Archive from March, 2018

Thursday, March 29, 2018

The Senate convened at 3:45 p.m. Senator Rounds presided and no business was conducted. The Senate meets next for a pro forma session on Monday, April 2nd at 12:00 p.m.

Monday, March 26, 2018

The Senate convened for a pro forma schedule at 11:30 a.m.  Senator Roberts presided, and no business was conducted.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

1:00 a.m. The Senate adjourns.

12:57 a.m. Senator Johnson wraps up for the night.

12:47 a.m. Senators Johnson and Donnelly talk about HR 4257.

12:44 a.m. Senator Johnson asks UC to take up and pass HR 4257. Senator Schumer objects.

12:39 a.m. ML McConnell files cloture on several nominations.
12:38 a.m. The omnibus was agreed to 65-32.

Senators voting in favor: 25 Republicans, 39 Democrats and 1 Independent: King.

Senators voting against: 23 Republicans: Barrasso, Cassidy, Corker, Cotton, Crapo, Cruz, Daines, Enzi, Ernst, Fischer, Flake, Gardner, Grassley, Johnson, Kennedy, Lankford, Lee, Paul, Perdue, Risch, Sasse, Sullivan, and Tillis; 8 Democrats: Booker, Feinstein, Gillibrand, Harris, Markey, McCaskill, Merkley, and Warren; 1 Independent: Sanders.

Senators not Voting 3 Republicans: Burr, McCain and Toomey.

12:21 a.m. Roll call vote began on passage of the omnibus.

12:20 a.m. Cloture is invoked 67-30.

Senators voting in favor: 28 Republicans, 38 Democrats, 1 Independent: King.

Senators voting against: 20 Republicans: Barrasso, Cassidy, Corker, Cotton, Crapo, Cruz, Daines, Enzi, Fischer, Flake, Gardner, Grassley, Johnson, Kennedy, Lee, Paul, Perdue, Risch, Sasse,
Sullivan and Wicker; 9 Democrats: Booker, Durbin, Feinstein, Gillibrand, Harris, McCaskill, Merkley and Warren; 1 Independent: Sanders.

Senators not voting: 3 Republicans: Burr, McCain and Toomey.

12:00 a.m. Roll call vote began on cloture.

11:57 p.m. ML McConnell explains he has been cajoling all day.

11:56 p.m. Senator Corker, reserving the right to object complains about the fact the votes are occurring at such a late hour.

11:56 p.m. ML McConnell offers UC to vote on cloture, a budget point of order, and passage.

11:55 p.m. The motion to instruct was 91-6, thus a quorum was present.

10:49 p.m. The Senate is now voting on the motion to instruct the Sergeant at Arms to Request the Attendance of Absent Senators.

10:33 p.m. H. Con. Res. 116, Providing for a correction in the enrollment of H.R. 1625, was agreed to by unanimous consent.

6:23 p.m. Senator Leahy spoke on the omnibus bill.

6:09 p.m. Senator Carper spoke about the omnibus bill.

5:38 p.m. Senator Inhofe spoke on the omnibus appropriations bill.

5:22 p.m. Senator Blunt spoke about the omnibus appropriations bill and the opioid crisis.

5:10 p.m. Senator Collins spoke about her amendment.

5:00 p.m. Senator Alexander spoke about health care and the omnibus.

4:58 p.m. ML McConnell filed cloture on the motion to concur in the House amendment to H.R.1625, the Omnibus appropriations bill and filled the amendment tree.

4:48 p.m. Senator Murray spoke about health care and asked u.c. that when the Senate proceeds to the consideration of the Omnibus bill (H.R. 1625), the Murray amendment be agreed to, Senator McConnell objected.

4:47 p.m. Senator Collins asked u.c. that when the Senate proceeds to the consideration of the Omnibus bill (H.R. 1625), the Collins-Alexander amendment be agreed to. Senator Murray objected.

4:43 p.m. Senator Tillis spoke on DACA. Tillis asked u.c. that the Senate resume consideration of H.R. 2579, the pending amendments be withdrawn with the execption of the Grassley amend #1959 and the Grassley amen be agreed to and the bill as amended passed. Senator Durbin objected.

