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Tuesday, Oct 17, 2017

10:00 a.m.: Convene and proceed to executive session to consider the nomination of David Joel Trachtenberg, of Virginia, to be Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense.

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SENATE FLOOR PROCEEDINGS

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2017

The Senate will convene at 10:00 AM. Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Cal. #191, David Joel Trachtenberg to be Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense. A vote on confirmation of the nomination is expected at 10:30 AM. The Senate will recess from 12:30 until 2:15 PM to allow for the weekly caucus meetings.

The Senate convened and proceeded to an Executive Session.

Cal. #191, David Joel Trachtenberg to be Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense. Yeas and nays ordered. The nomination was confirmed by a vote of 79-17.

The Senate resumed a Legislative Session.

House Message to Accompany H.R. 2810 (National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018). Sen. McConnell Moves that the Senate insists on its amendment and that the two Chambers meet in Conference. Sen. McConnell named the following as conferees: Sens. McCain, Inhofe, Fischer, Wicker, Cotton, Rounds, Ernst, Tillis, Sullivan, Purdue, Cruz, Graham, Sasse, Strange, Reed, Nelson, McCaskill, Shaheen, Gillibrand, Blumenthal, Donnelly, Hirono, Kaine, King, Heinrich, Warren, and Peters. Motion agreed to by Voice Vote.

Motion to Proceed to H. Con. Res. 71 (Budget Resolution for Fiscal Year 2018). Yeas and nays ordered. The Motion to Proceed was adopted by a vote of 50-47.

H. Con. Res. 71 (Budget Resolution for Fiscal Year 2018).

The Senate recessed at 12:42 PM for the weekly party caucus luncheons.

The Senate reconvened at 2:15 PM.

The Senate resumed a Legislative Session.

H. Con. Res. 71 (Budget Resolution for Fiscal Year 2018).

Enzi amendment #1116 (Substitute Amendment).

The Senate proceeded to a period of Morning Business.

The Senate will convene at 9:30 AM on Wednesday, October 18th and will proceed to Leader remarks. The Senate will then resume consideration of H. Con. Res. 71 (Budget Resolution for Fiscal Year 2018). At 3:00 PM, the Senate will proceed to a series of votes on the following amendments:

Hatch amend #1144 (Sanders side-by-side).
Sanders amend #1119 (Medicaid).

Additional votes are possible during the series.

The Senate adjourned at 7:04 PM.

 

MONDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2017

The Senate will convene at 4:00 PM and will proceed to Leader remarks. The Senate will then proceed to an Executive Session and resume consideration of Cal. #226, Callista L. Gingrich to be Ambassador to the Holy See. The Senate will vote on the nomination at 5:30 PM.

The Senate convened and proceeded to Leader remarks.

The Senate proceeded to an Executive Session.

Cal. #226, Callista L. Gingrich to be Ambassador to the Holy See.Yeas and Nays ordered. The nomination was confirmed by a vote of70-23.

Cal. #191, David Joel Trachtenberg, to be Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense.

Cal. #164, Henry Kerner, to be Special Counsel, office of Special Counsel. The nomination was confirmed by Voice Vote.

The Senate proceeded to Legislative Session.

The Senate proceeded to Morning Business.

S. Res 99 (A resolution recognizing the 11 African-American soldiers of the 333rd Field Artillery Battalion who were massacred in Wereth, Belgium, during the Battle of the Bulge in December 1944.) The Resolution was agreed to by unanimous consent.

S. Res. 292 (Condemning the brutal and senseless attack at a country music festival in Las Vegas, Nevada and so forth). The Resolution was agreed to by unanimous consent.

S. Con. Res. 26 (Authorizing the use of Emancipation Hall in the Capitol Visitor Center for the unveiling of the American Prisoners of War/Missing in Action ( POW/MIA) Chair of Honor). The Resolution was agreed to by unanimous consent.

S. 705 (Child Protection Improvements Act of 2017). Hatch substitute amendment was agreed to by unanimous consent. Title amendment agreed to by unanimous consent. The bill was agreed to by unanimous consent.

