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quorum call:
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mr. mcconnell: mr. president. the presiding officer: the majority leader. mr. mcconnell: are we in a quorum call? the presiding officer: we are. mr. mcconnell: i ask unanimous consent that further proceedings under the quorum call be dispensed with. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. mcconnell: all week chairman shelby and a number of our colleagues worked tirelessly to get a supplemental funding agreement for disaster relief over the finish line. he has prepared one thoughtful good-faith compromise after another. in fact, this has been going on for months now, compromise offer after compromise offer from republicans, constant engagement and good-faith work. so i'm pleased that today all of his hard work has at long last paid off thanks to the efforts from a number of our colleagues an thanks to the leadership of president trump and his administration, and i might add the occupant of the chair who has been extremely persistent in
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this effort over the lasts weeks and months, the senate has a compromise solution for disaster funding and we sent it over to the house. regretfully, they are gone. the president has indicated he supports it, so the senate's bipartisan vote is a big step toward making law an actually delivering the relief that communities across our nation need. so, mr. president, i'm sorry that our house democratic colleagues blocked commonsense efforts to include funding in this legislation for the ongoing humanitarian crisis down on the southern border. despite days of negotiations, house democrats insisted that we do not provide more funding for our overwhelmed agencies, agencies which are running on fumes without including other poison pill policy riders. so, as a result, today's agreement omits those needed
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resources. this wasn't money for the wall or even for law enforcement. it was money so that the federal government could continue to house, feed, and care for the men, women, and children showing up along our southern border. money for agencies that are currently literally running on fumes. this is money that is so uncontroversial -- so uncontroversial that even "the new york times" published an editorial entitled, congress, give trump his border money. "the new york times." they also said political gamesmanship that continues to hold up desperately needed resources. that's what they -- apparently our house democratic colleagues
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heard president trump and the word border in the same sentence and decided they preferred no action at all to the sensible compromise that even "the new york times" had called for. it's too bad that partisan spite has infected even such blindedly omps such as humanitarian efforts on the southern border. our democratic friends have become so committed to the resistance that they are now, mr. president, to the left of "the new york times" editorial board. to the left of "the new york times" editorial board. nevertheless, we should celebrate the progress that we're making today. the senate passage of this legislation marks a huge step forward for communities across the u.s. that have gone far too long without receiving this federal assistance to help them get back on their feet.
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finally, the millions of americans who grappled with nature's worse are closer to receiving the supplemental aid they need. the western communities that are sorting through the ashes of record-breaking wildfires, and puerto rico where hurricane damage damaged homes an critical infrastructure, the deep south communities victimized by tornadoes, and for those still grappling with the floodwaters that surged over towns across the midwest and my own state of kentucky. i'm grateful that senator shelby, senator leahy, colleagues of ours, including rubio, ernst, thune, blunt, sasse, and others have brought us to this point with their tireless work on this subject. so i'm grateful to the president for his leadership an focus on getting an outcome.
