Thursday, March 12, 2015

6:01 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will reconvene at 3:00 on Monday, March 16. At 5:30 the Senate will vote on the nominations of Carlos Monje Jr. to be an Assistant Secretary of Transportation and Manson Brown to be an Assistant Secretary of Commerce. The cloture vote on the Human Trafficking bill will occur on Tuesday morning.

6:00 p.m. The Senate confirmed Michael Greco and Ronald Miller to be US Marshalls. The following bills were passed by voice vote:

  • S. Res. 85-honoring the life of Georgia Jones Ayers
  • S. Con. Res 7- Authorizing the use of Emancipation Hall for a ceremony honoring the Doolittle Raiders.

5:30 p.m. Senator Brown spoke about the trade promotion authority.

5:04 p.m. Senator Heitkamp spoke about Vietnam veterans.

4:31 p.m. Senator Heinrich spoke about the Sportsmen’s Act.

3:34 p.m. Senator Hatch spoke about the Disability Insurance Trust Fund.

3:27 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke in favor of the Human Trafficking bill.

3:07 p.m. Senator McCain began a colloquy with Senator Graham about Iraq.

3:05 p.m. Senator McCain spoke about the letter to Iran opposing a nuclear deal.

2:55 p.m. Senator Wicker spoke about Iran and a nuclear deal.

2:50 p.m. Senator Leahy spoke about the Human Trafficking bill.

2:44 p.m. Senator Kaine spoke in favor of confirming Loretta Lynch as Attorney General.

2:38 p.m. Senator Capito spoke in favor of S. 178, the human trafficking bill.

2:36 p.m. Senator McConnell filed cloture on both the committee reported amendment to S. 178  and the underlying bill, S. 178 (the Innocent Victims of Human Trafficking Act).

By voice vote, the Senate confirmed Tho Dinh-Zarr, of Texas, to be a Member of the National Transportation Safety Board.

By a roll call vote of 97-0, the Senate confirmed Christopher Hart to be Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board.

2:03 p.m. Leader McConnell sought unanimous consent to vote on an amendment to strip the Hyde language from S. 178. Leader Reid objected.

1:55 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the Hyde language in the human trafficking bill.

1:45 p.m. Senator Nelson spoke for the nominees to the National Transportation Safety Board.

1:20 p.m. Senator Murphy and Barrasso spoke on the Affordable Care Act.

1:08 p.m. Senator Vitter spoke on his amend to the Human Trafficking bill regarding immigration.  Senator Wyden spoke on forest fires and drought.

12:50 p.m. Senator Hoeven spoke in favor of the Human Trafficking bill.

12:35 p.m. Senator Menendez spoke on the abortion provisions in the Human Trafficking bill.

12:18 p.m. Senator King spoke about eagle canes for veterans.

12:10 p.m. Senator Heller spoke in support of the Human Trafficking bill.

11:55 a.m. Senator Grassley spoke about they Hyde amendment language.

11:50 a.m. Senator Murray spoke about the provisions against abortion in the Human Trafficking bill.

11:45 a.m. Senator Hirono spoke about the provisions against abortion in the Human Trafficking bill

11:35 a.m. Senator Boxer spoke about the provisions against abortion in the Human Trafficking bill.

11:05 a.m. Senators Cornyn, Portman, Thune, Kirk and Grassley engage in a colloquy on S. 178 the human trafficking bill.

11:04 a.m. Senator Leahy spoke on the bill.

11:03 a.m. Senate resumes consideration of S. 178 the human trafficking bill.

10:37 a.m. Senator Heitkamp spoke on the human trafficking bill.

9:47 a.m.  Senators Roberts and Durbin spoke on S. 178 the human trafficking bill, with Senator Durbin also speaking on for profit colleges.

9:32 a.m.  ML McConnell and DL Reid spoke on S. 178 the human trafficking bill and the Senate schedule.

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The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m. and after any leader time, will be in a period of morning business for one hour.

Following morning business, the Senate will resume consideration of S. 178, the anti-trafficking bill.

