Tuesday, August 3, 2021

8:22 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will reconvene at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 4. They will resume consideration of H.R. 3684, the vehicle for the bipartisan infrastructure bill. They will vote on the Johnson amend #2245 at 12:15 p.m.

Senator Schumer filed cloture on on the nomination of Eunice C. Lee to be US Circuit Judge for the Second District.

Stacey Dixon to be Principal Deputy Director, Office of the Director of National Intelligence was confirmed by voice vote.

8:17 p.m. By a vote of 97-0 the Van Hollen amendment #2354 was agreed to.

7:31 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on Van Hollen amendment #2354 to H.R. 3684.

7:30 p.m. Senator Capito spoke in support of Van Hollen amdt. #2354.

7:28 p.m. Senator Carper spoke in support Van Hollen amdt. #2354.

7:21 p.m. Senator Van Hollen spoke on his amdt. #2354.

6:56 p.m. Senator King spoke on lobster and S. Res. 335, designating September 25, 2021 as National Lobster Day, was adopted by unanimous consent.

6:20 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke on the MS-13 gang, government spending, fentanyl, and the IRS.

6:19 p.m. Senator Carper announced a 7:30 p.m. vote on the Van Hollen amdt. #2354 (60 vote threshold) and an 11 am vote tomorrow on Johnson amdt. #2245 (60 vote threshold).

6:10 p.m. Senator Portman spoke on the infrastructure bill.

5:38 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about Senator Graham, the pandemic, the USCP, and PFAS chemicals.

5:03 p.m. Senator Menendez spoke on Cuba and the Senate adopted S. Res. 310 by unanimous consent.

4:55 p.m. Senator Stabenow spoke about the infrastructure bill.

4:40 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the infrastructure bill.

4:34 p.m. The Senate agreed to the Cruz-Warnock amendment #2300 by voice vote.

4:32 p.m. By a vote of 48-50, the Duckworth amendment #2140 was not agreed to. Democrats voting no: King and Manchin. Not voting: Graham and Inhofe.

3:48 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on Duckworth amdt. #2140.

3:47 p.m. Senator Carper spoke in support of the Duckworth amdt.

3:46 p.m. Senator Toomey spoke against the Duckworth amdt.

3:45 p.m. Senator Duckworth spoke on her amdt. #2140.

3:40 p.m. Senator Toomey spoke against Duckworth amdt. #2140.

3:24 p.m. Senator Carper introduced the following amendments and there will be 2 votes at 3:45 p.m.:

  1. Duckworth #2140
  2. Cruz-Warnock #2300

3:11 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke on the pandemic.

2:51 p.m. Senator Sanders spoke about the infrastructure bill.

2:15 p.m. The Senate returned from the recess.

1:11 p.m. The Senate recessed until 2:15 p.m.

1:10 p.m. The Lee amendment was not agreed to 20-78.
Voting in favor: 20 Republicans:Barrasso, Blackburn, Boozman, Braun, Cornyn, Cotton, Cruz, Daines, Ernst, Grassley, Hagerty, Johnson, Kennedy, Lankford, Lee, Lummis, Paul, Rubio, Sasse and Scott of Florida. Senators not voting: 2 Republicans: Graham and Inhofe.

12:39 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on the Lee amendment #2255 to H.R. 3684, the INVEST in America Act.

12:38 p.m. Senator Carper spoke against the Lee amendment #2255.

12:37 p.m. Senator Capito spoke on the Lee amendment #2255.

12:31 p.m. Senator Lee spoke on his amendment #2255.

12:30 p.m. The Lummis-Kelly amendment was agreed to , 95-3. Senators Hawley, Lee and Scott of Florida voted against, and Senators Graham and Inhofe were absent.

11:48 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on Lummis-Kelly amendment #2181 to H.R. 3684, the INVEST in America Act.

11:45 p.m. Senator Carper spoke on the infrastructure bill. Following the vote on Lummis-Kelly amendment #2181, the Senate will then vote on Lee amendment #2254 (60 vote threshold).

11:41 p.m. Senators Lummis, Kelly, and Capito spoke on amendment #2181.

11:31 p.m. Senator Thune spoke on H.R. 3325 and the Tracy Stone-Manning nomination.

11:15 p.m. Majority Leader Schumer and senators Klobuchar and Blunt spoke on January 6. Klobuchar received unanimous consent for the Senate to adopt H.R. 3325, to award four congressional gold medals to the United States Capitol Police and those who protected the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.

10:50 a.m. Republican Leader McConnell spoke on infrastructure and on the Biden administration.

10:44 a.m. Senator Collins paid tribute to police officers who responded on January 6th; and later on infrastructure.

10:41 a.m. Majority Leader Schumer spoke on infrastructure and that he will return to the floor later to ask the Senate to award Congressional Gold Medals to police that responded to the events of January 6th.

10:30 a.m. The Senate convened.

The Senate will convene at 10:30 a.m., and following any Leader remarks will resume consideration of H.R.3684, the legislative vehicle for the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

At approximately 11:45 a.m., the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on the Lummis-Kelly amendment to require the Secretary of Transportation to carry out a highway cost allocation study. (2181) This vote is subject to an affirmative 60-vote threshold.

Additional roll call votes on amendments to H.R.3684 are expected today.