Thursday, July 10, 2014

6:53. The Senate adjourned. Next votes on Tuesday, July 15th.

Wrap Up: (Reid)
Unanimous Consent Agreement reached for consideration of S.2244, Terrorism Insurance Program. Consideration of this bill will be at a time to be determined (expected next week). The Senate also passed the following bills: S. 447, Haiti Earthquake relief, S. 454-457 – Post Office naming bills and S.Res 412, Asian Airspace Regulations.

4:30 Sen. Hatch spoke about President Obama’s policies

3:59 Sen. Tester spoke on the Supreme Court decision on Hobby Lobby and health care.

3:51 Sen. Leahy spoke on net neutrality rules.

3:22 Senators Hoeven, McCain, and Barrasso had a colloquy to introduce the North Atlantic Energy Security Act.

3:05 Sen. Klobuchar spoke on flooding in Minnesota

2:33 Sen. Inhofe spoke on President Obama’s foreign policy.

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2:32 p.m. Donovan nomination confirmed 75-22.

2:04 p.m. Roll call vote begins on confirmation of the nomination of Shaun Donovan to be Director of the Office of Management and Budget.

2:02 p.m. Senator Murray spoke in favor of the Donovan nomination.

1:52 p.m. Senator Vitter spoke on the border crisis.

1:45 p.m. Senator Carper spoke in favor of the Donovan nomination.

1:23 p.m. Senators Kaine and Portman introduced a workforce education bill.

12:54 p.m. Senator Sessions spoke against the Donovan nomination.

12:46 p.m. Senator Shaheen introduced a bill to assist families paying for child care.

12:45 p.m. Senate proceeds to Executive Session to consider the following three nominations:   Shaun Donovan to be Director of the Office of Management and Budget; Douglas Silliman to be Ambassador to Kuwait, and Dana Smith to be Ambassador to Qatar.

12:40 p.m. ML Reid speaks on Sportsmans Bill.

12:39 p.m. Cloture not invoked 41-56.

11:46 a.m. Roll call vote begins on motion to invoke cloture on S.2363, Sportsmans Bill.

11:39 a.m. Senator Hagen speaks in favor of Sportsmans Bill.

11:22 a.m. Senator King spoke on deficits and the highway trust fund.

11:03 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on the border crisis in Texas.

10:50 a.m. Senator Booker spoke on imprisonment for non-violent drug offenses.

10:40 a.m. Senator Enzi spoke on the sportsmen’s bill.

10:09 a.m. The minority leader spoke on the influx of illegal immigration at the border.

10:04 a.m. The majority leader spoke on the backlog of pending nominations.

10:02 a.m. The majority leader secured unanimous consent to proceed to S. 2363 at 11:45 a.m., with a cloture vote to occur immediately.

Second readings occurred on S. 2576, the birth control bill, and S. 2579, the reward for information on the Frankel murder.

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The Senate will convene at 10 a.m.

Under an expected agreement, the Senate would vote at about noon on cloture for S. 2363, the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act.

The Senate will thereafter consider the n0minations below, with votes to occur at 2 p.m.:

— Shaun L.S. Donovan to be director of the Office of Management and Budget;

— Douglas Alan Stillman to be ambassador to Kuwait;

— Dana Shell Smith to be ambassador to Qatar.

The following amendments to S. 2363 are pending:

* Udall #3469 to clarify a provision on the non-federal share of buying land for a public target range;

* Reid second-degree, perfecting amendment #3490 to Udall amendment;

* Reid motion to recommit S. 2363 to committee, with instructions to report the bill back with Amendment #3492, a date change;

* Reid amendment #3492 to his motion to recommit;

* Reid second-degree amendment #3493 to his committal amendment.

First reading has been conducted on:

— S. 2576, a bill to respond to the Supreme Court’s “Hobby Lobby” decision on birth control;

— S. 2579, to provide a $5 million reward for information on the murder of U.S.-Israeli citizen Naftali Frankel.

Under a unanimous consent agreement, there will be no roll call votes on Monday, July 14.

Cloture votes will occur at noon on Tuesday, July 15 on the nominations of Norman C. Bay and Cheryl A. LaFleur to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

 

 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

6:46 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 10 a.m. on July 10, 2014.

