Wednesday, April 6, 2016

8:20 p.m.  The Senate adjourned and will reconvene at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 7. They will resume consideration of FAA reauthorization bill with votes to occur on amendments but not scheduled at this time. During wrap up the Senate passed the following by voice vote:

  • S. 1638-Homeland Security headquarters consolidation
  • S. 1492-Conveyance of Federal property to Anchorage, Alaska
  • S. Res. 415-Congratulating Villanova Wildcats

8:15 p.m. The Senate agreed to, by voice vote, the motion to proceed to the FAA reauthorization bill. Senator Thune offered a substitute amendment to the bill. He also offered two amendments to the substitute-one for himself and one for Senator Gardner.

6:25 p.m. Senator Brown spoke about the Supreme Court Vacancy and also about manufacturing.

5:54 p.m. Senator Warner spoke about federal servant, John Wagner.

5:20 p.m. Senator McCain and Senator Flake spoke about the FAA reauthorization bill.

5:05 p.m. Senator Casey and Senator Toomey spoke about their amendment on aviation security to the FAA reauthorization bill.

4:41 p.m. Senator Inhofe spoke about the FAA reauthorization bill.

4:34 p.m. Senator Moran spoke about FAA reauthorization bill.

4:16 p.m. Senator Murphy spoke about gun violence.

3:07 p.m. Senator Blunt spoke on the Supreme Court vacancy.

2:57 p.m. Senator Coons spoke on Iran.

2:27 p.m. Senator Hatch spoke on the Supreme Court vacancy.

2:00 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on nuclear sanctions.

1:01 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke about the Supreme Court vacancy.

12:26 p.m. Senator Nelson spoke about the FAA reauthorization bill.

12:17 p.m. Senator Thune spoke about the FAA reauthorization bill.

12:00 p.m. Senator Reid spoke about Senator Grassley and the Supreme Court vacancy.

11:31 a.m. Senator Grassley spoke about defense department whistle blowers.

11:30 a.m. The motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R. 636 (FAA reauthorization) was agreed to by a vote of 98-0. Senators Cruz and Sanders were absent.

10:20 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke in praise of Sen. Grassley, chairman of the Judiciary Committee and about the Supreme Court vacancy.

10:18 a.m. The Senate is on the Motion to Proceed to HR 636, the vehicle for FAA Reauthorization.

10:13 a.m. Senator Reid spoke about the FAA reauthorization and the Supreme Court vacancy.

 

10:08 a.m. ML McConnell spoke about FAA Reauthorization.  There will be a vote on cloture on the motion to proceed at 11:00 a.m. today.   ML McConnell also spoke about administration regulations on investment advisors anticipated today that he believes will be harmful to lower and middle class investors.

 

10:00 ML McConnell opened the Senate.

 

Tuesday April 5, 2016

The Senate has adjourned until 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 6th, and will resume consideration of H.R. 636, the legislative vehicle for the FAA Re-authorization. At 11:00 am the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R.636.

During wrap-up:

  • Exec. Cal. #434, the nomination of John E. Sparks, VA, to be a Judge of the US Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, was confirmed by voice vote.
  • S.Res.406 – Girl Scout Gold Award, was passed by voice vote.
  • S.Res.413 – Gold Star Wives, was passed by voice vote.

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4:30 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke on the SCOTUS nomination.

4:22 p.m. Senator Toomey paid tribute to Villanova’s NCAA basketball championship and spoke on the FAA reauthorization bill.

4:03 p.m. Senator Enzi paid tribute to Tom McGrady and Joseph Medicine Crow.

3:20 p.m. Senator Coats spoke on government waste.

2:33 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke on the Affordable Care Act.

2:15 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke on climate change.

12:30 p.m. The Senate recessed for the weekly party caucuses.

12:00 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke on the SCOTUS nomination.

11:45 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on the SCOTUS nomination and current process.

11:20 a.m. Senator Casey spoke on the Villanova game and followed with opioid addiction.

11:00 a.m. Senator Thune spoke on terrorism, drug trafficking, and airline employees.

10:49 a.m. Senator Blumenthal spoke in favor of considering Judge Garland and on tick-borne diseases.

10:25 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke in favor of considering Judge Garland.

10:10 a.m. DL Reid spoke about FAA reauthorization, immigration and prisoners at Guantanamo Bay.  He also urged the Senate to move forward with the confirmation process for Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland.

