Monday, June 30, 2014

The Senate will convene for a pro forma session at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 3.

The Senate will next meet for legislative business at 2 p.m. on Monday, July 7, at which time it will proceed to a period of morning business until 5:30pm.

• At 5:30pm, the Senate will enter Executive Session and immediately proceed to a roll call vote on confirmation of the nomination of Cheryl Ann Krause to be a United States Circuit Judge for the Third Circuit.

• Following disposition of the Krause nomination, the Senate will resume Legislative Session and immediately proceed to a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to the Bipartisan Sportsman’s Act (S. 2363).

Thursday, June 26, 2014

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.

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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

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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).

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

4:39 p.m. — Senate adjourns for the evening,until Thursday June 26th, at 9:30am.

4:35 p.m. — Majority Leader Reid wraps up the day. Files cloture on S. 2363, the Sportsmans bill. Passes S Res 484 and S Res 485 by UC. HR 3301 has its first reading.
UC that when Senate adjourns, it reconvene at 9:30am on Thursday, June 26th. Morning business until 12:00pm. At 12:00, proceed to Executive Session to vote on cloture on the nomination of Cheryl Krause to be a Circuit Court Judge for the Third Circuit.
UC that at 1:45pm, Senate proceed to following nominations and vote on them in the order listed; voice votes expected on all but the Jones nomination.
1. Stuart Jones to be Ambassador to Iraq.
2. Robert Beecroft to be Ambassador to Egypt.
3. Karen Dynan to be Assistant Secretary of the Treasury.
4. Esther Kia’aina to be Assistant Secretary of the Interior.
5. Vincent Logan to be Special Trustee,office of Office of Special Trustee for American Indians, Department of the Interior.
6. Jo Handelsman to be an Associate Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy.

4:18 p.m. — Senator Barrasso speaks against the Affordable Care Act.

4:08 p.m. — Senator Cornyn speaks on Senate procedure.

3:40 p.m. — Senator Whitehouse and Senator Manchin engaged in a
colloquy on climate change.

3:39 p.m. — Senator Isakson and Senator Murray praised staff for the hard work that brought this bill towards passage.

3:31 p.m. — Senate approves the following nominations by voice vote:
Jessica Wright to be Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness.
Jamie Morin to be Director of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation.
Thomas Kelly to be Ambassador to the republic of Djibouti.

3:30 p.m. — Senate passes HR 803 by a vote of 95-3. Senators voting against: Coburn, Johnson of Wisconsin,and Lee, Senators Cochran and Johanns missed the vote.

3:14 p.m. — Senate approves by voice vote technical amendment #3381 and proceeds to vote on passage of HR 803,Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.

3:12 p.m. — By a vote of 40-58, the Senate defeated the Lee amendement to HR 803.

2:54 p.m. — By a vote of 33-63, the Senate defeated the Flake amendement to HR 803.

2:25 p.m. — Sen. Murray spoke for the bill.

2:15 p.m. — Sen. Franken spoke for the bill.

2:10 p.m. — Sen. Harkin spoke against the Lee amendment.

2:07 p.m. — Sen. Lee spoke for his amendment.

1:48 p.m. — Sen. Reed spoke for the bill.

1:42 p.m. — Sen. Portman spoke for the bill.

1:28 p.m. — Sen. Flake spoke about his amendment # 3379 (performance accountability)

1:05 p.m. — Sen. Alexander spoke in favor of the Workforce Investment Act

12:55 p.m. — Sen. Heller spoke in favor of the Workforce Investment Act

12:50 p.m.– Sen. Brown spoke in favor of the Workforce Investment Act

12:40 p.m. — Sen. Enzi spoke in favor of the Workforce Investment Act

12:35 p.m. — Sen. Coburn spoke about the Workforce Investment Act

12:26 p.m. — Sen. Harkin spoke in favor of the Workforce Investment Act.

12:16 p.m. — Sen. Isakson spoke in favor of the Workforce Investment Act.

12:08 p.m. — Sen. Murray spoke in favor of the Workforce Investment Act.

