Thursday, March 15, 2018

3:30 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will reconvene on Monday, March 19 at 3:00 p.m. They will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to H.R. 1865, a measure to combat on-line sex trafficking. At 5:30 p.m. they will vote on the nomination of Kevin McAleenan to be Commissioner of the US Protection Department followed by a vote on the motion to invoke cloture on S. 1865.

During wrap-up the following bills were passed by voice vote:

  • H.R. 3210 An act to require the Director of the National Background Investigations Bureau to submit a report on the backlog of personnel security clearance investigations.
  • S. 1869 A bill to reauthorize and rename the position of Whistleblower Ombudsman to be the Whistleblower Protection Coordinator.

2:51 p.m. Senator Roberts spoke supporting the Dowd nomination.

2:44 p.m. Senator Hatch spoke supporting the banking bill.

2:14 p.m. Senator Blunt spoke about the sex trafficking bill.

1:55 p.m. Senator Warren spoke about Robert F. Kennedy.

1:47 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the Pompeo nomination for Secretary of State and supporting the Fix NICS legislation.

1:09 p.m. Senator Fischer spoke about Sergeant Lonnie “Calvin” Allen Jr.

12:54 p.m. Senator Brown spoke about Rep. Marcy Kaptur.

12:38 p.m. Senator Klobuchar spoke about Liberian refugees.

12:23 p.m. Senator Reed spoke about Liberian refugees.

11:56 a.m. Senator Alexander spoke on the cost of health insurance.

11:37 a.m. Senator Murkowski spoke on the history of the Iditarod race.

11:35 a.m. Senator Nelson spoke on a new claim that the first St Patricks day was actually celebrated in St Augustine Florida in 1601.

11:20 a.m. Senator Kaine spoke about gun issues.

11:03 a.m. Senator Perdue spoke about deregulation and tax cuts.

10:55 a.m. Senator Peters spoke about Michigan farmers.

10:41 a.m. Senator Portman spoke about the sex-trafficking bill.

10:19 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about the tax overhaul. He spoke about the Kudlow nomination. He spoke about China and Russia.

10:04 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell paid tribute to Senator McCain upon the 45th anniversary of his return from imprisonment in North Vietnam. He spoke about the nomination of Larry Kudlow to be chairman of the National Economic Council. He spoke about the McAleenan nomination, the passage of the financial deregulation bill and the pending bill to fight sex-trafficking on line. He spoke about an educational incentive in the tax overhaul.

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The Senate will convene at 10 a.m. and will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to H.R. 1865, a measure to combat on-line sex trafficking.

Cloture has been filed on the motion to proceed to the sex trafficking bill.

There will be no votes until Monday at 5:30 p.m., when a roll call is expected on the nomination of Kevin McAleenan to be Commissioner of the US Protection Department.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

7:11  p.m. The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00 a.m. Thursday, March 15, 2018. The next votes are expected on Monday at 5:30 p.m. on the nomination of Kevin McAleenan to be Commissioner of the US Protection Department.

Wrap Up:

ML McConnell filed cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R. 1865 – online sex trafficking prevention

Executive Session:

Confirmed by U.C.: privileged nomination of Jeffrey DeWit, AZ, to be CFO, NASA

Passed by U.C.: S. Res 436 – honoring the Girl Scouts of America

Passed by U.C.: Msg to accompany S. 188 – prohibited federal funds for officer and government employees portraits

Passed by U.C.: H.R. 2154,  Rename Red River Valley research center the Edward Schaefer Agricultural Research Center

7:05 p.m. By a vote of 75 to 19, the Senate invoked cloture on the nomination on the nomination of Kevin McAleenan to be Commissioner of the US Protection Department.

6:45 p.m. By a vote of 67 to 31, the Senate passed the bill to relax certain financial regulations under the Dodd-Frank Act. Independent King and these Democrats voted YEA: Bennet, Carper, Coons, Donnelly, Hassan, Heitkamp, Jones, Kaine, Manchin, McCaskill, Nelson, Peters, Shaheen, Stabenow, Tester, Warner. All Republicans present voted YEA. NOT VOTING: Repubklican McCain and Democrat Heinrich.

