Friday June 3, 2016

The Senate will convene at 1:00 p.m., for a pro forma session only. No business will be conducted.

The Senate will next convene for legislative business on Monday June 6 at 2:00 p.m.

The Senate will then be in morning business until 4:00 p.m.

At 4:00 p.m., the motion to proceed to S.2943, the National Defense Authorization Act, will be agreed to, and Senator Fischer, or her designee, with be recognized to offer her amendment #4206.

At 5:30 p.m., the Senate will vote on the Fischer amendment with no second degree amendments in order before the vote.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

The Senate remains in recess this week for its observance of Memorial Day.

On Friday, June 3 at 1 p.m., the Senate will convene for a pro forma session only. No business will be conducted.

The Senate will next convene for legislative business on Monday June 6 at 2 p.m

The Senate will then be in morning business until 4 p.m. Monday.

At 4 p.m., the motion to proceed to S.2943, the National Defense Authorization Act, will be agreed to. Senator Fischer, or her designee, with be recognized to offer her amendment #4206.

At 5:30 p.m., the Senate will vote on the Fischer amendment with no second degree amendments in order before the vote.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

  • The Senate convened for a pro forma session at 8:30 a.m., with Senator Cassidy presiding.  No business was conducted.
  • The next pro forma session is on Friday June 3 at 1:00 p.m., again, no business is expected.

The Senate will next reconvene for legislative business on Monday June 6 at 2:00 p.m.

  • On Monday, June 6 at 2:00 p.m., the Senate will be in a period of morning business until 4:00 p.m.
  • At 4:00 p.m., the motion to proceed to S.2943, the National Defense Authorization Act, will be agreed to. Senator Fischer, or her designee, with be recognized to offer her amendment #4206.
  • At 5:30pm, the Senate will vote on the Fischer amendment with no second degree amendments in order prior to the vote.

Friday May 27, 2016

  • The Senate convened for a PRO FORMA session today at 12:30 p.m. with Senator Cassidy presiding.
  • During the Memorial Day recess, the Senate will conduct two pro forma sessions as follows:
    • Tuesday May 31 at 8:30 a.m.
    • Friday June 3 at 1:00 p.m.

The Senate will next reconvene for legislative business on Monday June 6 at 2:00 p.m.

  • On Monday, June 6 at 2:00 p.m., the Senate will be in a period of morning business until 4:00 p.m.
  • At 4:00 p.m., the motion to proceed to S.2943, the National Defense Authorization Act, will be agreed to. Senator Fischer, or her designee, with be recognized to offer her amendment #4206.
  • At 5:30pm, the Senate will vote on the Fischer amendment with no second degree amendments in order prior to the vote.

 

Thursday, May 26, 2016

6:31 p.m. Senate stands adjourned until 12:30 p.m. on Friday May 27.

6:24 p.m. ML McConnell wraps up the Senate session for the day.  Items passed by UC: Exec Cal #574-590.  Leg Cal #486-498.   Designated a post office in Pennsylvania.  S. 1402, S Res 466, S Res 480, S Res 481.  S 3011 has its first reading.  UC for two pro forma sessions on the following dates and times: Friday May 27 at 12:30 p.m., Tuesday May 31 at 8:30 a.m., and Friday June 3 at 1:0o p.m.  UC that Senate stand adjourn.

 

5:29 p.m. Senator Carper paid tribute to Homeland Security employees. He later spoke on John Koskinen of the IRS.

4:54 p.m.  Senator Murkowski paid tribute to John Schnabel, an Alaskan who recently passed away. She later spoke on Memorial Day, and the state of affairs at the Veterans Affairs Administration.

4:45 p.m. Senator Fischer paid tribute to Nebraskans who lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan.

4:07 p.m. Senator Markey spoke on the NDAA and nuclear weapons.

3:45 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke on the NDAA.

3:13 p.m. Senator Hatch spoke about public trustees.

3:01 p.m. Senator Peters spoke about wounded veterans.

2:33 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about Hillary Clinton using private email.