4:25 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke on the omnibus and DACA. Durbin asked u.c. to proceed to S. 1615, Senator Tillis objected.

4:18 p.m. Senator Manchin spoke about opioid addiction.

4:15 p.m. Senator Peters spoke on trade.

4:01 p.m. Senator Lankford spoke briefly on the omnibus and then turned to election security.

2:51 p.m. Senator Alexander secured consent for an hour to discuss health care and the Hyde Amendment with Senators Collins, Graham and Rounds.

2:45 p.m. Senator Young spoke about Robert F. Kennedy’s speech in Indianapolis on April 4, 1968.

2:35 p.m. Senator Cantwell spoke about H.R. 4851, to create the Kennedy-King peace memorial in Indiana. She spoke about the firefighting and affordable housing provisions of the spending bill.

2:30 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke about confirmation procedure.

2:14 p.m. Senator Casey spoke about gun control.

2:11 p.m. ML McConnell asked to call up the nomination of Richard Grenell to be Ambassador to Germany. Senator Merkley objected.

1:39 p.m. Senator Brown spoke about gun control.

1:20 p.m. Senator Sullivan paid tribute to Senator Cochran and spoke about the Alaskan of the week.

1:04 p.m. Senator Cochran gave his farewell speech.

1:01 p.m. Senator Durbin paid tribute to Senator Cochran.

12:57 p.m. Senator Enzi paid tribute to Senator Cochran.

12:52 p.m. Senator Isakson paid tribute to Senator Cochran.

12:47 p.m. Senator Blunt paid tribute to Senator Cochran.

12:42 p.m. Senator Hatch paid tribute to Senator Cochran.

12:40 p.m. Senator Schumer paid tribute to Senator Cochran.

12:34 p.m. Senator Collins paid tribute to Senator Cochran.

12:30 p.m. Senator Shelby paid tribute to Senator Cochran.

12:21 p.m. Senator Leahy paid tribute to Senator Cochran.

12:10 p.m. ML McConnell paid tribute to Senator Cochran.

12:02 p.m. Senator Wicker paid tribute to Senator Cochran who is retiring April 1

11:46 a.m. Senator Cornyn paid tribute to Senator Cochran and spoke on the Omnibus.

11:36 a.m. Senator Lee spoke about the Ryan Nelson nomination at the Department of Interior.

11:22 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke about Captain Paul Bower who was killed in line of duty and gun control.

11:01 a.m. Senator Corker spoke about the spending bill.

10:46 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer paid tribute to Senator Cochran. He spoke about the spending bill. He spoke about trade with China.

10:33 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the omnibus appropriation. He spoke about the tax overhaul. Senator McConnell moved to proceed to S. 1519, the defense authorization for fiscal year 2018.

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The Senate will convene at 10:30 a.m.

The Senate will turn to the consideration of the omnibus appropriations bill if and when it is received from the House. (The House will meet to consider the spending bill at 9 a.m., with votes to begin at 10:15 a.m.)

At noon, farewell tributes to Senator Cochran will begin.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

The Senate has adjourned until 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 22nd.

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4:45 p.m Senator Durbin paid tribute to Senator Cochran and to Congresswomen Louise Slaughter. And spoke about DACA.

4:23 p.m. Senator Sasse spoke about Putin’s reelection and President Trump’s leaked confidential material.

4:13 p.m.  H.R. 1865, SESTA,  was agreed to by a vote of 97 to 2. Senators Paul and Wyden voted NO.

3:31 p.m. The Senate is now voting on passage of H.R. 1865.

3:30 p.m. Senators Portman, Blumenthal and Wyden spoke about sex trafficking.

3:27 p.m. The motion to waive the budget act with respect to the Wyden amendment #2213 was not agreed to by a vote of  21 to 78 and the amendment fell. Senator Wyden withdrew amendment #2212.

Senators in favor: 20 Democrats: Booker, Cantwell, Casey, Coons, Donnelly, Gillibrand, Heinrich, Hirono, Jones, Leahy, Markey, McCaskill, Merkley, Murray, Peters, Stabenow, Tester, Udall, Van Hollen and Wyden; 1 Independent: Sanders.

