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Senate Floor Log

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SENATE FLOOR PROCEEDINGS

MONDAY, MAY 17, 2021

The Senate will convene at 3:00 PM on Monday, May 17, 2021. Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the Motion to Proceed to S. 1260 (Endless Frontier Act).

At 5:30 PM, the Senate will vote on the Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Motion to Proceed to S. 1260 (Endless Frontier Act).

The Senate convened and proceeded with Leader remarks.

Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Motion to Proceed to S. 1260 (Endless Frontier Act). The Motion to Invoke Cloture was agreed to by a vote of 86-11.

The Senate passed H.R. 941 (To reauthorize the Stem Cell Therapeutic and Research Act of 2005) by voice vote.

The Senate will convene at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, May 18, 2021. Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the Motion to Proceed to S. 1260 (Endless Frontier Act), post-cloture. The Senate will recess from 12:30 PM until 2:15 PM for the weekly party caucus lunches. There are no votes scheduled at this time.

The Senate adjourned at 6:26 PM.

 

THURSDAY, MAY 13, 2021

The Senate stands adjourned until 11:00am on Thursday, May 13, 2021.  Following Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of Executive Calendar #110, Amber Faye McReynolds, of Colorado, to be Governor of The United States Postal Service for a term expiring December 8, 2026, post-cloture.

At 12:00 noon, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the McReynolds nomination. Following the vote the Senate will recess until 1:45pm.

At 1:45pm the cloture petition on Executive Calendar #112, Donet Dominic Graves Jr., of Ohio, to be Deputy Secretary of Commerce, will be withdrawn and the Senate will vote on the confirmation.

The Senate convened and proceeded with Leader remarks.

The Senate proceeded to Executive Session.

Executive Calendar #110, Amber Faye McReynolds, of Colorado, to be Governor of The United States Postal Service for a term expiring December 8, 2026. The nomination was confirmed by a vote of 59-38.

At 12:46 PM, the Senate stands in recess until 1:45 PM.

Executive Calendar #112, Donet Dominic Graves Jr., of Ohio, to be Deputy Secretary of Commerce. Yeas and Nays ordered. The nomination was confirmed by a vote of 89-7.

Motion to Proceed to S.1260 (Endless Frontier Act). Cloture was filed on the Motion.

S. 593 (Alaska Tourism Recovery Act). The amendment at the desk was agreed to. The bill as amended passed by Voice Vote.

The Senate proceeded an Executive Session.

Cal. #116, Jewel Hairston Bronaugh, of Virginia, to be Deputy Secretary of Agriculture. Confirmed by Voice Vote.

The Senate proceeded to a Period of Morning Business.

S. Res. 214 (Supporting the designation of May 13 2021 as National Senior Fraud Awareness Day). The resolution was agreed to by Unanimous Consent.

S. Res. 215 (Designating the week of May 9 through May 15 as National Police Week). The resolution was agreed to by Unanimous Consent.

The Senate will next convene at 3:00 PM on Monday, May 17, 2021. Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the Motion to Proceed to S.1260 (Endless Frontier Act).

At 5:30 PM, the Senate will vote on the Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Motion to Proceed to S.1260 (Endless Frontier Act).

The Senate adjourned at 6:05 PM.

 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 12, 2021

The Senate will convene at 10:00 AM.

At 12:00 Noon, the Senate will proceed to two roll call votes on the following:

  1. Motion to discharge from Finance Committee PN124, Chiquita Brooks-LaSure to be Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
  2. Cloture on Executive Calendar #108, Ronald Stroman to be a Governor of the United States Postal Service for a term expiring December 8, 2021.

At 3:30pm, the Senate will proceed to two roll call votes on the following:

  1. (If cloture is invoked) Confirmation of Executive Calendar #108, Ronald Stroman to be a Governor of the United States Postal Service for a term expiring December 8, 2021.
  2. Cloture on Executive Calendar #109, Ronald Stroman to be a Governor of the United States Postal Service for a term expiring December 8, 2028. (Reappointment).

If cloture is invoked on the Stroman nomination, there will be up to two hours for debate followed by two roll call votes relative to the following:

  1. Confirmation of the nomination of Ronald Stroman to be a Governor of the United States Postal Service for a term expiring December 8, 2028.
  2. Motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Amber McReynolds to be a Governor of the United States Postal Service for a term expiring December 8, 2026.

The Senate convened and proceeded to Leader remarks.

The Senate proceeded to an Executive Session.

Motion to discharge from Finance Committee PN124, Chiquita Brooks-LaSure to be Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The Motion to Discharge was agreed to by a vote of 51-48.

Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #108 Ronald Stroman to be a Governor of the United States Postal Service for a term expiring December 8, 2021. The Motion to invoke cloture was agreed to by a vote of  68-30.

Confirmation of Executive Calendar #108 Ronald Stroman to be a Governor of the United States Postal Service for a term expiring December 8, 2021. Yeas and Nays ordered. Confirmed 69-30

Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #109 Ronald Stroman to be a Governor of the United States Postal Service for a term expiring December 8, 2028. (Reappointment) Yeas and Nays ordered.  Invoked, 67-32.

Confirmation of Executive Calendar #109 Ronald Stroman to be a Governor of the United States Postal Service for a term expiring December 8, 2028. (Reappointment) Yeas and Nays ordered. The confirmation was agreed to, 66-32.

Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #110 Amber Faye McReynolds to be a Governor of the United States Postal Service for a term expiring December 8, 2026. Yeas and Nays ordered.  The motion is invoked, 60-38.

The Senate stands adjourned until 11:00am on Thursday, May 13, 2021.  Following Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of Executive Calendar #110, Amber Faye McReynolds, of Colorado, to be Governor of The United States Postal Service for a term expiring December 8, 2026, post-cloture.

