Tuesday, November 17, 2015

6:48 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday.

6:37 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke on immigration and the Dream Act.

6:35 p.m. Senator Daines wraps-up for the evening.

Items passed by UC: HR 2297, preventing Hezbollah from gaining access to international financial aid.

Items read for the first time: S.2288, prohibiting members and staff of the federal reserve system from lobbying for or against legislation.

UC that when the Senate adjourns, it do so until 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday November 18th.  At that time be in a period of morning business for one hour, until 11:00 a.m.   Further by unanimous consent the cloture motion on the motion to proceed to HR. 2577, the Transportation/HUD appropriations bill was vitiated, and the Senate will begin consideration of the bill at a time to be determined.

UC that the Senate will adjourn following the remarks of Senator Durbin.

 

6:34 p.m. S.J. Res 23 agreed to 52-46.

Aye’s: 49 Republicans, 3 Democrats.  (Donnelly, Heitkamp, Manchin)

No’s: 41 Democrats, 3 Republicans, (Ayotte, Collins, Kirk) 2 Independents.

Not voting: Graham and Rubio.

5.59 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on S.J. Res 23, a joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval of an EPA clean power rule.

5:58 p.m. S.J. Res 24 agreed to 52-46.

Aye’s: 49 Republicans, 3 Democrats.  (Donnelly, Heitkamp, Manchin)

No’s: 41 Democrats, 3 Republicans, (Ayotte, Collins, Kirk) 2 Independents.

Not voting: Graham and Rubio.

5:28 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on S.J.Res 24, a joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval of an EPA clean power rule.

4:50 p.m. Senators Hoeven and Enzi spoke on the clean power resolution.

4:40 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke about terrorism before turning to discuss the pending clean power resolution.

4:35 p.m. Senator Thune spoke about terrorism.

4:17 p.m. Senator Inhofe spoke about the pending clean power resolution.

4:16 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell acheived UC to have votes on SJ Res 24 and SJ Res 23 beginning at 5:30 p.m. today.

4:00 p.m. Senator Carper spoke about Syrian refugees and terrorism before turning to discuss the pending clean power resolution.

3:58 p.m. Senator Vitter spoke about his bill to stop refugees from Syria after 270 days.

3:52 p.m. Senator Schatz spoke in support of the the Clean Power Plan.  He spoke in opposition to S.J.Res. 24.

3:44 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke about energy and the Clean Power Plan.  He spoke in opposition to S.J.Res 23 and S.J.Res. 24.

3:33 p.m. Senator Markey spoke on climate and the Clean Power Plan. He opposes S.J.Res 24 and S.J.Res 23.

3:22 p.m. Senator Udall spoke on energy.

3:11 p.m. Senator Warren spoke on ISIL and Syrian refugees.

3:01 p.m Senator Daines spoke on energy.

2:52 p.m. Senator Kaine spoke on ISIL.

2:41 p.m. Senator Flake spoke on ISIL.

2:15 p.m. Senator McCain spoke on ISIL.

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1:20 p.m. The Senate stands in recess for the weekly caucus lunches until 2:15 p.m.

1:10 p.m. Senator Manchin spoke on the resolution of disapproval of an EPA rule on power plant emissions.

1:05 p.m. Senator Nelson spoke on funding for NASA.

12:55 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on the refugee crisis and terrorism.

12:45 p.m. Senator Shelby spoke on the Paris attacks and terrorism in the U.S.

12:36 p.m. Senator Shaheen spoke on climate change.

12:26 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke on climate change.

12:10 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke on climate change.

11:50 a.m. Senator Coats spoke on terrorism.

11:19 a.m. Senator Boxer spoke against the resolution of disapproval.

11:00 a.m. The Senate voted by voice to proceed to S.J.Res. 24, a joint resolution of disapproval of an EPA rule on power plant emissions, with up to ten hours of debate. Senators Capito and Heitkamp spoke in favor of the resolution of disapproval.

10:46 a.m. Senator Klobuchar offered condolences for the terrorist attacks in Paris. She called for better intelligence on terrorism and for swifter senate action on executive nominations.

10:36 a.m. Senator Heller offered condolences for the terrorist attacks in Paris. He also spoke against the health law’s “Cadillac tax” on certain medical insurance policies.

10:27 a.m. Senator Durbin offered condolences for the terrorist attacks in Paris. He also spoke in favor of U.S. refugee policy and called for eliminating the Islamic State from Syria and Iraq, relying on such local forces as the Kurds.

10:08 a.m. Minority Leader Reid spoke in favor of the EPA’s clean power regulations. He paid tribute to Senator Mikulski; he noted that senators will shortly welcome the French ambassador to the U.S.; he criticized the Republican Senate leadership for the pace of action on executive nominations.

10:03 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell  spoke for the joint resolutions to disapprove of rules that the EPA has promulgated to limit power plant emissions. He also spoke about last week’s elections in Burma and about President Obama’s decision to honor Senator Mikulski with a Medal of Freedom.

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The Senate will convene at 10 a.m.  There will be a moment of silence for victims of the Paris attacks.

At 11 a.m., Senator McConnell is expected to bring up S.J.Res. 24, a joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval of an EPA rule on carbon emissions guidelines.  Under title 5 of the U.S. code, there will be up to 10 hours debate equally divided before a vote on the joint resolution.

During Monday’s session, Senator McConnell filed cloture on the motion to proceed to HR 2577, the Transportation and Housing Appropriations bill.  If the Senate doesn’t reach agreement to vote earlier, they would vote on the cloture motion an hour after they convene on Wednesday, November 18.