At 1:30 p.m., the Senate will proceed to Executive Session, and following thirty minutes of debate, vote on the following nominations:

1. Christopher Hart to be Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board.
2. Tho Dinh-Zarr, of Texas, to be a Member of the National Transportation Safety Board. (Voice Vote expected)

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

7:04 p.m. Senate adjourns until 9:30 a.m. Thursday March 12, 2015.

7:02 p.m. ML McConnell wraps up the day in the Senate. UC that at 1:30 p.m., the Senate vote on the following nominations:
1. Christopher Hart to be Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board.
2. Tho Dinh-Zarr, of Texas, to be a Member of the National Transportation Safety Board. (Voice Vote expected)

Further UC that Senate stand adjourned until 9:30 a.m. At that time, morning business for one hour, followed by resumption of consideration of S. 178, the human trafficking bill.

6:12 p.m. Senator Hatch spoke on S. 178, the human trafficking bill.

6:08 p.m. Senator Casey spoke in favor of the nomination of Loretta Lynch.

6:07 p.m. Senator Grassley moves the Senate to a period of morning business.

5:39 p.m. Senator Alexander seeks to file his amendment, Senator Leahy clarifies that the Senator does not want to set aside the pending amendment. Upon hearing Senator Alexander does not, Senator Leahy does not object. Senator Alexander goes on to explain his amendment, regarding schools doing background checks on potential employees who work with children.

5:31 p.m. Senators Grassley and Leahy spoke on the history of S. 178, the human trafficking bill.

5:22 p.m. Senator Leahy spoke on S. 178, the human trafficking bill; and the nomination of Loretta Lynch to be Attorney General.

5:17 p.m. Senator Isakson spoke on S. 178, the human trafficking bill. He later turned to discuss the recent Selma anniversary and paid tribute to Rep John Lewis.

5:17 p.m. There will be no votes in the Senate today.

5:03 p.m. Senator Whitehouse, in his ongoing series, told the Senate to wake up on climate change for the 92nd time.

5:00 p.m. The Senate returned from the recess.

4:00 p.m. The Senate recessed until 5:00 p.m. to allow for a Republican budget meeting.

3:47 p.m. Senator Shaheen spoke on S. 178, human trafficking bill.

3:46 p.m. Senator Grassley achieved a UC agreement for the Senate to recess from 4:00pm-5:00pm.

3:15 p.m. Senator Sanders spoke on the budget.

3:10 p.m. Senator McCain spoke on S. 178, the human trafficking bill.

3:02 p.m. Senator Portman spoke on S. 178, the human trafficking bill.

3:00 p.m. Senator Reid spoke about abortion, the Hyde amendment and the consideration of the human trafficking legislation.

2:25 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about fines and penalties for users of victims of trafficking.

2:10 p.m. Senator Hatch spoke about the Ukraine.

2:08 p.m. Senators Cornyn and Hatch spoke about abortion and the Hyde amendment.

1:50 p.m. Senators Collins and Leahy spoke about the Homeless Youth Act.

1:00 p.m. Senators Moran and Barrasso spoke on the human trafficking bill, with Senator Barrasso then turning to the Affordable Care Act.

12:38 p.m. Senator Lee paid tribute to his outgoing Communications Director Brian Phillips.

12:16 p.m. Senator Klobuchar spoke about sex trafficking.

12:06 p.m.  Senator Blunt speaks about S. 178, the human trafficking bill.

12:00 p.m.  Senator Vitter calls for adding requirements for citizenship beyond being born on American soil.

11:59 a.m. Senator Vitter offers second-degree amendment #284 (concerning immigration) to Portman amendment #271 to S. 178.

11:45 a.m. Senator Gillibrand spoke for two amendments to S. 178, the trafficking bill.

11:25 a.m. Senator Leahy spoke for the bill and for an amendment to make children less vulnerable to sexual trafficking.

11:18 a.m. Senator Grassley spoke for the bill.

11:06 a.m. Senator Toomey sought unanimous consent to take up an amendment on sexual predation in schools; Senator Brown objected. Senator Toomey spoke for the bill.

