Tuesday, June 28, 2016

7:50 The Senate has adjourned for the evening and will resume legislative session Wednesday, June 28, at 9:30 a.m. There will be a cloture vote on the House amendment to S. 2328. at 10:30 a.m.

7:39 p.m. Senator Menendez finished speaking about Puerto Rico. The Senate is now in a Quorum call.

7:00 p.m. Senator Cantwell joins Senator Menendez in speaking about Puerto Rico.

6:30 p.m. Senator Menendez continued to speak about Puerto Rico.

5:00 p.m. Senator Menendez continued to speak about Puerto Rico.

3:44 p.m. Senator Menendez continued to speak about Puerto Rico.

3:34 p.m. Senator Menendez yielded to Senator Sanders for a question.

3:23 p.m. Senator Menendez spoke about Puerto Rico.

2:57 p.m. Senator Fischer spoke about Marine Sergeant Joshua Robinson.

2:45 p.m. Senator Manchin spoke on the minors protection act.

2:38 p.m. Senator Manchin yielded to Senator Capito to speak on mines.

2:33 p.m. Senator Manchin yielded to Senator Donnelly to speak on mines.

2:26 p.m. Senator Manchin yielded to Senator Portman to speak on mines.

2:22 p.m. Senator Manchin spoke on the history of mines.

2:18 p.m. Senator Brown also spoke on the minors protection act.

2:18 p.m. Senator Manchin spoke on the minors protection act.

12:45 p.m. The Senate stands in recess for the weekly caucus luncheons.

12:35 p.m. Senator Blumenthal spoke on the Puerto Rico bill.

12:30 p.m. Senators Isakson and Blumenthal  spoke on the VA/MilCon/Zika virus conference report.

11:55 a.m. Senators Leahy and Merkley spoke on food labeling.

11:36 a.m. Senators Reid and Cornyn spoke on Zika.

11:32 a.m. ML McConnell entered the motion to reconsider the motion to invoke cloture on H.R. 2577 and spoke on Zika.

11:31 a.m. Cloture on H.R. 2577 was not agreed to by a vote of 52 to 48. Senators voting for cloture: 52 Republicans, 1 Democrat: Donnelly.

Senators voting against cloture: 43 Democrats, 3 Republicans: Lankford, Lee and McConnell*; and 2  Independents: King and Sanders.   ML McConnell changed his vote to no in order to be able to enter a motion to reconsider.

11 a.m. The cloture vote began on H.R. 2577, the MilCon appropriation conference report.

10:58 a.m. Senator Cochran objected. He spoke for the MilCon-VA approriation, including the Zika spending.

10:57 a.m. Senator Nelson sought consent to speak about Orlando.

10:50 a.m. Senator Hirono spoke against the Zika package.

10:48 a.m. Senator Thun spoke for the Zika package.

10:41 a.m. Senator Nelson spoke against the appropriations bill containing the Zika money. He cited the bill’s reduction in speeding for family planning.

10:36 a.m. Senator Murray criticized the legislative vehicle for the Zika money.

10:26 a.m. Senator Capito spoke about the floods in West Virginia.

10:17 a.m. Senator Schumer said Republicans designed the Zika spending vehicle to fail.

10:08 a.m. Minority Leader Reid spoke against the bill’s spending levels for birth control and other purposes.

10:03 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell acted under Rule XIV to place on the Senate calendar S. 3100, a bill concerning state and local cooperation with federal authorities in fighting terrorism. Senator McConnell also spoke about Democatic opposition to the bill that provides money to combat the Zika virus.


The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m.   Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the Conference Report to accompany H.R.2577, MilCon/VA/Zika.

At approximately 11:00 a.m., the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Conference Report.

On Monday, ML McConnell moved to concur in the House amendment to S.2328, the vehicle for the Puerto Rico bill, and filed cloture on the motion to concur. He then filled the amendment tree.  Unless an agreement is reached, the cloture vote on the motion to concur will occur one hour after the Senate convenes on Wednesday.