Monday July 16, 2018

6:57 p.m. The Senate adjourned.

6:45 p.m. Senator Brown spoke against the Quarles nomination and later both the summit in Helsinki and attacks on the press.

6:31 p.m. Senator Sasse spoke about the summit in Helsinki.

6:29 p.m. ML McConnell wraps up business for the day. Items passed by voice vote: S. Res 386, regarding the Congo. UC that when the Senate adjourns it return Tuesday at 10:00 a.m.
UC that at 11:45, vote on confirmation of the nomination of the Blew nomination, followed by a cloture vote on the nomination of Randal Quarles to be a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve. UC that the Senate adjourn following remarks of Senators Sasse and Brown.

6:12 p.m. The Senate proceeded to consideration of the nomination of James Blew to be Assistant Secretary for Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development at the Department of Education.

6:11 p.m. The nomination of Scott Stump to be Assistant Secretary for Career, Technical and Adult education at the Department of Education was confirmed 85-0.

Senators not voting:
9 Republicans: Boozman, Graham, Heller, Inhofe, Isakson, Kennedy, McCain, Moran and Shelby.
6 Democrats: Gillibrand, Jones, Leahy, Peters, Shaheen and Stabenow.

5:31 p.m. The Senate is now voting on the Stump nomination.

5:22 p.m. Senator Murray spoke in support of the Stump nomination.

4:44 p.m. Senator Murphy spoke about President Trump’s remarks in Helsinki.

3:52 p.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke against President Trump’s remarks in Helsinki.

3:39 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the Kanvanaugh nomination. He spoke about the economy.

3:31 p.m. Senator Nelson spoke against President Trump’s defense of Russia.

3:05 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the Kavanaugh nomination to the Supreme Court.

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The Senate will convene at 3:00 p.m. and proceed to the consideration of the nomination of Scott Stump to be Assistant Secretary for Career, Technical, and Adult Education at the Department of Education.

At 5:30pm, the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on confirmation of the Stump nomination.

Majority Leader McConnell filed cloture on the following nominations:

  • Randal Quarles to be a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve
  • Andrew S. Oldham to be a United States Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit
  • Ryan Wesley Bounds to be a United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit

Those cloture motions will be processed one at a time, after disposition of the previous nomination. Each is subject to up to thirty hours of post-cloture debate.  By rule, the first cloture vote will occur one hour after the Senate convenes on Tuesday, July 17.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

5:12 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 3 p.m. Monday, July 16, when it will consider the nomination of Scott Stump of Colorado to be assistant secretary of education for career, technical and adult education.

At 5:30 p.m. Monday, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Stump nomination.

5:05 p.m. In wrap-up, Senator Rubio secured voice votes to confirm these nominations:

— Kelly Higashi to be an associate judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia;

— Emory Rounds III to be director of the Office of Government Ethics;

— Georgette Mosbacher to be ambassador to Poland.

By consent, the Senate agreed to:

— S. Res. 58, designating July 30 as National Whistle-Blower Appreciation Day;

— S. Res. 574, designating July 13 as National Car Collector Appreciation Day;

— S. Res. 575, honoring the memory of the five victims of the Capital Gazette attack on June 28.

4:40 p.m. Senator Rubio spoke about the Trump/Putin meeting.

4:15 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke about NATO.

3:50 p.m. Senator Portman spoke about Brett Kavanaugh.

2:07 p.m. Senator Flake spoke about NATO.

2:02 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell filed cloture on:

  • Exec. Cal. #595, Randal Quarles to be Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
  • Exec. Cal. #892, Andrew S. Oldham to be US Circuit Judge for Fifth Circuit
  • Exec. Cal. #903, Ryan Wesley Bounds to be US Circuit Judge for Ninth Circuit

2:01 p.m. The Senate confirmed Paul C. Ney to be General Counsel of the Department of Defense, 70-23. Not voting: Hyde-Smith, McCain, Moran, Paul, Schumer, Shaheen, and Tillis.

