Tuesday, September 13, 2016

6:40 p.m.  The Senate stands adjourned until tomorrow, Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at 9:30 a.m. When the Senate convenes at 9:30 AM  there will be in a period of morning business until 11:00 AM. At 11:00 AM, the Senate will resume consideration of S. 2848 (Water Resources Development Act). All post-cloture time with respect to Inhofe amend #4979 (Substitute amendment) will expire at the 2:45 PM. It is expected that a Senator will raise a budget point of order against the substitute amendment. If raised, the Senate would vote on the motion to waive the budget point of order.  If waived, the Senate will then vote on adoption of Inhofe-Boxer substitute amendment #4979. The Senate will then proceed to a vote on the motion to invoke cloture on S. 2848 (Water Resources Development Act) as amended, if amended. If cloture on S. 2848 as amended, if amended, is invoked, the time will count as if cloture was invoked at 1:00 AM on Wednesday, September 14, 2016.

6:05 p.m. Senator Murkowski spoke on the difficulties on getting improvements to a road in Alaska.

6:00 p.m. Senator Boxer spoke on the Inhofe/Boxer amendment #5042.

5:45 p.m. Senator Inhofe asked unanimous consent to modify his amendment #5042. It was agreed to and amendment 4980 fell.

5:30 p.m. Senator Coons asked unanimous consent to move to executive session to confirm executive calendar nominations #27-31. It was objected to by Senator Cotton.

4:45 p.m. Senator Gardner spoke on defense appropriations. He also asked UC that when the Senate completes HR 5325 that it take up HR 293. Senator Durbin objected.

4:25 Senator Capito spoke on defense appropriations and the continuing resolution.

4:15 p.m. Senator Daines spoke on defense appropriations.

3:39 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke on foreign policy.

2:55 p.m. Senator Inhofe spoke on the water resources bill.

11:47 a.m. Senator Feinstein spoke about the water resources bill and a part of the bill affecting Lake Tahoe.

11:31 a.m. Senator Capito spoke on the water resources bill.

11:13 a.m. Senator Barrasso spoke on the Affordable Care Act.

11:08 a.m. Senator Wyden spoke on the Zika virus.

10:35 a.m. Senator Fischer spoke about the water resources bill.

10:24 a.m. Senator Cornyn thanked Senator Reid for his explanation of his criticism. He also spoke against the new health insurance system.

10:12 a.m. Minority Leader Reid explained that his recent criticism of Senator Cornyn was not meant personally. He also discussed the fight against the Zika virus.

10:02 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the Obama administration’s new medical insurance system.

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The Senate will convene at 10 a.m. Tuesday, and will resume consideration of the water resources bill, S. 2848.

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

The Senate has begun 30 hours of post-cloture debate on Amendment #4979 to the water bill, with recess time counted against the clock. If all time were used, the post-cloture debate would conclude shortly after midnight.  Following disposition of the Inhofe-Boxer substitute, the Senate will immediately proceed to a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on S. 2848, as amended, if amended.

Majority Leader McConnell has filed cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R. 5325, the legislative vehicle for a continuing resolution to finance the government through December 9.  The cloture vote is expected to occur following disposition of the Water Resources Development Act of 2016 (S. 2848).

 

Monday, September 12, 2016

6:46 p.m. The Senate stands adjourned until 10 a.m. Tuesday, when it will resume consideration of the water resources bill, S. 2848. The Senate will recess for weekly caucus luncheons from 12:30 p.m. until 2:15 p.m. The Senate has begun 30 hours of post-cloture debate on Amendment #4979 to the water bill, with recess time counted against the clock.

6:15 p.m. Senator Johnson paid tribute to the late Army Staff Sgt.  Matthew Thompson, who was killed in Afghanistan.

6:13 p.m. By a vote of 90 to 1, the Senate invoked cloture on the Inhofe-Boxer substitute to the water resources bill. Voting no: Lee. Not voting: Coats, Flake, Graham, Kaine, Murkowski, Perdue, Reid, Sanders, Toomey.

5:08 p.m. Senator Inhofe spoke about the water resources bill.

4:10 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke on the FBI’s decision regarding Secretary of State Clinton’s email server.

3:55 p.m. Senator Nelson praised the new health insurance system. He also spoke about the Zika virus.

3:27 p.m. Senator Durbin criticized the House version of the Military Contruction/Veterans Administration appropriation. Senator Durbin defended the Obama administration’s new health insurance system.

