Tuesday, October 6, 2015

The Senate has adjourned until 9:30 a.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, October 7th and will resume post-cloture debate on the Conference Report to accompany H.R. 1735, National Defense Appropriations Authorization. A vote on final passage of  the Conference Report to accompany H.R. 1735 is expected at 2:00 p.m. 

A cloture vote on the motion to proceed to H.R. 2028, the Energy and Water Development Approps bill, is expected 1 hour after the Senate convenes on Thursday, October 8th.

The following legislation was passed by unanimous consent during wrap-up:

  • R. 34, To authorize and strengthen the tsunami detection forecast warning, research and mitigation program.
  • R. 3116, To extend by 15 years the authority of the Secretary of Commerce to conduct the quarterly financial report program.
  • Con.Res. 22, Recognizing the 50th anniversary of the White House Fellows program.
  • Res. 279, Honoring the Redland Little League Team of Lewisberry, Pa, for their performance in the 2015 Little League World Series.
  • Res. 272, Congratulating the University of Kansas for 150 years of outstanding service to the state of Kansas, the United States, and the world.
  • 2146, A bill to hold sanctuary jurisdictions accountable for defying federal law, had its first reading.

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6:20 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke on gun control.

5:54 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke on the filibuster.

5:36 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke on climate change.

5:32 p.m. Senator Flake spoke on the Defense authorization.

5:27 p.m. Senator Nelson spoke on the defective Takata airbags.

5:05 p.m. Senator Hirono spoke on the land and water conservation fund.

4:35 p.m. Senators Blumenthal and Murphy spoke on gun violence.

4:20 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke on the Defense authorization.

4:08 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke on the latest employment numbers.

3:53 p.m. Senator Daines spoke on the Defense authorization.

2:55 p.m. Senator Udall engaged in a colloquy with Senators  Inhofe, Whitehouse, Vitter, and Manchin on the Toxic Substances Control Act.

2:31 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on the Freedom of Information Act and Hillary Clinton.

2:30 p.m. Cloture invoked 73-26.  Democrats voting in favor: Bennet, Blumenthal, Cantwell, Casey, Donnelly, Feinstein, Heinrich, Heitkamp, Kaine, King, Klobuchar, McCaskill, Menendez, Murphy, Murray, Peters, Shaheen, Stabenow, Tester, Udall, and Warner.  Republicans voting against: Paul.  Senator Rubio did not vote.

1:01 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the Defense Authorization bill.

12:52 p.m. Senator McCain spoke about the Defense Authorization Bill.

12:45 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about Democrat objections to Republican funding strategy and the Defense Authorization Bill conference report.  He also spoke about guns.

12:34 p.m. Senator Thune spoke about appropriations bills, the Defense Authorization Bill, and Democrats who are not supporting these efforts.

12:20 p.m. Senator Reed spoke about the conference report on the National Defense Authorization Act.  He objects to a shift of funding into the non-capped Overseas Contingency Operations fund.

12:07 p.m. Senator Reid spoke about the Koch brothers.  He also spoke in opposition to the conference report on the National Defense Authorization Act and said Democrats would sustain a presidential veto of the bill.

12:01 p.m. ML McConnell offered a motion to proceed to HR 2028, Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2016.  He filed cloture on that motion to proceed.  He spoke about passing the Defense Authorization conference report.

12:00 p.m. The Senate convened at 12:00pm and resume consideration of the conference report to accompany the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 (H.R. 1735), until 1:00 p.m.

  • At 1:00pm, the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the conference report to accompany H.R. 1735.
  • Caucuses will meet, but the Senate will not recess.