The Floor

Today is January 23, 2022

The Senate stands adjourned until 3:00pm on January 31, 2022, for full session.

Thursday, January 20, 2022 04:51 PM

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

 

Monday, January 24th at 1:00pm; and

Thursday, January 27th at 10:00am.

 

When the Senate adjourns on Thursday, it will next convene at 3:00pm on Monday, January 31, 2022.

 

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session to resume consideration of Executive Calendar #655 Bridget Meehan Brennan, of Ohio, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Ohio. At 5:30pm, the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Brennan nomination.

 

Monday, January 31st at 5:30pm – 1 roll call vote:

1.      Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #655 Bridget Meehan Brennan, of Ohio, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Ohio

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Thursday, January 20, 2022 04:50 PM

Roll Call Votes

1.      Confirmation of Executive Calendar #635 Holly A. Thomas, of California, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit; confirmed: 48-40.

 

Legislative Business

Adopted S.Res.471 – Alabama Farmers Federation

 

Adopted S.Res.487 – Wisconsin Badgers

 

Adopted S.Res.488 – University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Blugolds

 

Adopted S.Res.497 – NDSU Football

 

Adopted S.Res.482 – 50th Anniversary of ANCSA

 

Agreed to S.Con.Res.28 - Expressing the sense of Congress that September 30 should be observed as a national day of remembrance for the Native American children who died while attending a United States Indian boarding school and recognizing, honoring, and supporting the survivors of Indian boarding schools, their families, and their communities.

 

Executive Business

Confirmed the following nominations:

·       Executive Calendar #638, Joseph Donnelly, of Indiana, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Holy See.

·       All nominations placed on the Secretary’s desk in the Foreign Service

 

Cloture has been filed on the following nominations:

1.      Executive Calendar #655 Bridget Meehan Brennan, of Ohio, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Ohio

2.      Executive Calendar #657 Charles Esque Fleming, of Ohio, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Ohio

3.      Executive Calendar #658 David Augustin Ruiz, of Ohio, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Ohio

4.      Executive Calendar #404 Rupa Ranga Puttagunta, of the District of Columbia, to be Associate Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia for the term of fifteen years

5.      Executive Calendar #406 Kenia Seoane Lopez, of the District of Columbia, to be an Associate Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia for the term of fifteen years

6.      Executive Calendar #410 Sean C. Staples, of the District of Columbia, to be an Associate Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia for the term of fifteen years

7.      Executive Calendar #556 Ebony M. Scott, of the District of Columbia, to be an Associate Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia for the term of fifteen years

8.      Executive Calendar #557 Donald Walker Tunnage, of the District of Columbia, to be an Associate Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia for a term of fifteen years

9.      Executive Calendar #613 John P. Howard III, of the District of Columbia, to be an Associate Judge of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals for the term of fifteen years

10.  Executive Calendar #614 Loren L. AliKhan, of the District of Columbia, to be an Associate Judge of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals for a term of fifteen years

11.  Executive Calendar #644 Amy Gutmann, of Pennsylvania, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Federal Republic of Germany.

12.  Executive Calendar #649 Lisa A. Carty, of Maryland, to be Representative of the United States of America on the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, with the rank of Ambassador.

13.  Executive Calendar #627 Scott A. Nathan, of Massachusetts, to be Chief Executive Officer of the United States International Development Finance Corporation

14.  Executive Calendar #616 Chantale Yokmin Wong, of the District of Columbia, to be United States Director of the Asian Development Bank, with the rank of Ambassador

15.  Executive Calendar #473 Gabriel Camarillo, of Texas, to be Under Secretary of the Army

16.  Executive Calendar #474 Andrew Philip Hunter, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Air Force

17.  Executive Calendar #495 John Patrick Coffey, of New York, to be General Counsel of the Department of the Navy

18.  Executive Calendar #496 Alexandra Baker, of New Jersey, to be a Deputy Under Secretary of Defense

19.  Executive Calendar #673 Reta Jo Lewis, of Georgia, to be President of the Export-Import Bank of the United States for a term expiring January 20, 2025

20.  Executive Calendar #654 Leonard Philip Stark, of Delaware, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Federal Circuit

 

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Thursday, January 20, 2022 01:22 PM

11:57am the Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #635 Holly A. Thomas, of California, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit.