Senators opposed: 50 Republicans, 27 Democrats, 1 Independent: King.

2:54 p.m. Roll call vote began on the motion to waive the budget act with respect to they Wyden amendment #2213.

2:52 p.m. Senators Portman and Wyden have their final speeches before the vote.

2:51 p.m. Senator Wyden made a motion to waive the budget act with respect to amendment #2213.

2:50 p.m. ML McConnell raised a budget point of order against the Wyden amendment #2213.

1:51 p.m. Senator Wyden offered his amendments to H.R. 1865.

o Wyden amendment to provide additional funding to the Department of Justice to combat the online facilitation of sex trafficking (#2213)

o Wyden amendment to clarify that efforts of a provider or user of an interactive computer service to identify, restrict access to, or remove objectionable material shall not be considered in determining the criminal or civil liability of the provider or user for other material (#2212)

1:32 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke about sex trafficking.

1:06 p.m Senator Jones gave his maiden speech.

12:56 p.m. Senator Fischer spoke about sex trafficking.

12:50 p.m. Senator Murkowskin spoke about sex trafficking.

12:45 p.m. At approximately 2:45 p.m., the Senate will have three roll call votes:

  • Wyden amendment #2213 (60 vote threshold)
  • Wyden amendment #2212 (60 vote threshold)
  • Passage of H.R.1865, SESTA, as amended, if amended

Majority Leader McConnell also spoke about sex trafficking and tax reform.

12:35 p.m. Senator Nelson spoke about sex trafficking.

11:36 a.m. Senator Portman began a colloquy on sex trafficking, with Senators Thune, Blumentha, McCaskill and Heitkamp.

11:03 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell said he hopes there will be votes today on the sex trafficking bill. Senator will be notified when votes will occur.

The Senate will convene at 11:00 a.m.

Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to the consideration of H.R.1865, the sex trafficking prevention act.

At a time to be determined in the afternoon, the Senate will proceed to up to three roll call votes on the following in relation to H.R.1865:
1. Wyden amendment #2122
2. Wyden amendment #2213
3. Passage of H.R.1865, SESTA, as amended, if amended

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

6:27 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 11:00am on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. Following leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to the consideration of H.R.1865, SESTA/FOSTA. The only amendments in order are Wyden amendment #2122 and Wyden amendment #2213. There will be up to 4 hours of debate concurrently on the amendments and that following the use or yielding back of time, the Senate will vote in relation to the amendments, with a 60 vote threshold required for adoption of each amendment. Upon disposition of the amendments, the Senate will vote on passage of the bill, as amended, if amended.

The Senate may have the 3 SESTA/FOSTA votes Wednesday afternoon. Check @Senatepress on Twitter to find out if/when those votes are scheduled.

At 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Senator Jones is scheduled to deliver his maiden speech.
6:26 p.m. ML McConnell asked u.c. to proceed to S. 899, Veterans Health Administration Leave, passed by u.c.

6:25 p.m. ML McConnell asked u.c. to proceed to S.Res. 434, Recognizing the Contributions of AmeriCorps, adopted by u.c.

6:23 p.m. The following en bloc DOJ nominations were passed by voice:

  • Cal. #735 – William M. McSwain, of Pennsylvania, to be United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania for the term of four years.
  • Cal. #736 – Matthew D. Harris, of Utah, to be United States Marshal for the District of Utah for the term of four years.
  • Cal. #737 – Johnny Lee Kuhlman, of Oklahoma, to be United States Marshal for the Western District of Oklahoma for the term of four years.
  • Cal. #738 – Joseph D. McClain, of Indiana, to be United States Marshal for the Southern District of Indiana for the term of four years.
  • Cal. #739 – David A. Weaver, of Colorado, to be United States Marshal for the District of Colorado for the term of four years., the nominations were passed by voice

6:02 p.m. Senator Thune spoke supporting H.R. 1865, the sex trafficking prevention bill.

5:42 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke about climate change.

5:31 p.m. Senator Brown spoke about Wall Street’s effect on employment.

