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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, MARCH 14, 2019

The Senate will convene at 10:00 AM and will begin consideration of H.J. Res 46 (Relating to a national emergency declared by the President on February 15, 2019). No amendments are in order to the joint resolution.

A vote on passage of H.J. Res. 46 is expected but has not been scheduled.

The following bills were read for a second time, en bloc:
H.R. 1 (For the People Act of 2019).
H.R. 1617 (Keeping Russian Entrapments Minimal and Limiting Intelligence Networks Act).
Further readings were objected to, en bloc, and the bills were placed on the calendar.

H.J. Res 46 (Relating to a national emergency declared by the President on February 15, 2019).

At 12:44 PM Leader McConnell asked unanimous consent that there be 90 minutes of debate equally divided on H.J. Res. 46. A vote is expected at approximately 2:15 PM.

H.J. Res 46 (Relating to a national emergency declared by the President on February 15, 2019). Yeas and Nays ordered. The joint resolution was passed by a vote of 59–41.

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

The Senate proceeded to an Executive Session.

Cal. #20, Bridget S. Bade to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit. McConnell filed cloture on the nomination.

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

The Senate proceeded to Legislative Session.

S. J. Res. 8 (A joint resolution recognizing the duty of the Federal Government to create a Green New Deal). McConnell filed cloture on the Joint Resolution.

H.R. 268 (Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2019). McConnell filed cloture on the bill.

The Senate proceeded to an Executive Session.

Cal. #67, Alexander Foos to be Captain in the Coast Guard. Confirmed by unanimous consent.

The following nominations were confirmed en bloc by voice vote:
Cal. #97, William Althen to be a Member of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission.
Cal. #104, Marco Rajkovich to be a Member of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission.
Cal. #106, Arthur Traynor III to be a Member of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission.

The following nominations were confirmed en bloc by voice vote:
Cal. #91, Rodney Hood to be a Member of the National Credit Card Union Administration Board.
Cal. #96, Todd Harper to be a Member of the National Credit Card Union Administration Board.

Cal. #59, Donald Washington to be Director of the U.S. Marshals Service. Confirmed by voice vote.

The following nominations were confirmed en bloc by voice vote:
Cal. #63, Janice Miriam Hellreich to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Corporation of Public Broadcasting.
Cal. #64, Robert Mandell to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Corporation of Public Broadcasting.
Cal. #66, Bruce Ramer to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Corporation of Public Broadcasting.

The Senate proceeded to a Legislative Session.

S. Res. 113 (National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day). Agreed to by unanimous consent.

S. Res. 114 (National Rosie the Riveter Day). Agreed to by unanimous consent.

The Senate will convene for pro forma sessions, with no business conducted, on the following dates and times:
Friday, March 15 at 11:00 AM
Tuesday, March 19 at 9:30 AM
Thursday, March 21 at 2:10 PM

The Senate will then convene on Monday, March 25, 2019 at 3:00 PM. Following Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to an Executive Session and resume consideration of Cal. #20, Bridget S. Bade 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 the Bade nomination.

The Senate adjourned at 5:01 PM.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13, 2019

The Senate will convene at 9:30 AM on Wednesday, March 13th and proceed to an Executive Session to consider Cal. #107, Neomi J. Rao to be a United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia.  At 12:00 Noon, all post-cloture time will be deemed expired and the Senate will vote on the Rao nomination.  The Senate will then proceed to vote on the Motion to Invoke Cloture on Cal. #98, William Beach to be Commissioner of Labor Statistics.  If cloture is invoked, all post-cloture time will be yielded back at 1:45 PM and the Senate will then vote on confirmation of the Beach nomination.

The Senate convened and proceeded to an Executive Session.

Cal. #107, Neomi J. Rao to be a United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia.  All post-cloture time is expired.  Yeas and nays ordered.  The nomination is confirmed by a vote of 53-46.

Cal. #98, William Beach to be Commissioner of Labor Statistics.  Motion to Invoke Cloture.  Yeas and nays ordered. The Motion was agreed to by a vote of 55–43.

Cal. #98, William Beach to be Commissioner of Labor Statistics. Yeas and Nays ordered. The nomination was confirmed by a vote of 55–44.

The Senate proceeded to a Period of Morning Business.

S. J. Res. 7 (A joint resolution to direct the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities in the Republic of Yemen that have not been authorized by Congress).

Lee for Paul amend #193 (to provide that nothing in the joint resolution may be construed as authorizing the use of military force).

Lee for Inhofe amend #194 (to provide an exception for supporting efforts to defend against ballistic missile, cruise missile, and unmanned aerial vehicle threats to civilian population centers in coalition countries, including locations where citizens and nationals of the United States reside).

