WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26, 2014

7:20 p.m. — Senate stands adjourned until 9:30 a.m. Thursday, March 27th.  Next votes are expected at noon when there will be up three votes.

The first two will be related to H.R. 4152 – the Ukraine aid bill:

1. Menendez-Corker substitute (#2867)

2.  Final passage of H.R. 4152

Followed by:

3. Exec Cal # 687. Maria Contreras-Sweet, CA, to be Administrator of the Small Business Administration

Wrap Up: (Reid)

Cloture motion on John B. Owens, CA, to be 9th Circuit Judge

Cloture motion on the motion to proceed to H.R. 3979

 

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5:50 p.m.  —  No further votes today.

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4:03 p.m. — On a voice vote, the Senate confirmed the nomination of Joseph William Westphal to be ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

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4:02 p.m. — On a vote of 69 to 31, the Senate confirmed the Smith nomination.

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3:40 p.m. — p.m. — On a vote of  59 to 41  the Senate approved the McHugh nomination.

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3:19 p.m. — On a vote of 93 to 5, the Senate confirmed the Harpool nomination.

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3 p.m. — On a vote of 100 to 0, the Senate confirmed the Cooper nomination.

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12:43 p.m. — On a vote of 75 to 23, the Senate invoked cloture on the nomination of Edward G. Smith to be a U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

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12:08 p.m. — On a vote of  56 to 43, the Senate invoked cloture on the nomination of  Gerald Austin McHugh, Jr. to be a U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

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11:47 a.m. — On a vote of 56 to 43, the Senate invoked cloture on the  nomination of M. Douglas Harpool to be a U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Missouri.

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11:29 a.m. — On a vote of 56 to 43, the Senate invoked cloture on the nomination of Christopher Reid Cooper to be a U.S. District Court Judge for D.C.

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The Senate will convene at 10 a.m. and be in morning business for one hour.

At 11 a.m., the Senate will begin a series of votes to invoke cloture on these nominations:

o    Christopher Reid Cooper to be a United States District Judge for D.C.

o    M. Douglas Harpool to be a United States District Judge for the Western District of Missouri

o    Gerald Austin McHugh, Jr. to be a United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

o    Edward G. Smith to be a United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

After those votes, debate on the same nominations will proceed until their confirmation votes, at 2:30 p.m.

Following disposition of the Smith nomination, the Senate will immediately proceed to vote on confirmation of the nomination of Joseph William Westphal to be ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

On Thursday, by the terms of Tuesday’s consent agreement, there will be two hours of debate on the Menendez-Corker substitute (#2867) to the Ukraine aid bill (H.R. 4152).

Immediately after the vote on the Menendez-Corker, the Senate will vote on passage of the Ukraine bill.

 

 

 

TUESDAY, MARCH 25, 2014

6:05 p.m.  The Senate reached an unanimous consent agreement on Ukraine aid with final passage vote expected on Thursday, March 27th.

Agreement is as follows:
The Senate proceeded to consideration of HR 4152, Ukraine Aid bill (house passed version) and offered a Menendez/Corker Substitute Amendment #2867 to the bill. On Thursday, March 27th, the Senate will proceed to two hours of debate and vote on  1.  Menendez/Corker Substitute Amendment 2. Final passage of HR 4152, Ukraine Aid.

On March 26th, at 11:00 a.m. Senate will have 4 cloture votes on the following nominations:

    • cal. 581 Christopher Reid Cooper, DC, to be US District Judge for DC
    • cal. 582 M. Douglas Harpool, MS, to be US District Judge for Western District of MS
    • cal. 583 Gerald Austin McHugh, Jr., PA, to be US District Judge for Eastern District of PA
    • cal. 584 Edward G. Smith, PA, to be US District Judge for Eastern District of PA

At 2:30 p.m. Senate will proceed to vote on above nominations in which cloture was invoked.

Senate will then vote on:

    • cal. 694 Joseph William Westphal, NY, to be Ambassador of US to Saudi Arabia

 

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12:45 pm: The Senate has recessed until 2:15 pm.  At 2:15 the Senate will resume consideration of the Ukraine Aid bill, (S. 2124) post-cloture.

The Senate will convene at 10 a.m.

After one hour of morning business, the Senate will resume post-cloture debate on the Ukraine bill (S. 2124).

The Senate will recess from 12:30 p.m. until 2:15 p.m. for weekly policy luncheons.

Cloture was filed last week on these nominations:

    • Christopher Reid Cooper to be a United States District Judge for D.C.
    • M. Douglas Harpool to be a United States District Judge for the Western District of Missouri
    • Gerald Austin McHugh, Jr. to be a United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
    • Edward G. Smith to be a United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

 The majority leader has indicated that the Senate will soon consider the Ukraine aid bill (S. 2124), the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2014 (S. 2148), the Medicare sustainable growth rate (“Doc Fix”) legislation, and nominations.

 

 

MONDAY, MARCH 24, 2014

7:10 p.m.

During today’s session, the Senate passed the cloture motion on motion to proceed to S. 2124 (Ukraine Aid) with a vote of 78 to 17.  The Senate will reconvene on Tuesday, March 25th at 10:00 with no time certain for the next roll call vote.

