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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

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2019

The Senate will convene at 10:00 AM. Following Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to the consideration of S.J. Res. 53 (A joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency relating to “Repeal of the Clean Power Plan; Emission Guidelines for Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Existing Electric Utility Generating Units; Revisions to Emission Guidelines Implementing Regulations”). The Senate will vote on passage of S.J. Res. 53 at 12 Noon.

Further, at 1:45 PM, the Senate will proceed to a vote on the veto override to S.J. Res. 54 (A joint resolution terminating the national emergency declared by the President on February 15, 2019).

The Senate convened and proceeded to Leader remarks.

The following bills were read for the second time en bloc:
S.J. Res. 58 (Expressing support for freedom of conscience).
H.J. Res. 77 (Opposing the decision to end certain United States efforts to prevent Turkish military operations against Syrian and Kurdish forces in Northeast Syria).
Further readings of the bills were objected to en bloc.

The Senate proceeded to a Legislative Session.

Motion to Proceed to S.J. Res. 53 (A joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency relating to “Repeal of the Clean Power Plan; Emission Guidelines for Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Existing Electric Utility Generating Units; Revisions to Emission Guidelines Implementing Regulations”). Agreed to by Voice Vote.

S.J. Res. 53 (A joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency relating to “Repeal of the Clean Power Plan; Emission Guidelines for Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Existing Electric Utility Generating Units; Revisions to Emission Guidelines Implementing Regulations”).  Yeas and nays ordered. The Joint Resolution did not pass by a vote of 41-53.

S.J. Res. 54 (A joint resolution terminating the national emergency declared by the President on February 15, 2019).

Senator Schumer asked Unanimous Consent that the Senate proceed to the immediate consideration of H.J. Res. 77 (Opposing the decision to end certain United States efforts to prevent Turkish military operations against Syrian Kurdish forces in Northeast Syria.) and that the Senate vote on passage with no intervening action or debate. Senator Paul objected.

Senator Paul asked Unanimous Consent that the Senate call up and pass S. 2624 ( ). Senator Risch objected.

Senator Baldwin asked Unanimous Consent that the Senate call up and pass S. 2598 (A bill to require the payment of user fees by qualified professional asset managers seeking an individual exemption from certain requirements). Senator Lee objected.

Senator Lee asked Unanimous Consent that the Senate proceed to the immediate consideration of H.R. 1044 (Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019), that the Lee amendment be agreed to, and that the bill as amended be passed. Senator Durbin objected.

S.J. Res. 54 (A joint resolution terminating the national emergency declared by the President on February 15, 2019). Yeas and Nays ordered. The Joint Resolution on reconsideration fails to pass by a vote of 53–36.

Senator Durbin asked Unanimous Consent that the Senate call up and pass S. 2603 (A bill to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to end the immigrant visa backlog, and for other purposes). Senator Lee objected.

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

Cal. # 5, Treaty Doc 116-1 (Protocol to the North Atlantic Treaty of 1949 on the Accession of the Republic of North Macedonia).

McConnell amend #946 (Making technical corrections).  Yeas and nays ordered.

McConnell 2nd degree amendment #947 (Making technical corrections) to McConnell amend #946 (Making technical corrections).  Senator McConnell filed a Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Treaty Doc.

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. #441, Andrew P. Bremberg to be Representative of the United States to the Office of the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva with the rank of Ambassador.  Senator 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 H.R. 3055 (Commerce, Justice, Science, Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, Interior, Environment, Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Act, 2020).  Senator McConnell filed a Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Motion to Proceed.

The Motion to Proceed is withdrawn by Unanimous Consent.

Motion to Proceed to H.R. 2740 (Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Defense, State, Foreign Operations, and Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act, 2020).  Senator McConnell filed a Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Motion to Proceed.

S. 2635 (A bill to require the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation to declassify any and all information relating to whether the Government of Saudi Arabia Assisted a Citizen or National of Saudi Arabia in departing the United States while the citizen or national was awaiting trial or sentencing for a criminal offense committed in the United States and for other purposes). The bill passed by Unanimous Consent.

S. 2635 (A bill to require the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation to declassify any and all information relating to whether the Government of Saudi Arabia Assisted a Citizen or National of Saudi Arabia in departing the United States while the citizen or national was awaiting trial or sentencing for a criminal offense committed in the United States and for other purposes). The bill passed by Unanimous Consent.

S. 2644 (A bill to impose sanctions with respect to Turkey and for other purposes). The bill was read for the first time. Further readings of the bill were objected to.

H.R. 1396 (Hidden Figures Congressional Gold Medal Act). The bill passed by Unanimous Consent.

S. 2258 (Criminal Antitrust Anti-Retaliation Act of 2019). The bill passed by Unanimous Consent.

S. Res. 364 (Congratulating the Washington Mystics on winning the 2019 Women’s National Basketball Association Championship). The resolution was agreed to by Unanimous Consent.

S. Res. 365 (Designating October 16, 2019, and October 16, 2020, as World Food Day). The resolution was agreed to by Voice Vote.

The Senate will next convene at 3:00 PM on Monday, October 21, 2019. Following leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session to resume consideration of Cal. # 5, Treaty Doc 116-1 (Protocol to the North Atlantic Treaty of 1949 on the Accession of the Republic of North Macedonia).

At 5:30 PM, the Senate will vote on the Motion to Invoke Cloture on Cal. # 5, Treaty Doc 116-1 (Protocol to the North Atlantic Treaty of 1949 on the Accession of the Republic of North Macedonia).

The Senate adjourned at 5:10 PM.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2019

The Senate will convene at 9:30 AM and will proceed to an Executive Session to resume consideration of Cal. #422, Barbara Barrett to be Secretary of the Air Force, post-cloture. At 11:00 AM, the Senate will proceed to the following four votes:
1. Motion to Invoke Cloture on Cal. #359, Frank Volk to be U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of West Virginia.
2. Motion to Invoke Cloture on Cal. #363, Charles R. Eskridge III to be U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Texas.
3. Motion to Invoke Cloture on Cal. #328, David Novak to be U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia.
4. Motion to Invoke Cloture on Cal. #348, Rachel Kovner to be U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of New York.

The Senate will recess from 12:30 until 2:15 PM for weekly party caucus luncheons.

At 4:15 PM, the Senate will proceed to up to five votes on the following:
1. Confirmation of Cal. #422, Barbara Barrett to be Secretary of the Air Force.
2. Confirmation of Cal. #359, Frank Volk to be U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of West Virginia (if cloture is invoked).
3. Confirmation of Cal. #363, Charles R. Eskridge III to be U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Texas (if cloture is invoked).
4. Confirmation of Cal. #328, David Novak to be U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia (if cloture is invoked).
5. Confirmation of Cal. #348, Rachel Kovner to be U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of New York (if cloture is invoked).

The Senate convened and proceeded to Leader remarks.

The Senate proceeded to an Executive Session.

