6:41 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will convene at noon on Monday, June 30 for a pro forma session. On Monday, July 7, the Senate will convene at 2:00 p.m. At 5:30 p.m. they will proceed to Executive Session and vote on confirmation of Cheryl Krause.
5:45 p.m. Senator Hatch spoke about Howard Baker.
5:40 p.m. Senator Levin spoke about Iraq.
5:25 p.m. Senator McCain spoke about India.
5:15 p.m. Senator Cruz spoke about the kidnapped Israeli boys.
5:00 p.m. Senator Sanders spoke about Veteran’s benefits.
4:35 p.m. Senator Sessions spoke about immigration and the child tax credit.
4:18 p.m. Senator Bennett spoke about immigration.
3:56 p.m. Senator Coons spoke about job training.
3:16 p.m. Senators McCain and Graham engage in a colloquy on Syria and Iraq.
3:10 p.m. Senator Markey speaks on abortion clinic access.
2:58 p.m. Senator Rubio joins Sen Cruz on IRS scandal, speaks briefly on World Cup, and moves on to discuss the crisis in Venezuela.
2:50 p.m. Senator Cruz continues on IRS scandal.
2:45 p.m. Senator Wyden objects, Finance committee one of many investigating this issue.
2:17 p.m. Senator Cruz spoke on the IRS scandal. Asks UC to pass S. Res 487 on this issue.
2:11 p.m. The Senate confirmed the nomination of Stuart Jones to be the Ambassador to the Republic of Iraq by a roll call of 93-0.
The following nominations were confirmed by voice vote:
- Robert Beecroft to be Ambassador to the Arab Republic of Egypt
- Karen Dynan to be Assistant Secretary of the Treasury
- Esther Kai’aina to be Assistant Secretary of the Interior
- Vincent Logan to be Special Trustee, Office of Special Trustee for American Indians, Department of the Interior
- Jo Handelsman to be Associate Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy
1:36 p.m. Senator Mikulski spoke about Senator Howard Baker and the kidnapped Nigerian girls.
1:27 p.m. Senator Murkowski spoke about Senator Howard Baker and Alaskan Sgt. Sparks, a pararescue airman who will be awarded the Silver Star for heroism in Afghanistan.
1:22 p.m. Senator Reid spoke about the death of retired Senator Howard Baker of Tennessee.
1:21 p.m. Senator McConnell spoke about the death of retired Senator and Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker.
1:00 p.m. Senator Durbin began a speech on immigration. Like Senator Cornyn, he spoke about unaccompanied minors crossing the southern U.S. border.
12:51 p.m. Senator Durbin questioned Senator on Cornyn on immigration. They engaged in a back-and-forth.
12:30 p.m. Senator McCain joined Senator Cornyn to speak about immigration. He then turned the floor back over to Senator Cornyn.
12:25 p.m. — The Senate voted 57-39 to invoke cloture on the nomination of Cheryl Krause of New Jersey to be a judge on the 3rd circuit.
12:25 p.m. — Senator Cornyn began speaking on immigration.
11:36 a.m. — Senator McConnell spoke on healthcare reform.
11:17 a.m. — Senator Murray speaks on immigration reform.
10:49 a.m. — Senator Vitter speaks on the VA scandal.
10:36 a.m. — Senator Grassley speaks on the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn President Obama’s recess appointments.
10:05 a.m. — Senator Toomey speaks in favor of Krause nomination.
9:50 a.m. — Senator Sanders speaks on rising gas prices.
9:42 a.m. — RL McConnell speaks on Senate Democrats and energy bills.
9:32 a.m. — ML Reid offered motion to proceed to S.2363, Sportsmans Bill. HR 3301 has its second reading. UC to move 12:00pm vote up 15 minutes to 11:45am. Speaks on one year anniversary of Senate passage of immigration reform and the House GOP leadership.
The Senate convened at 9:30am, following Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business until 11:45am.
At 11:45am, the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Cheryl Krause to be United States Circuit Judge for the Third Circuit.
At 1:45pm, there will be up to 6 roll call votes (only one expected):
– Executive Calendar #897 Stuart E. Jones, of Virginia, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Iraq,
– Executive Calendar #896 Robert Stephen Beecroft, of California, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Arab Republic of Egypt (expected voice vote),
– Executive Calendar #654 Karen Dynan – to be an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury (expected voice vote),
– Executive Calendar #557 Esther Puakela Kia’aina, of Hawaii, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Interior (expected voice vote),
– Executive Calendar #620 Vincent G. Logan, of New York, to be Special Trustee, Office of Special Trustee for American Indians, Department of the Interior (expected voice vote), and
– Executive Calendar #503 Jo Emily Handelsman, of Connecticut, to be an Associate Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (expected voice vote).