Tuesday, May 17, 2016

McConnell filed a Motion to Invoke Cloture on Collins amend #3296 (Substitute amendment) and H.R. 2577 (THUD/MilConVA Appropriations).

In Executive session the Senate confirmed the following nomination en bloc:
Cal. #444, Linda Thomas-Greenfield to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the African Development Foundation.
Cal. #445, Linda Thomas-Greenfield to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the African Development Foundation.
Cal. #446, John Leslie, Jr. to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the African Development Foundation.
Cal. #447, Linda Etim to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the African Development Foundation.
Cal. #467, Georgette Mosbacher to be a Member of the US Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy.
Cal. #217, Todd Fisher to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation.
Cal. #218, Deven Parekh to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation.
Cal. #479, Robert Riley III to be Ambassador to the Federated States of Micronesia.
Cal. #480, Karen Stewart to be Ambassador to the Republic of the Marshall Islands.
Cal. #482, Matthew Matthews to be U.S. Senior Official for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum.
Cal. #484, Marcela Escobari to be an Assistant Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development.
Cal. #553, Swati Dandekar to be U.S. Director of the Asian Development Bank.
Cal. #554, Adam Sterling to be Ambassador to the Slovak Republic.
Cal. #555, Kelly Keiderling-Franz to be Ambassador to the Oriental Republic of Uruguay.
Cal. #556, Stephen Schwartz to be Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Somalia.
Cal. #557, Christine Elder to be Ambassador to the Republic of Liberia.
Cal. #558, Elizabeth Richard to be Ambassador to the Lebanese Republic.

When the Senate resumed H.R. 2577 (THUD/MilConVA Appropriations) the following amendments were considered, en bloc and passed by unanimous consent:

King amend #3934 (Disabled veterans and student loans).
Rubio amend #3918 (Shortens the time period for landlords to address physical deficiencies in HUD-assisted housing).
Heller amend #3905 (Prohibits individuals convicted of murder, sexual assault and trafficking, and child pornography from accessing HUD-assisted housing).
Rubio amend #3926 (Real Estate Assessment Center physical inspections).
Manchin amend #3961 (Airport repairs).
Booker amend #3941 (Restores FAST Act eligibility to CRISI grant program for construction projects related to passenger rail).
Tester amend #3914 (Construction requirements in Europe).
Kirk amend #3938 (Access roads).
Heller amend #3948 (Disability compensation claims)
Heitkamp amend #3954 (Vets counseling in rural areas).
Bennet amend #3971 (Disabled veterans on Olympic teams)
The amendments were agreed to, en bloc, by Voice Vote.

In wrap up the Senate passed the following measures:
S. Res. 468 (National Police Week). Agreed to by Unanimous Consent.
S. 1335 (North Pacific Fisheries Convention Implementation Act). Sullivan substitute amendment agreed to by Unanimous Consent. The bill, as amended, is agreed to by Unanimous Consent.

5:45 p.m. Senator Ayotte paid tribute to fallen police officers and thanked all officers and their families for their service.

5:10 p.m. Senator McCain spoke in favor of the nomination of Eric K. Fanning. Immediately following his remarks, the nomination of Eric Fanning, of the District of Columbia, to be Secretary of the Army was confirmed by unanimous consent.

4:55 p.m. Senator Moran paid tribute to the late Kansas City Detective Brad Lancaster, killed in the line of duty.

4:31 p.m. Senator Booker spoke about the anniversary of Brown v. Board.

4:21 p.m. Senator Blumenthal spoke on the Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education ruling and abou the current vacancy on the court.

4:14 p.m. Senator Coons spoke on the Supreme Court vacancy.

3:49 p.m. Senator Kaine spoke on the Supreme Court vacancy.

3:46 p.m. Senator Manchin spoke on opioid abuse.

3:44 p.m. Senator Shaheen spoke on Opioid abuse.

3:41 p.m. Senator King spoke on the Zika virus.

3:40 p.m. Senator Isakson spoke on the Zika virus.

3:40 p.m. Senator Collins called up the Blunt amdt #3646.

3:39 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the Blunt/Murray amendment #3900 by a tally of 68-29.

