FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2013

The Senate stands adjourned.  Pro forma sessions have been scheduled and will take place if the Senate does not receive a message that the House has adopted S. Con Res 30, the adjournment resolution.  If the House does adopt the adjournment resolution, the Senate will convene at 11:45 am Friday January 3 for a pro forma session.

If the Senate does not receive an adjournment resolution message from the House, the Senate will meet for pro forma sessions at the following times:

Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 12:00 noon

Friday, December 27, 2013 at 12:00 noon

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 12:00 noon

Friday, January 3, 2013 at 12:00 noon.

The next Senate roll call vote is scheduled for Monday, January 6 at 5:30 pm.

 

On Friday, December 20, 2013

The Senate will convene at 9 a.m. There will be one hour of debate on the nomination of Alejandro Mayorkas to be deputy secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.

At about 10 a.m. this series of roll call votes will begin:

— Confirmation of the Mayorkas nomination;

— Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #459, John Koskinen, of the District of Columbia, to be Commissioner of Internal Revenue;

— Confirmation of the Koskinen nomination;

— Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #382, Brian Davis, to the US District Court for the Middle District of Florida;

—  Confirmation of the Davis nomination and

— Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #452, Janet Yellen, of California, to be Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.

If cloture is invoked, Yellen’s confirmation vote is to be held on Monday, January 6.

On Thursday night, the majority leader withdrew cloture motions on the following nominations:

    • Sloan D. Gibson to be Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
    • Sarah Sewall to be an Under Secretary of State (Civility Security, Democracy, and Human Rights).
    • Michael L. Connor to be Deputy Secretary of the Interior.
    • Sarah Bloom Raskin to be Deputy Secretary of the Treasury.
    • Jessica Garfola Wright to be Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness.
    • Richard Engler to be a Member of the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board.

 

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2013

The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m.

Following leader remarks, the Senate will return to post-cloture debate on defense authorization (H.R. 3304).

If all post-cloture time is used, a vote on defense authorization is expected at 11:15 p.m.

Cloture has been filed on the nominations listed below.

(The hours for post-cloture debate are listed for each. Democrats can yield half of this time on their own, except in the case of the Yellen nomination, which would require unanimous consent for any such limitation. Cloture votes could occur after the vote on final passage of the defense bill.)

  • Executive Calendar #456, Alejandro Mayorkas, of the District of Columbia, to be Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security (8 hours equally divided).
  • Executive Calendar #459, John Andrew Koskinen, of the District of Columbia, to be Commissioner of Internal Revenue Service (8 hours equally divided).
  • Executive Calendar #382, Brian J. Davis, of Florida, to be United States District Judge for the District of Florida (2 hours equally divided).
  • Executive Calendar #452, Janet L. Yellen, of Callifornia, to be Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve (30 hours).
  • Executive Calendar #455, Sloan D. Gibson, of the District of Columbia, to be Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs (8 hours equally divided).
  • Executive Calendar #445, Sarah Sewall, of Massachusetts, to be an Under Secretary of State (Civility Security, Democracy, and Human Rights) (8 hours equally divided).
  • Executive Calendar #371, Michael L. Connor, of New Mexico, to be Deputy Secretary of the Interior (8 hours equally divided).
  • Executive Calendar #457, Sarah Bloom Raskin, of Maryland, to be Deputy Secretary of the Treasury (8 hours equally divided).
  • Executive Calendar #356, Jessica Garfola Wright, of Pennsylvania, to be Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness (8 hours equally divided).
  • Executive Calendar #189, Richard Engler, of New Jersey, to be a Member of the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (8 hours equally divided).

In addition, the majority leader may call when he chooses for reconsideration of  cloture on the nomination of Robert Leon Wilkins to the U.S. Circuit Court for the D.C. Circuit (Executive Calendar #381).

1:30 PM

The Senate stands in recess until 2:15 PM.  NEXT VOTE may occur at 3:15 on a Cornyn motion to table Reid Amend #2552 (Amendment 1 of the tree).

3:29 PM — Cornyn motion to table Amendment #2552 failed on a vote of 45 to 55.

