Archive from January, 2018

Friday, February 2, 2018

The Senate convened for a pro forma session at 11:00 a.m.  President Pro Tempore Hatch presided, and no business was conducted.

 

 

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

The Senate adjourned at the dissolution of the Joint Session.

4:32 p.m. The Senate stands in recess.

4:28 p.m. ML McConnell asked u.c. that at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, February 5th, the Senate proceed to Executive Session to consider Ex. Cal. 570, Andrei Iancu, to be under secretary of commerce for intellectual property and director of patent and trademark office. McConnell asked that there be 30 minutes of debate and a vote on confirmation following the debate.

  • Passed by voice vote Ex. Cal. 297, Matthew Bassett to be an Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services.
  • Passed by voice vote S.534: Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act.
  • Passed by voice vote H.R.4708: DHS Blue Campaign.
  •  Adopted S.Res.389: commemorating the commissioning of the USS Omaha.
  •  Adopted S.Res.390: National Stalking Awareness Month.
ARMY
Executive Calendar #649 – Maj. Gen. Scott D. Berrier to be Lieutenant General
AIR FORCE
Executive Calendar #650 – Brig. Gen. Charles L. Plummer to be Major General
Executive Calendar #651 – Col. Sharon R. Bannister to be to be Brigadier General
Executive Calendar #652 – Maj. Gen. Jeffery A. Rockwell to be to be Lieutenant General
ARMY
Executive Calendar #653 – The following to be Brigadier General:
              Col. Anthony R. Hale
              Col. Garrick M. Harmon
Executive Calendar #654 – Maj. Gen. Eric J. Wesley to be Lieutenant General
Executive Calendar #655 – Maj. Gen. Theodore D. Martin to be Lieutenant General
Executive Calendar #656 – Col. Susie S. Kuilan to be Brigadier General
Executive Calendar #657 – Maj. Gen. Leslie C. Smith to be Lieutenant General
NAVY
Executive Calendar #658 – Rear Adm. (lh) Johnny R. Wolfe, Jr. to be Vice Admiral
Executive Calendar #659 – Capt. John C. Ring to be Rear Admiral (lower half)
Executive Calendar #660 – Rear Adm. (lh) Scott D. Conn to be Rear Admiral
3:54 p.m Senator Blumenthal spoke about the Mueller investigation.

3:45 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke about the Mueller investigation.

3:26 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the State of the Union.

3:05 p.m. Senator Portman spoke about the opioid epidemic.

2:44 p.m. Senator Boozman spoke about infrastructure investment.

2:40 p.m. The Senate confirmed the Stras nomination by a vote of 56-42. Senator Capito and McCain did not vote. 7 Democrats voted YES (Senators Donnelly Heitkamp Jones Klobuchar Manchin McCaskill Warner).

2:15 p.m. The Senate reconvened and began voting on confirmation of David Stras to be a judge on the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals.

12:30 p.m. The Senate recessed until 2:15 p.m.

12:23 p.m. Senator Thune spoke about tax reform.

12:16 p.m. Senator Shelby paid tribute to staffer William D. Duncan III.

12:07 p.m. Senator Toomey paid tribute to Deputy US Marshall Christopher Hill and tax reform.

12:02 p.m. Senator Tester spoke about the budget.

11:43 a.m. Senator Leahy spoke about the budget.

11:38 a.m. Senator Flake spoke about immigration.

11:18 a.m. Senator Rubio spoke about hurricane relief.

11:05 a.m. Senator Nelson spoke about hurricane relief.

11:00 a.m. Senator Gardner paid tribute to Deputy Heath Gumm.

10:38 a.m. DL Schumer spoke on the State of the Union address.

10:32 a.m. Senator Flake spoke on the passing of a former staff member, and a leader of the Church of latter day saints.

10:03 a.m. ML McConnnell spoke on the State of the Union address.

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The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m. and resume consideration of the nomination of David Stras to be US Circuit Judge for the 8th Circuit.

The Senate will recess on Tuesday for the weekly caucus luncheons from 12:30-2:15 p.m.

At 2:15 p.m., the Senate will vote on the Stras nomination.

At 8:25 p.m. the Senate will proceed as a body to the House of Representatives for the President’s State of the Union Address.

We anticipate the Senate to NOT be in session for the remainder of the week to accommodate party retreats.

Monday, January 29, 2018

7:56 p.m. The Senate adjourned.

7:39 p.m Senator Casey spoke on two issues, the first topic was community health centers; and the second was paying tribute to Christopher Hill,  a US Marshall who was killed in the line of duty.

7:25 p.m. Senator Lankford does wrap-up for the evening.

Items passed by voice vote: Gregory Maggs to be a judge of the US Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.

Items passed by Unanimous Consent: H Con Res 101 (Re: State of the Union);  Senator Peters will deliver the annual Washington Address on Monday February 26.  UC that the vote on confirmation of the Stras nomination at 2:15 p.m. Tuesday.   UC that the Senate adjourn until 10:00 a.m. Tuesday following the remarks of Senator Casey.

7:19 p.m. Senator Lankford spoke in favor of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

7:00 p.m. Senator Moran paid tribute to Mary Kay Thatcher upon her retirement from the American Farm Bureau.

6:56 p.m. Senator Hassan spoke against the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

6:47 p.m. Senator Lee spoke in favor of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

6:46 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Stras nomination 57-41.

Senators voting in favor: 50 Republicans, 7 Democrats: Donnelly,, Heitkamp, Jones, Klobuchar, Manchin, McCaskill and Warner.

Senators voting against: 39 Democrats, 2 Independents: King and Sanders.

Senators not voting: 1 Democrat: Nelson, 1 Republican: McCain.

6:18 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the nomination of David Stras to be US Circuit Judge for the 8th circuit.

6:17 p.m. Cloture on the motion to proceed to S.2311 was not agreed to 51-46.

Senators voting in favor: 48 Republicans, 3 Democrats (Casey, Donnelly and Manchin).

Senators voting against: 42 Democrats, 2 Republicans (Collins and Murkowski) and 2 Independents (King and Sanders).

Senators not voting: 2 Democrats (Baldwin and Nelson); 1 Republican (McCain)

5:50 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the motion to proceed to S. 2311.

5:37 p.m. Democratic Leader Schumer spoke on the upcoming votes, the State of the Union speech tomorrow night, the tax bill, immigration and the FBI.

5:23 p.m. Senator Graham spoke about the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

5:15 p.m. Senator Feinstein spoke about the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

5:10 p.m. Senator Fischer spoke about the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

5:08 p.m. Senator Wicker spoke about the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

5:03 p.m. Senator Blunt spoke about the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

4:56 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about the nomination of David Stras and the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

4:48 p.m. Senator Sasse spoke about the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

4:37 p.m. Senator Daines spoke about the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

4:30 p.m. Senator Cassidy spoke about the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

4:20 p.m. Senator Blumenthal spoke about the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

4:00 p.m. Senator Hirono spoke about the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

3:51 p.m. Senator Warren spoke about the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

3:46 p.m. Senator Murray spoke about the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

3:27 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke about the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

3:23 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the shooting in Kentucky, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, and tax reform.

3:13 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

2:59 p.m. Senator Tillis spoke about the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

2:37 p.m. Senator Ernst spoke about the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

2:27 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke about the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

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The Senate will convene at 2:00 p.m. Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to S.2311, Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act until 5:30 p.m.

At 5:30 p.m., the Senate will proceed to a cloture vote on the motion to proceed to S.2311.

If cloture is not invoked, the Senate will immediately proceed to a cloture vote on the nomination of David Stras to be United States Circuit Judge for the Eighth Circuit.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

4:01 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 2:00 p.m. Monday, January 29. Next roll call vote at 5:30 p.m. on S 2311 regarding abortion.

During wrap up the Senate passed the following:

Executive Calendar 474, Pittman, DC, DC Superior Court

S. 1873 – VA peer specialist prgram

S.  Res 381 – Jan 21 to Jan 27, School choice week

S. Res 382 – Catholic Schools.

2:32 p.m. Senator Hatch spoke about immigration.

2:21 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke about the Alaskan of the week.

2:20 p.m. The Senate confirmed the James nomination 89-1. Senator Sanders voted no. Senators not voting (10): Blumenthal, Burr, Casey, Corker, Durbin, McCain, McCaskill, Moran, Risch, and Toomey.