5:06 p.m. Senators Portman, Blumenthal, and McCaskill spoke supporting H.R. 1865, the sex trafficking prevention bill.

5:05 p.m. The Senate agreed to the motion to table the motion to discharge S.J.Res. 54 by a vote of 55-44. (5 Republicans voted no: Senators Collins, Daines, Lee, Moran, and Paul and 10 Democrats voted yes: Senators Coons, Cortez Masto, Donnelly, Heitkamp, Jones, Manchin, Menendez, Nelson, Reed and Whitehouse) Senator McCain did not vote.

4:34 p.m. The Senate began voting on the motion to table the motion to discharge S.J.Res. 54, the Yemen War Powers Resolution.

4:26 p.m. Senator Sanders spoke against the motion to table the resolution on Yemen.

4:17 p.m. Senator Corker spoke about Yemen and the importance of the committee process.

4:12 p.m. Senator Lee spoke against the motion to table the joint resolution on Yemen.

4:08 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke about the joint resolution on Yemen.

4:03 p.m. Senator Coons spoke about foreign policy in the Trump Administration.

4:01 p.m. Senator Murphy spoke about the European Defense Initiative.

4:00 p.m. Senator Markey spoke on President Trump’s relationship with North Korea, a possible meeting between the leaders and the lack of an Ambassador.

3:45 p.m. Senator Sanders spoke on the threats America faces from Russia.

3:30 p.m. Senator Shaheen spoke on the joint resolution on Yemen.

2:47 p.m. Senator Young spoke on the joint resolution on Yemen.

2:42 p.m. Senator Boozman spoke on H.R. 1865, the sex trafficking prevention bill.

2:30 p.m. Senator Reed spoke on the pending joint resolution and the situation in Yemen.

2:16 p.m. Senator Hatch spoke about juducial nominations.

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

12:39 p.m. The Senate recessed until 2:15 p.m. to accomodate the weekly caucus luncheons.

12:17 p.m. Senators Durbin and Merkley spoke in favor of the Yemen resolution.

11:53 a.m. Senators Menendez and Corker spoke against this Yemen resolution, but did express concern about the situation in Yemen.

11:29 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke supporting H.R. 1865, the sex trafficking prevention legislation and supporting the motion to table re: Yemen.

11:20 a.m. Senator Murphy spoke against engagement in Yemen.

10:51 a.m. Senator Lee spoke for the Yemen measure.

10:29 a.m. Senator Sanders spoke about Yemen and the War Powers Act.

10:13 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about Puerto Rico’s hurricane recovery. He spoke about the tax overhaul.

10:04 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell paid tribute to Paralympian Oksana Masters of Kentucky. He spoke about the bill to prevent sex-trafficking.  He spoke against the Yemen measure. He spoke about the omnibus spending bill.

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NOTE: Senator Duckworth and Representatives Gallego and Brown will hold a Pen & Pad session today at 3:30 p.m. in the Senate Press Gallery, Room S-316 of the Capitol.

TOPIC: The lawmakers, all combat veterans who have served in Iraq, will reflect on the 15th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

 The Senate will convene at 10 a.m.

After leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to H.R.1865, the sex trafficking prevention bill.

Senator Sanders or his designee will then move to discharge S.J. Res. 54, concerning the War Powers Act and Yemen. There will be up to four hours of debate. If all time is used,  a roll call vote is expected at about 4:15 p.m. on a motion to table the motion to discharge the War Powers measure..

 

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

On Wednesday, March 21, at a time to be determined, the Senate will proceed to the consideration of H.R.1865, the sex trafficking prevention bill. The only amendments in order are Wyden #2122 and Wyden #2213. There will be up to four hours of concurrent debate on the amendments.

When time expires or is yielded back, the Senate will vote on the amendments in the order listed, with 60 votes required for each. Upon disposition of the amendments, the Senate will vote on passage of the sex trafficking bill, as amended, if amended.

Monday, March 19, 2018

7:18 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 10:00 a.m. Tuesday.

