Thursday, July 19, 2018

5:20 p.m. The Senate adjourned.

5:11 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke about Jeanne, the Alaskan of the Week.

5:02 p.m. ML McConnell asked u.c. that following Leader remarks on Monday July 23rd, the Senate proceed to consideration of Executive Calendar #1000, Robert L. Wilkie, of North Carolina, to be Secretary of Veterans Affairs. The time until 5:30 p.m. be divided in the usual form and the Senate vote on the nomination. Following disposition of the Wilkie nomination, the Senate resume legislative session and consideration of H.R. 6147, Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, for FY ’19 (minibus).

4:20 p.m. Senator Portman spoke about sex trafficking.

3:16 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke about health care.

3:15 p.m. S.Res. 584, Questioning of US officials by Russian government, was agreed to by a vote of 98 to 0. Absent: Senators Shelby and McCain.

2:42 p.m. The Senate began voting on S. Res. 584, Questioning of US officials by Russian government.

2:38 p.m. Senator McConnell announced that the Bounds nomination was withdrawn.

1:36 p.m. Senator Tillis spoke about Putin. He also about immigration and keeping children with families

1:25 p.m. Senator Casey spoke about President Trump and Russia.

1:20 p.m. Senator Ernst spoke about ICE.

1:15 p.m. Senator Peters spoke about “Start Up Week.”

1:06 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke on the Bounds nomination.

12:54 p.m. Senator Cruz spoke of Cuba and in memorium of Oswaldo Paya, a Cuban citizen.

12:25 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke on the Bounds and Kavanaugh nominations. He spoke in memorium of Robert D. Ray, 38th Governor of Iowa. He also spoke in memorium of Eugene Sukup, an Iowan farmer, inventor, and manufacturer.

12:16 p.m. Senator Menendez spoke about Russia.

12:08 p.m. Democratic Leader Schumer spoke about Russia.

12:07 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell received unanimous consent for two votes. There will be two votes at 1:45 p.m:

  • Ryan Bounds to be a United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit
  • Schumer resolution on the adoption of questioning U.S. officials by the Putin government

11:46 a.m. Senators Flake and Coons spoke about Russia. Senator Flake asked unanimous consent to adopt S.Res. 583. Senator Cornyn objected.

11:36 a.m. Senator Sanders asked unanimous consent that the Senate proceed to and to the adoption of S.Res. 582 and Senator Paul objected.

11:23 a.m. Senator Sanders  and Schumer spoke about Russia.

11:16 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke about ICE.

11:11 a.m. Senator Cotton spoke about ICE.

10:30 a.m. Senator Schumer spoke about President Trump’s meeting with President Putin and about health care.

10:05 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the Oldham, Bounds, and Kavanaugh nominations and addressed the economy.

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The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m. and resume consideration of the nomination of Ryan Bounds to be a United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit, post-cloture.

A roll call vote is expected during Thursday’s session.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

6:26 p.m. The Senate has adjourned until 10:00 a.m., Thursday, July 19th and will resume consideration of the nomination of Ryan Wesley Bounds to be United States Circuit Judge of the Ninth Circuit.

During wrap-up:

  1. The nomination of Rear Admiral (lh) Andrew S. McKinley of the United States Coast Guard Reserve to be Rear Admiral was agreed to by unanimous consent.
  2. 526, Microloan Modernization Act of 2018, the Committee Reported Substitute amendment and the Risch amendment, were agreed to by voice vote.
  3. 791, Small Business Innovation Protection Act of 2017, was agreed to by voice vote.
  4. 2850, A bill to amend the White Mountain Apache Tribe Water Rights Quantification Act of 2010 to clarify the use of amounts in the WMAT Settlement Fund, and the Flake amendment, were agreed to by unanimous consent.

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6:15 p.m. Senator Coons spoke about Nelson Mandela.

5:43 p.m. Senator Moran spoke about NATO.

5:16 p.m. Senator Lankford spoke about election security.

4:54 p.m. Senator King spoke about climate change and lobsters.

4:41 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke about climate change and lobsters.

4:24 p.m. Senator Toomey spoke about tax reform, unemployment, and the economy.

4:15 p.m. Senator Blunt spoke about opioid addiction.

