Wednesday, July 13, 2016

8:07 p.m. The Senate has adjourned until 9:30 a.m. Thursday, July 14th under the provisions of S. Res. 534, as a mark of respect for the late Senator William L. Armstrong of Colorado. ML McConnell will be recognized to make a compound motion to go to conference on S. 2943, NDAA.

There will be 4 roll call votes beginning at 11:30 a.m.:

  1. Motion to invoke cloture on the compound motion to go to conference on S. 2943, NDAA. 
  2. If cloture is invoked then, Shaheen motion to instruct conferees re: Afghan visas.
  3. Sullivan motion to instruct conferees re: maintaining sufficient forces for worldwide military operations. 
  4. Motion to invoke cloture upon reconsideration on the motion to proceed to H.R. 5293, Defense Appropriations. 

A fifth vote is expected after lunch on the motion to invoke cloture upon reconsideration on the conference report to accompany  H.R. 2577, MilCon-VA Appropriations. 

During wrap-up:

  • Nominations, executive calendar no. 659 – 678 and all the nominations on the secretary’s desk were confirmed en bloc.
  • S.2893, Library of Congress Sound Recording and Film Preservation Programs Reauthorization Act of 2016, including the Blunt amendment, was passed by unanimous consent.
  • S.3207 was passed by unanimous consent.
  • S.1555, Awarding the Congressional Gold Medal, was passed by unanimous consent.
  • S. Res. 532, Celebrating the 140th Anniversary of the State of Colorado, was passed by unanimous consent.
  • S. Res. 533, Designating July 26th, 2016, U.S. Intelligence Professionals Day, was passed by unanimous consent.
  • S. Res. 534, Relative to the death of former Senator William L. Armstrong, was passed by unanimous consent.
  • 1st reading en bloc
    • H.R. 10
    • H.R. 4465
    • H.R. 4487
    • H.R. 4901

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6:57 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke on the allegations that the FBI has facilitated ransom payments to terrorist groups.

6:53 p.m. Senator Flake spoke on Venue Act.

6:52 p.m. The conference report to accompany S. 524 was adopted by a vote of 92-2.

6:11 p.m. Senator Markey spoke on CARA.

5:57 p.m. Senator Carper spoke on Iran sanctions.

5:46 p.m. Senator Baldwin spoke on CARA.

5:41 p.m. Senator Capito spoke on CARA. The Senate is expected to vote on the conference report to accompany S. 524, CARA,  at approximately 6:15 p.m. 

5:30 p.m. Senator Coons spoke on Iran sanctions.

5:18 p.m. H.R. 5588, compensation for veterans with service connected disabilities, was passed by unanimous consent and Senator Murkowski spoke on CARA.

4:56 p.m. Senator Boxer spoke on Senator Scott’s floor speech and gun control.

4:40 p.m. Senator Scott shared personal stories about police interactions.

4:19 p.m. Senator Portman spoke about opioid abuse.

4:15 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about criminal justice reform.

4:02 p.m. Senator Booker spoke about criminal justice reform.

3:51 p.m. Senator Drubin spoke about criminal justice reform.

3:38 p.m. Senator Lee spoke on sentencing reform within the federal criminal justice system.

3:26 p.m. Senator Reid spoke on the pending nominations.

3:20 p.m. Senator Hirono asked for unamimous consent to confirm 9 nominations. Senator Tillis objected.

3:19 p.m. Senator Warren continued to speak on the pending nominations and yielded the floor to Senator Hirono.

3:14 p.m. Senator Warren also spoke on pending nominations and asked unamimous consent to confirm 13 nominations. Senator Tillis objected.

3:04 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke on pending nominations and asked unanimous consent to confirm 22 nominations. Senator Tillis objected.

2:25 p.m. The Senate voted in favor of considering Dr. Carla D. Hayden as nomination of the Librarian of Congress. Ayes are 74, nays are 18. President Obama was notified immediately.

2:25 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke on Dr. Carla D. Hayden of Maryland, nomination for Librarian of Congress.

2:17 p.m. Senators Mikulski and Blunt spoke in favor of the Hayden nomination.

2:16 p.m. Senator McConnell announced that there would be 15 minutes of debate on the nomination of Carla Hayden to be the Librarian of Congress followed by a vote on the nomination.

2:15 p.m. The motion to concur in the House amendments to the Senate amendments to H.R. 636 was agreed to by a vote of 89-4.

1:51 p.m. Senator Thune spoke on FAA Bill.

1:45 p.m. Senator Cantwell spoke on FAA Bill.

1:33 p.m. Senator Moran spoke on FAA Bill.

1:15 p.m. Senator Franken spoke on recent police shootings and Zika.

12:52 p.m. Senator Leahy spoke on PELL grants and CARA.

12:51 p.m. S. 3055, to provide a dental insurance plan to veterans, was passed by unanimous consent.

12:36 p.m. Senator Blunt spoke about the appropriations process and PELL grants.

12:19 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke on Opioid Bill.

12:04 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on “Back the Blue” Act and CARA.

11:54 a.m. Senator Nelson spoke on FAA Bill.

11:40 a.m. Senator Portman spoke on CARA and Senator Enzi spoke on the budget.

11:39 a.m. Cloture was invoked on the conference report to accompany  S.524 by a vote of 90-2. Voting no: Senators Lee and Sasse. Not voting: Cochran, Inhofe, Roberts, Rounds, Sessions, Shelby, Vitter and Wicker.

11:03 a.m. The Senate is currently voting on the motion to invoke cloture on the conference report to accompany S.524, Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act.

10:51 a.m. Senator Lee spoke on James Wallner, the exenotime director of the Senate Steering Committee who is going to work at the Heritage Foundation as VP of research.

10:45 a.m. Senator Blumenthal spoke on the CARA bill.

10:27 a.m. Senator  Sessions spoke on about the TPP.

10:21 a.m. Senator Klobuchar spoke on the CARA bill.

10:09 a.m. Senator Schumer spoke against the CARA bill.

10:01 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke about opioid abuse and the CARA bill.

10:00 a.m. The Senate resumed consideration of the Conference Report to accompany s. 524 (CARA bill).

9:43 a.m. Senator Reid spoke about the CARA bill, Zika funding and the Supreme Court vacancy.

9:30 a.m. The Senate convened and Senator McConnell spoke about the new prime minister of the United Kingdom, the CARA bill, the airport security bill, and Zika funding.

The Senate convenes at 9:30 AM and following Leader remarks the Senate will resume consideration of the Conference Report to accompany S. 524 (Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016).

At 11:00 AM, the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Conference Report to accompany S. 524 (Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act)

At 1:45 PM, the Senate will vote on the motion to concur in the House amendments to the Senate amendments to H.R. 636 (FAA bill).