H.R. 695 (Child Protection Improvements Act of 2017). Hatch substitute amendment was agreed to by unanimous consent. Title amendment agreed to by unanimous consent. The bill was agreed to by unanimous consent.

The Senate will convene at 10:00 AM on Tuesday October 17th, 2017. Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Cal. #191, David Joel Trachtenberg, to be Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense., with 10 minutes of debate equally divided prior to a vote on confirmation of the nomination.

The Senate will recess from 12:30pm until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings.

The Senate adjourned at 6:44 PM.

 

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2017

The Senate will convene at 9:30 AM. Following Leader Remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of Cal. #301, Randal Quarles, to be a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, with the time until 10:00 AM equally divided.

The Senate convened and proceeded to Leader remarks

The Senate proceeded to an Executive Session.

Cal. #301, Randal Quarles to be a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. Yeas and nays ordered. The nomination was confirmed by a vote of 65-32.

Cal. #303, Randal Quarles to be Vice Chairman of the Federal Reserve System. The nomination was confirmed by Voice Vote.

Cal. #119, Lee Francis Cissna to be Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Motion to Invoke Cloture. Yeas and nays ordered. The Cloture Motion is agreed to by a vote of 54-43.

Cal. #119, Lee Francis Cissna to be Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. By a Unanimous Consent agreement, all post-cloture time is yielded back. Yeas and nays ordered. The nomination was confirmed by a vote of 54-43.

Cal. #226, Callista L. Gingrich to be Ambassador to the Holy See. Motion to Invoke Cloture. Yeas and nays ordered. The Cloture Motion is agreed to by a vote of 7520.

Cal. #226, Callista L. Gingrich to be Ambassador to the Holy See.

The following nominations were considered en bloc:
Cal. #327, Stephen King to be U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic.
Cal. #332, Barbara Lee to be U.S. Representative to the 72nd Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations.
Cal. #333, Christopher Smith to be U.S. Representative to the 72nd Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations.
Cal. #337, J. Steven Dowd to be U.S. Director of the African Development Bank for a term of five years.
The nominations were confirmed, en bloc, by Unanimous Consent.

 

The following nominations were considered en bloc:
Cal. #365, Timothy Gallaudet to be Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere.
Cal. #366, Howard Elliott to be Administrator of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation.
Cal. #367, Walter Copan to be Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology.
The nominations were confirmed, en bloc, by Voice Vote.

 

Cal. #360, Bruce Walker to be an Assistant Secretary of Energy (Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability). The nomination was confirmed by Voice Vote.

The Senate resumed a Legislative Session.

S. 692 (Provides for integrated plan permits). Committee-reported substitute amendment agreed to by Unanimous Consent. The bill, as amended, is agreed to by Unanimous Consent.

S. 1103 (Amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002). Agreed to by Unanimous Consent.

S. 1595 (Hizballah International Financing Prevention Amendments Act of 2017). Rubio amendment agreed to by Unanimous Consent. The bill, as amended, is agreed to by Unanimous Consent.

The following resolutions were considered, en bloc:
S. Res. 287
S. Res. 288
S. Res. 289
S. Res. 290
The resolutions were agreed to, en bloc, by Unanimous Consent.

 

The Senate will convene for pro forma sessions only on the following dates and times:
Friday, October 6th at 10:30 AM
Tuesday, October 10th at 9:15 AM
Friday, October 13th at 8:30 AM

 

The Senate will then next convene at 4:00 PM on Monday, October 16th and will proceed to Leader remarks. The Senate will then proceed to an Executive Session and resume consideration of Cal. #226, Callista L. Gingrich to be Ambassador to the Holy See. The Senate will vote on the nomination at 5:30 PM. On Tuesday, October 17th at 10:40 AM, the Senate will proceed to a vote on the nomination of Cal. #191, David Trachtenberg to be a Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense.

