Thursday, July 17, 2014

6:06 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 2:00 pm, Monday, July 21. Up to 3 votes expected on Monday at 5:30 p.m.

  • Confirmation of Julie E. Carnes to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the 11th Circuit.
  • Confirmation of Michael Anderson Lawson to be Ambassador on the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization.
  • Confirmation of Eunice S. Reddick to be Ambassador to the Republic of Niger.

During wrap-up the following legsislation was passed without objection:

  • S. Res. 489 Senate’s Support for Israel as it Defends Itself Against Unprovoked Rocket Attacks from the Hamas Terrorist Organization.
  • S. Res. 488 Designating July 26, 2014, as National Day of the American Cowboy.
  • S. Res. 507 Designating August 7, 2014, as National Lighthouse and Lightouse Preservation Day.
  • S. Res. 508 Commemorating Centennial Anniversary of the Congressional Research Service.

S. 2631 Prevent Expansion of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program Unlawfully Created by Executive Memorandum on August, 15 2012, was read for the first time.

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5:27 p.m. Senator Rubio spoke on the Israeli/ Palestinian conflict.

5:22 p.m. Senator Graham spoke on the Israeli/ Palestinian conflict.

4:38 p.m. Senator Toomey spoke on the Protecting Students from Sexual and Violent Predators Act.

4:17 p.m. Senators Leahy and Sanders spoke on the 90th birthday of former Vermont governor Philip Hoff.

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3:35 p.m. Senator Sessions spoke about immigration.

2:30 p.m. Senator Ayotte spoke about providing military supplies and support to Ukraine.

2:24 p.m. Senators Shaheen and Ayotte spoke on the Marketplace Fairness Act.

2:23 p.m Cloture invoked on Carnes nomination 68-23.  Senate confirms nominations of David Shear to be Assistant Secretary of Defense, and David Mader to be Controller of the Office of Federal Financial Management of the Office of Management and Budget by voice vote.  There are NO further votes today or this week.

1:53 p.m. Senate began cloture vote on the nomination of Julie Carnes to be a US Circuit Court Judge for the 11th Circuit.

1:45 p.m. Senator Kaine spoke about the border crisis.

1:25 p.m. Senators Graham and Corker engaged in a colloquy on Iran.

1:15 p.m. Senators Cardin, Paul, and Corker  spoke on the conflict between Israel and Hamas.

1:14 p.m. ML Reid moved the cloture vote on Carnes nomination up from 2:00pm to 1:45pm.

1:14 p.m. Senate adopted S. 2244, Terrorism Risk Insurance bill by a vote of 93-4.  Senators Coburn, Roberts, Rubio, and Sessions voted no.  Senators Alexander, Coons, and Schatz missed the vote.

12:49 p.m.  Senate adopts Flake amendment #3551 97-0; and begins a roll call vote on passage of S.2244, Terrorism Risk Insurance.

12:35 p.m. The motion to waive the budget act with respect to the Coburn Amend #3549 was not agreed to by 47 to 49. Therefore, the point of order was sustained and  Amendment #3549 falls.  Senate  then adopted Vitter Amend #3550 by a voice vote and proceeded to a roll call vote on Flake Amedment #3551.

12:00 p.m. Senator Schumer raises budget point of order against Coburn amendment; Senator Crapo offers motion to waive budget act; and the Senate begins a roll call vote on motion to waive budget act with respect to Coburn amendment.

11:55 a.m. Senators Crapo and Schumer wrapped up in favor of the bill and against the Coburn amendment.

11:40 a.m. Senator Heller spoke for the bill.

11:32 a.m. Senator Johnson (SD) spoke in favor of the bill.

11:22 a.m. Senator Crapo spoke for the Vitter amendment. Senator Coburn brought up his amendment, #3549.

11:16 a.m. Senator Vitter brought up his amendment, #3550.

11:01 a.m. Senator Murphy spoke in favor of the bill.

10:55 a.m. Senator Crapo spoke in favor of the Flake and Tester amendments to the terrorism insurance bill.

10:40 a.m. Senator Flake offered and spoke on his amendment, #3551.

10:09 a.m. Senators Schumer, Tester, Johanns, Crapo, and Kirk spoke on the Terrorism Risk Insurance bill, with Sen. Tester introducing his amendment,#3552.

10:04 a.m. Senator Nelson spoke on the border crisis and the drug trade.

10:03 a.m. Senate begins consideration of S.2244, Terrorism Risk Insurance bill.

9:56 a.m. RL McConnell spoke against EPA regulations.

9:54 a.m. ML Reid gets UC agreement to proceed at 2:00pm to a cloture vote on the nomination of Julie Carnes to be a US Circuit Court Judge for the 11th Circuit; followed by two likely voice votes on confirmation of the nominations of David Shear to be Assistant Secretary of Defense, and David Mader to be Controller of the Office of Federal Financial Management  of the Office of Management and Budget.  If cloture is invoked on the Carnes nomination, the vote on confirmation would be on Monday July 21st at 5:30pm. 

9:32 a.m.  ML Reid laid out the schedule for the day, and spoke on the border crisis; as well as thanking Ambassadorial corps and members of the Foreign Service, concerned about many Ambassadorial vacancies.

The Senate convened at 9:30am, and following leader remarks, will proceed to consideration of S. 2244, Terrorism Risk Insurance bill, with debate on the following amendments prior to votes at approximately 12:00noon.

1.  Coburn amendment #3549 (roll call vote on motion to waive budget point of order expected, with 60 vote threshold)

2. Vitter amendment #3550 (voice vote expected)

3. Flake amendment #3551 (roll call vote expected, majority threshold)

4. Tester amendment $3552 (voice vote expected)

5. Final passage of S.2244 (roll call vote, majority threshold)

There is likely to be agreement for a cloture vote at 2:0opm on the nomination of Julie Carnes to be a US Circuit Court Judge for the 11th Circuit.