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i'm glad that we passed this legislation and sent to the -- it to the house. i would urge our colleagues over in the house to support it. i ask unanimous consent to proceed to calendar number 78, s. 1332. the presiding officer: the clerk will report the motion. the clerk: motion to proceed to calendar number 78, s. 1332, a bill to set forth the budget for the united states government for to 20 and -- 2020 and so forth. mr. mcconnell: i send a cloture motion to the desk. the presiding officer: the clerk will report the cloture motion. the clerk: cloture motion, we, the undersigned senators, in accordance with the provisions
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of rule 22, do hereby bring to a close debate on, s. 1332, to set a budget for the united states fiscal government for 2020 and setting budgetary levels for 2021 through 2029. mr. mcconnell: i ask unanimous consent that the reading of the names be waived. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. mcconnell: i move to proceed to executive session to consider calendar number 157. the presiding officer: the question is on the motion. all in favor say aye. all opposed, no. the ayes appear to have it, the ayes do have it. the motion is agreed to. the clerk report the nomination. the clerk: social security administration, andrew m. saul of new york to be commissioner. mr. mcconnell: i send a cloture motion to the desk. the presiding officer: the clerk will report the motion. the clerk: cloture motion: we, the undersigned senators, in accordance with the provisions of rule 22 of the standing rules of the senate, do hereby move to bring to a close debate on the nomination of andrew m. saul of
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new york to be commissioner of social security, signed by 17 senators as follows -- mr. mcconnell: i ask the reading of the names be waived. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. mcconnell: i move to proceed to legislative session. the presiding officer: question is on the motion. all those in favor, say aye. those opposed, say no. the ayes do have it. the motion is agreed to. mr. mcconnell: i move to proceed to executive session to consider calendar number 224. the presiding officer: question is on the motion. all in tariff say yea. those opposed, say no. the ayes appear to have it. the ayes do have it. the motion is agreed to. the clerk will report the nomination. the clerk: nomination, department of state, david schenker of new jersey to be assistant secretary. mr. mcconnell: i i send a cloture motion to the desk. the presiding officer: the clerk will report the motion. the clerk: cloture motion: we, the undersigned senators, in accordance with the provisions of rule 22 of the standing rules
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of the senate, do hereby move to bring to a close debate on the nomination of david schenker of new jersey to be annant secretary of state. mr. mcconnell: i ask the reading of the names be waived. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. mcconnell: i move to proceed to legislative session. the presiding officer: question is on the motion. all those in favor, say aye. those opposed, say no. the ayes appear to have it. the ayes do have it. the motion is agreed to. mr. mcconnell: i move to proceed to executive session to consider calendar number 162. the presiding officer: question is on the motion. all those in favor, say aye. those opposed, say no. the ayes appear to have it. the ayes do have it. the motion is agreed to. the clerk will report the nomination. the clerk: nomination, commodity futures trading commission, heath b.charben of maryland. the clerk: cloture motion: we, the undersigned senators, in accordance with the provisions of rule 22 of the standing rules of the senate, do hereby move to bring to a close debate on the
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nomination of heath b.tarbert of new york to be chairman of the commodities future commission signed by 17 senators as followed. mr. mcconnell: i ask consent of the reading of the names be waived. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. mcconnell: i move to proceed to legislative session. the presiding officer: question is on the motion. all those in favor, say aye. those opposed, say no. the ayes appear to have it. the ayes do have it. the motion is agreed to. mr. mcconnell: i move to proceed to executive session to consider calendar number 163. the presiding officer: question is on the motion. all those in favor, say aye. those opposed, say no. the ayes appear to have it. the ayes do have it. the motion is agreed to. the clerk will report the nomination. the clerk: nomination, commodity futures trading commission, heath p. tarbert of maryland to be commissioner. mr. mcconnell: i send a cloture motion to the desk. the presiding officer: the clerk will report the motion. the clerk: cloture motion: we, the undersigned senators, in
