Monday, July 26, 2021

5:30 p.m. The Senate is currently voting on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Todd Kim to be an Assistant Attorney General. The motion was agreed toby a vote 54-40.

5:30 p.m. Senator Schumer asked unanimous consent on the following National Labor Relations Board: nomination 257, Gwynne A. Wilcox and 258, David M. Prouty. They were confirmed by voice vote.

5:11 p.m. Senator Blackburn spoke on the Olympics.

4:37 p.m. Senator Tuberville spoke on government spending.

3:52 p.m. Republican Leader McConnell spoke on former senator Mike Enzi and vaccinations.

3:30 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke on the covid vaccine.

3:25 p.m. Majority Leader Schumer spoke on infrastructure.

3:21 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke on the Kim nomination.

The Senate will convene at 3:00 p.m. and resume consideration of the nomination of Todd Kim to be an Assistant Attorney General.

At 5:30 p.m. the Senate will vote on cloture on the Kim nomination.

Thursday, July 22, 2021

4:08 p.m. The Senate adjourned.

4:03 p.m. Senator Reed wrapped up for the day. The following confirmed by unanimous consent:

  • Heidi Shyu to be Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering.
  • Ely Ratner to be an Assistant Secretary of Defense.
  • Shawn Skelly to be an Assistant Secretary of Defense.
  • Meredith Berger to be an Assistant Secretary of the Navy.
  • Gina Ortiz Jones to be Under Secretary of the Air Force.
  • Caroline Krass to be General Counsel of the Department of Defense.

The following items were passed by unanimous consent:

  • S Res 316, authorizing Senate legal counsel.
  • S Res 67, regarding Trevor Reed.
  • S Res 165, regarding Paul Whelan.
  • S 2382, authorizing the National Cyber Director to accept details from other elements of the federal government.

3:10 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke on the Alaskan of the week. On this occasion, he paid tribute to 85 year old Chad Resari. Mr Resari was the oldest finisher in the annual race up and down Mount Marathon. The race is up and down the mountain, called by many the most difficult 5K race in the world.

3:02 p.m. Senator Warnock spoke on Medicaid.

2:43 p.m. Senator Romney spoke on the Olympics and passed S. Res 314 on that topic by unanimous consent.

2:09 p.m. The Hruby nomination was confirmed, 79-16.

Senators voting no: Blackburn, Boozman, Braun, Cassidy, Cotton, Cruz, Hagerty, Hawley, Kennedy, Lankford, Marshall, Paul, Scott (FL), Shelby, Sullivan, and Tuberville.

Senators not voting: Burr, Daines, Johnson, Moran, and Rubio.

1:26 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on confirmation of
Jill Hruby to be Under Secretary for Nuclear Security.

1:11 p.m. Majority Leader Schumer filed cloture on exec. cal. 122 – Todd Sunhwae Kim, DC, to be Assistant Attorney General.

12:53 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke on energy.

12:32 p.m. Senator Brown spoke on Zalia Avant-garde winning the National Spelling Bee and activist Magnolia Cox. He also spoke on the child tax credit.

12:17 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke against the Bureau of Land Management nominee Manning.

11:32 a.m. Senators Warner and Collins spoke on the Cyber Incident Notification Act of 2021.

11:24 a.m. Senator Thune spoke on inflation and infrastructure.

10:56 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke on immigration, U.S. Capitol Police, and gun control.

10:46 a.m. Republican Leader McConnell spoke on the border crisis, Russia, and Iraq.

10:40 a.m. Majority Leader Schumer spoke on infrastructure, the Bureau of Land Management nominee Manning.

10:40 a.m. Majority Leader Schumer spoke on infrastructure, the Bureau of Land Management nominee Manning.

The Senate will convene at 10:30 a.m. and be in morning business until 1:30 p.m. The Senate will then proceed to Executive Session to vote to confirm the nomination of Jill Hruby to be Under Secretary for Nuclear Security.