10:48 a.m. Senator Brown spoke against the abortion language in the human trafficking bill.

10:23 a.m.  Senator McCain spoke on Boris Nemtsov.

10:14 a.m.  Senator Coats spoke on wasteful spending by the government.

10:09 a.m.  Senator Murray spoke on human trafficking and the affordable care act.

9:45 a.m.  Senator Durbin spoke on the affordable care act.

9:37 a.m.  Senator Reid spoke on the affordable care act and human trafficking.

9:32 a.m.  ML McConnell spoke on human trafficking.

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The Senate convened at 9:30 a.m.

After morning business, the Senate will resume consideration of S. 178, the sexual trafficking bill.

No votes have been schedule yet for today.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

6:08 The Senate adjourned and will reconvene at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday March 11th. The Senate will resume consideration of S. 178 – the human trafficking bill. No votes are scheduled at this time. In Wrap up, the Senate passed S. Res 93, a Sense of the Senate bill regarding slain Russian opposition leader, Boris Nemtsov.

5:18 p.m. Senator Shaheen spoke on the 50th anniversary of the Selma/Montgomery voting rights march.

5:10 p.m. Senator Kirk attempts to call up his amendment, amendment 273. Senator Leahy objects on behalf of colleagues.

4:40 p.m. Senator Vitter attempts to bring up an amendment that has had a slight modification, Senator Leahy objected on behalf of other Democratic Senators. Senator Vitter explained his amendment, regarding “birth tourism”.

4:05 p.m. Senators Cornyn and Leahy spoke on S. 178, the human trafficking bill and abortion language within the bill.

3:23 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke on the Smarter Sentencing Act.

2:40 p.m. Senator Portman offered amendment 271 regarding homeless children and youth.

2:30 p.m. – Senator Portman spoke on S. 178, the human trafficking bill.

2:20 p.m. – Senator Hach spoke in morning business on President Obama’s stance against Iran.

2:15 p.m. – Senator Cassidy spoke on S. 178, the human trafficking bill.

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

12:25 p.m. Senator Carper spoke about federal employees.

12:15 p.m. Senator King spoke about a possible nuclear agreement with Iran and against an open letter sent by Senate Republicans opposed to the letter.

12:05 p.m. Senator Kaine spoke about a possible nuclear agreement with Iran, the threat of ISIL and the need to budget for defense.

12:04 p.m. Senator Manchin congratulated Senator Capito.

11:50 a.m.  Senator Capito gave her maiden speech.

11:41 a.m.  Senator Cornyn spoke on human trafficking.

11:28 a.m.  Senator Leahy spoke on human trafficking.

11:12 a.m.  Senator Grassley spoke on the earned income tax credit regarding undocumented workers and human trafficking.

11:08 a.m.  Senator Leahy spoke on the Republican letter to Iran.

11:01 a.m.  Senator Durbin spoke on the Republican letter to Iran.

10:51 a.m.  Senator Stabenow spoke on former Senator Vandenberg’s foreign relations policy and the Republican letter to Iran.

10:48 a.m.  Senator Nelson spoke on the Republican letter to Iran.

10:28 a.m.  Senator Toomey spoke on S. 474, protecting students against sexual and violent predators.

10:22 a.m.  Senators Thune spoke on human trafficking.

10:06 a.m.  Senator Reid spoke on healthcare and the nomination of Loretta Lynch.

10:02 a.m.  ML McConnell spoke on human trafficking and paid tribute to former U.S. Senator Edward W. Brooke.

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The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m. and be in a period of morning business until 11:00 a.m.  Then the Senate will proceed to S-178, the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015, for debate only.  The Senate will recess from 12:30 p.m. until 2:15 p.m. for caucus lunches.

Friday, March 6, 2015

The Senate met for a pro-forma session today at 9:30 a.m.; with President Pro Tem Hatch presiding. No legislative business was transacted.

The Senate is now adjourned until 2:00 p.m. on Monday, March 9; when it will proceed to a period of morning business until 5:00pm.

