Wednesday, May 25, 2016

6:52 p.m. The Senate adjourned.

6:33 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke on global warning.

6:24 p.m. Senator Peters spoke on the Flint water crisis and the need to pass WRDA (The Water Resources Development Act).

6:15 p.m. Senator Rounds spoke on taking up National Defense Authorization.

5:48 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke on the Supreme Court vacancy.

5:35 p.m. Senator Coats and Senator Donnelly spoke about the Indy 500.  Senator Coats asked for UC to pass S. Res. 475, recognizing the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500-mile race.

5:30 p.m. Senator Heitkamp spoke about student debt.

4:41 p.m. Senators Casey, Manchin, Brown, Warner and Wyden spoke about coal miners and their pensions and health care.

4:38 p.m. Senator Isakson spoke about Memorial Day and paid tribute to soldiers killed in war.

4:20 p.m. Senator Blunt spoke about Military Families Stability Act.

4:06 p.m. Senator Alexander spoke about medical research.

3:50 p.m. Senator Murphy spoke on gun violence and mental health.

3:26 p.m. Senator Enzi spoke on the Federal budget.

3:14 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke on Obamacare.

2:56 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on the defense authorization bill.

2:41 p.m. Senator Lankford spoke on the race riot in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1921.

2:17 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke on genetically modified crops.

1:35 p.m. Senator Toomey spoke about child abuse arrests among school personnel.

12:25  p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke on the Defense Authorization bill and the economy.

12:17 p.m. Senator Rubio spoke about Cuba and immigration.

12:05 p.m. Senator Reid spoke in response to Senator McCain.

11:54 a.m. Senator McCain spoke on the defense authorization.

11:51 a.m. Senator Cotton spoke on comments this morning from DL Reid regarding the defense authorization.

11:50 a.m. Cloture was invoked on the motion to proceed 98-0.

Senators not voting: Cruz and Sanders.

11:29 a.m. Cloture vote began on the motion to proceed on the defense authorization.

11:28 a.m. S.J. Res 28 was agreed to 55-43.

Senators voting in favor: 27 Republicans: Alexander, Ayotte, Burr, Coats, Corker, Cornyn, Crapo, Daines, Enzi, Ernst, Flake, Gardner, Grassley, Hatch, Heller, Isakson, Johnson, Kirk, Lankford, Lee, McCain, Risch, Rubio, Sasse, Sullivan, Tillis and Toomey.  27 Democrats: Bennet, Blumenthal, Booker, Cantwell, Carper, Casey, Coons, Feinstein, Franken, Heinrich, Kaine, Klobuchar, Markey, McCaskill, Menendez, Murray, Nelson, Peters, Reed, Reid, Schumer, Shaheen, Udall, Warner, Warren, Whitehouse and Wyden.  Independents: King.

Senators not voting: Cruz and Sanders.

11:00 a.m. Roll call vote began on S.J. Res 28, the catfish resolution.

10:29 a.m. Senators Wicker, Shaheen and McCain spoke on the catfish resolution.

10:14 a.m. DL Reid spoke on the affordable care act and the defense authorization before also paying tribute to Ruby Paone.

10:03 a.m. ML McConnell spoke about the defense authorization and the affordable care act, before paying tribute to Ruby Paone.


The Senate convened at 10:00 a.m.

Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of S.J.Res.28, regarding the rule relating to inspection of catfish.

At 11:00 a.m. – 2 roll call votes:

  1. Adoption of S.J.Res.28, Catfish rule.
  2. Motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to S.2943, Defense Authorization.