Wednesday, March 3, 2021

4:36 p.m. Senator Johnson spoke ab out the relief bill.

4:12 p.m. Senator Toomey spoke about the relief package.

4:01 p.m. Senator Lee spoke about the relief bill.

3:46 p.m. Senator Peters objected.

3:32 p.m. Senators Scott of Florida, Ernst and Lankford joined in a colloquy about the relief bill. Senator Scott of Florida sought consent for passage of S.Res. 88, on oversight of virus-related spending.

3:18 p.m. Senator Portman spoke about the relief package.

3:12 p.m. Senator Casey spoke about the relief package.

2:40 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about th COVID package.

2:26 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke about election security.

2:09 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about the COVID package.

12:53 p.m. Senator Thune spoke about the COVID package.

12:34 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about the Garland nomination and the COVID package.

12:17 p.m. Minority Leader McConnell spoke about the COVID package and border security.

12:02 p.m. Majority Leader Schumer spoke about the appointment of Karen Gibson as Senate Sergeant at Arms. He spoke about upcoming Senate action on the COVID aid package.

  • The Senate will convene at noon.
  • A roll call vote on the motion to proceed to H.R.1319, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 is expected during Wednesday’s session of the Senate. A Whip Alert will be sent if and when any votes are scheduled.

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

7:11 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday. The Senate is expected to move to proceed to H.R. 1319, an act to provide for reconciliation pursuant to Title 2 of S.Con.Res. 5 during Wednesday’s session. A vote on the motion to proceed is expected but has not been set.

7:09 p.m. The Senate convened. ML Schumer asked for the second reading of H.R. 5 and H.R. 1319. ML Schumer completed the Rule 14 process and the bills are placed in the calendar.

7:07 p.m. ML Schumer asked for the first reading of H.R. 5, an act to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, gender identity and sexual orientation and H.R. 1319, an act to provide for reconciliation pursuant to Title 2 of S.Con.Res. 5. The bills were read for the first time. The Senate adjourned until 7:09 p.m. today.

7:06 p.m. The Senate confirmed the nomination of Cecilia Rouse to be Chairman of the Council of Economic Adviser by a tally of 95-4.

Voting No: Senators Cotton, Paul, Scott of Florida and Tuberville.

5:37 p.m. The Senate began a vote on confirmation of the nomination of Cecilia Rouse to be Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors.

5:34 p.m. Senator Braun asked u.c. to call up and pass S. 294, relating to parental rights of children’s medical decisions. Senator Hirono objected.

4:02 p.m. Senators Daines, Hoeven, Marshall, Tillis, Ernst, Young, Lankford, Barrasso, Grassley and Braun spoke on the Covid relief plan.

4:02 p.m. Senator Capito paid tribute to West Virginia Senate President Pro Tempore Donna Boley, before discussing the Covid relief plan.

3:48 p.m. Senator Carper objected to Senator Lee’s request.

3:42 p.m. Senator Lee spoke on vaccinations of children 11 and older in the District of Columbia and asked UC to pass S.J Res 7, disapproving the DC Council in approving the Minor Consent for Vaccinations amendment Act of 2020.

3:33 p.m. Senator Brown spoke in favor of the Rouse nomination.

3:32 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Rouse nomination, 94-5.

Voting no: 5 Republicans: Cotton, Lummis, Paul, Scott of Florida and Tuberville.

Not voting 1 Republican: Blackburn.

2:55 p.m. Cloture vote began on the nomination of Cecilia Rouse to be Chair of the Council of Economic Advisors.

2:54 p.m. The Raimondo nomination was confirmed 84-15.

Senators voting against: 15 Republicans: Barrasso, Cotton, Cramer, Cruz, Hagerty, Hawley, Hoeven, Kennedy, Lummis, Rubio, Sasse, Scott of Florida, Scott of South Carolina, Shelby and Tuberville.

Not voting: 1 Republican: Blackburn.

2:15 p.m. The Senate returned from recess and began a vote on
confirmation of Gina Marie Raimondo to be Secretary of Commerce.

12:34 p.m. The Senate recessed until 2:15 p.m.

12:20 p.m. Senator Cruz spoke about Texas Independence Day.

12:07 p.m. Senator Fischer spoke about the COVID package.

11:49 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the COVID package. He spoke about Texas Independence Day.

11:31 a.m. Senator Cantwell spoke in favor of the Raimondo nomination.

11:17 a.m. Senator Thune spoke about the COVID package.

11:06 a.m. Senator Barrasso spoke about the COVID package.

10:56 a.m. Minority Leader McConnell spoke about the COVID package. He spoke about Iran.

