Friday, January 4, 2019

11 a.m. The Senate adjourned until 3 p.m. on Tuesday, whereupon it will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to S. 1.

10:50 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about the shutdown of federal agencies.

10:31 a.m. Senator McConnell moved to proceed to S.1. He filed cloture on the motion to proceed. He took steps under Rule XIV to bring to the floor S. 28, H.R. 28, and H.J.Res. 1.

Senator McConnell secured consent for the Senate to adjourn after Senator Schumer’s remarks and to reconvene at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, January 8. After leader remarks on Tuesday, the Senate will resume consideration of S. 1., with cloture to ripen at 5:30 p.m.

10:13 a.m. Senator Grassley paid tribute to the late Senator John Culver, Democrat of Iowa.

10:02 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell moved under Rule XIV to bring directly to the floor S. 1, S. 21, and S-. . Senator McConnell spoke about the shutdown of several federal agencies. He spoke about S. 1, legislation to address defense matters, including assistance to Israel and the conflict in Syria.

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The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m.; and following Leader remarks, will be in a period of Morning Business. Votes are not expected today.

Thursday, January 3rd, 2019

5:05 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 10:00 a.m. on Friday, January 4th. Following Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business.

5:03 p.m. ML McConnell began the Rule 14 process to place on the Legislative Calendar of Business:

  • S.1 – to make improvements to certain defense and security assistance provisions and to authorize the appropriation of funds to Israel, to reauthorize the United States-Jordan Defense Cooperation Act of 2015, and to halt the wholesale slaughter of the Syrian people, and for other purposes
  • S.21 – making continuing appropriations for Coast Guard pay in the event an appropriations act expires prior to the enactment of a new appropriations act
  • S.24 – to provide for the compensation of Federal and other government employees affected by lapses in appropriations (Cardin).

3:23 p.m. Senator Portman spoke about the new congress, immigration, opioid addiction.

2:27 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about government funding.

2:11 p.m. Senator Leahy spoke on the government shutdown.

1:13 p.m. Democratic Leader Schumer spoke on federal spending.

12:46 p.m. Senate Majority Leader McConnell began his speech of welcome to the 116th Congress. Topics included the work of the 115th Congress, the need for bipartisan compromise in the new Congress, and the need for a measure to continue federal spending and reopen a number of government agencies.

12:42 p.m. The Senate consented to several more procedural resolutions and, en bloc, to a series of unanimous consent requests.

12:41 p.m. Senator Grassley took the gavel. The Senate consented to S. Res. 4, informing the President of the election of a President Pro Tempore.

12:40 p.m. The Senate consented to S.Res. 3, to elect Senator Grassley  President Pro Tempore of the Senate, whereupon Vice President Pence administered the oath of office to Senator Grassley.

12:39 p.m. The Senate consented to S.Res. 2.

12:38 p.m. The Senate consented to S.Res. 1, informing the President that a quorum of both houses of Congress is present.

12:30 p.m. The Senate began a live quorum call.

12:07 p.m. The clerk presented certificates of election to the Senate. Vice President Pence began swearing in new senators and newly reelected senators.

12:04 p.m. The Senate convened for the 116th Congress, Vice President Pence presiding.

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11:52 a.m. The Senate adjourned for the 115th Congress.

11:51 a.m. The Senate confirmed the nomination of William C. McIntosh to be an assistant administrator of the Environmental Protection Administration.

11:50 a.m. The Senate convened for a pro forma session, Senator Fischer presiding.

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The Senate will convene for a pro forma session at 11:50 a.m., and then the 115th Congress will adjourn.

The 116th Congress will convene at 12:00 noon.

Following the prayer and pledge, the certificates of election will be presented. Senators will then be sworn-in in groups of four. After the swearing-in, there will be a live quorum. After a quorum is established, the Senate will adopt a number of  housekeeping resolutions. Upon completion of the opening day business, we expect Leaders McConnell and Schumer to deliver leader remarks.

 

Following leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

7:41 p.m. The Senate adjourns

7:28 p.m ML McConnell wraps up for the final time in the 115th Congress.

Wrap Up for Wednesday, January 2, 2019

 

No legislative business

 

Executive Business

 

The Senate ratified Executive Treaty #7: UN Convention on the Assignment of Receivables in International Trade.