6:20 p.m.  By a vote of 67 to 31, the Senate waived the point of order on the bill.

4:48 p.m. The Senate stands in recess until 5:45 p.m. to accomodate an all Senators brifing on Yemen.

4:48 p.m. UC was acheived to have three roll call votes at 5:45 p.m.

1. Motion to waive budget act with respect to S. 2151.

2. Passage of S.2151

3. Cloture on nomination of Kevin McAleenan to be Commissioner of the US Protection Department.

4:48 p.m. By a tally of 67-31, cloture was invoked on the banking bill, S. 2151.

Senators voting in favor: 50 Republicans, 16 Democrats (Bennet, Carper, Coons, Donnelly, Hassan, Heitkamp, Jones, Kaine, Manchin, McCaskill, Nelson, Peters, Shaheen, Stabenow, Tester, and Warner); 1 Independent: King.

Senators voting against: 30 Democrats, 1 Independent: Sanders.

Senators not voting: Heinrich and McCain.

4:17 p.m Roll call vote began on cloture on the bill, S. 2151.

4:16 p.m. The Crapo substitute amendment to S. 2151 was agreed to 67-31.

Senators voting in favor: 50 Republicans, 16 Democrats (Bennet, Carper, Coons, Donnelly, Hassan, Heitkamp, Jones, Kaine, Manchin, McCaskill, Nelson, Peters, Shaheen, Stabenow, Tester, and Warner); 1 Independent: King.

Senators voting against: 30 Democrats, 1 Independent: Sanders.

Senators not voting: Heinrich and McCain.

3:51 p.m. Roll call vote began on the Crapo substitute amendment to S. 2155, the banking reform bill.

3:49 p.m. Senator Crapo spoke on the pending banking bill.

3:32 p.m. Senator Brown spoke on the pending banking bill.

2:59 p.m. Senators Durbin and Cornyn spoke on gun issues.

2:40 p.m Senator Toomey spoke on gun issues and the pending banking bill.

2:10 p.m. Senator Shelby spoke about the banking bill.

1:57 p.m. Senator Hoeven spoke about the banking bill.

1:47 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke about the banking bill.

1:27 p.m. Senator Hassan spoke about climate change.

1:14 p.m. Senator Warren spoke about the banking bill.

1:12 p.m. Senator Daines spoke about the the banking bill.

1:03 p.m. Senator Sanders raised a point of order that S. 2155 violates the Budget Act. Senator Crapo made a motion to waive the Budget Act.

12:35 p.m. Senator Sanders spoke about Congressional approval ratings, gun legislation and the banking bill. Senator Sanders asked unanimous consent to offer two amendments. Senator Crapo objected.

12:26 p.m. Senator Lankford spoke about government funding.

12:07 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke on discrimination by the Trump administration in health care policy.

11:58 a.m. Senator Shaheen spoke about women’s health in the Trump Administration.

11:53 a.m. Senator Murray spoke about refugee resettlement and women’s health.

11:30 a.m. Senator Leahy spoke about gun violence.

11:04 a.m. Senator Carper spoke on gun violence and the pending banking bill.

11:01 a.m. Senator Cantwell spoke on gun violence.

10:50 a.m. Senator Coons spoke on shooting victims in Delaware.

10:23 a.m. Senators Warren and Blumenthal spoke of shooting victims in their states.

10:22 a.m. Senator Klobuchar named youthful shooting victims in Minnesota.

10:19 a.m. Senator Van Hollen spoke about gun violence victims in Maryland.

10:17 a.m. Senator Sanders spoke about gun violence victims in Vermont.

10:15 a.m. Senator Cardin named shooting victims in Baltimore.

10:13 a.m. Senator Murray named shooting victims.

10:10 p.m. Senator Cortez-Masto spoke of the Las Vegas shooting victims.

10:05 a.m. Senator Murphy spoke in memory of the the Newtown, Connecticut shooting victims.

10:01 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke of the student demonstrations in memory of the victims of the Florida school shootings.

