TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2013

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

The Senate will likewise meet in pro forma session on Friday, February 21 at 10:30 a.m.

The Senate will next meet in legislative session on Monday, February 24 at 2 p.m., whereupon Senator King will deliver George Washington’s Farewell Address. The Senate will then conduct Morning Business.

At 5 p.m., the Senate will begin 30 minutes of debate on the nomination of Jeffrey Alker Meyer to be a U.S. District Judge for the District of Connecticut (Executive Calendar #564).

At about 5:30 p.m. the Senate will vote on whether to invoke cloture on the Meyer nomination. If cloture is invoked, up to two hours of debate will ensue, followed by a confirmation vote on Meyer.

After the Meyer nomination is disposed of,  the Senate will move directly to a cloture vote on the nomination of James Maxwell Moody Jr. to be a U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Arkansas.

The Senate is then expected to adjourn until Tuesday, February 25 with the following sequence of actions pending:

  • If cloture has been invoked on the Moody nomination, there will be up to two hours of debate, followed by a confirmation vote.
  • Upon disposition of the Moody nomination, the Senate will vote directly on cloture on the nomination of James Donato to be a U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of California (Executive Calendar #566). If cloture is invoked, there will be up to two hours of debate, followed by a confirmation a vote. 
  • Upon disposition of the Donato nomination, the Senate will immediately proceed to a cloture vote on the nomination of Beth Labson Freeman to be a U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of California (Executive Calendar #567). If cloture is invoked, there will be up to two hours of debate, followed by a confirmation vote.
  • Upon disposition of the Freeman nomination, the Senate will immediately proceed to a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to the Comprehensive Veterans Health and Benefits and Military Retirement Pay Restoration Act of 2014 (S. 1982).

 

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2014

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

The Senate will likewise meet in pro forma sessions on Tuesday, February 18 at 10:30 a.m. and on Friday, February 21 at 10:30 a.m.

The Senate will next meet in legislative session on Monday, February 24 at 2 p.m., whereupon Senator King will deliver George Washington’s Farewell Address. The Senate will then conduct Morning Business.

At 5 p.m., the Senate will begin 30 minutes of debate on the nomination of Jeffrey Alker Meyer to be a U.S. District Judge for the District of Connecticut (Executive Calendar #564).

At about 5:30 p.m. the Senate will vote on whether to invoke cloture on the Meyer nomination. If cloture is invoked, up to two hours of debate will ensue, followed by a confirmation vote on Meyer.

After the Meyer nomination is disposed of,  the Senate will move directly to a cloture vote on the nomination of James Maxwell Moody Jr. to be a U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Arkansas.

The Senate is then expected to adjourn until Tuesday, with the following sequence of actions pending:

  • If cloture has been invoked on the Moody nomination, there will be up to two hours of debate, followed by a confirmation vote.
  • Upon disposition of the Moody nomination, the Senate will vote directly on cloture on the nomination of James Donato to be a U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of California (Executive Calendar #566). If cloture is invoked, there will be up to two hours of debate, followed by a confirmation a vote. 
  • Upon disposition of the Donato nomination, the Senate will immediately proceed to a cloture vote on the nomination of Beth Labson Freeman to be a U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of California (Executive Calendar #567). If cloture is invoked, there will be up to two hours of debate, followed by a confirmation vote.
  • Upon disposition of the Freeman nomination, the Senate will immediately proceed to a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to the Comprehensive Veterans Health and Benefits and Military Retirement Pay Restoration Act of 2014 (S. 1982).

 

 

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2014

3:50 p.m. — The following nominations were confirmed by voice vote:

    • Kevin W. Techau to be United States Attorney for the Northern District of Iowa
    • Andrew Mark Luger to be United States Attorney for the District of Minnesota
    • Robert L. Hobbs to be United States Marshal for the Eastern District of Texas
    • Gary Blankinship to be United States Marshal for the Southern District of Texas
    • Amos Rojas, Jr. to be United States Marshal for the Southern District of Florida
    • Peter C. Tobin to be United States Marshal for the Southern District of Ohio
    • Anthony Luzzatto Gardner to be Representative of the United States of America to the European Union, with the rank and status of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Robert A. Sherman to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Portuguese Republic

 

3:30 p.m. — By a vote of 67-31, cloture was invoked on the motion to concur with the House amendment to S. 540 (House vehicle for Debt Ceiling).

By a vote of 55-43, the Senate passed the motion to concur with the House amendment to S. 540 (House vehicle for Debt Ceiling)

By a vote of 95-3, the Senate passed the motion to concur with the House message to S. 25 (Military COLA)

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12:35 p.m. — On a voice vote, the Senate confirmed Catherine Ann Novelli’s nomination to be Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy and the Environment.

