Wednesday, February 25, 2015

6:23 p.m.  The Senate adjourned until 11:00 a.m. tomorrow, Thursday, February 26th.  Following the prayer and pledge, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R. 240, Department of Homeland Security appropriations.

During wrap-up, S. Res. 86 was passed by unanimous consent, designating March 3rd as the Navy Reserve Centennial.

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6:05 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke on climate change.

4:15 p.m. Senator Menendez spoke about the Ukraine Freedom Support Act.

3:40 p.m. Senator Leahy spoke about DHS appropriations.

3:22 p.m. Senator Sanders spoke about the Budget and social justice.

3:20 p.m. Senator Shaheen spoke about DHS appropriations.

3:15 p.m. Cloture was invoked on the MTP to H.R. 240, DHS approps by a vote of 98 to 2. Senators Inhofe and Sessions voted were the 2 no votes.

2:45 p.m. ML McConnell outlined an unanimous consent agreement to move forward on H.R. 240, DHS appropriations. The Senate is now voting on a cloture motion on the motion to proceed to H.R. 240.

2:20 p.m. Senators Alexander and Mikulski spoke about education.

12:50 p.m. The Senate recessed until 2:00 p.m.

12:40 p.m. Senator Blunt spoke about the Texas immigration lawsuit against President Obama.

11:55 a.m. Senator Nelson spoke on the “stingray” device being used by police and the FBI; and the right of privacy.

11:33 a.m. Senators Cornyn and Markey spoke on DHS funding and immigration.

11:08 a.m. Senators McCain and Graham engaged in a colloquy about the Middle East.

10:29 a.m. The chair (Senator Cotton) called the Senate to order.

10:27 a.m. Senator McCain sought a recess, subject to the call f the chair, in order to bring a visiting dignitary to the floor.

10:06 a.m. Durbin noted the 25th anniversary of the smoking ban on airplanes.

9:59 a.m. Senator Barrasso spoke about the Senate Western Caucus.

9:36 a.m. Senator Coats spoke about wasteful federal spending.

9:32 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke on the president’s Keystone veto, his executive action on immigration and the Homeland Security spending bill.

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The Senate will convene at 9:30 p.m.

Votes are possible today but none have been scheduled yet.

Motion to proceed to H.R. 240 (Department of Homeland Security appropriation) is pending.

Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015

The Senate has adjourned until 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, February 25.

During wrap-up S. Res. 65 was passed by unanimous consent – To bring an end to violence by Boko Haram and urging Nigeria to conduct transparent, peaceful and credible elections.

The Menendez substitute amendment #252, the Menendez substitute amendment to the preamble #253, and the Rubio amendment to the Menendez substitute amendment to the preamble #254 were also passed by unanimous consent.

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6:44 p.m. – Senator Grassley spoke on foreign workers and the H-1B visa program.

6:31 p.m. – Senator Carper spoke on DHS funding.

6:22 p.m. – Senator Cassidy spoke on DHS funding and immigration.

5:41 p.m. – Senator Bennet spoke on education.

4:30 p.m. – Senator Franken spoke on immigration.

4:20 p.m.  – Senator Portman spoke on DHS funding.

4:07 p.m.  – Senator Sessions spoke of DHS appropriations, and American unemployment.

4:03 p.m.  – Senator Cantwell spoke of the Keystone pipeline and energy legislation.

3:40 p.m.  – Senator Sessions spoke about DHS appropriations.

3:26 p.m. – The Senate received President Obama’s message on his veto of the Keystone XL Pipeline bill.

2:49 p.m.  – Senator Murray spoke on DHS funding.

2:41 pm – Senator Durbin spoke on the use of Executive Orders and immigration.

2:30p.m.  – Senator Cornyn spoke on DHS funding.

2:23 p.m.  – Senator Brown spoke on Black History Month and the awarding of the Congressional Gold Medal to Selma participants on the 50th anniversary of that event.

2:15 p.m.  – Senate reconvenes.

12:27 p.m.  – Senate recess until 2:15pm.

12:15 p.m.  – Senator Thune spoke on the Keystone pipeline and Executive response to ISIS.

11:57 a.m.  – Senator Cardin spoke on the Harriet Tubman National Historic Park on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

10:24 a.m.  – Senator Boxer spoke on DHS Funding.

10:09 a.m.  – Senator Durban spoke on DHS Funding.

10:05 a.m.  – Senator Reid spoke on DHS Funding.

