Monday, August 3, 2020

6:11 p.m. The Senate adjourned.

6:10 p.m. ML McConnell wrapped up for the evening, which consisted of moving S. 4323 from the Finance to the Homeland Security Committee.

6:09 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Menezes nomination, 78-14.

Senators voting against: 14 Democrats: Blumenthal, Cortez Masto, Gillibrand, Harris, Hirono, Klobuchar, Markey, Menendez, Merkley, Rosen, Schatz, Schumer, Warren and Wyden.

Senators not voting: 5 Republicans: Burr, Hyde Smith, Moran, Tillis and Toomey; 2 Democrats: Heinrich and Leahy; 1 Independent: Sanders.

5:30 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the nomination of Mark Menezes to be Deputy Secretary of Energy.

5:27 p.m. Senator Manchin spoke about the Menezes nomination.

5:18 p.m. Senator Murkowski spoke in support of the Menezes nomination and on covid-19.

4:59 p.m. Senator Blackburn spoke about the National Basketball Association camps in China.

4:42 p.m. Senator Wicker spoke on the Communications Decency Act.

4:34 p.m. Senator Boozman paid tribute to General David L. Goldfein and Chief Master Sergeant Kalif O. Wright.

4:16 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the anniversary of the El Paso shooting and the corona relief bill.

3:33 p.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about the talks on the relief bill.

3:04 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the loss of life during a Marine training exercise off the California coast. He spoke about election security. He spoke about the extension of corona relief aid.

3:02 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about Senate Hatch’s recent essay on intellectual diversity..


The Senate will convene at 3 p.m. and will resume consideration of the nomination of Mark Wesley Menezes to be deputy secretary of the Department of Energy. At 5:30 p.m. there will be a vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Menezes nomination.