The Floor

Today is August 19, 2019

The Senate will next convene for full session at 3:00pm on Monday, September 9, 2019.

Thursday, August 1, 2019 03:36 PM

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

 

Friday, August 2nd at 1:00pm

Tuesday, August 6th at 9:00am

Friday, August 9th at 9:00am

Tuesday, August 13th at 12:30pm

Friday, August 16th at 3:00pm (committees authorized to report legislative and executive matters from 1:00-3:00pm)

Tuesday, August 20th at 9:00am

Friday, August 23rd at 9:15am

Tuesday, August 27th at 10:00am

Friday, August 30th at 5:00pm

Tuesday, September 3rd at 1:00pm

Friday, September 6th at 8:30am

 

When the Senate adjourns on Friday, September 6th, it will next convene at 3:00pm, Monday, September 9th. Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #403, Kelly Craft, of Kentucky, to be Representative of the United States to the UN General Assembly.

 

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

 

During today’s session, Senator McConnell filed cloture on the following nominations:

1. Executive Calendar #403, Kelly Craft, of Kentucky, to be Representative of the United States to the UN General Assembly.

2. Executive Calendar #5, Elizabeth Darling, of Texas, to be Commissioner on Children, Youth, and Families, Department of Health and Human Services.

3. Executive Calendar #174, Stephen Akard, of Indiana, to be Director of the Office of Foreign Missions, with the rank of Ambassador.

4. Executive Calendar #246, Dale Cabaniss, of Virginia, to be Director of the Office of Personnel Management.

5. Executive Calendar #294, James Byrne, of Virginia, to be Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

6. Executive Calendar #333, Michelle Bowman, of Kansas, to be a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.

7. Executive Calendar #335, Thomas Feddo, of Virginia, to be Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Investment Security.

8. Executive Calendar #407, Jennifer Nordquist, of Virginia, to be United States Executive Director of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

 

As a reminder, at a time to be determined by the Majority Leader in consultation with the Democratic Leader, the Senate will vote on confirmation of following nominations:

1.       Executive Calendar #233, Stephanie L. Haines, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania;

2.       Executive Calendar #326, Ada E. Brown, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Texas;

3.       Executive Calendar #352, Steven C. Seeger, of Illinois, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois;

4.       Executive Calendar #344, Mary S. McElroy, of Rhode Island, to be United States District Judge for the District of Rhode Island;

5.       Executive Calendar #346, Stephanie A. Gallagher, of Maryland, to be United States District Judge for the District of Maryland.

 

5:30pm, Monday September 9th – 1 roll call vote:

1. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #403, Kelly Craft, of Kentucky, to be Representative of the United States to the UN General Assembly.

 

During Thursday’s session, the Senate reached an agreement for the consideration of Calendar #102, S. 1340, Ebola Eradication Act of 2019. At time to be determined by the Majority Leader in consultation with the Democratic Leader, no later than Thursday September 26th, the Senate will proceed to the consideration of the bill. The only amendment in order is Lee amendment #935. There will be up to 2 hours of debate equally divided between the two leaders or their designees followed by a vote on adoption of the Lee Amendment with a 60 vote affirmative threshold for adoption. The Committee-reported amendment, as amended, if amended, will be agreed to. The Senate will then vote on passage of the bill, as amended. Another message will be sent when the votes are scheduled.

 

TBD in September—2 roll call votes

1. Lee amendment #935 (re: to modify the authorization of assistance) (60-vote threshold for adoption)

2. Passage of S. 1340, Ebola Eradication Act of 2019

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Thursday, August 1, 2019 03:37 PM

Roll Call Votes

1.       Paul amendment #932 (re: Cut, Cap, and Balance budget) [60-vote threshold for adoption]; not agreed to: 23-70.

2.       Motion to invoke cloture on H.R.3877, Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019; invoked: 67-27.

3.       Passage of H.R.3877, Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019; passed: 67-28.

 

Legislative Business

Passed Calendar #54, S. 862, Rebuilding Small Businesses After Disasters Act, w/ Kennedy amdts

 

Passed Calendar #44, S.394, Presidential Transition Enhancement Act

 

Passed the following Judiciary bills by voice vote:

H.R.3311, Small Business Reorganization

H.R.2336, Family Farmer Relief Act

H.R.2938, HAVEN Act

H.R.3304, National Guard and Reservists Debt Relief Extension Act

 

By voice vote, adopted S.Res.304, designating September as “National Workforce Development Month.”

