Tuesday, September 13, 2016

6:40 p.m.  The Senate stands adjourned until tomorrow, Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at 9:30 a.m. When the Senate convenes at 9:30 AM  there will be in a period of morning business until 11:00 AM. At 11:00 AM, the Senate will resume consideration of S. 2848 (Water Resources Development Act). All post-cloture time with respect to Inhofe amend #4979 (Substitute amendment) will expire at the 2:45 PM. It is expected that a Senator will raise a budget point of order against the substitute amendment. If raised, the Senate would vote on the motion to waive the budget point of order.  If waived, the Senate will then vote on adoption of Inhofe-Boxer substitute amendment #4979. The Senate will then proceed to a vote on the motion to invoke cloture on S. 2848 (Water Resources Development Act) as amended, if amended. If cloture on S. 2848 as amended, if amended, is invoked, the time will count as if cloture was invoked at 1:00 AM on Wednesday, September 14, 2016.

6:05 p.m. Senator Murkowski spoke on the difficulties on getting improvements to a road in Alaska.

6:00 p.m. Senator Boxer spoke on the Inhofe/Boxer amendment #5042.

5:45 p.m. Senator Inhofe asked unanimous consent to modify his amendment #5042. It was agreed to and amendment 4980 fell.

5:30 p.m. Senator Coons asked unanimous consent to move to executive session to confirm executive calendar nominations #27-31. It was objected to by Senator Cotton.

4:45 p.m. Senator Gardner spoke on defense appropriations. He also asked UC that when the Senate completes HR 5325 that it take up HR 293. Senator Durbin objected.

4:25 Senator Capito spoke on defense appropriations and the continuing resolution.

4:15 p.m. Senator Daines spoke on defense appropriations.

3:39 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke on foreign policy.

2:55 p.m. Senator Inhofe spoke on the water resources bill.

11:47 a.m. Senator Feinstein spoke about the water resources bill and a part of the bill affecting Lake Tahoe.

11:31 a.m. Senator Capito spoke on the water resources bill.

11:13 a.m. Senator Barrasso spoke on the Affordable Care Act.

11:08 a.m. Senator Wyden spoke on the Zika virus.

10:35 a.m. Senator Fischer spoke about the water resources bill.

10:24 a.m. Senator Cornyn thanked Senator Reid for his explanation of his criticism. He also spoke against the new health insurance system.

10:12 a.m. Minority Leader Reid explained that his recent criticism of Senator Cornyn was not meant personally. He also discussed the fight against the Zika virus.

10:02 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the Obama administration’s new medical insurance system.

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The Senate will convene at 10 a.m. Tuesday, and will resume consideration of the water resources bill, S. 2848.

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

The Senate has begun 30 hours of post-cloture debate on Amendment #4979 to the water bill, with recess time counted against the clock. If all time were used, the post-cloture debate would conclude shortly after midnight.  Following disposition of the Inhofe-Boxer substitute, the Senate will immediately proceed to a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on S. 2848, as amended, if amended.

Majority Leader McConnell has filed cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R. 5325, the legislative vehicle for a continuing resolution to finance the government through December 9.  The cloture vote is expected to occur following disposition of the Water Resources Development Act of 2016 (S. 2848).