Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The Senate Stands adjourned until 9:30 a.m. The Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to H.R.5325, the legislative vehicle for the short-term CR, post-cloture. All time during recess and adjournment of the Senate will count post-cloture on the motion to proceed.

At 11:15am, Senator Paul or his designee will be recognized to offer a motion to discharge S.J.Res.39, relating to the disapproval of the proposed foreign military sale to the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia of M1A1/A2 Abrams Tank structures and other major defense equipment; there will be 3 hours of debate equally divided between the proponents and opponents, with Senator Paul controlling 30 minutes of proponent time and Senator Murphy controlling 15 minutes of proponent time; following the use or yielding back of time, the Senate will vote in relation to the motion to discharge.

In wrap up the following bills were passed:

 

Passed H.R.5252, to designate the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Port of Entry located at 1400 Lower Island Road in Tornillo, Texas, as the “Marcelino Serna Port of Entry”.

Passed S.3076, Charles Duncan Buried with Honor Act of 2016 with Blumenthal amendment.

Passed Calendar #586 H.R.2615, US Virgin Islands Centennial Commission.

Adopted S.Res.572, National Bison Day.

Passed H.R.5937, Battle Monuments Commission.

6:12 p.m. The Senate passed the cloture motion on the motion to proceed to H.R. 5325, by a vote of 89-7. There will be no further votes today.

5:45 p.m. Voting now  on cloture motion to the MTP to H.R. 5325, the legislative vehicle for the CR.

5:13 p.m. The Senate stands adjourned subject to the call of the chair. A cloture vote on the MTP to H.R. 5325, the legislative vehicle for the Continuous Resolution is expected when the Senate reconvenes.

4:09 p.m. Senator Gardner spoke about the new health care system.

4:01 p.m. Senator McConnell paid tribute to his director of administration, Becky Fleeson, who is  soon to depart the Senate in order to care for her young children.

2:50 p.m. Senator Stabenow spoke on the Supreme Court vacancy.

2:17 p.m. Senator Leahy spoke on the opiod addiction crisis.

2:15 p.m. ML McConnell moved the vote on the motion to proceed to HR 5325 to 5:15 p.m., and further got UC that at 11:15 tomorrow, Wednesday September 21 Senator Paul or his designee be recognized to offer a motion to discharge S. Res 39, a joint resolution relating to the disapproval of the proposed foreign military sale to Saudi Arabia for up to three hours of debate and a vote on the motion to discharge.

2:15 p.m. The Senate returned from recess.

12:45 p.m. The Senate recessed for weekly policy lunches until 2:15 p.m.

12:02 p.m. Senator Casey spoke about the National Day of Remembrance for murder victims.

11:37 p.m. Senator Booker spoke about judicial nominations and asked unanimous consent to vote on 7 pending nominations. ML McConnell objected and asked to modify the request to vote on 4 pending nominations.  Senator Booker objected to the modification request. He then asked unanimous consent to vote on 2 pending nominations. ML McConnell objected.

11:22 p.m. Senator Thune spoke about President Obama’s legacy and the recent attacks in Minnesota, New Jersey and New York.

11:05 a.m. Senator Cotton paid tribute to the Arkansan of the week, teacher Jess Forster from Little Rock.

10:47 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the weekend terrorist attacks and Syrian refugees.

10:42 a.m. Senator Barrasso criticized the involvement of Bill and Hillart Clinton in a for-profit university. He criticized President Obama’s economic policies.

10:21 a.m. Senator Durbin recounted the history of the fight against HIV/AIDS and drew parallels with the Zika crisis. He criticized for-profit universities.

10:04 a.m. Minority Leader Reid criticized Republican leadership of the Senate.

10:02 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell said he is encouraged by the progress toward agreement on a continuing resolution to finance government operations through December 9.

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The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m. and following any Leader remarks, will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to H.R.5325, the legislative vehicle for the short-term CR.

The Senate will recess from 12:30 p.m. until 2:15 p.m. to allow for the weekly caucus meetings.

At 2:15 p.m., the pending cloture motion will ripen and the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R.5325, the legislative vehicle for the short-term CR.