9:33 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the killing of a Kentucky police officer. He spoke about hearings on public works. He spoke about the pending bill to loosen the banking regulations under the Dodd-Frank Act. He spoke about the tax overhaul.

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The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m.  Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Calendar S.2155, the bill to  relax the Dodd-Frank financial  regulations.

At 3:45 p.m., the Senate will vote on amendment #2151 , the  manager’s substitute. There will then be an immediate cloture vote on the underlying bill, S.2155, as amended. If cloture is invoked on the bill, the time will count as if cloture had been invoked at 12 a.m. today. A vote on passage could occur Thursday morning.

Additional roll call votes in relation to S.2155 are possible during Wednesday’s session.

At 4:30 p.m. today, the Senate is expected to recess for the all-senators briefing.

Reminder: cloture has been filed on Executive Calendar #598, the nomination of Kevin K. McAleenan of Hawaii to be Commissioner of U.S. Protection, Department of Homeland Security. The cloture vote on the McAleenan nomination will occur upon disposition of S.2155.

 

 

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

8:00 p.m. The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30a.m. on Wednesday, March 14th.

7:40 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke about climate change.

7:20 p.m. Senator Klobuchar  spoke about climate change.

7:00 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke about climate change.

6:50 p.m. Senator Baldwin spoke about climate change.

6:40 p.m. Senator Reed spoke about climate change.

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

5:30 p.m. Senator Carper spoke about climate change.

5:27 p.m. Senator Coons spoke about climate change.

5:19 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about climate change.

5:12 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke about climate change.

5:03 p.m. Senator Nelson spoke about climate change.

4:49 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about the power to declare war.

4:03 p.m. Senators Sanders, Lee, and Murphy spoke about war powers.

3:48 p.m. Senator Flake spoke about DACA.

3:0 p.m. Senator Portman spoke on sex trafficking.

2:50 p.m. Senator Warren spoke against the banking reform bill.

2:28 p.m. Senator Heitkamp spoke in favor of the banking reform bill.

2:15 p.m.  The Senate returned from recess.  Senator Heller spoke in favor of the banking reform bill and on tax reform.

12:34 p.m. The Senate stands in recess until 2:15 p.m.

12:00 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on gun issues and tax reform.

11:49 a.m. Senator Feinstein spoke against relaxing Dodd-Frank regulations.

10:50 a.m. Senator Brown spoke against relaxing the Dodd-Frank financial regulations.

10:29 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about firearms. He spoke about Qualcomm and trade. He spoke about the House Republican investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. elections.

10:14 a.m. Senate Durbin spoke about immigrants illegally brought into the U.S. by their parents.

10:03 a.m.  Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the tax overhaul.

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The Senate will convene at 10 a.m. and will resume post-cloture debate on the Crapo substitute (#2151, as modified) to the bill to relax the Dodd-Frank financial regulations (S. 2155). If all post-cloture time were used, debate would conclude shortly after midnight. Senators will be notified if time is yielded back and votes are scheduled.

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

A Crapo amendment (#2152) is pending  to change the date of the bill.

Cloture has been filed on the underlying bill, S. 2155.

 

Monday, March 12, 2017

The Senate has adjourned until 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 13th and will resume post-cloture time on the substitute amendment #2151 to S.2155, Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act.

During wrap-up: The request for the Secretary of the Senate to request the papers regarding H.R. 1207 to be returned was agreed to by unanimous consent.

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6:22 p.m. Senator Brown spoke against the banking bill.

6:18 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Crapo substitute amendment, 66-30.

Senators voting in favor: 49 Republicans, 16 Democrats (Bennet, Carper, Coons, Donnelly, Hassan, Heitkamp, Jones, Kaine, Manchin, McCaskill, Nelson, Peters, Shaheen, Stabenow, Tester, and Warner); 1 Independent: King.

Senators voting against: 29 Democrats, 1 Independent: Sanders.

Senators not voting: 2 Republicans: McCain and Paul, Democrats: Duckworth and Heinrich

5:37 p.m. The Senate is now voting on the motion to invoke cloture on the substitute amendment #2151 to S.2155, Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act.