12:02 p.m. — Sen. Alexander spoke in favor of H.R. 803 the Workforce Investment Act.

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11:54 a.m. — Sen. Cantwell spoke on the Export – Import Bank.

11:50 a.m. — Sen. Cruz spoke on the Detention of Miriam Ibrahim in Sudan.

11:38 a.m. — Sen. Alexander spoke on the Detention of Miriam Ibrahim in Sudan.

11:15 a.m. — Sen. Blunt spoke on Freedom of Religion.

11:11 a.m. — Sen. Udall (NM) spoke on the Trinity Nuclear Explosion in NM.

10:55 a.m. — Sen. Kaine spoke on the President’s Actions in Iraq.

10:40 a.m. — Sen. Whitehouse spoke on the Water Bill Regulations.

10:30 a.m. — Sen. Cardin spoke on the Water Bill Regulations.

10:15 a.m. — Sen. Barrasso spoke on EPA Regulations.

10:07 a.m. — Sen. Roberts spoke on EPA Regulations.

10:05 a.m. — Sen. Hoeven spoke on EPA Regulations.

9:58 a.m. — Sen. Thune spoke on EPA Regulations.

9:53 a.m. — Sen. Reid spoke on the Shaheen/ Portman Energy Bill.

9:44 a.m. — Senators Thune, Reid, and McConnell spoke on EPA Regulation and the Keystone XL Pipeline.

9:40 a.m. — Sen. McConnell spoke on the Keystone XL Pipeline.

9:33 a.m. — Sen. Reid spoke on the Workforce Investment Act.

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11:10 a.m.: The majority whip’s office has announced that voice votes are expected on the following nominations, immediately after the series of votes — to begin at 2:30 p.m. — on the workplace innovation bill:

    • Jessica Garfola Wright to be Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness
    • Jamie Michael Morin to be Director of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation
    • Thomas P. Kelly III to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the republic of Djibouti

 

 

 The Senate convened at 9:30 a.m. and is in morning business until noon.

From noon until 2:30 p.m. — or until time is yielded back — the Senate will consider the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (H.R. 803).

At about 2:30 p.m., the Senate will proceed to vote on these amendments to the Murray-Isakson-Harkin-Alexander substitute amendment:

    • Flake amendment to make the appointment and certification of a new local board permissible instead of required.
    • Lee amendment to require that evaluation reports are due every fourth year, to establish a reservation of funds in a fiscal year in which a report is due, and to establish a reduction in funds if a report is not submitted.
    • A managers’ technical amendment.  A voice vote is expected on the technical amendment.
  • Following disposition of the above amendments, the Murray-Isakson-Harkin-Alexander substitute (as amended, if amended) will pass by unanimous consent.
  • The Senate will then proceed to a roll call vote on passage of H.R. 803, as amended.
    • If H.R. 803 passes as amended, a Murray-Isakson-Harkin-Alexander amendment to the title will be agreed to by unanimous consent.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

5:02 p.m. The Senate has adjourned until 9:30 a.m. tomorrow, June 25th. During wrap-up Sen. Reid filed cloture on the nomination of Cheryl Ann Krause, NJ, to be the U.S. Circuit Judge for the Third Circuit.

Tomorrow, following morning business the Senate will proceed to H.R. 803, the Workforce Investment Act at noon. At 2:30 p.m. there are up to 4 votes expected:

  • Flake Amendment
  • Lee Amendment
  • A Managers’ technical amendment
  • Final passage of H.R. 803

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4:59 p.m. The Senate confirmed the nomination of Leon Rodriguez 52 to 43, to be Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for the Department of Homeland Security.

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4:32 pm. Roll call vote begins on the nomination of Leon Rodriguez to be Director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services, Dept of Homeland Security.

4:28 pm. Sen Heitkamp on energy efficiency and the keystone pipeline.

4:26 pm. Sen Inhofe objects.

4:20 pm. Sen Shaheen – energy efficiency bill; asks UC to take up Shaheen/Portman bill.

