8:13 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will reconvene at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 19 to resume consideration of H.R. 2577, the Transportation-HUD-MilCon-VA appropriations bill.
8 :11 p.m. By unanimous consent, the Senate passed S. Res. 471, to make the week of May 15 National Public Works week, and H.R. 2814, to name a VA clinic in Sevierville, TN, for Danny Carr.
8:10 p.m. In executive session, the Senate took up and confirmed en bloc Executive Calendar Numbers 547 through 551 (promotions of Coast Guard officers) and all Foreign Service nominations at the secretary’s desk.
8:09 p.m. Senator Collins secured consent for this business on Thursday: At 11:15 a.m. all post-cloture time will be considered expired on the Blunt-Murray Zika amendment (#3900); if cloture is invoked on the Collins substitute (#3896), then the Cornyn and Nelson amendments (#3899 and #3898) will be withdrawn; Senator Collins will be recognized to call up her amendment (#3970); no second-degree amendments will be in order to the Collins amendment (#3970) or the Lee amendment (#3997).
At 11:15 a.m. Thursday, three roll-calls are expected: a motion to waive the Budget Act for the Blunt-Murray Zika amendment; adoption of the Blunt-Murray amendment; and cloture on the pending substitute. Additional votes should be expected.
8:06 p.m.: Senator Collins proposed and by voice vote the Senate passed these amendments en bloc: Kirk #3997; Tester#3998; Perdue #3933; Mikulski #4030; Daines #4008; Brown #3920; Inhofe #3969; Boxer, as modified, #3935; Flake #4038; Manchin #4033; Flake #3980; Feinstein #3944; Johnson #3993; Kobuchar #3910; Heller #4005; Durbin #4029; Sasse #4023.
7:56 p.m. Senator Collins secured consent for these amendments to be brought up en bloc: Paul #3967, Johnson #3992, Nelson #4011, Isakson #4024 and Warner #4042. The Senate passed these amendments en bloc, by voice vote.
7:19 p.m. Senator Moran spoke about a memorial to teachers.
6:59 p.m. Senator Murkowski spoke for the appropriations bill. She also spoke about the new health care law.
6:51 p.m. Senator Boozman spoke in favor of the overall spending bill and its transportation provisions.
6:43 p.m. Senator Reed spoke against Senator Lee’s amendment.
6:23 p.m. Senator Collins spoke against Senator Lee’s amendment. She described her amendment to forbid HUD from making local zoning decisions.
6:12 p.m. Senator Lee spoke against a new housing rule financed in the bill. He spoke about his amendment (#3897) to forbid spending to implement the new rule.
6:10 p.m. Senator Blumenthal spoke about the veterans amendment, now pending to the appropriations bill.
6:09 p.m. Senator Schumer said agreement has been reached to address the veterans issues in the defense bill.
6:01 p.m. Senator Warner spoke in support of the veterans measure and spoke about his infrastructure financing amendment.
6 p.m. Senator McCain secured consent to call up Amendment #4039, to extend the veterans Choice Card program.
5:46 p.m. Senator Blunt spoke about veterans and infrastructure aspects of the appropriations bill. 5:41 p.m. Senator Blumenthal spoke in support of the Choice Card amendment.
5:33 p.m. Senator McCain spoke about his amendment (#4039) to extend the veterans “Choice Card” program and sought unanimous consent to bring up the measure. Senator Schumer objected.
5:23 p.m. Senator Coons spoke about Iran’s role in the conflicts in Iraq and Syria.
5:12 p.m. Senator Coats spoke about addiction and about government waste.
4:52 p.m. Senator Portman spoke about prescription drug addiction.
4:03 p.m. Senator Toomey spoke about his amendment regarding sanctuary cities, asks UC to make his amendment pending. Senator Reed objected.
3:54 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke on his amendment regarding veterans having firearms.
3:39 p.m. Senators Gillibrand and Grassley spoke on the Police Safety Officers Benefit Improvement Act.
3:33 p.m. Senator Murray spoke about labor issues.
3:20 Senator Rubio spoke about Global Ministries Foundation housing.
3:07 p.m. Senator Collins spoke on an amendment she is planning to offer and HUD’s role w/r/t local zoning ordinances.
3:00 p.m. Senator Isakson spoke on housing and neighborhoods.
2:40 p.m. Senator Lankford spoke on funding the fight against Zika. Sen. Lankford asked for UC to set aside the pending amendment to bring up his amendment, #3955. Senator Nelson objected.
2:34 p.m. Senator Cornyn objected, arguing that the Zika spending under the Blunt-Murray provision would pass tomorrow as part of the pending appropriations bill.
2:30 p.m. Senator Murray sought consent to debate H.R. 3038, on Zika funds, accept the Blunt-Murray substitute, and vote on passage of the amended bill later today.
2:25 p.m. Senator Cornyn objected.
2:20 p.m. Senator Reid sought consent to debate H.R. 3038, adopt the Nelson substitute on funds to fight Zika and later vote on the bill..
2:14 p.m. Senator Reid joined in the colloquy about Zika.
2:13 p.m. Senator Cornyn engaged in a colloquy with Senator Nelson about Zika.
2:11 p.m. Senator Nelson spoke about the Zika virus.
2 p.m. Senator Murphy spoke about a fair housing amendment to the pending housing appropriation.
1:40 p.m. Senator Manchin spoke about prescription drug addiction.
1:37 p.m. Senator Alexander spoke about the prospective construction of wind turbines in a scenic area of Tennessee.
1:34 p.m. Senator Leahy praised the passage of the Police Act.
1:32 p.m. Senator Cornyn secured consent to take up the Police Act, S. 2840, to provide active shooter training. The Senate passed the bill by voice vote.
1:19 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about the HUD bill.
12:59 p.m. Senator McCain spoke about the Affordable Care Act.
12:44 p.m. Senator Fischer spoke about the THUD/MilConVA appropriations bill.
12:30 p.m. Senator Stabenow spoke on the Supreme Court’s vacancy.
12:14 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke about the economy.
12:04 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about National Police Week.
12:00 p.m. Senator Collins spoke about fair housing in HUD bill.
11:48 a.m. Senator Kaine spoke about racism in housing.
11:32 a.m. Senator Hatch spoke about the Affordable Care Act.
11:06 a.m. Senator Collins spoke on the appropriations process and H.R. 2577, the THUD/MilConVA appropriations bill.
10:28 a.m. Senator Leahy spoke on Cuba and a Vermont/Cuba baseball exchange.
10:00 a.m. Senators Barrasso and Gardner spoke on the Affordable Care Act.
9:51 a.m. Senator Thune spoke on the Zika virus and the Affordable Care Act.
9:40 a.m. DL Reid responded on the Affordable Care Act and the Supreme Court vacancy.
9:33 a.m. ML McConnell spoke on the pending appropriations bills before turning to discuss the Supreme Court vacancy and the Affordable Care Act.
The Senate convened at 9:30 a.m.
Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of Morning business for one hour.
Following Morning business, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R.2577, the THUD/MilConVA Appropriations bill.
ML McConnell filed cloture on both the Collins substitute amendment #3896 and the underlying bill H.R.2577, the THUD/MilConVA Appropriations bill.
Unless an agreement is reached, the post-cloture time on the Blunt-Murray amendment #3900 (Zika funding) will expire at approximately 9:40 p.m.