1:30 p.m. The Senate is now voting on confirmation of the Ney nomination.

12:45 p.m. Senator Gardner spoke about wildfires.

12:30 p.m. Senator Markey spoke about the Supreme Court vacancy.

12:09 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about the Justice Department and the FBI.

11:45 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the Kavanaugh nomination.

11:33 a.m. Senator Van Hollen spoke about the shooting at the Capital Gazette newspaper.

11:07 a.m. Senator Cardin spoke about the shooting at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis.

10:03 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court. He spoke about the economy.

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The Senate will convene at 10 a.m. and will resume post-cloture consideration of the nomination of Paul Ney to be general counsel for the Defense Department.

At 1:30 p.m., the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Ney nomination.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

6:38 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 10 a.m. Thursday, when it will resume consideration of the Ney nomination. Post-cloture time on Ney will be have expired or been yielded back at 1:30 p.m.

6:20 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke about the Kavanaugh nomination.

6:03 p.m. Senator Rubio spoke about the algae bloom in Florida.

5:58 p.m.  Senator Lee, who voted YEA during the roll call on the Cassidy instructions to conferees, received consent to change his vote to NAY. Thus, the final tally is 94 to 5 for passage.

5:50 p.m. Senator Cortez Masto spoke about the separation of immigrant children from their parents.

5:20 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke of the need for oversight at the Pentagon.

5:11 p.m. Senator Hirono spoke about the Supreme Court vacancy.

4:41 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke on climate change.

4:28 p.m. Senator Nelson spoke about a reservoir project south of Lake Okeechobee in southern Florida; and later paid tribute to Nathaniel Reed who worked on everglades restoration.

3:08 p.m. Senators Blumenthal, Blunt, Lankford and Gillibrand spoke about the Supreme Court vacancy.

2:54 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Ney nomination 74-25.

Senators voting in favor: 47 Republicans, 28 Democrats, 1 Independent: King.

Senators voting against: 21 Democrats: Baldwin, Blumenthal, Booker, Brown, Casey, Cortez Masto, Duckworth, Feinstein, Gillibrand, Harris, Hirono, Leahy, Markey, Menendez, Merkley, Peters, Schatz, Schumer, Stabenow, Warren and Wyden; 3 Republicans: Lee, Paul and Sullivan; 1 Independent: Sanders.

Senators not voting: McCain.

2:27 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the nomination of Paul Ney to be General Counsel for the Defense Department.

2:25 p.m. The Benczkowski nomination was confirmed 51-48, with Senator Manchin joining all Republicans present in favor.  Senator McCain did not vote.

2:00 p.m. Roll call vote began on confirmation of the Benczkowski nomination.

1:49 p.m. Senator Coons spoke against the Benczkowski nomination.

1:32 p.m. Senator Sanders spoke against the Kavanaugh nomination.

1:08 p.m. Senators Capito and Barrasso spoke in favor of the Kavanaugh nomination.

1:07 p.m The following Senators were appointed conferees on HR 5895, the minibus conference:

Republicans Shelby, Alexander Boozman Daines Lankford; Democrats: Leahy, Feinstein, Schatz and Murphy.

1:05 p.m.  The Corker-Toomey motion to instruct conferees on the minibus regarding tariffs was agreed to 88-11.

Senators voting no: Barrasso, Capito, Crapo, Enzi, Graham, Heller, Hyde-Smith, Inhofe, Perdue, Risch & Scott.

Senators not voting: McCain.

12:44 p.m. Roll call vote began on the Corker motion to instruct.

12:42 p.m. Senators Corker and Brown spoke in relation to the motion.

12:41 p.m. The Cassidy motion to instruct was agreed to 95-4.

Senators voting against: Barrasso, Enzi, Flake and Lankford.

Senators not voting: McCain.

12:02 p.m. Roll call vote began on the Cassidy motion to instruct conferees with respect to HR 5895.

12:00 p.m. The compound motion to go to conference on HR 5895 was agreed to by voice vote.

11:54 a.m. Senator Shelby spoke about appropriations.

