Thursday, September 8, 2016

5:09 p.m. The Senate adjourned until Monday September 12, 2016 at 3:00 p.m.

4:54 p.m. Senator Boozman spoke on Bill Cooper, a sheriff in Arkansas who was killed in the line of duty.  Senator Boozman did wrap up for the day.

4:29 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke on the Water Resources Development Act.

3:54 p.m. Senator Menendez spoke on zika funding.

3:45 p.m. Senator Fischer paid tribute to members of the military from Nebraska.

3:35 p.m. Senator Markey spoke on zika funding.

3:16 p.m. Senator Coats spoke for the 49th time about his “waste of the week”; on this occassion he focused on the HHS non recurring expense fund.

3:02 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on the Water Resources Development Act; and later discussing the 15th anniversary of 9/11.

2:50 p.m. Senator Cassidy paid tribute to Monroe Jackson, a police officer in Baton Rouge who was killed on duty.

2:30 p.m. Senator Stabenow spoke on the Water Resources Development Act.

2:22 p.m. Senator Roberts spoke on the Affordable Care Act.

2:21 p.m. ML McConnell filed cloture on the Inhofe/Boxer substitute amendment to the Water Resources bill, and the underlying bill.

2:20 p.m. The Nomination was confirmed 92-0.  Senators not voting: Alexander, Boxer, Durbin, Johnson, Kaine, Kirk, Moran and Peters.

1:45 p.m. The Senate began voting on the nomination of Peter Michael McKinley to be US Ambassador to Brazil.

1:41 p.m. Senator King spoke on funding of Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act.

1:28 p.m. Senator Grassley answered Senator Reid’s criticism of his position, as Judiciary Committee chairman, on the Supreme Court vacancy.

1:25 p.m. Senator Daines spoke in favor of the Wyden cyber-surveillance bill.

1:20 p.m. Senator Wyden rebutted Senator Cornyn.

1:15 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke against Senator Wyden’s bill and objected to the unanimous consent request.

1:06 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke for his bill to address government surveillance powers, S. 2952. He asked unanimous consent that the bill be adopted.

12:50 p.m. Senator Portman spoke about the health care law.

12:36 p.m. Senator Rubio spoke about the Zika virus.

12:15 p.m. Senators McCain and Barrasso spoke on the Affordable Care Act.

12:00 p.m. Senators Inhofe and Boxer spoke on the Water Resources bill.  Calls up and passes by voice vote the Heller amdt #4891 and Merkley #4991.

11:54 a.m. Senator Leahy spoke on the Supreme Court vacancy.

11:49 p.m. Senator Heller spoke on Heller-Heinrich amendment #4891 to the water resource bill.

11:40 p.m. Senator Carper spoke on the closing of I.T.T. Technical University.

11:14 p.m. Senator Cruz paid tribute to Phyllis Schlafly and spoke on Internet freedom.


At 1:45 p.m., there will be a vote on the nomination of Peter Michael McKinley, VA, to be Ambassador to Brazil.


10:57 a.m. Senator Klobuchar spoke about the Supreme Court vacancy and paid tribute to Patty Wetterling.

10:38 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke about the Supreme Court vacancy.

10:28 a.m. Senator Coons spoke about the Supreme Court vacancy.

10:16 a.m. Senator Peters spoke about the water resources bill.

10:08 a.m. Senator Sullivan spoke about the water resources bill and about the nation’s economy.

9:50 a.m. Minority Leader Reid recalled the attacks of September 11, 2001. Senator Reid also recalled the economic crisis of 2008. He defended the new medical system. He spoke in favor of suicide prevention.

9:38 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell completed Rule XIV procedings to place on the calendar S. 3296 and S. 3297, tax code amendments regarding the new medical system’s individual insurance mandate.

Senator McConnell paid tribute to the new leader of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Brian Duffy of Kentucky. Senator McConnell also criticized the new medical system.

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The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m. and will observe a moment of silence for the victims of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The Senate will then resume consideration of S. 2848, the Water Resources Development Act.

These amendments are pending to the water resources bill:

— Inhofe-Boxer substitute (#4979);

—  Inhofe amendment to make a technical correction (#4980).

NOTE: Rule XIV proceedings have begun 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.