The Senate convened at 10:00 a.m.  ML McConnell spoke about the Senate moving to bipartisan FAA re-authorization.  He also spoke about President Obama’s executive order on immigration, which will be contested in the Supreme Court.  He spoke about releasing prisoners from Guantanamo Bay.

Monday, April 4, 2016

6:10 p.m. S.1890, the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 was agreed to by a roll call vote of 87-0.

5:20 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke in favor of S. 1890.

5:00 p.m. The Senate resumed consideration of Cal.#355, S.1890, the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016.

4:01 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about watchdogs.

3:20 p.m. Senator Daines paid tribute to the late Dr. Joseph Medicine Crow and Heller Mayor, Russ Whitter.

3:10 p.m. Leader Reid spoke on the judicial nomination and confirmation process.

3:00 p.m. Leader McConnell welcomed the Senate back and praised the actions of the Capitol Police during an emergency last week. He also welcomed the new Capitol Police Chief. He then spoke on S. 1890, the Defend Trade Secrets Act. He asked moved to the Motion to Proceed to H.R. 636,the vehicle for F.A.A. REAUTHORIZATION.

**Today in the Senate**
Senate will convene at 3:00 pm. Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of Morning business until 5:00 pm with Senators permitted to speak for up to 10 minutes each. At 5:00 pm, the Senate will proceed to consideration of Cal.#355, S.1890, the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016. There will be 30 minutes of debate, equally divided. At 5:30 pm the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on passage of S.1890, as amended.

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

The Senate convened for a pro forma session at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 31st.  The Senate will reconvene on Monday, April 4th at 6:30 p.m.

The Senate convened for a pro forma session at 11:30 a.m., with no business transacted.  Senator Collins presided.

The Senate will next convene for a pro forma session on Thursday, March 31 at 6:30 p.m.

The Senate will next convene for legislative business on Monday, April 4 at 3 p.m.

At 5 p.m., the Senate will proceed to consideration of S.1890, the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016.  At 5:30 p.m., the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on passage of S.1890, as amended.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

The Senate convened for a pro forma session at 11:00 a.m., with no business transacted.  Senator Cotton was the presiding officer.

The Senate will next convene for two further pro forma sessions:

— Monday, March 28 at 11:30 a.m.

— Thursday, March 31 at 6:30 p.m.

The Senate will next convene for legislative business on Monday, April 4 at 3:00 p.m.

At 5:00 p.m., the Senate will proceed to consideration of S.1890, the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016.  At 5:30 p.m., the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on passage of S.1890, as amended.

Monday, March 21, 2016

The Senate convened for a pro forma session at 10:00 a.m. with no business transacted. Senator Cornyn was the presiding officer. 

The Senate will next convene for the following Pro Forma sessions , again with no business to be transacted:

— Thursday, March 24 at 11:00 a.m.

— Monday, March 28 at 11:30 a.m.

— Thursday, March 31 at 6:30 p.m.

The Senate will next convene for legislative business on Monday, April 4 at 3:00 p.m.

At 5:00 p.m., the Senate will proceed to consideration of S.1890, the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016.  At 5:30 p.m., the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on passage of S.1890, as amended.

 

Thursday, March 17, 2016

6:38 p.m. The Senate adjourned. The Senate will next convene for legislative business on Monday, April 4 at 3 p.m. At 5 p.m., the Senate will proceed to consideration of S.1890, the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016.  At 5:30 p.m., the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on passage of S.1890, as amended.

During recess, the Senate will convene for these  Pro Forma sessions during the recess, with no business to be transacted:

— Monday, March 21, at 10 a.m. 

— Thursday, March 24 at 11 a.m.

— Monday, March 28 at 11:30 a.m.

— Thursday, March 31 at 6:30 p.m.

 

6:25 p.m. By voice vote the Senate confirmed these Defense Department nominations en bloc: Janine Anne Davidson of Virginia, Under Secretary of the Navy; Todd A. Weiler, Assistant Secretary of the Navy.

By voice vote, en bloc, the Senate confirmed these nominations to the Armed Services:

COAST GUARD

– Rear Adm. Karl L. Schultz to be Vice Admiral

ARMY

– Gen. Joseph L. Votel to be General

– Lt. Gen. Raymond A. Thomas, III, to be General

– The following to be Major General:

Brig. Gen. Patrick D. Sargent
Brig. Gen.  Robert D. Tenhet

– The following to be Brigadier General:

Col. Jeffrey J. Johnson
Col. Ronald T. Stephens

– The following to be Brigadier General:

Col. Dennis P. LeMaster
Col. Michael J. Talley

– Maj. Gen. Michael K. Nagata to be Lieutenant General

MARINE CORPS

– The following to be Brigadier General:

Col. Bradley S. James
Col. Kurt W. Stein

ARMY

– Maj. Gen. Austin S. Miller to be Lieutenant General

And all nominations on the Secretary’s desk in the Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, and Navy and Foreign Service

 

Also during wrap up, the Senate passed these measures by voice vote:

— S.483 – Ensuring Patient Access

— S.2143 – South Texas Bridge

— S.2512 – Encourage Treatments for Zika Virus

— H.Con.Res.111 – Use of Emancipation Hall

— S.Res.407 – University of Wyoming Men’s Nordic Ski Team

— S.Res.408 – Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Awareness Month Awareness Month

— S.Res.409 – National Women’s History Month

S.Con.Res.34 – House Adjournment Resolution

5:20 p.m. Senator Carper spoke about pending nominees.

4:46 p.m. Senator Fischer spoke in memory of Lt. Jacob Fritz, who was killed in action in Iraq in 2007

4:11 p.m. Senator Perdue spoke about the Supreme court vacancy.

3:51 p.m. Senator Stabenow spoke on the water situation in Flint.

3:39 p.m. Senator Peters spoke on the water situation in Flint.

3:05 p.m. Senator Hatch spoke about the economic situation in Puerto Rico.

2:43 p.m. Senator Coons spoke on Iran releasing ballistic missiles.

2:15 p.m. Senator McCain moves the Senate to morning business, and enters into a colloquy with Senator Graham about Syria.

2:15 p.m.  S. Res 377 is agreed to 96-0.  Senators not voting: Boxer, Cruz, Sanders and Vitter.

1:45 p.m. Roll call vote began on S. Res 377, regarding directing the Senate legal counsel to bring a civil action to enforce a subpoena regarding Backpage.com.

1:38 p.m. Senator McCaskill spoke in support of the resolution.

1:34 p.m. Senator Ayotte spoke in support of the resolution and listed cases involving Backpage.com.

1:27 p.m. Senator Klobuchar spoke in support of the Backpage.com resolution.

1:21 p.m. Senator McCain spoke in support of the Backpage.com resolution.  Senator Portman thanked him.

12:45 p.m. Senator Portman spoke about the Backpage.com resolution.

12:44 p.m. The Senate moved to consider S. Res. 377, to direct the Senate legal counsel to bring a civil action in the Backpage.com case to enforce a subpoena of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations.

12:43 p.m. By voice vote, the Senate passed the airport improvements bill (H.R. 4721), as amended by the Thune-Hatch-Nelson-Wyden substitute. The measure extends the authorization through July 16, 2016.

12:20 p.m. Senator Cantwell spoke about the Supreme Court vacancy.

12:05 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the upcoming contempt of Congress citation. He also spoke about the Supreme Court vacancy.

11:15 a.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke for the 131st time on climate change.

11:00 a.m. Senator Cotton spoke about ISIS and the persecution of religious minorities.

10:43 a.m. Senator Moran spoke about veterans and the Choice Act.

10:34 a.m. Senator Hirono spoke on Women’s History Month, and women’s progress in STEM education.

10:04 a.m. Senator Booker spoke about the Supreme Court vacancy.

9:32 a.m. Senator Reid and Senator McConnell spoke on the retirement of Capitol Police Chief, Kim Dine.

The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m. and will proceed to a period of morning business until 12:45 p.m. At 12:45, the Senate will proceed to S. Res. 377-resolution directing the Senate Legal Counsel to bring a civil action to enforce a subpoena of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations (Backpage.com) with one hour of debate. At 1:45 p.m. The Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on adoption of S. Res. 377.

 

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

5:44 p.m. Senate Stands adjourned until 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 17th. Next vote will occur at 1:45 p.m. on Adoption of S.Res.377, directing the Senate Legal Counsel to bring a civil action to enforce a subpoena of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations.

ML McConnell conducted wrap up:
Legislative Business
Completed the Rule 14 process to place on the Legislative Calendar of Business S.2686, to clarify the treatment of two or more employers as joint employers under NLRB (Alexander).

