Friday, August 31, 2018

The Senate met at 10:00 a.m. in a pro forma session, Senator Ernst presided and no business was conducted.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

7:46 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 10:00 a.m. on Friday, August 31st for a pro forma session.

7:45 p.m. ML McConnell asked u.c. that the Senate meet in a pro forma session om Friday, August 31st at 10:00 a.m. and when the Senate adjourns on Friday, it will next convene at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 4th. Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #1061, Elad L. Roisman, of Maine, to be a Member of the Securities and Exchange Commission. At 5:30 p.m., the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Roisman nomination.

7:38 p.m. S Res 617, recognizing the American Legion for 100 years of service to veterans and members of the Armed Forces in the United States and their families, and designating the week of August 24 through August 30, 2018, as “American Legion Week” – adopted by u.c.

7:38 p.m. S.Res. 620, Congratulating the National Academy of Inventors on the milestone of achieving 200 member institutions – adopted by u.c.

7:37 p.m. #869 Dept of Defense nomination #869, James H. Anderson, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary of Defense  – confirmed by voice vote en bloc.

7:36 p.m. Commodity Futures Trading Commission #270, Dawn DeBerry Stump, of Texas, to be a Commissioner of the CFTC; #1039, Dan Michael Berkovitz, of Maryland, to be a Commissioner of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission for a term expiring April 13, 2023; Dept of Agriculture #1040, James E. Hubbard, of Colorado, to be Under Secretary of Agriculture for Natural Resources and Environment – nominations confirmed by voice vote en bloc.

7:35 p.m. United States Postal Service #832, Robert Duncan of KY to be a Governor of the U.S. Postal Service for a term expiring December 8, 2018 and  #834, David William of IL to be a Governor of the U.S. Postal Service for a term expiring December 8, 2019 – nominations were confirmed by voice vote en bloc.

7:34 p.m. #1015 Department of Energy nomination – Karen Evans of WV to be an Assistant Secretary of Energy (Cybersecurity, Energy Security and Emergency Response) – nomination confirmed en bloc

7:33 p.m. U.S. Tax Corps nominations #995 Elizabeth Copeland of TX to be a Judge on the US Tax Court and #996 Patrick Urda of IN to be a Judge on the US Tax Court – nominations confirmed by voice vote en bloc.

7:32 p.m. Department of Justice nominations #1066, Ariana Fajardo Orshan, of Florida, to be United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida for the term of four years; #1067, Peter G. Strasser, of Louisiana, to be United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana for the term of four years; #1068, G. Zachary Terwilliger, of Virginia, to be United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia for the term of four years – nominations confirmed by voice vote en bloc.

7:30 p.m. Department of Justice nominations, #916, Charles L. Goodwin, of Hawaii, to be United States Marshal for the District of Hawaii for the term of four years; #917, R. Don Ladner, Jr., of Florida, to be United States Marshal for the Northern District of Florida for the term of four years; #918, Susan Llewellyn Pamerleau, of Texas, to be United States Marshal for the Western District of Texas for the term of four years; #919, Gadyaces S. Serralta, of Florida, to be United States Marshal for the Southern District of Florida for the term of four years; #948, John D. Jordan, of Missouri, to be United States Marshal for the Eastern District of Missouri for the term of four years; #949, Mark F. Sloke, of Alabama, to be United States Marshal for the Southern District of Alabama for the term of four years; #950, Nick Willard, of New Hampshire, to be United States Marshal for the District of New Hampshire for the term of four years; #1004, Maria Chapa Lopez, of Florida, to be United States Attorney for the Middle District of Florida for the term of four years; #1005, Richard E. Taylor, Jr., of Texas, to be United States Marshal for the Northern District of Texas for the term of four years; – nominations confirmed by voice vote en bloc.

7:29 p.m. Department of State nomination – #1060, David Hale, of New Jersey, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Career Minister, to be an Under Secretary of State (Political Affairs) – confirmed by voice vote

7:28 p.m. ML McConnell asked u.c. that the injunction of secrecy be removed from the treaty transmitted to the Senate on August 28, 2018 by the President. Amendments to the Treaty on Fisheries between the governments of certain Pacific Island States and the government of the United States. The Treaty be considered read for the first time and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.

7:27 p.m. ML McConnell began wrap up and filed cloture on Executive Calendar #1061, Elad L. Roisman, of Maine, to be a Member of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

7:14 p.m. Senator Casey spoke on Senator McCain.

6:51 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke on Senator McCain.

6:30 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke on Senator McCain.

6:16 p.m. Senator Sasse spoke on Senator McCain.

6:07 p.m. Senator Tester spoke about health care.

5:56 p.m. Senator Hoeven spoke on Senator McCain.

5:47 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke on Senator McCain.

5:35 p.m. Senator Moran spoke on Senator McCain.

5:30 p.m. Senator Schatz spoke on Senator McCain.

5:18 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke on Senator McCain.

5:18 p.m. The Senate confirmed Exec. Cal. #837 Nancy Brasel to be U.S. District Judge for the District of Minnesota by a voice vote.

5:17 p.m. The Senate confirmed Exec. Cal. #692 Susan Baxter to be U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

5:17 p.m. The Senate confirmed Exec. Cal. #676 James R. Sweeney II to be U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Indiana by a voice vote.

5:16 p.m. The Senate confirmed Exec. Cal. #674 Barry Ashe to be U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana by a voice vote.

