Wednesday, Jun. 24, 2015

Senate Opening

Senate Opening

Jun 24 2015 09:30 AM

The Senate convened.

McConnell, Reid

Opening Remarks

Jun 24 2015 09:52 AM

Today –

  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R. 2146, the legislative vehicle for the Trade Promotion Authority bill, post-cloture.
  • At approximately 5:30 PM, absent an agreement, all post-cloture time on H.R. 2146 will expire.
  • Note: The amendment tree is filled with respect to H.R. 2146.


Senator McConnell: (9:33 AM)

  • Spoke on trade.
    • "The Senate's work on trade doesn't end today. I said the Senate would finish pursuing the rest of the full trade package, and it will. We'll take another cloture vote today to that end. That process continues. But the key victory for American workers and products stamped "Made in the U.S.A." comes today. The bill we're about to pass will assert Congress authority throughout the trade negotiation process. It will ensure we have the tools we need to properly scrutinize whatever trade agreements are ultimately negotiated and it will make clear that the final say rests with us. We had plenty of bumps along the road. Frankly, a few big potholes too. But we worked across the aisle to get through all of them. That's an example of how a new Congress is back to work for the American people. I thank everyone who helped us get where we are. Now let's vote again to support the American worker and American middle class by approving the bipartisan T.P.A. bill."
  • Spoke on cyber security.
    • "Here's what the American people were really looking for the O.P.M. director to address. Accountability. Accountability. A plan for the future. Confidence in the ability of the bureaucracy they hire. And rarely, if ever, can fire to break out of the stereotype and show they can put the people's concerns first. I thank Chairman Boozman for holding that hearing. We learned a lot but it's not the end of the story. The O.P.M. director will testify tomorrow before Chairman Ron Johnson's Homeland Security Committee. I hope she'll better address the legitimate concerns of the American people. That means a resolve to get to the bottom of what happened. That means giving the American people renewed confidence in a creeping bureaucracy. And that means pledging to work with policy-makers to enact real, real reforms rather than simply accepting failure … Whatever happens tomorrow, one thing doesn't change. The need for the Intelligence Committee's cybersecurity bill we tried to pass earlier this month. I'm going to continue working with my colleagues toward that end."


Senator Reid: (9:41 AM)

  • Spoke on cyber security.
    • "We could name 25 companies, 50 companies, 100 companies that have been hacked and hacked very badly. Not the least of which is Sony, Target. It is hard for me to comprehend that my friend, my counterpart, is here talking about the need to do something for cyber security when he as the leader of the Republicans has stopped us from doing this. I would hope there is a bill, it's not a perfect bill, it's far from it; bipartisan bill, has the support of the chairman and ranking member of the Intelligence Committee. We can get to work on that right now, and we should do that. I repeat, it's not perfect legislation but it's certainly a step forward."
  • Spoke on the highway trust fund.
    • "Their legislation will modernize our nation's crumbling infrastructure. The bill that the E.P.W. Committee will consider is $275 billion. That includes modest increases in funding over the next six years. But modest increases, more importantly, won't allow us to vestments that our transportation system really needs. Every day we learn of new examples about the state of disrepair of our roads, bridges, our highways, and of course our transit systems. The highway trust fund is no longer sufficient to fund invests we so desperately need to rebuild them. Why? Because people's habits have changed. Vehicles have changed. People don't drive every car they have - every car they have isn't a gas-guzzer. We have electric cars. We have cars that run sometimes on gasoline, sometimes electricity. We have cars that run on gasoline all the time, but they don't burn much gasoline. So the trust fund, which was set to take care of all the road needs we have - surface transportation needs - we don't have the resources. So we have to look for other resources because the highway trust fund is no longer sufficient to fund these investments we so desperately need to rebuild them."

Murphy, Cornyn, Gardner

Vehicle for Trade Promotion Authority (H.R. 2146)

Jun 24 2015 11:44 AM

Senator Murphy: (10:08 AM)

  • Spoke on gun violence.  
    • "His dad told me last night how Daniel would see little kids sitting alone at lunch with no one to talk to, and Daniel would go over, sit down next to them, make a new friend, just because it was the right thing to do. Reverend Pinckney and little Daniel Barden new the difference between words and actions. They understood that actions are what really count. The U.S. gun homicide rate is 20 times higher than that of our 22 peer nations. 86 people die every day from guns. That's four Sandy Hooks, ten Charlstons - every day. Since Sandy Hook, there has been a school shooting, on average, every week. How on Earth can we live with ourselves if we do nothing or, worse, if we don't even try?"


