The Senate has had a busy day.
First, Senators Scott (R-SC) and Rubio (R-FL) temporarily allied with a unified Democratic caucus to assemble a minimum blocking coalition to a nominee for a lifetime appointment on the 9th Circuit Court:
JUST NOW: On the Senate floor, McConnell withdrew Ryan Bounds judicial nomination from the floor vote for further consideration because @SenatorTimScott said he needed more time to review his record in light of racist views that we flagged in February. https://t.co/83MMeQQjkg
— Legal Defense Fund (@NAACP_LDF) July 19, 2018
And then a bit later in the afternoon, the entire Senate told the White House to get a clue that it was being trolled by Putin:
BREAKING: Senate unanimously PASSES (98-0) a resolution expressing opposition to allowing Russia to interview US diplomats and agents, a proposal offered by Putin on Monday and rejected just this afternoon by the White House.
Here's the text of the resolution: pic.twitter.com/oB6aTxnYts
— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) July 19, 2018
So the Senate as a body and individual Senators in a closely divided body found ways to assert their institutional and personal prerogatives.