• At 5:00pm, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session in order to consider the following nominations:

o Daniel Henry Marti to be Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator
o Michelle K. Lee to be Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office
o Jeffrey S. Hall to be a Member of the Farm Credit Administration Board, Farm Credit Administration
o Dallas P. Tonsager to be a Member of the Farm Credit Administration Board, Farm Credit Administration

• Upon the use or yielding back of time [at approximately 5:30pm], the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on confirmation of the Marti nomination.

• Following disposition of the Marti nomination, the Senate will proceed to vote in relation to the Lee, Hall, and Tonsager nominations, which are expected to be confirmed by voice vote.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

The Senate is not in session today.

Most offices in the Capitol complex are closed because of the snow.

The Senate will meet for a pro-forma session only on Friday, March 6 at 9:30 a.m. No legislative business will be transacted.

The Senate will next meet in legislative session at 2 p.m. on Monday, March 9. At 5 p.m., consideration of several nominations will begin.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

6:02 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 9:30 a.m. Friday, March 6th for a Pro Forma session only.

The next roll call vote is expected on Monday, March 10th at 5:30 p.m. on the nomination of Daniel Henry Marti, to be Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator. Followed by voice votes on the nominations of:
cal. #22 Michelle K. Lee to be Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
cal. #49 Jeffrey S. Hall to be a Member of the Farm Credit Administration Board, Farm Credit Administration.
cal. #50 Dallas P. Tonsager to be a Member of the Farm Credit Administration Board, Farm Credit Administration.

During wrap-up S. Res. 98, supporting the goals and ideals of multiple sclerosis, was passed by unanimous consent. ML McConnell spoke on
Iran’s nuclear program. A vote on the motion to invoke cloture on S. 625, regarding Iran’s Nuclear Program, is expected to occur 1 hour after the Senate convenes on Tuesday, March 10th.

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5:53 p.m. ML McConnell filled cloture on S. 625, to provide congressional review and oversight of agreements relating to Iran’s nuclear program.

5:30 p.m.  Senator Baldwin spoke about climate change.

5:20 p.m.  Senator Whitehouse spoke about climate change.

5:05 p.m.  Senator Blumenthal spoke in support of the ACA in the face of the current challenge in the Supreme Court.

5:00 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke about the Affordable Care Act and the current challenge in the Supreme Court.  He described a way to replace the ACA.

4:33 p.m. Senator Murkowski spoke about the Arctic and the Arctic Council.

THERE WILL BE NO FURTHER VOTES THIS WEEK.

4:05 p.m. Senator Murray spoke on Democratic priorities.

3:30 p.m. Senator Hatch spoke on federal regulations.

2:46 p.m. Senator Leahy spoke on Loretta Lynch nomination.

2:45 p.m. ML McConnell moves Senate into a period of morning business.

2:44 p.m. Veto override of S.1; Keystone bill fails 62-37; 67 votes needed.

1:50 p.m. Senators Hoeven, Thune, Manchin, Murkowski and ML McConnell spoke in support of the override of the Keystone veto.

1:37 p.m. Senator Merkely spoke against the override of the Keystone veto.

12:59 p.m Senator Durbin spoke on the 150th anniversary of President Lincolns 2nd inaugural address, followed by a statement paying tribute to Bill Bartholomay.

12:45 p.m. Senator Fischer spoke about human trafficking.

12:32 p.m. Senator Markey spoke against the Keystone veto override.

12:20 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke for the Keystone veto override. He also spoke about the negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program.

12:10 p.m. Senators Boxer and Cantwell spoke on veto message of the-bill S.1 expected at 2:20 p.m.

12:07 p.m. S.J.Res 8 is agreed to 53-46. The lone party switcher was Senator Murkowski voting no. Senator Donnelly missed the vote.

11:37 a.m. Roll call vote begins on S.J.Res 8 ; disapproval of new rules on union elections.

