Monday, September 16, 2019

6:22 p.m. The Senate adjourned.

6:11 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke on climate change.

6:08 p.m. ML McConnell wrapped up for the evening.

6:07 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Rakolta nomination 55-27.

Senators voting in favor: 44 Republicans, 10 Democrats: Coons, Hassan, Jones, Manchin, Murphy, Peters, Shaheen, Sinema, Stabenow and Tester; 1 Independent: King.

Senators voting against: 27 Democrats.

Senators not voting: 9 Republicans: Alexander, Cruz, Hyde Smith, Kennedy, Risch, Roberts, Romney, Toomey and Wicker; 8 Democrats: Bennet, Booker, Gillibrand, Harris, Klobuchar, Murray, Schatz and Warren; 1 Independent: Sanders.

5:30 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the nomination of John Rakolta to be Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates.

5:09 p.m. Senator Brown spoke about United Auto Workers and women’s healthcare.

4:51 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about Justice Kavanaugh.

4:06 p.m. Democrat Leader Schumer spoke about gun control and China.

3:43 p.m. Senator McConnell filed cloture on H.R. 2740, the appropriation for the Departments of Labor and Health  and Human Service and other agencies.

3:31 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the attack on Saudi oil facilities. He spoke about appropriations. He spoke about trade with China. He spoke about the charges against Justice Kavanaugh.

3:02 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about the football game between Iowa and Iowa State.


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

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business until 5:00 p.m.

At 5:00 p.m., the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of John Rakolta to be Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates.

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


Majority Leader McConnell also filed cloture on the following nominations:

  1. Kenneth Howery to be Ambassador to Sweden.
  2. Robert Destro to be Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor.
  3. Brent McIntosh to be an Under Secretary of the Treasury.
  4. Brian Callanan to be General Counsel for the Department of the Treasury.