Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider four bills under suspension of the rules. The Senate will resume consideration of Amy Barrett, of Indiana, to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Seventh Circuit.




  • The House was not in session.



  • On Tuesday, the House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for morning hour and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m.
  • Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
    • 1) H.R. 2921 – National Forest System Vegetation Management Pilot Program Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Kevin Cramer / Agriculture Committee)
    • 2) H.R. 2941 – Kisatchie National Forest Land Conveyance Act (Sponsored by Rep. Ralph Abraham / Agriculture Committee)
    • 3) H.R. 3567 – To authorize the purchase of a small parcel of Natural Resources Conservation Service property in Riverside, California, by the Riverside Corona Resource Conservation District, and for other purposes (Sponsored by Rep. Ken Calvert / Agriculture Committee)
    • 4) H.R. 2521 – South Carolina Peanut Parity Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Joe Wilson / Agriculture Committee)





  • Barrett Nomination–Agreement: Senate resumed consideration of the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett, of Indiana, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Seventh Circuit.
  • During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the following action:
    • By 54 yeas to 42 nays (Vote No. 254), Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the nomination.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the nomination, post-cloture, at approximately 10 a.m. on Tuesday, October 31, 2017; and that all time during morning business, recess, adjournment, and Leader remarks count post-cloture on the nomination.
  • Nomination Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nomination:
    • By 84 yeas to 10 nays (Vote No. EX. 253), Trevor N. McFadden, of Virginia, to be United States District Judge for the District of Columbia.



  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Tuesday, October 31, 2017.
  • Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #368, Amy Barrett, of Indiana, to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Seventh Circuit, post-cloture.
  • The Senate will recess from 12:30pm until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings.
  • As a reminder, cloture has also been filed on the following nominations:
    • 1.      Executive Calendar #369, Joan Larsen, of Michigan, to be U. S. Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit
    • 2.      Executive Calendar #432, Allison Eid, of Colorado, to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Tenth Circuit
    • 3.      Executive Calendar #433, Stephanos Bibas, of Pennsylvania, to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Third Circuit.
  • Each nomination is subject to a cloture vote and then, if cloture is invoked, up to 30 hours of post-cloture debate prior to a vote on confirmation. Upon disposition of the first nomination, there would be a cloture vote on the next nomination in the series and then, if cloture is invoked, up to 30 hours of debate.


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