Cal. #422, Barbara Barrett to be Secretary of the Air Force, post-cloture.  Laid aside.

Cal. #359, Frank Volk to be U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of West Virginia.  Motion to Invoke Cloture.  Yeas and nays ordered.  The Motion to Invoke Cloture was agreed to by a vote of 90-0.

Cal. #363, Charles R. Eskridge III to be U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Texas.  Motion to Invoke Cloture.  Yeas and nays ordered.  The Motion to Invoke Cloture was agreed to by a vote of 61-29.

Cal. #328, David Novak to be U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia.  Motion to Invoke Cloture.  Yeas and nays ordered.  The Motion to Invoke Cloture was agreed to by a vote of 86-4.

Cal. #348, Rachel Kovner to be U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of New York.  Motion to Invoke Cloture.  Yeas and nays ordered.  The Motion to Invoke Cloture was agreed to by a vote of 85-3.

The Senate recessed from 1:00-2:15 PM for weekly party caucus meetings.

The Senate reconvened and proceeded to an Executive Session.

Cal. #348, Rachel Kovner to be U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of New York, post-cloure.

Cal. #422, Barbara Barrett to be Secretary of the Air Force.  The nomination was confirmed by a vote of 85-7.

Cal. #359, Frank Volk to be U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of West Virginia. The nomination as confirmed by a vote of 92-0.

Cal. #363, Charles R. Eskridge III to be U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Texas.  The nomination was confirmed by a vote of 61-31.

Cal. #328, David Novak to be U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia. The nomination was confirmed by a vote of 89-3.

Cal. #348, Rachel Kovner to be U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of New York.  The nomination was confirmed by a vote of 88-3.

The following bills were read for the first time en bloc:
S.J. Res. 58 (Expressing support for freedom of conscience).
H.J. Res. 77 (Opposing the decision to end certain United States efforts to prevent Turkish military operations against Syrian and Kurdish forces in Northeast Syria).
The second readings of the bills were objected to en bloc.

S. Res. 358 (National Character Counts Week). Agreed to by unanimous consent.

S. Res. 356 (National Polycystic Kidney Disease Awareness Day). Agreed to by unanimous consent.

S. Res. 324 (National Urban Wildlife Refuge Day). Agreed to by unanimous consent.

The Senate will convene at 10:00 AM on Thursday, October 17, 2019. Following Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to consideration of S.J. Res. 53 (A joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency relating to “Repeal of the Clean Power Plan; Emission Guidelines for Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Existing Electric Utility Generating Units; Revisions to Emission Guidelines Implementing Regulations”). The Senate will vote on passage of S.J. Res. 53 at 12 Noon.

Further, at 1:45 PM, the Senate will vote on passage of S.J. Res. 54 (A joint resolution terminating the national emergency declared by the President on February 15, 2019), notwithstanding the objections of the President to the contrary.

The Senate adjourned at 7:11 PM.

 

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2019

The Senate will convene at 3:00 PM. Following Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to an Executive Session and will resume consideration of Cal. #422, Barbara Barrett to be Secretary of the Air Force.  At 5:30 PM, the Senate will vote on the Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Barrett nomination.

The Senate convened and proceeded to Leader remarks.

S. 2593 (To amend title 31, United States Code, to provide for automatic continuing resolutions). The bill was read for a second time. Further readings were objected to, and the bill will be placed on the calendar.

The Senate proceeded to an Executive Session.

Cal. #422, Barbara Barrett to be Secretary of the Air Force.  Motion to Invoke Cloture.  Yeas and nays ordered.  The Motion to Invoke Cloture was agreed to by a vote of 84-7.

The Senate proceeded to a Legislative Session.

S. Res. 322 (Rail Safety Week).

The Senate will convene at 9:30 AM on Wednesday, October 16th and will proceed to an Executive Session to resume consideration of Cal. #422, Barbara Barrett to be Secretary of the Air Force, post-cloture.  At 11:00 AM, the Senate will proceed to the following four votes:

  1. Motion to Invoke Cloture on Cal. #359, Frank Volk to be U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of West Virginia.
  2. Motion to Invoke Cloture on Cal. #363, Charles R. Eskridge III to be U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Texas.
  3. Motion to Invoke Cloture on Cal. #328, David Novak to be U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia.
  4. Motion to Invoke Cloture on Cal. #348, Rachel Kovner to be U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of New York.

The Senate will recess from 12:30 until 2:15 PM for weekly party caucus luncheons.

At 4:15 PM, the Senate will proceed to up to five votes on the following:

  1. Confirmation of Cal. #422, Barbara Barrett to be Secretary of the Air Force.
  2. Confirmation of Cal. #359, Frank Volk to be U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of West Virginia (if cloture is invoked).
  3. Confirmation of Cal. #363, Charles R. Eskridge III to be U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Texas (if cloture is invoked).
  4. Confirmation of Cal. #328, David Novak to be U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia (if cloture is invoked).
  5. Confirmation of Cal. #348, Rachel Kovner to be U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of New York (if cloture is invoked).

The Senate adjourned at 6:18 PM.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2019

The Senate will convene at 10:00 AM and will then proceed to the consideration of H.R. 4378 (Continuing Resolution), with the only amendment in order being the Paul amend #942.

At 12:15 PM, the Senate will proceed to two votes on the following:

  1. Adoption of Paul amend #942 in relation to H.R. 4378 (Continuing Resolution)
  2. Passage of H.R. 4378 (Continuing Resolution) as amended if amended. (60 vote threshold)

Further, at 1:30 PM, the Senate will proceed to two votes on the following:

  1. Confirmation of Cal. #415, General John E. Hyten to be Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
  2. Confirmation of #450, Eugene Scalia to be Secretary of Labor.

The Senate convened and proceeded to a Legislative Session.

Cal. #415, General John E. Hyten to be Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  Yeas and nays ordered.  The nomination was confirmed by a vote of 75-22.

Cal. #450, Eugene Scalia to be Secretary of Labor.  Yeas and nays ordered.  The nomination was confirmed by a vote of 53-44.

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. #422, Barbara McConnell Barrett to be Secretary of the Air Force.  Senator 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. #359, Frank William Volk to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of West Virginia.  Senator 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. #363, Charles R. Eskridge, III to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Texas.  Senator 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. #328, David John Novak to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia.  Senator 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. #348, Rachel P. Kovner to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of New York.  Senator McConnell filed a Motion to Invoke Cloture on the nomination.

The Senate confirmed the following nominations en bloc by voice vote:
Cal. #446, W. Stephen Muldrow to be United States Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico.
Cal. #447, Michael Baughman to be United States Marshall for the Western District of Pennsylvania.
Cal. #448, Kerry Lee Pettingill to be United States Marshall for the Eastern District of Oklahoma.
Cal. #449, Fernando L.G. Sablan to be United States Marshall for the District of the Northern Mariana Islands.

Cal. #423, Ryan McCarthy to be Secretary of the Army. Confirmed by voice vote.

