August 1, 2017 (Prayer, Digest, Extensions)
August 4, 2017 (Prayer, Digest, Extensions)
Next Meeting: 11 a.m., Tuesday, August 8, 2017
July 31, 2017 (Prayer, Digest)
Senate agreed to invoke cloture on the nomination of Kevin Christopher Newsom, of Alabama, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit.
August 1, 2017 (Prayer, Digest, Committees)
Senate confirmed the nomination of Christopher A. Wray, of Georgia, to be Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Senate confirmed the nomination of Kevin Christopher Newsom, of Alabama, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit.
August 2, 2017 (Prayer, Digest, Committees)
Senate confirmed the nomination of Marvin Kaplan, of Kansas, to be a Member of the National Labor Relations Board.
August 3, 2017 (Prayer, Digest, Committees)
Senate confirmed the nomination of Dan Brouillette, of Texas, to be Deputy Secretary of Energy.
Senate passed H.R. 2430, the FDA Reauthorization Act of 2017.
August 4, 2017 (Digest)
Next Meeting: 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Senate blocks Trump's ability to make recess appointments
Washington (CNN) — The Senate left for its August break on Thursday, but it won't technically be in recess. And that will stop President Donald Trump from filling executive branch spots without senators' OK.
The whole Senate is scheduled to return to a normal session on Tuesday, September 5.
Senate blocks Trump from making recess appointments over break
The Senate blocked President Trump from being able to make recess appointments on Thursday as lawmakers leave Washington for their August break.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), doing wrap up for the entire Senate, locked in nine "pro-forma" sessions — brief meetings that normally last roughly a minute.
The move, which requires the agreement of every senator, means the Senate will be in session every three business days throughout the August recess.
The Senate left D.C. on Thursday evening with most lawmakers not expected to return to Washington until after Labor Day.
Senators were scheduled to be in town through next week, but staffers and senators predicted they would wrap up a few remaining agenda items and leave Washington early.