Tuesday February 5, 2018

4:45 p.m. The Senate is in recess until 8:25 p.m. tonight and upon reconvening will proceed as a body to the Hall of the House of Representatives for the Joint Session of Congress. At 9:00 p.m., President Donald Trump will deliver the State of the Union address from the Hall of the House of Representatives in the U.S. Capitol.

Upon dissolution of the joint session, the Senate will stand adjourned until 10:00am on Wednesday, February 6, 2019. Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to S.47, Natural Resources Management Act, post-cloture.

4:40 p.m. In wrap up Leader McConell asked unanimous consent  to adopted Menendez for Risch amendment #98 (classified annex)and  by voice vote, adopted Risch amendment #97 (reporting requirement), as amended.

Passed S.49, a bill to designate the outstation of the Department of Veterans Affairs in North Ogden, Utah, as the Major Brent Taylor Vet Center Outstation.

Passed H.R.439, to amend the charter of the Future Farmers of America, and for other purposes.

Adopted S.Res.44, raising awareness and encouraging the prevention of stalking by designating January 2019 as “National Stalking Awareness Month.”

Began the Rule 14 process to place S.340, CREATES Act of 2019, on the Calendar of Business.

In Executive Session Confirmed the following nominations:

Military Promotions

AIR FORCE

Executive Calendar #1 – Col. Frank A. Rodman to be Brigadier General

ARMY

Executive Calendar #2 – Brig. Gen. Robert D. Harter to be Major General

Executive Calendar #3 – Col. Charles M. Schoening to be Brigadier General

Executive Calendar #4 – Brig. Gen. David W. Ling to be Major General

The following to be Brigadier General:

Col. Joseph F. Dziezynski

Col. Rodney J. Fischer

And all nominations on the Secretary’s Desk in the Marine Corps.

 

 

4:35 p.m. The Senate agreed to the Motion to Proceed to S. 47, Natural Resources Management Act by a vote of 99-1.

4:10 p.m. The Senate is currently voting on the Motion to Proceed to S. 47, Natural Resources Management Act.

4:08 p.m. The Senate passed S. 1 by a vote of 77-23.

3:30 p.m. The Senate is voting on passage of S. 1, the Middle East Security bill.

3:26 p.m. Senator Risch spoke supporting S. 1.

3:19 p.m. Senator Peters and Stabenow spoke supporting S. 1, the Middle East Security bill and Senator Peters asked u.c. to pass amendment #103,  Senator Risch objected.

2:33 p.m. Senator Paul spoke in opposition to S. 1 and on boycotts.

2:15 p.m. Senator Lee paid tribute to fallen soldier, Major Brent Taylor and asked u.c. to consider and pass S. 49, a bill to designate the outstation of the Department of Veterans Affairs as the Major Brett Taylor outstation, the bill was agreed to by u.c.

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

12:30 p.m. The Senate currently stands adjourned for the weekly party lunches.

12:25 p.m. Senator Kennedy spoke on S.1, the Middle East security bill.

11:50 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the State of the Union.

10:41 a.m. Senator Thune spoke about abortion and the economy.

10:18 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about the president’s speech.

10:02 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell  spoke about this afternoon’s vote on the Middle East security bill. He spoke about the president’s speech tonight on the state of the union.

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The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m.

Following any Leader remarks, resume consideration of S.1, the Middle East security bill, post-cloture.

The Senate will recess from 12:30 p.m. until 2:15 p.m. to allow for the weekly caucus meetings.

At 3:30 p.m., there will be two roll call votes:

1. Passage of S.1.

2. Cloture on the motion to proceed to S.47, the lands package.

The Senate will begin gathering in the Senate Chamber at 8:20 p.m. and depart from the Senate Chamber at 8:25 p.m. to proceed as a body to the Hall of the House for the State of the union address.

Monday, February 4, 2019

7:36 p.m. The Senate adjourned.

7:34 p.m. Senator Sasse wrapped up for the evening. H Con Res 109 regarding the State of the union address tomorrow was passed by unanimous consent.

6:34 p.m. Senators Sasse, Ernst, Hayley, Lankford and Braun spoke on abortion.

6:32 p.m. Senators Sasse asked to take up and pass S. 130 regarding abortion; Senator Murray objected.