The Senate confirmed the following nominations en bloc by voice vote:
Cal. #398, Lana J. Marks to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of South Africa.
Cal. #442 John Leslie Carwile, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador of the U.S. to the Republic of Latvia.
Cal. #443 McKee, Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Amb. of U.S. to the Independent State of Papua New Guinea, & serve concurrently w/o addtl compensation as Amb. of U.S. to the Solomon Islands and Republic of Vanuatu.
Cal. #444 Anthony F. Godfrey, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador of the U.S. to the Republic of Serbia.
Cal. #445 Herro Mustafa, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Counselor, to be Ambassador of the U.S. to the Republic of Bulgaria.
Cal. #455 Adam Seth Boehler to be Chief Executive Officer of the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation And all nominations on the Secretary’s Desk in the Foreign Service.
Cal. #424 – #440 (Military Nominations) and all nominations on the Secretary’s Desk in the Air Force, Army, Marine Corps and Navy.

The Senate proceeded to a Legislative Session.

S. Res. 252 (Designating September, 2019 as National Democracy Month). Agreed to by unanimous consent.

The following Senate Resolutions were agreed to en bloc by unanimous consent:
S. Res. 346
S. Res. 347
S. Res. 348
S. Res. 349

S. 737 (A bill to direct the National Science Foundation to support stem education research focused on early childhood). The substitute amendment at the desk was agreed to. The bill as amended was passed by voice vote.

S. 2593 (United States Code to provide for automatic continuing resolutions). The bill was read for the first time. The second reading of the bill was objected to.

The Senate will convene for pro forma sessions on the following days and times, with no business conducted:
Friday, September 27 at 11:40 AM
Tuesday, October 1 at 12:00 PM
Friday, October 4 at 4:30 PM
Tuesday, October 8 at 12:00 PM
Friday, October 11 at 2:15 PM

The Senate will then convene at 3:00 PM on Tuesday, October 15, 2019. Following Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to an Executive Session and will resume consideration of Cal. #422, Barbara McConnell Barrett to be Secretary of the Air Force.  At 5:30 PM, the Senate will vote the Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Barrett nomination.

The Senate adjourned at 4:49 PM.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2019

The Senate will convene at 10:00 AM and following Leader remarks, will proceed to a period of Morning Business.  At 10:30 AM, the Senate will proceed to a Legislative Session to consider S. J. Res. 54 (the Emergency Declaration resolution of disapproval).  The Senate will vote on the resolution at 12:15 PM.  Following the disposition of the resolution, the Senate will proceed to the Resolutions to Instruct Conferees to be submitted pursuant to the order of September 18, 2019.  At 3:45 PM, the Senate will proceed to up to 7 roll call votes on the following Motions to Instruct NDAA Conferees:

  1. Adoption of the Van Hollen resolution
  2. Adoption of the Cotton resolution
  3. Adoption of the Jones resolution
  4. Adoption of the Schatz resolution
  5. Adoption of the Peters resolution
  6. Adoption of the McSally resolution
  7. Adoption of the McConnell resolution

The Senate convened and proceeded to Leader remarks.

The Senate proceeded to a period of Morning Business.

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

Cal. #450, Eugene Scalia to be Secretary of Labor.  Senator McConnell filed a Motion to Invoke Cloture on the nomination.

The Senate proceeded to a Legislative Session.

S. J. Res. 54 (The Emergency Declaration resolution of disapproval). Yeas and nays ordered. The resolution passed by a vote of 54-41.

The Senate will recess from 2:30-3:30 PM for an all-Senators briefing.

The following resolutions were considered, en bloc:
S. Res. 330 (Instructing the managers on the part of the Senate on the bill S. 1790 to require certain measure to address Federal election interference by foreign governments).
S. Res. 331 (Instructing the managers on the part of the Senate on the bill S. 1790 to insist upon the inclusion of the provisions of S. 2118, relating to the prohibition of United States persons from dealing in certain information and communications technology or services from foreign adversaries and requiring the approval of Congress to terminate certain export controls in effect with respect to Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.).
S. Res. 332 (Instructing the managers o the part of the Senate on the conference on the bill S. 1790 to insist upon the provisions contained in section 630A of the House amendment, relating to the repeal of a requirement of reduction of Survivor Benefit Plan survivor annuities by amounts of dependency and indemnity compensation).
S. Res. 333 (Instructing the managers on the part of the Senate on the bill S. 1790 to insist upon the provisions contained in subtitle B of title XI of the House amendment, relating to paid family leave for Federal personnel).
S. Res. 334 (Instructing the managers on the part of the Senate on the bill S. 1790 to insist upon the provisions contained in section 316 of the Senate bill, relating to a prohibition on the use of perfluoroalkyl substances and polyfluoroalkyl substances for land-based applications of firefighting foam).
S. Res. 335 (Instructing the managers on the part of the Senate on the bill S. 1790 to insist upon the members of the conference to include the provisions contained in section 2906 of the Senate bill, relating to replenishment of certain military construction funds).
S. Res. 336 (Instructing the managers on the part of the Senate on the bill S. 1790 to insist upon the members of the conference to consider potential commonsense solutions regarding family and medical leave, including voluntary compensatory time programs and incentives through the tax code).

 

The Senate recessed from 2:47-3:30 PM for an all-Senators briefing.

S. Res. 330 (Instructing the managers on the part of the Senate on the bill S. 1790 to require certain measure to address Federal election interference by foreign governments). The resolution was agreed to by Voice Vote.

S. Res. 331 (Instructing the managers on the part of the Senate on the bill S. 1790 to insist upon the inclusion of the provisions of S. 2118, relating to the prohibition of United States persons from dealing in certain information and communications technology or services from foreign adversaries and requiring the approval of Congress to terminate certain export controls in effect with respect to Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.). Yeas and Nays ordered. The resolution was agreed to by a vote of 91–4.

S. Res. 332 (Instructing the managers o the part of the Senate on the conference on the bill S. 1790 to insist upon the provisions contained in section 630A of the House amendment, relating to the repeal of a requirement of reduction of Survivor Benefit Plan survivor annuities by amounts of dependency and indemnity compensation). Yeas and Nays ordered. The resolution was agreed to by a vote of 94–0.

S. Res. 333 (Instructing the managers on the part of the Senate on the bill S. 1790 to insist upon the provisions contained in subtitle B of title XI of the House amendment, relating to paid family leave for Federal personnel). Yeas and Nays ordered. The resolution was not agreed to by a vote of 47–48.

S. Res. 334 (Instructing the managers on the part of the Senate on the bill S. 1790 to insist upon the provisions contained in section 316 of the Senate bill, relating to a prohibition on the use of perfluoroalkyl substances and polyfluoroalkyl substances for land-based applications of firefighting foam). The resolution was agreed to by Voice Vote.

S. Res. 335 (Instructing the managers on the part of the Senate on the bill S. 1790 to insist upon the members of the conference to include the provisions contained in section 2906 of the Senate bill, relating to replenishment of certain military construction funds). Yeas and Nays ordered. The resolution was agreed to by a vote of 52-42.

