TUESDAY, MAY 6, 2014

7:15 p.m.

The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30 a.m. tomorrow, May 7th.

During wrap-up the following legislation was passed without objection:

  • H.R. 4192 – Regulating Height of Buildings in DC
  • S. Res. 438 – Congratulating Students, Administrators, and Teachers of Charter Schools
  • S. Res. 439 – National Safe Digging Month

Post-Cloture debate on S. 2262 (energy bill) is set to expire at 5:45 p.m. tomorrow.

4:00

When the Senate resumed session after the party caucus lunches, Senator Cornyn spoke on energy issues. Senator Boxer passed S. Res 433, showing support for the kidnapping victims in Nigeria. Senator Mikulski also spoke in support of the resolution. Senator Sanders wrapped up the hour also speaking in morning business on the high cost of college.

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12:05 p.m. — The majority leader filed cloture this morning on these judicial nominations:

    • Indira Talwani to be a United States District Judge for the District of Massachusetts.
    • James Peterson to be a United States District Judge for the Western District of Wisconsin.
    • Nancy Rosenstengel to be a United States District Judge for the Southern District of Illinois.
    • Robin S. Rosenbaum to be a United States Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit.

All are subject to two hours of post-cloture debate, except for the Rosenbaum nomination, which is subject to 30 hours of post-cloture debate.

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11:44 p.m. — On a vote of 79 to 20, the Senate invoked cloture on the motion to proceed to S. 2262. If all post-cloture time is used, the vote on the motion to proceed could occur late Wednesday afternoon.

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The  Senate will convene at 10 a.m.

At 11 a.m., the Senate will vote on whether to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to S. 2262, the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act.

The Senate will recess at 12:30 p.m. for weekly policy luncheons.

The official photograph of the 113th Congress will be taken at 2:15 p.m.

MONDAY, MAY 5, 2014

7:18 p.m. — The Senate adjourned after passing these measures on voice votes:

  • A bill to amend the National Law Enforcement Museum Act to extend the termination date. (H.R. 4120)
  • A  resolution electing Andrew B. Willison as the Sergeant at Arms and Doorkeeper of the Senate. (S.Res. 434)
  • A resolution notifying the President of the United States of the election of Andrew B. Willison as the Sergeant at Arms and Doorkeeper of the Senate. (S.Res. 435)
  • A resolution notifying the House of Representatives of the United States of the election of Andrew B. Willison as the Sergeant at Arms and Doorkeeper of the Senate. (S.Res. 436)
  • A resolution recognizing the historic significance of the Mexican holiday of Cinco de Mayo. (S.Res. 437)
  • A resolution expressing support for the designation of Saint Louis, Missouri, as the “National Chess Capital” of the United States to enhance awareness of the educational benefits of chess and to encourage schools and community centers to engage in chess programs to promote problem-solving, critical thinking, special awareness, and goal setting. (S.Res. 102)

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5:33 p.m. — On a vote of 90 to 3, the Senate confirmed the nomination of Nancy L. Moritz of  Kansas to the Tenth U.S. Circuit Court.

Then, on a voice vote, Senate then confirmed Peter A. Selfridge to be chief of protocol, with the rank of ambassador.

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The Senate will convene at 2 p.m.

At 5:30 p.m., the Senate will go into executive session for two minutes of debate, followed by confirmation votes, on each of these nominations:

    • Nancy L. Moritz to be a United States Circuit Judge for the Tenth Circuit;
    • Peter A. Selfridge to be Chief of Protocol, with the  rank of ambassador.

Cloture was filed May 1 on the motion to proceed to the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act (S. 2262).

The process has began for placing the Keystone Pipeline bill  (S. 2280) directly on the Senate calendar.

 

 

 

Thursday May 1, 2014

 

9:00 am The Senate will convene 9:30 am.

