Wednesday, September 30, 2015

6:05 p.m. Senator Lankford spoke about federal management and poor maintenance of federally owned land.

6:00 p.m. Senator Heinrich proposed a UC to pass S 2101, a bill to amend title 54, United States Code, to extend the Land and Water Conservation Fund.  Senator Lee objected and spoke against the measure.

5:47 p.m. Senator Mikulski spoke about passage of the CR and a new budget deal.

5:20 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about above- and below- ground gas in the U.S.

5:00 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke about global warming.

3:50 p.m. Senator Tester spoke against the Mil-Con appropriations bill.

3:34 p.m. Senator Klobuchar spoke about Minnesota VA.

3:20 p.m. Senator Gardner spoke about Colorado Veterans and Aurora VA center.

2:45 p.m. Senator Merkley and Senator Udall spoke about how to fix a broken Senate.

2:32 p.m. Senator Coats spoke about government waste.

1:54 p.m. Senator Baldwin spoke on the Perkins Loan Program and asked unanimous consent that the Senate pass H.R. 3594, the Higher Education Extension Act of 2015. Senator Alexander objected.

1:49 p.m. Senator Casey spoke on the Perkins Loan Program.

1:37 p.m. Senator Udall spoke on the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

1:25 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke on the ACA.

12:45 p.m. Senators Daines, Ayotte, Alexander, Collins and Burr spoke about the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

12:16 p.m. Senator Nelson spoke about rising sea levels in Southern Florida.

12:05 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about abortion and passing further abortion laws while avoiding a government shutdown.

11:19 a.m. Senator McCain spoke on Syria and Russia.

10:36 a.m. Senator Thune spoke on positive train control, and later paid tribute to former governor of South Dakota Walter Dale Miller.

10:33 a.m. ML McConnell called up and filed cloture on the motion to proceed to HR 2029, the Military Construction/Veterans Affairs Department Appropriations.

10:32 a.m. Motion to concur in relation to HR 719 (CR through December 11) agreed to 78-20.  No votes: Blunt, Boozman, Burr, Coats, Cotton, Crapo, Cruz, Heller, Inhofe, Lankford, Lee, Moran, Paul, Risch, Sasse, Scott, Sessions, Shelby, Toomey, and Vitter.  Senators Graham and Rubio did not vote.  

10:01 a.m. The Senate began voting on the Motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to accompany H.R. 719 with amendment #2689 (CR through December 11).

9:59 a.m. Amendment #2690 was withdrawn by unanimous consent.

9:47 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke about the CR.

9:35 a.m. Minority Leader Reid spoke about the continuing resolution.

9:32 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell paid tribute to Rep. Ed Whitfield and spoke about the continuing resolution.

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The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m.; and following any leader time, resume consideration of the 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.

The roll call vote on the motion to concur regarding amendment #2689 (CR) will occur at approximately 10:00 a.m.