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Recent Floor Activity


Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Mrs. Kelly Loeffler, from the State of Georgia, called the Senate to order at 10 a.m., the Chaplain offered a prayer, and Mrs. Loeffler 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 (Wednesday, November 18)

H.R. 1833 (Rep. Rice): A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 35 Tulip Avenue in Floral Park, New York, as the "Lieutenant Michael R. Davidson Post Office Building".
-- Passed Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent.

H.R. 3207 (Rep. Lamb): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 114 Mill Street in Hookstown, Pennsylvania, as the "Staff Sergeant Dylan Elchin Post Office Building".
-- Passed Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent.

H.R. 3317 (Rep. Hill): A bill to permit the Scipio A. Jones Post Office in Little Rock, Arkansas, to accept and display a portrait of Scipio A. Jones, and for other purposes.
-- Passed Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent.

H.R. 3329 (Rep. Torres): A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 5186 Benito Street in Montclair, California, as the "Paul Eaton Post Office Building".
-- Passed Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent.

H.R. 4734 (Rep. Bucshon): A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 171 South Maple Street in Dana, Indiana, as the "Ernest 'Ernie' T. Pyle Post Office".
-- Passed Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent.

H.R. 4794 (Rep. Rose): A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 8320 13th Avenue in Brooklyn, New York, as the "Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini Post Office Building".
-- Passed Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent.

H.R. 4981 (Rep. Adams): A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 2505 Derita Avenue in Charlotte, North Carolina, as the "Julius L. Chambers Civil Rights Memorial Post Office".
-- Passed Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent.

H.R. 5037 (Rep. Murphy): A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 3703 North Main Street in Farmville, North Carolina, as the "Walter B. Jones, Jr. Post Office".
-- Passed Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent.

H.R. 5384 (Rep. Johnson): A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 100 Crosby Street in Mansfield, Louisiana, as the "Dr. C.O. Simpkins, Sr., Post Office".
-- Passed Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent.

S. 512 (Sen. Klobuchar): A bill to establish an advisory office within the Bureau of Consumer Protection of the Federal Trade Commission to prevent fraud targeting seniors, and for other purposes.
-- Passed Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent.

S. 1869 (Sen. Peters): A bill to require the disclosure of ownership of high-security space leased to accommodate a Federal agency, and for other purposes.
-- Message on House action received in Senate and at desk: House amendment to Senate bill.

S. 2847 (Sen. Reed): A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 42 Main Street in Slatersville, Rhode Island, as the "Specialist Matthew R. Turcotte Post Office".
-- Passed Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent.

S. 2904 (Sen. Cortez Masto): A bill to direct the Director of the National Science Foundation to support research on the outputs that may be generated by generative adversarial networks, otherwise known as deepfakes, and other comparable techniques that may be developed in the future, and for other purposes.
-- Passed Senate with an amendment by Unanimous Consent.

S. 3257 (Sen. Johnson): A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 311 West Wisconsin Avenue in Tomahawk, Wisconsin, as the "Einar 'Sarge' H. Ingman, Jr. Post Office Building".
-- Passed Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent.

S. 3461 (Sen. Cornyn): A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 2600 Wesley Street in Greenville, Texas, as the "Audie Murphy Post Office Building".
-- Passed Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent.

S. 3462 (Sen. Cornyn): A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 909 West Holiday Drive in Fate, Texas, as the "Ralph Hall Post Office".
-- Passed Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent.

S. 3839 (Sen. Young): A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 2719 South Webster Street in Kokomo, Indiana, as the "Opha May Johnson Post Office".
-- Passed Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent.

S. 4126 (Sen. Johnson): A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 104 East Main Street in Port Washington, Wisconsin, as the "Joseph G. Demler Post Office".
-- Passed Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent.

S.Res. 779 (Sen. Hoeven): A resolution recognizing National Native American Heritage Month and celebrating the heritages and cultures of Native Americans and the contributions of Native Americans to the United States.
-- Submitted in the Senate, considered, and agreed to without amendment and with a preamble by Unanimous Consent.

