Thursday, July 20, 2023

4:55 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 6:30 a.m. Friday July 21st, 2023 for a Pro Forma Session. The Senate will next convene on Tuesday July 25th, 2023 at 3:00 p.m. Following Leader Remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of S. 2226, the NDAA

At 5:30 p.m. the Senate will hold 2 roll call votes on the following amendments in relation to S. 2226, NDAA

  1. Adoption of the Cornyn Amendment #931 (Outbound Investment) (60 Votes Affirmative Threshold)
  2. Adoption of Rounds Amendment #813 (Stop Foreign Adversary Land Purchases) (60 Votes Affirmative Threshold)

4:49 p.m. Majority Leader Schumer spoke about Hip Hop and started Wrap up.

  • Passed by Unanimous Consent – H.R. 1096, 250th Anniversary of the United States Marine Corps Commemorative Coin Act
  • Passed by Unanimous Consent – S. Res. 305, Commerating the 50th Anniversary of Hip Hop

4:17 p.m. The Senate adopted the following amendments by Voice Vote.

  • Scott (FL) amendment #510
  • Romney amendment #823
  • Sinema amendment #315
  • Grassley amendment #273
  • Blackburn amendment #224
  • Moran amendment #949
  • Baldwin amendment #685

4:17 p.m. By a vote of 13-71, the Senate did not adopt Lee amendment #376 (limit funding for Ukraine) to S. 2226, the National Defense Authorization Act FY 2024.

3:26 p.m. The Senate began voting on the Lee amend #376 to S. 2226.

3:24 p.m. Senator Lee and Senator Reed spoke about the Lee amend #376-Ukraine.

3:20 p.m. Senator Schumer called up the following amendments and said they will be voted in order at a time to be determined:

2:39 p.m. Senator Stabenow paid tribute to a departing staffer, Matt Williams.

2:18 p.m. Senator Klobuchar and Senator Blumenthal spoke on the NDAA and Afghan allies.

2:18 p.m. By a vote of 85-14, the Senate adopted Cruz-Manchin amendment #926 (Strategic Petroleum Reserve) to S. 2226, the National Defense Authorization Act FY 2024. Senator voting No: Baldwin, Blumenthal, Booker, Cardin, Durbin, Feinstein, Hirono, Markey, Murphy, Sanders, Schatz, Van Hollen, Warren, and Welch. Senator Barrasso did not vote.

1:07 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on adoption of the Cruz-Manchin amendment #926 (Strategic Petroleum Reserve), 60 vote threshold.

1:05 p.m. Senator Manchin spoke in support of amendment #926.

1:03 p.m. Senator Murphy spoke against amendment #926.

1:01 p.m. Senator Cruz spoke in support of the Cruz-Manchin amendment #926 to S. 2226, NDAA FY 2024.

1:00 p.m. By a vote of 53-46, the Senate confirmed the nomination of David M. Uhlmann to be an Assistant Administrator of the EPA. Senators Cassidy, Collins, and Murkowski voted in favor. Senator Manchin voted no. Senator Barrasso did not vote.

12:00 p.m. The Senate began voting on confirmation of the Uhlmann nomination.

11:54 a.m. Senator Carper spoke in favor of the Uhlmann nomination.

11:43 a.m. Senator Markley spoke on climate change.

11:24 a.m. Senator Budd paid tribute to Stuart Epperson who recently passed away, and later on veterans effected by Camp Lejeune water problems.

11:08 a.m. Senator Lankford spoke on prescription drug prices and supply chain issues.

10:59 a.m. Senator Thune spoke on the NDAA and on the B-21.

10:42 a.m. Republican Leader McConnell spoke on flooding in Western Kentucky. Leader McConnell also spoke on immigration, on the nomination of Judy Su, and on China.

10:26 a.m. Majority Leader Schumer spoke on the NDAA and ongoing negotiations. Leader Schumer also spoke on Fentanyl legislation, on appropriations and on SCOTUS ethics.

10:00 a.m. The Senate convened.


The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday. Following Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session to resume consideration of the nomination of David Uhlmann, to be an Assistant Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.  At approximately 12:00 p.m. the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Uhlmann nomination.  Upon disposition of the nomination the Senate will resume Legislative Session to resume consideration of S.2226, FY2024 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and vote on adoption of the Cruz-Manchin amendment #926 (Strategic Petroleum Reserve) at a 60 vote threshold.