Thursday, December 3, 2015

9:53 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 2 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 7. At 5 p.m., the Senate will begin debate on the confirmation of Travis Randall McDonough’s nomination to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee. The confirmation vote will be at 5:30 p.m.

9:51 p.m. Leader McConnell brought up the reauthorization of  the “No Child” Elementary and Secondary Schools Act. He filed cloture on the bill.  He began the process of bringing to the floor S. 2359, on access to firearms in the District of Columbia. The Senate passed by voice vote S. 2032, recognizing the bison as the national mammal.

9:33 p.m. Senators Enzi and Cantwell spoke about the highway bill.

9:16 p.m. Senator Lee spoke against the Highway bill.

9:10 p.m. ML McConnell, Senator Inhofe and Senator Boxer spoke about the successful passage of the highway bill.

9:01 p.m. The Senate voted 83 to 16 to pass the long-term reauthorization of the nation’s highway programs.  Sixteen Senators voted against the conference report to accompany H.R. 22: they were two Democrats, (Senators Carper and Warren) and fourteen Republicans (Senators Corker, Cotton, Crapo, Cruz, Flake, Lankford, Lee, Paul, Perdue, Risch, Rubio, Sasse, Scott, Shelby).  Senator Sanders was absent.  The bill goes to the White House for the President’s signature.

8:48 p.m. The Senate voted 77 to 22 to waive provisions of the budget act in order to to proceed to the vote on passage of the long-term reauthorization of the nation’s highway programs.

8:10 p.m. The Senate passed H.R. 3762, reconciliation bill, as amended by a roll call vote of 52-47.  (Senators Collins and Kirk voted against passage. Senator Sanders was absent.)  The reconciliation bill was amended and will go back to the House.

8:08 p.m. ML McConnell and Senator Murray have closing speeches before final passage of HR 3762, reconciliation bill.

8:07 p.m.  The McConnell amendment #2874 is agreed to by voice vote.

8:05 p.m. The McConnell substitute amendment #2916 is agreed to by voice vote.

8:04 p.m. The Motion to waive on the Murphy amendment #2918 is not agreed to 46-53.

7:48 p.m. Roll call vote begins on the motion to waive the budget act with respect to the Murphy amendment #2918.

7:46 p.m. The motion to waive the budget act with respect to the Baldwin amendment #2919 is not agreed to 45-54.

7:28 p.m. Roll call vote begins on the motion to waive the budget act in regards to the Baldwin amend #2919 regarding keep your plan.

7:27 p.m. Reid amend #2917 about striking sunset provisions was agreed to by voice vote.

7:14 p.m. Motion to waive the budget act in relation to the McConnell substitute amendment #2916 was not agreed to by a vote of 52-47; and the point of order is sustained and section 105-B of amendment #2916 is stricken.

7:02 p.m. Senator Paul amend #2915 regarding DC gun ban was not agreed to by 54-45.

6:21 p.m. Senator Coats amendment #2888 regarding medical expense deductions was agreed to by a vote of 60-39.

6:18 p.m. Senator Cardin offered his amendment #2874 regarding medical expense deduction.  It was defeated by a voice vote.

6:17 p.m. Senator McCain offered his amendment #2884, regarding drug importation, and then withdrew said amendment.

6:15 p.m. Paul amendment #2899 about refugee screening failed by a vote of 10-89.

5:34 p.m. Motion to waive the budget act in relation to the Bennet amendment #2907 about Veterans and VA construction failed by a vote of 47-52.

5:27 p.m.  Manchin Amendment #2908 about background checks fails by a vote of 47-50.

4:29 p.m.  The Senate voted not to waive the budget act in relation to Feinstein amendment #2910 by a roll call vote of 45-54.  (The motion to waive was in response to an Enzi budget point of order against the Feinstein amendment, which concerns banning the sale of firearms and explosives to individuals on the terrorist watch list.

4:01 p.m. Motion to waive budget provision for Cornyn amendment (#2910) to prevent terrorists from acquiring firearms.  The vote to waive the budget act failed 55-44.   The point of order is sustained and the Cornyn amendment (#2910) falls.

3:50 p.m. Motion to waive budget act in relation to Shaheen Amendment (#2892) on equal medical coverage of mental illness and addiction. Budget waiver for Shaheen fails, 47 to 52.

3:21 p.m. Heller amendment #2882 to strike the Cadillac tax provision from the health care law. Passes 90 to 10. Democrats voting “Nay” (to save the tax): Boxer, Carper, Durbin, Kaine, Manchin, McCaskill, Warner. Republican “Nays”: Coats, Corker, Sasse.

3:02 p.m. Motion to waive the budget act regarding Casey amendment #2893. Fails by a vote of 48 to 54.

2:44 p.m. Collins amendment #2885, to strike the provisions that would eliminate federal funding for Planned Parenthood. Not agreed to by a vote of 48 to 52.  Republicans Collins, Kirk and Murkowski voted for the amendment, with 43 Democrats and both independents.  Democrat Manchin voted against the amendment, with 51 Republicans.

2:23 p.m. Motion to waive the budget act regarding Brown amendment-100 percent FMap- #2883 was not agreed to by a vote of 45-55.

2:04 p.m. Vote on Johnson amendment #2875, 60 vote threshold. The amendment was not agreed to by a vote of 56 to 44.

1:30 p.m. Motion to table the Murray amendment on women’s health care programs (#2876).  The motion to table was agreed to by a vote 54-46.

1:25 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke on the Reconciliation bill.

1:23 p.m. Senator Enzi spoke on the Reconciliation bill.

1:19 p.m. Senator Blumenthal spoke on gun violence.

1:10 p.m. Senator McCain spoke on the Affordable Care Act.

1:08 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke on food safety.

12:45 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke on nominations and asked unanimous consent to vote on 7 nominations, Senator Cruz objected.

12:43 p.m. Senator Shelby spoke against gun control.

12:39 p.m. Senator Brown spoke about Wall Street reform.

12:23 p.m. Senator Murkowski spoke on the Reconciliation Bill.

12:06 p.m. Senator Casey spoke on the Reconciliation Bill.

11:30 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke on the Reconciliation Bill.

11:02 p.m. Senator Shaheen spoke on the Reconciliation Bill.

10:57 p.m. Senator Warren spoke on Planned Parenthood.

10:52 p.m. Senator Hirono spoke on amendment #2887 to the Reconciliation Bill.

10:40 p.m. Senator Boxer spoke on shooting in San Bernardino and gun violence.

10:23 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on criminal justice reform and the Affordable Care Act.

9:56 p.m. Senator Reid spoke on ML McConnell’s leadership.

9:44 p.m. ML McConnell spoke on the Affordable Care Act.

9:34 p.m. Senator Reid spoke on gun violence.

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The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m. to resume consideration of the budget reconciliation bill for fiscal year 2016 (H.R. 3762).

At 1:30 p.m. debate time on reconciliation will expire and a “vote-a-rama” — series of roll call votes on amendments — is expected to begin.

These amendments are pending to the reconciliation bill:

  • McConnell substitute (#2874);

o    Murray amendment to on women’s health care programs (#2876);

o    Johnson amendment to let patients retain their preferred plans under the new medical insurance system (#2875);

Also on Thursday, the Senate is expected to consider the long-term reauthorization of highway programs (H.R. 22).