Senator Cornyn: (11:03 AM)

  • Spoke on ObamaCare.
    • "I must say every public opinion poll I've seen indicates that the people have a lot more confidence in the ability of the states to deal with their health care needs than they do the federal government, particularly in light of the failed experiment here of the last five years. But we put the states back in the driver's seat and allow them the flexibility they need to more effectively lower costs and increase choices. So while we didn't create this mess, we are ready to do our best to work together to protect the American people from any more harm caused by this legislation. The American people deserve real patient-centered reforms which, again, lower costs, making it more affordable and increasing access to the care. Not the opposite. So if the court delivers what could be a third strike against ObamaCare, my colleagues and I are eager to provide the American people with the freedom and the options that they need in order to get the best health care available at a price they can afford."


Senator Gardner: (11:29 AM)

  • Spoke on trade.
    • "Our partners in the region must know every day that the United States is here to stay and the T.P.P. is the first step in the process. This is an important debate we'll we have this week. Later on we'll vote for Trade Promotion Authority and I hope this chamber will see the wisdom of passing that legislation. 265,000 jobs in Colorado from a region responsible for T.P.P., responsible for increasing economic opportunity, increasing wage growth and the number of jobs we have in Colorado and around this country."

Durbin, Blunt, Blumenthal, Coats

Vehicle for Trade Promotion Authority (H.R. 2146)

Jun 24 2015 01:43 PM

Senator Durbin: (11:37 AM)

  • Spoke on ObamaCare.
    • "The law's helping seniors with their prescription drugs, as I mentioned earlier, and it's a savings of about $925 a year for each senior in America. So for those who are cheering and hoping that the Supreme Court will somehow derail the Affordable Care Act, my question then is very direct. What do you have to replace it? What will you do to deal with preexisting conditions and denying health insurance? What will you do to make sure that parents can keep their kids under their health insurance plans until the kids reach age 26? What will you do to fill the doughnut hole? What will you do to replace the deficit reduction which the Affordable Care Act has achieved? What will you do in terms of the long-term solvency of Medicare to make up for the 13 years that the Affordable Care Act has purchased? And the answer is they don't have an idea. They just don't like it. They don't like ObamaCare. And they don't want to hear these stories."
  • Spoke on Illinois tornadoes.
    • "I reached out to each of them last night, not surprisingly leaving voicemails. I know they were out and about, but we're there to help them if we can. As so often is the case with disasters like this, first responders, friends and family waste no time helping their neighbors. It isn't just a Midwestern thing, but we're pretty proud of it in the Midwest. I have no doubt that the people in Cole City, Sterling and all the others are going to stand up and help one another clean up, rebuild and get on with their lives. Our thoughts are with the many people today who have lost their homes and other property."


Senator Blunt: (12:28 PM)

  • Spoke on Iran.
    • "We are kidding ourselves and most of the world doesn't believe that we could do this either. Turkey and other countries outside of the immediate neighborhood will also want to view nuclear weapons capability as a new status quo in a dangerous world. An agreement that doesn't change the terror threat from Iran, an agreement that doesn't allow inspection for military facilities, an agreement that doesn't disclose past secret research for nuclear weapons, an agreement that doesn't ensure long-term inspections, an agreement that doesn't maintain sanctions in place until important compliance benchmarks are made is not agreement that would be good enough. We are facing a dangerous time. Iran is one of the chief perpetrators of terrorism in the world today. How we have let that country that has one example of bad behavior after another, one example of hatred for Israel after another, one example of contempt for the United States after another, how we have let that country become nuclear capable is amazing to me as it is to the world."


Senator Blumenthal: (12:43 PM)

  • Spoke on gun violence.
    • "So we are here in a marathon, not a sprint. We are here for the long haul. We're not going away, not giving up, not abandoning this fight, not surrendering to the forces of domestic terrorism or racial hatred or gun violence. We are better than that as a nation. And so, as we leave and go back home for this recess, I hope that we will not only share the grief and pain of those brave and courageous families in South Carolina who were so heroic in the face of evil, but resolve that we will redouble our efforts to raise awareness, to organize people who are of goodwill and want to stop gun violence and who need to be heard because the vast majority of the American people want us to take commonsense, sensible measures to make America safer and better."


Senator Coats: (12:58 PM)

  • Spoke on Waste of the Week.
    • "I have joined with a bipartisan group of my colleagues in supporting legislation, the Sugar Reform Act, introduced by Senator Shaheen from New Hampshire that would end the sugar subsidy if we could pass this legislation, it would result in the savings of at least $116 million according to the Congressional Budget Office. So today I add to our chart $116 million of savings that the government can incur, moving our chart ever closer to our goal of $100 billion of savings. We talk about how do we pay for essential programs here, where are we going to get the money, why don't we start here? Why don't we start by eliminating some of these programs - better yet, why don't we let the taxpayer keep their around-earned money than sending it to Washington to pay for waste and abuse that occurs almost on a daily basis here."

Merkley, Whitehouse, Wyden, Franken

Vehicle for Trade Promotion Authority (H.R. 2146)

Jun 24 2015 02:53 PM

Senator Merkley: (1:28 PM)

  • Spoke on trade.
    • "Unfortunately, this trade agreement is constructed around a different aspiration, one of maximizing the value of stock in multinational manufacturing corporations and that is done by shipping our jobs overseas. That is the wrong aim for this nation. It is the wrong aim for our working families. We have seen the impact of Korea. We have seen the impact of China joining the W.T.O. We have seen the impact of Mexico and NAFTA, and as a result we have lost millions of good-paying jobs in our nation and undermined the success of millions of American families. There is a lot of conversation here on the floor of the senate about inequality in our nation. You know what drives inequality? It is this. When you create trade agreements that are great for investors but are terrible for workers, that drives inequality."


Senator Whitehouse: (1:50 PM)

  • Spoke on climate change.
    • "Is there no light left here at all? Here in the Senate the hand of greed lies so heavily upon us. Please may the pope's exhortation give us the courage to stand up against the power of these selfish forces and do what is right for our people and for our planet? The fossil fuel industry has been a particular disgrace, polluting our politics as well as our planet. Ever since the Citizens United ruling gave polluters the ability to inject unlimited and untold amounts of money into our elections, the tsunami of their slime has drowned honest debate on climate change. Senators who once supported commonsense legislation have gone silent as stones under the threat of the polluters spending. Getting past the dark influence of the fossil fuel industry will indeed take some light and some courage, especially on the part of the Republican majority whom they so relentlessly bully and cajole. But we must do it. Again, mankind will not forget this failure of conscience and responsibility."


Senator Wyden: (2:06 PM)

  • Spoke on trade.
    • "I said quite some time ago that we weren't going to let this package become law without "level the playing field" authored by Senator Brown at the outset, and that is going to be the case, and I thank him for his work. The three programs - the trade adjustment assistance program, the health coverage tax credit, Senator Brown's Leveling the Playing Field Act - are now moving through the senate alongside legislation that creates new economic opportunities for impoverished countries in Africa and other places around the world. This trade package will extend the biggest of these programs, the African Growth and Opportunity Act, what's called AGOA, for ten years. It works for Africa, it once for our country and it builds a stronger economic future for so many around the world."


Senator Franken: (2:32 PM)

  • Spoke on trade.
    • "In the last few months alone we have seen what happens when countries unfairly dump their goods here. Nearly a thousand Minnesotans in the iron range are losing their jobs after a flood of dumped steel imports. Leveling the playing field would help improve our antidumping laws, including restoring Congress' original intent in setting the standard for when a domestic industry is materially injured by unfairly traded foreign imports. We need to be able to respond effectively when dumped imports are harming our domestic iron and steel industry, and when the workers in that industry are hurt or when those imports are harming other industries, as is happening now. This bill will be an important step in enabling that more effective response so with these provisions we are standing up for American manufacturers by putting in place and enforcing fair trade practices. For these reasons I will be voting for the Trade Adjustment Assistance bill and I look forward to it being enacted into law."

