Wednesday, June 6, 2018

6:32 p.m. The Senate adjourned.

6:14 p.m. Senator Portman spoke on Iran.

5:57 p.m. Senator Brown spoke on consumer banking protection.

5:17 ML McConnell wraps up for the evening.

Items passed by unanimous consent:

  • HR 88, regarding Shiloh National Military Park
  • HR 1719, regarding John Muir National Historic Site

Items passed by voice vote, en bloc:

  • HR 1900, the National Veterans Memorial and Museum Act
  • S. 2857, the National Nordic Museum Act
  • HR 1397, to authorize, direct, facilitate, and expedite the transfer of administrative jurisdiction of certain Federal land
  • S. 1692, authorizing the National Emergency Medical Services Memorial Foundation to establish a commemorative work in the District of Columbia
  • S Res 536, to authorize document production by the Intelligence Committee.

Unanimous consent that when the Senate adjourns it do so until 10:00 a.m. Thursday, proceed to Executive Session to consider the Marcus nomination, with a vote on the nomination at 12:30 p.m.

Unanimous consent that the Senate adjourn following remarks of Senators Tillis, Brown and Portman.

4:45 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke about Bobby Kennedy.

4:21 p.m. Senator Toomey spoke about Defense Authorization.

3:32 p.m. Senator Hatch spoke about unnecessary procedural votes and the backlog of nominations.

3:13 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke about the anniversary of the armistice of the Korean War.

3:06 p.m. Senator Lankford spoke about the need to work on nominations and appropriations bills during the August recess.

2:45 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke about hemp.

2:35 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke about the economy and jobs.

2:01 p.m. Senator Blunt spoke about the economy and jobs.

1:04 p.m. Senator Nelson spoke about Facebook.

12:47 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on gun control issues; and later on student visas potentially being used wrongfully.

12:33 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about Bobby Kennedy; and later on the status of NATO.

11:44 a.m. Senators Inhofe and Toomey spoke on the Defense Authorization.

11:41 a.m. ML McConnell asked UC to proceed to the Defense Authorization, (HR 5515) Senator Toomey objected.  ML McConnell filed cloture on the motion to proceed.

11:39 a.m. The Axon nomination was confirmed 83-11.

Senators voting in favor: 50 Republicans, 32 Democrats, 1 Independent: King.

Senators voting against: 10 Democrats: Booker, Gillibrand, Harris, Hirono, Menendez, Merkley, Peters, Stabenow, Warren, Wyden; 1 Independent: Sanders.

Senators not voting: 5 Democrats: Coons, Duckworth, Heinrich, Leahy and Markey; 1 Republican: McCain.

11:03 a.m. Roll call vote began on confirmation of the Axon nomination.

10:57 a.m. Senator Warren spoke about Bobby Kennedy.

10:38 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the August schedule. He spoke about nomination procedure. He spoke about World War II veterans.

10:31 a.m. Senator Daines spoke about the medical care of veterans.

10:11 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about health care and the August work schedule. He spoke about trade.



The Senate will convene at 10 a.m.

At 11 a.m., the Senate will vote on confirmation of the nomination of Annemarie Carney Axon to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama.

After disposition of the Axon nomination, Majority Leader McConnell is expected to move to proceed to the defense authorization, H.R. 5515.