Thursday, April 19, 2018

4:57 p.m. The Senate adjourned until Monday, April 23 at 3:00 p.m. ML McConnell announced that the next roll call vote will be on cloture on the nomination of Stuart Duncan, LA, to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the 5th Circuit.

The Senate passed the following by unanimous consent:

S. Res 478 – April 21-29, National Parks Week

S. Res 431 – International parental abduction prevention

H.Con Res 115 – use of Capitol Grounds, peace officers services

4:16 p.m. Senator Perdue spoke about the Budget.

3:32 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke about the Alaskan of the week.

3:06 p.m. Senator Reed spoke about Russia and the 2016 election.

2:45 p.m. Senator Merkley paid tribute to Senator Duckworth and then discussed the Royhinga crisis.

2:43 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell filed cloture on the nomination of Stuart Duncan to be a US Circuit judge for the fifth circuit.

2:42 p.m. The nomination was confirmed on a party line vote of 50-49; with Senator McCain not voting.

1:46 p.m. Roll call vote began on the nomination on the Bridenstine nomination.

1:38 p.m. Senator Burr spoke about the Pompeo nomination.

12:59 p.m. Senator Casey spoke about Senator Duckworth’s new baby and Syria.

12:40 p.m. Senator Heller paid tribute to Major Stephen Del Bagno.

12:30 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about NASA and the Bridenstine nomination.

12:08 p.m. Senator Peters spoke in opposition to the Bridenstine nomination.

12:01 p.m. Senator Klobuchar spoke memorializing the artist Prince and also spoke about the bill the Senate passed allowing Senators to bring infants to the Senate floor.

11:57 a.m. Senator Inhofe spoke about the Oklahoma City bombing and supporting the Bridenstine nomination.

11:50 a.m. Senator Lankford spoke supporting the Bridenstine and Pompeo nominations.

11:28 a.m. Senator Corker spoke supporting the Pompeo nomination.

11: 20 a.m. Senator Lee spoke supporting the Bridenstine nomination.

11:15 a.m. Senator Schatz spoke against the Bridenstine nomination.

10:51 a.m. Senator Rubio spoke about nominations and Venezuela.

10:30 a.m. Senator Nelson spoke about the power outage in Puerto Rico and the anniversary of the oil spill in the Gulf.

10:22 a.m. Senator Schumer spoke about North Korea and Special Counselor Mueller.

10:02 a.m. ML McConnell spoke about the Protecting Moms and Infants Act, Pompeo, and tax reform.

  • The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m. and resume consideration of the nomination of James Bridenstine to serve as Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, post-cloture.


  • At 1:45 p.m., the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on confirmation of the Bridenstine nomination.