Monday, June 9, 2014

 

8:30 p.m. — The Senate adjourned until 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 10.

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8:28 p.m. —  On a voice vote, the Senate confirmed the nominati0on of Crystal Nix-Hines of California to be permanent U.S. representative to the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

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7:45 p.m. — Senator Whitehouse on global warming and on the burning of H.M.S. Gaspee.

7:37 p.m. — Senator Boxer on global warming.

7:09 p.m. — Senator Inhofe on global warming.

7:05 p.m. — Senator Whitehouse on global warming.

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7:03 p.m. — The majority leader secured unanimous consent for a schedule for  Tuesday:

— At 10 a.m., confirmation of M. Hannah Lauck’s nomination to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia;

— At noon, confirmation of the nominations of Leo T. Sorokin to the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts and Richard Franklin Boulware II to the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada.

— At 12:30 p.m. , recess until 2:15 p.m. for weekly policy luncheons.

— At 2:30 p.m., cloture on the n0minations of Lael Brainard of the District of Columbia and Jerome H. Powell of Maryland to the board of the Federal Reserve, and of Stanley Fischer of New York to be vice chairman of the board of the Federal Reserve.

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6:57 p.m. — Senator Heinrich spoke on global warming.

6:45 p.m. — Senator Sanders spoke on global warming.

6:43 p.m. — Senator Markey spoke on global warming.

6:39 p.m. — Senator Heller spoke on the Las Vegas shootings.

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6:38  p.m. — On a vote of 53 to 34, the Senate invoked cloture on the nomination of Richard Franklin Boulware II to the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada.

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6:19 p.m. — On a vote of 52 to 33, the Senate invoked cloture on the nomination of Leo T. Sorokin to the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

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6:02 p.m. — On a vote of 52 to 32, the Senate invoked cloture on the nomination of M. Hannah Lauck to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

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5:12 p.m.  — The majority leader filed cloture on the motion to proceed to S. 2432, the student loan bill. A cloture vote could occur on Wednesday.

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2 p.m. — The Senate convened. The majorioty leader spoke on the Las Vegas shooting and on Miss Nevada and Miss U.S.A.

These senators spoke between the opening gavel and the majority leader’s appearance before the 5:30 p.m. votes:

Alexander on student loans; Heinrich, in honor of the late Chester Nez, World War II code talker; Grassley, in opposition to the nomination of Peter Kadzic as assistant attorney general; Coates on the health care law; Cruz on the Bergdahl exchange.

The Senate will be in session at 2:00 pm and will be in morning business until 5:30 pm.

At 5:30pm, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session in order to consider judicial nominations, and proceed to the following three roll call votes:

1)  Motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of M. Hannah Lauck to be a United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia

2) Motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Leo T. Sorokin to be a United States District Judge for the District of Massachusetts

3) Motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Richard Franklin Boulware II to be a United States District Judge for the District of Nevada.

If cloture is invoked on these three nominations then, according to a unanimous consent agreement, the Senate will proceed to the vote on confirmation for the three on Tuesday, June 10, at 10:00 am.

 

Friday, June 6, 2014

The Senate is not in session.

The Senate will next convene at 2 p.m. on Monday, June 9.

Cloture votes are expected at 5:30 p.m. Monday on these nominations:

— M. Hannah Lauck to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia;

— Leo T. Sirokin to the U.S. District Court for Masssachusetts;

— Richard Franklin Boulware II to the U.S. District Court for Nevada.

If  cloture has been invoked on the Lauck, Sirokin and Boulware nominations, all post-cloture time will be deemed expired and votes on their confirmation will take place at 10 a.m. on Tuesday.

Confirmation votes on these nominations will follow immediately:

— Lael Brainard of the District of Columbia to the Federal Reserve board;

—  Jerome H. Powell of Maryland to the Federal Reserve board;

— Stanley Fischer of New York to be vice-chairman of the Federal Reserve board.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

5:33 PM: Senate adjourns until Monday June 9 at 2:00pm.

5:16 PM: ML Reid wraps up for the week. Pays tribute to outgoing pages and Senator Heitkamp.
Files cloture on following nominations:
1. Hannah Lauck to be US District Judge for Eastern District of Virginia.
2. Leo Sorokin to be US District Judge for District of Massachusetts.
3. Richard Boulware to be US District Judge for the District of Nevada.
4. Lael Brainard to be a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve.
5. Jerome Powell to a a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve.
6. Stanley Fischer to be Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve.

Items passed by UC: S Res 468.

UC that Senate adjourn until 2:00pm, Monday May 9th, morning business until 5:30pm.
At 5:30pm, 3 cloture votes on Lauck, Sorokin, and Boulware nominations.
At 10:00am on Tuesday June 10th, vote on confirmation of the above nominations.

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4:48 PM: Senator Tom Udall speaks on D-Day.

4:19 PM: Senator Thune speaks on D-Day.

4:11 PM: Senator Brown speaks on Sanders/McCain VA bill.

4:01 PM: Senator Portman passes and then speaks regarding S.1044 and has it passed by UC. S.1044 regards a plaque for President Roosevelt and D-Day at the WWII Memorial.
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3:44 PM: Senator Murkowski spoke about EPA Regulation.
3:10 PM: Senator Schumer spoke about the Sanders-McCain bill.
3:08 PM: Senator Kaine spoke about the Sanders-McCain bill.

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2:46 PM: Senators Sanders and McCain spoke about a Sanders-McCain bill to improve the VA.
2:21 PM: Senators Portman and Landrieu joined in a colloquy about D-Day.
2:13 PM: Senator Enzi spoke about Global Warming.

2:11 PM: Burwell nomination confirmed 78-17. Radelat nomination confirmed by voice vote. No further votes today or this week.

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1:45 PM: Roll call vote begins on Burwell nomination.

1:34 PM: Senator Wyden spoke about Burwell.
1:00 PM: Senator Hatch spoke about Burwell.

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12:43 PM: Senator Nelson spoke about Burwell and ACA.
12:30 PM: Senator Moran spoke about the VA scandal and remembering our veterans.
12:17 PM: Senator Cornyn spoke about remembering D-Day.
12:05 PM: Senator Coons spoke about infrastructure and Highway Trust Fund.

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11:00 AM: Senator Thune spoke about the Affordable Care Act
11:05 AM: Senator Barrasso spoke about the Affordable Care Act
11:12 AM: Senator Portman spoke about the Affordable Care Act
11:20 AM: Senator Johanns spoke about Burwell and the Affordable Care Act
11:26 AM: Senator Sessions spoke about Burwell and the Affordable Care Act
11:30 AM: Senator Cardin spoke on Sibilius, Burwell, and the Affordable Care Act
11:41 AM: Senator Vitter spoke on Burwell
11:49 AM: Senator Kaine spoke on Burwell and the Affordable Care Act

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10:50 AM: Senator Grassley spoke about Burwell
10:29 AM: Senator Carper spoke about health care and Burwell
10:17 AM: Senator McConnell spoke about D-Day, the Affordable Care Act and Staff Sergeant Christopher Stout
10:05 AM: Senator Reid spoke about D-Day
10:04 AM: Senator Reid made a motion to proceed to S. 2363-Sportsman’s Act
2nd Reading-S. 2432-Student Loan refinancing
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The Senate will convene at 10 a.m. and will be in morning business until 1:45 p.m.

There will votes on two nominations at 1:45 p.m.:

— Confirmation of Sylvia Mathews Burwell of West Virginia to be secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services;

— Confirmation of Carolyn Hessler Radelet of Virginia to be director of the Peace Corps. (A voice vote on this nomination is possible.)

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

6:00 p.m. The Senate stands adjourned and will reconvene tomorrow, June 5th at 10:00. Two roll call votes expected at 1:45 p.m. on the nomination of Sylvia Burwell to be Secy of HHS and the nomination of Carolyn Hessler to be Director of the Peace Corps.

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3:18 PM: Coats on energy
3:00 PM: Roberts on ACA
2:55 PM: Isaacson on Burwell nomination
2:42 PM: Reed on student loan debt
2:35 PM: Klobuchar on student loan debt
2:30 PM: Schumer on student loan debt
2:25 PM: Merkley on student loan debt
2:20 PM: Durbin on student loan debt and for-profit schools
2:15 PM: Blumenthal on student loan debt
1:57 PM: Barrasso on Burwell nomination and health care law.
1:45 PM: Murphy speaks for Burwell nomination.
1:33 PM: Manchin speaks for Burwell nomination.
12:33 PM: Cardin — Revised UC for treaties with Chile. Paul objects.
12:24 PM: Menendez — UC for tax treaties. Paul objects.

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12:23 PM: On a voice vote, the Senate confirmed the nomination of Stefan M. Selig to be under secretary of commerce for international trade.

