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Yeas: Akaka, Baucus, Begich, Bennet, Bingaman, Blumenthal, Boxer, Brown (OH), Cantwell, Cardin, Carper, Casey, Conrad, Coons, Durbin, Feinstein, Franken, Gillibrand, Inouye, Johnson (SD), Kerry, Klobuchar, Kohl, Landrieu, Lautenberg, Leahy, Levin, McCaskill, Menendez, Merkley, Mikulski, Murray, Nelson (NE), Nelson (FL), Pryor, Reed, Reid, Rockefeller, Sanders, Schumer, Shaheen, Tester, Udall (CO), Udall (NM), Warner, Webb, Whitehouse, Wyden - 48.

Nays: Alexander, Ayotte, Barrasso, Blunt, Boozman, Brown (MA), Burr, Chambliss, Coats, Cochran, Collins, Corker, Cornyn, Crapo, DeMint, Enzi, Graham, Grassley, Hatch, Heller, Hoeven, Hutchison, Inhofe, Isakson, Johanns, Johnson (WI), Kirk, Kyl, Lee, McCain, McConnell, Moran, Murkowski, Paul, Portman, Risch, Roberts, Rubio, Sessions, Shelby, Snowe, Thune, Toomey, Wicker - 44.

So it was,
Resolved, That the Senate advise and consent to the said nomination.

YEAS AND NAYS ORDERED

Pursuant to the previous order, and

On request by Mr. Leahy and with a sufficient second, the yeas and nays were ordered on the Hickey nomination.

VOTE - HICKEY NOMINATION

The question being, Will the Senate advise and consent to the nomination of Susan Owens Hickey, of Arkansas, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Arkansas?

The legislative clerk proceeded to call the roll (No. 165 Ex.) and
The vote resulted - yeas 83, nays 8 - as follows:

Yeas: Akaka, Alexander, Ayotte, Barrasso, Baucus, Begich, Bennet, Bingaman, Blumenthal, Blunt, Boozman, Brown (MA), Brown (OH), Cantwell, Cardin, Carper, Casey, Chambliss, Coats, Cochran, Collins, Conrad, Coons, Corker, Cornyn, Crapo, Durbin, Enzi, Feinstein, Franken, Gillibrand, Graham, Hatch, Heller, Hoeven, Hutchison, Inhofe, Inouye, Isakson, Johanns, Johnson (SD), Johnson (WI), Kerry, Kirk, Klobuchar, Kohl, Landrieu, Lautenberg, Leahy, Levin, McCaskill, McConnell, Menendez, Merkley, Mikulski, Moran, Murkowski, Murray, Nelson (NE), Nelson (FL), Portman, Pryor, Reed, Reid, Risch, Roberts, Rockefeller, Rubio, Sanders, Schumer, Sessions, Shaheen, Snowe, Tester, Thune, Toomey, Udall (CO), Udall (NM), Warner, Webb, Whitehouse, Wicker, Wyden - 83.

Nays: Burr, DeMint, Grassley, Kyl, Lee, McCain, Paul, Shelby - 8.
So it was,
Resolved, That the Senate advise and consent to the said nomination.

CONFIRMATION - FORREST NOMINATION
Under the previous order,

The question being, Will the Senate advise and consent to the nomination of Katherine B. Forrest, of New York, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York.

So it was,
Resolved, That the Senate advise and consent to the said nomination.
Pursuant to the previous order,

The motions to reconsider the votes were considered made and laid upon the table; the President was immediately notified of the Senate's actions and the Senate returned to legislative session.

EXECUTIVE SESSION

CONFIRMATION – KIM NOMINATION On request by Mr. Kerry and by unanimous consent, it was

Ordered, That the Senate proceed to executive session to consider the nomination of Sung Y. Kim, of California, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Korea, Department of State. On further request by Mr. Kerry and by unanimous consent, it was

Ordered, That the nomination be considered and confirmed; that the motion to reconsider be considered made and laid on the table; that the President be immediately notified of the Senate's actions and that the Senate return to legislative session.

UNANIMOUS CONSENT AGREEMENT – HIGGINBOTTOM NOMINATION On request by Mr. Kerry and by unanimous consent, it was

Ordered, That at a time to be determined by the Majority Leader, in consultation with the Republican Leader, the Senate proceed to executive session to consider the nomination of Heather A. Higginbottom, of the District of Columbia, to be Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget; provided further, that there be four hours for debate equally divided in the usual form; that upon the use or yielding back of time the Senate proceed to vote without intervening action or debate on the nomination; that the motion to reconsider be considered made and laid upon the table with no intervening action or debate; that no further motions be in order to the nomination; that the President be immediately notified of the Senate's action, and the Senate then resume legislative session.

UNANIMOUS CONSENT AGREEMENT - BISSOON NOMINATION On request by Mr. Reid and by unanimous consent, it was

Ordered, That at 5:15 p.m. on Monday, October 17, 2011, the Senate proceed to executive session to consider the nomination of Cathy Bissoon, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania; that there be 15 minutes for debate equally divided in the usual form; that upon the use or yielding back of time the Senate proceed to vote without intervening action or debate the nomination; that the motion to reconsider be considered made and laid upon the table with no intervening action or debate; that the President be immediately notified of the Senate's action, and the Senate then resume legislative session.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2011

MESSAGES REFERRED

As in executive session,

The Presiding Officer laid before the Senate the following messages from the President of the United States, transmitting nominations, which were referred as indicated:

THE WHITE HOUSE, October 17, 2011. To the Senate of the United States:

I nominate Sharon English Woods Villarosa, of Texas, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary

and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Mauritius, and to serve concurrently and without additional compensation as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Seychelles.

