Monday, April 23, 2018

7:21 p.m. The Senate adjourned.

6:41 p.m Senators Durbin and Whitehouse  spoke about the Koch brothers.

6:38 p.m ML McConnell does wrap up for the evening.  Passed by UC: S. Res 479, re “Donate life month”; S. Res 480, regarding May 1 being designated Silver Star Service Banner Day; HR 4300, the Pacific War Commemorative Display Establishment Act.   Passed by voice vote: S. 2325, the Northern Mariana Islands US Workforce Act.  UC that when the Senate adjourns, it do so until 10:00 a.m. Tuesday and resume consideration of the Duncan nomination. Further that the Senate recess from 12:30-2:15.  UC that the Senate adjourn following remarks of Senators Durbin and Whitehouse.

6:37 p.m Cloture was invoked on the Duncan nomination 50-44.

Senators in favor: 49 Republicans, 1 Democrat (Manchin).

Senators against: 42 Democrats, 2 Independents (King and Sanders).

Senators not voting: Duckworth, Feinstein, Hirono, Isakson, McCain and Nelson.

5:30 p.m. Roll call vote has begun on cloture on the Duncan nomination.

5:21 p.m. Senator Cassidy spoke in favor of the Duncan nomination and the Pompeo nomination.

4:19 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke about the Duncan nomination.

4:01 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the Pompeo nomination.

3:46 p.m. Senator King spoke about National Park Week.

3:43 p.m. Senator Daines spoke about National Park Week.

3:10 p.m. ML McConnell spoke about the Pompeo and Duncan nominations and tax reform.

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The Senate will convene at 3:00 p.m. and resume consideration of the nomination of Stuart Duncan to be a United States Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit.

At 5:30 p.m., the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Duncan nomination.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

4:57 p.m. The Senate adjourned until Monday, April 23 at 3:00 p.m. ML McConnell announced that the next roll call vote will be on cloture on the nomination of Stuart Duncan, LA, to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the 5th Circuit.

The Senate passed the following by unanimous consent:

S. Res 478 – April 21-29, National Parks Week

S. Res 431 – International parental abduction prevention

H.Con Res 115 – use of Capitol Grounds, peace officers services

4:16 p.m. Senator Perdue spoke about the Budget.

3:32 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke about the Alaskan of the week.

3:06 p.m. Senator Reed spoke about Russia and the 2016 election.

2:45 p.m. Senator Merkley paid tribute to Senator Duckworth and then discussed the Royhinga crisis.

2:43 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell filed cloture on the nomination of Stuart Duncan to be a US Circuit judge for the fifth circuit.

2:42 p.m. The nomination was confirmed on a party line vote of 50-49; with Senator McCain not voting.

1:46 p.m. Roll call vote began on the nomination on the Bridenstine nomination.

1:38 p.m. Senator Burr spoke about the Pompeo nomination.

12:59 p.m. Senator Casey spoke about Senator Duckworth’s new baby and Syria.

12:40 p.m. Senator Heller paid tribute to Major Stephen Del Bagno.

12:30 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about NASA and the Bridenstine nomination.

12:08 p.m. Senator Peters spoke in opposition to the Bridenstine nomination.

12:01 p.m. Senator Klobuchar spoke memorializing the artist Prince and also spoke about the bill the Senate passed allowing Senators to bring infants to the Senate floor.

11:57 a.m. Senator Inhofe spoke about the Oklahoma City bombing and supporting the Bridenstine nomination.

11:50 a.m. Senator Lankford spoke supporting the Bridenstine and Pompeo nominations.

11:28 a.m. Senator Corker spoke supporting the Pompeo nomination.

11: 20 a.m. Senator Lee spoke supporting the Bridenstine nomination.

11:15 a.m. Senator Schatz spoke against the Bridenstine nomination.

10:51 a.m. Senator Rubio spoke about nominations and Venezuela.

10:30 a.m. Senator Nelson spoke about the power outage in Puerto Rico and the anniversary of the oil spill in the Gulf.

10:22 a.m. Senator Schumer spoke about North Korea and Special Counselor Mueller.

10:02 a.m. ML McConnell spoke about the Protecting Moms and Infants Act, Pompeo, and tax reform.

