Wednesday, September 14, 2016

The Senate has adjourned until 9:30 a.m., Thursday, September 15. Post-cloture debate time regarding S.2848, the Water Resources Development Bill, will expire at 11:30 a.m.

During wrap-up:

  • S. Res. 559, Designating the week of September 12th, 2016 as National Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week, was passed by unanimous consent.
  • S.3326, To give States the authority to provide temporary access to affordable private health insurance options outside the Obamacare exchanges, was read for the first time.

During today’s session:

  • Motion to waive the Budget Act in relation to the Inhofe/Boxer substitute amendment to S.2848, the Water Resources Development Bill, was agreed to by a vote of 85 to 12.
  • The Inhofe/Boxer substitute amendment #4979 to S.2848 was agreed to by voice vote.
  • The motion to invoke cloture on S.2848 was agreed to by a vote of 94 to 3.


5:48 p.m. Senator Manchin spoke about the opioid epidemic.

5:26 p.m. Senator Warner spoke on the Supreme Court vacancy.

5:14 p.m. Senator Boozman spoke on Iran.

5:06 p.m. Senator Carper spoke on the water resource bill.

4:49 p.m. Senator Rubio spoke on travel to Cuba and the zika virus.

3:50 p.m. Senators Daines, Ernst, Sullivan and Rounds engaged in a colloquy on national security spending.

3:40 p.m. By a vote of 94 to 3, the Senate invoked cloture on the water resources bill, as amended (S. 2848).

For cloture: 49 Republicans; 43 Democrats; independents King and Sanders. Against cloture: Republicans Flake, Lee and Sasse. Not voting: Republicans Ayotte and Kirk; Democrat Kaine.

3:10 p.m. The motion to waive the Budget Act in relation to the Inhofe/Boxer amendment to S. 2848 was agreed to by a vote of 85-12. Republicans voting no: Barasso, Coats, Corker, Enzi, Flake, Isakson, Lee, Perdue, Sasse, Scott, Sessions, and Tillis. Not voting:Ayotte, Kaine and Kirk.

2:40 p.m. Senator Enzi made a motion that the Inhofe/Boxer amendment violates the Budget Act. Senator Inhofe made a motion to waive the Budget Act. The Senate is voting.

1:50 p.m. Senators Manchin, Brown, Capito, and Warner spoke about retired coal miners.

1:25 p.m. Senator McCain and Senator Graham spoke about Syria.

1:20 p.m. Senator Donnelly spke about the water resource bill.

1:10 p.m. Senator Hirono paid tribute to former Congressman Mark Takai.

12:54 p.m. Senator Coats spoke about wasteful government spending.

12:30 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about the Supreme Court vacancy.

12:17 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about globalization.

12:16 p.m. The Senate resumed consideration of S. 2848-Water Resources Development Act.

12:00 p.m. Senator Udall spoke about the Supreme Court vacancy.

11:50 a.m. Senator Ernst spoke about 9/11.

11:36 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the new health insurance system.

11:21 a.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke about climate change.

11:08 a.m. Senator Thune spoke about popular fears of terrorism.

11 a.m. Majority Leaderf McConnell secured consent for Morning Business to continue until noon. He began Rule XIV procedings to place directly on the Senate calendar S. 3318, a bill to subject the Consumer Finance Protection Agency to the regular appropriations process. He criticized the new medical insurance system.

10:46 p.m. Senator Carper spoke about the contribution of medical costs to the federal deficit.

10:37 a.m. Senator Alexander spoke about the dispute over subsidies to fight Zika and about subsidies under the new health insurance system.

10:02 a.m. Senators McCaskill, Tester, Murphy, Shaheen and Heitkamp engaged in a colloquy on the Senate work of the 114th Congress.

9:33 a.m. Democratic Leader Reid spoke on the economy.

The Senate convened at 9:30 a.m., and is in a period of morning business until 11:00 a.m.

At 11:00 a.m., the Senate will resume consideration of S. 2848 (Water Resources Development Act).

At 2:45 p.m., the Senate will proceed to vote as follows:

  • On an expected motion to waive a budget point or order with respect to the Inhofe/Boxer substitute amendment #4979.
  • An expected voice vote on the substitute amendment.
  • Cloture on S. 2848, the Water Resources Development Act.