Thursday, June 9, 2016

The Senate has adjourned until 8:15 a.m. Friday, June 9th. A cloture vote on S. 2943, the defense authorization bill,  will occur at 9:00 a.m. 

S. Res. 486, Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the ROTC program, was passed by unanimous consent during wrap-up.

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7:14 p.m. Senator Sasse spoke on the draft.

6:34 p.m. Senators Murray and Blumenthal spoke on defense contractors that steal money from their workers’ paychecks or pay unfair wages.

6:13 p.m. Senator Moran spoke on the NDAA and asked unanimous consent to vote on his amendment #4066. Senator Brown objected.

6:03 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke on the Military Injustice Improvement Act.

5:54 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke on the anniversary of the Gaspee Affair of 1772.

5:44 p.m. Senator Coats spoke on foreign policy.

5:39 p.m. Senator Boozman spoke on President Obama’s foreign policy.

5:24 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke on President Obama’s foreign policy.

5:19 p.m. Senator Rounds spoke on healthcare for military retirees.

5:02 p.m. Senator Lee objected to Senator McCain’s request and spoke about his reasoning.

4:55 p.m. Senator Graham said he would object.

4:53 p.m. Senator Lee asked to amend the consent request to include consideration of his Ex-Im Bank amendment (#4448).

4:52 p.m. Senator McCain sought consent for votes on the Shaheen amendment (#4604) on Afghan interpreters visas and the Moran amendment (#4068) on replacement of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility.

4:31 p.m. Senator Shaheen, Senator Moran and Graham joined the colloquoy. Senator Moran said his amendment (#4068) would forbid spending on a domestic detention facility to replace the one at Guantanamo Bay

4:26 p.m. Senator McCain began a colloquoy on amendments concerning visas for Afghan interpreters and the Deion facility at Guantanamo Bay.

4:21 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke for the defense authorization.

4:03 p.m. Senator McCain spoke about the Russian rocket engines. He said amendments will be moving soon on interpreters and on Guantanano Bay.

3:49 p.m. Senator Nelson spoke about the U.S. use of of a Russian rocket engine.

3:44 p.m. Senator Murray spoke on the NDAA bill.

3:26 p.m. Senator Feinstein spoke in favor of the due process amendment.

3:15 p.m Senator Lee  and Senator Paul spoke about due process for U.S. Citizens.

2:58 p.m. Senator McCain spoke about ULA.

2:43 p.m. Senator Gardner spoke on the NDAA bill and ULA.

2:17 p.m. Senator McCain spoke on the NDAA bill.

1:58 p.m. Senator Ayotte spoke on detention and interrogation policies, specifically in Guantanamo Bay.

1:51 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke on the passing of Ms. Cassandra Butts before she was elected ambassador to the Bahamas.

1:29 p.m. Senator Donnelly spoke in support of amendment #4509.

1:22 p.m. Senator Ernst spoke on the NDAA bill.

1:07 p.m. Senator Perdue spoke on the NDAA bill.

1:02 p.m. Senator McCain spoke about foreign interpreters.

12:50 p.m. Senator Reed spoke on the defense authorization bill and introduced his amendment #4603.

12:34 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke on growing hemp in America.

12:25 p.m. Senators Reed and Shaheen spoke on the protecting foreign interpreters assisting US Forces.

12:20 p.m. Senator McCain withdrew his amendment #4229 then called up his amendment # 4607 and spoke on protecting foreign interpreters assisting US Forces.

12:19 p.m. By a vote of 56 to 42, the motion to invoke cloture on the McCain amendment #4229 failed. 11 Republicans voting nay: Alexander, Cochran, Corker, Enzi, Flake, Grassley, Heller, Kirk, Lankford, Lee, and Paul. 12 Democrats and 1 Independent voting Aye: Baldwin, Bennet, Blumenthal, Casey, Donnelly, Heinrich, Heitkamp, Kaine, King, Klobuchar, McCaskill, Peters, and Stabenow.

11:45 p.m. By a vote of 43 to 55, the cloture motion on the Reed amendment failed. AYES: Republicans Ayotte and Portman, independent King, and 40 Democrats. NAYS: Democrats Carper, Manchin and Tester and 52 Republicans.

11:15 a.m. The vote began on cloture for the Reed amendment.

11:12 a.m. Senator McCain spoke against the Reed amendment.

11:06 a.m. Senator Mikulski spoke about the amendment.

11 a.m. Senator Reed spoke for his second-degree amendment on non- defense spending.

10:55 a.m. Senator McConnell moved to proceed to H.R. 2578, the Commerce/Justice Appropriations bill, filed cloture on the motion to proceed to the bill, and withdrew his motion to proceed.

10:50 a.m. Senator Lee spoke about the Ex-I’m Bank.

10:46 a.m. Senator Donnelly spoke on the Ex-Im Bank.

10:33 a.m. Senator Heitkamp spoke on the Ex-I’m Bank.

10:22 a.m. Senator Murray and Senator Cantwell also spoke in support of Export-Import Bank.

10:18 a.m. Senator Shumer spoke in support of Export-Import Bank.

10:17 a.m. Senator Heitkamp spoke on the Export-Import Bank.

9:57 a.m. Senator McCain and Senator Graham spoke in support of spoke on S. 2943, the National Defense Authorization Act.

9:45 a.m. Senator Blunt spoke on S. 2943, the National Defense Authorization Act.

9:37 a.m. Senator Reid spoke on the budget agreement.

9:32 a.m. Senator McConnell spoke on S. 2943, the National Defense Authorization Act.

The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m. and resume consideration of the Defense Authorization(S. 2943).

  • At 11:15am, the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Reed-Mikulski second-degree amendment (#4549) to the McCain amendment #4229.
  • If cloture is not invoked, the Senate will immediately proceed to a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on McCain amendment.
  • Senator McConnell filed cloture on S. 2943 during Wednesday’s session.  Absent a time agreement, the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on S. 2943 one hour after the Senate convenes on Friday.