11:48 a.m. Senator Alexander spoke about appropriations and Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act.

11:46 a.m. Senator Cassidy spoke about the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

11:43 a.m. Senator Flake spoke about trade tariffs and Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act.

11:37 a.m. Senator Corker spoke about trade tariffs and Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act.

11:30 a.m. Senator Toomey spoke about trade tariffs and Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act.

11:25 a.m. Senator Perdue spoke about trade tariffs and Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act.

11:14 a.m. Senator Leahy spoke about the Benczkowski nomination.

11:00 a.m. Senator Tillis spoke about Pastor Andrew Brunson and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE).

10:22 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about the Kavanaugh nomination.

10:12 a.m.  Senator Durbin spoke about the separation of immigrant children from their families.

10:06 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court. He spoke about other nominations. He spoke about the economy.

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The Senate will convene at 10 a.m. and will resume post-cloture consideration of the nomination of Brian Allen Benczkowski to be an assistant attorney general.

  • At  noon, the chair will lay before the Senate the message to accompany H.R. 5895 (“Minibus I” – Energy and Water/Legislative Branch/Military Construction/VA) Appropriations).
  • The Majority Leader or his designee will be recognized to insist on the Senate amendment, agree to the request for a conference, and authorize the chair to appoint conferees (to make the compound motion to go to conference). The Senate will then vote on that compound motion to go to conference.
  • If the compound motion is agreed to, Senator Cassidy (relative to the National Flood Insurance Program) and Senator Corker (relative to tariffs) will each be recognized to offer a motion to instruct conferees. The Senate will then vote on the two motions to instruct, in the order listed.  There will be two minutes of debate between votes.
  • At 2 p.m., the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on confirmation of the Benczkowski nomination.
  • Following disposition of the Benczkowski nomination, the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Paul C. Ney, Jr. to be general counsel of the Department of Defense.

Tuesday, July 10

7:15 p.m. Leader McConnell  adjourned the Senate at 7:15 until Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.

  • When the Senate convenes at 10:00am and resume consideration of the nomination of Brian Allen Benczkowski to be an Assistant Attorney General, post-cloture.
  • At  12:00pm, the Senate will proceed to Legislative Session. The Chair will lay before the Senate the message to accompany H.R. 5895 (appropriations minibus I – Energy and Water/Legislative Branch/Military Construction/VA Appropriations).
    • The Majority Leader, or his designee, will be recognized to insist on the Senate amendment, agree to the request for a conference, and authorize the Chair to appoint conferees [to make the compound motion to go to conference]. The Senate will then vote on that compound motion to go to conference.
      • If the compound motion is agreed to, Senator Cassidy (relative to the National Flood Insurance Program) and Senator Corker (relative to tariffs) will each be recognized to offer a motion to instruct conferees. The Senate will then vote on the two motions to instruct, in the order listed.  There will be two minutes of debate between each vote, equally divided in the usual form.
      • Following disposition of the Corker motion to instruct and the appointment of conferees, the Senate will resume Executive session.
  • At 2:00pm, the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on confirmation of the Benczkowski nomination.

 

  • Following disposition of the Benczkowski nomination, the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Paul C. Ney, Jr. to be General Counsel of the Department of Defense.

 

5:40 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke about the Russia investigation and the Kavanaugh nomination.

5:35 p.m. The motion was agreed to by a roll call vote of 91-8.  Senators Cornyn and Reed to offered motions to instruct conferees.  The Senate then proceeded to vote on the Cornyn motion to instruct [CFIUS] which was agreed to by a vote  97-2 followed by the Reed [NATO] motion to instruct which was also agreed to by a vote  97-2.

4:58 p.m. The Senate began voting on the compound motion to go to Conference on H. R. 5515 NDAA.

4:54 p.m. Senator Inhofe spoke about NDAA and the motion to go to Conference.

4:38 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about the Kavanaugh nomination.

4:24 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about NATO.

4:14 p.m. Senator Reed spoke about his motion to instruct conferees on NATO.