BARACK OBAMA To the Committee on Foreign Relations.

THE WHITE HOUSE, October 17, 2011. To the Senate of the United States: I nominate

Kamilah Oni Martin-Proctor, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the National Council on Disability for a term expiring September 17, 2014, vice Marylyn Andrea Howe, term expired.

BARACK OBAMA To the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

THE WHITE HOUSE, October 17, 2011. To the Senate of the United States: I nominate

Paul J. Watford, of California, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit, vice Pamela Ann Rymer, deceased.

BARACK OBAMA To the Committee on the Judiciary.

THE WHITE HOUSE, October 17, 2011. To the Senate of the United States:

I nominate

Grande Lum, of California, to be Director, Community Relations Service, for a term of four years, vice Ondray T. Harris, resigned.

BARACK OBAMA To the Committee on the Judiciary.

EXECUTIVE SESSION

CONSIDERATION - BISSOON NOMINATION Pursuant to an order of the Senate of October 13, 2011,

The Senate proceeded to executive session to consider the nomination of Cathy Bissoon, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

YEAS AND NAYS ORDERED

Following debate, and

On request by Mr. Leahy and with a sufficient second, the yeas and nays were ordered on the nomination.

VOTE - BISSOON NOMINATION
The question being, Will the Senate advise and consent to the nomination of
Cathy Bissoon, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the
Western District of Pennsylvania?

The assistant legislative clerk proceeded to call the roll (No. 166 Ex.) and
The vote resulted - yeas 82, nays 3 - as follows:

Yeas: Akaka, Alexander, Ayotte, Barrasso, Baucus, Begich, Bennet, Bingaman, Blumenthal, Boozman, Boxer, Brown (MA), Brown (OH), Cardin,

Carper, Casey, Chambliss, Coats, Coburn, Cochran, Collins, Conrad, Coons,
Corker, Cornyn, Crapo, Durbin, Enzi, Feinstein, Franken, Gillibrand, Grassley,
Hagan, Harkin, Hoeven, Hutchison, Inouye, Johanns, Johnson (SD), Johnson
(WT), Kerry, Kirk, Kohl, Kyl, Landrieu, Lautenberg, Leahy, Lee, Levin,
Lieberman, Lugar, Manchin, McCain, McConnell, Menendez, Merkley,
Mikulski, Moran, Murkowski, Murray, Nelson (NE), Nelson (FL), Portman,
Pryor, Reed, Reid, Roberts, Rockefeller, Sanders, Schumer, Sessions, Shaheen,
Shelby, Snowe, Stabenow, Tester, Thune, Toomey, Udall (CO), Vitter, Warner,
Whitehouse – 82.
Nays: Blunt, Inhofe, Paul – 3.
So it was,
Resolved, That the Senate advise and consent to the said nomination.
Pursuant to an order of the Senate of October 13, 2011, it was

Ordered, That the motion to reconsider the vote be considered made and laid upon the table; that the President be immediately notified of the action of the Senate and the Senate return to legislative session.

REFERRAL OF PRIVILEGED NOMINATION Pursuant to the provisions of S. Res. 116, 112th Congress,

Senator Grassley submitted a request that the nomination of Alastair M. Fitzpayne, of Maryland, to be a Deputy Under Secretary of the Treasury, currently on the Executive Calendar under Privileged Nominations, be referred to the Committee on Finance for further consideration.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2011

MESSAGES REFERRED

As in executive session,

The Presiding Officer laid before the Senate the following messages from the President of the United States, transmitting nominations, which were referred as indicated:

THE WHITE HOUSE, October 18, 2011. To the Senate of the United States: I nominate

Wendy M. Spencer, of Florida, to be Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation for National and Community Service, vice Patrick Alfred Corvington, resigned.

BARACK OBAMA To the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

THE WHITE HOUSE, October 18, 2011. To the Senate of the United States:

I nominate Alfredo J. Balsera, of Florida, to be a Member of the United States Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy for a term expiring July 1, 2014, vice Elizabeth F. Bagley, term expired.

BARACK OBAMA Pursuant to S. Res. 116, 112th Congress, nomination placed on the Executive Calendar under Privileged Nominations.

THE WHITE HOUSE, October 18, 2011. To the Senate of the United States:

I nominate

Gina K. Abercrombie-Winstanley, of Ohio, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Malta.

BARACK OBAMA To the Committee on Foreign Relations.

THE WHITE HOUSE, October 18, 2011. To the Senate of the United States:

I nominate Julissa Reynoso, of New York, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Oriental Republic of Uruguay.

BARACK OBAMA To the Committee on Foreign Relations.

THE WHITE HOUSE, October 18, 2011. To the Senate of the United States:

I nominate

Robert E. Whitehead, of Florida, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Togolese Republic.

BARACK OBAMA To the Committee on Foreign Relations.

THE WHITE HOUSE, October 18, 2011. To the Senate of the United States:

I nominate

The following named officer for appointment in the United States Air Force to the grade indicated while assigned to a position of importance and responsibility under title 10, U.S.C., section 601:

To be lieutenant general Lt. Gen. Michael J. Basla

BARACK OBAMA

To the Committee on Armed Services.

THE WHITE HOUSE, October 18, 2011. To the Senate of the United States: I nominate THE FOLLOWING NAMED INDIVIDUALS FOR APPOINTMENT TO THE GRADE INDICATED IN THE REGULAR AIR FORCE UNDER TITLE 10, U.S.C., SECTION 531(a):

To be major

DAVID S. CHOI

MUHANNAD KASSAWAT

BARACK OBAMA

To the Committee on Armed Services.

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