 

Adopted S.Res.305, designating the week of September 14 through September 21, 2019, as ‘‘National Estuaries Week’’.

 

Executive Business

The Senate confirmed the following nominations:

 

NAVY

PN 962 / Exec. Cal. #421- Vice Adm. Michael M. Gilday for appointment as Chief of Naval Operations

 

THE JUDICIARY

Exec. Cal. #57 - M. Miller Baker, of Louisiana, to be a Judge of the United States Court of International Trade

Exec. Cal. #58 - Timothy M. Reif, of the District of Columbia, to be a Judge of the United States Court of International Trade

 

UNITED STATES INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION

Exec. Cal. #296 - Randolph J. Stayin, of Virginia, to be a Member of the United States International Trade Commission for a term expiring June 16, 2026

Exec. Cal. #297 - Amy Karpel, of Washington, to be a Member of the United States International Trade Commission for a term expiring June 16, 2023

 

LEGAL SERVICES CORPORATION

PN 892 - Matthew Keenan, of Kansas, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation for a term expiring July 13, 2020

PN 492 - Julie Reiskin, of Colorado, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation for a term expiring July 13, 2019 (Reappointment)

PN 154 - Robert J. Grey, Jr., of Virginia, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation for a term expiring July 13, 2020 (Reappointment)

PN 159 - Abigail L. Kuzma, of Indiana, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation for a term expiring July 13, 2019

PN 160 - Abigail L. Kuzma, of Indiana, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation for a term expiring July 13, 2022 (Reappointment)

PN 161 - John G. Levi, of Illinois, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation for a term expiring July 13, 2020 (Reappointment)

PN 163 - John G. Malcolm, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation for a term expiring July 13, 2020

PN 164 - Frank X. Neuner, Jr., of Louisiana, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation for a term expiring July 13, 2019

PN 165 - Frank X. Neuner, Jr., of Louisiana, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation for a term expiring July 13, 2022 (Reappointment)

PN 167 - Gloria Valencia-Weber, of New Mexico, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation for a term expiring July 13, 2020 (Reappointment)

 

UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE

Exec. Cal. #241 - Ron A. Bloom, of New York, to be a Governor of the United States Postal Service for a term expiring December 8, 2020

Exec. Cal. #242 - Roman Martinez IV, of Florida, to be a Governor of the United States Postal Service for a term expiring December 8, 2024

Exec. Cal. #338 - John McLeod Barger, of California, to be a Governor of the United States Postal Service for a term expiring December 8, 2021

 

UNITED STATES POSTAL REGULATORY COMMISSION

Exec. Cal. #391 - Ann C. Fisher, of the District of Columbia, to be a Commissioner of the Postal Regulatory Commission for a term expiring October 14, 2024

Exec. Cal. #392 - Ashley Jay Elizabeth Poling, of North Carolina, to be a Commissioner of the Postal Regulatory Commission for a term expiring November 22, 2024

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

Exec. Cal. #80 - Mark Schultz, of Nebraska, to be Commissioner of the Rehabilitation Services Administration

 

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION

Exec. Cal. #413 - Sharon Fast Gustafson, of Virginia, to be General Counsel of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for a term of four years

Exec. Cal. #414 – Charlotte A. Burrows, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for a term expiring July 1, 2023

 

NATIONAL FOUNDATION ON THE ARTS AND THE HUMANITIES

Exec. Cal. #68 - Kathe Hicks Albrecht, of California, to be a Member of the National Council on the Humanities for a term expiring January 26, 2024.

Exec. Cal. #70 - Keegan F. Callanan, of Vermont, to be a Member of the National Council on the Humanities for a term expiring January 26, 2024.

Exec. Cal. #71 - David Armand DeKeyser, of Alabama, to be a Member of the National Council on the Humanities for a term expiring January 26.

Exec. Cal. #72 - Kim R. Holmes, of Virginia, to be a Member of the National Council on the Humanities for a term expiring January 26, 2022.

Exec. Cal. #75 - Phyllis Kaminsky, of Arizona, to be a Member of the National Council on the Humanities for a term expiring January 26, 2020.

Exec. Cal. #79 - Jean M. Yarbrough, of Maine, to be a Member of the National Council on the Humanities for a term expiring January 26, 2022.

PN 10 - Marjorie Fisher Furman, of Michigan, to be a Member of the National Council on the Humanities for a term expiring January 26, 2022.

PN 7 - Russell A. Berman, of California, to be a Member of the National Council on the Humanities for a term expiring January 26, 2020.