10:42 a.m. Majority Leader Schumer spoke about nominations, the COVID relief package and voting rights.

The Senate will convene at 10:30 a.m. and will resume consideration of the nomination of Gina Marie Raimondo to be Secretary of Commerce, post-cloture.

  • At 12:15 p.m., Senator Cruz will be recognized for up to 30 minutes. Following his remarks, the Senate will recess until 2:15 p.m. to allow for the weekly caucus luncheons.
  • At 2:15 p.m., the Senate will proceed to two roll call votes:
  • Confirmation of the nomination of Gina Marie Raimondo to be Secretary of Commerce.
  • Motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Cecilia Elena Rouse to be Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers.
  • If cloture is invoked on the Rouse nomination, a roll call vote on confirmation of the Rouse nomination is expected to occur during Tuesday’s session of the Senate.

Monday, March 1, 2021

The Senate will convene at 3:00 p.m. and resume consideration of Executive Calendar #16, Miguel Cardona to be Secretary of Education. 

At 5:30 p.m. on Monday, the Senate will proceed to two roll call votes:

1.       Confirmation of the Cardona nomination.

2.      Cloture on Executive Calendar #8, Gina Raimondo to be Secretary of Commerce.

 Cloture has also been filed on Executive Calendar #13, Cecilia Rouse to be Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers.

Thursday, February 25,2021

3:04 p.m. The Senate adjourned.

3:00 p.m. Senator Cortez Masto wrapped up for the day and week.

2:59 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Cardona nomination, 66-32.

Senators voting in favor: 48 Democrats, 16 Republicans: Burr, Capito, Cassidy, Collins, Cornyn, Fischer, Grassley, Hyde-Smith, Johnson, McConnell, Moran, Murkowski, Portman, Romney, Rubio and Tillis; 2 Independents: King and Sanders.

Senators not voting: 2 Republicans: Inhofe and Sullivan.

1:25 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the Cardona nomination.

1:14 p.m. Senator Lankford paid tribute to Maxine Horner.

1:05 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke on the Postal Service.

12:47 p.m. Senators Blunt and Klobuchar spoke on the inauguration.

12:46 p.m. The Granholm nomination was confirmed, 64-35.

Senators voting in favor: 48 Democrats, 14 Republicans: Burr, Collins, Cramer, Crapo, Daines, Hoeven, Johnson, McConnell, Murkowski, Portman, Risch, Romney, Rounds and Young; 2 Independents: King and Sanders.

Senators voting against: 35 Republicans.

Senators not voting: 1 Republican: Sullivan.

12:07 p.m. Roll call vote began on confirmation of the Granholm nomination.

12:05 p.m. Senator Manchin spoke in favor of the Granholm nomination.

12:00 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke against the Granholm nomination.

11:56 a.m. Senator Peters spoke in support of the Granholm nomination.

11:48 a.m. Senator Thune spoke on agriculture issues.

11:20 a.m. Republican Leader McConnell spoke on election access legislation and paid tribute to outgoing Secretary of the Senate Julie Adams.

11:13 a.m. Senator Leahy paid tribute to outgoing Secretary of the Senate Julie Adams and introduced the next Secretary of the Senate, Sonceria “Ann” Berry.

11:03 a.m. Majority Leader Schumer discussed nominations and Covid-19 relief.

11:00 a.m. The Senate convened.

The Senate will convene at 11:00 a.m. and be in a period of morning business.

At approximately 12:10 p.m. – 1 roll call vote:

1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #9, Jennifer Granholm to be Secretary of Energy.

At 1:30 p.m. – 1 roll call vote:

2. Cloture on Executive Calendar #16, Miguel Cardona to be Secretary of Education.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

6:35 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 11 a.m. Thursday, whereupon it will resume consideration of the Granholm nomination, with a confirmation vote at noon.

There will be a cloture votes at 1:30 p.m. on the nomination of Miguel Cardona as education secretary.

6:18 p.m. Senator Portman spoke about the drug addiction epidemic.

6:11 p.m. Senator Lankford spoke about reopening schools.

6:05 p.m. The Senate consented to passage of these measures: S.Res. 70, on Senate budget and calendar matters; S.422, on employee-sharing matters; S.Res. 74, setting Rare Disease Day on Feb. 28; and S.Res. 75, celebrating Black History Month.

5:48 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the crisis in Texas. He spoke about the relief bill.

5:38 p.m. Senator Daines spoke about reopening schools.

5:30 p.m. Senator Blackburn spoke about reopening schools.

5:15 p.m. Senator Collins spoke about a bill to expand broadband access in rural areas.

4:50 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about the mass communications technology business.