7:14 p.m. ML McConnell announced UC on HR 1865, on Wednesday at a time to be determined, after four hours of debate on two amendments by Senator Wyden, the Senate vote on the amendments with 60 vote thresholds. Following the disposition of HR 1865. UC that at a time on Tuesday, Senator Sanders, or designee, will then make a motion to discharge S.J.Res. 54, Yemen. There will be up to 4 hours of debate equally divided between the opponents and proponents. Upon the use or yielding back of time, there will be a roll call vote in relation to the motion to discharge. We expect a motion to table the motion to discharge around the 4:00pm range.

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

On Wednesday, March 21, at a time to be determined, the Senate will proceed to the consideration of H.R.1865, SESTA/FOSTA. The only amendments in order are Wyden amendment #2122 and Wyden amendment #2213. There will be up to 4 hours of debate concurrently on the amendments and that following the use or yielding back of time, the Senate will vote in relation to the amendments in the order listed, with a 60 vote threshold required for adoption of each amendment. Upon disposition of the amendments, the Senate will vote on passage of the bill, as amended, if amended.

Agreed to/confirmed in wrap-up: Legislative Business
H.R.3731, Secret Service Recruitment w/Grassley sub

Executive Business
Confirmed Executive Calendar #471, Nazakhtar, of Maryland, to be an Assistant Secretary of Commerce

6:50 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke about the crisis in Yemen.

6:29 p.m. Senator Portman spoke about the Online Sex Trafficking Prevention Act.

6:25 p.m. The Senate invoked cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R. 1865 by a vote of 94 to 2. Senators Paul and Wyden voted no.

Those not voting: Burr, McCain, Roberts and Toomey.

6:06 p.m. The Senate is now voting on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R. 1865, the Online Sex Trafficking Prevention Act.

6:04 p.m. The McAleenan nomination was confirmed 77-19.

Senators voting in favor: 50 Republicans, 26 Democrats, 1 Independent: King.

Senators voting against: 18 Democrats: Blumenthal, Booker, Cardin, Duckworth, Durbin, Feinstein, Gillibrand, Harris, Heinrich, Kaine, Markey, Menendez, Merkley, Schatz, Schumer, Udall, Van Hollen and Warren; 1 Independent: Sanders.

Senators not voting: Burr, McCain, Roberts and Toomey.

5:36 p.m. Roll call vote began on the McAleenan nomination.

5:32 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke about the McAleenan nomination.

5:24 p.m. Senator Nelson spoke about gun control.

5:11 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about citizenship.

5:00 p.m. Senator Tester spoke about banking reform bill.

4:48 p.m. Senator Murphy spoke about gun control.

3:29 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about his measure to restrict firearms sales to certain sufferers from mental illness. He spoke about the sex-trafficking bill. He spoke about support for the Saudi-led opposition in Yemen.

3:06 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the omnibus spending bill, the McAleenan nomination and the anti-sex trafficking bill.

3:03 p.m. The Senate resumed consideration of the motion to proceed to H.R. 1865.

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The Senate will convene at 3:00 p.m. and resume consideration of the motion to proceed to H.R. 1865, Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017.

At 5:30 p.m. the Senate will have 2 roll call votes:

  • Confirmation of Executive Calendar #598, the nomination of Kevin K. McAleenan, of Hawaii, to be Commissioner of U.S. Protection, Department of Homeland Security
  • Motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to Calendar #339, H.R.1865: SESTA/FOSTA.

 

Thursday, March 15, 2018

3:30 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will reconvene on Monday, March 19 at 3:00 p.m. They will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to H.R. 1865, a measure to combat on-line sex trafficking. At 5:30 p.m. they will vote on the nomination of Kevin McAleenan to be Commissioner of the US Protection Department followed by a vote on the motion to invoke cloture on S. 1865.

During wrap-up the following bills were passed by voice vote:

  • H.R. 3210 An act to require the Director of the National Background Investigations Bureau to submit a report on the backlog of personnel security clearance investigations.
  • S. 1869 A bill to reauthorize and rename the position of Whistleblower Ombudsman to be the Whistleblower Protection Coordinator.

2:51 p.m. Senator Roberts spoke supporting the Dowd nomination.

2:44 p.m. Senator Hatch spoke supporting the banking bill.

