November 18, 2014 04:53 PM

Series of 5 votes expected to begin at approximately 5:55pm

The series of tonight's votes is now expected to begin closer to 5:55pm.

The time until 5:45pm will be equally divided between Senators Boxer, Landrieu and Hoeven, or their designees. At 5:45pm, Senator Hoeven will be recognized for 2 minutes for closing remarks, then Senator Landrieu will be recognized for 2 minutes, and then Senator Boxer will be recognized for up to 4 minutes. Upon conclusion of Senator Boxer's remarks, the Senate will proceed to vote on passage of S.2280, a bill to approve the Keystone Pipeline.

Approx. 5:53pm-5 roll call votes:

  1. Passage of S.2280, a bill to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline [60-vote threshold];
  2. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #856, Leslie Joyce Abrams, to be U.S. District Judge for the Middle District of Georgia;
  3. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #857, Mark Howard Cohen, to be U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Georgia;
  4. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #858, Eleanor Louise Ross, to be U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Georgia;
* 5 voice votes to confirm ambassadors

* Up to 30 minutes for debate

  1. Motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to S.2685, the USA Freedom Act.

Prior to the 30 minutes for debate, we there will be a series of voice votes to confirm the Basset, Bernicat, Zumwalt, Allen, and Roebuck nominations (to be ambassadors).

5 Voice Votes:

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #927 Leslie Ann Bassett - to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Paraguay;
  2. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #954 Marcia Stephens Bloom Bernicat - to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the People's Republic of Bangladesh;
  3. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #1047 James Peter Zumwalt - to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Senegal and to serve concurrently and without additional compensation as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Guinea-Bissau;
  4. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #1048 Craig B. Allen - to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Brunei Darussalam;
  5. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #1052 William V. Roebuck - to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Kingdom of Bahrain