Harris, Inhofe, Loeffler, McSally, Sanders, Schatz, and Whitehouse.

2:15 p.m. The Senate reconvened and began a roll call vote on confirmation of J. Philip Calabrese to be a District Judge for the Northern District of Ohio.

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

12:19 p.m. Senator Young gained unanimous consent for following: At a time to be determined by the Majority Leader in consultation with the Democratic Leader, the Finance committee will be discharged from and the Senate will proceed to the immediate consideration of S.578, ALS Disability Insurance Access Act of 2019.

  • The only amendment in order will be the Grassley amendment to increase the overpayment collection threshold for old-age, survivors, and disability insurance benefits, which is at the desk.
  • The Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on adoption of the Grassley amendment. Subject to an affirmative 60-vote threshold.
  • Upon disposition of the Grassley amendment, the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on passage of S.578, as amended, if amended. Subject to an affirmative 60 vote threshold.

12:18 p.m. The Senate invoked cloture on the nomination of J. Philip Calabrese, to be US District Judge for the Northern District of OH by a vote of 58-35.

Democrats voting AYE: Senators Brown, Carper, Hassan, Jones, Manchin, Murphy, Sinema and Tester.

Not voting: Senators Harris, Inhofe, Loeffler, McSally, Sanders, Schatz, and Whitehouse.

11:44 a.m. The Senate began a vote on the Motion to Invoke Cloture on Executive Calendar #864, J. Philip Calabrese, of Ohio, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Ohio.

11:43 a.m. The Senate confirmed the nomination of Taylor McNeel by a tally of 53-39.

Democrats voting AYE: Senators Cardin, Jones, Manchin and Sinema.

Senators not voting: Harris, Hawley, Inhofe, Loeffler, McSally, Sanders, Schatz and Whitehouse.

10:59 a.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on confirmation of Cal. #893 McNeel to be U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of MS

10:41 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke on the Coronavirus.

10:35 a.m. Senator Thune spoke on the Coronavirus.

10:26 a.m. DL Schumer spoke on the remainder of the congressional schedule and on the nomination of Neera Tanden to be OMB director in President-elect Biden’s Administration.

10:04 a.m. ML McConnell spoke on the Coronavirus and paid tribute to Senator McSally.

10:02 a.m. Senator Grassley pair tribute to Joe Morton of the Omaha World Herald.

10:00 a.m. The Senate convened.

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The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m. and resume consideration of the nomination of Taylor McNeel to be a Judge for the Southern District of Mississippi, post-cloture.

At 11:00 a.m., all post-cloture debate time on the McNeel nomination will be considered expired, and the Senate will proceed to two roll call votes relative to the following:

  • Confirmation of the nomination of Taylor McNeel to be a Judge for the Southern District of Mississippi.
  • Cloture on the nomination of J. Philip Calabrese to be a Judge for the Northern District of Ohio.

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

At 2:15 p.m., if cloture is invoked, all post-cloture debate time on the Calabrese nomination will be considered expired and the Senate will proceed to two roll call votes relative to the following:

  • Confirmation of the nomination of J. Philip Calabrese to be a Judge for the Northern District of Ohio.
  • Cloture on the nomination of Kyle Hauptman to be a Member of the National Credit Union Administration Board.

Monday, November 30, 2020

6:34 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 10 a.m. Tuesday.

6:31 p.m. During wrap-up, the Senate agreed to vote on confirmation of the McNeel nomination at 11 a.m. Tuesday, to recess for party lunches from 12:30 until 2:15 p.m., and to vote on cloture at 2:15 p.m. for the nomination of Philip Calabrese to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.

By voice vote, en bloc, the Senate passed the nominations of Mark Christie and Allison Clements to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

6:30 p.m. By a vote of 52 to 36, the Senate invoked cloture on the nomination of Taylor McNeel to the U.S. District Court for the Southern Mississippi.

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           THE PRESIDING OFFICER: THE SENATOR FROM VERMONT.
           
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           MR. LEAHY: MR. PRESIDENT, I SEE NOBODY IN 15 OR 20 FEET OF ME
           SO I WILL TAKE THE MASK OFF. I APPRECIATE THE FACT THAT THE
           DISTINGUISHED PRESIDING OFFICER RECOGNIZED WHO IT WAS EVEN WITH
           THE MASK. MR. PRESIDENT, I HAVE A COUPLE OF THINGS THAT CERTAIN
           ME. I WAS GOING THROUGH HISTORY AND LOOKING AT TRANSITIONS
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{16:19:08} (MR. LEAHY) { NOT AN OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT }

           BETWEEN PRESIDENTS. AND I WAS STRUCK BY EVEN PRESIDENTS WHO DID
           NOT LIKE THEIR SUCCESSOR, HOW HARD THEY WORKED TO MAKE SURE
           THAT EVERYTHING WAS DONE PROPERLY FOR THE GOOD OF THE COUNTRY
           NO MATTER HOW THEY MIGHT FEEL ABOUT THEMSELVES PERSONALLY, THEY
           SET THE COUNTRY FIRST AND FOREMOST. I CONTRAST THAT WITH WHAT'S
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{16:19:47} (MR. LEAHY) { NOT AN OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT }

           HAPPENING NOW. FORMER VICE PRESIDENT, FORMER U.S. SENATOR
           SERVED WITH HIM JOE BIDEN GOT THE MOST VOTES OF ANY DEMOCRATIC
           NOMINEE FOR PRESIDENT IN THE HISTORY OF THIS COUNTRY. MILLIONS
           MORE THAN WHAT PRESIDENT TRUMP DID. HE HAS AN INSURMOUNTABLE
           LEAD IN CERTIFIED ELECTORAL VOTES. AND YET THE PRESIDENT FOR
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{16:20:19} (MR. LEAHY) { NOT AN OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT }

           WEEKS REFUSED EVEN TO CARRY OUT THE LAW THAT WE ALL VOTED FOR,
           REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS ALIKE TO PROVIDE FOR TRANSITION
           WHENEVER THERE IS A TRANSITION. THE LAW THAT WAS USED QUICKLY
           WHEN PRESIDENT TRUMP WAS ELECTED EVEN THOUGH HILLARY CLINTON
           HAD MILLIONS MORE VOTES THAN HE DID. SHE CONCEDED THE ELECTION
           WITHIN A DAY AND THE TRANSITION BEGAN. THE IDEA THAT WHOEVER IS
           PRESIDENT MUST KNOW WHAT IS GOING ON. CERTAINLY THE
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{16:20:53} (MR. LEAHY) { NOT AN OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT }

           DISTINGUISHED PRESIDING OFFICER LIKE ALL OF US HAVE ACCESS TO
           AND GET INTELLIGENCE BRIEFINGS ON WHAT'S HAPPENING AROUND THE
           WORLD. DISCLOSES NOTHING TO SAY WE LIVE IN PERILOUS TIMES AND
           THE DECISIONS ANY PRESIDENT MUST MAKE, EVEN IF IT'S FIVE
           MINUTES AFTER THEY'RE INAUGURATED AS WAS THE POTENTIAL WHEN
           PRESIDENT OBAMA WAS INAUGURATED THE FIRST TIME. HE ACTUALLY HAD
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{16:21:28} (MR. LEAHY) { NOT AN OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT }

           TALKING POINTS TO ALERT PEOPLE TO CLEAR THE MALLS IN CASE THERE
           WAS AN ATTACK. BUT INSTEAD TODAY IS ONLY THE FIRST DAY THAT
           PRESIDENT-ELECT BIDEN IS GETTING THE PRESIDENTIAL BRIEFING AND
           VICE PRESIDENT-ELECT KAMALA HARRIS. SHE, OF COURSE, HAS THE
           ADVANTAGE AS A MEMBER OF THE SENATE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE TO
           HAVE A LOT OF THAT MATERIAL ANYWAY. BUT NOW BOTH DO. BUT WE
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{16:22:03} (MR. LEAHY) { NOT AN OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT }

           LOOK SO FOOLISH IN THE EYES OF THE REST OF THE WORLD. WE
           LECTURE DICTATORSHIPS WHEN THEY'VE RIGGED AN ELECTION AND -- WE
           LECTURE THEM FOR DOING THAT AND NOT LEAVING. WE LECTURE THOSE
           PEOPLE WHO REFUSE TO GIVE UP THEIR OFFICE. AND NOW THEY SEE THE
           UNITED STATES LEADING DEMOCRATIC COUNTRY IN THE WORLD, THE
           COUNTRY THAT ALWAYS ESPOUSES DEMOCRACY SAYING BUT WE'RE NOT
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{16:22:38} (MR. LEAHY) { NOT AN OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT }

           GOING TO FOLLOW OUR CONSTITUTION. WE'RE NOT GOING TO FOLLOW OUR
           LAWS. WE WILL DO A LOT ON TWEETS FROM THE INCUMBENT BUT WE'RE
           NOT GOING TO FOLLOW OUR LAW. WHAT KIND OF EXAMPLE DOES THAT
           GIVE?
           AND THEN WHEN THE PRESIDENT DOES EVEN WORSE BY SAYING WELL,
           I'VE GOTTEN THESE CALLS FROM ALL THESE WORLD LEADERS SAYING
           STICK IT OUT. OF COURSE WHEN ASKED WELL WHO WERE THEY, SUDDENLY
           YOU CAN'T SEEM TO REMEMBER WHO THEY CALLED IF THERE WERE ANY
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{16:23:10} (MR. LEAHY) { NOT AN OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT }

           SUCH CALLS. ITS SUSPECT THERE WEREN'T. SO LET'S STOP THE
           CHARADE. LET'S MAKE IT MORE OF AN EFFORT TO HAVE A SMOOTH
           TRANSITION. THERE ARE ENOUGH THINGS, ENOUGH THINGS THAT FACE
           THIS COUNTRY. WE SHOULD NOT HAVE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN OUR
           HISTORY THIS KIND OF FOOLISHNESS. I APPLAUD THOSE FEW MEMBERS
           OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY WHO HAVE BEEN HONEST ENOUGH TO SAY IT'S
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{16:23:43} (MR. LEAHY) { NOT AN OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT }

           OVER. WE KNOW IT'S OVER. WHEN YOU GO BACK IN HISTORY, WHEN
           RICHARD NIXON FACED IMPEACHMENT AND ULTIMATE CONVICTION HERE IN
           THE SENATE, IT WAS SOME OF THE MOST RESPECTED REPUBLICAN
           SENATORS WHO WENT DOWN TO SEE HIM QUIETLY. PEOPLE LIKE HUGH
           SCOTT, THE REPUBLICAN LEADER WHOM I GOT TO KNOW WELL. BARRY
           GOLDWATER, MR. CONSERVATIVE WHOM I GOT TO KNOW WELL. AND THEY
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{16:24:18} (MR. LEAHY) { NOT AN OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT }

           WENT DOWN NOT WITH ANY HAPPINESS IN DOING THIS, AS ONE OF THEM
           TOLD ME SUBSEQUENTLY WAS ACTUALLY SORROW IN THEIR HEARTS TO
           TELL THE PRESIDENT HE HAD TO LEAVE, THE TIME HAD COME. AND THE
           PRESIDENT DID. AND THE REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS CAME TOGETHER,
           HELPED INSTALL THE NEXT PRESIDENT GERRY FORD AND THE NEXT VICE
           PRESIDENT GERRY FORD, THE TWO OF THEM BECOMING THE FIRST
           PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT NEVER TO HAVE BEEN ELECTED. GERRY
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           FORD AND NELSON ROCKEFELLER, FIRST PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT
           NEVER TO BE ELECTED BUT TO BE APPOINTED. AND THAT'S ABOUT THE
           TIME I CAME TO THE SENATE. I REMEMBER HEARING REPUBLICANS AND
           DEMOCRATS ALIKE SAYING WE KNEW THE GOVERNMENT HAD TO KEEP GOING
           AND WE HAD TO SHOW CREDIBILITY TO THE REST OF THE WORLD. SO
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           LONG AS WE PRETEND THAT WE HAVE A PRESIDENCY BY TWEET, WE DON'T
           SHOW THAT INTEGRITY TO THE REST OF THE WORLD. JUST AS I WAS
           HERE FOR THE INAUGURATION OF PRESIDENT TRUMP, EVEN THOUGH I HAD
           HAD A DIFFERENT KIND -- VOTED FOR SECRETARY AND FORMER SENATOR
           HILLARY CLINTON, I WAS THERE AS WAS SECRETARY CLINTON AND HER
           HUSBAND, FORMER PRESIDENT CLINTON. AND OUTGOING PRESIDENT OBAMA
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           AND OUTGOING VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN. TO SHOW THE WORLD THAT WE
           HAVE CONTINUITY, EVEN THOUGH VASTLY DIFFERENCE OF OPINION.
           THAT'S NOT THE IMAGE WE'RE SHOWING NOW. WITH EVERYTHING THAT'S
           HAPPENING WHETHER IT'S IRAN OR ECONOMICALLY WITH BREXIT AND THE
           UNITED KINGDOM, TO A COVID EPIDEMIC AROUND THE WORLD, WE, THE
           UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, SHOULD SHOW UNITY, AT LEAST UNDER OUR
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           CONSTITUTION. OF COURSE, REPUBLICANS SHOULD BE SUPPORTING
           REPUBLICANS. OF COURSE DEMOCRATS SHOULD BE SUPPORTIVE OF
           DEMOCRATS. BUT THE ONE THING WE SHOULD ALL BE SUPPORTIVE OF IS
           OUR CONSTITUTION AND OUR LAWS. WE STAND DOWN THERE, THE
           PROUDEST MOMENTS OF MY LIFE WAS STANDING DOWN HERE AND TAKING
           MY OATH TO UPHOLD THE CONSTITUTION AS UNITED STATES SENATOR
           JUST AS I DID WHEN I BECAME PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE. I DID IT TO
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           UPHOLD THE CONSTITUTION OF THE U.S. NOT THE CONSTITUTION OF THE
           DEMOCRATIC PARTY, NOT THE CONSTITUTION OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY,
           BUT THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. LET'S GET
           ON WITH THE TRANSI TRANSITION. LET'S MAKE AMERICA STRONG AGAIN.
           AND LET'S DO WHAT IS NECESSARY TO BE DONE TO FIGHT THIS COVID
           EPIDEMIC. IN THAT REGARD, WE HAVE TWO MATTERS THAT SHOULD BE
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{16:27:44} (MR. LEAHY) { NOT AN OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT }

           THE MOST IMPORTANT MATTERS BEFORE US. ONE IS GETTING AN OMNIBUS
           THROUGH BECAUSE AFTER ALL, IN A COUPLE OF WEEKS, FUNDING FOR
           THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA RUNS OUT. AND WE DON'T WANT TO
           HAVE ONE OF THOSE FOOLISH SHUTDOWNS LIKE WE HAD BEFORE THAT
           COST THE TAXPAYERS BILLIONS AND BILLIONS OF DOLLARS. AND ENDED
           -- FOUR OF US, SENATOR SHELBY AND MYSELF AND THE COUNTERPARTS
           OF THE HOUSE MET JUST DOWN THE HALL IN MY OFFICE AND WORKED OUT
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           A BIPARTISAN RESOLUTION AND PASSED THE SPENDING BILL SO WE
           COULD PUT THE GOVERNMENT BACK IN ORDER. IRONICALLY IT'S EXACTLY
           WHAT WE HAD OFFERED WEEKS BEFORE. FOR SOME REASON THE WHITE
           HOUSE DIDN'T WANT TO ACCEPT IT AND BILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF
           TAXPAYERS' MONEY WAS LOST. NOW WE HAVE A LIFE-OR DEATH ISSUE
           THAT GOES BEYOND EVEN THE SPENDING. THAT'S COVID. THE HOUSE OF
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{16:28:54} (MR. LEAHY) { NOT AN OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT }

           REPRESENTATIVES BACK IN JUNE, I BELIEVE IT WAS, PASSED THE
           HEROES ACT TO HAVE MONEY, EQUIPMENT, AND SO FORTH FOR THOSE WHO
           ARE SUFFERING BECAUSE OF THE COVID EPIDEMIC. LIKE THE SMALL
           STORES AND INNS AND RESTAURANTS AND SO FORTH IN MY STATE TO SAY
           NOTHING ABOUT OUR HOSPITALS THAT ARE OVERWHELMED, WE HAD MONEY
           IN THERE. THE REPUBLICAN LEADER REFUSED TO EVEN BRING THE BILL
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{16:29:27} (MR. LEAHY) { NOT AN OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT }

           UP FOR A VOTE. I KEPT SAYING WHY. THE REPUBLICANS ARE IN THE
           MAJORITY. BRING IT UP, HAVE FOUR OR FIVE AMENDMENTS ON THIS
           SIDE, FOUR OR FIVE REPUBLICAN AMENDMENTS, FOUR OR FIVE
           DEMOCRATIC AMENDMENTS. VOTE THEM UP OR DOWN. WHAT ARE WE AFRAID OF?
           WHY DO WE REFUSE TO VOTE?
           IF THE REPUBLICAN LEADER DOESN'T LIKE THE BILL, INSTEAD OF
           BLOCKING IT, NOT EVEN HAVING A VOTE ON IT, VOTE IT UP OR DOWN.
           REPUBLICANS ARE IN THE MAJORITY. THEY COULD VOTE DOWN ANY AID
           FOR STATES SUFFERING FROM COVID.
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           BUT THEY'RE NERVOUS THAT WHICHEVER WAY THEY VOTE, IT MIGHT BE
           -- IT MIGHT BE UNCOMFORTABLE BACK HOME. IT MIGHT NOT BE
           POLITICALLY GOOD FOR THEM BACK HOME. BALDERDASH! THE FACT IS,
           WE'RE SENT HERE TO VOTE. I VOTED MORE THAN ANY SENATOR IN THE
           HISTORY OF THIS COUNTRY, SAVE ONE. I'VE CAST WELL OVER 16,000
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           VOTES. CAN PEOPLE GO BACK TO THOSE VOTES AND SAY, WHAT WERE YOU
           THINKING ON THIS VOTE IN 1978 OR 1986 OR 1995?
           AND I'D PROBABLY LOOK AT IT AND SAY, HMM ... IN RETROSPECT, I
           THINK I PROBABLY SCREWED UP. BUT I WAS WILLING TO VOTE. I WAS
           WILLING TO VOTE. WHEN I WAS THE KEY VOTE IN THE ARMED SERVICES
           COMMITTEE TO STOP THE WAR IN VIETNAM, I KNEW THAT OUR STATE'S
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{16:31:16} (MR. LEAHY) { NOT AN OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT }

           LARGE 96 -- LARGEST NEWSPAPER WOULD ATTACK ME MERCILESSLY. AND
           THEY DID, FOR MONTHS AFTER THAT. TODAY THEY WOULD BE HARD TO
           FIND ANYBODY THAT WAS IN FAVOR OF CONTINUING THAT WAR IN
           VIETNAM. BUT WE HAD FIVE VOTES IN A ROW IN THE ARMED SERVICES
           COMMITTEE. EACH ONE FAILED BY ONE VOTE. AND I WAS THE NEWEST
           MEMBER ON THERE. OF COURSE I HAD CASCADED, BUT I WAS HERE TO
           VOTE. THAT'S WHAT I HAVE TO DO. I LOOK AT SOME OF MY FRIENDS ON
           THE REPUBLICAN SIDE WHO JOINED ME ON SOME VERY TOUGH VOTES. I
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{16:31:49} (MR. LEAHY) { NOT AN OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT }

           DON'T WANT TO EMBARRASS THE SENIOR SENATOR FROM TEXAS, BUT HE
           IS ON THE FLOOR AND ON THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT WE STOOD
           UP AGAINST BOTH REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS AND SAID, NO, WE'RE
           STANDING UP FOR THE PEOPLE OF AMERICA, AND WE'RE GOING TO HAVE
           VOTES ON THIS SO THEY CAN SEE WHAT THEIR GOVERNMENT IS DOING.
           THAT'S WHAT WE'VE GOT TO GO BACK TO, BACK TO THE TIME WHEN WE
           COULD DO THAT. SO WHAT I WOULD URGE THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP,
           BRING UP A COVID BILL, A REAL COVID BILL. HAVE A FEW AMENDMENTS
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{16:32:21} (MR. LEAHY) { NOT AN OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT }

           ON BOTH SIDES. VOTE THEM UP OR DOWN. THE IF YOU DON'T LIKE AN
           AMENDMENT SOMEBODY HAS, VOTE AGAINST IT. IF YOU LIKE IT, VOTE
           FOR T BUT LET THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AT LEAST HAVE SOME HOPE THAT
           WE'RE DOING SOMETHING FOR THEM. TOO MANY BUSINESSES -- PLACES
           ARE GOING OUT OF BUSINESS. TOO MANY FAMILIES DON'T KNOW WHAT
           THEY'RE GOING TO DO WHEN THE SCHOOL IS CLOSED. TOO MANY SMALL
           HOSPITALS, ESPECIALLY IN RURAL AREAS, WONDER WHAT THEY'RE GOING
           TO DO AS THE COVID SWEEPS THROUGH. LET'S GIVE THEM SOME HOPE.
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{16:33:01} (MR. LEAHY) { NOT AN OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT }

           LET'S SAY TO PEOPLE, NO, YOU'RE NOT GOING TO BE KICKED OUT OF
           YOUR HOME. NO YOU'RE NOT GOING TO BE LIVING IN YOUR CAR. WE
           WILL GIVE YOU MONEY TO GET THROUGH THIS, KNOWING THAT THE
           ECONOMY CAN BE MUCH STRONGER AFTERWARD IF YOU DO. IT CERTAINLY
           IS GOING TO BE MUCH STRONGER FOR OUR LABOR FORCE IF THEY'RE
           STILL IN THEIR HOMES WHEN THE JOBS OPEN BACK UP THAN IF THEY'RE
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{16:33:33} (MR. LEAHY) { NOT AN OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT }

           HOMES. SO LET'S DO THAT. MR. PRESIDENT, LET'S BRING IT UP AND
           VOTE. SENATOR SHELBY AND I HAVE WORKED VERY, VERY HARD ON
           BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION FOR THE OMNIBUS. PROBABLY 95%, 98% HAVE
           AGREED ON T BRING THAT UP AND ON THE 2%, 3%, 4%, BRING IT UP,
           VOTE IT UP, VOTE IT DOWN. IF 42 DON'T LIKE IT, VOTE IT -- IF
           THEY DON'T LIKE IT, VOTE IT DOWN. BUT LET'S THE VAST BULK OF IT
           THROUGH, THAT BOTH DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS HAVE WORKED
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           TOGETHER ON. MY STAFF HAS WORKED TOGETHER WITH REPUBLICAN
           STAFF. SO VOTE IT UP, VOTE IT DOWN. LET'S JUST VOTE ON IT. AND
           THEN LET'S LET PEOPLE LEAVE HERE INSTEAD OF PUTTING OUR STAFF,
           THE PEOPLE WHO WORK IN THE HALLWAY, THE PEOPLE WHO ARE HERE ON
           THE FLOOR, LET THEM GO WHERE IT'S SAFE. I AM GLAD TO SEE THE
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{16:34:40} (MR. LEAHY) { NOT AN OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT }

           DISTINGUISHED PRESIDING OFFICER. HE'S GOTTEN OVER HIS OWN BOUT
           WITH COVID. HE, LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE HERE, HAS SUFFERED THAT, HE
           HAS BEEN IN MY PRAYERS WHEN THEY'VE BEEN SUFFERING IT. BUT
           THERE ARE MILLIONS OF OTHERS WHO ARE SUFFERING AND THE HIGHEST
           NUMBER WE'VE EVER HAD ARE DYING FROM IT. LET'S GET TOGETHER.
           LET'S DO WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT. LET'S DO WHAT WE'RE
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           ELECTED FOR. LET'S NOT BE AFRAID TO VOTE. DON'T BE AFRAID TO
           VOTE. CERTAINLY I MAY HAVE THOUGHT LONG AND HARD IN SOME OF
           THOSE 16,000 VOTES I'VE CAST, BUT I WAS NEVER AFRAID TO VOTE,
           NEVER AFRAID TO VOTE. MR. PRESIDENT, I SEE MY COLLEAGUE AND
           FRIEND WAITING FOR A CHANCE TO SPEAK, SO I'LL YIELD THE FLOOR.
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           MR. CORNYN: MR. PRESIDENT?
           
           
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           THE PRESIDING OFFICER: THE SENATOR FROM TEXAS.
           