2:14 p.m. Senator Blunt spoke about the sex trafficking bill.

1:55 p.m. Senator Warren spoke about Robert F. Kennedy.

1:47 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the Pompeo nomination for Secretary of State and supporting the Fix NICS legislation.

1:09 p.m. Senator Fischer spoke about Sergeant Lonnie “Calvin” Allen Jr.

12:54 p.m. Senator Brown spoke about Rep. Marcy Kaptur.

12:38 p.m. Senator Klobuchar spoke about Liberian refugees.

12:23 p.m. Senator Reed spoke about Liberian refugees.

11:56 a.m. Senator Alexander spoke on the cost of health insurance.

11:37 a.m. Senator Murkowski spoke on the history of the Iditarod race.

11:35 a.m. Senator Nelson spoke on a new claim that the first St Patricks day was actually celebrated in St Augustine Florida in 1601.

11:20 a.m. Senator Kaine spoke about gun issues.

11:03 a.m. Senator Perdue spoke about deregulation and tax cuts.

10:55 a.m. Senator Peters spoke about Michigan farmers.

10:41 a.m. Senator Portman spoke about the sex-trafficking bill.

10:19 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about the tax overhaul. He spoke about the Kudlow nomination. He spoke about China and Russia.

10:04 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell paid tribute to Senator McCain upon the 45th anniversary of his return from imprisonment in North Vietnam. He spoke about the nomination of Larry Kudlow to be chairman of the National Economic Council. He spoke about the McAleenan nomination, the passage of the financial deregulation bill and the pending bill to fight sex-trafficking on line. He spoke about an educational incentive in the tax overhaul.

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The Senate will convene at 10 a.m. and will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to H.R. 1865, a measure to combat on-line sex trafficking.

Cloture has been filed on the motion to proceed to the sex trafficking bill.

There will be no votes until Monday at 5:30 p.m., when a roll call is expected on the nomination of Kevin McAleenan to be Commissioner of the US Protection Department.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

7:11  p.m. The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00 a.m. Thursday, March 15, 2018. The next votes are expected on Monday at 5:30 p.m. on the nomination of Kevin McAleenan to be Commissioner of the US Protection Department.

Wrap Up:

ML McConnell filed cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R. 1865 – online sex trafficking prevention

Executive Session:

Confirmed by U.C.: privileged nomination of Jeffrey DeWit, AZ, to be CFO, NASA

Passed by U.C.: S. Res 436 – honoring the Girl Scouts of America

Passed by U.C.: Msg to accompany S. 188 – prohibited federal funds for officer and government employees portraits

Passed by U.C.: H.R. 2154,  Rename Red River Valley research center the Edward Schaefer Agricultural Research Center

7:05 p.m. By a vote of 75 to 19, the Senate invoked cloture on the nomination on the nomination of Kevin McAleenan to be Commissioner of the US Protection Department.

6:45 p.m. By a vote of 67 to 31, the Senate passed the bill to relax certain financial regulations under the Dodd-Frank Act. Independent King and these Democrats voted YEA: Bennet, Carper, Coons, Donnelly, Hassan, Heitkamp, Jones, Kaine, Manchin, McCaskill, Nelson, Peters, Shaheen, Stabenow, Tester, Warner. All Republicans present voted YEA. NOT VOTING: Repubklican McCain and Democrat Heinrich.

6:20 p.m.  By a vote of 67 to 31, the Senate waived the point of order on the bill.

4:48 p.m. The Senate stands in recess until 5:45 p.m. to accomodate an all Senators brifing on Yemen.

4:48 p.m. UC was acheived to have three roll call votes at 5:45 p.m.

1. Motion to waive budget act with respect to S. 2151.

2. Passage of S.2151

3. Cloture on nomination of Kevin McAleenan to be Commissioner of the US Protection Department.

4:48 p.m. By a tally of 67-31, cloture was invoked on the banking bill, S. 2151.

Senators voting in favor: 50 Republicans, 16 Democrats (Bennet, Carper, Coons, Donnelly, Hassan, Heitkamp, Jones, Kaine, Manchin, McCaskill, Nelson, Peters, Shaheen, Stabenow, Tester, and Warner); 1 Independent: King.