3:17 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the continuing resolution and about aid to the victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

3:04 p.m. Minority Leader Reid criticized Republican opposition to certain subsidies of Planned Parenthood. He criticized the Koc brothers’ financial backing of some GOP Senate candidates.

3:02 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell moved to proceed to H.R. 5325, the legislative branch appropriation. He filed a cloture motion on the motion to proceed to the appropriation.

Senator McConnell said the Senate will move forward this week on a continuing resolution to finance government operations — including spending to fight the Zika virus and support the veterans — through December 9.

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The Senate will convene at 3:00 p.m., and following any Leader remarks, will resume consideration of S.2848, the Water Resources Development Act.

As a reminder, ML McConnell filed cloture on the Inhofe-Boxer substitute amendment #4979 and on the on the underlying bill S.2848, the Water Resources Development Act.

 

 

At 5:30 p.m. the Senate will vote on the cloture motion on the Inhofe-Boxer substitute amendment #4979.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

5:09 p.m. The Senate adjourned until Monday September 12, 2016 at 3:00 p.m.

4:54 p.m. Senator Boozman spoke on Bill Cooper, a sheriff in Arkansas who was killed in the line of duty.  Senator Boozman did wrap up for the day.

4:29 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke on the Water Resources Development Act.

3:54 p.m. Senator Menendez spoke on zika funding.

3:45 p.m. Senator Fischer paid tribute to members of the military from Nebraska.

3:35 p.m. Senator Markey spoke on zika funding.

3:16 p.m. Senator Coats spoke for the 49th time about his “waste of the week”; on this occassion he focused on the HHS non recurring expense fund.

3:02 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on the Water Resources Development Act; and later discussing the 15th anniversary of 9/11.

2:50 p.m. Senator Cassidy paid tribute to Monroe Jackson, a police officer in Baton Rouge who was killed on duty.

2:30 p.m. Senator Stabenow spoke on the Water Resources Development Act.

2:22 p.m. Senator Roberts spoke on the Affordable Care Act.

2:21 p.m. ML McConnell filed cloture on the Inhofe/Boxer substitute amendment to the Water Resources bill, and the underlying bill.

2:20 p.m. The Nomination was confirmed 92-0.  Senators not voting: Alexander, Boxer, Durbin, Johnson, Kaine, Kirk, Moran and Peters.

1:45 p.m. The Senate began voting on the nomination of Peter Michael McKinley to be US Ambassador to Brazil.

1:41 p.m. Senator King spoke on funding of Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act.

1:28 p.m. Senator Grassley answered Senator Reid’s criticism of his position, as Judiciary Committee chairman, on the Supreme Court vacancy.

1:25 p.m. Senator Daines spoke in favor of the Wyden cyber-surveillance bill.

1:20 p.m. Senator Wyden rebutted Senator Cornyn.

1:15 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke against Senator Wyden’s bill and objected to the unanimous consent request.

1:06 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke for his bill to address government surveillance powers, S. 2952. He asked unanimous consent that the bill be adopted.

12:50 p.m. Senator Portman spoke about the health care law.

12:36 p.m. Senator Rubio spoke about the Zika virus.

12:15 p.m. Senators McCain and Barrasso spoke on the Affordable Care Act.

12:00 p.m. Senators Inhofe and Boxer spoke on the Water Resources bill.  Calls up and passes by voice vote the Heller amdt #4891 and Merkley #4991.

11:54 a.m. Senator Leahy spoke on the Supreme Court vacancy.

11:49 p.m. Senator Heller spoke on Heller-Heinrich amendment #4891 to the water resource bill.

11:40 p.m. Senator Carper spoke on the closing of I.T.T. Technical University.

11:14 p.m. Senator Cruz paid tribute to Phyllis Schlafly and spoke on Internet freedom.

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At 1:45 p.m., there will be a vote on the nomination of Peter Michael McKinley, VA, to be Ambassador to Brazil.

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10:57 a.m. Senator Klobuchar spoke about the Supreme Court vacancy and paid tribute to Patty Wetterling.

10:38 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke about the Supreme Court vacancy.

10:28 a.m. Senator Coons spoke about the Supreme Court vacancy.

10:16 a.m. Senator Peters spoke about the water resources bill.

10:08 a.m. Senator Sullivan spoke about the water resources bill and about the nation’s economy.