9:56 PM — Majority leader’s unanimous consent request is agreed to as follows:

— At. 11:15 PM, the Senate will vote on the 2014 defense bill (motion to concur in the House message ton accompany H.R. 3304).

— The Senate will then proceed to a cloture vote on the Mayorkas nomination, followed by Morning Business until an overnight adjournment.

On Friday, Dec. 20, there will be one hour of debate on the Mayorkas nomination, followed by a confirmation vote at about 10 a.m.

There will follow these roll call votes on Friday:

    • Cloture on the nomination of John Andrew Koskinen to be Commissioner of Internal Revenue Service.

o    Confirmation of the Koskinen nomination.

o    Cloture on the nomination of Brian J. Davis to be United States District Judge for the District of Florida.

o    Confirmation of the Davis nomination.

o    Cloture on the nomination of Janet L. Yellen to be Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve.

  • If cloture is invoked on the Yellen nomination, the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on confirmation of the nomination at a time to be determined on Monday, January 6, 2014.

11:37 PM — The legislative vehicle for the 2014 defense authorization passed on a vote of 84 to 15.

11:52 PM — On a vote of 55 to 45, cloture was invoked on the Mayorkas nomination.

 

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2013

The Senate will convene at 10 a.m.

After leaders’ remarks, the Senate will resume post-cloture consideration of the motion to concur in the House message to accompany the budget resolution (H.J. Res. 59).

If all post-cloture time is used, the Senate will proceed to these roll-call votes at about 4:30 p.m.:

— Motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to the budget resolution;

— Cloture on the motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to the 2014 defense authorization  H.R. 3304.

Cloture has been filed on the nominations listed below.

(The hours for post-cloture debate are listed for each. Democrats can yield half of this time on their own, except in the case of the Yellen nomination, which would require unanimous consent for any such limitation. Cloture votes could occur after the vote on final passage of the defense bill.)

  • Executive Calendar #456, Alejandro Mayorkas, of the District of Columbia, to be Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security (8 hours equally divided).
  • Executive Calendar #459, John Andrew Koskinen, of the District of Columbia, to be Commissioner of Internal Revenue Service (8 hours equally divided).
  • Executive Calendar #382, Brian J. Davis, of Florida, to be United States District Judge for the District of Florida (2 hours equally divided).
  • Executive Calendar #452, Janet L. Yellen, of Callifornia, to be Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve (30 hours).
  • Executive Calendar #455, Sloan D. Gibson, of the District of Columbia, to be Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs (8 hours equally divided).
  • Executive Calendar #445, Sarah Sewall, of Massachusetts, to be an Under Secretary of State (Civility Security, Democracy, and Human Rights) (8 hours equally divided).
  • Executive Calendar #371, Michael L. Connor, of New Mexico, to be Deputy Secretary of the Interior (8 hours equally divided).
  • Executive Calendar #457, Sarah Bloom Raskin, of Maryland, to be Deputy Secretary of the Treasury (8 hours equally divided).
  • Executive Calendar #356, Jessica Garfola Wright, of Pennsylvania, to be Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness (8 hours equally divided).
  • Executive Calendar #189, Richard Engler, of New Jersey, to be a Member of the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (8 hours equally divided).

In addition, the majority leader may call when he chooses for reconsideration of  cloture on the nomination of Robert Leon Wilkins to the U.S. Circuit Court for the D.C. Circuit (Executive Calendar #381).

 

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2013

The Senate will convene at 9 a.m.

At 10 a.m. the Senate will vote on cloture on the motion to concur with the budget resolution (H.J. Res. 59). If cloture is invoked, it will take a unanimous consent agreement to yield back any of the 30 hours of post-cloture debate on the budget.

The Senate will recess for policy luncheons at 12:30 p.m., if there is an agreement that the post-cloture clock will continue to tick.

A cloture vote on the 2014 defense authorization (H.R. 3304) will not occur until after the vote on final passage of the budget.  Unanimous consent would again be needed to reduce the 30-hour duration of post-cloture debate on the defense bill.

Cloture was filed Monday on the 10 nominations below. (The hours for post-cloture debate are listed for each. Democrats can yield half of this time on their own, except in the case of the Yellen nomination, which would require unanimous consent for any such limitation. Cloture votes could occur after the vote on final passage of the defense bill.)