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accordance with the provisions of rule 22 of the standing rules of the senate, do hereby move to bring to a close debate on the nomination of heath p. tarbert of new york to be commissioner of the commodity futures trading commission. signed by 17 senators -- mr. mcconnell: i ask the reading of the names be waived. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. mcconnell: i move to proceed to legislative session. the presiding officer: question is on the motion. all those in favor, say aye. those opposed, say no. the ayes appear to have it. the ayes do have it. the motion is agreed to. mr. mcconnell: i move to proceed to executive session to consider calendar number 198. the presiding officer: question is on the motion. all those in favor, say aye. those opposed, say no. the ayes appear to have it. the ayes do have it. the motion is agreed to. the clerk will report the nomination. the clerk: nomination, department of the interior, susan combs of texas to be an assistant secretary. mr. mcconnell: i send a cloture motion to the desk. the presiding officer: the clerk will report the motion. the clerk: cloture motion: we, the undersigned senators, in accordance with the provisions of rule 22 of the standing rules of the senate, do hereby move to bring to a close debate on the
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nomination of susan combs of texas to be an assistant secretary of the interior, signed by 17 senators as follows -- mr. mcconnell: i ask consent the reading of the names be waived. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. mcconnell: i move to proceed to legislative session. the presiding officer: question is on the motion. all those in favor, say aye. those opposed, say no. the ayes appear to have it. the ayes do have it. the motion is agreed to. mr. mcconnell: i move to proceed to executive session to consider calendar number 39. the presiding officer: question is on the motion. all those in favor, say aye. those opposed, say no. the ayes appear to have it. the ayes do have it. the motion is agreed to. the clerk will report the nomination. the clerk: nomination, the judiciary, ryan t.holte of ohio to be a judge of the united states court of federal claims. the presiding officer: i send a cloture motion to the desk. the presiding officer: the clerk will report. the clerk: cloture motion: we, the undersigned senators, in accordance with the provisions of rule 22 of the standing rules of the senate, do hereby move to bring to a close debate on the nomination of ryan t. hoelt of
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ohio to be a judge of the united states court of federal claims. signed by 16 senators as follows -- mr. mcconnell: i ask the reading of the names waived. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. mcconnell: mr. mcconnell: i move to proceed to legislate itive session. the presiding officer: all those in favor, say aye. those opposed, say no. the ayes appear to have it. the ayes do have it. the motion is agreed to. mr. mcconnell: move to proceed to executive session for calendar 40. the presiding officer: question is on the motion. all those in favor, say aye. those opposed, say no. the ayes appear to have it. the ayes do have it. the motion is agreed to. the clerk will report the nomination. the clerk: nomination, the judiciary, ron c. david alston jr. to be judge of the eastern district of virginia. mr. mcconnell: i send a cloture motion to the desk. the presiding officer: the clerk will report the motion. the clerk: we, the undersigned senators, in accordance with the provisions of rule 22 of the standing rules of the senate, do hereby move to bring to a close debate on the nomination of
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rossie david alston jr. of virginia to be united states district judge for the eastern district of virginia, signed by 17 senators as follows -- mr. mcconnell: i ask the reading of the names be waived. i move we proceed to legislative session. the presiding officer: the question is on the motion. all in favor say aye. opposed no. the ayes appear to have it. the ayes do have it the motion is agreed to. mr. mcconnell: i move to proceed to executive session to consider calendar 56. the presiding officer: the question is on the motion. all in favor say aye. opposed no. the ayes appear to have it. the ayes do have it. the motion is agreed to. the clerk will report the nomination. the clerk: nomination, the judiciary, richard a. hertling of maryland to be a judge of the united states court of federal claims. mr. mcconnell: i send a cloture motion to the desk. the presiding officer: the clerk will report the motion. the clerk: cloture motion. we, the undersigned senators, in accordance with the provisions of rule 22 of the standing rules of the senate, do hereby move to bring to a close debate on the nomination of richard a. hertling of maryland to be a judge of the united states court
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of federal claims, signed by 17 senators as follows -- mr. mcconnell: i ask consent the reading of the names be waived. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. mcconnell: i ask unanimous consent the mandatory quorum calls for the cloture motions be waived. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. mcconnell: i ask unanimous consent the senate proceed to the consideration of calendars 247 through 251, and 253 through 286, and all the nominations on the secretary's desk in the air force, army, marine corps, and navy, that the nominations be confirmed, the motions to reconsider be considered made and laid upon the table with no intervening action or debate, that no further motions be in order, that any statements related to the nominations be printed in the record and the president be immediately notified of the senate's action. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. mcconnell: i ask unanimous consent the senate proceed to the en bloc consideration of the