5:15 p.m. The confirmed the nomination of Charles Goodwin to be U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Oklahoma by a vote of 52-42.

4:55 p.m. The Senate began voting on confirmation of Charles Goodwin to be U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Oklahoma.

4:54 p.m. The confirmed Exec. Cal. #635, R. Stan Baker to be U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Georgia by a voice vote.

4:53 p.m. The Senate confirmed Exec. Cal. #633, Terry Moorer to be U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Alabama by a voice vote.

4:52 p.m. The Senate confirmed by a vote of 75-20, Isabel Patelunas to be Assistant Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis, Department of the Treasury.

4:36 p.m. The Senate is voting on confirmation of Isabel Patelunas to be Assistant Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis, Department of the Treasury.

4:35 p.m. The Senate confirmed Joseph Hunt to be an Assistant Attorney General by a vote of 72-23.

4:23 p.m. The Senate is voting now on confirmation of Joseph H. Hunt, to be an Assistant Attorney General.

4:21 p.m. The Senate confirmed by voice vote, Exec. Cal. #911 Richard Clarida to be a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve for the unexpired term of 14 years from February 1, 2008.

4:19 p.m. The Senate confirmed the Clarida nomination to be Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System by a vote of 69-26.

3:46 p.m. The Senate voted on the confirmation of Richard Clarida to be the Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.

3:43 p.m. Senator Blunt spoke on Senator McCain.

3:30 p.m. Senator Brown spoke about Richard Clarida’s nomination.

3:22 p.m. Senator Portman spoke on Senator McCain.

3:09 p.m. Senator Klobuchar spoke on Senator McCain.

At 3:45 p.m., the Senate will proceed to up to 11 roll call votes.

3:00 p.m. Senator Thune spoke on Senator McCain.

2:54 p.m. Senator Reed spoke on Senator McCain.

2:49 p.m. Senator Cassidy spoke on Senator McCain.

2:16 p.m. Senator Graham spoke honoring the life and legacy of his friend, Senator John McCain.

2:15 p.m. The Senate reconvened.

12:48 p.m. The Senate is in recess until 2:15 p.m.

12:38 p.m. Senator Tillis spoke on Senator McCain and Pastor Andrew Brunson.

12:24 p.m. Senator Hatch spoke on Senator McCain and the Kavanaugh nomination.

12:07 p.m. Senator Coons spoke on Senator McCain.

11:51 a.m. Senator Nelson spoke on Senator McCain.

11:38 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on Senator McCain and the Kavanaugh nomination.

11:37 a.m. By a vote of 69 to 26, the Senate invoked cloture on the Clarida nomination to the to the vice chairmanship of the Fed.

11:14 a.m. The cloture vote began on the Clarida nomination to the vice chairmanship of the Fed.

11:13 a.m. By a vote of 67 to 28, the Senate confirmed Lynn Johnson as Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services. All Republicans present voted YEA. Nineteen Democrats voted YEA: Baldwin, Bennet, Cantwell, Casey, Donnelly, Hassan, Heitkamp, Hirono, Jones, Kaine, Manchin, McCaskill, Murphy, Murray, Nelson, Schumer, Shaheen, Tester, Wyden. Independent King voted YES.  Not voting: Cruz, Graham, Leahy, Murkowski.

10:41 a.m. The confirmation vote began on the Johnson nomination.

10:31 a.m. Senator Schumer spoke about Senator McCain and about the Kavanaugh nomination.

10:14 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke about Senator McCain.

10:03 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about Senator McCain, about nominations, and about the economy.

The Senate will convene at 10 a.m. and will resume post-cloture consideration of the nomination of Lynn A. Johnson to be Assistant Secretary for Family Support, Department of Health and Human Services.

At 10:40 a.m., the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Johnson nomination.

Following disposition of the Johnson nomination, the Senate will vote on cloture for the nomination of Richard Clarida to be Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.

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

  • Additional roll call votes are possible today.

NOTE: Cloture has been filed on these additional nominations.  They will be dealt with in this order, with up to thirty hours of post-cloture debate possible on each. 

  • Richard Clarida to the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (as distinct from his earlier nomination to be vice chairman of the Fed);
  • Joseph H. Hunt to be an assistant attorney general;
  • Isabel Marie Keenan Patelunas to be assistant Treasury secretary for intelligence and analysis;
  • Terry Fitzgerald Moorer to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama;
  • Stan Baker to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia;
  • Charles Barnes Goodwin to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma;
  • Barry W. Ashe to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana;
  • James R. Sweeney II, to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana;
  • Susan Paradise Baxter to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania;
  • Marilyn Jean Horan to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania;
  • William F. Jung to the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida;
  • Dominic W. Lanza to the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona;
  • Charles J. Williams to the the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa;
  • Robert R. Summerhays to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana;
  • Alan D. Albright to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas.

 

Monday, August 27, 2018

6:54 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 10 a.m. on Tuesday, August 28.

During wrap-up, Senator McConnell secured consent for the post-debate time on the Johnson nomination to be considered expired at 10:45 a.m. The Senate will recess from 12:30 p.m. until 2:15 p.m. for weekly policy lunches.

By unanimous consent the Senate passed these measures:

  • Res. 619, on the death of Senator McCain;
  • Con. Res. 43, on arrangements for Senator McCain’s ceremony in the Rotunda;
  • Con. Res. 44, authorizing Senator McCain’s remains to lie in state the Rotunda.

