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.