6:44 p.m. The majority leader ordered 1st readings for S. 2576, a bill to ensure that employers cannot interfere with their workers’ birth control; S. 2579, to allow the secretary of state to offer rewards for information on certain kidnappings.

6:41 p.m. On separate voice votes, the Senate passed HR 272, to build the Maj. Gen. William Vorley DoD/VA outpatient center in Marina, CA; HR 1216, to name the VA center in Prescott, AZ, after Dr. Cameron McKinley; S.Res. 498, to honor the life of Charles “Chuck” Noll; S. Res. 417, to make Oct. 30, 2014 a remembrance day for nuclear weapons workers.

6:37  On a voice vote, the Senate passed these measures en bloc: HR 255, HR 507, HR 697, HR 876, HR 1158, HR 2237, HR 3110, S. 247, S. 311, S. 354, S. 363, S. 476, S. 609.

6:31 p.m. Cloture filed on nomination of Norman C. Bay and Cheryl LaFleur to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

5:29 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke about global warming.

5 p.m. Senator Brown spoke about the Veterans Administration.

4:47 p.m. Senator Hoeven spoke against the proposed rule changes that would expand EPA authority under the Clean Water Act.

4:31 p.m. Senator Blunt spoke about a proposed rule that would expand EPA authority under the Clean Water Act.

4:03 p.m. Senator Cantwell spoke about the importance of American manufacturing and the need to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank.

3:59 p.m. Senator Murphy spoke about gun violence and background checks.

3:40 p.m. Senator Blumenthal spoke against the Sportsmans  Bill

3:30 p.m. Senator Coons spoke about gang violence in Central America and the trafficking of children.

3:27 p.m. Senator Hirono spoke about unaccompanied immigrant children.

3:05 p.m. Senator Menendez spoke about the children of illegal immigrants

1:58 p.m. Senators McCain, Flake, Cornyn and Cruz discuss the border crisis.

1:29 p.m. Senator Hagen spoke in favor of S.2363, the Sportsmans Bill.

1:17 p.m.  Senator Donnelly spoke about Indiana natives role in the Civil Rights Act, on that laws 50th anniversary.

12:47 p.m. Senators Cardin, Harkin, and Wicker engaged in a colloquy on the Helsinki Commission/Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

12:39 p.m. Senator Reid filed cloture on S. 2363. Senator Reid offered a motion to proceed to S. 2244, a bill to extend the expiration of the terrorism insurance program.

12:37 p.m. Senator Reid called up Amendment #3469 (for Udall) to S. 2363 and asked for the Yeas and Nays; Amendment #3490 to Amendment #3469. Senator Reid moved to commit S. 2363 to the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, with instructions and to report back Amendment #3491. Senator Reid called up Amendment #3492 t the instructions to commit. Senator Reid called up second-degree Amendment #3493 to Amendment #3492.

12:36 p.m. The Senate agreed, by voice vote, to the motion to proceed to S. 2363, the Sportsmen’s Bill.

12:36 p.m. The Senate confirmed, by voice vote, William Adams to be chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

12:35 p.m. The Senate confirmed, by voice vote, Darci Vetter as chief agricultural negotiator for the U.S. Trade Representative.

12:35 p.m. The Senate confirmed Julian Castro as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development with a roll call vote of 71 to 26.

10:47 a.m. Sen. Schumer spoke on the violence between the Israelis and Palestinians.

10:45 a.m. Sen. Walsh spoke on Native American tax credits.

10:31 a.m. Sen. Durbin spoke on gun control.

10:21 a.m. Sen. McConnell spoke on President Obama’s policies and paid tribute to Army Specialist Kevin J. Graham.

10:04 a.m. S. 2569 Providing Incentives for Businesses to Bring Back Jobs to America, was read for the 2nd time.

Sen. Reid spoke on patriotism and House Republicans trying to impeach President Obama.

***

The Senate will convene at 10 a.m.

