Thursday, January 21, 2021

6:15 p.m. The Senate adjourned.

6:13 p.m. Majority Leader Schumer wrapped up for the evening.

5:32 p.m. Senator Inhofe spoke on several of his staff or former staff that have moved on.

5:24 p.m. Senator Menendez spoke in favor of the Blinken nomination.

5:23 p.m. HR 335 the waiver for General Austin was agreed to, 69-27.

Voting against: 14 Democrats: Baldwin, Blumenthal, Booker, Cortez Masto, Duckworth, Gillibrand, Markey, Merkley, Murray, Rosen, Tester, Van Hollen, Warren and Wyden; 13 Republicans: Barrasso, Blackburn, Collins, Cotton, Hawley, Lee, Lummis, Marshall, Rubio, Sasse, Scott of Florida, Toomey and Young.

Not voting: 4 Republicans: Burr, Hyde Smith, Moran and Tillis.

4:30 p.m. Roll call vote began on the waiver for the nomination of General Austin to be Secretary of Defense, with a 60 vote threshold.

4:00 p.m. Senator Schumer announced that the vote on the Austin waiver would likely occur before 5:00 p.m.

3:36 p.m. Senator Portman spoke about the inauguration

3:18 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke about the filibuster and also spoke in support of the Austin nomination.

1:09 p.m. Senator Scott (FL) spoke about the economy and taxes.

1:05 p.m. Senator Thune spoke about the president’s agenda.

12:28 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about Covid, the economy, and health inequity.

12:12 p.m. Senator McConnell spoke about the filibuster and about the executive orders signed last night.

12:05 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke about the inauguration, the executive orders signed last night, and the confirmation of nominations.

The Senate will convene at noon and will proceed with morning business.