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The Floor Log is for reference purposes only. For official information, please visit https://www.congress.gov/congressional-record

SENATE FLOOR PROCEEDINGS

WEDNESDAY, JULY 18, 2018

The Senate will convene at 10:00 AM. Following Leader remarks, will proceed to an Executive Session to resume consideration of Cal. #892, Andrew S. Oldham to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit.  At 2:00 PM, the Senate will proceed to two roll call votes:

  1. Confirmation of Andrew Oldham to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit
  2. Cloture on Ryan Bounds to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit

The Senate convened and proceeded to Leader remarks.

The Senate proceeded to an Executive Session.

Cal. #892, Andrew S. Oldham to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit.  Yeas and nays ordered.  The nomination is confirmed by a vote of 50-49.

Cal. #903, Ryan Wesley Bounds to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit.  Motion to Invoke Cloture.  Yeas and nays ordered.  The Motion to Invoke Cloture was agreed to by a vote of 50-49.

Cal. #903, Ryan Wesley Bounds to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit. 

The Senate proceeded to a Period of Morning Business.

The Senate proceeded to an Executive Session.

Cal. #942, Read Adm. (lh) Andrew S. McKinley, to be Rear Admiral. The nomination was confirmed by Unanimous Consent.

The Senate proceeded to a Legislative Session.

S. 526 (Microloan Modernization Act of 2018). The Committee-Reported substitute amendment was agreed, the Risch amendment was agreed to, and the bill as amended was passed by Voice Vote.

S. 791 (A bill to amend the Small Business Act to expand intellectual property, education and training for small businesses, and for other purposes). The bill was passed by Voice Vote.

S. 2850 (A bill to amend the White Mountain Apache Tribe Water Rights Quantification Act of 2010 to clarify the use of amounts in the WMAT Settlement Fund). The Flake amendment was agreed to by Unanimous Consent. The bill as amended was passed by Unanimous Consent.

The Senate will convene at 10:00 AM on Thursday, July 19th, 2018. Following Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to an Executive Session and will resume consideration of Cal. #903, Ryan Wesley Bounds to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit, post-cloture.

The Senate adjourned at 6:24 PM.

 

TUESDAY, JULY 17, 2018

The Senate will convene at 10:00 AM.  Following Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of Cal. #601, James Blew to be Assistant Secretary for Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development, Department of Education. At 11:45 AM, the Senate will proceed to two roll call votes:

  1. Confirmation of Cal. #601, James Blew to be Assistant Secretary for Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development, Department of Education.
  2. Cloture on Cal. #595, Randal Quarles to be a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.

The Senate will recess from 12:30 to 2:15 PM for the weekly party caucus lunches.

The Senate convened and proceeded to Leader remarks.

The Senate proceeded to an Executive Session.

Cal. #601, James Blew to be Assistant Secretary for Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development, Department of Education. Yeas and nays ordered.  The nomination was confirmed by a vote of 50-49.

Cal. #595, Randal Quarles to be a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.  Motion to Invoke Cloture.  Yeas and nays ordered. The Motion was agreed to by a vote of 66–33.

The Senate recessed from 1:04-2:15 PM for weekly party caucus luncheons.

The Senate reconvened and resumed a Legislative Session.

Cal. #595, Randal Quarles to be a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.  All post-cloture time was yielded back.  Yeas and nays ordered.  The nomination was confirmed by a vote of 66-33.

Cal. #892, Andrew S. Oldham to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit.  Motion to Invoke Cloture.  Yeas and nays ordered.  The Motion to Invoke Cloture was agreed to by a vote of 50-49.

Cal. #892, Andrew S. Oldham to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit. 

The Senate proceeded to a Legislative Session.

The Senate proceeded to a period of Morning Business.

H.R. 6042 (To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to delay the reduction in Federal medical assistance percentage for Medicaid personal care services furnished without an electronic visit verification system).  Agreed to by Unanimous Consent.

The Senate will convene at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, July 18th and following Leader remarks, will proceed to an Executive Session to resume consideration of Cal. #892, Andrew S. Oldham to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit.  At 2:00 PM, the Senate will vote on the Oldham nomination.

The Senate adjourned at 10:09 PM.

 

MONDAY, JULY 16, 2018

The Senate will next convene at 3:00 pm. Following Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of Cal. #936. Scott Stump to be Assistant Secretary for Career, Technical, and Adult Education, Department of Education. At 5:30 PM, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Stump nomination.

The Senate convened and proceeded with Leader remarks.

The Senate proceeded to an Executive Session.

Cal. #936, Scott Stump to be Assistant Secretary for Career, Technical, and Adult Education, Department of Education. The nomination was confirmed by a vote of 85-0.

Cal. #601, James Blew to be Assistant Secretary for Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development, Department of Education.

The Senate proceeded to a Legislative Session.

S. Res. 386 (Urging the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to fulfill its agreement to hold credible elections). The resolution was agreed to by voice vote.