  • Executive Calendar #456, Alejandro Mayorkas, of the District of Columbia, to be Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security (8 hours equally divided).
  • Executive Calendar #459, John Andrew Koskinen, of the District of Columbia, to be Commissioner of Internal Revenue Service (8 hours equally divided).
  • Executive Calendar #382, Brian J. Davis, of Florida, to be United States District Judge for the District of Florida (2 hours equally divided).
  • Executive Calendar #452, Janet L. Yellen, of Callifornia, to be Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve (30 hours).
  • Executive Calendar #455, Sloan D. Gibson, of the District of Columbia, to be Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs (8 hours equally divided).
  • Executive Calendar #445, Sarah Sewall, of Massachusetts, to be an Under Secretary of State (Civility Security, Democracy, and Human Rights) (8 hours equally divided).
  • Executive Calendar #371, Michael L. Connor, of New Mexico, to be Deputy Secretary of the Interior (8 hours equally divided).
  • Executive Calendar #457, Sarah Bloom Raskin, of Maryland, to be Deputy Secretary of the Treasury (8 hours equally divided).
  • Executive Calendar #356, Jessica Garfola Wright, of Pennsylvania, to be Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness (8 hours equally divided).
  • Executive Calendar #189, Richard Engler, of New Jersey, to be a Member of the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (8 hours equally divided).

In addition, the majority leader may call when he chooses for reconsideration of  cloture on the nomination of Robert Leon Wilkins to the U.S. Circuit Court for the D.C. Circuit (Executive Calendar #381)

10 AM — Cloture was invoked for the budget on a vote of 67 to 33.

5:25 PM — On a vote of 46 to 54, a Sessions motion failed to table the Reid amendment (#2547) that changed the enactment date of the budget measure.

 

 

MONDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2013

The Senate will convene at 3 p.m.

The filing deadline is 4 p.m. for first-degree amendments to the motion to concur with the Budget Resolution (H.J. Res. 59) and the defense authorization will (H.R. 3304).

Following leaders’ remarks, the Senate will be in Morning Business until 5:30 p.m., whereupon these roll call votes will occur:

— Executive Calendar #406, confirmation of Anne W. Patterson of Virginia to be assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs;

— The motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #450, the nomination of Jeh Charles Johnson of New Jersey to be secretary of Homeland Security; and if cloture is invoked,

— Confirmation of the Johnson nomination.

The majority leader may file cloture motions Monday on more nominations, including Janet Yellen to be chair of the Federal Reserve and U.S. District Court Judge Robert L. Wilkins of the District of Columbia to the D.C. Circuit Court. More procedural votes are therefore possible on Monday.

Cloture motions were filed Saturday on motions pertaining to the budget resolution and the defense authorization, so cloture votes are expected to begin on those measures on Tuesday, December 17.

Votes on the budget are expected Tuesday.

Votes are expected on the defense authorization upon completion of the budget measure.

5:24 PM — Patterson nomination was confirmed by a vote of 78 to 16.

5:54 PM — Cloture was invoked on the Johnson nomination by a vote of 57 to 37.

6:20 p.m. — Johnson nomination was confirmed by a vote of 78 to 16.

Before adjournment, the majority leader filed cloture on 10 nominations. Cloture votes could occur after final passage votes on the 2014 budget resolution and the 2014 defense authorization.

 

 

 

DECEMBER 15, 2013

12:30 PM

The Senate will convene at 1 pm for legislative business.

1:30 PM

Sen. Reid Filed cloture  and filled the amendment tree for HJ Res 59 – Budget Act and HR 3304 – DoD Authorization.  Senate will reconvene on Monday, December 16 at 3:00 PM.

Next vote will occur at 5:30 PM on confirmation for the nomination of Anne W. Patterson to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Near Eastern Affairs).

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2013

8:30 am

The Senate continued the legislative day that began at 2pm on December 11th. The Senate confirmed the nomination of  Deborah Lee James to be Secretary of the Air Force by a vote of 79-6. They immediately took up the Motion to Invoke Cloture on Heather Anne Higginbottom to be Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources. The Motion to Invoke Cloture was agreed to by a vote of 51-34.  The Senate is currently considering the Higginbottom nomination and is expected to vote on this nomination around 12:00pm.

