Tuesday, June 21, 2016

6:52 p.m. The Senate adjourned.  It will convene at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday June 22, 2016 and will then resume consideration of H.R.2578, Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations. A cloture vote is scheduled to occur at 10:30 a.m.on Wednesday on McCain amendment #4787 (lone wolf and national security letters).




6:50 p.m. ML McConnell did wrap-up and the Senate adopted the following three measures:

S.Res.507, designating July 8, 2016 as Collector Car Appreciation Day and recognizing that the collection and restoration of historic and classic cars is an important part of preserving the technological achievements and cultural heritage of the United States.

S.2736, Patient Access to Durable Medical Equipment, with Thune amendment.

H.R. 1777, to amend the Act of August 25, 1958, commonly known as “Former Presidents Act of 1958,” with respect to the monetary allowance payable to a former President, and for other purposes with an Ernst substitute amendment.

6:45 p.m. ML McConnell propounded a unanimous consent agreement t0 have confirmation votes on judicial nominees: At a time to be determined by the Republican Leader in consultation with the Democratic Leader, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session to consider individually the following nominations:
Executive Calendar #357, Brian R Martinotti, US District Judge for New Jersey;
Executive Calendar #358, Robert F Rossiter, US District Judge for Nebraska;

6:15 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke on GDP.

6:00 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke on climate change.

5:45 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke against for-profit colleges.

5:20 p.m. Senator Coats spoke about conflict in Israel.

4:21 p.m. Senator Capito spoke about legislation to assist coal miners.

4:11 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke about the attack in Orlando and about gun control measures.

3:55 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on the shooting in Orlando and ISIS.

3:35 p.m. Senators Menendez spoke on the situation in Puerto Rico, and asked UC to take up his Puerto Rico recovery bill, Senator Cornyn objected.

3:25 p.m. Senator Mikulski discussed the McCain amendment and her own amendment.

3:17 p.m. Senator Wyden responded to Senator McCain on privacy and security.

2:58 p.m. Senator McCain spoke on the FBI, cyberterrorism and lone wolves.

2:48 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke on national security letters.

2:43 p.m. Senator Hatch continued to talk about Social Security.

2:37 p.m. Senator Mikluski asked Senator Hatch a question about Social Security

2:15 p.m. Senator Hatch spoke on Social Security.

12:28 p.m. Senator Gillibrand spoke on Orlando and gun control votes. She also spoke about three amendments she proposed.

12:21 p.m. Senator Murray spoke about Zika research funding.

11:58 a.m. Senator Baldwin spoke on Orlando and gun control.

11:38 a.m. Senator Grassley spoke on globalization.

11:23 a.m. Senator Thune spoke on Isis.

11:17 a.m. Senator Cotton declared computer science teacher Joel Spencer as “Arkansan” of the week.

11:05 a.m. Senator Cotton spoke on Great Britian and their upcoming vote this Thursday deciding if they will remain in the European Union.

10:50 a.m. Senator Flake spoke on guns.

10:18 a.m. The Senate will resume consideration of H.R. 2578 and recess for weekly policy lunches around 12:30 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke on gun violence.

10:07 a.m. Senator Reid spoke on Orlando and guns.

10:03 a.m. ML McConnell spoke on Orlando and ISIL.

The Senate will convene at 10 a.m. and will be in morning business until 12:30 p.m., when it will recess until 2:15 p.m. for weekly caucus luncheons.

The Senate will then resume consideration of H.R.2578, Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations.


Senator McConnell has offered and has filed cloture on McCain amendment #4787 (lone wolf and national security letters). A cloture vote could occur after the Senate convenes on Wednesday.

Amendments pending to H.R.2578, CJS Approps:

Shelby amendment #4685 (substitute)

McCain amendment #4787 (lone wolf and national security letters)

McConnell motion  to recommit the bill for a period of 14 days