Thursday, January 25, 2018

4:01 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 2:00 p.m. Monday, January 29. Next roll call vote at 5:30 p.m. on S 2311 regarding abortion.

During wrap up the Senate passed the following:

Executive Calendar 474, Pittman, DC, DC Superior Court

S. 1873 – VA peer specialist prgram

S.  Res 381 – Jan 21 to Jan 27, School choice week

S. Res 382 – Catholic Schools.

2:32 p.m. Senator Hatch spoke about immigration.

2:21 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke about the Alaskan of the week.

2:20 p.m. The Senate confirmed the James nomination 89-1. Senator Sanders voted no. Senators not voting (10): Blumenthal, Burr, Casey, Corker, Durbin, McCain, McCaskill, Moran, Risch, and Toomey.

1:45 p.m. The Senate began voting on confirmation of R. D. James to be an Assistant Secretary of the Army.

12:50 p.m. Senator Brown paid tribute to Jonathan Miller, a staffer who serves in the Army Reserves and is soon to go on deployment. He spoke about the Children’s Health Insurance Program and the need to support community health centers.

12:33 p.m. Senator Peters spoke about the responsibilities of elected officials. He spoke about legislative priorities.

12:27 p.m. Senator Cornyn reported nine requests, approved by both leaders, for committees to meet today.

12:10 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on legislative priorities.

11:05 a.m. Senator Cardin spoke on President Trumps foreign relations policies.

10:41 a.m. Senator Barasso spoke about the shutdown and tax reform.

10:29 a.m. Democratic Leader Schumer spoke about immigration and about the FBI.

10:12 a.m. The Senate resumed consideration of the James nomination to be an Assistant Secretary of the Army.

10:04 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about funding CHIP/CR,  nominations, tax reform, and S. 2311. ML McConnell also spoke about the President’s first State of the Union address.


The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m. and resume consideration of the nomination of R. D. James to be an Assistant Secretary of the Army.

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

On Wednesday evening, Majority Leader McConnell filed cloture on the motion to proceed to S. 2311; regarding abortion and the nomination of David Stras to be a US Circuit Judge for the Eighth Circuit.

The cloture vote with respect to the motion to proceed to S. 2311, is expected to occur at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, January 29.  By rule, if the motion fails, the Senate would immediately proceed to a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Stras nomination.