4:00 pm. Sen Boxer objects to UC, speaks against Keystone pipeline; and on the environment in general.

3:37 pm. Sen Barrasso engages in colloquy with Senators  Murkowski, Hoeven  and Inhofe on the Keystone Pipeline, ask UC to take up a bill to improve it.

3:29 pm. Sen. Walsh – public lands.

3:25 pm. Sen. Flake – Rogriguez nomination/border security.

2:58 p.m. — Sen Grassley – Rodriguez nomination.

2:35 p.m. —  Sens. Cornyn, Carper and Sessions spoke on immigration.

12:45 p.m. — The Senate stands in recess until 2:15 p.m.

12:30 p.m. — The Senate voted 52-44 to invoke cloture on the nomination of Leon Rodriguez, MD, to be Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Dept. of Homeland Security.

The Senate confirmed Paul G. Byron of Florida as a U.S. District Judge for the Middle District of Florida by a 94-0 vote

The Senate confirmed Carlos Eduardo Mendoza as a U.S. District Judge for the Middle District of Florida by a vote of 95-0.

The Senate  Confirmed Beth Bloom as a U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Florida by a vote of 95-0.

The Senate confirmed Geoffrey Crawford as a U.S. District Judge for the District of Vermont by a vote of 95-0.

 

10:45 a.m. — Sen. Leahy speaks on land mines.

10:33 a.m. — Sen. Thune spoke on job creation and the majority leader obstructing amendments.

10:19 a.m. — Sen. McConnell spoke on the Senate’s productivity.

10:11 a.m. — Sen. Durbin spoke on for profit colleges.

10:02 a.m.  — Sen. Reid spoke on the days schedule, Republican obstruction, and congratulated Sen. Paul on his legislation allowing released, non-violent criminals to vote.

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The Senate will convene at 10 a.m. and will be in morning business until 11 a.m.

Votes will occur at 11 a.m. on these nominations:

–          Confirmation of Paul G. Byron to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Florida;

–          Confirmation of Carlos Eduardo Mendoza to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Florida;

–          Confirmation of Beth Bloom to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Florida;

–          Confirmation of Geoffrey W. Crawford to be United States District Judge for the District of Vermont;

–          Cloture on Leon Rodriguez of Maryland to be director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security.

 

Monday, June 23, 2014

7:08 p.m. — The Senate adjourned until 10 a.m. on Wednesday.

6:59 p.m. — On a voice vote, the Senate passed S.Res. 481 to make June National PTSD Awareness Month.

6:57  p.m. — On a vote of 52 to 32, the Senate invoked cloture on the Crawford nomination.

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6:34 p.m. — On a vote of 53 to 31, the Senate invoked cloture on the Bloom nomination.

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6:19 p.m. — On a vote of 53 to 31, the Senate invoked cloture on the Mendoza nomination.

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6:05 p.m. — On a vote of 53 to 30, the Senate invoked cloture on the Byron nomination.

2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. — These senators spoke: Reid on today’s schedule and on procedural disputes; Shaheen in memory of L CPL Brandon Garabrant; Coats on the IRS scandal; Leahy in tribute to COL Michael Colburn,retiring director of the U.S. Marine Band; Ayotte in memory of L CPL Garabrant.

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The Senate will convene at 2 p.m. and will be in morning business until 5:30 p.m.

At 5:30 p.m., the Senate will proceed to cloture votes on these nominations:

  • Paul G. Byron to be a United States District Judge for the Middle District of Florida;
  • Carlos Eduardo Mendoza to be a United States District Judge for the Middle District of Florida;
  • Beth Bloom to be a United States District Judge for the Southern District of Florida;
  • Geoffrey W. Crawford to be a United States District Judge for the District of Vermont

 

 

 

 

Friday, June 20, 2014

The Senate is not in session.

The Senate will next convene at 2 p.m. on Monday, June 23.

 

Thursday, June 19, 2014

6:48 p.m. — The Senate adjourned and will reconvene on Monday, June 23 at 2:00 p.m. The Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the four judicial nominations at 5:30 p.m. The cloture vote on Leon Rodriguez will occur on Tuesday.