6:28 p.m. Senator Risch called up amendment 97 and then Senator Melendez called up amendment 98 to amendment 97.

6:27 p.m. Cloture was invoked on S.1 by a tally of 72-24.

Senators voting in favor: 49 Republicans, 22 Democrats, 1 Independent: King.

Senators voting against: 22 Democrats: Baldwin, Booker, Brown, Carper, Durbin, Feinstein, Gillibrand, Harris, Heinrich, Hirono, Kaine, Leary, Markey, Merkley, Murphy, Peters, Reed, Schatz, Shaheen, Udall, Van Hollen and Warren; 1 Republican: Paul; 1 Independent: Sanders.

6:09 p.m. The Senate began voting on cloture on S.1.

6:08 p.m. The McConnell amendment was agreed to 70-26.

Senators voting in favor: 46 Republicans, 23 Democrats, 1 Indepenedent: King.

Senators voting against: 21 Democrats: Baldwin, Booker, Brown, Cardin, Durbin, Gillibrand, Harris, Heinrich, Hirono, Klobuchar, Leahy, Markey, Merkley, Murphy, Schatz, Schumer, Smith, Udall, Van Hollen, Warren and Wyden; 4 Republicans: Cruz, Kennedy, Lee and Paul; 1 Independent: Sanders.

Senators not voting: 3 Republicans: Gardner, Murkowski and Perdue; 1 Democrat: Cantwell.

5:32 p.m. Roll call vote began on the McConnell amendment.

5:31 p.m The Senate agreed to the Menendez second degree amendment by voice vote.

5:03 p.m. Senator Paul spoke against S.1; and attempted to call up his amendment #102, Senator Risch objected.

4:46 p.m. Senator Alexander spoke on student loans.

4:32 p.m Senators Lee and Daines spoke on abortion.

4:03 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the IMF Treat and President Trump’s withdrawal.

3:55 p.m. Senator Fischer spoke about the IMF Treaty.

3:50 p.m. Senator Hasan also spoke on the need to assist in helping Americans retire.

3:25 p.m. Senator Collins spoke on the need to assist in helping Americans retire.

3:15 p.m. Leader Schumer spoke on the useless government showdown and the uncertainty of the State of the Union.

3:00 p.m. Leader McConnell asked for S. 311 to be read a second time and objected to further proceedings so it would be placed on the legislative calendar. He then spoke on the underlying legislation, the middle east security bill, S.1.

The Senate will convene at 3:00 p.m. and resume consideration of the middle east security bill, S.1.

At 5:30 p.m., the Senate will have three roll call votes:

  1. In relation to the pending Menendez second-degree amendment (#96) to the McConnell amendment (#65), to clarify that the amendment shall not be construed as a declaration of war or an authorization of the use of military force .
  2. In relation to McConnell amendment #65, as amended, if amended.
  3. Cloture on S. 1.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

5:35 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will reconvene at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, February 4. They will resume consideration of S. 1, Middle East bill. There will be up to three votes at 5:30

  • Adoption of the Menendez 2nd degree amendment #96 to the McConnell amendment #65.
  • Adoption of the McConnell amendment #65, as amended if amended
  • Motion to invoke cloture on S. 1

During wrap up the Senate passed the following:

  • S. Res. 37-designating the week of February 3 as National Tribal Colleges/Universities week
  • S. Res. 38-designating the week of February 4 as National School counseling week
  • S. Res. 39-Recognizing the 100th anniversary of the Farm Bureau Federation.

McConnell #65.

4:57 p.m. Senator Sasse spoke about late term abortion. He introduced  S. 311, to prohibit the health care practitioner from failing to exercise the proper decree of care in the case of child who survives an abortion or attempted abortion.

4:33 p.m. Senator Peters spoke about pay inequity.

4:19 p.m. Senator Murphy spoke about Syria.

4:01 p.m. Senator King spoke about Intelligence threats.

3:58 p.m. Senator Menendez proposed amendment #96 to amendment #65.

3:55 p.m. The Senate invoked cloture by a vote of 68 to 23 on McConnell Amendment #65 to the Middle East bill, expressing the sense of the Senate that a precipitous withdrawal of U.S. forces from Syria or Afghanistan could jeopardize hard-won gains against terrorist groups in those countries. Senators voting NO: Baldwin, Booker, Cardin, Cruz, Gillibrand, Harris, Heinrich, Hirono, Kennedy, Klobuchar, Leahy, Lee, Markey, Merkley, Murphy, Sanders, Schatz, Schumer, Smith, Udall, Van Hollen, Warren, Wyden. Senators NOT voting: Alexander, Blunt, Brown, Durbin, Isakson, Paul, Moran, and Sullivan.

