6:29 p.m. The Senate stands adjourned until 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday.
6:02 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke about Exxon Mobile’s role in climate change.
5:41 p.m. Senator Rubio asked u.c. that when the Senate adjourns tonight it meets on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. following Leader remarks the Senate consider the Montgomery nomination as under the previous order and the Senate vote on the nomination at 3:15 p.m. Following the disposition of the Montgomery nomination, the Senate resume legislative session and all post-cloture time on the motion concur on the House amend to the S. 2372 be considered expired and the Senate vote on the cloture motions in relation to the McWilliams nominations.
5:39 p.m. Senator Rubio asked u.c. that action with respect to calendar number 403, H.R. 4743 be vitiated and the Senate agree to return the papers to the House of Representatives on H.R. 4743.
5:37 p.m. Senator Rubio conducted wrap up and confirmed the following Department of Justice nominations en bloc by voice vote:
4:59 p.m. Senator Rounds spoke against the VA Choice bill.
4:48 p.m. Senator Manchin asked u.c. to consider S. 2906, Senator Tillis objected.
4:32 p.m. Senator Thune spoke about tax reform.
4:06 p.m. Senator Murphy spoke about mass shootings.
3:58 p.m. Senator Isakson spoke about the Veterans Choice bill.
3:47 p.m. Senator Tester spoke about the Veterans Choice bill.
3:28 p.m. Senator Moran spoke supporting the Veterans Choice bill.
3:01 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke about the Alaskan of the Week.
2:38 p.m. Senator Murray spoke about the need to support the VA’s caregivers programs.
2:15 p.m. Senator Daines spoke about the Veterans Choice bill.
1:04 p.m. The Senate recessed to accommodate the weekly caucus lunches.
1:03 p.m. The Senate invoked cloture by vote of 91-4 in the House amendment to S.2372, Veterans Choice. Senators voting no: Lee (R), Merkley (D), Rounds (R), and Sanders (I). Senators not voting: Gardner, Cardin, Duckworth and McCain.
12:40 p.m. The Senate began a cloture vote on the House message to accompany S.2372, the Veterans Choice Health Care program.
12:39 p.m. By a vote of 50 to 45, the Senate confirmed the nomination of Dana Baiocco to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. YEAS: 49 Republicans and Democrat Manchin; NAYS: 43 Democrats, 2 independents. NOT VOTING: Democrats Bennet, Cardin and Duckworth; Republicans Gardner and McCain.
12:08 p.m. The Senate began voting on confirmation of the nomination of Dana Baiocco to be a Commissioner on the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
12:02 p.m. Senator Thune spoke supporting the Baiocco nomination.
11:49 a.m. Senator Nelson spoke about rural health care and against the Baiocco nomination.
11:40 a.m. Senator Jones spoke about rural health care.
11:22 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the economy.
11:09 a.m. Senator Blumenthal spoke against the Baiocco nomination.
11:00 a.m. Senator Ernst spoke supporting the VA Choice legislation.
10:48 a.m. Senator Isakson spoke supporting the VA Choice legislation.
10:29 a.m. Senator Schumer spoke about sanctions against ZTE, political interference in law enforcement matters.
10:12 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke about the Santa Fe high school shooting and fraud at for profit universities.
10:00 a.m. The Majority Leader spoke about VA Choice and the freedom to fish act.
The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m.
Following leader remarks, resume consideration of the nomination of Dana Baiocco to be a Commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, post-cloture.
There will be two roll call votes at noon —confirmation of the Baiocco nomination and cloture on VA Choice.
Following the cloture vote, the Senate will recess until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly conference meetings.
12:00 noon on Tuesday—2 roll call votes
- Confirmation of Baiocco nomination.
- Cloture on motion to concur in House amendment to S.2372, VA Choice