6:40 p.m. — Senator Reid filed cloture on the following nominations:

  • Paul Byron, of Florida, to be U.S. District Judge for the Middle District of Florida
  • Carlos Mendoza, of Florida, to be U.S. Distrit Judge for the Middle District of Florida
  • Beth Bloom, of Florida, to be U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Florida
  • Geoffrey Crawford, of Vermont, to be U.S. District Judge for Vermont
  • Leon Rodriguez to be Director of the US Citizenship and Immigration Services for the Department of Homeland Security

4:22 p.m. — Senator Barrasso spoke on the health care law.

4:08 p.m. — Senator Reed spoke on appropriations and on unemployment insurance.

3:45 p.m. — Senator Cruz spoke on Iraq.

3:17 Sen. Rubio spoke on the crisis in Iraq.

2:53 Sen. Hatch spoke on the state of the Senate and the IRS scandal.

2:45 Sen. Boxer spoke on the 60 votes threshold regarding the Appropriations bill.

2:42 Sen. Reid spoke on Republicans’ obstructing Senate business.

2:36 Sen. Alexander spoke on the 60 votes threshold regarding the Appropriations bill.

2:34 Sen. McConnell spoke on amendments under the Appropriations bill.

2:30 Sen Mikulski speaks on Appropriations bill.

2:28 Senate confirms the Nichols, McWatters, and Wormuth nominations by voice vote.

2:27 RL McConnell objects to original request.

2:26 ML Reid objects to modification.

2:23 RL McConnell seeks to modify request to regular order on amendments.

2:17 ML Reid offers consent to move forward on HR 4466, minibus Appropriations bill, with 60 vote threshold for amendments.

2:16: Senate confirms Aguilar nomination 54-38.

Senate will vote conduct up to 4 votes at 1:45:

Cal # 770 – Gustavo Aguilar, DC, to be Asst Secy of HUD
Cal #538 – Brian Nichols, to be Ambassador of Peru
Cal # 766 –  J. Mark McWatters, TX, to be Member of National Credit Union Administration Board
Cal #712 – Christine Wormuth, VA, to be Under Secy of Defense for Policy

1:10 – Kirk spoke on the sudden death of his scheduler, Lisa Radogno.

1:01 Landrieu spoke on truck driver fatigue and regulations regarding sleep mandates.

12:56 – Heller speaks on his amend to Approps Minibus.

12:45 Sen Blunt on truck drivers and fatigue.

12:24 Sen Collins responds to Sen Booker on truck driver fatigue.

12:07 Sen Booker speaks on an amendment he will offer regarding truck driver fatigue.

11:56 Sen Inhofe speaks on amendments he will be offering on transportation portion.

11:55 Senate resumes consideration of the motion to proceed to HR 4660 (Appropriations minibus bill)

11:41 Sen Cardin spoke on the regional conservation partnership program.

11:11 Sen Kaine spoke to introduce a resolution to hold a Welcome Home Commemoration for veterans who have served since September 11, 2001 on Nov. 11, 2014.

11:02 Sen Manchin spoke on the anniversary of West Virginia

10:45 Sen. Sen. Blumenthal spoke on gun violence.

10:38 Sen. Sessions spoke on the situation in Iraq.

10:23 Sen. Inhofe spoke on the release of prisoners from Guantanamo and the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi. Sen. Cornyn spoke on national security and the national debt.

10:16 Sen. Burr spoke on Afghanistan and terroism.

10:07  The Senate is in a period of morning business.  Sen. Chambliss spoke about U.S. foreign policy in Syria and Iraq.

10:03  In a period of morning business, Sen. McCain spoke about Iraq, ISIS and the danger for the United States.  Sen. Graham also spoke about the dangers posed by the situation in Iraq.