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12:22 PM: On a vote of 67 to 28, the Senate invoked cloture on the nomination of Sylvia M. Burwell to be Secretary of Health and Human Services.

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12:02 PM: On a vote of 95 to 0, the Senate confirmed the nomination of Tanya S. Chutkan to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

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11:45 AM: On a vote of 95 to 0, the Senate confirmed the nomination of Bruce Howe Hendricks to the U.S. District Court for South Carolina.

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11:28 AM: On a vote of 92 to 2, the Senate confirmed the nomination of Mark G. Mastroianni to the U.S. District Court for Massachusetts.

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10:58 AM: The majority leader secured unanimous consent to proceed, immediately after the cloture vote on the Burwell nomination, to a voice vote on confirmation of Stefan M. Selig of New York to be undersecretary of commerce for international trade.

10:41 AM: Sen. Begich spoke on the VA scandal.

10:37 AM: Sen. Wyden spoke for the Burwell nomination.

10:24 AM: Sen Barrasso spoke on the Burwell nomination and health care.

10:14 AM: Sen Schumer spoke on immigration reform.

9:57 AM: Sen Blunt discussed health care.

9:47 AM: Sen Johanns discussed EPA rule on redefining waters of the US.

9:42 AM: RL McConnell discussed new carbon rules, effects on coal country.

9:36 AM: ML Reid discussed release of Bergdahl.

9:35 AM: S. 2422, Improved access for veterans to medical care has its second reading.

9:34 AM: ML Reid objected, rules do not take effect for quite some time. We can make it better.

9:33 AM: RL McConnell offered motion to proceed to and pass S. 2414, Coal Country Protection Act.

9:32 AM: ML Reid offered motion to proceed to S.2363 and laid out the schedule for the day.

The Senate convened at 9:30 a.m.

At 11 a.m. there will be up to four nomination-related votes:

— Confirmation of Mark G. Mastroianni to the U.S. District Court for Massachusetts;

— Confirmation of Bruce Howe Hendricks to the U.S. District Court for South Carolina;

— Confirmation of Tanya S. Chutkan to the U.S. Distrtict Court for D.C.;

— Cloture on Sylvia Mathews Burwell of West Virginia to be Secretary of Health and Human Services. (If cloture is invoked, there would be up to 30 hours of post-cloture debate.)

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

6:30 p.m. Senate adjourns until 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.

6:25 p.m.  Senate is expected to have 4 roll call votes tomorrow, June 4th beginning at 11:00 a.m. The 4th vote being the motion to invoke cloture on Sylvia Mathews Burwell.

The following nomination was confirmed by unanimous consent during wrap-up:

  • P.N. 1642 

      The following legislation was passed by unanimous consent:

  • S. 2270, To Clarify the application of Certain Leverage and Space Requirements Under Dodd-Frank, and the Collins substitute amdt. 3229.
  • S.Res. 453, Condemning Death Sentence Against Miriam Mishaug and the Rubio amdts. 3230 and 3231.
  • S.Res. 464, National Aphasia Awareness Month
  • S.Res. 465, Centiennel of Webster University

S. 2422, Insuring Veterans Access to Care of 2014, 1st Reading

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5:52 p.m. — Cloture was invoked on the nomination of Bruce Howe Hendricks, SC, to be U.S. District Judge for District of South Carolina, 59-35 and the nomination of Tanya S. Chutkan, DC, to be U.S. Dist. Judge for DC, 54-40. The following nominations were passed via voice vote:

  • cal. 752, Timothy Massad, CT, to be Commissioner CFTC
  • cal. 753, Timothy Massad, CT, to be Chairman, CFTC
  • cal. 754, J. Christopher Giancarlo, NJ, to be Commissioner, CFTC

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5:05 p.m. — Sharon Y. Bowen was confirmed 48-46. Cloture was invoked on the nomination of Mark G. Mastoianni to be U.S. District Judge for Massachusetts, 56-39.

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

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12:53 p.m. — The Senate recessed until 2:15 p.m. for weekly policy luinches.

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12:50 p.m. — The majority leader updated the schedule of votes.

At 4 p.m. Tuesday, there will be up to four nomination-related votes:

— Confirmation of Bowen to the CFTC;

— Cloture on Mark G. Mastroianni to the U.S. District Court for Massachusetts;

— Cloture on Bruce Howe Hendricks to the U.S. District Court for South Carolina;

— Cloture on Tanya S. Chutkan to the U.S. Distrtict Court for D.C.