1:45 p.m. The Senate began voting on confirmation of R. D. James to be an Assistant Secretary of the Army.

12:50 p.m. Senator Brown paid tribute to Jonathan Miller, a staffer who serves in the Army Reserves and is soon to go on deployment. He spoke about the Children’s Health Insurance Program and the need to support community health centers.

12:33 p.m. Senator Peters spoke about the responsibilities of elected officials. He spoke about legislative priorities.

12:27 p.m. Senator Cornyn reported nine requests, approved by both leaders, for committees to meet today.

12:10 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on legislative priorities.

11:05 a.m. Senator Cardin spoke on President Trumps foreign relations policies.

10:41 a.m. Senator Barasso spoke about the shutdown and tax reform.

10:29 a.m. Democratic Leader Schumer spoke about immigration and about the FBI.

10:12 a.m. The Senate resumed consideration of the James nomination to be an Assistant Secretary of the Army.

10:04 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about funding CHIP/CR,  nominations, tax reform, and S. 2311. ML McConnell also spoke about the President’s first State of the Union address.

*****

The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m. and resume consideration of the nomination of R. D. James to be an Assistant Secretary of the Army.

At 1:45 p.m., the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on confirmation of the James nomination.

On Wednesday evening, Majority Leader McConnell filed cloture on the motion to proceed to S. 2311; regarding abortion and the nomination of David Stras to be a US Circuit Judge for the Eighth Circuit.

The cloture vote with respect to the motion to proceed to S. 2311, is expected to occur at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, January 29.  By rule, if the motion fails, the Senate would immediately proceed to a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Stras nomination.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

 

6:03 p.. The Senate adjourned until 10 a.m. Thursday, January 25.

5:58 p.m. The Brownback nomination was confirmed 50-49, with Vice President Pence breaking a 49-49 tie.  Senators Corker and McCain did not vote.

5:00 p.m. The vote on confirmation of the Brownback nomination began.

4:55 p.m. Senator Menendez spoke against the Brownback nomination.

4: 05 p.m. Senator Van Hollen spoke on North Korea.

4:03 p.m. ML McConnell achieved UC that at 5:00 p.m. today, the Senate vote on the confirmation of the Brownback nomination, and that at 1:45 p.m. Thursday, the Senate vote on confirmation of RD James to be Assistant Secretary of the Army.

3:46 p.m. Senator Whitehouse gave his weekly climate change speech .

3:30 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Brownback nomination by a party line vote of 50-49, with Vice President Pence breaking a 49-49 tie. Senators Corker and McCain did not vote.

2:52 p.m. The Senate began voting on the motion to invoke cloture on the Brownback nomination.

2:51 p.m. The Azar nomination as confirmed by a vote of 55 to 43. Dems/IND in favor: Carper, Coons, Donnelly, Heitkamp, Jones, King (I), and Manchin. Senator Paul voted NO. Not voting: Corker and McCain.

2:17 p.m. The Senate began voting on confirmation of the Azar nomination.

2:02 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke on health care and the Azar nomination.

1:30 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke about the Rowingan people.

1:09 p.m. Senators Nelson and Murphy spoke against the Azar nomination.

12:22 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about the Senate Judiciary Committee.

12:00 p.m. Senator Hatch spoke on the Children’s health insurance program.com and the Azar nomination.

11:24 a.m. Senators Hatch and Alexander spoke on the music modernization act, which they will introduce later in the day.

11:11 a.m. Senators Menendez and Shaheen spoke against the Azar nomination.

11:00 a.m. Senator Murray spoke about the opioid epidemic and the Azar nomination.

10:48 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about needs to be addressed in a new spending deal. He spoke about immigration.

10:27 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about legislative needs, such as disaster relief and defense readiness.

10:09 a.m.  Senator Durbin spoke about the need for an immigration agreement.

10:03 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the school shooting in Kentucky. He spoke about pending nominations and about the economy.

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The Senate will convene at 10 a.m. and will resume post-cloture consideration of the nomination of Alex Michael Azar II to be Secretary of Health and Human Services.

At 2:15 p.m., post-cloture time will expire for Azar and there will be a roll call vote on confirmation of the nomination.

