Office of External Relations
September 17, 2020

Senate Looking to Recess at End of the Month - to Return After the Election
Dayton Nomination

It would appear the Senate intends to pass a Continuing Resolution to keep the government funded until after the election before the end of the month and then recess until after the election.

This suggests the National Defense Authorization Act, other departmental authorization acts and appropriations bills will await a post-election session of Congress.

However, the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations will meet on Tuesday, September 22, to consider – and presumably vote to report – nominations including that of General Keith W. Dayton (Ret.) to be Ambassador to Ukraine.

The same meeting will be considering numerous other ambassadorial nominations (including for Belarus and Georgia) and Edward A. Burrier to be Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the United States International Development Finance Corporation.

Once the Committee finishes with consideration of these nominees who have had their hearings, it will hold confirmations hearings on several nominees including Eric M. Ueland to be Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy and Human Rights, Department of State. Ueland currently serves as Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Office of Legislative Affairs.

As for General Dayton (and the others expected to be reported out of Committee next week) one cannot be certain as to when the vote on confirmation by the full Senate will take place. However,  there is consideration to “hot lining” the nomination before the Senate leaves at the end of the month.

Bob McConnell
Coordinator, External Relations
U.S.-Ukraine Foundation’s Friends of Ukraine Network

Robert A. McConnell is a co-founder of the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation and Coordinator of External Relations for the Foundation’s Friends of Ukraine Network. He is Principal of R.A. McConnell and Associates. Previously, he has served as head of the Government Advocacy Practice at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, Vice President – Washington for CBS, Inc, and Assistant Attorney General in the Department of Justice during the Reagan Administration.
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