4:49 p.m. By a vote of 67 to 32, the Senate invoked cloture on the nomination of Jennifer Granholm to be secretary of energy.

4:01 p.m. The Senate began voting on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Jennifer Granholm to be Secretary of Energy.

4:00 p.m. The Senate reconvened.

3:08 p.m. The Senate recessed for an all Senators briefing.

2:58 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke about energy.

2:55 p.m. Senator Schumer filed cloture on the following nominations:

  • Gina Raimondo to be Secretary of Commerce
  • Cecilia Rouse to be Chairman of the Council of Economic advisors.

1:25 p.m. Senators Boozman, Blunt, Ernst, Capito and Scott (FL) spoke about re-opening schools.

1:13 p.m. Senator Thune spoke about student loan debt.

12:54 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about the virus and vaccines.

12:27 p.m. Majority Leader Schumer spoke about the relief package. He spoke about China policy.

12:10 p.m. Senator Kennedy spoke about re-opening schools.

The Senate will convene at 12:00 p.m. and resume consideration of the nomination of Jennifer Granholm to be Secretary of Energy.

At 3:00 p.m. the Senate will recess until 4:00 p.m. to accommodate an all Senators briefing on Capitol security.

At 4:00 p.m. there will be a cloture vote on the Granholm nomination.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

6:53 p.m. The Senate adjourned.

6:29 p.m. Senator Casey spoke on Black history month.

5:45 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke on Covid-19 relief.

5:30 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke on suicide and opioids.

5:13 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the recent bad weather in Texas, and the Garland and Tanden nominations.

5:04 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke on school shootings.

4:52 p.m. Senator Blackburn spoke against the Becerra nomination.

4:37 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke against the Vilsack nomination and on energy.

3:54 p.m. Majority Leader Schumer filed cloture on the nomination of Miguel Cardona to be Secretary of Education.

3:53 p.m. The Thomas-Greenfield nomination was confirmed 78-21.

3:07 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #11 Linda Thomas-Greenfield to be Representative of the U.S. to the Sessions of the General Assembly of the UN during her tenure of service as Representative of the U.S. to the UN.

3:06 p.m. The Senate confirmed the nomination of Tom Vilsack to be Secretary of Agriculture by a vote of 92-7.

Voting against: Senators Cruz, Hawley, Paul, Rubio, Sanders, Scott (FL) and Sullivan.

Not voting: Senator Shaheen.

2:27 p.m. The Senate began a vote on confirmation of the Vilsack nomination.

2:23 p.m. Senator Boozman spoke on the Vilsack nomination.

2:23 p.m. Senator Boozman spoke on the Vilsack nomination.

2:15 p.m. Senator Stabenow spoke supporting the Vilsack nomination.

12:41 p.m. The Senate recessed until 2:15 p.m.

12:40 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Thomas Greenfield nomination by a tally of 77-20.

12:08 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the nomination of Linda Thomas Greenfield to be representative to the General Assembly.

12:07 p.m. The nomination was confirmed 78-20.

11:30 a.m. Roll call vote began on confirmation of the Thomas Greenfield nomination to be Ambassador to the United Nations.

11:09 a.m. Senator Thune spoke on Covid-19 relief.

10:53 a.m. RL McConnell spoke on returning to schools and on the Becerra nomination.

10:39 a.m. ML Schumer spoke on nominations, Covid-19 relief and on the January 6th attack.

10:30 a.m. The Senate convened.

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The Senate will convene at 10:30 a.m. and resume consideration of Executive Calendar #10, Linda Thomas-Greenfield to be Ambassador to the United Nations.

At 11:30 a.m. two roll call votes:

  1. Confirmation of Linda Thomas-Greenfield to be Ambassador to the United Nations.
  2. Cloture on Executive Calendar #11, Linda Thomas-Greenfield to be Representative to the Sessions of the General Assembly of the United Nations during her tenure of service as Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations.

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

At approximately 2:35pm – 2 roll call votes:

1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #7, Thomas Vilsack to be Secretary of Agriculture.

2. If cloture is invoked, confirmation of the Thomas-Greenfield nomination to be Representative to the Sessions of the General Assembly of the United Nations.

During Monday’s session of the Senate, Senator Schumer filed cloture on  Executive Calendar #9, Jennifer Mulhern Granholm, to be Secretary of the Energy. Under the rule and if no agreement is reached, that cloture vote would occur 1 hour after the Senate convenes on Wednesday.

Monday, February 22, 2021

6:17 p.m. The Senate adjourned.

6:16 p.m. Majority Leader Schumer wrapped up for the evening.

6:15 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Thomas-Greenfield nomination, 75-20.

5:30 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the Thomas-Greenfield nomination.

