Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The Senate will convene at 9:45 a.m. Following any leader time, the Senate will be in a period of Morning Business until 10:30 a.m.

At 10:30 a.m., the Senate will recess until 2:15 p.m. to allow for the Joint Meeting of Congress and the weekly caucus luncheons.

On Monday, cloture was filed on the veto message to accompany S.1, the Keystone pipeline bill; under the rule, the cloture vote would occur one hour after the Senate convenes on Wednesday.

Monday, March 2, 2015

6:29 p.m. Senate adjourned until 9:45 a.m. on Tuesday, March 3.

6:26 p.m Senator Cornyn commemorated Texas Independence Day.

6:23 p.m. ML McConnell files cloture on the veto message on S.1, Keystone bill. Items passed in wrap up: S. 431, regarding “Bloody Sunday.” UC that Senate adjourn until 9:45 am on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 following the remarks of Senator Cornyn. Senate in morning business from 9:45 to 10:30, then recess for the joint meeting to hear PM Netanyahu, and the weekly caucus luncheons.

6:19 p.m. Motion to table the motion to go to conference in relation to HR 240, Homeland Security Appropriations bill, agreed to 58-31.

5:59 p.m. Roll call vote begins on motion to table the motion to go to conference on HR 240, Homeland Security Appropriations bill.

5:58 p.m. Cloture not invoked 47-43. 100% party line. Following Senators missed vote: Blunt, Brown, Gardner, Kirk, McCaskill, Nelson, Paul, Shelby, Vitter, and Wicker.

5:30 p.m. Roll call vote begins on cloture on the request to go to conference on HR 240, Homeland Security Appropriations bill.

5:07 p.m. Senators Shaheen, Hoeven, and Cochran spoke on the Homeland Security bill.

4:45 p.m. Senator Leahy spoke on the Lynch nomination.

4:35 p.m. Senator  Coats spoke on his second installment of the “Waste of the Week”.

4:06 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke on Netanyahu.

2:54 p.m. Senator Reid spoke for Senate Democrats in opposition to a conference on H.R. 240, the longer-term funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security.

3:30 p.m. Senator McConnell filed cloture on the motion to proceed to the motion to go to conference on H.R. 240.

2:47 p.m. Senator Boozman spoke about Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s visit tomorrow.

2:10 p.m.  Senator Hatch spoke about Israel and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s visit tomorrow.

2:07 p.m.  The Senate received House message to accompany HR 240.

2:00 p.m.  Senator McConnell spoke about the week ahead in the Senate and on Capitol Hill.  He mentioned Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s visit, the vetoed Keystone bill, a workplace bill and the department of homeland security funding measure.

1:00 p.m. The Senate will convene at 2 p.m. Following any leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the House message to accompany H.R.240, the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations bill.

At approximately 3:30 p.m., Majority Leader McConnell will file cloture on the motion to go to conference with the House on H.R.240.  Two hours of debate will follow.

At 5:30 p.m., there will be a cloture vote on the motion to go to conference on H.R. 240.

 

Friday, February 27, 2015

8:21 p.m.  Wrap-up: the Senate passed S Res 92, designating February 28, 2015 as rare diseases day.

8:20 p.m.  Senator Reid spoke about his confidence that the House will pass a seven-day CR.

8:18 pm  The Senate passed a seven-day continuing resolution to fund the Department of Homeland Security until March 6, 2015 by voice vote.  Majority Leader McConnell made a motion to proceed to the motion to appoint conferees on the HR 240, the full DHS appropriations bill.  This tees up a 5:30 p.m. Monday cloture vote on the motion to appoint conferees. The Senate stands adjourned until 2:00 p.m. Monday.

2:10 p.m. The Senate stands in recess subject to the call of the chair.

11:58 a.m. Senator Rubio spoke about Venezuela.

11:52 a.m. Senator Donnelly spoke on the recent passing of Ted Hesburgh from Notre Dame.

11:48 a.m. Senator Isakson spoke on trade agreements.

11:47 a.m. Cloture not invoked on motion to proceed to S. 534. Collins immigration bill. Democrats in favor: Donnelly, Heitkamp, Manchin, and McCaskill. ML McConnell voted no in order to reconsider. Senator Boxer missed.

