Thursday, August 16th, 2018

4:33 p.m. The Senate adjourned pursuant to S.Res. 609, until 3:00 p.m. on Monday, August 20th.

4:31 p.m. ML McConnell did wrap up and called up amendments the Menendez amend #3705 and Fischer #3506 and announced at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, August 20th, the Senate will proceed to 2 votes in relation to the following amendments in relation to H.R.6157, Defense/Labor HHS Minibus Appropriations:
1. Menendez #3705
2. Fischer #3706

  • Adopted S.Res. 608, designating August 16, 2018, as “National Airborne Day”.
  • Adopted S.Res. 609, relative to the death of Paul Laxalt, former Senator for the State of Nevada.

4:03 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke about the Alaskan of the Week.

3:37 p.m. Senator Brown spoke about the jobs and the economy.

3:14 p.m. Senator Stabenow spoke about Aretha Franklin.

2:58 p.m. Senator Shelby spoke supporting H.R. 6157, Defense/Labor HHS Minibus Appropriations.

2:35 p.m. ML McConnell called up Shelby amendments #3695 (substitute) and #3699 are now pending in relation to H.R.6157, Defense/Labor HHS Minibus Appropriations

2:34 p.m. ML McConnell asked u.c. that the Senate proceeded to consideration of H.R.6157, Defense/Labor HHS Minibus Appropriations.

2:33 p.m. The Senate confirmed Exec. Cal. #1009 Julius Richardson to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Fourth by a vote of 81-8.

1:45 p.m. The Senate is now voting on confirmation of the Richardson nomination.

1:28 p.m. Senator Perdue spoke about the Kavanaugh nomination and appropriations.

1:18 p.m. Senator Isakson spoke in favor of the Kavanaugh nomination.

1:04 p.m. The Senate invoked cloture on the Richardson nomination by a vote of 80 to 10. Senators not voting: Alexander, Durbin, Flake, Inhofe, Lee, McCain, Murray, Rubio, Tillis, Toomey. Senators voting NO: Blumenthal, Gillibrand, Hirono, Markey, Merkley, Sanders, Schatz, Van Hollen, Warren, Wyden.

12:35 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the Richardson nomination.

12:34 p.m. The Quattlebaum nomination was confirmed 62-28.

Senators in favor: 43 Republicans, 18 Democrats: Baldwin, Bennet, Carper, Coons, Donnelly, Hassan, Heitkamp, Jones, Kaine, Leahy, Manchin, McCaskill, Nelson, Reed, Shaheen, Tester, Warner, and Whitehouse; 1 Independent: King.

Senators voting against: 27 Democrats, 1 Independent: Sanders.

Senators not voting:8 Republicans: Alexander, Flake, Inhofe, Lee, McCain, Rubio, Tillis and Toomey; 2 Democrats: Durbin and Murray.

12:00 p.m. Roll call vote began on confirmation of the Quattlebaum nomination.

11:58 a.m. Senator Graham spoke in favor of the Quattlebaum nomination.

11:57 a.m. Senator Schatz achieved U.C. to pass S. Res 607, regarding the necessity of a free press.

11:35 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the economy.

11:34 a.m. The Senate resumed consideration of the Quattlebaum nomination, post-cloture.

11:09 a.m. Senator Wyden spoke about wildfires.

11:06 a.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke about climate change.

10:50 a.m. Senator Nelson spoke about the Water Resources legislation.

10:41 a.m. Senator Daines spoke about the Kavanaugh nomination.

10:29 a.m. Senator Hatch spoke about the Kavanaugh nomination.

10:04 a.m. Senator Schumer spoke about NDAA.

9:57 a.m.  Senator Heller spoke about Senator Paul Laxault.

9:46 a.m. ML McConnell spoke about the Quattlebaum nomination and tax reform.

The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m. and will resume consideration of the Quattlebaum nomination with vote on confirmation to occur at 12:00 p.m. A vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Richardson nomination will occur immediately following that vote.

The Senate will proceed to H.R. 6157 [Defense-Labor-HHS-Education appropriations minibus] following the disposition of the Richardson nomination.