Confirmed: 48-40.

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Schedule for Pro Forma Sessions and Monday, January 31, 2022 Senate Schedule

Thursday, January 20, 2022 04:51 PM

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

 

Monday, January 24th at 1:00pm; and

Thursday, January 27th at 10:00am.

 

When the Senate adjourns on Thursday, it will next convene at 3:00pm on Monday, January 31, 2022.

 

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session to resume consideration of Executive Calendar #655 Bridget Meehan Brennan, of Ohio, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Ohio. At 5:30pm, the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Brennan nomination.

 

Monday, January 31st at 5:30pm – 1 roll call vote:

1.      Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #655 Bridget Meehan Brennan, of Ohio, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Ohio

Wrap Up for Thursday, January 20, 2022 Wrap Up

Thursday, January 20, 2022 04:50 PM

Roll Call Votes

1.      Confirmation of Executive Calendar #635 Holly A. Thomas, of California, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit; confirmed: 48-40.

 

Legislative Business

Adopted S.Res.471 – Alabama Farmers Federation

 

Adopted S.Res.487 – Wisconsin Badgers

 

Adopted S.Res.488 – University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Blugolds

 

Adopted S.Res.497 – NDSU Football

 

Adopted S.Res.482 – 50th Anniversary of ANCSA

 

Agreed to S.Con.Res.28 - Expressing the sense of Congress that September 30 should be observed as a national day of remembrance for the Native American children who died while attending a United States Indian boarding school and recognizing, honoring, and supporting the survivors of Indian boarding schools, their families, and their communities.

 

Executive Business

Confirmed the following nominations:

·       Executive Calendar #638, Joseph Donnelly, of Indiana, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Holy See.

·       All nominations placed on the Secretary’s desk in the Foreign Service

 

Cloture has been filed on the following nominations:

1.      Executive Calendar #655 Bridget Meehan Brennan, of Ohio, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Ohio

2.      Executive Calendar #657 Charles Esque Fleming, of Ohio, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Ohio

3.      Executive Calendar #658 David Augustin Ruiz, of Ohio, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Ohio

4.      Executive Calendar #404 Rupa Ranga Puttagunta, of the District of Columbia, to be Associate Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia for the term of fifteen years

5.      Executive Calendar #406 Kenia Seoane Lopez, of the District of Columbia, to be an Associate Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia for the term of fifteen years

6.      Executive Calendar #410 Sean C. Staples, of the District of Columbia, to be an Associate Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia for the term of fifteen years

7.      Executive Calendar #556 Ebony M. Scott, of the District of Columbia, to be an Associate Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia for the term of fifteen years

8.      Executive Calendar #557 Donald Walker Tunnage, of the District of Columbia, to be an Associate Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia for a term of fifteen years

9.      Executive Calendar #613 John P. Howard III, of the District of Columbia, to be an Associate Judge of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals for the term of fifteen years

10.  Executive Calendar #614 Loren L. AliKhan, of the District of Columbia, to be an Associate Judge of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals for a term of fifteen years

11.  Executive Calendar #644 Amy Gutmann, of Pennsylvania, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Federal Republic of Germany.

12.  Executive Calendar #649 Lisa A. Carty, of Maryland, to be Representative of the United States of America on the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, with the rank of Ambassador.

