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Recent Floor Activity


Thursday, September 17, 2020

The President pro tempore called the Senate to order at 9:45 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 17)

S. 924 (Sen. Cornyn): A bill to amend the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act to require training and education to teachers and other school employees, students, and the community about how to prevent, recognize, respond to, and report child sexual abuse in primary and secondary education.
-- Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions discharged by Unanimous Consent.
-- Measure laid before Senate by unanimous consent.
-- Passed Senate with an amendment by Unanimous Consent.
S.Amdt. 2658 (Sen. Cornyn): In the nature of a substitute.
--Amendment SA 2658 proposed by Senator McConnell for Senator Cornyn.
--Amendment SA 2658 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.


S. 1160 (Sen. Smith): A bill to amend the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act to increase support for mental health.
-- Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions discharged by Unanimous Consent.
-- Measure laid before Senate by unanimous consent.
-- Passed Senate with an amendment by Unanimous Consent.
S.Amdt. 2659 (Sen. Smith): In the nature of a substitute.
--Amendment SA 2659 proposed by Senator McConnell for Senator Smith.
--Amendment SA 2659 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.


S. 1646 (Sen. Rubio): A bill to designate the community-based outpatient clinic of the Department of Veterans Affairs in St. Augustine, Florida, as the "Leo C. Chase Jr. Department of Veterans Affairs Clinic" .
-- Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs discharged by Unanimous Consent.
-- Measure laid before Senate by unanimous consent.
-- Passed Senate with an amendment by Unanimous Consent.
S.Amdt. 2657 (Sen. Rubio): To modify the designation of the community-based outpatient clinic of the Department of Veterans Affairs in St. Augustine, Florida.
--Amendment SA 2657 proposed by Senator McConnell for Senator Rubio.
--Amendment SA 2657 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.


S. 2683 (Sen. Burr): A bill to establish a task force to assist States in implementing hiring requirements for child care staff members to improve child safety.
-- Message on House action received in Senate and at desk: House amendment to Senate bill.

S. 4072 (Sen. Merkley): A bill to designate the clinic of the Department of Veterans Affairs in Bend, Oregon, as the "Robert D. Maxwell Department of Veterans Affairs Clinic".
-- Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs discharged by Unanimous Consent.
-- Passed Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent.

S.Res. 702 (Sen. Menendez): A resolution designating September 2020 as "National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month".
-- Submitted in the Senate, considered, and agreed to without amendment and with a preamble by Unanimous Consent.

S.Res. 703 (Sen. Menendez): A resolution designating the week beginning September 14, 2020, as National Hispanic-Serving Institutions Week .
-- Submitted in the Senate, considered, and agreed to without amendment and with a preamble by Unanimous Consent.

S.Res. 704 (Sen. Inhofe): A resolution honoring the accomplishments of General Thomas P. Stafford and recognizing his contribution to the United States Space Program.
-- Submitted in the Senate, considered, and agreed to without amendment and with a preamble by Unanimous Consent.

S.Res. 705 (Sen. Collins): A resolution proclaiming the week of September 21 through September 25, 2020, to be "National Clean Energy Week" .
-- Submitted in the Senate, considered, and agreed to without amendment and with a preamble by Unanimous Consent.

S.Res. 706 (Sen. Scott, of SC): A resolution expressing support for the designation of September 2020 as "Sickle Cell Disease Awareness Month" in order to educate communities across the United States about sickle cell disease and the need for research, early detection methods, effective treatments, and preventative care programs with respect to complications from sickle cell disease and conditions related to sickle cell disease .
-- Submitted in the Senate, considered, and agreed to without amendment and with a preamble by Unanimous Consent.

S.Res. 707 (Sen. Klobuchar): A resolution recognizing September 1, 2020, as "National Poll Worker Recruitment Day".
-- Submitted in the Senate, considered, and agreed to without amendment by Unanimous Consent.

Executive Business (Thursday, September 17)

PN1314: John Charles Hinderaker, of Arizona, to be United States District Judge for the District of Arizona
-- 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, debate mandatory quorum required under Rule XXII waived.

PN1348: Edward Hulvey Meyers, of Maryland, to be a Judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims for a term of fifteen years
-- 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, debate mandatory quorum required under Rule XXII waived.
-- By unanimous consent agreement, debate 9/21/2020.

PN1508: Iain D. Johnston, of Illinois, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 77 - 14. Record Vote Number: 183

PN1510: Franklin Ulyses Valderrama, of Illinois, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois
-- Considered by Senate.
-- Cloture motion withdrawn by unanimous consent in Senate.
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 68 - 26. Record Vote Number: 182

PN1691: Andrea R. Lucas, of Virginia, to be a Member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for a term expiring July 1, 2025
-- 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, debate mandatory quorum required under Rule XXII waived.

PN1693: Jocelyn Samuels, of Maryland, to be a Member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for a term expiring July 1, 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, debate mandatory quorum required under Rule XXII waived.

PN1694: Keith E. Sonderling, of Florida, to be a Member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for a term expiring July 1, 2024
-- 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, debate mandatory quorum required under Rule XXII waived.

PN1922: Roderick C. Young, of Virginia, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia
-- 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, debate mandatory quorum required under Rule XXII waived.

Adjournment

By unanimous consent, on the request of Mr. McConnell, at 5:02 p.m., the Senate adjourned, under its order of today, until 3 p.m. on Monday, September 21, 2020.