4:05 p.m. Senator Blunt and Nelson spoke about the Museum of African American Baseball.

3:49 p.m. Senator Nelson spoke about immigration and trade tariffs.

3:37 p.m. Senator Cruz spoke supporting the employees of ICE and law enforcement.

3:29 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about S. Res. 572.

3:27 p.m. Senator Hirono spoke against S. Res. 572, A resolution supporting the officers and personnel who carry out the important mission of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

3:23 p.m. Senator Daines asked u.c. to consider S. Res. 572, A resolution supporting the officers and personnel who carry out the important mission of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Senator Merkley objected. Senator Merkley asked u.c. to consider S. 3227, the Reunite Act. Senator Daines objected.

3:22 p.m. The Senate invoked cloture on the Bounds nomination to be a U.S. Circuit Judge for the 9th Circuit by a vote of 50-49.

Senators not voting: McCain.

2:48 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the nomination of Ryan Bounds to be a US Circuit Judge for the 9th Circuit.

2:47 p.m. The Oldham nomination was confirmed on a party line vote of 50-49.

Senators not voting: McCain.

2:03 p.m. The Senate began voting on confirmation of the Oldham nomination.

1:59 p.m. Senator Lee asked u.c. to consider S. 118, Reinforcing American-Made Product Act of 2017. Senator Feinstein objected.

1:46 p.m. Senator Leahy spoke about the Russia investigation.

1:36 p.m. Senator Cruz spoke supporting the Oldham nomination.

1:15 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke about the Helsinki meeting with President Putin.

12:59 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke about the Russian pipeline to Germany.

12:13 p.m. Senator Hatch spoke in favor of the Kavanaugh nomination.

12:00 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the Kavanaugh nomination.

11:46 a.m. Senator Tester spoke about trade tariffs.

11:40 a.m. Senator Tillis spoke about Pastor Brunson and Americans imprisoned in Turkey.

11:36 a.m. Senator Cortez Masto spoke in opposition of the Bounds nomination.

11:17 a.m. Senator Murray spoke in opposition of the Kavanaugh nomination.

10:57 a.m. Senator Gardner spoke about the upcoming opening of the Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center in Aurora.

10:39 a.m. Senators Jones and Alexander spoke about the automotive industry in Alabama and the impact of tariffs.

10:22 a.m. Democratic Leader Schumer spoke about President Trump and the Helsinki summit and later about the Kavanaugh nomination.

10:09 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke on judicial nominations and tax cuts.

10:00 a.m.  The Senate convened.

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The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m. and resume consideration of the nomination of Andrew Oldham to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit.

At 2:00 p.m. the Senate will have 2 votes:

1. Confirmation of Andrew Oldham to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit
2. Cloture on Ryan Bounds to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

10:09 p.m. The Senate adjourned.

9:42 p.m. Senator Merkely spoke against the Bounds nomination.

9:31 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke against the Bounds and Oldham nominations.

9:20 p.m. Senator Klobuchar spoke about the Kavanaugh nomination.

9:06 p.m. Senator Casey spoke about judicial nominations.

8:15 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke against the Kavanaugh nomination and Bounds nomination.

7:59 p.m. Senator Warren spoke against the Kavanaugh nomination.

7:34 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke against the Kavanaugh nomination.

7:11 p.m. Senator Blumenthal spoke against the Kavanaugh nomination.

7:08 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke against the Kavanaugh and Bounds nominations.

6:41 p.m. Senator Rubio spoke about Russian interference in our elections.

6:22 p.m. Senator Sanders spoke about President Trump’s visit to Helsinki.

6:20 p.m. Senator Graham conducted wrap up. During wrap up, passed H.R. 6042, To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to delay the reduction in Federal medical assistance percentage for Medicaid personal care services furnished without an electronic visit verification system.  When the Senate adjourns tonight, it will reconvene on Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. and following Leader remarks resume consideration of the Oldham nomination. At 2:00 p.m., the Senate will have 2 votes on: 1. Confirmation of Andrew Oldham to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the 5th Circuit 2. Motion to invoke cloture on Cal. #903 Ryan Bounds to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the 9th Circuit.

5:57 p.m. Senator Smith  spoke against the Kavanaugh nomination.

