Thursday, July 7, 2016

 

 

The Senate has adjourned until 4:00 p.m. Monday, July 11th, 2016 to resume consideration of the motion to proceed to H.R. 5293, the Defense Appropriations bill. The next roll call vote will occur before lunch on Tuesday, July 12th.

Legislation passed during wrap-up:

  • S.2340 – MEGABYTE Act
  • S.Res. 340 Expressing the sense of the Congress that the so-called Islamic State of Iraq in Al-Sham is committing genocide, was passed by unanimous consent.
  • H.R. 4960 – Renaming the post office in Aurora, IL, was passed by unanimous consent.
  • H.R. 4372 – Renaming the post office in Bergen, NY, was passed by unanimous consent.
  • S. Res. 522 – Designating July 30th as National Whistle-blower Appreciation Day, was passed by unanimous consent.
  • S. Res. 523 – Relating to the death of Eli Weisel.

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11:10 p.m. By a roll call vote of 50-44, the Senate did NOT invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to the consideration of H.R. 5293, The Department of Defense Appropriations Act.

10:45 p.m. The Senate voted 63-30 on the motion to concur in the House amendment to S. 764 (Senate passage of the GMO agreement)

10:45 p.m. Amendment #4936 to the House amendment to S.764 was not agreed to by a voice vote.

10:44 p.m. The motion to table the McConnell amendment to the House message to accompany S.764, was not agreed to by a vote of 30 to 63.  Senator Schumer later changed his vote by unanimous consent.  This would make the vote 31 to 62.

10:22 p.m. The Senate is now voting on the motion to table the McConnell amendment to the House message to accompany S.764.

10:17 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke about the GMO bill.

10:03 p.m. Senator Reid spoke about the GMO bill and Republican leadership. ML McConnell gave a rebuttal.

9:59 p.m. ML McConnell spoke about the GMO bill.

9:35 p.m. Senator Stabenow spoke about the GMO bill.

9:27 p.m. Senator Blumenthal spoke about the GMO bill.

9:10 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke about the GMO bill.

8:52 p.m. Senator Nelson spoke about the GMO bill.

8:34 p.m. Senator Kaine spoke on the shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota.

7:26 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke about the GMO bill.

7:16 p.m. Senator Toomey spoke about the opiod crisis.

7:04 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about the GMO bill.

6:55 p.m. Senator Tillis spoke about the GMO bill.

6:48 p.m. Senator Hoeven spoke about the GMO bill.

6:44 p.m. ML McConnell offered a UC to have votes beginning at 7:00 pm and Sen. Merkley objected, offering a modification.  Sen. Roberts objected to the Merkley modification.

6:21 p.m. Senator Enzi spoke about budget cutting.

6:17 p.m. Senator Daines spoke on GMOs.

6:07 p.m. Senator Capito spoke about Zika, and the opioid crisis.

5:48 p.m. Senator Alexander spoke about a mental health bill and the Zika crisis.

5:38 p.m. Senator Lankford spoke about ISIS, national security.

5:20 p.m. Senator Carper spoke about the genetic modification bill.

4:55 p.m. Senator Roberts spoke about the genetic modification bill.

4:47 p.m. Senator Leahy spoke on the GMO labeling bill.

4:24 p.m. Senator Sanders spoke on the GMO labeling bill.

4:22 p.m. Senator Rubio spoke on Zika.

4:11 p.m. Senator Coats spoke on government spending waste.

3:59 p.m. Senator Murkowski spoke on postpartum depression.

3:54 p.m. Senator Boozman paid tribute to Arkansas National Guard member Sgt. Sylvester Kline.

3:47 p.m. Senator Hatch paid tribute to Eli Weisel.

3:34 p.m. Senator Murphy spoke on opiods.

3:19 p.m. Senator Tillis spoke on Zika and GMOs.

3:08 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke on the Supreme Court nominations and the Zika bill.

3:05 p.m. Senator Warren asked for unamimous consent to confirm 5 nominations. Senator Cornyn objected and discussed GMOS.

3:00 p.m. Senator Warren then asked unamimous consent for 13 nominations. 3:01 p.m. Senator Cornyn objected and continued to speak on Zika.

2:54 p.m. Senator Warren spoke about the Supreme Court and asked unanimous consent to confirm 17 nominations. 2:58 p.m. Senator Cornyn objected.

2:40 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on sanctuary cities and former Sec. Of State Clinton.

2:23 p.m. Senator Markey spoke on energy

2:08 p.m. Senator Gardner spoke about former Sec. Of State Clinton.

2:03 p.m. Senator Donnelly spoke on opiod abuse.

1:50 p.m. Senator Murkowski spoke about genetically engineered salmon.

1:35 p.m. Senator Manchin spoke about heroin and opioid addiction and CARA.

1:23 p.m. Senator Blumenthal spoke on the GMO labeling bill.

12:53 p.m. Senator Portman spoke about heroin and opioid addiction and CARA.

12:40 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke about Obamacare.

12:26 p.m. Senator Thune spoke on the Clinton investigation.

12:12 p.m. Senator Thune spoke on Chairman Wheeler and disclosing non-public information.

12:10 p.m. Senator Cotton spoke on the arkanstonian of the week.

12:00 p.m. Senator Heitkamp spoke on GMO labeling bill.

11:55 a.m. Senator Cotton spoke on MARVA workshops.

10:58 a.m. Senator Cardin spoke on treaties.

10:28 a.m. Senator Leahy spoke about gun control and about genetic modification.

10:12 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke about gun control initiatives.

9:53 a.m. Senator Grassley spoke about defense audits.

9:43 a.m. Minority Leader Reid criticized what he called Republican posturing on legislation. He said the drug addiction bill lacks the necessary funds and spoke against provisions in the Zika measure.

9:33 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell called upon Democratic to support the bill containing funds to combat the Zika virus. He also spoke in favor of passage of the House-Senate conference report on the drug addiction bill and the biotechnology bill now subject to post-cloture debate.

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The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m. and will resume post-cloture consideration of the motion to concur on the House amendment to S.764, the vehicle for the bill on the labeling of genetically-modified products.

If all post-cloture time is used, it will expire at 10:22 p.m., whereupon a vote could occur on the motion to proceed to the genetic modification bill.

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**NOTE: At 3:15 p.m., Senators Casey and Isakson will hold a pen and pad press conference in the press gallery (S-316). Topic: their bill to shut off funds for terrorism.