  • The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m. and resume consideration of the nomination of James Bridenstine to serve as Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, post-cloture.

 

  • At 1:45 p.m., the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on confirmation of the Bridenstine nomination.

 

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

7:35 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 10:00 a.m. Thursday April 19. Next vote expected at 1:45 p.m. on the Bridenstine nomination to be Administrator, NASA.

7:25 p.m. Senator Portman spoke in tribute to fomer first lady Barbara Bush.

6:40 p.m. Senator Inhofe spoke on human rights in Ethiopia.

6:37 p.m. Senator Durbin gave tribute to Senator Duckworth.

6:36 p.m. Senator McConnell spoke and the Senate passed the following by unanimous consent:

S. Res 426 – International Woman’s day.

S. Res 463 – to allow a Senator to bring an infant onto the Senate floor during Senate votes.

Passed en bloc: S. Res 474, 475 and 476

6:30 p.m. Senator Heitkamp spoke on Export Import Bank.

6:25 p.m. Senator Toomey offered an unanimous consent agreement to confirm the nomination of Mark Greenblatt, MD, to be Inspector General of Export Import Bank. Senator Brown objected.

6:22 p.m. Senator Brown offered an unanimous consent agreement to pass pending nominations for the Export Import bank. Senator Toomey objected.

5:44 p.m. Senator Brown spoke on the Coast Guard Reauthorization bill and Ex Im Bank.

5:42 p.m. Senator Thune spoke on the Coast Guard Reauthorization bill.

5:34 p.m. Senator Cantwell spoke on Coast Guard Reauthorization bill.

5:30 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke on the Coast Guard Reauthorization bill.

5:28 p.m. Senator Schumer offered an unanimous consent agreement to pass a clean Coast Guard Reauthorization bill. McConnell objected.

5:24 p.m.  Senator Schumer spoke on Coast Guard reauthorization and the Clean Air Act.

5:16 p.m. Senator Gardner spoke in favor of the Pompeo nomination.

5:15 p.m. The Muniz nomination was confirmed 55-43.

Senators voting in favor: 50 Republicans, 5 Democrats (Donnelly, Heitkamp, Jones, Manchin and Nelson)

Senators voting against: 41 Democrats, 2 Independents (King and Sanders).

Senators not voting: 1 Democrat (Duckworth), 1 Republican (McCain).

4:30 p.m. Roll call vote began on the nomination of Carlos Muniz to be General Counsel of the Department of Education.

4:13 p.m. Senator Alexander paid tribute to Barbara Bush.

4:07 p.m. Senator Toomey spoke about Sikhism.

3:51 p.m. Senator Markey spoke against the Bridenstine nomination.

3:25 p.m. Senator Isakson paid tribute to John Williams.

3:00 p.m. Senator Cruz spoke supporting the Bridenstine nomination and about Israel’s Independence Day.

2:43 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke about the choose Medicare Act.

2:32 p.m. Senator Murray spoke against the Muniz and Bridenstine nominations.

2:17 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about Barbara Bush, the Pompeo nomination, and Tax policy.

2:15 p.m. Senator Alexander spoke in favor of the Muniz nomination.

2:14 p.m. On a party line vote, cloture was invoked on the Bridenstine nomination 50-48. Senators Duckworth and McCain did not vote.

1:07 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the nomination of James Bridenstine to be Administator of NASA.

1:06 p.m Cloture on S.140, WMAT with Coast Guard authorization NOT invoked, 56-42. (6o necessary).

Senators in favor: 49 Republicans, 7 Democrats: Casey, Donnelly, Heitkamp, Jones, Manchin,McCaskill and Nelson.

Senator against: 39 Democrats, 2 Independents: King and Sanders; 1 Republican: McConnell (only switched to no to be able to bring back up.)

Senators not voting:1 Democrat: Duckworth, 1 Republican:McCain.

12:39 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on S.140, WMAT with Coast Guard authorization amendment.

12:35 p.m. Senator Thune urged passage of the bill.

12:34 p.m. Senator Baldwin spoke against passage of the Coast Guard reauthorization due to a vessel discharge title.

