Friday, November 9, 2018

The Senate convened for a pro forma session at 9:02 a.m. Senator Flake presided and no business was conducted.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

The Senate convened for a pro forma session at 4:00 p.m.  No business was conducted. Majority Leader McConnell presided.

Friday, November 2, 2018

The Senate convened for a pro forma session at 2:45 p.m. Senator Boozman presided and no business was conducted.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

The Senate met at 1:00 p.m. in a pro forma session. Senator Hoeven presided and no business was conducted.

Friday, October 26, 2018

The Senate met this evening at 5:00 p.m., for a pro forma session only with Senator Collins presiding.

 

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

The Senate met today for a pro forma session at 4:30 p.m., Senator Portman presided and no business was conducted.

 

Friday, October 19, 2018

10:00 a.m. The Senate convened for a pro forma session with no business conducted, Senator Cassidy presided.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

The Senate convened for a pro forma session only with no business conducted. Majority Leader McConnell presided.

Friday, October 12, 2018

12:01 p.m. The Senate adjourned until noon on Tuesday, October 16, when a pro forma session will occur.

 

Senator Cornyn was recognized to secure the Senate’s consent for passage of S.Res. 685, permitting an action by the office of the Senate legal counsel.

12:00 p.m. The Senate convened in pro forma session, Senator Roberts presiding.

 

Thursday, October 11, 2018

9:38 p.m. The Senate adjourned. The Senate stands adjourned under the provisions of S.Res.684, and does so as a further mark of respect for the late Joseph D. ‘Joe’ Tydings, former Senator for the State of Maryland, to convene for pro forma sessions with no business conducted on the following dates and times:

Friday, October 12 – 12:00 noon
Tuesday, October 16 – 12:00 noon
Friday, October 19 – 10:00 am
Tuesday, October 23 – 4:30 pm
Friday, October 26 – 5:00 pm
Tuesday, October 30 – 1:00 pm
Friday, November 2 –2:45 pm
Tuesday, November 6 – 4:00 pm
Friday, November 9 – 9:00 am

When the Senate adjourns on Friday, November 9, it will next convene at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 13, 2018. Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the House Message to accompany S.140, the legislative vehicle for Coast Guard Reauthorization. At 5:30 p.m., the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to concur with further amendment (Coast Guard Reauthorization). If cloture is invoked, all post-cloture time will expire at 2:15 p.m. on Wednesday, November 14th.

9:37 p.m. S. Res. 684, Relative to the death of the Honorable Joseph D. “Joe” Tydings. The resolution was agreed to by unanimous consent.

9:36 p.m. H.R. 3834, 9/11 Heroes Medal of Valor Act of 2017, passed by unanimous consent.

9:35 p.m. S. 2765, RBIC Advisers Relief Act, passed by unanimous consent.

9:34 p.m. H.R. 3342, Sanctioning Hizballah’s Illicit Use of Civilians as Defenseless Shields Act. The Corker amendment was agreed to by unanimous consent. The bill as amended was passed by unanimous consent.

9:34 p.m. The Senate proceeded to the en bloc consideration of S. Res. 680, S. Res. 681, S. Res. 682, S. Res. 683, the resolutions were agreed to by unanimous consent, en bloc.

9:33 p.m. H.R. 2422, Action for Dental Health Act of 2017. The Alexander substitute amendment was agreed to by unanimous consent. The bill as amended was passed by voice vote.

9:32 p.m. House Message to Accompany S. 1595, Hizballah International Financing Prevention Amendments Act of 2017.McConnell Motion to Concur agreed to by unanimous consent.

9:31 p.m. S. 2465, Sickle Cell Disease and Other Heritable Blood Disorders Research, Surveillance, Prevention, and Treatment Act. The committee reported substitute amendment was agreed to by unanimous consent. The bill as amended was passed by voice vote.

9:30 p.m. H.R. 6870, To rename the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act of 2012 in honor of Representative Louise McIntosh Slaughter, passed by unanimous consent.

9:30 p.m. H.R. 390, Iraq and Syria Genocide Emergency Relief and Accountability Act of 2017, The committee reported amendment was withdrawn. The Corker amendment was agreed to by unanimous consent. The bill as amended was passed by unanimous consent.

