Wednesday, October 7, 2015

6:53 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will reconvene at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 8. At 10:45 they will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to H.R. 2028 (Energy and Water Appropriations). The cloture vote on the motion to proceed to H.R. 2028 will occur at 12:45.

6:47 p.m. The following was passed by unanimous consent in wrap up:

  • S. 32-provide DoJ extra tools for targeting drug trafficking
  • H.R. 623-authorize a social media working group for the Department of Homeland Security
  • S. 2162-esthablish 10 year term limit for the Librarian of Congress
  • S. Res. 275-Resolution for Dyslexia Awareness
  • S. Res. 280-designating October as National Women’s Small Business month
  • S.Res. 281-designating week of Oct. 5 is National Health Information Technology week
  • H.Con. Res. 81-corrections to H.R. 1375

6:20 p.m. Senator Inhofe spoke about the Global meeting about reducing emissions.

5:55 p.m. Senator Hatch spoke about the freedom of religion.

5:38 p.m. Senator Tester and Senator Heinrich spoke about the Energy and Water Conservation Fund.

5:34 p.m. Senator Cantwell spoke about the Energy and Water Conservation Fund.

5:24 p.m. Senator Alexander spoke about the Energy and Water Bill and the status of other appropriations bills in the Senate.

5:20 p.m. Senator Boozman spoke about National Rice Month.

5:13 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about the EB-5 Regional Center Investment Program.

5:00 p.m. Senator Peters spoke about the shipwrecks in Lake Michigan and about making the lake a marine sanctuary.

4:45 p.m. Senator Hoeven spoke about the NDAA and also in support of the Energy and Water bill.

4:12 p.m. Senators Markey, Schatz, and Whitehouse spoke on clean energy jobs.

3:52 p.m. Senator Coats discussed his latest “waste of the week”; this week discussing studies of robots replacing humans at the National Science Foundation.

3:41 p.m. Senator Lankford spoke on national security and the Defense Authorization.

3:24 p.m. Senator Blunt spoke on the Defense Authorization.

3:09 p.m. Senator Hatch spoke on the Trans Pacific Partnership.

3:08 p.m. ML McConnell moves to proceed to the Energy and Water Appropriations bill.  He filed cloture on that motion yesterday, thus, the cloture vote on that motion to proceed is set to occur one hour after the Senate convenes tomorrow, Thursday, October 8th.

3:07 p.m. Conference Report to accompany H.R 1735, NDAA agreed to 70-27. 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: Cruz and Paul. Senators Graham, Roberts, and Rubio did not vote.

2:30 p.m. Roll call vote began on Passage of the Conference Report to accompany H.R.. 1735, Defense Authorization.

2:28 p.m. Motion to Waive agreed to 71-26.  All Democrats/Independents that voted for cloture yesterday voted to waive today. Democrats/Independents 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. Senator Paul, the only Republican to vote against cloture, also voted against the motion to waive.  Senators Graham, Roberts and Rubio did not vote.

2:06 p.m. The Senate is currently voting on the motion to waive the budget act in relation to the Conference Report to accompany H.R. 1735, NDAA.

1:32 p.m. Senator McCain spoke in support of the NDAA.

12:58 p.m. Senator Reed spoke in support of the NDAA.

12:51 p.m. Senator Perdue spoke in support of the NDAA (Defense Authorization conference report, which will be voted on at 2:00 p.m.)

12:26 p.m. Senator Nelson spoke about the Internet, and content appropriate for children.  He told about letters he has written to Google about YouTube kids and the responses from Google.

12:11 p.m. Senator Hoeven spoke about the DRIVE act and the NDAA.

11:55 a.m. Senator Boxer spoke about Defense funding. She also spoke about a highway trust fund shutdown and the importance of America’s transportation infrastructure.

11:40 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about Defense funding.  A vote on final passage of the Conference Report to accompany H.R. 1735 (the National Defense Authorization Act) is expected at 2:00 p.m..

11:05 a.m. Senator Menendez spoke about Cuba.

9:56 a.m. Senator Hatch talked about the Senate tradition of extended debate.

9:47 a.m. Minority Leader Reid spoke about the defense authorization.

9:33 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell took steps to place on the calendar  S. 2146 (sanctuary jurisdictions). He spoke about S. 1300, the Adoptive Family Relief Act. Senator McConnell also spoke about the Pentagon authorization and about the administration’s Middle East policy.

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The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m. 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 p.m. 

Ahead: On Thursday, Oct. 8, a cloture vote on the motion to proceed to H.R. 2028, the Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill, is expected one hour after the Senate convenes.