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Schedule for Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Thursday, November 20, 2014.

Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business until 2:00pm. At 2:00pm, the Senate will proceed to up to 5 roll call votes on confirmation of district judicial nominations and a series of voice votes.

2:00pm—Up to 5 roll call votes, 11 voice votes expected:

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #928, Pamela Pepper, of Wisconsin, to be a US district judge for the Eastern District of Wisconsin;
  2. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #930, Brenda K. Sannes, of New York, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of New York;
  3. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #1032, Madeline Cox Arleo, of New Jersey, to be United States District Judge for the District of New Jersey;
  4. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #1033, Wendy Beetlestone, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania; and
  5. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #1034, Victor Allen Bolden, of Connecticut, to be United States District Judge for the District of Connecticut.
  6. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #955, James D. Pettit, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Moldova (voice vote expected);
  7. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #1054, Pamela Leora Spratlen, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Uzbekistan (voice vote expected);
  8. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #639, Tamara Wenda Ashford, to be a Judge of the United States Tax Court for a term of fifteen years (voice vote expected);
  9. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #641, L. Paige Marvel, to be a Judge of the United States Tax Court for a term of fifteen years (Reappointment) (voice vote expected);
  10. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #999, Cary Douglas Pugh, to be a Judge of the United States Tax Court for a term of fifteen years (voice vote expected);
  11. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #998, Ramin Toloui, to be a Deputy Under Secretary of the Treasury (voice vote expected);
  12. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #1028, Lisa Afua Serwah Mensah, to be Under Secretary of Agriculture for Rural Development (voice vote expected);
  13. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #953, George Albert Krol, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Kazakhstan (voice vote expected);
  14. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #696, Luis G. Moreno, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Jamaica (voice vote expected);
  15. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #540, Donald Lu, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Albania (voice vote expected); and
  16. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #962, Brent Robert Hartley, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Slovenia (voice vote expected).



Updates from the Floor

Cloture filed on Mamet, Bell, Coloretti, Adler, Burrows, and Lopez nominations
This evening Senator Reid filed cloture on the Mamet, Bell, Coloretti, Adler, Burrows, and Lopez nominations.   Executive Calendar #892, Noah, Mamet, of California, to be Ambassador to Argentina Executive Calendar #631, Colleen Bell, of California, to be Ambassador to Hungary Executive Calendar #772, Nani A. Coloretti, of California, to be Deputy Secretary of HUD…| More

Nominations confirmed by voice votes
The Following nominations were confirmed by voice votes: Confirmation of Executive Calendar #955 James D. Pettit – to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Moldova Confirmation of Executive Calendar #1054 Pamela Leora Spratlen – to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America…| More

Arleo and Beetlestone nominations confirmed by voice votes
Executive Calendar #1032, Madeline Cox Arleo, of New Jersey, to be United States District Judge for the District of New Jersey; Confirmed by voice vote Executive Calendar #1033, Wendy Beetlestone, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania; Confirmed by voice vote| More

Roll Call Vote on confirmation of Sannes nomination (NY district)
2:29pm The Senate began a 10 minute roll call vote on Confirmation of Executive Calendar #930, Brenda K. Sannes, of New York, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of New York; Confirmed: 96-0| More

Agreement to vote on confirmation of Spear nomination (Ass’t Sec. of the Army)
Following the last vote in the 2pm vote series, the Senate will also vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #1008 Robert M. Speer – to be an Assistant Secretary of the Army.   2:00pm on Thursday, November 20— 5 roll call votes and 11 voice votes expected Likely Roll Call Votes: Confirmation of Executive Calendar…| More

Agreement on Pettit, Spratlen, Ashford, Marvel, Pugh, Toloui, Mensah, Krol, Moreno, Lu and Hartley nominations
Under the previous order, there will be a series of 5 votes (likely roll calls) on confirmation of the Pepper, Sannes, Arleo, Beetlestone and Bolden nominations. This evening, we were able to reach an agreement to add 11 additional nominations to the list of votes. Those votes will be on confirmation of the Pettit, Spratlen,…| More

Added 2 voice votes to the 3pm series of votes today (Sison nominations)
Following the vote on confirmation of the Yamate nomination (the last voice vote in the 3pm series), there will be 2 additional voice votes on confirmation of Executive Calendar #s 966 and 967, the nominations of Michele Jeanne Sison (UN).   The updated vote schedule is as follows:   3:00pm on Wednesday, November 19—5 roll…| More

