Vote-a-Rama!

7:01 p.m. The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30 a.m. Thursday January 29, 2015.

Two sets of votes are scheduled Thursday. The first set of up to 7 votes will take place at about 11:00 a.m.  The last of these will be cloture on S. 1, the Keystone XL Pipeline bill.  If cloture is invoked, post-cloture time will expire at 2:30 p.m. and there will be an additional 4 to 5 votes at that time.

Votes on the following amendments held over from Wednesday are among the votes scheduled for Thursday.   All four of these amendments will be subject to a 60-vote threshold:

  • Barrasso amendment (clarify that treaties with Indian tribes remain unaffected) #245
  • Cardin amendment (clarify that treaties with Indian tribes remain unaffected) #124
  • Burr amendment (permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund #92, as modified)
  • Daines amendment (sense of Congress on reauthorizing the Land and Water Conservation Fund) #246

6:58 p.m. The Senate passed two resolutions in wrap-up

  • S. Res. 50 Congratulating the Ohio State football team for winning the 2015 College Football playoff national championship.
  • S. Res. 51 Recognizing the goals of Catholic schools week and honoring the contributions of Catholic schools.

6:40 p.m. Senator Whitehouse gave his 87th weekly climate change address.

6:36 p.m. Senator Flake spoke on the CBO economic outlook and warned about the consequences of overspending.

6:34 p.m. Senator Udall called up his amendment, #77.

6:37 p.m. : Senator Heitkamp requested unanimous consent to change her vote from aye to nay on the Cardin Amendment #75, changing the roll call to 36-62.

6:29 p.m.  Senator Murkowski requested that her substitute amendment, Amendment #2, be considered original text for the purposes of further amendment.  Then she propounded a UC whereby the final four amendments scheduled for votes on Wednesday be voted on 15 minutes after the Senate comes in on Thursday.

6:29 p.m. : Not agreed to 35-63 Gillibrand amendment (modify definition of underground injection in the Safe Drinking Water Act). #48

6:00 p.m. : Not agreed to 47-51 Heitkamp amendment (sense of Congress on 5-year extension of wind tax credits) #133 (Democrats voting against: Manchin. Republicans voting in favor: Collins, Grassley, and Kirk. Senators Reid and Rubio missed)

5:40 p.m. : Not agreed to 50-48 Murkowski amendment (release certain wilderness study areas from wilderness preservation management #166 (Republicans against: Ayotte, Alexander, Collins, and Gardner. Democrats in favor: Manchin. Senators Reid and Rubio missed.)

5:22 p.m. : Withdrawn: Carper (extends tax credits for qualified alternative fuel cell motor vehicles refueling properties) #120

5:20 p.m. : Agreed to by voice vote: Collins-Warner amendment (school energy retrofitting assistance) #35

5:18 p.m. : Not agreed to 47-51 Coons amendment (sense of Congress on climate change and infrastructure) #115 (Republicans in favor: Ayotte and Collins. Senators Reid and Rubio missed.)

4:58 p.m. : Not agreed to 50-47 Daines amendment (sense of Congress on designation of National Monuments) #132 (Democrats voting in favor: Heitkamp. Republicans voting against: Alexander, Ayotte, and Gardner. Senators Cornyn, Reid and Rubio missed.

4:36 p.m. : Not agreed to 44-52 Whitehouse amendment (campaign finance disclosures) #148 (Democrats voting in favor: Heitkamp. Senators Cruz, Reid, Rubio, and Sessions missed)

4:17 p.m. : Not agreed to 54-44 Moran amendment (delist lesser prairie-chicken as threatened species)#73   (Democrats voting in favor: Manchin.  Senators Reid and Rubio missed)

3:59 p.m. :Withdrawn: Merkley amendment (eliminate tax subsidies and fund infrastructure) #125

3:57 p.m. : Not agreed to 53-45 Cruz amendment (LNG exports) #15  (Republicans voting against: Collins. Democrats voting in favor: Heitkamp.  Senators Reid and Rubio missed.)

3:38 p.m. : Not agreed to 40-58 Sanders amendment (rebates for solar power) #23 (Democrats voting against: Donnelly, Heitkamp, Manchin, McCaskill, Warner.  Senators Reid and Rubio missed)

3:19 p.m. : Not agreed to 40-58 Peters amendment (requiring safety certification before construction) #70 (Democrats voting against: Bennet, Carper, Heitkamp, Manchin, McCaskill, Tester. Republican voting in favor: Kirk.  Senators Reid and Rubio missed)

2:59 p.m. : Not agreed to 36-62* Cardin amendment (drinking water study) #75  (Democrats voting against: Bennet, Donnelly, Klobuchar, Manchin, McCaskill, Tester,  Warner and Heitkamp*.  Senators Reid and Rubio missed)

*The original roll call was 37-61.  At 6:37 p.m. Senator Heitkamp requested unanimous consent to change her vote from aye to nay on the Cardin Amendment #75, changing the roll call to 36-62.

 

  • Barrasso amendment (clarify that treaties with Indian tribes remain unaffected) #245
  • Cardin amendment (clarify that treaties with Indian tribes remain unaffected) #124
  • Daines amendment (sense of Congress on reauthorizing the Land and Water Conservation Fund) #246
  • Burr amendment (permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund #92, as modified)

 

Thursday, January 28, 2015

The Senate will be in session at 9:30 a.m.