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following nominations -- executive calendar 226, 227, 228, 235, 236, and 237. the presiding officer: without objection. the clerk will report the nominations en bloc. the clerk: nominations, department of justice, michael g. bailey of arizona to be united states attorney for the district of arizona. brent r. bun of idaho to be united states marshal for the district of idaho. eric s. gartner of pennsylvania to be united states marshal for the eastern district of pennsylvania. timothy j. downing of oklahoma to be united states attorney for the western district of oklahoma. william travis brown jr. of louisiana to be united states marshal for the middle district of louisiana. michael blaine east of north carolina to be united states marshal for the eastern district of north carolina. mr. mcconnell: i ask consent that the senate vote on the
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nominations en bloc with no intervening action or debate, that if confirmed the motions to reconsider be considered made and laid upon the table en bloc, the president be immediately notified of the senate's action, no further motions be in order, and any statements related to the nominations be printed in the record. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. mcconnell: i ask unanimous consent -- the presiding officer: the question is on the nominations en bloc. all in favor say aye. opposed no. the ayes appear to have it. the ayes do have it. the nominations are confirmed en bloc. mr. mcconnell: i ask unanimous consent the senate proceed to consideration of the following nominations -- executive calendar 112 and 124. the presiding officer: without objection. the clerk: nomination, department of energy, william bookless of california to be principal deputy administrator of national nuclear security administration. christopher fall of virginia to be director of the office of science.
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mr. mcconnell: i ask unanimous consent the senate vote on the nominations with no intervening action or debate, that if confirmed, the motions to reconsider be considered made and laid upon the table, the president be immediately notified of the senate's action, that no further motions be in order, and that any statements related to the nomination be printed in the record. the presiding officer: without objection. the question is on the nominations en bloc. all in favor say aye. opposed no. the ayes appear to have it. the ayes do have it. the nominations are confirmed en bloc. mr. mcconnell: i further ask unanimous consent that at times to be determined by the majority leader in consultation with the democratic leader, the senate proceed to executive session and the consideration of executive calendar 122, that the senate vote on the nomination with no intervening action or debate, that if confirmed, the motion to reconsider be considered made and laid upon the table, the president be immediately notified of the senate's action, no further motions be in order, and that any statements related to the nomination be printed in the record. the presiding officer: without
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objection. mr. mcconnell: i ask unanimous consent that the senate proceed to the en bloc consideration of the following nominations -- executive calendar 177, 220, 289, 290, 291, 179, 218, and all nominations on the secretary's desk in the foreign service. the presiding officer: without objection. the clerk will report the nominations en bloc. the clerk: department of state, michael j. fitzpatrick of virginia to be ambassador to the republic of ecuador. indicate marie byrnes of florida to be ambassador to the republic of north macedonia. bridget a. brink of michigan to be ambassador to the slovak republic. john jefferson dagle of louisiana to be ambassador to
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the republic of cabo verde. matthew s.climo of new york to be ambassador to turkmenistan. jeffrey ross gunter of california to be ambassador to the republic of iceland. james s.gilmore of virginia to be u.s. representative to the organization for security and cooperation in europe. mr. mcconnell: i ask the senate vote on the nominations en bloc with no intervening action or debate, that if confirmed the motions to reconsider be considered made
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and laid upon the table en bloc, the president be immediately notified of the senate's action, and that no further motions be in order and if any statements related to the nominations be printed in the record. the presiding officer: without objection. the question is on the nominations en bloc. all in favor say aye. opposed no. the ayes appear to have it. the ayes do have it. the nominations are confirmed en bloc. mr. mcconnell: i ask unanimous consent the senate proceed to the consideration of the following nominations -- executive calendar 187 and 215. the presiding officer: without objection. the clerk will report the nominations en bloc. the clerk: nomination, the united states agency for international development, john barsa of florida to be an assistant administrator. richard c. parker of north carolina to be an assistant administrator. mr. mcconnell: i ask consent the senate vote on the nominations with no intervening action or debate, that if confirmed, the motions to reconsider be considered made and laid upon the table, the
