Thursday, January 4th 2018

5:39 p.m. The Senate stands adjourned.

5:38 p.m. ML McConnell asked u.c. that the Senate adjourn until 3:00 p.m. on Monday, January 8th and resume the Campbell nomination.

5:17 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke about the Alaskan of the week and about staffer Alex Shank.

4:52 p.m. Senator Blunt spoke about Iranian protests.

3:10 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about judicial nominations.

3:00 p.m. Senator Lee spoke remembering Thomas Monson.

2:52 p.m. Senator Cassidy spoke on tax reform and the announcement by the Trump administration of more allowances for offshore oil drilling.

2:15 p.m. Senator Menendez spokeon the situation in Iran.

2:15 p.m. The Senate returned from recess.

12:51 p.m. The Senate recessed until 2:15 p.m. to accommodate the weekly caucus meetings.

12:29 p.m. Senator Sanders spoke about government funding and tax reform.

12:24 p.m. Senator Gardner spoke about legal marijuana policy in Colorado.

12:12 p.m. Senator Flake paid tribute to Thomas S. Monson.

11:56 a.m. Senator Barrasso spoke about British health care.

11:41 a.m. Senator Blumenthal spoke about the aftermath of the hurricane in Puerto Rico.

11:30 a.m. Senator Boozman spoke about Fort Smith.

11:27 a.m. The Senate resumed consideration of the Counts nomination.

Senator Isakson spoke about next week’s college football championship.

11:19 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about a potential spending deal.

11:12 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the possibility of a two-year federal spending deal. He spoke about disaster relief and immigration.

Senator McConnell had H.R.4667 (supplemental appropriations) placed on the Senate calendar under Rule XIV proceedings.


The Senate will convene at 11:00 a.m., and following any leader remarks, will resume consideration of the nomination of Walter Counts to be US District Judge for the Western District of Texas.

The Senate will recess from 12:30pm until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings.

There will be no further roll call votes this week. The next roll call vote will be at 5:30pm on Monday, January 8th.

As a reminder, this evening Majority Leader McConnell filed cloture on the following nominations:

William Campbell to be US District Judge for the Middle district of Tennessee.
Thomas Parker to be US District Judge for the Western District of Tennessee.
Michael Brown to be US District Judge for the Northern District of Georgia.
Walter Counts to be US District Judge for the Western District of Texas.