Two sets of votes are scheduled for Thursday. The first set of up to 7 votes will take place at about 11:00 a.m.  The last of these will be cloture on S. 1, the Keystone XL Pipeline bill.  If cloture is invoked, post-cloture time will expire at 2:30 p.m. and there will be an additional 4 to 5 votes at that time.

Votes on the following amendments held over from Wednesday are among the votes scheduled for Thursday.   All four of these amendments will be subject to a 60-vote threshold:

  • Barrasso amendment (clarify that treaties with Indian tribes remain unaffected) #245
  • Cardin amendment (clarify that treaties with Indian tribes remain unaffected) #124
  • Burr amendment (permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund #92, as modified)
  • Daines amendment (sense of Congress on reauthorizing the Land and Water Conservation Fund) #246

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

6:29 p.m. Gillibrand amendment not agreed to 35-63.

6:00 p.m. Heitkamp amendment not agreed to 47-51.

5:40 p.m. Murkowski amendment not agreed to 50-48.

5:22 p.m. Carper amendment withdrawn.

5:20 p.m. Collins/Warner amendment agreed to by voice vote.

5:18 p.m. Coons amendment not agreed to 47-51.

4:58 p.m. Daines amendment not agreed to 50-47.

4:36 p.m. Whitehouse amendment not agreed to 44-52.

4:17 p.m. Moran amendment not agreed to 54-44.

3:59 p.m. Merkley amendment withdrawn.

3:58 p.m. Cruz amendment not agreed to 53-45.

3:38 p.m. Sanders amendment not agreed to 40-58.

3:19 p.m. Peters amendment not agreed to 40-58.

2:59 p.m. Cardin amendment not agreed to 37-61.

2:30 p.m. Senator Cardin called up and spoke in favor his amdt # 75 – regarding tar sands drinking water and asked for the yeas and nays. This is the beginning of a votes series with up to 18 votes on pending amendments.
1:45 p.m. Senator Hatch spoke on child pornography victims; Senator Nelson spoke on Ukraine/Russia relations.
1:28 p.m. Senator Shaeen spoke about her concerns about the Keystone Pipeline.

1:10 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke about the DHS Appropriations bill.

1:00 p.m. Senator Murray spoke about the DHS Appropriations bill.

12:30 p.m. Senator Hoeven spoke in favor of the Keystone Pipeline.

12:23 p.m. Senator Fischer spoke about transparency and accountability.

11:39 a.m. Senator Murkowski spoke on Preident Obama’s recent wilderness designation in Alaska and her amendment on wilderness designations.

11:19 a.m. Senator Peters spoke on the Keystone Pipeline.

11:00 a.m. Senator Murkowski spoke on the Keystone Pipeline.

10:40 a.m. Senator Menendez spoke about immigration and the Homeland Security Appropriations.

10:27 a.m. Senator Blumenthal spoke about Homeland Security Appropriations.

10:18 a.m. Senator Moran spoke about tax reform.

9:50 a.m. Senator Barrasso spoke about the change in Senate leadership and the Keystone bill.

9:35 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke about Homeland Security bill and immigration.

9:32 a.m. ML McConnell spoke about the Keystone bill, hopes to finish this week.  Also spoke about 529 tax issue.  S.272. a Homeland Security Appropriations bill sponsored by Senator Shaheen has its second reading.

The Senate convened at 9:30am and is a period of morning business for one hour, after which it will the resume consideration of a bill to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline S.1.

 

  • At 2:30pm, the Senate will proceed to vote in relation to the following amendments pending to the Murkowski Substitute Amendment; #2 in the order listed, with two minutes for debate, equally divided, prior to each vote.  Each amendment is subject to an affirmative 60-vote threshold, with no second degree amendments in order.

 

  • Cardin amendment to provide communities that rely on drinking water from a source that may be affected by a tar sands spill from the Keystone XL pipeline an analysis of the potential risks to public health and the environment from a leak or rupture of the pipeline. #75
  • Peters amendment to require that the Administrator of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration make a certification and submit to Congress the results of a study before the pipeline may be constructed, connected, operated, or maintained. #70
  • Sanders amendment to increase the quantity of solar photovoltaic electricity by providing rebates for the purchase and installation of an additional 10,000,000 photovoltaic systems by 2025. #23
  • Cruz amendment to promote economic growth and job creation by increasing exports. #15
  • Merkley amendment to eliminate unnecessary tax subsidies and provide infrastructure funding. #125
  • Moran amendment to delist the lesser prairie-chicken as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act of 1973. #73
  • Whitehouse amendment to require campaign finance disclosures for certain persons benefitting from tar sands development. #148
  • Daines amendment to express the sense of Congress regarding the designation of National Monuments. #132
  • Coons amendment to express the sense of Congress regarding climate change and infrastructure. #115
  • Collins-Warner amendment to coordinate the provision of energy retrofitting assistance to schools. #35
  • Carper amendment to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend the credits for new qualified fuel cell motor vehicles and alternative fuel vehicle refueling property. #120
  • Murkowski amendment to release certain wilderness study from management for preservation as wilderness. #166
  • Heitkamp amendment to express the sense of Congress that the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 should be amended to extend the credit with respect to facilities producing energy from certain renewable resources. #133
  • Gillibrand amendment to modify the definition of underground injection. #48
  • Barrasso amendment to clarify that treaties with Indian tribes remain in effect. #245
  • Cardin amendment to clarify that treaties with Indian tribes remain unaffected. #124
  • Daines amendment express the sense of Congress that reauthorizing the Land and Water Conservation Fund should be a priority. #246
  • Burr amendment to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund. #92, as modified

 

The following amendments are currently pending to the Murkowski amendment in the nature of a substitute #2 to S.1::

 

  • Vitter-Cassidy amendment to provide for the distribution of revenues from certain areas of the outer Continental Shelf. #80, as modified
  • Sullivan amendment to restrict the authority of the Environmental Protection Agency to arm agency personnel. #67
  • Cardin amendment to provide communities that rely on drinking water from a source that may be affected by a tar sands spill from the Keystone XL pipeline an analysis of the potential risks to public health and the environment from a leak or rupture of the pipeline. #75
  • Murkowski amendment to express the sense of Congress relating to adaption projects in the United States Arctic region and rural communities. #98
  • Flake amendment to require the evaluation and consolidation of duplicative green building programs. #103
  • Cruz amendment to promote economic growth and job creation by increasing exports. #15
  • Moran amendment to delist the lesser prairie-chicken as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act of 1973. (#73)
  • Daines amendment to express the sense of Congress regarding the designation of National Monuments. #132
  • Boxer amendment to preserve existing permits and the authority of the agencies issuing the permits to modify the permits if necessary. #130
  • Peters amendment to require that the Administrator of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration make a certification and submit to Congress the results of a study before the pipeline may be constructed, connected, operated, or maintained. #70
  • Collins-Warner amendment to coordinate the provision of energy retrofitting assistance to schools. #35
  • Murkowski amendment to release certain wilderness study from management for preservation as wilderness. #166
  • Sanders amendment to increase the quantity of solar photovoltaic electricity by providing rebates for the purchase and installation of an additional 10,000,000 photovoltaic systems by 2025. #23
  • Merkley amendment to express the sense of Congress that the United States should prioritize and fund adaptation projects in communities in the United States while also helping to fund climate change adaptation in developing countries. #174
  • Merkley amendment to eliminate unnecessary tax subsidies and provide infrastructure funding. #125
  • Cantwell-Boxer amendment to ensure that if the Keystone XL Pipeline is built, it will be built safely and in compliance with United States environmental laws. #131
  • Tillis-Burr amendment to provide for leasing on the outer Continental Shelf and the distribution of certain qualified revenues from such leasing. #102
  • Markey amendment to ensure that products derived from tar sands are treated as crude oil for purposes of the Federal excise tax on petroleum. 178
  • Markey amendment to require an analysis of the impacts of carbon pollution associated with tar sands development on extreme weather events. #141
  • Whitehouse amendment to require campaign finance disclosures for certain persons benefitting from tar sands development. #148
  • Booker amendment to allow permitting agencies to consider new circumstances and new information. 155
  • Burr amendment to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund. #92
  • Coons amendment to express the sense of Congress regarding climate change and infrastructure. #115
  • Carper amendment to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend the credits for new qualified fuel cell motor vehicles and alternative fuel vehicle refueling property. #120
  • Heitkamp amendment to express the sense of Congress that the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 should be amended to extend the credit with respect to facilities producing energy from certain renewable resources. #133
  • Cardin amendment to clarify that treaties with Indian tribes remain unaffected. #124
  • Gillibrand amendment to modify the definition of underground injection. #48
  • Peters amendment to require a study of the potential environmental impact of by-products of the Keystone XL pipeline. #55
  • Barrasso amendment to clarify that treaties with Indian tribes remain in effect. #245
  • Daines amendment express the sense of Congress that reauthorizing the Land and Water Conservation Fund should be a priority. #246

 

 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Senate has adjourned until Wednesday, January 28, at 9:30 a.m. There will be a period of morning business for 1 hour and then the Senate will resume consideration of S. 1, Keystone XL Pipeline.

The next votes are scheduled for 2:30 p.m., January 28th on pending amendments (#75, 70, 23, 15, 125, 73, 148, 132, 115, 35, 120, 166, 133, 48, 245, 124, 246, 92 as modified).

S.272, regarding Dept. of Homeland Security Appropriations, had its first reading.

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7:26 p.m.  Senator Daines offered amendment #246 (to amdt. #2).

7:06 p.m.  Senator Murkowski offered Barrasso amendment #245 (to amdt. #2).

6:30 p.m.  Senator Grassley spoke on constitutional law.

6:09 p.m.  Senator Menendez spoke on Holocaust Rememberance Day.

5:59 p.m.  Senator Coons spoke on the President’s state of the union speech.

5:50 p.m.  Senator Heitkamp offered amendment #133 (to amdt. #2).

5:42 p.m.  Senator Carper offered amendment #120 (to amdt. #2).

5:39 p.m.  Senator Coons offered amendment #115 (to amdt. #2).