2:57 p.m. The Senate began voting on the  motion to invoke cloture on McConnell Amendment #65 to the Middle East bill, expressing the sense of the Senate that a precipitous withdrawal of U.S. forces from Syria or Afghanistan could jeopardize hard-won gains against terrorist groups in those countries.

2:37 p.m. Senator Rubio spoke about the Middle East bill.

2:24 p.m. Senator Fischer spoke about infrastructure.

2:17 p.m. Senator Collins spoke about the Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program.

1:30 p.m. Senator Thune asked u.c. that the previously scheduled vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Senate amendment #65 will now occur at 3:00 pm.

1:01 p.m. Senator Sanders spoke about the economy.

12:12 p.m. Senator Ernst spoke about Sarah Root.

11:37 a.m. Senator Burr spoke about cigarettes.

11:23 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the cost of prescription drugs and paid tribute to U.S. Marshall Susan Parmelo and Judge Mary Lou Robinson.

11:15 a.m. Senator Risch spoke about the Middle East bill.

11:01 a.m. Senator Kennedy spoke about the Middle East bill.

10:38 a.m. Senator Thune spoke about the Middle East bill. He spoke about the South Dakota, a new fast-attack submarine.

10:16 a.m. Senator McConnell filed cloture petitions for S. 1, the Middle East security measure, and S.47, a natural resources management measure.

10:02 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the Middle East security bill and his amendment on troop withdrawals from Afghanistan and Syria. He spoke about the proposed revision of election law in H.R. 1.

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The Senate will convene at 10 a.m. and will resume consideration of the Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act of 2019 (S. 1).

At 3:30 p.m., the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on McConnell Amendment #65 to the Middle East bill, expressing the sense of the Senate that a precipitous withdrawal of U.S. forces from Syria or Afghanistan could jeopardize hard-won gains against terrorist groups in those countries.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

3:16 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 31st and will resume consideration of S.1,  Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act of 2019.

At 3:30 p.m. there will be a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on McConnell amendment #65 to S.1.

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3:10 p.m. Senator Kennedy withdrew his unanimous consent request.

2:45 p.m. Senator Kennedy spoke on S. 1 and the need to protect the Kurds. Senator Kennedy asked for his second degree amendment to be read.

2:29 p.m. Senator Portman spoke about border security.

2:12 p.m. Senator Fischer spoke on military readiness.

2:06 p.m. Senator Thune spoke about the economy.

12:59 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke about the partial government shutdown and about the economy.

12:51 p.m. Senator Blunt spoke about the Middle East bill.

12:37 p.m. Senator Roberts spoke about his bill to facilitate the location of endangered persons through their electronic devices.

12:15 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the Middle East bill.

12:03 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the Middle East security bill. He spoke about recent history in Iraq and Syria. He spoke about Democratic legislative initiatives.

*****

The Senate will convene at 12:00 p.m., and following any Leader remarks will resume consideration of S.1, the middle east security bill.

On Tuesday, Majority Leader McConnell filed cloture on the his sense of the Senate amendment regarding withdrawal of United States forces from Syria and Afghanistan (#65).

No roll call votes are expected in the Senate today.

Absent a time agreement, the cloture vote on the amendment will occur one hour after the Senate convenes on Thursday.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

6:17 p.m. The Senate stands adjourned until noon on Wednesday, January 30th. Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to a Legislative Session and resume consideration of S. 1, Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act for debate only. No votes are expected Wednesday.

6:16 p.m. ML McConnell filed cloture on Senate Amendment #65 in relation to S.1, Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act

5:13 p.m. Senator Alexander spoke in tribute of cartoonist Charlie Daniel.

4:03 p.m. Senator Hassan spoke about climate change.

3:48 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke about climate change.

3:37 p.m. The Senate Agreed to the Motion to Proceed to S. 1 by a vote of 76-22.