 

The Senate confirmed the following nominations:

 

US ATTORNEYS

Robert Brewer to be US Attorney for the Southern District of California

Nicholas Trutanich to be US Attorney for the District of Nevada

Brian Moran to be US Attorney for the Western District of Washington

Matthew Schneider to be US Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan

John Milhiser to be US Attorney for the Central District of Illinois

David Anderson to be US Attorney for the Northern District of California

Lawrence Keefe to be US Attorney for the Northern District of Florida

Aaron Weisman to be US Attorney for the District of Rhode Island

 

US MARSHALS

Denny King to be US Marshal for the Middle District of Tennessee

John Garrison to be US Marshal for the Eastern District of Texas

Todd Nukes to be US Marshal for the Northern District of Indiana

Michael Yeager to be US Marshal for the Northern District of Georgia

Mark Shepard to be US Marshal for the Southern District of Mississippi

Kim Gaffney to US Marshal for the Western District of Wisconsin

Bradley LaRose to be US Marshal for the District of Vermont

Douglas Strike to be US Marshal for the Northern District of Iowa


FEDERAL MARITIME COMMISSION

L.E. Sola to be a Commissioner

Daniel Maffei to be a Commissioner

 

VETERANS

Tamara Bonzanto to be an Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs (Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection)

James Gfrerer to be Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs (information and Technology)

 

ELECTION ASSISTANCE COMMISSION

Donald Palmer to be a member of the Election Assistance Commission

Benjamin Hovland to be a member of the Election Assistance Commission

 

RAILROAD RETIREMENT BOARD

Jonathan Bragg to be a member

Thomas Jayne to be a member

Erhard Chorle to be a member


ONDCP

James Carroll to be Director of National Drug Control Policy

 

FCC

Brendan Carr to be a member

Geoffrey Starks to be a member

 

Office of Science and Technology

Kevin Droegmeier to be Director

 

Department of Transportation

Joel Szabat to be Assistant Secretary

 

Department of Commerce

Thomas Gilman to be an Assistant Secretary and Chief Financial Officer

 

EPW

Mary Neumayr to be a member of the Council on Environmental Quality

Alexandra Dunn to be Assistant Administrator for Toxic Substances

 

Housing and Urban Development

Rae Oliver to be Inspector General

 

Energy Department

Teri Donaldson to be Inspector General

 

Superior Court

Carmen Guerricagoitia to be an Associate Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia

 

Postal Regulatory Commission

Michael Kubayanda to be a Commissioner

 

Census

Stephen Dillingham to be Director

 

Social Security Administration

Gail Ennis to be Inspector General

 

Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency

Richard Tischner to be Director

 

SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD

Patrick Fuchs to be a member

Martin Oberman to be a member

 

ENERGY Department

Daniel Simmons to be an Assistant Secretary (for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy)

 

Defense Department

Casey Wardynski to be Assistant Secretary of the Army

Alex Beehler to be an Assistant Secretary of the Army

Alan Shaffer to be Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment

 

State Department

Ellen McCarthy to be Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence and Research

Senators Ron Johnson and Jeff Merkley to be Representatives of the US to the 73rd session of the United Nations

Michael Harvey to be an Assistant Administrator for the US Agency For International Development

Bonnie Glick to be Deputy Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development.

Carol Perez to be Director General of the Foreign Service.

Lucy Tamlyn to be Ambassador to the Central African Republic

Donald Blome to be Ambassador to Tunisia

Craig Cloud to be Ambassador to Botswana

Judith Garber to be Ambassador to Cyprus

Dennis Hankins to be Ambassador to Mali

Simon Henshaw to be Ambassador to Guinea

William Moser to be Ambassador to Kazakhstan.

Michael Pelletier to be Ambassador to the Union of the Comoros

Richard Paschall to be Ambassador to the Republic of The Gambia

Eric Stromayerto be Ambassador to the Togolese Republic

Eric Nelson to be Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina

Dennis Hearne to be Ambassador to the Republic of Mozambique

Patricia Mahoney to be Ambassador to the Republic of Benin

John Pommersheim to be Ambassador to the Republic of Tajikistan

Susan Stevenson to be Ambassador to the Republic of Equatorial Guinea

Kyle McCarter to be Ambassador to the Republic of Kenya

Michael Klecheski to be Ambassador to the Republic of Mongolia

Matthew Matthews to be Ambassador Brunei Darussalam

Earle Litzenberger to be Ambassador to the Republic of Azerbaijan

Sarah-Ann Lynch to be Ambassador to the Co-operative Republic of Guyana

Christopher Henzel to be Ambassador to the Republic of Yemen

Lynne Tracy to be Ambassador to the Republic of Armenia

Arthur Culvahouse to be Ambassador to the Commonwealth of Australia

 

7:21 p.m ML McConnell spoke about federal spending.