5:38 p.m.  Senator Burr offered amendment #92 (to amdt. #2).

5:29 p.m.  Senator Booker offered amendment #155 (to amdt. #2).

5:25 p.m.  Senator Whitehouse offered amendment #148 (to amdt. #2) and spoke on campaign finance.

5:21 p.m.  Senator Markey offered amendments #178 and 141 (to amdt. #2).

5:15 p.m.  Senator Tillis offered amendment #102 (to amdt. #2).

5:06 p.m.  Senator Cantwell offered the Cantwell/Boxer amdt. #131 (to amdt. #2)

5:02 p.m.  Senator Merkley offered amendment #174 (to amdt. #2)  and amendment #125 (to amdt. #2).

4:59 p.m.  Senator Murkowski spoke on the 529 college savings plan.

4:49 p.m.  Senator Collins spoke on the 529 college savings plan.

4:42 p.m.  Senator Sanders introduced his amendment #23 (to amdt. #2), the 10 million solar roofs act and spoke on campaign finance.

4:15 p.m.  Senator Sessions spoke on global warming.

4:02 p.m. Senator Collins (Warner) offered Amendment #35 (to Amend 2) — energy retrofitting assistance to schools.

4:00 p.m. Senator Peters offered  Amend #70 (to Amend 2) — PHMSA Great Lakes Study

3:52 p.m. Senator Boxer called up and spoke on her amendment #130 — federal permit authority.

3:49 p.m. Senator  Murkowski and Cantwell spoke on the status of the Keystone bill.

3:33 p.m. Senator Hoeven spoke on the Keystone bill.

3:24 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke on human trafficking and the Sullivan amendment to the Keystone bill.

3:11 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on human trafficking.

2:57 p.m. Senator Cruz spoke on the Keystone bill and an amendment he intends to offer.

2:45 p.m. Senator Nelson spoke on S.1, the Keystone Pipeline.

2:30 p.m. Senator Tester spoke on S.1, the Keystone Pipeline.

2:15 p.m. Senator Hatch spoke in favor of S. 165, regarding detainees in Guantanamo.

12:46 p.m. Senate recessed until 2:15 p.m.

12:25 p.m. Senator Murkowski thanks Senator Sullivan for his maiden speech, and then turns to the pending Keystone bill, hopeful we can announce soon an agreement on a path forward on this bill and amendments.

12:17 p.m. Senator Coats spoke about an agreement between Indiana and the Department of Health and Human Services in regards to medicare and health care.

12:16 p.m. ML McConnell and Senator Coats thank and congratulate Senator Sullivan on his maiden speech.

11:58 a.m.  Senator Sullivan, in his maiden speech, spoke in favor of the Keystone Pipeline.

11:44 a.m.  Senator Shaheen spoke on Homeland Security appropriations.

11:33 a.m.  Senator Hirono spoke on Homeland Security appropriations and immigration.

11:04 a.m.  Senator Durbin spoke against the Keystone Pipeline, and on the Homeland Security appropriations bill, as well as immigration. He also spoke on Holocaust Rememberance Day.

11:02 a.m.  ML McConnell spoke on Keystone Pipeline.

The Senate will convene at 11:00am and resume consideration of S.1., a bill to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline.

The Senate will recess from 12:30pm until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly policy luncheons.

Votes are possible this afternoon after the luncheons.

The following amendments are currently pending to the Murkowski amendment in the nature of a substitute #2.

• Vitter-Cassidy amendment to provide for the distribution of revenues from certain areas of the outer Continental Shelf. #80, as modified)
• Sullivan amendment to restrict the authority of the Environmental Protection Agency to arm agency personnel. #67.
• Cardin amendment to provide communities that rely on drinking water from a source that may be affected by a tar sands spill from the Keystone XL pipeline an analysis of the potential risks to public health and the environment from a leak or rupture of the pipeline. #75.
• Murkowski amendment to express the sense of Congress relating to adaption projects in the United States Arctic region and rural communities. #98.
• Flake amendment to require the evaluation and consolidation of duplicative green building programs. #103.
• Cruz amendment to promote economic growth and job creation by increasing exports. #15.
• Moran amendment to delist the lesser prairie-chicken as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act of 1973. #73.
• Daines amendment to express the sense of Congress regarding the designation of National Monuments. #132.

Monday, January 26, 2015

7:29 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 27, 2015.

7:16 p.m. Senator Coons speaks about the Keystone Pipeline bill and climate change.

7:13 p.m.  The Senate adopted S. Res. 41  by unanimous consent.  The resolution congratulates North Dakota State University’s football team on winning the NCAA Division One subdivision title.

6:59 p.m. Senator Cantwell speaks about process.  She also spoke about President Obama’s designation of Alaskan land.

6:57 p.m. Senator Murkowski and Senator Whitehouse spoke about making amendments pending. Senator Whitehouse did not call up an amendment.

6:32 p.m. Senator Murkowski speaks about ANWR and President Obama’s recent announcement about the Arctic Coastal Plain.

6:26 p.m. Senator Hoeven speaks in favor of the Keystone bill.

6:23 p.m. No further votes tonight.

6:20 p.m.  Cloture on the underlying keystone pipeline bill, S.1 is not invoked, 53-39.

