Thursday, March 15, 2018

3:30 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will reconvene on Monday, March 19 at 3:00 p.m. They will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to H.R. 1865, a measure to combat on-line sex trafficking. At 5:30 p.m. they will vote on the nomination of Kevin McAleenan to be Commissioner of the US Protection Department followed by a vote on the motion to invoke cloture on S. 1865.

During wrap-up the following bills were passed by voice vote:

  • H.R. 3210 An act to require the Director of the National Background Investigations Bureau to submit a report on the backlog of personnel security clearance investigations.
  • S. 1869 A bill to reauthorize and rename the position of Whistleblower Ombudsman to be the Whistleblower Protection Coordinator.

2:51 p.m. Senator Roberts spoke supporting the Dowd nomination.

2:44 p.m. Senator Hatch spoke supporting the banking bill.

2:14 p.m. Senator Blunt spoke about the sex trafficking bill.

1:55 p.m. Senator Warren spoke about Robert F. Kennedy.

1:47 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the Pompeo nomination for Secretary of State and supporting the Fix NICS legislation.

1:09 p.m. Senator Fischer spoke about Sergeant Lonnie “Calvin” Allen Jr.

12:54 p.m. Senator Brown spoke about Rep. Marcy Kaptur.

12:38 p.m. Senator Klobuchar spoke about Liberian refugees.

12:23 p.m. Senator Reed spoke about Liberian refugees.

11:56 a.m. Senator Alexander spoke on the cost of health insurance.

11:37 a.m. Senator Murkowski spoke on the history of the Iditarod race.

11:35 a.m. Senator Nelson spoke on a new claim that the first St Patricks day was actually celebrated in St Augustine Florida in 1601.

11:20 a.m. Senator Kaine spoke about gun issues.

11:03 a.m. Senator Perdue spoke about deregulation and tax cuts.

10:55 a.m. Senator Peters spoke about Michigan farmers.

10:41 a.m. Senator Portman spoke about the sex-trafficking bill.

10:19 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about the tax overhaul. He spoke about the Kudlow nomination. He spoke about China and Russia.

10:04 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell paid tribute to Senator McCain upon the 45th anniversary of his return from imprisonment in North Vietnam. He spoke about the nomination of Larry Kudlow to be chairman of the National Economic Council. He spoke about the McAleenan nomination, the passage of the financial deregulation bill and the pending bill to fight sex-trafficking on line. He spoke about an educational incentive in the tax overhaul.


The Senate will convene at 10 a.m. and will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to H.R. 1865, a measure to combat on-line sex trafficking.

Cloture has been filed on the motion to proceed to the sex trafficking bill.

There will be no votes until Monday at 5:30 p.m., when a roll call is expected on the nomination of Kevin McAleenan to be Commissioner of the US Protection Department.