12:33 p.m. S.J. Res 57 was agreed to 51-47.  Senator Manchin joined all Republicans present in favor.  Senators Duckworth and McCain did not vote.

12:00 p.m. The Senate is now voting on S.J. Res. 57, the resolution to disapprove of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s automobile lending regulation.

11:50 a.m. Senator Crapo spoke about the car loan regulation.

11:40 a.m. Senator Wicker spoke in favor of the Coast Guard reauthorization.

11:22 a.m. Senator Nelson spoke about the civilian space program.

11:08 a.m. Senator Booker spoke about the car loan regulation.

10:59 a.m. Senator Wicker joined Senator Sullivan in discussing the Coast Guard reauthorization.

10:44 a.m. Senator Sullivan spoke in favor of the Coast Guard reauthorization.

10:38 a.m. Senator Moran spoke about the auto loan measure.

10:19 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer paid tribute to Barbara Bush. He spoke about White House policy on Russia sanctions. He spoke about China policy. He criticized the Senate majority’s legislative program.

9:46 a.m. Senator Toomey spoke for repeal of the auto loan regulation.

9:36 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell paid tribute to Barbara Bush. He spoke against the car loan regulation at issue in S.J.Res. 57. He spoke for the Coast Guard reauthorization. He spoke about the tax program.

9:33 a.m. The Senate resumed consideration of the resolution of disapproval of a regulation of automobile lending.

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The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m. and will resume consideration of S.J.Res. 57, the resolution to disapprove of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s automobile lending regulation.

At noon, there will be two votes:

— On passage of the auto loan resolution;

— On cloture for the motion to concur in the House amendment to S. 140, which includes the Coast Guard Reauthorization.

If cloture is invoked on the Coast Guard measure, there will be up to 30 hours of post-cloture debate before a roll call vote on passage.

If the Senate fails to invoke cloture on the Coast Guard measure, there will be an immediate vote on cloture for the nomination of James Bridenstine to be Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

At 2 p.m., the Senate will vote on confirmation of the nomination of Carlos Muniz to be general counsel of the Education Department.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

6:25 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.

6:20 p.m. Senator Thune spoke about the Coast Guard authorization.

6:14 p.m. By voice votes, the Senate passed these measures:

— S. 1281, to establish a pilot bounty program in the Homeland Security Department;

— S.Res. 471, to establish March 29, 2018 as Vietnam Veterans Day;

— S. Res. 471, to establish April 5, 2018 as Gold Star Mothers Day.

Leader McConnell secured consent for two votes to occur at noon Wednesday:

1. On passage of S.J.Res. 57, to disapprove of an automobile lending regulation;

2. On cloture for S. 140, which contains the Coast Guard authorization.

6:03 p.m. Senator Klobuchar spoke about an initiative for new congressional parents and their children.

5:52 p.m. Senator Portman spoke about the tax program.

5:34 p.m. Senator Heller spoke about the new tax program.

5:31 p.m. Senator Schatz spoke about the auto loan regulatory issue.

4:20 p.m. The Senate stands in recess until 5:30 for an all Senators briefing.

4:00 p.m. Senator Perdue spoke supporting  S.J.Res 57

3:44 p.m. Senator Toomey spoke supporting S.J.Res 57

3:35 p.m. Senator Thune spoke about tax day.

3:12 p.m. Senator Brown spoke against S.J.Res 57

2:59 p.m. Senator Moran spoke supporting S.J.Res. 57

2:44 p.m. Senator Crapo spoke in favor of S.J.Res. 57

2:43 p.m. The motion to proceed was agreed to 50-47.

Senator Manchin joined all Republicans present voting in favor.

Senators Duckworth, McCain and Tillis did not vote.

2:15 p.m. Roll call vote began on the motion to proceed to S. J Res 57, a resolution of disapproval re: “Indirect Auto Lending and Compliance with the Equal Credit Opportunity Act”.

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

12:30 p.m. Senate stands in recess until 2:15 p.m.

12:26 p.m. Senator Young spoke on tax reform.

12:25 p.m. Senator Cornyn entered a UC that at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday the Senate resume consideration of the Muniz nomination with one hour of debate time remaining, and that after the use or yielding back of time the Senate vote on the nomination.  Further it is expected ML McConnell will offer a motion to proceed to SJ Res 57, a resolution of disapproval re: “Indirect Auto Lending and Compliance with the Equal Credit Opportunity Act”; and a roll call vote on that motion is likely to occur at 2:15 p.m today.