9:29 p.m. H.R. 6758, Study of Underrepresented Classes Chasing Engineering and Science Success Act of 2018, passed by unanimous consent.

9:28 p.m. H.R. 2615, Gulf Islands National Seashore Land Exchange Act. The committee reported substitute amendment was agreed to by unanimous consent. The bill as amended was passed by voice vote.

9:28 p.m. H.R. 1037, An act to authorize the National Emergency Medical Service Memorial Foundation, passed by unanimous consent.

9:26 p.m. Military Promotions confirmed by voice vote: Cal. #1130 – #1133 and all nominations on the Secretary’s Desk in the Air Force, Army, and Navy.

9:24 p.m. PN2386 – Mary Elizabeth Taylor to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Legislative Affairs). Confirmed by voice vote.

9:23 p.m. FEMA: Cal #1126, Peter Gaynor, of Rhode Island, to be Deputy Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency. Confirmed by voice vote.

9:22 p.m. Northern Border Regional Commission: Cal#1105, Harold B. Parker, of New Hampshire, to be Federal Chairperson of the Northern Border Regional Commission. Confirmed by voice vote.

9:21 p.m. Dept of Defense: Cal #1111, Robert H. McMahon, to be an Assistant Secretary of Defense. Confirmed by voice vote.

9:20 p.m. Dept. of State: En bloc consideration of Cal #1031 – Kimberly Breier, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Western Hemisphere Affairs); Cal #1032 – Denise Natali, of New Jersey, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Conflict and Stabilization Operations); Cal #1057 – John Cotton Richmond, of Virginia, to be Director of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking, with the rank of Ambassador at Large. Calendar #1096 Daniel N. Rosenblum, of Maryland, a Career Member of the Senior Executive Service, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Uzbekistan; Cal #1097 Karen L. Williams, of Missouri, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Suriname; Cal #1098 Kevin K. Sullivan, of Ohio, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Nicaragua; Cal #1100 Donald Y. Yamamoto, of Washington, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Career Minister, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Federal Republic of Somalia; Cal #1101 Earl Robert Miller, of Michigan, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the People’s Republic of Bangladesh. Confirmed en bloc by voice vote.

9:19 p.m. NASA: Cal #1077, James Morhard, of Virginia, to be Deputy Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Confirmed by voice vote.

9:18 p.m. Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board: Cal #694 – Adam I. Klein, to be Chairman and Member of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board for a term expiring January 29, 2024; Cal #920 – Edward W. Felten, to be a Member of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board for the remainder of the term expiring January 29, 2019; Cal #921 – Jane Nitze, to be a Member of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board for a term expiring January 29, 2023.  Confirmed en bloc by voice vote.

9:17 p.m. Dept. of Justice: en bloc consideration of Cal #1093 Jason R Dunn, of Colorado, to be United States Attorney for the District of Colorado & Cal #1094 Dallas L. Carlson, of North Dakota, to be United States Marshal for the District of North Dakota. Confirmed en bloc by voice vote.

9:14 p.m. ML McConnell began wrap up and filed cloture on the motion to concur in the House amendment with a further amendment (#4054) to accompany S.140, Coast Guard Reauthorization. ML McConnell also filed cloture on Exec. Cal. #909 Michelle Bowman to be a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System for the unexpired term of fourteen years from February 1, 2006.

Tuesday, November 13 at 5:30pm – 1 roll call vote:
1. Motion to invoke cloture on the motion to concur in the House Message to accompany S.140 with further amendment (Coast Guard Reauthorization)

Wednesday, November 14th at 2:15pm – 2 roll call votes
1. Motion to concur in the House Message to accompany S.140 with further amendment (Coast Guard Reauthorization)
2. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #909, Michelle Bowman, of Kansas, to be a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

7:56 p.m. Senator Daines asked u.c. to pass H.R. 6896, United States Parole Commission Extension Act of 2018. Passed by unanimous consent.

7:17 p.m. The Senate confirmed by voice vote, Exec. Cal. #947 Lance Walker to be U.S. District Judge for the District of Maine.

7:17 p.m. The Senate confirmed by voice vote, Exec. Cal. #945 James Hanlon to be U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Indiana.

