Thursday, July 19, 2018

5:20 p.m. The Senate adjourned.

5:11 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke about Jeanne, the Alaskan of the Week.

5:02 p.m. ML McConnell asked u.c. that following Leader remarks on Monday July 23rd, the Senate proceed to consideration of Executive Calendar #1000, Robert L. Wilkie, of North Carolina, to be Secretary of Veterans Affairs. The time until 5:30 p.m. be divided in the usual form and the Senate vote on the nomination. Following disposition of the Wilkie nomination, the Senate resume legislative session and consideration of H.R. 6147, Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, for FY ’19 (minibus).

4:20 p.m. Senator Portman spoke about sex trafficking.

3:16 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke about health care.

3:15 p.m. S.Res. 584, Questioning of US officials by Russian government, was agreed to by a vote of 98 to 0. Absent: Senators Shelby and McCain.

2:42 p.m. The Senate began voting on S. Res. 584, Questioning of US officials by Russian government.

2:38 p.m. Senator McConnell announced that the Bounds nomination was withdrawn.

1:36 p.m. Senator Tillis spoke about Putin. He also about immigration and keeping children with families

1:25 p.m. Senator Casey spoke about President Trump and Russia.

1:20 p.m. Senator Ernst spoke about ICE.

1:15 p.m. Senator Peters spoke about “Start Up Week.”

1:06 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke on the Bounds nomination.

12:54 p.m. Senator Cruz spoke of Cuba and in memorium of Oswaldo Paya, a Cuban citizen.

12:25 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke on the Bounds and Kavanaugh nominations. He spoke in memorium of Robert D. Ray, 38th Governor of Iowa. He also spoke in memorium of Eugene Sukup, an Iowan farmer, inventor, and manufacturer.

12:16 p.m. Senator Menendez spoke about Russia.

12:08 p.m. Democratic Leader Schumer spoke about Russia.

12:07 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell received unanimous consent for two votes. There will be two votes at 1:45 p.m:

  • Ryan Bounds to be a United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit
  • Schumer resolution on the adoption of questioning U.S. officials by the Putin government

11:46 a.m. Senators Flake and Coons spoke about Russia. Senator Flake asked unanimous consent to adopt S.Res. 583. Senator Cornyn objected.

11:36 a.m. Senator Sanders asked unanimous consent that the Senate proceed to and to the adoption of S.Res. 582 and Senator Paul objected.

11:23 a.m. Senator Sanders  and Schumer spoke about Russia.

11:16 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke about ICE.

11:11 a.m. Senator Cotton spoke about ICE.

10:30 a.m. Senator Schumer spoke about President Trump’s meeting with President Putin and about health care.

10:05 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the Oldham, Bounds, and Kavanaugh nominations and addressed the economy.


The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m. and resume consideration of the nomination of Ryan Bounds to be a United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit, post-cloture.

A roll call vote is expected during Thursday’s session.