DECEMBER 15, 2013

12:30 PM

The Senate will convene at 1 pm for legislative business.

1:30 PM

Sen. Reid Filed cloture  and filled the amendment tree for HJ Res 59 – Budget Act and HR 3304 – DoD Authorization.  Senate will reconvene on Monday, December 16 at 3:00 PM.

Next vote will occur at 5:30 PM on confirmation for the nomination of Anne W. Patterson to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Near Eastern Affairs).

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2013

8:30 am

The Senate continued the legislative day that began at 2pm on December 11th. The Senate confirmed the nomination of  Deborah Lee James to be Secretary of the Air Force by a vote of 79-6. They immediately took up the Motion to Invoke Cloture on Heather Anne Higginbottom to be Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources. The Motion to Invoke Cloture was agreed to by a vote of 51-34.  The Senate is currently considering the Higginbottom nomination and is expected to vote on this nomination around 12:00pm.

Following disposition of the Higginbottom nomination, the Senate will proceed to the consideration of Anne W. Patterson to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Near Eastern Affairs), with a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2013

10:00 AM

The Senate continued the legislative day that began at 2pm on December 11th.  Senate has confirmed the nominations of Cornelia Pillard, to be DC Circuit Judge by a vote of 51-44  and Chai Feldblum, to be member of EEOC by a vote of 55- 41.
The Senate is currently considering the nomination of Elizabeth Wolford to be US District Judge, Western NY.
Vote on the Wolford nomination is expected at approximately 11 am.  Further votes are expected throughout the day.

12:00 PM

Wolford was confirmed by a vote of 70 – 29. The Senate is now considering the nomination of Landya McCafferty, NH, to be US District Judge of NH.  Vote expected at approx 12:45.  The Senate paused at Noon for prayer and began a new calendar day (but same legislative day).

1:30 PM

McCafferty was confirmed by a vote of 79 – 19.   The Senate invoked cloture for Patricia M Wald, to be Member of Privacy and Civil Liberties Board by a vote of 57 – 41.  Next vote expected (on Wald nomination) at approximately 5:30.

6:30

Wald was confirmed by a vote of 57-41.  Cloture was invoked on Brian Morris, MT, to be US District Judge, MT 57 – 40. Next Vote expected on Morris Nomination at 7:30.

8:45

Morris was confirmed by a vote of 75-20. Cloture was invoked on the Susan P. Watters, MT, to be US District Judge by a vote of 58-39.  Vote on this nomination followed by a cloture vote on Deborah Lee James, Va, to be Secy Air Force, is expected at 9:15.  (Confirmation vote on James is expected to occur at 6 AM Friday Morning).

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2013

 

The Senate will convene at 2 p.m.   The pending legislative business is S. 1197, the 2014 defense authorization bill.

After leaders’ remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #346, the nomination of Cornelia T. L. Pillard to be a United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit. (If all post-cloture time is used, the confirmation vote would occur at about 1 a.m. on Thursday.)

Cloture votes could occur Wednesday on any of the following nominations:

    • Chai Rachel Feldblum to be a Member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.  This nomination is subject to up to 8 hours of post-cloture debate, equally divided. 
    • Elizabeth A. Wolford to be a United States District Judge for the Western District of New York.  This nomination is subject to up to 2 hours of post-cloture debate, equally divided.
    • Landya B. McCafferty to be a United States District Judge for the District of New Hampshire.  This nomination is subject to up to 2 hours of post-cloture debate, equally divided.
    • Patricia M. Wald to be a Member of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board.  This nomination is subject to up to 8 hours of post-cloture debate, equally divided.
    • Brian Morris to be a United States District Judge for the District of Montana.  This nomination is subject to up to 2 hours of post-cloture debate, equally divided.
    • Susan P. Watters to be a United States District Judge for the District of Montana.  This nomination is subject to up to 2 hours of post-cloture debate, equally divided.
    • Deborah Lee James to be Secretary of the Air Force.  This nomination is subject to up to 8 hours of post-cloture debate, equally divided.
    • Heather Anne Higginbottom to be Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources.  This nomination is subject to up to 8 hours of post-cloture debate, equally divided. 

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2013

The Senate will convene at 10 a.m.

Following leaders’ remarks, the Senate will go into executive session to resume consideration of Executive calendar #327, the nomination of Patricia Ann Millett of Virginia to be a United States Circuit Court judge for the D.C. Circuit, proceeding immediately to a roll-call vote on confirmation.

The Senate will then proceed to as many as three more roll call votes on:

—  A motion to proceed to Executive Session for the reconsideration of the vote by which cloture was not invoked on the Watt nomination;

—  A motion to reconsider the vote by which cloture was not invoked on the Watt nomination; and

—  A motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Mel Watt, to be Director of Federal Housing Finance Agency, upon reconsideration.

If cloture is invoked on Watt there will be up to 8 hours of debate followed by a final confirmation vote.

MONDAY DECEMBER 9, 2013

The Senate will convene at 2 p.m. Following leaders’ remarks, the Senate will be in Morning Business until 4 p.m.

At 4 p.m., the Senate will resume consideration of S. 1197, the Defense Authorization in order to permit an update on the status of the bill. On Nov. 21, cloture was not invoked and a motion to reconsider was made. The amendment tree is filled.

At 5 p.m., the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #327,  the nomination of Patricia Ann Millett of Virginia to be a U.S. Circuit Court judge for the D.C. Circuit. There will be a confirmation vote at 5:30 p.m. (vote postponed).

6:00 pm:

Senate passed HR 3626 by Unanimous Consent.  No roll calls votes during today’s session. Senate will vote on the Millett nomination following leader remarks during tomorrow’s session.

 

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2013

 The Senate will convene at 9:30 AM and will resume consideration of S. 1197 (A bill to authorize appropriations for Fiscal Year 2014 for military activities of the Department of Defense). The Senate will proceed with six hours of debate only on the issue of sexual assault.

 

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2013

The Senate will convene at 10:00 AM and will be in a period of Morning Business. for one hour. At 11:00 AM, the Senate will resume consideration of S. 1197 (A bill to authorize appropriations for Fiscal Year 2014 for military activities of the Department of Defense). The Senate will recess from 12:30 to 2:15 PM for the weekly party caucus lunches.