At noon, there will be a roll call vote on the nomination of Julian Castro to be secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

Voice votes are then expected on two more nominations:

— Darci Vetter to be chief agricultural negotiator (with the rank of ambassador) for the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative;

— William Adams to be chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The Senate will then take up the motion to proceed to S. 2363, the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act, with a voice vote expected.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

6:03 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 10:00 a.m. tomorrow, July 9th. Three votes are expected tomorrow at noon:

  • Cal. 906 The Nomination of Julian Castro, TX, to be Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (roll call)
  • Cal. 797 The nomination of Darci L. Vetter, NE, to be Chief Agricultural Negotiator, Office of the United States Trade Representative (voice vote)
  • Cal. 904 The nomination of William D. Adams, ME, to be Chairperson of the National Endowment for the Humanities (voice vote)

During wrap-up the Senate passed S. Res. 447 (Threats to Freedom of the Press) without objection including the substitute amendment and the committee amendment to the preamble. S. 2569 Providing Incentives for Businesses to Bring Back Jobs to America, had its first reading.

***

4:25  Senator Murray  spoke on VA heath care.

4:10 p.m. Senators Inhofe, Thune, Barrasso and Blunt spoke on healthcare costs. Senator Cornyn spoke on immigration.

2:43 p.m. Senator Blumenthal spoke on gun violence and the VA bill in conference.

2:32 p.m. Senator Hirono echoes Senator Sanders on the VA.

2:15 p.m. Senators Sanders and Durbin have a colloquy on the Veterans Affairs Administration.

12:31 p.m. Senate stands in recess for weekly caucus luncheons until 2:15pm.

12:18 p.m. Senator Barrasso speaks on the Affordable Care Act.

12:11 p.m. Senator Moran spoke on the EPA stopping excess military equipment being donated to towns and cities.

11:51 a.m. Senator Thune spoke on the Affordable Care Act.

11:43 a.m. Senator Tester spoke in favor of  Sportsmans bill.

11:42 a.m. Senate resumes consideration of Motion to Proceed to S.2363, Sportsmans Bill.

11:35 a.m. Senator Murray spoke on the Child Care Act.

11 a.m. Senator Durbin paid tribute to the late Senator Alan Dixon; and gun violence.

10:42 a.m. Senator Leahy paid tribute to Senator Baker and spoke about land mines.

10:37 a.m. Senator Corker paid tribute to Senator Baker.

10:27 a.m. Senator Alexander paid tribute to Senator Baker.

10:09 a.m. Senator McConnell spoke about the health care law and paid tribute to the late Senator Baker.

10:02 a.m. Senator Reid spoke about Senator McCain’s devotion to the Pledge of Allegiance and called for passage of S. 2363, the sportsmen’s bill.

***

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

At 11 a.m., following morning business, the Senate will resume post-cloture consideration of S.2363, the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act.

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

 

Monday, July 7, 2014

 

6:26 p.m. On a vote of 82 to 12, the Senate invoked cloture on the motion to proceed to S. 2363, the sportsmen’s bill.

6:03  p.m. On a vote of 93 to 0, the Senate confirmed the nomination of Cheryl Ann Krause of New Jersey to be a judge on the the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court.

5:20 p.m. Senator Casey spoke in favor of Cheryl Ann Krause’s nomination to the 3d U.S. Circuit Court.

5:13 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke on foster care.

5:02 p.m. Senator Hagan spoke in favor of S. 2363, her bill to expand opportunities for hunting and fishing.

4:54 Senator Blumenthal spoke about gun violence.

4:40 p.m. Senator Murphy spoke against cloture on the Sportsmens Bill, and about gun violence, and a new ban on guns in Target stores.

4:07 p.m. Senator Coats spoke about the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court decision.

4:01 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about immigration and the crisis at the border.

4:00 p.m. The Senate passed S. Res 470 by voice vote.  The resolution clarifies the responsibility of Senate committees in nominations in the intelligence community.

2:45 p.m. Senator Sessions spoke about immigration. the crisis at the border and his opposition to President Obama’s recent statements about immigration enforcement policy.

2:00 p.m.   Senator Reid spoke about legislative delays.

The Senate will convene at 2 p.m. At 5:30 p.m., there will be two votes:

— Confirmation of the nomination of Cheryl Ann Krause of New Jersey to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit;

— Cloture on the motion to proceed to S. 2363, the sportsmen’s bill.

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.

***

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).

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.

***

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

***

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.

***

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.

***

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.

***

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.

***

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.

 

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