Thursday, June 16, 2016

5:56 p.m. Senator Carper paid tribute to Senator Voinovich.

5:44 p.m. Senator Sasse does wrap up for the evening.  Items passed by UC:

  • S Res 499, regarding the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Stanley Cup.
  • S Res 500, regarding Juneteenth Independence Day.
  • S. 2808, regarding appropriations for the Kennedy Center.

UC that when the Senate completes its business (following remarks by Senators Stabenow and Carper) it do so until Friday June 17 at 11:00 a.m. for a pro forma session only.  Following the pro forma, adjourn until Monday June 20 at 3:00 p.m. At that time, resume consideration of H.R 2578, the Commerce, Justice Science Appropriations bill. Further, the 4 cloture motions will ripen at 5:30 p.m.

5:32 p.m. Senator Coons spoke on gun legislation.

4:56 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke on the Cornyn amendment.

4:23 p.m. Senator Cotton paid tribute to Marion Fletcher as the Arkansan of the week.

4:15 p.m. Senator Shelby withdrew the committee reported amendment to H.R.2578, Commerce, Justice, Science appropriations. He then offered amendment #4685 (substitute, same text of the previously offered substitute).

Senator McConnell called up Feinstein amendment #4720 (terror gap) to the substitute amendment. He then called up Cornyn second-degree amendment #4749 (terror gap) to the Feinstein amendment.

Senator McConnell then moved to commit the bill to the Judiciary Committee with instructions (text of Murphy amendment #4750 [background checks]). He then offered Grassley amendment #4751 (background checks) to the instructions, and called up 2nd degree amendment #4752 (date change).

Senator McConnell then filed cloture on Grassley amendment #4751, the motion to commit with instructions (Murphy amendment #4750), Cornyn amendment #4749, and Feinstein amendment #4720.

We expect these cloture motions to ripen on Monday.

Monday, June 20 – up to 4 roll call votes:

  1. Grassley amendment #4751
  2. Murphy amendment #4750
  3. Cornyn amendment #4749
  4. Feinstein amendment #4720

If cloture is invoked on any of the amendments, there would be up to 30 hours of debate prior to a vote on the amendment and then we would move on to the next cloture vote.

3:56 p.m. Senator Fischer spoke on the terrorist attack in Orlando.

3:46 p.m. Senator Klobuchar also spoke on H.R. 3209.

3:45 p.m. By unanimous consent, the Senate passed H.R. 3209 to allow certain tax information to be released from the IRS to help with exploited children investigations. This amends the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.

3:44 p.m. Senator Enzi continued to speak on H.R. 3209.

3:38 p.m. Senator Casey spoke on the recovering missing children act, H.R. 3209, requesting the IRS gives information to help find missing children.

3:29 p.m. Senator Peters spoke about pipeline safety.

3:19 p.m. Senator Graham also spoke on the anniversary of the Charleston church killings.

3:10 p.m. Senator Scott spoke on the anniversary of the Charleston church killings.

3:09 p.m. By a vote of 70 to 24, the Senate passed the Whitehouse motion to  instruct conferees.

2:38 p.m. Senator Whitehouse offered a motion to instruct conferees regarding rural communities and other instructions.

2:37 p.m. Shaheen motion to instruct agreed to 66-29.

Senators voting in favor: 41 Democrats, 1 Independent (King) and 24 Republicans. (Alexander, Ayotte, Burr, Capito, Cassidy, Coats, Cochran, Collins, Cruz, Graham, Grassley, Hoeven, Isakson, Kirk, McCain, Moran, Murkowski, Paul, Portman, Roberts, Rounds, Thune, Tillis, Wicker.

Senators voting against: 29 Republicans

Senators not voting: 2 Democrats ( Boxer and Nelson) 1 Republican (Rubio) 1 Independent (Sanders)

2:18 p.m. Roll call vote begins on the Shaheen motion to instruct.

2:17 p.m. Senator Shaheen offered a motion to instruct conferees regarding funding for prevention treatment and recovery.

2:16 p.m. By a tally of 95-1, cloture was invoked on the motion to go to conference.  Senator Lee voted against.  Senators Boxer, Nelson, Rubio and Sanders did not vote.

1:48 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the motion to go to conference on S. 524, CARA.

1:46 p.m. Senator Vitter got UC that following the cloture vote Senators Shaheen and Whitehouse be recognized to offer motions to instruct and the Senate vote on those motions.

1:29 p.m. Senator Menendez spoke on the Puerto Rico bankruptcy.

1:26 p.m. Senator Leahy spoke on the opioid epidemic.

1:03 p.m. Senator Cruz spoke on the shooting in Orlando and terrorism.

12:07 p.m. Senator Portman spoke on S. 524, CARA.

12:05 p.m. ML McConnell offered a motion to go to conference on S. 524, CARA, appoint Senators Grassley, Alexander, Hatch, Sessions, Leahy, Murray and Wyden as conferees, and filed cloture on the motion.

There are now two hours of debate on the motion, with a cloture vote expected at approximately 1:30 p.m.  If cloture is invoked, the question would be on the motion, with a voice vote expected.  It would then take consent to make motions to instruct in order.  It is possible there could be further votes on motions to instruct.

11:48 a.m. The following resolutions were agreed to en bloc:

  • S. Res. 495, regarding the Boy Scouts.
  • S. Res. 496, regarding the shooting in Orlando.
  • S. Res. 497, regarding Gordie Howe.
  • S. Res. 498, regarding elder abuse.

The following bills were agreed to by voice vote:

  • S. 2815-establish the US Semiquincentennial commission.
  • S. 2348-implement the use of Rapid DNA instruments to inform decisions about pre trial release or detention to solve and prevent violent crimes and to prevent backlogs
  • S.2577-protect crime victims’ rights, to eliminate the substantial backlog of DNA and other forensic evidence samples.

11:35 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about ISIS “lone wolf” terrorist attacks, gun control and radical Islam and his amendment, “The SHIELD Act.”

10:55 a.m. Senator Coats spoke about government waste and about a legislative response to the killings in Orlando.

10:25 a.m. Senator Barrasso spoke about health care premium increases.

10:14 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell have spoke about the Islamic State’s call for such “lone wolf” attacks as the one in Orlando this week. He said there will be votes on amendments to the

10:02 a.m. Minority Leader Reid spoke about Senator Murphy’s filibuster on gun control. He also spoke about Juneteenth.

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The Senate will convene at 10 a.m. and will resume consideration of H.R. 2578, the Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations bill.

Votes have yet to be scheduled for today.

Pending to the appropriations bill are:

  • The Shelby substitute amendment, #4685;
  • The Shelby technical corrections amendment (#4686) to amendment #4685.