Thursday, September 24th, 2015

The Senate has adjourned until 10:30 a.m. Friday, September 25th with no roll call votes. The next vote is expected Monday, September 28th at 5:30 p.m. on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to H.R. 719 with an amendment #2689 (the continuing resolution).

The following legislation was passed by unanimous consent during wrap-up:
• H.R. 1020 including Thune amdt.  – Stem education to include computer science.
• S.Res. 258 – Designating the week of Sept. 20th as National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week.
• S.Res. 269 – Designating the week of Sept. 19th as National Estuaries Week.
• S.Res. 270 – Designating September 2015 as Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month

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6:18 p.m. ML McConnell spoke on Planned Parenthood and moved to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to H.R. 719 with an amendment #2689 (the text being the continuing resolution). He then filled the tree and filed cloture on the motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to H.R. 719 with an amendment #2689.

5:26 p.m. Senator Udall spoke in favor of a clean CR and the budget.

4:54 p.m. Senator Carper spoke on transportation.

4:44 p.m. Senator Inhofe spoke about the “pilots bill or rights.”

4:34 p.m. Senator Klobuchar spoke about the volkswagen controversy.

4:15 p.m. Senator Murphy spoke about gun violence.

3:52 p.m. Senator Cruz spoke about Andre Sakharov and Soviet totalitarian communism. He also spoke about Liu Xiabo, a Chinese dissident.

3:26 p.m. Senator Reed spoke in favor of a clean CR.

3:15 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the visit of Pope Francis.

3:12 p.m. ML McConnell tore down the tree on H.R 61 with the CR including planned parenthood funding language, offered substitute amendment (#2680) with new CR, and filled the tree back up.  ML McConnell did NOT as of yet file cloture on the substitute amendment.

3:10 p.m. By a vote of 47-52, cloture was not invoked on H.R. 61.  Democrats voting for cloture: Manchin. Republicans voting against cloture: Ayotte, Collins, Cotton, Heller, Kirk, Murkowski, Paul, Sasse. Not voting: Boxer.

1:50 p.m. Cloture vote began on H.R. 61.

1:49 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the Pope, Planned Parenthood ad the continuing resolution.

1:34 p.m. Senator Coats spoke about government waste.

1:22 p.m. Senator Murray warned against a government shutdown.

1:20 p.m. Senator Flake joined in the tribute to Richard Scott.

1:14 p.m. Senator Lee paid tribute to the late Mormon church leader, Richard G. Scott.

1:12 p.m. The Senate resumed consideration of H.J. Res. 61.

1:02 p.m. Minority Leader Reid spoke about the address of Pope Francis to Congress and about the possibility of a government shutdown.

 

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*         The Senate will convene at 1:00 p.m. and resume consideration of H.J.Res. 61 [the vehicle for the continuing resolution].

*         At 2:00 p.m., the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Cochran amendment (#2669) [text of which is a continuing resolution until December 11, 2015, that defunds Planned Parenthood].