Thursday, July 14, 2016

 

9:05 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will reconvene for pro forma sessions only as follows:

  • Friday, July 15 at 11:30am
  • Tuesday, July 19 at 1:00pm
  • Friday, July 22 at 1:00pm
  • Tuesday, July 26 at 10:00am
  • Friday, July 29 at 10:00am
  • Tuesday, August 2 at 10:00am
  • Friday, August 5 at 7:45am
  • Tuesday, August 9 at 12:55pm
  • Friday, August 12 at 8:00am
  • Tuesday, August 16 at 9:00am
  • Friday, August 19 at 3:00pm
  • Tuesday, August 23 at 4:00pm
  • Friday, August 26 at 10:00am
  • Tuesday, August 30 at 9:00am
  • Friday, September 2 at 10:00am

The Senate will convene for regular session on Tuesday, September 6 at 3:00 p.m. when they will resume consideration of H.R. 2577 (MilCon, VA, Zika). At 5:30 the Senate will vote on the two cloture motions that were filed today:

  • Motion to invoke cloture on the conference report to accompany H.R. 2577 and, if cloture not invoked,
  • Motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R. 5293, DOD appropriations.

 

During wrap up the following treaties, nominations and bills were agreed to by unanimous consent:

  • Treaty Doc 114-10 Extradition treaty with the Dominican Republic
  • Treaty Doc 113-6-Extradition treaty with Chile
  • Julius Horwich to be Assistant Secretary for Legislation and Congressional affairs for Dept. of Education
  • Thomas Scott Darling to be Administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
  • Blair Anderson to be Under Secretary of Transportation for Policy
  •  Anne Hall, of Maine, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Lithuania.
  • Lawrence Robert Silverman, of Massachusetts, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the State of Kuwait.
  • Carol Z. Perez, of Virginia, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Chile.
  • Geoffrey R. Pyatt, of California, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Greece.
  • Douglas Alan Silliman, of Texas, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Iraq.
  • Marie L. Yovanovitch, of Connecticut, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Ukraine.
  •  S. 1935: to require the Secretary of Commerce to undertake certain activities to support waterfront community revitalization and resiliency.
  • H.R.4904: Making Electronic Government Accountable By Yielding Tangible Efficiencies Act of 2016.
  •   S.3282: National Sea Grant.
  •  S.2854: Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crimes Reauthorization Act of 2016, with a Burr substitute amendment.
  • Calendar #423, S.2614: Kevin and Avonte’s Law of 2016, with a Grassley-Schumer substitute amendment.
  • S.3283: designates the community-based outpatient clinic of the Department of Veterans Affairs in Pueblo, CO, as the “PFC James Dunn VA Clinic”.
  •  H.R.3700: Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act.
  •  H.R.5722: to establish the John F. Kennedy Centennial Commission.
  •  S.Res.486: commemorating “Cruise Travel Professional Month” in October 2016 with a Rubio amendment.
  •  Calendar #565, S.Res.515: visit of Prime Minister of Singapore
  •  Calendar #566, S.Con.Res.41: expressing the sense of Congress on the Peshmerga of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, with committee-reported amendments.
  •  S.Con.Res.46: expressing support for the goal of ensuring that all Holocaust victims live with dignity, comfort, and security in their remaining years, and urging the Federal Republic of Germany to continue to reaffirm its commitment to comprehensively address the unique health and welfare needs of vulnerable Holocaust victims, including home care and other medically prescribed needs.
  • H.Con.Res.142: supporting the bid of Los Angeles, California to bring the 2024 Summer Olympic Games back to the United States and pledging the cooperation of Congress with respect to that bid.
  •  S.Res.521: expressing support for the designation of September 2016 as National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.
  •  S.Res.349: congratulating the Farm Credit System on the celebration of its 100th anniversary.
  •  Calendar #385, S. 1443: Indian Employment Training and Related Services Consolidation Act of 2015.
  • Calendar #403, S. 818: to amend the Grand Ronde Reservation Act to make technical corrections.
