Friday, January 16, 2015

The Senate adjourned at 1:35 p.m and will reconvene at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 20. They will adjourn from 12:30-2:15 for the weekly party lunches. Votes will occur following the lunches.

1:32 p.m. H.R. 240 (Homeland Security appropriations) was read for the 2nd time and placed on the calendar.

1:32 p.m. S.Res. 27 (authorize testimony and representation in the USA vs. Jeffrey A. Sterling) was agreed to by voice vote.

12:30 p.m. Senator Hatch spoke about the need for cyber security legislation.

12:15 p.m. Senator Hoeven spoke on the Keystone Pipeline bill

11:14 a.m.  Senator Murkowski spoke on the Keystone Pipeline bill.

10:56 a.m.  Senator Udall spoke on the Keystone Pipeline bill.

10:38 a.m  Senator Markey spoke against the Keystone Pipeline bill.

10:03 a.m.  Senator Cantwell spoke on the Keystone Pipeline bill.

9:49 a.m.  Senator Hirono spoke on the McCain amendment to the Keystone Pipeline bill.

The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m. After any leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the Keystone bill.

There will be no votes today.

Next votes will be Tuesday, Jan. 20, following weekly policy lunches.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The Senate is adjourned until 9:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 16, when it will resume consideration of the Keystone bill.

Next votes will be Tuesday, Jan. 20, following weekly policy lunches.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

6:36 p.m. Senate adjourned until 9:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 16, when it will resume consideration of the Keystone bill. Next votes will be Tuesday, Jan. 20, following weekly policy lunches.

6:33 p.m. On Majority Leader McConnell’s motion, the Senate adopted by voice vote H. Con. Res. 7, to hold a joint session of Congress for the President’s State of the Union address.  The leader also started Rule 14 proceedings for H.R. 33, concerning the Affordable Care Act’s treatment of emergency services volunteers.

6:07 p.m. Senator Inhofe spoke in favor of Keystone.

5:49 p.m. Senator Roberts spoke in favor of Keystone.

5:40 p.m. Senator Cassidy spoke in favor of Keystone.

5:07 p.m.  Senator Hoeven spoke in favor of the Keystone Pipeline.

5:01 p.m.  Senator Cantwell offered Franken amendment #17 to substitute amendment #2 and spoke on the Keystone Pipeline.

4:46 p.m.  Senator Coats spoke on terrorism.

4:30 p.m.  Senator Portman offered amendment #3 on energy efficiency and spoke in favor of the Keystone Pipeline.

4:23 p.m.  Senator Markey offered amendment #13 on oil exports.

4:20 p.m.  The next roll call vote will be Tuesday, January 20th.

4:07 p.m.  All post-cloture time on the motion to proceed to S.1, the Keystone Pipeline bill, was yielded back. The motion to proceed to S. 1 was passed by voice

3:45 p.m. Senators Sessions, Sanders and Nelson spoke on Keystone.

2:53 p.m. Senator Toomey paid tribute to police in Pennsylvania.

2:52 p.m. Senator Alexander thanked Senator Murray.

2:35 p.m. Senator Murray spoke on education priorities.

2:15 p.m.  Senator Alexander spoke on the work of the HELP committee in the 114th Congress.

12:55 p.m. The Senate recessed until 2:15 p.m. for the weekly caucus luncheons.

12:33 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke against the Keystone pipeline.

12:13 p.m. Senator Menendez spoke about Cuba.

12:04 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke against the Keystone Pipeline.

11:47 a.m. Senator Grassley spoke on EPA regulations for farmers.

11:43 a.m. Senators Isakson and Shaheen spoke on the Bi-Annual Budgeting and Appropriations Act.

11:36 a.m. Senator Markey spoke against the Keystone Pipeline.

11:15 a.m. Senator Manchin spoke in favor of the Keystone Pipeline.

11:00 a.m. Senator Hoeven spoke in favor of the Keystone Pipeline.

10:51 a.m.  Senator Cantwell spoke against the Keystone Pipeline.