On Wednesday, June 4 at 11 a.m. there will be up to four nomination-related votes:

— Confirmation of Mark G. Mastroianni to the U.S. District Court for Massachusetts;

— Confirmation of Bruce Howe Hendricks to the U.S. District Court for South Carolina;

— Confirmation of Tanya S. Chutkan to the U.S. Distrtict Court for D.C.;

— Cloture on Sylvia Mathews Burwell of West Virginia to be Secretary of Health and Human Services. (If cloture is invoked, there would be up to 30 nhours of post-cloture debate.)

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12:50 p.m. — On a vote of 50 to 44, the Senatee invoked cloture on the nomination of Sharon Y. Bowen to the Commodities Futures Trading Commission.

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12:26 p.m. — On a vote of 52 to 42, the Senate confirmed the nomination of Keith M. Harper, M.D., to the United Nations Human Rights Council, with the rank of ambassador.

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Noon — These senators spoke in morning business: McConnell (Health care law); Durbin (global warming); Stabenow (nominations for Commodities Futures Trading Commission); Vitter (Bowen nomination); Thune (New greenhouse gas regulations); King (health care); Casey (child abuse bill); Stabenow (Bowen nomination).

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• The Senate convened at 10:00am and is currently in Executive Session to consider the nomination of Keith Harper to be representative to UN Human Rights Commission, with rank of Ambassador, post cloture.

• At 12:00pm, there will be two roll call votes: 1. Confirmation of the Harper nomination. 2. Cloture on the nomination of Sharon Bowen to be a Commissioner of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. (If cloture is invoked, there are up to 8 hours of post-cloture debate equally divided).

• Following the votes, the Senate will recess for the weekly caucus luncheons until 2:15pm.

• Further votes are possible on Tuesday.

Monday, June 2, 2014

7:25 pm: Senate adjourns until 10:00am, Tuesday June 3rd.

7:23 pm: Senator Warren did wrap-up for the evening.

7:07 pm: Senator Warren spoke on the new carbon rules.

6:39 pm: Senator Boxer turned to discuss the new carbon rules and climate change.

6:19 pm: Senator Boxer discussed the shooting in Isla Vista, California.

6:18 pm: Cloture was invoked on the Harper nomination 51-37. There are up to eight hours of debate.

5:30 pm: Roll call vote began on cloture on the nomination of Keith Harper to be the US Representative to the United Nations Human Rights Council, with the rank of Ambassador.

4:27 pm: Senator Cornyn spoke on the new carbon rules.

4:04 pm: Senator Murphy spoke on new carbon rules and the shooting in California.

3:28 pm: Senator Sessions spoke on the new carbon rules.

3:14 pm: Senator Barrasso spoke on the new carbon rules.

2:58 pm: Senator McCain spoke against the Harper nomination.

2:02 pm: The Majority Leader moved to proceed to SR 2363, a bill to promote recreational hunting and fishing. The Majority Leader spoke about the VA scandal.ML Reid then spoke on VA scandal.

The Senate convened at 2 p.m.

Friday, May 30, 2014

The Senate convened for a pro forma at 2:00pm, Senator Jack Reed presiding.

Following the pro forma session, the Senate adjourned until Monday June 2nd at 2:00pm.

On Monday June 2nd, the Senate will be in morning business until 5:30pm.

At 5:30pm, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and conduct a cloture vote on the nomination of Keith Parker for the rank of Ambassador during his tenure of service as US Representative to the UN Human Rights Council.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The Senate convened for a pro forma at 12:00pm, Senator Cantwell presiding.

The Senate will next convene for a Pro Forma session on Friday May 30th at 2:00pm.

Following the pro forma session on Friday, the Senate will adjourn until Monday June 2nd at 2:00pm.

On Tuesday June 2nd, the Senate will be in morning business until 5:30pm.

At 5:30pm, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and conduct a cloture vote on the nomination of Keith Parker for the rank of Ambassador during his tenure of service as US Representative to the UN Human Rights Council.

Friday May 23, 2014

The Senate convened for a pro forma at 10:00am, Senator Jack Reed presiding.

The Senate will next convene for Pro Forma Sessions on Tuesday May 27th at 12:00pm and Friday May 30th at 2:00pm.

Following the pro forma session on Friday May 30th, the Senate will adjourn until Monday June 2nd at 2:00pm.

On Tuesday June 2nd, the Senate will be in morning business until 5:30pm.

At 5:30pm, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and conduct a cloture vote on the nomination of Keith Parker for the rank of Ambassador during his tenure of service as US Representative to the UN Human Rights Council.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

6:55 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will reconvene at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 2. There will be a vote at 5:30 p.m. on the cloture motion on the nomination of Keith Harper.

