Tuesday, September 29, 2015

6:06 p.m. The Senate adjourns until 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday September 30th.

5:50 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke on climate change for the 113th time.

5:47 p.m. ML McConnell wraps up the Senate for the evening.  Passed by UC: S Res 217.  (A resolution designating October 8, 2015, as “National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day).  UC that following speech of Senator Whitehouse, adjourn until 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 30th.  Following leader remarks, resume consideration of motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to H.R. 719, with the further amendment #2689, the CR through December 11th.  Vote on motion to concur regarding amendment #2689 (CR) will occur at approximately 10:00 a.m.  

5:26 p.m. Senator Schatz spoke on China and climate change.

3:50 p.m. Senator Sanders spoke on the high prices of prescription drugs.

3:40 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke on the difficulty filling judicial vacancies.

3:30 p.m. Senator Menendez spoke on the Perkins Loan Program

3:20 p.m. Senator Portman spoke on the Perkins Loan Program

3:10 p.m. Senator Murray spoke on the Perkins Loan Program

2:54 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on the continuing resolution.

2:49 p.m. Senator Casey spoke on the Perkins Loan Program.

2:44 p.m. Senator Ayotte spoke on the Perkins Loan Program.

2:34 p.m. Senator Baldwin spoke on the Perkins Loan Program.

2:33 p.m. H.R. 3614, the Airport Improvement Program, was passed by unanimous consent.

2:27 p.m. Senator Collins spoke on the Perkins Loan Program.

2:19 p.m. Senator Hatch spoke on TPP.

12:03 p.m. The Senate stands in recess until 2:15 p.m.

11:50 a.m. Senator Gillibrand spoke in favor of renewing the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act.

11:35 a.m. Senator Brown spoke in tribute to Dr. Frances Oldham Kelsey, who opposed approval of thalidomide in the U.S. and played an important role in drug safety in the U.S. She died at the age of 101 in August.

10:16 a.m. Senator Paul spoke against the continuing resolution.

10:06 a.m. The Senate resumed consideration of Amendment #2689 to H.R. 719, the text of the continuing resolution.

10:05 a.m. Senator McConnell proceeded under Rule 14 to place no the calendar S. 2089, a bill to promote clean energy sources.

10:02 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the continuing resolution.

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The Senate will convene at 10 a.m. and will resume consideration of H.R. 719, the legislative vehicle for the resolution to continue federal appropriations until Dec. 11.

From 12:30 p.m. until 2:15 p.m. Tuesday, the Senate will recess for weekly policy lunches.

Cloture has been invoked on Amendment #2689, the text of the continuing resolution. If all post-cloture time for debate is used, it will expire at 12:18 a.m. Wednesday.