4:00 p.m. The Senate convened.

 

Monday, December 31, 2018

The Senate convened at 10:00 a.m. for a pro forma session; Senator Gardner presided.  No business was conducted.

Thursday, December 27, 2018

The Senate adjourned at 4:04 p.m., Senator Roberts presiding. Speaking as senator from Kansas, Senator Roberts secured consent for the Senate to reconvene at 10 a.m. Monday, December 31, when it will conduct a pro forma session only.

The Senate will then adjourn until 4 p.m. Wednesday, January 2, and will resume consideration of H.R. 695, the continuing resolution.

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The Senate will convene at 4 p.m. and will resume consideration of the House Message to accompany H.R.695, the House-passed resolution to continue federal spending.

Monday, December 24, 2018

The Senate will meet for a pro forma session at 11:00 am on Monday, December 24, 2018.
When the Senate adjourns on Monday, it will next convene at 4:00 pm on Thursday, December 27, 2018.
 On Thursday, following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the House Message to accompany H.R.695, the House-passed CR.

Saturday, December 22, 2018

3:17 p.m. The Senate stands adjourned to convene for a pro forma session at 11:00 am on Monday, December 24, 2018. When the Senate adjourns on Monday, it will next convene at 4:00 pm on Thursday, December 27, 2018. On Thursday, following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the House Message to accompany H.R.695, the House-passed CR.

3:03 p.m. ML McConnell began wrap up, the Senate passed the following:

Concurred in the House amendment to S.3661: 75th Anniversary of World War II.
Passed H.R.7319: leaseback of certain Federal real property.
Passed H.R.7318: to ensure Public Building Reform Board has adequate time to carry out the responsibilities of the Board.
Passed H.R.4689: to authorize early repayment of obligations to the Bureau of Reclamation within the Northport Irrigation District in the State of Nebraska.
Passed H.R.1967: Bureau of Reclamation Pumped Storage Hydropower Development Act.
Passed H.R.4203 with Toomey substitute amendment: to amend title 18, US Code, with regard to stalking.
Passed H.R.7279: Water Infrastructure Improvement Act.
Adopted S.Res.742: Cancer Screen Week.
Adopted S.Res.743: International Association of Fire Fighters.
Adopted S.Res.285: Dr. Samuel DuBois Cook.
Passed H.Con.Res.149: Technical Corrections to H.R.4174, Evidence-Based Policymaking.
Passed S.573: National Criminal Justice Commission Act.
Passed H.R.4969 with Corker substitute amendment: Embassy Security.
Passed H.R.672: Combating European Anti-Semitism.

Executive Business
Confirmed the following nominations:

AIR FORCE
Executive Calendar #1204 – the following to be Brigadier General:
Col. David W. Abba
Col. Christopher R. Amrhein
Col. Charles D. Bolton
Col. Larry R. Broadwell, Jr.
Col. Terry L. Bullard
Col. Scott A. Cain
Col. Jimmy R. Canlas
Col. Julian C. Cheater
Col. Roy W. Collins
Col. Colin J. Connor
Col. Donald J. Cothern
Col. David S. Eaglin
Col. Steven G. Edwards
Col. Troy L. Endicott
Col. Gregory J. Gagnon
Col. Richard W. Gibbs
Col. Jennifer L. Grant
Col. Stewart A. Hammons
Col. Robert S. Jobe
Col. John M. Klein, Jr.
Col. Gregory Kreuder
Col. Benjamin R. Maitre
Col. Matteo G. Martemucci
Col. Caroline M. Miller
Col. David A. Mineau
Col. Paul J. Murray
Col. Ty W. Neuman
Col. John P. Newberry
Col. Jefferson J. O’Donnell
Col. Thomas B. Palenske
Col. Evan L. Pettus
Col. Christopher S. Povak
Col. Bradley L. Pyburn
Col. Chad D. Raduege
Col. Michael T. Rawls
Col. Ryan R. Samuelson
Col. David J. Sanford
Col. David G. Shoemaker
Col. Rebecca J. Sonkiss
Col. Claude K. Tudor, Jr.
Col. Daniel H. Tulley
Col. Jeffery D. Valenzia
Col. John C. Walker
Col. Steven P. Whitney