Following disposition of the Azar nomination, there will be a roll call vote on cloture for the nomination of Samuel Dale Brownback to be Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom.

Following the cloture vote on Brownback nomination, a voice vote is expected on confirmation of the nomination of R. D. James to be an Assistant Secretary of the Army (Army Corps of Engineers).

 

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

6:05 p.m. By a vote Alex Azar to be Secy for HHS by a vote of 54 to 43.  (Corker, McCain and Scott not voting).

5:40 p.m. By a vote of 84-13 the Senate confirmed the Powell nomination. (Corker, McCain and Scott not voting).

5:11 p.m. The Senate began voting on the Powell nomination.

4:54 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke about the Azar nomination to be Secretary of HHS.

4:11 p.m. Senator Inhofe spoke about Paul Kigame of Rwanda.

4:00 p.m. Senator Wicker spoke Defense appropriations.

3:45 p.m. Senator Flake spoke about earmarks.

3:37 p.m. Senator Lee spoke about earmarks.

3:34 p.m. Senator Crapo spoke about the Powell nomination.

3:26 p.m. Senator Brown spoke about the Powell nomination.

3:12 p.m. Senator Thune spoke supporting tax reform.

3:11 p.m. Senator Thune asked u.c. that the Senate vote at 5 p.m. on confirmation of Jerome Powell’s nomination to be chairman of the Federal Reserve. A cloture vote will follow for the Azar nomination to be secretary of H.H.S.

3:10 p.m. The Senate invoked cloture on the Powell nomination 84-12. (8 Democrats voted no: Blumenthal, Booker, Feinstein, Gillibrand, Harris, Markey, Merkley, and Warren. 3 Republicans voted no: Cruz, Lee, and Paul. 1 Independent voted no: Sanders)

2:33 p.m. Cloture vote on the Powell nomination began.

2:15 p.m. Senator Warren spoke against the Powell nomination.

2:15 p.m. The Senate returned from the recess.

12:30 p.m. The Senate recessed until 2:15 to accommodate the weekly caucus luncheons.

12:20 p.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about the resumption of federal spending and about the negotiations over the status of immigrant children brought illegally into the U.S. by their parents. He spoke about children’s health.

12:02 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the school shooting in Kentucky. He spoke about the resumption of federal spending, the reauthorization of the children’s health program, immigration, and taxes.

The Senate will convene at 12:00 p.m. and resume consideration of the nomination of Jerome Powell to be Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.

They will then recess from 12:30-2:15 to accommodate the weekly caucus luncheons. Roll call votes are possible on Tuesday.

Majority Leader McConnell filed cloture on the following nominations during Monday’s session:

1. Jerome Powell to be Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.
2. Alex Azar to be Secretary of the department of Health and Human Services.
3. Sam Brownback to be Ambassador at large for religious freedom.

The cloture petitions on each nomination will ripen one at a time, after disposition of the previous nomination. Each is subject to up to thirty hours of post-cloture debate.

Monday, January 22, 2018

5:21 p.m. The Senate adjourned until noon Tuesday, January 23.

5:06 p.m. Senator Daines spoke about abortion.

5 p.m. Senator McConnell spoke about the spending deal. The leader filed  cloture on the following nominations:

1. Jerome Powell to be chair of the Federal Reserve.

2. Alex Azar to be Secretary of HHS.

3. Sam Brownback to be an ambassador-at-large for religious freedom.

The Senate agreed to convene on Tuesday at noon. Recess for policy lunches will be from 12:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.

4:59 p.m. By a vote of 81 to 18, the Senate voted to concur in the House amendments to the revised resolution to reauthorize CHIP and continue fedeal spending until Feb. 8 (H.R. 195).

Senators voting NO: Blumenthal, Booker, Cortez-Masto, Feinstein, Gillibrand, Harris, Hirono, Leahy, Lee, (R), Markey, Menendez, Merkley, Murphy, Paul (R), Sanders (I), Tester, Warren, and Wyden. Senator McCain did not vote.

4:04 p.m. The Senate consented to a change in the enrollment date of the amended spending , to expire on February 8.  The vote began on passage of the spending vehicle, H.R. 195.

3:29 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the government shutdown.

2:38 p.m. Senator Brown spoke in morning business about the Affordable Care Act.