5:58 p.m. Cloture on the Murkowski substitute to S.1 is not invoked, 53-39.

5:32 p.m. Senate begins roll call vote on cloture on the Murkowski Substitute to S.1, the Keystone bill.

5:03 p.m. Senators Boxer, Stabenow, Peters, in his first floor speech, Cardin, Heitkamp, Markey, and Booker speak on amendments and the Keystone bill.

4:52 p.m. Senator Coats spoke about Ernie Banks, Keystone, and the medical device tax.

4:38 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke on the Keystone bill, the Senate schedule and paid tribute to Ernie Banks.

4:33 p.m. ML McConnell spoke on the Keystone bill and the Senate schedule.

• The Senate convened at 4:30pm and has resumed consideration of S.1., a bill to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline.

o The filing deadline for first degree amendments to the Murkowski amendment in the nature of a substitute (#2) and the underlying bill is 3:00pm today; and the filing deadline for second-degree amendments is 5:00pm today.

At 5:30pm, the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Murkowski amendment in the nature of a substitute #2.

The following amendments are currently pending to the Murkowski amendment in the nature of a substitute (#2) to S. 1:

• Vitter-Cassidy amendment to provide for the distribution of revenues from certain areas of the outer Continental Shelf. #80, as modified)
• Sullivan amendment to restrict the authority of the Environmental Protection Agency to arm agency personnel. #67.
• Cardin amendment to provide communities that rely on drinking water from a source that may be affected by a tar sands spill from the Keystone XL pipeline an analysis of the potential risks to public health and the environment from a leak or rupture of the pipeline. #75.
• Murkowski amendment to express the sense of Congress relating to adaption projects in the United States Arctic region and rural communities. #98.
• Flake amendment to require the evaluation and consolidation of duplicative green building programs. #103.
• Cruz amendment to promote economic growth and job creation by increasing exports. #15.
• Moran amendment to delist the lesser prairie-chicken as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act of 1973. #73.
• Daines amendment to express the sense of Congress regarding the designation of National Monuments. #132.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Senate stands adjourned until 4:30 p.m. Monday, January 26, 2015 in memory of former senator Wendell H. Ford.
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11:55 p.m. ML McConnell asked unanimous consent to vote on the remaining pending amendments (Sullivan #67; Cardin #75; Murkowski #98; Flake #103; Cruz #15; Moran #73; Daines #132) at 9:30 a.m., tomorrow, Friday January 23rd. Senator Durbin objected.

11:54 p.m. ML filed cloture on the Murkowski substitute amendment #2 and the underlying bill, S.1.

11:53 p.m. The Reed amendment #74 was tabled by a vote of 49-45.

11:31 p.m. The Leahy amendment #30 was tabled by a vote of 53-41.

11:11 p.m. ML McConnell made a motion to table the Leahy Amendment #30 — stike a provision relating to judicial review.

11:10  p.m. ML McConnell made a motion to table the Whitehouse Amendment #28 — campaign finance disclosures regarding tar sand development.  The motion passed on a vote of 52 to 43 and the amendment was tabled.

10:28 p.m.  ML McConnell made a motion to table the Carper Amendment #121 — 8 cent per barrel fee on oil transported through pipeline was agreed to by a vote of 57 to 38 and the amendment was tabled.

10:15 p.m. ML McConnell made a motion to table the Markey Amendment #25 — Federal excise tax on crude oil. Motion was agreed to by a vote of 53-42 and the amendment was tabled.

9:56 p.m.  ML McConnell asked unanimous consent to proceed to 12 roll call votes on the pending amendments previously listed in relation to the Keystone XL Pipeline. Durbin objected.

9:34 p.m.  Senate voting on the motion to instruct the Sergeant at Arms to request the presence of absent Senators. Prior to live quorum not present.

8:47 p.m. The Cornyn amendment #126 was adopted by a vote of 64-33 (50 vote threshold) and the Menendez amendment #72 was not adopted by a vote of 43-54 (50 vote threshold). The following amendments are now pending:

  • Sullivan amendment #67
  • Cardin amendment #75
  • Murkowski amendment #98
  • Reed amendment #74
  • Flake amendment #103
  • Leahy amendment #30
  • Cruz amendment #15
  • Whitehouse amendment #28
  • Moran amendment #73
  • Carper amendment #121
  • Daines  amendment #132
  • Markey amendment #25

6:54 p.m. The Wyden amendment #27 (crude oil classification for excise tax) was not agreed to by a vote of 50-47. The Murkowski for Blunt amendment #78 (international greenhouse gas agreement) was not agreed to by a vote of 51-46.

6:09 p.m. ML McConnell and Sen Durbin updates the Senate on the process, Senator Murkowski would like to get together another tranche tonight.

6:08 p.m. By a vote of 75-23, the Murkowski Amendment is agreed to.

5:46 p.m. By a vote of 51-47, the Lee Amendment fails. (60 vote threshold)

5:30 p.m. Motion to table the Sanders Amendment is agreed to 56-42

5:16 p.m. Senator Murkowski offers motion to table the Sanders Amendment, vote begins.

5:14 p.m. Motion to table the Manchin Amendment is agreed to 53-46.

