Wednesday, March 27, 2019

6:33 p.m. The Senate adjourned.

6:30 p.m. ML McConnell wrapped up for the evening. UC to have a vote at 1:45 p.m on the nomination of Nicole Nason to be Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration.
Done by Unanimous consent in wrap up:

Passed S.590: to award Congressional Gold Medals to Katherine Johnson and Dr. Christine Darden, to posthumously award Congressional Gold Medals to Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson, and to award a Congressional Gold Medal to honor all of the women who contributed to the success of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration during the Space Race.

Adopted S.Res.125: designating March 2019, as “National Women’s History Month”.

 

Adopted S.Res.126: expressing support for the designation of the week of March 25 through March 29, 2019, as “Public Schools Week”.

 

Adopted S.Res.127: recognizing the contributions of AmeriCorps members and alumni to the lives of the people of the United States.

Began the Rule 14 process to place H.R.297, Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians Restoration Act of 2019, on the Legislative Calendar of Business.

 

5:51 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke on nominations.

5:29 p.m. Senator Casey spoke on child care.

4:15 p.m. Senator Portman spoke about career and technical education.

2:36 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke about the green new deal.

2:31 p.m. Senator Blunt spoke about women’s history month.

2:23 p.m. Senator Cotton spoke on the green new deal.

2:01 p.m. Senators Ernst, Capito and Boozman paid tribute to Women’s History Month.

1:49 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke on the Dream Act, which he will reintroduce today.

12:30 p.m. Senator Menendez spoke about climate change and nominations.

12:12 p.m. Senator Klobuchar spoke about climate change.

11:46 p.m. Senator Leahy spoke about disaster relief.

10:59 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the green new deal.

10:47 a.m. Senator Toomey spoke about the Sikh holiday of Vaisakhi.

10:36 a.m. Senator Thune spoke about the Green New Deal.

10:16 a.m. Democratic Leader Schumer spoke on health care, the green new deal, the Mueller report and Puerto Rico.

9:49 a.m. Senator Feinstein spoke on the Mueller report.

9:47 a.m. Senator Feinstein asked unanimous consent that the Mueller report be released in full at some point.  ML McConnell objected.

9:36 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke on the green new deal and other Democratic priorities, and later on the pending supplemental.

9:33 a.m. Senator Grassley spoke about the green new deal.

9:30 a.m. The Senate convened.

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The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m. and resume consideration of the motion to proceed to a bill making supplemental appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019 (H.R. 268, Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2019), post-cloture.

The Senate expects to adopt the motion to proceed to H.R.268 during Wednesday’s session of the Senate.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

8:07 p.m. The Senate has adjourned and will next convene at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 27th. Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to H.R. 268, Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2019, post-cloture.

During wrap-up:

  1. Res. 68, Designating April 5, 2019 as “Gold Star Wives Day”, was passed by unanimous consent.
  2. Res. 72, Honoring the 100th Anniversary of Fort Benning in Columbus, Georgia, was passed by unanimous consent.
  3. Res. 117, Designating March 22, 2019 as “National Rehabilitation Counselors Appreciation Day”, was passed by voice vote.

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6:35 p.m. Senator Klobuchar spoke about the Affordable Care Act.

5:52 p.m. Senator Perdue spoke about H.R. 268.

5:33 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about the Green New Deal.

5:18 p.m. Senator Fischer spoke about the floods in Nebraska.

5:16 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the motion to proceed to H.R. 268 by a vote of 90 to 10. Senators Braun, Crapo, Enzi, Inhofe, Johnson, Lankford, Lee, Paul, Risch and Toomey voted NO.

4:51 p.m. The Senate is now voting on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R. 268, Supplemental Appropriations Bill for 2019.

4:50 p.m. Cloture was not invoked on the motion to proceed to S.J. Res. 8 by a vote of 0 to 57. 43 Senators voted present.

4:17 p.m. The Senate is now voting on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to  SJ Res 8, The Green New Deal.

4:15 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke about climate change.

4:02 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke about climate change and asked unanimous consent that the Senate pass S. Res. 97, A Resolution establishing the select committee on the climate crisis. Senator Barrasso objected.

3:55 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke about the Green New Deal.

3:48 p.m. Senator Carper spoke about climate change and asked unanimous consent that the Senate pass S.J. Res. 9, Senator Barrasso objected.

3:32 p.m. Senator Hirono spoke about climate change.

3:27 p.m. Senator Warren spoke about climate change.

3:21 p.m. Senator Ernst spoke about the flooding in Iowa.

3:09 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke about climate change.

3:02 p.m. Senator Cortez Masto spoke about climate change.

