Monday, July 5, 2021

The Senate convened for a pro forma session at 2:30 p.m. Senator Ossoff presided and no business was conducted.

Thursday, July 1, 2021

The Senate convened today for a pro forma only at 11:00 a.m. No business was conducted. Senator Coons presided.

Monday, June 28, 2021

The Senate convened for a pro forma session at 9:59 a.m. Senator Kaine presided and no business was conducted.


Thursday, June 24, 2021

5:34 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will meet for pro forma sessions only on:

  • MONDAY, JUNE 28 AT 9:00 A.M.
  • THURSDAY, JULY 1, AT 11:00 A.M.
  • MONDAY, JULY 5, AT 2:30 P.M.
  • THURSDAY, JULY 8 AT 12:00 NOON

5:24 p.m. Senator Durbin began wrap up:

  • passed by unanimous consent: H.R. 2441, Sgt. Ketchum Rural Veterans Mental Health Act of 2021
  • passed by voice vote: S. 1095, Colonel John M. McHugh Tuition Fairness for Survivors Act of 2021
  • adopted by unanimous consent en bloc: S.Res. 284, 292, 293.
  • passed by unanimous consent: A resolution designating June 21, 2021 through June 25, 2021, as “National Cybersecurity Education Week”
  • adopted by unanimous consent: S.Res. 270, A resolution honoring the memory of the fallen heroes of the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew
  • adopted by unanimous consent: S.Res. 268, A resolution expressing support for the designation of June 2021 as “National Dairy Month”
  • adopted by unanimous consent: S.Res. 219, A resolution designating May 18, 2021, as “CASA/GAL Volunteers’ Day
  • passed as amended by unanimous consent: S. 272, Congressional Budget Justification Transparency Act of 2021. The committee reported substitute amendment was agreed to
  • passed by unanimous consent: S. 2255, A bill to extend the Trade Adjustment Assistance Program for one month
  • passed by voice vote: S. 1662, Supporting the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health and the Reagan-Udall Foundation for the Food and Drug Administration Act
  • Foreign Service Promotions confirmed by unanimous consent: PN357, as modified.
  • Military Promotions confirmed by unanimous consent: Executive Calendars 201-224, Executive Calendar #225 as modified, Executive Calendar 226-228, and all nominations on the Secretary’s Desk in the Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, Navy, and Space Force.
  • Confirmed by voice vote: Executive Calendar #194 Anne Milgram to be Administrator of Drug Enforcement.
  • Confirmed by voice vote: Executive Calendar #190 Miriam E. Delphin-Rittmon to be Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, Department of Health and Human Services
  • Confirmed by voice vote: Executive Calendar #156 Shannon Aneal Estenoz to be Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife.
  • Confirmed by voice vote: Executive Calendar #229 Christine Abizaid to be Director of the National Counterterrorism Center, Office of the Director of National Intelligence
  • Confirmed by voice vote: Executive Calendar #192 Robin C. Ashton to be Inspector General, Central Intelligence Agenc
  • Confirmed by voice vote: Executive Calendar #186 Dawn Myers O’Connell to be Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, Department of Health and Human Services
  • Confirmed by voice vote: Executive Calendar #182 Carlos Alberto Monje, Jr to be Under Secretary of Transportation for Policy.
  • Confirmed by voice vote: Executive Calendar #152 Maryanne T. Donaghy to be an Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs (Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection).
  • Confirmed by voice vote: Executive Calendar #151 Patricia L. Ross to be an Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs (Congressional and Legislative Affairs).
  • Confirmed by voice vote: Executive Calendar #146 Faisal Amin to be Chief Financial Officer, Environmental Protection Agency

5:04 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about gun violence.

4:51 p.m. RL McConnell spoke on crime, guns, and funding for law enforcement.

4:16 p.m. Senator Gillibrand spoke on sexual assault in the military and asked u.c. to call up and pass S. 1520, Military Justice Improvement and Increasing Prevention Act. Senator Reed objected.

3:58 p.m. Senators King and Reed spoke about Afghanistan.

3:38 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke about the Alaskan of the Week.

3:23 p.m. Senator Lankford spoke about freedom.

3:05 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on government spending.

2:48 p.m. Senator Coons spoke about bipartisanship.

