6:22 p.m. The Senate adjourned for the evening.
6:20 p.m. ML McConnell wraps up for the evening: Adopted S. Res 517, designating May 2018 as “Older Americans Month”. Completed the Rule 14 process to place S.2878, a bill to amend the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 to reform the procedures provided under such Act for the initiation, investigation, and resolution of claims alleging that employing offices of the legislative branch have violated the rights and protections provided to their employees under such Act, including protections against sexual harassment and discrimination.
6:19 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Baiocco nomination by a tally of 49-45.
Senators voting in favor: 48 Republicans, 1 Democrat: Manchin.
Senators voting against: 43 Democrats, 2 Independents: King and Sanders.
Senators not voting: Capito, Duckworth, Hoeven, McCain, Shaheen and Tester.
5:31 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the Baiocco nomination.
4:32 p.m. Senator Nelson spoke about the shooting at Santa Fe High School.
4:06 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the shooting at Santa Fe High School.
3:10 p.m. Senator Hatch spoke on NAFTA and the Puerto Rico Economic Empowerment Act.
3:00 p.m. The Majority Leader spoke about the Baiocco nomination and tax cuts.
The Senate will convene at 3:00 p.m. and proceed to the consideration of the nomination of Dana Baiocco to be a Commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
At 5:30 p.m., the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Baiocco nomination.
Senator McConnell filed cloture on the following during Thursday’s session:
- Dana Baiocco to be a Commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission
- House message to accompany S. 2372 [VA Mission Act]
- Jelena McWilliams to be Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Federal Deposit Corporation
- Jelena McWilliams to be Member of the Board of Directors of the Federal Deposit Corporation
- James Rudolph Evans to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Luxembourg
The above cloture motions will be processed one at a time, after disposition of the previous item. Each is subject to up to thirty hours of post-cloture debate.