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

6:05 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will reconvene at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 22. They will be in morning business until 1:30 p.m. and will then proceed to Executive Session to vote on the nomination of Jill Hruby to be Under Secretary for Nuclear Security.

During wrap-up:

Passed, S. 89, Require the Secretary of Veterans’ Affairs to secure Medical Opinions for Veterans with service-connected disabilities who died from Covid-19

Passed, S. 189, cost of living adjustments for disability and compensation for veterans

Passed, S. 894, Identify and refer members of the armed forces with a health care occupation who are separating from the armed forces for potential employment with the VA

Passed, S. 1910, authorize major medical facility projects for the VA for 2021

Agreed to, S. Res. 139, recognizing the importance of the blueberry industry and July 2021 is National Blueberry Month

Agreed to, S. Res. 274, July 24, 2021 as National Day of the Cowboy

5:47 p.m. Senator Cassidy spoke about the border.

5:40 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke about election integrity.

5:07 p.m. Senator Cardin and Senator Wicker spoke about the Helsinki commission.

4:56 p.m. Senator Cruz spoke about police funding.

4:31 p.m. Senator Braun spoke about the pledge of allegiance. The Senate agreed to S. Res. 309 (support for the pledge of allegiance) by unanimous consent.

3:53 p.m. Senators Leahy, Padilla and Klobuchar spoke about John Lewis and voting rights.

3:52 p.m. The motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to Cal. #100, H.R.3684, the legislative vehicle for the bipartisan infrastructure was not agreed to by a vote of 49-51. Leader Schumer entered a motion to reconsider the failed cloture vote on the motion to proceed.

3:17 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to Cal. #100, H.R.3684, the legislative vehicle for the bipartisan infrastructure bill.

3:15 p.m. The Senate confirmed Bonnie Jenkins to be Under Secretary of State for Arms Control & International Security 52-48 with Republicans Collins & Paul joining all Democrats & Independents in favor.

1:58 p.m. Senators Moran, Blunt, Hoeven, Marshall and Hyde-Smith spoke on family farms.

1:51 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke on the estate tax and family farms.

1:45 p.m. Senator Boozman spoke about family farms.

1:27 p.m. Senator Kennedy spoke about his chief of staff.

1:13 p.m. Senator Blumenthal spoke about voting rights.

1:11 By a vote of 52-48, the Jenkins motion to invoke cloture on nomination was agreed to. Republican Senators voting aye: Collins and Paul.

12:23 p.m. The Senate began a vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #142 Bonnie D. Jenkins to be Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security.

12:21 p.m. By a vote of 51-50, the Senate confirmed Executive Calendar #246, Jennifer Ann Abruzzo to be General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board for a term of four years.

Vice President Harris cast the tie breaking vote.

11:23 a.m. The Senate is voting on Confirmation of Executive Calendar #246 Jennifer Ann Abruzzo to be General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board for a term of four years.

11:19 a.m. Senator Murray spoke on the need to raise the Federal minimum wage.

11:11 a.m. Senator Thune spoke about violence against police officers.

10:58 a.m. RL McConnell spoke on the bipartisan infrastructure legislation.

10:48 a.m. ML Schumer spoke on the bipartisan infrastructure legislation.

10:30 a.m. The Senate convened.

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The Senate will convene at 10:30 a.m. and following Leader remarks, will resume consideration of the nomination of Bonnie Jenkins to be Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security.

Two votes at 11:30 a.m.:

  • Confirmation of the nomination of Jennifer Abruzzo to be General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board.
  • Cloture on the Jenkins nomination.

Two votes at 2:30 p.m.:

  • Confirmation of the Jenkins nomination.
  • Cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R.3684, the legislative vehicle for the bipartisan infrastructure framework.

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

7:15 p.m. The Senate stands adjourned until 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday.

7:06 p.m. Senator Rubio spoke on Cuba policy.