2:46 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the Green New Deal.

2:45 p.m. The Bade nomination was confirmed by a vote of 78 to 21. Senators Bennet, Brown, Cardin, Carper, Coons, Duckworth, Durbin, Feinstein, Hassan, Heinrich, Jones, Kaine, Leahy, Manchin, Murphy, Reed, Rosen, Schatz, Shaheen, Sinema, Tester, Van Hollen, Warner, and Whitehouse voted YES. Senator Udall did not vote.

2:15 p.m. The Senate is now voting on confirmation of Bridget Bade to be a circuit judge on the 9th circuit.

1:07 p.m. The Senate stands in recess until 2:15 p.m. to accommodate the weekly caucus lunches.

12:27 p.m. Senators Van Hollen, Stabenow, Schatz, Heinrich, and Markey spoke about climate change.

12:22 p.m. Senator Murray spoke about climate change.

12:08 p.m. Senator Lee spoke against the Green New Deal.

11:50 a.m. Senator Cantwell spoke about renewable energy.

11:33 a.m. Senator Murkowski spoke against the Green New Deal.

11:23 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke about climate change.

10:53 a.m. Senator Casey spoke about climate change.

10:45 a.m. Senator Thune spoke against the Green New Deal

10:35 a.m. Senator Roberts spoke against the Green New Deal.

10:26 a.m. DL Schumer spoke about preexisting conditions and the Green New Deal.

10:10 a.m. ML McConnell spoke about the Green New Deal.

*****

The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m. and resume consideration of the nomination of Bridget Bade to be a circuit judge on the 9th circuit, post cloture.

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

At 2:15 p.m., the Senate will vote on confirmation of Bade nomination.

At 4:00 p.m. the Senate will have up to two roll call votes:

  1. Cloture on the motion to proceed to SJ Res 8; the green new deal.
  2. If cloture is not invoked on the motion to proceed to SJ Res 8, vote on cloture on motion to proceed to HR 268 (supplemental appropriations).

 

Monday, March 25, 2019

7:20 p.m. The Senate adjourned.

7:02 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke on climate change.

6:12 p.m Senators Whitehouse and Reed spoke on climate change.

6:10 p.m. ML McConnell laid out the schedule for Tuesday.   UC that Senate vote on confirmation of Bade nomination at 2:15 p.m.; and on cloture on the motions to proceed to  SJ Res 8 (green new deal) and HR 268 (supplemental appropriations) at 4:00 p.m.  Further UC that the Senate take up and pass S. 863, clarifying the grade and pay of podiatrists at the Veterans Affairs Department.  He then achieved UC that the Senate adjourn following the remarks of Democratic Senators, and next convene at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday.

6:09 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Bade nomination by a tally of 77-20.

Senators voting against: 19 Democrats: Baldwin, Blumenthal, Booker, Cantwell, Casey, Cortez-Masto, Gillibrand, Harris, Hirono, Klobuchar, Markey, Menendez, Merkley, Murray, Peters, Schumer, Smith, Stabenow and Wyden; 1 Independent: Sanders.

Senators not voting: 2 Democrats (Udall and Warren); 1 Republican (Inhofe).

5:33 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the Bade nomination.

5:21 p.m. Senator Carper spoke on the green new deal.

5:14 p.m. Senator Isakson spoke on the emergency supplemental.

5:08 p.m. Senator Peters spoke on the green new deal.

4:50 p.m. Democratic Leader Schumer spoke on the Mueller report and the green new deal.  He later asked UC to take up and pass H Con Res 24, making the Mueller report public. Majority Leader McConnell objected.

4:39 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke on the Mueller report and the green new deal.

3:47 p.m. Senator Alexander spoke about the green new deal.

3:32 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on the Mueller report and the green new deal.

3:03 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke on the flooding in Iowa.

3:00 p.m. The Senate convened.

*****

The Senate will convene at 3:00 p.m. and will resume consideration of the nomination of Bridget Bade to be a US Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit.

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

ML McConnell also filed cloture on motions to proceed to SJ Res 8 (green new deal) and HR 268 (supplemental appropriations).  Those cloture motions will ripen in order, following disposition of the previous item.  Each is subject to up to 30 hours of post-cloture debate, if cloture is invoked.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

The Senate convened for the last pro forma session of the recess at 2:10 p.m, Senator Blackburn presided and no business was conducted.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

The Senate met for a pro forma session at 9:30 a.m. Senator Sasse presided, and no business was transacted.

 

 

Friday, March 15, 2019

11:02 a.m. The Senate met in pro forma session, Senator Roberts presiding.

