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Recent Floor Activity


Thursday, March 25, 2021

Ms. Jacky Rosen, from the State of Nevada, called the Senate to order at 10 a.m., the Chaplain offered a prayer, and Ms. Rosen 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, March 25)

H.R. 1799 (Rep. Bourdeaux): A bill to amend the Small Business Act and the CARES Act to extend the covered period for the paycheck protection program, and for other purposes.
-- Motion to proceed to measure considered in Senate.
-- Motion to proceed to consideration of measure agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.
-- Measure laid before Senate by motion.
-- Point of order under section 404(a) of S.Con. Res. 13, 111th Congress, against the measure raised in Senate.
-- Motion to waive all applicable budgetary discipline with respect to the measure agreed to in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 64 - 36. Record Vote Number: 139
-- Passed Senate, under the order of 3/24/2021, having achieved 60 votes in the affirmative, without amendment by Yea-Nay Vote. 92 - 7. Record Vote Number: 140
-- Message on Senate action sent to the House.
S.Amdt. 1401 (Sen. Kennedy): To prohibit paycheck protection program loans and second draw loans for applicants convicted of a felony in relation to a riot or civil disorder during the 2-year period preceding the date of the application.
--Amendment SA 1401 proposed by Senator Kennedy.
--Amendment SA 1401 not agreed to in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 48 - 52. Record Vote Number: 137

S.Amdt. 1405 (Sen. Rubio): To establish appropriate limitations on the Administrator of the Small Business Administration establishing new priorities for processing lender applications.
--Amendment SA 1405 proposed by Senator Rubio.
--Amendment SA 1405 not agreed to in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 48 - 52. Record Vote Number: 138


H.R. 1868 (Rep. Yarmuth): A bill to prevent across-the-board direct spending cuts, and for other purposes.
-- Read the second time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 31.
-- Measure laid before Senate by unanimous consent.
-- Passed Senate, having achieved 60 votes in the affirmative, with an amendment by Yea-Nay Vote. 90 - 2. Record Vote Number: 142
S.Amdt. 1410 (Sen. Shaheen): In the nature of a substitute.
--Amendment SA 1410 proposed by Senator Shaheen.
--Amendment SA 1410 agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.

S.Amdt. 1411 (Sen. Scott, of FL): To improve the bill.
--Amendment SA 1411 proposed by Senator Scott FL.
--Amendment SA 1411 not agreed to in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 47 - 50. Record Vote Number: 141


S. 937 (Sen. Hirono): A bill to facilitate the expedited review of COVID-19 hate crimes, 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.

S.Res. 34 (Sen. Menendez): A resolution recognizing the 200th anniversary of the independence of Greece and celebrating democracy in Greece and the United States.
-- Resolution agreed to in Senate without amendment and with a preamble by Unanimous Consent.

S.Res. 109 (Sen. Portman): A resolution designating April 2021 as "National Native Plant Month".
-- Senate Committee on the Judiciary discharged by Unanimous Consent.
-- Resolution agreed to in Senate without amendment and with a preamble by Unanimous Consent.

S.Res. 130 (Sen. Blackburn): A resolution remembering the 5th anniversary of the terrorist attacks at Brussels Airport and the Maalbeek metro station in Belgium and honoring the victims of the terrorist attacks.
-- Senate Committee on Foreign Relations discharged by Unanimous Consent.
-- Resolution agreed to in Senate without amendment and with a preamble by Unanimous Consent.

S.Res. 144 (Sen. Brown): A resolution recognizing the week of March 21 through March 27, 2021, as "National Poison Prevention Week" and encouraging communities across the United States to raise awareness of the dangers of poisoning and promote poison prevention.
-- Submitted in the Senate, considered, and agreed to without amendment and with a preamble by Unanimous Consent.

S.Res. 145 (Sen. Tester): A resolution designating the first week of April 2021 as "National Asbestos Awareness Week".
-- Submitted in the Senate, considered, and agreed to without amendment and with a preamble by Unanimous Consent.

Executive Business (Thursday, March 25)

PN44: 4 nominations in the Space Force beginning with Col. Dennis O. Bythewood and ending with Col. James E. Smith
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN61: 4 nominations in the Marine Corps beginning with Michael J. Allen and ending with Christopher M. Smith
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN62: 2 nominations in the Marine Corps beginning with Douglas A. Mayorga and ending with Mark L. Oldroyd
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN79-1: Adewale O. Adeyemo, of California, to be Deputy Secretary of the Treasury
-- Considered by Senate.
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN79-7: Brenda Mallory, of Maryland, to be a Member of the Council on Environmental Quality
-- Motion to proceed to executive session to consideration of nomination agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.
-- Cloture motion presented in Senate.
-- By unanimous consent agreement, mandatory quorum required under Rule XXII waived.

PN79-12: Wendy Ruth Sherman, of Maryland, to be Deputy Secretary of State
-- Motion to proceed to executive session to consideration of nomination agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.
-- Cloture motion presented in Senate.
-- By unanimous consent agreement, mandatory quorum required under Rule XXII waived.