6:12 p.m. Senators Brown and Whitehouse paid tribute to Senator McCain.

6:11 p.m. The Senate invoked cloture on the Johnson nomination 60-28.

Senators voting in favor: 46 Republicans, 13 Democrats: Baldwin, Bennet, Casey, Donnelly, Hasssan, Heitkamp, Kaine, McCaskill, Murphy, Nelson, Shaheen, Tester and Wyden; 1 Independent: King.

Senators not voting: Carper, Cassidy, Crapo, Cruz, Graham, Hirono, Jones, Leahy, Manchin, Murkowski and Murray.

5:33 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the Johnson nomination.

5:23 p.m. Senator Flake paid tribute to Senator McCain.

4:53 p.m. Senator Inhofe paid tribute to Senator McCain.

4:42 p.m. Senator Isakson paid tribute to Senator McCain.

4:32 p.m. Senator Collins paid tribute to Senator McCain.

4:21 p.m. Senator Schumer paid tribute to Senator McCain. He spoke about his resolution to rename the Russell Senate Office Building for Senator McCain.

4:02 p.m. ML McConnell paid tribute to Senator McCain.

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The Senate will convene at 4:00 p.m.

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of Lynn Johnson to be Assistant Secretary for Family Support, Department of HHS.

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

Additionally, Majority Leader McConnell has filed cloture on the following nominations:

1. Richard Clarida to be Vice Chair of the Board of the Federal Reserve System
2. Richard Clarida to be Member of the Board of the Federal Reserve System
3. Joseph Hunt to be an Assistant Attorney General
4. Isabel Patelunas to be Asst Secretary for Intelligence & Analysis, Treasury Dept.
5. Terry Moorer to be US District Judge for the Southern District of Alabama
6. Stan Baker to be US District Judge for the Southern District of Georgia
7. Charles Goodwin to be US District Judge for the Western District of Oklahoma
8. Barry Ashe to be US District Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana
9. James Sweeney to be US District Judge for the Southern District of Indiana
10. Susan Baxter to be US District Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania
11. Marilyn Horan to be US District Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania
12. William Jung to be US District Judge for the Middle District of Florida
13. Dominic Lanza to be US District Judge for the District of Arizona
14. Charles Williams to be US District Judge for the Northern District of Iowa
15. Robert Summerhays to be US Dist Judge for the Western District of Louisiana
16. Alan Albright to be US District Judge for the Western District of Texas.

Each cloture motion will ripen upon disposition of the previous one and each is subject to up to 30 hours of post-cloture debate time.

Thursday August 23, 2018

6:03 p.m. Senate adjourns

6:00 p.m. Items passed in wrap up: S. 2511; S 2896 (regarding lobbyists regarding disclosure by lobbyists of various crimes); S. Res 618 (commemorating the USS Kennedy)
UC to adjourn until 4:00 p.m. Monday August 27th. Vote at 5:30 p.m. on cloture vote on the nomination of Lynn Johnson to be Assistant Secretary for Family Support, Department of HHS.

5:40 p.m. Senator Hatch spoke on sports betting, the Kavanaugh nomination and criminal justice reform.

5:38 p.m. H.R. 6157, the legislative vehicle for Defense-Labor-HHS-Education appropriations minibus was agreed to 85-7.

Senators voting against: 6 Republicans: Crapo, Flake, Lee, Paul, Risch and Toomey; 1 Independent: Sanders.

Senators not voting: 4 Republicans: Corker, Cruz, Fischer and McCain; 3 Democrats: Hirono, Murray and Schatz.

5:14 p.m. Roll call vote began on passage of HR 6157.

5:10 p.m. Senators Shelby, Leahy and Blunt spoke before passage of HR 6157.

5:09 p.m. The Motion to waive was agreed to 68-24.

Senators voting against: 24 Republicans: Barrasso, Boozman, Casssidy, Cotton, Crapo, Enzi, Ernst, Flake, Grassley, Hatch, Inhofe, Isakson, Johnson, Kennedy, Lankford, Lee, Paul, Perdue, Risch, Rounds, Sasse, Scott, Thune and Toomey.

Senators not voting: Corker, Cruz, Fischer, Hirono, McCain, Murray, Schatz.

4:47 p.m. Roll call vote began on the Leahy motion to waive the budget act.

4:46 p.m. Senators Enzi and Leahy spoke about the motion to waive the budget act with respect to Pell Grants.

4:45 p.m. The Paul amendment was NOT agreed to 45-48, 60 vote threshold.

Senators in favor: 45 Republicans

Senators opposed: 44 Republicans, 2 Republicans (Collins and Murkowski) and 2 Independents (King and Sanders).

Senators not voting: Corker, Cruz, Fischer, Hirono, McCain, Murray, Schatz.

4:30 p.m. Following disposition of the Paul amendment, the manager’s package (below) will be adopted by unanimous consent. Senator Enzi will be recognized in order to raise a Budget Act point of order. Senator Leahy will then move to waive the point of order. The Senate will then proceed to a roll call vote on the motion to waive the Budget Act.

Following disposition of the motion to waive, the Shelby substitute amendment #3695 will be agreed to, and the Senate will then proceed to a roll call vote on passage of H.R. 6157, as amended.