The Senate will convene for pro forma sessions on the following days, with no business being conducted:

  • Tuesday, March 19th at 9:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, March 21st at 2:10 p.m.

Monday, March 25, 2019

  • The Senate will convene at 3:00 p.m. and resume consideration of the nomination of Bridget Bade to be a US Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit.
  • At 5:30 p.m., the Senate will proceed to a cloture vote on the Bade nomination.

 

  • ML McConnell also filed cloture on motions to proceed to SJ Res 8 (green new deal) and HR 268 (supplemental appropriations).  Those cloture motions will ripen in order, following disposition of the previous item.  Each is subject to up to 30 hours of post-cloture debate, if cloture is invoked.

 

Lynch award winners 2019

WASHINGTON – Dan Freedman of Hearst Newspapers and Sam Brodey of MinnPost are co-winners of the 2018 David Lynch Memorial Regional Reporting Award.

 

They won the prize for stories on sexual harassment in the congressional delegations they cover. The judges said Freedman and Brodey “exemplified the ideal traits of regional congressional reporting,” serving as an accountability watchdog of their delegations and finding deep local implications in one of the defining stories of our time. The panel also cited Nick Grube of the Honolulu Civil Beat for honorable mention.

 

The Lynch Award honors daily print journalism that explains how actions in Congress touch the local community. Judges look for thorough and incisive coverage, clear writing, and the reporter’s ability to explain complex subjects to a hometown audience.

 

Freedman and Brodey (who recently moved to The Daily Beast) will share a $2,000 prize. They will be honored tonight at the 75th annual dinner of the Washington Press Club Foundation. The foundation co-sponsors the annual award with the Standing Committee of Correspondents, the governing body of the Congressional press corps.

 

The late David Lynch was a longtime member of the Congressional Press Galleries. He covered Congress for the Buffalo News and for bureaus that served dailies from New England to Alaska.  After Lynch’s death in 1998 from colon cancer, his family, friends and colleagues raised money to establish the award in his name.

 

The judges were: Tom Ferraro, formerly of Thomson-Reuters; Seung Min Kim of The Washington Post; Paul Singer of the New England Center for Investigative Reporting; David Lightman of McClatchy Newspapers and Carl Weiser of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

 

Links to Freedman: https://www.ctpost.com/news/article/Esty-under-scrutiny-over-handling-of-alleged-abuse-12791993.php

https://www.ctpost.com/news/article/Esty-staffers-dismayed-by-her-response-to-abuse-12802787.php

https://www.ctpost.com/news/article/Source-says-Esty-downplayed-investigation-of-12805660.php

https://www.ctpost.com/news/article/DC-Buzz-Esty-interview-Part-II-12826476.php

Brodey:  https://www.minnpost.com/politics-policy/2018/07/rep-rick-nolan-s-legislative-director-left-office-amid-multiple-sexual-haras/

 

Information: John Mulligan, Senate Press Gallery (202) 224-0241

Thursday, March 14, 2019

4:00 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about Sunshine week.

3:40 p.m. Senator Murkowski spoke about the Iditarod race.

3:18 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke about the making the Mueller report public and asked UC that H.Con. Res. 24 be agreed to by voice vote. Senator Graham objected. Senator Graham asked to include an amendment that appoints special counsel to investigate Department of Justice misconduct. Senator Schumer objected.

2:56 p.m. Senator Fischer spoke about the storms in the Midwest and about the sacrifices of troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

2:55 p.m. ML McConnell filed cloture on the motion to proceed to Cal.#15, H.R.268, Disaster Supplemental Appropriations.

2:54 p.m. ML McConnell filed cloture on the motion to proceed to Cal. #27, S.J.Res.8, Green New Deal.

2:53 p.m. ML McConnell filed cloture on Executive Calendar #20 Bridget Bade to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit.

2:53 p.m. By a vote of 59-41, the Senate adopted H.J.Res.46, the Emergency Declaration resolution of disapproval. Republicans voting in favor of the resolution (12): Senators Alexander, Blunt, Collins, Lee, Moran, Murkowski, Paul, Portman, Romney, Rubio, Toomey, & Wicker.

2:15 p.m. The Senate is voting on adoption of H.J.Res.46, the Emergency Declaration resolution of disapproval.

1:45 p.m. Senator Lankford spoke about the emergency declaration.

1:37 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke about the emergency declaration.

1:20 p.m. Senator Portman spoke about the emergency declaration.

1:11 p.m. Senator Brown spoke on deregulation.

1:04 p.m. Senator Tester spoke about the emergency declaration.

12:54 p.m. Senator Kaine spoke about the emergency declaration and also paid tribute to a departing staffer.