PN 8 - William English, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the National Council on the Humanities for a term expiring January 26, 2024.

PN 9 - John Fonte, of Virginia, to be a Member of the National Council on the Humanities for a term expiring January 26, 2020.

PN 11 - Claire Griffin, of Washington, to be a Member of the National Council on the Humanities for a term expiring January 26, 2022.

PN 13 - Adair Margo, of Texas, to be a Member of the National Council on the Humanities for a term expiring January 26, 2022.

PN 14 - Matthew Rose, of Iowa, to be a Member of the National Council on the Humanities for a term expiring January 26, 2024.

PN 16 - Noel Valis, of Connecticut, to be a Member of the National Council on the Humanities for a term expiring January 26, 2020.

PN 15 - William Schneider, Jr., of Colorado, to be a Member of the National Council on the Humanities for a term expiring January 26, 2020.

PN 12 - Joyce Malcolm, of Virginia, to be a Member of the National Council on the Humanities for a term expiring January 26, 2020. 

PN 172 – Mary Anne Carter, of Tennessee, to be Chairperson of the National Endowment for the Arts for a term of four years

 

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

Exec. Cal. #366 - Wilmer Ocasio, of Puerto Rico, to be United States Marshal for the District of Puerto Rico for the term of four years

 

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Exec. Cal. #114 - Thomas McCaffery, of California, to be an Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs

 

EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT

Exec. Cal. #245 - Michael Eric Wooten, of Virginia, to be Administrator for Federal Procurement Policy

 

COMMERCE

PN 21 - Jennifer L. Homendy, of Virginia, to be a Member of the National Transportation Safety Board for a term expiring December 31, 2024.

PN 563 - Michael J.K. Kratsios, of South Carolina, to be an Associate Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy.

PN 963 - Robert L. Sumwalt III, of South Carolina, to be Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board for a term of three years. (Reappointment)

 

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Exec. Cal. #373 - Mark Lee Greenblatt, of Maryland, to be Inspector General, Department of the Interior.

 

THE JUDICIARY

Exec. Cal. #243 - James A. Crowell IV, 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.

Exec. Cal. #244 - Jason Park, 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.

Exec. Cal. #388 - Rainey R. Brandt, 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.

Exec. Cal. #389 - Shana Frost Matini, 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.

 

UNITED STATES TAX COURT

Exec. Cal. #293 - Emin Toro, of Virginia, to be a Judge of the United States Tax Court for a term of fifteen years

 

UNITED STATES TAX COURT

Exec. Cal. #158 - Courtney Dunbar Jones, of Virginia, to be a Judge of the United States Tax Court for a term of fifteen years

 

DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY

Exec. Cal. #7 - Michael Faulkender, of Maryland, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury

 

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Exec. Cal. #115 - Lisa M. Schenck, of Virginia, to be a Judge of the United States Court of Military Commission Review

 

DEPARTMENT OF STATE

Exec. Cal. #178 - Kenneth S. George, of Texas, to be Ambassador of the United States of America to the Oriental Republic of Uruguay

Exec. Cal. #181 - W. Patrick Murphy, of Vermont, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador of the United States of America to the Kingdom of Cambodia

Exec. Cal. #395 - Richard K. Bell, of Pennsylvania, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Counselor, to be Ambassador of the United States of America to the Republic of Cote d'Ivoire

Exec. Cal. #397 - Jonathan R. Cohen, of California, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador of the United States of America to the Arab Republic of Egypt

Exec. Cal. #400 - Christopher Landau, of Maryland, to be Ambassador of the United States of America to the United Mexican States

Exec. Cal. #401 - Richard B. Norland, of Iowa, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador of the United States of America to Libya

Exec. Cal. #404 - Philip S. Goldberg, of the District of Columbia, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Career Ambassador, to be Ambassador of the United States of America to the Republic of Colombia

Exec. Cal. #405 - Jessica E. Lapenn, of New York, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Representative of the United States of America to the African Union, with the rank and status of Ambassador

Exec. Cal. #406 - Mary Beth Leonard, of Massachusetts, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador of the United States of America to the Federal Republic of Nigeria

 

INTER-AMERICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK

Exec. Cal. #361 - Eliot Pedrosa, of Florida, to be United States Executive Director of the Inter-American Development Bank for a term of three years

TENNESSEE VALLEY AUTHORITY

Exec. Cal. #337 - William B. Kilbride, of Tennessee, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority for a term expiring May 18, 2023

 

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Thursday, August 1, 2019 11:57 AM

11:53am the Senate began a 10 minute roll call vote on passage of H.R.3877, Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019.