10:45 a.m.  Senator Boozman spoke in favor of the Keystone Pipeline.

10:42 a.m.  Senator Hoeven spoke on the Keystone Pipeline bill.

10:34 a.m.  Senator Hatch spoke in favor of the Keystone Pipeline.

10:32 a.m.  Senator Hoeven spoke in favor of the Keystone Pipeline bill.

10:11 a.m.  Senator Durbin spoke against the Keystone Pipeline bill and immigration.

10:03 a.m.  ML McConnell spoke on the Keystone Pipeline bill.

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The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m. and resume consideration of the motion to proceed to S.1; the Keystone pipeline bill, post cloture.

The senate will recess for the weekly caucus luncheons from 12:30-2:15 p.m.

All time in adjournment and recess will count against the post cloture thirty hours, thus the time runs out at midnight Tuesday evening/Wednesday morning.

Monday, January 12, 2015

6:54 p.m. Senate adjourns until 10:00am on Tuesday January 13th.

6:27 p.m. Senator Boxer spoke on the economy and Keystone.

6:25 p.m. ML McConnell got UC to adjourn following speech of Senator Boxer until 10:00am, Tuesday.  At that time,resume consideration of motion to proceed to S.1, Keystone bill, post cloture.  Recess for weekly luncheons from 12:30-2:15pm.

6:09 p.m. Senator Toomey spoke on Keystone, and an amendment he intends to offer regarding natural gas.

6:07 p.m. Cloture invoked on S.1, keystone bill 63-32. Dems/IND voting in favor (11):  Bennet, Carper, Casey, Donnelly, Heitkamp, King, Manchin, McCaskill, Tester, Udall, and Warner.

5:30 p.m. Roll call vote begins on cloture on the motion to proceed to S.1.  Keystone pipeline.

5:17 p.m. Senator Hoeven speaks in favor of keystone.

5:00 p.m. Senator Cantwell spoke against the keystone pipeline.

4:30 p.m. Senator Coats spoke on the new session of Congress and solutions to help our economy, specifically the Keystone Pipeline

3:35 p.m.  Senator Sessions spoke on the terrorist attacks in Paris and immigration.

3:02 p.m.  Senator Schatz spoke against the motion to proceed to the Keystone Pipeline bill.

2:30 p.m.  Senator Collins spoking on the Aging Committee and aging issues.

2:11 p.m.  Senator Durbin spoke on the terrorist attacks in Paris and immigration.

2:02 p.m.  ML McConnell spoke on the terrorist attacks in Paris.

The Senate will convene at 2 p.m. and will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to the Keystone Pipeline bill (S. 1).

At about 5:30 p.m., the Senate will proceed to a cloture vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to Keystone.

 

Friday January 9, 2015

11:55 a.m. Senator Murkwoski and Cantwell spoke on the Keystone XL pipeline.

10:41 a.m. Senator Hoeven spoke in favor of Keystone.

9:35 a.m. ML McConnell moved to proceed to S.1; and spoke briefly on the keystone schedule and the terrorism risk bill.

The Senate convened at 9:30am for a period of morning business only.

The next roll call vote is on Monday evening at 5:30 on cloture on the motion to proceed to S. 1, the Keystone pipeline bill.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

5:15 p.m. — The Senate adjourned and will reconvene at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, January 9 for morning business only. The next vote is on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to S.1 (Keystone pipeline) and will occur at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, January 12.

5:10 p.m. — The following items were passed by voice vote:

  • S. Con. Res 2-Use of Emancipation Hall
  • S. Res. 23-majority party appointments
  • S.Res. 24-Recognizing the 150th anniversary of Bowie State University

4:10 p.m. — Senator Wicker spoke on the economy, the Affordable Care Act, and the new Congress.

3:59 p.m. — Senator Coons spoke on the Affordable Care Act.

3:37 p.m. — Senator Merkely paid tribute to his state director Jean Atkins.

