Wednesday, December 1, 2021

9:46 p.m. The Senate adjourned at 9:46 p.m. and will next convene on Thursday, December 2 at 10:00 a.m. Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R. 4350, the National Defense Authorization Act.

At 12 noon, 1 vote:

  1. Confirmation of Exec. Cal. #463, Brian Eddie Nelson, CA, to be Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Crimes.  

During wrap-up:

  • S. 3299, a bill to prohibit the Department of Defense from discharging or withholding pay or benefits from members at the National Guard based on Covid-19 vaccination status, placed on the calendar under Rule 14.

9:40 p.m. ML Schumer spoke on the NDAA.

9:13 p.m. Senator Reed asked unanimous consent that at 10:00 a.m. tomorrow, the Senate vote on the following amendments with a 60 vote threshold needed to pass each: #4656 ,4133, 4799, 4831, 4093, 4784, 4140, 4255, 4395, 4654, 4236, 4786, 4260, 4786, 4260, 4793, 4722, 4540, 4860, 4859, 3939, 4584, 4660, 4802, 4100, and 3980. Then, that the Senate vote on the motion to invoke cloture on amendment #3867 (Reed-Inhofe substitute). Then that if cloture is invoked, the cloture motion on the underlying bill, H.R. 4350 be withdrawn as well as the Reed amendment #4775 and the Senate vote on passage. Senator Lankford asked Senator Reed to modify his unanimous consent request to include Lankford amendment #4863. Senator Reed objected to the modification. Senator Rubio asked Senator Reed to modify his unanimous consent request to include his amendment #4330. Senator Reed objected to Senator Rubio’s modification. Senator Rubio objected to the original unanimous consent request.

5:50 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke about the Build Back Better Act.

5:39 p.m. Senator King spoke about medicare.

5:30 p.m. Senator Gillibrand spoke about the Build Back Better Act and paid leave.

5:00 p.m. Senator Casey spoke about the Build Back Better Act.

4:36 p.m. Senator Cantwell spoke about Roe v. Wade.

4:25 p.m. Senator Murray spoke about Roe v. Wade and childcare.

3:58 p.m. Senator Scott (FL) asked unanimous consent for the Senate to pass S.36823 on immigration. Senator Padilla objected.

3:11 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about the Chinese Communist Party.

2:47 p.m. Senator Booker spoke about school shootings.

2:40 p.m. Senator Cortez Masto spoke about abortion and the Supreme Court.

2:16 p.m. Senator Lee spoke about vaccine mandates for service members.

2:08 p.m. Senator Blackburn spoke about inflation.

2:02 p.m. Senator Wicker spoke about Ukraine and Russia.

1:48 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke on inflation.

1:46 p.m. The Senate held a moment of silence in memory of and to recognize those killed, injured, and forever impacted by the attack on the Waukesha Christmas Parade on November 21, 2021.

1:39 p.m. Senators Johnson and Baldwin spoke about the tragedy at the Waukesha Christmas parade.

1:07 p.m. RL McConnell spoke about inflation and Build Back Better.

12:57 p.m. ML Schumer spoke about the continuing resolution, the defense authorization, the nomination of Dale Ho to be District Judge for the Southern District of New York, and Hanukkah.

12:26 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about border security and immigration.

The Senate will convene at 12:00 noon and following leader remarks will resume consideration of H.R 4350, the defense authorization. Roll call votes are possible but none have been scheduled.