5:24 p.m. Senator Menendez spoke in favor of the Thomas-Greenfield nomination.

5:15 p.m. Senator Cotton spoke against the Thomas-Greenfield nomination.

4:35 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke on the Vilsack nomination.

4:28 p.m. Senator Durbin paid tribute to John Lewis on what would have been his 81st birthday.

4:00 p.m. Republican Leader McConnell spoke on winter storms in Kentucky and Covid relief.

3:48 p.m. Majority Leader Schumer spoke on cabinet nominations, Covid relief and the recent impeachment trial. He then filed cloture on the nomination of Jennifer Granholm to be Secretary of Energy.

3:02 p.m. Senator Portman read President Washington’s farewell address.

3:00 p.m. The Senate convened.

The Senate will convene at 3:00 p.m. Following the prayer and pledge, Senator Portman will be recognized to deliver Washington’s Farewell Address.

Following the address, the Senate will proceed to consider the nomination of Linda Thomas-Greenfield to be the Ambassador to the United Nations.

At 5:30 p.m. The Senate will vote on cloture on the Thomas-Greenfield nomination.

At a time to be determined on Tuesday, February 23, the Senate will consider Executive Calendar #7, Thomas Vilsack to be Secretary of Agriculture. After up to 20 minutes for debate, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the nomination.

Friday, February 19, 2021

10:19 a.m. The Senate met for a pro forma session, Senator Van Hollen presided and no business was conducted.

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

The Senate met in a pro forma session at 10:00 a.m. with Senator Padilla presiding. No business was conducted.

Saturday, February 13, 2021

5:29 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 16, when there will be a pro forma session. There will be another pro forma session at 10:15 a.m. Friday, Feb. 19.

5:23 p.m. During wrap-up, the Senate consented to passage of S. Res. 61, paying tribute to the late George Schultz, and S. Res. 62, congratulating the Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Senate agreed to consider the nomination of Thomas Vilsack to be Agriculture Secretary at a time to be determined on Tuesday, Feb. 23.

Majority Leader Schumer filed cloture on the nominations of Linda Thomas-Greenfield to be U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. and representative the Security Council.

The Senate agreed that it will next convene for legislative business on Monday, Feb. 22, when Senator Portman will deliver George Washington’s Farewell Address. At 5:30 p.m., there will be a cloture vote on the Thomas-Greenfield nominations.

4:43 p.m. Senator Collins spoke about the case.

4:28 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke about the case.

4:07 p.m. Senator McConnell spoke about the case.

3:54 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke about the case.

3:48 p.m. By a vote of 57 to 43, the Senate acquitted former President Trump.
Republicans voting guilty: Burr, Cassidy, Collins, Murkowski, Romney, Sasse, Toomey. All Democrats and independents King and Sanders voted guilty.

3:39 p.m. The vote on impeachment began, two-thirds majority required.

2:45 p.m. Counsel van der Veen began the argument for the defense.

2:35 p.m. Manager Raskin continued the arguments for the House.

2:18 p.m. Manager Neguse continued the arguments for the House.

1:52 p.m. Manager Dean resumed the House arguments.

1:51 p.m. Senator Lee withdrew his appeal. Senator Leahy reminded the parties that new evidence may not be introduced during closing arguments.

1:38 p.m. Senator Lee sought to raise a point of order. A quorum call began.

1:16 p.m. Manager Cicilline continued closing arguments for the House.

12:53 p.m. Manager Raskin began closing arguments. Up to four hours of debate are permitted, equally divided between the two sides.

12:51 p.m. By consent, the Senate admitted into the trial record a statement by Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler.

12:33 p.m. The Senate reconvened.

11:43 a.m. The Senate recessed until 12:30 p.m.

10:34 a.m. The motion on whether it shall be in order to consider and debate under the impeachment rules any motion to subpoena witnesses was agreed to 55-45, with Republicans Collins, Graham, Murkowski, Romney and Sasse joining all Democrats and Independents in favor.

10:20 a.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on whether or not it shall be in order to consider and debate under the impeachment rules any motion to subpoena witnesses and or documents.

10:19 a.m. House Manager Raskin spoke briefly.

10:14 a.m. Mr Van Der Veen responded.

10:11 a.m. House Manager Raskin spoke on witnesses.

10:08 a.m. Mr Van Der Veen responded.

10:04 a.m. The Senate began up to two hours debating whether to call witnesses, with House Manager Raskin speaking first.

10:00 a.m. The Senate convened.

The Senate will reconvene at 10 a.m. as the Court of Impeachment for the trial of former President Trump. There will be up to two hours of debate on whether to call witnesses, followed by a vote on the question.

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