S. Res. 336 (Instructing the managers on the part of the Senate on the bill S. 1790 to insist upon the members of the conference to consider potential commonsense solutions regarding family and medical leave, including voluntary compensatory time programs and incentives through the tax code). Yeas and Nays ordered. The resolution was agreed to by a vote of 55–39.

The Senate proceeded to an Executive Session.

Cal. #415, General John E. Hyten to be Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Motion to Invoke Cloture. Yeas and Nays ordered. The Motion was agreed to by a vote of 73-21.

Cal. #450, Eugene Scalia to be Secretary of Labor. Motion to Invoke Cloture. Yeas and Nays ordered. The Motion was agreed to by a vote of 52–42.

Senator Scott asked Unanimous Consent that the Senate call up and pass H.R. 549, that the Scott amendment be agreed to by Unanimous Consent, and the bill be passed as amended. Senator Menendez objected.

Senator Menendez asked Unanimous Consent that the Senate call up and pass H.R. 549 and that the bill be read for a third time and passed. Senator Scott objected.

The Senate proceeded to a Period of Morning Business.

The Senate will convene at 10:00 AM on Thursday, September 26, 2019. The Senate will then proceed to the consideration of H.R. 4378 (Continuing Resolution), with the only amendment in order being the Paul amend #942.

At 12:15 PM, the Senate will proceed to two votes on the following:
1. Adoption of Paul amend #942 in relation to H.R. 4378 (Continuing Resolution)
2. Passage of H.R. 4378 (Continuing Resolution) as amended if amended. (60 vote threshold)
Further, at 1:30 PM, the Senate will proceed to two votes on the following:
1. Confirmation of Cal. #415, General John E. Hyten to be Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
2. Confirmation of Cal. #450, Eugene Scalia to be Secretary of Labor

The Senate adjourned at 7:23 PM.

 

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2019

The Senate will convene at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, September 24th and will proceed to an Executive Session.  At 11:30 AM, the Senate will proceed to votes on the following:

  1. Motion to Invoke Cloture on Cal. #176, Joseph Cella to be Ambassador of the U.S. to the Republic of Fiji, and to serve concurrently as Ambassador of the U.S. to the Republic of Kiribati, the Republic of Nauru, the Kingdom of Tonga, and Tuvalu.
  2. Motion to Invoke Cloture on Cal. #367, Daniel Habib Jorjani to be Solicitor of the Department of the Interior.
  3. Motion to Invoke Cloture on Cal. #292, David Fabian Black to be Deputy Commissioner of Social Security.

Following the Black Cloture vote, the Senate will recess until 2:15 PM for weekly party caucus luncheons.  At 3:30 PM, the Senate will proceed to up to 4 roll call votes on the following:

  1. Confirmation on Cal. #417, Brian McGuire to be a Deputy Under Secretary of the Treasury.
  2. (If cloture is invoked) Confirmation on Cal. #176, Joseph Cella to be Ambassador of the U.S. to the Republic of Fiji, and to serve concurrently as Ambassador of the U.S. to the Republic of Kiribati, the Republic of Nauru, the Kingdom of Tonga, and Tuvalu.
  3. (If cloture is invoked) Confirmation on Cal. #367, Daniel Habib Jorjani to be Solicitor of the Department of the Interior.
  4. (If cloture is invoked) Confirmation on Cal. #292, David Fabian Black to be Deputy Commissioner of Social Security.

The Senate convened and proceeded to Leader remarks.

The Senate proceeded to an Executive Session.

Cal. #176, Joseph Cella to be Ambassador of the U.S. to the Republic of Fiji, and to serve concurrently as Ambassador of the U.S. to the Republic of Kiribati, the Republic of Nauru, the Kingdom of Tonga, and Tuvalu.  Motion to Invoke Cloture.  Yeas and nays ordered.  The Motion to Invoke Cloture was agreed to by a vote of 55-37.

Cal. #367, Daniel Habib Jorjani to be Solicitor of the Department of the Interior.  Motion to Invoke Cloture.  Yeas and nays ordered. The Motion was agreed to by a vote of 50–41.

Cal. #292, David Fabian Black to be Deputy Commissioner of Social Security. Motion to Invoke Cloture. Yeas and Nays ordered. The Motion was agreed to by a vote of 66–25.

Cal. #417, Brian McGuire to be a Deputy Under Secretary of the Treasury, post-cloture.

The Senate reconvened and resumed an Executive Session.

Cal. #417, Brian McGuire to be a Deputy Under Secretary of the Treasury, post-cloture.  Yeas and nays ordered.  88-6.

As if in Legislative Session, Senator Schumer laid before the Senate the following resolution:
S. Res. 325 (Expressing the sense of the Senate that the whistleblower complaint received on August 12. 2019, by the Inspector General of the intelligence community should be transmitted immediately to the Select Committee on Investigation of the Senate and the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence of the House of Representatives). The resolution was agreed to by Unanimous Consent.

 

Cal. #176, Joseph Cella to be Ambassador of the U.S. to the Republic of Fiji, and to serve concurrently as Ambassador of the U.S. to the Republic of Kiribati, the Republic of Nauru, the Kingdom of Tonga, and Tuvalu.  Yeas and nays ordered.  The nomination was confirmed by a vote of 56-38.

Cal. #367, Daniel Habib Jorjani to be Solicitor of the Department of the Interior.  Yeas and nays ordered.  The nomination was confirmed by a vote of 51-43.

Cal. #292, David Fabian Black to be Deputy Commissioner of Social Security.  Yeas and nays ordered.  The nomination was confirmed by a vote of 68-26.

The Senate proceeded to a Legislative Session.

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

Cal. #415, General John E. Hyten to be Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  Senator McConnell filed a Motion to Invoke Cloture on the nomination.

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

H.R. 1590 (Terrorist and Foreign Fighter Travel Exercise Act of 2019).  Agreed to by Unanimous Consent.

H.R. 1158 (DHS Cyber Incident Response Teams Act of 2019).  Hassan substitute amendment agreed to by Unanimous Consent.  The bill, as amended, was agreed to by Unanimous Consent.

S. Res. 313 (Gold Star Families Remembrance Week). Agreed to by Unanimous Consent.

The following resolutions were considered, en bloc:
S. Res. 326
S. Res. 327
S. Res. 328
S. Res. 329
The resolutions passed, en bloc, by Voice Vote.