2:20 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about the government shutdown, DACA, and CHIP.

1:37 p.m. Senators Burr and Warner spoke about the government shutdown and Section 148 of the CR. Senator Burr asked u.c. that the Burr amendment to the amendment #1917 which is at the desk be agreed to. Senator Cochran objected.

12:57 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke about the government shutdown.

12:56 p.m. The motion to invoke cloture as agreed to by a vote of 81 to 18 and the motion to refer falls. The Senators voting NO: Blumenthal, Booker, Cortez Masto, Feinstein, Gillibrand, Harris, Hirono, Leahy, Lee, (R), Markey, Menendez, Merkley, Murphy, Paul (R), Sanders (I), Tester, Warren, and Wyden. Senator McCain did not vote.

12:25 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke briefly and the Senate is now voting on the motion to invoke cloture on the House message to accompany H.R. 195 as amended.

12:17 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke on the government shutdown.

11:32 a.m. Senator Ernst spoke on the government shutdown.

11:30 a.m. The Senate returned from recess.

10:34 a.m. The Senate stands in recess until 11:30 a.m.

10:03 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the CR.

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The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m. and will resume consideration of the House message to accompany H.R. 195, as amended to continue federal spending until February 8 and reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

A vote on cloture for H.R. 195 is expected at noon. 

Sunday, January 21, 2018

9:25 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will reconvene at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, January 22. They will resume consideration of the motion to concur in the House message to accompany H.R. 195 [continuing resolution with CHIP].  A cloture vote on the motion to concur will occur at noon.

9:19 p.m. Senator McConnell asked unanimous consent that the Senate vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the CR followed by a vote on the CR if cloture is invoked. Senator Schumer objected. Senator McConnell asked unanimous consent that the 1:00 a.m. vote on cloture be moved to noon tomorrow. No one objected.

8:42 p.m. Senator Hatch spoke about CHIP.

8:25 p.m. Senator Tillis asked for unanimous consent to proceed to H.R. 1301 (NDAA) with an amendment. Senator Schatz objected.

8:19 p.m. Senator Schatz asked for unanimous consent to proceed to H.R. 1301 (pay and death benefits for members of the armed services) with an amendment. Senator Tillis objected.

8:16 p.m. Senator Murphy spoke about the shutdown.

8:05 p.m. Senator Schatz spoke about the shutdown. He asked for consent to proceed to a bill to pay federal employees that are affected by the shutdown. Senator Tillis objected.

8:01 p.m. Senator Brown spoke about CHIP.

7:55 p.m. Senator Booker spoke about the shutdown. He asked unanimous consent to proceed to an amendment for permanent extension of  CHIP. Senator Tillis objected.

7:54 p.m. Senator Schatz spoke about the Senate not adjourning tonight.

7:42 p.m. Senator Brown spoke about the shutdown. The Chair reminded Senator Brown of Rule 19. Senator Brown offered a motion to proceed to a 3 day CR. Senator Tillis objected.

7:34 p.m. Senator Murphy spoke about the shutdown and offered a motion to proceed to a CR to last through tomorrow. Senator Tillis objected.

6:35 p.m. Senator Wicker spoke on the shutdown.

6:13 p.m. Senator Menendez spoke on the shutdown.

6:01 p.m. Senator Thune spoke on the shutdown.

5:44 p.m. Senator Portman spoke on the shutdown.

5:27 p.m. Senator Blumenthal spoke about the President’s absence from negotiations during the shutdown.

5:13 p.m. Senator Blunt spoke about the appropriations process.

5:02 p.m. Senator Hirono spoke about government funding and Dreamers.

4:22 p.m. Senator Murray spoke on the shutdown.

4:13 p.m. Senator Shaheen spoke on the shutdown.

4:08 p.m. Senator Duckworth asked u.c. to consider H.R. 1301, Department of Defense Appropriations Senator Cornyn asked to amend H.R. 1301, Senator Duckworth objected to the modification and Senator Cornyn objected to Senator Duckworth’s original request.

3:03 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke on the shutdown.

2:47 p.m Senator Kaine spoke on the shutdown. Senator Kaine asked u.c. to consider H.R. 1301, Department of Defense Appropriations Senator Cornyn objected.