2:23 p.m. Senator Baldwin paid tribute to Mary Babula, a Wisconsin friend who recently passed away.

2:15 p.m. Senators Murray and Mikulski engaged in a colloquy on equal pay, specifically for the US women’s soccer team, passing S. Res 462 on that topic by voice vote.

2:14 p.m. The Holgate nomination was confirmed 67-29.

Senators voting in favor: 42 Democrats, 24 Republicans: Alexander, Capito, Cassidy, Coats, Cochran, Collins, Corker, Cornyn, Ernst, Gardner, Graham, Grassley, Hatch, Isakson, McCain, McConnell, Murkowski, Paul, Perdue, Rounds, Shelby, Tillis, Vitter and Wicker.  1 Independent: King.

Senators voting against: 29 Republicans.

Senators not voting: 2 Democrats: Blumenthal and Casey.  1 Republican:  Flake.  1 Independent: Sanders.

1:45 p.m. Roll call vote began on the nomination of Laura Holgate to be US representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency.

1:44 p.m. By voice vote, the Senate confirmed Laura  Holgate to be Representative to the Vienna Office of the United Nations.
1:43 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke in favor of the Holgate nomination.

1:29 p.m. Senator Portman spoke on opioid abuse.

1:29 p.m. Senator Cotton spoke on David Mcbee as his Arkansan of the week.

1:20 p.m. Senator Booker spoke on TSCA.

1:10 p.m. Senator Inhofe spoke on TSCA and asked unanimous consent that the Senate concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to the House message to H.R. 2576 (TSCA) at a time to be determined. Senator Paul objected.

1:03 p.m. Senator Vitter spoke on TSCA.

12:54 p.m. Senator Stabenow spoke on the Zika virus.

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12:53 p.m.  The Senate has agreed that on Monday, June 6, following morning business the motion to proceed to S.2943, the National Defense Authorization Act, will be agreed to. Senator Fischer, or her designee, with be recognized to offer her amendment #4206. At 5:30pm, the Senate will vote on the Fischer amendment with no second degree amendments in order prior to the vote.

At 1:45 p.m. there will be two votes on: 

  • Laura S. H. Holgate, VA, to be Representative to the Vienna Office of the United Nations (expected voice vote).
  • Laura S. H. Holgate, VA, to be Representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency (expected roll call vote).

****

12:42 p.m. Senator Wicker spoke on NDAA.

12:25 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke about TSCA.

12:06 p.m. Senator Rubio spoke on the need to proceed to the NDAA.  He spoke of the broad issues addressed by the bill.

11:51 a.m. Senator Manchin spoke on the opiod epidemic.

11:32 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on the need to pass Defense Authorization.  He called for a special counsel to investigate Hillary Clinton’s private email server.

11:31 a.m. Senator Murray spoke about Zika funding.

11:05 a.m. Senator Udall spoke about TSCA.

10:37 a.m. Senator Boxer spoke about toxic chemicals and TSCA (Toxic Substances Control Act).

10:22 a.m. Senator Heller spoke on Memorial Day.

10:04 a.m. Senator Coats spoke for the 44th time on government waste.

9:44 a.m. DL Reid responded to ML McConnell regarding 114th Congress accomplishments.

9:34 a.m. ML McConnell spoke on the Affordable Care Act, the defense authorization, and Republican accomplishments.

9:33 a.m. Senator Perdue welcomed the guest chaplain.

The Senate convened at 9:30 a.m.

***

  • The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to S.2943, the National Defense Authorization Act, post-cloture.
  • Unless an agreement is reached, all post-cloture time will expire at approximately 6:00 p.m. and the Senate will vote on the motion to proceed.

It is also possible that the Senate reaches an agreement on TSCA (Toxic Substances Control Act) during Thursday’s session.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

6:52 p.m. The Senate adjourned.

6:33 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke on global warning.

6:24 p.m. Senator Peters spoke on the Flint water crisis and the need to pass WRDA (The Water Resources Development Act).

6:15 p.m. Senator Rounds spoke on taking up National Defense Authorization.