9:50 a.m. Minority Leader Reid recalled the attacks of September 11, 2001. Senator Reid also recalled the economic crisis of 2008. He defended the new medical system. He spoke in favor of suicide prevention.

9:38 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell completed Rule XIV procedings to place on the calendar S. 3296 and S. 3297, tax code amendments regarding the new medical system’s individual insurance mandate.

Senator McConnell paid tribute to the new leader of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Brian Duffy of Kentucky. Senator McConnell also criticized the new medical system.

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The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m. and will observe a moment of silence for the victims of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The Senate will then resume consideration of S. 2848, the Water Resources Development Act.

These amendments are pending to the water resources bill:

— Inhofe-Boxer substitute (#4979);

—  Inhofe amendment to make a technical correction (#4980).

NOTE: Rule XIV proceedings have begun to place directly on the Senate calendar S. 3296 and S. 3297, both tax code amendments that would provide certain exemptions from the individual insurance mandate under the new health care system.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

6:54 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 9:30 a.m. tomorrow, whereupon a moment of silence will be observed for the victims of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The Senate will then resume consideration of the water resources bill.

6:53 p.m. Senator Perdue began Rule XIV proceedings to place directly on the Senate calendar S. 3296 and S. 3297, both tax code amendments that would provide certain exemptions from the individual insurance mandate under the new health care system.

6:37 p.m. Senator Perdue spoke about the vacancy on the Supreme Court.

6:01 p.m. Senator Portman spoke about prescription drug addiction.

5:46 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke about climate change.

5:34 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about then-Secretary of State Clinton’s email arrangements.

5:09 p.m. Senators Inhofe and Boxer conducted a colloquy about the agreement. Senator Inhofe spoke about details of the water resources bill.

5:08 p.m. Senator Inhofe withdrew the committee amendments. Senator McConnell brought up the Inhofe-Boxer substitute #4979. Senator Inhofe brought up a second-degree amendment #4980.

5:07 p.m. By voice vote, the Senate moved to consideration S. 2848, the Water Resources Development Act.

5:06 p.m. Senator Boxer said the Blumenthal amendment concerns a jurisdictional dispute between Democrats.

5:04 p.m. Senator Reid asked again for a vote on the Blumenthal amendment.

5:03 p.m. Senator McConnell spoke in favor of the Inhofe-Boxer agreement on amendments.

5:02 p.m. Senator Reid asked that, in addition to the amendments in the Inhofe-Boxer deal, the Senate consider an amendment by Senator Blumenthal that did not meet the managers’ conditions.

5 p.m. Senator Inhofe, in a colloquy with Senator Boxer, described an agreement to move to the water resources bill — including amendments that are both germane and acceptable to both managers.

4:36 p.m. Senator Klobuchar spoke about prescription drug prices.

4:21 p.m. Senator Coats spoke about payments to the Palestian Authority.

4:09 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke about the flood in Ellicott City, MD.

3:14 p.m. Senators Alexander, Cassidy, Capito and Fischer spoke on the Affordable Care Act.

3:06 p.m. Senators Alexander and Booker spoke on judicial nominations, Senator Booker asked UC to take up an vote on two nominations, Senator Alexander objected.

3:03 p.m. Senator Warren spoke on judicial nominations and asked to take up and vote on 10 nominations.  Senator Alexander objected.

2:59 p.m. Senator Hirono spoke about pending nominations and asked unanimous consent to vote on 14 nominations. ML McConnell objected.

2:50 p.m. Senator Baldwin spoke about pending nominations and asked unanimous consent to vote on 14 nominations. ML McConnell objected.

2:35 p.m. Senator Heitkamp spoke about pending nominations, then asked unanimous consent to vote on 20 nominations. ML McConnell objected and asked if Senator Heitkamp would modify her request and agree to vote on 4 nominations at a time to be determined, cal. no. 364, 460, 461, and 569. Senator Booker  objected to ML McConnell’s request.

2:16 p.m. Senator Hatch spoke about the Affordable Care Act.

2:15 p.m. The Senate reconvened.

12:18 p.m. The Senate recessed for weekly party lunches. They will reconvene at 2:15 p.m.

11:47 a.m. Senator Cassidy spoke about flooding in Louisiana.

11:16 a.m. Senator Thune spoke about the Affordable Care Act.

11:00 a.m. Senator Cotton recognized educator Marvin Williams as Arkansan of the Week.

10:54 a.m. Senator Isakson spoke about the new health care system.

10:50 a.m. Senator Vitter spoke about the water resources bill.