12:45 p.m Senator Reed spoke about Liberia.

12:44 p.m. Senator McConnell announced that the vote on H. J. Res 46-relating to the emergency declaration will occur at 2:15, if time is not yielded back.

12:40 p.m. Senator Shaheen spoke about the emergency declaration.

12:22 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the emergency declaration.

11:55 a.m. Senator Bennett spoke in favor of the resolution overturning the emergency declaration.

11:37 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke about drug prices.

11:18 a.m. Senator Cotton spoke supporting the emergency declaration.

11:05 a.m. Senator Leahy spoke in favor of the resolution to overturn the emergency declaration.

10:57 a.m. Senator Collins spoke in favor of the resolution to overturn the emergency declaration.

10:45 a.m. Senator Udall spoke in favor of the resolution to overturn the emergency declaration.

10:39 a.m. Senator Alexander spoke against the emergency declaration.

10:26 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke against the emergency declaration. He spoke about the trade talks with China.

10:03 a.m. Under Rule XIV, the Senate placed a bill regarding Russia on the calendar.

Majority Leader McConnell spoke against the resolution to disapprove of the president’s emergency declaration. He spoke about border security.

Senator McConnell also paid tribute to “Stew” — his departing communications director and deputy chief of staff, Don Stewart.

 

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The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m.

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will begin consideration of H.J.Res 46, relating to a national emergency declared by the President on February 15, 2019.

No amendments will be in order to the joint resolution.

There will be an effort to vote on passage of H.J.Res.46 at 1:45 p.m.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

7:07 p.m. Senate adjourns until 10:00 a.m.

7:05 p.m. Senator Sullivan wraps up the session for the day.  S Res 108 (re: Walter Beamon Jones) was passed by UC. HR 1 and HR 1617 had their first reading.   UC that Senate adjourn until 10:00 a.m.. Thursday.  At that time, consider HJ Res 46 with no amendments in order.

7:05 p.m. SJ Res 7 (Yemen) was agreed to 54-46.

Senators voting in favor: 45 Democrats, 7 Republicans (Daines, Lee, Moran, Murkowski, Paul and Young), 2 Independents (King and Sanders).

Senators voting against: 46 Republicans.

6:04 p.m. The Senate is now voting on final passage of S. J. Res. 7 (Yemen).

6:04 p.m. The Rubio amendment #195 was agreed to by voice vote.

6:03 p.m. The motion to table the Inhofe amendment #194 was agreed to by a vote of 52 to 48. Senators Daines, Lee, Moran, Paul, and Young. Rubio amendment #195 was agreed to by voice vote.

5:29 p.m. Roll Call vote began on a motion to table the Inhofe amendment.

5:25 p.m. Senators Inhofe and Sanders spoke on the Inhofe amendment.

5:24 p.m. The Paul amendment was agreed to by voice vote.

4:53 p.m. Senators Sullivan, Risch and Lee spoke on the Yemen resolution.

4:32 p.m. Senator Reed spoke in support of the S.J. Res. 7.

4:22 p.m. Senator Inhofe spoke about Yemen.

4:20 p.m. Senator Lee received unanimous consent for 4 votes on S.J. Res. 7, Yemen, to occur after 2 hours of debate (as late as 6:20 p.m. but likely earlier):

  1. In relation to Paul amdt 193
  2. In relation to Inhofe amdt 194
  3. In relation to Rubio amdt 195
  4. Passage of  S.J.Res.7

4:00 p.m. Senator Lee spoke about Yemen.

2:52 p.m. Senators Sanders, Murphy and Menendez spoke on S.J.Res.7 (Yemen).

2:26 p.m. Senators Barrasso, Capito, Rick Scott and Young spoke on the green new deal.

2:25 p.m. The Beach nomination was confirmed 55-44.

Senators Manchin and Sinema joined all Republicans in favor, and Senator Murray was absent.

1:45 p.m. Roll call vote began on confirmation of the Beach nomination.

1:15 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke on the Yemen resolution.

1:05 p.m. Senator Blunt spoke on the green new deal.

1:04 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Beach nomination on a party line vote of 55-43.  Senators Manchin and Sinema joined all Republicans in favor, and Senators Duckworth and Murray was absent.  The Confirmation vote is scheduled at 1:45 p.m.

12:41 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the Beach nomination.

12:40 p.m. The Rao nomination was confirmed on a party line vote of 53-46; with Senator Murray absent.

12:00 p.m. The Senate began voting on the Rao nomination.

11:40 a.m. Senator Daines spoke against the Green New Deal.

11:30 a.m. Senator Hassan spoke about border security and also spoke against the Rao nomination.