Senators voting against: 30 Democrats, 1 Independent: Sanders.

Senators not voting: Heinrich and McCain.

4:17 p.m Roll call vote began on cloture on the bill, S. 2151.

4:16 p.m. The Crapo substitute amendment to S. 2151 was agreed to 67-31.

Senators voting in favor: 50 Republicans, 16 Democrats (Bennet, Carper, Coons, Donnelly, Hassan, Heitkamp, Jones, Kaine, Manchin, McCaskill, Nelson, Peters, Shaheen, Stabenow, Tester, and Warner); 1 Independent: King.

Senators voting against: 30 Democrats, 1 Independent: Sanders.

Senators not voting: Heinrich and McCain.

3:51 p.m. Roll call vote began on the Crapo substitute amendment to S. 2155, the banking reform bill.

3:49 p.m. Senator Crapo spoke on the pending banking bill.

3:32 p.m. Senator Brown spoke on the pending banking bill.

2:59 p.m. Senators Durbin and Cornyn spoke on gun issues.

2:40 p.m Senator Toomey spoke on gun issues and the pending banking bill.

2:10 p.m. Senator Shelby spoke about the banking bill.

1:57 p.m. Senator Hoeven spoke about the banking bill.

1:47 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke about the banking bill.

1:27 p.m. Senator Hassan spoke about climate change.

1:14 p.m. Senator Warren spoke about the banking bill.

1:12 p.m. Senator Daines spoke about the the banking bill.

1:03 p.m. Senator Sanders raised a point of order that S. 2155 violates the Budget Act. Senator Crapo made a motion to waive the Budget Act.

12:35 p.m. Senator Sanders spoke about Congressional approval ratings, gun legislation and the banking bill. Senator Sanders asked unanimous consent to offer two amendments. Senator Crapo objected.

12:26 p.m. Senator Lankford spoke about government funding.

12:07 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke on discrimination by the Trump administration in health care policy.

11:58 a.m. Senator Shaheen spoke about women’s health in the Trump Administration.

11:53 a.m. Senator Murray spoke about refugee resettlement and women’s health.

11:30 a.m. Senator Leahy spoke about gun violence.

11:04 a.m. Senator Carper spoke on gun violence and the pending banking bill.

11:01 a.m. Senator Cantwell spoke on gun violence.

10:50 a.m. Senator Coons spoke on shooting victims in Delaware.

10:23 a.m. Senators Warren and Blumenthal spoke of shooting victims in their states.

10:22 a.m. Senator Klobuchar named youthful shooting victims in Minnesota.

10:19 a.m. Senator Van Hollen spoke about gun violence victims in Maryland.

10:17 a.m. Senator Sanders spoke about gun violence victims in Vermont.

10:15 a.m. Senator Cardin named shooting victims in Baltimore.

10:13 a.m. Senator Murray named shooting victims.

10:10 p.m. Senator Cortez-Masto spoke of the Las Vegas shooting victims.

10:05 a.m. Senator Murphy spoke in memory of the the Newtown, Connecticut shooting victims.

10:01 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke of the student demonstrations in memory of the victims of the Florida school shootings.

9:33 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the killing of a Kentucky police officer. He spoke about hearings on public works. He spoke about the pending bill to loosen the banking regulations under the Dodd-Frank Act. He spoke about the tax overhaul.

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The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m.  Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Calendar S.2155, the bill to  relax the Dodd-Frank financial  regulations.

At 3:45 p.m., the Senate will vote on amendment #2151 , the  manager’s substitute. There will then be an immediate cloture vote on the underlying bill, S.2155, as amended. If cloture is invoked on the bill, the time will count as if cloture had been invoked at 12 a.m. today. A vote on passage could occur Thursday morning.

Additional roll call votes in relation to S.2155 are possible during Wednesday’s session.

At 4:30 p.m. today, the Senate is expected to recess for the all-senators briefing.

Reminder: cloture has been filed on Executive Calendar #598, the nomination of Kevin K. McAleenan of Hawaii to be Commissioner of U.S. Protection, Department of Homeland Security. The cloture vote on the McAleenan nomination will occur upon disposition of S.2155.