11:25 a.m. Senator Nelson briefly follows up on Senator Murphys comments on the Affordable Care Act before turning to discuss Iran negotiations and S. 615.

11:10 a.m. Senator Murphy spoke on the Affordable Care Act.

10:22 a.m. Senator Mikulski began a colloquy on human sexual trafficking, with Senators Klobuchar, Shaheen, Hirono, Ayotte, Heitkamp, and Gillibrand.

9:56 a.m. Senators Thune and Tillis spoke in favor of S.J.Res 8 ; to express disapproval of the new labor rule.

9:37 a.m. Minority Leader Reid spoke against the pending resolution (S.J.Res 8; ) to disapprove of new rules on union elections. He also addressed the Supreme Court case on health care.

9:34 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell completed Rule XIV procedings to place on the calendar S. 615; (Iran nuclear sanctions).

Senator McConnell spoke in favor of cloture on the vote to override President Obama’s veto of  S.1; the Keystone XL Pipeline bill. He also addressed the Supreme Court argument on the health care law.

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The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m. and resume consideration of S.J.Res 8; the resolution to disapprove of a change in union election rules, proposed by the National Labor Relations Board.

There will be two hours of debate.

At about 11:45 a.m., there will be a roll call vote on passage of S.J.Res 8.

Upon disposition of S.J.Res 8; , there will be a cloture vote on the President’s Keystone XL Pipeline S.1; veto message.

 

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

7:30 The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30 Wednesday, March 4 to resume the Motion to Proceed to S.J.Res 8. There will be two hours of debate followed by two roll call votes at 11:30. (Passage and the motion to invoke cloture on the keystone veto message)

7:20 Senator Blumenthal asked for the passage of S.J. Res 95 and spoke against S.J. Res. 8 (disapproving of changes in union organizing law).

6:45 Senator Menendez spoke against S.J. Res. 8 (disapproving of changes in union organizing law).

6:25 p.m. Senator Warren spoke against S.J. Res. 8 (disapproving of changes in union organizing law).

6:15 Senator Whitehouse spoke against S.J. Res. 8 (disapproving of changes in union organizing law).

6:10p.m. Leader McConnell in wrap up passed S.J. Res 48, supporting the goals of career and education month,  and asked in executive session calendar #48, Lt. Gen. Kenneth Tovo be approved and all of the nominations on the secretary’s desk.

5:50 Senator Hatch spoke in favor of S.J. Res. 8 (disapproving of changes in union organizing law).

5:34 p.m. Senator Thune spoke in favor of S.J. Res. 8 (disapproving of changes in union organizing law).

5:11 Senator Scott spoke in favor of S.J. Res. 8 (disapproving of changes in union organizing law).

5:00 Senator Durbin spoke against S.J. Res. 8 (disapproving of changes in union organizing law).

4:51 p.m. Senator Stabenow spoke against S.J. Res. 8 (disapproving of changes in union organizing law).

4:46 p.m. Senator Isakson spoke in favor of S.J. Res. 8 (disapproving of changes in union organizing law).

4:37 p.m. Senator Alexander spoke for the labor bill, S.J. Res. 8.

4:28 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke against S.J. Res. 8 (disapproving of changes in union organizing law).

4:22 p.m. Senator Franken spoke against S.J. Res. 8.

4:00 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke on the Affordable Care Act.

3:39 p.m. Senator Flake  spoke on the “Clear Act”, the “Ordeal Act” and the Environmental Protection Agency.

3:16 p.m. Senator Enxzi spoke on the National Labor Relations Board.

3:04 p.m. Senator Murray spoke on economic policy and the working/middle class.

2:47 p.m. Senator Alexander spoke on S.J.Res 8.

2:46 p.m. Motion to proceed to S.J.Res 8; was agreed to by a vote of 53-45.

2:18 p.m. Roll call vote begins on motion to proceed to S.J.Res 8; regarding union elections.

2:15 p.m. ML McConnell gets firstreading and speaks briefly on S. 625, regarding oversight of agreements related to Iran’s nuclear program.