11:09 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about border security.

10:57 a.m. Senator Burr spoke about Deputy Staff Director Christian Cook.

10:32 a.m. Senator Thune spoke about climate change and the Green New Deal.

10:09 a.m. Senator Hirono spoke against the consideration of judicial nominations without the assent of home-state senators through the “blue slip” practice. She spoke against the Rao nomination.

9:54 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke against the resolution to kill the president’s emergency declaration. He spoke about the president’s 2020 federal budget request. He spoke about trade with China.

9:36 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke in favor of the Rao  nomination and other executive nominations. He spoke against the Yemen resolution. He spoke about the Green New Deal.

9:33 a.m. The Senate resumed consideration of the Rao nomination.

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The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m.

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #107, Neomi Rao to  be United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit, post-cloture.

At 12:00 p.m. – 2 roll call votes:

1.      Confirmation of the Rao nomination.

2.      Cloture on Executive Calendar #98, William Beach to be Commissioner of Labor Statistics, Department of Labor.

At 1:45 p.m.- 1 roll call vote:

1.      Confirmation of the Beach nomination.

 

The Senate is also expected to consider S.J.Res.7 (Yemen) during Wednesday’s session.

 

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

7:07 p.m. The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday. Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the Rao nomination to be a U.S. Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit. The Senate is also expected to consider S.J.Res.7 (Re: Yemen) during Wednesday’s session.

Senate votes scheduled:

12:00 pm Wednesday – 2 roll call votes:

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #107, Neomi J. Rao, of the District of Columbia, to  be United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit
  2. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #98, William Beach, of Kansas, to be Commissioner of Labor Statistics, Department of Labor

1:45 pm Wednesday – 1 roll call vote:

  1. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #98, William Beach, of Kansas, to be Commissioner of Labor Statistics, Department of Labor.

6:54 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke against the Rao nomination.

6:32 p.m. Senator Van Hollen spoke on climate change.

6:20 p.m. ML McConnell began wrap up, passed: S. Res. 105, Designating March 2019 National Colorectal Cancer Month passed by u.c.; S.Res. 106, Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the United Negro College Fund, passed by u.c.; S.Res. 107, Authorizing Testimony and Representation in the United States V. Talbert, passed by u.c.; S.Res. 91, March 3, 2019 designated as World Wildlife Day, passed by voice vote as amended.

6:14 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke about climate change.

6:06 p.m. Senator Warren spoke against the Rao nomination.

5:47 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about President Jimmy Carter and medical research.

5:12 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke about President Erdogan and NBA player Enes Kanter.

4:50 p.m. Senator Lankford spoke on trade with China.

4:40 p.m. Senator Jones spoke about ending the Widow’s Tax.

4:15 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about the Accountability through Electronic Verification Act.

4:00 p.m. Senator Blumenthal spoke on the Rao nomination.

3:45 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke about the passage of the E.R.A.

3:40 p.m. Senator Barrasso  offered resolution regarding Medicare for All. Hirono objected

3:35 p.m. Senator Hirono spoke about the resolution regarding the Affordable Care Act.

3:31 p.m. The Senate invoked cloture on the Rao nomination by a vote of 53-46. Senator Murray did not vote.

3:00 p.m. The Senate is voting on the motion to invoke cloture on Neomi Rao to be a U.S. Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit.

2:59 p.m. The Senate confirmed the nomination of Paul Matey to be the U.S. Circuit Judge for the Third Circuit by a vote of 54-45.

2:30 p.m. The Senate is now voting on confirmation of Paul Matey to be the U.S. Circuit Judge for the Third Circuit.

12:28 p.m. Senator Gardner paid tribute to Sam Mammott of the Colorado Municipal League.

12:05 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the Rao nomination.

10:46 a.m. Senator Booker spoke against the Matey nomination.

10:39 a.m. Senator Thune spoke on tax reform.

10:21 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about the budget. He spoke about stock buybacks.

10:03 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the president’s 2020 budget request and about nominations. He spoke about Medicare.

*****

The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m. and resume consideration of the nomination of Paul Matey to be a United States Circuit Judge for the Third Circuit, post-cloture.

The Senate will recess from 12:30 p.m. until 2:15 p.m. to allow for the weekly caucus luncheons.

At 2:30 p.m. the Senate will proceed to two roll call votes:

  1. Confirmation of the Matey nomination.
  2. Cloture on the nomination of Neomi Rao to be a United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Cloture has also been filed on the nomination of William Beach to be Commissioner of Labor Statistics, Department of Labor.  The cloture vote with respect to the Beach nomination will occur following disposition of the Rao nomination.