Tuesday, September 22, 2015

6:29 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 1:00 p.m. Thursday, September 24, 2015.

6:24 p.m. ML McConnell did wrapup. By voice vote, the Senate confirmed Kathryn K. Matthew to be director of the Insitute of Museuem and Library Services a the National foundation on the Arts and the Humanities.

The Senate passed the following bills and resolutions by unanimous consent:

S 1632, as amended by the Lankford amendment and the committee-reported amendment.  The bill requires a national strategy to address the threat of Boko Haram.

S 986, requiring the Departmment of the Interior to take into trust four parcels of land and so forth

S 1170 to amend title 39 of the United States Code

S Res 263 supporting the goals and ideals of National Retirement Security Week

S Res 264 designating September 23, 2015 as National Falls Prevention Awareness Day

S Res 265 honoring the life accomplishments and legacy of Congressman Louis Stokes.

6:13 p.m. Senator Hirono spoke against a government shutdown.

5:50 p.m. Senator Menendez spoke about Puerto Rico.

5:32 p.m. Senator Ayotte spoke about VA whistleblowers.

5:23 p.m. Senator Perdue spoke against the Senate failure to move a DOD appropriations bill forward.

5:13 p.m. Senator Merkely spoke about the Pope’s message on hunger and a government shutdown.

5:07 p.m. Senator Fischer spoke against the Senate failure to move a DOD appropriations bill forward.

5:01 p.m. Senator Klobuchar spoke about a bill that would encourage nonprofits to upgrade for energy efficiency.

4:47 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke against the Iran deal and in favor of American crude oil exports.

4:28 p.m. Senator Ayotte spoke in favor of defunding Planned Parenthood but arguing against a government shutdown.

4:18 p.m. Senator Wicker spoke about the EUREKA act, to address Alzheimer’s disease.

4:10 p.m Senator Sanders spoke about the visit and teaching of Pope Francis.

3:59 p.m. Senator Reid paid tribute to former Nevada Congressman James Santini.

3:39 p.m. Senator Booker spoke on the Pope’s visit and the criminal justice system.

3:34 p.m. Senator Nelson spoke on Volkswagen.

3:16 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke on abortion.

3:11 p.m. Senator McCain spoke on abortion.

2:50 p.m. Senator Hatch spoke on the importance of religious liberty.

2:45 p.m. Senator Durbin paid tribute to Ashley Aldridge.

2:30 p.m. Senator Heitkamp spoke on the Import/Export Bank.

2:25 p.m. Senator Kaine spoke on the Import/Export Bank.

2:20 p.m. Senator Coons spoke on the Import/Export Bank.

12:49 p.m. The Senate stands in recess until 2:15 p.m.

12:44 p.m. DL Reid responds to ML McConnell on budget.

12:40 p.m. ML McConnell tears down the tree on H.J. Res 61 with Iran deal language, and refills it with a substitute amendment (#2669) including a CR until December 11th, and files cloture on that substitute amendment.

12:39 p.m. Cloture not invoked 54-42 on motion to proceed to HR 2685.  Senator Donnelly voted in favor.  Senators Boxer, Murkowski, Murray,and Warner missed the vote.

12:00 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the motion to proceed to HR 2685, the Defense Appropriations bill.

11:53 a.m. Senator Cochran spoke on the Defense Appropriations.

11:45 a.m. Senator Durbin responded to Senator Cornyn on the Defense Appropriations.

11:35 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on the recent vote on abortion; and the upcoming vote on the Defense Appropriations.

11:33 a.m. DL Reid responed to ML McConnell on Defense Appropriations.

11:29 a.m. ML McConnell got UC to have cloture vote on the motion to proceed to HR 2685, the Defense Appropriations at 12:00 p.m.

11:28 a.m. By a vote of 54-42, cloture was not invoked on the motion to proceed to H.R. 36.  Democrats voting in favor: Casey,Donnelly, and Manchin.  Republicans voting against: Collins and Kirk.  Senators not voting: Boxer, Murkowski, Murray, and Warren.

11:00 a.m. Cloture vote began on motion to proceed to H.R. 36.10:41 a.m. Senator Leahy spoke about abortion.

10:30 a.m. Senator Scott spoke about abortion.

10:24 a.m. Senator Collins spoke about abortion.

10:20 a.m. Senator Grassley spoke about abortion.

10:11 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke about abortion.

10:07 a.m. Minority Leader Reid spoke about the abortion measures.

10:03 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the abortion measures.  He then took steps to place on the calendar H.R. 3134, legislation to end federal subsidies for Planned Parenthood, and H.R. 3504, legislation requiring doctors to take care of children that survive attempted abortion.


The Senate will convene at 10 a.m. and will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to the Planned Parenthood measure (H.R. 36).

At 11 a.m., there will be a cloture vote on the motion to proceed to H.R. 36.