2:39 p.m. — Senators Inhofe, Thune, and Cornyn spoke in favor of the Keystone pipeline.

2:36 p.m. — ML McConnell asked UC to begin debate on S.1, Keystone at 2:00pm on Monday, January 12th, and Senator Whitehouse objected. ML McConnell filed cloture on the motion to proceed, with a vote on that cloture motion to occur at 5:30pm on Monday, January 11th.

No further votes today.

2:35 p.m. — H.R. 26 is passed by a vote of 93-4, Senators Cantwell, Rubio, Sanders and Warren voted against. Senators Boxer, Capito and Reid missed.

2:10 p.m. — The Warren amendment failed by vote of 31-66.

1:45 p.m. — Roll call vote began on Warren amendment, 60 vote threshold.

1:39 p.m. — Senator Schumer spoke in favor of Warren amendment.

1:28 p.m. — Senator Warren offered amendment #1–delete the Dodd Frank provision from the bill–to H.R. 26 (TRIA)

1:15 p.m.– Senator Crapo spoke against the Warren amendment

1:00 p.m. — Senator Fischer spoke about her departing chief of staff and tax reform.

12:53 p.m. — Senator Stabenow made a tribute to Rev. Michael Murphy

12:40 p.m. — Senator Durbin spoke on Alan Gross and Pope Francis.

12:37 p.m. — Senator Heller spoke in favor of TRIA.

12:25 p.m. — Senator Coats spoke on TRIA and the new Congress.

12:23 p.m. — Senator Brown spoke on TRIA.

12:10 p.m. — Senator Crapo spoke on TRIA.

11:57 a.m. — Senator Schmer spke for TRIA.

11:52 a.m. — Senator Brown spoke for TRIA.

11:41 a.m. — Senator Crapo spoke for TRIA.

11:28 a.m. — The Senate proceeded to the terrorism insurance bill (TRIA, H.R. 26). Senator Hatch spoke for Keystone and, later, against the health care law.

11:08 a.m. — Assistant Minority Leader Durbin spoke against the Keystone bill and, later, for the new health care law.

11:02 a.m. — Majority Leader McConnell’s motion to proceed to S-1, the Keystone Pipeline bill, was adopted without objection.

Leader McConnell secured unanimous consent fo this procedure on the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA; H.R. 26): Debate will begin after leader remarks; only the Warren amendment and budget points of order will be in order; up to three votes will begin at 1:45 p.m. — Warren amendment (60-vote threshhold; waiver of budget point of order, if any; final passage.

Leader McConnell spoke for the Keystone bill.

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The Senate will convene at 11 a.m. Following leader remarks, the Senate will be in morning business.

Roll call votes are expected today on the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (H.R. 26).

Senators will be notified when votes are scheduled.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

5:56 p.m. — The Senate adjourned until 11:00 a.m. January 8th. Votes are possible. The Senate passed without objection S.Res 21 and S. Res 22 Majority and Minority committee assignments.

4:40 p.m. — Senators Alexander, Burr, Booker, Bennet and King spoke on student loans.
3:20 p.m. — Senators Cardin, Markey, and Sanders spoke against the keystone pipeline.

2:15 p.m. — The Senate returned and Senators Hoeven, Manchin,  Daines (first floor speech), Barrasso, Murkowski, Heitkamp, and Roberts spoke in a colloquy in favor of the keystone pipeline.

12:25 p.m. — The Senate recessed for weekly party lunches.

12:10 p.m. — Senator Whitehouse spoke about climate change.

12:00 p.m. — Senator Cornyn spoke about the Keystone Pipeline.

10:11 a.m. — Senator Hatch spoke on the Senate’s traditions and powers.

9:51 a.m. — Assistant Minority Leader Durbin read remarks from Minority Leader Reid, outlining accomplishments in the last Congress and plans for this one. Senator Durbin also spoke on the terrorist attack at a publication in France and paid tribute to Senator Leahy.