12:23 p.m. Senator Gillibrand spoke against the Muniz nomination.

12:12 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on missile strikes in Syria; and later tax reform.

12:04 p.m. Senator Flake spoke about border protection and DACA and asked unanimous consent to pass H.R. 1551 and the Flake substitute amendment. Senator Cotton objected.

11:51 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke about tax reform.

11:32 a.m. Senator Barrasso spoke about tax reform.

11:17 a.m. Senator Stabenow spoke about the Coast Guard reauthorization.

11:05 a.m. Senator Warren spoke about the Equal Credit Opportunity Act.

10:25 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer noted that the presiding officer, Senator Hyde-Smith, was in the chair for the first time. He spoke about the tribal labor bill. He spoke about the Mueller investigation. He spoke about taxes.

10:02 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the Coast Guard reauthorization. He said action would first come on the resolution to disapprove of an auto loan regulation. He spoke about taxes.

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The Senate will convene at 10 a.m., and will proceed to the consideration of Carlos G. Muniz to be general counsel of the Department of Education.

The Senate will recess from 12:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. to allow for the weekly conference meetings.

Cloture has been filed on the motion to concur in the House amendment to S.140, amended to include the Coast Guard reauthorization.

Cloture has also been filed on the nomination of James Bridenstine, of Oklahoma, to be administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Action is possible this week on:

Nominations, resolutions of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act, and Coast Guard reauthorization.

Monday, April 16, 2018

The Senate has adjourned until 10:00 am, Tuesday, April 17th and will proceed to the consideration of Carlos G. Muniz to be General Counsel, Department of Education.

During wrap-up:

  • Res. 465, Electing Michael C. Stenger as the Sergeant at Arms of the Senate, was agreed to by unanimous consent.
  • S.Res. 466, 467, 468 were agreed to by unanimous consent en bloc.

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7:03 p.m. Senator Udall spoke about the tribal labor bill.

6:56 p.m. The motion to invoke cloture on the motion to concur in the House message to accompany S.140 was not agreed to by a vote of 54 to 41. Senators Duckworth, McCain, Rubio, and Tillis did not vote. Senator Portman voted NO. Senators Baldwin, Heinrich, Heitkamp, Kaine, King, Tester, Udall and Warner voted YES.

ML McConnell filled the tree and filed cloture on the motion to concur in the House amendment  to S.140 with an amendment. Cloture was also filed on the nomination of Emily Coody Marks to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Alabama.

5:35 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the motion to concur in the House message to accompany S. 140.

5:27 p.m. Senator Hoeven spoke on the tribal labor bill.

5:03 p.m. Senator Brown spoke on the tribal labor bill and privatizing the VA.

4:42 p.m. Senator Moran spoke in favor of the tribal labor bill.

4:39 p.m. Senator Flake spoke in favor of the tribal labor bill.

4:35 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke in favor of the tribal labor bill.

4:06 p.m. ML McConnell spoke about the military action in Syria, the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act, and tax reform.  S. 2667, to amend the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 to provide for state and tribal regulation of hemp production, had its second reading.

3:52 p.m. Senator Daines spoke in favor of the tribal labor bill.

3:02 p.m. The Senate resumed consideration of the tribal labor bill.

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• The Senate will convene at 3:00 p.m. and resume consideration of the House message to accompany S.140 [legislative vehicle for the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act].

• At 5:30 p.m., the Senate will proceed to a cloture vote on the House message to accompany S. 140.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

5:54 p.m. ML McConnell asked that the Senate adjourn until 3:00 p.m. on Monday, April 16th. Following Leader remarks the Senate resume consideration of the House message to accompany S. 140, White Mountain Apache Water Rights Quantification Act and at 5:30 p.m. the Senate vote on cloture on the motion to concur.

5:53 p.m. ML McConnell began the Rule 14 process to bypass committee and place directly on the Calendar of Business S. 140, State and Tribal regulation of Hemp production.

