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Recent Floor Activity


Thursday, February 14, 2019

The President pro tempore called the Senate to order at 10 a .m., the Pastor Eddie Edmonds, of Moler Ave Church of the Brethren, Martinsburg, WV, offered a prayer, and the President pro tempore led the Senate in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America.

The Journal

Pursuant to the order of yesterday, the Journal of the proceedings of the Senate was deemed approved to date.

Certain Procedures Dispensed With

Pursuant to the order of yesterday, the morning hour being deemed expired, and the times for the recognition of the two leaders being reserved.

Transaction of Morning Business

Pursuant to the order of yesterday, the Senate proceeded to a period for the transaction of morning business.

Legislative Business (Thursday, February 14)

H.J.Res. 31 (Rep. Roybal-Allard): A joint resolution making further continuing appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security for fiscal year 2019, and for other purposes.
-- Conference papers: Senate report and manager's statement and official papers held at the desk in Senate.
-- Conference report considered in Senate.
-- Cloture motion on the conference report presented in Senate.
-- Cloture on the conference report invoked in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 84 - 15 . Record Vote Number: 25
-- Senate agreed to conference report by Yea-Nay Vote. 83 - 16. Record Vote Number: 26
-- Message on Senate action sent to the House.

S. 311 (Sen. Sasse): To amend title 18, United States Code, to prohibit a health care practitioner from failing to exercise the proper degree of care in the case of a child who survives an abortion or attempted abortion .
-- Motion to proceed to consideration of measure made in Senate.
-- Cloture motion on the motion to proceed to the consideration of measure presented in Senate.

S. 483 (Sen. Roberts): To enact into law a bill by reference .
-- Read the second time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 26.
-- Passed Senate without amendment by Voice Vote.

S. 488 (Sen. Harris): To amend title 18, United States Code, to specify lynching as a deprivation of civil rights, and for other purposes .
-- Introduced in the Senate, read twice, considered, read the third time, and passed without amendment by Voice Vote.
-- Message on Senate action sent to the House.

S.Res. 71 (Sen. Rubio): A resolution honoring the memory of the victims of the senseless attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School 1 year ago .
-- Submitted in the Senate, considered, and agreed to without amendment and with a preamble by Unanimous Consent.

S.Res. 75 (Sen. Stabenow): A resolution honoring the life, achievements, and distinguished public service of John David Dingell, Jr., and expressing condolences to his family on his passing.
-- Submitted in the Senate, considered, and agreed to without amendment and with a preamble by Unanimous Consent.

S.Res. 76 (Sen. Grassley): A resolution designating March 1, 2019, as "National Speech and Debate Education Day".
-- Submitted in the Senate, considered, and agreed to without amendment and with a preamble by Unanimous Consent.

S.Res. 77 (Sen. Coons): A resolution designating the week of February 16 through 23, 2019, as "National FFA Week," recognizing the important role of the National FFA Organization in developing young leaders, and celebrating 50 years of female membership in the National FFA Organization .
-- Submitted in the Senate, considered, and agreed to without amendment and with a preamble by Unanimous Consent.

S.Con.Res. 1 (Sen. Menendez): A concurrent resolution calling for credible, transparent, and safe elections in Nigeria, and for other purposes .
-- Senate Committee on Foreign Relations discharged by Unanimous Consent.
-- Measure laid before Senate by unanimous consent.
-- Resolution agreed to in Senate with an amendment and an amended preamble by Unanimous Consent.
S.Amdt. 190 (Sen. Menendez): To provide a complete substitute .
--Amendment SA 190 proposed by Senator McConnell for Senator Menendez.
--Amendment SA 190 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.

S.Amdt. 191 (Sen. Menendez): To amend the preamble.
--Amendment SA 191 proposed by Senator McConnell for Senator Menendez.
--Amendment SA 191 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.


S.Con.Res. 4 (Sen. Shelby): A concurrent resolution providing for a correction in the enrollment of H.J. Res. 31.
-- Submitted in the Senate, considered, and agreed to without amendment by Unanimous Consent.
-- Message on Senate action sent to the House.

Executive Business (Thursday, February 14)

PN17: William Pelham Barr, of Virginia, to be Attorney General
-- Considered by Senate.
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 54 - 45. Record Vote Number: 24

PN22: Andrew Wheeler, of Virginia, to be Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency
-- Motion to proceed to executive session to consideration of nomination in Senate by Voice Vote.
-- Cloture motion presented in Senate.
-- By unanimous consent agreement, mandatory quorum required under Rule XXII waived.

PN79: John L. Ryder, of Tennessee, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority for a term expiring May 18, 2021
-- Motion to proceed to executive session to consideration of nomination in Senate by Voice Vote.
-- Cloture motion presented in Senate.
-- By unanimous consent agreement, mandatory quorum required under Rule XXII waived.

PN89: Michael J. Desmond, of California, to be Chief Counsel for the Internal Revenue Service and an Assistant General Counsel in the Department of the Treasury
-- Motion to proceed to executive session to consideration of nomination in Senate by Voice Vote.
-- Cloture motion presented in Senate.
-- By unanimous consent agreement, mandatory quorum required under Rule XXII waived.

PN239: Eric D. Miller, of Washington, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit
-- Motion to proceed to executive session to consideration of nomination in Senate by Voice Vote.
-- Cloture motion presented in Senate.
-- By unanimous consent agreement, mandatory quorum required under Rule XXII waived.

Adjournment

Under the authority of the order of today, at 6:29 p.m, the Presiding Officer (Mrs. Hyde-Smith in the chair) declared the Senate adjourned, under its order of today, until 7 a.m. tomorrow .