7:16 p.m. The Senate confirmed voice vote, Exec. Cal. #906 Chad Kenney to be U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

7:16 p.m. The Senate confirmed by voice vote, Exec. Cal. #905 Susan Brnovich to be U.S. District Judge for the District of Arizona.

7:15 p.m. The Senate confirmed by voice vote, Exec. Cal. #895 Peter Phipps to be U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

7:15 p.m. The Senate confirmed by voice vote, Exec. Cal. #907 Jeremy Kernodle to be U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Texas.

7:14 p.m. Thomas Kleeh was confirmed by a vote of 65-30. Senators Feinstein, Heinrich, Heitkamp, Nelson and Rubio did not vote.

7:02 p.m. The Senate is now voting on the nomination of Thomas Kleeh to be U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of West Virginia.

7:01 p.m. Eli Richardson was confirmed to be U.S. District Judge for the Middle District of Tennessee by a vote of 52-43. Democrats voting aye (2): Senators Manchin and McCaskill. Senators Feinstein, Heinrich, Heitkamp, Nelson and Rubio did not vote.

6:49 p.m. The Senate is now voting on confirmation of Exec. Cal. #638 Eli Richardson to be U.S. District Judge for the Middle District of Tennessee.

6:48 p.m. The Senate confirmed Mark S. Norris, Sr. to be U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Tennessee by a vote of 51-44. Democrat voting aye (1): Senator Jones. Senators Feinstein, Heinrich, Heitkamp, Nelson and Rubio did not vote.

6:34 p.m. The Senate is now voting on the nomination of Mark Norris to be US District Judge for the Western District of Tennessee.

6:33 p.m. Michael Joseph Juneau was confirmed by a vote of 54-41. Democrats voting aye: Donnelly, Jones, Manchin and McCaskill. Senators Feinstein, Heinrich, Heitkamp, Nelson and Rubio did not vote.

6:21 p.m. The Senate is now voting on the nomination of Michael Joseph Juneau to be District Judge for the Western District of Louisiana.

6:20 p.m. Liles Clifton Burke was confirmed by a vote of 55-40. Five Democrats voted aye: Donnelly, Jones, Manchin, McCaskill, and Tester. Senators Feinstein, Heinrich, Heitkamp, Nelson and Rubio did not vote.

6:08 p.m. The Senate began voting on the nomination of Liles Clifton Burke to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Alabama.

6:07 p.m. The Senate confirmed the nomination of William Ray to be a District Judge for the Northern District of Georgia by a vote of 54-41. Senators Donnelly, Jones, Manchin, and Tester voted yes.

5:51 p.m. The Senate began voting on the nomination of William Ray to be District Judge for the Northern District of Georgia.

5:50 p.m. Richard Sullivan was confirmed by a vote of 79-16.Voting no: Senators Booker, Brown, Cantwell, Cortez Masto, Gillibrand, Harris, Hirono, Klobuchar, Markey, Murray, Sanders, Smith, Stabenow, Udall, Warren. Senators Feinstein, Heinrich, Heitkamp, Nelson and Rubio did not vote.

5:35 p.m. The Senate began voting on the nomination of Richard Sullivan to be US Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit.

5:34 p.m. Ryan Nelson was confirmed by a vote of 51-44 on a party line vote with Senator Jones voting aye. Senators Feinstein, Heinrich, Heitkamp, Nelson and Rubio did not vote.

5:20 p.m. The Senate began voting on confirmation of Exec. Cal. #1081 Ryan Nelson to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the 9th Circuit.

5:19 p.m. The Senate confirmed the nomination of David Porter to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the 3rd Circuit by a vote of 50-45 on a party line vote. Senators Feinstein, Heinrich, Heitkamp, Nelson, and Rubio did not vote.

4:45 p.m. The Senate began voting on confirmation of Exec. Cal. #1007 David Porter to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the 3rd Circuit.