5:52 p.m. ML McConnell asked u.c. to consider S.Res 461, Commending the University of Central Missory Ginnys for willing the national championship

5:31 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke about the Alaskan of the Week, Mr. John Active.

5:25 p.m. Senator Moran spoke supporting the Broomes nomination.

5:21 p.m. Senator McConnell filled the “amendment tree” to a House amendment to accompany S. 140-White Mountain Apache Water Rights Quantification Act.

5:20 p.m. Senator McConnell filed cloture on a House amendment to accompany S. 140-White Mountain Apache Water Rights Quantification Act.

5:18 p.m. The Jennings nomination was confirmed by voice vote.

5:18 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Jennings nomination by a vote 94-2.

4:50 p.m. The Senate began voting on the motion to invoke cloture on the Nomination of Rebecca Grady Jennings to be U.S. District Judge for Kentucky. 94-2

4:47 p.m. The nomination of John Broomes to be a judge on the Kansas District court was confirmed by voice vote.

4:47 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the nomination of John Broomes to be a judge on the Kansas District Court.

4:31 p.m. The Senate began voting on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of John Broomes to be a judge on the Kansas District Court.

4:31 p.m. The Senate confirmed the Wheeler nomination 53- 45. Democrats Donnelly, Heitkamp and Manchin voted in favor. Senators Duckworth and McCain were absent.

3:59 p.m. The Senate began voting on confirmation of the Wheeler nomination.

3:34 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke against the Wheeler nomination.

3:26 p.m. Senator Cantwell spoke against the Wheeler nomination.

3:00 p.m. Senator Carper returned to discuss the Wheeler nomination.

2:54 p.m. Senator Cassidy paid tribute to a Louisiana Marine, Taylor Conrad who was recently killed in action; and later spoke on the status of nominations.

2:39 p.m. Senator Collins spoke on opioid addiction.

2:20 p.m. Senator Leahy spoke on remarks by the Governor of Vermont about gun control.

2:06 p.m. Senator Van Hollen spoke about Scott Pruitt, the EPA and the Wheeler nomination.

1:43 p.m. Senator Markey spoke about the Wheeler nomination.

12:48 p.m. Senator Udall spoke about Scott Pruitt, the Wheeler nomination and the EPA.

12:20 p.m. Senator Carper spoke against the Wheeler nomination.

12:15 p.m. Senator Inhofe spoke about the Wheeler nomination.

12:00 Senator Barrasso spoke in favor of the Wheeler nomination.

11:53 a.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke against the Wheeler nomination.

11:46 a.m. Senator Carper spoke about the service and sacrifice of employees at the FBI and Homeland Security.

11:31 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the employees of the FBI and James Comey.

11:05 a.m. Senator Carper spoke about Scott Pruitt and his lack of leadership at EPA and against the Wheeler nomination.

10:49 a.m. DL Schumer spoke on the Mueller investigation and President Trump and later discussed tax reform.

10:40 a.m. Senator Wyden joined ML McConnell in discussing the Hemp Farming Act.

10:30 a.m. ML McConnell used leader time to discuss nominations and regulatory reform; introducing the “Hemp Farming Act of 2018.”

10:29 a.m. Cloture was invoked on the Wheeler nomination, 53-45.

Senators in favor: 50 Republicans, 3 Democrats (Donnelly, Heitkamp and Manchin).

Senators against: 42 Democrats, 2 Independents: King and Sanders.

Senator not voting: 1 Democrat: Duckworth, 1 Republican: McCain.

10:04 a.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the nomination of Andrew Wheeler to be Deputy Administrator of the EPA.

10:02 a.m. The Pizzella nomination was confirmed on a party line voter of 50-48. Senators Duckworth and McCain did not vote.

9:30 a.m. Roll call vote began on confirmation of the nomination of Patrick Pizzella to be Deputy Secretary of Labor.

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The Senate convened at 9:15 a.m.

At approximately 9:30 a.m., the Senate will proceed to two roll call votes:

  1. Confirmation of the nomination of Patrick Pizzella to be Deputy Secretary of Labor.
  2. Cloture on the nomination of Andrew Wheeler to be Deputy Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

6:54 p.m. The Senate adjourned.