5:33 p.m. Senator Flake spoke against tariffs.

5:27 p.m. Senator Boozman spoke about the importance of nutrition.

4:58 p.m. Senator Nelson spoke about gun control.

4:43 p.m. Senator Warren spoke about the banking bill.

4:28 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the banking bill.

4:15 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke about gun control and Russia.

4:03 p.m.  ML McConnell spoke about the NCAA tournament, S.2155, Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act, and tax reform.

The Senate will convene at 4:00 pm. Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of S.2155, Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act.

At 5:30 pm, the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on substitute amendment #2151, as modified, to S.2155.

Please note, the Leader filed cloture on substitute amendment #2151, as modified, in relation to S.2155, Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act, and the underlying bill S.2155.

The filing deadlines with respect to the cloture motions filed will be as follows:

  • At 4:30 pm, First Degree amendments
  • At 5:30 pm, Second Degree amendments

Thursday, March 8, 2018

4:25 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will reconvene on Monday, March 12 at 4:00 p.m.  They will resume consideration of S. 2155, the banking reform bill with a vote on the cloture motion to the Crapo substitute amendment to occur at 5:30.

4:06 p.m. Senator Markey spoke about the bank reform bill.

3:37 p.m. Senator Crapo spoke about the bank reform bill.

3:12 p.m. Senator Menendez spoke about the bank reform bill.

2:53 p.m. Senator Coons spoke about his deputy of scheduling, Marianne Kelly.

2:07 p.m. Senator Warren spoke about S. 2155.

2:03 p.m. Senator Crapo spoke about amendments to S. 2155.

2:00 p.m. ML McConnell filed cloture on:

  • S. 2155, Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act
  • Crapo Amend #2151 (Amendment to improve the bill), as modified.
  • Cal. #598, Kevin K. McAleenan, to be Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security

1:04 p.m. Senator Fischer spoke about the passing of former Governor Charlie Throne.

12:11 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke about Alaskan of the Week Carol Supalu.

12:06 p.m. Senator Corker spoke about his amendment to the financial bill.

11:46 a.m. Senator Brown spoke about the financial bill.

11:38 a.m. Senator Tillis spoke about the financial bill.

11:30 a.m. Senator Cortez Masto spoke about housing discrimination.

11:a9 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke about International Women’s Day

11:07 a.m. Senator Lankford spoke about the banking reform bill.

10:37 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke about Fix NICS and the banking bill.

10:15 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about tax cuts and the banking bill.

9:55 a.m. Senator Schumer spoke about steel tariffs.

9:36 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about departing staffer Gary Endicoch, about finding consensus on the banking bill, and the tax cuts.

9:30 a.m. The Senate convened.

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The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m.

At that time, following any leader remarks, resume consideration of S. 2155, the banking reform bill. NO votes are scheduled at this time. Pending amendments are the Crapo substitute (#2151) and Crapo #2152.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

7:00 p.m. The Senate stands adjourned.

6:58 p.m. Senator Crapo announces that the majority wants to begin debating and voting on amendments, first two on GOP side: a Paul amendment auditing the federal reserve, and a Moran amendment to restructure the CFPB. Hopes we can convene tomorrow and finalize the amendment process. Propounds UC that Senate adjourn until 9:30 on Thursday.

6:10 p.m. ML McConnell does wrap-up for the evening. The following nominations were confirmed by voice vote:
Michael Rigas to be Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget.
Jeff Tien Han Pon to be Director of the Office of Personnel Management.
McGregor Scott to be US Attorney for the Eastern District of California.
Gary Schofield to US Marshall for the District of Nevada.
Billy Williams to be US Attorney for the District of Oregon.
Mark James to be US Marshall for the Western District of Missouri.
Daniel Mostellar to be US Marshall for the District of South Dakota.
Jesse Seroyer of Alabama to be US Marshall for the Middle District of Alabama.