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president be immediately notified of the senate's action, and that no further motions be in order, that any statements related to the nomination be printed in the record. the presiding officer: without objection. the question is on the nominations en bloc. all in favor say aye. opposed no. the eyes appear to have it. the ayes do have it. the nominations are confirmed en bloc. mr. mcconnell: i ask unanimous consent the senate proceed to legislative session and be in a period of morning business with snored permitted to speak therein for up to ten minutes each. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. mcconnell: i ask unanimous consent the judiciary committee be discharged from further consideration and the senate now proceed to s. res. 213. the presiding officer: the clerk will report. the clerk: senate resolution 213, designating the week of may 19 through may 25, 2019, as national public works week. the presiding officer: without objection. the committee is discharged, and the senate will proceed without objection. mr. mcconnell: i ask unanimous consent the resolution be agreed
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to, the preamble be agreed to, and the motions to reconsider be considered made and laid upon the table. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. mcconnell: i ask unanimous consent the senate now proceed to the en bloc considerations of the following senate resolutions which were submitted earlier today -- s. res. 222, 223, 224, 225, and 226. the presiding officer: without objection, the senate will proceed to the nominations -- the resolutions, i'm sorry, resolutions en bloc. mr. mcconnell: i know of no further debate on the resolutions. the presiding officer: if there is no further debate, the question on consideration of the resolutions en bloc. all in favor say aye. opposed no. the ayes appear to have it. the ayes do have it. the resolutions are confirmed en bloc. mr. mcconnell: i ask unanimous consent the preambles be agreed
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to and that the motions to reconsider be considered made and laid upon the table, all en bloc. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. mcconnell: i ask unanimous consent the energy and natural resources committee be discharged from further consideration and the senate now proceed to senate concurrent resolution 3. the presiding officer: the clerk will report. the clerk: senate concurrent resolution 3, recognizing the rich history, heritage, and strategic importance of the republic of the marshall islands and the marshallese population residing in the united states. the presiding officer: without objection, the committee is discharged. the senate will proceed to the measure. mr. mcconnell: i ask unanimous consent the resolution be agreed to, the preamble be agreed to, and the motions to reconsider be considered made and laid upon the table. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. mcconnell: i ask unanimous consent the committee on energy and natural resources be discharged from further consideration of s. 886 and the bill be referred to the committee on indian affairs. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. mcconnell: i ask unanimous consent the senate proceed to the immediate consideration of
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s. 1693 introduced earlier today. the presiding officer: the clerk will report. the clerk: s. 1693, a bill to reauthorize the national flood insurance program. the presiding officer: without objection, the senate will proceed to the measure. mr. mcconnell: i ask unanimous consent the bill be considered read a third time. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. mcconnell: i know of no further debate on the measure. the presiding officer: if there is no further debate, the question is on passage of the bill. all in favor say aye. opposed no. the ayes appear to have it. the ayes do have it. the bill is passed. mr. mcconnell: i ask unanimous consent the motion to reconsider be considered made and laid upon the table. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. mcconnell: now, mr. president, i ask unanimous consent that when the senate completes its business today, it adjourn to then convene for pro forma petitions only with no -- pro forma sessions only with no business being conducted on the following dates and times and
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the senate adjourn until the next pro forma session -- friday, may 24, 9:45 a.m. tuesday, may 28, 11:30 a.m. friday, may 31, at 10:30 a.m. i further ask that when the senate adjourns on friday, may 31, it next convene at 3:00 p.m. on mopped, june 3. following the prayer and pledge, the morning business be deemed expired, the journal of proceedings be approved to date, the time for the two leaders be reserved for their use later in the day, morning business be closed, and the senate resume consideration of the motion to proceed to calendar 78, s. 1332. finally, notwithstanding the provisions of rule 22, the cloture motions filed during today's session ripen at 5:30 p.m. monday, june 3. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. mcconnell: if there is no further business to come before the senate, i ask that it stand adjourned under the previous order. the presiding officer: the senate is adjourned until 9:45 a.m. tomorrow.
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