Tuesday, December 8, 2015

6:26 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 10 a.m. Wednesday. At 10:45 a.m., the Senate will vote on passage of the education bill.

6:20 p.m. Senator Warren spoke for the education bill.

6:01 p.m. Senator Sasse spoke about the San Bernadino attack and its policy implications.

5:59 p.m. By voice votes, the Senate passed: S. 1719 (to create a national family care-giving strategy); S. Res. 207 (as amended, to answer threats to freedom of the press);  and S. Res. 331 (making December 12 Wreaths Across America Day).

Senator McConnell secured unanimous consent for the injunction of secrecy to be removed from a treaty with Jordan on mutual assistance and criminal matters (Treaty Document 114-4). The treaty was referred to the Foreign Relations Committee.

5:42 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke about a congressional delegation’s visit to the Paris climate conference.

5:29 p.m. Senator Toomey spoke for the education bill.

5:19 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke on climate change, food labeling, and Muslim immigrants.

5:05 p.m. Senator Thune spoke on the transportation bill.

4:56 p.m. Senator Stabenow spoke on Muslim immigrants.

4:38 p.m. Senator Menendez spoke on Iran’s nuclear program.

4:31 p.m. Senator Murray spoke on the public school education bill.

4:14 p.m. Senator Murkowski spoke on the Highway Re-authorization bill and the public school education bill.

4:04 p.m. Senator Enzi spoke in favor of the public school education bill.

3:46 p.m. Senator Franken spoke in favor of the public school education bill.

3:33 p.m. Senator Lee spoke against the education bill.

3:22 p.m. Senator Hatch spoke in favor of the education bill.

2:59 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about accomplishments by the Republican Congress, specifically the pending education bill, the “Every Student Succeeds Act.”

2:47 p.m. Senator Kaine spoke in favor of the “Every Student Succeed Act”, specifically provisions aimed to help students learn more about safe relations and sexual assault.

2:36 p.m. Senator Flake spoke on federal spending.

2:15 p.m. Senators Reed and Collins spoke in favor of the “Every Student Succeeds Act.”

12:48 p.m. Senate stands in recess until 2:15 p.m.

12:44 p.m. Senator Murphy continued on gun violence and the terrorist watch list.

12:34 p.m. Senator Cornyn responds to the UC request with a modification, which Senator Murphy objected to; Senator Cornyn then objected to the original request.

12:14 p.m. Senators Schumer, Shaheen, Blumenthal, Murphy and Klobuchar engage in a colloquy and ask UC to bar individuals on the terrorist watch list have access to firearms.

12;07 p.m. Senators Alexander and Murray take their victory lap on cloture vote and assumption of passage tomorrow of S. 1177.

12:06 p.m. Senator Alexander acheives a UC agreement to have vote on passage of S.1177 tomorrow, Wednesday December 9 at 10:45 a.m.

12:05 p.m. Cloture invoked on S.1177, Elementary and Secondary Education Act/Every Child Achieves Act 84-12.

Voting Yes: 39 Republicans, 44 Democrats, 1 Independent: King.

Voting No: 12 Republicans: Blunt, Crapo, Cruz, Daines, Lee, Moran, Paul, Risch, Sasse, Scott, Shelby, Vitter.

Not voting: 3 Republicans: Coats, Graham, Rubio.  1 Independent: Sanders

11:33 a.m. The Senate began voting on the cloture motion on the conference report to accompany S. 1177, reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, aka Every Child Achieves.

11:24 a.m. Senator Isakson spoke in favor of the education bill as the only member of the committee who also worked on NCLB.

11:04 a.m. Senators Alexander and Murray spoke for the education bill.

11 a.m. Senator Cotton spoke about the tension between domestic security measures and individual rights.

10:27 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke about religious freedom and criticized Trump’s statements about Muslims. He also spoke about student debt to for-profit colleges.

10:11 a.m. Minority Leader Reid criticized Donald Trump’s statements about Muslims and said Republicans. He criticized Republican Senate treatment of President Obama’s nominations.

10:06 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke for the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Schools Act, (S. 1177), which would change the federal mandate for public schools testing in the “No Child Left Behind” law.

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The Senate will convene at 10 a.m. to resume consideration of the conference report to accompany the  reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Schools Act (the “Every Child” education bill, S. 1177).

NOTE: At 11:15 a.m. , Senator Flake will hold a Pen & Pad in the Senate Press Gallery, Room S-316 of the Capitol. Topic: His report on wasteful federal spending.

At 11:30 a.m., the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the education bill.

The Senate is expected to break for caucus lunches from 12:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.

There may be more votes today.

Placed on the Senate calendar Monday: S. 2359, Senator Paul’s bill to reverse the District of Columbia’s gun control law.