MARINE CORPS
Executive Calendar #1206 – Brig. Gen. Bradley S. James to be Major General

AIR FORCE
Executive Calendar #1207 – Maj. Gen. Duke Z. Richardson to be Lieutenant General

ARMY
Executive Calendar #1208 – the following to be Brigadier General:
Col. Kevin D. Admiral
Col. Timothy D. Brown
Col. Joshua M. Rudd
Col. Paul T. Stanton
Cal. #1209 – Maj. Gen. Terry R. Ferrell to be Lieutenant General
Cal. #1210 – Col. Timothy D. Connelly to be Brigadier General
Cal. #1211 – Col. Gerald R. Krimbill to be Brigadier General
Cal. #1212 – Col. Stacy M. Babcock to be Brigadier General
Cal. #1213 – Lt. Gen. Eric J. Wesley to be Lieutenant General
Cal. #1214 – Maj. Gen. Andrew P. Poppas to be Lieutenant General

NAVY
Executive Calendar #1215 – Rear Adm. Robert D. Sharp to be Vice Admiral

ARMY
Executive Calendar #1228 – Lt. Gen. Richard D. Clarke to be General

MARINE CORPS
Executive Calendar #1229 – Lt. Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie, Jr. to be General

AIR FORCE
Executive Calendar #1230 – The following to be Brigadier General:
Col. Scott C. Bridgers
Col. Thomas D. Crimmins
Col. Thomas B. Hatley
Col. Scott A. Howard
Col. Patrick M. Kennedy
Col. Robert G. Kilgore
Col. William A. Kinnison, Jr.
Col. Terrence L. Koudelka, Jr.
Col. Kerry R. Lovely
Col. Brian T. McHenry
Col. Barbara C. Morrow
Col. Duke M. Ota, Jr.
Col. Louis J. Perino
Col. Erik A. Peterson
Col. Troy E. Pou
Col. Michael L. Reid
Col. John P. Russo
Col. Torrence W. Saxe
Col. David A. Smith
Col. Thomas M. Suelzer
Col. Taison K. Tanaka
Col. Justin R. Walrath
Executive Calendar #1231 – The following to be Major General:
Brig. Gen. John D. Caine
Brig. Gen. Larry K. Clark
Brig. Gen. Sean T. Collins
Brig. Gen. John P. Hronek, II
Brig. Gen. Wendy K. Johnson
Brig. Gen. Gregory F. Jones
Brig. Gen. Timothy J. LaBarge
Brig. Gen. Ronald S. Lambe
Brig. Gen. Timothy T. Lunderman
Brig. Gen. Thomas J. Owens, II
Brig. Gen. Greg A. Semmel
Brig. Gen. Brian M. Simpler
Executive Calendar #1232 – The following to be Brigadier General:
Col. Steven D. Michaud
Col. Raymond H. Siegfried, II

93 nominations (PNs 2507, 2626, 2638, 2639, 2670, 2671) in the U.S. Coast Guard.
PN2705: One hundred and sixty-two nominations (to be Commander in US Coast Guard), beginning with Austin L. Adcock, and ending with David J. Yadrick.
PN2706: Two hundred and fifty-nine nominations (to be Lieutenant Commander in US Coast Guard), beginning with Justin P. Aaronson, and ending with James B. Zorn.

2:37 p.m. Senator Perdue spoke about the shutdown and border wall.

2:34 p.m. Senator Boozman asked u.c. to consider H.R. 6602, to reauthorize the New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail Route. The bill was passed by voice vote.

2:33 p.m. Senator Boozman asked u.c. to consider H.R. 5636, an act to designate additions to the flat side wilderness on the Wichita National Forest. The bill was passed by voice vote.

2:05 p.m. Senator Leahy spoke on the shutdown and General Mattis.

12:47 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke about the shutdown.

12:00 p.m.  Senator McConnell spoke about the ongoing negotiations between the White House and Senate democrats.  The Senate resumed consideration of the House Message to accompany H.R.695, the House-passed CR.