At 12:00 noon, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the McReynolds nomination. Following the vote the Senate will recess until 1:45pm.

At 1:45pm the cloture petition on Executive Calendar #112, Donet Dominic Graves Jr., of Ohio, to be Deputy Secretary of Commerce, will be withdrawn and the Senate will vote on the confirmation.

The Senate adjourned at 8:05pm.

TUESDAY, MAY 11, 2021

The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Tuesday, May 11, 2021.  Following Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of Executive Calendar #69, Andrea Joan Palm, to be Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services, post-cloture.

At 11:30am, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Palm nomination. Following disposition of the nomination, the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #65 Cynthia Minette Marten, of California, to be Deputy Secretary of Education.

Following the cloture vote, the Senate will recess until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings.

If cloture is invoked on the Marten nomination, at 2:30pm, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the nomination.

Additional roll call votes are possible during Tuesday’s session in relation to S.J.Res.15, True Lender CRA, and a motion to discharge the Brooks-LaSure nomination (CMS) from the Finance Committee.

Cloture was filed on the following:

  1. Executive Calendar #69Andrea Joan Palm, of Wisconsin, to be Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services.
  2. Executive Calendar #65Cynthia Minette Marten, of California, to be Deputy Secretary of Education.
  3. Executive Calendar #108, Ronald Stroman, of the District of Columbia, to be a Governor of the United States Postal Service for a term expiring December 8, 2021.
  4. Executive Calendar #109, Ronald Stroman, of the District of Columbia, to be a Governor of the United States Postal Service for a term expiring December 8, 2028.
  5. Executive Calendar #110,  Amber McReynolds, of Colorado, to be a Governor of the United States Postal Service for a term expiring December 8, 2026.
  6. Executive Calendar #112, Donet Graves, Jr., of Ohio, to be Deputy Secretary of Commerce.

 

The Senate convened and proceeded to Leader remarks.

The Senate proceeded to an Executive Session.

Executive Calendar #69, Andrea Joan Palm, to be Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services, post-cloture. Yeas and Nays ordered. The nomination was confirmed by a vote of 61-37.

Executive Calendar #65 Cynthia Minette Marten, of California, to be Deputy Secretary of Education. Motion to Invoke Cloture. Yeas and Nays ordered. The motion was agreed to by a vote of 54-44.

The Senate recessed until 2:15 PM.

The Senate reconvened and proceeded to Executive Session.

Executive Calendar #65 Cynthia Minette Marten, of California, to be Deputy Secretary of Education, post-cloture. Yeas and Nays ordered.

The Senate proceeded to a Legislative Session.

Motion to Proceed to S. J. Res. 15 (True Lender CRA). Agreed to by Voice Vote.

S. J. Res. 15 (True Lender CRA). Passed by a vote of 52-47.

Leader Schumer made a motion to discharge the nomination of Chiquita Brooks-LaSure to be Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The vote on the motion to discharge will occur at 12 Noon on Wednesday, May 12.

The Senate will convene at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, May 12, 2021.

At 12:00 Noon, the Senate will proceed to two roll call votes on the following:

  1. Motion to discharge from Finance Committee PN124, Chiquita Brooks-LaSure to be Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
  2. Cloture on Executive Calendar #108, Ronald Stroman to be a Governor of the United States Postal Service for a term expiring December 8, 2021.

At 3:30pm, the Senate will proceed to two roll call votes on the following:

  1. (If cloture is invoked) Confirmation of Executive Calendar #108, Ronald Stroman to be a Governor of the United States Postal Service for a term expiring December 8, 2021.
  2. Cloture on Executive Calendar #109, Ronald Stroman to be a Governor of the United States Postal Service for a term expiring December 8, 2028. (Reappointment).

Further roll call votes are expected during Wednesday’s session of the Senate.

The Senate adjourned at 7:21 PM.

 

MONDAY, MAY 10, 2021

The Senate will convene at 3:00pm. Following Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of Executive Calendar #69, Andrea Joan Palm, to be Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services.

At 5:30pm, the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Palm nomination.

Cloture filed on the following nominations:

  1. Executive Calendar #69, Andrea Joan Palm, of Wisconsin, to be Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services
  2. Executive Calendar #65, Cynthia Minette Marten, of California, to be Deputy Secretary of Education

The Senate convened and proceeded to Leader remarks.

Majority Leader Schumer filed cloture on the following:
Cal. #108, Ronald Stroman, of the District of Columbia, to be a Governor of the United States Postal Service for a term expiring December 8, 2021.
Cal. #109, Ronald Stroman, of the District of Columbia, to be a Governor of the United States Postal Service for a term expiring December 8, 2028 (Reappointment).
Cal. #110, Amber Faye McReynolds, of Colorado, to be a Governor of the United States Postal Service for a term expiring December 8, 2026, vice David Williams, term expired.
Cal. #112, Donet Dominic Graves, Jr., of Ohio, to be Deputy Secretary of Commerce, vice Karen Dunn Kelley.

The Senate proceeded to an Executive Session.

Executive Calendar #69, Andrea Joan Palm, to be Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services. Motion to Invoke Cloture. Yeas and Nays ordered. The motion was agreed to by a vote of 62-35.

The Senate proceeded to a Period of Morning Business.

S. Res. 203 (Condemning the horrific attack in Indianapolis, Indiana on April 15, 2021 and expressing support and prayers for all those impacted by the tragedy). The resolution was agreed to by Unanimous Consent.