At 2:15pm, the Senate is expected to conduct a roll call vote on the motion to proceed to a joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval of the rule submitted by the

National Labor Relations Board relating to representation case procedures (S.J.Res. 8).

If the motion to proceed to S.J.Res. 8 is adopted, there will be up to ten hours for debate on the joint resolution. A roll call vote on passage of S.J.Res. 8 would then be expected to occur on Wednesday, March 4, 2015, prior to a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the veto message relative to a bill to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline (S. 1).

10:30 a.m. Senate is in recess until 2:15 p.m. for the Joint Session, followed by weekly caucus lunches.

10:15 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke about the Republican role in the Netanyahu speech.

10:05 a.m. Message: Homer Keith Hall is chief of Congressional Budget Office.

9:54 a.m. Senator Hoeven led a colloquy (with Senators Graham and Menendez) to welcome Prime Minister Netanyahu.

9:47 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell secured unanimous consent to appoint senators to escort Prime Minister Netanhayu into the House for his address to a joint session. The leader also spoke about Iran’s nuclear program.

9:50 a.m. Minority Leader Reid called for confirmation of Attorney General-designate Lynch.

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The Senate will convene at 9:45 a.m. Following any leader time, the Senate will be in a period of Morning Business until 10:30 a.m.

At 10:30 a.m., the Senate will recess until 2:15 p.m. to allow for the Joint Meeting of Congress and the weekly caucus luncheons.

On Monday, cloture was filed on the veto message to accompany S.1, the Keystone pipeline bill; under the rule, the cloture vote would occur one hour after the Senate convenes on Wednesday.

Monday, March 2, 2015

6:29 p.m. Senate adjourned until 9:45 a.m. on Tuesday, March 3.

6:26 p.m Senator Cornyn commemorated Texas Independence Day.

6:23 p.m. ML McConnell files cloture on the veto message on S.1, Keystone bill. Items passed in wrap up: S. 431, regarding “Bloody Sunday.” UC that Senate adjourn until 9:45 am on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 following the remarks of Senator Cornyn. Senate in morning business from 9:45 to 10:30, then recess for the joint meeting to hear PM Netanyahu, and the weekly caucus luncheons.

6:19 p.m. Motion to table the motion to go to conference in relation to HR 240, Homeland Security Appropriations bill, agreed to 58-31.

5:59 p.m. Roll call vote begins on motion to table the motion to go to conference on HR 240, Homeland Security Appropriations bill.

5:58 p.m. Cloture not invoked 47-43. 100% party line. Following Senators missed vote: Blunt, Brown, Gardner, Kirk, McCaskill, Nelson, Paul, Shelby, Vitter, and Wicker.

5:30 p.m. Roll call vote begins on cloture on the request to go to conference on HR 240, Homeland Security Appropriations bill.

5:07 p.m. Senators Shaheen, Hoeven, and Cochran spoke on the Homeland Security bill.

4:45 p.m. Senator Leahy spoke on the Lynch nomination.

4:35 p.m. Senator  Coats spoke on his second installment of the “Waste of the Week”.

4:06 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke on Netanyahu.

2:54 p.m. Senator Reid spoke for Senate Democrats in opposition to a conference on H.R. 240, the longer-term funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security.

3:30 p.m. Senator McConnell filed cloture on the motion to proceed to the motion to go to conference on H.R. 240.

2:47 p.m. Senator Boozman spoke about Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s visit tomorrow.

2:10 p.m.  Senator Hatch spoke about Israel and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s visit tomorrow.

2:07 p.m.  The Senate received House message to accompany HR 240.

2:00 p.m.  Senator McConnell spoke about the week ahead in the Senate and on Capitol Hill.  He mentioned Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s visit, the vetoed Keystone bill, a workplace bill and the department of homeland security funding measure.

1:00 p.m. The Senate will convene at 2 p.m. Following any leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the House message to accompany H.R.240, the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations bill.

At approximately 3:30 p.m., Majority Leader McConnell will file cloture on the motion to go to conference with the House on H.R.240.  Two hours of debate will follow.