2:47 p.m. ML Schumer filed cloture on:

  • Executive Calendar #67 Uzra Zeya to be an Under Secretary of State Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights
  • Executive Calendar #63 Julie A. Su to be Deputy Secretary of Labor

2:35 p.m. The Senate confirmed the nomination of Candace Jackson-Akiwumi to be US Circuit Judge for the 7th Circuit, 53-40.

Senators Collins, Graham and Murkowski joining all Democrats/Independents in favor.

1:57 p.m. Roll call vote began on the nomination of
Candace Jackson-Akiwumi to be United States Circuit Judge for the 7th Circuit, 53-40.

1:23 p.m. Senator Cotton spoke on mask mandates on airplanes.

1:00 p.m. Senator Kennedy spoke on Afghanistan and asked UC to take up and pass S. 2216 on that topic. Senator Paul objected.

12:24 p.m. Senator Peters spoke on the nomination of Jen Easterly to be Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and asked UC to take up the nomination and vote on it. Senator Scott of Florida objected.

12:16 p.m. Senator Leahy spoke on January 6th and mental health.

12:11 p.m. Senators Grassley, Cornyn and Leahy spoke in favor of S. 831.

12:10 p.m. Senators Grassley spoke on and asked UC to take up and pass S.831, the EB-5 Reform and Integrity Act. Senator Graham objected. 

12:09 p.m. The Senate passed S. 1251, the Growing Climate Solutions Act, 92-8. Voting against: 4 Democrats: Booker, Markey, Merkley and Warren; 3 Republicans: Hawley, Inhofe and Lee; 1 Independent: Sanders.

11:25 a.m. Roll call vote began on passage of S.1251.

11:24 a.m. The Lee amendment to S. 1251, the Growing Climate Solutions Act was rejected, 11-89. Voting yes: 11 Republicans: Cotton, Cruz, Hagerty, Hawley, Johnson, Lankford, Lee, Paul, Scott of Florida, Sullivan and Toomey.

10:50 a.m. Roll call vote began on the Lee amendment.

10:45 a.m. Senator Stabenow spoke on S. 1251.

10:32 a.m. Senators Lee, Boozman and Braun spoke on S.1251, the Growing Climate Solutions Act and the Lee amendment #2119 (substitute) to the bill.

10:04 a.m. Majority Leader Schumer spoke on the Jackson-Akiwumi nomination, nominations in general, and infrastructure.

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The Senate convened at 10:00 a.m.

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to the consideration of S.1251, the Growing Climate Solutions Act, as provided under the previous order.

At approximately 11:00am, the Senate will vote on Lee amendment #2119 (substitute) to the bill. Following disposition of the amendment, the Senate will vote on passage of S.1251, as amended, if amended. There will be 2 minutes of debate equally divided prior to each vote.

Following disposition of the bill, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of Executive Calendar #128, Candace Jackson-Akiwumi, of Illinois, to be United States Circuit Judge for the 7th Circuit.

At approximately 1:45pm, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Jackson-Akiwumi nomination.

Wednesday, June 23, 2021


6:20 p.m. The Senate is voting on a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Candace Jackson-Akiwumi to be United States Circuit Judge for the Seventh Circuit.

5:40 p.m. The Senate is currently voting on the nomination of Deborah L. Boardman to be United States District Judge for the District of Maryland. The nomination was confirmed by a vote of   52-48. Republicans voting aye: Collins and Graham.

5:30 p.m. Senator Moran spoke on the attempt to do away with the filibuster.

5:15 p.m. Senator Gillibrand spoke in support of S. 1520, the Military Justice Improvement Act.

5:05 p.m. Senator Inhofe spoke about the takeover of government networks by Legato Networks.

4:55 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke in support of the Boarman nomination.

4:45 p.m. Senator Cornyn also spoke on immigration.

4:40 p.m. Senator Scott spoke about the Biden administration’s policy  on immigration and illegal border crossings.

4:30 p.m. Senator Peters spoke in support of the Carnahan and Easterling nominations.  He asked unaniomous concent that Carnahan be confirmed.

4:20 p.m. Senator Scott spoke on the inconveniences to parents of children that refuse to wear masks on planes. He offered a bill that would eliminate the need to wear a mask on places. Senator Lee followed with support for the measure.

