May 16, 2016

7:14 p.m. Senate adjourns until 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 17.

7:07 p.m. Senator Collins achieves UC to call up and pass the following amendments: Heitkamp 3903, Barrasso 3909, Ayotte 3917, Mikulski Shelby 3919 Feinstein Portman 3922, Franken Tillis 3921 (as modified).  Further, UC that the Cornyn amendment #3899 be modified, and the Blunt amendment #3900 be modified.   Moves the Senate to a period of morning business.

Wraps up for the evening:  Items passed by UC:

  • HR 4957, regarding naming a federal building here in Washington, DC.
  • S Res 387, regarding the Columbia River highway.
  • S Res 403, regarding National Industrial Assessment Center week.
  • S Res 467, regarding National Nurses Week.

UC that when the Senate adjourns, it reconvene on Tuesday at 10:00 a.m.  Following leader remarks, resume consideration of HR 2577, the T-HUD appropriations bill.  UC to recess from 12:30-2:15 p.m.  Cloture votes to occur at 2:30 p.m.

6:32 p.m. Senator Collins spoke on the pending Transportation/Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill and the possibility of approving a package of amendments by unanimous consent this evening.

6:15 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about income inequality.

6:14 p.m. By a roll call vote of 53-34 Paula Xinis was confirmed to the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.

Senators voting in favor: 43 Democrats, 10 Republicans (Alexander, Coats, Collins, Graham, Grassley, Hatch, Kirk, McConnell, Portman, and Rubio).

Senators voting against: 34 Republicans.

Senators not voting: 10 Republicans: Cotton, Cruz, Enzi, Flake, Johnson, Moran, Roberts, Sullivan, Toomey and Vitter.  2 Independents: King and Sanders. 1 Democrat: Wyden.

5:30 p.m. Roll call vote began on the Xinis nomination, this  is the only vote of the day.

5:22 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke on judicial nominations in general.

5:05 p.m. Senators Leahy, Mikulski and Cardin spoke in favor of the Xinis nomination.

4:57 p.m. Senator Portman spoke on the Zika virus.

3:29 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on the Zika virus.

2:38 p.m. Senator Sessions spoke on the Zika virus and debt before turning to discuss his opposition to the Xinis nomination.

2:26 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke on the Zika virus.

2:06 p.m. DL Reid joined ML McConnell in paying tribute to police officers.  He later turned to discuss the Zika virus.

2:02 p.m. ML McConnell paid tribute to police officers on the occassion of the annual police week.


The Senate convened at 2:00 p.m. and will be in morning business until 4:30 p.m., whereupon debate will begin on the nomination of Paula Xinis to the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.

A confirmation vote on Xinis will occur at 5:30 p.m.

The pending legislative business is H.R. 2577, the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill. The Collins-Kirk substitute (amendment #3896, Transportation, Housing & Urban Development, Military Construction & Veterans Affairs) is pending.

These amendments are pending to the substitute:

  • Lee #3897 (No money for certain fair housing provisions)
  • Nelson #3898 (Zika supplemental)
  • Cornyn #3899 (Zika emergency supplemental)
  • Blunt-Murray #3900 (Zika response & preparedness)

Cloture has been filed and will ripen on Tuesday on these amendments:


Leader McConnell has filed cloture on the following amendments (re: Zika) to H.R.2577:

  • Nelson #3898 (Zika supplemental)
  • Cornyn #3899 (Zika emergency supplemental)
  • Blunt-Murray #3900 (Zika response & preparedness)