Thursday, October 1, 2015

5:54 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 5

5:51 p.m.   By unanimous consent, Majority Leader McConnell set debate to begin Monday at 5 p.m. on Calendar #138, the nomination of Dale A. Drozd to be U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of California, with a confirmation vote at 5:30 p.m.  By voice vote the Senate passed S.Res. 276 to make the week of Oct. 18 National Character Counts Week.

5:35 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke about the Milcon/Veterans bill.

5:07 p.m. Senator Carper spoke about veterans. He also spoke about traffic.

4:57 p.m. Senator Blunt spoke about the Milcon/Veterans appropriation.

4:49 p.m. Senator Scott paid tribute to the late Greg Alia.

4:47 p.m. By voice vote, the Senate passed H.R. 1624, amending Title I of the Affordable Care Act. Senators McConnell, Alexander and Scott spoke about Scott’s health care legislation.

4:22 p.m. Senator Peters spoke about preventing an oil spill on the Great Lakes.

4:12 p.m. Senator Coons spoke in memory of James H. Gilliam Sr.

3:42 p.m. Senator Hatch spoke about religious liberty.

3:34 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about the Criminal Justice Reform Bill.

3:24 p.m. Senator Daines spoke about Gene Turnage, Montana Supreme Court Chief Justice.

3:15 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the Continuing Resolution.

2:34 p.m. Senators Coons, Baldwin and Franken spoke about National Manufacturing Day.

2:32 p.m. Senator McConnell filed cloture on the conference report to H.R. 1735-NDAA.

2:22 p.m. Cloture on H.R. 2029 was not invoked by a vote of 50 to 44 with Senator Donnelly voting in favor. Senators Boxer, Cruz, Graham, McCain, Rubio, and Vitter missed the vote.

1:45 p.m. The Senate is currently voting on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R. 2029, MilCon/VA Appropriations.

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1:33 p.m. Senator Tester spoke on the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

1:31 p.m. Senator Cotton spoke on foreign policy and Russia.

1:27 p.m. Senator Coons spoke on the nomination of Gayle Smith to be Administrator of USAID.

1:09 p.m. Senator Shaheen spoke on the Land and Water Conservation Fund and asked unanimous consent that the Senate pass S. 2101, Land and Water Conservation Fund. Senator Lankford objected to the request. Senator Shaheen also spoke on the nomination of Gayle Smith to be Administrator of USAID.

12:54 p.m. Senator Tillis spoke on TPP.

12:52 p.m. Senator Kirk spoke in favor of the MilCon/VA bill.

12:27 p.m. Senator Blunt spoke in favor of the MilCon/VA bill.

11:55 a.m. Senator Ayotte attempted to get unanimous consent to pass the extension of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Senator Lee objected.

11:38 a.m. Senator Flake and Senator Johnson introduced and spoke about Border Jobs for Vets bill.

11:27 a.m. Senator Blumenthal spoke in favor of fully funding the VA bill.

11:10 a.m. The Senate resumed debate on the motion to proceed to H.R. 2029, the military construction-Veterans Administration appropriation. Senator Murkowski spoke in favor of cloture on the motion to proceed.

10:47 a.m. Senator Schumer spoke about the expiration of the September 11th first responders health care bill.

10:37 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke about the criminal justice reform bill.

10:20 a.m. Senator Capito spoke on the VA/Milcon bill.

10:15 a.m. Senator Boozman spoke on the short term CR.

9:55 a.m. Senators Cassidy, Collins, and Isakson spoke on the VA/Milcon bill.

9:40 a.m. DL Reid responds to ML McConnell on foreign policy, the  defense authorization, the VA/Milcon bill,and several programs not included in the CR.

9:34 a.m. ML McConnell spoke on the defense authorization bill, the VA/Milcon bill, and the state of foreign policy.

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The Senate convened at 9:30am and following leader time, will proceed to a period of morning business.

Following morning business, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016 (H.R. 2029), until 1:45pm.

At 1:45pm, the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R. 2029.