The Senate stands adjourned until 9:45am on Wednesday, July 19, 2023.
Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to Calendar #119, S.2226, National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2024, post-cloture.
At 11:00am, His Excellency Isaac Herzog, President of Israel, will address a Joint Meeting of Congress in the Hall of the House of Representatives. Senators should gather in the Senate Chamber at 10:20am and will proceed as a body to the House Chamber at 10:30am.
All time during adjournment, recess, morning business, and Leader remarks will count post-cloture.
The Senate will recess between 1:00pm and 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings
Negotiations are ongoing with respect to consideration of amendments to the bill. Roll call votes are expected during Wednesday’s session.
7:30 p.m. Senator Young paid tribute to Gus Grissom who guided Gemini space craft into space.
7:15 p.m. Senator Wyden asked unanimous consent to pass H.R. 4004, EXERCISING CONGRESS’ CONSTITUTIONAL AUTHORITY IN APPROVING THE FIRST MODERN AGREEMENT REGULATING TRADE BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND TAIWAN. The measure was agreed to.
6:30 p.m. The Senate is currently voting on cloture on the motion to proceed to S.2226, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The motion was agreed to by a roll call vote of 72-25.
5:30 p.m. The Senate is voting on the confirmation of Rachel Bloomekatz to be a US Circuit Judge for the 6th Circuit. The nomination was confirmed by a roll call vote of 50 – 48.
5:25 p.m. Senator Brown spoke in support of the Bloomekatz nomination
4:35 p.m. Senator Welch gave his maiden speech on the challenges that face Vermonters.
4:30 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke on Veteran’s healthcare.
4:15 p.m. Senator Stabenow spoke on the NDAA.
3:58 p.m. Senator Blackburn spoke on artificial intelligence.
3:52 p.m. Senator Budd spoke about Dr. Nido Qubein, President of High Point University.
3:40 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about the NDAA and Climate Change.
3:30 p.m. Republican Leader McConnell spoke about the NDAA.
3:16 p.m. Majority Leader Schumer spoke about the NDAA, the Freedom to Vote Act and Judicial Nominations.
3:00 p.m. The Senate convened.
Senate will convene at 3:00 p.m. and following any Leader remarks, will resume consideration of the nomination of Rachel Bloomekatz to be United States Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit.
At approximately 5:30 p.m. the Senate will proceed to two votes:
1. Confirmation of the Bloomekatz nomination.
2. Cloture on the motion to proceed to S.2226, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).