The Senate adjourned at 5:51 PM.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2017

The Senate will convene at 9:30 AM. Following Leader remarks, and will proceed to Executive Session to resume consideration of Executive Calendar #112, Eric D. Hargan, to be Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services. At 11:00 AM, the Senate will vote on the Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Hargan nomination. At 3:15 PM, the Senate will hold two roll call votes:

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #112, Eric D. Hargan, to be Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services
  2. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #301, Randal Quarles, to be a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

The Senate convened and proceeded to Leader remarks.

The Senate proceeded to an Executive Session.

Cal. #112, Eric D. Hargan to be Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services. Motion to Invoke Cloture. Yeas and nays ordered. The Cloture Motion is agreed to by a vote of 57-38.

Cal. #112, Eric D. Hargan to be Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services. Yeas and nays ordered. The nomination was confirmed by a vote of 57-38.

Cal. #301, Randal Quarles, to be a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. Motion to Invoke Cloture. Yeas and nays ordered.The Cloture Motion is agreed to by a vote of 6233.

Cal. #301, Randal Quarles, to be a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.

The Senate proceeded to Legislative Session.

The Senate proceeded to a Period of Morning Business.

H.R. 1117 (To require the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to submit a report regarding certain plans regarding assistance to applicants and grantees during the response to an emergency or disaster). The resolution was agreed to by Unanimous Consent.

S. Res. 147 (A resolution commemorating the 25th anniversary of the 1992 Los Angeles civil unrest). The resolution was agreed to by Unanimous Consent.

S. Res. 283 (Designating the week beginning October 15, 2017 as National Character Counts Week). The resolution was agreed to by Unanimous Consent.

S. Res. 284 (Calling on Congress, schools, and state and local education agencies to recognize the significant educational implications of Dyslexia that must be addressed in designating the month of October 2017 as National Dyslexia Awareness Month). The resolution was agreed to by Unanimous Consent.

The Senate will convene at 9:30 AM on Thursday Oct. 5th, 2017. Following Leader Remarks, The Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of Cal. #301, Randal Quarles, to be a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, with the time until 10:00 AM equally divided.

The Senate adjourned at 4:29 PM.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2017

The Senate will convene at 10:00 AM Today and will proceed to Leader remarks. The Senate will then proceed to an Executive Session to resume consideration of Cal. #119, Lee Francis Cissna to be Director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. The Senate will recess from 12:30-2:15 PM for weekly party caucus luncheons.

The Senate convened and proceeded to Leader remarks.

The Senate proceeded to Executive Session.

Cal. #119, Lee Francis Cissna, to be Director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.

The Senate recessed at 12:34 PM for the weekly party caucus luncheons.

The Senate reconvened at 2:17 PM.

The Senate proceeded to an Executive Session.

Cal. #119, Lee Francis Cissna to be Director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.

By unanimous consent, the following votes were scheduled:

Wednesday, October 4th at 11:00am 1 Roll Call Vote

  1. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #112, Eric D. Hargan, to be Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services

 

Wednesday, October 4th at 3:15pm 2 Roll Call Votes

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #112, Eric D. Hargan, to be Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services
  2. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #301, Randal Quarles, to be a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

 

Thursday, October 5th at 10:00am 3 Roll Call Votes

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #301, Randal Quarles, to be a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
  2. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #119, Lee Francis Cissna, to be Director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services
  3. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #119, Lee Francis Cissna, to be Director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services

 

Thursday, October 5th at 1:45pm 1 Roll Call Vote

  1. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #226, Callista L. Gingrich to be Ambassador to the Holy See

 

Monday, October 16th at 5:30pm 1 Roll Call Vote

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #226, Callista L. Gingrich to be Ambassador to the Holy See

 

In Executive Session, the Senate confirmed the following nominations by voice vote en bloc:

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

Executive Calendar #351 Halsey B. Frank to be United States Attorney for the District of Maine for the term of four years

Executive Calendar #352 D. Michael Hurst, Jr. to be United States Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi for the term of four years

