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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

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2018

The Senate will convene at 10:00 AM and proceed to Leader remarks.  The Senate will then proceed to an Executive Session to resume consideration of Cal. #938, Peter A. Feldman to be a Commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission.  The Senate will recess from 12:30-2:15 PM for weekly party caucus luncheons.  At 2:15 PM, all post-cloture time on the Feldman nomination will be considered expired and the Senate will proceed to vote on confirmation of the nomination.

The Senate convened and proceeded to Leader remarks.

The Senate proceeded to an Executive Session.

Cal. #938, Peter A. Feldman to be Commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

The Senate recessed from 12:36-2:15 PM for weekly party caucus luncheons.

The Senate reconvened and proceeded to an Executive Session.

Cal. #938, Peter A. Feldman to be Commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Yeas and Nays ordered.

 

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2018

The Senate will next at 3:00 PM. Following Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to a Period of Morning Business. At 5:30 PM, the Senate will proceed to two roll call votes:

1) The en bloc consideration of:
Cal. #849, Jackie Wolcott to be Representative of the United States of America to the International Atomic Energy Agency.
Cal. #850, Jackie Wolcott, to be Representative of the United States of America to the Vienna Office of the United Nations.

2) Motion to invoke cloture on Cal. #938, Peter A. Feldman, to be a Commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission for the remainder of the term expiring October 26, 2019.

The Senate convened and proceeded to Leader remarks.

The Senate proceeded to a period of Morning Business.

The Senate proceeded to an Executive Session.

The Senate proceeded to the following nominations, en bloc:
Cal. #849, Jackie Wolcott to be Representative of the United States of America to the International Atomic Energy Agency.
Cal. #850, Jackie Wolcott to be Representative of the United States of America to the Vienna Office of the United Nations.
Yeas and nays ordered.  The nominations were confirmed, en bloc, by a vote of 75-19.

Cal. #938, Peter A. Feldman to be a Commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission.  Motion to Invoke Cloture.  Yeas and nays ordered.  The Motion to Invoke Cloture was agreed to by a vote of 76-18.

The Senate proceeded to a period of Morning Business.

H.R. 2259 (Amends the Peace Corps Act).  Agreed to by Voice Vote.

S. Res. 643 (Honoring the memory of the victims of the brutal and senseless attack at a country music festival in Las Vegas, Nevada, one year ago). Agreed to by Unanimous Consent.

S. Res. 644 (Country Music Association Day). Agreed to by Unanimous Consent.

S. Res. 645 (National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month). Agreed to by Unanimous Consent.

The Senate will convene at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, September 25th and proceed to Leader remarks.  The Senate will then proceed to an Executive Session to resume consideration of Cal. #938, Peter A. Feldman to be a Commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission.  The Senate will recess from 12:30-2:15 PM for weekly party caucus luncheons.  At 2:15 PM, all post-cloture time on the Feldman nomination will be considered expired and the Senate will proceed to vote on confirmation of the nomination.

The Senate adjourned at 6:55 PM.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2018

The Senate will convene at 10:00 AM. Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the Conference Report to accompany H.R. 6157 (Department of Defense and Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Act, 2019). The Senate will recess from 12:30 to 2:15 PM for the weekly party caucus lunches. There are no votes scheduled at this time.

The Senate convened and proceeded to Leader remarks.

The Senate proceeded to a Legislative Session.

Conference Report to accompany H.R. 6157 (Department of Defense and Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Act, 2019).  Motion to Invoke Cloture.  Yeas and nays ordered.  The Motion to Invoke Cloture was agreed to by a vote of 92-8.

Conference Report to accompany H.R. 6157 (Department of Defense and Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Act, 2019).  All post-cloture time is yielded back by Unanimous Consent.  Yeas and nays ordered.  The Conference Report is adopted by a vote of 93-7.

The Senate proceeded to a period of Morning Business.

The Senate recessed from 1:07-2:15 PM for weekly party caucus luncheons.

The Senate proceeded to a period of Morning Business.

McConnell asked Unanimous Consent that at 5:30 PM on Monday, September 24th, 2018 the Senate proceed to vote en bloc on the following nominations:
Cal. #849, Jackie Wolcott to be Representative of the United States of America to the International Atomic Energy Agency.
Cal. #850, Jackie Wolcott, to be Representative of the United States of America to the Vienna Office of the United Nations.

McConnell motion to proceed to Executive Session agreed to by Voice Vote.