At 5:30 p.m., there will be a cloture vote on the motion to go to conference on H.R. 240.

 

Friday, February 27, 2015

8:21 p.m.  Wrap-up: the Senate passed S Res 92, designating February 28, 2015 as rare diseases day.

8:20 p.m.  Senator Reid spoke about his confidence that the House will pass a seven-day CR.

8:18 pm  The Senate passed a seven-day continuing resolution to fund the Department of Homeland Security until March 6, 2015 by voice vote.  Majority Leader McConnell made a motion to proceed to the motion to appoint conferees on the HR 240, the full DHS appropriations bill.  This tees up a 5:30 p.m. Monday cloture vote on the motion to appoint conferees. The Senate stands adjourned until 2:00 p.m. Monday.

2:10 p.m. The Senate stands in recess subject to the call of the chair.

11:58 a.m. Senator Rubio spoke about Venezuela.

11:52 a.m. Senator Donnelly spoke on the recent passing of Ted Hesburgh from Notre Dame.

11:48 a.m. Senator Isakson spoke on trade agreements.

11:47 a.m. Cloture not invoked on motion to proceed to S. 534. Collins immigration bill. Democrats in favor: Donnelly, Heitkamp, Manchin, and McCaskill. ML McConnell voted no in order to reconsider. Senator Boxer missed.

11:28 a.m. H.R. 240 adopted by a vote of 68-31. No votes: all GOP: Blunt, Boozman, Burr, Cassidy, Cotton, Crapo, Cruz, Daines, Ernst, Fischer, Grassley, Hoeven, Inhofe, Isakson, Lankford, Lee, Moran, Paul, Perdue, Portman, Risch, Roberts, Rubio, Sasse, Scott, Sessions, Shelby, Sullivan, Tillis, Vitter, and Wicker. Senators missing vote: Boxer.

11:12 a.m. Roll call vote begins on passage of HR 240, as amended.

11:10 a.m. McConnell substitute amendment agreed to 66-33. No votes: all GOP: Blunt, Boozman, Burr, Capito, Cassidy, Cotton, Crapo, Cruz, Daines, Ernst, Fischer, Grassley, Hoeven, Inhofe, Isakson, Lankford, Lee, Moran, Paul, Perdue, Portman, Risch, Roberts, Rubio, Sasse, Scott, Sessions, Shelby, Sullivan, Tillis, Toomey, Vitter, and Wicker. Senators missing vote: Boxer.

10:51 a.m. Roll call vote begins on the McConnell substitute amendment.

10:50 a.m. Motion to table not agreed to 34-65, yes votes: all GOP: Blunt, Booman, Burr, Capito, Cassidy, Cotton, Crapo, Cruz, Daines, Ernst, Fischer, Grassley, Hatch, Hoeven, Inhofe, Isakson, Lankford, Lee, Moran, Paul, Perdue, Portman, Risch, Roberts, Rubio, Sasse, Scott, Sessions, Shelby, Sullivan, Tillis, Thune, Toomey, Vitter, and Wicker. Senators missing vote: Boxer.

10:35 a.m. Roll call vote begins on motion to table the McConnell Amendment.

10:28 a.m. Senator Lee attempts to call up his own amendment, when objection is heard, he offers motion to table McConnell Amendment.

10:29 a.m. Cloture invoked 68-31. No votes, all GOP: Blunt, Booman, Burr, Capito, Cassidy, Cotton, Crapo, Cruz, Daines, Ernst, Fischer, Grassley, Hoeven, Inhofe, Isakson, Lankford, Lee, Moran, Paul, Perdue, Portman, Risch, Roberts, Rubio, Sasse, Scott, Sessions, Shelby, Sullivan, Tillis, Vittter, and Wicker.   Senators missing vote: Boxer.

10:01 a.m.  The Senator is now voting on the motion to invoke cloture on H.R. 240, DHS Appropriations bill.

9:56 a.m.  Senator Durbin spoke on DHS Appropriations and against Collins’ bill S. 534.

