Friday, October 16, 2020

The Senate convened for a pro forma session at 4:30 p.m. Senator Roberts presided and no business was conducted.

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

The Senate met at 8:45 a.m. for a pro forma session. Senator Blackburn presided and no business was conducted.

Friday, October 9, 2020

The Senate convened at 10:00 a.m. for a pro forma session only with no business conducted. Senator Roberts presided.

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

11:33 a.m. The Senate convened in pro forma session, Senator McConnell presiding. No business was conducted.

Monday, October 5, 2020

4:47 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will meet for pro forma sessions with no business conducted on the following dates and times:

  • Tuesday, October 6th at 11:30 a.m.
  • Friday, October 9th at 10:00 a.m.
  • Tuesday, October 13th at 8:45 a.m.
  • Friday, October 16th at 4:30 p.m.

When the Senate adjourns on Friday, October 16th, it will next convene at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, October 19, 2020. Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #866, Michael Jay Newman, of Ohio, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Ohio.

4:46 p.m. Senator Kaine asked ML McConnell to modify his pro forma u.c. so that in lieu of reconvening on Monday, October 19th there be additional pro forma sessions on October 20, 23, 27, 30th and on November 3rd. ML McConnell objected to Senator Kaine’s request.

4:45 p.m. ML McConnell asked u.c. that when the Senate adjourns today it meet in pro forma sessions on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, October 6 at 11:30 a.m.
  • Friday, October 9 at 10:00 a.m.
  • Tuesday, October 13 at 8:45 a.m.
  • Friday, October 16 at 4:30 p.m.

4:44 p.m. ML McConnell asked u.c. that the cloture motions filed on Wednesday, September 30th be withdrawn. Agreed to by unanimous consent.

ML McConnell asked u.c. that notwithstanding the provisions of the Congressional Review Act, H.J. Res 90, Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency relating to “Community Reinvestment Act Regulations”. remain in status quo through October 19, 2020.

4:40 p.m. Senator Kaine spoke wishing the President and First Lady a full recovery. Senator Kaine spoke about the need for additional Coronavirus funding.

4:32 p.m. ML McConnell spoke about his intent to postpone floor activity until October 19th and on the Judiciary committee hearings.

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The Senate will convene at 4:30 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell is expected to ask unanimous consent for the Senate to meet in pro forma sessions until Monday, October 19, with floor activity postponed until then.

Thursday, October 1, 2020

4:31 p.m. The Senate adjourned.

4:24 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell wrapped up for the evening. Passed by voice vote: S. Res 742 regarding childhood cancer awareness;
S. 2359 asking the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to submit a report to Congress. Passed by UC: S. Res 743 regarding supporting goals of national retirement security month; H.R. 4183 directing the Comptroller General to conduct a study on disability and pension benefits.

2:37 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about Judge Amy Coney Barrett.

2:23 p.m. Senators Cortez Masto and Rosen spoke about the 3rd anniversary of the Las Vegas shooting.

2:18 p.m. Senator Fischer paid tribute to Judge Laurie Smithcamp.

1:59 p.m. Senator Markey spoke about the T-band, the spectrum the first responders use to communicate and asked unanimous consent that the Senate pass H.R. 451. Senator Barrasso objected.

1:40 p.m. Senator Kennedy spoke on social media and asked unanimous consent that the Senate pass S. 4756, The Don’t Push My Buttons Act. Senator Wyden objected.

1:36 p.m. Cloture was not invoked on the motion to proceed to H.R. 4653, 51-43.

Senators voting in favor: 43 Democrats, 6 Republican: Collins, Ernst, Gardner, McSally, Murkowski and Sullivan; 2 Independents: King and Sanders.

Senators voting against: 43 Republicans.

Senators not voting: 4 Republicans: Alexander, Lee, Graham and Rubio; 2 Democrats: Harris and Tester.

1:02 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R. 4653.

12:51 p.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about white supremacy. He spoke about health care and the Supreme Court.

12:45 p.m. Senator Durbin sought consent to pass H.R. 5602, a measure on domestic extremism. Senator Johnson objected.

12:31 p.m. Senator Blumenthal spoke about white supremacy. Senators Kaine, Jones and Booker joined in the colloquy.

12:26 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about the president’s remarks on the Proud Boys.

12:23 p.m. Three bills were presented for second reading. Senator McConnell moved to proceed to S.4675, a health insurance measure.

12:08 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about Judge Barrett’s nomination. He spoke about the pending legislation and the pending Supreme Court case on health care.

12:03 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about election security.