The Senate will convene at 10:00 am on Tuesday, May 11, 2021. Following Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to an Executive Session and resume consideration of Executive Calendar #69, Andrea Joan Palm, of Wisconsin, to be Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services. At 11:30 AM, the Senate will proceed to two votes:

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #69, Andrea Joan Palm, of Wisconsin, to be Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services
  2. Motion to Invoke Cloture on Executive Calendar #65, Cynthia Minette Marten, of California, to be Deputy Secretary of Education

Following the Marten vote, the Senate will recess until 2:15 PM for the weekly caucus lunches.

At 2:30 PM, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Marten nomination. Additional votes are expected.

The Senate adjourned at 6:26 PM.

THURSDAY, APRIL 29, 2021

The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am Thursday, April 29, 2021.  Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Calendar #34, S.914, Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Act of 2021.

The following amendments will be reported by number:

  1. Rubio-Scott (FL) amendment #1471, as modified
  2. Shaheen amendment #1461
  3. Kennedy amendment #1469
  4. Lee amendment #1472

 

At 11:30am, the Senate will vote in relation to the amendments, with 60-affirmative votes required for adoption of the Lee amendment and passage of the bill. Shaheen and Kennedy amendments anticipated to be voice votes.

Upon disposition of the amendments, Carper-Capito substitute amendment #1460 will be agreed to by unanimous consent.  At 1:45pm, the Senate will vote on passage of the bill as amended.

There will be 2 minutes for debate equally divided prior to each vote.

11:30am – up to 4 votes (2 roll call votes expected):

  1. Rubio-Scott (FL) amendment #1471, as modified
  2. Shaheen amendment #1461(voice vote)
  3. Kennedy amendment #1469(voice vote)
  4. Lee amendment #1472(60 affirmative vote threshold)

 

1:45pm – roll call vote:

  1. Passage of Calendar #34, S.914, Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Act of 2021, as amended.

 

Leader Schumer has filed cloture on Executive Calendar #69 Andrea Joan Palm to be Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Leader Schumer has filed cloture on Executive Calendar #65 Cynthia Minette Marten to be Deputy Secretary of Education.

Morning business is closed.  The Senate is now considering Calendar #34, S.914, Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Act of 2021.

S.914, Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Act of 2021.

Rubio-Scott (FL) amendment #1471, as modified. Yeas and Nays ordered.

Adoption of Rubio-Scott (FL) amendment #1471, as modified, in relation to Cal. #34, S.914, Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Act of 2021.  NOT AGREED TO. 14-81

Adopted by voice vote: Shaheen amendment #1461, in relation to Cal. #34, S.914, Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Act of 2021.

Adopted by voice vote: Kennedy amendment #1469, in relation to Cal. #34, S.914, Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Act of 2021.

Adoption of Lee amendment #1472 in relation to Cal. #34, S.914, Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Act of 2021 (60 vote affirmative threshold). Not adopted, 41-54

Adopted by unanimous consent: Carper amendment #1460 to cal. #34, S.914, Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Act of 2021.

Adopted by unanimous consent: HR.2630 – Extending Temporary Emergency Scheduling of Fentanyl Analogues Act

S.914, Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Act of 2021. Passed by a vote of 89-2.

The Senate proceeded to an Executive Session.

Cal. #65, Cynthia Minette Marten, of California, to be Deputy Secretary of Education, vice Mitchell Zais.

Confirmed by voice vote: Executive Calendar #66 Victoria Nuland to be an Under Secretary of State (Political Affairs).

Confirmed by unanimous consent: Executive Calendar #113 Bill Nelson to be Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Confirmed by unanimous consent: Executive Calendar #70 Richard A. Sauber to be General Counsel, Department of Veterans Affairs.

Confirmed by voice vote: PN267, Gayle C. Manchin, of West Virginia, to be Federal Cochairman of the Appalachian Regional Commission.

Vote Scheduled: At 5:30pm, on Monday, May 10th, the Senate will proceed to a vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #69 Andrea Joan Palm to be Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services.

The Senate stands adjourned to convene for pro forma sessions only with no business conducted on the following dates and times:

Monday, May 3rd at 12:45pm

Thursday, May 6th at 4:00pm.

When the Senate adjourns on Thursday May 6th, it will next convene at 3:00pm on Monday, May 10, 2021.

May 10, 2021, following Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of Executive Calendar #69, Andrea Joan Palm, to be Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services.

At 5:30pm, the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Palm nomination.

Cloture filed on the following nominations:

  1. Executive Calendar #69Andrea Joan Palm, of Wisconsin, to be Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services
  2. Executive Calendar #65Cynthia Minette Marten, of California, to be Deputy Secretary of Education

 

The Senate adjourned at 5:11 PM

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 28, 2021

The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00AM Wednesday, April 28, 2021.  Following Leader remarks, Schumer plans to proceed to S.J.Res.14, providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency relating to ‘‘Oil and Natural Gas Sector: Emission Standards for New, Reconstructed, and Modified Sources Review’’.

Under the rule, once a motion to proceed is agreed to (expected voice vote) there will be up to 10 hours of debate equally divided prior to a vote on adoption of the joint resolution.

At 12:30 p.m., the cloture motion will expire on Executive Calendar #61, Samantha Power, of Massachusetts, to be Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development. At that time, the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture.

A vote is anticipated for confirmation of the Power nomination and on adoption of S.J.Res.14 during Wednesday’s session.

At 9:00 p.m., President Biden will address a Joint Session of Congress from the Hall of the House of Representatives in the U.S. Capitol. The Senate will begin gathering in the Senate Chamber at 8:15 p.m. to proceed as a body to the Hall of the House.

During Tuesday’s session the Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to Calendar #34, S.914, Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Act of 2021, and the substitute amendment #1460 was made pending. Discussions continue in relation to the bill.

The Senate convened and proceeded to Leader remarks.

S.J. Res. 14 (Methane Rule CRA).

The Senate proceeded to Executive Session.

Executive Calendar #61, Samantha Power, of Massachusetts, to be Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development.

By a vote of 67-28, the Senate Invoked Cloture on the nomination of Samantha Power to be Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development.

At 3:30pm, the Senate will vote on:

  1. Confirmation of Samantha Power to be Administrator of USAID
  2. Passage of the Joint Resolution of disapproval regarding the Methane Rule.

 

Executive Calendar #61, Samantha Power, of Massachusetts, to be Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development. The nomination was confirmed by a vote of 68-26.

S.J. Res. 14 (Methane Rule CRA). The Joint Resolution passed by a vote of 52-42.

S.Res.186 (A resolution honoring the humanitarian work of Dr. Aristides de Sousa Mendes do Amaral e Abranches to save the lives of French Jews and other persons during the Holocaust). Passed by unanimous consent.

S.Res.187 (A resolution congratulating the University of Wisconsin Badgers on winning the 2021 National Collegiate Athletic Association Women’s Ice Hockey Championship). Passed by unanimous consent.

At 5:26 PM, the Senate stands in recess until 8:25 PM. The Senate will then proceed as a body to the Hall of the House of Representatives. At 9:00 PM, President Joe Biden will address a Joint Session of Congress from the Hall of the House of Representatives in the U.S. Capitol.

The Senate will adjourn upon the dissolution of the Joint Session of Congress and will reconvene at 10:00 AM on Thursday, April 29, 2021. The Senate will resume consideration of S. 914 (Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Act of 2021).

At 11:30 AM, the Senate will proceed to roll call votes on the following amendments:

Rubio/Scott #1471 (To modify a provision relating to allotments under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act)(as modified)
Shaheen #1461(To expand the eligibility under the State response to contaminants program). Voice vote expected.
Kennedy #1469 (To require the Administrator of the EPA to carry out an annual study on the prevalence of boil water advisories). Voice vote expected.
Lee #1472 (To limit the authority to reserve water rights in designating a national monument). 60 affirmative vote threshold.

Following votes on the four amendments, the Carper-Capito amendment in the nature of a substitute (1460), as amended, if amended, will be agreed to by unanimous consent.

At 1:45 PM, the Senate will vote on passage of the bill (60 affirmative vote threshold).

 

 

 

TUESDAY, APRIL 27, 2021

The Senate will convene at 10:00 AM and resume consideration of Executive Calendar #58, Jason Scott Miller to be Deputy Director for Management, Office of Management and Budget.

2 votes at 11:30 AM:

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #58, Jason Scott Miller to be Deputy Director for Management, Office of Management and Budget
  2. Cloture on Executive Calendar #54 Janet Garvin McCabe to be Deputy Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency

Recess from 12:30 PM until 2:15 PM for the weekly party lunches.

2 votes at 2:30 PM:

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #54 Janet Garvin McCabe to be Deputy Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency
  2. Cloture on Executive Calendar #68 Colin Hackett Kahl to be Under Secretary of Defense for Policy

2 Votes at approximately 5:45 PM:

  1. (If cloture is invoked) Confirmation of the Kahl nomination.
  2. Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Motion to Proceed to S. 914 (Safe Drinking Water Act).

The Senate convened and proceeded to Leader remarks.

S.1364 (A bill to provide for the recognition of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, and for other purposes). The bill was read for a second time. Further proceedings were objected to and the bill was placed on the calendar.

The Senate proceeded to an Executive Session.

Executive Calendar #58, Jason Scott Miller to be Deputy Director for Management, Office of Management and Budget. Yeas and Nays ordered. The nomination was confirmed by a vote of 81-13.

Executive Calendar #54 Janet Garvin McCabe to be Deputy Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. Motion to Invoke Cloture. Yeas and Nays ordered. The motion was agreed to by a vote of 52-42.

The Senate recessed from 12:51 PM to 2:15 PM.

The Senate reconvened and proceeded to Executive Session.

Executive Calendar #54 Janet Garvin McCabe to be Deputy Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, post-cloture. Yeas and Nays ordered. The nomination was confirmed by a vote of 52-42.

Executive Calendar #68 Colin Hackett Kahl to be Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. Motion to Invoke Cloture. Yeas and Nays ordered. The motion was agreed to by a vote of 49-44.

Executive Calendar #68 Colin Hackett Kahl to be Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, post-cloture. 

Motion to Proceed to S. 914 (Safe Drinking Water Act). Motion to Invoke Cloture. Yeas and Nays ordered. The Motion was agreed to by a vote of 92–2.

Motion to Proceed to S. 914 (Safe Drinking Water Act), post-cloture. The motion was agreed to by Voice Vote.

S.914 (Safe Drinking Water Act).

Carper Amend #1460

The Senate proceeded to a Period of Morning Business.

S. Res. 180 (Supporting the designation of the week of April 26 – April 30, 2021 as National Specialized Instructional Support Personnel Appreciation Week). The resolution was agreed to by Voice Vote.

S. 848 (Consider Teachers Act of 2021). The bill passed by Unanimous Consent.

The Senate will convene at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, April 28, 2021. Following Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to a Period of Morning Business.

At 12:30 PM, the Senate will proceed to a vote on the Motion to Invoke Cloture on Executive Calendar #61 Samantha Power to be Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development.

Additional votes in relation to confirmation of the Power nomination (if cloture is invoked) and S.J. Res. 14 (Methane Rule CRA) are expected.

The Senate adjourned at 7:10 PM.

MONDAY, APRIL 26, 2021

The Senate will convene at 3:00 PM on Monday, April 26, 2021.