Executive Calendar #353 Jeffrey B. Jensen to be United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri for the term of four years

Executive Calendar #354 Thomas L. Kirsch II to be United States Attorney for the Northern District of Indiana for the term of four years

Executive Calendar #355 William J. Powell to be United States Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia for the term of four years

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Executive Calendar #357 Stephen Censky to be Deputy Secretary of Agriculture

Executive Calendar #358 Ted McKinney to be Under Secretary of Agriculture for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs

The Senate will convene at 9:30 AM on Wednesday, October 4th, 2017. Following Leader remarks, and will proceed to Executive Session to resume consideration of Executive Calendar #112, Eric D. Hargan, to be Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services. At 11:00 AM, the Senate will vote on the Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Hargan nomination. At 3:15 PM, the Senate will hold two roll call votes:

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #112, Eric D. Hargan, to be Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services
  2. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #301, Randal Quarles, to be a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

 

The Senate adjourned at 6:25 PM.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2017

The Senate will convene at 3:00 PM. There will be a moment of silence for the tragedy in Las Vegas, NV. Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #251, Ajit Varadaraj Pai, of Kansas, to be a member of the Federal Communications Commission. At 5:30 PM, and the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Pai nomination.

The Senate convened. There was a moment of silence for the tragedy in Las Vegas, NV.

The Senate proceeded with Leader remarks.

The Senate proceeded to an Executive Session.

Cal. #251, Ajit Varadaraj Pai, of Kansas, to be a member of the Federal Communications Commission. Yeas and nays ordered. The nomination was confirmed by a vote of 52-41.

The Senate proceeded to a Legislative Session.

The Senate proceeded to a period of Morning Business.

Motion to Proceed to an Executive Session to consider Cal. #119, Lee Francis Cissna to be Director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. Agreed to by Voice Vote.

The Senate proceeded to an Executive Session.

Cal. #119, Lee Francis Cissna to be Director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. McConnell filed a Motion to Invoke Cloture on the nomination.

Motion to Proceed to a Legislative Session. Agreed to by Voice Vote.

Motion to Proceed to an Executive Session to consider Cal. #112, Eric Hargan to be Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services. Agreed to by Voice Vote.

The Senate proceeded to an Executive Session.

Cal. #112, Eric Hargan to be Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services. McConnell filed a Motion to Invoke Cloture on the nomination.

Motion to Proceed to a Legislative Session. Agreed to by Voice Vote.

Motion to Proceed to an Executive Session to consider Cal. #301, Randal Quarles to be a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. Agreed to by Voice Vote.

The Senate proceeded to an Executive Session.

Cal. #301, Randal Quarles to be a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. McConnell filed a Motion to Invoke Cloture on the nomination.

Motion to Proceed to a Legislative Session. Agreed to by Voice Vote.

Motion to Proceed to an Executive Session to consider Cal. #226, Callista Gingrich to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United State of America to the Holy See. Agreed to by Voice Vote.

The Senate proceeded to an Executive Session.

Cal. #226, Callista Gingrich to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United State of America to the Holy See. McConnell filed a Motion to Invoke Cloture on the nomination.

The Senate proceeded to a Legislative Session.

S. 1924 (A bill to exempt Puerto Rico from the coastwise laws of the United States (commonly known as the “Jones Act”). The bill was read for a second time. Further readings were objected to and the bill was placed on the calendar.

S. 396 (A bill to make technical amendments to certain marine fish conservation statutes). Agreed to by Voice Vote.

H.R. 1616 (Strengthening State and Local Cyber Crime Fighting Act of 2017). Cornyn amendment agreed to by Unanimous Consent. The bill, as amended, passed by Voice Vote.

The Senate will convene at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, October 3rd and will proceed to Leader remarks. The Senate will then proceed to an Executive Session to resume consideration of Cal. #119, Lee Francis Cissna to be Director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. The Senate will recess from 12:30-2:15 PM for weekly party caucus luncheons.

The Senate adjourned at 7:31 PM.

     


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