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Wrap Up for Thursday, August 1, 2019 Wrap Up

Thursday, August 1, 2019 03:37 PM

Roll Call Votes

1.       Paul amendment #932 (re: Cut, Cap, and Balance budget) [60-vote threshold for adoption]; not agreed to: 23-70.

2.       Motion to invoke cloture on H.R.3877, Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019; invoked: 67-27.

3.       Passage of H.R.3877, Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019; passed: 67-28.

 

Legislative Business

Passed Calendar #54, S. 862, Rebuilding Small Businesses After Disasters Act, w/ Kennedy amdts

 

Passed Calendar #44, S.394, Presidential Transition Enhancement Act

 

Passed the following Judiciary bills by voice vote:

H.R.3311, Small Business Reorganization

H.R.2336, Family Farmer Relief Act

H.R.2938, HAVEN Act

H.R.3304, National Guard and Reservists Debt Relief Extension Act

 

By voice vote, adopted S.Res.304, designating September as “National Workforce Development Month.”

 

Adopted S.Res.305, designating the week of September 14 through September 21, 2019, as ‘‘National Estuaries Week’’.

 

Executive Business

The Senate confirmed the following nominations:

 

NAVY

PN 962 / Exec. Cal. #421- Vice Adm. Michael M. Gilday for appointment as Chief of Naval Operations

 

THE JUDICIARY

Exec. Cal. #57 - M. Miller Baker, of Louisiana, to be a Judge of the United States Court of International Trade

Exec. Cal. #58 - Timothy M. Reif, of the District of Columbia, to be a Judge of the United States Court of International Trade

 

UNITED STATES INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION

Exec. Cal. #296 - Randolph J. Stayin, of Virginia, to be a Member of the United States International Trade Commission for a term expiring June 16, 2026

Exec. Cal. #297 - Amy Karpel, of Washington, to be a Member of the United States International Trade Commission for a term expiring June 16, 2023

 

LEGAL SERVICES CORPORATION

PN 892 - Matthew Keenan, of Kansas, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation for a term expiring July 13, 2020

PN 492 - Julie Reiskin, of Colorado, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation for a term expiring July 13, 2019 (Reappointment)

PN 154 - Robert J. Grey, Jr., of Virginia, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation for a term expiring July 13, 2020 (Reappointment)

PN 159 - Abigail L. Kuzma, of Indiana, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation for a term expiring July 13, 2019

PN 160 - Abigail L. Kuzma, of Indiana, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation for a term expiring July 13, 2022 (Reappointment)

PN 161 - John G. Levi, of Illinois, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation for a term expiring July 13, 2020 (Reappointment)

PN 163 - John G. Malcolm, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation for a term expiring July 13, 2020

PN 164 - Frank X. Neuner, Jr., of Louisiana, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation for a term expiring July 13, 2019

PN 165 - Frank X. Neuner, Jr., of Louisiana, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation for a term expiring July 13, 2022 (Reappointment)

PN 167 - Gloria Valencia-Weber, of New Mexico, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation for a term expiring July 13, 2020 (Reappointment)

 

UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE

Exec. Cal. #241 - Ron A. Bloom, of New York, to be a Governor of the United States Postal Service for a term expiring December 8, 2020

Exec. Cal. #242 - Roman Martinez IV, of Florida, to be a Governor of the United States Postal Service for a term expiring December 8, 2024

Exec. Cal. #338 - John McLeod Barger, of California, to be a Governor of the United States Postal Service for a term expiring December 8, 2021

 

UNITED STATES POSTAL REGULATORY COMMISSION

Exec. Cal. #391 - Ann C. Fisher, of the District of Columbia, to be a Commissioner of the Postal Regulatory Commission for a term expiring October 14, 2024

Exec. Cal. #392 - Ashley Jay Elizabeth Poling, of North Carolina, to be a Commissioner of the Postal Regulatory Commission for a term expiring November 22, 2024

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

Exec. Cal. #80 - Mark Schultz, of Nebraska, to be Commissioner of the Rehabilitation Services Administration

 

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION

Exec. Cal. #413 - Sharon Fast Gustafson, of Virginia, to be General Counsel of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for a term of four years

Exec. Cal. #414 – Charlotte A. Burrows, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for a term expiring July 1, 2023

 

NATIONAL FOUNDATION ON THE ARTS AND THE HUMANITIES

Exec. Cal. #68 - Kathe Hicks Albrecht, of California, to be a Member of the National Council on the Humanities for a term expiring January 26, 2024.

