Monday, March 4, 2019

6:39 p.m. The Senate stands adjourned until 10 a.m. Tuesday.

6:30 p.m. During wrap-up, Senator McConnell secured consent for the Senate to convene at 10 a.m., to resume post-cloture debate on the Rushing nomination, to recess for party luncheons from 12:30 p.m. until 2:15 p.m., and to conclude debate on the Rushing nomination at 4 p.m.

The Senate consented to steps to place these measures on the calendar under Rule XXII: H.R. 1112 and H.R. 8, on background checking procedures for firearms purchases; S.617, to extend certain expiring provisions of the tax code.

By consent, the Senate passed S.252, to promote Senator Dole to the rank of colonel in the U.S. Army.

By voice vote, the Senate passed S.Res.92, to designate the first week in April as National Asbestos Awareness Week.

6:25 p.m. By a vote of 52 to 43, the Senate invoked cloture on the Rushing nomination. Vote split along party lines. Not voting were: Brown, Heinrich, Murkowski, Sanders and Sinema.

5:30 p.m Roll call vote began on cloture on the Rushing nomination.

5:10 p.m. Senators Jones and Isakson spoke about the tornadoes in Alabama.

5:02 p.m. Senator Ernst spoke about Russia.

4:37 p.m. Senator Wicker spoke about Russia.

4:29 p.m. Senator Alexander spoke about border control.

3:59 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about border control.

3:48 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about Tornado relief in Alabama and Georgia, nominations, election law, and Democratic legislative initiatives.

3:29 p.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about judicial nominations, the president’s emergency declaration, climate change and trade.


The Senate will convene at 3:00 p.m.

Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of Allison Rushing,  Executive Calendar #15, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fourth Circuit.

At 5:30 p.m., the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Rushing nomination.


5:30pm Monday, March 4th – 1 roll call vote:

1)      Motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Allison Rushing to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fourth Circuit.


Cloture has also been filed on the following nominations:

1)           Executive Calendar #17, Chad Readler to be United States Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit.

2)           Executive Calendar #18, Eric Murphy to be United States Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit.

3)           Executive Calendar #11, John Fleming to be Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development.

If cloture is invoked on any of the nominations, there would be up to 30 hours of debate prior to a vote on confirmation of the nomination, before proceeding to a cloture vote on the next nomination.