5:48 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke on the Supreme Court vacancy.

5:35 p.m. Senator Coats and Senator Donnelly spoke about the Indy 500.  Senator Coats asked for UC to pass S. Res. 475, recognizing the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500-mile race.

5:30 p.m. Senator Heitkamp spoke about student debt.

4:41 p.m. Senators Casey, Manchin, Brown, Warner and Wyden spoke about coal miners and their pensions and health care.

4:38 p.m. Senator Isakson spoke about Memorial Day and paid tribute to soldiers killed in war.

4:20 p.m. Senator Blunt spoke about Military Families Stability Act.

4:06 p.m. Senator Alexander spoke about medical research.

3:50 p.m. Senator Murphy spoke on gun violence and mental health.

3:26 p.m. Senator Enzi spoke on the Federal budget.

3:14 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke on Obamacare.

2:56 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on the defense authorization bill.

2:41 p.m. Senator Lankford spoke on the race riot in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1921.

2:17 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke on genetically modified crops.

1:35 p.m. Senator Toomey spoke about child abuse arrests among school personnel.

12:25  p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke on the Defense Authorization bill and the economy.

12:17 p.m. Senator Rubio spoke about Cuba and immigration.

12:05 p.m. Senator Reid spoke in response to Senator McCain.

11:54 a.m. Senator McCain spoke on the defense authorization.

11:51 a.m. Senator Cotton spoke on comments this morning from DL Reid regarding the defense authorization.

11:50 a.m. Cloture was invoked on the motion to proceed 98-0.

Senators not voting: Cruz and Sanders.

11:29 a.m. Cloture vote began on the motion to proceed on the defense authorization.

11:28 a.m. S.J. Res 28 was agreed to 55-43.

Senators voting in favor: 27 Republicans: Alexander, Ayotte, Burr, Coats, Corker, Cornyn, Crapo, Daines, Enzi, Ernst, Flake, Gardner, Grassley, Hatch, Heller, Isakson, Johnson, Kirk, Lankford, Lee, McCain, Risch, Rubio, Sasse, Sullivan, Tillis and Toomey.  27 Democrats: Bennet, Blumenthal, Booker, Cantwell, Carper, Casey, Coons, Feinstein, Franken, Heinrich, Kaine, Klobuchar, Markey, McCaskill, Menendez, Murray, Nelson, Peters, Reed, Reid, Schumer, Shaheen, Udall, Warner, Warren, Whitehouse and Wyden.  Independents: King.

Senators not voting: Cruz and Sanders.

11:00 a.m. Roll call vote began on S.J. Res 28, the catfish resolution.

10:29 a.m. Senators Wicker, Shaheen and McCain spoke on the catfish resolution.

10:14 a.m. DL Reid spoke on the affordable care act and the defense authorization before also paying tribute to Ruby Paone.

10:03 a.m. ML McConnell spoke about the defense authorization and the affordable care act, before paying tribute to Ruby Paone.

***

The Senate convened at 10:00 a.m.

Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of S.J.Res.28, regarding the rule relating to inspection of catfish.

At 11:00 a.m. – 2 roll call votes:

  1. Adoption of S.J.Res.28, Catfish rule.
  2. Motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to S.2943, Defense Authorization.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

6:43 p.m. The Senate has adjourned until 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 25th.

2 votes are expected at 11:00 a.m. 

  1. Passage of S.J. Res. 28
  2. Cloture on the motion to proceed to S.2943, the Defense Authorization bill. 

During today’s session:

  • H.J. Res. 88 was passed by a vote of 56-41.
  • The motion to proceed to S.J. Res. 28 was agreed to by a vote of 57 to 40.
  • S. Res. 473, expressing appreciation of the goals of American Craft Beer Week and commending the small and independent craft brewers of the U.S., was passed by unanimous consent in wrap-up.

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6:26 p.m. Senator Menendez spoke on Puerto Rico’s economy.

6:10 p.m. Senator Ayotte spoke on inspection of catfish.

5:58 p.m. Senator Wicker spoke on inspection of catfish.