11:28 a.m. H.R. 240 adopted by a vote of 68-31. No votes: all GOP: Blunt, Boozman, Burr, Cassidy, Cotton, Crapo, Cruz, Daines, Ernst, Fischer, Grassley, Hoeven, Inhofe, Isakson, Lankford, Lee, Moran, Paul, Perdue, Portman, Risch, Roberts, Rubio, Sasse, Scott, Sessions, Shelby, Sullivan, Tillis, Vitter, and Wicker. Senators missing vote: Boxer.

11:12 a.m. Roll call vote begins on passage of HR 240, as amended.

11:10 a.m. McConnell substitute amendment agreed to 66-33. No votes: all GOP: Blunt, Boozman, Burr, Capito, Cassidy, Cotton, Crapo, Cruz, Daines, Ernst, Fischer, Grassley, Hoeven, Inhofe, Isakson, Lankford, Lee, Moran, Paul, Perdue, Portman, Risch, Roberts, Rubio, Sasse, Scott, Sessions, Shelby, Sullivan, Tillis, Toomey, Vitter, and Wicker. Senators missing vote: Boxer.

10:51 a.m. Roll call vote begins on the McConnell substitute amendment.

10:50 a.m. Motion to table not agreed to 34-65, yes votes: all GOP: Blunt, Booman, Burr, Capito, Cassidy, Cotton, Crapo, Cruz, Daines, Ernst, Fischer, Grassley, Hatch, Hoeven, Inhofe, Isakson, Lankford, Lee, Moran, Paul, Perdue, Portman, Risch, Roberts, Rubio, Sasse, Scott, Sessions, Shelby, Sullivan, Tillis, Thune, Toomey, Vitter, and Wicker. Senators missing vote: Boxer.

10:35 a.m. Roll call vote begins on motion to table the McConnell Amendment.

10:28 a.m. Senator Lee attempts to call up his own amendment, when objection is heard, he offers motion to table McConnell Amendment.

10:29 a.m. Cloture invoked 68-31. No votes, all GOP: Blunt, Booman, Burr, Capito, Cassidy, Cotton, Crapo, Cruz, Daines, Ernst, Fischer, Grassley, Hoeven, Inhofe, Isakson, Lankford, Lee, Moran, Paul, Perdue, Portman, Risch, Roberts, Rubio, Sasse, Scott, Sessions, Shelby, Sullivan, Tillis, Vittter, and Wicker.   Senators missing vote: Boxer.

10:01 a.m.  The Senator is now voting on the motion to invoke cloture on H.R. 240, DHS Appropriations bill.

9:56 a.m.  Senator Durbin spoke on DHS Appropriations and against Collins’ bill S. 534.

9:52 a.m.  Senator Collins spoke on DHS Appropriations and her legislation, S. 534 on immigration.

9:46 a.m.  Senator Vitter spoke on DHS Appropriations.

9:39 a.m.  Senator Mikulski spoke on DHS Appropriations.

9:35 a.m.  Senator Reid spoke on DHS Appropriations.

9:32 a.m.  ML McConnell spoke on DHS Appropriations.

The Senate will convene at 9:30am. Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R.240, the DHS Appropriations bill.

At 10:00am the Senate will proceed to a series of at least four roll call votes that will include the following:
1. Motion to invoke cloture on H.R.240, DHS Appropriations Bill.
(At the conclusion of the first vote Senator Lee or his designee will be recognized for up to ten minutes)
2. Adoption of substitute amendment #255 in relation to H.R. 240, DHS Appropriations Bill.
3. Passage of H.R.240, DHS Appropriations Bill, as amended, if amended.
4. Motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to S.534, the Collins bill.

Please note, additional procedural votes are possible in this series.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

7:20 p.m. The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30 a.m. Friday, February 27th. There will be up to four votes tomorrow starting at 10 a.m.

• Cloture on H.R.240, Department of Homeland Security appropriations (60 vote threshold)

• McConnell Amendment #255 – substitute (withdraws immigration language)

• Passage of H.R.240, Department of Homeland Security appropriations

• Cloture on the motion to proceed to S. 534 – Collins Immigration bill

6:33 p.m. Senate passed S. Res 76 – a resolution welcoming Netanyahu to the Capitol for his March 3rd address to Congress.

5:50 p.m. Senator Manchin spoke on Mike Perry, a West Virginian who passed away recently.

5:39 p.m. Senator Whitehouse responds to Senator Inhofe on climate change and his snowball.

5:25 p.m. Senator Franken spoke on the FCC ruling regarding net neutrality today.