5 cloture votes @3pm today; up to 5 votes at 2pm tomorrow 6 voice votes on HOlladay, Cormack, Mustard, Miller, Cefkin, and Kiribati nominations
Last night Senator Reid filed cloture on 5 district judge nominations. This morning, we were able to reach an agreement to hold those cloture votes at 3:00pm today, and to vote on confirmation of 6 additional nominations following those cloture votes.   If cloture is invoked on any of the nominations, on Thursday, November 20,…| More

Cloture filed on 5 district judge nominations
This evening, Senator Reid filed cloture on the following 5 district court nominations:   Executive Calendar #928, Pamela Pepper, of Wisconsin, to be a US district judge for the Eastern District of Wisconsin; Executive Calendar #930, Brenda K. Sannes, of New York, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of New York;…| More

No more votes today
There will be no further roll call votes during Tuesday’s session of the Senate.| More

nominations confirmed by voice votes, next vote in up to 30 minutes
The Cohen, Ross, Basset, Bernicat, Zumwalt, Allen, and Roebuck nominations were confirmed by voice votes. There will now be up to 30 minutes for debate prior to a vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to 2685, the USA Freedom Act. Some of the time may be yielded back.| More

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…| More

Republicans object to EPW Committee to meet during today’s session
Earlier today (around 3:30pm), Senator Boxer asked unanimous consent that the Committee on Environmental and Public Works be authorized to meet during today’s session of the Senate to conduct a business meeting.   Agenda:   Virginia T. Lodge, Member of the Board of Directors, Tennessee Valley Authority Ronald A. Walter, Member of the Board of…| More

Up to 5 roll call votes at 5:30pm
When the Senate recessed for the caucus luncheons, there were approximately 3 hours and 15 minutes of debate time remaining (Boxer controls 73 minutes, Landrieu controls 33 minutes, and Hoeven controls 89 minutes). If all time is used and no time is added, the series of 5 roll call votes (4 roll calls, 5 voice…| More

Agreement to vote on Basset, Bernicat, Zumwalt, Allen, Roebuck nominations
Following the cloture vote on the motion to proceed to S.2685, USA FREEDOM Act, tomorrow, the Senate will voice vote the Basset, Bernicat, Zumwalt, Allen, Roebuck nominations (ambassadors). Tomorrow’s vote schedule is as follows:   Tuesday, November 18 around 6:15pm: 5 Roll Call Votes (all votes after the first will be 10 minute votes): Passage…| More

Leaf, Osius, Ruggles, and Stanton nominations confirmed (ambassadors)
The Senate confirmed the Leaf, Osius, Ruggles, and Stanton nominations. Executive Calendar #1050 Barbara A. Leaf – to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the United Arab Emirates   Executive Calendar #898 Theodore G. Osius III – to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America…| More

Now voting on cloture on Abrams — voice votes on Leaf, Osius, Ruggles, and Stanton nominations tonight
6:05pm The Senate began a 10 minute roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #856, Leslie Joyce Abrams, to be U.S. District Judge for the Middle District of Georgia; Invoked: 68-28   Following the cloture vote on the Ross nomination tonight, the Senate will voice vote confirmation of the Leaf,…| More


The Senate has reached an agreement to set the votes related to the Child Care and Development Block Grant bill; the Abrams, Cohen, Ross, and Crawford nominations; and cloture on the motion to proceed to the USA FREEDOM Act. The vote schedule is as follows:   Monday, November 17 at 5:30pm: Adoption of the motion…| More

Objection re: S.2650, Iran Nuclear Negotiations Act of 2014
Senator Graham asked unanimous consent that at a time to be determined, but no later than November 24th,  2014, the Committee on Foreign Relations be discharged from further consideration of S. 2650; that the Senate proceed to its immediate consideration, the bill be read a third time, and the Senate proceed to a vote on…| More

Toomey request to discharge HELP and vote on passage of HR 2083, Protecting Students from Sexual and Violent Predators Act
Senator Toomey asked unanimous consent that the Senate vitiate cloture on the motion to concur in the House amendment to S.1086, the Child Care and Development Block Grant bill; that following the disposition of the Moss and May nominations, the Senate proceed to vote on the motion to concur in the House amendment; and that…| More

Agreement to vote on Hoeven-Landrieu Keystone pipeline bill (S.2280)
The Senate has reached an agreement to vote on S.2280, a bill to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline, next week.  Following Leader remarks on Tuesday, November 18th, the Senate will proceed to the consideration of Calendar #371, S.2280, a bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline. There will be up to 6 hours of debate…| More

Cloture filed on Adams, Cohen, and Ross nominations and MTP to USA Freedom Act (FISA)
Prior to the cloture vote on the Moss nomination, Senator Reid filed cloture on 3 Georgia district judge nominations, withdrew the motion to proceed to the Marketplace and Internet Fairness Act, and then moved to proceed to and filed cloture on the motion to proceed to S.2609, USA Freedom Act. Senators will be notified when…| More