At 5:30 PM, the Senate will vote on the Motion to Invoke Cloture on Executive Calendar #58, Jason Scott Miller to be Deputy Director for Management, Office of Management and Budget

On Thursday, April 22, Leader Schumer filed cloture on the following nominations:

Executive Calendar #54 Janet Garvin McCabe to be Deputy Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency

Executive Calendar #68 Colin Hackett Kahl to be Under Secretary of Defense for Policy

Leader Schumer also filed cloture on the motion to proceed to Cal. #34, S. 914 (Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Act of 2021).

The Senate convened and proceeded with Leader remarks.

Majority Leader Schumer filed cloture on the nomination of Samantha Power to be Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development.

Executive Calendar #58, Jason Scott Miller to be Deputy Director for Management, Office of Management and Budget. Cloture was invoked by a vote of 82-13.

The Senate will convene at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, April 27, 2021.

2 votes at 11:30 AM:

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #58, Jason Scott Miller to be Deputy Director for Management, Office of Management and Budget
  2. Cloture on Executive Calendar #54 Janet Garvin McCabe to be Deputy Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency

Recess from 12:30 PM until 2:15 PM for the weekly party lunches.

2 votes at 2:30 PM:

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #54 Janet Garvin McCabe to be Deputy Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency
  2. Cloture on Executive Calendar #68 Colin Hackett Kahl to be Under Secretary of Defense for Policy

THURSDAY, APRIL 22, 2021

The Senate will convene at 10:00AM on Thursday, April 22, 2021.

At 11:30am, on Thursday, April 22nd, the Senate will proceed to 3 votes on the following amendments to Cal. #13, S.937, COVID-19 Hate Crimes (60 vote affirmative threshold):

  1. Cruz/Kennedy amendment #1456 (prohibit Federal funding for any institution of higher learning that discriminates against Asian Americans).
  2. Lee amendment #1425 (To require a report on State restrictions of religious exercise during the pandemic).
  3. Blackburn amendment #1458 (To improve the bill).

 

Following disposition of the amendments, the Senate will proceed to a vote on passage of Cal. #13, S.937, COVID-19 Hate Crimes, as amended, if amended. (60 vote affirmative threshold)

Cloture was vitiated with respect to the following:

  1. Hirono-Collins Amendment #1445 to Cal. #13, S.937, Covid-19 Hate Crimes
  2. The underlying bill Cal. #13, S.937, COVID-19 Hate Crimes

 

Adoption of Cruz/Kennedy Amendment #1456 in relation to Cal. #13, S.937, COVID-19 Hate Crimes. (60 vote affirmative threshold).  Yeas and Nays ordered.  The Amendment was NOT adopted, 49-48

Adoption of Lee Amendment #1425 in relation to Cal. #13, S.937, COVID-19 Hate Crimes. (60 vote affirmative threshold).  Yeas and Nays ordered.  The Amendment was NOT adopted 49-48

Adoption of Blackburn Amendment #1458 in relation to Cal. #13, S.937, COVID-19 Hate Crimes. (60 vote affirmative threshold).  Yeas and Nays ordered.  The Amendment NOT adopted, 46-51

Adopted by unanimous consent: Hirono-Collins amendment #1445 to Cal. #13, S.937, Covid-19 Hate Crimes

Passage of Cal. #13, S.937, COVID-19 Hate Crimes, as amended. (60 vote affirmative threshold).  Yeas and Nays ordered.  Passed, 94-1: Cal. #13, S.937, COVID-19 Hate Crimes, as amended. Hawley voted Nay.

Leader Schumer has filed cloture on Executive Calendar #59 Deanne Bennett Criswell to be Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security

Leader Schumer has filed cloture on Executive Calendar #54 Janet Garvin McCabe to be Deputy Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency

Leader Schumer has filed cloture on Executive Calendar #68 Colin Hackett Kahl to be Under Secretary of Defense for Policy

Leader Schumer has filed cloture on Executive Calendar #58 Jason Scott Miller to be Deputy Director for Management, Office of Management and Budget

Leader Schumer has filed cloture on the motion to proceed to Cal. #34, S.914, Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Act of 2021.

The Senate passed S. 957 (DUMP Opioids Act) as amended by unanimous consent.

In Executive Session, the Cloture Motion with respect to Executive Calendar #59, Deanne Bennett Criswell to be Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security was withdrawn. The nomination was confirmed by unanimous consent.

The Senate will convene at 3:00 PM on Monday, April 26, 2021.

At 5:30 PM, the Senate will vote on the Motion to Invoke Cloture on Executive Calendar #58, Jason Scott Miller to be Deputy Director for Management, Office of Management and Budget

Today, Leader Schumer filed cloture on the following nominations:

  1. Executive Calendar #54 Janet Garvin McCabe to be Deputy Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency
  2. Executive Calendar #68 Colin Hackett Kahl to be Under Secretary of Defense for Policy

Leader Schumer also filed cloture on the motion to proceed to Cal. #34, S. 914 (Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Act of 2021).

The Senate adjourned at 5:04 PM.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 21, 2021

The Senate will convene at 10:30 AM. Following Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to an Executive Session to resume consideration of Executive Calendar #62, Vanita Gupta, of Virginia, to be Associate Attorney General.

At 11:30 AM, the Senate is expected to vote on the Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Gupta nomination.

A vote on confirmation of the Gupta nomination, if cloture is invoked, will occur at approximately 2:15 PM.

Upon disposition of the Gupta nomination, it is expected Senator Schumer will move to discharge the Senate Armed Services Committee from consideration of the nomination of Colin Kahl to be Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. There will then be up to 4 hours of debate followed by a roll call vote on the motion to discharge the Kahl nomination from the Armed Services Committee.

The Senate convened and proceeded to Leader remarks.

Cal. #60, Adm. John C. Acquilino to be Admiral. Agreed to by Unanimous Consent.