5:53 p.m. Senator Flake paid tribute to Matthew Spect.

5:41 p.m. Senator McCain spoke on inspection of catfish.

5:40 p.m. The Senate agreed to the Motion to Proceed to S. J. Res. 28, a joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Secretary of Agriculture relating to inspection of catfish, by a roll call vote of 57-40.

5:15 p.m. The Senate passed H.J. Res. 88, disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of Labor relating to the definition of the term “Fiduciary”, by a roll call vote of 56-41.

4:30 p.m. Leader McConnell announced the Senate will vote on H.J. Res. 88 and the motion to proceed to S. J. Res 28 at 4:45 p.m.

4:18 p.m. Senator Rubio spoke about the Zika virus.

4:10 p.m. Senator Fischer spoke against the fiduciary rule.

3:55 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke about the campaign against the Zika virus.

3:46 p.m. Senator Enzi spoke against the fiduciary rule.

3:42 p.m. Senator Enzi objected.

3:28 p.m. Senator Nelson spoke in favor of more federal spending to fight the Zika virus. He sought consent for a vote on a Zika spending measure.

3:20 p.m. Senator Cochran spoke for the Agriculture Department’s catfish inspection rule.

3:11 p.m. Senator Roberts spoke against the Agriculture Department’s catfish inspection rule.

2:59 p.m. Senator Boozman spoke on the catfish inspection rule.

2:45 p.m. Senator Murray spoke on the Zika virus, asks UC that when the Senate recieves from the House the House passed Zika funding bill to substitute the Senate passed Blunt/Murray funding bill.  Senator Cornyn objected, hoping the two sides can go to conference.

2:15 p.m. Senator Hatch spoke on the fiduciary rule.

12:31 p.m. The Senate stands in recess until 2:15 p.m.

12:17 p.m. Senator Thune spoke on Indian Health Services and later on avaiation security issues.

12:10 p.m.  Senator Wyden spoke on the fiduciary rule.

11:45 a.m.  Senator Cornyn Urged the Senate to take up and pass NDAA.

11:30 Senator Booker spoke about economic growth and fairness in the free market and the fiduciary rule.

11:16 a.m. Senator Grassley spoke about an investigation of non-profit hospitals, such as Mosaic Lifecare, suing low-income patients.

10:55 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the fiduciary rule.

10:41 a.m. Senator Klobuchar spoke about yesterday’s passage of the Adam Walsh child protection law. She also spoke about the fiduciary rule and the Ex-Im bank.

10:12 a.m. Senators Isakson and Murray spoke about the fiduciary rule.

10:08 a.m. Minority Leader Reid spoke about the financial services rule. He also spoke about the Supreme Court vacancy.

10:02 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about regulatory policy and today’s vote on a proposed rule on financial services.

***

The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m.  Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will vote (expected by voice) on adoption of the motion to proceed to H.J.Res.88, disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of Labor relating to the definition of the term “Fiduciary”. Under the rule, there will be up to 10 hours of debate equally divided prior to a vote on adoption of the joint resolution.

It’s also possible that the Senate considers S.J.Res.28, a joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Secretary of Agriculture relating to inspection of catfish.

As a reminder, ML McConnell moved to proceed to S.2943, the National Defense Authorization Act, and filed cloture on the motion.

Unless an agreement is reached, the cloture motion would ripen one hour after the Senate convenes on Wednesday, May 25.

 

Monday, May 23, 2016

6:38 p.m. Senate stands adjourned until 10:00 a.m. Tuesday May 24.

6:37 p.m. ML McConnell wraps up for the evening.   Items passed by UC: S. Res 375, raising awareness of modern slavery.  UC that Senate convene on Tuesday at 10:00 a.m.

6:27 p.m. Senator Blumenthal spoke on the Sexual assault survivors rights act.

6:17 p.m. Senator Wicker spoke on a resolution disapproving a US Department of Agriculture regulation that may be voted on tomorrow.

6:14 p.m. Senator Brown spoke about visiting a GM plant near Youngstown, Ohio that recently celebrated its 50th anniversary.