  • 22 Democrats voted no: Senators Baldwin, Booker, Brown, Carper, Durbin, Feinstein, Gillibrand, Harris, Heinrich, Hirono, Kaine, Leahy, Merkley, Murphy, Peters, Reed, Sanders, Schatz, Shaheen, Udall, Van Hollen & Warren.

2:56 p.m. The Senate began voting on Motion to Proceed to S. 1 (Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act).

 2:37 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about Russian interference in U.S. elections.

2:35 p.m. ML McConnell asked u.c. that all post-cloture time will expire and announced that at 3:00 p.m. the Senate will proceed to a vote on the motion to proceed to S.1, Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act.

12:30 p.m. The Senate recessed to accommodate the weekly caucus lunches.

11:47 a.m. ML McConnell spoke supporting S. 1, the Middle East security bill and on voter fraud.

11 a.m. Senator Van Hollen spoke about the Middle East security bill.

10:37 a.m. Senator Thune spoke about the talks on a long-term spending bill.

10:25 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about the partial government shutdown. He spoke about the charges against the Chinese company Huawei.

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The Senate will convene at 10 a.m. and will resume post-cloture debate on the motion to proceed to S. 1, Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act of 2019.  If all time were used, post-cloture debate would conclude shortly after midnight.

The Senate will recess for weekly caucus lunches from 12:30 p.m. until 2:15 p.m.

Monday, January 28, 2019

6:52 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 29th. Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume post-cloture debate on the motion to proceed to S. 1, Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act of 2019.

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6:37 p.m. Senator Boozman spoke about Women’s Entrepreneurship and Economic Empowerment Act.

6:26 p.m. Senator Lankford spoke about the shutdown.

6:18 p.m. Senator Wicker spoke about data privacy.

6:17 p.m. Cloture was invoked by a vote of 74 to 19.  Senators voting against: Baldwin, Brown, Carper, Durbin, Feinstein, Gillibrand, Heinrich, Hirono, Kaine, Leahy, Merkley, Murphy, Peters Reed, Sanders, Shaheen, Udall, Van Hollen, Warren.

Senators NOT voting: Booker, Cramer, Harris, Hoeven, Paul, Schatz, and Tillis.

5:30 p.m. The Senate is now voting on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to S.1, Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act of 2019.

5:27 p.m. Senator Risch spoke about S.1.

5:15 p.m. Senator Rubio spoke about Venezuela and S.1.

4:57 p.m. Senator Collins spoke about the Taxpayer Identity Protection Act.

4:30 p.m. Senator Shaheen spoke about the shutdown.

3:32 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the shutdown and the conference on the spending bill.

3:17 p.m.  Minority Leader Schumer spoke about the shutdown and the conference to consider a long-term spending bill.

3:08 p.m. The Senate resumed consideration of the motion to proceed to S. 1.

3:03 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell took steps under Rule XIV to move directly to the floor H.R.648, an appropriation for fiscal year 20019. He spoke about S. 1, the Middle East security measure.

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The Senate will convene at 3:00 p.m. and resume consideration of the motion to proceed to the middle east security bill, S. 1.

At 5:30 p.m., the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to S. 1.

Friday, January 25, 2019

4:45 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will reconvene at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, January 28. They will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to S. 1, Middle East Security Measure. They will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to S.1 at 5:30 p.m.

4:43 p.m. S. Res. 31, honoring Harris Wofford, was passed by voice vote.

4:42 p.m. Motion to conference with the House on H.J. Res 31 was agreed to by voice vote. Conferees appointed: Senators Shelby, Capito, Blunt, Hoeven, Leahy, Durbin and Tester.

4:41 p.m. H.J. Res 31 as amended (DHS appropriations) was passed by voice vote.

4:40 p.m. H.J. Res. 28, as amended (3 week continuing resolution) was passed by voice vote.

3:52 p.m. Senator Jones spoke about the agreement to end the shutdown.

3:45 p.m. Senator Leahy spoke about the agreement to end the shutdown.

3:30 p.m. Senator Warner spoke about the agreement to end the shutdown.

3:20 p.m. Senator Alexander spoke about the agreement to end the shutdown.

3:15 p.m. Senator Capito spoke about the agreement the work ahead for the Homeland Security committee.

3:07 p.m. Senator Murkowski spoke about the agreement to end the shutdown.

2:59 p.m. Senator Sanders spoke about the agreement to end the shutdown.

2:54 p.m. Senator Collins spoke about the agreement to end the shutdown.