7:03 p.m. Senator Gillibrand began wrap up:

  • passed by unanimous consent – S.Res. 291, Congratulating Oklahoma Sooners softball team fir winning the NCAA women’s college world series.
  • passed by unanimous consent – S.Res. 307 – Mississippi State baseball team for winning the NCAA Division 1 championship.
  • passed by unanimous consent – S.Res. 308, Commending and congratulating the Hutchinson Community Blue Dragons football team

6:31 p.m. Senator Gillibrand spoke on sexual assault in the military. Senator Gillibrand asked unanimous consent to call up and pass S. 1520. Senator Sullivan objected.

6:30 p.m. The Senate passed H.R. 1652 by a tally of 100-0.

5:16 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on adoption of the Toomey Amendment to H.R. 1652, the Crime Victims Fund Act.

5:12 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke against the Toomey amendment.

5:09 p.m. Senator Shaheen spoke supporting H.R. 1652.

5:04 p.m. Senator Leahy spoke against the Toomey amendment to H.R. 1652.

4:48 p.m. Senator Toomey spoke on his amendment to H.R. 1652.

4:39 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke on government spending.

4:33 p.m. Senators Wicker and Hyde-Smith spoke supporting the Mississippi State Bulldogs.

4:25 p.m. Senator Murkowski spoke on Crime Victims Fund Act.

4:03 p.m. Senators Braun and Cornyn spoke on Medicaid funding. Senator Braun asked u.c. to consider his bill at the desk. Senator Wyden objected.

3:23 p.m. Senators Durbin and Graham spoke on the pending Victims of Crimes Act/H.R. 1652.

3:12 p.m. Senator Daines spoke on the nomination of Tracy Stone Manning to lead the Bureau of Land Management.

3:10 p.m. The Senate resumed consideration of H.R. 1652 and that the Senate vote on the Toomey amendment and passage of H.R. 1652 at approximately 5:15 p.m.

3:10 p.m. The Polite nomination was confirmed 56-44.
Senators voting in favor: all Democrats and Independents, and 6 Republicans: Cassidy, Collins, Graham, Kennedy, Murkowski and Tillis.

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

1:12 p.m. The Senate stands in recess until 2:15 p.m.

1:12 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Abruzzo nomination on a party line tally of 51-50, with VP Harris casting the tie breaking vote.

12:38 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Jennifer Abruzzo to be General Counsel of the NLRB.

12:37 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Polite, Jr. nomination, 57-43.
Senators voting in favor: all Democrats and Independents, and 7 Republicans: Cassidy, Collins, Graham, Kennedy, Murkowski, Portman and Tillis.

11:55 a.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Kenneth Allen Polite, Jr. to be an Assistant Attorney General.

11:39 a.m. Senator Grassley spoke on congressional oversight, the Crime Victim Fund, and the filibuster.

11:24 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on infrastructure.

11:12 a.m. Senator Thune spoke on voting rights.

10:58 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke on Merrick Garland, security supplemental appropriations, and the Polite nomination.

10:47 a.m. Republican Leader McConnell spoke on the Abruzzo nomination and the Crime Victim Fund.

10:23 a.m. Majority Leader Schumer spoke on infrastructure. S.2382 was placed on the calendar under Rule 14.

10:00 a.m. The Senate convened.

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The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m. and following Leader remarks, will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #195, Kenneth Polite to be an Assistant Attorney General.

At 11:30 a.m. – 2 roll call votes:

  1. Cloture on the Polite nomination.
  2. Cloture on the nomination of Jennifer Abruzzo to be General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board. If cloture is invoked on the Abruzzo nomination, the confirmation vote will occur at a time to be determined on Wednesday.

Following the Abruzzo cloture vote, the Senate will recess until 2:15 p.m. to allow for the weekly caucus meetings.