Agreement on Moss and May nominations; Cloture filed on House Message to accompany S.1086; 2 roll call votes at 5:30pm on November 12th; 3 votes on November 13th
The Senate has reached an agreement that notwithstanding Rule 22, on Wednesday, November 12, 2014, at 5:30 p.m., the Senate proceed to Executive Session and vote on cloture on Executive Calendar numbers 853(Moss), and 855 (May); further, that if cloture is invoked on either of these nominations, that on Thursday, November 13, 2014,  at 2:15…| More

Nominations confirmed by voice votes
The following nominations were confirmed by voice votes: Executive Calendar #893, Mark William Lippert, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Korea Executive Calendar #524, Adam M. Scheinman, to be Special Representative of the President for Nuclear Nonproliferation, with the rank of Ambassador Executive Calendar #959, Kevin F. O’Malley, to be Ambassador to Ireland Executive…| More

Lenhardt nomination agreement–3 votes around 5:30pm–or a little earler
Upon the use or yielding back of time, we expect 3 roll call votes related to the Continuing Resolution. Some time may be yielded back and we could begin voting earlier than 5:30pm. We do not expect the Republicans to raise a budget point of order.   There will then be a series of voice…| More

Objection to Paul request to vote on Syria amendment
Senator Paul asked unanimous consent that it be in order to call up amendment #3856 (strikes section 149: Syria).   Senator Mikulski objected.| More

CR – Up to 4 votes around 5:35pm, if all time is used
The Senate has resumed consideration of H.J.Res.124, the Continuing Resolution. Senator Reid offered a series of technical amendments to the joint resolution and filed cloture on the joint resolution. There will now be up to 4 ½ hours for debate prior to a series of votes in relation to the following items: -Sessions, or his…| More

Objection to Cruz request to take up and pass S.2779, Expatriate Terrorists Act
Senator Cruz asked unanimous consent the Senate take up and pass S.2779, Expatriate Terrorists Act. Senator Hirono objected.| More

Agreement to vote on Libbert, Scheinman, O’Malley, Crocker, Randall, HOlleyman, Rosenbach, Sheets, and Fulghum nominations tomorrow
Upon disposition of the Continuing Resolution tomorrow, Thursday, September 18, the Senate will proceed to vote on confirmation of the following nominations:   DEPARTMENT OF STATE #893 Mark William Lippert – to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Korea   #524 Adam M. Scheinman – to…| More

Agreement to consider the CR–up to 4 votes at 5:30pm Thursday, if all time is used
The Senate has reached an agreement to begin consideration of the Continuing Resolution at 1pm tomorrow, Thursday, September 18. There will be up to 4 ½ hours for debate equally divided prior to a series of votes. Under this agreement, if all time is used, at approximately 5:30pm there will be a series of vote…| More

Objection to Corker request to pass bill on Syria
Senator Corker asked unanimous consent that there be 4 hours for debate prior to a vote on a Corker bill to authorize assistance for appropriately vetted elements of the Syrian opposition and other appropriately vetted Syrian groups and individuals. Senator Reid objected.| More

Objection to Vitter request to take up and pass Employee Health Care Protection Act of 2013
Senator Vitter asked unanimous consent that the Senate take up and pass H.R. 3522, Employee Health Care Protection Act of 2013. Senator Murphy objected.| More

Senator Lee objects to vote on Disabilities Treaty
Senator Harkin asked unanimous consent that there be 2 hours for debate prior to a vote on ratification of the Disabilities Treaty. Senator Lee objected.     HARKIN asked unanimous consent that at a time to be determined by the Majority Leader, in consultation with the Republican Leader, the Senate proceed to Executive Session to consider Calendar…| More

Boozman/Booker/Coburn requests and objections re: National Desert Storm and Desert Shield War Memorial Act and American Battlefield Protection Program Amendments Act
Senator Boozman asked unanimous consent to take up and pass on H.R.503, National Desert Storm and Desert Shield War Memorial Act. Senator Booker objected and asked unanimous consent the Senate proceed to the consideration of Calendar #398, H.R.1033, American Battlefield Protection Program Amendments Act, and Calendar #403, H.R.503, Desert Storm Memorial, en bloc; that the…| More

Schultz, Daughton, Pressman, Wada, Werthheiner, and Huther nominations confirmed by voice votes
Executive Calendar #536, Eric T. Schultz, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Zambia (voice vote) Executive Calendar #548, Thomas Frederick Daughton, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Namibia (voice vote) Executive Calendar #964, David Pressman,…| More