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

There will be a cloture vote at 1 p.m. on Minority Leader Schumer’s motion to proceed to S. 4653, a health care measure.

Cloture has also been filed on the federal district court nominations corresponding to Executive Calendar Numbers 862, 863, 864, and 865.

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

8:11 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke on Climate Change; Senators Portman and Young spoke on Judge Barrett’s nomination.

7:25 p.m. The Senate confirmed the following nominations by unanimous consent:

Cal # 862
Cal #863
Cal# 864
Cal# 865

ML McConnell filed cloture on the Jay Newman, OH, to be U.S. District Judge, Southern District, OH.

Senators Scott, FL; Mendedez and Paul entered into a discussion regarding the Uighur crisis in China. Each Senator offered differing unanimous consent requests to legislation related the Uighurs and each objected to the others requests.

6:57 p.m. By a tally of 47 to 47 the motion to table was not agreed to.

6:51 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell filled the amendment tree to the house message to accompany S. 178 (shell). The Senate is now voting on a McConnell a motion to table the Tillis Amendment #2673 (to amendment #2652) regarding preexisting conditions.

6:30 p.m. By a tally of 48-46, the Senate adopted the motion to proceed to the House Message to accompany S.178 (shell).

6:03 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on the motion to proceed to the House Message to accompany S.178 Uighur act (shell bill).

6:02 p.m. The Senate passed H.R. 8337, the Continuing Resolution by a tally of 84-10.

Senators voting against (10 Republicans): Blackburn, Braun, Cruz, Hawley, Johnson, Lee, Loeffler, Paul, Scott of FL, and Toomey.

5:16 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on H.R. 8337, the Continuing Resolution.

4:48 p.m. Senator Leahy spoke supporting the continuing resolution.

4:36 p.m. Senator Wicker spoke about the Japanese prosecution of Nissan employee, Greg Kelly.

4:31 p.m. Senator Daines spoke about rural communities access to water.

4:20 p.m. Senator Shaheen spoke about the Census.

3:56 p.m. Senator Burr spoke about the Intercountry Adoption Information act and asked u.c. to call up and pass H.R. 1952. The bill was passed by u.c.

Senator Burr asked u.c. to call up and pass S. 4762, a bill to designate the airport traffic control tower located at Piedmont Airport in Greensboro, North Carolina as the Senator Kay Hagan Airport Control Tower. The bill was passed by u.c.

3:46 p.m. Senator Rosen spoke about the Presidential Debates.

3:35 p.m. Senator Shaheen spoke about Justice Ginsburg and on the Supreme Court nomination.

3:22 p.m. Senator Murphy spoke about health care.

3:06 p.m. Senator Klobuchar spoke about health care and on the Supreme Court nomination.

2:59 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke on the Supreme Court nomination.

2:52 p.m. Senator Rounds spoke supporting the paycheck protection program.

2:48 p.m. Senator Tillis spoke about the paycheck protection program.

2:33 p.m. Senator Cramer spoke about the paycheck protection program and asked u.c. to consider S. 4117, Paycheck Protection Small Business Forgiveness Act. Senator Cardin objected.

2:15 p.m. The Senate returned from recess and Senator Lankford spoke about the free exercise of religion.

1:36 p.m. The Senate stands in recess until 2:15 p.m.

1:18 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about health insurance and Medicare.

12:59 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about the Supreme Court nomination.

12:57 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke against packing the court.

12:46 p.m. Senator Thune spoke about his meeting with Judge Barrett.

12:35 p.m. DL Schumer spoke about the Presidential debate and on the Supreme Court nomination.

12:17 p.m. ML McConnell spoke about the Barrett nomination, on health care and on support for law enforcement.

12:01 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about drug prices.

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The Senate will convene at 12:00 p.m. and resume consideration of H.R. 8337, a bill making continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2021, post-cloture.

A roll call vote on passage of H.R. 8337 is expected during today’s session of the Senate but is not yet scheduled.

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

7:11 p.m. The Senate stands in recess until 12 noon on Wednesday, September 30 and will resume post-cloture debate on H.R. 8337.

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6:07 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about the Supreme Court vacancy.

6:04 p.m. Cloture was invoked on H.R. 6337, the CR, 82-6.

Senators voting against: 5 Republicans: Cruz, Hawley, Lee, Loeffler, Paul and Toomey.

Senators NOT voting: Alexander, Blackburn, Blunt, Coons, Harris, Moran, Rubio, Sanders, Sasse, Schatz, Tester, and Tillis.