The following bills (all naming post offices) were passed by voice vote: S 931, S. 2040, HR 294, HR 452, HR 1208, HR 1858, HR 1988, HR 2254, HR 2302, HR 2464, HR 2672, HR 2815, HR 2873, HR 3109, HR 3369, HR 3638, HR 3655, HR 3821, HR 3983, HR 4042, HR 4285, HR 1207.

The following bills were passed by unanimous consent:
S. Res 425, regarding colorectal cancer awareness month.

6:09 p.m Senator Crapo called up amendment #2152.

6:08 p.m. The Motion to proceed was agreed to by voice vote. ML McConnell calls up the Crapo substitute amendment, #2151.

5:27 p.m. Senator Murkowski paid tribute to Jim Balamaci of the Alaska Special Olympics, who passed away recently.

5:06 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke for the 199th time on climate change.

4:14 p.m. Senator Warren spoke about the banking reform bill.

3:51 p.m. Senator Brown spoke about the banking reform bill.

3:08 p.m. Senator Crapo spoke about S.2155.

2:51 p.m. Senators Whitehouse and Crapo spoke about S.97, the Nuclear Energies Innovation and Capabilities Act and it was passed, along with the Crapo amendment, by voice vote.

2:36 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke about S.2155.

2:23 p.m Senator Fischer spoke about S.2155.

2:13 p.m. Senator Enzi spoke about S.2155.

2:05 p.m. Senator Blunt spoke about S.2155.

1:56 p.m. Senator Capito spoke about S. 2155 and Dodd Frank.

1:46 p.m. Senator Rounds spoke supporting S. 2155.

1:32 p.m. Senator Wicker spoke about S. 2155.

1:01 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about DACA.

12:41 p.m. Senator Alexander spoke about the maintenance back-log in the National Park System.

12:26 p.m. Senator Reed spoke about the unemployment rate.

10:56 a.m. Senator Barasso spoke about cost sharing reduction payments.

10:07 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about financial regulations.

9:52 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about trade. Hew spoke about the tax overhaul.

9:33 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the bill to relax provisions of the Dodd-Frank financial regulatory law. He spoke about the tax overhaul.

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The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m.

Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to S.2155, Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

7:06 p.m. Senate stands adjourned until 9:30 a.m. March 7, 2018.

6:46 p.m. Senator Portman spoke on S. 2155, banking reform bill.

6:40 p.m. Senator Nelson spoke on Russia’s meddling in U.S. elections.

6:37 ML: McConnell  propounded a unanimous consent agreement that following the remarks of Democratic Senators, the Senate will adjourn until 9:30 a.m. and following leaders remarks, will resume consideration of the motion to proceed S. 2155, banking reform bill. (post cloture).

6:22 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke on Russia’s meddling in U.S. elections and the Trump Administration.

6:08 p.m. Senator Menendez spoke on Russia’s meddling in U.S. elections.

5:40 p.m. Senator Blumenthal spoke on Russia’s meddling in U.S elections.

5:25 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke on Russia’s influence on U.S. elections.

5:09 p.m. Senator Rubio spoke on risk assessment programs for gun violence.

4:30 p.m. Senator Warren spoke against the banking bill.

4:20 p.m. Senator Alexander spoke on the need for funds to treat kids with mental disabilities.

4:10 p.m. Senator Sanders spoke against the banking bill.

3:57 p.m. Senator Warner spoke about the banking bill.

3:40 p.m. Senator Donnelly spoke about the banking bill.

3:16 p.m. Senator Tester spoke about the banking bill.

3:02 p.m. Senator Perdue spoke about the banking bill.

2:52 p.m. Senator Heitkamp spoke about the banking bill.

2:50 p.m. Senator Crapo spoke about the banking bill.

2:45 p.m. Senator Daines spoke on a recreation bill regarding forest service lands.

2:23 p.m. Senator Brown spoke on the banking bill.

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

12:43 p.m. The Senate stands in recess until 2:15 p.m.

12:36 p.m. Senator Thune spoke about the tax bill.

12:21 p.m. Senator Kennedy spoke in favor of S. 2155.

12:19 p.m. By a tally of 98-0, the nomination of Terry Doughty to be US District Court judge for the Western District of Louisiana was confirmed. (Senators Feinstein and McCain did not vote)

11:40 a.m. Roll call vote began on the Doughty nomination.