At approx. 2:30 p.m. – 1 roll call vote:

  1. Confirmation of the Polite nomination.

Expected later this afternoon – 2 roll call votes:

1. Toomey amendment #2121 (re: appropriations/point of order) (simple majority threshold)

2. Passage of H.R.1652, VOCA (60 vote threshold)

During Monday’s session, Majority Leader Schumer filed cloture on the following:

1. Executive Calendar #142, Bonnie Jenkins to be Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security.

2. Motion to proceed to H.R.3684, INVEST in America Act (vehicle for the bipartisan infrastructure framework).

Monday, July 19, 2021

7:24 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will next convene at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 20. Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of Kenneth Allen Polite, Jr. to be an Assistant Attorney General.

11:30 a.m. – 2 votes:

  1. Motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Kenneth Allen Polite, Jr.,  LA, to be an Assistant Attorney General.
  2. Motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Jennifer Ann Abruzzo, NY, to be General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board.

Senate will recess for policy lunches following the cloture vote on the Abruzzo nomination.

2:30 p.m. – 1 vote:

  1. Confirmation of Kenneth Allen Polite, Jr. to be an Assistant Attorney General (if cloture is invoked).

If cloture is invoked on the Abruzzo nomination, at a time to be determined, the Senate will vote on confirmation during Wednesday’s session.

During wrap-up:

  • Began Rule 14 process to place on the calendar: S.2382, to authorize the National Cyber Director to accept details from other elements of the Federal Government on nonremibursable basis (Portman).

7:11 p.m. Majority Leader Schumer spoke on infrastructure and the Victims of Crime Act.

Cloture was filed on:

  • Exec. Cal. 142 – Bonnie D. Jenkins, NY, to be Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security
  • Motion to proceed to H.R. 3684 – the legislative vehicle for infrastructure

7:10 p.m. The nomination of Tiffany P. Cunningham was confirmed, 63-33.

14 Republicans voted yes: Burr, Capito, Collins, Cornyn, Ernst, Risch, Graham, Grassley, Lee, Murkowski, Romney, Rounds, Rubio, and Tillis.

Senators not voting: Booker, Crapo, Kelly, and Sasse.

5:31 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on confirmation of Tiffany P. Cunningham to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Federal Circuit.

4:40 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on drug overdoses.

4:30 p.m. Senator Gillibrand spoke on military justice reform and asked unanimous consent for the Senate to take-up S.1520. Senator Reed objected. Senator Grassley spoke in support of S. 1520.

4:09 p.m. Senator Tuberville spoke on inflation.

3:30 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about voting rights and DACA.

3:23 p.m. Republican Leader McConnell spoke on inflation.

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

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of Morning Business.

At approximately 5:30 p.m. the Senate will proceed to one roll call vote:

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #193, Tiffany Cunningham to be United States Circuit Judge for the Federal Circuit.

Cloture has also been filed on the following nominations:

  1. Kenneth Polite to be an Assistant Attorney General.
  2. Jennifer Abruzzo to be General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board.

Thursday, July 15, 2021

3:35 p.m. The Senate adjourned.

3:18 p.m. Senator Lee spoke on federal spending.

3:10 p.m. Senator Cruz spoke on the situation in Cuba.

3:05 p.m. Senator Cortez Masto wrapped up for the day and week.

Passed by UC: S. 658, authorizing the Department of Homeland Security to work for training and other purposes; S Res. 306, to authorize representation by the Senate Legal Counsel in the case of Jennifer Grapple (sp?).

2:20 p.m. Senator Kennedy discuss recent hurricane damage to Louisiana and asked UC to take up and pass S.2359 to give community development block grants, paid for with spectrum sales funds. Senator Paul objected.

2:19 p.m. The Senate invoked cloture on the Cunningham nomination, 63-34.

Senators voting in favor: All Democrats and Independents, 13 Republicans:
Capito, Collins, Cornyn, Ernst, Fischer, Grassley, Lee, Murkowski, Portman, Romney, Rounds, Rubio & Tillis.

