WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29, 2014

6:25 The Senate adjourned until 10:00 AM Thursday. At 11:15 the Senate will proceed to 4 roll call votes on the following amendments to the flood insurance bill, S. 1926:

    • Coburn amendment to allow States to opt-out of participation in the National Association of Registered Agents and Brokers. (#2697)
    • Merkley amendment to establish limitations on force-placed insurance. (#2709, as modified)
    • Heller-Lee amendment to clarify that any private flood insurance policy accepted by a State shall satisfy the mandatory purchase requirement under the Flood Disaster Protection Act of 1973. (#2700)
    • Toomey amendment to adjust phase-ins of flood insurance rate increases. (#2707, as modified)

The vote on final passage of S. 1926 will occur around 2:00 PM.

4:45 The Senate voted on the Menendez motion to waive the Budget Act in relation to the Coburn point of order. The motion to waive was agreed to by a vote of 64-35

The Senate then passed the following amendments by voice vote:

  • Reed amendment to require the administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to conduct a study to assess voluntary community-based flood insurance options (#2703).Gillibrand amendment to require the administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to issue guidelines for methods, other than building elevation, that owners of certain urban residential buildings may use to reduce flood risk (#2708).
  • Gillibrand amendment to require the administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to issue guidelines for methods, other than building elevation, that owners of certain urban residential buildings may use to reduce flood risk (#2708).
  • Whitehouse amendment to exempt natural resource agencies from fees for flood insurance rate map change requests (#2706).

 11:35 am The Senate is considering the flood insurance bill, S. 1926. It adopted the four amendments designated in the unanimous consent agreement at 11:23 am.  The up-to-five-hours debate began early, making votes likely no later than 4:30 pm.

9:00 am The Senate will convene at 10 a.m.

After leaders’ remarks and morning business, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to the flood insurance bill (S. 1926).

At noon, the Senate will proceed to the flood insurance bill, with the following amendments adopted under the terms of an earlier agreement:

    • Hagan-Pryor amendment to exempt certain loans from the escrow requirement under section 102(d)(1) of the Flood Disaster Protection Act of 1973 (#2702).
    • Rubio amendment to require the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to make publicly available data that provide the basis for risk premium rates for flood insurance, to allow monthly installment payments for premiums, and to ensure that mitigation activities completed by an owner or lessee of real property are accounted for when determining risk premium rates for flood insurance (#2704).
    • King amendment to clarify that communities that successfully appeal flood elevation determinations based on errors by the Federal Emergency Management Agency through the Scientific Resolution Panel are eligible for reimbursements for expenses incurred in such appeals (#2705).
    • Blunt amendment to increase the amount of substantial improvements to a property that triggers the loss of flood insurance subsidies (#2698).

There will then be up to five hours of debate on the flood insurance bill and as many as seven amendments, listed below:

  • Reed amendment to require the administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to conduct a study to assess voluntary community-based flood insurance options (#2703).
  • Coburn amendment to allow states to opt out of participation in the National Association of Registered Agents and Brokers (#2697).
  • Merkley amendment to establish limitations on force-placed insurance (#2709).
  • Heller-Lee amendment to clarify that any private flood insurance policy accepted by a state shall satisfy the mandatory purchase requirement under the Flood Disaster Protection Act of 1973 (#2700).
  • Whitehouse amendment to exempt natural resource agencies from fees for flood insurance rate map change requests (#2706).
  • Toomey amendment to adjust phase-ins of flood insurance rate increases (#2707). Toomey amendment #2707 may be modified with Rubio amendment to require the administrator of FEMA to make public data that could be the basis for flood insurance risk premium rates; to allow monthly installment payments for premiums; and to ensure that mitigation activities completed by an owner or lessee of real property are accounted for when determining risk premium rates for flood insurance (#2704). Toomey amendment may also be modified with Hagan-Pryor amendment to exempt certain loans from the escrow requirement under section 102(d)(1) of the Flood Disaster Protection Act of 1973 (#2702).
  • Gillibrand amendment to require the administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to issue guidelines for methods, other than building elevation, that owners of certain urban residential buildings may use to reduce flood risk (#2708).