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The Senate will convene at 2 p.m.

The first vote will occur at 5:30 p.m., on the motion to invoke cloture  on the Motion to Proceed to S. 2124 (Ukraine Bill).

The majority whip’s office has said that, early in the work period to begin Monday, the Senate will consider the Ukraine aid bill (S. 2124), the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2014 (S. 2148), the Medicare sustainable growth rate (“Doc Fix”) legislation, and nominations.

FRIDAY, MARCH 21, 2014

The Senate will convene at 9 a.m. for a pro forma session only. No business will be conducted.

The Senate will next meet in regular session on Monday, March 24 at 2 p.m.

The first vote Monday will occur at 5:30 p.m., on the motion to invoke cloture  on the Motion to Proceed to S. 2124 (Ukraine Bill).

The majority whip’s office has said that, early in the work period to begin Monday, the Senate will consider the Ukraine aid bill (S. 2124), the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2014 (S. 2148), the Medicare sustainable growth rate (“Doc Fix”) legislation, and nominations.

TUESDAY, MARCH 18, 20014

The Senate will convene at 10:30 a.m. for a pro forma session only. No business will be conducted.

The Senate will conduct another pro forma session on Friday, March 21 at 9 a.m. but will otherwise be in recess until Monday, March 24.

The Senate’s next regular session will begin on Monday at 2 p.m.

The first vote Monday will occur at 5:30 p.m., on the motion to invoke cloture  on the Motion to Proceed to S. 2124 (Ukraine Bill).

MONDAY, MARCH 17, 2014

The Senate is closed today.

The Senate will next be in legislative session on Monday, March 24, with the first vote to occur at 5:30 p.m., on the motion to invoke cloture  on the Motion to Proceed to S. 2124 (Ukraine Bill).

THURSDAY, MARCH 13, 2014

8:15 p.m.-The Senate stands adjourned until 10:30 Friday, March 14 for a pro forma session. The next vote will occur at 5:30 on Monday, March 24 on the motion to invoke cloture  on the Motion to Proceed to S. 2124 (Ukraine Bill).

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8:10 p.m.– Senator Reid filed cloture on the Motion to Proceed to S. 2124 (Ukraine bill). He also filed cloture on the following nominations:

Christopher Cooper to be US District Judge for Washington DC

M. Douglas Harpool to be US District Judge for Missouri

Gerald McHugh  to be US District Judge for PA

Edward Smith to be US District Judge for PA

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5:15 p.m. — On a voice vote, the Senate confirmed the nomination of Timothy M. Boas of Maryland to be ambassador to the Netherlands and the nomination of Arun Kumar to be Assistant Secretary of Commerce.

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5:14 p.m. —On a voice vote, the Senate agreed to S. 2137, Senator Lee’s bill to prohibit flood insurance premium refunds for second homes.  THIS WAS THE LAST ROLL CALL VOTE OF THE DAY.

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5:11 p.m. — On a vote of 72 to 22, the Senate agreed to H.R. 3370, the flood insurance bill.

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4:30 p.m. — The Senate is now considering the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2013 (H.R. 3370).  A roll call vote on the bill is underway.

Following disposition of H.R. 3370, the Senate will immediately proceed to a roll call vote on passage of the Lee flood insurance bill (S. 2137).  By consent, this vote is subject to an affirmative 60-vote threshold.  It is expected, however, to pass by voice vote. 

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4:10 p.m. — On a vote of   to 97 to 1, the Senate agreed to S. 1086, the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2013.

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3:13 p.m. — On a voice vote, the Senate agreed to the committee substitute for the child care bill.

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3:12 p.m. — On an en bloc voice vote, the Senate agreed to the Portman amendment (#2847), forbidding certain child care providers to employ those convicted of misdemeanors involving violence against children or child pornography, and the Sanders amendment (#2846) to express the sense of the Senate on significantly reducing child poverty by 2019.

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3:07 p.m.  — On a voice vote, the Senate agreed to the Vitter amendment (#2845) to give spending priority to low-income families who have children with special needs.

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3:02 p.m. — On a vote of 95 to 4, the Senate confirmed the nomination of Caroline Diane Krass to be general counsel of the CIA

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The child care bill’s managers, Senators Harkin and Burr, have said the vote on final passage may occur by 3 p.m.

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12:48 p.m. — The Senate has agreed to these amendments to the Child Care and Development Black Grant bill (S. 1086):

  • Coburn amendment to eliminate child care subsidies for millionaires (#2830, as modified), on a roll call vote of 100 to 0.
  • Portman amendment to provide for evidence-based training that promotes early language and literacy development (#2827), on a voice vote.
  • Tester amendment for waivers of the prohibition on spending by Indian tribes for construction or renovation of facilities for child care, if the spending will increase of the level of child care services (#2834), voice vote.
  • Thune amendment for inclusion of child care certificates in State strategies to increase the supply of child care (#2838), voice vote.
  • Warren amendment to allow certain funds to be used to connect child care staff members with Federal State financial aid for staff training (#2842), voice vote.
  • Bennet amendment requiring child care space in Federal buildings to be used for groups children at least half of whom have a parent employed by the Federal Government (#2839, as modified), voice vote.

