Thursday, March 28, 2019

4:32 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will reconvene at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, April 1. They will resume consideration of H.R. 268 with vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Shelby substitute at 5:30 p.m.

4:05 p.m. Senator Murkowski spoke about a retiring staffer.

3:42 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke about government corruption.

3:38 p.m. The following bills were passed by voice vote:

  • H.R. 276-Direct the Secreatry of Education to establish the Recognizing Inspiring School Employees Award
  • S. Res. 69-March 29, 2019 as Vietnam Veterans Day
  • S. Res. 100-Recognizing the heritage, culture and contributions of American Indian, Alaskan Native and Native Hawaiian women in the U.S.
  • S.Res. 118-Recognizing the importance of paying tribute to those individuals who have retired from the Armed Forces.
  • S. Res. 124-Condemning the terrorist attacks in Christ Church, New Zealand.

3:15 p.m. Senator McConnell filed cloture on H.R. 268, the supplemental appropriations for FY 2019. He also filed cloture on the MTP to S. Res. 50, a resolution improving procedures for the consideration of nominations in the Senate.

2:24 p.m. Senator Lankford spoke about Women’s History Month and the budget.

2:16 p.m. Senator Lee spoke about Brexit.

2:14 p.m. The Nason nomination was confirmed by a vote of 95 to 1. Senator Sanders voted NO. Senators Booker, Moran, Stabenow, and Sullivan were absent.

1:40 p.m. The Senate is now voting on confirmation of Nicole Nason, to be Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration.

1:28 p.m. Senator Carper spoke in support of the Nason nomination.

1:24 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke in support of the Nason nomination.

1:11 p.m. Senator Tester spoke about health care.

12:40 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about healthcare.

12:03 p.m. Senator Klobuchar spoke about election transparency and the Mueller report.

11:42 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the supplemental spending bill.

11:31 a.m. Senator Menendez spoke about Puerto Rico.

11:13 a.m. Senator Grassley spoke about whistle blowers.

10:56 a.m. Dem Leader Schumer spoke about healthcare and the supplemental spending bill.

10:32 a.m. Senator Thune spoke about the economy.

10:21 a.m. Senator Leahy spoke about the Mueller report. He spoke about disaster relief.

10:14 a.m. Senator McConnell filed cloture on his substitute amendment, #201, to the supplemental spending bill. Senator McConnell filled the amendment tree.

10:13 a.m. By voice vote, the Senate passed the motion to proceed to the fiscal year 2019 supplemental appropriation (H.R. 268) and consented to withdraw Amendments #5 and #6. Senator Shelby called up his amendment, #201.

10:12 a.m. Using Rule XIV procedures Senator McConnell placed on the floor H.R. 279, on recognition of the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana.

10:03 a.m. Senator McConnell spoke about flooding in Kentucky. He spoke about the Green New Deal and about Democratic proposals on election law, and the makeup of the Supreme Court.

10:02 a.m. Senator Grassley spoke about flood warnings in the Midwest.


The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m.

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to H.R.268, the supplemental appropriations for FY 2019.

At that time, we expect the motion to proceed to be adopted by voice vote. The Senate will then begin consideration of H.R.268.

At 1:30 p.m., the Senate will proceed to the consideration of Executive Calendar #9, Nicole Nason, to be Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration, with 15 minutes equally divided followed by a vote on confirmation of the Nason nomination.

Thursday at 1:45pm – 1 roll call vote

1.      Confirmation of Executive Calendar #9, Nicole Nason, of New York, to be Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration.