Thursday, September 15, 2016

6:28 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will reconvene on Monday, September 19 at 3:00 p.m. Following leader time, they will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to H.R. 5325, the Legislative Branch appropriations bill (vehicle for the Continuing Resolution). At 5:30 p.m. they will vote on the cloture motion on the motion to proceed.

The following items were passed during wrap up:

  • S. 2754, designating Shreveport federal building and courthouse as the “Tom Stagg Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse.”
  • S. Res. 565, week of Sept 12 as National Hispanic-Serving Institutions Week
  • S. Res. 567, week of October 16 as national Character Counts Week
  • S. Res. 568, recognizing the towing industry and designating week of Sept 9-15 as National Towing Industry Awareness Week.
  • S. Res. 569, Nov. 26 Small Business Saturday

The following treaties were ratified by division vote en bloc:

  • 114-11 Treaty with Kazakhstan on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters
  • 114-3 Treaty with Algeria on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters
  • 114-4 Treaty with Jordon on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters

The following nominations were confirmed:


  • #700 – Lt. Gen. Timothy M. Ray to be Lieutenant General
  • #701 – Lt. Gen. Mark C. Nowland to be Lieutenant General
  •  #702 – Maj. Gen. Jerry P. Martinez to be Lieutenant General


  •  #703 – Maj. Gen. Paul M. Nakasone to be Lieutenant General
  •  #704 – Maj. Gen. Aundre F. Piggee to be Lieutenant General


  •  #705 – Rear Adm. Charles A. Richard to be Vice Admiral
  •  #706 – Rear Adm. Philip G. Howe to be Vice Admiral


  • #707 – Col. Charles L. Plummer to be Brigadier General
  • #708 – Lt. Gen Samuel A. Greaves to be Lieutenant General
  • #709 – Maj. Gen. Mark D. Kelly to be Lieutenant General


  • #710 – Col. Joseph F. Jarrard to be Brigadier General
  • #711 – Col. Laurel J. Hummel to be Brigadier General
  • #712 – Lt. Gen. Gustave F. Perna to be General
  • #713 – Lt. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson to be Lieutenant General


#714 – Vice Adm. James G. Foggo, III to be Vice Admiral


#715 – Lt. Gen. John W. Raymond to be General

The Senate began the Rule 14 process for placing S. 3348, Presidential Tax Transparency Act, on the Legislative Calendar

6:08 p.m. Senator Peters spoke about Water Resources Development bill and Flint.

6:01 p.m. Senator Coons spoke about his bill H.R. 2494 (end wildlife trafficking act). The bill was passed by voice vote.

5:30 p.m. Senator Reed spoke about opioid addiction.

5:18 p.m. Senator Gardener spoke about North Korea.

5:05 p.m. Senator Sasse spoke about religion and discrimination.

4:29 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about for profit colleges.

4:04 p.m. Senator Casey spoke about gun violence.

3:36 p.m. Senator Capito spoke about opioid addiction.

3:30 p.m. Senator Donnelly paid tribute to Dr. John Brademas.

3:26 p.m. Senator Tillis paid tribute to North Carolina police officer Tim Brackeen.

3:22 p.m. Senator Daines spoke on the Black Feet Water Settlement Act and the Affordable Care Act.

3:08 p.m. Senator Carper spoke on ISIS.

2:49 p.m. Senator Casey spoke on terrorism financing.

2:25 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on the water resources bill.

2:16 p.m. Senator Murkowski paid tribute to Father Norman H.V. Elliot.

1:48 p.m. The Senate is now voting on the nomination of Susan S. Gibson to be Inspector General of the National Reconnaissance Office.

1:43 p.m. Senator Toomey spoke about the opioid epidemic.

1:33 p.m. Senator Menendez spoke about Russia.

1:07 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke about Obamacare.

12:55 p.m. Senator Brown spoke about coal miners.

12:47 p.m. Senator Warren spoke about the Presidential Tax Transparancy Act.

12:20 p.m. Senator Wyden paid tribute to Tim Mitchell and spoke on the Presidential Tax Transparency Act. He then asked unanimous consent to pass S.2979. Senator Cornyn objected and then asked Senator Wyden to modify his request and include S. 3135. Senator Wyden objected. Senator Cardin joined the discussion over S.2979.

12:16 p.m. Senator Leahy paid tribute to Tim Mitchell.

11:15 a.m. Senators Inhofe and Boxer wrapped up the water resources development act.

11:00 a.m. Senator Blunt spoke on the water resources development act.

10:56 a.m. Senator Enzi spoke about the new health care system.

9:57 a.m. Senator Reid paid tribute to his scheduler, Krysta Juris. He spoke about Trump University.

9:51 a.m. Senators Durbin, Murray and Schumer saluted Tim Mitchell.

9:50 a.m. Senator Boxer joined in the tributes to Tim Mitchell.

9:42 a.m. Minority Leader Reid saluted Tim Mitchell for his service.

9:32 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell welcomed Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of Myanmar. He spoke in favor of the water resources bill. He saluted Assistant Minority Secretary Tim Mitchell for his 25 years of Senate service.

The leader completed Rule XIV procedings gas to put directly on the Senate calendar S. 3326, a bill to allow states to authorize alternatives to the administration’s health insurance exchanges.

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

Post-cloture debate time on S.2848, the Water Resources Development Bill, will run out at 11:30 a.m.

The Senate will then vote on passage of the water resources bill, as amended.

After disposition of the water resources bill, the pending business will be the motion to proceed to S. 5325, the legislative branch appropriations bill, which is the legislative vehicle for a continuing resolution to finance government operations through December 9.

A cloture motion has been filed on that measure. A cloture vote on the motion to proceed to the continuing resolution is expected after the disposition of the water resources bill.