9:32 a.m. — Majority Leader McConnell spoke on upcoming business and on plans for the 114th Congress. He also continued the Rule 14 process to put the Keystone Pipeline (S-1) bill on the floor and said  it will be open for amendments next week.

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The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m. and, following leaders’ remarks, will be in Morning Business until 12:30 p.m.

From 12:30 p.m. until 2:15 p.m., the Senate will be in recess for weekly policy lunches.

NOTE: Republicans will meet for lunch in S-207, the Mike Mansfield Room. Democrats will meet in S-211, the Lyndon Johnson Room.

Votes have yet to be scheduled for Wednesday.

 

 

Tuesday January 6th, 2015

1:40 p.m. — The Senate adjourned until 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 7.

1:22 p.m. — Senator Merkley spoke about the filibuster proposal.

1:13 p.m. — Senator Udall sought first reading of S. Res. 20, concerning rules on the use of the filibuster, and spoke about the measure.

12:59 p.m. — Leader McConnell ordered first reading of S. 1, to approve the Keystone Pipeline.

12:58 p.m. — By voice vote, the Senate passed S. Res. 19, a tribute to the late Senator Brooke of Massachusetts.

12:57 p.m. — Leader McConnell ordered first reading of S. Res. 18, making majority appointments.

12:54 p.m. — Leader McConnell sought consent for the Energy and Natural Resources Committee to meet January 7 to discuss the Keystone Pipeline. Senator Durbin objected.

12:53 p.m. — Assistant Minority Leader Durbin spoke about Leader Reid’s recovery, welcomed senators and wished Leader McConnell well in his new position.

12:51 p.m. — Majority Leader McConnell spoke, expressing optimism about the new Congress, welcoming and congratulating senators and wishing Minority Leader Reid a speedy recovery from his recent injuries.

12:51 p.m. — The Senate granted, en bloc, 11 unanimous consent requests dealing with procedural matters that are routinely handled at the beginning of each Congress.

12:48 p.m. — By voice votes, the Senate passed Senate Resolutions 14, 15, 16 and 17, electing Laura C. Dove Secretary for the Majority and Gary Myrick Secretary for the Minority; and making effective the appointments of Patricia Bryan to be the Senate’s Legal Counsel and Morgan Frankel to be its Deputy Legal Counsel.

12:47 p.m. — By voice votes, the Senate passed Senate Resolutions 11, 12 and 13, to elect Frank J. Larkin as Sergeant-at-Arms and Doorkeeper of the Senate and to notify the President and the House, respectively, of his election.

12:45 p.m. — By voice votes, the Senate passed Senate Resolutions 8, 9 and 10, to elect Julie Adams Secretary of the Senate and to notify the President and the House, respectively, of her election. Ms. Adams was sworn in by Senator Hatch.

12:44 p.m. — By voice vote, the Senate passed S. Res. 7, to fix the hour of daily meeting of the Senate.

12:43 p.m. — By voice vote, the Senate passed S. Res. 6, to elect Senator Leahy President Pro Tempore Emeritus.

12:40 p.m. — By voice votes, the Senate passed Senate Resolutions 3, 4 and 5, to elect Senator Hatch President Pro Tempore of the Senate and to notify the President and the House, respectively, of his election. Senator Hatch was sworn in by Vice President Biden, who yielded the chair to him.

12:38 p.m. — By voice votes, the Senate passed S. Res. 1 and S. Res. 2, to notify the President of the United States and the House of Representatives, respectively, of the assembly of a quorum.

12:34 p.m. — Majority Leader McConnell put the Senate in a quorum call. On a roll call, a quorum was found to be present.

12:10 p.m. — Vice President Biden presented credentials of the newly elected and re-elected senators and began the administration of the oath of office.

12:07 p.m. — Vice President Biden called the Senate to order.

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The Senate will convene to begin the 114th Congress at 12:00 noon.