At 11:00 am, the Senate has scheduled roll call votes on cloture on the following judicial nominations:

    • Theodore David Chuang to be a United States District Judge for the District of Maryland.
    • George Jarrod Hazel to be a United States District Judge for the District of Maryland.
    • Nancy L. Moritz to be a United States Circuit Judge for the Tenth Circuit

At 1:45pm, the Senate has scheduled votes on confirmation of the following nominations:

    • Theodore David Chuang to be a United States District Judge for the District of Maryland.
    • George Jarrod Hazel to be a United States District Judge for the District of Maryland.
    • Janice Marion Schneider to be an Assistant Secretary of the Interior.
    • Suzan G. LeVine to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Swiss Confederation, and to serve concurrently and without additional compensation as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Principality of Liechtenstein.

And the Senate has scheduled votes for 5:30pm on Monday, May 5, 2014, on confirmation of the following nominations, with two minutes for debate, equally divided, prior to each vote

    • Nancy L. Moritz to be a United States Circuit Judge for the Tenth Circuit.
    • Peter A. Selfridge to be Chief of Protocol, and to have the rank of Ambassador during his tenure of service.

The Senate adjourned at 6:40 pm and will reconvene at 2:00 pm on Monday, May 5.  At 5:30 pm there will be two votes:

  • Nancy L. Moritz to be a United States Circuit Judge for the Tenth Circuit.
  • Peter A. Selfridge to be Chief of Protocol, and to have the rank of Ambassador during his tenure of service.

 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30, 2014

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

At 10:30 a.m., the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to S. 2223, then minimum wage bill

At noon, the Senate will vote on whether to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to the minimum wage bill.

At 4 p.m., there will be as many as six roll-call votes on confirmation of the following nominations to U.S. District Courts (Executive Calendar #585 through #590):

  • Sheryl H. Lipman to be a District Judge for the Western District of Tennessee
  • Allen Bastian to be a District Judge for the Eastern District of Washington
  • Manish S. Shah to be a District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois
  • Daniel D. Crabtree to be a District Judge for the District of Kansas
  • Cynthia Ann Bashant to be a District Judge for the Southern District of California
  • Jon David Levy to be a District Judge for the District of Maine

Cloture was filed Tuesday on the following judicial nominations:

    • Ex. Cal. #591, Theodore David Chuang to be a United States District Judge for the District of Maryland.  This nomination is subject to up to 2 hours of post-cloture debate, equally divided.
    • Ex. Cal. #592, George Jarrod Hazel to be a United States District Judge for the District of Maryland.  This nomination is subject to up to 2 hours of post-cloture debate, equally divided.
    • Ex. Cal. #575, Nancy L. Moritz to be a United States Circuit Judge for the Tenth Circuit.  This nomination is subject to up to 30 hours of post-cloture debate.

 

TUESDAY, APRIL 29, 2014

7:04 p.m.

Reid filed cloture on the following nominations:

  • cal. 591 Theodore David Chuang, MD,  to be U.S. Dist. Judge for Dist. of MD
  • cal. 592 George Jarrod Hazel, MD, to be U.S. Dist. Judge for Dist. of MD
  • cal. 575 Nancy L. Moritz, KS, to be U.S. Circuit Judge for Tenth Circuit

A cloture vote on the motion to proceed to S. 2223, Minimum Wage, is expected tomorrow, April 30th, @ 12 p.m.

At 4 p.m. tomorrow, up to 6 confirmation votes are expected on the following nominations:

  • cal. 585 Sheryl H. Lipman, TN, to be U.S. Dist. Judge for Western Dist. of TN
  • cal. 586 Stanley Allen Bastian, WA, to be U.S. Dist. Judge for Eastern Dist. of WA
  • cal. 587 Manish S. Shah, IL, to be U.S. Dist. Judge for Northern Dist. of IL
  • cal. 588 Daniel D. Crabtree, KS, to be U.S. Dist. Judge for Dist. of KS
  • cal. 589 Cynthia Ann Bashant, CA, to be U.S. Dist. Judge for Southern Dist. of CA
  • cal. 590 Jon David Levy, ME, to be U.S. Dist. Judge for Dist. of ME

 

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4:30

When the Senate returned from the party caucus lunches, they resumed the Motion to Proceed to S. 2223. The following democratic Senators spoke on the Motion to Proceed: Harkin, Udall, Shaheen, Boxer, Baldwin, Klobuchar, Murray, Nelson and Whitehouse. The following republican Senators spoke in morning business on the Keystone Pipeline: Hoeven, Roberts, Sessions, Inhofe and Scott.

