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Recent Floor Activity


Thursday, September 23, 2021

The President pro tempore called the Senate to order at 9 a.m., the Chaplain 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

The following transactions of morning business occurred on today.

Legislative Business (Thursday, September 23)

H.R. 5293 (Rep. Mrvan): A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to extend and modify certain authorities and requirements relating to the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.
-- Passed Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent.

H.R. 5305 (Rep. DeLauro): A bill making continuing appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2022, and for providing emergency assistance, and for other purposes.
-- Motion to proceed to consideration of measure made in Senate.
-- Cloture motion on the motion to proceed to the measure presented in Senate.

H.Con.Res. 41 (Rep. Titus): A concurrent resolution authorizing the use of the Capitol Grounds for the National Peace Officers Memorial Service and the National Honor Guard and Pipe Band Exhibition.
-- Resolution agreed to in Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent.

S.Res. 381 (Sen. Collins): A resolution proclaiming the week of September 20 through September 24, 2021, to be "National Clean Energy Week".
-- Submitted in the Senate, considered, and agreed to without amendment and with a preamble by Voice Vote.

S.Res. 382 (Sen. Cantwell): A resolution expressing support for the designation of the week of September 20 through September 26, 2021, as "Rail Safety Week" in the United States, and supporting the goals and ideals of Rail Safety Week to reduce rail-related accidents, fatalities, and injuries.
-- Submitted in the Senate, considered, and agreed to without amendment and with a preamble by Unanimous Consent.

S.Res. 383 (Sen. Cardin): A resolution designating the week beginning September 12, 2021, as "National Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week".
-- Submitted in the Senate, considered, and agreed to without amendment and with a preamble by Unanimous Consent.

S.Res. 384 (Sen. Brown): A resolution designating the week of September 20 through September 24, 2021, as "Community School Coordinators Appreciation Week".
-- Submitted in the Senate, considered, and agreed to without amendment and with a preamble by Unanimous Consent.

S.Res. 385 (Sen. Schatz): A resolution supporting the designation of the week of September 19 through September 25, 2021, as "Telehealth Awareness Week".
-- Submitted in the Senate, considered, and agreed to without amendment and with a preamble by Unanimous Consent.

S.Res. 386 (Sen. McConnell): A resolution relative to the death of Robert Britton "Bob" Dove, Parliamentarian Emeritus of the United States Senate.
-- Submitted in the Senate, considered, and agreed to without amendment and with a preamble by Unanimous Consent.

Executive Business (Thursday, September 23)

PN446: Monica P. Medina, of Maryland, to be Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs
-- By unanimous consent agreement, vote 9/23/2021.
-- Cloture invoked in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 57 - 26. Record Vote Number: 381
-- Considered by Senate.
-- By unanimous consent agreement, debate and vote to be determined.

PN447: Todd D. Robinson, of New Jersey, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs)
-- By unanimous consent agreement, vote 9/23/2021.
-- Cloture invoked in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 54 - 29. Record Vote Number: 383
-- Considered by Senate.
-- By unanimous consent agreement, debate and vote to be determined.

PN494: Daniel J. Kritenbrink, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (East Asian and Pacific Affairs)
-- Cloture invoked in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 77 - 18. Record Vote Number: 378
-- Considered by Senate.
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 72 - 14. Record Vote Number: 379

PN538: Jane Toshiko Nishida, of Maryland, to be an Assistant Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency
-- Considered by Senate.
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN545: Mary Catherine Phee, of Illinois, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (African Affairs)
-- By unanimous consent agreement, vote 9/23/2021.
-- Cloture invoked in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 58 - 25. Record Vote Number: 382
-- Considered by Senate.
-- By unanimous consent agreement, debate and vote to be determined.

PN548: Karen Erika Donfried, of the District of Columbia, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (European Affairs and Eurasian Affairs)
-- Cloture invoked in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 65 - 21. Record Vote Number: 380
-- Considered by Senate.
-- By unanimous consent agreement, debate and vote to be determined.

PN550: Jessica Lewis, of Ohio, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Political-Military Affairs)
-- By unanimous consent agreement, vote 9/23/2021.
-- Cloture invoked in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 62 - 21. Record Vote Number: 384
-- Considered by Senate.
-- By unanimous consent agreement, debate and vote to be determined.

PN607: Sarah Bianchi, of Virginia, to be Deputy United States Trade Representative (Asia, Africa, Investment, Services, Textiles, and Industrial Competitiveness), with the rank of Ambassador
-- Considered by Senate.
-- Cloture invoked in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 85 - 13. Record Vote Number: 376
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 85 - 11. Record Vote Number: 377

PN642: Florence Y. Pan, of the District of Columbia, to be United States District Judge for the District of Columbia
-- Considered by Senate.
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 68 - 30. Record Vote Number: 375

Adjournment

By unanimous consent, on the request of Mr. Schumer, at 9:47 p.m., the Senate adjourned, under its order of today, until 3 p.m. on Monday, September 27, 2021.