The Senate will convene at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, July 17, 2018. Following Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of Cal. #601, James Blew to be Assistant Secretary for Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development, Department of Education. At 11:45 AM, the Senate will proceed to two roll call votes:

  1. Confirmation of Cal. #601, James Blew to be Assistant Secretary for Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development, Department of Education.
  2. Cloture on Cal. #595, Randal Quarles to be a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.

 

The Senate will recess from 12:30 to 2:15 PM for the weekly party caucus lunches.

The Senate adjourned at 6:58 PM.

THURSDAY, JULY 12, 2018

The Senate will convene at 10:00 AM. Following Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to an Executive Session and will resume consideration of Cal. #686, Paul C. Ney, Jr. to be General Counsel of the Department of Defense, post-cloture. At 1:30 PM the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Ney nomination.

The Senate convened and proceeded to Leader remarks.

The Senate proceeded to an Executive Session.

Cal. #686, Paul C. Ney, Jr. to be General Counsel of the Department of Defense.  Yeas and nays ordered.  The nomination was confirmed by a vote of 70-23.

Motion to Proceed to a Legislative Session.  Agreed to by Voice Vote.

Motion to Proceed to an Executive Session.  Agreed to by Voice Vote.

Cal. #595, Randal Quarles to be a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.  McConnell filed a Motion to Invoke Cloture on the nomination.

Motion to Proceed to a Legislative Session.  Agreed to by Voice Vote.

Motion to Proceed to an Executive Session.  Agreed to by Voice Vote.

Cal. #892, Andrew Oldham to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit.  McConnell filed a Motion to Invoke Cloture on the nomination.

Motion to Proceed to a Legislative Session.  Agreed to by Voice Vote.

Motion to Proceed to an Executive Session.  Agreed to by Voice Vote.

Cal. #903, Ryan Wesley Bounds to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit.  McConnell filed a Motion to Invoke Cloture on the nomination.

Cal. #912. Kelli Higashi, to be an Associate Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. Agreed to by Voice Vote.

Cal. #913. Emory A. Rounds III, to be Director of the Office of Government Ethics. Agreed to by Voice Vote.

Cal. #924. Georgette Mosbacher, to be Ambassador of the United States of America to the Republic of Poland. Agreed to by Voice Vote.

The Senate proceeded to a Period of Morning Business.

S. Res. 558 (Designating July 30th, 2018 as National Whistle-Blower Appreciation Day). The resolution was agreed to by Unanimous Consent.

S. Res. 574 (Designating July 13th, 2018 as Collector Car Appreciation Day, and so forth). The resolution was agreed to by Unanimous Consent.

S. Res. 575 (Honoring the memory of the five victims of the attack of the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland on June 28th, 2018.). The resolution was agreed to by Unanimous Consent.

The Senate will next convene at 3:00 pm on Monday, July 16th, 2018. Following Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of Cal. #936. Scott Stump to be Assistant Secretary for Career, Technical, and Adult Education, Department of Education. At 5:30 PM, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Stump nomination.

The Senate adjourned at 5:11 PM.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 11, 2018

The Senate will convene at 10:00 AM. Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Cal. #639, Brian Benczkowski to be Assistant Attorney General. At 12:00 PM the Senate will proceed to Legislative Session and the Chair will lay before the Senate the Message to Accompany H.R. 5895 (Minibus Appropriations) and proceed to up to 3 Roll Call Votes on the following:

  1. Compound motion to go to conference on H.R. 5895
  2. Cassidy motion to instruct conferees
  3. Corker motion to instruct conferees

Further, at 2:00 PM, the Senate will proceed to 2 roll call votes on the following:

  1. Confirmation of Cal. #639, Brian Benczkowski to be Assistant Attorney General
  2. Motion to invoke cloture on Cal. 686, Paul Ney, Jr. to be General Counsel of the Department of Defense.

The Senate convened and proceeded to Leader remarks.

The Senate proceeded to an Executive Session.

Cal. #639 Brian Benczkowski to be Assistant Attorney General.

The Senate proceeded to a Legislative Session.

Message to Accompany H.R. 5895 (Minibus Appropriations).  Shelby Compound Motion to go to conference on H.R. 5895 (Minibus Appropriations).  Agreed to by Voice Vote.

Cassidy Motion to Instruct Conferees in relation to H.R. 5895 (Minibus Appropriations).  Yeas and nays ordered.  The Motion was agreed to by a vote of 95-4.

Corker Motion to Instruct Conferees in relation to H.R. 5895 (Minibus Appropriations).  Yeas and nays ordered.  The Motion was agreed to by a vote of 88-11.

The following Senators have been named conferees:  Sens. Shelby, Alexander, Boozman, Daines, Leahy, Feinstein, Schatz, and Murray.

The Senate resumed an Executive Session.

Cal. #639, Brian Benczkowski to be Assistant Attorney General.  Yeas and nays ordered.  The nomination was confirmed by a vote of 51-48.

