Thursday, May 26, 2016

6:31 p.m. Senate stands adjourned until 12:30 p.m. on Friday May 27.

6:24 p.m. ML McConnell wraps up the Senate session for the day.  Items passed by UC: Exec Cal #574-590.  Leg Cal #486-498.   Designated a post office in Pennsylvania.  S. 1402, S Res 466, S Res 480, S Res 481.  S 3011 has its first reading.  UC for two pro forma sessions on the following dates and times: Friday May 27 at 12:30 p.m., Tuesday May 31 at 8:30 a.m., and Friday June 3 at 1:0o p.m.  UC that Senate stand adjourn.


5:29 p.m. Senator Carper paid tribute to Homeland Security employees. He later spoke on John Koskinen of the IRS.

4:54 p.m.  Senator Murkowski paid tribute to John Schnabel, an Alaskan who recently passed away. She later spoke on Memorial Day, and the state of affairs at the Veterans Affairs Administration.

4:45 p.m. Senator Fischer paid tribute to Nebraskans who lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan.

4:07 p.m. Senator Markey spoke on the NDAA and nuclear weapons.

3:45 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke on the NDAA.

3:13 p.m. Senator Hatch spoke about public trustees.

3:01 p.m. Senator Peters spoke about wounded veterans.

2:33 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about Hillary Clinton using private email.

2:23 p.m. Senator Baldwin paid tribute to Mary Babula, a Wisconsin friend who recently passed away.

2:15 p.m. Senators Murray and Mikulski engaged in a colloquy on equal pay, specifically for the US women’s soccer team, passing S. Res 462 on that topic by voice vote.

2:14 p.m. The Holgate nomination was confirmed 67-29.

Senators voting in favor: 42 Democrats, 24 Republicans: Alexander, Capito, Cassidy, Coats, Cochran, Collins, Corker, Cornyn, Ernst, Gardner, Graham, Grassley, Hatch, Isakson, McCain, McConnell, Murkowski, Paul, Perdue, Rounds, Shelby, Tillis, Vitter and Wicker.  1 Independent: King.

Senators voting against: 29 Republicans.

Senators not voting: 2 Democrats: Blumenthal and Casey.  1 Republican:  Flake.  1 Independent: Sanders.

1:45 p.m. Roll call vote began on the nomination of Laura Holgate to be US representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency.

1:44 p.m. By voice vote, the Senate confirmed Laura  Holgate to be Representative to the Vienna Office of the United Nations.
1:43 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke in favor of the Holgate nomination.

1:29 p.m. Senator Portman spoke on opioid abuse.

1:29 p.m. Senator Cotton spoke on David Mcbee as his Arkansan of the week.

1:20 p.m. Senator Booker spoke on TSCA.

1:10 p.m. Senator Inhofe spoke on TSCA and asked unanimous consent that the Senate concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to the House message to H.R. 2576 (TSCA) at a time to be determined. Senator Paul objected.

1:03 p.m. Senator Vitter spoke on TSCA.

12:54 p.m. Senator Stabenow spoke on the Zika virus.


12:53 p.m.  The Senate has agreed that on Monday, June 6, following morning business the motion to proceed to S.2943, the National Defense Authorization Act, will be agreed to. Senator Fischer, or her designee, with be recognized to offer her amendment #4206. At 5:30pm, the Senate will vote on the Fischer amendment with no second degree amendments in order prior to the vote.

At 1:45 p.m. there will be two votes on: 

  • Laura S. H. Holgate, VA, to be Representative to the Vienna Office of the United Nations (expected voice vote).
  • Laura S. H. Holgate, VA, to be Representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency (expected roll call vote).


12:42 p.m. Senator Wicker spoke on NDAA.

12:25 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke about TSCA.

12:06 p.m. Senator Rubio spoke on the need to proceed to the NDAA.  He spoke of the broad issues addressed by the bill.

11:51 a.m. Senator Manchin spoke on the opiod epidemic.

11:32 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on the need to pass Defense Authorization.  He called for a special counsel to investigate Hillary Clinton’s private email server.

11:31 a.m. Senator Murray spoke about Zika funding.

11:05 a.m. Senator Udall spoke about TSCA.

10:37 a.m. Senator Boxer spoke about toxic chemicals and TSCA (Toxic Substances Control Act).

10:22 a.m. Senator Heller spoke on Memorial Day.

10:04 a.m. Senator Coats spoke for the 44th time on government waste.

9:44 a.m. DL Reid responded to ML McConnell regarding 114th Congress accomplishments.

9:34 a.m. ML McConnell spoke on the Affordable Care Act, the defense authorization, and Republican accomplishments.

9:33 a.m. Senator Perdue welcomed the guest chaplain.

The Senate convened at 9:30 a.m.


  • The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to S.2943, the National Defense Authorization Act, post-cloture.
  • Unless an agreement is reached, all post-cloture time will expire at approximately 6:00 p.m. and the Senate will vote on the motion to proceed.

It is also possible that the Senate reaches an agreement on TSCA (Toxic Substances Control Act) during Thursday’s session.