THURSDAY, MARCH 6, 2014

6:05 p.m. Senator Reid filed cloture on the following nominations:

#563-Carolyn McHugh, of Utah, to be the US Circuit Judge for the Tenth Circuit

#577-Matthew Leitman to be US District Judge for Eastern District of Michigan

#578-Judith Levy to be US District Judge for Eastern District of Michigan

#579-Laurie Michaelson to be US District Judge for Eastern District of Michigan

#580-Linda Parker to be US District Judge for Eastern District of Michigan

The Senate adjourned at 6:15 and will reconvene at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, March 10 . There will be 2 votes at 5:30.

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3:17 p.m. — On a vote of  100 to 0, the Senate invoked cloture on the McCaskill sexual assault bill. By unanimous consent, final passage on McCaskill has been rescheduled for Monday, March 10.

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2:26 p.m. — On a vote of 55 to 45, the Senate failed to invoke cloture on the Gillibrand sexual assault bill.

YEAS were 43 Democrats, 11 Republicans, 1 independent.

NAYS were 34 Republicans, 10 Democrats, 1 independent.

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12:00 pm  The next votes will be at 2:00 pm on cloture on the military sexual assault bills, S. 1752 (Gillibrand) and S. 1917 (McCaskill).
The first vote will be on a motion to invoke cloture on S. 1752 (Gillibrand).  If cloture is not invoked, the Senate will vote on a motion to invoke cloture on S. 1917 (McCaskill).  If cloture is invoked, the Senate will immediately vote on passage of the bill.

The Senate confirmed Rose Eilene Gottemoeller as Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security confirmed by a roll call vote of 58-42.
Suzanne Eleanor Spaulding was confirmed as Under Secretary of Homeland Security by a voice vote.  John Roth was confirmed as Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security by a voice vote.

8:15 am The Senate will convene at 9:30 p.m.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama will deliver the morning prayer.

At 10:30 a.m., the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #636, the nomination of Rose Eilene Gottemoeller Under Secretary of State, with a confirmation vote to occur at 11:20 a.m.

The Senate then will proceed to votes on Suzanne Spaulding of Virginia to be Under Secretary of Homeland Security (Executive Calendar #510) and John Roth of Michigan to be Inspector General of Homeland Security (Executive Calendar #511).

After these votes, the Senate will proceed to two hours of debate on the military sexual assault bills, S. 1752 (Gillibrand) and S. 1917 (McCaskill).

At about 2 p.m., the Senate will vote on whether to invoke cloture on the Gillibrand bill. If cloture is invoked, the Senate will vote on passage of Gillibrand.

If cloture is not invoked on Gillibrand, there will be a cloture vote on McCaskill. If cloture is invoked, a vote on passage of McCaskill will follow.

 

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 5, 2014

6:40 The Senate confirmed the following nominations:

  • Pedro Hernandez, to be U.S. District Judge, PR
  • Pamela Reeves, to be U.S. District Judge, TN
  • Timothy Brooks, to be U.S. District Judge, ARK
  • Vince Chhabria, to be U.S. District Judge, CA

There will be no further votes tonight. The Senate will vote on the confirmation of Rose Eilene Gottenmoeller, to be Under Secy of State at 11:20 tomorrow.  Following the confirmation vote of Gottenmoeller, the Senate will proceed to votes on Suzanne Spaulding, VA, to be Under Secy of Homeland Security and John Roth, MI, to be Inspector General, of Homeland Security.

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2:50 p.m. — By unanimous consent, the schedule for Wednesday’s remaining votes has been changed:

At 3:30 p.m., the Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of the Hernandez nomination, with a confirmation vote at about 4 p.m.

