Wednesday, July 6, 2016

8:00 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will reconvene at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 7 and will resume post-cloture consideration of the motion to concur on the House amendment to S.764-the vehicle for the GMO labeling bill. The following resolutions were agreed to during wrap up:

  • S.Res. 506 expressing the Sense of the Senate in support of  NATO summit.
  • S. Con. Res. 38 reaffirming the Taiwan Relations Act.
  • S.Res. 482 Urging EU to designate Hizballah as a terrorist organization
  • S. Res. 504 recognizing 70th anniversary of the Fulbright Program

6:41 p.m. Senator Whitehouse gave his weekly climate change speech.

6:22 p.m. Senator Rubio spoke about the blue-green algae problem in Florida.

5:41 p.m. Senators Klobuchar, Collins and Carper spoke about the cost of Alzheimer’s care.

5:30 p.m. Senator Thune spoke about the threats from ISIS.

5:22 p.m. Senator Capito spoke about the MilCon Zika bill.

4:36 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke about GMO labeling.

4:23 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on the FBI report on Secretary Clinton.

4:22 p.m. Cloture was invoked (65-32) on the motion to concur in the House amendment to S. 764 (bill on genetically modified organisms) with a Roberts substitute amendment (#4935). There are now 30 hours of debate on the motion to concur.

Senators voting in favor: 47 Republicans, 18 Democrats (Baldwin, Bennet, Carper, Casey, Coons, Donnelly, Feinstein, Franken, Heitkamp, Kaine, Klobuchar, Manchin, McCaskill, Menendez, Peters, Shaheen, Stabenow, and Warner).

Senators voting against: 25 Democrats, 5 Republicans (Collins, Murkowski, Paul, Sasse and Sullivan) and 2 Independents.

Senators not voting: Brown, Graham and Lee.

3:58 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the motion to concur in the House amendment to S. 764 (bill on genetically modified organisms) with a Roberts substitute amendment (#4935).

3:55 p.m. DL Reid discussed the pending vote on the GMO bill.

3:55 p.m. Cloture was not invoked (55-42) on the motion to proceed to S. 2193, “Kate’s law”.

Senators voting in favor: 52 Republicans, 3 Democrats (Donnelly, Heitkamp, Manchin).

Senators voting against: 40 Democrats, 2 Independents.

Senators not voting: Brown, Graham and Lee.

3:37 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the motion to proceed to S. 2193 (Kate’s Law), regarding sentences for certain immigrant offenders.

3:35 p.m. Cloture was not invoked (53-44) on the motion to proceed to S. 3100, the Sanctuary Cities bill.

Senators voting in favor: 51 Republicans, 2 Democrats (Donnelly and Manchin).

Senators voting against: 41 Democrats, 2 Independents, and 1 Republican (Kirk).

Senators not voting: Brown, Graham and Lee.

3:17 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the motion to proceed to S. 3100, the Sanctuary Cities bill.

3:15 p.m. The Martinotti nomination was confirmed 92-5.

Senators voting in favor: 47 Republicans, 43 Democrats, and 2 Independents.

Senators voting against: Blunt, Crapo, Risch, Sasse and Sullivan.

Senators not voting: Brown, Graham and Lee.

2:47 p.m. The Senate is now voting on the nomination of Brian R. Martinotti.

2:28 p.m. Senators Booker and Menendez spoke in favor of the nomination of Brian R. Martinotti to be the U.S. District Judge for the District of NJ.

2:15 p.m. Senator Toomey spoke on Kate’s Law and sanctuary cities.

12:48 p.m. The Senate recessed for weekly party lunches.

12:38 p.m. Senator Sasse spoke about the FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton.

12:17 p.m. Senator Boxer spoke about Sanctuary Cities and also about the GMO labeling bill.

11:48 a.m. Senator Tester spoke on GMO labeling bill.

11:22 a.m. Senator Cruz spoke on Holocaust survivor, Elie Wiesel, Iran and Kate’s Law.

11:11 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke on Judge Abner Mikva.

10:38 a.m. Senator Stabenow spoke about the genetic modification bill.

10:30 a.m. Senator Robert spoke about the bill on genetically modified products.

10:22 a.m. Senator Durbin criticized the sanctuary cities bill and the “Kate’s Law” to mandate minimum sentences for certain immigrant offenders.

10:10 a.m. Minority Leader Reid criticized the spending cuts for Planned Parenthood and other programs that are contained in the bill that would pay to fight the Zika virus.

10:02 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell praised the Senate’s passage of the Puerto Rico debt measure and called on Democratic to reverse their opposition to the bill containing money to combat the Zika virus. He previewed other measures slated for action during this work period: the sanctuary cities bill; “Kate’s Law;” the bill on labeling of genetically modified products; the Pentagon spending bill for fiscal 2007.

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The Senate will convene at 10 a.m. and will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to the sanctuary cities bill (S. 3100).

The Senate will recess for the weekly caucus luncheons from 12:30 p.m. until 2:15 p.m.

At 2:15 p.m., the Senate will consider the nomination of Brian Martinotti to be a United States District Judge for the District of New Jersey, with a confirmation vote expected at 2:45 p.m.

Following disposition of the Martinotti nomination, the pending cloture motions will ripen in the order listed below.

If cloture is invoked on any of these items, there will be up to thirty hours of post-cloture debate prior to adoption of the given motion, whereupon the next cloture vote will occur. If cloture is not invoked on any of these items, the Senate will immediately proceed to the next cloture vote.

o    Cloture on the motion to proceed to the sanctuary cities bill (S. 3100);

o    Cloture on the motion to proceed to Kate’s Law (S. 2193), on sentences for certain immigrant offenders;

o    Cloture on the motion to concur in the House amendment to S. 764 (bill on genetically modified organisms) with a Roberts substitute amendment (#4935);

o    Cloture on the motion to proceed to Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2017 (H.R. 5293).