Passed H.R.1831 – Evidence-Based Policymaking Commission Act, with Burr-Murray substitute amendment.

Passed S.719 – Armed Forces Reserve Center in Great Falls, Montana

Adopted S.Res.401 – National Rehabilitation Counselors Awareness Day

Adopted S.Res.402 – Legal Counsel

No Executive Business was conducted.

4:50 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke on the Supreme Court vacancy.

4:20 p.m. Senator Menedez spoke about human rights in Cuba.

4:10 p.m. Senator McCain spoke about a Ukrainian veteran jailed in Russia.

3:40 p.m. Senator Vitter bid farewell to chief of staff Kyle.

2:49 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke on energy.

2:16 p.m. Senator Coats spoke on government waste.

1:31 p.m Senator Rounds spoke about the Supreme Court vacancy.

12:47 p.m. Senator Hatch spoke on the Supreme Court vacancy.

12:35 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on the Supreme Court vacancy and later on the national debt.

12:34 p.m. ML McConnell, having changed his vote to no, entered a motion to reconsider.

12:33 p.m. Cloture was not invoked, 48-49.

Votes in favor: 45 Republicans, 3 Democrats (Carper, Donnelly, Heitkamp).

Votes against: 41 Democrats, 7 Republicans (Collins, Heller, Lee, McConnell*, Murkowski, Paul, Sullivan) 1 Independent (King).

Senators not voting: 2 Republicans: Cruz, Rubio, 1 Indepenedent: Sanders.

11:50 a.m. Roll call vote begins on cloture on the motion to concur with the House message to accompany S. 764, the legislative vehicle for the bill to permit labeling of foods and other products that contain genetically modified organisms.

11:44 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke on the Supreme Court vacancy.

11:23 a.m. Senator Merkley spoke against the GMO bill.

11:17 a.m Senator Donnelly spoke on the GMO bill.

11:00 a.m. Senator Roberts spoke on the GMO labeling bill

10:38 p.m. Senator Murkowski spoke on the GMO labeling bill.

10:27 a.m. Senator Stabenow spoke on the GMO labeling bill.

10:20 a.m. The Senate resumes consideration of the House message to accompany S. 764, the legislative vehicle for the bill to permit labeling of foods and other products that contain genetically modified organisms.

10:18 a.m. DL Reid spoke about the Supreme Court vacancy.

10:17 a.m. ML McConnell said newfound have more to say about the Supreme Court vacancy later.  He later spoke about the pending food labeling bill.  S. 2686 has its second reading.

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The Senate convened at 10:15 a.m. and following any leader remarks, will resume consideration of the House message to accompany S. 764, the legislative vehicle for the bill to permit labeling of foods and other products that contain genetically modified organisms.

The cloture vote on the motion to concur with the House message will occur at 11:45 a.m.

 

 

 

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

6:46 p.m. The Senate adjourns until 10:15 a.m. on Wednesday, March 16.

6:31 p.m. Senator Blumenthal spoke on the food labeling bill.

6:19 p.m. Senator Daines achieved UC that when the Senate completes its business (following remarks of Senator Blumenthal) it adjourn until 10:15 a.m. on Wednesday March 16.  Following leader remarks, resume consideration of the House message to accompany S. 764, the legislative vehicle for the bill to permit labeling of foods and other products that contain genetically modified organisms. The cloture vote on the motion to concur with the House message will occur at 11:45 a.m.

6:17 p.m. Senator Daines wraps up the Senate session for the evening.   Items passed by UC:  S. Res 400, regarding cerebral palsy awareness.

S.2686, regarding the treatment of two or more employers as joint employers under the National Labor Relations Act has its first reading.

5:31 p.m. Senator Manchin spoke on the Presidential nominations and the Supreme Court vacancy.

4:57 p.m. Senators Hoeven and Tillis spoke on the GMO labeling bill.

4:47 p.m. Senator Nelson spoke on offshore drilling.

4:44 p.m. Senator Leahy paid tribute to Honduran environmental activist Berta Caceres, who was murdered recently.

4:41 p.m. Senator Cornyn achieved UC to pass S. 337, the Freedom of Information improvement Act, with a Cornyn substitute.

4:25 p.m. Senators Grassley, Leahy and Cornyn spoke on

4:14 p.m. Senators Leahy spoke on the biotechnology labeling laws.

4:00 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke on the Supreme Court vacancy.