11:39 a.m. Cloture was invoked on the motion to proceed, 67-32.

Senators voting in favor: 50 Republicans, 16 Democrats: Bennet, Carper, Coons, Donnelly, Hassan, Heitkamp, Jones, Kaine, Manchin, McCaskill, Nelson, Peters, Shaheen, Stabenow, Tester, Warner; 1 Independent: King.

Senators not voting: 31 Democrats, 1 Independent: Sanders

Not voting: 1 Republican: McCain

11:00 a.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the motion to proceed to S. 2155, banking reform bill.

10:56 a.m. Senator Brown criticized S. 2155.

10:51 a.m. Senator Crapo spoke in support of the S. 2155, the measure on financial regulations.

10:42 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about the tax overhaul. He spoke about regulation of the Internet.

10:22 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the tax overhaul.

10:13 a.m. Majority Leader MConnell paid tribute to Senator Cochran. He spoke about the bill to loosen regulation of the financial sector. He spoke about the tax overhaul.

10:03 a.m. The Senate resumed consideration of the motion to proceed to S. 2155, the bill to relax certain provisions of the Dodd-Frank financial regulations.

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The Senate will convene at 10 a.m.

There will be two votes at about 11 a.m.:

— Cloture on the motion to proceed to S. 2155, the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act;

— Confirmation of the nomination of Terry Doughty, of Louisiana, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Louisiana.

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

 

Monday, March 5, 2018

7:17 p.m. The Senate adjourned.

7:10 p.m. The Senate consented to the confirmation of the nomination of Jeffrey Gerrish to be a deputy U.S. Trade Representative. The Senate consented to convene at 10 a.m. on Tuesday and, after leader remarks, to resume debate on confirmation of the nomination of Terry Doughty, of Louisiana, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Louisiana. A confirmation vote is expected at about 11 a.m.

After disposition of the Doughty nomination the Senate will resume consideration of cloture on the motion to proceed to S. 2155, the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act.  The Senate will recess for party lunches from 12:30 p.m. until 2:15 p.m.

6:53 p.m. Senator Casey spoke about the conflict in Syria and about the Mueller investigation.

6:43 p.m. Senator Alexander spoke against President Trump’s imposition of tariffs.

6:42 p.m. Self nomination was confirmed by a vote of 96 to 0. Not voting: Cruz, McCain, Murkowski and Sullivan.

6:10 p.m. Scholer nomination was confirmed by a vote of 95 to 0. Not voting were Senators Cruz, Heitkamp, McCain, Murkowski and Sullivan.

5:30 p.m. Roll call vote began on confirmation of the nomination of Karen Scholer to be a United States District Judge for the Northern District of Texas. Next, we expect a roll call vote on confirmation of Tilman Self to be a United States District Judge for the Middle District of Georgia.

5:11 p.m. Senator Isakson spoke about the Self nomination.

4:47 p.m. Senator Nelson spoke about hurricane disaster relief and gun control.

3:54 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the Economic Growth Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act and tax reform.

3:45 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke about the shooting in Parkland Florida and tax reform.

3: 32 p.m. Senator Hatch spoke about a immigration.

3:15 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about immigration.

3:02 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell paid tribute to victorious college basketball teams from Kentucky. He called for confirmation of pending judicial nominations. He spoke about the tax overhaul.

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Thursday, March 1, 2018

5:00 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will reconvene at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, March 5. They will resume consideration of Karen Gren Scholer to be U.S. District Judge for TX. There will be 3 votes at 5:30 p.m.

  • Karen Gren Scholer to be U.S. District Judge for TX
  • Tillman Self III to be U.S. District Judge for GA
  • Terry Doughty to be U.S. District Judge for LA.

During wrap-up, the following Executive nominations were confirmed en bloc by voice vote:

  • Gregory Doud to be Chief Agricultural Negotiator
  • Jason Kearns to be a Member of the U.S. International Trade Commission
  • Dennis Shea to be Deputy U.S. Trade Representative
  • C.J. Mahoney to be a Deputy U.S. Trade Representative

Executive Calendar numbers 700-709 were also confirmed en bloc by voice vote.