The Senate proceeded to an Executive Session.

Cal. #938, Peter A. Feldman, to be a Commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission for the remainder of the term expiring October 26, 2019. McConnell filed cloture on the nomination.

McConnell motion to proceed to Legislative Session agreed to by Voice Vote.

The Senate proceeded to a Legislative Session.

McConnell motion to proceed to Executive Session agreed to by Voice Vote.

The Senate proceeded to an Executive Session.

Cal. #941, Peter A. Feldman to be Commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (Reappointment). McConnell filed cloture on the nomination.

The following nominations were confirmed by Voice Vote, en bloc.
Cal. #766, John Whitley to be an Assistant Secretary of the Army.
Cal. #868, Charles P. Verdon to be Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs, National Nuclear Security Administration.

The Senate proceeded to a Period of Morning Business.

S. Con. Res. 47 (Directing the Clerk of the House of Representatives to make a correction in the enrollment of HR 6157). The Concurrent Resolution was agreed to by Unanimous Consent.

S. 3479 (A bill to amend Title 38, United States Code, to extend certain expiring provisions of law and so forth and for other purposes). The bill was passed by Voice Vote.

H.R. 46 (Fort Ontario Study Act). The committee reported substitute amendment was agreed to by Unanimous Consent. The bill as amended was passed by Voice Vote.

H.R. 698 (Elkhorn Ranch and White River National Forest Conveyance Act of 2017). The bill was passed by Unanimous Consent.

The following resolutions were agreed to by Unanimous Consent, en bloc:
S. Res. 638 ( )
S. Res. 639 ( )
S. Res. 640 ( )

H.R. 1551 (To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify the credit for production from advanced nuclear power facilities). The Hatch substitute amendment was agreed to by Unanimous Consent. The Alexander amendment was agreed to by Unanimous Consent. The bill was passed as amended by Voice Vote.

The Senate will convene for a Pro Forma session only on Thursday September 20th 2018 at 3:00 PM.

The Senate will next convene at 3:00 PM on Monday, September 24th, 2018. Following Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to a Period of Morning Business. At 5:30 PM, the Senate will proceed to two roll call votes:

1) The en bloc consideration of:
Cal. #849, Jackie Wolcott to be Representative of the United States of America to the International Atomic Energy Agency.
Cal. #850, Jackie Wolcott, to be Representative of the United States of America to the Vienna Office of the United Nations.
2) Motion to invoke cloture on Cal. #938, Peter A. Feldman, to be a Commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission for the remainder of the term expiring October 26, 2019.

There is a possibility of more votes during the 5:30 PM series.

The Senate adjourned at 6:42 PM.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2018

The Senate will convene at 2:00 PM. Following leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to the consideration of H.R. 6 (Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities Act).  At 5:30 PM, the Senate will proceed to the following votes:

  1. Adoption of Lee amendment #4011 to S. 2554
  2. Passage of S. 2554 (Patient Right to Know Drug Prices Act), as amended, if amended
  3. Passage of H.R. 6 (Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities Act), as amended

The Senate convened and proceeded to Leader remarks.

The Senate proceeded to a Legislative Session.

H.R. 6 (Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities Act). 

S. 2554 (Patient Right to Know Drug Prices Act).

Lee amendment #4011 (To limit application of the gag clause to self-insured group health plans). The amendment was not agreed to by a vote of 11-89.

 S. 2554 (Patient Right to Know Drug Prices Act) as amended. The bill as amended passed by a vote of 98-2.

H.R. 6 (Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities Act), as amended. The bill as amended passed by a vote of 99-1.

McConnell filed cloture on the Conference Report to accompany H.R. 6157 (Department of Defense and Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Act, 2019).

The Senate will convene at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, September 18, 2018. Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the Conference Report to accompany H.R. 6157 (Department of Defense and Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Act, 2019). The Senate will recess from 12:30 to 2:15 PM for the weekly party caucus lunches. There are no votes scheduled at this time.

The Senate adjourned at 7:18 PM.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2018

The Senate will convene at 3:00 PM on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 and will proceed to an Executive Session to resume consideration of Cal. #1013, Charles Rettig to be Commissioner of Internal Revenue.  The Senate will vote on the Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Rettig nomination at 5:30 PM.

The Senate convened and proceeded to Leader remarks.

McConnell filed cloture on the Conference Report to accompany H.R. 5895 (Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act, 2019).