Brown, Tillis, McConnell (UC)

Vehicle for Trade Promotion Authority (H.R. 2146)

Jun 24 2015 03:38 PM

Senator Brown: (2:48 PM)

  • Spoke on trade.
    • "We can't have trade promotion without trade enforcement. It shouldn't be partisan, regardless of how you vote on T.A.A. we need to make sure our deals are enforced. Level the playing field against unfair trade practices, it's critical for our businesses, our workers who drown and flood of illegally subsidized import. It has the are support of business and workers, Republicans and Democrats. I want to thank senators portman and graham and Casey for their work in support of this issue no matter where you stand on T.P.A. We should be able to come together to have enforce -- enforceable laws. We have trade. We will these agreements cause wages to stagnate, we know these agreements cause factories to close, calls imports to increase, debate families and communities. This is a terrible mistake we will make which we've made over and over and over and over if we pass this today. If we pass T.P.A. It's the same mistake we made with nafta. Big promises, job increases, wages going up, bad results. We did it when we passed pntr, when we passed cafta, the Central American free trade agreement, with the Korean free trade agreement, we're about to do it again, shame on us. Ate least take care of workers if we're going to pass this legislation. "


Senator Tillis: (3:06 PM)

  • Spoke on ObamaCare.
    • "Now, the C.B.O. projects ObamaCare will reduce employment as a result of all this by two million, two million full-time equivalent jobs in 2017. President Obama campaigned saying he wouldn't raise taxes on families making less than $250,000 a year. Let's talk a little bit more about that. ObamaCare broke that promise as well by creating or raising 20 different taxes, amounting to more than a trillion dollars in the first decade. Several taxes directly punish families making less than $250,000 a year. The University of Chicago economist Casey Mulligan modeled the macroeconomic effects of ObamaCare, and he estimated that the damage would be twice as large."


Senator McConnell: (3:27 PM)

  • At 4:00 PM, all post-cloture time on the motion to concur with respect to H.R. 2146, the vehicle for the Trade Promotion Authority bill, be considered expired.
  • At 4:00 PM, the Senate conduct up to five VOTES on:

1.Motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to H.R.2146;

2.Motion to invoke cloture on the motion to concur with an amendment in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to H.R.1295, the TAA and Preferences bill;

3.Motion to concur with an amendment in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to H.R.1295, the TAA and Preferences bill;

4.Motion to invoke cloture on the motion to go to conference on H.R.644, the Customs bill; and

5.Motion to go to conference on H.R.644, the Customs bill.

  • (Without objection) 

Vote Results (Passage)

Vehicle for Trade Promotion Authority (H.R. 2146)

Jun 24 2015 04:32 PM

Passed, 60-38:

Motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to H.R.2146, the vehicle for Trade Promotion Authority. 

The vote results will be posted here within one hour.

Vote Results (Cloture)

Vehicle for Trade Adjustment Assistance and Preferences Bill (H.R. 1295)

Jun 24 2015 05:13 PM

Invoked, 76-22:

Cloture on the motion to concur with an amendment in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to H.R. 1295, the Trade Adjustment Assistance and preferences bill.

The vote results will be posted here within one hour.

Hatch, Thune, Perdue, Scott (UC), Graham

Legislative Session

Jun 24 2015 05:16 PM

Senator Hatch: (3:35 PM)

  • Spoke on trade.
    • "Finally, also included in this bill is an extension of the Trade Adjustment Assistance, or T.A.A. program. I think I've said enough about my opposition to this program here on the floor over the past several weeks. I won't delve too deeply into that issue here. However, I do understand that for many of my colleagues who want to support T.P.A. and free trade, passage of T.A.A. is a prerequisite. From the outset of this debate over Trade Promotion Authority, I've committed to my colleagues to working to ensure that both T.A.A. and T.P.A. move on parallel tracks. I plan to make good on this commitment and today will show that. That is why despite my misgivings about T.A.A. and with the entire picture in view, I plan to vote for this latest version of the trade preferences bill."


Senator Thune: (3:48 PM)

  • Spoke on ObamaCare.
    • "If the Supreme Court abolishes out or faces out the ObamaCare subsidies, the Republicans will take action to provide assistance to affected Americans while we work to repeal the mandates that forced these Americans to buy government-approved insurance in the first place. Our plan will protect families while we move away from costly top-down, government-mandated health care and toward a system that will actually drive down cost and increase choices for American families. President Obama promised that his health care law would be a solution to the problems plaguing our health care system. The last five years have proved that ObamaCare is anything but. Not only did ObamaCare fail to solve the existing problems in our health care system, it's created entirely new ones."