6:14 p.m. The Senate proceeds to a period of morning business.

6:13 p.m. S. 2613 is agreed to 89-0. Senators not voting: Booker, Boxer, Carper, Cruz, Kirk, Menendez, Murkowski, Peters, Sanders, Toomey and Vitter.

5:40 p.m. Roll call vote began on S.2613, the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act.

5:31 p.m. Senator McCain spoke on the need to pass the National Defense Authorization Act, S. 2943.  He asked for unanimous consent to pass the bill.  Democratic Leader Harry Reid objected.

5:30 p.m. ML McConnell called up a motion to proceed to S.2943, the National Defense Authorization Act and filed cloture on that motion.

5:00 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke on S. 2613, the Adam Walsh re-authorization bill.

4:35 p.m. Senator Shaheen spoke on the Sexual assault survivors rights act.

4:34 p.m. The Senate begins consideration of S.2613, the Adam Walsh re-authorization bill.

4:10 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about human rights in Vietnam.

3:51 p.m. Senator Warren spoke about the 2008 financial crisis.

3:10 p.m. Minority Leader Reid spoke about the need for federal spending to combat the Zika virus. He also paid tribute to Marvin Simms.

3:02 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about last week’s passage of appropriations measures. He also previewed today’s vote on the Adam Walsh child protection bill and this week’s consideration of the defense authorization bill — including a provision to combat international sexual trafficking. Senator McConnell also paid tribute to Marvin Simms of the Senate Recording Studio, who is about to retire.

***

The Senate will convene at 3 p.m. and will proceed at 4:30 p.m. to debate the Adam Walsh Reauthorization Act of 2016 (a child protection measure, S. 2613) for one hour.

At about 5:30 p.m., a Grassley amendment and a committee-reported substitute, as amended, will be agreed to by unanimous consent, and the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on passage of S. 2613, as amended.

 

Thursday, May 19, 2016

5:21 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 3 p.m. on Monday, May 23.

5:18 p.m. Senator Sullivan secured consent for the Senate to take up S. 2613 at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, with one hour of debate equally divided. At about 5:30 p.m., the Grassley amendment and the committee substitute will be agreed to. The Senate will then vote on S. 2613, the reauthorization of the Adam Walsh child protection law.

By unanimous consent, the Senate passed S. Res. 469, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising in Ireland.

3:02 p.m. Senators Collins and Reed pay tribute to all who helped pass the bill.

3:01 p.m. HR 2577 agreed to 89-8.

Senators voting against: 8 Republicans: Corker, Crapo, Flake, Lankford, Lee, Paul, Risch, Sessions.

Senators not voting: Boxer, Cruz, Sanders.

2:40 p.m. Roll call vote began on passage of HR 2577, Transportation/Housing and Urban Development/Military Construction/Veterans Affairs Department Appropriations.

2:39 p.m. Senator Collins calls up Rubio amdt #4050 and Baldwin amdt #4026, both amendments are agreed to by voice vote.

2:38 p.m. Motion to table the Lee amendment is agreed to 60-37.

2:20 p.m. Roll call vote began on a motion to table the Lee amendment #3897.

2:18 p.m. Senators Lee and Collins spoke on the Lee amendment.

2:17 p.m. Collins amendment #3970 agreed to 87-9.

Senators voting against: 9 Democrats: Booker, Brown, Cardin, Menendez, Merkley, Murphy, Reid, Schatz, and Warren.

Senators not voting: Boxer, Cruz, Heinrich and Sanders.

1:49 p.m. The Senate began voting on the Collins amendment about fair housing,  #3970.

1:42 p.m. Senator Reed spoke in support of Senator Collins’ amendment.

1:40 p.m. Senator Lee spoke on his amenment about Fair Housing.

1:25 p.m. Senator Collins spoke about her Fair Housing amendment.

1:16 p.m. Senators Durbin and Blumenthal spoke about air travel and the TSA.

1:10 p.m. Senator Peters spoke on research and development.

1:06 p.m. Senator Kirk spoke in favor of the bill.