3:17 p.m. Senator Merkley returned to speak further on the biotechnology labeling laws.

3:11 p.m. Senator Portman spoke about the passage of the drug addiction bill.

2:49 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke on biotechnology labeling laws.

2:31 p.m. Senator Boxer spoke on biotechnology labeling laws.

2:18 p.m. Senator Roberts spoke on biotechnology labeling laws.

12:17 p.m. The Senate stands in recess until 2:15 p.m.

12:09 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on the Justice against sponsors of terrorism act; and the Supreme Court vacancy.

11:47 a.m. Senator Boxer spoke on abortion bills and the Supreme Court vacancy.

11:44 a.m. Senator Murray spoke on the Supreme Court vacancy.

11:10 a.m.  Senator Cotton spoke on National Agriculture Day.

10:55 a.m. Senator Merkley joined in a colloquy with Senator Tester on the genetic modification bill.

10:42 a.m. Senator Tester spoke about the the genetically modified food bill.

10:07 a.m. Minority Leader Reid spoke about the genetically modified food labeling bill and the Supreme Court vacancy.

10:03 a.m. Senate Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the genetically modified food labeling bill and the Supreme Court vacancy.

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The Senate will convene at 10 a.m. and will be in morning business until 12:30 p.m.

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

At 2:15 p.m., the Senate will resume consideration of the House message to accompany S. 764, the legislative vehicle for the bill to permit labeling of foods and other products that contain genetically modified organisms. Currently pending to the genetically modified foods bill are these amendments:

  • Roberts substitute (#3450)
  • Motion to refer S. 764 to the Commerce Committee.

Senator McConnell has filed cloture on the motion to concur in the House message to accompany S. 764, with amendment #3450 (the Roberts on substitute genetically modified foods labeling).  Unless there is agreement to vote sooner, the roll call on cloture will occur tomorrow, March 16.

Senator McConnell has also moved to refer the genetically modified foods bill to the Commerce Committee.

Monday March 14, 2016

7:53 p.m. Th Senate stands ajourned until 10:00 a.m. Tuesday March 15.

7:04  p.m. Senator Merkley spoke on the GMO labeling measure, Amdt #3450 to S. 764.

7:02 p.m. ML McConnell did wrapup and the Senate passed S. Res 398 by unanimous consent, designating March 15, 2016 Speech and Debate Education Day.

6:35 p.m. Senator Menedez spoke in favor of a plan to help prevent bankruptcy for Puerto Rico.

6:33 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke against Sanctuary cities and against illegal immigration.

6:20 p.m. ML McConnell moved to concur in the House amendment (Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015) to S.764 (National Sea Grant College Program Amendments Act of 2015), with an amendment, which is McConnell for Roberts amendment #3450 (GMO labeling). Senator McConnell filed cloture on the motion to concur with amendment. He then moved to refer S.764 to the Commerce Committee.  Essentially he brought up the GMO labeling measure, filled the treee, and filed cloture on the motion to concur.

The cloture vote on the motion to concur would occur one hour after the Senate convenes on Wednesday, March 16, unless an agreement can be reached.

6:16  p.m.  The Senate, by a roll call vote of 49 to 40, confirmed the nomination of John King to be Secretary of Education.

5:35 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on the nomination of John King to be Secretary of Education.

5:30 p.m. Senator Murray spoke in support of the King nomination.

5:17 p.m. Senator Alexander spoke in support of the King nomination.

5:05 p.m. Senator Lee spoke in opposition to the King nomination.

4:54 p.m. Senator Warren spoke on the nomination of John King to be Secretary of Education.

4:29 p.m. Senator Hatch spoke on the Supreme Court vacancy.

4:11 p.m. Senator Cotton spoke on immigration.

3:53 p.m. Senator Lankford spoke against the nomination of John King to be Secretary of Education.

3:48 p.m. Senator Moran spoke on immigration.

3:39 p.m. Senator Baldwin spoke on the Supreme Court vacancy.

3:12 p.m. Senator Reid spoke on the Supreme Court vacancy.

3:03 p.m. ML McConnell spoke on the Supreme Court vacancy.

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The Senate will convene at 3:00 p.m. and proceed to a period of morning business until 4:00 p.m.

At 4:00 p.m., the Senate will enter Executive Session to consider the nomination of John King to be Secretary of Education.

At 5:30 p.m., there will be a roll call vote on confirmation of the nomination.

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