4:50 p.m. Senators Warren, Markey, Sanders, and Baldwin joined in the trade colloquy; with Senator Markey also speaking on the environment.

4:10 p.m. Senator Brown began a colloquy on transpacific trade promotion authority. Joining him were Senators Whitehouse, Casey and Merkley.

3:41 p.m. Senator Inhofe spoke about global warming; starting his speech by throwing a snowball to a page.

3:21 p.m. Senator Sessions spoke on Executive Action and Congress’s appropriation authority; and then passes by UC: S. 527, a bill to award the Congressional Gold Medal to the foot soldiers who participated in Bloody Sunday, and other events in March 1965 in Selma Alabama.

3:15 p.m. Senator Booker spoke on S.R. 88.

3:13 p.m. Senator Cochran spoke about passing comprehensive legislation on reforming the US prison system.

3:03 p.m. Senator Booker spoke on the US Justice System, America’s War on Druges and the racial disproportion of minority Americans.

3:00 p.m. Senator Cantwell spoke on Net Neutrality and the open Internet economy.

2:45 p.m. Senator Collins spoke on the President’s consitutional power of Executive Action.

2:19 p.m. Senator Collins spoke about Immigration and Constitutional constraints on Unilateral Executive Action.

2:11 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about Departmento of Homeland Securtiy Funding.

1:53 p.m. Senator Shatz spoke about Department of Homeland Security Funding.

12:31 p.m. Senator Markey spoke about net neutrality.

12:26 p.m. Senator Shaheen spoke in favor of funding the Department of Homeland Security.

Noon Senator Rubio secured unanimous consent for the Senate to recess from 12:45 p.m.to 1:45 p.m.

11:05 a.m. Minority Leader Reid spoke about the spending bill for the Department of Homeland Security.

11:02 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the Collins immigration bill and the FEC’s pending action on Net neutrality.
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The Senate will convene at 11 a.m.

After the prayer and the pledge and any leader remarks, the Senate will resume post-cloture consideration of the motion to proceed to H.R. 240, the 2015 appropriation for the Department of Homeland Security. If all post-cloture time is used, it will expire at 9:13 p.m.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

6:23 p.m.  The Senate adjourned until 11:00 a.m. tomorrow, Thursday, February 26th.  Following the prayer and pledge, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R. 240, Department of Homeland Security appropriations.

During wrap-up, S. Res. 86 was passed by unanimous consent, designating March 3rd as the Navy Reserve Centennial.

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6:05 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke on climate change.

4:15 p.m. Senator Menendez spoke about the Ukraine Freedom Support Act.

3:40 p.m. Senator Leahy spoke about DHS appropriations.

3:22 p.m. Senator Sanders spoke about the Budget and social justice.

3:20 p.m. Senator Shaheen spoke about DHS appropriations.

3:15 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the MTP to H.R. 240, DHS approps by a vote of 98 to 2. Senators Inhofe and Sessions voted were the 2 no votes.

2:45 p.m. ML McConnell outlined an unanimous consent agreement to move forward on H.R. 240, DHS appropriations. The Senate is now voting on a cloture motion on the motion to proceed to H.R. 240.

2:20 p.m. Senators Alexander and Mikulski spoke about education.

12:50 p.m. The Senate recessed until 2:00 p.m.

12:40 p.m. Senator Blunt spoke about the Texas immigration lawsuit against President Obama.

11:55 a.m. Senator Nelson spoke on the “stingray” device being used by police and the FBI; and the right of privacy.

11:33 a.m. Senators Cornyn and Markey spoke on DHS funding and immigration.

11:08 a.m. Senators McCain and Graham engaged in a colloquy about the Middle East.

10:29 a.m. The chair (Senator Cotton) called the Senate to order.

10:27 a.m. Senator McCain sought a recess, subject to the call f the chair, in order to bring a visiting dignitary to the floor.

10:06 a.m. Durbin noted the 25th anniversary of the smoking ban on airplanes.

9:59 a.m. Senator Barrasso spoke about the Senate Western Caucus.

9:36 a.m. Senator Coats spoke about wasteful federal spending.

9:32 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke on the president’s Keystone veto, his executive action on immigration and the Homeland Security spending bill.

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The Senate will convene at 9:30 p.m.

Votes are possible today but none have been scheduled yet.

Motion to proceed to H.R. 240 (Department of Homeland Security appropriation) is pending.

Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015

The Senate has adjourned until 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, February 25.

