Wednesday, December 2, 2015

6:47 p.m.  The Senate has adjourned.  There were no roll calls votes during today’s session.  The Senate will reconvene at 9:30 am and resume consideration of H.R. 3762 To restore Americans’ Healthcare Freedom reconciliation Act (repeal Obamacare). Time will expire on the bill tomorrow at 1:30 p.m.  The Senate passed the following in wrap up:

S. Res 324 – National Phenylketouria awareness day – Dec 3rd
S. Res 325 – To allow the collection of charitable goods in Senate Office Buildings.

6:45 p.m. Senator Ernst and Tillis spoke in favor of H.R. 3762

6:00 p.m. Senator Inhofe spoke on Syrian refugees and the Affordable Care Act.

5:44 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke on the Affordable Care Act, gun violence, and Syrian refugees.

5:25 p.m. Senator Portman spoke on budget reconciliation.

5:20 p.m. Senator Tester spoke on food labeling.

5:12 p.m. Senator Hoeven spoke on repealing the Affordable Care Act.

4:57 p.m Senators Warren and Merkley spoke on the Dodd-Frank Act.

4:45 p.m. Senator Reed spoke on the Dodd-Frank Act.

4:22 p.m Senators Alexander, Burr, Isakson, Cassidy, and Scott held a colloquy on repealing the Affordable Care Act.

4:15 p.m. Senator Nelson, spoke on appropriations.

3:55 p.m. Senator Gardner spoke on the Affordable Care Act.

3:33 p.m. Senator Hatch spoke on the Affordable Care Act.

3:21 p.m. Senator Crapo spoke on the Affordable Care Act.

2:50 p.m. Senators Blunt and Thune spoke for the reconciliation bill and for repealing the Affordable Care Act.

2:10 p.m. Senators Murphy, Brown and Stabenow spoke against the reconciliation bill and repealing the Affordable Care Act, with Senator Brown discussing an amendment he plans to offer to expand medicaid across the entire country.

2:00 p.m. Senator Coons paid tribute to Fred Sears, upon his retirement at the end of 2015.

1:51 p.m. Senator Perdue spoke on the Affordable Care Act.

1:40 p.m. Senator Toomey spoke on his amendment. Prior to the Affordable Care Act, if a family had out of pocket medical expenses that exceeded 7.5% of their income, they can deduct any cost above that rate. The Affordable Care Act changed this limit to 10%; the Toomey amendment would revert back to 7.5%.

1:09 p.m. Senator Fischer spoke on the Affordable Care Act.

12:55 p.m. Senator Coats spoke on the Affordable Care Act.

12:48 p.m. Senator Hirono paid tribute to the victims of the Planned Parenthood shooting and Planned Parenthood.

12:40 p.m. Senator Roberts spoke about the Affordable Care Act.

12:33 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke about the Affordable Care Act.

12:22 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke about climate change and the ongoing summit in Paris.

12:01 p.m. Senators Johnson and Cornyn spoke in favor of the reconciliation bill and repealing the affordable care act.

11:50 a.m. Senator Boxer responded to comments by Senator Lankford regarding Planned Parenthood and further on the reconciliation bill in general.

11:38 a.m. Senator Sessions spoke in support of the reconciliation bill and repealing the affordable care act.

11:27 a.m. Senator Wyden spoke about the lack of bipartisanship in the reconciliation bill and also spoke against the defunding of Planned Parenthood.

11:22 a.m. Senator Blumenthal spoke in favor of the Murray-Wyden amendment.

10:47 a.m. Senator Lankford spoke about funding for Planned Parenthood.

10:21 a.m. Senator Boxer defended the new health care system. She endorsed the Murray-Wyden amendment and criticized Republican efforts to stop federal subsidies to Planned Parenthood.

10:12 a.m. Senator Johnson brought up his amendment (#2875) on health care.

10:04 a.m. Senator Murray spoke for her amendment on access to birth control, abortion and other reproductive health care services (Murray-Wyden Amendment #2876 to Amendment #2874).

10:01 a.m. Senator Enzi spoke on the reconciliation debate.

9:59 a.m. The Senate resumed consideration of H.R. 3762, the 2016 budget reconcilation bill.

9:46 a.m. Minority Leader Reid criticized the legislative record of the Senate under Republican leadership. He also defended the new health care system. He criticized statements on race, Syrian refugees and other topics by some Republican presidential candidates.

9:45 a.m. H.R. 427, an amendment to Ch. 8, Title IV of the U.S. Code, was placed on the calendar under the Rule 14 process.

9:33 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell used leader time to discuss health care. He also spoke about the enactment of the sex trafficking measure.

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The Senate convened at 9:30 a.m., and following leader time, will resume consideration of H.R.3762, Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015.

Votes are possible during today’s session.