The Senate proceeded to an Executive Session.

Cal. #1013, Charles Rettig to be Commissioner of Internal Revenue. Motion to Invoke Cloture. Yeas and Nays ordered. The motion was agreed to by a vote of 63–34.

Cal. #1013, Charles Rettig to be Commissioner of Internal Revenue, post-cloture. Yeas and Nays ordered. The nomination was confirmed by a vote of 64–33.

The Senate proceeded to a Legislative Session.

Conference Report to accompany H.R. 5895 (Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act, 2019). The Cloture Motion was withdrawn. Vote on Adoption. Yeas and Nays ordered. The Conference Report to accompany H.R. 5895 was agreed to by a vote of 92–5.

S. Con Res. 46 (Correcting the Title of H.R. 5985). The Concurrent Resolution was agreed to by Unanimous Consent.

The Senate proceeded to a Period of Morning Business.

The Senate proceeded to an Executive Session.

The following nominations were confirmed by Voice Vote, en bloc.
Cal. #933, Cherith Chalet to be Representative of the United States of American to the United Nations for U.N. Management and Reform.
Cal. #934, Cherith Chalet to be an Alternate Representative of the United States of America to the Sessions of the General Assembly of the United Nations

The Senate proceeded to a Period of Morning Business.

S. 1050 (Chinese-American World War II Veteran Congressional Gold Medal Act). The Duckworth amendment was agreed to by Unanimous Consent. The bill as amended was passed by Voice Vote.

S. Res. 576 (A resolution designating September 4, 2018, as “National Polycystic Kidney Disease Awareness Day”, and raising awareness and understanding of polycystic kidney disease.) The resolution was agreed to by Unanimous Consent.

S. 3029 (PREEMIE Reauthorization Act of 2018). The Alexander amendment was agreed to by Unanimous Consent. The committee reported substitute amendment was agreed to by Unanimous Consent. The bill as amended was passed by Unanimous Consent.

S. Res. 525 (A resolution designating September 2018 as National Democracy Month as a time to reflect on the contributions of the system of government of the United States to a more free and stable world). The resolution was agreed to by Voice Vote.

S. Res. 627 (Designating September 2018 as National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month). The resolution was agreed to by Unanimous Consent.

S. Res. 628 (To Authorize document production by the Select Committee on Intelligence in the United States v Paul J. Manafort, Jr.). The resolution was agreed to by Unanimous Consent.

The Senate will next convene at 2:00 PM on Monday September 17th, 2018. Following leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to the consideration of H.R. 6 (Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities Act). Debate time on H.R. 6 and S. 2554 (Patient Right to Know Drug Prices Act) will run concurrently and be equally divided in its usual form.

At 5:30 PM on Monday, all time will be expired and the Senate will vote in relation to S. 2554 and H.R. 6.

The Senate will convene for a Pro Forma session only on Thursday, September 13th, 2018 at 9:45 AM.

The Senate adjourned at 7:52 PM.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2018

The Senate will convene at 12:00 Noon and will proceed to a period Business. At least one vote is expected at 1:45 PM.

The Senate convened and proceeded to a period of Morning Business.

At 1:45 PM, the Senate will proceed to vote on the following nominations:

  • Cal. #693, Marilyn Jean Horan to be a United States District Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania.
  • Cal. #731, William F. Jung a United States District Judge for the Middle District of Florida.
  • Cal. #778, Kari A. Dooley to be a United States District Judge for the District of Connecticut.
  • Cal. #779, Dominic W. Lanza a United States District Judge for the District of Arizona.
  • Cal. #782, Charles J. Williams to be a United States District Judge for the Northern District of Iowa.
  • Cal. #838, Robert R. Summerhays to be a United States District Judge for the Western District of Louisiana.
  • Cal. #839, Eric C. Tostrud to be a United States District Judge for the District of Minnesota.
  • Cal. #893, Alan D. Albright to be a United States District Judge for the Western District of Texas.

Cal. #693, Marilyn Jean Horan to be a United States District Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania. The nomination was confirmed by Voice Vote.

Cal. #731, William F. Jung a United States District Judge for the Middle District of Florida. The nomination was confirmed by Voice Vote.

Cal. #778, Kari A. Dooley to be a United States District Judge for the District of Connecticut. The nomination was confirmed by Voice Vote.

Cal. #779, Dominic W. Lanza a United States District Judge for the District of Arizona. Yeas and Nays ordered. Theo nomination was confirmed by a vote of 60–35.