6:08 p.m. Senator Portman spoke on Ohio First Responders Week; before turning to discuss sex trafficking.

5:37 p.m. ML McConnell wrapped up Senate business for the evening. UC that at 9:30 a.m. Thursday the Senate vote on confirmation of the Pizzella nomination.
Items passed by UC: S. Res 224, recognizing the 5th anniversary of the death of Oswaldo Paya Sardinas; S. Res 457, S Res 458.

5:06 p.m. Senator Gardner spoke on the opioid epidemic.

5:02 p.m. Senator Murray spoke against the Pizzella nomination.

4:23 p.m. Senator Thune spoke about tax reform.

4:08 p.m. Senator Toomey spoke on steel tariffs.

2:04 p.m. Senator Blunt spoke about tax reform.

1:46 p.m. Senator Brown spoke about the Fair Housing Act.

1:19 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke on the Pompeo nomination.

1:18 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Pizzella nomination, 50-48.

12:59 p.m. The Senate began a cloture vote on the nomination of Patrick Pizzella to be Deputy Secretary of Labor.

12:58 p.m. The Ring nomination was confirmed by a party line vote of 50 to 48. Senators Duckworth and McCain were absent.

12:20 p.m. The Senate began voting on confirmation of John Ring to be a member of the NLRB.

12:15 p.m. Senator Peters spoke against the Ring nomination.

12:04 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke about the rise of China.

11:47 a.m. Senator Lankford spoke about tariffs.

11:30 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about China, the year anniversary of the Gorsuch confirmation and legislation passed fighting sex trafficking.

11:11 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke about Venezuela.

11:01 a.m. Senator Cotton spoke about the Army’s “Old Guard.”

10:42 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer responded to Senator McConnell’s remarks about taxes. He spoke about Speaker Ryan. He spoke about the Mueller investigation.

10:34 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell paid tribute to Speaker Ryan. He spoke about nominations. He spoke about the tax program.

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The Senate will convene at 10:30 a.m., as a mark of respect to the late Senators Daniel Akaka of Hawaii and Zell Miller of Georgia.

After leader remarks, the Senate will resume post-cloture consideration of Executive Calendar #728, the nomination of John F. Ring, to the National Labor Relations Board.

At 12:20 p.m., theer will be two roll call votes:

1.      Confirmation of the Ring nomination;

2.      Cloture on Executive Calendar #605, the nomination of Patrick Pizzella, of Virginia, to be Deputy Secretary of Labor. If cloture is invoked, there will be up to 30 hours of post-cloture debate before a confirmation vote.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

6:33 p.m.  The Senate stands adjourned until 10:30am on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 under the provisions of S.Res. 455 andS.Res.454, as a further mark of respect to the late Senators Daniel Akaka of Hawaii and Zell Miller of Georgia. On Wednesday, April 11, 2018 following leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of Executive Calendar #728, John F. Ring, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the National Labor Relations Board. Post-cloture. At 12:20pm, there will be 2 roll call votes. Those votes will be on confirmation of the Ring nomination and cloture on the Pizzella nomination. If cloture is invoked, there would be up to 30 hours of post-cloture debate prior to a vote on confirmation.

12:20pm–2 roll call votes:

1.      Confirmation of Executive Calendar #728, John F. Ring, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the National Labor Relations Board

2.      Cloture on Executive Calendar #605, Patrick Pizzella, of Virginia, to be Deputy Secretary of Labor

 5:45 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke on the environment.

5:30 p.m. Senator Brown spoke on the National Labor Relations Board.

4:04 p.m. Senator Murray spoke about equal pay and the Ring nomination.

2:40 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Ring nomination by a vote of 50 to 47. Senators Booker, Duckworth, and McCain were absent.

2:15 p.m. The Senate is now voting on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of John F. Ring to be a Member of the National Labor Relations Board.

12:47 p.m. The Boom nomination was confirmed by a vote of 96 to 1. Senators Booker, Duckworth, and McCain were absent. Senator Sanders voted NO.

12:10 p.m. The Senate began voting on confirmation of Claria Boom to be United States District Judge for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky.

11:30 a.m. Senator Warren spoke against the Ring nomination.

11:20 a.m. Senator Daines spoke about the upcoming Facebook hearing.