13.  Executive Calendar #627 Scott A. Nathan, of Massachusetts, to be Chief Executive Officer of the United States International Development Finance Corporation

14.  Executive Calendar #616 Chantale Yokmin Wong, of the District of Columbia, to be United States Director of the Asian Development Bank, with the rank of Ambassador

15.  Executive Calendar #473 Gabriel Camarillo, of Texas, to be Under Secretary of the Army

16.  Executive Calendar #474 Andrew Philip Hunter, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Air Force

17.  Executive Calendar #495 John Patrick Coffey, of New York, to be General Counsel of the Department of the Navy

18.  Executive Calendar #496 Alexandra Baker, of New Jersey, to be a Deputy Under Secretary of Defense

19.  Executive Calendar #673 Reta Jo Lewis, of Georgia, to be President of the Export-Import Bank of the United States for a term expiring January 20, 2025

20.  Executive Calendar #654 Leonard Philip Stark, of Delaware, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Federal Circuit

 

Roll call vote: Confirmation of the Thomas nomination Votes

Thursday, January 20, 2022 01:22 PM

11:57am the Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #635 Holly A. Thomas, of California, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit.


Confirmed: 48-40.

Wrap Up for Wednesday, January 19, 2022 Wrap Up

Thursday, January 20, 2022 12:00 AM

 Roll Call Votes

1.      Motion to invoke cloture on the motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to H.R.5746, the legislative vehicle for Voting Rights legislation; not invoked: 49-51.

2.      Shall the ruling of the Chair stand as the decision of the Senate? re: Schumer point of order; the Ruling stands: 52-48.

 

Legislative Business

By unanimous consent, the House message to accompany H.R.5746 is no longer the pending business.

 

Executive Business

The nomination of PN1520 Arun Venkataraman, of the District of Columbia, to be Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Director General of the United States and Foreign Commercial Service was jointly referred to the Banking and Commerce Committees.

Schedule for Thursday, January 20, 2022 Senate Schedule

Thursday, January 20, 2022 12:00 AM

The Senate stands adjourned until 11:00am on Thursday, January 20, 2022.

 

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business with senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each.

 

At approximately 12:00 noon, we expect a roll call vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #635 Holly A. Thomas, of California, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit.

 

Thursday, January 20th at approx. 12:00 noon – expected roll call vote:

1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #635 Holly A. Thomas, of California, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit.

Roll call vote: Schumer appeal of the Ruling of the Chair with respect to Voting Rights Votes

Wednesday, January 19, 2022 11:59 PM

 10:21pm, the Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on the question: Shall the ruling of the Chair stand as the decision of the Senate? with respect to the Schumer point of order.

Sustained: 52-48.


Roll call vote: Cloture on the motion to concur with respect to Voting Rights Votes

Wednesday, January 19, 2022 11:58 PM

8:37pm the Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to H.R.5746, the legislative vehicle for Voting Rights legislation.


Not invoked: 49-51.

Schedule for Wednesday, January 19, 2022 Senate Schedule

Wednesday, January 19, 2022 10:14 AM

The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Wednesday, January 19, 2022.

 

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the House Message to accompany H.R.5746, the legislative vehicle for the Voting Rights legislation.

 

As a result of cloture having been filed on the motion to concur, the first degree amendment filing deadline is 1:00pm. The second degree amendment filing deadline is 1 hour prior to the cloture vote, if cloture is invoked. Amendments must be germane and timely filed to be in order post cloture.

 

At approximately 6:30pm, the cloture motion on the motion to concur will ripen and the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to concur in the House Message to accompany H.R.5746.

 

Senators should expect additional roll call votes Wednesday night.

