Thursday, May 12, 2016

The Senate has adjourned until 2:00 p.m. Monday, May 16th. A vote on the nomination of Paula Xinis, MD, to be the U.S. District Judge for the District of MD, is expected at 5:30 p.m.

During wrap-up:

  • Res. 442, condemning the terrorist attacks in Brussels, was passed by unanimous consent.
  • Res. 394, recognizing the 195th anniversary of the independence of Greece, was passed by unanimous consent.
  • To concur in the House amendment to S. 1523, to amend the federal water pollution control act, by unanimous consent.
  • Res. 463, honoring the memory and service of Omaha police officer Kerri Orozco, was passed by unanimous consent.
  • Res. 464, commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Alaska State Troopers, was passed by unanimous consent.

During today’s session cloture was filed on the following amendments to H.R. 2577, Transportation and HUD appropriations bill.

  • Nelson #3898
  • Cornyn #3899
  • Blunt/Murray #3900

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4:45 p.m. Senator Markey spoke about opioid addiction.

4:34 p.m. Senator Rubio spoke about zika.

4:10 p.m. Senator Fischer spoke about a fallen female police officer, killed in the line of duty.

3:39 p.m. Senator Kirk spoke about the MilConVA appropriations and missile defense in Europe.

3:13 p.m. Senator Collins and Senator Reed spoke in support of the Transportation and HUD appropriations bill.

3:12 p.m. Senator McConnell offered the following amendments regarding Zika and also filed cloture on those amendments.

  • Nelson #3898
  • Cornyn #3899
  • Blunt/Murray #3900

3:11 p.m. Senator McConnell offered amendment #3897 for Senator Lee.

3:10 p.m. The Senate began debate on H.R. 2577-Transportation and HUD appropriations bill. Senator Collins offered the substitute amendment #3896

3:00 p.m. Senator Flake spoke about NIH funding.

2:27 p.m. Senators Alexander’s, McConnell, and Collins spoke about the passage of the Energy and Water Appropriations Bill.

2:26 p.m. The Senate passed H.R. 2028 by a vote of 90-8. Senators voting no: Cruz, Fischer, Flake, Heller, Lee, Paul, Sasse and Sessions. Not voting: Boxer and Sanders.

1:47 p.m. The vote began on passage of H.R. 2028, the Energy and Water Appropriations Bill.

1:45 p.m. The Flake amendment and the substitute amendment passed by voice votes. Cloture was withdrawn on H.R. 2028.

1:40 p.m. Senator Feinstein spoke for passage of the appropriation.

1:29 p.m. Senator Alexander spoke about the prospective passage of the energy and water appropriation.

12:43 p.m. Senator Merkley continued on climate change.

12:41 p.m. Senator Alexander achieved UC that following disposition of  energy and water Approps, the Senate will proceed to HR 2577, the Transportation and Housing & Urban Development appropriations, HR 2577, and Senator Cochran will be recognized to offer a substitute amendment that contains the text of S.2844 (T-HUD) and S.2806 (MilCon-VA).

12:40 p.m. Senator Alexander achieved UC that at 1:45,  adopt substitute amendment by voice vote, cloture on bill be withdrawn, and vote on passage of HR 2028, Energy and Water Appropriations bill.

12:35 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke on energy policy and climate change.

12:02 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about the opioid epidemic.

11:36 a.m. Senator Lankford spoke about the Zika virus.

11:10 a.m. Senator Flake spoke in favor of trade.

10:56 a.m. Senator Blunt spoke about Iran and condemned the Iran deal, saying results are consistent with opponents’ predictions.

10:55 a.m. The Senate tuned to H.R. 2028, the Energy and Water appropriations bill. Pending is the Flake amendment, #3876, on which a voice vote is expected.

10:27 a.m. Senator Coats spoke about government waste.

10:04 a.m. Senator Portman spoke about addiction.

9:36 a.m. Minority Leader Reid spoke about Donald Trump.

9:35 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell called for passage today of the energy and water spending bill.

9:34 a.m. Senator Tillis welcomed Pastor Justice.

9:32 a.m. Senator Burr welcomed the visiting chaplain, Pastor Chris Justice of Lee Park Church in Monroe, N.C.

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The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m.

The Senate is expected to vote Thursday on passage of H.R. 2028, the Energy and Water appropriations bill.

Pending are the Alexander-Feinstein substitute, amendment #3801, on which post-cloture debate could run until about 6:30 p.m., and the Flake amendment, #3876, on which a voice vote is expected. An agreement is expected  to make a roll call vote unnecessary for cloture on the underlying bill.

At a time to be determined, the Senate will also vote on confirmation of the nomination of Paula Xinis to the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.