Executive Business (Wednesday, November 18)

PN70: Michelle A. Schultz, of Pennsylvania, to be a Member of the Surface Transportation Board for the term of five years
-- Considered by Senate.
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN1328: Stephen A. Vaden, of Tennessee, to be a Judge of the United States Court of International Trade
-- Considered by Senate.
-- By unanimous consent agreement, mandatory quorum required under Rule XXII waived.
-- Cloture invoked in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 49 - 44. Record Vote Number: 236
-- By unanimous consent agreement, vote 11/18/2020.
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 49 - 43. Record Vote Number: 237

PN1433: Kathryn C. Davis, 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.

PN1660: J. Philip Calabrese, of Ohio, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Ohio
-- Motion to proceed to executive session to consideration of nomination agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.
-- Cloture motion presented in Senate.

PN1704-2: Aziz Y. Younes, in the Foreign Service
-- Senate Committee on Foreign Relations discharged by Unanimous Consent.
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN1737: Thomas Laszlo Vajda, of Arizona, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador to the Union of Burma
-- Considered by Senate.
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN1816: Lisa S. Kenna, of Vermont, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Peru
-- Considered by Senate.
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN1906: Melanie Harris Higgins, of Georgia, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Counselor, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Burundi
-- Considered by Senate.
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN1907: Jeanne Marie Maloney, of Virginia, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador to the Kingdom of Eswatini
-- Considered by Senate.
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN1909: James Broward Story, of South Carolina, to be Ambassador to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela
-- Considered by Senate.
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN1940: Michael A. McCarthy, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Liberia
-- Considered by Senate.
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN2023: Kyle Hauptman, of Maine, to be a Member of the National Credit Union Administration Board for a term expiring August 2, 2025
-- Motion to proceed to executive session to consideration of nomination agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.
-- Cloture motion presented in Senate.

PN2074: Gunter E. Schwabe, in the Foreign Service
-- Senate Committee on Foreign Relations discharged by Unanimous Consent.
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN2075: 35 nominations in the Foreign Service beginning with Scott L. Anderson and ending with Conrad Wp. Wong
-- Senate Committee on Foreign Relations discharged by Unanimous Consent.
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN2151: Robert E. Primus, of New Jersey, to be a Member of the Surface Transportation Board for a term expiring December 31, 2022
-- Considered by Senate.
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN2174: 8 nominations in the Foreign Service beginning with Bergen Nichole Bassett and ending with Mark A. Sullo
-- Senate Committee on Foreign Relations discharged by Unanimous Consent.
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN2208: Kathryn Kimball Mizelle, of Florida, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Florida
-- Cloture invoked in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 49 - 43. Record Vote Number: 238
-- Considered by Senate.
-- By unanimous consent agreement, vote 11/18/2020.
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 49 - 41. Record Vote Number: 239

PN2233: 89 nominations in the Coast Guard beginning with Steven C. Acosta and ending with Jessica S. Worst
-- Reported by Senator Wicker, Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, without printed report.
-- Placed on Senate Executive Calendar. Calendar No. DESK. 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.

PN2257: 5 nominations in the Coast Guard beginning with Rear Adm. (lh) Brendan C. McPherson and ending with Rear Adm. (lh) Todd C. Wiemers
-- Reported by Senator Wicker, Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, without printed report.
-- Placed on Senate Executive Calendar. Calendar No. 908. 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.

PN2272: 2 nominations in the Coast Guard beginning with Corinna M. Fleischmann and ending with Kimberly C. Young-Mclear
-- Reported by Senator Wicker, Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, without printed report.
-- Placed on Senate Executive Calendar. Calendar No. DESK. 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.

PN2292: 204 nominations in the Coast Guard beginning with Michael S. Adams, Jr. and ending with Andrew H. Zuckerman
-- Reported by Senator Wicker, Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, without printed report.
-- Placed on Senate Executive Calendar. Calendar No. DESK. 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.

Adjournment

By unanimous consent, on the request of Mr. McConnell, at 6:34 p.m., the Senate adjourned, under its order of today, until 8:15 a.m. on Friday, November 20, 2020.