During the time reserved for leader remarks, Sen. Reid spoke about the “cult of Koch” and the influence of the Koch brothers.  He endorsed a Udall-Bennet proposed Constitutional amendment to allow Congress to regulate campaign finance.  Sen. McConnell spoke about the effect of withdrawing the Energy-Water bill on Kentucky coal families and about President Obama’s foreign policy.

The Senate will convene at 9:30am and after one hour of morning business, resume consideration of the motion to proceed to HR 4466.  At 12:45,all post cloture time will be deemed expired; therefore the Senate is expected to begin consideration of the bill at that time.  There are no votes scheduled at this time.

Wednesday,June 18, 2014

7:15 – The Senate Adjourned until 9:30 a.m. tomorrow. Votes are possible around 12:30 pm.  (there is no UC at this time).

6:16 p.m.  – Senator Reid appointed conferees to HR 3220 – Veterans Affairs: Sanders, Murray, Brown, Tester, Begich, Blumnethal, Hirono, Burr, Isakson, Johanns, McCain, Coburn and Rubio.

1:01 p.m. -- Senator Barrasso spoke on the Keystone XL pipeline and the inability to offer amendments in the Senate.

12:03 a.m. — Senator Shelby spoke on H.R. 4660.

11:54 a.m. — Senator Graham joined Sen. McCain in his discussion on Iraq.

11:31 a.m. — Senator McCain spoke on the crisis in Iraq.

11:12 a.m. — Senator Blunt spoke on H.R. 4660.

11:01 a.m. — Senator Pryor spoke on H.R. 4660.

10:55 a.m. — Senator Mikulski spoke on H.R. 4660.

10:54 a.m. — Senator Reid spoke on the Washington Redskins’ name.

10:40 a.m. — Senator Collins spoke on H.R. 4660.

10:36 a.m. — Senator Cantwell spoke on the Washington Redskins’ name.

10:27 a.m.  — Senator Murray spoke for the motion.

10:12 a.m. — Senator Shelby spoke for the motion to proceed to the appropriation.

9:58 a.m. — Senator Mikulski spoke for the motion to proceed to HR 4660.

9:44 a.m. — The minority leader spoke on GOP jobs programs and paid tribute to the late MSGT  Aaron Torian USMC.

9:32 a.m. — The majority leader noted that the pending business is the motion to proceed to HR 4660 (Commerce, State, Justice, Transportation, etc. appropriation. Leader also discussed the ISIS offensive in Iraq.

The Senate will convene at 9:30am and resume consideration of the motion to proceed to HR 4660, the Commerce/Justice/Science/Transportation/HUD/Agriculture Appropriations bill.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

 

6:55 p.m.: Senate adjourns

6:54 p.m.: ML Reid wrapped up for the evening.  Items passed by UC: S. 1254 and S Res 477.  Senate will convene on Wednesday at 9:30am and resume consideration of the motion to proceed to HR 4660, post cloture.

5:34 p.m.: Senators Menendez and Cardin spoke on vacancies in Ambassadorships.

5:33 p.m.: Cloture invoked on motion to proceed 95-3.  Senators Heller, Lee and Paul voted against.

5:12 p.m.: Roll call vote begins on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to HR 4660, the Commerce, Science, Justice Appropriations bill.

5:11 p.m.: On  a vote of 55-43, the Senate confirmed the Kadzik nomination.  Senator Paul joined all Democrats and Independents in favor, Senators Casey and Cochran missed the vote.

4:32 Senator Kaine spoke on embassy security.

4:10 Senator Ayotte spoke on the situation in Ukraine.

3:55 Senator Levin spoke on President Obama’s right to release prisoners without notifying Congress. He then offered a UC to have two votes at 4:45 pm on the nomination of Peter Kardzick  and the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to HR 4660, CSJ Approps.

3:45 p.m.: Portman – Taliban/Bergdahl prisoner release.

3:20 p.m.: Senator Durbin, unaccompanied migrant minors border crossing.  (Cornyn spoke about this at 2:32).

2:48 p.m.: Senator Sanders spoke on VA.

2:15 p.m.:Senate reconvened following weekly policy luncheons.