4:55 p.m. Senator Murkowski offers motion to table the Manchin Amendment, this motion is in order, and the vote on the motion to table begins.

4:45 p.m. By a vote of 54-45, the Fischer amendment fails. (60 vote threshold)

4:26 p.m. By a vote of 55-44, the Boxer amendment fails. (60 vote threshold)

3:49 p.m. Sen Murkowski got UC for following sequence of votes:

Each vote is subject to an affirmative 60-vote threshold, except for Menendez amendment #72, as modified, and Cornyn amendment #126, as modified, which will be subject to majority vote thresholds.

o Boxer amendment to express the sense of Congress regarding federally protected land. (#113)
o Fischer amendment to provide limits on the designation of new federally protected land. (#18, as modified)
o Manchin amendment to express the sense of Congress regarding climate change. (#99)
o Sanders amendment to express the sense of Congress regarding climate change. (#24)
o Lee amendment to require a procedure for issuing permits to drill. (#71)
o Murkowski amendment to express the sense of the Senate that all forms of unrefined and unprocessed petroleum should be subject to the nominal per barrel excise tax associated with the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund. (#123)
o Wyden amendment to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to clarify that products derived from tar sands are crude oil for purposes of the Federal excise tax on petroleum. (#27)
o Blunt amendment to express the sense of the Senate regarding the conditions for the President entering into bilateral or other international agreements regarding greenhouse gas emissions without proper study of any adverse economic effects, including job losses and harm to the industrial sector, and without the approval of the Senate. (#78, as modified)
o Cornyn amendment to ensure private property is protected as guaranteed by the United States Constitution. (#126, as modified)
o Menendez amendment to ensure private property cannot be seized through condemnation or eminent domain for the private gain of a foreign-owned business entity. (#72, as modified)

3:25 p.m. Senator Boxer responded to Senator Hatch on the anniversary of Roe V Wade.

3:16 p.m. Senator Hatch spoke on the anniversary of Roe V Wade.

2:35 p.m. Senator Heinrich spoke about energy policy.

2:23 p.m. Senator Enzi spoke about challenges facing him as the incoming Budget Committee Chairman.

2:05 p.m. Senator King spoke about the vulnerability of the United Stats to cyber threats.

1:55 p.m. Senator Moran spoke about Veteran access to VA services.

1:13 p.m. Senator Lee spoke for his amendment to Keystone.

12:47 p.m. Senator Mikulski spoke about the Holocaust.

12:30 p.m. Senator Reed spoke for LIHEAP (energy aid program for the poor) and against Keystone.

12:13 p.m. Senator McCain spoke about an amendment he will offer modifying the Jones Act, regarding the shipping industry.

12:10 p.m. Senator Tillis gave his inaugural floor speech, discussing the Keystone bill.

12:05 p.m. Senator Murkowski announced the Senate is working to set up votes on several pending amendments after lunch, looking at 60 vote thresholds on the Fischer amendment and a Boxer side by side, the Sanders amendment, and the Lee amendment.

11:46 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on the Keystone pipeline.

11:31 a.m. Senator Sanders spoke on his amendment.

11:15 a.m.  Senators Murkowski and Cantwell spoke on the Keystone Pipeline.

10:46 a.m.  Senator Inhofe spoke on climate change and the Keystone Pipeline.

10:06 a.m.   ML McConnell paid tribute to Wendall Ford, former governor of Kentucky.

9:35 a.m.  Senator Durbin spoke on the democratic process, the Keystone Pipeline and immigration.

9:31 a.m.  ML McConnell spoke on the Keystone Pipeline and the democratic process.

The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m. to resume consideration of S-1, the Keystone XL Pipeline bill.

Votes are expected on amendments but have yet to be scheduled.

Pending to the bill is the Murkowski substitute (Amendment #2)

Pending to the substitute are these amendments:

1) Fischer Amendment #18 (limitations on new federal land designation)

2) Sanders #24 (climate change);

3) Vitter #80 (Outer Continental Shelf leasing revenues);

4) Menendez #72 (eminent domain ban for Keystone);

5) Wyden #27 (crude oil classification for excise taxes);

6) Lee #71 (oil and gas drilling permit process reform);

7) Murkowski (for Blunt) #78 (internation greenhouse gas agreements)

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

5:03 p.m. — By a vote of 59-40, the Hoeven Amendment #58 failed. (60 votes required)

GOP in favor: Alexander, Ayotte, Collins, Corker, Flake, Graham, Hatch, Heller, Kirk, McCain, Murkowski, Paul, Portman, Rounds, Toomey.

Ind against: Sanders

Dem Leader Reid missed the vote.

4:39 p.m. — By a vote of 98-1, the Whitehouse Amendment #29 is agreed to, Senator Wicker voted no, and Senator Reid missed the vote.

4:28 p.m. — By a vote of 54-45, the Toomey Amendment #41 failed.  (60 votes required)

4:05 p.m. — By a vote of 41 to 58, the Durbin Amendment #69, failed. (60 votes required)

3:48 p.m. — By a party-line vote of 54 to 45, the Lee Amendment #33 failed, 60 votes having been required for passage.