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12:34 p.m. — On a vote of 97 to 0, the Senate confirmed the nomination of Catherine Ann Novelli to be U.S. Alternate Governor of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development for a five-year term and to be U.S. Alternate Governor of the Inter-American Development Bank for a five-year term.

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12:15 p.m. — On a vote of 98 to 0, the Senate confirmed the nomination of Daniel Bennett Smith to be Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence and Research.

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12 p.m. — On a vote of 98 to 0, the Senate confirmed the nomination of Tina S. Kaidanow to be counter-terrorism coordinator.

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11:28 a.m. — The Senate agreed to a new order to proceed  to this sequence of votes at 1:45 p.m.:

    • The motion to invoke cloture on the House-passed vehicle for debt limit extension (S. 540);
    • If cloture is invoked, the motion to concur in the House-passed debt limit vehicle;
    • The motion to concur in the House-passed vehicle for the military pension bill (S. 25)

If cloture is not invoked on the debit-limit measure, the Senate will move directly to the vote on the military pension measure.

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9:59 a.m. — The majority leader got unanimous consent for a vote at about 2 p.m. on S. 25, the House-passed vehicle for the bill to restore cost-of-living-adjustments to military pensions. The vote will follow a debate of up to 30 minutes, to begin at about 1:30 p.m.

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

There may be votes today on the debt limit bill and the military pay bill.

There will be morning business until 11 a.m., when up to 30 minutes of debate will begin on as many as four nominations.

At about 11:30 a.m., votes will begin on whether to confirm the nominations listed below.  After the first vote, roll-calls will be 10 minutes in duration. At least one of the confirmations may be by voice vote.

–  Tina S. Kaidanow of the District of Columbia to be Coordinator for Counterterrorism, with the rank of Ambassador at Large (Executive Calendar #525);

–  Daniel Bennett Smith of Virginia to be Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence and Research (Executive Calendar #595);

– Catherine Ann Novelli of Virginia to be United States Alternate Governor of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development for a term of five years and United States Alternate Governor of the Inter-American Development Bank for a term of five years (Executive Calendar #527 );

–  Catherine Ann Novelli of Virginia to be Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy and the Environment (Executive Calendar #529).

 

 

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2014

4:00pm

When the Senate convened at 2:15 they resumed the Motion to Proceed to S. 1963 (Repeal section 403 of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013).

Senators Pryor, Nelson and Ayotte spoke on S. 1963. Senators Cardin, Barrasso, Cornyn, McCain and Graham spoke on various subjects while in morning business.

  • At 4:30pm, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session in order to consider the following nominations, with thirty minutes for debate equally divided and controlled:
    • Richard Stengel to be Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy
    • Sarah Sewall to be an Under Secretary of State (Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights)
    • Charles Hammerman Rivkin to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Economic and Business Affairs)
    • Sloan D. Gibson to be Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs

12:30

Senator-designate John Walsh (D-Montana) was administered the oath of office by Vice President Joe Biden. The Senate recessed at 12:30 PM for weekly party caucus luncheons.

10:00am

The Senate will convene at 10 a.m. and will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to the bill to restore cost-of-living adjustments to military pensions (S. 1963).

At 12:15 p.m., Senator-designate John Walsh, Democrat of Montana, will be sworn in.

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

Monday, February 10, 2013

6:35 p.m. — The Senate adjourned until 10 a.m. Tuesday.

6:09 pm — On a vote of 94 to 0, the Senate invoked cloture on the motion to proceed to S. 1963, the bill to restore certain cost-of-living adjustments to military pensions.

5:00pm

The pending business is S. 1963, the Military Pension COLA bill. Senators Reid, Harkin, Sessions, Pryor, Begich and Wicker spoke on the bill. Senators Leahy, Fischer, King, Murphy and Heitkamp spoke during the day on various subjects during morning business. At 5:30, the Senate will conduct a roll call vote on the Motion to Proceed to S. 1963, the Military Pension COLA bill.

2:00pm

The Senate will convene at 2 p.m. and, after leaders’ remarks, will resume consideration of a bill dealing with cost-of-living adjustments for military pensions (S. 1963).

There will be a cloture vote at 5:30 p.m. on the military pension bill.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2014

6:50 p.m.– The Senate adjourned and will reconvene on Monday, February 10 at 2:00 p.m.  They will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to S. 1963, the Military Pension COLA bill. A vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to S. 1963 will occur at 5:30.

3:05 p.m. — On a vote of 98 to 0, with one senator announced as present, the Senate confirmed the nomination of Senator Max Baucus, Democrat of Montana, to be ambassador to China.

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2:44 p.m. — On a vote of 55 to 43, the Senate failed to invoke cloture on the unemployment compensation extension.

YEAS: 55 (52 Democrats, 2 independents, 1 Republican)

NAYS: 43 (42 Republicans, 1 Democrat)

(60 votes needed for cloture)

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2:26 p.m. — On a vote of 58 to 40, the Senate failed to invoke cloture on the Reed amendment to the unemployment benefits extension bill.