The agreement will permit Senator Crapo or his designee to raise a budget point of order on S. 1926. In that event, Senator Menendez or his designee could move to waive the budget point of order.

If a vote on a budget point of order is to occur, it would be expected in late afternoon or early evening — after the five hours of debate time is used or yielded back.  In the event that the Senate votes to waive the Budget Act for the floor insurance bill, votes would then take place on pending amendments, in the order listed above.

The Senate will proceed vote on passage of the flood insurance bill after votes are completed on pending amendments.

 

TUESDAY, JANUARY 28, 2014

10:30pm

The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am, Wednesday, January 28.

9:00pm

The Senate is  currently in a joint session to receive a message from the President of the United Stated (State of the Union Speech).

At 8:25, Senator Reid propounded a Unanimous Consent agreement for the consideration of S. 1926,  the flood insurance bill.  It was agreed to without objection.  Details of the agreement below:

Following morning business, all post-cloture time on the motion to proceed to the flood insurance bill (S.1926) will be yielded back and the Senate will begin consideration of the bill.

By consent, the following amendments will be agreed to: Hagan #2702; Rubio #2704; King #2705; and Blunt #2698.

At some point tomorrow afternoon or evening, (time is TBD) the Senate will proceed to votes on the following amendments:

Reed (RI) #2703 (community based policy study);

  • Coburn #2697 (NARAB alternative);
  • Merkley #2709 (forced placed insurance);
  • Heller-Lee #2700 (state authority – private flood insurance);
  • Whitehouse #2706 (fee waiver);
  • Toomey #2707 (substitute), (to be modified with the text of the Rubio amendment #2704 and the Hagan amendment #2702);
  • Gillibrand #2708 (mitigation guidelines).

Following these votes, the Senate will vote on final passage of the flood insurance bill.

4:00pm

Senator Murphy spoke on the Affordable Care Act. Senators Barrasso and Cornyn spoke on the President’s upcoming State of the Union Address. Senator Durbin spoke on the motion to proceed to the flood insurance bill, S. 1926, and Senator Roberts spoke on the farm bill.

12:30pm

Senators Murray and Thune spoke on the motion to proceed to the flood insurance bill, S. 1926. At 12:30, the Senate recessed for the weekly policy lunches.

10:00am

The Senate will meet at 10 a.m. and, after leaders’ remarks, will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to the flood insurance bill, S. 1926.

On Monday evening, the Senate invoked cloture on the motion to proceed to the bill. Debate began with up to 30 hours of post-cloture time remaining.

At 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, the Senate will recess until 2:15 p.m. for the weekly policy lunches.

At 8:20 p.m., senators will gather in the Senate chamber. At 8:30 p.m., they will proceed as a body to the Hall of the House of Representatives for President Obama’s State of the Union Address.

 

MONDAY, JANUARY 27, 2014

6:09 p.m. — On a vote of 86 to 13, the Senate invoked cloture on the motion to proceed to S. 1926, the flood insurance bill.

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The Senate will meet at 2 p.m.

After leaders’ remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to S. 1926, the flood insurance bill.

At 5:30 p.m., there will be a cloture vote on the motion to proceed to the flood insurance bill.

 

TUESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2014

The Senate will convene at 10:30 a.m. for a pro forma session only. No business will be conducted.

The Senate will next meet in legislative session on Monday, January 27 at 2 p.m.

The Senate will hold a cloture vote at 5:30 p.m. January 27 on the motion to proceed to S. 1926, the flood insurance bill.

Meanwhile, the Senate will again conduct a pro forma session on Friday, January 24 at 9:30 a.m. No business will be conducted.

 

FRIDAY, JANUARY 17, 2014

The Senate will convene at 11:15 a.m. for a pro forma session only.

The Senate will next meet in legislative session at 2 p.m. on Monday, January 27.

After leader remarks on January 27, the Senate will resume consideration of S. 1926, the flood insurance bill.

At 5:30 p.m. on January 27,   the Senate will vote on whether to invoke cloture for the motion to proceed to S. 1926.

