8:50 p.m. Senator Sasse spoke about Russian crackdowns on free speech and religious observance.
8:30 p.m. Senator Portman spoke about addiction.
8:00 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke on climate change.
7:52 p.m. Senator Murkowski spoke about the June 11 passing of Veterans Activist Fred Becker, aka Bulldog.
The next roll call vote is expected next Wednesday, July 6, at 2:45pm on confirmation of the Martinotti nomination (NJ judge) and cloture petition(s) filed today.
On Wednesday evening, ML McConnell moved to proceed to Calendar #531, S.3100 (Sanctuary Cities) and filed cloture on the motion to proceed (FIRST CLOTURE TO RIPEN). He then moved to proceed to Calendar #276, S.2193 (Kate’s Law) and filed cloture on the motion to proceed (SECOND CLOTURE TO RIPEN). ML McConnell made a new motion to concur with the new GMO amendment (Roberts-Stabenow), filed cloture on the motion, and filled the tree (THIRD CLOTURE TO RIPEN). He then moved to proceed to Calendar #524, H.R.5293 (DOD Appropriations) and filed cloture on the motion to proceed (FOURTH AND FINAL CLOTURE TO RIPEN).
Upon disposition of the Martinotti nomination, the cloture petitions filed tonight will ripen in the order offered (Sanctuary Citites, Kate’s Law, GMO, DOD Approps). If cloture is invoked on any of them, there will then be up to 30 hours of debate followed by a vote on the motion followed by an immediate vote on the next cloture motion.
The Senate took five roll call votes during Wednesday’s session:
- By a vote of 68 to 32, cloture was invoked on S. 2328, the vehicle for the Puerto Rico debt measure.
- By a vote of 44-54, the Senate rejected a Menendez motion. The Menedez motion was to table the motion to concur with amendment #4865 to S. 2328.
- By a vote of 85-13, the Senate voted to waive the budget act in regards to the Sanders’ point of order
7:20 p.m. The motion to concur in the House amendment to S. 2328 was agreed to by a vote of 68-30. Republicans voting no: Boozeman, Capito, Cotton, Cruz, Daines, Ernst, Grassley, Heller, Lee, Moran, Murkowski, Perdue, Portman, Sasse, Scott, Shelby, Tillis, Wicker. Democrats voting no: Baldwin, Booker, Boxer, Brown, Cantwell, Markey, Menendez, Merkley, Murray, Sanders, Tester and Warren. Warner and Manchin did not vote.
7:02 p.m. The motion to waive the Budget Act with respect to the Budget point of order was agreed to by a vote of 85-13.
6:30 p.m. The motion to table the motion to concur to amendment #4865 was not agreed to by a vote of 44-54. Republicans voting aye: Cruz, Lee, and Paul. Democrats voting no: Donnelly, Feinstein and King.
5:44 p.m. Senator Carper spoke about the Department of Homeland Security.
5:30 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about Zika and about Puerto Rico.
4:55 p.m. Senator Vitter spoke about the Obamacare and the rules for covering Congress and staff.
4:46 p.m. Senators Alexander and Corker spoke in recognition Tennessee basketball coach Pat Summit after her death.
4:20 p.m. The Senate stands in recess until 4:40 p.m.
3:54 p.m. Senator Grassely spoke about the Puerto Rico debt crisis.
3:39 p.m. Senator Heitkamp and Senator Cantwell spoke about the Export Import bank.
3:37 p.m. Senator Menendez made his motion to table the debt bill and secured consent for the Yea’s and nays.
3:10 p.m. Senator Menendez spoke against the debt bill. He said if his tabling motion succeeds, he will offer an amendment that, among other provisi0ns, would deal with the powers of the oversight board under the debt measure.
2:56 p.m. Senator Hatch moved to waive the provisions of the Budget Act raised in the point of order. Senator Hatch then spoke in favor of the Puerto Rico debt measure.
2:56 p.m. Senator Sanders raised his budget point of order on the bill.
2:39 p.m. Senator Sanders spoke on financial assistance to Puerto Rico.
2:34 p.m. Senator Reid spoke on the upcoming votes on financial assistance to Puerto Rico.
2:32 p.m. The Senate has reconvened and ML McConnell set up 3 votes for approximately 7:30 this evening:
- Vote on the Menendez motion to table, the motion to concur with amendment #4865 to S. 2328
- Vote on the motion to waive the budget act in regards to the Sanders’ point of order.
- The vote on the motion to concur with the House amendment to S. 2328, the Puerto Rico Public Finances Assistance bill.
1:08 p.m. The Senate went into recess until 2:15 p.m.
11:00 a.m. Senator McConnell offered a 2nd degree amendment #4866 to his amendment #4865 (date change).
10:59 a.m. By a vote of 68 to 32, cloture was invoked on S. 2328, the vehicle for the Puerto Rico debt measure. Voting Aye: 36 Republicans, 31 Democrats and 1 Independent (King).
Republicans voting Nay: Boozman, Capito, Cotton, Cruz, Daines, Donnelly, Ernst, Grassley, Heller, Lee, Moran, Murkowski, Perdue, Portman Sasse, Shelby, Scott, Tillis,Wicker.
Democrats voting Nay: Baldwin, Booker, Boxer, Brown, Cantwell, Manchin, Markey, Menendez, Merkley, Murray, Tester, Warren.
Independent voting Nay: Sanders.
10:30 p.m. The vote began on the cloture motion for S. 2328.
10:21 a.m. Senator Menendez spoke against cloture on the Puerto Rico debt measure.
10:12 a.m. Senator Durbin criticized aspects of of the Puerto Rico bill but said it is a compromise response to the debt crisis that he supports.
10:07 a.m. Senator Cantwell spoke against cloture for the Puerto Rico package.
9:55 a.m. Senator Inhofe spoke about water resources legislation.
9:54 a.m. Senator Durbion made a parliamentary inquiry.
9:53 a.m. The Senate resumed consideration of the House message accompanying S. 2328, the Puerto Rico debt package.
9:40 a.m. Minority Leader Reid spoke about the progress in the campaign against the Islamic State. He criticized Republicans for including in the Zika vehicle reduced levels of spending for birth control and other purposes. He criticized Republican-sponsored aspects of the Puerto Rico debt measure but said he will support it.
9:33 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the terrorist attack in Istanbul. He criticized Democrats for opposing the MilCon-VA spending bill, which included money to respond to the outbreak of the Zika virus. He spoke in favor of the legislative vehicle for the Puerto Rico debt measure.
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The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m.
At 10:30 a.m., there will be a cloture vote on the House amendment to S. 2328 (the vehicle for the Puerto Rico debt relief measure).