Wednesday, September 28, 2016

7:31 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 29, 2016.

7:09 p.m. Senators Coons and Carper paid tribute to firefighters who lost their lives on Saturday.

6:56 p.m. Senator Coons paid tribute to Betty Dewhirst Russell, who passed away today.

6:55 p.m. Senator Rubio has the first reading of H.R. 954; the CO-OP Consumer Protection Act.

Further, achieves UC that when the Senate adjourns it do so until 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 29.  On Thursday, the Senate will be in a period of morning business.

6:47 p.m. Senator Rubio spoke on the Zika funding included in the CR.

6:45 p.m. DL Reid responded to Senator Grassley’s comments from earlier about bills being blocked.

6:33 p.m. Senator Portman spoke on a bill helping first responders, specifically urban search and rescue teams, asked UC to take up and pass the bill, S. 2971; DL Reid objected.

6:08 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke on passage of this bill, and other similar bills still being held up; and later discussed materials from the FBI regarding Secretary Clinton.

6:07 p.m. Senators Grassley and Shaheen spoke on and passed by UC H.R. 5578, establishing sexual assault survivors bill of rights.

6:06 p.m. Senator Nelson spoke on the Zika funding included in the CR.

6:00 p.m. ML McConnell does wrap up for the day.

Passed by voice vote: The treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture; and the Convention on the Law Applicable to Certain Rights in Respect of Securities Held with an Intermediary.

The following nominations were confirmed by unanimous consent:

Cal. #720 – Col. Kenneth P. Ekman to be Brigadier General of the Air Force.

Cal. #721 – Brig. Gen. Jon T. Thomas to be a Major General of the Air Force

Cal. #722 – The following Colonels promoted to Brigadier General of the Army: Alfred Abramson, Peter Andrysiak, Robert Bennett, Jonathan Braga, John Brennan, David Brigham, Miguel Correa, Clement Coward, Patrick Donahue, Robert Edmonson, Scott Efflandt, David Francis, Paul Fredenburgh, David Hamilton, Neil Hersey, Lonnie Hibbard, Johnnie Johnson, Omar Jones, Mark Landes, David Lesperance, Stephen Maranian, Douglas McBride, Stephen Michael, Christoper Mohan, Laura Potter, Anthony Potts, Robert Rasch, Kenneth Royar, Douglas Sims, Stephen Smith, John Ulrich, Robert Whittle, and David Wilson.

Cal. #723 – General John Hyten to be General of the Air Force

Cal. # 724 – Read Adm Christopher Grady to be Vice Admiral of the Navy.

Cal. #725 – Lt. Gen John Thompson to be Lieutenant General of the Air Force.

Cal. #726 – Maj. Gen Robert McMurray to be Lieutenant General of the Air Force.

Cal. #727 – Maj. Gen Reynold Hoover to be Lieutenant General of the Army.

Cal. #728 – Rena Bitter to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Lao People’s Democratic Republic.

Cal. #729 – Sung Y. K to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of the Philippines.

Cal. #730 – Andrew Robert Young to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Burkina Faso.

Cal. #731 – W. Stuart Symington to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Cal. #732 – Joseph R. Donovan Jr. to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Indonesia.

Cal. #733 – Christopher Coons to be Representative of the United States of America to the Seventy-first Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations.

Cal. #734 – Ronald H. Johnson to be Representative of the United States of America to the Seventy-first Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations.

The following were passed by Unanimous Consent:

S Con Res 53, making a correction in the enrollment of H.R. 5325, the CR.

S. Res 562, designating October 9-15 as “earth science week.”

***S. Res 585- Day of the Deployed

***S.Res.586 – Honoring Jacob Wetterling

***S.Res.587 – Charitable Collections

***S.Res.588 – National Principals Month

UC that at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 15, the Senate will proceed to the consideration of H.R.4511, Gold Star Families Voices Act, that there be 30 minutes of debate followed by a vote on passage of the bill.

5:43 p.m. Senator Carper spoke on helping veterans, and later paid tribute to federal employees.

5:36 p.m. Senator Brown spoke on helping veterans. Asked UC to take up and pass S. 2253, the “Veterans Education Relief and Restoration Act”;  Senator Tillis objected.

5:06 p.m. Senators Heinrich and Collins introduced the two generation economic empowerment act.

4:06 p.m. Senators Perdue, Tillis, Lankford, Ernst, Rounds, Sullivan and Daines spoke about the budget process.

3:51 p.m. Senator Coons spoke about criminal justice system reform and solitary confinement.

3:40 p.m. Senator Coons spoke about Criminal Justice system reform.

3:34 p.m. Senator Peters spoke about Flint.

3:30 p.m. Senators Wyden and Merkley paid tribute to those involved in a shooting in Oregon one year ago.

3:22 p.m. Senator Murray asked UC to take up the nomination and confirm the nomination of John Mark McWatters for a position on the Export/Import Bank.  Senator Shelby objected.

