Tuesday, January 19, 2021

4:03 p.m. The Senate adjourned.

1:07 p.m. Senator Booker paid tribute to USCP Officer Sicknick.

12:51 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke on the attack on the Capitol and paid tribute to his departing chief of staff.

12:39 p.m. Senator Loeffler gave her farewell speech.

12:21 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke on the Inauguration and upcoming Biden Administration nominations.

12:03 p.m. ML McConnell spoke on the attack on the Capitol.

12:02 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke on constituent meetings.

The Senate will convene at 12:00 noon and be in a period of morning business. Votes are not expected today but are still possible.

Friday January 15, 2021

The Senate convened for a pro forma session at 10:00 a.m. Senator Sasse presided and no business was conducted.

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

The Senate convened for a pro forma session at 12:30 p.m. Senator Fischer presided and no business was conducted.

Friday, January 8, 2021

The Senate convened for a pro forma session at 10:00 a.m. Senator Cotton presided and no business was conducted.

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

3:44 a.m. The Senate adjourned.

12:42 a.m. ML McConnell asked unanimous consent that upon the dissolution of the joint session, the Senate stand adjourned and reconvene the upcoming pro forma sessions on the following dates/times:

  • Friday, January 8th at 10:00 a.m.
  • Tuesday, January 12th at 12:30 p.m.
  • Friday, January 15th at 10:00 a.m. and when the Senate adjourns on January 15th, it returns at 12 noon on Tuesday, January 19th.

12:40 a.m. By a vote of 7-92, the Senate did not sustain the objection to the certification of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s electoral ballots be sustained.

Senators voting in favor: Cruz, Hawley, Hyde Smith, Lummis, Marshall, Tuberville and Scott (FL) .

12:30 a.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on the following question: Shall the objection to the certification of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s electoral ballots be sustained.

11:26 p.m. The Senate stands in recess subject to the call of the Chair.

11:21 p.m. Senator Warren spoke.

11:13 p.m. Senator Coons spoke.

11:08 p.m. Senator Blumenthal spoke.

11:02 p.m. Senator Markey spoke.

10:53 p.m. Senator Carper spoke.

10:46 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke.

10:40 p.m. Senator Collins spoke.

10:34 p.m. Senator Hirono spoke.

10:29 p.m. Senator Rubio spoke.

10:23 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke.

10:16 p.m. Senator Toomey spoke.

10:11 p.m. By a vote of 6-93, the Senate did not sustain the objection to the certification of the State of Arizona’s electoral ballots be sustained.

Senators Cruz, Hawley, Hyde-Smith, Kennedy, Marshall and Tuberville voted in favor of the objection.

9:59 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on the following question: “shall the objection to the certification of the State of Arizona’s electoral ballots be sustained?”

9:52 p.m. Senator Graham spoke.

9:42 p.m. Senator King spoke.

9:36 p.m. Senator Portman spoke.

9:30 p.m. Senator Shaheen spoke.

9:26 p.m. Senator Romney spoke.

9:21 p.m. Senator Casey spoke.

9:21 p.m. Senator Hawley spoke.

9:13 p.m. Senator Warner spoke.

9 p.m. Senator Paul spoke.

9:03 p.m. Senator Duckworth spoke.

9 p.m. Senator Marshall spoke.

8:55 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke.

8:48 p.m. Senator Sasse spoke.

8:44 p.m. Senator Booker spoke.

8:41 p.m. Senator Kaine spoke.

8:39 p.m. Senator Loeffler spoke.

8:34 p.m. Senator Bennet spoke.

8:29 p.m. Senator Lee spoke.

8:23 p.m. Senator Cortez Masto spoke about the attacks.

8:19 p.m. Senator Lankford spoke. He said the Senate is headed for the certification of Joe Biden’s election.

8:12 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke about the attacks.

8:09 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell said, the United States Senate will not be intimidated … will not be kept out of this chamber by thugs.”

8:06 p.m. Vice President Pence spoke.

8:06 p.m. The Senate returned from recess.

2:13 p.m. The Senate stands in recess subject to the call of the Chair.

2:10 p.m. Senator Lankford spoke.

2:05 p.m. Senator Sinema spoke.

2:01 p.m. Senator Toomey spoke.

1:54 p.m. Senator Klobuchar spoke.

1:48 p.m. Senator Cruz spoke.

1:32 p.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about the objection to Arizona’s votes.

1:31 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the objection to Arizona’s votes. “Nothing before us proves illegality” on a scale to tip the election, he said.

1:28 p.m. Vice President Pence reconvened the Senate for the Arizona debate.

1:17 p.m. Senators returned to the Senate chamber to debate the objection to the counting of Arizona’s votes.