Three Republicans did not vote: Graham, Johnson and Moran.

1:45 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Tiffany Cunningham  to be U.S. Circuit Court Judge for Illinois.

1:38 p.m. Senator Gillibrand spoke on military justice reform and asked unanimous consent for the Senate to vote on S.1520. Senator Reed objected.

1:31 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke on the Cunningham nomination.

1:11 p.m. Senator Tuberville spoke on taxes.

1:04 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke on the increase in crime.

12:58 p.m. Senator Brown spoke on the American Rescue Plan.

12:45 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about government spending.

12:45 p.m. Cloture was filed on the following nominations:

exec. cal. 195 – Kenneth Allen Polite, Jr., LA, to be an Assistant Attorney General.

exec. cal. 246 – Jennifer Ann Abruzzo, NY, to be General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board.

12:43 p.m. The Remy nomination was confirmed 91 to 8.

Senators voting no: Blackburn, Ernst, Hagerty, Hawley, Lankford, Scott (FL), Shelby, and Wicker.

Senators not voting: Graham.

11:53 a.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on confirmation of David Remy to be Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

11:52 a.m. The Senate confirmed the Liang nomination, 72-27.

23 Republicans voting yes: Blunt, Burr, Capito, Collins, Cornyn, Crapo, Daines, Fischer, Grassley, Hyde-Smith, Johnson, McConnell, Moran, Murkowski, Portman, Risch, Romney, Rounds, Scott (SC), Thune, Toomey, Wicker, and Young.

Senator Menendez voted no and Senator Graham did not vote.

11:08 a.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on confirmation of J. Nellie Liang to be an Under Secretary of theTreasury.

10:58 a.m. Senator Thune spoke on defunding police.

10:54 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke on government spending.

10:44 a.m. Republican Leader McConnell spoke on Cuba, abortion, and inflation.

10:29 a.m. Majority Leader Schumer spoke on the economy, budget, marijuana, and child tax credit.

The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m. today and will resume consideration of the nomination of J. Nellie Liang to be Under Secretary of the Treasury.

At 11:00 a.m., two votes:

  1. Confirmation of J. Nellie Liang to be an Under Secretary of the Treasury
  2. Confirmation of the nomination of David Remy to be Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs

At 1:45 p.m., one vote:

  1. Motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Tiffany Cunningham  to be U.S. Circuit Court Judge for Illinois

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

7:57 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will reconvene at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 15. They will resume consideration of nomination of J. Nellie Liang to be Under Secretary of the Treasury. At 11:00 a.m. the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Liang nomination and also vote on confirmation of nomination of David Remy to be Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs. At 1:45 p.m., the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Tiffany Cunningham  to be U.S. Circuit Court Judge for Illinois.

During wrap up:

Passed, S.65, Ensure that goods made with labor force in the Xinjiang Uyghur region do not enter the country.

Agreed to S. Res. 107, Sense of the Senate relating to the 10th anniversary of the March 11, 2011 Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan.

Agreed to S. Res. 289, Designating June 2021 National Post Traumatic Stress Awareness Month and June 27, 2021 as National Stress Awareness Day.

7:45 p.m. Senator Blackburn spoke about the voting rights bill and also about nominations.

7:13 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke about voting rights.

7:02 p.m. Senator Gillibrand spoke about the Military Justice Improvement and Increasing Prevention Act. She attempted to get unanimous consent to proceed to the bill. Senator Reed objected.

7:01 p.m. Senator Schumer announced an agreement regarding H.R. 1652-Crime Victims Bill. At a time TBD there will be two hours of debate on the bill with only the Toomey amend #2121 be the only amendment in order. There will be a 60 vote affirmative threshold for passage.

7:00 p.m. By a vote of 90-8, cloture was invoked on the Remy nomination.

6:24 p.m. The Senate began voting on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of David Remy to be Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

6:23 By a vote of 72-27, cloture was invoked on the Liang nomination.

