Monday, December 4, 2017

6:43 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 10 a.m. Tuesday, December 5, whereupon it will resume consideration of the Nielsen nomination. At 12:30 p.m., the Senate will adjourn, subject to the call of the chair, for weekly policy luncheons and the taking of the official Senate photograph.

6:33 p.m. Senator Coons spoke about the tax package.

6:15 p.m. Senator Brown spoke about banking legislation.

6:13 p.m. By consent, the Senate concurred in the House amendments to S. 371, the State Department authorization.

6:12 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke about the nomination.

6:11 p.m. By a vote of 59 to 33, the Senate invoked cloture for the Neilsen nomination. Voting YEA: All Republicans present; Democrats Carper, Coons, Donnelly, Heitkamp, Manchin, McCaskill, Nelson, Reed, Tester, and Warner; independent King. Not voting: Corker, Graham, Hatch, Klobuchar, Lee, Merkley, Sanders, Wyden.

5:24 p.m. Senator Johnson spoke supporting the Johnson nomination.

5:08 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke about the Alaska provision in the tax bill and the need to confirm Administration officials.

4:53 p.m. Senator Portman about the 50th Anniversary of Alvis House and in favor Kirstjen Nielsen.

4:34 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about DACA and National Parks.

4:00 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about tax reform and DACA.

3:27 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke about tax reform.

3:08 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the Nielsen nomination, funding the government and tax reform.


 The Senate will convene at 3 p.m. and will resume consideration of the nomination of Kirstjen Nielsen to be Secretary of Homeland Security.

At 5:30 p.m., the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Nielson nomination.