Tuesday, November 19, 2019


6:23 p.m. The Senate stands adjourned until 10 a.m. Wednesday, whereupon it will resume post-cloture consideration of the Lagoa nomination.  A roll call vote on confirmation will occur at 11 a.m.

6:20 p.m. During wrap-up, by unanimous consent, the Senate passed en bloc Senate Resolutions  430, 431, 432,  433 and 434.  By consent, the Senate also passed H.R. 4258 to authorize the protection of the Supreme Court.

6:10 p.m. Senator Merkley secured unanimous consent for passage S. 2710.

6:04 p.m. Senator Merkley and Senator Cornyn spoke about S. 2710,  a bill to ban the export of certain munitions to the Hong Kong police.

6:02 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke about the Hong Kong bill.

6 p.m. By unanimous consent, the Senate passed S. 1838.

5:46 p.m. Senator Durbin, Scott of Florida, Hawley and Cruz joined in the colloquy on Hong Kong.

5:35 p.m. Senators Risch, Cardin, Menendez and Cotton joined in the colloquy about the Hong Kong measure.

5:26 p.m. Senator Rubio spoke about the Hong Kong legislation, S. 1838.

5:19 p.m. Senator Blackburn spoke about legislation to affirm U.S. support of democracy in Hong Kong.

5 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke about climate change.

4:54 p.m. Senator Burr joined in the education discussion.

4:47 p.m. Senator Casey objected.

4:44 p.m. Senator Alexander objected. He sought consent to proceed to a related measure, S. 2557.

4:33 p.m. Senator Casey spoke about historically black colleges. He sought consent to move to related legislation, H.R. 2486.

4:12 p.m. Senator Wicker spoke about television satellite access.

3:37 p.m. Senator Bennet spoke about Senator Hagen.

3:23 p.m. Senator Lankford spoke on the appropriations process, federal employees and government shutdowns.

3:12 p.m. Senator Kennedy spoke on 5G technology and praised the FCC fo their recent decision on that topic.

3:11 p.m. The Senate invoked cloture on the nomination of Barbara Lagoa to the 11th Circuit, 80-15.

No votes: 15 Democrats: Bennet, Brown, Cantwell, Cortez Masto, Gillibrand, Hirono, Markey, Merkley, Murray, Rosen, Schatz, Schumer, Stabenow, Van Hollen & Wyden.

Not voting: Booker, Harris, Klobuchar, Sanders and Warren.

2:48 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #488 Barbara Lagoa to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit.

2:47 p.m. The Senate confirmed the nomination of Robert Luck to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit by a tally of 64-31.

Senators Baldwin, Carper, Coons, Feinstein, Jones, Leahy, Manchin, Murphy, Reed, Sinema and Whitehouse joined all 53 Republicans voting yes.

Senator Booker, Harris, Klobuchar, Sanders and Warren did not vote.

2:15 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #487 Robert J. Luck to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit.

12:16 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the legislative process.

12:08 p.m. Senator Toomey spoke about the wind production tax credit.

12:01 p.m. Senator Alexander spoke about the wind production tax credit.

11:33 a.m. Senator Casey spoke on the situation in Syria and Ukraine and President Trumps relationship with Russia.  He later spoke about witnesses testifying on the impeachment inquiry.

11:17 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke on the issue of young people vaping.

10:38 a.m. Senator Thune spoke about military spending.

10:27 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about Hong Kong and related legislation. He spoke about the House impeachment inquiry. He spoke about public works.

10:04 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about appropriations,  the defense authorization, and nominations. He spoke about Iranian influence in the Middle East.

10:02 a.m. Senator Grassley spoke about biofuels.


The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m..

Following Leader remarks, resume consideration of Executive Calendar #487, Robert Luck to be United States Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit, post-cloture.

The Senate will recess from 12:30 p.m. until 2:15 p.m. to allow for the weekly caucus meetings.

At 2:15 p.m., two roll call votes:
1. Confirmation of the Luck nomination.

2. Cloture on nomination of Barbara Lagoa to be United States Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit.

As a reminder, cloture has also been filed on Executive Calendar #454, Adrian Zuckerman to be Ambassador to Romania.