Vice-President Biden, in his role as President of the Senate, will swear in Senators elected or re-elected from November’s election, as follows in alphabetical order:

1. Alexander, Booker, Capito, and Cassidy
2. Cochran, Collins, Coons, and Cornyn
3. Cotton, Daines, Durbin, and Enzi
4. Ernst, Franken, Gardner, and Graham
5. Inhofe, Lankford, Markey, and McConnell
6. Merkley, Peters, Perdue, and Reed
7. Risch, Roberts, Rounds, and Sasse
8. Sessions, Shaheen, Sullivan, and Udall
9. Tillis and Warner

Other items expected to occur tomorrow afternoon:

* Establishing the presence of a quorum.

* Electing Senator Hatch as the new President pro tempore.

* Electing a new Secretary of the Senate and Sgt at Arms.

Reenactment photographs with Vice President Biden in the Old Senate chamber will occur beginning at approximately 1:00pm, in order of seniority, but is subject to change, and Senators may choose not to participate. Below is the schedule:

1:00 PM: McConnell, Cornyn, Durbin, Cochran, Inhofe

1:15 PM: Roberts, Reed, Sessions, Collins, Enzi

1:30 PM: Graham, Alexander, Udall, Warner, Risch

1:45 PM: Shaheen, Merkley, Franken, Coons, Markey

2:00 PM: Booker, Capito, Peters, Cassidy, Gardner

2:15 PM: Lankford, Cotton, Daines, Rounds, Perdue

2:30 PM: Tillis, Ernst, Sasse, Sullivan

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Senate stands adjourned, sine die, until noon on Tuesday, January 6, 2015, when the 114th Congress will convene.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

 

11:24 p.m. Pursuant to a voice vote on H. Con. Res. 125, the adjournment resolution,  the Senate adjourned sine die until noon on Tuesday, Jan. 6th, 2015.

11:15 p.m. By consent, the Senate vitiated its action on the discharge of Privileged nominations 265, 1279, 1280 and 2896.

By  voice votes, the Senate passed these measures:

  • Grand Portage Band Per Capita Adjustment Act (H.R. 3608)
  • A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 18640 NW 2nd Avenue in Miami, Florida, as the “Father Richard Marquess-Barry Post Office Building”. (H.R. 4030)
  • Mni Wiconi Project Act Amendments of 2013 (S. 684, as amended by Committee-reported amendments and Johnson amendment to provide an offset (#4122), which were agreed to by unanimous consent.)
  • Bureau of Reclamation Transparency Act (S. 1800, as amended by Committee-reported amendments and Barrasso amendment to provide an offset, which were agreed to by unanimous consent.)
  • A resolution recognizing Nobel Laureates Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai for their efforts to end the financial exploitation of children and to ensure the right of all children to an education. (S.Res. 595)
  • A resolution celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Birth of James Cleveland ‘Jesse’ Owens (S.Res. 226)
  • A resolution honoring conservation on the centennial of the passenger pigeon extinction. (S.Res. 565)

9:59 p.m. Senators Shaheen, Portman, and Ayotte speak on their energy efficiency legislation, ask UC to pass it (HR 2126); Senator Toomey objected.

9:54 p.m. Senator Warren spoke about Citigroup, asks UC to pass S.1898, the “Truth in Settlements Act”; Senator Toomey objected.

9:52 p.m. Senator Vitter asked to pass HR 4137, regarding welfare and marijuana; Senator Wyden objected.

9:51 p.m Senator Wyden asked to pass HR 5701, Western Oregon Indian Tribal Lands Act, Senator Vitter objected.

9:50 p.m. The Senate has confirmed the following nominations by voice vote:

o Jorge Luis Alonso to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois
o Haywood Stirling Gilliam, Jr., to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of California
o Amit Priyavadan Mehta to be United States District Judge for the District of Columbia
o Allison Dale Burrough, to be United States District Judge for the District of Massachusetts
o John Robert Blakey to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois
o Amos L. Mazzant III to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Texas
o Robert Lee Pitman to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Texas
o Robert William Schroeder III to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Texas
o Joan Marie Azrack to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of New York
o Elizabeth K. Dillon to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Virginia
o Loretta Copeland Biggs to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of North Carolina

9:45 p.m. By a vote of 51-38, the Senate has confirmed the Bough nomination.

9:22 p.m. ML Reid: last vote of this Congress, UC that cloture motions be withdrawn on pending nominations, Senate vote in order in which cloture was filed.

9:21 p.m. By a vote of 51-38, cloture invoked on nomination of Stephen Bough to be a US District Judge for The Western District of Missouri

8:57 p.m. ML Reid offered a UC agreement on Terrorism Insurance, Senator Coburn objected.

8:25 p.m. By a series of voice votes, the Senate has confirmed these nominations:

  • Colette Dodson Honorable to be a Member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
  • Estevan R. Lopez to be Commissioner of Reclamation.
  • Marcus Dwayne Jadotte to be an Assistant Secretary of Commerce.
  • Jonathan Nicholas Stivers to be an Assistant Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development.
  • John Charles Cruden to be an Assistant Attorney General.
  • Christopher Smith to be an Assistant Secretary of Energy (Fossil Energy)

8:06 p.m. The Senate has confirmed these nominations by unanimous consent:

BROADCASTING BOARD OF GOVERNORS

#900 Karen Kornbluh – to be a Member of the Broadcasting Board of Governors for a term expiring August 13, 2016

CHEMICAL SAFETY AND HAZARD INVESTIGATION BOARD

#651 Richard J. Engler – to be a Member of the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board for a term of five years

#970 Manuel H. Ehrlich, Jr. – to be a Member of the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board for a term of five years

OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE

#1079 Nicholas J. Rasmussen – to be Director of the National Counterterrorism Center, Office of the Director of National Intelligence

INTER-AMERICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK

#514 Mark E. Lopes – to be United States Executive Director of the Inter-American Development Bank for a term of three years

DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS

#1104 Leigh A. Bradley – to be General Counsel, Department of Veterans Affairs

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

#1141 Mark R. Rosekind – to be Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS

#933 Helen Tierney – to be Chief Financial Officer, Department of Veterans Affairs

MORRIS K. UDALL AND STEWART L. UDALL FOUNDATION

#644 Charles P. Rose – to be a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation for a term expiring May 26, 2019

#645 Mark Thomas Nethery – to be a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation for a term expiring October 6, 2018

#646 Anne J. Udall – to be a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation for a term expiring October 6, 2016 (Reappointment)

#737 Camilla C. Feibelman – to be a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation

LEGAL SERVICES CORPORATION

#844 Martha L. Minow – to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation for a term expiring July 13, 2017

#845 Charles Norman Wiltse Keckler – to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation for a term expiring July 13, 2016

#862 Gloria Valencia-Weber – to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation for a term expiring July 13, 2017

#864 John Gerson Levi – to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation for a term expiring July 13, 2017

#865 Robert James Grey, Jr. – to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation for a term expiring July 13, 2017

ELECTION ASSISTANCE COMMISSION

#757 Thomas Hicks – to be a Member of the Election Assistance Commission for a term expiring December 12, 2017

#1085 Matthew Vincent Masterson – to be a Member of the Election Assistance Commission for a term expiring December12, 2017

#1086 Christy A. McCormick – to be a Member of the Election Assistance Commission for a term expiring December 12, 2015

DEPARTMENT OF STATE

#1099 Isobel Coleman – to be Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations for U. N. Management and Reform, with the rank of Ambassador

#1100 Isobel Coleman – to be an Alternate Representative of the United States of America to the Sessions of the General Assembly of the United Nations during her tenure of service as Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations for U.N. Management and Reform

UNITED STATES AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

#790 Paige Eve Alexander – to be an Assistant Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

#1110 Robert M. Scher – to be an Assistant Secretary of Defense

#1111 David J. Berteau – to be an Assistant Secretary of Defense

DEPARTMENT OF STATE

#1090 Jess Lippincott Baily – to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Macedonia

#1091 Robert Francis Cekuta – to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Azerbaijan