2:48 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke about the agreement to end the shutdown.

2:46 p.m. ML McConnell spoke about the agreement to end the shutdown.

2:45 p.m. The Senate reconvened.

1:30 p.m. The Senate has recessed subject to the call of the chair.

12:52 p.m. Senator Grassley reflected on his time in the Senate.

12:46 p.m. Senator Schatz spoke about the shutdown affecting air safety.

12:35 p.m. Senator Cassidy spoke about the shutdown and

12:10 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about the shutdown affecting air safety. As well as Venezuela.

The Senate will convene at noon and will resume consideration of S. 1, the Middle East security measure.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

7:40 p.m. Senate recessed until noon, Friday, January 25, 2019.

6:43 p.m. Senator Rubio spoke on the recent election in Venezuela.

6:07 p.m. Senator Schatz spoke on the government shutdown.

6:03 p.m. Senator Scott from Florida spoke on the floor for the first time; on this occasion on the subject of Puerto Rico.

4:58 p.m. Senator Reed spoke about Russian hybrid warfare.

3:59 p.m. Senators Cardin, Murkowski, Coons, Collins, Sinema, Graham, Isakson, King, Portman, Manchin, Cassidy, Hassan, McSally, Van Hollen and Ernst spoke on the shutdown.

3:57 p.m. Senator Alexander spoke about the disagreements between Senators Johnson and Schumer relating to the shut down.

3:52 p.m. Senator Johnson asked u.c. to consider H.J.Res. 1, Making further continuing appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security for FY 2019, and for other purposes w/the Johnson amendment. Senator Schumer objected.

3:38 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on border security and immigration.

3:37 p.m. Cloture was not invoked on the Schumer amendment #6, 52-44.

Senators voting in favor: 44 Democrats, 6 Republicans: Alexander, Collins, Gardner, Isakson, Murkowski and Romney; 2 Independents: King and Sanders.

Senators not voting: 3 Republicans: Burr, Paul and Risch; 1 Democrat: Rosen.

3:18 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the Schumer amendment #6.

3:17 p.m. Cloture was not invoked on the Shelby amendment #5, 50-47.

Senators voting in favor: 49 Republicans, 1 Democrat: Manchin.

Senators voting against: 43 Democrats, 2 Republicans: Cotton and Lee; 2 Independents: King and Sanders.

Senators

2:41 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the Shelby amendment #5; the text of President Trump’s funding and immigration proposal to the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2019.

2:34 p.m. Democratic Leader spoke on the pending votes.

2:18 p.m. Senators Leahy and Shelby spoke on the government shutdown.

2:05 p.m. Senators Cruz and Bennet continued to debate.

1:36 p.m. Senator Bennet responded to Senators Cruz and Sullivan.

1:22 p.m. Senators Sullivan and Cruz spoke about the Coast Guard.

1:20 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke about the Democratic proposal. He asked for the Yeas and Nays on the motion to proceed to S 1. The Yeas and Nays were ordered.

1:19 p.m. Senator Wicker spoke about the Coast Guard.

1:18 p.m. Senator Schumer objected to Senator Kennedy’s initial request.

1:15 p.m. Senator Kennedy objected.

1:13 p.m. Senator Schumer asked Senator Kennedy to modify his motion to include and pass House Resolutions 48 and 31.

1:11 p.m. Senator Kennedy spoke about the shutdown and the need to pay the Coast Guard. He sought consent to pass H.J. Res. 1, as amended by Wicker.

1:08 p.m ML McConnell withdrew motion to proceed to HR 1 and offered a cloture motion to amendments #5 and #6 to H.R. 268.

1:07 p.m. The motion to instruct was agreed to 88-8.

Senators voting against: Seven Republicans: Alexander, Cotton, Enzi,Hoeven, Kennedy, Lee and Toomey; 1 Democrat: Booker.

Senators not voting: 3 Republicans: Inhofe, Paul and Risch; 1 Democrat: Rosen.

12:37 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell made a motion to instruct the Sgt At Arms to request the attendance of absent Senators.

12:33 p.m. Senator Blunt noted the absence of a quorum.

12:24 p.m. Senator Blunt spoke about the shutdown.

12:20 p.m. Senator Kaine spoke about the shutdown.