12:56 p.m.

The Senate has invoked cloture on six federal district court nominees: Lipman to the Western District of Tennessee; Bastian to the Eastern District of Washington; Shah to the Northern District of Illinois; Crabtree to the District of Kansas; Bashant to the Southern District of California; Levy to the District of Maine.

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The Senate will convene at 10 a.m.

At 11 a.m., the Senate with go into executive session for up to six cloture votes:

  • Executive Calendar #585, Sheryl H. Lipman to be a District Judge for the Western District of Tennessee
  • Executive Calendar #586, Allen Bastian to be a District Judge for the Eastern District of Washington
  • Executive Calendar #587, Manish S. Shah to be a District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois
  • Executive Calendar #588, Daniel D. Crabtree to be a District Judge for the District of Kansas
  • Executive Calendar #589, Cynthia Ann Bashant to be a District Judge for the Southern District of California
  • Executive Calendar #590, Jon David Levy to be a District Judge for the District of Maine

On each nomination, if cloture is invoked, post cloture time will be yielded back and confirmation votes will occur at a time to be determined by the majority leader.

After the votes, the Senate will adjourn until 2:15 p.m. for weekly policy lunches.

 

MONDAY, APRIL 28, 2014

7:11 p.m.

The Senate adjourned until 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 29, 2014.

6:43 pm

On a voice vote, the Senate has confirmed the nomination of Katherine M.  O’Regan to be an assistant secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

6:41 p.m.

On separate votes, each of 51 to 42, the Senate first invoked cloture on the nomination of David Weil to be administrator of the Labor Department’s Wage and House Division, and then confirmed Weil’s nomination.

6:02 pm

On a vote of 51 to 40, the Senate has confirmed the nomination of Michelle T. Friedland to the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

5pm

The Senate has been in a quorum call most of the day. Senators Blumenthal, Alexander and Cruz spoke in morning business.

2pm

The Senate will convene at 2 p.m.

At 5:30 p.m., the Senate will enter executive session and proceed to a roll call vote on the nomination of Michelle T. Friedland to the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

After disposition of the Friedland nomination, the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of David Weil to be administrator of the Wage and Hour Division of the Labor Department.

If cloture is invoked, the Senate will vote immediately on Weil’s confirmation.

After disposition of the Weil nomination, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the nomination of Katherine M. O’Regan to be an assistant secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

Cloture has been filed on the federal district court nominations listed below. Votes are expected Tuesday on these cloture motions:

  • Sheryl H. Lipman to be a District Judge for the Western District of Tennessee
  • Allen Bastian to be a District Judge for the Eastern District of Washington
  • Manish S. Shah to be a District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois
  • Daniel D. Crabtree to be a District Judge for the District of Kansas
  • Cynthia Ann Bashant to be a District Judge for the Southern District of California
  • Jon David Levy to be a District Judge for the District of Maine

 

FRIDAY, APRIL 11, 2014

 

4:30 pm The Senate has adjourned until 2:00 pm Monday, April 28, 2014 with up to four votes scheduled at 5:30 pm relating to Confirmation of Michelle T. Friedland of California to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit and cloture and confirmation of David Weil of Massachusetts to be administrator of the Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division.

The Senate invoked cloture on six District Court Judge nominees: Sheryl H. Lipman, of Tennessee; Stanley Allen Bastian, of Washington; Manish S. Shah, of Illinois; Daniel D. Crabtree, of Kansas; Cynthia Ann Bashant, of California; and Jon David Levy, of Maine. Confirmation votes have not been scheduled.