4:35 p.m. ML McConnell asked u.c. to proceed to votes on confirmation on the following nominations at 4:45 p.m. (voice votes possible):

  • Cal. #1007 – David James Porter, of Pennsylvania, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Third Circuit.
  • Cal. #1081 – Ryan Douglas Nelson, of Idaho, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit.
  • Cal. #1082 – Richard J. Sullivan, of New York, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit.
  • Cal. #627 – William M. Ray II, of Georgia, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Georgia.
  • Cal. #628 – Liles Clifton Burke, of Alabama, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Alabama.
  • Cal. #629 – Michael Joseph Juneau, of Louisiana, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Louisiana.
  • Cal. #634 – Mark Saalfield Norris, Sr., of Tennessee, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Tennessee.
  • Cal. #638 – Eli Jeremy Richardson, of Tennessee, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Tennessee.
  • Cal. #894 – Thomas S. Kleeh, of West Virginia, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of West Virginia.
  • Cal. #895 – Peter J. Phipps, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania.
  • Cal. #905 – Susan Brnovich, of Arizona, to be United States District Judge for the District of Arizona.
  • Cal. #906 – Chad F. Kenney, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
  • Cal. #907 – Jeremy D. Kernodle, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Texas.
  • Cal. #945 – James Patrick Hanlon, of Indiana, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Indiana.
  • Cal. #947 – Lance E. Walker, of Maine, to be United States District Judge for the District of Maine.

4:20 p.m. Senator Brown spoke about blue ribbon schools.

3:40 p.m. Senator Portman spoke about the economy.

2:59 p.m. Senator Kennedy spoke about health care.

2:53 p.m. Senator Casey spoke about the death of Matthew Shepard in 1998.

2:51 p.m. The Dreiband nomination was confirmed by a vote of 50 to 47. Senators Heitkamp, Nelson, and Rubio did not vote.

2:00 p.m. The Senate began voting on confirmation of the nomination of Eric Dreiband to be an Assistant Attorney General.

1:40 p.m. Senator Boozman spoke about the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame 2018 inductees.

1:36 p.m. Senator Flake spoke about Jamal Khashoggi and on the importance of a free press.

1:35 p.m. Senator Flake asked u.c. that at 2:00 p.m. all post-cloture time on the Eric Dreiband nomination expire, and the Senate vote on confirmation of the nomination.

1:28 p.m. Senator Tillis spoke about Pastor Andrew Brunson.

1:25 p.m. The Senate invoked cloture on the nomination of Eric Dreiband to be an Assistant Attorney General by a party line vote of 50-47. Senators Heitkamp, Nelson, and Rubio did not vote.

12:53 p.m. The Senate is now voting on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Eric Dreiband to be an Assistant Attorney General.

12:52 p.m. By a vote of 52 to 45, the Senate confirmed Jeffrey Clark’s nomination to be Assistant Attorney General. Senators Manchin and McCaskill voted aye. Senators Heitkamp, Nelson, and Rubio did not vote.

12:19 p.m. The Senate is now voting on confirmation of the Clark nomination to be an Assistant Attorney General.

12:11 p.m. Senator Moran spoke about aviation.

11:54 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke about the Saudi Arabian journalist, protests, and global warming.

11:34 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the upcoming election.

11:14 a.m. Senator Merkley spoke on immigration.

10:41 a.m. Senator Isakson spoke about Hurricane Michael, the output of the 115th Congress, and veterans issues.

10:32 a.m. Senator Blunt spoke about the Senate’s legislative work. He spoke about the reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration and about medical insurance.

10:32 a.m. The Senate resumed consideration of the Jeffrey Clark nomination.

10:23 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about Hurricane Michael and climate change. He spoke about health care.

10:05 a.m. Majority Leader MConnell spoke about Hurricane Michael. He spoke about politics and civility. He spoke about the water projects bill and about nominations. He spoke about the economy.

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The Senate will convene at 10 a.m. and will resume consideration of the nomination of Jeffrey Clark to be an assistant attorney general, with a confirmation vote at 12:10 p.m.

Following the disposition of the Clark nomination, the Senate will vote on cloture for the nomination of Eric S. Dreiband to be an Assistant Attorney General.

An additional cloture motion is pending on the nomination of James N. Stewart to be an assistant secretary of defense. The Senate is expected to take it up following disposition of the Dreiband nomination.  Additional roll call votes are expected today.