Senator Perdue: (3:57 PM)

  • Spoke on ObamaCare.
    • "Achieving consensus on replacing ObamaCare with a patient-based alternative will require diligence and robust debate. I'm hopeful that we can achieve that goal. I urge my colleagues to continue to work to not just fight against ObamaCare but to fight to protect the millions of people that are hurt by it every day. We can create a health care system that offers the American people affordability, transportability and, yes, insurability. We can create commonsense health care policy that lowers costs and doesn't harm the economy like ObamaCare. And, yes, we can create a bipartisan solution that helps people by putting patients first and getting Washington out of the way. It won't be easy but it is achievable. It must be achievable for the sake of our kids and grandkids, we must do this, we must get rid of Obamacare once and for all."


Senator Scott: (4:31 PM)

  • Unanimous Consent –
  • The Senate proceed to the consideration of S. Res. 212, Condemning the Attack on Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina and Expressing Encouragement and Prayers for all Those Injured in the Assault.
  • The Senate agree to S. Res. 212.
  • (Without objection)
  • Spoke on the South Carolina shooting.
    • "The past week has been one of terrible tragedy and amazing unity. Last Wednesday night we experienced an unimaginable tragedy. Nine men and women, nine mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, sons, daughters lost forever. The hateful and racist actions of one deranged man has changed nine families forever. It has changed South Carolina forever. Charleston forever. But what we saw from the nine families at last Friday's bond hearing was simple, was powerful, and absolutely the best of who we are as Americans. Just a few minutes ago I was back in the Cloakroom and I had the opportunity to talk to one of the victim's sons, Daniel Simmons, Jr. I was talking to them back there and I said is there anything you want me to share when I go on the floor of the Senate? He said please share that God cares for his people God still lives. I was amazed. Then he said with great enthusiasm and energy, a sense of excitement that this evil attack would lead to reconciliation, restoration and unity in our nation."


Senator Graham: (4:39 PM)

  • Spoke on the South Carolina shooting.
    • "He said they were so nice, I almost backed out. That says a lot about them. It says a lot about him. But Tim mentioned something that I cannot get over. Within 48 hours of having your family member murdered, they appear in a public setting looking the guy in the eye and saying you have ruined my life, but I love you and I forgive you. That is a level of love and understanding that can only come from some higher authority. I don't have that within me. So when it comes to representing South Carolina, Tim and I will do our best, but on our best day we're nowhere close to these people."

McConnell, Coats, Daines, Carper

Morning Business

Jun 24 2015 06:17 PM

Senator McConnell: (5:12 PM)

  • Spoke on the schedule.
    • "For the information of all senators, this means that we will be able to process all the other votes on trade by voice vote and so there'll be no further roll call votes this week. Having said that, the Senate will be in session tomorrow. There are multiple committee meetings that are going to occur, but no votes will be expected tomorrow."


Senator Coats: (5:22 PM)

  • Spoke on Iran.
    • "We must look at each and every detail of any agreement presented to us to reach a judgment on whether or not this so-called deal with Iran will prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons capability. Then and only then we must decide on that basis whether to approve or reject the deal that will be presented to us by the president and his secretary of state. To do anything less, anything less than fulfilling this obligation and this duty that each one of us has, it will be a failure for us as a duty of being a United States senator, with historic consequences if we get it wrong. My hope and prayer and wish and desire and admonition is that each one of us see this as something with historic consequences that will affect not only the future of our nation and our people but will affect the future of the world, and so therefore we must give full attention and every ounce of our best wisdom and judgment in determining not for political or party or any other reason other than finding out and determining whether this deal is acceptable or not acceptable and make our yes be yes and our no be no, well-reasoned and well-judged and well decided."