The Senate has also confirmed these nominations by voice vote:

  • Puneet Talwar to be an Assistant Secretary of State
  • Joseph Pius Pietrzyk to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation
  • Dwight L. Bush, Sr. to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Kingdom of Morocco

 

 

 

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The Senate will convene at 9:30 A.M.

At 10:30 a.m., after morning business, the Senate will resume consideration of the Child Care Development Block Grant bill (S.1086). Votes on the bill are expected throughout Thursday’s session.

Currently pending is the Harkin amendment (#2811), designating rural and remote areas as underserved.

There may also be votes Thursday on floor insurance legislation.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12, 2014

7:44 pm — The Senate adjourned to reconvene Thursday. March 12th at 9:30 a.m. to continue consideration of S. 1086, Childcare/Block Grant bill.

The Senate confirmed the following nominations en bloc by voice vote:

Heather MacDougall to be member of OSHA commission

Francis Cordova to be Director of National Science Foundation

James Shelton to be Deputy Secy of Education

Bruce Heyman, to be Ambassador of Canada

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12:11 p.m. — The Senate proceeded to consideration of the reauthorization of the Childcare and Development Block Grant Act of 1990 (S. 1086).

12:10 p.m. — The Senate confirmed, by voice vote, the nomination of Sarah Bloom Ruskin to be Deputy Secretary of the Treasury.

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12:09 p.m. — The Senate completed a series of votes confirming these nominations to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan:

– Matthew Leitman  (vote of 98 to 0)

– Judith Levy (97 to 0)

– Laurie Michelson (98 to 0)

– Linda Parker (60 to 37)

10:58 a.m. — On a vote of 98 to 0, the Senate confirmed the nomination of Carolyn B. McHugh of Utah to be a U.S. Circuit Court Judge for the 10th Circuit.

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The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m.

At 10:30 a.m., the Senate will proceed to a series of five votes on judicial nominations, followed by a vote on confirmation of the nomination of Sarah Bloom Raskin to be a Deputy Secretary of the Treasury.

The Senate will then proceed to the consideration of the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2013 (S. 1086).

TUESDAY, MARCH 11, 2014

The Senate adjourned at 6:14 p.m. until 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 12.

At about 6:08 PM the Senate confirmed by voice vote, en bloc, seven military officers to general and flag grades. The Senate then confirmed by voice vote the reappointment of John W. McCarter to the Smithsonian Institution’s Board of Regents. The Senate then agreed by voice vote to S.Res. 378, condemning Russian actions in Ukraine.

Between 11:32 AM and 12:52 PM, the Senate invoked cloture on these nominations to the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan:

— Matthew Leitman  (vote of 55 to 43)

— Judith Levy (56 to 42)

— Laurie Michelson (56 to 43)

— Linda Parker (56 to 42)

10:06 AM The Senate agreed on a voice vote to H.R. 2019, a bill to finance pediatric medical research for 10 years by eliminating taxpayer subsidies for the national political conventions.

9:00 AM The Senate began a new legislative day. At 11:30 AM the Senate will have cloture votes on the nominations of Leakman, Levy, Miichelson and Parker. Following votes, Senate will recess until 2:15 PM for weekly lunches.

8:54 AM The Senate adjourned until 9:00 AM Tuesday, March 11, 2014.

2:00 AM

The Senate continues an extended debate on climate change.  Senate is expected to stay in session throughout the evening until 8:45 AM on this topic.

Monday, March 10, 2014

6:27

The majority leader, Senator Reid, began an extended debate on climate change.

6:25

On a vote of 97 to 0, the Senate agreed to Senator McCaskill’s military sexual assault bill, S. 1917.

5:00

The Senate moved to executive session to resume the nomination of  Carolyn McHugh to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the 10th Circuit.  Senator Lee spoke on the nomination  and the Senate is currently voting on the Motion to Invoke Cloture on the nomination. The motion was agreed to be a vote of 62-34.

4:30

The Senate convened and proceeded with a period of Morning Business. Motion to Proceed to S. 1086 (Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014). The Motion was laid aside and the Senate proceeded with a period of Morning Business.

S. 2097 (A bill to provide for the extension of certain unemployment benefits). The bill was read for the second time. Further consideration of the bill was objected to and it was placed on the Senate Calendar.

H.R. 4118 (An act to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to delay the implementation of the penalty for failure to comply with the individual health insurance mandate). The bill was read for the second time. Further consideration of the bill was objected to and it was placed on the Senate Calendar.

Senators Sessions, Levin and Leahy spoke in morning business.

1:00

The Senate will convene at 4:00 PM and will be in a period of Morning Business for one hour. At 5:00 PM, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session to consider Cal. #563 (Carolyn McHugh to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the 10th Circuit). The Senate will vote on cloture on the nomination at 5:30 PM. The Senate will then resume a Legislative Session and will vote on final passage of S. 1917 (Victims Protection Act of 2014).