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           MR. CORNYN: MR. PRESIDENT, LET ME SAY WHILE HE'S STILL HERE ON
           THE FLOOR, I AGREE WITH THE SENATOR FROMEMPT HAVE. IF YOU DON'T
           WANT TO -- I AGREE WITH THE SENATOR FROM VERMONT. IF YOU DON'T
           WANT TO VOTE, YOU PROBABLY OUGHT TO LOOK FOR ANOTHER LINE OF
           WORK. COMING TO CONGRESS IS A BAD PLACE TO COME IF YOU DON'T
           WANT TO ACTUALLY VOTE AND BE ON RECORD. WELL, MR. PRESIDENT, AS
           AMERICA WAITS FOR THE RESULTS OF THE 2020 ELECTION TO BE
           CERTIFIED IN A COUPLE OF WEEKS, FORMER VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN
           HAS BEGUN TO ANNOUNCE HIS PICKS FOR CABINET AND OTHER

4:59 a.m. Senator Blackburn spoke about the defense authorization.

4:36 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about prospective Biden nominees. He spoke about items on the lame duck agenda.

4:18 p.m. Senator Leahy spoke about presidential transition. He spoke about COVID relief and appropriations.

4:12 p.m. Senator Wicker spoke in favor of the McNeel nomination.

3:56 p.m. Senator Tester spoke about Agent Orange provisions in the defense bill.

3:44 p.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about corona virus relief and the expiring federal spending law. He spoke about the defense authorization bill and provisions to rename military facilities. He spoke about Senate confirmation of President-elect Biden’s prospective nominees.

3:39 p.m. Cloture was filed these nominations: Christopher Waller to the Fed; Liam Hardy to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Services..

3:20 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell welcomed Senator Grassley back to the Senate. He spoke about the legislative agenda for the lame duck session, a federal spending bill and a corona virus relief bill.

3:02 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about Iowa farm families and Thanksgiving.

***

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

There will be a cloture vote on the nomination of Taylor MCNeel to be US District Judge for the Southern District of Mississippi at 5:30 p.m.

Senator McConnell has also filed cloture on the following nominations:

  • J. Philip Calabrese to be US District Judge for the Northern District of Ohio
  • Kyle Hauptman to be a Member of the National Credit Union Administration Board
  • Kathryn Davis to be Judge of the US Court of Federal Claims

Friday, November 27, 2020

  • The Senate convened for a pro forma session at 3:15 p.m. Senator Cramer presided and no business was conducted.

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

12:15 p.m. The Senate convened for a pro forma session. Senator Sasse presided and no business was conducted.

Friday, November 20, 2020

The Senate convened at 8:15 a.m. for a pro forma session, Senator Hawley presiding. No business was conducted.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

6:33 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will reconvene for pro forma sessions only on the following dates and times:

  • Friday 11/20 8:15 a.m.
  • Tuesday 11/24 12:15 p.m.
  • Friday 11/27 3:15 p.m.

The Senate will reconvene for regular session at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, November 30. There will be a cloture vote on the nomination of Taylor McNeel to be US District Judge for the Southern District of Mississippi at 5:30 p.m.

Senator McConnell filed cloture on the following nominations:

  • J. Philip Calabrese to be US District Judge for the Northern District of Ohio
  • Kyle Hauptman to be a Member of the National Credit Union Administration Board
  • Kathryn Davis to be Judge of the US Court of Federal Claims

During wrap up:

Legislative Business

Passed Calendar #418, S.512, Seniors Fraud Prevention Act of 2019

Passed Calendar #580, S.2904, IOGAN Act

 Passed the following Postal naming bills:

Calendar #441, S.2847

Calendar #443, S.3257

Calendar #445, H.R.1833

Calendar #446, H.R.3207

Calendar #447, H.R.3317

Calendar #448, H.R.3329

Calendar #449, H.R.4794

Calendar #450, H.R.4981

Calendar #451, H.R.5037

Calendar #494, S.3461

Calendar #495, S.3462

Calendar #496, S.3839

Calendar #497, S.4126

Calendar #532, H.R.4734

Calendar #534, H.R.5384

 Adopted S.Res.779, Native American Heritage Month

Confirmed the following nominations:

Executive Calendar #369, Michelle A Schultz, of Pennsylvania, to be a Member of the Surface Transportation Board

Executive Calendar #856, Robert E. Primus, of New Jersey, to be a Member of the Surface Transportation Board

COAST GUARD

Executive Calendar #908, the following to be Rear Admiral:

Brendan C. McPherson

Douglas M. Schofield

Andrew M. Sugimoto

Richard V. Timme

Todd C. Wiemers

And all nominations on the Secretary’s Desk in the Coast Guard.

DEPARTMENT OF STATE

Executive Calendar #801, Lisa S. Kenna, of Vermont, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Peru.

Executive Calendar #877, Thomas Laszlo Vajda, of Arizona, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Union of Burma.

Executive Calendar #879, Melanie Harris Higgins, of Georgia, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Burundi.

Executive Calendar #880, Jeanne Marie Maloney, of Virginia, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Kingdom of Eswatini.

Executive Calendar #882, James Broward Story, of South Carolina, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

Executive Calendar #884, Michael A. McCarthy, of Virginia, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Liberia.

5:35 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about a covid relief bill and also spoke about the NDAA.

5:25 p.m. Senator Wicker spoke about the Miss USA who is from Mississippi.

5:18 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke about Magnitsky statute.

