Thursday, September 22, 2016

5 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 3 p.m. Monday, September 26, when the Senate will resume consideration of H.R. 5325, the continuing resolution.

4:58 p.m. In wrap-up, Senator Coats secured consent for these items:

— Passage of S. 1878, to extend the pediatric priority voucher review program;

— Passage of S. 2683, to include disabled veterans leave in the personnel system of the Federal Aviation Administration;

— Placement in the Record of an appointment at the desk.

4:17 p.m. Senator McConnell asked unanimous consent that cloture on H.R. 5325 ripen on Tuesday, September 22 at 2:15 p.m. If cloture is invoked on the substitute amendment then cloture will be considered to have been invoked at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, September 26th.

3:40 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke about climate change.

3:28 p.m. Senator Rubio spoke about Zika funding.

3:13 p.m. Senator Markey spoke about synthetic opioid abuse.

3:05 p.m. Senator Cassidy spoke about the Louisiana flooding.

2:48 p.m. Senator Hatch spoke about Clarence Thomas.

2:45 p.m. Senator Peters spoke about the Flint water crisis.

2:36 p.m. Senator Stabenow spoke about the Flint water crisis.

2:25 p.m. Senator Casey spoke about Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia.

2:12 pm. Senator Coats criticized government waste.

2:02 p.m. Senator Peters spoke about driverless cars.

1:47 p.m. Senator Portman spoke about addiction.

1:39 p.m. Senator Warren paid tribute to retiring immigration specialist Emily Winterson of her Massachusetts office.

1:29 p.m. Senator Cotton paid tribute to law enforcement officers.

1:05 p.m. Senator Mikulski spoke on the negotiations on the CR.

1:00 p.m. ML McConnell offers substitute amendment to H.R. 5325; fills the legislative tree, and files cloture on the substitute amendment and the underlying bill.  Hopes to do the CR, and JASTA next week.

12:59 p.m. Senate adopts motion to proceed to H.R. 5325,  Leg branch appropriations/vehicle for the CR.

11:00 a.m. Senator Grassley spoke about government agencies using Senate Security to hide information.

10:36 a.m. Senator Leahy and Senator Grassley spoke about the EB-5 Regional Center Program.

10:27 a.m. Senator Shaheen joined in the colloquy about addiction.

10:17 a.m. Senator Klobuchar spoke about addiction.

10:15 a.m. Senator Collins spoke about addiction.

10:07 a.m. Senator Markey spoke about the opioid epidemic.

9:50 a.m. Senator Isakson saluted retiring Georgia Republican Rep. Len Westmoreland.

9:45 a.m. Senator Reid criticized Republican handling of the Supreme Court vacancy.

9:44 a.m. Senator Toomey said the objection was partisan.

9:37 a.m. Minority Leader Reid objected. He criticized Republican handling of the Senate schedule.

9:33 a.m. Senator Toomey proposed S. 1831, a bill to prevent animal cruelty and torture and sought consent to pass it.

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

At 11 a.m., the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to the vehicle for the continuing resolution to finance the government through December 9 (H.R. 5325).  Post-cloture time will be deemed expired at that point and a voice vote is expected on the motion to proceed to the continuing resolution.

If the Senate votes to proceed to the resolution. Majority Leader McConnell will be recognized to offer a substitute amendment.