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10:06 am  There will be no votes during today’s session. A consent agreement  is expected to be entered to postpone the previously scheduled votes until Monday, April 28, 2014.

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The Senate will convene at 4 p.m.

At 5 p.m., there will be as many as three roll call votes on  nominations:

— Confirmation of the nomination of Michelle T. Friedland of California to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit;

— Cloture on the nomination of David Weil of Massachusetts to be administrator of the Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division;

— Confirmation of the Weil nomination.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

6:10 p.m. — The Senate adjourned until 4 p.m. Friday, April 11.

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6:04 p.m. — By voice vote, the Senate agreed to S.Res. 422, to provide testimony in Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks vs. U.S.  By unanimous consent, the Senate set its schedule for Friday.

The Senate will convene at 4 p.m. At 5 p.m., there will be as many as three roll call votes on nominations:

— Confirmation of the nomination of Michelle T. Friedland of California to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit;

— Cloture on the nomination of David Weil of Massachusetts to be administrator of the Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division;

— Confirmation of the Weil nomination.

4:25 p.m. — The Senate passed S. 994, the Federal Government Accounting Act (DATA ACT) (as Amended) without objection.

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3:33 p.m. On a vote of 55 to 37, the Senate agreed to the majority leader’s motion to instruct the Sergeant-at-Arms to require the attendance of absent senators.

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10:39 a.m. — On a vote of 56 to 41, the Senate invoked cloture on the Friedland nomination. The majority leader has indicated that post-cloture debate would conclude at approximately 4 p.m. on Friday.

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The Senate will convene at 9:30 am.

At 10:30 am there is a cloture vote scheduled on the nomination of Michelle T. Friedland of California to be United States Circuit Judge for the ninth circuit.   If cloture is invoked, there could be up to 30 hours of debate.  If cloture is not invoked, the Senate will vote on cloture on the nomination of David Weil to be administrator of the Wage and Hour division of the Department of Labor.

Wednesday April 9, 2014

4:50 p.m.

There will be NO further roll call votes during today’s session.

  • The Senate confirmed the following nominations:
  • Wanda Felton, NY, to be First Vice President of Import/Export Bank  by a Vote of 75-21
  • Terrell McSweeney, DC, to be Federal Trade Commissioner by a Vote of 95 – 1
  • Debra L. Miller, KS, to be a Member of the Surface Transportation Board by Voice Vote
  • Steven Joel Anthony to be a Member of the Railroad Retirement Board by Voice Vote
  •  Daniel W. Yohannes to be Representative of the United States of America to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development by Voice Vote

 

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11:40 a.m. — On a vote of 53 to 44, the Senate failed to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to the Paycheck Fairness bill.

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The Senate convened at 10:00am and will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to the Paycheck Fairness Act (S. 2199).  There is a vote scheduled at 11:00am on cloture on the motion to proceed to S. 2199.

 

TUESDAY, APRIL 8, 2014

5:50 p.m. Senate confirmed Kornze, 71-28, to be Director of Bureau of Land Management. All nays were Republican.

No more votes tonight but a cloture vote on S. 2199, Paycheck Fairness, is expected tomorrow 1 hour after the Senate convenes.

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4:30 p.m. The Senate will have 2 votes on nominations :

cal. 556 Neil Gregory Kornze, NV, to be Director of the Bureau of Land Management

cal. 502 Frank G. Klotz, VA, to be Under Secretary for Nuclear Security

A voice vote is expected on the Klotz nomination.

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The Senate will convene at 10 a.m.

After leaders’ remarks, the Senate will be in morning business.

At 12:30 p.m., the Senate will adjourn until 2:15 p.m. for weekly policy meetings.

The majority leader has filed for cloture on the motion to proceed to the Paycheck Fairness bill, S. 2199. That cloture vote will occur on Wednesday morning.

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