4:15 p.m. Senator Toomey offered an amendment to HR 1652. Senator Durbin objected.

4:10 p.m. Senator Whitehouse also spoke on the need to increase the crimes victim’s fund.

4:00 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke on the victims of crime and the need to increase the crimes victim’s fund.

3:00 p.m.  The Senate is currently voting on the Motion to Invoke Cloture on the nomination of Executive Calendar #172, Deborah Boardman to be United States District Judge for the District of Maryland. the motion was agreed to by 52-48.

2:30 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about climate change and the future of electric vehicles.

2:20 p.m. Leader  McConnell spoke about Biden’s relationship with Putin, the climate lobby and infrastructure lobbyist.

2:00 p.m. Leader Schumer spoke about the disgrace Republicans didn’t vote to begin debate on voting rights for all Americans. He also touched on the need to confirm judges, infrastructure talks and a budget resolution.

The Senate will convene at 2:00 p.m. and resume consideration of the nomination of Executive Calendar #172, Deborah Boardman to be United States District Judge for the District of Maryland.

At 3:00 p.m. the Senate will vote on cloture on the Boardman nomination.

If cloture is invoked, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Boardman nomination at 5:45 p.m., followed by a cloture vote on Executive Calendar #128, Candace Jackson-Akiwumi to be United States Circuit Judge for the 7th Circuit.

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

7:41 p.m. The Senate adjourned.

7:36 p.m. Senator Van Hollen wrapped up for the evening.

7:16 p.m. Senator Van Hollen spoke on S. 2093.

7:02 p.m. Senator Gillibrand spoke on sexual assault in the military and asked UC to take up S.1520, her bill on that subject. Senator Reed objected.

6:45 p.m. Senator Cruz spoke on S. 2093.

6:29 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke about campaign finance and ethics reform.

6:23 p.m. ML Schumer spoke about the vote on S. 2093 and the fight for voting rights.

6:22 p.m. Cloture was not invoked on the motion to proceed to Cal. #77, S.2093, For the People Act of 2021 by a vote of 50-50.

5:50 p.m. The Senate is voting on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to Cal. #77, S.2093, For the People Act of 2021.

5:13 p.m. Senators Merkley, Klobuchar and ML Schumer spoke on S. 2093.

4:58 p.m. Senator Blunt spoke on S. 2093.

4:46 p.m. Senator Cantwell spoke on S. 2093.

4:10 p.m. Senators Tillis, Portman, Wicker, Shelby and Collins spoke on S. 2093.

4:01 p.m. Senator Bennett spoke on S. 2093.

3:41 p.m. Senator Murkowski spoke on S. 2093.

3:27 p.m. Senator Stabenow spoke supporting the motion to proceed to
S. 2093.

3:26 p.m. By a vote of 51-50, the Senate confirmed Executive Calendar #107 Kiran Arjandas Ahuja to be Director of the Office of Personnel Management for a term of 4 years. The Vice President cast the tie breaking vote.

2:30 p.m. The Senate began a vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #107 Kiran Arjandas Ahuja to be Director of the Office of Personnel Management for a term of four years.

2:26 p.m. Senator Peters spoke in support of the Ahuja nomination.

1:37 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Ahuja nomination, 51-50. Vice President Harris broke the tie.

The Senate recessed for weekly policy lunches.

12:49 p.m. The Senate began a vote on cloture on the nomination of Kiran Ahuja to be Director of the Office of Personnel Management.

12:48 p.m. The Fonzone nomination was confirmed 55-45 with Republicans Blunt, Burr, Cornyn, Collins and Murkowski joining in favor.

11:59 a.m. The Senate began a roll call on confirmation of the nomination of Christopher Charles Fonzone to be General Counsel of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

11:55 a.m. Senator Peters spoke on the Ahuja nomination.

11:41 a.m. Senator Hawley spoke about military service.

11:30 a.m. Senator Cotton spoke on S. 2093 and on Huawei.

11:16 a.m. Senator Warnock spoke on S. 2093.

10:53 a.m. Senator Thune spoke on spoke on S. 2093 and on the filibuster.

10:39 a.m. Senator Heinrich spoke on S. 2093 and on the filibuster.

10:29 a.m. RL McConnell spoke about the Iranian election and on S. 2093.