5:17 p.m. By a vote of 49-41, the Senate confirmed the nomination of Kathryn Mizelle to be U.S. District Judge to the middle district of FL.

4:30 p.m. Senator Cotton spoke about the pilgrims.

4:09 p.m. Senator Shaheen spoke about Corona virus relief.

3:44 p.m. Senator McSally gave her farewell speech.

3:43 p.m. By a vote of 49 to 43, cloture was invoked on the nomination of Kathryn Kimball Mizelle to by U.S. District Judge for the middle district of FL.

2:58 p.m. By a vote of 49 to 43, the Senate confirmed the nomination of Stephen Vaden to the U.S. Court of International Trade.

1:49 p.m. Senators Wicker, Tillis, Ernst, Blunt and Young spoke in appreciation of veterans.

1:08 p.m. Senator Fischer spoke about a Nebraskan lumber company and the Higgins boat.

12:53 p.m. Senators Capito, Rounds and Hoeven spoke about military families.

12:32 p.m. Senator Brown spoke about the Judy Shelton nomination.

12:05 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke about the honorary promotion of an WWII Oregon constituent to corporal.

11:56 a.m. Senator Barrasso spoke about politics and also spoke about Corona virus.

11:55 a.m. Cloture was invoked on the Vaden nomination by a vote of 49-44.

10:42 a.m. Senator Thune spoke about corona virus relief. He spoke about Senator Grassley. He spoke about judicial nominations.

10:31 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about Senator Grassley. He spoke about the presidential election results. He spoke about corona virus relief legislation.

10:09 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about Senator Grassley. He spoke about corona virus relief legislation.

***

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

At 11:00 a.m., there will be a cloture vote on the nomination of Stephen Vaden to be a judge for the US Court of International Trade.

There are two additional nominations that Majority Leader McConnell filed cloture on, and are expected to be debated and voted on this week:

1. Kathryn Mizelle to be a district judge for middle Florida.

2. Taylor McNeel to be a district judge for southern Mississippi.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

7:24 p.m. The Senate adjourned.

7:20 p.m. Senator Portman wrapped up for the evening. Passed by UC: HR 1668, HR 5901, S. 2216, S Res 776; passed by voice vote: S Res 775.

7:06 p.m. Senator Portman spoke on the potential vaccines for Covid-19.

7:02 p.m. Senator Lee paid tribute to Colleen Healy upon her retirement from the Joint Economic Committee.

7:00 p.m. The Crouse nomination was confirmed, 50-43.

Senators voting in favor: 49 Republicans, 1 Democrat: Manchin.

Senators voting against: 41 Democrats, 2 Independents: King and Sanders.

Senators not voting: 4 Republicans: Alexander, Graham, Grassley, Rick Scott; 3 Democrats: Carper, Feinstein and Harris.

6:15 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #862 Toby Crouse to be U.S. District Judge for the District of Kansas.

6:03 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke supporting Senator Loeffler’s modernizing American health care legislation.

5:45 p.m. Senator Menendez spoke about the ethnic Arminian war.

5:34 p.m. Senator Lankford spoke on the right to practice freedom of religion.

5:17 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke about climate change and rising sea levels.

4:56 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on the pandemic.

4:36 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about the coronavirus.

4:21 p.m. Senator Lee asked u.c. to proceed to the immediate consideration of S. 4902, a bill to designate the U.S. Courthouse located at 351 Southwest Temple in Utah as the Orrin G. Hatch Courthouse. Senator Romney also spoke supporting the bill. S. 4902 was passed by unanimous consent.

4:21 p.m. By a tally of 51-44 the Senate invoked cloture on the nomination of Toby Crouse to be U.S. District Judge for the District of Kansas.

3:37 p.m. The Senate is now voting on the motion to invoke cloture on Cal. #862, Toby Crouse to be U.S. District Judge for the District of Kansas.

3:37 p.m. ML McConnell has entered a motion to reconsider the cloture vote on Executive Calendar #760 Judy Shelton to be a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System for the unexpired term of fourteen years from February 1, 2010.

3:36 p.m. By a tally of 47-50 the Senate did not invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #760 Judy Shelton to be a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System for the unexpired term of fourteen years from February 1, 2010.

Senators Collins and Romney joined all Democrats and Independents voting against; McConnell changed vote to no in order to bring this nomination back again.

Not voting: Senators Alexander, Grassley, and Scott of Florida.

2:58 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #760 Judy Shelton to be a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System for the unexpired term of fourteen years from February 1, 2010.

2:57 p.m. The Senate confirmed Benjamin Joel Beaton to be U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Kentucky by a tally of 52-44.

2:15 p.m. The Senate returned from the recess and began a roll call vote on confirmation of the Beaton nomination.

12:16 p.m. The Senate stands in recess until 2:15 p.m. to accommodate the weekly party lunches.

12:16 p.m. By a vote of 52 to 44, the Senate invoked cloture on the Beaton nomination. Democrats in favor of cloture: Manchin and Sinema. NOT VOTING: Alexander, Grassley, Harris, Scott of Florida.

