FRIDAY, MARCH 21, 2014

The Senate will convene at 9 a.m. for a pro forma session only. No business will be conducted.

The Senate will next meet in regular session on Monday, March 24 at 2 p.m.

The first vote Monday will occur at 5:30 p.m., on the motion to invoke cloture  on the Motion to Proceed to S. 2124 (Ukraine Bill).

The majority whip’s office has said that, early in the work period to begin Monday, the Senate will consider the Ukraine aid bill (S. 2124), the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2014 (S. 2148), the Medicare sustainable growth rate (“Doc Fix”) legislation, and nominations.

TUESDAY, MARCH 18, 20014

The Senate will convene at 10:30 a.m. for a pro forma session only. No business will be conducted.

The Senate will conduct another pro forma session on Friday, March 21 at 9 a.m. but will otherwise be in recess until Monday, March 24.

The Senate’s next regular session will begin on Monday at 2 p.m.

The first vote Monday will occur at 5:30 p.m., on the motion to invoke cloture  on the Motion to Proceed to S. 2124 (Ukraine Bill).

MONDAY, MARCH 17, 2014

The Senate is closed today.

The Senate will next be in legislative session on Monday, March 24, with the first vote to occur at 5:30 p.m., on the motion to invoke cloture  on the Motion to Proceed to S. 2124 (Ukraine Bill).

THURSDAY, MARCH 13, 2014

8:15 p.m.-The Senate stands adjourned until 10:30 Friday, March 14 for a pro forma session. The next vote will occur at 5:30 on Monday, March 24 on the motion to invoke cloture  on the Motion to Proceed to S. 2124 (Ukraine Bill).

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8:10 p.m.– Senator Reid filed cloture on the Motion to Proceed to S. 2124 (Ukraine bill). He also filed cloture on the following nominations:

Christopher Cooper to be US District Judge for Washington DC

M. Douglas Harpool to be US District Judge for Missouri

Gerald McHugh  to be US District Judge for PA

Edward Smith to be US District Judge for PA

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5:15 p.m. — On a voice vote, the Senate confirmed the nomination of Timothy M. Boas of Maryland to be ambassador to the Netherlands and the nomination of Arun Kumar to be Assistant Secretary of Commerce.

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5:14 p.m. —On a voice vote, the Senate agreed to S. 2137, Senator Lee’s bill to prohibit flood insurance premium refunds for second homes.  THIS WAS THE LAST ROLL CALL VOTE OF THE DAY.

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5:11 p.m. — On a vote of 72 to 22, the Senate agreed to H.R. 3370, the flood insurance bill.

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4:30 p.m. — The Senate is now considering the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2013 (H.R. 3370).  A roll call vote on the bill is underway.

Following disposition of H.R. 3370, the Senate will immediately proceed to a roll call vote on passage of the Lee flood insurance bill (S. 2137).  By consent, this vote is subject to an affirmative 60-vote threshold.  It is expected, however, to pass by voice vote. 

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4:10 p.m. — On a vote of   to 97 to 1, the Senate agreed to S. 1086, the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2013.

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3:13 p.m. — On a voice vote, the Senate agreed to the committee substitute for the child care bill.

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3:12 p.m. — On an en bloc voice vote, the Senate agreed to the Portman amendment (#2847), forbidding certain child care providers to employ those convicted of misdemeanors involving violence against children or child pornography, and the Sanders amendment (#2846) to express the sense of the Senate on significantly reducing child poverty by 2019.

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3:07 p.m.  — On a voice vote, the Senate agreed to the Vitter amendment (#2845) to give spending priority to low-income families who have children with special needs.

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3:02 p.m. — On a vote of 95 to 4, the Senate confirmed the nomination of Caroline Diane Krass to be general counsel of the CIA

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The child care bill’s managers, Senators Harkin and Burr, have said the vote on final passage may occur by 3 p.m.