10:13 a.m. ML Schumer spoke about voting reforms.

10:00 a.m. The Senate convened.

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The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m. Following Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of the nomination of Christopher Charles Fonzone to be General Counsel of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, post-cloture.

At approximately 11:45 a.m., the Senate will proceed to two roll call votes relative to the following:

  • Confirmation of the nomination of Christopher Charles Fonzone to be General Counsel of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
  • Motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Kiran Arjandas Ahuja to be Director of the Office of Personnel Management.

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

At approximately 2:30 p.m., if cloture is invoked on the Ahuja nomination, the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on confirmation of the Ahuja nomination.

Following disposition of the Ahuja nomination, the Senate will proceed to Legislative Session and resume consideration of the motion to proceed to S.2093, a bill to expand Americans’ access to the ballot box, reduce the influence of big money in politics, strengthen ethics rules for public servants, and implement other anti-corruption measures for the purpose of fortifying our democracy, and for other purposes (For the People Act), with the debate time until 5:30 pm equally divided between the two Leaders or their designees.

At approximately 5:30 p.m., the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to S.2093, For the People Act.

Monday, June 21, 2021

7:44 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will next convene on Tuesday, June 22 at 10:00 a.m. Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of Christopher Fonzone to be General Counsel of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, post-cloture.

At 11:45 a.m. 2 votes:

  1. Confirmation of the Fonzone nomination.
  2. Motion to invoke cloture on Kiran Ahuja to be Director of the Office of Personnel Management.

The Senate will recess following the cloture vote on the Ahuja nomination until 2:15 p.m.

At 2:30 p.m. vote:

  1. Confirmation of the Ahuja nomination.

After disposition of the Ahuja nomination, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to S.2093, For the People Act.

At 5:30 p.m. vote:

  1. Motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to S.2093, For the People Act.

7:33 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke on voting rights.

6:48 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke against the nomination of Tracy Stone-Manning to the Bureau of Land Management.

6:26 p.m. Senator Graham spoke on military justice reform.

6:26 p.m. Senator Graham spoke on military justice reform.

6:21 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke on military justice reform.

6:10 p.m. Senator Gillibrand asked unanimous consent for the Senate to take-up and vote on S.1520. Senator Reed objected.

6:09 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Fonzone nomination, 52-35.

Republican senators voting yes: Blunt, Burr, Collins, Cornyn, Hagerty, and Murkowski.

Senators not voting: Booker, Braun, Brown, Casey, Cramer, Daines, Hoeven, Inhofe, Paul, Risch, Rounds, Sasse, and Young.

5:34 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Christopher Fonzone to be General Counsel of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

5:24 p.m. Senator Blackburn spoke about voting rights.

5:07 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke on Juneteenth and voting rights.

4:58 p.m. Senator Hagerty spoke on voting rights.

4:46 p.m. Senator Tuberville spoke about the tragic car crash in Alabama over the weekend. He also spoke about voting rights and Critical Race Theory.

4:43 p.m. ML Schumer filed cloture on the following nominations:

  • exec. cal. #172 Deborah L. Boardman, of Maryland, to be U.S. District Judge for the District of Maryland
  • exec. cal. #128 Candace Jackson-Akiwumi, of Illinois, to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Seventh Circuit

4:17 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on Juneteenth and voting rights.

4:06 p.m. Senators Shaheen and Collins spoke about diabetes.

3:46 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about Afghanistan, health care, drugs, and voting rights.

3:45 The Senate resumed executive session for the consideration of the nomination of Christopher Fonzone to be General Counsel of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

3:30 p.m. Leader McConnell spoke on the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan.

3:00 p.m. Leader Schumer asked for the second reading of S. 2118, to amend IRS cose from 1986 to provide for tax incentives for clean energy. He objected to a third reading and the bill was placed on the calendar.

He added the Senate would vote tomorrow to start voting rights debate.

The Senate will convene at 3:00 p.m.  At that time, resume consideration of the nomination of Christopher Fonzone to be General Counsel of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

At 5:30 p.m. the Senate will vote on cloture on the Fonzone nomination.

Cloture has also been filed on the following:

  1. Kiran Ahuja to be Director of the Office of Personnel Management.
  2. The motion to proceed to S.2093, For the People Act.