The following bills were confirmed by voice vote:

  • S. 1621-require the FCC to establish a methodology for the collection by the Commission of information about commercial mobile service.
  • H.R. 3656-amend title 38
  • S. 2248-amend title 38
  • S. 2372-amend title 38
  • S. Res. 419
  • S. Res. 420
  • S. Res. 421
  • S. Res. 422
  • S. Res. 423

4:28 p.m. Senator Markey spoke about North Korea.

2:06 p.m. ML McConnell moves to proceed to S. 2155, and files cloture on the motion.

2:05 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Doughty nomination, 94-2; with Senators Hirono and Merkley voting no and Senators Cardin, Flake, McCain and Rounds not voting.

1:30 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the nomination of Terry Doughty to be US District Judge for the Western District of Louisiana.

1:23 p.m. Senators Klobuchar and Smith paid tribute to Minnesotans who participated in the recent winter Olympics.

1:02 p.m Senator Wicker spoke on Iran.

1:01 p.m Cloture was invoked on the Self nomination, 85-12.  Senators voting against: 11 Democrats: Booker, Gillibrand, Harris, Hirono, Markey, Menendez,  Merkley, Peters, Schatz, Stabenow and Warren; 1 Independent: Sanders.

12:44 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the nomination of Tilman Self to be US District Judge for the middle district of Georgia.

12:43 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Scholer nomination, 96-1, with Senator Hirono voting no and Senators Flake, McCain and Rounds not voting.

12:25 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the nomination of Karen Scholer to be US District Judge for the Northern District of Texas.

12:24 p.m The Quattlebaum nomination was confirmed 69-28.

Senators voting in favor: 50 Republicans, 18 Democrats (Baldwin, Bennet, Carper, Coons, Cortez Masto, Donnelly, Hassan, Heitkamp, Hirono, Jones, Kaine, Manchin, McCaskill,  Nelson, Reed, Shaheen, Warner and Whitehouse),  1 Independent (King).

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

Senators not voting: 3 Republicans: Flake, McCain and Rounds.

11:46 a.m. The Senate began voting on confirmation of A. Marvin Quattlebaum, Jr. to be U.S. District Judge for the District of South Carolina.

11:42 p.m. Senator Rubio spoke about Stop School Violence Act.

11:27 p.m. Senator Gillibrand spoke about the Parkland shooting and the NRA.

11:17 a.m. Senator Sanders spoke about war powers.

11:03 a.m. Senator Kaine spoke about firearm legislation.

10:44 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about William Barrett Travis, tax cuts, and the shooting in Sutherland Springs TX.

10:24 a.m. Senator Cardin spoke about students protesting gun violence.

10:05 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the late Rev. Billy Graham and about tax cuts.

10:04 a.m. H.R. 1665, Disaster Declaration Improvement Act was read for a second time and placed on the calendar (Rule 14).

10:00 a.m. The Senate convened and resumed consideration of A. Marvin Quattlebaum, Jr., of South Carolina, to be United States District Judge for the District of South Carolina, post cloture.

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The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m. and resume consideration of the nomination of Marvin Quattlebaum to be a United States District Judge for the District of South Carolina, post-cloture.

There will be 3 votes beginning at 11:45 a.m.:

  1. Confirmation of the Quattlebaum nomination.
  2. Cloture on the nomination of Karen Scholer, to be US District Judge for the Northern District of Texas.
  3. Cloture on the nomination of Tilman Self to be US District Judge for the Middle District of Georgia.

There will be 1 vote at 1:30 p.m.

Cloture on the nomination of Terry Doughty to be US District Judge for the Western District of Louisiana.

If cloture is invoked on any of the nominations, the confirmation votes will occur at 5:30pm on Monday, March 5th, in the order in which cloture was invoked:

  1. Confirmation of the Scholer nomination.
  2. Confirmation of the Self nomination.
  3. Confirmation of the Doughty nomination.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

The Senate has adjourned until 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 1st.