5:31 P.M. Senator Whitehouse spoke on the Kavanaugh nomination.

5:10 p.m. Senator Carper spoke about President Trump’s visit to Helsinki.

5:00 p.m. Senator Portman  spoke on the Kavanaugh nomination.

4:55 p.m. Senator Murray spoke about President Trump’s visit to Helsinki.

4:45 p.m. Senator Van Hollen spoke about President Trump’s visit to Helsinki.

4:35 p.m. Senator Blumenthal spoke about President Trump’s visit to Helsinki.

4:33 p.m. Senator Flake spoke about President Trump’s visit to Helsinki.

4:30 p.m. Senator Reed spoke about President Trump’s visit to Helsinki.

4:00 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about President Trump’s visit to Helsinki.

3:56 p.m. Senator Kaine spoke about President Trump’s visit to Helsinki.

3:47 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke about President Trump’s visit to Helsinki.

3:38 p.m. Senator Thune spoke about the Kavanaugh nomination.

3:18 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about the Kavanaugh nomination.

3:18 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Oldham nomination by a vote of 50 to 49 (Not voting: McCain).

2:52 p.m. The Senate voted on invoking cloture on the Andrew S. Oldham nomination to be a Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit.

2:51 p.m. The Senate confirmed Randal Quarles to be a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve by a vote of 66-33. (Not voting: McCain)

2:24 p.m. The Senate voted on the nomination of Randal Quarles to be a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve.

2:20 p.m. Senator Crapo spoke in support of the Quarles nomination.

2:18 p.m. Senator Cortez Masto spoke against the Quarles nomination.

2:15 p.m. Senator Brown spoke against the Quarles nomination.

1:04 p.m. The Senate is in recess until 2:15 p.m.

1:03 p.m. Senator Daines received unanimous consent that all post cloture time on the Quarles nomination expires at 2:25 p.m. and that there will be two votes:

  • Confirmation on the nomination of Randal Quarles to be a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve
  • Motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Andrew S. Oldham to be a United States Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit

1:03 p.m. The Senate invoked cloture on Randal Quarles nomination with a vote of 66-33. (Not voting: McCain)

12:28 p.m. The Senate voted to invoke cloture on Randal Quarles to be a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve.

12:27 p.m. The Senate confirmed James Blew to be the Assistant Secretary of Education for Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development by a vote of 50-49. (Not voting: McCain)

11:45 a.m. The Senate voted on James Blew’s nomination to be the Assistant Secretary of Education for Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development.

11:42 a.m. Senator Alexander spoke in support of James Blew’s nomination.

11:37 a.m. Senator Murray spoke in opposition of James Blew’s nomination.

11:23 a.m. Senator Hatch spoke about global tariff policy and tax reform.

11:04 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the 2016 election and Abolish ICE movement.

10:44 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about President Trump in Helsinki, the 2016 election, and the Kavanaugh nomination.

10:21 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke about President Trump’s statements in Helsinki.

10:05 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell endorsed a change in Internal Revenue Service policy on monitoring the political donations of non-profit groups. He spoke about the economy.

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

At that time, resume consideration of the nomination of James Blew to be Assistant Secretary of Education for Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development.

At 11:45 a.m. the Senate will conduct two roll call votes:
1. Confirmation of the Blew nomination.
2. Cloture on the nomination of Randal Quarles to be a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve.

Following the cloture vote on the Quarles nomination, the Senate will recess until 2:15 to accommodate the caucus luncheons.

Monday July 16, 2018

6:57 p.m. The Senate adjourned.

6:45 p.m. Senator Brown spoke against the Quarles nomination and later both the summit in Helsinki and attacks on the press.

6:31 p.m. Senator Sasse spoke about the summit in Helsinki.

6:29 p.m. ML McConnell wraps up business for the day. Items passed by voice vote: S. Res 386, regarding the Congo. UC that when the Senate adjourns it return Tuesday at 10:00 a.m.
UC that at 11:45, vote on confirmation of the nomination of the Blew nomination, followed by a cloture vote on the nomination of Randal Quarles to be a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve. UC that the Senate adjourn following remarks of Senators Sasse and Brown.

