Monday, July 17, 2017

7:06 p.m. The Senate has adjourned until 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 18th. A vote on confirmation on Patrick Shanahan to be Deputy Secretary of Defense is expected at 12:15 p.m.


6:45 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke about climate change.

6:40 p.m. Senator Isakson paid tribute to staffer Stefanie Mohler.

6:21 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke about obstruction in the Senate.

6:20 p.m. The Senate invoked cloture on the Shanahan nomination by a vote of 88 to 6. Senators voting no: Booker, Gillibrand, Harris, Markey, Sanders, and Warren. Senators absent: Duckworth, Ernst, Flake, Heller, McCain, and Wicker.

5:31 p.m. The Senate is now voting on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Patrick Shanahan to Be Deputy Secretary of Defense.

4:40 p.m. Senator Hatch spoke in support of the Shanahan nomination.

4:10 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell filed cloture on the nomination of John Kenneth Bush, KY, to be U.S. Circuit Judge for Sixth Circuit and the nomination of David Bernhardt, VA,  to be Deputy Secretary of the Interior.

3:54 p.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about Senator McCain. He spoke about health care and anti-Semitism.

3:36 p.m. Senator Nelson spoke about health care and about education. He spoke about science.

3:14 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about health care.

3:03 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell wished a speedy recovery to Senator McCain. He spoke of the Shanahan nomination. He spoke about health care.

Senator McConnell completed Rule XIX proceedings to place on the calendar H.R. 2430, an FDA bill.


The Senate will next convene on Monday July 17 at 3:00 p.m. 

Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session to resume consideration of the nomination of Patrick Shanahan to be Deputy Secretary of Defense, with a cloture vote on the nomination at 5:30 p.m.