4:03 p.m. Senator Murphy spoke about Russia and the annexation of Crimea.

3:59 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke about NATO.

3:45 p.m. Senator Menendez spoke about NATO and Crimea.

3:28 p.m. Senator Sasse spoke about the Kavanaugh nomination.

3:19 p.m. Senator Peters spoke about Tom Stevenson, Senator for a Day through the Make A Wish Foundation.

3:07 p.m. Senator Thune spoke about the Kavanaugh nomination.

3:06 p.m. The Senate invoked cloture on the nomination of Brian Benczkowski to be Assistant Attorney General by a vote of 51-48.

2:45 p.m. The Senate began voting on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Brian Benczkowski to be Assistant Attorney General.

2:46 p.m. The Senate confirmed Mark Jeremy Bennett to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit by a vote of 72-27. Senator McCain did not vote.

27 Republican Senators voted against (Barrasso, Blunt, Boozman, Burr, Cotton, Crapo, Cruz, Daines, Enzi, Ernst, Fischer, Flake, Gardner, Heller, Hoeven, Inhofe, Isakson, Lankford, Moran, Paul, Portman, Risch, Rounds, Sasse, Scott, Sullivan, and Thune).

2:15 p.m. The Senate began voting on confirmation of Mark Bennett to be a judge on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

12:35 p.m. The Senate stands in recess to accommodate the weekly caucus lunches.

12:34 p.m. ML McConnell asked u.c. that the Senate proceed to legislative session and proceed to the Senate message to H.R. 5515, NDAA and moved to insist on the Senate amendment, agree to the request for a conference, and authorize the Chair to appoint conferees (the compound motion to go to conference).  ML McConnell announced that at 5:00 p.m. the Senate will proceed to up to 3 votes on the following in relation to H.R.5515, NDAA: 1) Compound motion to go to conference on H.R.5515 2) Cornyn motion to instruct conferees 3) Reed motion to instruct conferees.

12:26 p.m. Senator Murray spoke against the Kavanaugh nomination.

12:17 p.m. Senator Jones spoke about the bombing of the 16th street baptist church.

11:32 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke about the Kavanaugh nomination and the Benczkowski nomination.

11:19 a.m. Senator Murphy spoke about the Kavanaugh nomination.

11:01 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the Kavanaugh nomination.

10:40 a.m. Senator Hatch spoke about the Kavanaugh nomination.

10:25 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about the Kavanaugh nomination.

10:03 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court.

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The Senate will convene at 10 a.m. and will resume post-cloture consideration of the nomination of Mark Jeremy Bennett of Hawaii to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

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

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

  1. Confirmation of the Bennett nomination. 
  2. Cloture on the nomination of Brian Allen Benczkowski of Virginia to be an assistant attorney general.

Cloture has been filed on the nomination of Paul C. Ney, Jr. of Tennessee to be general counsel of the Defense Department.

At a time to be determined, the Senate will begin consideration of the nomination of James Blew of California to be an assistant secretary of education for planning, evaluation and policy development.

Monday, July 9, 2018

6:49 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, July 10th. Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the Bennett nomination post-cloture. The Senate will recess from 12:30 to 2:15 pm for the weekly policy lunches.

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

  1. Confirmation of Mark Jeremy Bennett to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the 9th Circuit. 
  2. Cloture on the nomination of Brian Allen Benczkowski to be an Assistant Attorney General.

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6:29 p.m. Senator Brown spoke against large banks.

6:27 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Bennett nomination 72-25.

Senators voting against: 23 Republicans: Barrasso, Blunt, Boozman, Burr, Cotton, Crapo, Cruz, Daines, Enzi, Ernst, Flake, Gardner, Heller, Hoeven, Inhofe, Lankford, Moran, Paul, Risch, Rounds, Sasse, Scott, Thune; 2 Democrats: Booker and Hirono.

Senators not voting: Fischer, McCain and Sullivan.

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

5:21 p.m. Senator Hirono spoke against the Bennett nomination.

4:47 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about the Supreme Court vacancy.