Senator Menendez joined 26 Republicans and voted no.

Senator Graham did not vote.

5:45 p.m. The Senate began voting on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of J. Nellie Liang to be Under Secretary of the Treasury.

5:27 p.m. Senator Inhofe spoke about the Defense Budget.

5:15 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about gun shows, climate change and also about voter suppression.

4:58 p.m. Senator Braun asked unanimous consent to pass S. 1920-ATF Accountability Act. Senator Durbin objected.

4:51 p.m. Senators Braun and Daines spoke in opposition to the Chipman nomination to be Director of ATF.

4:27 p.m. Senators Booker, Bennet and Brown spoke about the Child Tax Credit.

4:13 p.m. Senator Murphy spoke on gun violence and paid tribute to William Vanden Heuvel.

4:08 p.m. Senator Scott of Florida spoke about the Surfside building collapse. Senator Scott asked u.c. to call up and pass S.Res. 300, Honoring the memories of the victims of the building collapse in Surfside, FL, on June 24, 2021, and the bravery and selfless service of the individuals who responded to the building collapse. S.Res. 300, passed by unanimous consent.

4:07 p.m. By a vote of 53-46, the Senate confirmed Seema Nanda to be Solicitor for the Department of Labor.

3:30 p.m. The Senate began a vote on confirmation of the Nanda nomination.

3:22 p.m. By a vote of 52-47, the Senate confirmed the nomination of Jocelyn Samuels to be a Member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for a term expiring July 1, 2026. (Reappointment).

2:40 p.m. The Senate began a vote on confirmation of the Samuels nomination.

2:38 p.m. Senator Murray spoke supporting the Samuels nomination.

2:01 p.m. Senators Blunt, Ernst, Grassley, Wicker, Marshall and Scott of FL, spoke on inflation.

2:00 p.m. The Senate reconvened.

12:48 p.m. The Senate stands in recess until 2:00 p.m.

12:47 p.m. Cloture was invoked, 53-47: Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #120 Seema Nanda to be Solicitor for the Department of Labor.

12:16 p.m. The Senate began a vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #120 Seema Nanda to be Solicitor for the Department of Labor.

12:16 p.m. The Senate invoked cloture on the Samuels nomination, 53-47.

Republican Senators Collins, Grassley and Murkowski joined all Democrats and voted yes.

11:26 a.m. The Senate began a vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #121 Jocelyn Samuels to be a Member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for a term expiring July 1, 2026. (Reappointment).

11:16 a.m. Senators Boozman and Cotton spoke paying tribute to the life of Office Kevin Apple.

11:07 a.m. Senator Lummis spoke on nominations.

10:47 a.m. Senator Thune spoke on election laws and on agriculture issues.

10:26 a.m. RL McConnell spoke on H.R. 1. and election laws.

10:12 a.m. ML Schumer spoke about the American Jobs and Families plan.

10:00 a.m. The Senate convened.

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Following Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of the nomination of Jocelyn Samuels to be a Member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

At 11:30 a.m., the cloture motions with respect to the Samuels nomination and the nomination of Seema Nanda to be Solicitor for the Department of Labor will ripen and Senate will proceed to two roll call votes relative to the following:

o             Motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Jocelyn Samuels to be a Member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

o             Motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Seema Nanda to be Solicitor for the Department of Labor.

Following the Nanda vote, the Senate will recess until 2:00 p.m.

At 2:35 p.m., if cloture is invoked on either nomination, all post-cloture time will expire and the Senate will proceed to two roll call votes relative to the following:

o             Confirmation of the nomination of Jocelyn Samuels to be a Member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

o             Confirmation of the nomination of Seema Nanda to be Solicitor for the Department of Labor. Additional roll call votes are expected during Wednesday’s session

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

6:32 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 14th. Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the Samuels nomination.

