Tuesday, May 10, 2016

6:18 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, when it will resume consideration of the Energy and Water appropriation. At 10:30 a.m., a cloture vote is expected on the Cotton amendment, #3878. If cloture is not invoked , there will be an hour of debate before Senator Cotton is recognized to withdraw his amendment.

6:15 p.m.  In wrap-up, Senator McConnell secured unanimous consent passage of these measures: S. 1352, to increase Pell grants for the children of fallen safety officers; H.R. 4923, on the process for submission and consideration of petitions; H.R. 4336, as amended, to amend Title 38;  S. Res. 418, to recognize several persons for dedication to their causes.

5:40 p.m. Senator Durbin paid tribute to Senator Bennett. He also spoke about judicial nominations.

5:10 p.m. Senator Gardner paid tribute to Admiral Bill Gortney.

4:33 p.m. Senator Cotton paid tribute to the Arkansan of the week, Mary Lorraine Wood Bormann of Fayetteville, Arkansas.

4:17 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke on climate change.

3:45 p.m. Senator Murphy spoke on accidental gun shootings.

3:30 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke on Obama’s legacy.

3:15 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on the accomplishments and roadblocks in the Senate. He followed on mental illness legislation.

3:08 p.m. Senator Lee paid tribute to the late Senator Robert F. Bennett.

2:56 p.m. Senator Coons sought consent for a vote on a nomination. Senator McConnell objected.

2:55 p.m. Senator Cardin sought consent for votes on several judicial nominations. Senator McConnell objected.

2:53 p.m. Senator Casey sought consent for votes on a series of judicial nominations. Senator McConnell objected.

2:50 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke about judicial nominations.

2:45 p.m. The Senate resumed consideration of the energy and water appropriation.  Senator Casey spoke about federal district court vacancies in Pennsylvania.

2:20 p.m. ML McConnell spoke on the energy and water appropriations bill.

The Senate convened at 2:15 p.m. and has resumed consideration of H.R. 2028, the Energy and Water Appropriations bill.

A motion has been entered to reconsider Monday’s failed cloture vote on the Alexander substitute to the Energy and Water bill. Senator Alexander has withdrawn his first-degree amendment, #3804.

Cloture has been filed on the Cotton amendment, #3878, and on the substitute amendment, #3801. Without an agreement to the contrary, these cloture motions would ripen on Wednesday.