 

 

Friday, December 21, 2018

8:08 p.m. The Senate stands adjourned until 12:00 Noon on Saturday, December 22, 2018. Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the House Message to accompany H.R.695, the House-passed CR. Roll call votes are possible during Saturday’s session.

7:22 p.m. ML McConnell called up H.Con.Res. 148, To make a correction in the enrollment of H.R. 3268, To reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program.” The bill was passed by unanimous consent.

6:46 p.m. Senator Cardin asked u.c. to consider S. 2774, A bill to provide for the compensation of federal employees affected by lapses in appropriations. The bill was passed by unanimous consent.

6:36 p.m. Senator Cardin and Van Hollen spoke about the Continuing Resolution and on Federal workers compensation.

6:15 p.m. Senator Jones spoke

5:55 p.m. Senators Alexander and Coons spoke about the filibuster.

5:51 p.m. ML McConnell has moved to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to the House amendment to the Senate amendment to H.R.695, the legislative vehicle for the CR. Senators Schumer, Corker and Flake spoke about the agreement to continue discussions about the CR.

5:49 p.m. The Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to the House Message to accompany H.R.695, Legislative Vehicle for the CR by a vote of 47-47 and the Vice President voting in the affirmative and breaking the tie. Senators not voting: Senators Feinstein, Hatch, Heller, Isakson, Kyl, and Paul.

12:30 p.m. The Senate is currently voting on the Motion to proceed to the House message to accompany H.R. 695, the DOD Appropriations Act (the vehicle for the CR) A simple majority is required.

12:26 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the CR.

12:13 p.m. Democratic Leader Schumer spoke about the CR.

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The Senate will convene at 12:00 p.m.

There are no votes scheduled at this time.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

6:15 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will reconvene at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, December 21. There are no votes scheduled at this time.

During wrap up the senate passed the following bills:

  • H.R. 1660- Direct the Administrator for USAID to submit to congress a report on the development and use of global health innovations.
  • H.R. 6287-An act to provide grants for the operation, security and maintenance of certain memorials to victims of the 9/11 attacks.
  • S. 2432 as amended-Amend the charter for the Future Farmers of America
  • H.R. 3460-designate a courthouse in Durham, NC as the John Weaver Courthouse.
  • S. Res. 739-Congratulating the University of Maryland Terrapins Men’s Soccer team.

4:06 p.m. The Senate recessed subject to the call of the chair.

3:02 p.m. Senator Perdue spoke about the national debt.

2:42 p.m. Senator Menendez spoke about President Trump’s decision to pull troops from Syria.

1:54 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about his hold on the nomination of the Evanina nomination and on his time as Judiciary Chairman.

1:45 p.m. Senator Daines asked u.c. to pass H.R. 3764, Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians Restoration Act. Senator Lee objected.

1:17 p.m. Senator Casey spoke on immigration.

1:07 p.m. Senators Cruz and Nelson spoke on the Space Frontier Act. S.3277, and Cruz substitute amendment,  was passed by unanimous consent.

12:33 p.m. Senator Perdue paid tribute to former U.S. Congressman Mac Collins.

12:14 p.m. Senator Roberts paid tribute to Senators Nelson and Hatch.

12:01 p.m. Senator Nelson criticized President Trump’s action on Syria. He reported on a constituent’s successful heart transplant.

11:50 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about appropriations. He spoke about prospective Attorney General Barr.

11:41 a.m. Senator Hatch, from the chair, expressed appreciation for passage of the bill to name the court house in his honor.

11:37 a.m. Senator Sullivan secured consent to: H.R. 512, as amended, on the regulation of nuclear energy; H.R. 1733 on lubricating oil; S. 3800, to name a Salt Lake City court house for Senator Hatch.

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The Senate adjourned at 12:07 a.m. and will reconvene at 11:30 a.m. later this morning.

At that time, following any leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business. Votes are doubtful.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

12:07 a.m. Senate adjourns.

12:06 a.m. UC that Senate adjourn until 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, following any leader remarks, be in a period of morning business.

11:58 p.m. Senator Boozman does wrap up part two.

