Tuesday, May 24, 2016

6:43 p.m. The Senate has adjourned until 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 25th.

2 votes are expected at 11:00 a.m. 

  1. Passage of S.J. Res. 28
  2. Cloture on the motion to proceed to S.2943, the Defense Authorization bill. 

During today’s session:

  • H.J. Res. 88 was passed by a vote of 56-41.
  • The motion to proceed to S.J. Res. 28 was agreed to by a vote of 57 to 40.
  • S. Res. 473, expressing appreciation of the goals of American Craft Beer Week and commending the small and independent craft brewers of the U.S., was passed by unanimous consent in wrap-up.

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6:26 p.m. Senator Menendez spoke on Puerto Rico’s economy.

6:10 p.m. Senator Ayotte spoke on inspection of catfish.

5:58 p.m. Senator Wicker spoke on inspection of catfish.

5:53 p.m. Senator Flake paid tribute to Matthew Spect.

5:41 p.m. Senator McCain spoke on inspection of catfish.

5:40 p.m. The Senate agreed to the Motion to Proceed to S. J. Res. 28, a joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Secretary of Agriculture relating to inspection of catfish, by a roll call vote of 57-40.

5:15 p.m. The Senate passed H.J. Res. 88, disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of Labor relating to the definition of the term “Fiduciary”, by a roll call vote of 56-41.

4:30 p.m. Leader McConnell announced the Senate will vote on H.J. Res. 88 and the motion to proceed to S. J. Res 28 at 4:45 p.m.

4:18 p.m. Senator Rubio spoke about the Zika virus.

4:10 p.m. Senator Fischer spoke against the fiduciary rule.

3:55 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke about the campaign against the Zika virus.

3:46 p.m. Senator Enzi spoke against the fiduciary rule.

3:42 p.m. Senator Enzi objected.

3:28 p.m. Senator Nelson spoke in favor of more federal spending to fight the Zika virus. He sought consent for a vote on a Zika spending measure.

3:20 p.m. Senator Cochran spoke for the Agriculture Department’s catfish inspection rule.

3:11 p.m. Senator Roberts spoke against the Agriculture Department’s catfish inspection rule.

2:59 p.m. Senator Boozman spoke on the catfish inspection rule.

2:45 p.m. Senator Murray spoke on the Zika virus, asks UC that when the Senate recieves from the House the House passed Zika funding bill to substitute the Senate passed Blunt/Murray funding bill.  Senator Cornyn objected, hoping the two sides can go to conference.

2:15 p.m. Senator Hatch spoke on the fiduciary rule.

12:31 p.m. The Senate stands in recess until 2:15 p.m.

12:17 p.m. Senator Thune spoke on Indian Health Services and later on avaiation security issues.

12:10 p.m.  Senator Wyden spoke on the fiduciary rule.

11:45 a.m.  Senator Cornyn Urged the Senate to take up and pass NDAA.

11:30 Senator Booker spoke about economic growth and fairness in the free market and the fiduciary rule.

11:16 a.m. Senator Grassley spoke about an investigation of non-profit hospitals, such as Mosaic Lifecare, suing low-income patients.

10:55 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the fiduciary rule.

10:41 a.m. Senator Klobuchar spoke about yesterday’s passage of the Adam Walsh child protection law. She also spoke about the fiduciary rule and the Ex-Im bank.

10:12 a.m. Senators Isakson and Murray spoke about the fiduciary rule.

10:08 a.m. Minority Leader Reid spoke about the financial services rule. He also spoke about the Supreme Court vacancy.

10:02 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about regulatory policy and today’s vote on a proposed rule on financial services.

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The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m.  Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will vote (expected by voice) on adoption of the motion to proceed to H.J.Res.88, disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of Labor relating to the definition of the term “Fiduciary”. Under the rule, there will be up to 10 hours of debate equally divided prior to a vote on adoption of the joint resolution.

It’s also possible that the Senate considers S.J.Res.28, a joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Secretary of Agriculture relating to inspection of catfish.

As a reminder, ML McConnell moved to proceed to S.2943, the National Defense Authorization Act, and filed cloture on the motion.

Unless an agreement is reached, the cloture motion would ripen one hour after the Senate convenes on Wednesday, May 25.