Meanwhile, the Senate will convene for these pro forma sessions:

— Tuesday, January 21 at 10:30 a.m. and

— Friday, January 24 at 9:30 a.m.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 16, 2014

 

Beginning at 5:30 p.m. there will be two votes. The motion to invoke cloture on the House message to H.R. 3547 and if cloture is invoke, the Senate will immediately proceed to vote on the motion to concur on H.R. 3547.

 

The Senate will meet at 10 a.m.  and resume consideration of the legislative vehicle for the FY 2014 Omnibus Appropriations bill (technically, the House message accompanying the Space Launch Liability Indemnification Extension Act , H.R. 3547).

If there is no agreement for earlier consideration of the appropriations bill, the Senate will vote on cloture one hour after convening on Friday, January 17.

Pending are these amendments to the appropriations vehicle (H.R. 3547):

  • Reid amendment to change the enactment date (#2655);
  • Reid second-degree amendment to Reid amendment #2655, of a perfecting nature (#2656);
  • Reid motion to refer the House message with respect to H.R. 3547 to the Committee on Appropriations, with instructions to report back forthwith with an amendment to change the enactment date (#2657);
  • Reid amendment to the Reid motion to refer #2657, of a perfecting nature (#2658);
  • Reid second-degree amendment to Reid amendment #2658, of a perfecting nature (#2659).

5:53 p.m. — On a vote of 72 to 26, the Senate invoked cloture on  the motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to the omnibus spending vehicle (H.R. 3547).

6:13 p.m. — Final passage of the Omnibus Appropriations Bill for fiscal year 2014:

On a vote of 72 to 26, the Senate agreed to the motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to the legislative vehicle for the spending bill (H.R. 3547).

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2014

 

The Senate will convene at 10 a.m. and will be in morning business until noon.

At noon the Senate will take up H.J. Res. 106, the short-term resolution to continue federal spending authority until Saturday, Jan. 18.

At 12:15 p.m., the Senate will proceed to a roll-call vote on passage of the continuing resolution.

 

 

 

Tuesday, January 14

9:15 am The Senate will come in at 10:00 am.

From 12:30 to 2:15 the Senate will adjourn for party lunches.

At 2:30 the Senate will vote.  The first vote will be on the motion to invoke cloture on the Reed amendment, #2631.  If cloture is not invoked, the Senate will proceed to the motion to invoke cloture on S. 1845 — the underlying unemployment insurance measure.

3:45 p.m. — By a vote of 45 to 55, the Senate did not agree to a McConnell motion to table the Reid motion to commit the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act (S. 1845) to the Finance Committee with instructions to report back forthwith with an amendment to change the enactment date (#2633).

3:47 p.m. — Senate is voting on the motion to invoke cloture on the Reed amendment, #2631.

4:04 p.m. — On a vote of 52 to 48, cloture was not invoked on the Reed amendment.

4:05 p.m. — The Senate is voting on the motion to invoke cloture on the underlying bill to extend unemployment benefits, S. 1845.

4:31  p.m. — On a vote of 55 to 45,  the Senate did not invoke cloture on the unemployment bill.

MONDAY, JANUARY 13, 2014

 

 

5:06 p.m. — Senate accepts Leader Reid’s unanimous consent request to postpone until 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 14 the cloture vote on Amendment #2631 (Reid for Reed) to S. 1845 (the unemployment insurance extension bill). If cloture on Reed amendment fails, U.C.  agreement calls for the Senate to move immediately to cloture on the underlying unemployment extension bill.

MONDAY, JANUARY 13, 2014

 

The Senate will convene at 2 p.m.

Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of S. 1845, the bill to extend unemployment compensation.

At 5 p.m., the Senate will resume executive session  to consider Executive Calendar #381, the nomination of  Robert Leon Wilkins to be a United States circuit court judge for the D.C. Circuit.

At 5:30 p.m., there will be at least two roll call votes:

– Confirmation of the Wilkins nomination and

– Motion to invoke cloture on the Reed amendment (#2631) to S. 1845.