The Senate has adjourned until 3:00 p.m. Monday, March 14th. A roll call vote on the nomination of John B. King to be Secretary of Education is expected at 5:30 p.m.
The nominations of Francis S. Pelkowski to be Rear Admiral in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserves and Rear Admiral Fred M. Midgette to be Vice Admiral as the Deputy Commandant for Operations in the U.S. Coast Guard were confirmed en bloc by unanimous consent.
During today’s session:
- The McConnell motion to table the Paul motion to discharge S.J. Res. 31 was passed by a vote of 74 to 21.
- S. 524, CARA, the addiction recovery bill was passed by a vote of 94-1.
4:33 p.m. Senator Heitkamp spoke on student censorship.
4:08 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke about opioid addiction and women’s health access.
3:27 p.m. Senator Sessions spoke about the Supreme Court vacancy.
3:23 p.m. Senator Flake spoke about travel to Cuba.
2:59 p.m. Senator Tillis spoke about the Supreme Court vacancy.
2:30 p.m. Senator Merkley discussed genetically modified ingredients in our food.
2:26 p.m. By a roll call vote of 74 to 21 the Senate adopted the McConnell motion to table the Paul motion to discharge S.J.Res.31. Absent were Senators Cruz, Lee, McCaskill, Rubio and Sanders.
Senators voting to table: 39 Republicans, 34 Democrats, 1 Independent (King).
Senators voting NOT to table: 12 Republicans (Ayotte, Capito, Collins, Daines, Grassley, Heller, Hoeven, Kirk, Moran, Paul, Scott, and Vitter). 9 Democrats (Booker, Boxer, Brown, Gillibrand, Heinrich, Manchin, Murphy, Schatz, Tester, Warner and Warren).
Senators not voting: 3 Republicans: Cruz, Lee and Rubio. 1 Democrat: McCaskill. 1 Independent: Sanders.
1:42 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on the McConnell motion to table the motion to discharge S.J.Res 31.
1:40 p.m. ML McConnell made a motion to table the motion to discharge S.J. Res. 31.
1:25 p.m. Senator Paul made a motion to discharge from the Foreign Relations Committee S.J.Res 31 — a resolution of disapproval relating to the sale of jets to Pakistan.
1:10 p.m. Senator Murphy and Senator Warner spoke about Pakistan. They said they will support the Paul resolution of disapproval.
12:52 p.m. Senator Corker and Senator Cardin spoke about the potential discharge petition about the sale of jets to Pakistan. Senator Paul is expected to call for a vote on a motion to proceed to a motion to discharge S.J.Res 31. The resolution would express Senate disapproval of Pakistan buying jets from other countries. Both Senators oppose moving forward with the resolution. Both Senators said they had holds on the actual sale of F16 jets to Pakistan right now.
12:38 p.m. Senator Udall spoke about Dr. Miguel Ensinas, a New Mexico public servant.
12:05 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about bipartisanship in the Senate.
12:02 p.m. ML McConnell UC that Senate be in a period of morning business. Further UC that on Monday at 4:00 p.m., proceed to executive session to consider the nomination of John King to be Secretary of Education, with a vote on confirmation of the nomination at 5:30 p.m.
12:01 p.m. S. 524 the addiction recovery bill, (CARA), was adopted by a vote of 94-1. Senator Sasse voted against. Senators Cruz, Lee, McCaskill, Rubio, and Sanders did not vote.
11:30 a.m. Roll call vote began on passage of S. 524, CARA, the addiction recovery bill.
11:19 a.m. Senator Wicker spoke on the Supreme Court vacancy and statements about Senator Grassley.
11:12 a.m. Senator Barrasso spoke on the Supreme Court vacancy.
10:50 a.m. Senators Casey, Whitehouse and Brown spoke in a colloquy about the addiction bill.
9:50 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke about Senator McCain’s support of certain military expenditures.
9:39 a.m. Minority Leader Reid spoke about the Republican handling of judicial nominations.
9:33 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the upcoming vote on passage of the addiction bill. He spoke about the Supreme Court vacancy.
The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m.
At 11:15 a.m., the Senate will resume post-cloture consideration of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (S. 524).
At 11:30 a.m., all post-cloture time will be deemed expired and the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on passage of S. 524, as amended.
- Also today, Senator Paul is expected to move to discharge the Foreign Relations Committee from further consideration of S.J.Res. 31, a joint resolution disapproving of the proposed sale of F-16 Block 52 aircraft to Pakistan. There would be up to one hour for debate on the motion to discharge, followed by a roll call vote on the motion.