Exec. Cal. #70 - Keegan F. Callanan, of Vermont, to be a Member of the National Council on the Humanities for a term expiring January 26, 2024.

Exec. Cal. #71 - David Armand DeKeyser, of Alabama, to be a Member of the National Council on the Humanities for a term expiring January 26.

Exec. Cal. #72 - Kim R. Holmes, of Virginia, to be a Member of the National Council on the Humanities for a term expiring January 26, 2022.

Exec. Cal. #75 - Phyllis Kaminsky, of Arizona, to be a Member of the National Council on the Humanities for a term expiring January 26, 2020.

Exec. Cal. #79 - Jean M. Yarbrough, of Maine, to be a Member of the National Council on the Humanities for a term expiring January 26, 2022.

PN 10 - Marjorie Fisher Furman, of Michigan, to be a Member of the National Council on the Humanities for a term expiring January 26, 2022.

PN 7 - Russell A. Berman, of California, to be a Member of the National Council on the Humanities for a term expiring January 26, 2020.

PN 8 - William English, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the National Council on the Humanities for a term expiring January 26, 2024.

PN 9 - John Fonte, of Virginia, to be a Member of the National Council on the Humanities for a term expiring January 26, 2020.

PN 11 - Claire Griffin, of Washington, to be a Member of the National Council on the Humanities for a term expiring January 26, 2022.

PN 13 - Adair Margo, of Texas, to be a Member of the National Council on the Humanities for a term expiring January 26, 2022.

PN 14 - Matthew Rose, of Iowa, to be a Member of the National Council on the Humanities for a term expiring January 26, 2024.

PN 16 - Noel Valis, of Connecticut, to be a Member of the National Council on the Humanities for a term expiring January 26, 2020.

PN 15 - William Schneider, Jr., of Colorado, to be a Member of the National Council on the Humanities for a term expiring January 26, 2020.

PN 12 - Joyce Malcolm, of Virginia, to be a Member of the National Council on the Humanities for a term expiring January 26, 2020. 

PN 172 – Mary Anne Carter, of Tennessee, to be Chairperson of the National Endowment for the Arts for a term of four years

 

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

Exec. Cal. #366 - Wilmer Ocasio, of Puerto Rico, to be United States Marshal for the District of Puerto Rico for the term of four years

 

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Exec. Cal. #114 - Thomas McCaffery, of California, to be an Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs

 

EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT

Exec. Cal. #245 - Michael Eric Wooten, of Virginia, to be Administrator for Federal Procurement Policy

 

COMMERCE

PN 21 - Jennifer L. Homendy, of Virginia, to be a Member of the National Transportation Safety Board for a term expiring December 31, 2024.

PN 563 - Michael J.K. Kratsios, of South Carolina, to be an Associate Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy.

PN 963 - Robert L. Sumwalt III, of South Carolina, to be Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board for a term of three years. (Reappointment)

 

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Exec. Cal. #373 - Mark Lee Greenblatt, of Maryland, to be Inspector General, Department of the Interior.

 

THE JUDICIARY

Exec. Cal. #243 - James A. Crowell IV, 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.

Exec. Cal. #244 - Jason Park, 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.

Exec. Cal. #388 - Rainey R. Brandt, 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.

Exec. Cal. #389 - Shana Frost Matini, 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.

 

UNITED STATES TAX COURT

Exec. Cal. #293 - Emin Toro, of Virginia, to be a Judge of the United States Tax Court for a term of fifteen years

 

UNITED STATES TAX COURT

Exec. Cal. #158 - Courtney Dunbar Jones, of Virginia, to be a Judge of the United States Tax Court for a term of fifteen years

 

DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY

Exec. Cal. #7 - Michael Faulkender, of Maryland, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury

 

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Exec. Cal. #115 - Lisa M. Schenck, of Virginia, to be a Judge of the United States Court of Military Commission Review

 

DEPARTMENT OF STATE

Exec. Cal. #178 - Kenneth S. George, of Texas, to be Ambassador of the United States of America to the Oriental Republic of Uruguay

Exec. Cal. #181 - W. Patrick Murphy, of Vermont, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador of the United States of America to the Kingdom of Cambodia

Exec. Cal. #395 - Richard K. Bell, of Pennsylvania, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Counselor, to be Ambassador of the United States of America to the Republic of Cote d'Ivoire

