The Senate adjourned at 5:44 p.m., and will reconvene at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday April 26, 2017.
5:41 p.m. Senator Thune wrapped up the Senate session for the day. The following were passed by unanimous consent:
S.Res.105 – Centennial of the 41st Division
S.Res.122 – 911 Education Month
S.Res.128 – CDH Awareness Month
S.Res.129 – Second Chance Month
S.Res.130 – U.S. Entry into WWI
S.Res.131 – National Crime Victims’ Rights
S.Res.133 – Congratulating UNC Men’s Basketball
S.Res.140 – Parkinson’s Awareness Month
S.Res.141 – Congratulating USC Women’s Basketball
S.Res.142 – Virginia Tech Tragedy 10 Year Anniversary
5:29 p.m. The Senate began consideration of the nomination of Alex Acosta to be Secretary of Labor.
5:28 p.m. The Rosenstein nomination was confirmed 94-6.
Senators voting in favor: 52 Republicans, 41 Democrats, 2 Independents: King and Sanders.
Senators voting against: 6 Democrats: Blumenthal, Booker, Cortez Masto, Gillibrand, Harris and Warren.
5:00 p.m. Roll call vote began on confirmation of Rod Rosenstein to be Deputy Attorney General.
4:14 p.m. Senator Blumenthal spoke about Russian interference and also about the Rosenstein nomination.
4:03 p.m. Senator Cassidy spoke about Senator Kennedy’s maiden speech and the future of their work together.
3:50 p.m. Senator Kennedy spoke about Dodd-Frank and community banks.
3:25 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke in favor of the Rosenstein nomination.
3:15 p.m. Leader McConnell paid tribute to his departing Chief of Staff.
3:00 p.m. Senator Thune spoke on the importance of the American worker. The Senate set up a 5:00 p.m. roll call vote on the nomination of Rod Rosenstein, of MD, to be the Deputy Attorney General.
2:53 p.m. Senator Durbin praised Senator Duckworth for her speech.
2:31 p.m. Senator Duckworth spoke about her priorities as a new Senator.
2:25 p.m. Senator Carper spoke about immigration, particularly from El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala; and the Trump administration proposal for a wall.
2:17 p.m. Senator Fischer paid tribute to William Bailey of Bellevue Nebraska, who was killed in Iraq in May of 2007.
2:15 p.m. The Senate returned from the recess.
12:3o p.m. The Senate recessed until 2:15 p.m., to accommodate the weekly caucus luncheons.
12:15 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke in support of the Rosenstein nomination.
11:50 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the record of the new Congress and the Trump administration.
11:42 a.m. Senator Peters spoke on Michigan farmers.
11:10 a.m. Senator Cantwell spoke about the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah.
10:18 a.m. Senator Schumer spoke about the government funding legislation and President Trump’s first 100 days.
10:06 a.m. Senator Durbin echoed the comments of ML McConnell about the Holocaust and Days of Remembrance. Senator Durbin spoke about the Rosenstein nomination.
10:02 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about advancing the Rosenstein and Acosta nominations, funding the government, and recognized the Holocaust and the Days of Remembrance ceremonies.
The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m. Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of Rod Rosenstein, post-cloture.
The Senate will recess from 12:30 until 2:15 pm.
Cloture has been filed on the nomination of Alex Acosta to be Secretary of Labor.