Thursday, November 14, 2019

4:01 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will convene on Monday, November 18, 2019. Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the Robert J. Luck to be to be United States Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit.

There will be a 5:30 p.m. vote on the Luck nomination.

During wrap-up:

  • R. 3889, ONDCP Technical Corrections Act of 2019, was agreed to by unanimous consent.
  • Res. 415, expressing the sense of the Senate that the United States Postal Service should issue a commemorative postage stamp series honoring women veterans of the Armed Forces and that the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee should recommend to the Postmaster General that such a stamp series be issued, was adopted by unanimous consent.
  • Res. 393, recognizing the historical, cultural, and religious significance of the 550th birthday of Guru Nanak and the contributions and sacrifices made by Sikhs of the United States, was adopted by unanimous consent.
  • Adopted by unanimous consent en bloc:
    • Res. 422, recognizing November 15, 2019, as “America Recycles Day” and expressing the sense of the Senate that recycling promotes a healthy economy and responsible environmental stewardship.
    • Res. 423, recognizing November 2019 as “National Homeless Children and Youth Awareness Month”.
    • Res. 424, recognizing the 100th Anniversary of the Colorado Farm Bureau Federation and celebrating the long history of the Colorado Farm Bureau Federation representing the farmer and ranchers of Colorado.
    • Res. 425, designating October 2019 as “National Down Syndrome Awareness Month” and supporting the goals and ideals of National Down Syndrome Awareness Month.



3:42 p.m. Senator Cramer spoke about Sully’s Hill Game Preserve and the Senate adopted S. 2099 by unanimous consent.

3:18 p.m. Senator Boozman spoke about recycling.

3:03 p.m. Senator Carper spoke about recycling.

2:47 p.m. Senator Blackburn spoke about Africa.

2:29 p.m. Senator McConnell filed cloture on the following nominations:

  • Robert Luck to be US Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit
  • Barbara Lagoa to be US Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit
  • Adrian Zuckerman to be Ambassador to Romania

2:26 p.m. The nomination of Steven Menashi was confirmed by a vote of 51-41. Republicans voting no: Senator Collins. Not voting: Bennet, Booker, Harris, Jones, Klobuchar, Rounds, Sanders and Warren.

1:42 p.m. Roll call vote began on confirmation of the Menashi nomination.

1:31 p.m. Senator Casey spoke paid tribute to former senator Kay Hagan.

1:13 p.m. Senator Portman paid tribute to Ohio veterans.

1:03 p.m. Senator Gardner paid tribute to Colorado Veterans and Military Families.

12:50 p.m. Senator Duckworth asked UC to proceed to S. 1573 (Veterans co-pay for medications). Senator Boozeman objected.

12:36 p.m. Senator Reed spoke about the Menashi nomination.

12:30 p.m. Senator Murray spoke about healthcare.

11:50 a.m. Senator Brown spoke about veterans and paid tribute to Dayton Police Detective George Del Rio.

11:42 a.m. Senator Stabenow spoke about veterans.

11:32 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the Violence Against Women Act and e cigarettes.

11:31 a.m. H.Con.Res. 72, correction in enrollment of H.R. 2423,  was adopted by unanimous consent.

11:21 a.m. Senator Blumenthal spoke about gun violence.

11:11 a.m. Senator Murphy spoke about gun violence and asked unanimous consent that the Senate adopt H.R. 8. Senator Hyde Smith objected.

11:05 a.m. Senator Murray spoke about gun control.

10:55 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about the Menashi nomination, veterans, and trade policy.

10:40 a.m. Senator Thune spoke about adoption.

10:37 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke about the late Senator Hagen.

10:04 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about nominations and appropriations. He spoke about defenses against Russian interference in U.S. elections.

10:02 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about efforts to ease the burdens on farmers.


The Senate will convene at 10 a.m. and will resume consideration of the nomination of Steven Menashi to the U.S. Circuit Court for the Second Circuit.

A vote on confirmation of Menashi’s nomination will occur at 1:45 p.m.