 

The Senate will convene at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, September 25th and following Leader remarks, will proceed to a period of Morning Business.  At 10:30 AM, the Senate will proceed to a Legislative Session to consider S. J. Res. 54 (the Emergency Declaration resolution of disapproval).  The Senate will vote on the resolution at 12:15 PM.  Following the disposition of the resolution, the Senate will proceed to the Resolutions to Instruct Conferees to be submitted pursuant to the order of September 18, 2019.  At 3:45 PM, the Senate will proceed to up to 7 roll call votes on the following Motions to Instruct NDAA Conferees:

  1. Adoption of the Van Hollen resolution
  2. Adoption of the Cotton resolution
  3. Adoption of the Jones resolution
  4. Adoption of the Schatz resolution
  5. Adoption of the Peters resolution
  6. Adoption of the McSally resolution
  7. Adoption of the McConnell resolution

 

The Senate adjourned at 6:55 PM.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2019

The Senate will convene at 3:00 PM and will proceed to Leader remarks.  The Senate will then proceed to an Executive Session and resume consideration of Cal. #417, Brian McGuire to be a Deputy Under Secretary of the Treasury.  The Senate will vote on the Motion to Invoke Cloture on the McGuire nomination at 5:30 PM.

The Senate convened and proceeded to Leader remarks.

The Senate proceeded to an Executive Session.

Cal. #417, Brian McGuire to be a Deputy Under Secretary of the Treasury.  Motion to Invoke Cloture.  Yeas and nays ordered.  The Motion to Invoke Cloture was agreed to by a vote of 82-6.

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

H.R. 4285 (Department of Veterans Affairs Expiring Authorities Act of 2019).  Agreed to by Unanimous Consent.

S. 1340 (Ebola Eradication Act of 2019). Menendez/Lee amendment agreed to by Unanimous Consent. Committee-reported Substitute agreed to by Unanimous Consent.  The bill, as amended, was agreed to by Unanimous Consent.

S. Res. 323 (National Kinship Care Month). Agreed to by Unanimous Consent.

The Senate will convene at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, September 24th and will proceed to an Executive Session.  At 11:30 AM, the Senate will proceed to votes on the following:

  1. Motion to Invoke Cloture on Cal. #176, Joseph Cella to be Ambassador of the U.S. to the Republic of Fiji, and to serve concurrently as Ambassador of the U.S. to the Republic of Kiribati, the Republic of Nauru, the Kingdom of Tonga, and Tuvalu.
  2. Motion to Invoke Cloture on Cal. #367, Daniel Habib Jorjani to be Solicitor of the Department of the Interior.
  3. Motion to Invoke Cloture on Cal. #292, David Fabian Black to be Deputy Commissioner of Social Security.

Following the Black Cloture vote, the Senate will recess until 2:15 PM for weekly party caucus luncheons.  At 3:30 PM, the Senate will proceed to up to 4 roll call votes on the following:

  1. Confirmation on Cal. #417, Brian McGuire to be a Deputy Under Secretary of the Treasury.
  2. (If cloture is invoked) Confirmation on Cal. #176, Joseph Cella to be Ambassador of the U.S. to the Republic of Fiji, and to serve concurrently as Ambassador of the U.S. to the Republic of Kiribati, the Republic of Nauru, the Kingdom of Tonga, and Tuvalu.
  3. (If cloture is invoked) Confirmation on Cal. #367, Daniel Habib Jorjani to be Solicitor of the Department of the Interior.
  4. (If cloture is invoked) Confirmation on Cal. #292, David Fabian Black to be Deputy Commissioner of Social Security.

The Senate adjourned at 6:53 PM.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2019

The Senate will convene at 10:00 AM on Thursday, September 19, 2019. Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Cal. #417, Brian McGuire to be a Deputy Under Secretary of the Treasury.

The Senate convened and proceeded to Leader remarks.

The Senate proceeded to an Executive Session.

Cal. #417, Brian McGuire to be a Deputy Under Secretary of the Treasury.

The next roll call vote is scheduled for 5:30 PM on Monday, September 23rd on the Motion to Invoke Cloture on the McGuire 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. #176, Joseph Cella to be Ambassador to the Republic of Fiji and to serve concurrently and without additional compensation as Ambassador to the Republic of Kiribati, the Republic of Nauru, the Kingdom of Tonga, and Tuvalu.  Senator 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. #367, Daniel Habib Jorjani to be Solicitor of the Department of the Interior.  Senator 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. #292, David Fabian Black to be Deputy Commissioner of Social Security.  Senator McConnell filed a Motion to Invoke Cloture on the nomination.

The Senate proceeded to a Legislative Session.

S. Res. 205 (A resolution expressing the gratitude of the Senate for the people who operate or support diaper banks and diaper distribution programs in their local communities). Agreed to by Unanimous Consent.

H.R. 1058 (Autism CARES Act of 2019).  Agreed to by Voice Vote.

The following resolutions were considered, en bloc:
S. Res. 319
S. Res. 320
S. Res. 321
The resolutions were agreed to, en bloc, by Unanimous Consent.

 

The following bills were considered, en bloc:
H.R. 2486 (Fostering Undergraduate Talent by Unlocking Resources for Education Act).
H.R. 4378 (Continuing Appropriations Act, 2020, and Health Extenders Act of 2019).
The bills were read for a first time, en bloc.  Further consideration was objected to, and the bills will be read for a second time, en bloc, on the next Legislative Day.

 

The Senate will convene at 3:00 PM on Monday, September 23rd and will proceed to Leader remarks.  The Senate will then proceed to an Executive Session and resume consideration of Cal. #417, Brian McGuire to be a Deputy Under Secretary of the Treasury.  The Senate will vote on the Motion to Invoke Cloture on the McGuire nomination at 5:30 PM.

The Senate adjourned at 4:23 PM.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2019

The Senate will convene at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, September 18th and will proceed to Leader remarks.  The Senate will then proceed to Executive session to resume consideration of Cal. #223, Robert A. Destro to be Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor.

At 11:00 AM, the Senate will proceed to three votes on the following:

  1. Confirmation of Cal. #223, Robert A. Destro to be Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor.
  2. Confirmation of Cal. #419, Brent James McIntosh to be an Under Secretary of the Treasury.
  3. Confirmation of Cal. #418, Brian Callanan to be General Counsel for the Department of Treasury.

The Senate convened and proceeded to Leader remarks.

The Senate proceeded to an Executive Session.

Cal. #223, Robert A. Destro to be Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor.  Yeas and nays ordered.  The nomination was confirmed by a vote of 49-44.

Cal. #419, Brent James McIntosh to be an Under Secretary of the Treasury.  Yeas and nays ordered.  The nomination was confirmed by a vote of 54-38.

Cal. #418, Brian Callanan to be General Counsel for the Department of Treasury.  Yeas and nays ordered.  The nomination was confirmed by a vote of 55-39.

The Senate proceeded to a Legislative Session.

At approximately 2:40 PM, the Senate will proceed to a vote on the Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Motion to Proceed to H.R. 2740 (Minibus Appropriations).

Motion to Proceed to H.R. 2740 (Minibus Appropriations). Motion to Invoke Cloture.  Yeas and nays ordered. The motion was not agreed to by a vote of 51–44. McConnell motion to reconsider the vote.

McConnell filed a Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Motion to Disagree in the House amendment, agree to the request from the House for a conference, and authorize the Chair to appoint conferees in relation to S. 1790 (National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020).

Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Compound Motion to go to Conference on S. 1790 (National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020). The Motion to Invoke Cloture was agreed to by a vote of 87-7.

The Compound Motion to go to Conference on S. 1790 (National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020) was agreed to by voice vote.

The Senate proceeded to an Executive Session.

McConnell filed cloture on Cal. #417, Brian McGuire to be a Deputy Under Secretary of the Treasury.

The Senate will convene at 10:00 AM on Thursday, September 19, 2019. Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Cal. #417, Brian McGuire to be a Deputy Under Secretary of the Treasury.

The Senate adjourned at 7:10 PM.

 

 

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2019

The Senate will convene at 10:00 AM and proceed to Leader remarks.  The Senate will then proceed to an Executive Session and resume consideration of Cal. #399, John Rakolta, Jr. to be Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, post-cloture.  At 12:00 PM, the Senate will proceed to vote on the following:

  1. Confirmation of Cal. #399, John Rakolta, Jr. to be Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates.
  2. Motion to Invoke Cloture on Cal. #288, Kenneth A. Howery to be Ambassador to the Kingdom of Sweden.

Following the cloture vote on the Howery nomination, the Senate will recess until 2:15 PM for weekly party caucus meetings.  Further, at 3:30 PM, the Senate will proceed to vote on the following:

  1. (If Cloture invoked) Confirmation of Cal. #288, Kenneth A. Howery to be Ambassador to the Kingdom of Sweden.
  2. Motion to Invoke Cloture on Cal. #223, Robert A. Destro to be Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor.
  3. Motion to Invoke Cloture on Cal. #419, Brent James McIntosh to be an Under Secretary of the Treasury.
  4. Motion to Invoke Cloture on Cal. #418, Brian Callanan to be General Counsel for the Department of Treasury.

The Senate convened and proceeded to Leader remarks.

The Senate proceeded to an Executive Session.

Cal. #399, John Rakolta, Jr. to be Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, post-cloture.   Yeas and nays ordered.  The nomination was confirmed by a vote of 63-30.

Cal. #288, Kenneth A. Howery to be Ambassador to the Kingdom of Sweden.  Motion to Invoke Cloture.  Yeas and nays ordered.  The Motion to Invoke Cloture was agreed to by a vote of 63-29.

The Senate recessed from 1:20-2:15 PM for weekly party caucus meetings.

The Senate reconvened at 2:15 PM and resumed an Executive Session.

Cal. #288, Kenneth A. Howery to be Ambassador to the Kingdom of Sweden, post-cloture.  Yeas and nays ordered.  The nomination was confirmed by a vote of 62-32.

Cal. #223, Robert A. Destro to be Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor.  Motion to Invoke Cloture.  Yeas and nays ordered.  The Motion to Invoke Cloture was agreed to by a vote of 49-44.

Cal. #419, Brent James McIntosh to be an Under Secretary of the Treasury.  Motion to Invoke Cloture.  Yeas and nays ordered.  The Motion to Invoke Cloture was agreed to by a vote of 54-40.

Cal. #418, Brian Callanan to be General Counsel for the Department of Treasury.  Motion to Invoke Cloture.  Yeas and nays ordered.  The Motion to Invoke Cloture was agreed to by a vote of 55-37.

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

S. Res. 314 (Honoring the Centennial of the Aerospace Industry’s Association). Agreed to by Unanimous Consent.

The Senate will convene at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, September 18th and will proceed to Leader remarks. The Senate will then proceed to Executive session to resume consideration of Cal. #223, Robert A. Destro to be Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor.

At 11:00 AM, the Senate will proceed to three votes on the following:
1. Confirmation of Cal. #223, Robert A. Destro to be Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor.
2. Confirmation of Cal. #419, Brent James McIntosh to be an Under Secretary of the Treasury.
3. Confirmation of Cal. #418, Brian Callanan to be General Counsel for the Department of Treasury.

The Senate adjourned at 10:17 PM.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2019

The Senate will convene at 3:00 PM. Following Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to a period of Morning Business. At 5:00 PM, the Senate will proceed to an Executive Session and will resume consideration of Cal. #399, John Rakolta, Jr. to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the United Arab Emirates. At 5:30 PM, the Senate will vote on the Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Rakolta nomination.

The Senate convened and proceeded to a Leader remarks.

Motion to Proceed to H.R. 2740 (Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Defense, State, Foreign Operations, and Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act, 2020).  Senator McConnell filed a Motion to Invoke Cloture.

The Senate proceeded to a period of Morning Business.

The Senate proceeded to an Executive Session.

Cal. #399, John Rakolta, Jr. to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the United Arab Emirates.  Motion to Invoke Cloture.  Yeas and nays ordered.  The Motion to Invoke Cloture was agreed to by a vote of 55-27.

The Senate proceeded to a period of Morning Business.

S. Con. Res. 25 (September 11, 2019 as a National Day of Service and Remembrance). Agreed to by Unanimous Consent.

The Senate will convene at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, September 17th and proceed to Leader remarks.  The Senate will then proceed to an Executive Session and resume consideration of Cal. #399, John Rakolta, Jr. to be Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, post-cloture.  At 12:00 PM, the Senate will proceed to vote on the following:

  1. Confirmation of Cal. #399, John Rakolta, Jr. to be Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates.
  2. Motion to Invoke Cloture on Cal. #288, Kenneth A. Howery to be Ambassador to the Kingdom of Sweden.

Following the cloture vote on the Howery nomination, the Senate will recess until 2:15 PM for weekly party caucus meetings.  Further, at 3:30 PM, the Senate will proceed to vote on the following:

  1. (If Cloture invoked) Confirmation of Cal. #288, Kenneth A. Howery to be Ambassador to the Kingdom of Sweden.
  2. Motion to Invoke Cloture on Cal. #223, Robert A. Destro to be Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor.
  3. Motion to Invoke Cloture on Cal. #419, Brent James McIntosh to be an Under Secretary of the Treasury.
  4. Motion to Invoke Cloture on Cal. #418, Brian Callanan to be General Counsel for the Department of Treasury.

The Senate adjourned at 6:22 PM.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2019

The Senate will convene at 10:00 AM. Following Leader remarks the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration Cal. #333, Michelle Bowman to be a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.  At 12:15 PM the Senate will proceed to two votes on the following:

  1. Confirmation of Cal. #333, Michelle Bowman to be a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.
  2. Confirmation of Cal. #407, Jennifer D. Nordquist to be United States Executive Director of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

Further, at 1:45 PM, the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on confirmation of Cal. #335, Thomas Peter Feddo to be Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Investment Security.

The Senate convened and proceeded to Leader remarks.

The Senate proceeded to an Executive Session.

Cal. #333, Michelle Bowman to be a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.  Yeas and nays ordered.  The nomination was confirmed by a vote of 60-31.

Cal. #407, Jennifer D. Nordquist to be United States Executive Director of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development.  The nomination was confirmed by Voice Vote.

