**There are NO further votes today or this week.**
5:47 p.m. — The Senate adjourned and will reconvene at 2:00 p.m. on Monday June 16. There will be three roll call votes at 5:30 p.m.
5:40 p.m. — Senator Reid filed cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R. 4660- The Commerce State Justice appropriations bill
5:30 p.m. — Senator Reid filed cloture on the following nominations:
- Salvador Mendoza, of Washington, to be District Judge for the Eastern District of Washington
- Staci Yandle, of Illinois, to be District Judge for Southern Illinios
- Darrin Gayles, of Florida, to be District Judge for Southern Florida
- Peter Kadzik to be Assistant Attorney General for NY
4:51 p.m. — Senator Grassley spoke about tax extenders
4:45 p.m.– Senator Heinrich spoke about student loan debt
4:27 p.m.– Senator Alexander spoke about the Labor HHS appropriations bill
4:11 p.m. — Senator Begich spoke about the VA
3:58 p.m. — Senator Rubio spoke about Iraq
3:50 p.m. — Senator Brown spoke about manufacturing
3:33 p.m. — Senator McConnell spoke about Jim Bunning.
2:54 p.m. — Fischer nomination confirmed 63-24.
2:31 p.m. — Roll call vote begins on the nomination of Stanley Fischer to be Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve.
2:30 p.m. — Powell nomination confirmed 67-24.
2:14 p.m. Roll call vote begins on nomination of Jerome Powell to be a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve.
2:13 p.m. Brainard nomination confirmed 61-31.
1:45 p.m. — Roll call vote begins on nomination of Lael Brainard to be a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve.
1: 33 p.m. — Senators Warren and Durbin had a colloquy on Student loans.
1:26 p.m. — Senator Portman paid tribute to President George H W Bush.
1:08 p.m. — Senator Murkowski spoke on student loans.
12:41 p.m. — Senators Heller, Casey and Sanders have a colloquy on the VA bill passed yesterday, after which Senator Sanders turns to discuss student loans.
12:30 p.m. — Senator Levin spoke about the treaty with Switzerland.
12:29 p.m. — Following nominations agreed to by voice vote:
— Michael McCord to be Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller);
— Jane Chu to be chairwoman of the National Endowment for the Arts for a four-year term;
— Todd Batta to be an Assistant Secretary of Agriculture.
12:29 p.m. — Senator Paul objected.
12:28 p.m. — Senator Levin attempts a Unanimous Consent agreement to take up at a future date Treaty regarding tax convention with Swiss Confederation.
12:27 p.m. — Roll call vote ends, nomination confirmed 52-41.
12:00 p.m. — Roll call vote begins on nomination of Crystal Nix-Hines to be permanent representative to UNESCO.
11:34 a.m. — Senator Coats spoke against the Nix-Hines nomination.
11:30 a.m. The Senate proceeded to Executive Session to begin consideration of the nomination of Crystal Nix-Hines to be permanent representative to UNESCO, with the rank of ambassador.
10:58 am — Senators McCain and Graham spoke on the situation in Iraq.
10:26 am — Senator Harkin spoke on child labor practices.
10:15 am — Senator Wyden spoke on the Intelligence Authorization bill.
10:10 am — Senator Collins spoke on President G.H.W. Bush birthday.
9:50 am — Senator Blunt spoke on the VA legislation, President G.H.W.Bush birthday, and health care.
9:46 am — RL McConnell discussed the VA legislation, and paid tribute to President G. H.W. Bush and Martha Cassidy.
9:35 am — ML Reid lays out schedule for the day.
9:34 am — Senator Murphy thanked the guest Chaplain, Rabbi Ginsburg for the opening prayer.
9:33 am — ML Reid offers motion to proceed to HR 4660, Commerce, Justice Science Appropriations.
The Senate convened at 9:30 a.m. and is currently in a period of morning business.
At 11:30 a.m., the Senate will begin to consider the nomination of Crystal Nix-Hines of California to be permanent representative to UNESCO, with the rank of ambassador.
At noon, there will be as many as four confirmation votes:
— Crystal Nix-Hines;
— Michael J. McCord of Ohio to be Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller);
— R. Jane Chu of Missouri to be chairwoman of the National Endowment for the Arts for a four-year term;
— Todd A. Batta of Iowa to be an Assistant Secretary of Agriculture.
The Senate will then be in morning business until 1:45 p.m., whereupon there will be as many as three confirmation votes:
— Lael Brainard of the District of Columbia to the Federal Reserve Board;
— Jerome H. Powell of Maryland to the Fed;
— Stanley Fischer of New York to be Vice Chairman of the Fed.