3:03 p.m. — Senator Murkowski secured unanimous consent for votes to occur at 3:15 p.m. on the amendments listed below, with 60 votes required for passage of each and with 10 minutes for each roll call:

— Lee Amendment #334

— Durbin Amendment #69

— Toomey Amendment #41

— Whitehouse Amendment #29

— Hoeven Amendment #87

— Schatz Amendment #58

2:34 p.m. — Senator Durbin spoke on the Whitehouse amendment.

3:30 p.m. Senator Murkowski obtained unanimous consent for a series of up to six votes to occur on amendments to S-1, with 60 votes required for passage of each, at 3:15 p.m.

2:24 p.m. — Senator Whitehouse spoke on his amendment regarding climate change.

1:50 p.m. — Senator Graham spoke on Keystone and climate change.

1:31 p.m. — Senator Bennet spoke  on the Fischer amendment.

12:55 p.m. — Senator Collins spoke on establishing a full time employee as one who works forty hours under the employer mandate in universal health care law.

12:45 p.m. — Senator Lee spoke in favor of his pending amendment regarding the endangered species act.

12:23 p.m. — Senator Sanders spoke in favor of his pending amendment.

12:12 p.m.  — Senator Schatz spoke in favor of his pending climate change amendment to the Keystone pipeline bill.

12:04 p.m. — Senator Vitter spoke about an amendment he hopes to introduce later today, Amdt 80, to S-1, the Keystone Pipeline bill.

12:00 p.m. — Senator Leahy returned to the floor to complete his speech in support of his proposed amendment to the Keystone Pipeline bill.

11:42 a.m. — Senator Hoeven spoke in favor of the Keystone Pipeline bill.

11:39 a.m. — Senator Leahy began speaking on an amendment to the Keystone Pipeline bill, which he will call up at a later time.

11:36 a.m. — Senator Murkowski spoke on the Keystone Pipeline.

11:22 a.m. — Senator Cantwell spoke on the president’s speech and the Keystone Pipeline.

11:01 a.m. —  Senator Murkowski spoke on the Keystone Pipeline.

10:53 a.m. — Senator Klobuchar spoke on the president’s speech.

10:34 a.m. — Senators Durbin and Hoeven spoke on the Keystone Pipeline.

10:26 a.m. — Senator Blunt spoke about his two amendments to Keystone.

10:10 a.m. — Senator Cornyn spoke about the president’s speech.

10 a.m. — Senator Barrasso spoke about the president’s State of the Union address.

9:37 a.m. — Assistant Minority Leader Durbin spoke about national priorities, including the Homeland Security appropriation.

9:32 a.m. — Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the floor schedule, Keystone and national priorities.

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The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m. After leader remarks and an hour of morning business, consideration of the Keystone bill (S-1) will resume.

Votes are expected today, with no details yet fixed, on amendments to Keystone.

These amendments are pending to the Murkowski substitute (Amendment #3)

  • Fischer amendment to provide limits on the designation of new federally protected land. (#18)
  • Schatz amendment to express the sense of Congress regarding climate change. (#58)
  • Lee amendment to conform citizen suits under the Endangered Species Act of 1973. (#33)
  • Durbin amendment to ensure that the storage and transportation of petroleum coke is regulated in a manner that ensures the protection of public and ecological health. (#69)
  • Toomey amendment to continue cleaning up fields and streams while protecting neighborhoods generating affordable energy, and creating jobs. (#41)
  • Whitehouse amendment to express the sense of the Senate that climate change is real and not a hoax. (#29)

NOTE: Rule XIV process has been completed to place on the calendar the FY 2015 appropriation for the Department of Homeland Security (H.R. 240).

 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

4:45 – The Senate stands in recess until 8:25pm.  Upon reconvening, The Senate will proceed as a body to the Hall of the House of Representatives for the State of the Union address, which will begin at 9:00pm.  Upon dissolution of the joint session, the Senate will adjourn until Wednesday, January 21, 2015. On Wednesday, January 21, 2015 the Senate will convene at 9:30am and proceed to a period of morning business for one hour, with Senators permitted to speak therein for up to ten minutes each.  The Republicans will control the first thirty minutes and the Democrats will control the second thirty minutes.  Following morning business, the Senate will resume consideration of a bill to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline (S. 1). Votes relative to amendments to S. 1 are expected during Wednesday’s session of the Senate.

4:30 –  The following amendments are currently pending to the Murkowski amendment in the nature of a substitute (#2) to S. 1:

  •  Fischer amendment to provide limits on the designation of new federally protected land. (#18)
  • Schatz amendment to express the sense of Congress regarding climate change. (#58)
  • Lee amendment to conform citizen suits under the Endangered Species Act of 1973. (#33)
  • Durbin amendment to ensure that the storage and transportation of petroleum coke is regulated in a manner that ensures the protection of public and ecological health. (#69)
  • Toomey amendment to continue cleaning up fields and streams while protecting neighborhoods generating affordable energy, and creating jobs. (#41)
  • Whitehouse amendment to express the sense of the Senate that climate change is real and not a hoax. (#29)

The Senate adopted the following by unanimous consent:

  • A resolution condemning the terrorist attacks in Paris, offering condolences to the families of the victims, expressing solidarity with the people of France, and reaffirming fundamental freedom of expression. (S.Res. 29)
  • A resolution designating the week of January 25 through January 31, 2015, as “National School Choice Week.” (S.Res. 30)

4:15 –  The Senate voted on the following amendments:

Markey amendment to ensure that oil transported through the Keystone XL pipeline into the United States is used to reduce United States dependence on Middle Eastern oil (#13) was tabled by a roll call vote of 57-42.