9:52 a.m.  Senator Collins spoke on DHS Appropriations and her legislation, S. 534 on immigration.

9:46 a.m.  Senator Vitter spoke on DHS Appropriations.

9:39 a.m.  Senator Mikulski spoke on DHS Appropriations.

9:35 a.m.  Senator Reid spoke on DHS Appropriations.

9:32 a.m.  ML McConnell spoke on DHS Appropriations.

The Senate will convene at 9:30am. Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R.240, the DHS Appropriations bill.

At 10:00am the Senate will proceed to a series of at least four roll call votes that will include the following:
1. Motion to invoke cloture on H.R.240, DHS Appropriations Bill.
(At the conclusion of the first vote Senator Lee or his designee will be recognized for up to ten minutes)
2. Adoption of substitute amendment #255 in relation to H.R. 240, DHS Appropriations Bill.
3. Passage of H.R.240, DHS Appropriations Bill, as amended, if amended.
4. Motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to S.534, the Collins bill.

Please note, additional procedural votes are possible in this series.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

7:20 p.m. The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30 a.m. Friday, February 27th. There will be up to four votes tomorrow starting at 10 a.m.

• Cloture on H.R.240, Department of Homeland Security appropriations (60 vote threshold)

• McConnell Amendment #255 – substitute (withdraws immigration language)

• Passage of H.R.240, Department of Homeland Security appropriations

• Cloture on the motion to proceed to S. 534 – Collins Immigration bill

6:33 p.m. Senate passed S. Res 76 – a resolution welcoming Netanyahu to the Capitol for his March 3rd address to Congress.

5:50 p.m. Senator Manchin spoke on Mike Perry, a West Virginian who passed away recently.

5:39 p.m. Senator Whitehouse responds to Senator Inhofe on climate change and his snowball.

5:25 p.m. Senator Franken spoke on the FCC ruling regarding net neutrality today.

4:50 p.m. Senators Warren, Markey, Sanders, and Baldwin joined in the trade colloquy; with Senator Markey also speaking on the environment.

4:10 p.m. Senator Brown began a colloquy on transpacific trade promotion authority. Joining him were Senators Whitehouse, Casey and Merkley.

3:41 p.m. Senator Inhofe spoke about global warming; starting his speech by throwing a snowball to a page.

3:21 p.m. Senator Sessions spoke on Executive Action and Congress’s appropriation authority; and then passes by UC: S. 527, a bill to award the Congressional Gold Medal to the foot soldiers who participated in Bloody Sunday, and other events in March 1965 in Selma Alabama.

3:15 p.m. Senator Booker spoke on S.R. 88.

3:13 p.m. Senator Cochran spoke about passing comprehensive legislation on reforming the US prison system.

3:03 p.m. Senator Booker spoke on the US Justice System, America’s War on Druges and the racial disproportion of minority Americans.

3:00 p.m. Senator Cantwell spoke on Net Neutrality and the open Internet economy.

2:45 p.m. Senator Collins spoke on the President’s consitutional power of Executive Action.

2:19 p.m. Senator Collins spoke about Immigration and Constitutional constraints on Unilateral Executive Action.

2:11 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about Departmento of Homeland Securtiy Funding.

1:53 p.m. Senator Shatz spoke about Department of Homeland Security Funding.

12:31 p.m. Senator Markey spoke about net neutrality.

12:26 p.m. Senator Shaheen spoke in favor of funding the Department of Homeland Security.

Noon Senator Rubio secured unanimous consent for the Senate to recess from 12:45 p.m.to 1:45 p.m.

11:05 a.m. Minority Leader Reid spoke about the spending bill for the Department of Homeland Security.

11:02 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the Collins immigration bill and the FEC’s pending action on Net neutrality.
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The Senate will convene at 11 a.m.

After the prayer and the pledge and any leader remarks, the Senate will resume post-cloture consideration of the motion to proceed to H.R. 240, the 2015 appropriation for the Department of Homeland Security. If all post-cloture time is used, it will expire at 9:13 p.m.

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