Manager’s Package:

• Inhofe amendment to make available $2,000,000 for a program to commemorate the 75th anniversary of World War II (3731)

• Lankford amendment of a perfecting nature (3722)

• Menendez amendment to require a report on the portion of the Department of Defense’s advertising budget that is spent on advertising and public relations contracts with socially and economically disadvantaged small businesses (3903)

• Moran amendment to provide funding for the defense community infrastructure pilot program (3702)

• Sasse amendment to make available $4,000,000 for the Cyberspace Solarium Commission (3710)

• Schatz amendment to make available funds for Operation and Maintenance, Army for the sustainment of certain moral, welfare, and recreation facilities (3717)

• Portman-Brown amendment to express the sense of the Senate on research regarding blast exposure on the cellular level of the brain (3860)

• Warner amendment to make available from amounts appropriated for Operation and Maintenance, Defense-Wide $7,000,000 for the Information Assurance Scholarship Program (3764)

• Cardin amendment to require a report on investments of the Armed Forces in research on energetics (3750)

• Gillibrand amendment to make available from Operation and Maintenance, Air Force and Operation and Maintenance, Air National Guard $45,000,000 for payments to local water authorities and States for treatment of certain acids in drinking water as a result of Air Force-supported activities (3981)

• Shelby-Durbin amendment of a perfecting nature (3910)

• Kennedy amendment to prohibit payments to corporations that have delinquent federal tax liabilities (3880)

• Kennedy amendment to prohibit the use of funds for assistance to the Islamic Republic of Iran (3727)

• Hirono amendment to authorize the use of amounts to reimburse the Government of the Republic of Palau for land acquisition costs for defense sites (3733)

• Murray amendment to make available from Research, Development, Test and Evaluation, Navy $2,000,000 for research on means of reducing fighter aircraft engine noise at the source (3830)

• Cassidy amendment to require the Secretary of Defense to submit to Congress a report on improving trauma training for trauma teams of the Department of Defense (3926)

• Merkley amendment to increase certain funding for the Air National Guard, and to provide an offset (3796)

• Isakson amendment to require a Comptroller General of the United States report on the monitoring, compliance, and remediation of lead in military housing (3857)

• Murray amendment to make available from Operation and Maintenance, Defense-Wide $20,000,000 for the Department of Defense Family Advocacy Program (3831)

• Perdue amendment to require the Comptroller General of the United States to submit to Congress a report on maintenance of the E-SC Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System aircraft fleet (3940)

• Cruz amendment to limit the use of funds to implement the Arms Trade Treaty (3809)

• Flake amendment to prohibit the use of funds for the development of beerbots or other robot bartenders (3835)

• McCaskill amendment to require the Secretary of Defense to use amounts appropriated or otherwise made available to the Department of Defense to provide testing for elevated blood lead levels at military treatment facilities for babies during their 12-month and 24-month wellness checks or annual physical examinations (3841)

• Donnelly-Crapo amendment to increase funding for the guidelines for investigation of potential cancer clusters (3707)

• Blunt-Murray amendment to authorize student aid administration funds to be available for payments for student loan servicing to an institution of higher education that services outstanding Federal Perkins Loans (3721)

• Reed-Capito amendment to require a report on barriers to obtaining and paying for adequate medical care for survivors of childhood cancer (3751)

• Schumer-Collins amendment to increase funding for Lyme Disease activities (3759)

• Warner-Capito-Manchin-Brown-Casey amendment to require a report on Congress on potential barriers to participation in the Coal Worker’s Health Surveillance program (3763)

• Whitehouse-Cassidy amendment to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to provide Congress a status update on rulemaking, with respect to conditions of certification of health information technology and information blocking, required by the 21st Century Cures Act (3765)

• Heller-Klobuchar amendment to require the Secretary of Education to report to Congress regarding coordination between the Department of Education, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the National Science Foundation on STEM programs for students in grades pre-kindergarten through 12 (3810)

• Hyde-Smith-Reed amendment to improve section 115 of the title I of division B with regard to Unemployment Insurance State consortia (3812)

• Cortez-Masto-Ernst amendment to provide for the conduct of a study on the relationship between intimate partner violence and traumatic brain injury (3825)

• Rubio-Nelson amendment to provide funds to enhance harmful algal bloom exposure activities (3853)

• Cassidy-King amendment to require the Director of the NIH shall conduct a comprehensive study and submit to Congress a report that includes a portfolio analysis of current funding levels of the NIH related to mental health and substance use disorder (3858)

• Nelson-Rubio amendment to provide $10,000,000 to the Department of Education to fund a demonstration program to test and evaluate innovative partnerships between institutions of higher education and high-needs State or local educational agencies to train school counselors, social workers, psychologists, or other mental health professionals qualified to provide school-based mental health services in order to expand the employment pipeline and address employment shortages relating to school-based mental health services in low-income public elementary and secondary schools (3862)

• Peters-Capito amendment to ensure youth are considered when the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration follows guidance on the medication-assisted treatment for prescription drug and opioid addiction program (3870)

• Casey amendment to provide funding for the Secretary of Health and Human Services to establish the Advisory Council to Support Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (3875)

• Kennedy amendment to require the Secretary of Labor to provide a report to the Committees on Appropriations on the implementation of the plan to reduce improper payments published by the Department of Labor in the fiscal year 2017 Agency Financial Report (3881)

• Wicker-Peters amendment to provide a sense of Congress that computer science education programs, including coding academies, can provide important benefits to local industries and the economy and help meet in-demand workforce needs, and the Department of Education and Department of Labor should work together with industry to improve and expand computer science education programs and opportunities, including through apprenticeships (3883)