There will be 3 votes beginning at 11:45 a.m.:

  1. Confirmation of the Quattlebaum nomination.
  2. Cloture on the nomination of Karen Gren Scholer, to be US District Judge for the Northern District of Texas
  3. Cloture on the nomination of Tilman Eugene Self III to be US District Judge for the Middle District of Georgia

There will be 1 vote at 1:30 p.m.

  1. Cloture on the nomination of Terry A. Doughty to be US District Judge for the Western District of Louisiana

During wrap-up the following legislation was agreed to by unanimous consent:

  • R. 535 – Taiwan Travel Act
  • R. 1625 – TARGET Act
  • Con. Res. 106 – Authorizing the use of Emancipation Hall for a ceremony to present the Congressional Gold Medal collectively to the members of the Office of Strategic Services.
  • Res. 404 – A resolution recognizing the coordinated struggle of workers on the 50th anniversary of the 1968 Memphis sanitation workers strike to voice their grievances and reach a collective agreement for rights in the workplace.
  • Res. 409 – Honoring the Buffalo Soldiers
  • Res. 418 – EXPRESSING SUPPORT FOR THE DESIGNATION OF MARCH 21, 2018, AS NATIONAL ROSY THE RIVETER DAY.
  • R. 1865 had its first reading – Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017.

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6:24 p.m. Senator Hassan spoke about the school shooting in Florida.

6:14 p.m. Senator Booker spoke about the school shooting in Florida.

6:05 p.m. Senator Menendez spoke about the school shooting in Florida.

5:56 p.m. Senator Nelson spoke about the school shooting in Florida.

5:41 p.m. Senator Casey spoke about the school shooting in Florida.

5:40 p.m. The motion to invoke cloture on Marvin Quattlebaum to be U.S. District Judge for South Carolina was agreed to by a vote of 69-29.

5:00 p.m. The nomination of Russell Vought was confirmed by a vote of 49-49 with Vice President Pence breaking the tie. Senators McCain and Rounds did not vote.

3:58 p.m. Senator Gardener spoke about energy resources and federal land.

3:45 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke about the economy and energy independence.

3:04 p.m. Senator Kennedy spoke about Don Alhart and Sally Ann Roberts.

2:34 p.m. Senator Reed spoke about Russian interference.

2:21 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke about taxes and corporate stock buybacks.

2:15 p.m. Senator Lankford spoke about the Rev. Billy Graham.

2:09 p.m. Senator Isakson spoke about Rev. Billy Graham.

2:05 p.m. Senator Thune spoke about Rev. Billy Graham.

1:55 p.m. Senator Blunt spoke about Rev. Billy Graham.

1:38 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke about tax cuts.

1:23 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the Fix NICS legislation.

1:21 p.m. Under the provisions of rule 14 S. 2464, a bill to improve border security was read for the second time and placed on the Senate calendar.

1:13 p.m. Senator Murphy spoke about gun safety.

1:00 p.m. Senators Burr and Tillis spoke about Rev. Billy Graham and asked u.c. to consider S.J.Res 53, Honoring the life of William Billy F. Graham Jr., the measure was agreed to by u.c.

12:50 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke about gun legislation and Russian meddling.

12:45 p.m. The Senate convened.

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The Senate will convene at 12:45 p.m., and will resume post-cloture consideration of the nomination of Russell Vought to be Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget.

At 4:30 p.m., all post-cloture time on the Vought nomination will expire and the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on confirmation of the nomination.

Following disposition of the Vought nomination, the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Marvin Quattlebaum  to be a United States District Judge for the District of South Carolina.

Senator McConnell has also filed cloture on the following nominations:

  • Karen Scholer to be a United States District Judge for the Northern District of Texas
  • Tilman Eugene Self III, to be a United States District Judge for the Middle District of Georgia
  • Terry Doughty to be a United States District Judge for the Western District of Louisiana
  • The cloture petitions on each of the above nominations will ripen one at a time, after disposition of the previous nomination. Each is subject to up to thirty hours of post-cloture debate.
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