Cal. #782, Charles J. Williams to be a United States District Judge for the Northern District of Iowa. Yeas and Nays ordered. The nomination was confirmed by a vote of 79–12.

Cal. #838, Robert R. Summerhays to be a United States District Judge for the Western District of Louisiana. The nomination was confirmed by Voice Vote.

Cal. #839, Eric C. Tostrud to be a United States District Judge for the District of Minnesota. The nomination was confirmed by Voice Vote.

Cal. #893, Alan D. Albright to be a United States District Judge for the Western District of Texas. The nomination was confirmed by Voice Vote.

McConnell motion to proceed to Legislative Session. Agreed to by Voice Vote.

The Senate proceeded to a Legislative Session.

McConnell motion to proceed to Executive Session. Agreed to by Voice Vote.

The Senate proceeded to an Executive Session.

Cal. #1013, Charles Rettig to be Commissioner of Internal Revenue. McConnell filed cloture on the nomination.

The Senate proceeded to a Period of Morning Business.

S. Res. 623 (To constitute the Majority Party’s membership on certain committees for the 115th Congress or until their successors are chosen). The resolution was agreed to by Unanimous Consent.

The Senate stands in recess subject to the call of the chair.

The Senate reconvened at 5:21 PM.

The Chair laid before the Senate a Message from the House to Accompany H.R. 6147 (Minibus Appropriations). Sen. McConnell moved that the Senate insist on its amendments, agreed to the request to the House for a Conference, and authorized the Chair to appoint Conferees.  Agreed to by Voice Vote.  The Chair named the following conferees:  Sens. Murkowski, Collins, Lankford, Hoeven, Shelby, Udall, Reed, Coons, Merkley, and Leahy.

The Chair laid before the Senate a Message from the House to Accompany H.R. 6157 (Department of Defense Appropriations, 2018).  Sen. McConnell moved that the Senate insist on its amendments, agreed to the request to the House for a Conference, and authorized the Chair to appoint Conferees.  Agreed to by Voice Vote.  The Chair named the following conferees:  Shelby, Blunt, Graham, Moran, Durbin, Murray, and Leahy.

The Senate proceeded to an Executive Session.

The following nominations were considered, en bloc:
Cal. #1054, Michael A. Hammer to be Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Cal. #1055, Dereck J. Hogan to be Ambassador to the Republic of Moldova.
Cal. #1056, Philip S. Kosnett to be Ambassador to the Republic of Kosovo.
Cal. #1058, Stephanie Sanders Sullivan to be Ambassador to the Republic of Ghana.
Cal. #1059, Judy Rising Reinke to be Ambassador to Montenegro.
The nominations were confirmed, en bloc, by Voice Vote.
The following nominations were considered, en bloc:
Cal. #1001, Randy W. Berry to be Ambassador to the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal.
Cal. #1002, Donald Lu to be Ambassador to the Kyrgyz Republic.
Cal. #1003, Alaina B. Teplitz to be Ambassador to the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and to serve concurrently and without additional compensation as Ambassador to the Republic of Maldives.
All nominations placed on the Secretary’s Desk in the Foreign Service.
Confirmed, en bloc, by Unanimous Consent.

The Senate resumed a Legislative Session.

S. 1417 (Requires the Secretary of the Interior to develop a categorical exclusion for covered vegetative management activities). Hatch amendment agreed to by Unanimous Consent. The bill, as amended, passed by Unanimous Consent.

H.R. 6124 (Amends Title 2 of the Social Security Act).  Passed by Unanimous Consent.

S. 1586 (Requires the Undersecretary for Oceans and Atmosphere to update periodically the Environmental Sensitivity Index). Committee substitute agreed to by Unanimous Consent. The bill, as amended passed by Voice Vote.

S. Res. 522 (Gold Star Families Remembrance Week). Agreed to by Unanimous Consent.

S. Res. 603 (School Bus Safety Month). Agreed to by Unanimous Consent.

S. Res. 612 (National Child Awareness Month). Agreed to by Unanimous Consent.

S. Res. 624 (Commemoration Arthur Ashe). Agreed to by Unanimous Consent.

H.R. 302 (To provide protections for certain sports medicine professionals who provide certain medical services in a secondary state).  Alexander amendment agreed to by Unanimous Consent.  The bill, as amended, passed by Unanimous Consent.