PN80: Gary Gensler, of Maryland, to be a Member of the Securities and Exchange Commission for the remainder of the term expiring June 5, 2021
-- Motion to proceed to executive session to consideration of nomination agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.
-- Cloture motion presented in Senate.
-- By unanimous consent agreement, mandatory quorum required under Rule XXII waived.

PN117: Polly Ellen Trottenberg, of New York, to be Deputy Secretary of Transportation
-- Reported by Senator Cantwell, Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, without printed report.
-- Placed on Senate Executive Calendar. Calendar No. 55. Subject to nominee's commitment to respond to requests to appear and testify before any duly constituted committee of the Senate.
-- Motion to proceed to executive session to consideration of nomination agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.
-- Cloture motion presented in Senate.
-- By unanimous consent agreement, mandatory quorum required under Rule XXII waived.
-- By unanimous consent agreement, debate 4/12/2021.

PN133: 13 nominations in the Navy beginning with Rear Adm. (lh) James A. Aiken and ending with Rear Adm. (lh) George M. Wikoff
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN134: 17 nominations in the Navy beginning with Capt. Christopher D. Alexander and ending with Capt. Mark A. Schafer
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN135: 241 nominations in the Air Force beginning with Tasrif Ahmed and ending with Isaac D. Yourison
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN136: 41 nominations in the Air Force beginning with Haider W. Aljewari and ending with Thomas M. Woolf
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN137: 113 nominations in the Air Force beginning with Daniel James Aber and ending with Daniel Scott Zevitz
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN138: 75 nominations in the Air Force beginning with Erin E. Artz and ending with Seth P. Wilson
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN139: 15 nominations in the Space Force beginning with Raj Agrawal and ending with Sacha N. Tomlinson
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN140: 123 nominations in the Air Force beginning with Michelle R. Alders and ending with April Lashel Woody
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN141: 41 nominations in the Air Force beginning with Aaron J. Agirre and ending with Gregory S. Zilinski
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN142: 23 nominations in the Air Force beginning with Benjamin Berzinis and ending with Clinton K. Wahl
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN143: 55 nominations in the Air Force beginning with Jose C. Aguirre and ending with Scott M. Zelasko
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN144: 14 nominations in the Air Force beginning with Nicholas B. Duvall and ending with Scott D. Wright
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN145: 6 nominations in the Air Force beginning with Diane M. Caldera and ending with William A. Pashley
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN146: 74 nominations in the Air Force beginning with Bryan Mark Bailey and ending with Jason P. Willey
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN147: Conn P. McKelvey, in the Air Force, to be Colonel
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN148: 3 nominations in the Air Force beginning with Adam H. Fisher and ending with Sylvette Ortiz
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN149: 26 nominations in the Air Force beginning with Tina C. Benivegna and ending with Gia Marie Wilson-Mackey
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN150: 5 nominations in the Air Force beginning with Gary L. Frisard and ending with Brian J. Pearson
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN151: 2 nominations in the Air Force beginning with Barry E. Dickson, Jr. and ending with Amy L. Hunt
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN152: 3 nominations in the Air Force beginning with Amie M. Douglas and ending with Semih S. Kumru
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN153: 12 nominations in the Air Force beginning with Robert E. Beyler and ending with Nicole P. Wishart
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN154: 12 nominations in the Air Force beginning with Charlotte C. Appleton and ending with John M. Tudela
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN155: 3 nominations in the Air Force beginning with Jennifer A. Alfar and ending with Matthew L. Hudkins
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN156: 9 nominations in the Air Force beginning with Louis Edward Bellace and ending with Cynthia M. Washington
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN157: Paul Joseph Sinuk, in the Air Force, to be Colonel
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN158: Christopher J. Blaney, in the Air Force, to be Colonel
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN159: Richard D. Engleman, in the Air Force, to be Colonel
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN160: Elizabeth A. Beal, in the Air Force, to be Colonel
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN161: 22 nominations in the Air Force beginning with Jeffrey D. Adkins and ending with Melissa M. Tallent
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN162: David L. Walker, in the Air Force, to be Lieutenant Colonel
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN163: Raeann H. Macalma, in the Air Force, to be Lieutenant Colonel
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN164: Joshua B. Allen, in the Air Force, to be Lieutenant Colonel
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN165: 4 nominations in the Air Force beginning with Michael Jon Bates and ending with David M. Jackson
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN166: Laurie Ann Flagg Inacio, in the Air Force, to be Colonel
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN167: 53 nominations in the Air Force beginning with Matthew R. Allen and ending with Shaun M. Willhite
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN168: 83 nominations in the Air Force beginning with Peter Brian Abercrombie II and ending with Christopher C. Wood
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN169: 230 nominations in the Air Force beginning with Gregory M. Adams and ending with Ryan A. Zeitler
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN170: 38 nominations in the Air Force beginning with Obi Agborbesong and ending with Bryce D. Warren
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN171: 7 nominations in the Air Force beginning with Kevin W. Byrd and ending with William L. Weiford III
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN172: 77 nominations in the Air Force beginning with Michael R. Andrews and ending with Ronnie B. Young
