Friday, December 11, 2020

2:21 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will reconvene at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, December 14. They will resume consideration of the nomination of Thomas Kirsch, II, to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Seventh Circuit. They will vote on cloture on the nomination at 5:30 p.m.

During wrap-up:

*Began the Rule 14 process to place on the Legislative Calendar of Business S.5014, Government Shutdown Prevention Act of 2020 (Paul).

*Concurred in the House amendment to S.461: to strengthen the capacity and competitiveness of historically Black colleges and universities through robust public-sector, private-sector, and community partnerships and engagement, and for other purposes.

*Passed H.R.4764 with Alexander substitute amendment: Timely ReAuthorization of Necessary Stem-cell Programs Lends Access to Needed Therapies Act of 2020.

1:39 p.m. The Senate passed H.R. 8900, the continuing resolution, by voice vote.

1:31 p.m. Senator McConnell asked unanimous consent that the Senate proceed to H.R. 8900, continuing resolution. Senator Sanders and then Senator Hawley both objected and spoke about why. Then they both withdrew their objection.

1:30 p.m. By a vote of 84-13, the Conference Report to accompany H.R. 6395, NDAA was agreed to.

12:30 p.m. The Senate began voting on final passage of the Conference Report to accompany H.R. 6395, NDAA.

12:05 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about Coronavirus relief.

11:38 a.m. Senator Murphy spoke about the 2020 election.

11:05 a.m.. The Senate invoked cloture on the conference report to accompany H.R. 6395 NDAA by a vote of 84-13. By unanimous consent, post cloture time will expire at 12:30 today. Voting nay: Senators Booker, Braun, Cotton, Cruz, Hawley, Kennedy, Lee, Markey, Merkley, Paul, Sanders, Warren, and Wyden

10:15 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about Covid relief.

10:11 a.m. Senator Inhofe spoke on NDAA.

9:45 a.m. During leader remarks, Majority Leader McConnell discussed the looming deadline of midnight tonight to fund the government and the need for a Covid relief package. McConnell also filed cloture on the nomination of Thomas Kirsch II, IND, to be U.S. Circuit Judge, 7th Circuit and Kathrine Crytzer, TN, to be U.S. District Judge. Eastern District.

9:30 a.m. Senator Grassley Spoke about a Cedar Rapids locale who will be on a mission to the moon.

The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m. Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the conference report to accompany H.R.6395, National Defense Authorization Act. (NDAA).

Under regular order, the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the conference report at 10:30 a.m.

Additional roll call votes are possible during Friday’s session of the Senate.