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Cloture filed on Califf nomination; 5:30pm roll call vote on Monday, 2/22

Tonight, Senator McConnell moved to Executive Session to consider Executive Calendar #443, Robert McKinnon Califf, to be Commissioner of Food and Drugs, Department of Health and Human Services, and filed cloture on the nomination.   At 5:30pm on Monday, February 22, the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Califf nomination.

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Cotton objects to Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Reauthorization Act

Senator Grassley asked unanimous consent to pass Calendar #325, S.1169, Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Reauthorization Act, with a committee-reported substitute and a Grassley substitute amendment.   Senator Cotton objected.

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1:45pm vote on confirmation of Strand nomination (IA district judge)

By a vote of 75-20, the Senate adopted the conference report to accompany H.R.644, Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 (Customs).   At 1:30pm, the Senate will turn to Executive Session to consider the nomination of Executive Calendar #361, the nomination of Leonard Terry Strand, of South Dakota, to be US District Judge…

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Republicans objects to Jacobson nomination

Senator Udall asked unanimous consent that the Senate proceed to vote on Executive Calendar #365, the nomination of Roberta S. Jacobson, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the United Mexican States.   Senator Lee objected on behalf of Senator Rubio.     Unofficial Transcript: UDALL: MADAM PRESIDENT, I…

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cloture invoked on conference report re: H.R.644, Customs; next roll call votes at approx. 12:00 noon and 1:45pm

Cloture was invoked on the conference report to accompany H.R.644, Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015, by a vote of 73-20.   Senator McConnell announced that after all post-cloture debate has concluded – at approximately 12:00 noon – he expects the Senate will vote on adoption of the conference report.   Senator McConnell…

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Objection to calling up Paul amendment

Senator Paul asked unanimous consent to call up amendment #3301 (to remove national security waivers) to H.R.757, North Korea Sanctions.   Senator Gardner objected.

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Senate considering H.R.757, North Korea Sanctions

The Senate is considering Calendar #359, H.R.757, North Korea Sanctions Enforcement Act of 2016. There will now be up to 7 hours of debate equally divided in the usual form. Following the use or yielding back of time, the committee-reported amendment will be agreed to and the Senate will vote on the bill, as amended.…

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Cloture filed on conference report re: H.R.644, Customs Conference

This evening Senator McConnell laid before the Senate the conference report to accompany H.R.644, Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015, and filed cloture.   Unless an agreement is reached, the cloture vote is expected one hour after the Senate convenes on Thursday, February 11.

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Marciel nomination confirmed (Burma Ambassador); Senate in morning business; N. Korea Sanctions tomorrow, Wednesday

The Senate confirmed the Marciel nomination (Burma Ambassador) by a vote of 90-0.   The Senate is now in a period of morning business with senators permitted to speak for up to 10 minutes each.   As a reminder, tomorrow, Wednesday, following morning business the Senate will proceed to the consideration of Calendar #359, H.R.757,…

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Agreement on Marciel nomination, 2:15pm vote Tuesday 2/9

The Senate has reached an agreement that at 2:15pm on Tuesday, February 9, there will be a roll call vote on confirmation of Scot Alan Marciel to be Ambassador of the United States of America to the Union of Burma.   Tuesday, February 9 at 2:15pm – 1 roll call vote Confirmation of Executive Calendar…

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