6:12 p.m. The Senate proceeded to consideration of the nomination of James Blew to be Assistant Secretary for Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development at the Department of Education.

6:11 p.m. The nomination of Scott Stump to be Assistant Secretary for Career, Technical and Adult education at the Department of Education was confirmed 85-0.

Senators not voting:
9 Republicans: Boozman, Graham, Heller, Inhofe, Isakson, Kennedy, McCain, Moran and Shelby.
6 Democrats: Gillibrand, Jones, Leahy, Peters, Shaheen and Stabenow.

5:31 p.m. The Senate is now voting on the Stump nomination.

5:22 p.m. Senator Murray spoke in support of the Stump nomination.

4:44 p.m. Senator Murphy spoke about President Trump’s remarks in Helsinki.

3:52 p.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke against President Trump’s remarks in Helsinki.

3:39 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the Kanvanaugh nomination. He spoke about the economy.

3:31 p.m. Senator Nelson spoke against President Trump’s defense of Russia.

3:05 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the Kavanaugh nomination to the Supreme Court.

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The Senate will convene at 3:00 p.m. and proceed to the consideration of the nomination of Scott Stump to be Assistant Secretary for Career, Technical, and Adult Education at the Department of Education.

At 5:30pm, the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on confirmation of the Stump nomination.

Majority Leader McConnell filed cloture on the following nominations:

  • Randal Quarles to be a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve
  • Andrew S. Oldham to be a United States Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit
  • Ryan Wesley Bounds to be a United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit

Those cloture motions will be processed one at a time, after disposition of the previous nomination. Each is subject to up to thirty hours of post-cloture debate.  By rule, the first cloture vote will occur one hour after the Senate convenes on Tuesday, July 17.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

5:12 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 3 p.m. Monday, July 16, when it will consider the nomination of Scott Stump of Colorado to be assistant secretary of education for career, technical and adult education.

At 5:30 p.m. Monday, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Stump nomination.

5:05 p.m. In wrap-up, Senator Rubio secured voice votes to confirm these nominations:

— Kelly Higashi to be an associate judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia;

— Emory Rounds III to be director of the Office of Government Ethics;

— Georgette Mosbacher to be ambassador to Poland.

By consent, the Senate agreed to:

— S. Res. 58, designating July 30 as National Whistle-Blower Appreciation Day;

— S. Res. 574, designating July 13 as National Car Collector Appreciation Day;

— S. Res. 575, honoring the memory of the five victims of the Capital Gazette attack on June 28.

4:40 p.m. Senator Rubio spoke about the Trump/Putin meeting.

4:15 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke about NATO.

3:50 p.m. Senator Portman spoke about Brett Kavanaugh.

2:07 p.m. Senator Flake spoke about NATO.

2:02 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell filed cloture on:

  • Exec. Cal. #595, Randal Quarles to be Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
  • Exec. Cal. #892, Andrew S. Oldham to be US Circuit Judge for Fifth Circuit
  • Exec. Cal. #903, Ryan Wesley Bounds to be US Circuit Judge for Ninth Circuit

2:01 p.m. The Senate confirmed Paul C. Ney to be General Counsel of the Department of Defense, 70-23. Not voting: Hyde-Smith, McCain, Moran, Paul, Schumer, Shaheen, and Tillis.

1:30 p.m. The Senate is now voting on confirmation of the Ney nomination.

12:45 p.m. Senator Gardner spoke about wildfires.

12:30 p.m. Senator Markey spoke about the Supreme Court vacancy.

12:09 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about the Justice Department and the FBI.

11:45 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the Kavanaugh nomination.

11:33 a.m. Senator Van Hollen spoke about the shooting at the Capital Gazette newspaper.

11:07 a.m. Senator Cardin spoke about the shooting at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis.

10:03 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court. He spoke about the economy.

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The Senate will convene at 10 a.m. and will resume post-cloture consideration of the nomination of Paul Ney to be general counsel for the Defense Department.

At 1:30 p.m., the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Ney nomination.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

6:38 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 10 a.m. Thursday, when it will resume consideration of the Ney nomination. Post-cloture time on Ney will be have expired or been yielded back at 1:30 p.m.

6:20 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke about the Kavanaugh nomination.