The Senate proceeded to Legislative Session.

S. 937 (COVID–19 Hate Crimes Act).

Hirono/Collins amend #1445 (Substitute amendment).

The Senate proceeded to an Executive Session.

Executive Calendar #62, Vanita Gupta, of Virginia, to be Associate Attorney General. Motion to Invoke Cloture. Yeas and Nays ordered. The Motion was agreed to by a vote of 51-49.

Confirmation of Executive Calendar #62 Vanita Gupta to be Associate Attorney General. Yeas and Nays ordered.  The confirmation was agreed to by a vote of 51-49.

Leader Schumer has made the motion to discharge from Armed Services Committee PN79-6 Colin Hackett Kahl to be Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. There will now be up to 4 hours of debate, followed by a vote on the motion to discharge the Kahl nomination from SASC.

Motion to discharge from Armed Services Committee PN79-6 Colin Hackett Kahl to be Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. Yeas and Nays ordered.  51-50, Senate AGREED TO the Motion. VP Harris cast the tie breaking vote.

The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00AM Thursday, April 22nd under the provisions of S. Res. 170, in honor of Walter Frederick Mondale, former U.S. Senator from Minnesota and Vice President of the United States.

At 11:30am, on Thursday, April 22nd, the Senate will proceed to 3 votes on the following amendments to Cal. #13, S.937, COVID-19 Hate Crimes (60 vote affirmative threshold):

  1. Cruz/Kennedy amendment #1456
  2. Lee amendment #1425
  3. Blackburn amendment #1458

 

Following disposition of the amendments, the Senate will proceed to a vote on passage of Cal. #13, S.937, COVID-19 Hate Crimes, as amended, if amended. (60 vote affirmative threshold)

Cloture was vitiated with respect to the following:

  1. Hirono-Collins Amendment #1445 to Cal. #13, S.937, Covid-19 Hate Crimes
  2. The underlying bill Cal. #13, S.937, COVID-19 Hate Crimes

 

The Senate adjourned at 8:09 PM

TUESDAY, APRIL 20, 2021

The Senate will convene at 10:00 AM and will resume consideration of S. 937 (COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act).

Schedule Update:

The 12:15 PM vote has been postponed to 2:15 PM.

At 2:15 PM, the Senate will proceed to a vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #34, Gary Gensler to be a Member of the Securities and Exchange Commission for a term expiring June 5, 2026 (reappointment).

Following the vote at 2:15 PM vote, the Senate will recess until 4:00 PM for the all-Senators briefing.

At 5:00 PM, the Senate will proceed to two votes on the following:

  1. (if cloture is invoked) Confirmation of the Gensler nomination
  2. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #57, Lisa O. Monaco to be Deputy Attorney General

The Senate convened and proceeded to Leader remarks.

The Senate proceeded to a Legislative Session.

S. 937 (COVID–19 Hate Crimes Act).

Hirono/Collins amend #1445 (Substitute amendment).

The following bills were read for the second time, en bloc:

S. 1216 (A bill to extend the temporary scheduling order for fentanyl-related substances).

H.R. 7 (Paycheck Fairness Act).

Further proceedings of the bill were objected to and the bills were placed on the calendar, en bloc.

The Senate recessed from 12:29 – 2:15 PM.

Executive Calendar #34, Gary Gensler to be a Member of the Securities and Exchange Commission for a term expiring June 5, 2026 (reappointment). Motion to Invoke Cloture. Yeas and Nays ordered. The motion was agreed to by a vote of 54-44-1.

The Senate proceeded to a Legislative Session.

The Senate recessed from 2:56 PM to 4:00 PM for an all Senators briefing.

The Senate reconvened and proceeded to a Legislative Session.

S. 937 (COVID–19 Hate Crimes Act). Schumer filed cloture on the bill.

Hirono/Collins amend #1445 (Substitute amendment). Schumer filed cloture on the amendment.

The Senate will convene at 10:30 AM on Wednesday, April 21, 2021.

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to a Executive Session to resume consideration of Executive Calendar #62, Vanita Gupta, of Virginia, to be Associate Attorney General. Roll call votes are expected but have not been scheduled.

At 11:30 AM, the Senate is expected to vote on the Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Gupta nomination.

A vote on confirmation of the Gupta nomination, if cloture is invoked, will occur at approximately 2:15 PM.

Additional roll call votes are possible.

The Senate adjourned at 7:12 PM.

 

MONDAY, APRIL 19, 2021

The Senate stands adjourned until 3:00pm on Monday, April 19, 2021.  Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of S.937, COVID–19 Hate Crimes Act.

At 5:30pm, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session, resume consideration of Executive Calendar #57, Lisa O. Monaco, of the District of Columbia, to be Deputy Attorney General, and vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination. Following the cloture vote, the Senate will resume Legislative session.

If cloture is invoked on the Monaco nomination, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the nomination at a time to be determined by the Majority Leader in consultation with the Republican Leader on Tuesday, April 20th.

Additional roll call votes are possible during Monday’s session in order to file cloture on Executive Calendar #62, Vanita Gupta, of Virginia, to be Associate Attorney General.

Cloture was filed on the following nominations:

  1. Executive Calendar #34, Gary Gensler, of Maryland, to be a Member of the Securities and Exchange Commission for a term expiring June 5, 2026.

 

The Senate convened and proceeded with Leader remarks.

S. 937 (COVID–19 Hate Crimes Act).

Hirono/Collins amend #1445 (Substitute amendment).

The Senate proceeded to Executive Session.

Executive Calendar #57, Lisa O. Monaco, of the District of Columbia, to be Deputy Attorney General. The Motion to invoke cloture was agreed to by a vote of 94-3.