10:04 a.m.  – Senator McConnell spoke on the Keystone Pipeline.

10:02 a.m.  – Senator Burr spoke on Randy Cash, guest chaplain.

The Senate will convene at 10 a.m.

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

 

Monday, February 23, 2015

 

7:20 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 10 a.m. Tuesday, February 24.

7:09 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke about DHS spending.

6:57 p.m. Senator Coons spoke about DHS spending.

6:20 p.m. Leader McConnell began the Rule XIV process for S. 535, a bill to promote energy efficiency.

6:19 p.m. Leader McConnell began the Rule XIV process to bring to the floor S. 534, a bill to prohibit spending on certain executive actions related to immigration.

6:03 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell entered a motion to reconsider the cloture vote on the motion to proceed to H.R. 240.

6:02 p.m. By a vote of 47 to 46, the Senate failed to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to the DHS appropriation (H.R. 240).

5:25 p.m. Senator Hoeven spoke about Homeland Security.

5:23 p.m. Senator Nelson spoke about Homeland Security.

5:21 p.m. Senator Shaheen spoke about Homeland Security.

5:13 p.m. Senator Klobuchar spoke about Homeland Security.

5:02 p.m. Senator Mikulski spoke about Homeland Security.

4:55 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke about the Homeland Security appropriation.

4:40 p.m. Senator Casey spoke about Black History Month. He paid tribute to Joanne Epps, dead of Temple University Law School.

4:32 p.m. Senator Reid spoke about the need to fund the Department of Homeland Security.

4:30 p.m. Senator McConnell spoke about DHS funding and the immigration executive order and last week’s injunction of that order.

The Senate is in recess until 4:30 p.m. At that time, resume consideration of the motion to proceed to H.R.240, the DHS Appropriations bill.

The next vote will occur at 5:30 p.m. on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R. 240, the appropriation for the Department of Homeland Security.

3:03 p.m. Senator Hoeven was recognized to deliver President George Washington’s farewell address.

The Senate convened at 3 p.m.

 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

The Senate convened for a pro forma session at 10 a.m.; with Senator Blunt presiding. No legislative business was conducted.

The Senate adjourned following the pro forma until 3:00 p.m. on Monday, February 23. At that time, Senator Hoeven will be recognized to read Washington’s Farewell Address. The next vote will occur at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, on the motion to invoke cloture on H.R. 240, the appropriation for the Department of Homeland Security.

Monday, February 16, 2015

The Senate convened for a pro-forma session at 4:45 p.m, with President Pro Tempore Hatch presiding; and immediately adjourned until Thursday, February 19 at 10:00 a.m.; for another pro forma session.

Following the pro forma on Thursday, the Senate will adjourn until 3:00 p.m. on Monday, February 23. At that time, Senator Hoeven will be recognized to read Washington’s Farewell Address. The next vote will occur at 5:30 on Monday the 23rd on the motion to invoke cloture on H.R. 240, The DHS appropriations bill.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

6:35 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will reconvene for a pro-forma session at 4:55 p.m. on Monday, February 16. There will be a pro-forma session on Thursday, February 19 at 10:00 a.m.

At 3:00 on Monday, February 23 the Senate will convene and Senator Hoeven will be recognized to read Washington’s Farewell Address. The next vote will occur at 5:30 on Monday on the motion to invoke cloture on H.R. 240, The DHS appropriations bill.

6:33 p.m. The following was agreed to by voice vote during wrap up:

  • S.Res. 73-Authorizing expenditures by committees of the Senate
  • S.Res. 52- Calling for the release of Ukrainian fighter pilot Nadia Sabachenko
  • S.Res. 78
  • S.Res. 79-Dean Smith
  • S.Res. 80- Lunar New Year
  • S.Res. 81-trafficking
  • S.Res. 82-Commending Kathleen Alvarez Trilak on her service to the Senate.

 

6:30 p.m.  Senator McConnell paid tribute to John Ashbrook and Russell Coleman.

6:05 p.m. Senator Carper spoke about DHS funding.

5:15 p.m. Senator Lee spoke about DHS funding.

4:46 p.m. Senator Booker spoke about the Smarter Sentencing Act.

4:17 p.m. Senator Fischer spoke on Ashton Carter and ISIS.

3:40 p.m. Senator Hatch spoke on the Affordable Care Act.

3:15 p.m. Senator Sanders spoke about Social Security.

3:10 p.m. Senator Klobuchar spoke on relations between the US and Cuba.