6:03 p.m. Senator Rubio spoke about the algae bloom in Florida.

5:58 p.m.  Senator Lee, who voted YEA during the roll call on the Cassidy instructions to conferees, received consent to change his vote to NAY. Thus, the final tally is 94 to 5 for passage.

5:50 p.m. Senator Cortez Masto spoke about the separation of immigrant children from their parents.

5:20 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke of the need for oversight at the Pentagon.

5:11 p.m. Senator Hirono spoke about the Supreme Court vacancy.

4:41 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke on climate change.

4:28 p.m. Senator Nelson spoke about a reservoir project south of Lake Okeechobee in southern Florida; and later paid tribute to Nathaniel Reed who worked on everglades restoration.

3:08 p.m. Senators Blumenthal, Blunt, Lankford and Gillibrand spoke about the Supreme Court vacancy.

2:54 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Ney nomination 74-25.

Senators voting in favor: 47 Republicans, 28 Democrats, 1 Independent: King.

Senators voting against: 21 Democrats: Baldwin, Blumenthal, Booker, Brown, Casey, Cortez Masto, Duckworth, Feinstein, Gillibrand, Harris, Hirono, Leahy, Markey, Menendez, Merkley, Peters, Schatz, Schumer, Stabenow, Warren and Wyden; 3 Republicans: Lee, Paul and Sullivan; 1 Independent: Sanders.

Senators not voting: McCain.

2:27 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the nomination of Paul Ney to be General Counsel for the Defense Department.

2:25 p.m. The Benczkowski nomination was confirmed 51-48, with Senator Manchin joining all Republicans present in favor.  Senator McCain did not vote.

2:00 p.m. Roll call vote began on confirmation of the Benczkowski nomination.

1:49 p.m. Senator Coons spoke against the Benczkowski nomination.

1:32 p.m. Senator Sanders spoke against the Kavanaugh nomination.

1:08 p.m. Senators Capito and Barrasso spoke in favor of the Kavanaugh nomination.

1:07 p.m The following Senators were appointed conferees on HR 5895, the minibus conference:

Republicans Shelby, Alexander Boozman Daines Lankford; Democrats: Leahy, Feinstein, Schatz and Murphy.

1:05 p.m.  The Corker-Toomey motion to instruct conferees on the minibus regarding tariffs was agreed to 88-11.

Senators voting no: Barrasso, Capito, Crapo, Enzi, Graham, Heller, Hyde-Smith, Inhofe, Perdue, Risch & Scott.

Senators not voting: McCain.

12:44 p.m. Roll call vote began on the Corker motion to instruct.

12:42 p.m. Senators Corker and Brown spoke in relation to the motion.

12:41 p.m. The Cassidy motion to instruct was agreed to 95-4.

Senators voting against: Barrasso, Enzi, Flake and Lankford.

Senators not voting: McCain.

12:02 p.m. Roll call vote began on the Cassidy motion to instruct conferees with respect to HR 5895.

12:00 p.m. The compound motion to go to conference on HR 5895 was agreed to by voice vote.

11:54 a.m. Senator Shelby spoke about appropriations.

11:48 a.m. Senator Alexander spoke about appropriations and Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act.

11:46 a.m. Senator Cassidy spoke about the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

11:43 a.m. Senator Flake spoke about trade tariffs and Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act.

11:37 a.m. Senator Corker spoke about trade tariffs and Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act.

11:30 a.m. Senator Toomey spoke about trade tariffs and Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act.

11:25 a.m. Senator Perdue spoke about trade tariffs and Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act.

11:14 a.m. Senator Leahy spoke about the Benczkowski nomination.

11:00 a.m. Senator Tillis spoke about Pastor Andrew Brunson and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE).

10:22 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about the Kavanaugh nomination.

10:12 a.m.  Senator Durbin spoke about the separation of immigrant children from their families.

10:06 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court. He spoke about other nominations. He spoke about the economy.

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The Senate will convene at 10 a.m. and will resume post-cloture consideration of the nomination of Brian Allen Benczkowski to be an assistant attorney general.

