I quoted the entire Senate floor log for today, this is the final business day of the Senate for the 115th Congress. The Senate will convene at 11:50 a.m. tomorrow and will simply “sit” for 10 minutes until the 115th Congress expires. The new Senate will then convene at 12:00 noon.
A number of United States Marshals, United States Attorneys and Career Foreign Service Ambassadors were confirmed. No patronage Ambassadors were confirmed. No Article III Judges were confirmed. A Judge was confirmed to the non-Article III D.C. Superior Court. Sundry minor executive branch nominations were confirmed.
A minor treaty of a technical nature was given assent to be ratified.
Tomorrow’s pro forma is necessary to block any possibility of a Trump recess appointment.
(Note to Mods: As a work of the United States Government, the following material is in the public domain. Attribution is given to the United States Senate.)
The Senate will convene for a pro forma session at 11:50 a.m., and then the 115th Congress will adjourn.
The 116th Congress will convene at 12:00 noon.
Following the prayer and pledge, the certificates of election will be presented. Senators will then be sworn-in in groups of four. After the swearing-in, there will be a live quorum. After a quorum is established, the Senate will adopt a number of housekeeping resolutions. Upon completion of the opening day business, we expect Leaders McConnell and Schumer to deliver leader remarks.
Following leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business.
7:41 p.m. The Senate adjourns
7:28 p.m ML McConnell wraps up for the final time in the 115th Congress.
Wrap Up for Wednesday, January 2, 2019
No legislative business
The Senate ratified Executive Treaty #7: UN Convention on the Assignment of Receivables in International Trade.
The Senate confirmed the following nominations:
Robert Brewer to be US Attorney for the Southern District of California
Nicholas Trutanich to be US Attorney for the District of Nevada
Brian Moran to be US Attorney for the Western District of Washington
Matthew Schneider to be US Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan
John Milhiser to be US Attorney for the Central District of Illinois
David Anderson to be US Attorney for the Northern District of California
Lawrence Keefe to be US Attorney for the Northern District of Florida
Aaron Weisman to be US Attorney for the District of Rhode Island
Denny King to be US Marshal for the Middle District of Tennessee
John Garrison to be US Marshal for the Eastern District of Texas
Todd Nukes to be US Marshal for the Northern District of Indiana
Michael Yeager to be US Marshal for the Northern District of Georgia
Mark Shepard to be US Marshal for the Southern District of Mississippi
Kim Gaffney to US Marshal for the Western District of Wisconsin
Bradley LaRose to be US Marshal for the District of Vermont
Douglas Strike to be US Marshal for the Northern District of Iowa
FEDERAL MARITIME COMMISSION
L.E. Sola to be a Commissioner
Daniel Maffei to be a Commissioner
Tamara Bonzanto to be an Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs (Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection)
James Gfrerer to be Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs (information and Technology)
ELECTION ASSISTANCE COMMISSION
Donald Palmer to be a member of the Election Assistance Commission
Benjamin Hovland to be a member of the Election Assistance Commission
RAILROAD RETIREMENT BOARD
Jonathan Bragg to be a member
Thomas Jayne to be a member
Erhard Chorle to be a member
James Carroll to be Director of National Drug Control Policy
Brendan Carr to be a member
Geoffrey Starks to be a member
Office of Science and Technology
Kevin Droegmeier to be Director
Department of Transportation
Joel Szabat to be Assistant Secretary
Department of Commerce
Thomas Gilman to be an Assistant Secretary and Chief Financial Officer
Mary Neumayr to be a member of the Council on Environmental Quality
Alexandra Dunn to be Assistant Administrator for Toxic Substances
Housing and Urban Development
Rae Oliver to be Inspector General
Teri Donaldson to be Inspector General
Carmen Guerricagoitia to be an Associate Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia
Postal Regulatory Commission
Michael Kubayanda to be a Commissioner
Stephen Dillingham to be Director
Social Security Administration
Gail Ennis to be Inspector General
Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency
Richard Tischner to be Director
SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD
Patrick Fuchs to be a member
Martin Oberman to be a member
Daniel Simmons to be an Assistant Secretary (for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy)
D efense Department
Casey Wardynski to be Assistant Secretary of the Army
Alex Beehler to be an Assistant Secretary of the Army
Alan Shaffer to be Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment
S tate Department
Ellen McCarthy to be Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence and Research
Senators Ron Johnson and Jeff Merkley to be Representatives of the US to the 73rdsession of the United Nations
Michael Harvey to be an Assistant Administrator for the US Agency For International Development
Bonnie Glick to be Deputy Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development.
Carol Perez to be Director General of the Foreign Service.
Lucy Tamlyn to be Ambassador to the Central African Republic
Donald Blome to be Ambassador to Tunisia
Craig Cloud to be Ambassador to Botswana
Judith Garber to be Ambassador to Cyprus
Dennis Hankins to be Ambassador to Mali
Simon Henshaw to be Ambassador to Guinea
William Moser to be Ambassador to Kazakhstan.
Michael Pelletier to be Ambassador to the Union of the Comoros
Richard Paschall to be Ambassador to the Republic of The Gambia
Eric Stromayerto be Ambassador to the Togolese Republic
Eric Nelson to be Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina
Dennis Hearne to be Ambassador to the Republic of Mozambique
Patricia Mahoney to be Ambassador to the Republic of Benin
John Pommersheim to be Ambassador to the Republic of Tajikistan
Susan Stevenson to be Ambassador to the Republic of Equatorial Guinea
Kyle McCarter to be Ambassador to the Republic of Kenya
Michael Klecheski to be Ambassador to the Republic of Mongolia
Matthew Matthews to be Ambassador Brunei Darussalam
Earle Litzenberger to be Ambassador to the Republic of Azerbaijan
Sarah-Ann Lynch to be Ambassador to the Co-operative Republic of Guyana
Christopher Henzel to be Ambassador to the Republic of Yemen
Lynne Tracy to be Ambassador to the Republic of Armenia
Arthur Culvahouse to be Ambassador to the Commonwealth of Australia
7:21 p.m ML McConnell spoke about federal spending.
4:00 p.m. The Senate convened.