3:05 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on the impending speech by Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to a Joint Session of Congress in March.

2:55 p.m. ML McConnell asked UC to proceed to the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations. Senator Durbin objected, and offered his own UC to take up a Homeland Security bill without immigration language; ML McConnell objected.

2:54 p.m. By a vote of 93-5, the Senate confirmed the Carter nomination. Senators Boozman, Blunt, Crapo, Kirk, and Risch voted against. This was the last vote of the day.

1:27 p.m. Senator Rubio spoke about ISIS and the nomination of Ashton Carter to be Secretary of Defense.

1:17 p.m. Senator Brown spoke about extending funding for the CHIP Children’s Health Insurance Program through 2019.

12:47 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke on DHS appropriations.

12:32 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke on federal drug possession cases.

12:00 p.m. Senator McCain and Reed spoke in favor of the Carter nomination.

11:49 a.m. Senator Leahy spoke about the Carter (Secy of Defense) and the Lynch (Atty General) nominations.

11:15 a.m. Senator Sessions spoke about the Homeland Security Appropriations.

10:56 a.m. Senators Collins and Klobuchar engage in a colloquy on Alzheimers disease.

10:55 a.m. The Senate begins consideration of the nomination of Ash Carter to be Secretary of Defense.

10:45 a.m. Senator Coats spoke about the economy.

10:25 a.m. Senator Blunt spoke about the authorization of force, and then about the Homeland Security Appropriations.

10:19 a.m. Senator Boozman spoke about the authorization of military force against the Islamic State.

10:07 a.m. Senator Shaheen spoke about the DHS appropriation.

9:53 a.m. Senator Murphy spoke about Kayla Mueller, terrorism victim.

9:46 a.m. The Senate went into executive session to consider the Carter nomination. Senator Durbin spoke in support.

9:34 a.m. Assistant Minority Leader Durbin spoke about the DHS appropriation.

9:33 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell moved to proceed to the Homeland Security appropriation and spoke about the Carter nomination and the administration’s foreign policy.

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The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m.

After an hour off morning business, the Senate will begin consideration of the nomination of Ashton B. Carter to be Secretary of Defense.

At 2 p.m., the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on confirmation of the Carter nomination.

 

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

5:10 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 9:30 a.m. Thursday, February 12th. The next vote will occur at 2:00 p.m. on the nomination of Ashton Carter to be Secretary of Defense.

4:31 p.m. The Senate passed S. 295 by a vote of 98 to 0. Senator Leahy spoke in tribute to Barry Goldwater who had a statue dedicated to him in the Capitol today. Senator Rubio spoke on ISIL and Senator Mikulski spoke on
DHS appropriations.

3:32 p.m. – Senator Hatch spoke in favor of the pornography bill.

3:17 p.m. – Senator Inhofe spoke about the DHS appropriation.

2:47 p.m. – Senator Grassley spoke in favor of the child pornography  bill.

2:46 p.m. Leader McConnell secured unanimous consent to proceed to S. 295, to lift limits on comepnsation for victims of child pornography. At about 3:45 p.m., by consent, the Senate will vote on the bill, as amended by Senator Hatch.

2:24 p.m. – Senator Inhofe spoke about Ukraine.

2:16 p.m. – Senator Hoeven spoke on the Keystone pipeline.

2:05 p.m. – Senator Murray introduced the Women Veterans and Family Health Services Act.

1:13 p.m. – Senator Wicker spoke about Mississippi son Malcolm Butler, who helped the New England Patriots win the Superowl.

12:55 p.m. – Senator Cornyn and Senator Schumer spoke back and forth about executive orders, immigration, DHS funding and what might happen if there is no DHS funding.

12:48 p.m. – Senator Schumer spoke about DHS funding

12:10 p.m. – Senator Barrasso spoke about health care.

11:29 a.m. – Senator Cornyn spoke about the Obama administration’s foreign policy.

9:36 a.m.  – Senator Durbin spoke on DHS funding and immigration, the Pullman District in Chicago becoming a Nationanl Monument.

9:31 a.m.  – ML McConnell spoke on the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention Act, DHS funding, and the President Obama’s request to Congress to authorize war against ISIS.

The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m. Following any leader time, the Senate will proceed to a period of morning business for up to one hour.

Votes are possible on Wednesday.

Pending is the motion to proceed to HR 240; the Homeland Security Appropriations.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

6:21 p.m. Senate adjourns until 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, February 11.