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN173: 152 nominations in the Air Force beginning with Pedro E. Avila Morales and ending with Katelyn M. Zeringue
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN174: 3 nominations in the Army beginning with Mark S. Born and ending with Henry Cartagena
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN175: 5 nominations in the Army beginning with Michael L. Barnett and ending with James B. Prisock
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN176: Lawrence B. Austin, in the Army, to be Colonel
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN177: John B. Blackburn, in the Army, to be Colonel
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN178: Carlos J. Kavetsky, in the Army, to be Colonel
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN179: Laronda D. Davis, in the Army, to be Major
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN180: Alvin D. Schwapp, Jr., in the Army, to be Colonel
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN181: Randall S. Bossler, Jr., in the Army, to be Major
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN182: 2 nominations in the Army beginning with Joseph A. Marty and ending with Brian W. Mccoy
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN183: Fenicia L. Jackson, in the Army, to be Colonel
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN184: Jermain Y. Williams, in the Army, to be Major
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN185: 30 nominations in the Army beginning with Timothy M. Benedict and ending with Susan Stankorb
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN186: 120 nominations in the Army beginning with Harris A. Abbasi and ending with D015486
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN187: 81 nominations in the Army beginning with Silas C. Abrenica and ending with Daniel J. Yourk
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN188: 34 nominations in the Army beginning with Paul E. Baker and ending with Stephen L. Willson
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN189: 523 nominations in the Army beginning with Jonathan E. Abshire and ending with D015253
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN190: 564 nominations in the Army beginning with Nathanael B. Achor and ending with D014388
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN191: Ikechukwu L. Eweama, in the Army, to be Colonel
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN192: Edward F. Burke, in the Army, to be Colonel
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN193: 16 nominations in the Army beginning with Rob R. Billings and ending with Ovid Villarreal, Jr.
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN194: Stephen F. Barker, in the Army, to be Lieutenant Colonel
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN195: 2 nominations in the Army beginning with James Acevedo and ending with Lashell Y. Davis
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN196: 22 nominations in the Army beginning with Joseph A. Anderson and ending with John M. Winston III
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN197: Michael W. Mundle, in the Army, to be Colonel
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN198: Douglas W. Hedrick, in the Army, to be Colonel
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN199: 921 nominations in the Army beginning with Nicholaus A. Abbott and ending with D015207
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN200: Rodney A. Noah, in the Navy, to be Lieutenant Commander
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN201: Jonathan S. Channell, in the Navy, to be Captain
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN202: Hassan A. Brown, in the Navy, to be Commander
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN203: James G. O'Loughlin, in the Navy, to be Lieutenant Commander
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN206: 67 nominations in the Navy beginning with Philip P. Castellano and ending with Gregory J. Yamamoto
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN207: Peter Minh V. Nguyen, in the Navy, to be Lieutenant Commander
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN208: Troy T. Tartaglia, in the Navy, to be Captain
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN211: Jonathon T. Frerichs, in the Marine Corps, to be Lieutenant Colonel
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN212: 4 nominations in the Marine Corps beginning with William S. Chairsell III and ending with Richard W. Wilson
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN214: 15 nominations in the Space Force beginning with Leroy Brown, Jr. and ending with Forrest D. Taylor
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN216: 93 nominations in the Space Force beginning with Christopher A. Kennedy and ending with Derek B. Worth
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN217: 34 nominations in the Space Force beginning with Lance E. Basgall and ending with Stephanie J. Webb
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN218: 3 nominations in the Space Force beginning with Mark C. Bigley and ending with Stephen G. Lyon
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN219: Jerry L. Smith, in the Coast Guard, to be Commander
-- Reported by Senator Cantwell, Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, without printed report.
-- Placed on Senate Executive Calendar. Calendar No. 56. Subject to nominee's commitment to respond to requests to appear and testify before any duly constituted committee of the Senate.
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN225: 2 nominations in the Navy beginning with Capt. Ronald J. Piret and ending with Capt. Ralph R. Smith III
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN227: Rear Adm. (lh) Joseph D. Noble, Jr., in the Navy, to be Rear Admiral
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN229: 2 nominations in the Navy beginning with Rear Adm. (lh) William E. Chase III and ending with Rear Adm. (lh) John A. Okon
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN233: 9 nominations in the Marine Corps beginning with Col. Joseph R. Clearfield and ending with Col. Ahmed T. Williamson
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN234: Col. Sean N. Day, in the Marine Corps, to be Brigadier General
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN235: Brig. Gen. Mark A. Hashimoto, in the Marine Corps, to be Major General
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN240: Vice Adm. Samuel J. Paparo, Jr., in the Navy, to be Admiral
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

Adjournment

By unanimous consent, on the request of Mr. Schumer, at 5:30 p.m., the Senate adjourned, under its order of today, until 11 a.m. on Monday, March 29, 2021.