• Heitkamp amendment to provide funding for the SOAR (Stop, Observe, Ask, Respond) to Health and Wellness Program (3893)

• Schatz-Hirono amendment to assess the ongoing mental health impact to the children and families impacted by a volcanic eruption covered by a major disaster declared by the President in calendar year 2018 (3897)

• Cantwell-Cassidy amendment to provide a sense of the Senate that dedicated funding for coding courses in kindergarten through grade 12 education should be a top priority (3908)

• Heller-Manchin amendment to provide additional funding for activities related to neonatal abstinence syndrome (3912)

• Isakson-Murphy amendment to provide for the establishment of the National Neurological Conditions Surveillance System (3927)

• Heitkamp-Murkowski amendment to improve obstetric care for women living in rural areas (3933)

• Blunt-Murray-Alexander amendment to increase funding for oversight of grant programs and operations of the National Institutes of Health (3950)

• Heller-Tester amendment to authorize the use of $2,000,000 to carry out a pilot program for preparing members of the Armed Forces transitioning to civilian life to qualify for, and for assisting in placing them in, apprenticeship programs (3951)

• Merkley-Tester-Crapo-Daines-Risch amendment to require a report on Civilian Conservation Centers (3977)

• Cornyn-Blumenthal amendment to promote school safety in rural areas (3979)

• Casey-Young amendment to increase amounts available for the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act State grant program (3982)

• Reed-Murkowski amendment to require the Comptroller General of the United States to study and report on the condition of the public school facilities of the United States (3985)

• Rubio amendment to require a report on circumstances in which the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services may be providing Medicare or Medicaid payments to, or otherwise funding, entities that process genome or exome data in the People’s Republic of China or the Russian Federation (3998)

• Durbin-Grassley amendment to provide for the use of funds by the Secretary of Health and Human Services to issue regulations on direct-to-consumer advertising of prescription drugs and biological products (3964)

3:59 p.m. ML McConnell acheived the following UC agreement: At approximately 4:10pm the Senate will proceed to 3 votes in relation to H.R.6157, Minibus Appropriations:
1. Adoption of Paul amendment #3967 (60 vote threshold)
2. Motion to waive the Budget Act with respect to H.R.6157
3. Passage of H.R.6157, as amended

3:45 p.m. Senators Merkley and Whitehouse spoke on climate change.

3:41 p.m. Senator Sasse spoke on the Attorney General and President Trump.

3:32 p.m. Senator Bennet spoke briefly on the land and water conservation fund before discussing climate change.

3:16 p.m. Senator Burr spoke on the land and water conservation fund, and asked UC to take up his bill on this topic. He then objected to his own request.

3:10 p.m. Senator Manchin spoke on his amendment.

3:08 p.m. Senator Cornyn offered a further modification to move the Paul amendment to a 50 vote threshold; Senator Durbin objected, followed by Senator Cornyn objecting to the Durbin modification, followed by Senator Durbin objecting to the original request by Senator Paul.

3:05 p.m. Senator Durbin moved to modify the request, calling up the Manchin amendment 3865 related to pre-existing conditions as well.

2:59 p.m. Senator Paul spoke on his Planned Parenthood amendment, 3967.  Asked UC to call the amendment.

2:48 p.m. Senator Flake spoke on President Trumps tweet about South Africa.

2:33 p.m. Senator Carper spoke about the EPA and the clean power plan.

2:12 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on the one year anniversary of Hurricane Harvey.

1:20 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke on the economy.

1:13 p.m. Senator Flake spoke on “beer-bots”.

1:03 p.m. Senator Murphy spoke on his amendment #4004; regarding funding for arming teachers.

12:55 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke on the Rohingya situation in Myanmar; and later about the Kavanaugh nomination.

12:42 p.m. Senator Brown spoke on bank profits.

12:23 p.m. Senators Manchin, Durbin and Grassley spoke about Manchins amendment regarding pre-existing conditions.

12:10 p.m. Senator Menendez spoke against the Kavanaugh nomination and the affordable care act.

11:20 a.m. Senators Leahy, Capito, Moran, Collins, Blunt and Cardin spoke on the pending appropriations package; including funding for Alzheimers disease and pell grants.

11:19 a.m. By a tally of 90-6, cloture was invoked on the Shelby substitute amendment 3695 to H.R. 6157, the legislative vehicle for Defense-Labor-HHS-Education appropriations minibus.

Senators voting against: 5 Republicans: Flake, Grassley, Lee, Paul, and Toomey; 1 Independent: Sanders.

Senators not voting: 1 Republican: McCain; 3 Democrats: Hirono, Murray and Schatz.

10:33 a.m. The Senate is voting on cloture for the Shelby substitute (Amendment #3695) for the 2019 appropriations bill (H.R. 6157) for the Departments of Defense, Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education.

10:29 a.m. Senator Markey spoke about appropriations for research into Alzheimer’s Disease and other ailments.

10:17 a.m. Senator Blunt spoke about the appropriations bill.

9:55 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about the Cohen and Manafort cases and Republican support for President Trump. He spoke about the Kavanaugh nomination. He spoke about the proposed arming of school teachers.

9:41 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the August agenda. He said the Senate will work through August until it confirms the 17 nominations for which he filed cloture on Wednesday. He spoke about the pending appropriations bill and the Kavanaugh nomination.

9:33 a.m. The Senate resumed consideration of the Johnson nomination.

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The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m. and resume consideration of the nomination of Lynn Johnson to be Assistant Secretary for Family Support, Department of HHS.

