Wednesday, September 7, 2016

6:54 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 9:30 a.m. tomorrow, whereupon a moment of silence will be observed for the victims of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The Senate will then resume consideration of the water resources bill.

6:53 p.m. Senator Perdue began Rule XIV proceedings to place directly on the Senate calendar S. 3296 and S. 3297, both tax code amendments that would provide certain exemptions from the individual insurance mandate under the new health care system.

6:37 p.m. Senator Perdue spoke about the vacancy on the Supreme Court.

6:01 p.m. Senator Portman spoke about prescription drug addiction.

5:46 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke about climate change.

5:34 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about then-Secretary of State Clinton’s email arrangements.

5:09 p.m. Senators Inhofe and Boxer conducted a colloquy about the agreement. Senator Inhofe spoke about details of the water resources bill.

5:08 p.m. Senator Inhofe withdrew the committee amendments. Senator McConnell brought up the Inhofe-Boxer substitute #4979. Senator Inhofe brought up a second-degree amendment #4980.

5:07 p.m. By voice vote, the Senate moved to consideration S. 2848, the Water Resources Development Act.

5:06 p.m. Senator Boxer said the Blumenthal amendment concerns a jurisdictional dispute between Democrats.

5:04 p.m. Senator Reid asked again for a vote on the Blumenthal amendment.

5:03 p.m. Senator McConnell spoke in favor of the Inhofe-Boxer agreement on amendments.

5:02 p.m. Senator Reid asked that, in addition to the amendments in the Inhofe-Boxer deal, the Senate consider an amendment by Senator Blumenthal that did not meet the managers’ conditions.

5 p.m. Senator Inhofe, in a colloquy with Senator Boxer, described an agreement to move to the water resources bill — including amendments that are both germane and acceptable to both managers.

4:36 p.m. Senator Klobuchar spoke about prescription drug prices.

4:21 p.m. Senator Coats spoke about payments to the Palestian Authority.

4:09 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke about the flood in Ellicott City, MD.

3:14 p.m. Senators Alexander, Cassidy, Capito and Fischer spoke on the Affordable Care Act.

3:06 p.m. Senators Alexander and Booker spoke on judicial nominations, Senator Booker asked UC to take up an vote on two nominations, Senator Alexander objected.

3:03 p.m. Senator Warren spoke on judicial nominations and asked to take up and vote on 10 nominations.  Senator Alexander objected.

2:59 p.m. Senator Hirono spoke about pending nominations and asked unanimous consent to vote on 14 nominations. ML McConnell objected.

2:50 p.m. Senator Baldwin spoke about pending nominations and asked unanimous consent to vote on 14 nominations. ML McConnell objected.

2:35 p.m. Senator Heitkamp spoke about pending nominations, then asked unanimous consent to vote on 20 nominations. ML McConnell objected and asked if Senator Heitkamp would modify her request and agree to vote on 4 nominations at a time to be determined, cal. no. 364, 460, 461, and 569. Senator Booker  objected to ML McConnell’s request.

2:16 p.m. Senator Hatch spoke about the Affordable Care Act.

2:15 p.m. The Senate reconvened.

12:18 p.m. The Senate recessed for weekly party lunches. They will reconvene at 2:15 p.m.

11:47 a.m. Senator Cassidy spoke about flooding in Louisiana.

11:16 a.m. Senator Thune spoke about the Affordable Care Act.

11:00 a.m. Senator Cotton recognized educator Marvin Williams as Arkansan of the Week.

10:54 a.m. Senator Isakson spoke about the new health care system.

10:50 a.m. Senator Vitter spoke about the water resources bill.

10:25 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke about the Zika virus and about for-profit universities.

10:08 a.m. Minority Leader Reid spoke about Democratic opposition elements of the MilCon/VA/Zika bill, including to cuts in federal assistance to Planned Parenthood. Senator Reid also spoke about the Supreme Court vacancy, the new health care system and Donald Trump.

10:06 a.m. The Senate resumed consideration of the motion to proceed to water resources bill, S. 2848. (Republican leadership has announced plans to seek a voice vote later today to proceed to the bill.)

10:02 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell completed Rule XIV proceedings to place the Intern Protection Act (H.R. 3231) directly on the Senate calendar. Senator McConnell spoke about Democratic opposition to the MilCon/VA/Zika and the defense spending bills.

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The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m. and resume consideration of the motion to proceed to S.2848, the Water Resources Development Act.

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