10:55 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the upcoming Facebook hearing. He spoke about the nomination process. He spoke in favor of the nominees to lead the Central Intelligence Agency and the State Department.

10:50 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about President Trump and the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 elections.

10:10 a.m. Senator Durbin remembered the late Senator Akaka. He spoke about immigration.

10:04 a.m. Senate Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the nomination process. He spoke about the new tax program.

10:02 a.m. The Senate Resumed consideration of the Boom nomination.

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The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m., and following any Leader remarks resume consideration of the nomination of Claria Boom to be United States District Judge for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky.

At 12:10 p.m., the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on confirmation of the Boom nomination.

The Senate will recess from 12:30-2:15 p.m. to allow for the weekly conference meetings.

At 2:15 p.m., the Senate will proceed to a cloture vote on the nomination of John Ring to be a Member of the National Labor Relations Board.

 

Monday, April 9, 2018

6:57 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 10. By consent, the Senate will resume consideration of the Claria Boom nomination to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky. There will be a confirmation vote at 12:10 p.m.

The Senate will recess for party lunches from 12:30 p.m. until 2:15 p.m., whereupon there will be a cloture vote on the nomination of John F. Ring to a five-year term on the National Labor Relations Board.

During wrap-up, Senator McConnell initiated action on these matters:

— Confirmation, en bloc by a voice vote, of these nominations to Energy Department positions: James Riley, director of the U.S. Geological Survey, Theodore Gerrish, assistant secretary for international affairs, and James Campos, director of the Office of Minority economic Impact

— Passage by consent of H.R. 3445, to accelerate programs under the African Growth and Opportunity Act; S. Res. 85, calling on Iran to assist in the case of Robert Levinson; S. Res. 432, congratulating Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania upon the 100th anniversary of their declarations of independence; H.R. 3979, to amend the Fish and Wildlife Act.

6:35 p.m. Senator Udall spoke in tribute to the friendship of Senator McCain and the late Morris Udall.

6:08 p.m. Senator Alexander achieves a UC agreement that a time to be determined, the Senate take up the nomination of Carlos Muniz to be General Counsel at the Department of Education, with up to ten (10) hours of debate before a roll call vote on the nomination.

6:07 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Boom nomination, 96-2.  Voting NAY: Democrat Hirono and independent Sanders. Senators Duckworth and McCain did not vote.

5:31 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the Boom nomination.

5:08 p.m. Senator Isakson paid tribute to former Senator Zell Miller.

4:52 p.m. Senator Schatz paid tribute to former Senator Akaka.

4:42 p.m. Senator Hirono paid tribute to former Senator Akaka.

3:04 p.m. Senator Wicker escorted Senator-designate Hyde-Smith to the well of the Senate, where Vice President Pence administered the oath of office.

Present, besides the senators from Mississippi, were Majority Leader McConnell, Minority Leader Schumer, and Republican Senators Hatch, Collins, Alexander and Young. The Family Gallery and several rows in the Visitors Gallery were full.

3:05 p.m. Senator McConnell spoke in memory of former Senators Zell and Akaka. He spoke in favor of the nomination of Claria Boom to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky. He discussed other nominations. He spoke about the tax program.

Under Rule XIV, Senator McConell took steps to bring directly to the floor S. 2629, to improve postal operations, and H.R. 5247 to permit the prescription of certain drugs to certain patients.

3:11 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke in memory of Senator Akaka. He welcomed Senator Hyde-Smith. He spoke about nominations, the tax program and about Secretary Pruit.

 

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•The Senate will convene at 3:00 p.m. At that time, Senator-designate Cindy Hyde-Smith will be sworn in as Senator from the State of Mississippi.  The Senate will then resume consideration of the nomination of Claria Boom to be a US District Judge for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky.

• At 5:30 p.m., the Senate will proceed to a cloture vote on the Boom nomination.

• Majority Leader McConnell has filed cloture on the Boom, Ring, Pizzella, Wheeler, Broomes, and Jennings nominations. The cloture petitions on each of the 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

Thursday, April 5, 2018

The Senate convened for a pro forma session at 11:30 a.m.  Senator Young presided and no business was conducted.