3:00 p.m. Leader Schumer asked for the second reading of S. 2118, to amend IRS cose from 1986 to provide for tax incentives for clean energy.

Thursday, June 17, 2021

3:48 p.m. The Senate adjourned.

3:38 p.m. ML Schumer wrapped up for the day and week. He filed cloture on the following: Christopher Fonzone to be General Counsel of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence; Kiran Ahuja to be Director of the Office of Personnel Management and the motion to proceed to S.2093.

The following were approved by UC en bloc: Pamela Melroy to be Deputy Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Richard Spinrad to be Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere; Matthew Quinn to be Under Secretary of Veterans Affairs; Tanya Marie Trujillo to be an Assistant Secretary of the Interior; Chris Inglis to be National Cyber Director.

The following were adopted by UC S.1340, NC judicial districts; S.Res.276, University of Florida Gators Men’s Tennis, S.Res.277, University of Mississippi Women’s Golf; by voice vote, adopted S.Res.278, United Spinal Association.

S.2118, Clean Energy for America Act had its first reading.

3:23 p.m. Senator Lankford spoke on voting rights and a decision announced by the Supreme Court today on religious schools.

2:45 p.m. Senators Stabenow and Blunt spoke on mental health.

2:29 p.m. Senator Cassidy spoke on hurricanes.

2:13 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke on the Helsinki Commission.

2:12 p.m. The Tien nomination was confirmed, 60-34.

Senators voting in favor: 46 Democrats, 12 Republicans: Blunt, Capito, Collins, Fischer, Graham, Johnson, Murkowski, Portman, Romney, Rounds, Scott of South Carolina and Young; 2 Independents: King and Sanders.


Senators not voting:4 Republicans: Burr, Cramer, Moran and Thune; 2 Democrats: Booker and Peters.

1:45 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on confirmation of the Tien nomination.

1:15 p.m. The Senate stands in recess until 1:45 p.m.

1:00 p.m. Senator Gillibrand spoke about military justice system and asked unanimous consent that the Senate take-up and vote on S.1520, Military Justice Improvement and Increasing Prevention Act of 2021. Senator Reed objected.

Republicans voting yes: Blunt, Capito, Collins, Cornyn, Fischer, Graham, Johnson, Murkowski, Portman, Romney, Rounds, Rubio, Scott (SC), Tillis, and Young.

Senators not voting: Booker, Cramer, Moran, and Peters.

1:00 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Tien nomination, 63-33.

12:27 p.m. Roll call vote began on the nomination of John Tien to be Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security.

12:24 p.m. The Beaudreau nomination was confirmed 88-9. Senators voting against: 8 Republicans: Cruz, Hawley, Kennedy, Lee, Paul, Shelby, Sullivan and Tuberville; 1 Independent: Sanders.

Senators not voting: Booker, Cramer, and Peters.

11:42 a.m. Roll call vote began on confirmation of the nomination of Tommy Beaudreau to be Deputy Secretary of the Interior.

11:16 a.m. Senators Durbin and Murkowski spoke on victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and the crime victims fund and asked UC to take up and pass HR.1562. Senator Toomey sought to add an amendment and he and Senator Durbin each objected to the others requests.

11:00 a.m. Senator Thune spoke on Covid-19 and social media platforms.

10:49 a.m. Senator Carper spoke in favor of the Tien nomination and expressed condolences for Senator Peters after the recent death of his mother.

10:32 a.m. RL McConnell spoke on voting rights, authorization of military force, and Guantanamo Bay.

10:18 a.m. ML Schumer spoke on infrastructure, voting rights, January 6.

S.2093, was placed on the calendar under the Rule 14 process.

The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m. and resume consideration of the nomination of Tommy Beaudreau to be Deputy Secretary of Interior. 

At 11:30 a.m. there will be two roll call votes:
1. Confirmation of the Beaudreau nomination.

2. Cloture on the nomination of John Tien to be Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security.

The Senate will recess following the cloture vote on the Tien nomination.

At 1:45 p.m. the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Tien nomination.

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

7:25 p.m. The Senate adjourned.

7:22 p.m. Majority Leader Schumer wrapped up for the evening. S.1 was read for the first time. The following were passed by UC: S Res 248, regarding Tennessee joining the union; passed by voice vote: S Res 273, regarding Great Outdoors Month.