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12:48 p.m. — The Senate has agreed to these amendments to the Child Care and Development Black Grant bill (S. 1086):

  • Coburn amendment to eliminate child care subsidies for millionaires (#2830, as modified), on a roll call vote of 100 to 0.
  • Portman amendment to provide for evidence-based training that promotes early language and literacy development (#2827), on a voice vote.
  • Tester amendment for waivers of the prohibition on spending by Indian tribes for construction or renovation of facilities for child care, if the spending will increase of the level of child care services (#2834), voice vote.
  • Thune amendment for inclusion of child care certificates in State strategies to increase the supply of child care (#2838), voice vote.
  • Warren amendment to allow certain funds to be used to connect child care staff members with Federal State financial aid for staff training (#2842), voice vote.
  • Bennet amendment requiring child care space in Federal buildings to be used for groups children at least half of whom have a parent employed by the Federal Government (#2839, as modified), voice vote.

The Senate has also confirmed these nominations by voice vote:

  • Puneet Talwar to be an Assistant Secretary of State
  • Joseph Pius Pietrzyk to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation
  • Dwight L. Bush, Sr. to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Kingdom of Morocco

 

 

 

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The Senate will convene at 9:30 A.M.

At 10:30 a.m., after morning business, the Senate will resume consideration of the Child Care Development Block Grant bill (S.1086). Votes on the bill are expected throughout Thursday’s session.

Currently pending is the Harkin amendment (#2811), designating rural and remote areas as underserved.

There may also be votes Thursday on floor insurance legislation.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12, 2014

7:44 pm — The Senate adjourned to reconvene Thursday. March 12th at 9:30 a.m. to continue consideration of S. 1086, Childcare/Block Grant bill.

The Senate confirmed the following nominations en bloc by voice vote:

Heather MacDougall to be member of OSHA commission

Francis Cordova to be Director of National Science Foundation

James Shelton to be Deputy Secy of Education

Bruce Heyman, to be Ambassador of Canada

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12:11 p.m. — The Senate proceeded to consideration of the reauthorization of the Childcare and Development Block Grant Act of 1990 (S. 1086).

12:10 p.m. — The Senate confirmed, by voice vote, the nomination of Sarah Bloom Ruskin to be Deputy Secretary of the Treasury.

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12:09 p.m. — The Senate completed a series of votes confirming these nominations to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan:

– Matthew Leitman  (vote of 98 to 0)

– Judith Levy (97 to 0)

– Laurie Michelson (98 to 0)

– Linda Parker (60 to 37)

10:58 a.m. — On a vote of 98 to 0, the Senate confirmed the nomination of Carolyn B. McHugh of Utah to be a U.S. Circuit Court Judge for the 10th Circuit.

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

At 10:30 a.m., the Senate will proceed to a series of five votes on judicial nominations, followed by a vote on confirmation of the nomination of Sarah Bloom Raskin to be a Deputy Secretary of the Treasury.

The Senate will then proceed to the consideration of the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2013 (S. 1086).

TUESDAY, MARCH 11, 2014

The Senate adjourned at 6:14 p.m. until 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 12.

At about 6:08 PM the Senate confirmed by voice vote, en bloc, seven military officers to general and flag grades. The Senate then confirmed by voice vote the reappointment of John W. McCarter to the Smithsonian Institution’s Board of Regents. The Senate then agreed by voice vote to S.Res. 378, condemning Russian actions in Ukraine.

Between 11:32 AM and 12:52 PM, the Senate invoked cloture on these nominations to the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan:

— Matthew Leitman  (vote of 55 to 43)

— Judith Levy (56 to 42)

— Laurie Michelson (56 to 43)

— Linda Parker (56 to 42)

10:06 AM The Senate agreed on a voice vote to H.R. 2019, a bill to finance pediatric medical research for 10 years by eliminating taxpayer subsidies for the national political conventions.

9:00 AM The Senate began a new legislative day. At 11:30 AM the Senate will have cloture votes on the nominations of Leakman, Levy, Miichelson and Parker. Following votes, Senate will recess until 2:15 PM for weekly lunches.

8:54 AM The Senate adjourned until 9:00 AM Tuesday, March 11, 2014.

2:00 AM

The Senate continues an extended debate on climate change.  Senate is expected to stay in session throughout the evening until 8:45 AM on this topic.

Monday, March 10, 2014

6:27

The majority leader, Senator Reid, began an extended debate on climate change.

6:25

On a vote of 97 to 0, the Senate agreed to Senator McCaskill’s military sexual assault bill, S. 1917.

5:00

The Senate moved to executive session to resume the nomination of  Carolyn McHugh to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the 10th Circuit.  Senator Lee spoke on the nomination  and the Senate is currently voting on the Motion to Invoke Cloture on the nomination. The motion was agreed to be a vote of 62-34.

4:30

The Senate convened and proceeded with a period of Morning Business. Motion to Proceed to S. 1086 (Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014). The Motion was laid aside and the Senate proceeded with a period of Morning Business.

S. 2097 (A bill to provide for the extension of certain unemployment benefits). The bill was read for the second time. Further consideration of the bill was objected to and it was placed on the Senate Calendar.

H.R. 4118 (An act to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to delay the implementation of the penalty for failure to comply with the individual health insurance mandate). The bill was read for the second time. Further consideration of the bill was objected to and it was placed on the Senate Calendar.

Senators Sessions, Levin and Leahy spoke in morning business.

1:00

The Senate will convene at 4:00 PM and will be in a period of Morning Business for one hour. At 5:00 PM, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session to consider Cal. #563 (Carolyn McHugh to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the 10th Circuit). The Senate will vote on cloture on the nomination at 5:30 PM. The Senate will then resume a Legislative Session and will vote on final passage of S. 1917 (Victims Protection Act of 2014).

THURSDAY, MARCH 6, 2014

6:05 p.m. Senator Reid filed cloture on the following nominations:

#563-Carolyn McHugh, of Utah, to be the US Circuit Judge for the Tenth Circuit

#577-Matthew Leitman to be US District Judge for Eastern District of Michigan

#578-Judith Levy to be US District Judge for Eastern District of Michigan

#579-Laurie Michaelson to be US District Judge for Eastern District of Michigan

#580-Linda Parker to be US District Judge for Eastern District of Michigan

The Senate adjourned at 6:15 and will reconvene at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, March 10 . There will be 2 votes at 5:30.

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3:17 p.m. — On a vote of  100 to 0, the Senate invoked cloture on the McCaskill sexual assault bill. By unanimous consent, final passage on McCaskill has been rescheduled for Monday, March 10.

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2:26 p.m. — On a vote of 55 to 45, the Senate failed to invoke cloture on the Gillibrand sexual assault bill.

YEAS were 43 Democrats, 11 Republicans, 1 independent.

NAYS were 34 Republicans, 10 Democrats, 1 independent.

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12:00 pm  The next votes will be at 2:00 pm on cloture on the military sexual assault bills, S. 1752 (Gillibrand) and S. 1917 (McCaskill).
The first vote will be on a motion to invoke cloture on S. 1752 (Gillibrand).  If cloture is not invoked, the Senate will vote on a motion to invoke cloture on S. 1917 (McCaskill).  If cloture is invoked, the Senate will immediately vote on passage of the bill.

The Senate confirmed Rose Eilene Gottemoeller as Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security confirmed by a roll call vote of 58-42.
Suzanne Eleanor Spaulding was confirmed as Under Secretary of Homeland Security by a voice vote.  John Roth was confirmed as Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security by a voice vote.

8:15 am The Senate will convene at 9:30 p.m.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama will deliver the morning prayer.

At 10:30 a.m., the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #636, the nomination of Rose Eilene Gottemoeller Under Secretary of State, with a confirmation vote to occur at 11:20 a.m.

The Senate then will proceed to votes on Suzanne Spaulding of Virginia to be Under Secretary of Homeland Security (Executive Calendar #510) and John Roth of Michigan to be Inspector General of Homeland Security (Executive Calendar #511).

After these votes, the Senate will proceed to two hours of debate on the military sexual assault bills, S. 1752 (Gillibrand) and S. 1917 (McCaskill).

At about 2 p.m., the Senate will vote on whether to invoke cloture on the Gillibrand bill. If cloture is invoked, the Senate will vote on passage of Gillibrand.