Senator Daines: (5:50 PM)

  • Spoke on PTSD.
    • "PTSD Awareness Day invites us to address the larger issues facing veterans who are suffering from posttraumatic stress. We do everything in our power to protect our service members while they're overseas. We must do the same to address their needs once they return home. That includes reducing the stigma attached to PTSD and doing more to help our brave vets find good-paying jobs in that transition back into civilian life. Now is the time to act and to work towards real solutions that protect our veterans here at home. They are an embodiment of the ideals this nation holds dear, and I believe it's our job to do everything in our power to protect them. Before I end my remarks, I want to encourage everyone if they or a loved one is struggling with mental illness or PTSD, there's help available. You can visit They will find resources that are available for our veterans."


Senator Carper: (5:57 PM)

  • Spoke on Iran.
    • "If Iran is serious about abandoning its nuclear weapons ambition - I hope they are -- they must agree to take action before being rewarded with sanctions relief. For two and a half years - two and a half years - our negotiating team has been working tirelessly to strike a deal with Iran that strengthens our nation's security, our allies' security, and the security of the broader Middle East. Whatever the outcome next week, we owe these negotiators a debt of gratitude for their service and dedication. At the end of the day, however -- at the end of the day, I feel confident that we'll reach a deal that blocks Iran's pathways it a bomb, subjects Iran to intrusive inspections, and only provides sanction relief after Iran takes action. If the final deal includes these three key provisions, then it will certainly have my support. Moreover, I think that if each senator who evaluates this deal on its merits, forts about the rhetoric, forgets about the preconceived notion and considers the alternatives, then this deal will enjoy broad support in this Congress."

Portman, Markey, Shaheen

Morning Business

Jun 24 2015 06:54 PM

Senator Portman: (6:18 PM)

  • Spoke on trade.
    • "This will help in terms of adding employment in America, reducing the cost to consumers and making our economy more productive and more efficient, adding economic growth. So it's another example of where once we complete this package which includes, yes, expanding exports, which was very important. We had to do that today because America's been sitting on the sidelines for too long. We were losing market share for our farmers, on workers, our service providers. We needed to get back in the game. And send more products stamped "Made in America" around the world. That creates jobs here. That's good. Second, we needed to be sure that we have a level playing field. That we work on this issue of currency manipulation which has some unprecedented language and also the legislation we talked about today, the level the playing field amendment to make sure products are not being sold unfairly, and trade enforcement and finally conclude the customs bill and that we conclude all these provisions which are so important as package to make sure yes, we're expanding exports, we're letting people know they're going to get a fair shake."


Senator Markey: (6:31 PM)

  • Spoke on Alzheimer's
    • "For every $27,000 in 2015 that we are going to spend from the United States Senate on Alzheimer's out of the Medicare and Medicaid budget, the National Institutes of Health invest $100 in trying to find the cure. That's right, you heard me correctly. We're spending - for every $27,000 of federal money this year on an Alzheimer's patients, $100 to try to find the cure. The N.I.H. budget has to increase, it has to increase dramatically because in the long run, you cannot balance the federal budget if one disease in 30 years is going to consume as much federal money as the entire defense budget in our country. Every 67 seconds, someone new this this country develops Alzheimer's. In my state of Massachusetts, 12% of all seniors have Alzheimer's. We need a breakthrough in research."


Senator Shaheen: (6:43 PM)

  • Spoke on Russia.
    • "The U.S. must mobilize the alliance, our European partners and international financial institutions like the I.M.F. to provide generous economic support to Ukraine because no amount of security assistance can offset an economic collapse in Kiev. We also must recognize that the challenge for Mr. Putin is not only geopolitical, it is ideological. He has mobilized a vast propaganda campaign against what he calls decadent western values and western style democracy. The United States, along with our allies, must go on the offensive to champion our values and our democracy, just as we did during the cold war. We must develop a 21st century United States information agency and a radio-free Europe style campaign to counter Russia in the information space, including in the competition of ideas and values. Now, while American leadership is essential, our European allies must also step up."

Wrap Up (The Senate Stands Adjourned)

Wrap Up

Jun 24 2015 06:54 PM

Tomorrow –

  • The Senate will convene at 9:50 AM.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will be in morning business for one hour, with Democrats controlling the first 30 minutes and Republicans controlling the second 30 minutes.


Tuesday, July 7 –

  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to the consideration of S. 1177, the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015.
  • At 5:30 PM, the Senate will VOTE on the confirmation of Executive Calendar #81, Kara Farnandez Stoll, to be United States circuit judge for the Federal Circuit.