The Senate will next convene for a pro forma session on the following dates and times:

Friday, September 7th at 9:00 AM

Tuesday, September 11th at 5:00 PM

The Senate will then convene at 3:00 PM on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 and will proceed to an Executive Session to resume consideration of Cal. #1013, Charles Rettig to be Commissioner of Internal Revenue.  The Senate will vote on the Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Rettig nomination at 5:30 PM.

The Senate adjourned at 5:35 PM.

 

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2018

The Senate will convene at 12:00 PM. Following Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of Cal. #1061, Elad L. Roisman, of Maine, to be a Member of the Securities and Exchange Commission. At approximately 12:15 PM, the Senate will proceed to a vote on confirmation of Cal. #1061, Elad L. Roisman, of Maine, to be a Member of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

At approximately 12:45 PM, Jon Kyl will be sworn in as Senator from the State of Arizona.

The Senate convened and proceeded with Leader remarks.

The Senate proceeded to Executive Session.

Cal. #1061, Elad L. Roisman, of Maine, to be a Member of the Securities and Exchange Commission. Yeas and Nays ordered.  The nomination is confirmed by a vote of 85-14.

The President of the Senate administered the oath of office to Senator Jon Kyl, of Arizona.

Senator McConnell asked Unanimous Consent that the Senate Judiciary Committee meet during today’s session.  Objected to by Senator Schumer.

The Senate proceeded to a period of Morning Business.

The Senate will convene at 12:00 Noon on Thursday, September 6th and will proceed to a period Business.

The Senate adjourned at 1:18 PM.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2018

The Senate will convene at 3:00 PM. Following Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and will resume consideration of Cal. #1061, Elad L. Roisman, of Maine, to be a Member of the Securities and Exchange Commission. At 5:30 PM, the Senate will vote on the Motion to Invoke Cloture on the nomination.

The Senate convened and proceeded with Leader remarks.

The Senate proceeded to Executive Session.

Cal. #1061, Elad L. Roisman, of Maine, to be a Member of the Securities and Exchange Commission. Motion to Invoke Cloture. Yeas and Nays ordered. The motion was agreed to by a vote of 83–14.

The Senate confirmed the following nominations by Voice Vote:
AIR FORCE
Cal. #1069, Maj. Gen. Richard W. Scobee to be Lieutenant General.
ARMY
Cal. #1070, Col. Anthony H. Adrian to be Brigadier General.
Cal. #1071, Maj. Gen. Thomas S. James, Jr. to be Lieutenant General.
Cal. #1072, Maj Gen. James M. Richardson to be Lieutenant General.

As well as all nominations on the Secretary’s Desk in the Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, and Navy.

The Senate proceeded to a Period of Morning Business.

The following bills were considered, en bloc:
H.R. 1109 (To amend section 203 of the Federal Power Act).
S. 186 (Fair Ratepayer Accountability, Transparency, and Efficiency Standards Act).

The Committee reported substitute amendments were agreed to by Unanimous Consent and the bills as amended were passed by Voice Vote, en bloc.

S. 3021 (A bill to designate the United States courthouse located at 300 South Fourth Street in Minneapolis, Minnesota, as the “Diana E. Murphy United States Courthouse). The bill was passed by Unanimous Consent.

H.R. 5772 (To designate the J. Marvin Jones Federal Building and Courthouse in Amarillo, Texas, as the “J. Marvin Jones Federal Building and Mary Lou Robinson United States Courthouse”).

H.R. 5385 (Dr. Benjy Frances Brooks Children’s Hospital GME Support Reauthorization Act of 2018). The bill was passed by Unanimous Consent.

S. Res. 621 (Congratulating the Honolulu Little League Baseball team of Hawaii on winning the Little League World Series). The resolution was agreed to by Unanimous Consent.

S. 994 (Protecting Religiously Affiliated Institutions Act of 2018). The committee reported substitute amendment was agreed to by Unanimous Consent. The bill as amended was passed by Unanimous Consent.

S. 2553 (Know the Lowest Price Act of 2018). The Stabenow amendment was agreed to by Unanimous Consent. The bill as amended was passed by Unanimous Consent.

The Senate will convene at Noon on Wednesday, September 5th, 2018. Following Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of Cal. #1061, Elad L. Roisman, of Maine, to be a Member of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

At approximately 12:15 PM, the Senate will proceed to a vote on confirmation of Cal. #1061, Elad L. Roisman, of Maine, to be a Member of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The Senate adjourned at 7:17 PM.

 

 

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