The Senate has adjourned and will next convene for pro forma sessions:
- Monday, April 10th at 1:30 p.m.
- Thursday, April 13th at 8:30 a.m.
- Monday, April 17th at 4:30 p.m.
- Thursday, April 20th at 7:20 p.m.
Following the pro forma on April 20th, the Senate will next convene at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, April 24th. A vote on the the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Sonny Perdue to be the Secretary of Agriculture is expected to occur at 5:30 p.m.
During wrap-up, S.861, Federal Employee Fair Treatment Act of 2017, and H.R. 1301, Department of Defense Appropriations Act2017, were read for the second time.
12:08 p.m. ML McConnell spoke in support of the Gorsuch confirmation and thanked everyone who helped with the nomination.
12:05 p.m. Senator Gardner spoke in support of the Gorsuch confirmation.
12:01 p.m. Senator Grassley thanked everyone who helped with the Gorsuch nomination.
11:58 a.m. ML McConnell called up and filed cloture on the nomination of Rod Rosenstein to be Deputy Attorney General, with a cloture vote following the vote on the Perdue nomination on Tuesday April 24.
11:57 a.m. The Gorsuch nomination was confirmed 54-45.
Senators in favor: 51 Republicans, 3 Democrats: Donnelly, Heitkamp and Manchin.
Senators against: 46 Democrats, 2 Independents: King and Sanders.
Senators not voting: 1 republican: Isakson.
11:32 a.m. Roll call vote began on confirmation of the Gorsuch nomination.
11:24 a.m. Senator Grassley spoke in favor of the Gorsuch nomination.
11:15 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke on the Gorsuch and Merrick Garland nominations.
11:07 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on the events in Syria and the Gorsuch nomination.
10:32 a.m. Senator Hatch spoke in favor of the nomination of Heather Wilson to be Secretary of the Air Force; as well as the Gorsuch nomination.
10:15 a.m. Senator McCain spoke about the Gorsuch nomination.
9:57 a.m. Senator Blunt spoke about the Gorsuch nomination.
9:52 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about the Gorsuch nomination. He spoke about the U.S. missile attack on Syria.
9:33 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the Gorsuch nomination.
The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m. and will resume post-cloture consideration of the nomination of Neil M. Gorsuch to be associate justice of the Supreme Court.
At about 11:45 a.m., the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Gorsuch nomination.