6:23 p.m. Senator Gillibrand spoke on sexual assault in the military. Senator Gillibrand asked u.c. to call up and pass, S.1520. Senator Reed objected.

6:16 p.m. Senator Whitehouse began wrap up:

  • Passed by unanimous consent: S. 169, a bill to amend title 17, United States Code, to require the Register of Copyrights to waive fees for filing an application for registration of a copyright claim in certain circumstances, and for other purposes.
  • Passed by unanimous consent: S. 534, Tribal Child Support Enforcement Act.
  • Passed by unanimous consent: H.R. 26, to amend the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, to correct a provision on the prohibition on the use of a reverse auction, and for other purposes.

5:48 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke about dark money and the Supreme Court.

5:47 p.m. By a vote of 50-48 the Senate agreed to the motion to discharge the Abruzzo nomination from the HELP committee.

5:01 p.m. The Senate is voting on the motion to discharge from the HELP committee, PN126 Jennifer Ann Abruzzo, to be General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board for a term of four years.

4:46 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about infrastructure.

4:22 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke on border security.

4:17 p.m. Senator Romney paid tribute to Dean Cox.

3:53 p.m. Senator Portman spoke on Cuba.

3:39 p.m. Senator Leahy spoke on Cuba.

3:25 p.m. Senator Cassidy congratulated Zeila Avant-Guard for winning the National Spelling Bee. He also spoke on energy.

3:24 p.m. The Su nomination was confirmed, 50-47.

Senators Braun, Inhofe, and Young did not vote.

2:27 p.m. The Senate began a vote on confirmation of Julie Su to be Deputy Secretary of Labor.

2:23 p.m. Senator Murray spoke supporting the Su nomination.

2:17 p.m. Senator Hirono spoke supporting the Su nomination.

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

12:51 p.m. The Senate stands in recess until 2:15 p.m.

12:50 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Su nomination 50-47.

12:18 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Julie Su to be Deputy Secretary of Labor.

12:17 p.m. The Zeya nomination was confirmed, 73-24.

23 Republicans voted yes: Blunt, Burr, Capito, Collins, Cornyn, Crapo, Fischer, Graham, Grassley, Hyde-Smith, McConnell, Moran, Murkowski, Portman, Risch, Romney, Rounds, Sasse, Scott (SC), Sullivan, Thune, Toomey, and Wicker.

Senators not voting: Braun, Inhofe, and Young.

11:30 a.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on confirmation of nomination of Uzra Zeya to be an Under Secretary of State (Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights).

11:13 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke spoke on immigration and on Texas election integrity legislation.

11:04 a.m. Senator Thune spoke on abortion.

10:40 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke on Central and South America, the pandemic, and U.S. Capitol Police funding.

10:27 a.m. Republican Leader McConnell spoke on Afghanistan and the economy.

10:15 a.m. Majority Leader Schumer spoke on voting rights.

10:14 a.m. Placed on the calendar en bloc re: Rule 14:

  • S. 2311- Supplemental appropriations.
  • H.R. 3684 – INVEST in America Act.

The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m. and resume consideration of the nomination of Uzra Zeya to be an Under Secretary of State (Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights).

At 11:30 a.m., the Senate will proceed to two roll call votes:

  1. Confirmation of the Zeya nomination.
  2. Cloture on the nomination of Julie Su to be Deputy Secretary of Labor.

Following the Su vote, the Senate will recess until 2:15 p.m. to allow for the weekly caucus luncheons.

At 2:30 p.m., the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Su nomination.

Additional roll call votes are possible during today’s session.

Cloture has also been filed on the following:

  • exec. cal. 121 – Jocelyn Samuels to be a Member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
  • exec. cal. 120 – Seema Nanda to be Solicitor for the Department of Labor.
  • exec. cal. 171 – Nellie Liang to be Under Secretary of the Treasury.
  • exec. cal. 154 – Donald Remy to be Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
  • exec. cal. 193 – Tiffany Cunningham to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Federal Circuit.