12:55 p.m. Senators began their procession to the Hall of the House of Representatives.

12:33 p.m. The senate acted under Rule XIV to take up S. 11, on limitations upon the appointment of a secretary of defense and S. 13, on election security.

12:32 p.m. The Senate secretary reported receipt a communication from the president.

The Senate will convene at 12:30 p.m. and be in a period of morning business.

At 1:00 p.m., the Joint Session of Congress will convene in the Hall of the House of Representatives under the provisions of S.Con.Res.1, for the counting of the electoral ballots.

If there is an objection to counting a state’s electors, Senators will return to the Senate Chamber. There would be up to 2 hours of debate time. Upon conclusion of debate, the Senate would proceed to a roll call vote on whether to sustain the objection.

Sunday, January 3, 2021

The Senate convened for a pro forma session at 11:45 a.m. Senator Graham presided, no business was conducted and the 116th Congress adjourned.

At 12:00 noon, the 117th Congress convened.

12:02 p.m. Vice President Pence swore in all the newly elected and re-elected Senators in pairs.

12:37 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell welcomed everyone.

12:39 p.m. S Res 1 and 2, informing the President and the House respectively that a quorum was present were passed by UC.

12:41 p.m. S Res 3 fixing the hour of the daily meeting of the Senate was passed by UC.

12:42 p.m. S Con Res 1, providing for the counting of electoral ballots on Wednesday was agreed to by UC.

12:43 p.m. S Con Res 2, extending the life of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies was agreed to by UC.

12:46 p.m. The Senate adjourned until Wednesday January 6th at 12:30 p.m.

Friday, January 1, 2021

4:12 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 11:45 a.m. Sunday.

4:05 p.m. During wrap-up, Senator Boozman secured for consent of these items:

— S. 5086 on the sharing of employees among senators;

— S.Res. 406, recognizing ASEAN’s 60 years of work for peace;

— H.R. 2444, on State Department loans for arms sales;

— S.Res. 684, on violence in Cameroon, as amended by Senator Risch;

— H.R. 4508, to expand scholarship programs for Pakistani women;

— After adjournment the Senate reconvene and adjourn at 11:45 a.m., pro forma, Sunday, then reconvene at noon Sunday for the new Congress.

2:33 p.m. By a vote of 81 to 13 the Senate overrode the president’s veto of H.R.8395, the fiscal year 2021 authorization bill for the Department of Defense.

NAYS: Democrats Booker, Markey, Merkley, Warren, Wyden; independent Sanders; Republicans Braun, Cotton, Cruz, Hawley, Kennedy, Lee, Paul.

NOT VOTING: Republicans Gardner, Graham, Loeffler, Perdue, Sasse; Democrat Jones.

1:39 p.m. Vote began on veto override.

1:36 p.m. By a vote of 80 to 12, the Senate invoked cloture for the vote to override the president’s veto of the fiscal year 2021 defense authorization bill.

NAYS — Six Democrats: Booker, Markley, Merkley, Van Hollen, Warren, Wyden; independent Sanders; five Republicans: Braun, Hawley, Kennedy, Lee and Paul.

NOT VOTING: Republicans Cotton, Cruz, Gardner, Graham, Loeffler, Perdue and Sasse; Democrat Jones.

1:00 p.m. Senate now voting on motion to invoke cloture on passage of H.R. 6395 – NDAA veto override bill.

12:52 p.m . Senator Reed spoke about the defense authorization.

12:49 p.m. Senator Inhofe spoke about the defense veto override.

12:44 p.m. Senator Hawley objected.

12:38 p.m. Senator Sanders propounded another consent request on the $2,000 measure.

12:28 a.m. Senators Durbin, Thune ad Sanders discussed the relief payment measure.

12:18 p.m. Senator Sanders spoke about the $2,000-payment measure.

12:12 p.m. Senator Thune objected.

12:05 p.m. Minority Leader Schumer sought consent for passage of the measure to provide individual relief payments of $2,000.

12:02 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the state of the economy, the pandemic relief package and the pending vote to override the president’s veto of the 2021 defense authorization.

The Senate convened at noon.

Thursday, December 31, 2020

3:40 p.m. The Senate stands adjourned until 12:00 p.m. on Friday, January 1st. Following Leader remarks the Senate will resume consideration of the Veto message to accompany H.R. 6395, NDAA.

3:37 p.m. ML McConnell began wrap up:

  • H.R. 4044, Protect and Restore America’s Estuaries Act. Passed by voice vote.
  • H.R. 1472, To rename the Homestead National Monument of America near Beatrice, Nebraska, as the Homestead National Historical Park. Passed by unanimous consent.

2:45 p.m. Senator Lee payed tribute to Gary Herbert.