10:25 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke about the Zika virus and about for-profit universities.

10:08 a.m. Minority Leader Reid spoke about Democratic opposition elements of the MilCon/VA/Zika bill, including to cuts in federal assistance to Planned Parenthood. Senator Reid also spoke about the Supreme Court vacancy, the new health care system and Donald Trump.

10:06 a.m. The Senate resumed consideration of the motion to proceed to water resources bill, S. 2848. (Republican leadership has announced plans to seek a voice vote later today to proceed to the bill.)

10:02 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell completed Rule XIV proceedings to place the Intern Protection Act (H.R. 3231) directly on the Senate calendar. Senator McConnell spoke about Democratic opposition to the MilCon/VA/Zika and the defense spending bills.

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The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m. and resume consideration of the motion to proceed to S.2848, the Water Resources Development Act.

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

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

7:15 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 7.

7:07 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke briefly on the Affordable Care Act before turning to discuss defense programs and the defense appropriations.

6:54 p.m. Senators McCain and Flake engaged in a colloquy on the Affordable Care Act.

6:46 p.m. Senator Brown paid tribute to Dr Donald Henderson of Ohio, who helped eradicate smallpox.

6:40 p.m. Senator Rubio spoke on Zika.

6:38 p.m. Senators Boxer and Stabenow thank ML McConnell for bringing up WRDA.

6:37 p.m. ML McConnell does wrap up.

  • H.R. 3231, regarding protecting unpaid interns has its first reading.
  • UC that when the Senate adjourns, it do so until Wednesday September 7 at 10:00 a.m., and at that time resume consideration of the motion to proceed to S.2848, the water resources development act.
  • UC that the Senate adjourn following speeches of Senator Rubio, Brown, McCain, Flake and Sullivan.

6:36 p.m. ML McConnell moved to proceed to S. 2848, the water resources development act.

6:35 p.m. Cloture was not invoked on the motion to proceed 55-43.

Senators voting in favor: 53 Republicans, 2 Democrats (Donnelly and Manchin).

Senators voting against: 41 Democrats, 2 Independents (King and Sanders).

Senators not voting: 1 Republican (Hoeven) and 1 Democrat (Kaine).

6:10 p.m. The Senate began voting on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R. 5293, the Defense Appropriations.

6:09 p.m. Cloture was not invoked on the conference report to accompany H.R. 2577,  52-46.

Senators voting in favor: 51 Republicans, 1 Democrat (Donnelly).

Senators voting against: 42 Democrats, 2 Republicans (Lee and Lankford), 2 Independents (King and Sanders).

Senators not voting: 1 Republican (Hoeven) and 1 Democrat (Kaine).

5:30 p.m. The Senate began voting on the motion to invoke cloture on the conference report to accompany H.R. 2577.

4:55 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke about Zika research and funding.

4:45 p.m. Senator Nelson spoke about Zika funding.

4:25 p.m. Senator Leahy spoke on munitions and explosives that damage civilians in Laos and H.R. 2577.

4:20 p.m. Senator Alexander spoke on Zika funding.

4:06 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on Republican accomplishments in Congress since 2014 and zika funding.

3:48 p.m. Senator Inhofe spoke on zika funding.

3:26 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke on the affordable care act.

3:08 p.m. DL Reid spoke on Puerto Rico, climate change, zika funding, government funding, and nominations.

3:04 p.m. ML McConnell spoke on supporting veterans and zika funding.

The Senate convened at 3:00 p.m., and following leader remarks, will resume consideration of H.R. 2577 (MilCon, VA, Zika).

At 5:30 p.m. the Senate will vote on the two cloture motions:

  • Motion to invoke cloture on the conference report to accompany H.R. 2577 and, if cloture not invoked,
  • Motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R. 5293, DOD appropriations.

Friday, September 2, 2016

The Senate convened for a pro forma session at 10:00 a.m., with Senator Fischer presiding.  No business was conducted.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The Senate convened for a pro forma session at 9:00 a.m., with Senator Capito presiding.  No business was conducted.

Friday, August 26, 2016

The Senate convened for a pro forma session at 10:00 a.m., with Senator Lankford presiding.  No business was conducted.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The Senate convened for a pro forma session at 4:18 p.m., with Senator Paul presiding.  No business was conducted.

Friday, August 19, 2016

The Senate convened for a pro forma session at 3:03 p.m., with Senator Scott presiding.  No business was conducted.

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