2:45 p.m. Senator Schatz spoke about the military and the government shutdown.

2:25 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke about rebuilding the military and the government shutdown.

2:15 p.m. Senator Leahy spoke about the government shutdown.

1:58 p.m. Senator Baldwin spoke on the government shutdown.

2:49 p.m. Senator Tester spoke on the government shutdown.

1:54 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke on the government shutdown.

1:28 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on the government shutdown.

1:19 p.m. DL Schumer gives leader remarks on the government shutdown.

1:02 p.m. ML McConnell gives leader remarks on the government shutdown.

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• The Senate will convene at 1:00 p.m. and resume consideration of the motion to concur in the House message to accompany H.R. 195 [continuing resolution with CHIP]. Roll call votes are possible during Sunday’s session.

• Cloture on the motion to concur in the House message to accompany H.R. 195 with a further amendment [CR to February 8th with CHIP] early Saturday morning. Absent a consent agreement, that cloture vote will occur one hour after the Senate convenes on Monday.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

7:34 p.m. The Senate stands adjourned until 1:00 p.m. Sunday, January 21, 2018.  Senators Rubio and Blumenthal spoke on the government shutdown.

6:26 p.m. Senator Duckworth spoke about the shutdown.

5:49 p.m. Senator Schatz spoke about the shutdown.

5:35 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke about the government shutdown.

5:23 p.m. Senator McCaskill spoke about the shutdown. She spoke about civil rights pioneer Frankie Friedman.

5:10 p.m. Senator Carper spoke about the shutdown.

4:59 p.m. Senator Manchin spoke about the shutdown.

4:39 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke about the government shutdown.

4:22 p.m. Senator Daines spoke about the government shutdown.

4:21 p.m. Senator Cardin objected to Senator McConnell’s request.

4:20 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell sought consent for passage of his amendment to H.R. 1301, to provide full funding of defense programs.

4:19 p.m. Senator McConnell objected to Senator Cardin’s request.

4:18 p.m. Senator Cardin sought consent for passage of S. 2274, concerning pay for furloughed federal workers.

4:16 p.m. Senator Wyden objected to Senator McConnell’s request.

4:13 p.m. Senator McConnell sought consent to have cloture invoked for the measure to reauthorize CHIP and extend federal spending to reopen the government, and to pass the spending measure.

4:11 p.m. Senator Stabenow sought consent for passage of H.R. 1301, with a permanent extension of CHIP, a 5-year extension of community health centers and other provisions.

3:42 p.m. Senator Stabenow spoke about children’s health and prompted a quorum call.

3:35 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke about the shutdown

3:22 p.m. Senator Brown spoke about the shutdown.

3:11 p.m. Senator Casey spoke about the shutdown.

2:40 p.m. Senator King spoke about the shutdown.

2:35 p.m. Senator Tester spoke about the government shutdown.

2:27 p.m. Senator Heller spoke about the government shutdown.

2:02 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the government shutdown.

1:15 p.m. Senator Inhofe spoke on the government shutdown.

1 p.m. Senator Leahy spoke about his experiences in negotiation with different presidents.

12:51 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about about possible grounds for a federal spending deal.

12:38 p.m. Senator Alexander spoke about possible grounds for agreement on federal spending and other issues.

12:28 p.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about the federal spending negotiations.

12:10 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the federal government shutdown.

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The Senate will convene at noon.

The Senate will resume consideration of the motion to concur in the House message to accompany H.R. 195 (the short-term measure to continue federal spending and reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program).

Roll call votes are expected during today’s session.

NOTE:  A motion has been filed to reconsider the vote by which the Senate failed to invoke cloture on the spending measure.

A cloture petition has been on the motion to concur in the House message to accompany H.R. 195 with a further amendment (a resolution to continue spending until to February 8with the CHIP reauthorization).

The amendment tree has been filled.

Unless there is an agreement to the contrary, that vote on that cloture motion would occur one hour after the Senate convenes on Monday.

Filing deadline for first-degree amendments is 1 p.m. on Sunday.  The filing deadline for second-degree amendments is one hour prior to the cloture vote, if cloture is invoked.