3:50 p.m. Senator Nelson spoke about algae blooms in Florida.

3:40 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the Supreme Court vacancy.

3:25 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the Supreme Court vacancy.

3:05 p.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about the Supreme Court vacancy.

3:03 p.m.  The Senate resumed consideration of the cloture motion for the nomination of Mark Bennett to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

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The Senate will convene at 3:00 p.m. and proceed to the nomination of Mark Bennett to be a US Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit.

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

ML McConnell filed cloture on the Bennett, Benczkowski, and Ney nominations. Those cloture motions will be processed one at a time, after disposition of the previous nomination. Each is subject to up to thirty hours of post-cloture debate.

At a date and time to be determined, the Senate will proceed to up to 5 hours of debate, equally divided, followed by a vote on confirmation of Exec. Cal. # 601 James Blew to be Assistant Secretary for Planning, Evaluation, & Policy Development, Department of Education (u.c. agreement from June 25, 2018).

Thursday, July 5, 2018

The Senate convened at 1:00 p.m. for a pro forma session. Senator Rubio presided and no business was conducted.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

The Senate convened for a pro forma session at 9:00 a.m.  Senator Portman presided and no business was conducted.

Friday, June 29, 2018

The Senate convened at 8:30 a.m. for a pro forma session only, Senator McConnell presiding. No business was transacted.

 

Thursday, June 28, 2018

The Senate will convene for pro forma sessions on the following days, with no business being conducted:

  •  Friday, June 29th at 8:30 am
  • Tuesday, July 3rd at 9:00 am
  • Thursday, July 5th at 1:00 pm

On Monday, July 9, 2018 the Senate will convene at 3:00 pm and proceed to the nomination of Mark Jeremy Bennett to be a United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit.

• At 5:30pm, the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Bennett nomination.

• ML McConnell filed cloture on the Bennett, Benczkowski, and Ney nominations during today’s session. Those cloture motions will be processed one at a time, after disposition of the previous nomination. Each is subject to up to thirty hours of post-cloture debate.

7:38 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 8:30 a.m. on Friday, June 29th.

7:36 p.m. The Senate passed calendar #424, S.2559, Marrakesh Treaty Implementation.

7:35 p.m. The Senate passed H.R. 5956, Northern Mariana Islands U.S. Workforce Act.

7:34 p.m. The Senate passed the following (hydro) bills en bloc:

  • S. 724, Hydropower Authorizations (amended on the floor)
  • H.R. 219, Swan Lake Hydroelectric Project Boundary Correction Act
  • H.R. 220, Authorizing Expansion of a Hydroelectric Project
  • S. 215, A bill to authorize the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to issue an order continuing a stay of a hydroelectric license for the Mahoney Lake hydroelectric project in the State of Alaska, and for other purposes.
  • S. 490, A bill to reinstate and extend the deadline for commencement of construction of a hydroelectric project involving the Gibson Dam.
  • H.R. 2292, To extend a project of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission involving the Cannonsville Dam.
  • H.R. 951, To extend the deadline for commencement of construction of a hydroelectric project.
  • H.R. 446, To extend the deadline for commencement of construction of a hydroelectric project.
  • H.R. 447, To extend the deadline for commencement of construction of a hydroelectric project.
  • H.R. 2122, To reinstate and extend the deadline for commencement of construction of a hydroelectric project involving Jennings Randolph Dam.

7:34 p.m. The Senate adopted S.Res. S.Res. 568, Designating June 2018 as “Great Outdoors Month”.

7:33 p.m. The Senate adopted S. Res. 567, celebrating the 40th anniversary of the American Homebrewers Association.

7:32 p.m. The Senate passed Exec. Cal. #453-465 (postal naming bills) en bloc.

7:31 p.m. The Senate passed H.R. 1029, Pesticide Registration w/ Udall amendment by voice vote.

7:30 p.m. The Senate confirmed the following Military Promotions: Exec. Cal. 951-973 and 975-993 and all nominations placed on the Secretary’s desk in the Air Force, Army, Marine Corps and Navy.

