Thursday, July 12, 2018

5:12 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 3 p.m. Monday, July 16, when it will consider the nomination of Scott Stump of Colorado to be assistant secretary of education for career, technical and adult education.

At 5:30 p.m. Monday, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Stump nomination.

5:05 p.m. In wrap-up, Senator Rubio secured voice votes to confirm these nominations:

— Kelly Higashi to be an associate judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia;

— Emory Rounds III to be director of the Office of Government Ethics;

— Georgette Mosbacher to be ambassador to Poland.

By consent, the Senate agreed to:

— S. Res. 58, designating July 30 as National Whistle-Blower Appreciation Day;

— S. Res. 574, designating July 13 as National Car Collector Appreciation Day;

— S. Res. 575, honoring the memory of the five victims of the Capital Gazette attack on June 28.

4:40 p.m. Senator Rubio spoke about the Trump/Putin meeting.

4:15 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke about NATO.

3:50 p.m. Senator Portman spoke about Brett Kavanaugh.

2:07 p.m. Senator Flake spoke about NATO.

2:02 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell filed cloture on:

  • Exec. Cal. #595, Randal Quarles to be Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
  • Exec. Cal. #892, Andrew S. Oldham to be US Circuit Judge for Fifth Circuit
  • Exec. Cal. #903, Ryan Wesley Bounds to be US Circuit Judge for Ninth Circuit

2:01 p.m. The Senate confirmed Paul C. Ney to be General Counsel of the Department of Defense, 70-23. Not voting: Hyde-Smith, McCain, Moran, Paul, Schumer, Shaheen, and Tillis.

1:30 p.m. The Senate is now voting on confirmation of the Ney nomination.

12:45 p.m. Senator Gardner spoke about wildfires.

12:30 p.m. Senator Markey spoke about the Supreme Court vacancy.

12:09 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about the Justice Department and the FBI.

11:45 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the Kavanaugh nomination.

11:33 a.m. Senator Van Hollen spoke about the shooting at the Capital Gazette newspaper.

11:07 a.m. Senator Cardin spoke about the shooting at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis.

10:03 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court. He spoke about the economy.


The Senate will convene at 10 a.m. and will resume post-cloture consideration of the nomination of Paul Ney to be general counsel for the Defense Department.

At 1:30 p.m., the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Ney nomination.