11:48 a.m. The Senate confirmed the nomination of Kristi Johnson to be a District Judge for the Southern District of Mississippi by a tally of 53-43.

Senator Grassley was among those not voting, his first missed vote since the summer of 1993. Also not voting: Alexander, Harris, Scott of Florida.

Democrats Jones, Manchin and Sinema joined with the majority in favor of confirmation.

11:00 a.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on confirmation of the nomination of Kristi Johnson to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi.

10:35 a.m. Senator Thune spoke about corona virus vaccines.

10:20 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke against the nomination of Judy Shelton to the Federal Reserve Board.

10:04 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about corona virus relief. He spoke about appropriations. He spoke about the defense authorization bill. He spoke about judicial nominations.

***

The Senate will convene at 10 a.m. and will resume post-cloture consideration of the nomination of Kristi Haskins Johnson to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi.

  • At 11 a.m., the Senate will proceed to two roll call votes:
  • Confirmation of the Johnson nomination;
    • Cloture on the nomination of Benjamin Joel Beaton to
      the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky.
  • Following the Beaton cloture vote, the Senate will recess until 2:15 p.m. for the weekly caucus luncheons.
  • At 2:15 p.m., if cloture has been invoked, the Senate will proceed to two roll call votes:
  • Confirmation of the Beaton nomination;
    • Cloture on the nomination of Judy Shelton to be a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.
  • If cloture is invoked on the Shelton nomination, a confirmation vote is expected later today.

Monday, November 16, 2020


7:00pm  The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Tuesday, November 17, 2020. Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #892, Kristi Haskins Johnson, of Mississippi, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Mississippi, post-cloture. At 11:00am, all post-cloture time will be considered expired, and the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Johnson nomination. Following disposition of the Johnson nomination, the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #891, Benjamin Joel Beaton, of Kentucky, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Kentucky. Following the Beaton cloture vote, the Senate will recess until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings. If cloture is invoked on the Beaton nomination, at 2:15pm, all post-cloture time will be considered expired, and the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Beaton nomination. Following disposition of the Beaton nomination, the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #760, Judy Shelton, of California, to be a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. If cloture is invoked on the Shelton nomination, the vote on confirmation of the nomination is expected during Tuesday’s session. Cloture has been filed on the following nominations: 1. Executive Calendar #892, Kristi Haskins Johnson, of Mississippi, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Mississippi 2. Executive Calendar #891, Benjamin Joel Beaton, of Kentucky, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Kentucky 3. Executive Calendar #760, Judy Shelton, of California, to be a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System 4. Executive Calendar #862, Toby Crouse, of Kansas, to be United States District Judge for the District of Kansas In today’s session of the Senate Roll Call Votes 1. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #892, Kristi Haskins Johnson, of Mississippi, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Mississippi; invoked: 51-38. Legislative Business Passed the following bills: Calendar #505, H.R.6395 (NDAA) w/Inhofe substitute amdt S.2174, Missing Persons and Unidentified Remains, w/Cornyn amdt S.1342, Great Lakes Environmental Sensitivity Index Act Calendar #561, S.2981, NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps Amendments Act Calendar #484, S.4054, Grain Standards Reauthorization, w/Roberts amdt Calendar #556, S.4462, FLOODS Act S.3312, Crisis Stabilization and Community Reentry Act, w/Cornyn amdt S.4612, Methamphetamine threat S.732, AMBER Alert/PROTECT Act H.R.1830, National Purple Heart Hall of Honor Commemorative Coin Act w/Schumer amdt H.R.4104, Negro Leagues Baseball Centennial Commemorative Coin Act Calendar #509, H.R. 835, Rodchenkov Anti-Doping Act of 2019 H.R.3589, Greg LeMond Gold Medal

3:00p.m. Leader McConnell spoke on Islamic extremism.  He asked unanimous consent to call up  HR 6395, to authorize appropriations for military activity for the fiscal year 2021. The Inhofe substitute was agreed to and the bill was passed.

The Senate will convene at 3:00 p.m. and resume consideration of Executive Calendar #892, Kristi Haskins Johnson, of Mississippi, to be U.S. district judge for the southern district of Mississippi.

At 5:30 p.m., the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Johnson nomination.

Please note, Leader McConnell filed cloture on the following nominations in the following order: 1. Executive Calendar #892, Kristi Haskins Johnson, of Mississippi, to be U.S. district judge for the southern district of Mississippi. 2. Executive Calendar #891, Benjamin Joel Beaton, of Kentucky, to be U.S. district judge for the western district of Kentucky. 3. Executive Calendar #760, Judy Shelton, of California, to be a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System for the unexpired term of fourteen years from February 1, 2010. 4. Executive Calendar #862, Toby Crouse, of Kansas, to be U.S. district judge for the district of Kansas. 5. Executive Calendar #566, Stephen A. Vaden, of Tennessee, to be a Judge of the U.S. Court of International Trade. 6. Executive Calendar #894, Kathryn Kimball Mizelle, of Florida, to be U.S. district judge for the middle district of Florida. 7. Executive Calendar #893, Taylor B. McNeel, of Mississippi, to be U.S. district judge for the southern district of Mississippi.

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