Lee for Rubio amend #195 (to provide a rule of construction regarding intelligence sharing).

The Senate has agreed to two hours of debate on S. J. Res. 7 (A joint resolution to direct the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities in the Republic of Yemen that have not been authorized by Congress). It is expected to yield back a portion of that time and proceed to votes on the following:

1. Paul amend #193
2. Inhofe amend #194
3. Rubio amend
4. Passage of S.J. Res. 7 (Directing the President to Remove United States Armed Forces from Hostilities in the Republic of Yemen that Have Not Been Authorized by Congress).

Paul amend #193 (to provide that nothing in the joint resolution may be construed as authorizing the use of military force). The amendment was agreed to by Voice Vote.

Inhofe amend #194 (to provide an exception for supporting efforts to defend against ballistic missile, cruise missile, and unmanned aerial vehicle threats to civilian population centers in coalition countries, including locations where citizens and nationals of the United States reside). Sanders Motion to Table. Yeas and Nays ordered. The Motion to Table was agreed to by a vote of 52–48.

Rubio amend #195 (to provide a rule of construction regarding intelligence sharing). The amendment was agreed to by Voice Vote.

S. J. Res. 7 (A joint resolution to direct the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities in the Republic of Yemen that have not been authorized by Congress), as amended. Yeas and Nays ordered. The resolution as amended was agreed to by a vote of 54–46.

The Senate proceeded to a Period of Morning Business.

S. Res. 108 (Honoring the Life, Accomplishments, and Legacy of Representative Walter B. Jones). The resolution was agreed to by Unanimous Consent.

The following bills were read for the first time, en bloc:
H.R. 1 (For the People Act of 2019).
H.R. 1617 (Keeping Russian Entrapments Minimal and Limiting Intelligence Networks Act).
Further readings of the bill were objected to and the bills will be placed on the calendar, en bloc.

The Senate will convene at 10:00 AM on Thursday, March 14th, 2019 and will proceed to the consideration of H.J. Res 46 (Relating to a national emergency declared by the President on February 15, 2019).

The Senate adjourned at 7:07 PM.

TUESDAY, MARCH 12, 2019

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. #19, Paul Matey to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Third Circuit.  The Senate will recess from 12:30 – 2:15 PM for the weekly party caucus meetings. At 2:30 PM, the Senate will proceed to two roll call votes:

  • Confirmation of Cal. #19, Paul Matey to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Third Circuit.
  • Motion to Invoke Cloture on Cal. #107, Neomi J. Rao to be a United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit.

The Senate convened and proceeded to Leader remarks.

The Senate proceeded to an Executive Session.

Cal. #19, Paul Matey to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Third Circuit.

The Senate recessed from 12:33-2:15 PM for weekly party caucus meetings.

The Senate resumed an Executive Session.

Cal. #19, Paul Matey to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Third Circuit. The nomination was confirmed by a vote of 54-45.

Cal. #107, Neomi J. Rao to be a United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit. Motion to Invoke Cloture on the nomination. The Motion to Invoke Cloture was agreed to by a vote of 53-46.

The Senate proceeded to a Legislative Session.

Sen. Hirono asked unanimous consent that the Senate proceed to and pass S. Res. 94 (A resolution expressing the sense of the Senate that the Department of Justice should protect individuals with pre-existing medical conditions by defending the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111-148; 124 Stat. 119) in Texas v. United States, No. 4:18-cv-00167-O (N.D. Tex.), in which the plaintiffs seek to invalidate protections for individuals with pre-existing medical conditions). Sen. Barrasso objected.

Sen. Barrasso asked unanimous consent that the Senate proceed to and pass a Senate resolution expressing the Sense of the Senate that a one-size-fits-all government health care system referred to as Medicare should be rejected. Sen. Hirono objected.

The Senate proceeded to an Executive Session.

Cal. #107, Neomi J. Rao to be a United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit.

The Senate proceeded to a period of Morning Business.

S. Res. 105 (National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month). Agreed to by Unanimous Consent.

S. Res. 106 (75th Anniversary of the United Negro College Fund). Agreed to by Unanimous Consent.

S. Res. 107 (United States v. Talbert). Agreed to by Unanimous Consent.

S. Res. 91 (World Wildlife Day). Agreed to by Voice Vote.

The Senate will convene at 9:30 AM on Wednesday, March 13th and proceed to an Executive Session to consider Cal. #107, Neomi J. Rao to be a United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia.  At 12:00 Noon, all post-cloture time will be deemed expired and the Senate will vote on the Rao nomination.  The Senate will then proceed to vote on the Motion to Invoke Cloture on Cal. #98, William Beach to be Commissioner of Labor Statistics.  If cloture is invoked, all post-cloture time will be yielded back at 1:45 PM and the Senate will then vote on confirmation of the Beach nomination.

