6:44 p.m. The Senate adjourned. The Senate will convene next at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, January 27th for a pro forma session.
6:38 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke about Alaskans of the week.
6:34 p.m. Senator Schatz spoke about cuts to Medicaid.
6:31 p.m. Senator McConnell asked u.c. to adopt S. Res 26, designating 1/22-1/28 National School Choice Week and that when the Senate adjourns today it meets next at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, January 27th for a pro forma session. Further, the Senate will convene at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, January 30th and be in a period of morning business until 5:00 p.m. At 5:00 p.m., the Senate will proceed to executive session to resume consideration of the Tillerson nomination and the cloture vote on the nomination will be at 5:30 p.m. on Monday.
6:15 p.m. Senator Lankford asked u.c. that the vote on the nomination of Elaine Chao to be Secretary of Transportation to occur at 12:20 p.m. on Tuesday, January 31st and spoke about health care.
6:11 p.m. Senator Thune asked u.c. that on January 30th the Senate proceed to the executive calendar #4 (nomination of Elaine Chao) and that there be twenty minutes of debate on the nomination divided in the usual form.
6:09 p.m. Senator McConnell filed cloture on the nomination of Rex W. Tillerson to be Secretary of State.
6:07 p.m. The Senate confirmed the nomination of Nikki Haley as the UN Ambassador 96-4 (Senators Coons, Heinrich, Sanders and Udall voted no).
5:30 p.m. The Senate began voting on the nomination confirming Nikki Haley as the UN Ambassador.
5:00 p.m. The Senate took up the nomination of Executive Calendar #6, Nikki R. Haley, of South Carolina, to be the Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations, with the rank and status of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, and the Representative of the United States of America in the Security Council of the United Nations and Executive Calendar #7, Nikki R. Haley, of South Carolina, to be Representative of the United States of America to the Sessions of the General Assembly of the United Nations during her tenure of service as Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations.
4:45 p.m. Senator Inhofe spoke on the overregulation of the EPA on farmers.
4:35 p.m. Senator Thune spoke about growth of the internet.
4:15 p.m. Senator Peters spoke about the DeVos nomination.
3:29 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke about the Affordable Care Act and the Pruitt nomination.
3:07 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke about the Pruitt nomination.
3:06 p.m. Senator Barrasso asked u.c. that at 5:30 p.m. the Senate vote on confirmation of the nomination of Nikki Haley to be UN Ambassador.
3:02 p.m. Senator Gillibrand spoke about women’s health care.
2:52 p.m. Senator Shaheen spoke about women’s health care.
2:41 p.m. Senator Leahy spoke about the women’s march.
2:30 p.m. Senator Casey spoke about Medicaid.
2:21 p.m. Senator Flake spoke about infrastructure and the budget.
2:15 p.m. Senators Perdue and Isakson spoke about the storms in Georgia.
12:34 p.m. The Senate stands in recess until 2:15 p.m.
12:24 p.m. Senators Hoeven and Heitkamp spoke about the passing of Deputy Colt Allery.
12:02 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about health care and the Dream Act.
11:55 a.m. Senator Capito spoke about a replacement for the Affordable Care Act.
11:33 a.m. Senator Blumenthal spoke about abortion rights.
11:24 a.m. Senator Murray criticized Ms. DeVos. She spoke about women’s rights.
11:03 a.m. Senator Alexander spoke in support of the Education Secretary-designate DeVos.
10:51 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about the President’s campaign promises.
10:48 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell said he will meet today with the President to discuss the Supreme Court vacancy. He called for Senate action on pending nominations.
The Senate will convene at 10:45 a.m. and proceed to a period of morning business.
The Senate will recess from 12:30 p.m. until 2:15 p.m. to allow for the weekly caucus luncheons.