Following disposition of the Higginbottom nomination, the Senate will proceed to the consideration of Anne W. Patterson to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Near Eastern Affairs), with a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2013

10:00 AM

The Senate continued the legislative day that began at 2pm on December 11th.  Senate has confirmed the nominations of Cornelia Pillard, to be DC Circuit Judge by a vote of 51-44  and Chai Feldblum, to be member of EEOC by a vote of 55- 41.
The Senate is currently considering the nomination of Elizabeth Wolford to be US District Judge, Western NY.
Vote on the Wolford nomination is expected at approximately 11 am.  Further votes are expected throughout the day.

12:00 PM

Wolford was confirmed by a vote of 70 – 29. The Senate is now considering the nomination of Landya McCafferty, NH, to be US District Judge of NH.  Vote expected at approx 12:45.  The Senate paused at Noon for prayer and began a new calendar day (but same legislative day).

1:30 PM

McCafferty was confirmed by a vote of 79 – 19.   The Senate invoked cloture for Patricia M Wald, to be Member of Privacy and Civil Liberties Board by a vote of 57 – 41.  Next vote expected (on Wald nomination) at approximately 5:30.

6:30

Wald was confirmed by a vote of 57-41.  Cloture was invoked on Brian Morris, MT, to be US District Judge, MT 57 – 40. Next Vote expected on Morris Nomination at 7:30.

8:45

Morris was confirmed by a vote of 75-20. Cloture was invoked on the Susan P. Watters, MT, to be US District Judge by a vote of 58-39.  Vote on this nomination followed by a cloture vote on Deborah Lee James, Va, to be Secy Air Force, is expected at 9:15.  (Confirmation vote on James is expected to occur at 6 AM Friday Morning).

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2013

 

The Senate will convene at 2 p.m.   The pending legislative business is S. 1197, the 2014 defense authorization bill.

After leaders’ remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #346, the nomination of Cornelia T. L. Pillard to be a United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit. (If all post-cloture time is used, the confirmation vote would occur at about 1 a.m. on Thursday.)

Cloture votes could occur Wednesday on any of the following nominations:

    • Chai Rachel Feldblum to be a Member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.  This nomination is subject to up to 8 hours of post-cloture debate, equally divided. 
    • Elizabeth A. Wolford to be a United States District Judge for the Western District of New York.  This nomination is subject to up to 2 hours of post-cloture debate, equally divided.
    • Landya B. McCafferty to be a United States District Judge for the District of New Hampshire.  This nomination is subject to up to 2 hours of post-cloture debate, equally divided.
    • Patricia M. Wald to be a Member of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board.  This nomination is subject to up to 8 hours of post-cloture debate, equally divided.
    • Brian Morris to be a United States District Judge for the District of Montana.  This nomination is subject to up to 2 hours of post-cloture debate, equally divided.
    • Susan P. Watters to be a United States District Judge for the District of Montana.  This nomination is subject to up to 2 hours of post-cloture debate, equally divided.
    • Deborah Lee James to be Secretary of the Air Force.  This nomination is subject to up to 8 hours of post-cloture debate, equally divided.
    • Heather Anne Higginbottom to be Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources.  This nomination is subject to up to 8 hours of post-cloture debate, equally divided. 

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2013

The Senate will convene at 10 a.m.

Following leaders’ remarks, the Senate will go into executive session to resume consideration of Executive calendar #327, the nomination of Patricia Ann Millett of Virginia to be a United States Circuit Court judge for the D.C. Circuit, proceeding immediately to a roll-call vote on confirmation.

The Senate will then proceed to as many as three more roll call votes on:

—  A motion to proceed to Executive Session for the reconsideration of the vote by which cloture was not invoked on the Watt nomination;

—  A motion to reconsider the vote by which cloture was not invoked on the Watt nomination; and

—  A motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Mel Watt, to be Director of Federal Housing Finance Agency, upon reconsideration.

If cloture is invoked on Watt there will be up to 8 hours of debate followed by a final confirmation vote.