12:46 p.m.: The Senate went into recess, until 2 p.m., for weekly policy luncheons.

12:35 p.m.: Senator Thune spoke on unemployment.

12:31 p.m.: Senator Murray spoke about jobs creation and other programs.

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12:30 p.m.: On a 54 to 43 vote, the Senate invoked cloture on the Kadzik nomination.

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12:15 p.m.: On a 98 to 0 vote, the Senate confirmed the Gayles nomination.

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11:53 a.m.: On a 52 to 44 vote, the Senate confirmed the Yandle nomination.

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11:35 a.m.: On a 92 to 4 vote, the Senate confirmed the Mendoza nomination.

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10:41 a.m. Sen. Cantwell spoke in support of the Mendoza nomination.

10:36 a.m. Sen. Murray spoke in support of the Mendoza nomination.

10:29 a.m. Sen. Durbin spoke on coal and climate change.

10:07 a.m. Sen. McConnell spoke on President Obama’s Administration and coal.

10:03 a.m. H.R. 4453, S Corporation Permanent Tax Relief Act and H.R. 4457, America’s Small Business Tax Relief Act were both read a second time.

10:02 a.m. Sen. Reid discussed the day’s schedule.

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The Senate will convene at 10 a.m.

At 11 a.m., these confirmation votes will occur:

    • Salvador Mendoza, Jr. to the U.S. district court for the Eastern District of Washington
    • Staci Michelle Yandle to the U.S. district court for the Southern District of Illinois
    • Darrin P. Gayles to the U.S. district court for the Southern District of Florida

The Senate will then proceed immediately to a cloture vote on the nomination of Peter Joseph Kadzik to be an assistant attorney general.  There would be up to eight hours of post-cloture debate.

Cloture has been filed on H.R. 4660, the3 Commerce-Justice-State appropriation. A cloture vote is expected after the Senate disposes of the Kadzik nomination.

 

Monday, June 16, 2014

6:37 PM: Senate adjourns until 10:00am on Tuesday June 17th.

6:35 PM: ML Reid does wrap up: HR 4437 and HR 4453 have their first reading.  Senate will convene on Tuesday at 10:00am, morning business until 11:00am.   Four roll call votes at 11:00am,  confirmation of the following three nominations:

  • Salvador  Mendoza, Jr. to the U.S. district court for the Eastern District of Washington
  • Staci Michelle Yandle to the U.S. district court for the Southern District of Illinois
  • Darrin P. Gayles to the U.S. district court for the Southern District of Florida
  • Cloture on the nomination of Peter Kadzik to be Assistant Attorney General

6:34 PM: Senate confirms by voice vote the nomination of Alice Wells to be Ambassador to Jordan.

6:33 PM: Vote ends, cloture invoked 55-37.

6:18 PM: Roll call vote begins on the nomination of Darrin Gayles to be a US District Judge for the Southern District of Florida.

6:17 PM: Vote ends, cloture invoked 55-37.

6:01 PM: Cloture vote begins on the nomination of Staci Yandle to be a US District Judge for the Southern District of Illinois.

6:00 PM: Vote ends, cloture invoked 55-37.

5:30 PM: Cloture vote begins on the nomination of Salvador Mendoza to be a US District Judge for the Eastern District of Washington.

5:27 PM: ML Reid achieves UC to take up and voice vote the nomination of  Alice Wells to be Ambassador to Jordan.

4:43 PM: Senator McCain spoke on oversight of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program.

4:10 PM: Senator Murphy spoke on gun violence.

2:02 PM: ML Reid offered motion to proceed to HR 4860, Commerce Justice Appropriations bill.  He then discussed the schedule and the World Cup.

The Senate convened at 2 p.m. and will be in morning business until 5:30 p.m., whereupon cloture votes will occur on there nominations:

    • Salvador  Mendoza, Jr. to the U.S. district court for the Eastern       District of Washington
    • Staci Michelle Yandle to the U.S. district court for the Southern       District of Illinois
    • Darrin P. Gayles to the U.S. district court for the Southern District       of Florida

 

 

 

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