Wrap Up for Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Roll Call Votes
1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #224, David Schenker, of New Jersey, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Near Eastern Affairs); confirmed: 83-11.
2. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #162 Heath P. Tarbert, of Maryland, to be Chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission; confirmed: 84-9.
3. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #163 Heath P. Tarbert, of Maryland, to be a Commissioner of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission; confirmed: 85-9.
4. Cloture on Executive Calendar #198, Susan Combs, of Texas, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Interior; invoked: 56-37.
5. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #198, Susan Combs, of Texas, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Interior; confirmed: 57-36.
6. Cloture on Executive Calendar #39, Ryan T. Holte, of Ohio, to be a Judge of the US Court of Federal Claims; invoked: 60-33.
7. Cloture on Executive Calendar #40, Rossie David Alston, Jr., of Virginia, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia; invoked: 74-19.
8. Cloture on Executive Calendar #56, Richard A. Hertling, of Maryland, to be a Judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims; invoked: 66-23.
Began the Rule 14 process to place on the Legislative Calendar of Business H.R.6, American Dream and Promise Act.
Agreed to S.Con.Res.15 – expressing support for the designation of October 28, 2019, as “Honoring the Nation’s First Responders Day.”
Passed S.1289 – Measuring the Economic Impact of Broadband Act.
Passed S.1749 – Protecting Affordable Mortgages for Veterans Act.
Adopted S.Res.174 – National Fishing and Boating Week.
Adopted S.Res.221 – recognizing the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre and condemning the intensifying repression and human rights violations by the Chinese Communist Party and the use of surveillance by Chinese authorities.
Adopted S.Res.237 – supporting the mission and goals of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week in 2019.
Adopted S.Res.238 – designating the week of June 3 through June 9, 2019, as “Hemp History Week”.
Adopted S.Res.239 – designating June 2019 as “Great Outdoors Month”.
The Senate has reached agreements with respect to two Paul joint resolutions of disapproval regarding proposed arms sales, S. J. Res. 20 (Bahrain) and S. J. Res. 26 (Qatar).
The Senate reached an agreement that is in order that Senator Paul, or his designee, to be recognized at a time to be determined by the Majority Leader in consultation with the Democratic Leader, but no later than June 14th, to make a motion to discharge such resolution. Further, that there be up to an hour of debate on each motion equally divided between the proponents and the opponents with 7 minutes reserved for both the Chairman and Ranking Member respectively, prior to each vote; and that following the use or yielding back of that time the Senate vote in relation to the motion to discharge. Further, that if either motion to discharge is agreed to, the Joint Resolution be eligible for the expedited procedures under the Arms Export Control Act. We expect consideration of these on Thursday.
· S. J. Res. 20, A joint resolution relating to the disapproval of the proposed sale to the Government of Bahrain of certain defense articles and services
· S. J. Res. 26, A joint resolution relating to the disapproval of the proposed sale to the Government of Qatar of certain defense articles and services
Confirmed Executive Calendar #252 – Lt. Gen. David H. Berger to be General.
As a reminder, at a time to be determined by the Majority Leader in consultation with the Democratic Leader, the Senate will vote on Executive Calendar #122, Rita Baranwal, of Pennsylvania, to be an Assistant Secretary of Energy (Nuclear Energy). That vote is expected to occur next week.