Franken amendment to require the use of iron, steel, and manufactured goods produced in the United States in the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline and facilities (#17) was tabled by a roll call vote of 53-46.

Portman-Shaheen amendment to promote energy efficiency. (#3, as modified) was agreed to by a roll call vote of 94-5.

3:32 p.m. — Senators Shaheen and Portman spoke in favor of their amendment on energy efficiency.

3:31 p.m. — Franken amendment tabled 53-46.

3:14 p.m. — Roll call vote began on motion to table the Franken amendment.

3:13 p.m. — Markey amendement tabled, 57-42.  Senator Heitkamp, Manchin, and Warner joined Republicans in favor, DL Reid missed.

2:49 p.m. — Roll call vote began on motion to table Markey Amendment.

2:48 p.m. — Senator Markey spoke on his amendment.

2:45 p.m. — Senator Murkowski made a motion to table the Markey Amdt.

2:44 p.m. — Senator Franken responded to Senator Murkowski on his amendment.

2:38 p.m. — Senator Murkowski spoke on Franken amendment.

2:35 p.m. — Senator Franken urged Senators not to vote to table his amendment.

2:25 p.m. — Senator Cornyn spoke about this evenings State of the Union address.

2:15 p.m. — Senator Menendez spoke against the Keystone pipeline.

12: 45 p..m. — The Senate recessed until 2:15 p.m.

12:41 p.m.  — Senator Murphy spoke in favor of the Frankin amendment to the Keystone bill and against the underlying bill.

12:36 p.m. — Senator Franken spoke in favor of his amendment to the Keystone bill.

12:41 p.m. — Senator Murphy spoke against the Keystone bill.

12:28 p.m. — Senator Fischer spoke in favor of the Keystone bill.

12:05 p.m. — Senator Markey and Senator Hoeven alternated speaking on the Keystone bill.   Sen. Hoeven spoke in favor of the bill.   Sen. Markey spoke in favor of his amendment limiting exports and against the underlying bill.

11:55 a.m. — Senator Murkowski spoke in favor of the Keystone bill

11:09 a.m. — Senator Boozman spoke about national priorities and bipartisanship.

10:53 a.m. — Senator Thune spoke about national priorities and Keystone.

10:46 a.m. — Senator Schumer spoke for the Markey and Franken amendments to the Keystone bill.

10:29 a.m. — Senator McCaskill paid tribute to the late political consultant Pat Gray.

10:09 a.m. — Assistant Minority Leader Durbin spoke on national priorities, such as jobs and education; on the visit of a congressional delegation to Cuba; and on H.R. 240 (DHS spending).

10:02 a.m. — Majority Leader McConnell returned to debate on Keystone; took Rule 14 action for floor consideration of the FY’15 Homeland Security appropriation (H.R. 240); and spoke about national priorities such as jobs.

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The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am.

At that time, following any Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to a period of morning business for one hour.

Following morning business, the Senate will resume consideration of S.1, to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline.

The Senate will recess from 12:30 until 2:15pm to all for the weekly caucus meetings.

Majority Leader McConnell has announced that votes are expected on pending amendments to S.1 starting shortly after the lunches.

At 9:00pm, the President will deliver the State of the Union address. Senators will gather in the Senate Chamber at 8:30pm and proceed as a body to the Hall of the House of Representatives at 8:40pm.

The following amendments are pending to S.1:

Murkowski #2 (substitute)
Markey #13 (Keep Oil in America)
Portman-Shaheen #3 (Energy Efficiency)
Franken #17 (Keep Jobs in America)

Friday, January 16, 2015

The Senate adjourned at 1:35 p.m and will reconvene at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 20. They will adjourn from 12:30-2:15 for the weekly party lunches. Votes will occur following the lunches.

1:32 p.m. H.R. 240 (Homeland Security appropriations) was read for the 2nd time and placed on the calendar.

1:32 p.m. S.Res. 27 (authorize testimony and representation in the USA vs. Jeffrey A. Sterling) was agreed to by voice vote.

12:30 p.m. Senator Hatch spoke about the need for cyber security legislation.

12:15 p.m. Senator Hoeven spoke on the Keystone Pipeline bill

11:14 a.m.  Senator Murkowski spoke on the Keystone Pipeline bill.

10:56 a.m.  Senator Udall spoke on the Keystone Pipeline bill.

10:38 a.m  Senator Markey spoke against the Keystone Pipeline bill.

10:03 a.m.  Senator Cantwell spoke on the Keystone Pipeline bill.

9:49 a.m.  Senator Hirono spoke on the McCain amendment to the Keystone Pipeline bill.

The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m. After any leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the Keystone bill.

There will be no votes today.

Next votes will be Tuesday, Jan. 20, following weekly policy lunches.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The Senate is adjourned until 9:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 16, when it will resume consideration of the Keystone bill.

Next votes will be Tuesday, Jan. 20, following weekly policy lunches.

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