At 10:30 a.m., the Senate will proceed to a cloture vote on the Shelby substitute amendment 3695 to H.R. 6157, the legislative vehicle for Defense-Labor-HHS-Education appropriations minibus.

If cloture is invoked, there will be up to thirty hours of post-cloture debate on the amendment. Upon the use or yielding back of time, all pending amendments will be disposed of and the Senate will proceed to a vote on adoption of the substitute. Following disposition of the substitute, the Senate will immediately proceed to a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the underlying bill. The underlying bill would also be subject up to thirty hours of post-cloture debate.

Additional roll call votes are expected during Thursday’s session.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

7:02 p.m. The Senate adjourned at 7:01 p.m. to reconvene at 9:30 a.m.  The next vote is scheduled to occur at 10:30 a.m. on cloture to the H.R 6157,  the legislative vehicle for Defense-Labor-HHS-Education appropriations minibus.

The following bills were passed by voice vote in wrap up:

S. 2946 –  amending title 18 with respect to Act of War and blocked assets

S. 266 – Congressional Gold Medal Award to Anwar Sadat

S. 1322 – U.S. Fisheries Commission (as amended)

S. 899 – Federal employees benefits and leave for veterans

S. 1142 – Hydroelectric Projects (as amended)

H.R. 2147 – Veterans Affairs outreach specialist

S.Res 615 – honoring life of Aretha Franklin

6:14 p.m. Senator Casey spoke on the Kavanaugh SCOTUS nomination.

5:50 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke about climate change.

5:18 p.m. Senator McConnell filed cloture on folowing 17 nominations:

  • Cal # 994 Lynn Johnson, CO, Asst Secy, HHS
  • Cal #910 Richard Clarita, CT, Vice Chair, Federal Reserve Board
  • Cal #911 Richard Clarita, CT, Member, Board of Governors, Federal Reserve Board
  • Cal #783 Joseph Hunt, MD, Asst Atty General
  • Cal #720 Isabel Marie Keenan Patelunas, PA, Asst Secy, Intel and Analysis, Treasury
  • Cal #633 Terry Morer, AL, US District Judge, Souther District of AL
  • Cal #635 R. Stan Baker, GA, US District Judge, Southern District of GA
  • Cal #636 Charles Barnes Goodwin, OK, US District Judge, Western District of OK
  • Cal #674 Barry Ashe, LA, US District Judge, Eastern District of LA
  • Cal #676 James Sweeney, IN, US District Judge, Southern District of IN
  • Cal #692 Susan P. Baxter, PA, US District Judge. Western District of PA
  • Cal #693 Marilyn Horan, PA, US District Judge, Western District of PA
  • Cal #914 Allen Winsor, FL, US District Judge, Middle District of FL
  • Cal #779 Dominic Lanza, AZ, US District Judge
  • Cal #782 Charles Williams, IA, US District Judge
  • Cal #838 Robert Summerhays, LA, US District Judge, Western District, LA
  • Cal #893 Alan Albright, TX, US District Judge, Western District, TX

5:11 p.m. Senator Gardner spoke on DoD approps.

4:46 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke on the murder of Mollie Tibbett.

4:34 p.m. The Senate has returned from the recess; Senator Brown spoke about the necessity of the free press.

3:30 p.m. The Senate stands in recess until 4:30 p.m. to allow for an all Senators briefing.

3:12 p.m. Senators Portman and Leahy spoke on the Kavanaugh nomination.

2:56 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke on health care.

2:38 p.m. Senator Tillis spoke again on Pastor Brunson being held in Turkey.

2:24 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke on the appropriations process and later on health care; engaging in a colloquy with Senator Alexander on the cost of prescription drugs.

2:09 p.m. Senator Alexander spoke on the appropriations process.

2:05 p.m. Senator Daines spoke in support of the Defense appropriations bill.

1:56 p.m Senator Leahy spoke about Michael Cohen and Paul Manafort.

1:18 p.m Senator Heinrich spoke on the Kavanaugh nomination.

12:58 p.m. Senators Reed and Nelson spoke about the Military Lending Act.

12:45 p.m. Senator Cruz spoke on the first anniversary of hurricane Harvey.

12:34 p.m. Senator Wicker spoke in support of the Kavanaugh nomination.

12:28 p.m. Senator Donnelly spoke about children being exposed to lead.

12:05 p.m. Senator Burr spoke about the land and water conservation fund. Asked UC to call up a land and water conservation bill.  Senator Murkowski objected.

11:59 a.m. Senator Boozman paid tribute to purple heart recipients.

11:44 a.m. Senator Murphy attempted to to call up his amendment #3793 regarding Yemen.  Senator Shelby objected. Senator Murphy continued to discuss the situation in Yemen.

11:27 a.m. Senator Leahy spoke briefly on the appropriations process before discussing the Kavanaugh nomination.

11:18 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke briefly on the appropriations process before discussing an activation ceremony for a new Army Futures Command location in Austin.

11:01 a.m. The Senate resumed consideration of the appropriations bill. Senator Collins spoke about this year’s appropriations process.

10:50 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about the Kavanaugh nomination. He spoke about the guilty plea of Michael Cohen and the conviction of Paul Manafort.

10:03 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the economy. He spoke about the pending appropriations bill.

***

The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m. and resume consideration of H.R. 6157, the legislative vehicle for Defense-Labor-HHS-Education appropriations minibus.