6:24 p.m Senator Portman spoke on the situation at the southern border.

6:04 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on Juneteenth, and later on elections in Iran.

5:51 p.m. Senator Lee spoke on the Idle Isle cafe in Utah.

5:48 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke in support of Senator Gillibrands bill.

5:38 p.m. Senator Gillibrand spoke on sexual assault in the military and asked UC to take up her bill on that topic, S. 1520. Senator Reed objected.

5:31 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke on the Beaudreau nomination.

5:10 p.m. Senators Scott of Florida and Ernst spoke in support of Israel and asked UC to take up and pass S. 1899 on that topic; Senator Menendez objected.

5:09 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Beaudreau nomination, 89-9.

Senators voting no: 8 Republicans: Cruz, Hawley, Kennedy, Lee, Paul, Shelby, Sullivan and Tuberville; 1 Independent: Sanders.

4:30 p.m. The Senate began a vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Tommy P. Beaudreau to be Deputy Secretary of the Interior.

4:30 p.m. The Senate confirmed the nomination of Lydia Kay Griggsby, of Maryland, to be United States District Judge for the District of Maryland, 59-39. Senators voting in favor: 46 Democrats, 11 Republicans: Burr, Capito, Collins, Cornyn, Ernst, Graham, Grassley, Murkowksi, Romney, Tillis and Young; 2 Independents: King and Sanders.

Senators voting against: 39 Republicans.

Senators not voting: 2 Democrats: Booker and Peters.

4:00 p.m. The Senate began a vote on confirmation of the nomination of Lydia Kay Griggsby, of Maryland, to be United States District Judge for the District of Maryland.

4:00 p.m. By a vote of 55-43 the Fox nomination was confirmed.

3:15 p.m. The Senate began a vote on confirmation of the nomination of Radhika Fox, of California, to be an Assistant Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

3:05 p.m. Senator Manchin spoke supporting the Beaudreau nomination.

2:55 p.m. Senator Carper spoke on the Fox nomination.

1:56 p.m. Senators Blunt, Capito, Grassley, Blackburn, Inhofe, Marshall, Young and Ernst spoke on S. 1.

1:36 p.m. Senator Tuberville spoke on the DOJ and pretrial monetary settlements.

1:23 p.m. Senator Menendez expressed concerns about the Biden Administration filing an amicus brief in the case of Ramonna Matos Rodriguez et al vs. Pan American Health Organization.

1:12 p.m. Senator Kennedy spoke on nuclear energy.

1:05 p.m. Senator Capito spoke against the Fox nomination.

1:02 p.m. Senator Smith spoke on the Juneteenth Federal Holiday.

12:56 p.m. Senator Cardin got u.c. that the cloture vote with respect to the nomination of Tommy Beaudreau be confirmed. Senator Cardin spoke supporting the Griggsby nomination.

12:55 p.m. The Senate invoked cloture by a vote of 57-41 on the nomination of Lydia Kay Griggsby to be U.S. District Judge for the District of Maryland.

12:14 p.m. The Senate began voting on motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Lydia Kay Griggsby, of Maryland, to be United States District Judge for the District of Maryland.

12:13 p.m. The motion to invoke cloture on the Fox nominations was agreed to by a vote of 55-43. Republican Senators voting yes

11:31 a.m. The Senate began voting on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Radhika Fox, of California, to be an Assistant Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

11:09 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke on the meeting between President Biden and Vladimir Putin and on Juneteenth.

10:57 a.m. RL McConnell spoke on the economy.

10:44 a.m. ML Schumer spoke about infrastructure, on the 2002 AUMF and on judicial nominations.

10:30 a.m. The Senate convened.

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The Senate will convene at 10:30 a.m., following Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session to resume consideration of the nomination of Radhika Fox, of California, to be an Assistant Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

At approximately 11:30 a.m., the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Fox nomination. Following that vote, the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Lydia Kay Griggsby, of Maryland, to be United States District Judge for the District of Maryland.

If cloture is invoked on either of the nominations, at approximately 3:15 p.m., the Senate will vote on confirmation of the nominations.

Additional roll call votes are possible during Wednesday’s session.

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

5:43 p.m. The Senate adjourned.