2:22 p.m. Senator Blumenthal spoke on Covid relief.

12:28 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke on Covid relief.

12:15 p.m. Senator Sanders spoke on GOP tax relief for the rich. Senator Sanders asked unanimous consent that at 3:00 p.m. the Senate call up and vote on H.R. 9051, JUSTICE Act. ML McConnell objected.

12:07 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke on the need for $2000 direct payments. H.R. 9051, CASH Act of 2020. ML McConnell objected.

12:03 p.m. ML McConnell moved to proceed to S. 3985, JUSTICE Act
(Just and Unifying Solutions To Invigorate Communities Everywhere Act). ML McConnell spoke on Coronavirus funding.

12:00 p.m. The Senate convened for the day.

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The Senate will convene at 12:00 p.m. and resume consideration of the veto message to H.R. 6395, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021.

The Majority Leader filed cloture on the veto message to H.R.6395 during Wednesday’s session of the Senate. Absent other accords, the cloture petition will ripen one hour after the Senate convenes on Friday, January 1.

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

5:51 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will reconvene at noon on Thursday, Dec. 31. They will resume consideration of the veto message on H.R. 6395, NDAA. Senator McConnell filed cloture on the veto message. Note: cloture ripens one hour after the Senate convenes on Friday.

5:47 p.m. The motion to proceed to the veto message on H.R. 6395, NDAA was agreed to by a vote of 80-12. Voting no: Senators Braun, Cruz, Hawley, Kennedy, Lee, Markey, Merkley, Paul, Sanders, Van Hollen, Warren, and Wyden. Not voting: Blackburn, Cotton, Gardner, Graham, Jones, Loeffler, Perdue, and Rubio.

5:17 p.m. A quorum was present.

5:00 p.m. The Senate began a live quorum.

4:41 p.m. Senator Reed spoke about the NDAA.

4:36 p.m. Senator Inhofe spoke about the NDAA.

4:15 p.m. Senator Brown spoke about the $2000 payment.

3:50 p.m. Senator Cornyn and Senator Sander spoke about corporate liability.

3:45 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about the veto override and also about the $2000 payment.

3:43 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke against the $2000 payment.

3:36 p.m. Senator Markey spoke about Covid and also about the $2000 payment.

3:30 p.m. Senator Toomey spoke about why he is against the $2000 payment.

3:21 p.m. Senator Sanders spoke about the $2000 payment.

3:11 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke about Senator Hawley’s intention to contest the certification of electoral college votes, the override of the veto of the NDAA, and the $2000 payment.

3:02 p.m. Senator McConnell spoke about Senator Sanders, the covid relief bill and about the NDAA.

The Senate will convene at 3:00 p.m. Following Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business.

At 5:00pm, there will be a live quorum call.  Once a quorum is established, we expect Majority Leader McConnell to ask to lay before the Senate the message on the NDAA veto, at which time there would be a vote on laying the message before the Senate. This is a majority vote threshold.

We expect Majority Leader McConnell to file cloture on the veto message during Wednesday’s session. If no agreement can be reached, the cloture vote would occur 1 hour after the Senate convenes on Friday.

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

3:18 p.m. The Senate adjourned.

3:15 p.m. ML McConnell wrapped up for the day. The following bills had their first reading.

1. S.5085, to increase the additional 2020 recovery rebates, to repeal section 230 of the Communications Act of 1934, and for other purposes.

2. H.R.9051, to increase recovery rebate amounts to $2,000 for individuals

2:09 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about the defense authorization and the $2,000 relief bill.

1:43 p.m. Senator Inhofe spoke about the defense authorization.

1:28 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about virus relief and the defense bill.

12:41 p.m. Senator Murphy spoke about the $2,000 relief checks.

12:26 p.m. Senator Markey spoke about the $2,000 relief checks.

12:19 p.m. Senator Sanders spoke about the $2,000 virus relief measure. He sought consent for a vote on the corona measure immediately after a vote on the defense bill veto override. Senator McConnell objected. Senator Sanders objected to Senator McConnell’s consent request.

12:12 p.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about the defense bill and the relief measure. He sought consent that Senator McConnell’s request be amended to have the Senate proceed to H.R. 9051, the $2,000-per-person corona relief measure. Leader McConnell objected.

12:09 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell said a veto override vote on the defense authorization will be scheduled for Wednesday. He spoke about the coronavirus relief measure. He said this week “will begin a process” to consider the president’s positions on relief checks and other policies.

He sought consent for a 1:15 p.m. vote Wednesday on S.3985, a measure on policing that Senator Paul has proposed for consideration.

12:01 p.m. The Senate is in a quorum call.

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The Senate will convene at 12:00 noon and be in a period of morning business. No votes have been scheduled but are possible.

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