7:29 p.m. The Senate ratified Executive Treaty #6, Marrakesh Treaty to facilitate access to published works for persons who are blind, visually impaired, or otherwise print disabled.

7:28 p.m. The Senate confirmed Exec. Cal. #902, by voice vote

  • Tara Sweeney, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Interior

7:25 p.m. The Senate confirmed the following Department of State nominations en bloc and all nominations on the Secretary’s desk in the foreign service:

  • #923 Robin Bernstein to be Ambassador to the Dominican Republic
  • #925 Joseph Mondello to be Ambassador to Trinadad and Tobago
  • #927 Gordon Sondland to be Ambassador to the European Union
  • #928 Harry Harris to be Ambassador to the Republic of Korea
  • #929 Ronald Gidwitz to be Ambassador to Belgium
  • #930 Brian Nichols to be Ambassador to the Republic of Zimbabwe
  • #932 Tibor Nagy to be an Assistant Secretary of State (African Affairs)

7:24 p.m. ML McConnell filed cloture on Exec. Cal. #686 Paul C. Ney, Jr., of Tennessee, to be General Counsel of the Department of Defense

7:24 p.m. ML McConnell filed cloture on Exec. Cal. #639 Brian Benczkowski to be an Assistant Attorney General of the Justice Department.

7:23 p.m. ML McConnell filed cloture on Exec. Cal. #836 Mark Bennett, of Hawaii, to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit

7:23 p.m. ML McConnell began wrap up.

6:11 p.m. Senator Schatz spoke about the Kilauea volcano.

6:06 p.m. Senator Daines spoke about the priorities of ranchers in H.R. 2.

5:56 p.m. Senator Stabenow spoke thanking Senator Roberts and staff for efforts on H.R. 2.

5:54 p.m. Senator Roberts spoke thanking staff and Senator Stabenow for their work on H.R. 2.

5:53 p.m. The Senate passed H.R. 2, the Farm bill, as amended 86-11.

  • 11 Republicans voted no: Senators Burr, Corker, Cotton, Flake, Heller, Inhofe, Johnson, Lankford, Lee, Paul, and Toomey.
  • 3 Senators did not vote: Senator Alexander, Leahy, and McCain

5:27 p.m. The Senate is voting on passage of H.R. 2, the Farm bill, as amended.

5:26 p.m. The Lee amendment was not agreed to by a vote of 38 to 57. The Thune amendment #3134 was agreed to by voice vote and the Roberts substitute amendment #3224 was agreed to by a voice vote.

4:56 p.m. The Senate is voting on the Lee amendment #3074 (60 vote threshold). Following the vote on the Lee amendment, there will be three additional votes:

  1. Adoption of Thune Amendment #3134 (voice vote expected)
  2. Roberts substitute amendment #3224, as amended if amended (voice vote expected)
  3. Passage of H.R.2, the Farm Bill, as amended if amended (60 vote affirmative threshold)

4:53 p.m. Senator Roberts asked u.c. that the following amendments be called up and agreed to en bloc:

  • Isakson amendment #3348 to modify the provision relating to economic adjustment assistance for upland cotton users, to provide payments for losses relating to peach and blueberry crops, and the strike the provision relating to the use of the Commodity Credit Corporation
  • Wyden-Murkowski amendment #3346 to provide that research and extension grants may be made for the purposes of researching hop plant health
  • Enzi amendment #3181 to improve the Rural Energy for America Program
  • King-Collins amendment #3221 to provide for a report on funding for the National Institute of Food and Agriculture and other extension programs
  • Gillibrand-Toomey amendment #3390 to prohibit the slaughter of dogs and cats for human consumption
  • Heinrich amendment #3287 to modify the study of marketplace fraud of traditional foods
  • Rubio amendment #3364 to prohibit the use of funds to carry out programs in Cuba in contravention of the National Security Presidential Memorandum prohibiting transactions with entities owned, controlled, or operated by or on behalf of military intelligence or security services of Cuba
  • Sullivan amendment #3303 to ensure that the Secretary of Agriculture enforces certain Buy American requirements with respect to fish harvested within United States waters
  • Hirono amendment #3321 to provide additional assistance under the non-insured crop assistance program for certain producers
  • Cortez Masto-Portman amendment #3388 to establish the Council on Rural Community Innovation and Economic Development
  • Durbin amendment #3389 to reauthorize the rural emergency medical services training and equipment assistance program under section 330J of the Public Health Service Act
  • Brown amendment #3323 to add a provision relating to extension and agricultural research at 1890 land-grant colleges
  • Cantwell amendment #3365 to avert the waiving of liability for a utility whose line clearing work ignites a wildfire
  • Moran amendment #3171 to include a provision on requirements for the calculation of a separate actual crop revenue and agriculture risk coverage guarantee for irrigated and non-irrigated covered commodities
  • Thune amendment #3371C to provide that producers may change their election to participate in agriculture risk coverage or price loss coverage in the 2021 crop year