3:22 p.m. Senator Shelby got UC to move the Senate to a period of morning business.

3:21 p.m. H.R. 5325, the vehicle for the CR was passed 72-26.

Senators voting in favor: 40 Republicans, 31 Democrats, 1 Independent (King).

Senators voting against: 14 Republicans (Cruz, Corker, Flake, Graham, Heller, Inhofe, Lankford, Lee, Paul, Perdue, Risch, Sasse, Scott, and  Sessions) 12 Democrats (Booker, Franken, Heitkamp, Leahy, Markey, Menendez, Merkley, Peters, Stabenow, Warren, Whitehouse and Wyden).

Senators not voting: 1 Democrat (Kaine), 1 Independent (Sanders).

3:00 p.m. Roll call vote began on passage of H.R. 5325, the Legislative Branch appropriations; and vehicle for the CR.

2:58 p.m. Cloture was invoked on H.R. 5325, 77-21.

Senators voting in favor: 42 Republicans, 34 Democrats, 1 Independent (King).

Senators voting against: 12 Republicans (Cruz, Daines, Graham, Heller, Inhofe, Lankford, Lee, Paul, Perdue, Sasse, Scott, Sessions) 9 Democrats (Booker, Franken, Heitkamp, Markey, Menendez, Merkley, Peters, Stabenow, and Warren).

Senators not voting: 1 Democrat (Kaine), 1 Independent (Sanders).

2:37 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on H.R. 5325, the vehicle for the CR, upon reconsideration.

2:35 p.m. The substitute amendment #5082 was agreed to by voice vote. The motion to proceed to the motion to reconsider the motion to invoke cloture on H.R. 5325 was agreed to by voice vote. The motion to reconsider the motion to invoke cloture on H.R. 5325 was agreed to by voice vote.

2:35 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the substitute amendment 77-21.

Senators voting in favor: 42 Republicans, 34 Democrats, 1 Independent   (King).

Senators voting against: 12 Republicans (Cruz, Daines, Graham, Heller, Inhofe, Lankford, Lee, Paul, Perdue, Sasse, Scott, Sessions)  9 Democrats (Booker, Franken, Heitkamp, Markey, Menendez, Merkley, Peters, Stabenow, and Warren).

Senators not voting: 1 Democrat (Kaine), 1 Independent (Sanders).

2:11 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the substitute amdt (#5082) to H.R. 5325, upon reconsideration.

2:10 p.m. By a voice vote, the motion to proceed the failed cloture vote was agreed to.  ML McConnell then offered motion to reconsider cloture on substitute amendment to H.R. 5325, the vehicle for the continuing resolution.

1:50 p.m. Senator Mikulski spoke on the CR.

1:45 p.m. Senator Capito spoke on flooding, the appropriation process and the CR.

1:36 p.m. Senator Cassidy spoke on flooding in Louisiana.

1:24 p.m. Senator Manchin spoke about addiction.

1:07 p.m. Senator Coats spoke about government waste.

12:57 p.m. Senator Flake spoke about deficit spending. He recognized Hispanic Heritage Month.

12:50 p.m. Senator Coats joined in support of Senator Johnson’s bill.

12:35 p.m. Senators Johnson and Barrasso spoke on an bill (S. 2912) that would bar the federal government from prohibiting or restricting experimental drugs, asked UC to take up and pass it.  DL Reid objected.

12:30 p.m. ML McConnell, DL Reid, and Senator Stabenow spoke on the water resources development bill and the situation in Flint, Michigan.

12:29 p.m. The veto of S.2040, Justice Ac

12:02 p.m. The Senate began voting on the veto message to S. 2040-JASTA.

11:53 a.m. Senator Schumer spoke in favor of the veto override.

11:45 a.m. Senator Corker spoke in favor of the veto override.

11:19 a.m. Senator Grassley spoke in favor of the veto override.

11:13 a.m. Senator Cardin spoke in favor of the veto override.

11:08 a.m. Senator Reid spoke on the water crisis in Flint Michigan.

10:31 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke in favor of the veto override.

10:16 a.m. Senator Fischer spoke about a successful suit against the Occupational Safety and Health Admiistration.

10:06 a.m. Senator Blumenthal spoke in favor of the veto override.

9:37 a.m. Minority Leader Reid spoke in tribute to Shimon Peres. He spoke about the continuing resolution.

9:33 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke in tribute to the late Shimon Peres. He spoke about the upcoming vote on whether to override the veto on the measure to permit damage suits by the families of the victims of the September 11 attacks. He spoke about the continuing resolution.

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The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m. and will resume consideration of H.R. 5325, the legislative vehicle for the resolution to continue spending for government operations through December 9.

At 10 a.m., the Senate will begin two hours of debate on the veto message for the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (S. 2040), permitting families of the victims of the September 11 attacks to seek damages.

At approximately noon, the Senate will vote on whether to pass S. 2040 over the President’s veto.

More votes are possible today.