  • At  noon, the chair will lay before the Senate the message to accompany H.R. 5895 (“Minibus I” – Energy and Water/Legislative Branch/Military Construction/VA) Appropriations).
  • The Majority Leader or his designee will be recognized to insist on the Senate amendment, agree to the request for a conference, and authorize the chair to appoint conferees (to make the compound motion to go to conference). The Senate will then vote on that compound motion to go to conference.
  • If the compound motion is agreed to, Senator Cassidy (relative to the National Flood Insurance Program) and Senator Corker (relative to tariffs) will each be recognized to offer a motion to instruct conferees. The Senate will then vote on the two motions to instruct, in the order listed.  There will be two minutes of debate between votes.
  • At 2 p.m., the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on confirmation of the Benczkowski nomination.
  • Following disposition of the Benczkowski nomination, the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Paul C. Ney, Jr. to be general counsel of the Department of Defense.

Tuesday, July 10

7:15 p.m. Leader McConnell  adjourned the Senate at 7:15 until Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.

  • When the Senate convenes at 10:00am and resume consideration of the nomination of Brian Allen Benczkowski to be an Assistant Attorney General, post-cloture.
  • At  12:00pm, the Senate will proceed to Legislative Session. The Chair will lay before the Senate the message to accompany H.R. 5895 (appropriations minibus I – Energy and Water/Legislative Branch/Military Construction/VA Appropriations).
    • The Majority Leader, or his designee, will be recognized to insist on the Senate amendment, agree to the request for a conference, and authorize the Chair to appoint conferees [to make the compound motion to go to conference]. The Senate will then vote on that compound motion to go to conference.
      • If the compound motion is agreed to, Senator Cassidy (relative to the National Flood Insurance Program) and Senator Corker (relative to tariffs) will each be recognized to offer a motion to instruct conferees. The Senate will then vote on the two motions to instruct, in the order listed.  There will be two minutes of debate between each vote, equally divided in the usual form.
      • Following disposition of the Corker motion to instruct and the appointment of conferees, the Senate will resume Executive session.
  • At 2:00pm, the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on confirmation of the Benczkowski nomination.

 

  • Following disposition of the Benczkowski nomination, the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Paul C. Ney, Jr. to be General Counsel of the Department of Defense.

 

5:40 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke about the Russia investigation and the Kavanaugh nomination.

5:35 p.m. The motion was agreed to by a roll call vote of 91-8.  Senators Cornyn and Reed to offered motions to instruct conferees.  The Senate then proceeded to vote on the Cornyn motion to instruct [CFIUS] which was agreed to by a vote  97-2 followed by the Reed [NATO] motion to instruct which was also agreed to by a vote  97-2.

4:58 p.m. The Senate began voting on the compound motion to go to Conference on H. R. 5515 NDAA.

4:54 p.m. Senator Inhofe spoke about NDAA and the motion to go to Conference.

4:38 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about the Kavanaugh nomination.

4:24 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about NATO.

4:14 p.m. Senator Reed spoke about his motion to instruct conferees on NATO.

4:03 p.m. Senator Murphy spoke about Russia and the annexation of Crimea.

3:59 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke about NATO.

3:45 p.m. Senator Menendez spoke about NATO and Crimea.

3:28 p.m. Senator Sasse spoke about the Kavanaugh nomination.

3:19 p.m. Senator Peters spoke about Tom Stevenson, Senator for a Day through the Make A Wish Foundation.

3:07 p.m. Senator Thune spoke about the Kavanaugh nomination.

3:06 p.m. The Senate invoked cloture on the nomination of Brian Benczkowski to be Assistant Attorney General by a vote of 51-48.

2:45 p.m. The Senate began voting on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Brian Benczkowski to be Assistant Attorney General.

2:46 p.m. The Senate confirmed Mark Jeremy Bennett to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit by a vote of 72-27. Senator McCain did not vote.

27 Republican Senators voted against (Barrasso, Blunt, Boozman, Burr, Cotton, Crapo, Cruz, Daines, Enzi, Ernst, Fischer, Flake, Gardner, Heller, Hoeven, Inhofe, Isakson, Lankford, Moran, Paul, Portman, Risch, Rounds, Sasse, Scott, Sullivan, and Thune).

2:15 p.m. The Senate began voting on confirmation of Mark Bennett to be a judge on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

12:35 p.m. The Senate stands in recess to accommodate the weekly caucus lunches.