Items passed by UC:

  • S.3611,the Faster access to federal student aid act
  • HR 5509, Innovations in Mentoring, Training, and Apprenticeships Act (passed by voice vote)
  • HR 5787, Strengthening Coastal Communities Act
  • HR 767, regarding human trafficking in the health care system
  • HR 7327, establishing a security vulnerability disclosure policy
  • HR 4819, promoting conservation and biodiversity measures
  • S 1023, reauthorizing the tropical forest conservation act (passed by voice vote)
  • S 79, providing a pilot program to identify security vulnerabilities in the energy sector (passed by voice vote)
  • correction to china economic review commission

11:05 p.m. Senator Moran spoke on the CR, announces he voted no on the voice vote.

10:43 p.m. Senators Cantwell and Daines joined the discussion.

10:35 p.m. Senator Gardner responded to Senator Lee.

10:20 p.m. Senator Lee explained his objection.

10:16 p.m. Senator Murkowski asked UC to take up and pass the lands package bill; Senator Lee asked to modify the request to include the words “for Utah” in the antiquities act. Senator Murkowski objected to the modified request, and Senator Lee than objected to the underlying request.

10:01 p.m The Senate agreed to the motion to concur, passing the CR until February 8th by VOICE VOTE.

10:00 p.m. Motion to instruct agreed to 71-21.

Senators voting in favor 27 Republicans, 43 Democrats, 1 Independent: King

Senators voting against: 17 Republicans: Alexander, Collins, Cotton, Cruz, Daines, Enzi, Graham, Kennedy, Lankford, Lee, Moran, Paul, Rubio, Sasse, Toomey, Wicker and Young; 3 Democrats: Gillibrand, Schatz and Whitehouse; 1 Independent: Sanders.

Senators not voting: 7 Republicans: Burr, Corker, Crapo, Heller, Inhofe, Isakson and Tillis; 1 Democrat: McCaskill

9:30 p.m. Vote began on a motion to instruct the Sergeant at Arms to request the presence of absent Senators.

9:27 p.m. The Senate began a live quorum.

8:58 p.m. Senator Cornyn does some wrap-up..
Items passed by UC:
HR 6400, conducting a threat and operational analysis of ports of entry
HR 6893, regarding overtime pay for secret service
HR 1162, regarding pilot program to provide access to magnetic EKG guided residence therapy for veterans.
S. 2248, regarding burial benefits of veterans buried in tribal cemeteries
HR 6347 (Real Estate Appraisal Harmonization Act) and 6348 (Small Business ACE Act)(passed by voice vote en bloc)
S 3523, regarding military honor ceremonies for certain deceased veterans
HR 5923, regarding public lands in Wichita national forest
HR 3383, regarding a flood control plan in Wichita Valley Center flood control project
HR 1850, 5205, 5474, 6059, 6167, 6335, 6930, 7230, 7243 (all post office naming, passed by UC en bloc)
S Res 737, 75th anniversary of cadet nurse corp
S 3456, re-designating Hobe Sound refuge

8:30 p.m. Senators Shaheen and Graham engaged in a colloquy on Syria.

8:15 p.m. Senator Murphy spoke on the situation in Syria.

8:06 p.m. Senator Perdue spoke on the CR.

8:04 p.m. Senator Tester spoke about land and water conservation.

7:56 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke about health care.

7:38 p.m. Senator Klobuchar spoke on health insurance and then paid tribute to Senators Hatch, Flake, Corker and Heller.

7:30 p.m. Senator Lankford spoke on federal grants and the motion to concur in the House amendment to S. 943 was agreed to by voice vote. Senator Lankford then made a motion to agree to H.R. 4887 and Senator Brown objected.

7:21 p.m. Senator Risch spoke on Syria and asked unanimous consent that H.R. 1677 be agreed to. Senator Paul objected.

7:19 p.m. Senator Crapo spoke about Syria.

7:03 p.m. Senator Brown paid tribute to Congresswoman Stephanie Tub Jones and staffer Elizabeth Timms.

6:34 p.m. Senator Rubio spoke on US military involvement in Syria.

6:09 p.m. Senators Merkley and Nelson spoke on climate change.

5:59 p.m. ML McConnell has the following passed by UC: HR 4174, the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act. He then paid tribute to a departing staff member.

5:24 p.m. Senators Carper and Markey spoke on the UN framework convention on climate change.

5:19 p.m. Senator Wicker paid tribute to the East Mississippi Community College Lions.

5:06 p.m. Senator Markey spoke on S.2736.