 

 

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

8:00 p.m. The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30a.m. on Wednesday, March 14th.

7:40 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke about climate change.

7:20 p.m. Senator Klobuchar  spoke about climate change.

7:00 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke about climate change.

6:50 p.m. Senator Baldwin spoke about climate change.

6:40 p.m. Senator Reed spoke about climate change.

5:50 p.m. Senator Warren spoke about climate change.

5:30 p.m. Senator Carper spoke about climate change.

5:27 p.m. Senator Coons spoke about climate change.

5:19 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about climate change.

5:12 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke about climate change.

5:03 p.m. Senator Nelson spoke about climate change.

4:49 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about the power to declare war.

4:03 p.m. Senators Sanders, Lee, and Murphy spoke about war powers.

3:48 p.m. Senator Flake spoke about DACA.

3:0 p.m. Senator Portman spoke on sex trafficking.

2:50 p.m. Senator Warren spoke against the banking reform bill.

2:28 p.m. Senator Heitkamp spoke in favor of the banking reform bill.

2:15 p.m.  The Senate returned from recess.  Senator Heller spoke in favor of the banking reform bill and on tax reform.

12:34 p.m. The Senate stands in recess until 2:15 p.m.

12:00 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on gun issues and tax reform.

11:49 a.m. Senator Feinstein spoke against relaxing Dodd-Frank regulations.

10:50 a.m. Senator Brown spoke against relaxing the Dodd-Frank financial regulations.

10:29 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about firearms. He spoke about Qualcomm and trade. He spoke about the House Republican investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. elections.

10:14 a.m. Senate Durbin spoke about immigrants illegally brought into the U.S. by their parents.

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

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The Senate will convene at 10 a.m. and will resume post-cloture debate on the Crapo substitute (#2151, as modified) to the bill to relax the Dodd-Frank financial regulations (S. 2155). If all post-cloture time were used, debate would conclude shortly after midnight. Senators will be notified if time is yielded back and votes are scheduled.

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

A Crapo amendment (#2152) is pending  to change the date of the bill.

Cloture has been filed on the underlying bill, S. 2155.

 

Monday, March 12, 2017

The Senate has adjourned until 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 13th and will resume post-cloture time on the substitute amendment #2151 to S.2155, Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act.

During wrap-up: The request for the Secretary of the Senate to request the papers regarding H.R. 1207 to be returned was agreed to by unanimous consent.

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6:22 p.m. Senator Brown spoke against the banking bill.

6:18 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Crapo substitute amendment, 66-30.

Senators voting in favor: 49 Republicans, 16 Democrats (Bennet, Carper, Coons, Donnelly, Hassan, Heitkamp, Jones, Kaine, Manchin, McCaskill, Nelson, Peters, Shaheen, Stabenow, Tester, and Warner); 1 Independent: King.

Senators voting against: 29 Democrats, 1 Independent: Sanders.

Senators not voting: 2 Republicans: McCain and Paul, Democrats: Duckworth and Heinrich

5:37 p.m. The Senate is now voting on the motion to invoke cloture on the substitute amendment #2151 to S.2155, Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act.

5:33 p.m. Senator Flake spoke against tariffs.

5:27 p.m. Senator Boozman spoke about the importance of nutrition.

4:58 p.m. Senator Nelson spoke about gun control.

4:43 p.m. Senator Warren spoke about the banking bill.

4:28 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the banking bill.

4:15 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke about gun control and Russia.

4:03 p.m.  ML McConnell spoke about the NCAA tournament, S.2155, Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act, and tax reform.

The Senate will convene at 4:00 pm. Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of S.2155, Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act.

At 5:30 pm, the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on substitute amendment #2151, as modified, to S.2155.

Please note, the Leader filed cloture on substitute amendment #2151, as modified, in relation to S.2155, Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act, and the underlying bill S.2155.

The filing deadlines with respect to the cloture motions filed will be as follows:

  • At 4:30 pm, First Degree amendments
  • At 5:30 pm, Second Degree amendments
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