Agreement on Bass, Schultz, Daughton, Pressman, Wada, Werthheiner, and Huther nominations–1 roll call vote at noon Wednesday
The Senate has reached an agreement to vote at 12:00 noon tomorrow, Wednesday, September 17, on confirmation of the Bass, Schultz, Daughton, Pressman, Wada, Werthheiner, and Huther nominations. We expect a roll call vote on the Bass nomination and voice votes on the remaining nominations in this agreement.   DEPARTMENT OF STATE #956 John R.…| More

Cornyn objects a vote on passage of the Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act
Senate Warren asked unanimous consent the Senate take up and vote on passage of Calendar #409, S.2432, the Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act.   Senator Cornyn asked that the request be modified to allow an unlimited number of amendments offered in an alternating fashion starting with an amendment offered by Senator McConnell. Senator…| More

Agreement on Schwatz, Harrington, Robinson, Hately, Hachigian, and Tanner nominations
The Senate has reached an agreement that following the vote on confirmation of the Burns nomination (Executive Calendar #1004), the Senate will consider the Schwatz, Harrington, Robinson, Hartely, Hachigian, and Tanner nominations. There will be 2 minutes for debate equally divided prior to each vote and each vote following the first will be 10 minutes…| More

Congressional Record open until 5pm
By consent, the Record will remain open until 5:00pm today for the purpose of submitting statements, cosponsorships, and introducing legislation.| More

Cloture filed on NRC nominations/votes 5:30pm Monday and 2:15pm Tuesday
This afternoon Senator Reid filed cloture on the Barran and Burns nominations for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The Senate then reached an agreement to conduct the cloture votes on those nominations on Monday, September 15, and, if cloture is invoked, the Senate would vote on confirmation of the nominations at 2:15pm on Tuesday, September 16.…| More

Objection to Ayotte request to consider amendment to Paycheck Fairness
Senator Ayotte asked unanimous consent that when the Senate resumes consideration of S.2199, Paycheck Fairness Act, that it be in order to call up Ayotte amendment #3808 (substitute).   Senator Murphy objected.| More

Murphy objects Vitter request to consider Healthcare amendment to constitutional amendment on campaign finance reform
Senator Vitter asked unanimous consent that when the Senate resumes consideration S.J.Res.19, a Constitutional amendment on campaign finance that it be in order to call up Vitter amendment #3786 (to amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to apply the provisions of the Act to certain Congressional staff and members of the executive branch)…| More

MTP to Paycheck Fairness agreed to, amendments offered, and cloture filed-1:45pm cloture vote on campaign finance
The Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to S.2199, Paycheck Fairness Act. Senator Reid then offered several date change amendments and filed cloture on the bill. We expect the cloture vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act to occur at 5:30pm on Monday, September 15.   Senator Reid then moved to proceed to Calendar #409,…| More

Agreement on Hoover, Rung, Radzanowski, Ballentine, Nimmich, Davenport, Sembler, and Arroyo nominations
By consent, notwithstanding Rule 22, following the vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the S.J. Res. 19, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and consider:   Cal. #’s 544, 977, 685, 867, 976, 917, 914, 758.   There will be 2 minutes for debate equally divided between the two Leaders, or their…| More

Objection to Cruz request to pass HR 5272, deferred action for aliens
Senator Cruz asked unanimous consent the Senate take up and pass Calendar #551, H.R.5272, a bill to prohibit certain actions with respect to deferred action for aliens not lawfully present in the United States. Senator Menendez objected.| More

Now voting on cloture on MTP to S.2199, upon reconsideration (Paycheck Fairness Act)
The motion to proceed to S.J.Res.19 (Constitutional amendment on campaign finance) was agreed to by voice vote. Senator Reid then offered amendment #s 3791, 3792, 3973, 3794, 3795, 3796, and 3797 (technical amendments) and filed cloture on the underlying joint resolution.   By voice votes, the Senate agreed to the Reid motion to proceed to…| More

1 roll call vote expected around 2pm (re: Paycheck Fairness Act)
The Senate continues to debate the motion to proceed to S.J.Res.19, Constitutional amendment regarding campaign finance. At 2pm, we expect to adopt the motion to proceed by voice vote. Senator Reid then plans to offer a series of amendments and file cloture on the joint resolution.   We will then shift gears to reconsider the…| More

FloorWrap-up

Wrap Up for Thursday, November 20, 2014
Roll Call Votes: Confirmation of Executive Calendar #928, Pamela Pepper, of Wisconsin, to be a US district judge for the Eastern District of Wisconsin; Confirmed: 95-0. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #930, Brenda K. Sannes, of New York, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of New York; Confirmed: 96-0. Confirmation of Executive… | More


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