12:34 p.m. ML McConnell asked u.c. that the Senate proceed to legislative session and proceed to the Senate message to H.R. 5515, NDAA and moved to insist on the Senate amendment, agree to the request for a conference, and authorize the Chair to appoint conferees (the compound motion to go to conference).  ML McConnell announced that at 5:00 p.m. the Senate will proceed to up to 3 votes on the following in relation to H.R.5515, NDAA: 1) Compound motion to go to conference on H.R.5515 2) Cornyn motion to instruct conferees 3) Reed motion to instruct conferees.

12:26 p.m. Senator Murray spoke against the Kavanaugh nomination.

12:17 p.m. Senator Jones spoke about the bombing of the 16th street baptist church.

11:32 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke about the Kavanaugh nomination and the Benczkowski nomination.

11:19 a.m. Senator Murphy spoke about the Kavanaugh nomination.

11:01 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the Kavanaugh nomination.

10:40 a.m. Senator Hatch spoke about the Kavanaugh nomination.

10:25 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about the Kavanaugh nomination.

10:03 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court.

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The Senate will convene at 10 a.m. and will resume post-cloture consideration of the nomination of Mark Jeremy Bennett of Hawaii to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

The Senate will recess from 12:30 p.m. until 2:15 p.m. for the weekly policy lunches.

At 2:15 p.m., there will be two votes:

  1. Confirmation of the Bennett nomination. 
  2. Cloture on the nomination of Brian Allen Benczkowski of Virginia to be an assistant attorney general.

Cloture has been filed on the nomination of Paul C. Ney, Jr. of Tennessee to be general counsel of the Defense Department.

At a time to be determined, the Senate will begin consideration of the nomination of James Blew of California to be an assistant secretary of education for planning, evaluation and policy development.

Monday, July 9, 2018

6:49 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, July 10th. Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the Bennett nomination post-cloture. The Senate will recess from 12:30 to 2:15 pm for the weekly policy lunches.

At 2:15 p.m., there will be two votes:

  1. Confirmation of Mark Jeremy Bennett to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the 9th Circuit. 
  2. Cloture on the nomination of Brian Allen Benczkowski to be an Assistant Attorney General.

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6:29 p.m. Senator Brown spoke against large banks.

6:27 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Bennett nomination 72-25.

Senators voting against: 23 Republicans: Barrasso, Blunt, Boozman, Burr, Cotton, Crapo, Cruz, Daines, Enzi, Ernst, Flake, Gardner, Heller, Hoeven, Inhofe, Lankford, Moran, Paul, Risch, Rounds, Sasse, Scott, Thune; 2 Democrats: Booker and Hirono.

Senators not voting: Fischer, McCain and Sullivan.

5:33 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the Bennett nomination.

5:21 p.m. Senator Hirono spoke against the Bennett nomination.

4:47 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about the Supreme Court vacancy.

3:50 p.m. Senator Nelson spoke about algae blooms in Florida.

3:40 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the Supreme Court vacancy.

3:25 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the Supreme Court vacancy.

3:05 p.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about the Supreme Court vacancy.

3:03 p.m.  The Senate resumed consideration of the cloture motion for the nomination of Mark Bennett to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

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The Senate will convene at 3:00 p.m. and proceed to the nomination of Mark Bennett to be a US Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit.

At 5:30 p.m., the Senate will proceed to a cloture vote on the Bennett nomination.

ML McConnell filed cloture on the Bennett, Benczkowski, and Ney nominations. Those cloture motions will be processed one at a time, after disposition of the previous nomination. Each is subject to up to thirty hours of post-cloture debate.

At a date and time to be determined, the Senate will proceed to up to 5 hours of debate, equally divided, followed by a vote on confirmation of Exec. Cal. # 601 James Blew to be Assistant Secretary for Planning, Evaluation, & Policy Development, Department of Education (u.c. agreement from June 25, 2018).

Thursday, July 5, 2018

The Senate convened at 1:00 p.m. for a pro forma session. Senator Rubio presided and no business was conducted.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

The Senate convened for a pro forma session at 9:00 a.m.  Senator Portman presided and no business was conducted.

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