Exec. Cal. #397 - Jonathan R. Cohen, of California, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador of the United States of America to the Arab Republic of Egypt

Exec. Cal. #400 - Christopher Landau, of Maryland, to be Ambassador of the United States of America to the United Mexican States

Exec. Cal. #401 - Richard B. Norland, of Iowa, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador of the United States of America to Libya

Exec. Cal. #404 - Philip S. Goldberg, of the District of Columbia, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Career Ambassador, to be Ambassador of the United States of America to the Republic of Colombia

Exec. Cal. #405 - Jessica E. Lapenn, of New York, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Representative of the United States of America to the African Union, with the rank and status of Ambassador

Exec. Cal. #406 - Mary Beth Leonard, of Massachusetts, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador of the United States of America to the Federal Republic of Nigeria

 

INTER-AMERICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK

Exec. Cal. #361 - Eliot Pedrosa, of Florida, to be United States Executive Director of the Inter-American Development Bank for a term of three years

TENNESSEE VALLEY AUTHORITY

Exec. Cal. #337 - William B. Kilbride, of Tennessee, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority for a term expiring May 18, 2023

 

Schedule for August and September pro forma sessions, and Monday, September 9, 2019 Senate Schedule

Thursday, August 1, 2019 03:36 PM

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

 

Friday, August 2nd at 1:00pm

Tuesday, August 6th at 9:00am

Friday, August 9th at 9:00am

Tuesday, August 13th at 12:30pm

Friday, August 16th at 3:00pm (committees authorized to report legislative and executive matters from 1:00-3:00pm)

Tuesday, August 20th at 9:00am

Friday, August 23rd at 9:15am

Tuesday, August 27th at 10:00am

Friday, August 30th at 5:00pm

Tuesday, September 3rd at 1:00pm

Friday, September 6th at 8:30am

 

When the Senate adjourns on Friday, September 6th, it will next convene at 3:00pm, Monday, September 9th. Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #403, Kelly Craft, of Kentucky, to be Representative of the United States to the UN General Assembly.

 

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

 

During today’s session, Senator McConnell filed cloture on the following nominations:

1. Executive Calendar #403, Kelly Craft, of Kentucky, to be Representative of the United States to the UN General Assembly.

2. Executive Calendar #5, Elizabeth Darling, of Texas, to be Commissioner on Children, Youth, and Families, Department of Health and Human Services.

3. Executive Calendar #174, Stephen Akard, of Indiana, to be Director of the Office of Foreign Missions, with the rank of Ambassador.

4. Executive Calendar #246, Dale Cabaniss, of Virginia, to be Director of the Office of Personnel Management.

5. Executive Calendar #294, James Byrne, of Virginia, to be Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

6. Executive Calendar #333, Michelle Bowman, of Kansas, to be a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.

7. Executive Calendar #335, Thomas Feddo, of Virginia, to be Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Investment Security.

8. Executive Calendar #407, Jennifer Nordquist, of Virginia, to be United States Executive Director of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

 

As a reminder, at a time to be determined by the Majority Leader in consultation with the Democratic Leader, the Senate will vote on confirmation of following nominations:

1.       Executive Calendar #233, Stephanie L. Haines, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania;

2.       Executive Calendar #326, Ada E. Brown, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Texas;

3.       Executive Calendar #352, Steven C. Seeger, of Illinois, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois;

4.       Executive Calendar #344, Mary S. McElroy, of Rhode Island, to be United States District Judge for the District of Rhode Island;

5.       Executive Calendar #346, Stephanie A. Gallagher, of Maryland, to be United States District Judge for the District of Maryland.

 

5:30pm, Monday September 9th – 1 roll call vote:

1. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #403, Kelly Craft, of Kentucky, to be Representative of the United States to the UN General Assembly.

 

During Thursday’s session, the Senate reached an agreement for the consideration of Calendar #102, S. 1340, Ebola Eradication Act of 2019. At time to be determined by the Majority Leader in consultation with the Democratic Leader, no later than Thursday September 26th, the Senate will proceed to the consideration of the bill. The only amendment in order is Lee amendment #935. There will be up to 2 hours of debate equally divided between the two leaders or their designees followed by a vote on adoption of the Lee Amendment with a 60 vote affirmative threshold for adoption. The Committee-reported amendment, as amended, if amended, will be agreed to. The Senate will then vote on passage of the bill, as amended. Another message will be sent when the votes are scheduled.

 

TBD in September—2 roll call votes

1. Lee amendment #935 (re: to modify the authorization of assistance) (60-vote threshold for adoption)

2. Passage of S. 1340, Ebola Eradication Act of 2019

Roll call vote: Passage of H.R.3877, Bipartisan Budget Act. Votes

Thursday, August 1, 2019 11:57 AM

11:53am the Senate began a 10 minute roll call vote on passage of H.R.3877, Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019.

Roll Call Vote: Motion to invoke cloture on H.R.3877, Budget Votes

Thursday, August 1, 2019 11:57 AM

11:37am The Senate began a 10 minute roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on H.R.3877, Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019.

Invoke: 67-27.

 

Next, 10 minute vote:

1.       Passage of H.R.3877, Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019

Roll Call Vote: Adoption of Paul Amendment Votes

Thursday, August 1, 2019 11:38 AM

11:01am The Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on adoption of Paul amendment #932 (re: Cut, Cap, and Balance budget) [60-vote threshold for adoption] to H.R.3877, Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019. We do not expect anyone to raise a point of order against the bill.


Not agreed to: 23-70.

 

Next:

1.       Motion to invoke cloture on H.R.3877;

2.       Passage of H.R.3877, as amended, if amended.

Wrap Up for Wednesday, July 31, 2019 Wrap Up

Wednesday, July 31, 2019 06:34 PM

Roll Call Votes

1.       Confirmation of Executive Calendar #205, Mark T. Pittman, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Texas; confirmed: 54-36.

2.       Confirmation of Executive Calendar #231, Jeffrey Vincent Brown, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Texas; confirmed: 50-40.

3.       Confirmation of Executive Calendar #232, Brantley Starr, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Northern Distict of Texas; confirmed: 51-39.

4.       Confirmation of Executive Calendar #345, Jason K. Pulliam, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Texas; confirmed: 54-36.

5.       Confirmation of Executive Calendar #350, Martha Maria Pacold, of Illinois, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois; confirmed: 87-3.

6.       Confirmation of Executive Calendar #364, William Shaw Stickman IV, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania; confirmed: 56-34.

7.       Confirmation of Executive Calendar #402, Kelly Craft, of Kentucky, to be the Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations; confirmed: 56-34.

 

Legislative Business

Passed H.R.639: to amend section 327 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act to clarify that National Urban Search and Rescue Response System task forces may include Federal employees.

 

Passed H.R. 3245: Restore the Harmony Way Bridge Act.

 

Passed S.2052: to authorize the honorary promotion of Colonel Charles E. McGee to brigadier general in the United States Air Force, w/ Van Hollen amendment.

 

Agreed to H.Con.Res.53: authorizing the use of Emancipation Hall for an event to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first African slaves to the territory that would become the United States.

 

Adopted S.Res.263: honoring the 100th anniversary of The American Legion.

 

Adopted S.Res.294: designating August 16, 2019, as “National Airborne Day”.

 

By voice vote, adopted S.Res.295: designating the month of September 2019 as “Campus Fire Safety Month”.

 

Adopted S.Res.285: designating September 2019 as “School Bus Safety Month”.

 

By voice vote, adopted S.Res.300: supporting the goals and ideals of National Public Health Week.

 

Adopted S.Res.301: honoring the 50th anniversary of the return of the Indiana Rangers.

 

Adopted S.Res.302: designating September as “National Child Awareness Month”.

 

By voice vote, adopted S.Con.Res.24: recognizing the 50th anniversary of the Food and Nutrition Service of the Department of Agriculture.

 

Passed Calendar #127, H.R.1079: to require the Director of the Office of Management and Budget to issue guidance on electronic consent forms, and for other purposes.

 

By voice vote, passed H.R.776: to amend the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize the Emergency Medical Services for Children program.

 

Executive Business

The Senate confirmed the following nominations by voice vote:

1.       Executive Calendar #48, Karin J. Immergut, of Oregon, to be U.S. District Judge for the District of Oregon.

2.       Executive Calendar #55, John Milton Younge, of Pennsylvania, to be U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

3.       Executive Calendar #351, Mary M. Rowland, of Illinois, to be U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois.