Cal. #335, Thomas Peter Feddo to be Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Investment Security.  Yeas and nays ordered.  The nomination was confirmed by a vote of 85-1.

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

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. #399, John Rakolta, Jr. to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the United Arab Emirates. Leader 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. #288, Kenneth A. Howery to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Kingdom of Sweden. Leader 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. #223, Robert A. Destro to be Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. Leader 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. #419, Brent James McIntosh to be an Under Secretary of the Treasury. Leader 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. #418, Brian Callanan to be General Counsel for the Department of the Treasury. Leader McConnell filed a Motion to Invoke Cloture on the nomination.

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

S. Res. 310 (Wheeling, West Virginia). Agreed to by unanimous consent.

H.R. 1200 (Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2019). Agreed to by unanimous consent.

S. Res. 311 (Patriot Week). Agreed to by unanimous consent.

S. Res. 312 (National Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week). Agreed to by voice vote.

The Senate will convene at 3:00 PM on Monday, September 16, 2019. Following Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to a period of Morning Business. At 5:00 PM, the Senate will proceed to an Executive Session and will resume consideration of Cal. #399, John Rakolta, Jr. to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the United Arab Emirates. At 5:30 PM, the Senate will vote on the Motion to Invoke Cloture on Rakolta nomination.

The Senate adjourned at 4:21 PM.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2019

The Senate will convene at 9:30 AM and proceed to Leader Remarks. The Senate will then proceed to an Executive Session and resume consideration of Cal. #174, Stephen Akard to be Director of the Office of Foreign Missions, with the rank of Ambassador, post-cloture. At 11:00 AM, the Senate will proceed to the following roll call votes:
1. Confirmation of Cal. #174, Stephen Akard to be Director of the Office of Foreign Missions, with the rank of Ambassador.
2. Confirmation of Cal. #246, Dale Cabaniss to be Director of the Office of Personnel Management.
3. Confirmation of Cal. #294, James Byrne to be Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

Further, at 2:45 PM, the Senate will proceed to up to 9 roll call votes on the following:
1. Motion to Invoke Cloture on Cal. #333, Michelle Bowman to be a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.
2. Motion to Invoke Cloture on Cal. #335, Thomas Peter Feddo to be Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Investment Security.
3. Motion to Invoke Cloture on Cal. #407, Jennifer D. Nordquist to be United States Executive Director of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
4. Confirmation of Cal. #233, Stephanie L. Haines to be U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania.
5. Confirmation of Cal. #326, Ada E. Brown to be U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Texas.
6. Confirmation of Cal. #327, Steven D. Grimberg to be U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Georgia.
7. Confirmation of Cal. #352, Steven C. Seeger to be U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois.
8. Confirmation of Cal. #344, Mary S. McElroy to be U.S. District Judge for the District of Rhode Island.
9. Confirmation of Cal. #346, Stephanie A. Gallagher to be U.S. District Judge for the District of Maryland.

The Senate convened and proceeded to Leader Remarks.

The Senate proceeded to an Executive Session.

Cal. #174, Stephen Akard to be Director of the Office of Foreign Missions, with the rank of Ambassador, post-cloture.  Yeas and Nays ordered.  The nomination was confirmed by a vote of 90-2.

The Senate observed a moment of silence in remembrance of the events of September 11, 2001.

Cal. # 246, Dale Cabaniss to be Director of the Office of Personnel Management.  Yeas and Nays ordered.  The nomination was confirmed by a vote of 54-38.

Cal. #294, James Byrne to be Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs.  Yeas and nays ordered.  The nomination was confirmed by a vote of 81-11.

Cal. #333, Michelle Bowman to be a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.  Motion to Invoke Cloture.  Yeas and nays ordered.  The Motion to Invoke Cloture was agreed to by a vote of 62-31.

Cal. #335, Thomas Peter Feddo to be Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Investment Security.  Motion to Invoke Cloture.  Yeas and nays ordered.  The Motion to Invoke Cloture was agreed to by a vote of 92-1.

Cal. #407, Jennifer D. Nordquist to be United States Executive Director of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development.  Motion to Invoke Cloture.  Yeas and nays ordered.  The Motion to Invoke Cloture was agreed to by a vote of 94-0.

Cal. #233, Stephanie L. Haines to be U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania.  Yeas and nays ordered.  The nomination was confirmed by a vote of 94-0.

Cal. #326, Ada E. Brown to be U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Texas.  Yeas and nays ordered. The nomination as confirmed by a vote of 80–13.

Cal. #327, Steven D. Grimberg to be U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Georgia. Yeas and Nays ordered. The nomination was confirmed by a vote of 75–18.

Cal. #352, Steven C. Seeger to be U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois. Yeas and Nays ordered. The nomination was confirmed by a vote of 90-1.

Cal. #344, Mary S. McElroy to be U.S. District Judge for the District of Rhode Island. Yeas and Nays ordered. The nomination was confirmed by a Voice Vote.

Cal. #346, Stephanie A. Gallagher to be U.S. District Judge for the District of Maryland. Yeas and Nays ordered. The nomination was confirmed by a Voice Vote.

The Senate proceeded to a Period of Morning Business.

S. 178 (Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2019). The committee reported substitute amendment was agreed to by Unanimous Consent. The bill passed as amended by Unanimous Consent.

S. Res. 267 (A resolution recognizing the September 11th National Memorial Trail as an important trail and greenway all individuals should enjoy in honor of the heroes of September 11th). The resolution was agreed to by Unanimous Consent.

The Senate will convene at 10:00 AM on Thursday, September 12th, 2019. Following Leader remarks the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration Cal. #333, Michelle Bowman to be a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.

At 12:15 PM the Senate will proceed to two votes on the following:
1. Confirmation of Cal. #333, Michelle Bowman to be a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.
2. Confirmation of Cal. #407, Jennifer D. Nordquist to be United States Executive Director of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

Further, at 1:45 PM, the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on confirmation of Cal. #335, Thomas Peter Feddo to be Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Investment Security

The Senate adjourned at 7:02 PM.

 

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2019

The Senate will convene at 10:00 AM. Following Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to an Executive Session and will resume the consideration of Cal. #403, Kelly Craft, of Kentucky, to be Representative of the United States of America to the Sessions of the General Assembly of the United Nations during her tenure of service as Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations, post-cloture. At 11:50 AM, the Senate will proceed to two roll call votes:

  1. Confirmation of Cal. #403, Kelly Craft, of Kentucky, to be Representative of the United States of America to the Sessions of the General Assembly of the United Nations during her tenure of service as Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations
  2. Motion to Invoke Cloture on Cal. #5, Elizabeth Darling, of Texas, to be Commissioner on Children, Youth, and Families, Department of Health and Human Services.

Following the cloture vote on the Darling nomination, the Senate will recess until 2:15 PM for the weekly party caucus luncheons.