1:00 p.m. Senator Lankford spoke against the McCain amendment, and made a point of order that the amendment is not germane to the Collins amendment #3896 post cloture.  The point of order was sustained and the amendment fell.

12:58 p.m. UC from ML McConnnell: at 1:45, 3 roll call votes:

  • Collins substitute amendment #3896
  • Lee amendment #3897
  • Final passage of H.R. 2577

12:57 p.m. Motion to waive the budget act is agreed to 84-14.

Senators voting in favor: 40 Republicans, 43 Democrats, 1 Independent: King.

Senators voting against: 13 Republicans: Barrasso, Coats, Corker, Cornyn, Enzi, Lankford, Lee, Murkowski, Paul, Perdue, Sessions, Shelby and Sullivan.  1 Democrat: Durbin.

Senators not voting: Cruz and Sanders.

12:37 p.m. Roll call vote began on the motion to waive the budget act with respect to the McCain amendment #4039.

12:36 p.m. Senator McCain offered motion to waive the budget act with respect to his amendment.

12:34 p.m. Senator Enzi offered a budget point of order against the McCain amendment #4039.

12:33 p.m. Under the previous order, the Nelson and Cornyn Zika funding amendments with withdrawn.

12:32 p.m. Collins substitute amdt agreed to 88-10.

Senators voting against: Cotton, Crapo, Daines, Flake, Lankford, Lee, Paul, Perdue, Risch, and Toomey.

Senators not voting: Cruz and Sanders.

12:14 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the Collins substitute amendment.

12:13 p.m. Senator Collins acheives UC that following the cloture vote, Senator Enzi be recognized to offer a budget point of order against the McCain amendment, and that Senator McCain then be recognized to offer a motion to waive the budget act, and the Senate vote on that motion.

12:12p.m. The Blunt/Murray Zika funding amendment is agreed to 68-30.

Senators in favor: 44 Democrats, 23 Republicans: Alexander, Ayotte, Blunt, Boozman, Burr, Capito, Cassidy, Cochran, Collins, Graham, Grassley, Hatch, Hoeven, Isakson, Kirk, McConnell, Murkowski, Portman, Rounds, Rubio, Tillis, Vitter, and Wicker. 1 Independent (King).

Senators opposed: 30 Republicans.

Senators not voting: Cruz and Sanders

11:50 a.m. Roll call vote began on passage of the Blunt/Murray Zika funding amendment #3900.

11:48 a.m. The motion to waive the budget act with respect to the Blunt/Murray Zika funding amendment was agreed to 70-28.

Senators in favor: 44 Democrats, 25 Republicans: Alexander, Ayotte, Blunt, Boozman, Burr, Capito, Cassidy, Cochran, Collins, Graham, Grassley, Hatch, Hoeven, Isakson, Kirk, McCain, McConnell, Murkowski, Portman, Roberts, Rounds, Rubio, Tillis, Vitter, and Wicker. 1 Independent (King).

Senators against: 28 Republicans.

Senators not voting: Cruz and Sanders.

11:15 a.m. A roll-call vote began on whether to waive the Budget Act with respect to the Blunt Zika amendment.

11:07 a.m. Senator Isakson spoke in favor of the McCain amendment to expand the veterans Choice Card program.

11:03 a.m. Senator Collins spoke in favor of a budget waiver for the Blunt Zika amendment. She moved to waive the Budget Act for this amendment.

10:59 a.m. Senator Lee spoke about the practice of appropriating emergency supplemental funds for such purposes as fighting the Zika virus. He raised a budget point of order against the Blunt Zika amendment #3900.

10:14 a.m. Senator Murray spoke in favor of the housing rule.

9:47 a.m. Senator Booker spoke in favor of a proposed fair housing rule addressed in the appropriations bill.

9:32 a.m. Minority Leader Reid spoke about the mutilation of female genitals.

***

The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m. and will to resume consideration of H.R. 2577, the Transportation-HUD-MilCon-VA appropriations bill.