5:30 p.m. Roll Call vote began on cloture on the CR.

4:42 p.m. Senator Schumer filed cloture on S. 4653, To protect healthcare of hundreds of millions of people of the United States.

4:28 p.m. Senator Enzi spoke about Dr. John David Arnold’s schools.

4:05 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke about the Supreme Court vacancy.

3:45 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about Ukraine policy during the Obama administration.

3:04 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about his meeting with Judge Amy Coney Barrett.

3:02 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about the Patriots Memorial to Black heroes of the Revolutionary War.

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The Senate will convene at 3 p.m. and will resume consideration of H.R. 8337, the resolution to continue federal spending at current levels. There will be a cloture vote on H.R. 8337 at 5:30 p.m.

Monday September 28, 2020

The Senate convened at 2:45 p.m. for a pro forma session only, Senator Grassley presiding. No business was conducted.

Thursday, September 24, 2020

4:21 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will next convene for a pro forma session on Monday, September 28 at 2:45 p.m.

Then, the Senate will next convene on Tuesday, September 29 at 3:00 p.m. and will resume consideration of H.R. 8337, the Continuing Resolution. Cloture will ripen on the H.R. 8337 at 5:30 p.m.

During wrap-up:

  • Passed by voice vote en bloc:
    • S. Res. 719, National Voter Registration Day
    • S. Res. 720, National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day
    • S. Res. 721, Character Counts Week
    • S. Res. 722, National Forensic Science Week
    • S. Res. 723, Campus Fire Safety Month
  • H.R. 1812, Vet Center Eligibility Expansion Act, was passed by unanimous consent.
  • H.R. 2372, Veterans’ Care Quality Transparency Act, was passed by unanimous consent.
  • S. 2693, READI Act, and the Schatz amendment, was passed by unanimous consent.
  • H.R. 6168, Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2020, was passed by unanimous consent.
  • S. 4675, to amend the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, was placed on the calendar under Rule 14.

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3:11 p.m. Senator Udall paid tribute to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

2:50 p.m. Senator Kaine paid tribute to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

2:45 p.m. Senator Manchin spoke on a peaceful transition of power.

2:45 p.m. S.Res. 718, Restoring the peaceful return to power called for in the U.S. Constitution, was adopted by unanimous consent.

2:19 p.m. Senators Enzi, Carper, and Barrasso paid tribute to Wyoming citizen Robert Brown and introduced legislation to name the Thermopolis Post Office after him.

2:17 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell filed cloture on H.R. 8337.

2:16 p.m. The motion to proceed to H.R. 8337 was agreed to, 93 to 2.

Senators voting NO: Cruz and Paul.

Senators NOT voting: Capito, Cassidy, Harris, Johnson, and Moran.

1:41 p.m. Roll call vote began on the motion to proceed to H.R. 8337.

1:25 p.m. Senator Hawley spoke about the election and social media platforms and asked unanimous consent to pass S.3983. Senator Wyden objected.

1:19 p.m. Senator Leahy spoke on the CR.

1:05 p.m. Senator Blumenthal spoke in support of H.R. 4779, To extend the Undertaking Spam, Spyware, And Fraud Enforcement With Enforcers beyond Borders Act of 2006, and then it was passed by voice vote.

12:58 p.m. Senator Gillibrand spoke on the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

12:21 p.m. Senators Collins spoke on federal help for the pandemic.

12:20 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell offered the motion to proceed to H.R. 8337, the continuing resolution.

12:19 p.m. The Senate confirmed the Young nomination 93-2. Senators Blumenthal and Schumer voted against and Senators Capito, Harris, Johnson, Moran and Sanders did not vote.

11:37 a.m. Roll call vote began on confirmation of the Young nomination.

11:27 a.m. Senator Merkley spoke about his staff member Amy Amrine.

10:58 a.m. Senators Braun and Senator Scott (FL) spoke about the Pledge of Allegiance. S. Res. 715, Expressing Support for the Pledge of Allegiance, was agreed to by unanimous consent.

11:11 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the Pledge of Allegiance and the Supreme Court vacancy and on Hispanic Heritage Month.

10:43 a.m. Senator Schumer spoke about election security and the Supreme Court vacancy.

10:08 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the unrest in Louisville and the Supreme Court vacancy.

The confirmation vote on the Young nomination will occur at 11:30 a.m.

10:01 a.m. Senator Grassley spoke about small businesses.

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

A confirmation vote on the nomination of Roderick Young to be a Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia is expected to occur today at a time TBD.

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