Senators in favor: 44 Democrats; 23 Republicans: Alexander, Ayotte, Blunt, Boozman, Burr, Capito, Cassidy, Cochran, Collins, Graham, Hatch, Hoeven, Isakson, Kirk, McCain, McConnell, Murkowski, Portman, Rounds, Rubio, Tillis, Vitter and Wicker; and 1 Independent: King.

Senators against: 29 Republicans.

Senators not voting: 2 Republicans: Cruz and Enzi; 1 Independent: Sanders.

3:16 p.m. Cloture vote began on the Blunt/Murray amendment #3900,  $1.1 billion Zika funding.

3:15 p.m. Cloture was not invoked on the Cornyn amendment, 52-45.

Senators voting in favor: 52 Republicans

Senators voting against: 44 Democrats, 1 Independent: King.

Senators not voting: 2 Republicans: Cruz and Enzi; 1 Independent: Sanders

2:55 p.m. Cloture vote began on the Cornyn amendment #3899, $1.1billion Zika funding, $1.2billion offset through ACA prevention fund cut.

2:54 p.m. Cloture was not invoked on the Nelson amendment, 50-47.

Senators voting in favor: 44 Democrats, 5 Republicans: Ayotte, Cassidy, Kirk, Portman and Rubio; 1 Independent: King.

Senators voting against: 47 Republicans

Senators not voting: 2 Republicans: Cruz and Enzi; 1 Independent: Sanders

2:29 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on Nelson amendment #3898; $1.9 billion Zika funding.

2:15 p.m. Senators Reed and Collins spoke on the Zika virus.

12:41 p.m. The Senate stands in recess until 2:15 p.m.

12:16 p.m. Senators Blumenthal and Burr spoke on Zika.

11:58 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about Zika and engaged in a colloquy regarding S. 2040, a bill heping September 11th victims seek claims against foreign states in relation to the events of that day.

S. 2040 was passed by Unanimous Consent.

The bill amends the federal judicial code to narrow the scope of foreign sovereign immunity by authorizing U.S. courts to hear cases involving claims against a foreign state for injuries, death, or damages that occur inside the United States as a result of a tort, including an act of terrorism, committed anywhere by a foreign state or official.

11:57 a.m. Senator Collins modified her amendment.

10:29 a.m.-11:55 a.m. Senators Murray, Rubio, Flake, Mikulski, Blunt, Nelson, Carper, Hirono and Schatz spoke about Zika.

10:21 a.m. Senator Inhofe spoke about transgender people and bathrooms.

10:16 a.m. Senator Tester spoke about the military construction and Veterans Administration portions of the spending bill.

10:15 a.m. The Senate resumed consideration of the spending bill.

10:08 a.m. Minority Leader Reid spoke about civil rights for transgender people. He also spoke about the Supreme Court vacancy.

10:02 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the Senate’s record on passage of appropriations bills. He spoke about the pending appropriations bill for transportation and other purposes.

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The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m.  Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R.2577, THUD/Milcon-VA appropriations.

The Senate will recess from 12:30pm until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings.

At 2:30pm the cloture motions with respect to the amendments on Zika funding will ripen and the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Nelson amendment. If cloture is not invoked on Nelson, cloture will immediately ripen on the Cornyn amendment. If cloture is not invoked on Cornyn, cloture will immediately ripen on the Blunt-Murray amendment. If cloture is invoked, there will then be up to 30 hours of debate on the amendment prior to a vote on adoption.

Tuesday at 2:30pm – up to 3 roll call votes:

  1. Motion to invoke cloture on Nelson SA #3898 ($1.9billion Zika funding);
  2. Motion to invoke cloture on Cornyn SA #3899, as modified ($1.1billion Zika funding, $1.2billion offset through ACA prevention fund cut); and
  3. Motion to invoke cloture on Blunt-Murray SA #3900, as modified ($1.1billion Zika funding).

Amendments pending to H.R.2577, THUD/Milcon-VA

Collins SA #3896 (substitute)

Lee SA #3897 (affirmative action/housing)

Nelson SA #3898 ($1.9billion Zika funding)

Cornyn SA #3899, as modified ($1.1billion Zika funding, $1.2billion offset through ACA prevention fund cut)

Blunt-Murray SA #3900, as modified ($1.1billion Zika funding).