Thursday, May 5, 2022

4:31 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will reconvene at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, May 9. The Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of Anne Claire Phillips to be Administrator of the Maritime Administration with a cloture vote on the nomination to occur at 5:30.

4:28 p.m. Senator Ossoff spoke about the ambassador nomination to South Korea. The following nominations were confirmed by voice vote en bloc:

  • Mark Nathanson to be Ambassador to Norway
  • John Nkengasong to be Ambassador at Large to combat HIV-AIDS globally
  • Caroline Kennedy to be Ambassador to Australia
  • MaryKay Loss Carlson to be Ambassador to the Phillipines
  • Philip Goldberg to be the Ambassador to the Republic of Korea

3:46 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke about Orrin Hatch.

3:15 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke about the Alaskan of the Week.

2:45 p.m. Senator Schumer filed cloture on the following nominations

  • Cal. #708-Anne Claire Phillips to be Administrator of the Maritime Administration
  • Cal. #773-Asmeret Asefaw Berhe to be Director of the Office of Science, Dept. of Energy

2:40 p.m. Senator Cortez-Masto spoke about missing and murdered native women and girls.

2:39 p.m. By a vote of 80-11, the nomination of Kathryn Huff to be an Assistant Secretary of Energy was confirmed. Voting no: Senators Blackburn, Cruz, Hawley, Hoeven, Lee, McConnell, Paul, Sasse, Scott (FL), Thune, and Tuberville. Not voting: Bennet, Graham, Marshall, Moran, Portman, Rubio, Scott (SC), Shelby, and Toomey.

1:48 p.m. The Senate is currently voting on confirmation of Executive Calendar #887, Kathryn Huff, to be an Assistant Secretary of Energy.

1:45 p.m. Senator Manchin spoke in support of the Huff nomination.

1:36 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke in support of the Huff nomination.

1:24 p.m. Senator Baldwin spoke on H.R. 1195, Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act, and asked unanimous consent that the pass it. Senator Braun objected and asked unanimous consent for the Senate to pass S. 1081, Voluntary Protection Program Act. Senator Baldwin objected.

1:05 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke on Taiwan.

12:50 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke on National Beef Month.

12:37 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on the Supreme Court.

12:31 p.m. Senator Thune spoke on Small Business Week.

12:19 p.m. Majority Leader Schumer spoke on abortion, H.R.4521 USICA, and pregnant women.

11:45 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke on inflation.

11:24 a.m. Republican Leader McConnell spoke on inflation and Ukraine.

11:00 a.m. The Senate convened.

The Senate will convene at 11:00 a.m. and following any leader remarks, will proceed to Executive Session to consider Executive Calendar #887, Kathryn Huff, to be an Assistant Secretary of Energy.

At approximately 1:45 p.m., the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Huff nomination.