4:47 p.m. Senator Lee spoke about amend his #3074 (commodity promotion programs).

3:29 p.m. Senator Heitkamp spoke about the food stamp program.

3:08 p.m. Senator Murkowski and Senator Sullivan spoke in favor of Tara MacLean Sweeney as the nominee to be assistant secretary of the Interior for Indian affairs.

3:03 p.m. Senators Roberts and Stabenow announced they hope to have a unanimous consent agreement to finalize the farm bill shortly.

3:02 p.m. The motion to table the Kennedy amendment was agreed to 68-30.

YEAS: 46 Democrats, 2 independents, 20 Republicans.

NAYS (all Republican): Barrasso, Burr, Cassidy, Cornyn, Cotton,  Cruz, Daines, Enzi, Ernst, Fischer, Flake, Gardner, Heller, Hyde-Smith, Inhofe, Johnson, Kennedy, Lankford, Lee, McConnell, Paul, Risch, Rubio, Sasse, Scott, Thune, Tillis, Toomey, Wicker, Young.

NOT VOTING: Duckworth, McCain.

2:21 p.m. The Senate began voting on the Motion to table Kennedy/Cruz/Lee amendment #3383 in relation to H.R.2, the Farm Bill

2:12 p.m. Senator Stabenow spoke against the Kennedy/Cruz/Lee amendment.

2:08 p.m. Senator Kennedy spoke about his amendment regarding work requirements with Senators Cruz and Lee.

2:00 p.m. Senator Klobuchar spoke about the farm bill.

1:48 p.m. Senator Graham spoke about Syria.

1:21 p.m. Senator Nelson asked u.c. to consider S. 2066, Disaster Displacement Act of 2017; Senator Johnson objected.

1:18 p.m. Senator Nelson asked u.c. to consider S. 2880, Disaster Housing Assistance Act; Senator Johnson objected.

12:51 p.m. Senator Ernst spoke supporting the farm bill.

12:41 p.m. Senator Rounds spoke supporting the farm bill.

12:28 p.m. Senator Hirono spoke about the KIWI Act and the Kennedy seat.

12:24 p.m. S. 2245, the KIWI Act, was passed without objection and Senator Lee spoke about the KIWI Act.

12:00 p.m. Senator Cantwell spoke about the farm bill.

11:41 a.m. Senator Heinrich spoke about immigration.

11:30 p.m. Senator Hatch spoke about the Kennedy seat.

11:19 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the Kennedy seat.

10:37 p.m. Senator Perdue spoke about the farm bill.

10:27 a.m. Senator Stabenow spoke about the farm bill.

10:20 a.m. Senator Roberts spoke about the farm bill.

9:57 a.m. Minority Leader spoke about the Kennedy seat.

9:34 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about Justice Kennedy and the nomination of his successor. He spoke about the farm bill. He spoke about the tax program.

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The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m. and resume consideration of H.R. 2, the 2018 Farm Bill.

On Wednesday evening, ML McConnell filed cloture on both the substitute amendment and the underlying bill.

Roll call votes in relation to the farm bill are expected during Thursday’s session.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

7:09 p.m. ML McConnell wraps up. UC that the Senate adjourn until 9:30 a.m. Thursday.

6:43 p.m. Senator Blumenthal spoke on immigration and the Kennedy retirement.

6:27 p.m. Senator Moran spoke on the farm bill.

5:56 p.m. Senator Udall spoke on immigration.

5:36 p.m. Senators Bennet and Boozman spoke on the farm bill.

5:23 p.m. Senator Smith spoke on Justice Kennedy’s retirement, and women’s health.

5:10 p.m. Senator McConnell filed cloture on the Roberts substitute amendment to the Farm Bill, H.R. 2. He also filed cloture on the bill, H.R. 2.

4:52 p.m. Senator Portman spoke about the tax reform bill.

4:43 p.m. Senator Roberts spoke in support of the Thune CRP amendment.

4:38 p.m. Senator Thune spoke about his amendment regarding land management/CRP.

4:28 p.m. Senator Hassan spoke about women’s health.

4:20 p.m. Senator Hirono spoke about women’s health.

4:10 p.m. Senator Murray spoke about Justice Kennedy’s retirement and women’s health.

4:01 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke about Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt.

3:50 p.m. Senator Roberts called up the following amendments to the Roberts substitute #3224, the Lee amendment #3074 and Durbin amendment#3103. Senator Rubio objected. Senator Stabenow spoke recognizing Senator Rubio’s concerns.

3:22 p.m. Senator Donnelly spoke about the farm bill.

3:19 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke about the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy.

2:33 p.m. ML McConnell spoke about the retirement announcement of Justice Anthony Kennedy and stated the Senate will vote on his replacement this fall.

2:00 p.m. Senator Blunt spoke about the farm bill.

1:37 p.m. Senator Tillis makes his weekly plea on behalf of Pastor Brunson.

1:01 p.m. Senators Heitkamp, Gardner and Tester spoke about the farm bill.

12:53 p.m. Senator Kennedy spoke about food stamps and the farm bill.

12:28 p.m. Senator Booker spoke about the farm bill.

12:17 p.m. Senator Enzi spoke about appropriations.

12:09 p.m. Senators Toomey, Corker, and Brown continued speaking on the issue of tariffs.

11:55 a.m. Senator Coker spoke about the tariff amendment. Senator Corker asked unanimous consent to bring up the amendment. Senator Brown objected.

11:48 a.m. Senator Toomey spoke about his tariff amendment.

11:35 a.m. Senator Capito spoke about the tax reform bill.

11:07 a.m. Senator Lankford spoke about Senate procedure. He spoke about immigration.

10:50 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about the immigration decision. He said Democrats today will propose action on immigration. He spoke about policy on trade with China. He spoke about the Supreme Court decisions yesterday on abortion and immigration and its decision today on labor.

10:40 a.m. Senator Cronyn spoke about immigration.

10:30 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke about a federal court decision Tuesday on the administration’s immigration policy.

10:18 a.m. Senator Roberts listed 18 amendments — with sponsors of both parties -that are incorporated in the substitute.

10:17 a.m. Senator Stabenow spoke in favor of the farm bill.

10:14 a.m. Senator Roberts brought up the substitute amendment #3224. Senator McConnell brought up amendment #3134 (the Thune amendment on Conservation Reserve Programs).

10:13 a.m. By voice vote, the Senate agreed to proceed to the farm bill.

10:03 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about D-Day veterans, Independence Day and the farm bill. He expressed hope that the Senate will pass the farm bill this week. He spoke about the tax program.

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The Senate will convene at 10 a.m. and after leader remarks will adopt by voice vote the motion to proceed to the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (H.R. 2).

A substitute amendment to the underlying farm bill will be offered. After the substitute, the first amendment offered will be a Thune Amendment on Conservation Reserve Programs.

Roll call votes are expected today.

At a time to be determined, the Senate will take up the nomination of James Blew of California to be an assistant education secretary for education. There will be up to five hours of debate.

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