Cal. 686, Paul Ney, Jr. to be General Counsel of the Department of Defense.  Motion to Invoke Cloture.  Yeas and nays ordered.  The Motion to Invoke Cloture was agreed to by a vote of 74-25.

Cal. 686, Paul Ney, Jr. to be General Counsel of the Department of Defense. 

Lee asked unanimous consent to change his vote on the Cassidy Motion to Instruct Conferees in relation to H.R. 5895 (Minibus Appropriations) from “Aye” to “No.” The revised vote tally for passage is now 94-5.

The Senate will convene at 10:00 AM on Thursday, July 12, 2018. Following Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to an Executive Session and will resume consideration of Cal. #686, Paul C. Ney, Jr. to be General Counsel of the Department of Defense, post-cloture. At 1:30 PM the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Ney nomination.

The Senate adjourned at 6:38 PM.

TUESDAY, JULY 10, 2018

The Senate will convene at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, July 10th and will proceed to an Executive Session to resume consideration of Cal. #836, Mark Jeremy Bennett to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit.  The Senate will recess from 12:30-2:15 PM for weekly party caucus luncheons.  At 2:15 PM, all post-cloture time will be yielded back and the Senate will vote on the Bennett nomination. Following the disposition of the Bennett nomination, the Senate will proceed to a vote on the Motion to Invoke Cloture on Cal. #639 Brian Benczkowski to be Assistant Attorney General.

The Senate convened and proceeded to Leader remarks.

The Senate proceeded to an Executive Session.

Cal. #836, Mark Jeremy Bennett to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit.

The Senate proceeded to a Legislative Session.

Message to Accompany H.R. 5515 (John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019). McConnell Motion to Insist on its amendment, agree to the request to the House for a conference, and authorize the chair to appoint conferees on the part of the Senate.

The Senate proceeded to an Executive Session.

The Senate stands in recess from 12:36 PM to 2:15 PM.

The Senate reconvened and proceeded to an Executive Session.

Cal. #836, Mark Jeremy Bennett to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit. Yeas and Nays ordered. The nomination was confirmed by a vote of 72–27.

Cal. #639 Brian Benczkowski to be Assistant Attorney General. Motion to Invoke Cloture. Yeas and Nays ordered. The motion was agreed to by a vote of 51–48.

The Senate proceeded to a Legislative Session.

Message to Accompany H.R. 5515 (John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019). McConnell compound motion to go to conference on H.R. 5515 (John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019). Yeas and Nays ordered. The Compound Motion was agreed to by a vote of 91–8.

Cornyn motion to instruct conferees in relation to H.R. 5515 (John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019). Yeas and Nays ordered. The motion was agreed to by a vote of 97–2.

Reed motion to instruct conferees in relation to H.R. 5515 (John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019). Yeas and Nays ordered. The motion was agreed to by a vote of 97–2.

The Senate proceeded to an Executive Session.

Cal. #639 Brian Benczkowski to be Assistant Attorney General.

The Senate proceeded to a Period of Morning Business.

S. Con. Res. 41 (Recognizing 100 years of the United States-Australia relationship, 100 years of Mateship). The Concurrent Resolution was agreed to by Unanimous Consent.

The Senate will convene at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, July 11th, 2018. Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Cal. #639, Brian Benczkowski to be Assistant Attorney General. At 12:00 PM the Senate will proceed to Legislative Session and the Chair will lay before the Senate the Message to Accompany H.R. 5895 (Minibus Appropriations) and proceed to up to 3 Roll Call Votes on the following:

  1. Compound motion to go to conference on H.R. 5895
  2. Cassidy motion to instruct conferees
  3. Corker motion to instruct conferees

Further, at 2:00 PM, the Senate will proceed to 2 roll call votes on the following:

  1. Confirmation of Cal. #639, Brian Benczkowski to be Assistant Attorney General
  2. Motion to invoke cloture on Cal. 686, Paul Ney, Jr. to be General Counsel of the Department of Defense.

 

The Senate adjourned at 7:29 PM.

MONDAY, JULY 9, 2018

The Senate will convene at 3:00 PM and proceed to Leader remarks.  The Senate will then proceed to an Executive Session and resume consideration of the Cal. #836, Mark Bennett to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit.  At 5:30 PM, the Senate will vote on the Motion to Invoke Cloture on Bennett nomination.

The Senate convened and proceeded with Leader remarks.

The Senate proceeded to an Executive Session.

Cal. #836, Mark Jeremy Bennett to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit.  Motion to Invoke Cloture.  Yeas and nays ordered.    The Motion to Invoke Cloture was agreed to by a vote of 72-25.

The Senate proceeded to a Legislative Session for a period of Morning Business.

The Senate will convene at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, July 10th and will proceed to an Executive Session to resume consideration of Cal. #836, Mark Jeremy Bennett to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit.  The Senate will recess from 12:30-2:15 PM for weekly party caucus luncheons.  At 2:15 PM, all post-cloture time will be yielded back and the Senate will vote on the Bennett nomination.

The Senate adjourned at 6:49 PM.

 

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