5:50 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 9:30 a.m. Thursday, May 12.
5:44 p.m. Sen. Alexander and Sen Cochran spoke on Energy and Water appropriations, saying all that remains is a vote on final passage.
5:43 p.m. ML McConnell set up a confirmation vote for Paul Xinis of Maryland, to be US District Judge for the District of Maryland.
5:43 p.m. The Fischer amendment is not agreed to 52-47 (60 vote threshold).
Senators voting in favor: 49 Republicans, 3 Democrats (Bennet, Donnelly and Klobuchar).
Senators voting against: 41 Democrats, 5 Republicans (Alexander, Cochran, Collins, Kirk and Murkowski), 1 Independent: King.
Senators not voting: Sanders.
5:01 p.m. Roll call vote began on the Fischer amendment #3888.
5:00 p.m. The Cardin amendment is not agreed to 39-60. (60 vote threshold.)
Senators voting in favor: 39 Democrats.
Senators voting against: 54 Republicans, 5 Democrats (Feinstein, Heitkamp, Manchin, McCaskill, Tester). 1 Independent (King).
Senators not voting: Sanders.
4:30 p.m. Roll call vote began on the Cardin amendment #3871.
4:26 p.m. Senator Alexander spoke about the decision to tie student loan interest rates to treasury rates.
4:23 p.m. Senator Burr spoke about lower interest rates for student loans.
4:18 p.m. Senator Toomey urged confirmations.
4:16 p.m. ML McConnell talked about confirmation and the number of nominees confirmed during President Obama’s presidency relative to the same point in the presidency of President George W. Bush.
4:05 p.m. Senator Toomey spoke on vacancies on the Federal bench in Pennsylvania. He offered a UC to consider two Pennsylvania judges and Sen. Whitehouse objected.
3:39 p.m. Senator Rubio spoke on the zika virus.
3:33 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke on the water approps bill.
3:16 p.m. Senator Alexander spoke on the education bill passed to fix No Child Left Behind.
3:02 p.m. Senator Fischer spoke on the water approps bill.
2:42 p.m. Senator King spoke about student loans.
2:29 p.m. Senator Coats spoke about the economy.
2:13 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke about the economy.
2:02 p.m. Senator Thune spoke about the economy.
1:40 p.m. Senator Boxer spoke about the Supreme Court Vacancy.
1:30 p.m. Senator Murray spoke about the Supreme Court vacancy and Garland.
12:53 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke on the Zika virus.
12:51 p.m. Sen Alexander acheives UC to call up Cardin amdt #3871, Fischer amdt #3888 and Flake amdt #3876. At 4:30 vote on Cardin and Fischer amendments, each with a 60 vote threshold.
12:50 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the substitute amendment by a vote of 97-2. Senators Heller and Lee voted no. Senator Sanders did not vote.
12:07 p.m. The Senate began voting on the motion to invoke cloture on the substitute amendment to the energy and water Approps bill.
12:06 p.m. Senator Alexander withdrew the Cotton amenment.
11:50 a.m. Senator Cardin spoke about the Zika virus.
11:07 a.m. Senator Alexander spoke on the bill, should be able to finish the today or tomorrow, still a few amendments out there, there will be a cloture vote at noon on the substitute.
11:05 a.m. Cloture was not invoked on the Cotton amendment by a vote of 57-42.
Senators in favor: 52 Republicans, 5 Democrats. (Blumenthal, Donnelly, Heitkamp, Manchin and Menendez).
Senators against: 39 Democrats, 2 Republicans, (Alexander and Paul) and 1 Independent (King).
Senators not voting: Sanders
10:34 a.m. The cloture vote began for the Cotton amendment.
10:32 a.m. Senator Feinstein spoke on the bill.
10:28 a.m. Senator Alexander expressed hope that the energy-water bill will pass today.
9:41 a.m. Senator Reid spoke about the President’s handling of the economy and about the Supreme Court vacancy.
9:33 a.m. Senator McConnell spoke about tornadoes in Kentucky, the pending business and manufacturing legislation. He also spoke of the President’s assertions about the economy.
The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m., 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.