Wednesday, June 22, 2016

6:29 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 9:30 a.m. Thursday. By consent, the Senate will resume consideration of the Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations bill at 10:30 a.m.

6:28 p.m. Senator McConnell secured consent for second reading, en bloc, of H.R. 5447 (on group health plans) and H.R. 5456 (on amendments to Social Security).

5:39 p.m. Senator Moran spoke about veterans.

5:08 p.m. Senators Mikulski, Sullivan, Boozman and Blumenthal have joined in the colloquy on veterans.

4:32 p.m. Senator Isakson spoke on veterans.

4:09 p.m. Senator Lee spoke on the McCain amendment #4787.

3:39 p.m. Senator Moran spoke on general aviation.

3:06 p.m. Senators Brown and Portman paid tribute to the Cleveland Cavaliers; passes by UC S Res 509, congratulating the Cavaliers.

3:01 p.m. Senator Brown spoke in favor of the Veterans First Act.

2:16 p.m. Senator Coats spoke about terrorism and government waste.

2:02 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about guns and terrorism.

1:17 p.m. Senator McCain spoke about guns and terrorism.

1:05 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke about terrorism and radical Islam.

12:50 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke about global warming.

12:35 p.m. Senator Mikulski supported Senator Murray’s amendment for equal pay.

12:32 p.m. Senator Murray introduced an amendment on equal pay.

12:21 p.m. Senator Toomey spoke on gun control.

11:54 a.m. Senator Inhofe spoke on Orlando and gun control.

11:33 a.m. Senator Portman spoke on opioid crisis.

11:25 a.m. ML McConnell, who changed his vote to no, offered a motion to reconsider.

11:25 a.m. Cloture was not invoked on the McCain amendment 58-38.

Senators in favor: 46 Republicans, 11 Democrats (Casey, Heitkamp, Klobuchar, Manchin, McCaskill, MIkulski, Nelson, Reed, Reid, Warner, Whitehouse); 1 Independent (King).

Senators against: 30 Democrats, 8 Republicans (Daines, Gardner, Heller, Lee, McConnell*, Murkowski, Paul), 1 Independent (Sanders).  *McConnell changed his vote in order to offer a motion to reconsider.

Senators not voting: 3 Democrats (Donnelly, Feinstein, Menendez) and 1 Republican (Crapo).

10:30 a.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the McCain amendment #4787.

10:23 a.m. Senator McCain spoke about self radicalization.

10:20 a.m. Senator Wyden spoke on the FBI and the USA Freedom Act.

10:13 a.m. Senator Burr spoke on guns.

10:06 a.m. Senator Wyden spoke on guns.

10:00 a.m. Senator Leahy spoke on amendment #4787.

9:50 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke on Zika.

9:38 a.m. Senator Reid spoke on guns and Zika.

9:33 a.m. Senator McConnell spoke on the attacks in Orlando.

The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m. and will resume consideration of the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act (H.R. 2578).

  • At 10:30 a.m., the Senate will vote on cloture for the McCain amendment on “lone wolves” and related terrorism issues (#4787).

The following amendments/motion are pending to the appropriations bill:

  • Shelby-Mikulski substitute (#4685);

o    McCain (#4787);

  • McConnell motion to recommit H.R. 2578 to the Appropriations Committee for a period of 14 days.