5:42 p.m. Senator Wyden asked u.c. that when the Senate adjourns tonight it reconvene at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 16th. Following Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session to resume consideration of the nomination of Radhika Fox, of California, to be an Assistant Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

At approximately 11:30 a.m., the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Fox nomination. Following that vote, the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Lydia Griggsby, of Maryland, to be United States District Judge for the District of Maryland.

If cloture is invoked on either of the nominations, at approximately 3:15 p.m., the Senate will vote on confirmation of the nominations.

5:31 p.m. Senator Lee spoke about trade with the United Kingdom and asked u.c. to call up and pass S.Res. 134, A resolution expressing the sense of the Senate that the President should work with the Government of the United Kingdom to conclude negotiations for a comprehensive free trade agreement between the United States and the United Kingdom. Senator Wyden objected.

5:19 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke on biofuels.

5:05 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke on the need for election integrity.

5:03 p.m. ML Schumer asked unanimous consent to call up and pass the following:

  • S.475 Juneteenth National Independence Day Act – passed by u.c.
  • S.Res 269 Designating June 19, 2021 as Juneteenth Independence Day, in recognition of June 19, 1865, the date on which news of the end of slavery reached the slaves in Southwestern states – adopted by u.c.

5:01 p.m. ML Schumer filed cloture on:

  • Executive Calendar #123 Tommy P. Beaudreau to be Deputy Secretary of the Interior.
  • Executive Calendar #157 John K. Tien to be Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security.

4:52 p.m. Senator Fischer spoke about the For the People Act.

4:38 p.m. Senator Blackburn spoke on the pandemic.

4:24 p.m. Senator Tester made a unanimous consent request for the Senate to confirm VA nominations en bloc. Senator Blackburn objected to the request. Senator Tester modified his uc request and asked for the confirmation of one VA nominations from the first request. Senator Blackburn objected.

4:06 p.m. Senator Cotton spoke about the Olympics and China as well as the For the People Act.

3:52 p.m. Senator Cruz spoke supporting the 156th Juneteenth anniversary and on immigration.

3:30 p.m. Senator Wicker spoke supporting the U.S. Coast Guard.

3:16 p.m. Senator Gillibrand spoke about sexual assault in the military.

2:46 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about the reports of the Justice Department investigating members of Congress and their families and on immigration.

2:15 p.m. The Senate returned from recess and Senator Cornyn spoke about border issues as well as on concerns regarding S. 1.

12:23 p.m. The Senate recessed until 2:15 p.m.

12:22 p.m. Majority Leader Schumer announced that due to Senators Booker and Peters having family illnesses the cloture vote on the Ahuja nomination is delayed; and moved the Senate to a period of morning business.

12:21 p.m. The Khan nomination was confirmed, 69-28.

Senators voting in favor: 46 Democrats, 21 Republicans: Blunt, Braun, Burr, Capito, Cassidy, Collins, Fischer, Graham, Grassley, Hawley, Hoeven, Hyde-Smith, Johnson, Marshall, Moran, Murkowski, Portman, Rounds, Thune, Wicker and Young; 2 Independents: King and Sanders.

Senators voting against: 28 Republicans.

Senators not voting: 2 Democrats: Booker and Peters; 1 Republican: Rubio.

11:32 a.m. Roll call vote began on confirmation of the Khan nomination.

11:00 a.m. Senator Thune spoke about capital gains tax.

10:50 a.m. RL McConnell spoke about the leak of information from IRS and Critical Race Theory.

10:13 a.m. Majority Leader Schumer spoke on voting laws, President Biden’s trip to Europe and the NATO summit, and Q-Anon conspiracy theories.

10:00 a.m. The Senate convened.

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The Senate will convene at10:00 a.m.

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #119, Lina Khan to be a Federal Trade Commissioner.

11:30 a.m. 2 roll call votes:

  1. Confirmation of the Khan nomination.
  2. Cloture on Executive Calendar #107, Kiran Ahuja to be Director of the Office of Personnel Management.

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

2:30 p.m. 1 roll call vote: Confirmation of the Ahuja nomination.

Cloture has also been filed on the following nominations:

  1. Radhika Fox to be an Assistant Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.
  2. Lydia Griggsby to be United States District Judge for the District of Maryland.