The Senate will recess from 3:30pm until 4:30pm to allow for a members-only briefing on election security.

Majority Leader McConnell filed cloture on the Shelby substitute and H.R. 6157 during Tuesday’s session.  By rule, the cloture vote with respect to the substitute will occur one hour after the Senate convenes on Thursday.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

5:40 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke in favor of the Kavanaugh nomination.

5:20 p.m. Senator Warner spoke on President Trump’s actions of revoking security clearance as punishment for speaking against him.

4:58 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about appropriatons.

4:41 p.m. Senator Collins spoke abut the appropriations bill.

4:03 p.m. Senator Inhofe spoke about air quality regulations. He spoke about the Kavanaugh nomination.

3:33 p.m. Senator Moran spoke in memoriam of Edward Rolfs.

3:10 p.m. Senator Portman spoke on the economy and opioids.

3:00 p.m. Senator Thune spoke on the Kavanaugh nomination.

2:15 p.m. The Senate returned from the recess. Senators Crapo, Young, and Durbin spoke on the Kavanaugh nomination.

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

1:14 p.m. The Kennedy amendment was agreed to 95-0.

Senators not voting: 2 Republicans: McCain and Toomey; 3 Democrats: Murray, Schatz, and Udall.

12:53 p.m. Roll call vote began on the Kennedy amendment #3703.

12:52 p.m. Senator Kennedy spoke in favor of his amendment.

12:51 p.m. The Nelson/Capito amendment was agreed to 95-0.

Senators not voting: 2 Republicans: McCain and Toomey; 3 Democrats: Murray, Schatz, and Udall.

12:10 p.m. Roll call vote on the Nelson/Capito amendment (#3773) began.

11:49 a.m. Senators Blunt and Leahy spoke about the appropriations bill.

11:11 a.m. Senator Enzi spoke on the appropriations bill and Pell Grants.

10:57 a.m. Senator Alexander spoke about the Kavanaugh nomination.

10:36 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about the Kavanaugh nomination.

10:14 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke about the appropriations bill.

10:03 a.m.  Majority Leader McConnell spoke about federal regulations, the appropriations bill, and tax policy.

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The Senate will convene at 10 a.m. Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R.6157, the minibus appropriations bill.

At 12:10 p.m., the Senate will vote on these amendments to the appropriations bill:

  1. Nelson #3773
  2. Kennedy #3703

Following disposition of the Kennedy amendment #3703, the Senate will recess until 2:15 p.m. to allow for the weekly caucus meetings.

Monday, August 20, 2018

6:32 p.m. The Fischer-Baldwin amendment was agreed to 85-0.

Senators not voting: 10 Republicans: Cruz, Heller, Hoeven, Hyde Smith, Inhofe, Lee, McCain, Moran, Risch, and Toomey; 5 Democrats: Bennet, Heitkamp, Merkley, Murray and Schatz.

6:06 p.m. Roll call vote began on the Fischer/Baldwin amendment #3706.

6:05 p.m. The Senate agreed to the Menendez amendment 85-0.

Senators not voting: 10 Republicans: Cruz, Heller, Hoeven, Hyde Smith, Inhofe, Lee, McCain, Moran, Risch, and Toomey; 5 Democrats: Bennet, Heitkamp, Merkley, Murray and Schatz.

5:30 p.m. The Senate began voting on Amendment 3705.

5:25 p.m. Senator Fischer spoke in support of Amendment 3706 (Fischer/Baldwin), regarding the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA).

5:22 p.m. Senator Menendez spoke in support of Amendment 3705 (Menendez/Murkowski), regarding the establishment of a national firefighter cancer registry.

4:13 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on the nomination process and appropriations. He also spoke on the Kavanaugh nomination.

3:59 p.m. Senator Nelson spoke about early voting in Florida, specifically on college campuses.

3:43 p.m. Senators Leahy and Shelby spoke on the pending appropriations bill.

3:28 p.m. Democratic Leader Schumer spoke on the Kavanaugh nomination and former CIA director Brennans security clearance.

3:04 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke on the pending appropriations bills and the economy.

3:00 p.m. The Senate convened.

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The Senate will convene at 3:00 p.m. and resume consideration of H.R. 6157, the legislative vehicle for Defense-Labor-HHS-Education appropriations minibus.

At 5:30 p.m., the Senate will proceed to roll call votes on the following amendments:

  • Menendez-Murkowski amendment to provide funding for the Firefighter Cancer Registry Act of 2018 #3705.
  • Fischer-Baldwin amendment to appropriate an additional $10,000,000 for Operation and Maintenance, Defense-Wide for POW/MIA identification within the Defense Personnel Accounting Agency, and to provide an offset #3706.

The following are other amendments currently pending to H.R. 6157:

  • Shelby amendment in the nature of a substitute #3695.
  • Shelby amendment of a perfecting nature #3699.

Thursday, August 16th, 2018

4:33 p.m. The Senate adjourned pursuant to S.Res. 609, until 3:00 p.m. on Monday, August 20th.

4:31 p.m. ML McConnell did wrap up and called up amendments the Menendez amend #3705 and Fischer #3506 and announced at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, August 20th, the Senate will proceed to 2 votes in relation to the following amendments in relation to H.R.6157, Defense/Labor HHS Minibus Appropriations:
1. Menendez #3705
2. Fischer #3706

  • Adopted S.Res. 608, designating August 16, 2018, as “National Airborne Day”.
  • Adopted S.Res. 609, relative to the death of Paul Laxalt, former Senator for the State of Nevada.