During wrap-up S. Res. 65 was passed by unanimous consent – To bring an end to violence by Boko Haram and urging Nigeria to conduct transparent, peaceful and credible elections.

The Menendez substitute amendment #252, the Menendez substitute amendment to the preamble #253, and the Rubio amendment to the Menendez substitute amendment to the preamble #254 were also passed by unanimous consent.

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6:44 p.m. – Senator Grassley spoke on foreign workers and the H-1B visa program.

6:31 p.m. – Senator Carper spoke on DHS funding.

6:22 p.m. – Senator Cassidy spoke on DHS funding and immigration.

5:41 p.m. – Senator Bennet spoke on education.

4:30 p.m. – Senator Franken spoke on immigration.

4:20 p.m.  – Senator Portman spoke on DHS funding.

4:07 p.m.  – Senator Sessions spoke of DHS appropriations, and American unemployment.

4:03 p.m.  – Senator Cantwell spoke of the Keystone pipeline and energy legislation.

3:40 p.m.  – Senator Sessions spoke about DHS appropriations.

3:26 p.m. – The Senate received President Obama’s message on his veto of the Keystone XL Pipeline bill.

2:49 p.m.  – Senator Murray spoke on DHS funding.

2:41 pm – Senator Durbin spoke on the use of Executive Orders and immigration.

2:30p.m.  – Senator Cornyn spoke on DHS funding.

2:23 p.m.  – Senator Brown spoke on Black History Month and the awarding of the Congressional Gold Medal to Selma participants on the 50th anniversary of that event.

2:15 p.m.  – Senate reconvenes.

12:27 p.m.  – Senate recess until 2:15pm.

12:15 p.m.  – Senator Thune spoke on the Keystone pipeline and Executive response to ISIS.

11:57 a.m.  – Senator Cardin spoke on the Harriet Tubman National Historic Park on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

10:24 a.m.  – Senator Boxer spoke on DHS Funding.

10:09 a.m.  – Senator Durban spoke on DHS Funding.

10:05 a.m.  – Senator Reid spoke on DHS Funding.

10:04 a.m.  – Senator McConnell spoke on the Keystone Pipeline.

10:02 a.m.  – Senator Burr spoke on Randy Cash, guest chaplain.

The Senate will convene at 10 a.m.

At 12:30 p.m., the Senate will recess for weekly policy lunches until 2:15 p.m.

 

Monday, February 23, 2015

 

7:20 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 10 a.m. Tuesday, February 24.

7:09 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke about DHS spending.

6:57 p.m. Senator Coons spoke about DHS spending.

6:20 p.m. Leader McConnell began the Rule XIV process for S. 535, a bill to promote energy efficiency.

6:19 p.m. Leader McConnell began the Rule XIV process to bring to the floor S. 534, a bill to prohibit spending on certain executive actions related to immigration.

6:03 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell entered a motion to reconsider the cloture vote on the motion to proceed to H.R. 240.

6:02 p.m. By a vote of 47 to 46, the Senate failed to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to the DHS appropriation (H.R. 240).

5:25 p.m. Senator Hoeven spoke about Homeland Security.

5:23 p.m. Senator Nelson spoke about Homeland Security.

5:21 p.m. Senator Shaheen spoke about Homeland Security.

5:13 p.m. Senator Klobuchar spoke about Homeland Security.

5:02 p.m. Senator Mikulski spoke about Homeland Security.

4:55 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke about the Homeland Security appropriation.

4:40 p.m. Senator Casey spoke about Black History Month. He paid tribute to Joanne Epps, dead of Temple University Law School.

4:32 p.m. Senator Reid spoke about the need to fund the Department of Homeland Security.

4:30 p.m. Senator McConnell spoke about DHS funding and the immigration executive order and last week’s injunction of that order.

The Senate is in recess until 4:30 p.m. At that time, resume consideration of the motion to proceed to H.R.240, the DHS Appropriations bill.

The next vote will occur at 5:30 p.m. on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R. 240, the appropriation for the Department of Homeland Security.

3:03 p.m. Senator Hoeven was recognized to deliver President George Washington’s farewell address.

The Senate convened at 3 p.m.

 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

The Senate convened for a pro forma session at 10 a.m.; with Senator Blunt presiding. No legislative business was conducted.

The Senate adjourned following the pro forma until 3:00 p.m. on Monday, February 23. At that time, Senator Hoeven will be recognized to read Washington’s Farewell Address. The next vote will occur at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, on the motion to invoke cloture on H.R. 240, the appropriation for the Department of Homeland Security.

Monday, February 16, 2015

The Senate convened for a pro-forma session at 4:45 p.m, with President Pro Tempore Hatch presiding; and immediately adjourned until Thursday, February 19 at 10:00 a.m.; for another pro forma session.

Following the pro forma on Thursday, the Senate will adjourn until 3:00 p.m. on Monday, February 23. At that time, Senator Hoeven will be recognized to read Washington’s Farewell Address. The next vote will occur at 5:30 on Monday the 23rd on the motion to invoke cloture on H.R. 240, The DHS appropriations bill.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

6:35 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will reconvene for a pro-forma session at 4:55 p.m. on Monday, February 16. There will be a pro-forma session on Thursday, February 19 at 10:00 a.m.

At 3:00 on Monday, February 23 the Senate will convene and Senator Hoeven will be recognized to read Washington’s Farewell Address. The next vote will occur at 5:30 on Monday on the motion to invoke cloture on H.R. 240, The DHS appropriations bill.

6:33 p.m. The following was agreed to by voice vote during wrap up:

  • S.Res. 73-Authorizing expenditures by committees of the Senate
  • S.Res. 52- Calling for the release of Ukrainian fighter pilot Nadia Sabachenko
  • S.Res. 78
  • S.Res. 79-Dean Smith
  • S.Res. 80- Lunar New Year
  • S.Res. 81-trafficking
  • S.Res. 82-Commending Kathleen Alvarez Trilak on her service to the Senate.

 

6:30 p.m.  Senator McConnell paid tribute to John Ashbrook and Russell Coleman.

6:05 p.m. Senator Carper spoke about DHS funding.

5:15 p.m. Senator Lee spoke about DHS funding.

4:46 p.m. Senator Booker spoke about the Smarter Sentencing Act.

4:17 p.m. Senator Fischer spoke on Ashton Carter and ISIS.

3:40 p.m. Senator Hatch spoke on the Affordable Care Act.

3:15 p.m. Senator Sanders spoke about Social Security.

3:10 p.m. Senator Klobuchar spoke on relations between the US and Cuba.

3:05 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on the impending speech by Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to a Joint Session of Congress in March.

2:55 p.m. ML McConnell asked UC to proceed to the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations. Senator Durbin objected, and offered his own UC to take up a Homeland Security bill without immigration language; ML McConnell objected.

2:54 p.m. By a vote of 93-5, the Senate confirmed the Carter nomination. Senators Boozman, Blunt, Crapo, Kirk, and Risch voted against. This was the last vote of the day.

1:27 p.m. Senator Rubio spoke about ISIS and the nomination of Ashton Carter to be Secretary of Defense.

1:17 p.m. Senator Brown spoke about extending funding for the CHIP Children’s Health Insurance Program through 2019.

12:47 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke on DHS appropriations.

12:32 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke on federal drug possession cases.

12:00 p.m. Senator McCain and Reed spoke in favor of the Carter nomination.

11:49 a.m. Senator Leahy spoke about the Carter (Secy of Defense) and the Lynch (Atty General) nominations.

11:15 a.m. Senator Sessions spoke about the Homeland Security Appropriations.

10:56 a.m. Senators Collins and Klobuchar engage in a colloquy on Alzheimers disease.

10:55 a.m. The Senate begins consideration of the nomination of Ash Carter to be Secretary of Defense.

10:45 a.m. Senator Coats spoke about the economy.

10:25 a.m. Senator Blunt spoke about the authorization of force, and then about the Homeland Security Appropriations.

10:19 a.m. Senator Boozman spoke about the authorization of military force against the Islamic State.

10:07 a.m. Senator Shaheen spoke about the DHS appropriation.

9:53 a.m. Senator Murphy spoke about Kayla Mueller, terrorism victim.

9:46 a.m. The Senate went into executive session to consider the Carter nomination. Senator Durbin spoke in support.

9:34 a.m. Assistant Minority Leader Durbin spoke about the DHS appropriation.

9:33 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell moved to proceed to the Homeland Security appropriation and spoke about the Carter nomination and the administration’s foreign policy.

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The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m.

After an hour off morning business, the Senate will begin consideration of the nomination of Ashton B. Carter to be Secretary of Defense.

At 2 p.m., the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on confirmation of the Carter nomination.

 

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