YEAS: 58 (52 Democrats, 4 Republicans, 2 independents)

NAYS: 40 (39 Republicans, 1 Democrat)

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9:36 a.m. — The majority leader won unanimous consent to reschedule the cloture vote on the Reed amendment to the unemployment benefits bill for 2 p.m. If the cloture vote on the Reed amendment  fails, the Senate would then vote on cloture for the underlying unemployment bill.

The majority leader indicated that a confirmation vote remains possible on Senator Baucus’s nomination to be ambassador to China.

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The Senate will meet at 9:30 a.m.  and after leaders’ remarks  will resume consideration of the bill to extend unemployment benefits (S. 1845).

At 11 a.m., the Senate will vote on whether to invoke cloture on the Reed amendment (#2714). The amendment provides for a three-month extension of the unemployment benefits program.

If cloture is invoked on the Reed amendment, there will be up to thirty hours of post-cloture debate before a roll call vote on adoption of the amendment.

If cloture is not invoked on Reed amendment, the Senate will immediately proceed to a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the underlying unemployment bill.

Later Thursday, the Senate also expects to consider Senator Baucus’s nomination to be ambassador to China.

There will be up to one hour of debate, followed by a confirmation vote.

 

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2014

The Senate has adjourned until 9:30 a.m. Thursday, when it will resume consideration of the unemployment benefits bill until 11 a.m.

There will then be a vote on whether to invoke cloture on the Reed amendment (#2714) to the unemployment benefits bill. The amendment provides for a three-month extension of the program.

If cloture is invoked on the Reed amendment, there will be up to thirty hours of post-cloture debate prior to a roll call vote on adoption of the amendment.

If cloture is not invoked on Reed amendment, the Senate will immediately proceed to a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the underlying unemployment bill.

The Senate also expects on Thursday to consider Senator Baucus’s nomination to be ambassador to China.

There will be up to one hour of debate, followed by a confirmation vote.

 

 

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2014

3:31 p.m. — The majority leader filed cloture on the Reed amendment to the unemployment bill. A cloture vote is accepted Thursday.

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3:30 p.m. — The Senate accepted on a voice vote a Reed amendment (#2714) to the unemployment bill.

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3:29 p.m. — On a vote of 98 to 0, the Senate tabled Senator Reed’s amendment to the bill to extend unemployment insurance (S. 1845).

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3:01 p.m. — On a vote of 68 to 32, the Senate passed the House-Senate conference report on the farm bill (H.R. 2642).

YEAS: 68 (44 Democrats, 2 Independents, 22 Republicans)

NAYS: 32 ( 23 Republicans, 9 Democrats)

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10:30 a.m. Senators Reid and Leahy talked about heroine addiction, Senator Reid also talked about income inequality, Senator McConnell spoke about President Obama’s environmental agenda and Lance Corporal Adam Peak.

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The Senate will meet at 10 a.m. to resume consideration of the farm bill (H.R. 2642).

The Senate will recess from 12:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. for the weekly policy lunches.

At roughly 2:35 p.m., the Senate will vote on final passage of the farm bill conference report.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2014

7:53 p.m.

The Senate adjourned after agreeing on voice votes to these measures:

  • Drought Information Act of 2013 (S. 376, as amended);
  • A sense of the Senate resolution in favor of protecting children from human trafficking (S.Res. 340);
  • A resolution to honor the 100th birthday of civil rights leader Daisy Bates (S.Res. 341).

6:16 p.m.

On a vote of 72 to 22, the Senate invoked cloture on the farm bill conference report.

YEAS: 72 (46 Democrats, 2 independents, 24 Republicans). NAYS: 22 (19 Republicans, 3 Democrats).

5:00

Debate continued on the farm bill with Senators Grassley, Hietkamp,  Coburn, Klobuchar, MdcCain, Cochran and Stabenow speaking on the conference report.

3:15

The Senate resumed the farm bill conference report. The following Senators spoke on the report: Stabenow, Hoeven, Johnson, Tester, Sessions and Leahy

2:00

The Senate will convene at 2 p.m.  to resume consideration of the House-Senate conference report on the farm bill (H.R. 2646).

At 5:30 p.m. , there will be a cloture vote on the farm bill conference report.

If cloture is invoked, the vote on final passage of the farm bill would occur at about 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 4.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 31, 2014

The Senate has adjourned until 2 p.m. Monday, February 3.

The Senate will then resume consideration of the House-Senate conference report on the farm bill, H.R. 2642.

At 5:30 p.m. Monday, there will be a cloture vote on the farm bill conference report.

If cloture is invoked on the farm bill, the vote on final passage will be at about 2:15 p.m. on Tuesday.