Monday, July 12, 2021

7:01 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will next convene on Tuesday, July 13 at 10:00 a.m. Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume post-cloture consideration of Uzra Zeya to be an Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights.

2 votes at 11:30 a.m.

  1. Confirmation of Uzra Zeya to be Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights.
  2. Motion to invoke cloture on Julie Su to be Deputy Secretary of Labor.

After the vote on the Su nomination, the Senate will recess until 2:15 p.m. for weekly policy lunches.

Vote at 2:30 p.m.:

  1. Confirmation of Julie Su to be Deputy Secretary of Labor (if cloture is invoked earlier).

During wrap-up:

Began the Rule 14 process to place on the calendar en bloc:

  • S. 2311- Supplemental appropriations.
  • H.R. 3684 – INVEST in America Act.

7:00 p.m. Senator Moran spoke on Cuba.

6:44 p.m. Senator Gillibrand spoke on military justice and asked unanimous consent to take-up S.1520. Senator Reed objected.

6:30 p.m. Senator Rubio spoke on Cuba.

6:20 p.m. Senator Brown paid tribute to Elsie Steward Young and labor.

6:19 p.m. The Senate confirmed the Zeya nomination 71-23.

22 Republicans voting yes: Blunt, Burr, Capito, Collins, Cornyn, Crapo, Fischer, Graham, Grassley, Hyde-Smith, McConnell, Moran, Portman, Risch, Romney, Rounds, Sasse, Scott (SC), Thune, Toomey, Wicker, and Young.

6 Senators not voting: Booker, Braun, Cassidy, Inhofe, Murkowski, and Tillis.

5:41 p.m. The Senate began voting on the motion to invoke cloture on the
Uzra Zeya to be an Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights.

5:37 p.m. Senator Scott (FL) spoke on Cuba.

5:34 p.m. Senator Menendez spoke in support of the Zeya nomination.

5:27 p.m. Majority Leader Schumer filed cloture on the following:

  • exec. cal. 121 – Jocelyn Samuels, MD, to be a Member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
  • exec. cal. 120 – Seema Nanda, VA, to be Solicitor for the Department of Labor.
  • exec. cal. 171 – J. Nellie Liang, MD, to be Under Secretary of the Treasury.
  • exec. cal. 154 – Donald Michael Remy, LA, to be Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
  • exec. cal. 193 – Tiffany P. Cunningham, IL, to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Federal Circuit.

5:27 p.m. S.Res. 238, recognizing and honoring the sacrifices and accomplishments of the Greatest Generation, was adopted by unanimous consent.

5:16 p.m. Senator Tuberville spoke on Independence Day and veterans.

5:02 p.m. Senator Leahy spoke on U.S. Capitol Police funding.

4:48 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on the Senate’s agenda.

4:28 p.m. Senator Blackburn spoke on Cuba, economy, infrastructure, and Afghanistan.

4:15 p.m. Senator Peters spoke in favor of the Easterly nomination then asked the nomination of , JEN EASTERLY, OF NEW YORK, TO BE DIRECTOR OF THE CYBERSECURITY AND INFRASTRUCTURE SECURITY AGENCY, DEPARTMENT OF HomeLAND SECURITY be confirmed by unanimous consent. The nomination was confirmed.

3:30 Senator Durbin spoke on COVID and vaccines.

3:15 p.m. Leader Schumer spoke on the stimulus that has kept Americans afloat during the past year and the upcoming business of the Senate.

The Senate will convene at 3:00 p.m. and following any Leader remarks, will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #67, Uzra Zeya to be an Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights.

At 5:30 p.m., the Senate will vote on cloture on the Zeya nomination.

Cloture has also been filed on the nomination of Julie Su to be Deputy Secretary of Labor.

Thursday, July 8, 2021

The Senate convened for a pro forma session at 12:00 p.m. Senator Duckworth presided and no business was conducted.

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