Tuesday, December 1, 2015

6:50 p.m. The Senate has adjourned until 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, December 2nd and will resume consideration of H.R. 3762, Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Act of 2015. The MTP to H.R. 3762 was agreed to by a voice vote. ML McConnell then offered substitute amendment #2874 to H.R. 3762.

During wrap-up, H.R. 427, to provide that major rules of the Executive Branch shall have no force or effect unless a joint resolution of approval is enacted into law, was read for the 1st time.


6:12 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke on Planned Parenthood.

6:00 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke on the Affordable Care Act.

5:49 p.m. Senator Wicker spoke on climate change.

5:34 p.m. Senator Lankford spoke on the budget.

5:27 p.m. Senator Hatch spoke on surface transportation infrastructure.

5:14 p.m. Senator Moran spoke on appropriations.

4:55 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke on climate change.

4:50 p.m. Senators Leahy, Markey, Franken and Whitehouse spoke on Social Security payments and cost of living adjustments.

3:54 p.m. Senators Nelson and Warren spoke about Social Security and the bill to make up for no Social Security COLA this year.

3:36 p.m. Senator Capito spoke about Affordable Care Act repeal.

3:20 p.m. Senator Murray spoke in support of the Affordable Care Act and against efforts to repeal it.

2:35 p.m. Senators Enzi, Sanders and Alexander spoke on health care and budget reconciliation.

2:27 p.m. Senator Bennet spoke on the planned parenthood shoting in Colorado last week, paying tribute to the three people killed.

2:20 p.m. Senator Lee paid tribute to Olene Walker, the first female governor of Utah.

2:15 p.m. The Senate returns from recess.

12:27 p.m. The Senate stands in recess until 2:15 p.m.

12:18 p.m. Senator Coats spoke for the 28th time on the “waste of the week.”  On this occassion, he spoke about facilitator fraud in the social security disability insurance fund.  He later extended morning business until 3:00 p.m.

11:45 a.m. Senator Hatch spoke on religious freedom.

11:26 a.m. Senator Kaine spoke on the American Security Against Foreign Enemies Act of 2015.

11:19 a.m. Senator Thune criticized the new health care system.

11:03 a.m. Senator Cardin called for an end to violence in Burundi.

10:48 a.m. Senator Cornyn criticized the health care law. He also spoke about the migration of underage from Latin America into the Southwestern U.S.

10:34 a.m. The Senate began morning business. Senator Isakson saluted Thomas G. Cousins, a Georgia philanthropy.

10:05 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke against the new health care law and described changes in the system that the proposed budget reconciliation measure would make. He aslo described the Senate’s legislative record under the Republican majority.


The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m., and following any leader time, proceed to a period of morning business until 12:30 p.m.

At 12:30 p.m., recess for the weekly caucus luncheons until 2:15 p.m.