These votes will ensue, with the confirmation vote to follow immediately on  each nomination for which cloture is invoked — except on the Gottemoeller nomination, which is subject to up to 8 hours of post-cloture debate.  There will be two minutes for debate before each vote:

    • Confirmation of the Hernandez nomination.
    • Cloture on the nomination of Pamela Reeves to be a United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Tennessee.
    • Confirmation of the Reeves nomination.
    • Cloture on the nomination of Timothy Brooks to be a United States District Judge for the Western District of Arkansas.
    • Confirmation of the Brooks nomination.
    • Cloture on the nomination Vince Chhabria to be a United States District Judge for the Northern District of California.
    • Confirmation of the Chhabria nomination.
    • Cloture on the nomination of Rose Eilene Gottemoeller to be Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security.

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12:53 p.m. — On a vote of 57 to 41, the Senate invoked cloture on the nomination of Pedro Delgado Hernandez to be a U.S. District Court Judge for the District of Puerto Rico. Two Republicans (Collins and Murkowski) joined 53 Democrats and 2 independents in voting for cloture. Hatch was recorded as “Present.”

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12:26 p.m. — On a vote of 47 to 52, the Senate failed to invoke cloture on the nomination of Debo P. Adegbile to be an Assistant Attorney General.

YEAS were 45 Democrats, 2 Independents.

NAYS were 44 Republicans, 8 Democrats.

DEMOCRATS WHO VOTED AGAINST CLOTURE: 

CASEY, COONS, DONNELLY, HEITKAMP, MANCHIN, PRYOR, REID (switched from Aye in order to retain his parliamentary prerogative as majority leader), WALSH

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The Senate will convene at 10 a.m. and move to executive session to consider the nomination of Debo P. Adegbile to be an Assistant Attorney General.

At 11:45 a.m., the Senate will vote on whether to invoke cloture on the Adegbile nomination. If cloture is invoked, four minutes of debate will ensue, followed by a vote on confirmation.

Following disposition of the Adegbile nomination, the Senate will proceed to a cloture vote on the nomination of Pedro Delgado Hernandez to be a United States District Judge for the District of Puerto Rico.

The Senate is then expected to recess for weekly caucus luncheons.

After the Senate reconvenes at 2:15 p.m., this sequence of roll call votes is expected:

  • If cloture has been invoked on the Hernandez nomination, there will be up to two hours of post-cloture debate. When time has been used or yielded, there will be a confirmation vote on the Hernandez nomination.
  • Following disposition of the Hernandez nomination, the Senate will hold cloture votes on the nominations below. In each instance, if cloture is invoked, there will then be up to two hours of debate, followed by a confirmation vote. One exception: post-cloture debate would be up to 8 hours for the Gottemoeller nomination.
    • Pamela Reeves to be U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Tennessee.
    • Timothy Brooks to be U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Arkansas.
    • Vince Chhabria to be U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of California.
    • Rose Eilene Gottemoeller to be Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security.
  • Immediately after disposition of these nominations — unless there is unanimous consent  to proceed to the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2013 (S. 1086) — the Senate will hold a cloture on the motion to proceed.

 

MONDAY, MARCH 3, 2014

The Senate is scheduled to convene at 2 p.m.

Due to the weather, however, all votes have been postponed until Tuesday

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2014

3:06 p.m. — On a vote of 97 to 0, the Senate confirmed the nomination of Michael L. Connor to be Deputy Secretary of the Interior. This was the final vote of the day.

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2:43 p.m. — On a vote of 56 to 41, the motion to waive a budget point of order failed, 60 votes having been required under the rules. The veterans benefits bill, S. 1982, is therefore recommitted to the Committee on Veterans Affairs.    

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2:22 p.m. — On a party-line vote of 44 to 52, the Graham motion failed to table the Reid motion to commit the veterans bill for a change in its enactment date. The Graham tabling motion would have permitted Republicans to seek an amendment on Iran sanctions.

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

After one hour of morning business, the Senate will resume consideration of S. 1982, the veterans benefits bill.

