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).
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
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.
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.
5:11 p.m. — On a vote of 72 to 22, the Senate agreed to H.R. 3370, the flood insurance bill.
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.
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.
3:13 p.m. — On a voice vote, the Senate agreed to the committee substitute for the child care bill.
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.
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.
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
The child care bill’s managers, Senators Harkin and Burr, have said the vote on final passage may occur by 3 p.m.
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
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.