8:34 p.m. The Senate has adjourned until 10:00 a.m. Thursday, March 9th, with a vote on passage of H.J. Res. 57 occurring at 12:00 p.m. Following the vote, the Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of Seema Verma to be Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination is expected at 1:45 p.m.
- S.496, to repeal the rule issued by the Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Transit Administration, was agreed to by unanimous consent.
- S.J. Res. 1, approving the location of a memorial to commemorate and honor the members of the armed forces who served in support of Operation Desert Storm or Operation Desert Shield, was passed by unanimous consent.
- S. Res. 84, supporting the goals of International Women’s Day.
7:45 p.m. Senator Warren spoke about the nomination of Seema Verma to be Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and health insurance.
6:41 p.m. Senator Lankford spoke about the Education Accountability CRA.
6:13 p.m. Senator Murphy spoke about the Education Accountability CRA.
5:56 p.m. Senator Rounds paid tribute to South Dakotan Jack Robinson.
5:50 p.m. Senator Shaheen spoke about Russia.
5:40 p.m. Senator Warren spoke about the Education Accountability CRA.
5:17 p.m. Senator Van Hollen spoke about health insurance.
4:58 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about national security and Russia.
4:46 p.m. Senator Menendez spoke about national security and Russia.
4:38 p.m. Senator Coons spoke about national security and Russia.
4:16 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke about national security and about Russia.
4:00 p.m. Senator Nelson spoke about proposed budget cuts to homeland security and FEMA.
3:42 p.m. Senator Murray spoke against H.J.Res 57.
3:04 p.m. Senator Alexander spoke in favor of the resolution.
3:03 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell called up H.J.Res 57, a Education Department rule relating to accountability and State plans under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
3:02 p.m. By a vote of 59-40, the Senate agrees to H.J.Res 58.
Senators voting in favor: 51 Republicans, 7 Democrats (Cortez Masto, Donnelly, Heitkamp, Manchin, McCaskill, Nelson, Tester) 1 Independent (King).
Senators voting against: 39 Democrats, 1 Independent (Sanders).
Senators not voting: 1 Republican (Isakson).
2:30 p.m. The vote began on H.J.Res 58.
2:25 p.m. Senator Sasse spoke in favor of H.J. Res. 58, the measure to disapprove of a federal teacher training regulation.
2:14 p.m. Senator Murray spoke in favor of the teacher preparation rule now under consideration.
1:49 p.m. Senator Hirono spoke about the Verma nomination.
1:38 p.m. Senator Manchin spoke about the epidemic of opiate addiction.
1:26 p.m. Senator Gardner spoke about the Gorsuch nomination to the Supreme Court.
1:13 p.m. Senator Blumenthal spoke about President Trump and China.
12:59 p.m. Senator Brown spoke about opioid addiction and health care.
12:19 p.m. Senator Shaheen spoke about International Women’s Day.
12:03 p.m. Senator King spoke about health care.
11:51 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about health care.
11:32 a.m. Senator Flake spoke on the national debt and the border adjustment tax.
11:02 a.m. Senator Kaine spoke about health care.
10:45 a.m. Senator Gillibrand spoke about health care.
10:02 a.m. Debate resumed on H.J.Res 58. Senator Durbin spoke about the investigations of Russian involvement in last year’s U.S. Elections. He spoke about health care and about the Verma nomination.
9:44 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about health care.
9:33 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the resolution to disapprove of the proposed rule on teacher preparation. He spoke about the proposed changes in the health insurance system.
The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m. and will resume consideration of H.J.Res 58, a resolution to disapprove of a federal rule on teacher preparation.