4:54 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will next convene on Wednesday, January 5 at 11:00 a.m.
Upon conclusion of morning business, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #327, Anne Witkowsky to be an Assistant Secretary of State for Conflict and Stabilization Operations.
Approximately 12 noon – 1 vote:
- Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #327, Anne A. Witkowsky to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Conflict and Stabilization Operations).
At a time TBD, the Senate will vote on confirmation of Gabriel Sanchez to be US Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit.
4:17 p.m. RL McConnell paid tribute to former Senator Harry Reid and spoke about COVID-19 and voting rights.
3:56 p.m. Senator Moran paid tribute to former Senator Isakson.
3:41 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about checks and balances of the government.
3:32 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke on the Chinese Communist Party.
3:16 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke on the Biden Administration.
2:41 p.m. Senator Blackburn spoke on the Biden Administration.
2:26 p.m. Senator Cortez Masto paid tribute to Senator Harry Reid.
2:18 p.m. Senator Schatz spoke on January 6th.
2:15 p.m. The Senate returned from recess.
11:57 a.m. The Senate stands in recess until 2:15 p.m.
11:48 a.m. Senator Thune paid tribute to former Senators Johnny Isakson and Harry Reid and also spoke about inflation, the southern border, Afghanistan and Russia.
10:45 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about bipartisanship, voting rights, the filibuster, NDAA, China and national security.
10:25 a.m. Senator Durbin paid tribute to former Senator Harry Reid.
10:10 a.m. ML Schumer paid tribute to former Senator Harry Reid, Build Back Better, voting rights and January 6th.
10:09 a.m. The confirmation vote on Sanchez has been postponed to a time TBD.
The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m. and following Leader remarks, will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #327, Anne Witkowsky to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Conflict and Stabilization Operations).
At approximately 12:00 noon, the Senate will vote on confirmation of Gabriel Sanchez to be US Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit.
Following the vote, the Senate will recess until 2:15 p.m. to allow for the weekly caucus meetings.
On Monday, cloture was filed on the Witkowsky nomination. That cloture motion would ripen during Wednesday’s session.
Other UC agreements:
- At a time to be determined no later than January 14, the Senate proceed to the consideration of S.3436, regarding Nord Stream 2 pipeline for up to two hours of debate, after which the Senate proceed to a vote on passage of S.3436, with 60-affirmative votes required for passage, with no amendments in order.
- At a time to be determined, the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on confirmation of Holly Thomas to be US Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit.