Tuesday, September 27, 2016

6:30 p.m. Senator Bennett spoke on the nomination of Judge Garland and the vacancy on the Supreme Court.

6:20 Senator Boozman said in wrap up the Senate will be in at 9:30 on Wednesday, September 28th  to resume H.R. 5325 until 10:00 a.m. At 10:00, the Senate will resume he veto message to S. 2040, JASTA. There will be two hours of debate when the Senate will vote.

6:10 p.m. Senator Menendez spoke on emergency funding in Louisiana, Flint, Michigan and government funding.

6:00 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke on the situation in Flint, Michigan and government funding.

5:50 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke on the Survivor’s Bill of Rights.

5:40 p.m. Senator Warren spoke on the situation in Flint, Michigan and government funding.

5:20 p.m. Senator Enzi paid tribute to former Chief of Staff, Flip McConaughey, who recently passed away from cancer.

5:00 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke on the pending case regarding the E.P.A.’s Clean Power Plan.

4:02 p.m. DL Reid, along with Senators Durbin, Leahy, Murray, Booker, and Shaheen spoke on the Supreme Court vacancy.

4:00 p.m. The Senate returned from the recess.
3:32 p.m. The Senate recessed until 4:00 p.m., to accommodate an All Senators briefing on the events in New York and New Jersey on Saturday September 17.

3:12 p.m. Senators Inhofe, Boxer and Stabenow spoke on the situation in Flint, Michigan and government funding.

3:02 p.m. Senator Thune asked UC to take up and pass S.2555, regarding broadband investment. DL Reid objected due to nominations being held up.

3:01 p.m. ML McConnell announced he hoped to still pass a clean CR soon.

3:00 p.m. Cloture was not invoked on underlying bill, HR 5325
40-59.

Senators in favor: 40 Republicans.

Senators against: 44 Democrats, 13 Republicans: Cruz, Daines, Graham, Heller, Inhofe, Lankford, Lee, McConnell*, Paul, Perdue, Sasse, Sessions and Scott; 2 Independents: King and Sanders. *ML McConnell changed his vote in order to enter a motion to reconsider.

Senator Cotton missed the vote.

2:45 p.m. Senate began voting on cloture on H.R. 5325.

2:43 p.m. Cloture was not invoked on the substitute amendment #5082 to H.R. 5325, 45-55.

Senators in favor: 41 Republicans, 4 Democrats: Donnelly, Manchin, Nelson and Tester.

Senators against: 40 Democrats, 13 Republicans: Cruz, Daines, Graham, Heller, Inhofe, Lankford, Lee, McConnell*, Paul, Perdue, Sasse, Sessions and Scott; 2 Independents: King and Sanders. *ML McConnell changed his vote in order to enter a motion to reconsider.

2:15 p.m. The Senate returned from recess and began voting on the motion to invoke cloture on the McConnell substitute amendment #5082 to H.R. 5325, the vehicle for the continuing resolution.

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12:40 p.m. The Senate stands adjourned until 2:15 for the weekly party lunches.

12:30 p.m. Senator Stabenow spoke on the continuing resolution and the need for clean water in Flint, Michigan.

12:20 p.m. Senator Mikulski spoke against the continuing resolution and urged Senators to vote no on the legislation.

12:15 p.m. Senator Capito spoke in favor of the continuing resolution and urged Senators to vote in favor of the legislation.

12:10 p.m. Senator Cochran spoke on the continuing resolution which includes Zika funding and veteran’s support services.

11:44 a.m. Senator Boxer discussed the water in Flint, Michigan and government funding.

11:33 a.m. Senator Rubio paid tribute to Jose Fernandez, Miami Marlin pitcher who died in a boating accident over the weekend.

11:01 a.m. Senators McCain and Graham discussed the situation in Syria.

10:50 a.m. Senator Barrasso spoke about the new health care insurance system.

10:38 a.m. Senator Durbin described the Democratic objections to the Republican-authored continuing resolution.

10:14 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the continuing resolution.

10:07 a.m. Minority Leader Reid spoke about the continuing resolution. He spoke about the campaign spending of the Koch brothers. He said the cloture vote on the cnotinuing resolution will fail ad called on Republicans to add money to the bill for the repair of the Flint, Michigan water system. He spoke about Donald Trump’s tax returns.

10:03 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the continuing resolution. He announced that the all-senators briefing will be from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. today.

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The Senate will convene at 10 a.m. and will resume consideration of H.R. 5325, the vehicle for the resolution to continue federal government spending through December 9.

The measure includes money for military construction, veterans programs and the fight against Zika.

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

At 2:15 p.m., the Senate is expected to have as many as two roll call votes:

1.) Cloture for the McConnell substitute amendment #5082 to H.R. 5325.

2.) If cloture is not invoked for the substitute, then there will be a vote on cloture for the underlying continuing resolution,  H.R.5325.

At a time to be determined on Wednesday, the Senate will begin to consider the veto message for S. 2040, the bill to permit families of the victims of the September 11 attacks to seek damages from Saudi Arabia. After two hours of debate, the Senate will vote on whether to pass the bill over President Obama’s veto. A two-thirds majority is required.