6:13 p.m Senator Stabenow spoke on Homeland Security Appropriations.

5:40 p.m Senator Cardin spoke about National Children’s Dental Health Month.

5:35 p.m. Senator Moran spoke about the terrorist attack in Paris and comments from President Obama.

5:34 p.m ML McConnell wraps up Senate for the day, when Senate adjourns, it do so until Wednesday, February 11th at 9:30 a.m. Morning business after any leader time. Achieves UC that Senate adjourn following remarks of Senators Moran, Cardin, and Stabenow.

5:20 p.m. Senator Whitehouse delivered his 89th climate change floor speech.

4:48 p.m. Senator Carper spoke about the DHS appropriation.

4:15 p.m. Senator King spoke about the health care law.

3:46 p.m. Senator Coats spoke about Ukraine.

3:34 p.m. Senator Shaheen spoke about the appropriation for the Department of Homeland Security.

2:52 p.m. – Senator McCain paid tribute to Kayla Mueller.

2:43 p.m. – Senator Durbin spoke on Ukraine.

2:29 p.m. – Senator Flake paid tribute to Kayla Mueller and Barry Goldwater.

2:16 p.m. – Senator Hatch spoke on the Disability Trust Fund.

12:45 p.m. – Morning business is closed and the Senate recessed for the weekly caucus lunches.

12:30 p.m. – Senator Boxer spoke on immigration reform.

12:15 p.m. – Senator Cornyn – spoke in morning business about a corrections oversight bill he is sponsoring.

12:01 p.m. – Senator Cardin spoke in morning business on DHS Appropriations.

11:08 a.m. – Senator Heinrich spoke in morning business on DHS Appropriations.

10:43 a.m. Senate proceeded to the MTP to H.R. 240, DHS Approps and then entered into a period of morning business until 12:30 p.m. Senator McConnell spoke on universal health care coverage; Senator Reid on immigration and indicated he will most likely be absent for the remainder of the week; Senator Durbin spoke on DHS appropriations and Senate gridlock; Senator Leahy spoke in favor of the nomination of Loretta Lynch to be Attorney General.

The Senate will convene at 10 a.m.

No votes have yet been scheduled for today.

From 12:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m., the Senate will recess for weekly caucus lunches.

Monday, February 9, 2015

6:20 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 10 a.m. Tuesday.

6:15 p.m. Senator Brown spoke in tribute to veterans.

6:06 p.m. ML McConnell wraps up the Senate for the day.  UC that Senator Hoeven gives the annual Washington address on Monday February 23.  UC that following remarks of Senator Brown, Senate adjourn until 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 10th; morning business until 12:30, recess from 12:30-2:15p.m.

6:05 p.m. Nomination of Michael Botticelli confirmed 92-0.

4:50 p.m. Senators Hatch and Inhofe spoke about defense issues.  Senator Inhofe focused on the authorization for the use of military force (AUMF).  Senator Hatch spoke about the confirmation of Ashton Carter as Secretatry of Defense and Senator Ayotte’s bill.

4:40 p.m.  Senator Murphy spoke about gun violence.

4:27 p.m. Senator Schatz spoke about carbon pollution.

4:12 p.m. Senator Nelson spoke about the planned launch of a new satellite.

4:05 p.m.  Senator Markey spoke on the Botticelli nomination.

3:34 p.m. ML McConnell spoke on the Botticelli nomination before turning to a colloquy with Senators Alexander and Enzi on the National Labor Relations Board.

3:18 p.m. Senator Sessions spoke on the Homeland Security Appropriations and immigration.

3:03 p.m. Democratic Leader Reid discussed terrorism and the Homeland Security Appropriations bill.

The Senate convened at 3:00 p.m. Senator Cornyn offered a motion to proceed to HR 240. S. 405., a bill regarding hunting, fishing, and shooting has its first reading.

At 5 p.m., the Senate will begin consideration of the nomination of Michael P. Botticelli to be director of National Drug Control Policy.

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

Note: Pending before the Senate is the motion to proceed to H.R. 240, the Department of Homeland Security appropriations bill.

Friday, February 6, 2015

The Senate is not in session today. The Senate will next convene at 3 p.m. on Monday, February 9.

At 5 p.m. Monday, the Senate will begin consideration of the nomination of Michael P. Botticelli to be director of National Drug Control Policy. 

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

Note: Pending before the Senate is the motion to proceed to H.R. 240, the Department of Homeland Security appropriations bill.

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