  •  Calendar #380, S.817: to provide for the addition of certain real property to the reservation of the Siletz Tribe in the State of Oregon.
  • Calendar #571, S.3028: redesignation of the Olympia Wilderness as the Daniel Evans Wilderness.
  • Passed the following Postal Naming bills, en bloc:
  • H.R. 2607 (New York) To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 7802 37th Avenue in Jackson Heights, New York, as the “Jeanne and Jules Manford Post Office Building”.
  • H.R. 3931 (Arkansas) To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 620 Central Avenue Suite 1A in Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas, as the “Chief Petty Officer Adam Brown United States Post Office”.
  • H.R. 3953 (Florida) To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 4122 Madison Street, Elfers, Florida, as the “Private First Class Felton Roger Fussell Memorial Post Office”.
  • H.R. 4010 (Arizona) To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 522 North Central Avenue in Phoenix, Arizona, as the “Ed Pastor Post Office”.
  • H.R. 4425 (Minnesota) To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 110 East Powerhouse Road in Collegeville, Minnesota, as the “Eugene J. McCarthy Post Office”.
  • H.R. 4747 (Georgia) To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 6691 Church Street in Riverdale, Georgia, as the “Major Gregory E. Barney Post Office Building”.
  • H.R. 4761 (California) To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 61 South Baldwin Avenue in Sierra Madre, California, as the “Louis Van Iersel Post Office”.
  • H.R. 4777 (Alabama) To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1301 Alabama Avenue in Selma, Alabama as the “Amelia Boynton Robinson Post Office Building”.
  • H.R. 4877 (Texas) To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 3130 Grants Lake Boulevard in Sugar Land, Texas, as the “LCpl Garrett W. Gamble, USMC Post Office Building”.
  • H.R. 4925 (Ohio) To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 229 West Main Cross Street, in Findlay, Ohio, as the “Michael Garver Oxley Memorial Post Office Building”.
  • H.R. 4975 (Nebraska) To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 5720 South 142nd Street in Omaha, Nebraska, as the “Petty Officer 1st Class Caleb A. Nelson Post Office Building”.
  • H.R. 4987 (Florida) To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 3957 2nd Avenue in Laurel Hill, Florida, as the “Sergeant First Class William ‘Kelly’ Lacey Post Office”.
  • H.R. 5028 (Michigan) To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 10721 E Jefferson Ave in Detroit, Michigan, as the “Mary E. McCoy Post Office Building”.
  •  S.Res.538: designating September 2016 as “National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month”.
  •  S.Res.539: condemning the horrific acts of violence and hatred in Dallas, Texas, on July 7, 2016, and expressing support and prayers for all those impacted by the tragedy.
  •  S. Res.540: commending the officers of the Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service for their work in fighting ebola.
  •  S. Res.541: recognizing the 100th anniversary of the establishment of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Haleakala National Park in the State of Hawaii, and designating August 1, 2016, as “Hawaii Volcanoes and Haleakala National Parks Day”.
  •  S.Res.542: recognizing the 70th anniversary and the importance of the Lanham Act by designating July 2016 as “National Anti-Counterfeiting Consumer Education and Awareness Month”.
  •  S.Res.543: Commemorating the past success of the United States Olympic and Paralympic Teams and supporting the United States Olympic and Paralympic Teams in the 2016 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.
  • S.Res.544: expressing the Sense of the Senate regarding compliance enforcement of Russian violations of the Open Skies Treaty.
  • S.Res.545: supporting the designation of July 15, 2016, as “Leiomyosarcoma Awareness Day”.
  • S. Res.546: honoring the centennial of the United States Grain Standards Act.
  • S.Res.547: recognizing the 75th anniversary of the American Tree Farm System.
  • S.Res.548: celebrating the 40th anniversary of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Viking Mission Landing on the surface of Mars.
  • S.Con.Res.50: House adjournment resolution.

 

5:48 p.m. Senator Cotton recognized a foster mother in Arkansas.