At 1:45 p.m., Senator Graham will be recognized to raise a budget  point of order, which Senator Murray will move to waive. There will then follow a series of votes:

— At about 2 p.m., a vote is expected on a motion to table Senator Reid’s amendment to commit the veterans bill to committee for reporting back with an enactment-date amendment (#2767).

— After the tabling vote, there will be a vote on the Murray motion to waive points of order on S. 1982, the veterans bill.

— If the motion to waive is agreed to, the Senate will proceed immediately to a cloture vote on the Sanders substitute (Amendment #2747) to the veterans bill.

— If cloture is invoked, post-cloture time will be yielded back. A vote on the Sanders amendment will come immediately.

— Further, if the motion to waive succeeds, a cloture vote on the veterans bill will immediately follow disposition of the Sanders amendment (#2747).

— If cloture is invoked on the veterans bill (S. 1982) post-cloture time will be yielded back and the Senate will vote immediately on final passage of  S. 1982, as amended.

The Senate also expected on Thursday to consider Executive Calendar #561, the nomination of Michael L. Connor to be Deputy Secretary of the Interior

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2014

The Senate adjourned at 6:57 p.m. and will reconvene at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, February 27.  They will be in morning business for one hour and will then resume consideration of S. 1982, the Veteran’s Benefits bill. At 2:00 there will be a series of votes related to S. 1982.

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The Senate convened at 9:30 a.m.

At 11:30 a.m., the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to the veterans benefits bill (S. 1982). Cloture was invoked on the motion to proceed on Tuesday.

Votes are possible today.

 

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2014

6:35 p.m. 

The Senate adjourned until 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, February 26th and will resume the motion to proceed to S. 1982 – VA benefits (post cloture).

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4:45

When the Senate came back into session, they resumed the Motion to Proceed to S. 1982, the VA Benefits bill. The Motion was agreed to by a roll call vote of 99 – 0. Senators Sanders, Murray, Burr and Cornyn spoke on S.1982.

12:30

The Senate recessed for weekly party caucuses from 12:30 – 2:15.

The cloture vote on the motion to proceed to the veterans bill has been rescheduled for 3:30 p.m.

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12:58 p.m. — On a vote of 91 to 7, the Senate confirmed the Freeman nomination.

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12:37 p.m. — On a vote of 56 to 42, the Senate invoked cloture on the Freeman nomination.

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12:20 p.m. — On a vote of 90 to 5, the Senate confirmed the Donato nomination.

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11:59 a.m. — On a vote of 55 to 42, the Senate invoked cloture on the Donato nomination.

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11:41 a.m. –– On a vote of 95 to 4, the Senate confirmed the Moody nomination.

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The Senate will convene at 10 a.m. and proceed to morning business.

At 11:05 a.m. , the Senate will debate the nomination of James Maxwell Moody Jr. to be a U.S. district court judge for the Eastern District of Arkansas.

At 11:15 a.m., the Senate will begin this sequence of roll call votes:

o    Confirmation of the Moody nomination;

o    Motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of James Donato to be a United States District Judge for the Northern District of California;

o    Confirmation of the Donato nomination;

o    Motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Beth Labson Freeman to be a United States District Judge for the Northern District of California;

o    Confirmation of the Freeman nomination.

Upon disposition of the Freeman nomination, the Senate will recess until 2:15 p.m. for weekly policy luncheons.

At 2:15 p.m., the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to the Comprehensive Veterans Health and Benefits and Military Retirement Pay Restoration Act of 2014 (S. 1982).

At about 3:15 p.m., the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to the veterans bill.

 

 

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2014

The Senate will convene at 2 p.m. Up to three roll call votes are expected, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Senator King will be recognized shortly after 2 p.m.  to 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 is expected to 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 21, 2014

Senator Levin called the Senate to order at 10:30 a.m. for a pro forma session. No business was conducted. Senator Levin adjourned the Senate until its next legislative session, at 2 p.m. on Monday, February 24.

Senator King will then deliver George Washington’s Farewell Address. The Senate will enter 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).