4:03 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke about the Alaskan of the Week.

3:37 p.m. Senator Brown spoke about the jobs and the economy.

3:14 p.m. Senator Stabenow spoke about Aretha Franklin.

2:58 p.m. Senator Shelby spoke supporting H.R. 6157, Defense/Labor HHS Minibus Appropriations.

2:35 p.m. ML McConnell called up Shelby amendments #3695 (substitute) and #3699 are now pending in relation to H.R.6157, Defense/Labor HHS Minibus Appropriations

2:34 p.m. ML McConnell asked u.c. that the Senate proceeded to consideration of H.R.6157, Defense/Labor HHS Minibus Appropriations.

2:33 p.m. The Senate confirmed Exec. Cal. #1009 Julius Richardson to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Fourth by a vote of 81-8.

1:45 p.m. The Senate is now voting on confirmation of the Richardson nomination.

1:28 p.m. Senator Perdue spoke about the Kavanaugh nomination and appropriations.

1:18 p.m. Senator Isakson spoke in favor of the Kavanaugh nomination.

1:04 p.m. The Senate invoked cloture on the Richardson nomination by a vote of 80 to 10. Senators not voting: Alexander, Durbin, Flake, Inhofe, Lee, McCain, Murray, Rubio, Tillis, Toomey. Senators voting NO: Blumenthal, Gillibrand, Hirono, Markey, Merkley, Sanders, Schatz, Van Hollen, Warren, Wyden.

12:35 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the Richardson nomination.

12:34 p.m. The Quattlebaum nomination was confirmed 62-28.

Senators in favor: 43 Republicans, 18 Democrats: Baldwin, Bennet, Carper, Coons, Donnelly, Hassan, Heitkamp, Jones, Kaine, Leahy, Manchin, McCaskill, Nelson, Reed, Shaheen, Tester, Warner, and Whitehouse; 1 Independent: King.

Senators voting against: 27 Democrats, 1 Independent: Sanders.

Senators not voting:8 Republicans: Alexander, Flake, Inhofe, Lee, McCain, Rubio, Tillis and Toomey; 2 Democrats: Durbin and Murray.

12:00 p.m. Roll call vote began on confirmation of the Quattlebaum nomination.

11:58 a.m. Senator Graham spoke in favor of the Quattlebaum nomination.

11:57 a.m. Senator Schatz achieved U.C. to pass S. Res 607, regarding the necessity of a free press.

11:35 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the economy.

11:34 a.m. The Senate resumed consideration of the Quattlebaum nomination, post-cloture.

11:09 a.m. Senator Wyden spoke about wildfires.

11:06 a.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke about climate change.

10:50 a.m. Senator Nelson spoke about the Water Resources legislation.

10:41 a.m. Senator Daines spoke about the Kavanaugh nomination.

10:29 a.m. Senator Hatch spoke about the Kavanaugh nomination.

10:04 a.m. Senator Schumer spoke about NDAA.

9:57 a.m.  Senator Heller spoke about Senator Paul Laxault.

9:46 a.m. ML McConnell spoke about the Quattlebaum nomination and tax reform.

The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m. and will resume consideration of the Quattlebaum nomination with vote on confirmation to occur at 12:00 p.m. A vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Richardson nomination will occur immediately following that vote.

The Senate will proceed to H.R. 6157 [Defense-Labor-HHS-Education appropriations minibus] following the disposition of the Richardson nomination.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

6:34 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will reconvene at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, August 16. They will resume consideration of the Quattlebaum nomination with vote on confirmation to occur at 10:30 a.m. A vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Richardson nomination will occur immediately following that vote.

During wrap up the Senate passed the House amended S. 717-pro bono legal services for victims of domestic violence.

5:19 p.m. Senator Brown spoke about free press.

4:57 p.m. Senator Blunt spoke about defense appropriations.

4:55 p.m. Senator Blunt announced that following the disposition of the Richardson nomination the Senate will proceed to H.R. 6157 [Defense-Labor-HHS-Education appropriations minibus].

4:32 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about the Kavanaugh nomination.

4:12 p.m. ML McConnell spoke about the Senate’s agenda for August.

3:46 p.m. Senator Portman spoke about the opioid crisis.

3:07 p.m. Senator Nelson spoke about drilling off Tampa Bay and steel tariffs.

2:48 p.m. Senator Barasso spoke on the Endangered Species Act.

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

12:36 p.m. The Senate stands in recess until 2:15 p.m.

12:19 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on a young man kidnapped in Syria six years ago today; and the Kavanaugh nomination.

12:00 p.m. The Senate convened.

***

The Senate will convene at 12:00 p.m. and resume consideration of the nomination of Marvin Quattlebaum to be a US Circuit Judge for the Fourth Circuit.

Following resumption of the Quattlebaum nomination, the Senate will recess until 2:15 p.m.

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

Majority Leader McConnell has also filed cloture on the nomination of Julius Richardson to be a US Circuit Judge for the Fourth Circuit.  The cloture vote with respect to the Richardson nomination will occur immediately following disposition of the Quattlebaum nomination. Both are subject to up to thirty hours of post-cloture debate.

Following disposition of the above nominations, the Senate is expected to consider H.R. 6157 [Defense-Labor-HHS-Education appropriations minibus].

 

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

The Senate convened for a pro forma session at 1:00 p.m. Senator Cotton was in the chair.

No business was conducted.

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