 

The Senate confirmed the following nominations:

 

COAST GUARD

Executive Calendar #370 - the following to be Rear Admiral:

Rear Adm. (lh) Melvin W. Bouboulis  

Rear Adm. (lh) Donna L. Cottrell  

Rear Adm. (lh) Michael J. Johnston  

Rear Adm. (lh) Eric C. Jones  

Rear Adm. (lh) Michael P. Ryan

 

Executive Calendar #393 - Rear Adm. Todd C. Wiemers to be Rear Admiral (Lower Half)

 

AIR FORCE

Executive Calendar #376 – Maj. Gen. Mary F. O'Brien to be Lieutenant General

 

ARMY

Executive Calendar #377 – Lt. Gen. Bryan P. Fenton to be Lieutenant General

Executive Calendar #378 – Maj. Gen. Ronald J. Place to be Lieutenant General

Executive Calendar #379 - Col. Robert T. Wooldridge, II to be Brigadier General

 

MARINE CORPS

Executive Calendar #380 – Maj. Gen. David G. Bellon to be Lieutenant General

 

And all nominations on the Secretary's Desk in the AIR FORCE, ARMY, MARINE CORPS, and NAVY.

 

FOREIGN SERVICE

Executive Calendar #408 - The following-named Career Members of the Senior Foreign Service of the United States Agency for International Development for promotion within the Senior Foreign Service of the United States of America, Class of Career Minister:

Jennifer M. Adams  

Jeffrey N. Bakken  

Susan F. Fine  

Susan Kosinski Fritz  

Lawrence Hardy, II  

Sarah-Ann Lynch

Executive Calendar #409 - The following-named Career Member of the Foreign Service of the United States Agency for Global Media, Broadcasting Board of Governors, for promotion into the Senior Foreign Service to the class indicated:Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Counselor, and a Consular Officer and a Secretary in the Diplomatic Service of the United States of America:

William S. Martin

 

Executive Calendar #410 - The following-named Career Member of the Foreign Service of the United States Agency for International Development, Office of Inspector General, for promotion within the Senior Foreign Service of the United States of America, Class of Minister-Counselor:

Christine Byrne  

Robert Mason

 

Executive Calendar #412 - The following-named Career Members of the Senior Foreign Service of the United States Department of Agriculture for promotion within the Senior Foreign Service of the United States of America, Class of Career Minister:

James J. Higgiston  

Bobby G. Richey, Jr.

 

And all nominations on the Secretary's Desk in the Foreign Service.

 

 

At a time to be determined by the Majority Leader in consultation with the Democratic Leader, the Senate will vote on confirmation of following nominations:

1.       Executive Calendar #233, Stephanie L. Haines, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania;

2.       Executive Calendar #326, Ada E. Brown, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Texas;

3.       Executive Calendar #352, Steven C. Seeger, of Illinois, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois;

4.       Executive Calendar #344, Mary S. McElroy, of Rhode Island, to be United States District Judge for the District of Rhode Island;

5.       Executive Calendar #346, Stephanie A. Gallagher, of Maryland, to be United States District Judge for the District of Maryland.

These votes are not expected until after the August state work period.

Schedule for Thursday, August 1, 2019 Senate Schedule

Wednesday, July 31, 2019 06:34 PM

The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Thursday, August 1, 2019.

 

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R.3877, Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019. There will be up to 2 hours of debate, equally divided between the Leaders or their designees, followed by votes in relation to the following:

 

1.       Paul amendment #932 (re: Cut, Cap, and Balance budget) [60-vote threshold for adoption];

2.       Motion to invoke cloture on H.R.3877;

3.       Motion to waive the budget act (if a point of order is raised);

4.       Passage of H.R.3877, as amended, if amended.

 

Roll call votes are expected to begin at approximately 11:00am.

Roll Call Vote: Confirmation of Craft (UN) Votes

Wednesday, July 31, 2019 05:16 PM

5:14pm The Senate began a 10 minute roll call vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #402, Kelly Craft, of Kentucky, to be the Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations.

Roll Call Vote: Confirmation of Stickman Votes

Wednesday, July 31, 2019 05:16 PM

4:57pm The Senate began a 10 minute roll call vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #364, William Shaw Stickman IV, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania.


Confirmed: 56-34.

 

Next:

1.       Confirmation of Executive Calendar #402, Kelly Craft, of Kentucky, to be the Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations

Roll Call Vote: Confirmation of Pacold (IL) Votes

Wednesday, July 31, 2019 04:58 PM

4:39pm The Senate began a 10 minute roll call vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #350, Martha Maria Pacold, of Illinois, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois.


Confirmed: 87-3.

 

Next:

1.       Confirmation of Executive Calendar #364, William Shaw Stickman IV, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania;

2.       Confirmation of Executive Calendar #402, Kelly Craft, of Kentucky, to be the Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations

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