 

Wednesday, January 19th at approx. 6:30pm – at least 1 roll call vote:

1.      Motion to invoke cloture on the motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to H.R.5746, the legislative vehicle for Voting Rights legislation

Wrap Up for Tuesday, January 18, 2022 Wrap Up

Wednesday, January 19, 2022 10:13 AM

No Roll Call Votes

 

Legislative Business

Completed the Rule 14 process to place on the Legislative Calendar of Business:

1. S.3452, to ensure that state and local law enforcement may cooperate with Federal officials to protect our communities from violent criminals and suspected terrorists who are illegally present in the United States. (Toomey) 

2. S.3453, to prohibit the payment of certain legal settlements to individuals who unlawfully entered the United States. (Tillis)

3. S.3454, to clarify the rights of Indians and Indian Tribes on Indian lands under the National Labor Relations Act. (Moran)

4. S.3455, to prohibit the implementation of new requirements to report bank account deposits and withdrawals. (Scott (SC))

5. S.3456, to enact the definition of ‘‘waters of the United States’’ into law, and for other purposes. (Capito)

6. S.3457, to codify the scheduling order for fentanyl-related substances by adding fentanyl-related substances to Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act. (Cotton)

7. S.3458, to amend Title 18, United States Code, to provide enhanced penalties for convicted murderers who kill or target America’s public safety officers. (Toomey)

8. S.3459, to prohibit a Federal agency from promulgating any rule or guidance that bans hydraulic fracturing in the United States, and for other purposes. (Cramer)

9. S.3460, to prohibit local educational agencies from obligating certain Federal funds when schools are not providing full time in-person instruction. (Rubio)

10. S.3461, to provide that the rule submitted by the Department of Labor relating to ‘‘COVID–19 Vaccination and Testing; Emergency Temporary Standard’’ shall have no force or effect, and for other purposes. (Braun)

11. S.3462, to require U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to take into custody certain aliens who have been charged in the United States with a crime that resulted in the death or serious bodily injury of another person, and for other purposes. (Ernst)

12. S.3463, to impose sanctions and other measures in response to the failure of the Government of the People’s Republic of China to allow an investigation into the origins of COVID–19 at suspect laboratories in Wuhan. (Rubio)

13. S.3464, to preserve and protect the free choice of individual employees to form, join, or assist labor organizations, or to refrain from such activities. (Paul)

14. S.3465, to clarify the treatment of 2 or more employers as joint employers under the National Labor Relations Act and the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938. (Marshall)

15. S.3466, to prohibit the use of Federal funds for the production of programs by United States companies that alter political content for screening in the People’s Republic of China, and for other purposes. (Cruz)

16. S.3467, to withhold United States contributions to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), and for other purposes. (Risch)

17. S.3468, to provide for a limitation on the removal of the Government of Cuba from the state sponsors of terrorism list. (Risch)

18. S.3469, to establish a review of United States multilateral aid. (Risch)

19. S.3480, to prohibit the use of funds to reduce the nuclear forces of the United States. (Hoeven)

20. S.3488, to counter the aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine and Eastern European allies, to expedite security assistance to Ukraine to bolster Ukraine's defense capabilities, and to impose sanctions relating to the actions of the Russian Federation with respect to Ukraine, and for other purposes. (Menendez)

 

Executive Business

At a time to be determined by the Majority Leader in consultation with the Republican Leader, the Senate will vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #635 Holly A. Thomas, of California, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit.

Schedule for Friday, January 14, 2022 Senate Schedule

Thursday, January 13, 2022 09:56 PM

The Senate stands adjourned to convene for a pro forma session with no business conducted at 11:20am on Friday, January 14, 2022.

 

When the Senate adjourns on Friday, it will next convene at 12:00 Noon on Tuesday, January 18, 2022.

 

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will begin consideration of the House Message to accompany H.R.5746, which is the Legislative Vehicle for the Voting Rights legislation.

 

On Tuesday after the message is laid down, Senator Schumer is expected to make a motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to H.R.5746, with an amendment; and file cloture on the motion.

 

We expect the voting rights cloture vote to occur during Wednesday’s session of the Senate.

 

There will be no roll call votes on Tuesday. However, Senators are encouraged to be here on Tuesday to debate the voting rights legislation. We will have a caucus meeting on Wednesday.

 

The Senate may also consider nominations towards the end of next week.

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