Wednesday, January 30, 2019

3:16 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 31st and will resume consideration of S.1,  Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act of 2019.

At 3:30 p.m. there will be a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on McConnell amendment #65 to S.1.

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3:10 p.m. Senator Kennedy withdrew his unanimous consent request.

2:45 p.m. Senator Kennedy spoke on S. 1 and the need to protect the Kurds. Senator Kennedy asked for his second degree amendment to be read.

2:29 p.m. Senator Portman spoke about border security.

2:12 p.m. Senator Fischer spoke on military readiness.

2:06 p.m. Senator Thune spoke about the economy.

12:59 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke about the partial government shutdown and about the economy.

12:51 p.m. Senator Blunt spoke about the Middle East bill.

12:37 p.m. Senator Roberts spoke about his bill to facilitate the location of endangered persons through their electronic devices.

12:15 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the Middle East bill.

12:03 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the Middle East security bill. He spoke about recent history in Iraq and Syria. He spoke about Democratic legislative initiatives.

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The Senate will convene at 12:00 p.m., and following any Leader remarks will resume consideration of S.1, the middle east security bill.

On Tuesday, Majority Leader McConnell filed cloture on the his sense of the Senate amendment regarding withdrawal of United States forces from Syria and Afghanistan (#65).

No roll call votes are expected in the Senate today.

Absent a time agreement, the cloture vote on the amendment will occur one hour after the Senate convenes on Thursday.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

6:17 p.m. The Senate stands adjourned until noon on Wednesday, January 30th. Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to a Legislative Session and resume consideration of S. 1, Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act for debate only. No votes are expected Wednesday.

6:16 p.m. ML McConnell filed cloture on Senate Amendment #65 in relation to S.1, Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act

5:13 p.m. Senator Alexander spoke in tribute of cartoonist Charlie Daniel.

4:03 p.m. Senator Hassan spoke about climate change.

3:48 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke about climate change.

3:37 p.m. The Senate Agreed to the Motion to Proceed to S. 1 by a vote of 76-22.

  • 22 Democrats voted no: Senators Baldwin, Booker, Brown, Carper, Durbin, Feinstein, Gillibrand, Harris, Heinrich, Hirono, Kaine, Leahy, Merkley, Murphy, Peters, Reed, Sanders, Schatz, Shaheen, Udall, Van Hollen & Warren.

2:56 p.m. The Senate began voting on Motion to Proceed to S. 1 (Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act).

 2:37 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about Russian interference in U.S. elections.

2:35 p.m. ML McConnell asked u.c. that all post-cloture time will expire and announced that at 3:00 p.m. the Senate will proceed to a vote on the motion to proceed to S.1, Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act.

12:30 p.m. The Senate recessed to accommodate the weekly caucus lunches.

11:47 a.m. ML McConnell spoke supporting S. 1, the Middle East security bill and on voter fraud.

11 a.m. Senator Van Hollen spoke about the Middle East security bill.

10:37 a.m. Senator Thune spoke about the talks on a long-term spending bill.

10:25 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about the partial government shutdown. He spoke about the charges against the Chinese company Huawei.

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The Senate will convene at 10 a.m. and will resume post-cloture debate on the motion to proceed to S. 1, Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act of 2019.  If all time were used, post-cloture debate would conclude shortly after midnight.

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