#1092 Margaret Ann Uyehara – to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Montenegro

#1093 Richard M. Mills, Jr. – to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Armenia

PN 2091 Micheal P. O’Rielly,  (FCC)

PN 1279 – Laurie Mikva (Legal Services)

PN 1280 – Victor Maddox (Legal Services) PN 2065 – Joseph Pius Pietzyzk (Legal Services)

PN 1916 – James Huffman

PN 1804  — Arthur Lee Bentley III, of Florida, U.S. Attorney, Middle District of Florida

PN 1806  — David Rivera, of Tennessee, to be U.S. Attorney, Middle District of Tennessee.

8:04 p.m. On a vote of 76  to  16, the Senate passed HR 5771, the tax extenders bill.

7:11 p.m. Senators Wyden, Begich, Casey, Hatch, and Burr speak on tax extenders.

7:10 p.m ML Reid achieves a UC agreement to take up HR 5771, tax extenders package for thirty minutes, with a vote to follow, 60 vote threshold.

7:08 p.m. By a vote of 65-28, cloture has been invoked on the nomination of Collette Honorable to be a member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

6:50 p.m. Blinken nomination confirmed 55-40, Senators Corker and Flake joined with Democrats in favor.

6:29 p.m. By a vote of 53-40, cloture is invoked on the Blinken nomination.

5:47 p.m. Senator Levin spoke about wall street bank involvement with physical commodities, and briefly noting he has introduced a bill
amending the War Powers Act.

5:03 p.m. Senator McCain spoke against the Blinken nomination, and Senator Menendez spoke in favor.

4:52 p.m. Senator Hatch paid tribute to departing Senators, before turning to discuss tax reform.

4:36 p.m. Senator Coburn spoke on the Social Security disability program.

4:21 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke on climate change.

3:55 p.m. Senator Hoeven spoke about the tax increase prevention act.

3:25 p.m. Senator Isakson spoke against the Colvin nomination.

3:22 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke in favor of the Colvin nomination.

3:20 p.m. Senator Mikulski asked unanimous consent to proceed to the nomination of Carolyn Watts Colvin to be commissioner of the Social Security Administration. Senator Hatch objected.

3:15 p.m. Senator Mikulski spoke in favor of the nomination of Carolyn Colvin to the Social Security Administration.

3:14 p.m. By a vote of 55 – 39, Saldana was confirmed. Hatch and Coburn voted in favor.

2:52 p.m. By a vote of 53 – 41, cloture was achieved on the the Saldana nomination.

2:25 p.m. Senator Carper spoke in favor of the Saldana nomination.

The Senate recessed from 1:07 – 2:15 p.m.

1:05 p.m. Senator Hirono spoke on the Saldana nomination.

12:50 p.m. Senator Brown tribute to Senator Rockefeller.

12:35 p.m. Senator Thune spoke on the new leadership in the Senate in 2015. Senator Merkley spoke on a ranchers and farmers.

12:10 p.m. Senator Carper spoke in favor of the Saldana nomination.

11:30 a.m. Senator Menendez also spoke on immigration and the Saldana nomination.

10:54 a.m. Senator Lee spoke on immigration and the Saldana nomination.

10:47 a.m. RL McConnell spoke about Staff Sgt Daniel Lee, who was killed in Afghanistan.

10:16 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke against the Saldana nomination and immigration, followed by Senator Durbin speaking in favor of the nomination and immigration.

10:00 a.m. The Senate convened, Majority Leader Reid laid out the days schedule, the Santos and Rose nominations were confirmed by voice vote.
The Senate is now considering the Saldana nomination with up to three hours of debate.

It is anticipated that upon the use or yielding back of time, the Senate will recess until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings.

The time from 2:15 – 2:30pm will be equally divided and controlled in the usual form, followed by 2 roll call votes on cloture and confirmation of the Saldana nomination.

At 6:00pm, there will be up to 2 roll call votes on cloture and confirmation of the Blinken nomination. Additional roll call votes are expected.

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