The House and Senate have both left for their August recess, and will not return until Tuesday, September 5.
LAST WEEK ON THE SENATE FLOOR:
The Senate returned on Monday and voted to invoke cloture on the nomination of Kevin Newsom of Alabama to be a U.S. Circuit Judge for the 11th Circuit.
The Senate also finally began to break the confirmation logjam on Monday. By voice vote – meaning a Unanimous Consent Agreement had been reached between Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer – the Senate confirmed 103 military promotions or confirmations.
The confirmation blockade had existed, said Schumer, because Republicans had early on announced they were going to try to repeal ObamaCare via reconciliation, meaning there was no need for Democrat votes, meaning there was no need for Democrat input. Now that the threat of repeal had been dealt with, the Democrats could let the Senate go back to its more typical working schedule.
On Tuesday, the Senate voted by 92-5 to confirm Christopher Wray to serve as the new Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Then the Senate voted to confirm Kevin Newsom to serve as a U.S. Circuit Judge for the 11th Circuit.
On Wednesday, the Senate voted by 50-48 to invoke cloture on the nomination of Marvin Kaplan of KS to be a Member of the National Labor Relations Board. Then the Senate voted by the same 50-48 margin to confirm Kaplan to that position on the board of the NLRB.
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