4:21 p.m. The Senate adjourned.
4:17 p.m. Senator Cardin wrapped up for the week. The following nominations were confirmed by voice vote: 1045-1049, 1057-1058 and all nominations in the foreign service on the Secretary’s desk. By voice vote: S Res 568 regarding child abduction awareness month; by UC: S Res 589 commemorating the women of Ukraine. UC that the Senate adjourn until 3:00 p.m. on Monday July 25th, with a vote at 5:30 p.m.
3:56 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke on electoral reform.
3:23 p.m. Senator Sullivan paid tribute to the latest “Alaskan of the week.” On this occasion, he spoke about Betsy Lawer of the First National Bank of Alaska. He later spoke about the USICA/CHIPS/China competition bill.
2:43 p.m. ML Schumer made the motion to concur in the House amendment to S.3373, the legislative vehicle for the PACT Act.
2:42 p.m. By a vote of 66-23, the Senate confirmed Shereef M. Elnahal to be Under Secretary for Health of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Republicans voting in favor: Senators Blackburn, Boozman, Burr, Capito, Cassidy, Collins, Cornyn, Fischer, Graham, Grassley, Hagerty, Hoeven, McConnell, Moran, Murkowski, Portman, Rounds, Sasse, Toomey, Wicker and Young.
Not voting: Senators Blunt, Cramer, Kennedy, Lankford, Leahy, Sanders, Scott of SC, Smith, Tillis, Warner and Warnock.
1:35 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #902 Shereef M. Elnahal to be Under Secretary for Health of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
1:31 p.m. Senator Tester spoke in support of the nomination of Shereef M. Elnahal to be Under Secretary for Health of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
1:20 p.m. Senator Braun spoke about earmarks and the budget. He asked UC that the Senate proceed to S. Res. 687. Senator Shaheen objected.
1:13 p.m. The Senate passed H.R.8351-the Formula Act-by voice vote.
1:07 p.m. Senator Lee spoke about the formula shortage.
12:33 p.m. Senators Blumenthal, Hirono, Wyden, Klobuchar and Murray spoke on the Family Planning Act. Senator Murray asked UC that the Senate proceed to the Act. Senator Ernst objected.
12:33 p.m. By a vote of 55-40, the Senate confirmed Reuben E. Brigety II to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of South Africa. Republicans voting aye: Collins, Graham, Murkowski, Portman, Romney, Shelby, and Young. Not voting: Blunt, Cramer, Kennedy, Leahy and Smith.
11:49 a.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on confirmation of Reuben E. Brigety II to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of South Africa.
11:44 a.m. Senator Coons spoke supporting the Brigety nomination.
11:31 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on CHIPS+ legislation.
11:15 a.m. Senator Murphy spoke on electoral count reform.
11:10 a.m. Senator Blackburn spoke on gasoline prices.
10:48 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke on the 4th of July shooting in Highland Park, IL.
10:35 a.m. Republican Leader McConnell spoke on the economy and Ukraine.
10:29 a.m. H.R. 8040, Respect for Marriage Act, was placed on the calendar under Rule 14.
10:17 a.m. Majority Leader Schumer spoke on legalizing cannabis, CHIPS-Plus Act, the cost of prescription drugs, and Fox News.
10:00 a.m. The Senate has convened.
The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m. and will resume consideration of the House Message accompanying H.R. 4346, the legislative vehicle for the CHIPS-Plus Act, with a further amendment (#5135).
At 11:30 a.m., the Senate will vote on confirmation of Reuben E. Brigety II to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of South Africa. Additional votes are expected.