Wednesday, October 10, 2018

6:39 p.m. The Senate stands adjourned until 10 a.m. Thursday. The Senate will resume consideration of the Clark nomination, with a confirmation vote at 12:10 p.m.

6:34 p.m.   Senator McConnell secured consent for passage of these measures:

— S. Res. 670,  recognizing the 10th Anniversary of the enactment of the Mental Health Parity Act;

— S.Res. 671, making September 29 National Urban Wildlife Day;

— S. 1305, as amended,  on adequate employment flexibility for border authorities;

— S. Res. 672, sense of Congress in favor of energy conservation measures.

5:55 p.m. Senator Reed spoke about hybrid attacks by the Russians.

5:51 p.m. Senator Brown spoke about the medical insurance rule.

5:40 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke about the Alaskan of the Week, Lisa Souter.

5:18 p.m. Senator Shaheen spoke about climate change.

5:03 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke about climate change.

4:53 p.m. Senator Thune spoke about the economy.

4:44 p.m. Senator Cortez Masto told the story of a friend whose child’s life was saved by medical treatment for which their family had insurance.

4:20 p.m. Senator Stabenow spoke about the WRDA bill and health care.

4:07 p.m. Senator Cantwell spoke about the WRDA bill.

3:30 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about the environment, the Clark nomination and the WRDA bill.

3:03 p.m. Senator Murkowski spoke about short term insurance.

2:48 p.m. Senator Markey spoke on the recent passage of the water resources bill.

2:46 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Clark nomination, 53-44.

Senators in favor: 51 Republicans, 2 Democrats: Manchin and McCaskill.

Senators opposed: 42 Democrats, 2 Independents: King and Sanders.

Senators not voting: 3 Democrats: Heitkamp, Nelson and Wyden.

2:15 p.m. The Senate returned from the recess, and began a cloture vote on the Clark nomination.

12:29 p.m The Senate recessed until 2:15 p.m.

12:28 p.m. Senator Cornyn achieved UC that at 2:15 p.m., the Senate proceed to a cloture vote on the nomination of Jeffrey Clark to be an Assistant Attorney General at the Department of Justice.

12:27 p.m.  S.J Res 63 was not adopted, 50-50.  A majority was needed.

Senators in favor: 50 Republicans.

Senators opposed, 47 Democrats, 2 Independents: King and Sanders; 1 Republican: Collins.

12:06 p.m. Senate began voting on adoption of S.J Res 63.

12:05 p.m. The motion to concur was agreed to and S. 3021 was passed, by a tally of 99-1.

Senators voting against:  One Republican: Lee.

11:32 a.m. The Senate began voting on the motion to concur in the House message to accompany S. 3021

11:28 a.m. Senators Carper and Barrasso  spoke supporting S. 3021, WRDA.

11:20 a.m. Senator Murray spoke on S.J.Res 63, the Short-Term, Limited Duration Insurance CRA.

11:10 a.m. Senator Inhofe spoke supporting S. 3021the WRDA bill.

10:58 a.m. Senator Alexander spoke about the medical insurance vote.

10:48 a.m. Senator Baldwin spoke about the medical insurance vote.

10:47 a.m. The Senate proceeded to consideration of the repeal of the medical insurance rule, S.J. Res 63.

10:41 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about the vote on the medical insurance rule.

10:03 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about this morning’s vote on passage of the water projects bill. He spoke about the vote to repeals the medical insurance rule.


  • The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to a joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval of the rule submitted by the Secretaries of Treasury, Labor, and Health and Human Services relating to “Short-Term, Limited Duration Insurance” S.J. Res 63.
  • At 11:30 a.m., there will be two roll call votes:
  1. Motion to concur in the House message to accompany S. 3021 (Water Resource Development Act).
  2. Passage of S.J.Res.63.
  • Following the votes, the Senate will recess until 2:15 p.m. to allow for the weekly caucus luncheons.


  • ML McConnell also filed cloture on the following Executive nominations:

1.     Jeffrey Clark to be an Assistant Attorney General

2.     Eric S. Dreiband to be an Assistant Attorney General

3.     James Stewart to be an Assistant Secretary of Defense