12:15 p.m. Senator Thune spoke about the shutdown.

Noon. Senator Capito spoke about the shutdown votes.

11:27 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke about the shutdown.

11:17 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about the shutdown votes.

11:03 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the proposals to end the partial government shutdown.

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The Senate will convene at 11:00 a.m., at which point Majority Leader McConnell is expected to move to proceed to S. 1, Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act.

At 12:30 p.m., a live quorum call and subsequent vote on the motion to instruct the Sergeant at Arms to request the presence of absent senators is expected.

We expect the Senate to recess until 2:15 p.m. to accommodate caucus luncheons following the quorum call and motion to instruct.

At 2:30 p.m. their will be two cloture votes:

1. Shelby amendment (#5) the text of President Trump’s funding and immigration proposal to the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2019 (H.R. 268)

2. Schumer amendment (#6) (text of H.R. 268 (emergency supplemental) and CR through February 8, 2019)

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

2:04 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 11:00 a.m. on Thursday. Following Leader remarks, we expect that ML McConnell will make a motion to proceed to S.1, Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act of 2019. The time until 12:30 p.m. will be equally divided between the two Leaders or their designees. At approximately 12:30 p.m., the Senate expects a live quorum and subsequent vote on the motion to instruct the Sergeant at Arms to request the presence of absent senators.

Thursday, January 24th at 2:30 pm – 2 roll call votes

  • Motion to invoke cloture on McConnell for Shelby amendment #5 (The President’s funding and immigration proposal)
  • Motion to invoke cloture on Schumer amendment #6 (text of H.R.268, Emergency Supplemental with CR through February 8)

1:46 p.m. Senator Leahy spoke on the government shutdown.

1:30 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke on the government shutdown.

1:06 p.m. Senator Collins spoke on the government shutdown.

12:38 p.m. Senator Kaine asked UC to take up and pass HR 21, ML McConnell objected. Senator Kaine then spoke on the government shutdown.

12:25 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke on the government shutdown and the Covington Catholic high school.

12:14 p.m. Senator Reed spoke on the government shutdown.

12:05 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke on the government shutdown and paid tribute to a Wyoming high school basketball coach.

11:39 a.m. Senator Portman spoke about the proposals to end the shutdown.

11:28 a.m. Democratic Leader Schumer spoke about the proposals to end the shutdown.

11:04 a.m. The Senate resumed consideration of the motion to proceed to S. 1.

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The Senate will convene at 11 a.m. and will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to S.1, Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act of 2019.

No votes are expected today.

On Thursday, cloture petitions are expected on the Shelby Amendment #5 and the Schumer Amendment #6 to the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2019 (H.R. 268), the vehicle for the measure to pay for the operation of the government agencies currently shut down. Cloture would ripen at 2:30 p.m., with up to two cloture votes to occur at that time. The Shelby amendment is President Trump’s proposal. The Schumer amendment is the Democratic proposal, with emergency spending for the closed agencies, through February 8.

 

 

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

3:40 p.m. Leader Schumer spoke about the shutdown.

3:30 Leader McConnell called up the Motion to Proceed to H.R. 268. It was agreed to by Voice Vote. He then offered a Shelby amendment #5 to H.R. 268. Leader Schumer then offered his amendment #6 to the underlying bill. Leader McConnell then filed cloture on both amendments and asked they be treated as ripened by 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, when the Senate will vote on both amendments. The Senate then resumed the Motion to Proceed to S.1, Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act of 2019.

2:37 p.m. Senator Van Hollen spoke about the government shutdown.

2:03 p.m. Senator Kaine asked u.c. to consider and pass. H.J.Res. 1, Making further continuing appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security for fiscal year 2019, and for other purposes. ML McConnell objected. Senator Kaine spoke about the government shutdown and the U.S. Coast Guard.

1:59 p.m. Senator Boozman asked u.c. to call up and pass H.R. 430, TANF Extension Act of 2019. The measure was passed by a voice vote.

1:45 p.m. DL Schumer spoke about the government shutdown.

1:00 p.m. The Senate convened and the Majority Leader continued the Rule 14 process on H.R. 268, making supplemental appropriations for FY 2019, the bill will be placed on the Calendar. The Majority Leader spoke about the shutdown.

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The Senate will convene at 1:00 p.m.  Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to S.1, Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act of 2019.

 

 

 

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