At 2:15 PM, the Senate will proceed to four roll call votes on the following:

  1. Confirmation of Cal. #5, Elizabeth Darling, of Texas, to be Commissioner on Children, Youth, and Families, Department of Health and Human Services.
  2. Motion to Invoke Cloture on Cal. #174, Stephen Akard, of Indiana, to be Director of the Office of Foreign Missions, with the rank of Ambassador.
  3. Motion to Invoke Cloture on Cal. #246, Dale Cabaniss, of Virginia, to be Director of the Office of Personnel Management for a term of four years.
  4. Motion to Invoke Cloture on Cal. #294, James Byrne, of Virginia, to be Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

The Senate convened and proceeded to Leader remarks.

The Senate proceeded to an Executive Session.

Cal. #403, Kelly Craft, of Kentucky, to be Representative of the United States of American to the Sessions of the General Assembly of the United Nations during her tenure of service as Representative of the United States of American to the United Nations). Yeas and Nays ordered. The nomination was confirmed by a vote of 56-38.

Cal. #5, Elizabeth Darling, of Texas, to be Commissioner on Children, Youth, and Families, Department of Health and Human Services. Motion to Invoke Cloture. Yeas and Nays ordered.  The Motion to Invoke Cloture was agreed to by a vote of 57-37.

Cal. #5, Elizabeth Darling, of Texas, to be Commissioner on Children, Youth, and Families, Department of Health and Human Services, post-cloture.

The Senate recessed from 1:05-2:15 PM for weekly party caucus meetings.

The Senate convened at 2:15 PM and resumed an Executive Session.

Cal. #5, Elizabeth Darling, of Texas, to be Commissioner on Children, Youth, and Families, Department of Health and Human Services.  Yeas and nays ordered.  The nomination was confirmed by a vote of 57-37.

Cal. #174, Stephen Akard to be Director of the Office of Foreign Missions, with the rank of Ambassador.  Motion to Invoke Cloture.  Yeas and nays ordered.  The Motion to Invoke Cloture was agreed to by a vote of 91-3.

Cal. #246, Dale Cabaniss to be Director of the Office of Personnel Management.  Motion to Invoke Cloture.  Yeas and nays ordered. The Motion to Invoke Cloture was agreed to by a vote of 53–41.

Cal. #294, James Byrne to be Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs.  Motion to Invoke Cloture. Yeas and Nays ordered. The Motion to Invoke Cloture was agreed to by a vote of 81–13.

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

S. 1881 (Veterans Expedited TSA Screening Safe Travel Act). Agreed to by Unanimous Consent.

S. 2035 (TSA Credential and Endorsement Harmonization Act of 2019). Agreed to by Unanimous Consent.

The Senate will convene at 9:30 AM on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 and proceed to Leader Remarks.  The Senate will then proceed to an Executive Session and resume consideration of Cal. #174, Stephen Akard to be Director of the Office of Foreign Missions, with the rank of Ambassador, post-cloture.  At 11:00 AM, the Senate will proceed to the following roll call votes:

  1. Confirmation of Cal. #174, Stephen Akard to be Director of the Office of Foreign Missions, with the rank of Ambassador.
  2. Confirmation of Cal. #326, Dale Cabaniss to be Director of the Office of Personnel Management.
  3. Confirmation of Cal. #294, James Byrne to be Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

Further, at 2:45 PM, the Senate will proceed to up to 9 roll call votes on the following:

  1. Motion to Invoke Cloture on Cal. #333, Michelle Bowman to be a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.
  2. Motion to Invoke Cloture on Cal. #335, Thomas Peter Feddo to be Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Investment Security.
  3. Motion to Invoke Cloture on Cal. #407, Jennifer D. Nordquist to be United States Executive Director of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
  4. Confirmation of Cal. #233, Stephanie L. Haines to be U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania.
  5. Confirmation of Cal. #326, Ada E. Brown to be U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Texas.
  6. Confirmation of Cal. #327, Steven D. Grimberg to be U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Georgia.
  7. Confirmation of Cal. #352, Steven C. Seeger to be U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois.
  8. Confirmation of Cal. #344, Mary S. McElroy to be U.S. District Judge for the District of Rhode Island.
  9. Confirmation of Cal. #346, Stephanie A. Gallagher to be U.S. District Judge for the District of Maryland.

The Senate adjourned at 5:45 PM.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2019

The Senate will convene at 3:00 PM and will proceed to Leader remarks.  The Senate will then proceed to an Executive Session to consider Cal. #403, Kelly Craft, of Kentucky, to be Representative of the United States of America to the Sessions of the General Assembly of the United Nations during her tenure of service as Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations. At 5:30 PM, the Senate will vote on the Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Craft nomination.

The Senate proceeded to Leader remarks.

The Senate proceeded to an Executive Session.

Cal. #403, Kelly Craft, of Kentucky, to be Representative of the United States of America to the Sessions of the General Assembly of the United Nations during her tenure of service as Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations. Motion to Invoke Cloture. The Motion to Invoke Cloture was agreed to by a vote of 54-38.

The Senate proceeded to a Legislative Session.

H. Con. Res. 57 (Authorizing the use of Emancipation Hall for an event to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first African slaves to the territory that would become the United States). Agreed to by unanimous consent.

S. 349 (Reviving America’s Scenic Byways Act) as amended. Passed by voice vote.

S. 1689 (A bill to permit States to transfer certain funds from the clean water revolving fund of a State to the drinking water revolving fund of the State in certain circumstances, and for other purposes). Passed by voice vote.

H.R. 831 (Reviving America’s Scenic Byways Act of 2019). Passed by voice vote.

The Senate will convene at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, September 10, 2019. Following Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to an Executive Session and will resume the consideration of Cal. #403, Kelly Craft, of Kentucky, to be Representative of the United States of America to the Sessions of the General Assembly of the United Nations during her tenure of service as Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations, post-cloture. At 11:50 AM, the Senate will proceed to two roll call votes:

  1. Confirmation of Cal. #403, Kelly Craft, of Kentucky, to be Representative of the United States of America to the Sessions of the General Assembly of the United Nations during her tenure of service as Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations
  2. Motion to Invoke Cloture on Cal. #5, Elizabeth Darling, of Texas, to be Commissioner on Children, Youth, and Families, Department of Health and Human Services.

Following the cloture vote on the Darling nomination, the Senate will recess until 2:15 PM for the weekly party caucus luncheons.

At 2:15 PM, the Senate will proceed to four roll call votes on the following:

  1. Confirmation of Cal. #5, Elizabeth Darling, of Texas, to be Commissioner on Children, Youth, and Families, Department of Health and Human Services.
  2. Motion to Invoke Cloture on Cal. #174, Stephen Akard, of Indiana, to be Director of the Office of Foreign Missions, with the rank of Ambassador.
  3. Motion to Invoke Cloture on Cal. #246, Dale Cabaniss, of Virginia, to be Director of the Office of Personnel Management for a term of four years.
  4. Motion to Invoke Cloture on Cal. #294, James Byrne, of Virginia, to be Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

The Senate adjourned at 6:38 PM.

 

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