Thursday, May 19, 2016

5:21 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 3 p.m. on Monday, May 23.

5:18 p.m. Senator Sullivan secured consent for the Senate to take up S. 2613 at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, with one hour of debate equally divided. At about 5:30 p.m., the Grassley amendment and the committee substitute will be agreed to. The Senate will then vote on S. 2613, the reauthorization of the Adam Walsh child protection law.

By unanimous consent, the Senate passed S. Res. 469, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising in Ireland.

3:02 p.m. Senators Collins and Reed pay tribute to all who helped pass the bill.

3:01 p.m. HR 2577 agreed to 89-8.

Senators voting against: 8 Republicans: Corker, Crapo, Flake, Lankford, Lee, Paul, Risch, Sessions.

Senators not voting: Boxer, Cruz, Sanders.

2:40 p.m. Roll call vote began on passage of HR 2577, Transportation/Housing and Urban Development/Military Construction/Veterans Affairs Department Appropriations.

2:39 p.m. Senator Collins calls up Rubio amdt #4050 and Baldwin amdt #4026, both amendments are agreed to by voice vote.

2:38 p.m. Motion to table the Lee amendment is agreed to 60-37.

2:20 p.m. Roll call vote began on a motion to table the Lee amendment #3897.

2:18 p.m. Senators Lee and Collins spoke on the Lee amendment.

2:17 p.m. Collins amendment #3970 agreed to 87-9.

Senators voting against: 9 Democrats: Booker, Brown, Cardin, Menendez, Merkley, Murphy, Reid, Schatz, and Warren.

Senators not voting: Boxer, Cruz, Heinrich and Sanders.

1:49 p.m. The Senate began voting on the Collins amendment about fair housing,  #3970.

1:42 p.m. Senator Reed spoke in support of Senator Collins’ amendment.

1:40 p.m. Senator Lee spoke on his amenment about Fair Housing.

1:25 p.m. Senator Collins spoke about her Fair Housing amendment.

1:16 p.m. Senators Durbin and Blumenthal spoke about air travel and the TSA.

1:10 p.m. Senator Peters spoke on research and development.

1:06 p.m. Senator Kirk spoke in favor of the bill.

1:00 p.m. Senator Lankford spoke against the McCain amendment, and made a point of order that the amendment is not germane to the Collins amendment #3896 post cloture.  The point of order was sustained and the amendment fell.

12:58 p.m. UC from ML McConnnell: at 1:45, 3 roll call votes:

  • Collins substitute amendment #3896
  • Lee amendment #3897
  • Final passage of H.R. 2577

12:57 p.m. Motion to waive the budget act is agreed to 84-14.

Senators voting in favor: 40 Republicans, 43 Democrats, 1 Independent: King.

Senators voting against: 13 Republicans: Barrasso, Coats, Corker, Cornyn, Enzi, Lankford, Lee, Murkowski, Paul, Perdue, Sessions, Shelby and Sullivan.  1 Democrat: Durbin.

Senators not voting: Cruz and Sanders.

12:37 p.m. Roll call vote began on the motion to waive the budget act with respect to the McCain amendment #4039.

12:36 p.m. Senator McCain offered motion to waive the budget act with respect to his amendment.

12:34 p.m. Senator Enzi offered a budget point of order against the McCain amendment #4039.

12:33 p.m. Under the previous order, the Nelson and Cornyn Zika funding amendments with withdrawn.

12:32 p.m. Collins substitute amdt agreed to 88-10.

Senators voting against: Cotton, Crapo, Daines, Flake, Lankford, Lee, Paul, Perdue, Risch, and Toomey.

Senators not voting: Cruz and Sanders.

12:14 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the Collins substitute amendment.

12:13 p.m. Senator Collins acheives UC that following the cloture vote, Senator Enzi be recognized to offer a budget point of order against the McCain amendment, and that Senator McCain then be recognized to offer a motion to waive the budget act, and the Senate vote on that motion.

12:12p.m. The Blunt/Murray Zika funding amendment is agreed to 68-30.

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

Senators opposed: 30 Republicans.

Senators not voting: Cruz and Sanders

11:50 a.m. Roll call vote began on passage of the Blunt/Murray Zika funding amendment #3900.

11:48 a.m. The motion to waive the budget act with respect to the Blunt/Murray Zika funding amendment was agreed to 70-28.

Senators in favor: 44 Democrats, 25 Republicans: Alexander, Ayotte, Blunt, Boozman, Burr, Capito, Cassidy, Cochran, Collins, Graham, Grassley, Hatch, Hoeven, Isakson, Kirk, McCain, McConnell, Murkowski, Portman, Roberts, Rounds, Rubio, Tillis, Vitter, and Wicker. 1 Independent (King).

Senators against: 28 Republicans.

Senators not voting: Cruz and Sanders.

11:15 a.m. A roll-call vote began on whether to waive the Budget Act with respect to the Blunt Zika amendment.

11:07 a.m. Senator Isakson spoke in favor of the McCain amendment to expand the veterans Choice Card program.

11:03 a.m. Senator Collins spoke in favor of a budget waiver for the Blunt Zika amendment. She moved to waive the Budget Act for this amendment.

10:59 a.m. Senator Lee spoke about the practice of appropriating emergency supplemental funds for such purposes as fighting the Zika virus. He raised a budget point of order against the Blunt Zika amendment #3900.

10:14 a.m. Senator Murray spoke in favor of the housing rule.

9:47 a.m. Senator Booker spoke in favor of a proposed fair housing rule addressed in the appropriations bill.

9:32 a.m. Minority Leader Reid spoke about the mutilation of female genitals.

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The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m. and will to resume consideration of H.R. 2577, the Transportation-HUD-MilCon-VA appropriations bill.

At 11:15 a.m., all post-cloture time will be considered expired on the Blunt-Murray Zika amendment (#3900).

Three roll-calls are expected at 11:15 a.m.: a motion to waive the Budget Act for the Blunt-Murray Zika amendment; adoption of the Blunt-Murray amendment; and cloture on the pending Collins substitute (#3896).

If cloture is invoked on the Collins substitute, then the Cornyn and Nelson Zika 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).

Additional votes should be expected today.