Thursday, January 24, 2019

7:40 p.m. Senate recessed until noon, Friday, January 25, 2019.

6:43 p.m. Senator Rubio spoke on the recent election in Venezuela.

6:07 p.m. Senator Schatz spoke on the government shutdown.

6:03 p.m. Senator Scott from Florida spoke on the floor for the first time; on this occasion on the subject of Puerto Rico.

4:58 p.m. Senator Reed spoke about Russian hybrid warfare.

3:59 p.m. Senators Cardin, Murkowski, Coons, Collins, Sinema, Graham, Isakson, King, Portman, Manchin, Cassidy, Hassan, McSally, Van Hollen and Ernst spoke on the shutdown.

3:57 p.m. Senator Alexander spoke about the disagreements between Senators Johnson and Schumer relating to the shut down.

3:52 p.m. Senator Johnson asked u.c. to consider H.J.Res. 1, Making further continuing appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security for FY 2019, and for other purposes w/the Johnson amendment. Senator Schumer objected.

3:38 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on border security and immigration.

3:37 p.m. Cloture was not invoked on the Schumer amendment #6, 52-44.

Senators voting in favor: 44 Democrats, 6 Republicans: Alexander, Collins, Gardner, Isakson, Murkowski and Romney; 2 Independents: King and Sanders.

Senators not voting: 3 Republicans: Burr, Paul and Risch; 1 Democrat: Rosen.

3:18 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the Schumer amendment #6.

3:17 p.m. Cloture was not invoked on the Shelby amendment #5, 50-47.

Senators voting in favor: 49 Republicans, 1 Democrat: Manchin.

Senators voting against: 43 Democrats, 2 Republicans: Cotton and Lee; 2 Independents: King and Sanders.

Senators

2:41 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the Shelby amendment #5; the text of President Trump’s funding and immigration proposal to the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2019.

2:34 p.m. Democratic Leader spoke on the pending votes.

2:18 p.m. Senators Leahy and Shelby spoke on the government shutdown.

2:05 p.m. Senators Cruz and Bennet continued to debate.

1:36 p.m. Senator Bennet responded to Senators Cruz and Sullivan.

1:22 p.m. Senators Sullivan and Cruz spoke about the Coast Guard.

1:20 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke about the Democratic proposal. He asked for the Yeas and Nays on the motion to proceed to S 1. The Yeas and Nays were ordered.

1:19 p.m. Senator Wicker spoke about the Coast Guard.

1:18 p.m. Senator Schumer objected to Senator Kennedy’s initial request.

1:15 p.m. Senator Kennedy objected.

1:13 p.m. Senator Schumer asked Senator Kennedy to modify his motion to include and pass House Resolutions 48 and 31.

1:11 p.m. Senator Kennedy spoke about the shutdown and the need to pay the Coast Guard. He sought consent to pass H.J. Res. 1, as amended by Wicker.

1:08 p.m ML McConnell withdrew motion to proceed to HR 1 and offered a cloture motion to amendments #5 and #6 to H.R. 268.

1:07 p.m. The motion to instruct was agreed to 88-8.

Senators voting against: Seven Republicans: Alexander, Cotton, Enzi,Hoeven, Kennedy, Lee and Toomey; 1 Democrat: Booker.

Senators not voting: 3 Republicans: Inhofe, Paul and Risch; 1 Democrat: Rosen.

12:37 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell made a motion to instruct the Sgt At Arms to request the attendance of absent Senators.

12:33 p.m. Senator Blunt noted the absence of a quorum.

12:24 p.m. Senator Blunt spoke about the shutdown.

12:20 p.m. Senator Kaine spoke about the shutdown.

12:15 p.m. Senator Thune spoke about the shutdown.

Noon. Senator Capito spoke about the shutdown votes.

11:27 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke about the shutdown.

11:17 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about the shutdown votes.

11:03 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the proposals to end the partial government shutdown.

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The Senate will convene at 11:00 a.m., at which point Majority Leader McConnell is expected to move to proceed to S. 1, Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act.

At 12:30 p.m., a live quorum call and subsequent vote on the motion to instruct the Sergeant at Arms to request the presence of absent senators is expected.

We expect the Senate to recess until 2:15 p.m. to accommodate caucus luncheons following the quorum call and motion to instruct.

At 2:30 p.m. their will be two cloture votes:

1. Shelby amendment (#5) the text of President Trump’s funding and immigration proposal to the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2019 (H.R. 268)

2. Schumer amendment (#6) (text of H.R. 268 (emergency supplemental) and CR through February 8, 2019)

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

2:04 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 11:00 a.m. on Thursday. Following Leader remarks, we expect that ML McConnell will make a motion to proceed to S.1, Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act of 2019. The time until 12:30 p.m. will be equally divided between the two Leaders or their designees. At approximately 12:30 p.m., the Senate expects a live quorum and subsequent vote on the motion to instruct the Sergeant at Arms to request the presence of absent senators.

Thursday, January 24th at 2:30 pm – 2 roll call votes

  • Motion to invoke cloture on McConnell for Shelby amendment #5 (The President’s funding and immigration proposal)
  • Motion to invoke cloture on Schumer amendment #6 (text of H.R.268, Emergency Supplemental with CR through February 8)

1:46 p.m. Senator Leahy spoke on the government shutdown.

1:30 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke on the government shutdown.

1:06 p.m. Senator Collins spoke on the government shutdown.

12:38 p.m. Senator Kaine asked UC to take up and pass HR 21, ML McConnell objected. Senator Kaine then spoke on the government shutdown.

12:25 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke on the government shutdown and the Covington Catholic high school.

12:14 p.m. Senator Reed spoke on the government shutdown.

12:05 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke on the government shutdown and paid tribute to a Wyoming high school basketball coach.

11:39 a.m. Senator Portman spoke about the proposals to end the shutdown.

11:28 a.m. Democratic Leader Schumer spoke about the proposals to end the shutdown.

11:04 a.m. The Senate resumed consideration of the motion to proceed to S. 1.

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The Senate will convene at 11 a.m. and will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to S.1, Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act of 2019.

No votes are expected today.

On Thursday, cloture petitions are expected on the Shelby Amendment #5 and the Schumer Amendment #6 to the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2019 (H.R. 268), the vehicle for the measure to pay for the operation of the government agencies currently shut down. Cloture would ripen at 2:30 p.m., with up to two cloture votes to occur at that time. The Shelby amendment is President Trump’s proposal. The Schumer amendment is the Democratic proposal, with emergency spending for the closed agencies, through February 8.