These measures are currently pending to the measure to continue spending (H.R. 195):

  • McConnell perfecting amendment (#1917) of a to change the expiration of the continuing resolution from from February 16 to February 8;
  • McConnell motion (#1918) to refer the House message accompanying H.R. 195 with instructions to report back forthwith with an amendment.

 

Friday, January 19, 2018

1:28 a.m. The Senate has adjourned until 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 20th and will resume consideration of the House Message to accompany H.R. 195.

1:18 a.m. Senator Tester spoke on the shutdown and asked unanimous consent to pass H.R. 1301 and McConnell objected.

1:17 a.m. Senator Nelson spoke on the shutdown and asked unanimous consent to pass H.R. 1301 and McConnell objected.

1:15 a.m. Senator McCaskill spoke on the shutdown and asked unanimous consent to pass H.R. 1301 and McConnell objected.

1:13 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell moved to table the motion to concur with an amendment. The motion was agreed to by voice vote. McConnnell then moved to concur in the House amendment to H.R. 195 with a further amendment #1917. McConnell filed cloture on the motion to concur in the House amendment to H.R. 195 with a further amendment #1917. A motion to refer the House message on H.R. 195 to the Committee on Appropriations with instructions to report back with an amendment #1918.

1:13 a.m. The motion to table the motion to refer was agreed to by a vote of 55 to 44. Democratic senators who voted YES: Donnelly, Heitkamp, Jones, Manchin, and McCaskill.

12:36 a.m. The Senate is voting on the motion to table the motion to refer.

12:32 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the government shutdown.

12:23 a.m. Senator Schumer spoke about the government shutdown.

12:17 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the government shutdown.

12:16 a.m. The motion to invoke cloture on the motion to concur in the House message to accompany H.R. 195 (CHIP/continuing resolution) was not agreed to by a vote of 50 to 49. Democratic senators voting YES: Donnelly, Heitkamp, Jones, Manchin, and McCaskill. Republican senators voting NO: Flake, Graham, Lee, Paul, and McConnell. Senator McCain did not vote.

10:14 p.m. The Senate is now voting on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to concur in the House message to accompany H.R. 195 (CHIP/ continuing resolution).

7:45 p.m. Senator Menendez spoke about DACA.

7:01 p.m. Senator McConnell secured consent for a 10 p.m. vote on cloture for the House-passed, short-term measure to continue federal spending.

6:05 p.m. Senator Casey spoke about the talks on spending issues.

5:24 p.m. Senator Daines spoke about the spending talks.

5:19 p.m. Senator Boozman spoke about the children’s health program.

4:47 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the possible shutdown.

4:30 p.m.   Senator Lankford spoke about the possible shutdown.

4:19 p.m. Senator Tillis spoke about the possible shutdown.

3:29 p.m. Senator Donnelly spoke about the opioid addiction crisis and the spending talks. 3:19 p.m. Senator Kaine spoke about the spending issue.

3:10 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke about the spending talks and children’s health.

3 p.m. Senator Gardner spoke about children’s health and the spending talks.

2:51 p.m. Senator Tester spoke about government spending and children’s health.

2:35 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke about Alaskan of the week, George Brown, proprietor of an Anchorage diner.

2:04 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke on a possible government shutdown.

1:25 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke on a possible government shutdown.

1:19 p.m. Senator Thune spoke about the March for life.

12:32 p.m. Senator Sanders spoke against a government shutdown.

12:20 p.m. Senator Lee spoke about the 45th annual March for Life.

12:03 p.m. Senator Markey spoke about the potential government shutdown.

11:46 a.m. Senator Van Hollen spoke about children’s health and the budget talks.

11:25 a.m. Senator Hatch spoke about the spending negotiations. He spoke about the spending bill provision on the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

11:14 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke about the federal spending measure. He spoke about the treatment of immigrants brought illegally into the U.S. by their parents.

11:13 a.m. Debate resumed on the spending measure.

11:02 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the possibility of a government shutdown.

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The Senate will convene at 11:00 a.m. and resume consideration of the motion to concur in the House message to accompany H.R. 195, CHIP/continuing resolution through February 16.

  • Majority Leader McConnell filed cloture on the motion to concur in the House message to accompany H.R. 195 during Thursday’s session.
  • A roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to concur in the House message to accompany H.R. 195 is expected during Friday’s session.
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