Wednesday, May 26, 2021

11:02 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will reconvene at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 27. They will resume consideration of S. 1260-the Endless Frontier. They will vote at 11:00 a.m. on the motion to invoke cloture on the Schumer substitute amendment #1502.

10:58 p.m. Agreed to by voice vote, S. Res. 245-honoring the life and legacy of David Henry Gambrill.

10:57 p.m. By a vote of 67-30 the Senate adopted the Sasse amendment #2023.

10:39 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on Sasse amend #2023-re DARPA.

10:36 p.m. Agreed to by voice vote-Marshall amendment #1973-investigation into the origins of Covid-19.

10:33 p.m. By a vote of 48-49, the Senate did not agree to the Braun amend #1771-prohibiton on Human-Animal Chimeras.

10:16 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on Braun amend #1771-prohibiton on Human-Animal Chimeras

10:14 p.m. By a tally of 48-49, the Senate did not agree to the Lee amend #1929-Regulatory oversight and review taskforce.

10:00 p.m. The Senate began voting on the Lee amend #1929-Regulatory oversight and review taskforce.

9:56 By a vote of 83-14, the Coons amendment #1588 was agreed to.

9:20 p.m. The Senate began voting on the Coons amendment #1588-energy security and innovation.

9:00 p.m. Senator Cantwell announced that the Senate will vote on the following 5 amendments to S. 1260 at 9:15 p.m. All have 60 vote affirmative threshold.

  • Lee #1929-Regulatory oversight and review taskforce
  • Coons #1588-energy security and innovation
  • Braun #1771-prohibiton on Human-Animal Chimeras
  • Marshall #1973, as modified-investigation into the origins of Covid-19
  • Sasse #2023-defense advanced research projects agency

The Senate also proceeded with the following business:

Passed, S.144-a bill to authorize the secretary of HHS through the director of the Indian Health Service to acquire private land.

Passed, S. 325-amend the Native Children Act

Passed, S. 559-amend the Grand Ronde Reservation Act

Passed, S. 108-authorize the Seminole Tribe toe lease or transfer certain land

Passed, S. 314- Klamath Tribe Judgment Fund Repeal Act

Passed, S. 548-convey land in Anchorage to the Health Consortium

Passed, S. 549-provide for the conveyance of certain property to the tribal council.

Passed, S. 550-provide for the conveyance of certain property to the southeast Alaska regional health consortium

Agreed to, S. Res 190-recognize 50 years Amtrak

Agreed to, S. Res. 243-Designating May 2021 as Older Americans Month

Agreed to, S. Res. 244-providing for members of the Joint Committee on Printing and the Joint Committee on the Library of Congress.

Confirmed, 136-Kristin Acquavella to be Rear Admiral

Confirmed, 137-Jay Bargeron, Brian Cavanaugh, Dimitri Henry, Ryan Heritage, Christopher McPhillips, Robert Sofge, Jr., and Matthew Trollinger to be Major General

Confirmed, 138-Robert Miller to be Lt. General

Confirmed, 139-Edward Banta to be Lt. General

Confirmed, 140-Paul LaCamera to be General

Confirmed, 141-Randy George to be Lt. General

8:26 p.m. S. 1876 (require the Director of National Intelligence to declassify information relating to the origin of Covid-19) was passed by unanimous consent.

8:19 p.m. Senators Hawley and Braun spoke about the Wuhan lab and the origins of Covid-19.

6:20 p.m. Senator Inhofe spoke about Ethiopia.

6:14 p.m. Senator Brown spoke about “Buy America” legislation.

5:18 p.m. Senator Ernst spoke about Military Appreciation Month.

5:08 p.m. Senators Gillibrand and Ernst spoke about military sexual assault reform. Senator Gillibrand asked unanimous consent that at a time to be determined the Armed Services Committee be discharged from further consideration of S. 1520 and the Senate proceed to it’s consideration. Senator Reed objected.

4:49 p.m. Senator Casey spoke on the Endless Frontier Act and amendment #1853.

4:28 p.m. Senator Lee spoke on the threat from Communist China.

4:14 p.m. Senator Lummis spoke about the founding of the financial innovation caucus.

3:51 p.m. Senator Kennedy spoke about former Governor Roman.

3:44 p.m. The Kennedy amendment #1710 was not agreed to by a vote of 51-49. Democrats voting aye: Senator Manchin.

3:13 p.m. The Senate began a vote on adoption of Kennedy amendment #1710 in relation to Cal. #58, S.1260, Endless Frontier Act. (60-vote affirmative threshold)

3:10 p.m. By a vote of 50-50, the Senate did not agree to the Durbin amend #2014 in relation to S. 1260, the Endless Frontier Act. (60-vote affirmative threshold).

2:32 p.m. The Senate began a vote on the Durbin amendment #2014 (60 vote affirmative threshold).

2:29 p.m. Senator Kennedy spoke against Senator Durbin’s amendment.

2:24 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke against Senator Kennedy’s amendment.

2:17 p.m. Senator Cassidy spoke about federal workers during Covid.

2:15 p.m. The Senate returned from recess.

1:03 p.m. By a vote of 49-51 the Senate did not agree to the Sullivan amendment #1911 (re: higher institutions and freedom of speech). The Senate stands in recess until 2:15 p.m.

Senator Blunt joined Democrats and voted no.

12:15 p.m. The Senate is now voting on Sullivan amendment #1911 in relation to S. 1260, Endless Frontier Act.

12:07 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke on his amendment.

11:50 a.m. Senator Barrasso spoke about the border crisis and the Biden administration.

11:43 a.m. Senator Grassley spoke about the meatpacking industry, about former Senator Warner, and also about hate crimes and anti-Semitism.

11:36 a.m. Senator Thune spoke about the meatpacking industry.

11:32 a.m. The Senate called up the Sullivan amendment #1911 to S. 1260, U.S. Innovation and Competition Act.

11:05 a.m. Senators Warner, Kaine, Reed, and Thune spoke about the passing of former Senator John Warner.

10:53 a.m. RL McConnell spoke on the passing of former Senator John Warner, on the Surface Transportation bill, on the Clean Energy bill, and on the economy.

10:36 a.m. ML Schumer spoke on the passing of former Senator John Warner, supporting the Innovation Act, and on H.R.3233, National Commission to Investigate the January 6 Attack on the United States Capitol Complex Act.

10:30 a.m. The Senate convened.


The Senate meets at 10:30 a.m. Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Calendar #58, S.1260, United States Innovation and Competition Act of 2021.

Wednesday, May 26th at 12:00 Noon – 1 roll call vote:

Wednesday, May 26th at 2:30pm – 2 roll call votes: