Archive from February, 2018

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

The Senate has adjourned until 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 1st.

There will be 3 votes beginning at 11:45 a.m.:

  1. Confirmation of the Quattlebaum nomination.
  2. Cloture on the nomination of Karen Gren Scholer, to be US District Judge for the Northern District of Texas
  3. Cloture on the nomination of Tilman Eugene Self III to be US District Judge for the Middle District of Georgia

There will be 1 vote at 1:30 p.m.

  1. Cloture on the nomination of Terry A. Doughty to be US District Judge for the Western District of Louisiana

During wrap-up the following legislation was agreed to by unanimous consent:

  • R. 535 – Taiwan Travel Act
  • R. 1625 – TARGET Act
  • Con. Res. 106 – Authorizing the use of Emancipation Hall for a ceremony to present the Congressional Gold Medal collectively to the members of the Office of Strategic Services.
  • Res. 404 – A resolution recognizing the coordinated struggle of workers on the 50th anniversary of the 1968 Memphis sanitation workers strike to voice their grievances and reach a collective agreement for rights in the workplace.
  • Res. 409 – Honoring the Buffalo Soldiers
  • Res. 418 – EXPRESSING SUPPORT FOR THE DESIGNATION OF MARCH 21, 2018, AS NATIONAL ROSY THE RIVETER DAY.
  • R. 1865 had its first reading – Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017.

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6:24 p.m. Senator Hassan spoke about the school shooting in Florida.

6:14 p.m. Senator Booker spoke about the school shooting in Florida.

6:05 p.m. Senator Menendez spoke about the school shooting in Florida.

5:56 p.m. Senator Nelson spoke about the school shooting in Florida.

5:41 p.m. Senator Casey spoke about the school shooting in Florida.

5:40 p.m. The motion to invoke cloture on Marvin Quattlebaum to be U.S. District Judge for South Carolina was agreed to by a vote of 69-29.

5:00 p.m. The nomination of Russell Vought was confirmed by a vote of 49-49 with Vice President Pence breaking the tie. Senators McCain and Rounds did not vote.

3:58 p.m. Senator Gardener spoke about energy resources and federal land.

3:45 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke about the economy and energy independence.

3:04 p.m. Senator Kennedy spoke about Don Alhart and Sally Ann Roberts.

2:34 p.m. Senator Reed spoke about Russian interference.

2:21 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke about taxes and corporate stock buybacks.

2:15 p.m. Senator Lankford spoke about the Rev. Billy Graham.

2:09 p.m. Senator Isakson spoke about Rev. Billy Graham.

2:05 p.m. Senator Thune spoke about Rev. Billy Graham.

1:55 p.m. Senator Blunt spoke about Rev. Billy Graham.

1:38 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke about tax cuts.

1:23 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the Fix NICS legislation.

1:21 p.m. Under the provisions of rule 14 S. 2464, a bill to improve border security was read for the second time and placed on the Senate calendar.

1:13 p.m. Senator Murphy spoke about gun safety.

1:00 p.m. Senators Burr and Tillis spoke about Rev. Billy Graham and asked u.c. to consider S.J.Res 53, Honoring the life of William Billy F. Graham Jr., the measure was agreed to by u.c.

12:50 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke about gun legislation and Russian meddling.

12:45 p.m. The Senate convened.

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The Senate will convene at 12:45 p.m., and will resume post-cloture consideration of the nomination of Russell Vought to be Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget.

At 4:30 p.m., all post-cloture time on the Vought nomination will expire and the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on confirmation of the nomination.

Following disposition of the Vought nomination, the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Marvin Quattlebaum  to be a United States District Judge for the District of South Carolina.

Senator McConnell has also filed cloture on the following nominations:

  • Karen Scholer to be a United States District Judge for the Northern District of Texas
  • Tilman Eugene Self III, to be a United States District Judge for the Middle District of Georgia
  • Terry Doughty to be a United States District Judge for the Western District of Louisiana
  • The cloture petitions on each of the above nominations will ripen one at a time, after disposition of the previous nomination. Each is subject to up to thirty hours of post-cloture debate.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

6:26 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 12:45 p.m. on Wednesday, February 28, 2018. Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #153, Russell Vought, of Virginia, to be Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget, post-cloture. All post-cloture time on the Vought nomination will expire at 4:30 pm and the Senate will have two votes on:

1) Confirmation of Executive Calendar #153, Russell Vought, of Virginia, to be Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget and 2) Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #437, A. Marvin Quattlebaum Jr., of South Carolina, to be United States District Judge for the District of South Carolina

6:24 p.m. The Majority Leader began the Rule 14 process to bypass committee and place on the Legislative Calendar of Business S.2464: Three-Year Border and DACA Extension Act.

  • Adopted by U.C.: S.Res.415: Speech and Debate Month.
  • Adopted by U.C.: S.Res.416: Career and Technical Education Month.
  • Agreed to by U.C.: S.Con.Res.35: Authorizing Emancipation Hall for OSS Gold Medal.

6:11 p.m. Senator Warren spoke about the need for a director of the Indian Health Service.

5:34 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke about climate change and the American Petroleum Institute.

5:24 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke about the passing of constituent Ursula Le Guin.

5:08 p.m. Senator Collins and Senator Heinrich spoke supporting the terrorist firearms prevention act.

5:07 p.m. The Senate invoked cloture on the nomination of Russell Vought to be Deputy Director of OMB by a vote of 49-48.

4:30 p.m. The Senate confirmed Elizabeth L. Branch, of Georgia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit by a vote of 73-23.

4:00 p.m.  The Senate will proceed to 2 roll call votes on the following:

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #623, Elizabeth L. Branch, of Georgia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit.
  2. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #153, Russell Vought, of Virginia, to be Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget.

3:35 p.m. Senator Markey spoke about gun legislation and the need for reform.

3:20 p.m. Senator Sanders spoke about gun legislation and the need for reform.

3:15 p.m. Senator Daines spoke in favor of both nominations.

2:40 p.m. Senator Thune spoke on tax penalties on foreign entities and the benefits from lowering rates.

2:19 p.m. Senator Portman paid tribute to Columbus Ohio police officers Morelli and Durly and also spoke about the opioid epidemic.

12:30 p.m. The Senate stands adjourned for the weekly caucus luncheons.

11:04 a.m. Senator Lee paid tribute to Frederick Douglass.

11:03 a.m. Senator Young achieved the following confirmation by voice vote: William Northey to be Under Secretary of Agriculture for farm and foreign agriculture services.

10:47 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke on the Branch nomination.

10:22 a.m. Senators Durbin and Cornyn spoke on gun violence.

10:11 a.m. Democratic Leader Schumer spoke on gun violence and net neutrality and taxes.

10:00 a.m. The Senate convened.

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The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m. Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of  the nomination of Elizabeth Branch to be United States Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit, post-cloture.

The Senate will recess from 12:30 to 2:15 p.m. to allow for weekly conference meetings.

Cloture has also been filed on the following nominations:
1. Russell Vought to be Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget.
2. Marvin Quattlebaum to be United States District Judge for the District of South Carolina.
3. Karen Scholer to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Texas.
4. Tilman Self to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Georgia.
5. Terry Doughty to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Louisiana.
Each nomination is subject to a cloture vote and then, if cloture is invoked, up to 30 hours of post-cloture debate prior to a vote on confirmation. Upon disposition of the first nomination, there would be a cloture vote on the next nomination in the series.

Monday, February 26, 2018

6:41 p.m. The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 27th. Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration Executive Calendar #623, Elizabeth Branch, of Georgia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit, post-cloture. The Senate will recess from 12:30 pm until 2:15 pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings

6:39 p.m. Senator Boozman asked u.c. to consider H.Con.Res 103, Authorizing the use of Emancipation Hall for a ceremony as part of the commemoration of the days of remembrance of victims of the Holocaust and H.Con.Res. 107, Authorizing Reverend Billy Graham to lie in honor in the rotunda of Capitol. Both were adopted by u.c.

6:32 p.m. Senator Boozman spoke about tax cuts.

6:09 p.m. Senator Brown spoke about the two Ohio police officer killed in the line of duty last week.

6:05 p.m. Senator Hoeven spoke about the USA women’s hockey team.

6:05 p.m. The Senate invoked cloture on the nomination of Elizabeth Branch by a vote of 72 to 22. Senators Corker, Heller, Jones, McCain, Rounds, and Sullivan did not vote.

5:26 p.m. The Senate began voting on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Elizabeth Branch to be US Circuit Judge for the 11th Circuit.

5:12 p.m. Senator Isakson spoke about the school shooting in Parkland, FL and supporting the Branch nomination.

5:00 p.m. Senator Nelson spoke about the school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

4:44 p.m. Senator Hatch spoke about the high school shootings in Florida.

4:17 p.m. Senator Casey paid tribute to former Philadelphia Councilwoman Marion Benton Tasko.

4:10 p.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about gun violence.

3:02 p.m. Senator Peters was recognized to read Washington’s farewell address.

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The Senate will convene at 3:00 p.m.

At that time Senator Peters will be recognized to read Washington’s farewell address.

Following the address and any leader time, the Senate will resume debate on the nomination of Elizabeth Branch to be US Circuit Judge for the 11th Circuit.

At 5:30 p.m. the Senate will vote on cloture on the Branch nomination.

Before the recess, Majority Leader McConnell filed cloture on the Branch, Vought, Quattlebaum, Scholer, Self, and Doughty nominations.  The cloture petitions on each nomination will ripen one at a time, after disposition of the previous nomination, with each nomination subject to up to thirty hours of post-cloture debate.

Friday, February 23, 2018

The Senate convened for a pro forma session at 2:00 p.m.  Senator Cornyn presided, and no business was conducted.

 

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The Senate convened for a pro forma session at 5:00 p.m., with Senator Kennedy presiding.  No business was conducted.

 

Friday, February 16, 2018

12:00 p.m. The Senate convened and the Majority Leader presided. No business was conducted. The Senate meets next for a pro forma session at 5:00 p.m on February 20th.

 

Thursday, February 15, 2018

5:57 p.m. The Senate adjourned  and will reconvene for the following  pro forma sessions during the President’s day recess:

2/16 – noon; 2/20 5:00 pm; 2/23 2:00 pm

When the Senate reconvenes on Monday, February 26th at 3:00 p.m. Senator Peters will be recognized to read Washington’s farewell address. The next vote will occur at 5:30 p.m. on Elizabeth Branch, GA, to be US Circuit Judge, 111th Circuit.

Senate passed the following bills in Wrap Up by unanimous consent:

S. Res 413 – Black History Month

S. 946 – Veterans justice outreach

HR 1725 –  Reports on medical Evidence – Veterans Affairs

HR 3122 –  Warning on VA’s website regarding pensions, Veterans Affairs

HR 4533 – Designate VA Health Care System in KY

Senate passed the following nominations En Bloc and by voice vote:

Exec Cal # 588 Joseph Brown, TX, US Atty, Eastern District TX

Exec Cal # 587 Fernando Rodriguez, TX, US District Judge, TX

Exec Cal # 642 John Durham, CT, US Atty

Exec Cal # 677  John Anderson, NM, US Atty

Exec Cal # 678 Brandon Fremin, LA, US Atty

Exec Cal # 679 Joseph Kelly, NE, US Atty

Exec Cal # 680 Scott Murray, NH, US Atty

Exec Cal # 681 David Weiss, DE, US Atty

5:51 p.m. Senator Alexander spoke on immigration.

5:34 p.m. Senator Carper spoke on immigration and jobs.

5:23 p.m. Senator Alexander spoke on legislating in the Senate and the immigration bill.

5:20 p.m. The Senate is now in a period of morning business.

4:54 p.m. Senator McConnell Filed cloture on the following nominations:

Exec Cal #623 – Elizabeth Branch, GA, to be US Circuit Judge, 111th Circuit

Exec Cal #153 – Russell Vought, VA, to be Deputy Dir, OMB

Exec Cal # 437 – A. Marvin Quattlebaum, Jr, SC, to be US District Judge of  SC

Exec Cal #438 – Karen G Scholer, TX, to be US District Judge, Northern District TX

Exec Cal #439 – Tilman Eugene Self III, GA, to be US District Judge, Middle District of GA

Exec Cal #536 – Terry Doughty, LA, US District Judge, Western District of LA

Senate passed the following nominations En Bloc and voice vote:

Exec Cal #617 – Joel Danies, MD, Ambassador, Gabonese Republic, Sao Tome and Principe
Exec Cal #667 – Peter Hendrick Vrooman, NY, Ambassador, Ruwanda
Exec Cal #590 – Norman  Arflack, US Marshall, KY
Exec Cal#591 -Ted Kamatchus, US Marshal, IA
Exec Cal #643 – Michael Baylous, US Marshall, WV
Exec Cal #644 –  Daniel McKittick, US Marshall, MS
Exec Cal #682 –  David Jolley, US Marshall, TN
Exec Cal #683 – Thomas Griffin, US Marshall, SC
Exec Cal #472 – Neil Jacobs, Asst Secy, Commerce
Exec Cal # 661 – Holley Greaves, CFO, EPA

Exec Cal #465 –  John Demers, Asst Attorney General,  DOJ

Exec Cal #359 – John Mitnick, General Counsel, Homeland Security

Exec Cal #645 – John Henderson, Asst Secy Air Force, DOD

Exec Cal #646 –  Michael Griffin, Under Secy for Research, DOD

Exec Cal #647 – William Roper, Asst Secy Air Force, DOD

Exec Cal #648 – Phyllis Bayer, Asst Secy, Navy, DOD

Exec Cal #662 – John Gibson II, Chief Management Officer, DOD

Exec Cal #685 – Kevin Fahey, Asst Secy, DOD

Exec Cal #687 –  Thomas Ayres, General Counsel, Air Force, DOD

Exec Cal #663 – Melissa Burnison, Asst Secy, Energy

4:09 p.m. Cloture was not invoked on the Grassley Amendment, 39-60.

Democrats voting in favor: Donnelly, Heitkamp and Manchin.

Republicans voting against: Barrasso, Collins, Cruz, Daines, Enzi, Flake, Inhofe, Kennedy, Lee, Moran, Murkowski, Paul, Sasse and Thune.

Senators not voting: McCain.

3:51 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the Grassley Amendment.

3:49 p.m. Democratic Leader Schumer spoke against the Grassley Amendment.

3:48 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke in favor of his amendment.

3:46 p.m. Cloture was not invoked 54-45 on the Rounds/King amendment.

Republicans voting in favor: Alexander, Collins, Flake, Gardner, Graham, Isakson, Murkowski and Rounds.

Democrats voting against: Harris, Heinrich and Udall.

Senators not voting: McCain.

3:27 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the Rounds/King amendment.

3:26 p.m. Senators Rounds and King spoke in favor of their amendment.

3:24 p.m. Senator Cotton spoke against the Rounds/King amendment.

3:23 p.m. Cloture was not invoked on the Toomey Amendment by a tally of 54-45.

Democrats in favor: Donnelly, Manchin, McCaskill and Stabenow.

Senators not voting: McCain.

3:08 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the Toomey Amendment.

3:07 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke against the Toomey Amendment.

3:05 p.m. Senator Toomey spoke in favor of his amendment.

3:03 p.m. Cloture was not invoked on the Coons/McCain amendment by a tally of 52-47.

Republicans voting in favor: Flake, Gardner, Graham and Murkowski.

Democrats voting against: Manchin

Senators not voting: McCain

2:32 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the Coons/McCain amendment.

2:29 p.m. Senator Coons summed up his amendment with Senator McCain.

2:17 p.m. Senator Cruz spoke about immigration.

2:02 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on the shooting in Florida and then on immigration.

2:00 p.m. ML McConnell acheived UC that cloture will ripen on all four amendments at 2:30 p.m.; thus up to 4 roll call votes at that time:

  • Coons McCain Amendment #1955 to Schumer amendment #1958, including provisions to deal with those brought into the U.S. illegally as children and to improve border security;
  • Toomey Amendment #1948 on state and local cooperation with federal law enforcement on suspected crime by those in the country illegally;
  • Schumer substitute (#1958, as modified), which is the text of the Rounds-King amendment (#2010) to the language proposed to be stricken by Grassley amendment #1959;
  • Grassley Substitute Amendment #1959.

1:52 p.m. Senator Ernst spoke about immigration.

1:43 p.m. Senator Cotton spoke about immigration.

1:04 p.m. Senator Gardner spoke about the death of a law enforcement officer in Colorado.

12:54 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about the Rounds/King amendment to the immigration bill.

12:46 p.m. Senator Menendez spoke about DACA.

12:29 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke about Dreamers and DACA.

12:25 p.m. Senator Rubio spoke about the Florida school shooting.

12:00 p.m. Senator Nelson requested the Senate observe a moment of silence for the victims of the Florida school shooting.

11:15 a.m. Senator Stabenow spoke about Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease and the Change Act.

10:33 p.m. Senator Lankford spoke about the Florida shootings. He spoke about immigration.

10:21 p.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about the Florida shootings. He spoke about immigration.

10:05 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the high school shooting in Florida. He said the Senate will observe a moment of silence at noon. He spoke about immigration. He spoke about the tax overhaul.

10:02 a.m. The Senate resumed consideration of the immigration bill.

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The Senate will convene at 10 a.m. and will resume consideration of H.R. 2579, the vehicle for the immigration bill. No votes have been scheduled as yet.

Senator McConnell has filed cloture on pending amendments in the order listed below.

  • Coons McCain Amendment #1955 to Schumer amendment #1958, including provisions to deal with those brought into the U.S. illegally as children and to improve border security;
  •  Toomey Amendment #1948 on state and local cooperation with federal law enforcement on suspected crime by those in the country illegally;
  • Schumer substitute (#1958, as modified), which is the text of the Rounds-King amendment (#2010) to the language proposed to be stricken by Grassley amendment #1959;
  • Grassley Substitute Amendment #1959.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

7:37 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 10:00 a.m. on Thursday February 15, 2018.

7:36 p.m. ML McConnell achieved the following by UC in wrap-up: Adopted Legal Counsel.  Passed S. 2246, to designate the health care center of the Department of Veterans Affairs in Tallahassee, Florida, as the Sergeant Ernest I. “Boots” Thomas VA Clinic. The following to be to be Rear Admiral: Rear Adm. Steven Andersen and Rear Adm. Keith Smith.

7:35 p.m. ML McConnell confirms by voice vote: Margaret Weichert to be Deputy Director for management of the Office of Management and Budget.

7:34 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell filed cloture on all 4 amendments pending to the immigration bill:

  • Grassley amendment in the nature of a substitute (#1959)
  • Toomey amendment to ensure that State and local law enforcement may cooperate with Federal officials to protect our communities from violent criminals and suspected terrorists who are illegally present in the United States. (#1948)
  • Schumer amendment in the nature of a substitute (#1958) [Dream/Border] to the language proposed to be stricken by Grassley amendment #1959.
  • Coons-McCain amendment to Schumer amendment #1958, to provide relief from removal and adjustment of status of certain individuals who are long-term United States residents and who entered the United States before reaching the age of 18, improve border security, foster United States engagement in Central America, and for other purposes. (#1955)

7:33 p.m. Democratic Leader Schumer modified his amendment, #1958.

7:01 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke on the school shooting in Florida, and then paid tribute to Commander Paul Bauer of the Chicago Police Department, who was killed in the line of duty recently.

5:01 p.m. Senator Coons spoke about immigration.

4:42 p.m. Senator Lankford spoke on immigration.

4:21 p.m. Senator Blumenthal spoke on the school shooting in Miami and immigration.

4:02 p.m. Senator Toomey spoke on immigration.

3:48 p.m. Senator Casey spoke about DACA and immigration.

3:26 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke on immigration.

3:15 p.m. Senator Murphy spoke about a school shooting in Miami and on immigration.

3:06 p.m. Senator Heinrich spoke on immigration.

2:55 p.m. Senator Cortez Masto spoke about immigration.

2:36 p.m. Senator Hirono spoke about immigration.

2:09 p.m Senator Barrasso spoke about tax reform.

1:54 p.m. Senator Blunt spoke about immigration.

1:34 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke about immigration.

12:45 p.m. Senator Sanders spoke about immigration and border security.

12:32 p.m. Senator Perdue spoke about immigration.

12:00 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about immigration.

11:49 a.m. Senator Leahy spoke about immigration.

11:18 a.m. Senator Tillis spoke about immigration.

11:01 a.m. Senator Menendez spoke about immigration.

10:41 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke about immigration.

10:33 a.m. Senator Schumer spoke about various immigration proposals. He spoke about taxes.

10:32 a.m. Senator Grassley called up his Amendment #1959. Senator McConnell called up the Toomey Amendment #1948 to the Grassley Amendment. Minority Leader Schumer called up Amendment #1958, to strike certain language from Grassley Amendment #1959.  Senator Durbin called up the Durbin for Coons Amendment #1955 to the Schumer Amendment #1958.

10:31 a.m. By voice vote, the Senate agreed to proceed to the immigration bill.

10:08 a.m.  Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the debate on immigration. He spoke about public works.

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The Senate will convene at 10 a.m. and will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to H.R. 2579, the legislative vehicle for immigration legislation.

At about 10:30 a.m., the Senate will vote on the motion to proceed to the immigration bill. A voice vote is possible.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

6:38 p.m. The Senate stands adjourned.

6:30 p.m. Senator Moran spoke on the importance of tribal sovereignty.

6:15 p.m. Leader McConnell asked UC to confirm three nominations en bloc (cal # 155, 261, 469). they were confirmed by voice vote. He also asked that after Senator Moran speaks the Senate adjourn until 10:00 am Wednesday and resume H.R. 2579.

5:00 p.m. Senator Peters spoke on communities without access to clean water.

4:30 p.m. Senator Reed spoke on immigration.

2:30 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on immigration.

2:24 p.m. Senator Murray spoke on immigration.

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

12:30 p.m. The Senate recesssed to accomodate the weekly caucus luncheons.

12:22 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about immigration.

12:15 p.m. Senator Thune spoke about tax reform.

12:08 p.m. ML McConnell spoke about immigration and asked unanimous consent that at 2:15 p.m. the motion to proceed be agreed to, then that the Republicans offer amendment #1948 and the Democrats offer an amendment and that there be a vote on each at 3:30 p.m. Senator Schumer objected.

11:24 a.m. Senator Grassley spoke about the False Claims Act of 1986.

10:46 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about immigration, public works and the president’s budget.

10:31 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke about immigration.

10:11 a.m. The Senate resumed consideration of the motion to proceed to the immigration bill.

10:02 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the immigration debate and the new tax law.

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The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m. and resume consideration of the motion to proceed to H.R. 2579 [the legislative vehicle for immigration legislation], post-cloture.

The motion to proceed to H.R. 2579 is expected to be adopted during Tuesday’s session.

The Senate will recess from 12:30 p.m. until 2:15 p.m. to allow for the weekly caucus luncheons.

Monday, February 12, 2018

6:08 p.m. Senator Hassan spoke about opioid abuse and about the Granite Stater of the Month.

6:08 p.m. ML McConnell asked u.c. to consider and pass S.Res. 403, designating February 2018 as American Heart Month and February 2nd as National Wear Red Day. ML McConnell also asked that when the Senate completes its business today it adjourn until 10:00 am on Tuesday. Following Leader remarks, the Senate resume consideration of the Motion to Proceed to H.R. 2579 and that all time during recess, adjournment, morning business, and Leader remarks count postcloture on the motion to proceed.

6:07 p.m. By a vote of 97-1 the Senate invoked cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R. 2579 (the legislative vehicle for the immigration bill). Senator Cruz voted no. Senators Leahy and McCain did not vote.

5:32 p.m. The Senate began voting on the motion to proceed to H.R. 2579, the legislative vehicle for the immigration bill.

5:26 p.m. Senator Cortez Masto spoke about immigration and DACA recipients.

5:19 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about immigration.

5:07 p.m. Senator Lankford spoke about immigration.

5:02 p.m. Senator Nelson spoke about immigration.

4:57 p.m. Senator Hatch spoke about immigration.

4:47 p.m. Senator Tillis spoke about immigration.

4:41 p.m. Senator Ernst spoke about border security and immigration.

4:34 p.m. Senator Cotton spoke about immigration.

4:21 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about immigration.

4:07 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about CFIUS and immigration.

3:47 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about immigration.

3:33 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke about bourbon and immigration.

3:03 p.m. ML McConnell spoke about the President’s budget request and infrastructure. ML McConnell also addressed immigration.

 

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The Senate will convene at 3:00 p.m. and resume consideration of the motion to proceed to H.R. 2579 [the legislative vehicle for immigration legislation].

At 5:30 p.m., the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R. 2579.

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