Motion to proceed to Executive Session for the consideration of Executive Calendar #62, Vanita Gupta, of Virginia, to be Associate Attorney General. The Motion to proceed was agreed to by a vote of 50-49. Majority Leader Schumer filed cloture on the nomination.

The Senate will convene at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, April 20, 2021.

At 12:00 Noon, Senate will vote on the Motion to Invoke Cloture on Cal. #34, Gary Gensler to be a Member of the Securities and Exchange Commission for a term expiring June 5, 2026 (reappointment).

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

At 2:15 PM, the Senate will vote on confirmation of Cal. #34, Gary Gensler to be a Member of the Securities and Exchange Commission for a term expiring June 5, 2026 (reappointment).

As a reminder, under the previous order, at a time to be determined on Tuesday, the Senate will vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #57, Lisa O. Monaco, of the District of Columbia, to be Deputy Attorney General.

The Senate adjourned at 6:28 PM.

 

THURSDAY, APRIL 15, 2021

The Senate will convene at 10:00 AM on Thursday, April 15, 2021. Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the Motion to Proceed to S.937 (COVID-19 Hate Crimes).

At 12:00 Noon, all post cloture debate time will be considered expired and the motion to proceed to S.937 will be agreed to. At that time, it is expected that Senator Schumer will make a motion to proceed to Executive Session in order to move to discharge the nomination of Vanita Gupta from the Judiciary Committee.

At approximately 12 Noon, There will be a vote on the Motion to proceed to Executive Session in order to discharge the nomination of Vanita Gupta from the Committee on the Judiciary.

There will then be up to 4 hours of debate on the motion to discharge; upon the use or yielding back of that time, the Senate will vote on the motion to discharge the Gupta nomination.

The Senate convened and proceeded with Leader remarks.

By a vote of 49-45, the Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to Executive Session in order to discharge the nomination of Vanita Gupta from the Committee on the Judiciary. There will now be up to four hours of debate.

The Senate passed by voice vote S. Res. 157 (Honoring the 50th Anniversary of the hiring of Bobby Knight as head coach of the men’s basketball team at Indiana University).

Motion to Discharge the nomination of Vanita Gupta to be Associate Attorney General from the Committee on the Judiciary. By a vote of 49-34, the Senate agreed to the Motion to Discharge the nomination of Vanita Gupta to be Associate Attorney General from the Committee on the Judiciary.

In Executive Session, Leader Schumer filed cloture on the following nominations:

Cal. #57, Lisa O. Monaco to be Deputy Attorney General.

Cal. #34, Gary Gensler to be a Member of the Securities and Exchange Commission for a term expiring June 5, 2026 (reappointment).

The Senate will convene at 3:00 PM on Monday, April 19, 2021.

At 5:30 PM, the Senate will vote on the Motion to Invoke Cloture on Cal. #57, Lisa O. Monaco to be Deputy Attorney General.

Today, Leader Schumer filed cloture on the following nominations:

Cal. #57, Lisa O. Monaco to be Deputy Attorney General.

Cal. #34, Gary Gensler to be a Member of the Securities and Exchange Commission for a term expiring June 5, 2026 (reappointment).

Passed by unanimous consent in wrap up:

S Res. 22 (Reaffirming the U.S. partnership with Ecuador).

S Res. 36 (reaffirming the strategic partnership between the US and Mongolia).

S Res. 37 (expressing solidarity with the movement in Cuba condemning escalating attacks against artistic freedoms in Cuba).

S Res 163 (relating to the death of the Honorable William Bill Emerson Brock III, former state Senator from Tennessee).

The Senate adjourned at 6:42 PM.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 14, 2021

The Senate will convene at 10:30 AM. Following Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to an Executive Session to resume consideration of Calendar #33 Gary Gensler to be a Member of the Securities and Exchange Commission for the remainder of the term expiring June 5, 2021.

The Senate will proceed to two votes at 11:45 AM:
1. Confirmation of Calendar #33 Gary Gensler to be a Member of the Securities and Exchange Commission for the remainder of the term expiring June 5, 2021
2. Motion to Invoke Cloture on Calendar #53, Brenda Mallory to be Member of the Council on Environmental Quality

At 3:30 PM, the Senate will proceed to two votes:
1. Confirmation of Calendar #53, Brenda Mallory to be Member of the Council on Environmental Quality
2. Motion to Invoke cloture on the Motion to Proceed to S. 937 (A bill to facilitate the expedited review of COVID-19 hate crime).

The Senate convened and proceeded to Leader remarks.

The Senate proceeded to an Executive Session.

Calendar #33 Gary Gensler to be a Member of the Securities and Exchange Commission for the remainder of the term expiring June 5, 2021. Confirmed 53-45

Calendar #53, Brenda Mallory to be Member of the Council on Environmental Quality. The Senate invoked cloture by a vote of 53-45

Calendar #53, Brenda Mallory to be Member of the Council on Environmental Quality, post-cloture. Yeas and Nays ordered. The nomination was confirmed by a vote of 53-45.

Motion to Proceed to S.937 (COVID-19 Hate Crimes). Motion to Invoke Cloture. The Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Motion to Proceed was agreed to by a vote of 92-6.

The Senate proceeded to a Period of Morning Business.

S. Res. 148 (A resolution recognizing the importance of paying tribute to those individuals who have faithfully served and retired from the Armed Forces of the United States, designating April 18, 2021, as “Military Retiree Appreciation Day”, and encouraging the people of the United States to honor the past and continued service of military retirees to their local communities and the United States). The resolution was agreed to by Unanimous Consent.

S. 400 (William T. Coleman, Jr., Department of Transportation Headquarters Act). The bill passed by Unanimous Consent.

The Senate will convene at 10:00 AM on Thursday, April 15, 2021. Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the Motion to Proceed to S.937 (COVID-19 Hate Crimes).

At 12:00 Noon, all post-cloture debate time will be considered expired and the motion to proceed to S.937 will be agreed to. At that time, it is expected that Senator Schumer will make a motion to proceed to Executive Session in order to move to discharge the nomination of Vanita Gupta from the Judiciary Committee.

At approximately 12 Noon, There will be a vote on the Motion to proceed to Executive Session in order to discharge the nomination of Vanita Gupta from the Committee on the Judiciary.

There will then be up to 4 hours of debate on the motion to discharge; upon the use or yielding back of that time, the Senate will vote on the motion to discharge the Gupta nomination.

The Senate adjourned at 6:27 PM.

TUESDAY, APRIL 13, 2021

The Senate will convene at 12:00 Noon. Following Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to an Executive Session and resume consideration of Calendar #55, Polly Ellen Trottenberg to be Deputy Secretary of Transportation.

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

The Senate will proceed to two votes at 2:15 PM:

  • Confirmation of Polly Ellen Trottenberg to be Deputy Secretary of Transportation.
  • Motion to Invoke Cloture on Wendy Ruth Sherman to be Deputy Secretary of State.

Additional votes in relation to the Sherman nomination and Cal. #33, Gary Gensler to be a Member of Securities and Exchange Commission are expected during today’s session.

The Senate convened and proceeded to Leader remarks.

The Senate proceeded to an Executive Session.

Calendar #55, Polly Ellen Trottenberg to be Deputy Secretary of Transportation.

The Senate recessed from 12:51 to 2:15 PM.

Calendar #55, Polly Ellen Trottenberg to be Deputy Secretary of Transportation. The nomination was confirmed by a vote of 82-15.

Motion to Invoke Cloture on Cal. #35 Wendy Ruth Sherman to be Deputy Secretary of State. The Motion to Invoke Cloture was agreed to by a vote of 55-42.

Calendar #35, Wendy Ruth Sherman to be Deputy Secretary of State, post-cloture. Yeas and Nays ordered. The nomination as confirmed by a vote of 56-42.

Calendar #33 Gary Gensler to be a Member of the Securities and Exchange Commission for the remainder of the term expiring June 5, 2021. Motion to Invoke Cloture. Yeas and Nays ordered. The motion was agreed to by a vote of 53-45.

The Senate proceeded to a Period of Morning Business.

S. Res. 152 (Honoring the memory of Officer William Francis “Billy” Evans of the United States Capitol Police for his selfless acts of heroism on the grounds of the United States Capitol on April 2, 2021). Agreed to by Unanimous Consent.

The Senate will convene at 10:30 AM on Wednesday, April 14, 2021. Following Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to an Executive Session to resume consideration of Calendar #33 Gary Gensler to be a Member of the Securities and Exchange Commission for the remainder of the term expiring June 5, 2021.

The Senate will proceed to 2 votes at 11:45 AM:

  1. Confirmation of Calendar #33 Gary Gensler to be a Member of the Securities and Exchange Commission for the remainder of the term expiring June 5, 2021
  2. Motion to Invoke Cloture on Calendar #53, Brenda Mallory to be Member of the Council on Environmental Quality

At 3:30 PM, the Senate will proceed to two votes:

  1. Confirmation of Calendar #53, Brenda Mallory to be Member of the Council on Environmental Quality
  2. Motion to Invoke cloture on the Motion to Proceed to S. 937 (A bill to facilitate the expedited review of COVID-19 hate crime).

The Senate adjourned under the provisions of S.Res.152 and does so as a further mark of respect to the memory of United States Capitol Police Officer William Francis “Billy” Evans.

MONDAY, APRIL 12, 2021

The Senate will convene on Monday, April 12, 2021 at 3:00 PM. Following Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and will resume consideration of the nomination of Polly Ellen Trottenberg to be Deputy Secretary of Transportation.

At 5:30 PM, the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Trottenberg nomination.

On Thursday, March 25, Leader Schumer filed cloture on the following:

Motion to proceed to S. 937 (A bill to facilitate the expedited review of COVID-19 hate crimes).

Schumer also filed cloture on the following nominations:

  • Cal. #55, Polly Ellen Trottenberg to be Deputy Secretary of Transportation.
  • Cal. #35, Wendy Ruth Sherman to be Deputy Secretary of State.
  • Cal. #33, Gary Gensler to be a Member of Securities and Exchange Commission.
  • Cal. #53, Brenda Mallory to be a Member of the Council on Environmental Quality.

 

The Senate convened and proceeded with Leader remarks.

By unanimous consent, the Senate passed H. Con. Res. 27 (Permitting the remains of the late United States Capitol Police Officer William F. Evans to lie in honor in the rotunda of the Capitol).

By unanimous consent, the Senate passed H. Con. Res. 28 (Directing the Architect of the Capitol to transfer the catafalque situated in the CVC to the rotunda of the Capitol for use in connection with services conducted for US Capitol Police Officer William F. Evans).

The Senate proceeded to Executive Session.

Cal. #55, Polly Ellen Trottenberg to be Deputy Secretary of Transportation. The Motion to Invoke Cloture on the nomination was agreed to by a vote of 81-14.

The Senate will convene at 12:00 Noon on Tuesday, April 13, 2021.

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

The Senate will proceed to two votes at 2:15 PM:

  • Confirmation of Polly Ellen Trottenberg to be Deputy Secretary of Transportation.
  • Motion to Invoke Cloture on Wendy Ruth Sherman to be Deputy Secretary of State.

 

The Senate adjourned at 6:25 PM.