 The Senate adjourned at 7:07 PM.

MONDAY, MARCH 11, 2019

The Senate will next convene at 3:00 PM on Monday, March 11th, 2019 and proceed to an Executive Session and resume consideration of Cal. #19, Paul Matey to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Third Circuit.  At 5:30 PM, the Senate will vote on the Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Matey nomination.

The Senate convened and proceeded to an Executive Session.

Cal. #19, Paul Matey to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Third Circuit. The Motion to Invoke Cloture was agreed to by a vote of 50-44.

S. Res. 103 (Designating National Assistive Technology Awareness Day). Agreed to by unanimous consent.

S. 729 (A bill to prohibit the use of funds to Federal agencies to establish a panel, task force, advisory committee, or other effort to challenge the scientific consensus on climate change, and for other purposes). The bill was read for the second time. Further consideration of the bill was objected to. The bill was placed on the Calendar.

The Senate will convene at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, March 12, 2019. Following Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to an Executive Session and will resume consideration of Cal. #19, Paul Matey to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Third Circuit.  The Senate will recess from 12:30 – 2:15 PM for the weekly party caucus meetings. At 2:30 PM, the Senate will proceed to two roll call votes:

  • Confirmation of Cal. #19, Paul Matey to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Third Circuit.
  • Motion to Invoke Cloture on Cal. #107, Neomi J. Rao to be a United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit.

 

The Senate adjourned at 7:27 PM.

THURSDAY, MARCH 7, 2019

The Senate will convene at 9:30 AM and will proceed to an Executive Session to resume consideration of Cal. #18, Eric Murphy to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit.  At 12:30 PM, all post-cloture time will be considered expired, and the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Murphy nomination.  The Senate will then proceed to Cal. #11, John Fleming to be Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development, and the cloture motion will be withdrawn.  At 1:45 PM, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Fleming nomination.

The Senate convened and proceeded to an Executive Session.

The following bills were considered for a second time, en bloc:
H.R. 1271 (To establish in the Department of Veterans’ Affairs a pilot program instituting a clinical observation program for premed students preparing to attend medical school).
H.R. 1381 (To direct the Secretary of Veterans’ Affairs to take actions necessary to ensure that certain individuals may update the burn pit registry with the registered’s individual cause of death).

Further readings were objected to, en bloc, and the bills were placed on the calendar.

Cal. #18, Eric Murphy to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit.  All post-cloture time was considered expired.  Yeas and nays ordered. The nomination was confirmed by a vote of 52-46.

Cal. #11, John Fleming to be Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development.  The Motion to Invoke Cloture was withdrawn by Unanimous Consent.  Yeas and nays ordered.  The nomination is confirmation by a vote of 67-30.

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. #19, Paul Matey to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Third Circuit.  Sen. 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. #107, Neomi J. Rao to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia.  Sen. 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. #98, William Beach to be Commissioner of Labor Statistics.  Sen. McConnell filed a Motion to Invoke Cloture on the nomination.

The Senate proceeded to a Legislative Session.

The Senate proceeded to a period of Morning Business.

S. 725 (To Change the Address of the Postal Facility Designated in Honor of Captain Humayun Khan). The bill was passed by Unanimous Consent.

S. Res. 101 (Supporting the goals of International Women’s Day ). The resolution was agreed to by Unanimous Consent.

S. 729 (A bill to prohibit the use of funds to federal agencies to establish a panel task force advisory committee or other efforts to challenge the scientific consensus on climate change and for other purposes). The bill was read for the first time. Further readings of the bill were objected to and the bill was placed on the calendar.

The Senate will next convene at 3:00 PM on Monday, March 11th, 2019 and proceed to an Executive Session and resume consideration of Cal. #19, Paul Matey to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Third Circuit. The three Cloture Motions filed during today’s session of the Senate will ripen at 5:30 PM on Monday and the Senate will proceed to a vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Cal. #19 Paul Matey to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Third Circuit

The Senate adjourned at 5:18 PM.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6, 2019

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. #17, Chad Readler to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit.

At 4:00 PM, the Senate will proceed to two roll call votes:
1) Confirmation of Cal. #17, Chad Readler to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit.
2) Motion to Invoke Cloture on Cal. #18, Eric Murphy to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit.

The Senate convened and proceeded to Leader remarks.

The Senate proceeded to an Executive Session.

Cal. #17, Chad Readler to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit.  Yeas and nays ordered.  The nomination was confirmed by a vote of 52-47.