If cloture is not invoked on Gillibrand, there will be a cloture vote on McCaskill. If cloture is invoked, a vote on passage of McCaskill will follow.

 

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 5, 2014

6:40 The Senate confirmed the following nominations:

  • Pedro Hernandez, to be U.S. District Judge, PR
  • Pamela Reeves, to be U.S. District Judge, TN
  • Timothy Brooks, to be U.S. District Judge, ARK
  • Vince Chhabria, to be U.S. District Judge, CA

There will be no further votes tonight. The Senate will vote on the confirmation of Rose Eilene Gottenmoeller, to be Under Secy of State at 11:20 tomorrow.  Following the confirmation vote of Gottenmoeller, the Senate will proceed to votes on Suzanne Spaulding, VA, to be Under Secy of Homeland Security and John Roth, MI, to be Inspector General, of Homeland Security.

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2:50 p.m. — By unanimous consent, the schedule for Wednesday’s remaining votes has been changed:

At 3:30 p.m., the Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of the Hernandez nomination, with a confirmation vote at about 4 p.m.

These votes will ensue, with the confirmation vote to follow immediately on  each nomination for which cloture is invoked — except on the Gottemoeller nomination, which is subject to up to 8 hours of post-cloture debate.  There will be two minutes for debate before each vote:

    • Confirmation of the Hernandez nomination.
    • Cloture on the nomination of Pamela Reeves to be a United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Tennessee.
    • Confirmation of the Reeves nomination.
    • Cloture on the nomination of Timothy Brooks to be a United States District Judge for the Western District of Arkansas.
    • Confirmation of the Brooks nomination.
    • Cloture on the nomination Vince Chhabria to be a United States District Judge for the Northern District of California.
    • Confirmation of the Chhabria nomination.
    • Cloture on the nomination of Rose Eilene Gottemoeller to be Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security.

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12:53 p.m. — On a vote of 57 to 41, the Senate invoked cloture on the nomination of Pedro Delgado Hernandez to be a U.S. District Court Judge for the District of Puerto Rico. Two Republicans (Collins and Murkowski) joined 53 Democrats and 2 independents in voting for cloture. Hatch was recorded as “Present.”

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12:26 p.m. — On a vote of 47 to 52, the Senate failed to invoke cloture on the nomination of Debo P. Adegbile to be an Assistant Attorney General.

YEAS were 45 Democrats, 2 Independents.

NAYS were 44 Republicans, 8 Democrats.

DEMOCRATS WHO VOTED AGAINST CLOTURE: 

CASEY, COONS, DONNELLY, HEITKAMP, MANCHIN, PRYOR, REID (switched from Aye in order to retain his parliamentary prerogative as majority leader), WALSH

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The Senate will convene at 10 a.m. and move to executive session to consider the nomination of Debo P. Adegbile to be an Assistant Attorney General.

At 11:45 a.m., the Senate will vote on whether to invoke cloture on the Adegbile nomination. If cloture is invoked, four minutes of debate will ensue, followed by a vote on confirmation.

Following disposition of the Adegbile nomination, the Senate will proceed to a cloture vote on the nomination of Pedro Delgado Hernandez to be a United States District Judge for the District of Puerto Rico.

The Senate is then expected to recess for weekly caucus luncheons.

After the Senate reconvenes at 2:15 p.m., this sequence of roll call votes is expected:

  • If cloture has been invoked on the Hernandez nomination, there will be up to two hours of post-cloture debate. When time has been used or yielded, there will be a confirmation vote on the Hernandez nomination.
  • Following disposition of the Hernandez nomination, the Senate will hold cloture votes on the nominations below. In each instance, if cloture is invoked, there will then be up to two hours of debate, followed by a confirmation vote. One exception: post-cloture debate would be up to 8 hours for the Gottemoeller nomination.
    • Pamela Reeves to be U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Tennessee.
    • Timothy Brooks to be U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Arkansas.
    • Vince Chhabria to be U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of California.
    • Rose Eilene Gottemoeller to be Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security.
  • Immediately after disposition of these nominations — unless there is unanimous consent  to proceed to the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2013 (S. 1086) — the Senate will hold a cloture on the motion to proceed.