Thursday, July 31, 2014

11:17 p.m. The Senate approved a series of resolutions by voice vote and then adjourned until 11 a.m. Aug. 1. There will be no votes until Monday, Sept. 8, 2014.

11 p.m. The Senate confirmed by voice vote the nomination of John Tefft as ambassador to Russia. The Senate also confirmed by voice vote the nomination of Laura Junor to be principal deputy under secretary of defense.

9:45 p.m. Senator Enzi objected to unanimous consent requests by Senator Menendez to confirm a number of ambassadorial nominati0ns, including John Tefft to Russia.

9:22 p.m. On a vote of 58 to 33, the Senate invoked cloture on the nomination of Jill Pryor to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court.

*** 9: 25 p.m. On a vote of  58 to 33,  the Senate invoked cloture on the nomination of Jill Pryor of Georgia to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court.

*** 9:05 p.m. On a vote of 81 to 13, the Senate has passed the highway bill,  H.R. 5021.

***   8:45 p.m. On a vote of 91 to 3, the Senate passed the veterans bill, H.R. 3230.

*** 8:25 p.m. On a vote of 86 to 8, the Senate waived a budget point of order on the veterans bill.

*** 7:45  p.m. On a vote of 50 to 44, the Senate failed to waive the budget point of order on S. 2648. The supplemental appropriation therefore failed.

*** 7:20 p.m. : On a vote of 43 to 52, the Senate did not agree to table Amendment #3751 to S.2648, the supplemental spending bill for border enforcement and other uses.

5:47 p.m. Senator Reid filled the amendment tree on the supplemental appropriation (S. 2648), filed cloture on the bill and secured agreement for the following series of votes, beginning at about 6:45 p.m.

On the supplemental (including money to address the border crisis):

— McConnell motion to table Reid amendment #3751 (date change);

— Mikulski motion to waive budget point of order;

—  If the motion to waive is agreed to, cloture on S.2648;

—  If cloture is invoked, on passage of S.2648

On the conference report for the veterans bill:

— Sanders motion to waive budget point of order

— Adoption of the conference report to accompany H.R.3230, the veterans bill

On highway spending:

 — Wyden, or designee, motion to waive budget point of order;

— Motion to recede from the earlier Senate amendment to H.R.5021. (This is essentially passage of the highway spending bill.)

There may also be a cloture vote on the Jill Pryor nomination to be U..S. Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit.

4:35 p.m. Senator Corker objected. There ensued an exchange among Senators Boxer, Corker and Menendez about the failure to secure consent for consideration of the Israeli aid bill.

4:25 p.m. Senator Boxer sought unanimous consent for an Israeli aid bill. Senator Blunt, the co-sponsor of the bill, spoke for the agreement.

4:15 p.m. Senator Sanders spoke about the VA conference committee report.

3:55 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the border situation.

3:45 p.m. Senator Moran spoke about the VA.

3:23 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke on internet tax and asked unanimous consent to proceed to S.2735 (2 month extension of Internet Tax Freedom Act), Ayotte objected.

3:15 p.m. Senator Ayotte spoke on internet tax.

3:06 p.m. Senator Cruz spoke on an internet tax. Asked unanimous consent to proceed to H.R. 3086

(internet tax) and Heitkamp objected.

2:55 p.m. Senator Hirono spoke on S. 2648.

2:36 p.m. Senator Hatch spoke on Senate procedure.

2:31 p.m. Senator Sessions spoke on the VA Bill.

2:10 – Murphy spoke on Affordable  Care Act. (Barrasso) 2:25 p.m.

1:57 p.m. Coburn spoke on unanimous  consent agreements.

1:17 p.m. Senator Nelson spoke on the Affordable Care Act.

1:00 p.m. Senator Vitter spoke on the border crisis.

12:22 p.m. Senator Reed spoke about restoring emergency unemployment benefits.

12:07 -12:19  p.m. Senators Booker and Heller spoke about veterans and the compromise proposal to reform the VA.

11:01 a.m. The Senate turned to S 2648, the Emergency Supplemental post cloture.  Senators Leahy, Cardin, Mikulski and Wyden spoke in support of the bill.

10:28 a.m. Senator Sessions spoke about immigration.

9:50 a.m. Senators Fischer and King spoke in a colloquy about their proposed tax credit to finance paid leave for workers.

9:44 a.m. Minority Leader McConnell spoke about the border crisis.

9:32 a.m. Majority Leader Reid ordered second reading of the Export-Import Bank reauthorization (S.2709). Senator Reid also spoke about the schedule for September and criticized House Republicans.


The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m. and after leaders’ remarks will resume post-cloture debate on the motion to proceed to S. 2648.

This is the supplemental appropriation that includes money to alleviate the border crisis.  If all post-cloture time is used, debate on the motion to proceed would conclude between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Senators will be notified when votes are scheduled.