Senate Rejects Change
in Witness Rules

The Senate tabled (killed) an amendment to streamline how the Senate will determine whether it will hear testimony during the impeachment trial from witnesses including John Bolton, the former national security adviser, or Mick Mulvaney, the White House chief of staff. The GOP-written rules (S Res 483) call for four hours of debate and a vote later in the trial on whether any motions to subpoena witnesses or documents will be considered. If any witnesses were eventually subpoenaed, they would be deposed before another vote on whether to call them to testify before the Senate. This amendment would eliminate the first vote on whether to consider calling any witnesses, thus allowing guaranteed up-or-down votes on whether to hear from specific witnesses. The amendment also specified that senators would hear from witnesses in person as opposed to via videotape or by reading a deposition transcript.

Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said that without this rules change "there is no guarantee that you are going to get a chance to vote on specific witnesses."

Mike Purpura, a deputy White House counsel, said the amendment would impair Senate's "discretion as to whether to hear from the witness live [and] if there are witnesses at some point or not."

A yes vote was in opposition to the amendment.

Roll Call #23 01/22/2020

  Yes   No   Not Voting
Republicans 53   0   0
Democrats 0   47   0
Totals 53   47   0
Roll Call #23; 01/22/2020       By Thomas Voting Reports, Inc.

47   Democrats Yea Nay   53   Republicans Yea Nay
Total   0 47   Total   53 0
Baldwin, Tammy WI   N   Alexander, Lamar   TN Y  
Bennet, Michael CO   N   Barrasso, John   WY Y  
Blumenthal, Richard CT   N   Blackburn, Marsha   TN Y  
Booker, Cory NJ   N   Blunt, Roy   MO Y  
Brown, Sherrod OH   N   Boozman, John   AR Y  
Cantwell, Maria WA   N   Braun, Mike   IN Y  
Cardin, Ben MD   N   Burr, Richard   NC Y  
Carper, Thomas DE   N   Capito, Shelley   WV Y  
Casey, Bob PA   N   Cassidy, Bill   LA Y  
Coons, Christopher DE   N   Collins, Susan   ME Y  
Cortez Masto, Catherine NV   N   Cornyn, John   TX Y  
Duckworth, Tammy IL   N   Cotton, Tom   AR Y  
Durbin, Richard IL   N   Cramer, Kevin   ND Y  
Feinstein, Dianne CA   N   Crapo, Mike   ID Y  
Gillibrand, Kirsten NY   N   Cruz, Ted   TX Y  
Harris, Kamala CA   N   Daines, Steve   MT Y  
Hassan, Maggie NH   N   Enzi, Mike   WY Y  
Heinrich, Martin NM   N   Ernst, Joni   IA Y  
Hirono, Mazie HI   N   Fischer, Deb   NE Y  
Jones, Doug AL   N   Gardner, Cory   CO Y  
Kaine, Timothy VA   N   Graham, Lindsey   SC Y  
King, Angus ME   N   Grassley, Charles   IA Y  
Klobuchar, Amy MN   N   Hawley, Josh   MO Y  
Leahy, Patrick VT   N   Hoeven, John   ND Y  
Manchin, Joseph WV   N   Hyde-Smith, Cindy   MS Y  
Markey, Edward MA   N   Inhofe, Jim   OK Y  
Menendez, Robert NJ   N   Johnson, Ron   WI Y  
Merkley, Jeff OR   N   Kennedy, John   LA Y  
Murphy, Christopher CT   N   Lankford, James   OK Y  
Murray, Patty WA   N   Lee, Mike   UT Y  
Peters, Gary MI   N   Loeffler, Kelly   GA Y  
Reed, John RI   N   McConnell, Mitch   KY Y  
Rosen, Jacklyn NV   N   McSally, Martha   AZ Y  
Sanders, Bernard VT   N   Moran, Jerry   KS Y  
Schatz, Brian HI   N   Murkowski, Lisa   AK Y  
Schumer, Charles NY   N   Paul, Rand   KY Y  
Shaheen, Jeanne NH   N   Perdue, David   GA Y  
Sinema, Kyrsten AZ   N   Portman, Rob   OH Y  
Smith, Tina MN   N   Risch, James   ID Y  
Stabenow, Debbie MI   N   Roberts, Pat   KS Y  
Tester, Jon MT   N   Romney, Mitt   UT Y  
Udall, Tom NM   N   Rounds, Mike   SD Y  
Van Hollen, Chris MD   N   Rubio, Marco   FL Y  
Warner, Mark VA   N   Sasse, Ben   NE Y  
Warren, Elizabeth MA   N   Scott, Rick   FL Y  
Whitehouse, Sheldon RI   N   Scott, Tim   SC Y  
Wyden, Ron OR   N   Shelby, Richard   AL Y  
          Sullivan, Dan   AK Y  
          Thune, John   SD Y  
          Tillis, Thomas   NC Y  
          Toomey, Patrick   PA Y  
          Wicker, Roger   MS Y  
          Young, Todd   IN Y  
 
Independents Angus King of Maine and Bernie Sanders of Vermont caucus with Democrats and their votes appear in the Democratic totals.