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6:39- Senator Reid filed cloture on the following nominations:

  • #633-Keith Harper to rank of ambassador for his term of service as US Rep to the UN Human rights council
  • #755-Sharon Bowen to be Commission of the Commodity Futures Trading
  • #691-Mark G Mastroianni to be US District Judge for Massachusetts
  • #692-Bruce Hendricks to by US District Judge for South Caroline
  • #733-Tanya Chutkan to be US District Judge for DC
  • #798-Sylvia Burwell to be Secretary of Health and Human Services

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5:35 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke about the ACA

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5:20 p.m. Senator Murphy spoke about the ACA

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4:22 p.m.: The majority leader sought unanimous consent to consider and confirm the nomination of Stanley Fischer to be vice chairman of the Federal Reserve.

Senator Hatch objected on behalf of Senator Paul.
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3:56 p.m.: Senator Hatch spoke on religious freedom.
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3:37 p.m.: Senator Casey spoke on currency manipulation by China.
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3:15 p.m.: Senator Chambliss spoke on the water bill.
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2:56 p.m.: Senator Walsh spoke on climate change.
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2:35 p.m.: Senator Cornyn on human trafficking, the awarding of Purple Hearts at Fort Hood, and Senate operations in response to Senator Reid’s opening remarks.
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2:36 p.m.: Richard Frank nomination to Assistant Secretary of HHS passed VV.
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2:14 p.m.: Conference Report to Accompany H.R. 5080 agreed to 91-7.
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1:48 p.m.: David Barren nominee to the 1st circuit was confirmed 53-45.
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1:30 p.m.: Senator Rubio objected to Senator Sanders.
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1:20 p.m.: Senator Sanders objected to Rubio’s UC and requested UC.
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1:10 p.m.: Senator Rubio spoke on VA scandal and requested UC.
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1:03 p.m.: Senator Whitehouse spoke on Barren nomination.
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12:55 p.m.: Senator Cantwell spoke on a letter 50 Senators sent to the NFL urging the Washington football team to change its name.
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12:53 p.m.: Senator Heller concluded his remarks on the VA scandal.
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12:51 p.m.: Majority Leader Reid asked UC to include a vote (voice vote expected) on the nomination of Richard Frank to be Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services  to the sequence of votes at 1:45pm.

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12:44 p.m.: Senator Heller spoke on the VA scandal.
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12:40 p.m.: Senator Markey spoke in favor of the Barron nomination, and then in favor of the water bill.
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12:35 p.m.: Republican Leader McConnell spoke on Memorial Day, and then on the VA scandal.
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12:19 p.m.: Senator McCain continued his speech on Syria.
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12:16 p.m.: Senator Menendez continued on treaty.

12:14 p.m.: Senator Paul objects, Americans are entitled to their 4th Amendment rights.

12:10 p.m.: Senator Menendez spoke about Swiss banks assisting US tax evaders, asks UC to take up and pass a treaty to allow access to Swiss banks records.

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12:05 p.m.: Senator McCain spoke about tensions in Syria.
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11:49 a.m.: Senator Klobuchar spoke about the water bill.
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11:30 a.m.: Senator Vitter spoke about the water bill.
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11:15 a.m.: Senator Cardin spoke about the water bill.
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11:07 a.m.: Senator Thune spoke about the Internet Tax Freedom Forever Act.
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10:45 a.m.: Senator Isakson spoke about Memorial Day and about the VA scandal.
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10:42: Senator Coburn spoke about the water bill.
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10:24 a.m.: Senator Schumer spoke about the tax extenders bill.
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10:16 a.m.: Senator Wyden spoke about the tax extenders bill.
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10:09 a.m.: Senator Leahy spoke on the Barron nomination to the First Circuit.
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10:03 a.m.: The majority leader opened Morning Business and spoke about Republican opposition to the tax extenders bill.

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The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m. and proceed to a period of morning business until 1:45 p.m., with the time equally divided.

The final ten minutes will be equally divided and controlled between Senators Paul and Leahy, with Senator Leahy controlling the last five minutes.

  • At 1:45 p.m., the Senate will vote on confirmation of the nomination of David Jeremiah Barron to be a United States Circuit Judge for the First Circuit.
  • The Senate will then vote on adoption of the conference report to accompany the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013 (H.R. 3080).

The water bill will require 60 votes to pass.

No motions or points of order will be in order.

 

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