5:00 p.m. The motion to concur in the House amendment to S. 2736 was agreed to by voice vote. Senator Gardner spoke in support of the bill.

4:59 p.m. S. 3247 was agreed to by voice vote.

4:57 p.m. Senator Hasan spoke on the Feldblum nomination to the EEOC.

4:42 p.m. Senator Murray spoke about Equal Employment Opportunity Commission nominations and asked unanimous consent to confirm PN 1-18 nominations en bloc. Senator Lee objected. Senator Lee then asked unanimous consent that the Senate confirm exec cal. nominations #379 and #381. Senator Murray objected.

4:14 p.m. Senatore Menendez and Whitehouse spoke about climate change.

4:10 p.m. Senator Gardener spoke about fallen law enforcement officers.

3:55 p.m. Senator Wicker spoke about Guatemala.

3:53 p.m. Senator Sasse spoke about high school students who participated in a constitution day contest.

3:38 p.m. Senator Reed paid tribute to retiring/leaving Senators.

3:30 p.m. Senator Burr and Senator Warner spoke in favor of nomination of William Evanina to be Director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center.

3:28 p.m. Senator Warner thanked Senator Kyl for his work.

3:20 p.m. Senator Kyl spoke about his work on projects started by Senator McCain including  Arizona military installations and defense industries.

3:11 p.m. Senator Schumer paid tribute to Senator McCaskill.

3:03 p.m. Senator Booker spoke about the special counsel protection bill.

2:57 p.m. Senator Coons spoke about the special counsel protection bill.

2:52 p.m. Senator Flake asked UC that the Senate proceed to S. 2644-protect the Special Counsel. Senator McConnell objected.

2:43 p.m. Senator Casey spoke in support of Senator Manchin’s resolution regarding pre-existing conditions.

2:35 p.m. Senator Manchin asked UC that the Senate proceed to his resolution regarding health care and pre-existing conditions. Senator Barrasso objected.

2:15 p.m. Senator Blunt spoke about the budget.

1:59 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke about immigration.

1:47 p.m. Senators Harris and Booker spoke on the Justice for Victims of Lynching Act. S. 3178, and substitute amendment, was passed by voice vote.

1:25 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke on victim’s rights and child protection measures.

1:11 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke on the criminal justice reform legislation.

12:55 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke on the criminal justice reform legislation.

12:51 p.m. Senator Shelby spoke honoring Senator Hatch.

12:39 p.m. Senators Baldwin and Duckworth spoke supporting H.R. 299, Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act.

12:25 p.m. Senator Blumenthal asked u.c. To call up and pass H.R. 299, Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act. Senator Lee objected. Senator Blumenthal spoke about the need for action for these veterans.

12:22 p.m. Senator Isakson spoke supporting the Veterans Affairs Administration.

12:21 p.m. The Senate confirmed the Maguire nomination by a voice vote.

11:59 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on the history of the Whip position and on his time as Whip.

11:58 a.m. Cloture was invoked on the Maguire nomination, 95-1; with Senator Paul voting no.

Senators not voting: Blunt, Johnson,, Warner and Whitehouse.

11:21 a.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the Maguire nomination.

11:08 a.m. Senator Paul questioned drone killings, the Maguire nomination, the need of sharing intelligence with all Senators; and the need for checks and balances.

10:56 a.m. Senator Inhofe paid tribute to Senator Cornyn; responds to Democratic Leader Schumer remarks on the wall; and paid tribute to George H W Bush.

10:55 a.m. The Senate resumed consideration of the Maguire nomination.

10:36 a.m. DL Schumer spoke on government funding and immigration; trade with China; and a tribute to Senator Nelson.

10:33 a.m. ML McConnell lays beforeh the Senate HR 695, amending the Child Protection Act, and adds an amendment, #4163, the vehicle for a CR until February 8th, he then filled the tree.

10:04 a.m. ML McConnell announces he will later today introduce a CR later today through February 8th; and immigration.  He later turned to pay tribute to retiring Speaker Ryan; and Senator Cornyn on the ending of his whip duties.

10:00 a.m. The Senate convened.

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The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m. and will resume consideration of the nomination of Joseph Maguire to be Director of the National Counterterrorism Center.

At 11:00 a.m., the Senate will vote on cloture for the Maguire nomination.

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