Cal. #18, Eric Murphy to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit. Motion to Invoke Cloture. Yeas and Nays ordered. The Motion to Invoke Cloture was agreed to by a vote of 53-46.

Cal. #18, Eric Murphy to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit. 

The Senate proceeded to a Legislative Session.
The following bills were read for a first time, en bloc:
H.R. 1271 (To establish in the Department of Veterans’ Affairs a pilot program instituting a clinical observation program for premed students preparing to attend medical school).
H.R. 1381 (To direct the Secretary of Veterans’ Affairs to take actions necessary to ensure that certain individuals may update the burn pit registry with the registered’s individual cause of death).
Further readings to the bills were objected to, and the bills will be read for a second time on the next Legislative day.

The Senate will convene at 9:30 AM on Thursday, March 7th and will proceed to an Executive Session to resume consideration of Cal. #18, Eric Murphy to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit.  At 12:30 PM, all post-cloture time will be considered expired, and the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Murphy nomination.  The Senate will then proceed to Cal. #11, John Fleming to be Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development, and the cloture motion will be withdrawn.  At 1:45 PM, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Fleming nomination.

The Senate adjourned at 6:36 PM.

TUESDAY, MARCH 5, 2019

The Senate will convene at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, March 5, 2019. The Senate will then proceed to an Executive Session to resume consideration of Cal. #15, Allison Jones Rushing to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fourth Circuit. The Senate will recess from 12:30 PM – 2:15 PM for Weekly Conference Meetings.

At 4:00 PM, the Senate will proceed to two roll votes:

  1. Confirmation of Cal. #15, Allison Jones Rushing to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fourth Circuit
  2. Motion to Invoke Cloture on Cal. #17, Chad Readler to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit.

The Senate convened and proceeded to an Executive Session.

Cal. #15, Allison Jones Rushing to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fourth Circuit.

The Senate recessed from 12:04 PM to 2:15 PM.

The Senate reconvened and resumes an Executive Session.

Cal. #15, Allison Jones Rushing to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fourth Circuit.  Yeas and nays ordered.  The nomination was confirmed by a vote of 53-44.

Cal. #17, Chad Readler to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit.  Motion to Invoke Cloture.  Yeas and nays ordered.  The Cloture Motion was agreed to by a vote of 53-45.

Cal. #17, Chad Readler to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit. 

H.R. 1112 (Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2019). The bill was read for the second time. Further consideration of the bill was objected to and the bill was placed on the calendar.

S. Res. 93 (Gold Star Families Remembrance Day). Agreed to by unanimous consent.

The Senate will convene at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, March 6, 2019. Following Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to an Executive Session and will resume consideration of Cal. #17, Chad Readler to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit.

At 4:00 PM, the Senate will proceed to two roll call votes:

  • Confirmation of Cal. #17, Chad Readler to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit.
  • Motion to Invoke Cloture on Cal. #18, Eric Murphy to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit.

 

The Senate adjourned at 6:52 PM.

MONDAY, MARCH 4, 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 resume consideration of Cal. #15, Allison Jones Rushing to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fourth Circuit.  The Senate will vote on the Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Rushing nomination at 5:30 PM.

The Senate convened and proceeded to Leader remarks.

The Senate proceeded to an Executive Session.

Cal. #15, Allison Jones Rushing to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fourth Circuit. Motion to Invoke Cloture. Yeas and Nays ordered. The Motion was agreed to by a vote of 52–43.

The Senate proceeded to a Period of Morning Business.

H.R. 1112 (Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2019). The bill was read for the first time. Further readings of the bill were objected to and the bill was placed on the calendar.

S. 617 (A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend certain expiring provisions, to provide disaster tax relief, and for other purposes). The bill was read for the second time. Further readings of the bill were objected to and the bill was placed on the calendar.

S. 252 (bill to authorize the honorary appointment of Robert J. Dole to the grade of colonel in the regular Army). The bill was passed by Unanimous Consent.

S. Res. 92 (Designating the first week of April 2019 as National Asbestos Awareness Week). The resolution was agreed to by Voice Vote.

H.R. 8 (Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019). The bill was read for the second time. Further readings of the bill were objected to and the bill was placed on the calendar.

The Senate will convene at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, March 5, 2019. The Senate will then proceed to an Executive Session to resume consideration of Cal. #15, Allison Jones Rushing to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fourth Circuit. The Senate will recess from 12:30 PM – 2:15 PM for Weekly Conference Meetings.

At 4:00 PM, the Senate will proceed to two roll votes:
1. Confirmation of Cal. #15 Allison Jones Rushing to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fourth Circuit
2. Motion to Invoke Cloture on Cal. #17 Chad Readler to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit.

The Senate adjourned at 6:38 PM.

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