At 11:15 a.m., all post-cloture time will be considered expired on the Blunt-Murray Zika amendment (#3900).

Three roll-calls are expected at 11:15 a.m.: a motion to waive the Budget Act for the Blunt-Murray Zika amendment; adoption of the Blunt-Murray amendment; and cloture on the pending Collins substitute (#3896).

If cloture is invoked on the Collins substitute, then the Cornyn and Nelson Zika amendments (#3899 and #3898) will be withdrawn; Senator Collins will be recognized to call up her amendment (#3970); no second-degree amendments will be in order to the Collins amendment (#3970) or the Lee amendment (#3997).

Additional votes should be expected today.

Wednesday, May 17, 2016

 

8:13 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will reconvene at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 19 to resume consideration of H.R. 2577, the Transportation-HUD-MilCon-VA appropriations bill.

8 :11 p.m. By unanimous consent, the Senate passed S. Res. 471, to make the week of May 15 National Public Works week, and H.R. 2814, to name a VA clinic in Sevierville, TN, for Danny Carr.

8:10 p.m. In executive session, the Senate took up and confirmed en bloc Executive Calendar Numbers 547 through 551 (promotions of Coast Guard officers) and all Foreign Service nominations at the secretary’s desk.

8:09 p.m. Senator Collins secured consent for this business on Thursday: At 11:15 a.m. all post-cloture time will be considered expired on the Blunt-Murray Zika amendment (#3900); if cloture is invoked on the Collins substitute (#3896), then the Cornyn and Nelson amendments (#3899 and #3898) will be withdrawn; Senator Collins will be recognized to call up her amendment (#3970); no second-degree amendments will be in order to the Collins amendment (#3970) or the Lee amendment (#3997).

At 11:15 a.m. Thursday, three roll-calls are expected: a motion to waive the Budget Act for the Blunt-Murray Zika amendment; adoption of the Blunt-Murray amendment; and cloture on the pending substitute.   Additional votes should be expected.

8:06 p.m.:  Senator Collins proposed and by voice vote the Senate passed these amendments en bloc: Kirk #3997; Tester#3998; Perdue #3933; Mikulski #4030; Daines #4008; Brown #3920; Inhofe #3969; Boxer, as modified, #3935; Flake #4038; Manchin #4033; Flake #3980; Feinstein #3944; Johnson #3993; Kobuchar #3910; Heller #4005; Durbin #4029; Sasse #4023.

7:56 p.m. Senator Collins secured consent for these amendments to be brought up en bloc: Paul #3967, Johnson #3992, Nelson #4011, Isakson #4024 and Warner #4042. The Senate passed these amendments en bloc, by voice vote.

7:19 p.m. Senator Moran spoke about a memorial to teachers.

6:59 p.m. Senator Murkowski spoke for the appropriations bill. She also spoke about the new health care law.

6:51 p.m. Senator Boozman spoke in favor of the overall spending bill and its transportation provisions.

6:43 p.m. Senator Reed spoke against Senator Lee’s amendment.

6:23 p.m. Senator Collins spoke against Senator Lee’s amendment. She described her amendment to forbid HUD from making local zoning decisions.

6:12 p.m. Senator Lee spoke against a new housing rule financed in the bill. He spoke about his amendment (#3897) to forbid spending to implement the new rule.

6:10 p.m. Senator Blumenthal spoke about the veterans amendment, now pending to the appropriations bill.

6:09 p.m. Senator Schumer said agreement has been reached to address the veterans issues in the defense bill.

6:01 p.m. Senator Warner spoke in support of the veterans measure and spoke about his infrastructure financing amendment.

6 p.m. Senator McCain secured consent to call up Amendment #4039, to extend the veterans Choice Card program.

5:46 p.m. Senator Blunt spoke about veterans and infrastructure aspects of the appropriations bill. 5:41 p.m. Senator Blumenthal spoke in support of the Choice Card amendment.

5:33 p.m. Senator McCain spoke about his amendment (#4039) to extend the veterans “Choice Card” program and sought unanimous consent to bring up the measure. Senator Schumer objected.

5:23 p.m. Senator Coons spoke about Iran’s role in the conflicts in Iraq and Syria.

5:12 p.m. Senator Coats spoke about addiction and about government waste.

4:52 p.m. Senator Portman spoke about prescription drug addiction.

4:03 p.m. Senator Toomey spoke about his amendment regarding sanctuary cities, asks UC to make his amendment pending.  Senator Reed objected.

3:54 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke on his amendment regarding veterans having firearms.

3:39 p.m. Senators Gillibrand and Grassley spoke on the Police Safety Officers Benefit Improvement Act.

3:33 p.m. Senator Murray spoke about labor issues.

3:20 Senator Rubio spoke about Global Ministries Foundation housing.

3:07 p.m. Senator Collins spoke on an amendment she is planning to offer and HUD’s role w/r/t local zoning ordinances.

3:00 p.m. Senator Isakson spoke on housing and neighborhoods.

2:40 p.m. Senator Lankford spoke on funding the fight against Zika. Sen. Lankford asked for UC to set aside the pending amendment to bring up his amendment, #3955.  Senator Nelson objected.

2:34 p.m. Senator Cornyn objected, arguing that the Zika spending under the Blunt-Murray provision would pass tomorrow as part of the pending appropriations bill.

2:30 p.m. Senator Murray sought consent to debate H.R. 3038, on Zika funds, accept the Blunt-Murray substitute, and vote on passage of the amended bill later today.

2:25 p.m. Senator Cornyn objected.

2:20 p.m. Senator Reid sought consent to debate H.R. 3038, adopt the Nelson substitute on funds to fight Zika and later vote on the bill..

2:14 p.m. Senator Reid joined in the colloquy about Zika.

2:13 p.m. Senator Cornyn engaged in a colloquy with Senator Nelson about Zika.

2:11 p.m. Senator Nelson spoke about the Zika virus.

2 p.m. Senator Murphy spoke about a fair housing amendment to the pending housing appropriation.

1:40 p.m. Senator Manchin spoke about prescription drug addiction.

1:37 p.m. Senator Alexander spoke about the prospective construction of wind turbines in a scenic area of Tennessee.

1:34 p.m. Senator Leahy praised the passage of the Police Act.

1:32 p.m. Senator Cornyn secured consent to take up the Police Act, S. 2840, to provide active shooter training. The Senate passed the bill by voice vote.

1:19 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about the HUD bill.

12:59 p.m. Senator McCain spoke about the Affordable Care Act.

12:44 p.m. Senator Fischer spoke about the THUD/MilConVA appropriations bill.

12:30 p.m. Senator Stabenow spoke on the Supreme Court’s vacancy.

12:14 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke about the economy.

12:04 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about National Police Week.

12:00 p.m. Senator Collins spoke about fair housing in HUD bill.

11:48 a.m. Senator Kaine spoke about racism in housing.

11:32 a.m. Senator Hatch spoke about the Affordable Care Act.

11:06 a.m. Senator Collins spoke on the appropriations process and H.R. 2577, the THUD/MilConVA appropriations bill.

10:28 a.m. Senator Leahy spoke on Cuba and a Vermont/Cuba baseball exchange.

10:00 a.m. Senators Barrasso and Gardner spoke on the Affordable Care Act.

9:51 a.m. Senator Thune spoke on the Zika virus and the Affordable Care Act.

9:40 a.m. DL Reid responded on the Affordable Care Act and the Supreme Court vacancy.

9:33 a.m. ML McConnell spoke on the pending appropriations bills before turning to discuss the Supreme Court vacancy and the Affordable Care Act.

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The Senate convened at 9:30 a.m.

Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of Morning business for one hour.

Following Morning business, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R.2577, the THUD/MilConVA Appropriations bill.

ML McConnell filed cloture on both the Collins substitute amendment #3896 and the underlying bill H.R.2577, the THUD/MilConVA Appropriations bill.

Unless an agreement is reached, the post-cloture time on the Blunt-Murray amendment #3900 (Zika funding) will expire at approximately 9:40 p.m.