5:24 p.m. Senator Murkowski spoke about one of the fallen Dallas police officers.

5:08 p.m. Senator Blumenthal spoke about the Iran Nuclear agreement.

4:53 p.m. Senator Coats gave his waste of the week speech.

4:45 p.m. Senator Rubio spoke about the algae bloom crisis in Florida.

4:28 p.m. Senator Peters spoke about Flint water crisis.

4:14 p.m. Senator Lankford spoke about the shooting of the Dallas police officers and the Iran Nuclear Deal.

4:06 p.m. Senator Casey spoke about ISIS and cutting off financial networks that support terrorism.

4:00 p.m. Senator Cassidy spoke about H.R. 4904-software licensing.  The bill then passed by unanimous consent.

3:54 p.m. Senator Reid spoke about Senator Scott’s speech.

3:33 p.m. Senator Scott discussed police relations with African Americans.

3:05 p.m. Senator Carper spoke about the Department of Homeland Security, Zika and ISIS.

2:50 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on Zika.

2:37 p.m. Senator Johnson spoke on whistle blower retaliation.

2:36 p.m. S. 1935, the Waterfront Community Revitalization Act, was passed by unanimous consent.

2:34 p.m. The Senate did not agree to invoke cloture on the Conference Report to Accompany H.R. 2577 by a vote 52 to 44. ML McConnell then filed cloture on the Conference Report to Accompany H.R. 2577 THUD and H.R. 5293, Defense Appropriations.

1:56 p.m. The Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to the motion to reconsider the motion to invoke cloture on the Conference Report to Accompany H.R. 2577, THUD, by voice vote. The Senate agreed to the motion to reconsider the motion to invoke cloture on the Conference Report to Accompany H.R. 2577 by voice vote.

1:41 p.m. Senator Barrasso and Senator Wicker spoke on the zika virus funding.

1:25 p.m. Senator Fischer spoke on the Judgement Fund Transparency Act.

1:06 p.m. Senator McCain spoke on the previous vote, in favor of the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R. 5293, Defense Appropriations.

1:05 p.m. Upon Reconsideration the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R. 5293, Defense Appropriations, was not invoked by a vote of 52 to 42.

12:43 p.m. The Sullivan Motion to Instruct Conferees re: maintaining sufficient forces for worldwide military operations, was agreed to by a vote of 85 to 12. The Senate approved the motion to reconsider the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R. 5293, Defense Appropriations, by voice vote.

12:24 p.m. The Shaheen Motion to Instruct Conferees re: Afghan visas, was agreed to by a vote of 84 to 12.

12:00 p.m. The motion to invoke cloture on compound motion to go to conference on S. 2943 was agreed to by a vote of 90-7. Dems voting no: Gillibrand, Leahy, Markey, Reid (NV), Sanders and Warren. Republicans voting no: Paul. Not voting: Franken, Klobuchar and Lee.

11:32 a.m. Senator McCain spoke on the upcoming votes.

11:27 a.m. Senator Shaheen spoke about the motion to instruct the conferees for the NDAA.

11:16 a.m. Senator McCain spoke about Senator Sullivan’s motion.

11:01 a.m. Senator Perdue spoke about the defense appropriations bill.

10:49 a.m. Senator Tillis also spoke on the defense apppropriations bill.

10:44 a.m. Senator Daines also spoke about the defense appropriations bill.

10:40 a.m. Senator Sullivan spoke about the defense appropriations bill.

10:37 a.m. Senator Ernst spoke about the defense appropriations bill.

10:27 a.m. Senator Bennet also spoke about Senator Bill Armstrong.

10:22 a.m. Senator Gardner spoke about the recently deceased Senator Bill Armstrong from Colorado.

10:16 a.m. Senator Heller spoke about veterans.

9:52 a.m. Senator Reid spoke about funding, defense, Zika and Ebola

9:30 a.m. Senator McConnell spoke about Zika, funding and defense authorization.

The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m. 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