Wednesday, November 18, 2015

6:53 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will reconvene at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 19. At 11:00 they will resume consideration of H.R. 2577, the Transportation/HUD bill. During wrap up the following bills were passed en bloc:

  • H.Con.Res. 93 Authorizing use of Emancipation Hall for a ceremony honoring the anniversary of the 13th amendment.
  • S.Res. 282-Supporting goals and ideals of American Diabetes Month.
  • S.Res. 318-Authorize deposition testimony and representation in Carowind management, L.L.C.

H.R. 3762 (Reconciliation of the budget) was read for the first time.

6:30 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke on his amendment about bridges.

6:26 p.m. Senator McConnell filed cloture on the Collins substitute amendment #2812 and also filed cloture on H.R. 2577-Transprotation Bill.

6:25 p.m. The Senate reconvened and resumed consideration of H.R. 2577.

5:05 p.m. The Senate recessed subject to the call of the chair.

4:48 p.m. Senator Booker spoke about the first responders bill and also spoke about highway safety.

4:32 p.m. Senator Hoeven spoke about lifting the ban on exporting crude oil.

4:25 p.m. Senator Collins and Senator Reed spoke in opposition to Senator Paul’s amendment.

4:17 p.m. Senator Paul spoke about on his amendment about refugees.

4:04 p.m. Senator Franken spoke about the attacks in Paris and Syrian refugees.

3:53 p.m. Senator Heinrich spoke about the attacks in Paris and ISIL.

3:00 p.m. Senator Carper spoke on the highway bill conference committee.

2:30 p.m. Senator Perdue spoke about terrorism.

2:21 p.m. Senator Moran spoke on funding for the National Institute of Health.

2:02 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on the President’s strategy towards ISIS.

1:05 p.m. The Senate agreed to amendments #2809 and #2817 to H.R. 2577 by unanimous consent. Amendment #2815 to amendment #2812 to H.R. 2577 was agreed to by voice vote.

12:41 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke about climate change and epilepsy.

12:30 p.m. Senator Cassidy tried to get unanimous consent to pass the E.G.O. act-eliminating government-funded oil painting act. Senator Reid objected.

11:50 a.m. Senators Blunt and Klobuchar spoke on and passed by UC S. Res 315, expressing support for National Adoption Day and National Adoption Month.

11:48 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell acheived UC that on Monday November 30th, at 5:00 p.m., proceed to executive session to consider the nomination of Gayle Smith to be Administrator of the Agency for International Development, with a vote on the nomination at 5:30 p.m.

11:38 a.m. Senator Reed gives opening remarks on the Transportation/HUD appropriations.

11:15 a.m. The Senate began debate on the Transportation/HUD appropriations bill, S. 2577, with Senator Collins submitting a substitute amendment #2812; and the first degree amendment #2813; and gives her opening remarks on the bill.

11:14 a.m. Motion to go to conference agreed to, and the following conferees were appointed: Alexander, Enzi, Burr, Isakson, Paul, Collins, Murkowski, Kirk, Scott, Hatch, Roberts, Cassidy, Murray, Mikulski, Sanders, Casey, Franken, Bennet, Whitehouse, Baldwin, Murphy, and Warren, (12 Republicans/10 Democrats)

11:13 a.m. Cloture invoked on motion to go to conference on ESEA reform, S. 1177; 91-6.

Ayes: 45 Republicans, 44 Democrats, 2 Independents

Nos: 6 Republicans (Crapo, Cruz, Daines, Lee, Paul, Risch)

Not voting: 3 Republicans (Graham, Rubio, Vitter)

10:44 a.m. The Senate began its vote on cloture on the motion to go to conference on S. 1177.  Following this vote, the Senate will proceed to a vote to adopt the compound motion to go to conference, either by voice vote or roll call vote. At that point, any motions to instruct conferees will be in order, but none are anticipated.

10:42 a.m. Senator Lee argued that a compromise on the education bill should go before the Senate for at least a week. Senator Alexander said this would be the case.

10:39 a.m. Senator Alexander rebutted the critique of the education conference process.

10:25 a.m. Senator Lee criticized the way in which a House-Senate conference may convene on the public schools bill.

10:17 a.m. Senator Alexander began a colloquy with Senator Murray, urging the Senate to vote to go to conference with the House on S. 1177, the elementary and secondary education bill.

10:05 a.m. Minority Leader Reid spoke in favor of the transportation appropriation.

10:02 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell said the Senate today will take up the 2016 appropriation for the Departments of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development.

Senator McConnell finished Rule 14 procedings to place on the calendar S. 2288, a bill forbidding the Fed to lobby the Congress on legisaltion.

Senator McConnell filed cloture on the motion to go to conference on the education bill.


  • The Senate will reconvene at 10:00 a.m. and be in a period of morning business until 11:00 a.m.


  • The cloture petition on the motion to proceed to HR 2577, the Transportation/HUD appropriations bill was vitiated, and the Senate will begin debate on the bill at a time to be determined.