Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The Senate is in adjournment for the out-of-town retreat.

The Senate will convene at 10 a.m. Friday, January 27, for a pro forma session. No business will be transacted.

The Senate will next convene for regular business at 3 p.m. on Monday, January 30.

At 5 p.m. Monday, the Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of Rex Tillerson to be Secretary of State.

At 5:30 p.m.,  the Senate will vote on cloture for the Tillerson nomination. If cloture is invoked, there will be 30 hours of post-cloture debate before a confirmation vote.

At about 12:20 p.m. on Tuesday, a confirmation vote is expected on the nomination of Elaine L. Chao to be Transportation Secretary.

 

 

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

6:44 p.m. The Senate adjourned. The Senate will convene next at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, January 27th for a pro forma session.

6:38 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke about Alaskans of the week.

6:34 p.m. Senator Schatz spoke about cuts to Medicaid.

6:31 p.m. Senator McConnell asked u.c. to adopt S. Res 26, designating 1/22-1/28 National School Choice Week and that when the Senate adjourns today it meets next at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, January 27th for a pro forma session. Further, the Senate will convene at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, January 30th and be in a period of morning business until 5:00 p.m. At 5:00 p.m., the Senate will proceed to executive session to resume consideration of the Tillerson nomination and the cloture vote on the nomination will be at 5:30 p.m. on Monday.

6:15 p.m. Senator Lankford asked u.c. that the vote on the nomination of Elaine Chao to be Secretary of Transportation to occur at 12:20 p.m. on Tuesday, January 31st and spoke about health care.

6:11 p.m. Senator Thune asked u.c. that on January 30th the Senate proceed to the executive calendar #4 (nomination of Elaine Chao) and that there be twenty minutes of debate on the nomination divided in the usual form.

6:09 p.m. Senator McConnell filed cloture on the nomination of Rex W. Tillerson to be Secretary of State.

6:07 p.m. The Senate confirmed the nomination of Nikki Haley as the UN Ambassador 96-4 (Senators Coons, Heinrich, Sanders and Udall voted no).

5:30 p.m. The Senate began voting on the nomination confirming Nikki Haley as the UN Ambassador.

5:00 p.m. The Senate took up the nomination of Executive Calendar #6, Nikki R. Haley, of South Carolina, to be the Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations, with the rank and status of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, and the Representative of the United States of America in the Security Council of the United Nations and Executive Calendar #7, Nikki R. Haley, of South Carolina, to be Representative of the United States of America to the Sessions of the General Assembly of the United Nations during her tenure of service as Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations.

4:45 p.m. Senator Inhofe spoke on the overregulation of the EPA on farmers.

4:35 p.m. Senator Thune spoke about growth of the internet.

4:15 p.m. Senator Peters spoke about the DeVos nomination.

3:29 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke about the Affordable Care Act and the Pruitt nomination.

3:07 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke about the Pruitt nomination.

3:06 p.m. Senator Barrasso asked u.c. that at 5:30 p.m. the Senate vote on confirmation of the nomination of Nikki Haley to be UN Ambassador.

3:02 p.m. Senator Gillibrand spoke about women’s health care.

2:52 p.m. Senator Shaheen spoke about women’s health care.

2:41 p.m. Senator Leahy spoke about the women’s march.

2:30 p.m. Senator Casey spoke about Medicaid.

2:21 p.m. Senator Flake spoke about infrastructure and the budget.

2:15 p.m. Senators Perdue and Isakson spoke about the storms in Georgia.

12:34 p.m. The Senate stands in recess until 2:15 p.m.

12:24 p.m. Senators Hoeven and Heitkamp spoke about the passing of Deputy Colt Allery.

12:02 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about health care and the Dream Act.

11:55 a.m. Senator Capito spoke about a replacement for the Affordable Care Act.

11:33 a.m. Senator Blumenthal spoke about abortion rights.

11:24 a.m. Senator Murray criticized Ms. DeVos. She spoke about women’s rights.

11:03 a.m. Senator Alexander spoke in support of the Education Secretary-designate DeVos.

10:51 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about the President’s campaign promises.

10:48 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell said he will meet today with the President to discuss the Supreme Court vacancy. He called for Senate action on pending nominations.

The Senate will convene at 10:45 a.m. and proceed to a period of morning business.

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

Monday, January 23, 2017

8:20 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 10:45 a.m. Tuesday and will enter a period of morning business. From 12:30 p.m. to 2:15 pm., the Senate will recess for weekly policy luncheons.

8:18 p.m. By unanimous consent, the Senate agreed to S. Res. 19, denouncing the attack on Fort Hollywood International Airport.

8:13 p.m . Senator Moran paid tribute to his departing chief of staff, Todd Novascone.

8:12 p.m. By a vote of 66 to 32, the Senate confirmed the nomination of Representative Mike Pompeo to be director of the Central Intelligence Agency. YEA votes included independent King and 14 Democrats: Donnelly, Feinstein, Hassan, Heitkamp, Kaine, Klobuchar, Manchin, McCaskill, Reed, Schatz, Schumer, Shaheen, Warner and Whitehouse.  NAY votes included independent Saunders and Republican Paul. NOT VOTING: Democrats Blumenthal and Murphy.

7:01 p.m. All remaining time on the Pompeo nomination was yielded back and the Senate is now voting on the motion to confirm the nomination of Mike Pompeo to be CIA Director.

6:58 p.m. Senator Burr spoke on the Pompeo nomination.

6:54 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke on the Pompeo nomination.

6:39 p.m. Senator Heinrich spoke on the Pompeo nomination.

6:29 p.m. Senator Lankford spoke in favor of the Pompeo nomination.

6:19 p.m. Senator Sanders spoke against the Pompeo nomination.

6:11 p.m. Senator Testor spoke against the Pompeo nomination.

6:06 p.m. Senator Rubio spoke in favor of the Pompeo nomination.

5:57 p.m. Senator Udall spoke on the Pompeo nomination.

5:53 p.m. Senator Roberts spoke in favor of the Pompeo nomination.

5:48 p.m. Senator Feinstein spoke in favor of the Pompeo nomination.

5:43 p.m. Senator Cotton spoke in favor of the Pompeo nomination.

4:40 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke about the Pompeo nomination.

4:32 p.m. Senator Leahy spoke about the Pompeo nomination.

4:08 p.m. Senator Collins spoke about a replacement for the Affordable Care Act.

3:53 p.m. Senator Cassidy spoke about a replacement for the Affordable Care Act.

3:43 p.m. Senator Burr spoke in favor of the Pompeo nomination.

3:39 p.m. Senator Warner spoke in favor of the Pompeo nomination.

3:31 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the Pompeo nomination.

3:11 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke about President Trump.

Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the need to work together in the new administration and specifically regarding health care and nominations.

The Senate convened at 3:00 p.m.

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The Senate will convene at 3 p.m.

After remarks from the leaders, the Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of Representative Mike Pompeo to be director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

Up to 6 hours of debate are in order for the Pompeo nomination.

But a confirmation vote is expected at about 6 p.m., following the yielding back of some debate time.

 

Friday, January 20, 2017

6:41 p.m. the Senate adjourned.

6:41 p.m. Senator McConnell asked u.c. that the Senate stand adjourned until 3:00 p.m. on Monday, January 23rd. Following any leader remarks, the Senate proceed to Executive Session to resume consideration of the nomination of Mike Pompeo to be Director of the CIA. 

6:40 p.m. Senator Schumer asked u.c. to consider S.Res.17, Constituting the minority party’s membership on certain committees.

6:35 p.m. Senator McConnell asked u.c. to conisder S.Res. 16, Constituting the majority party’s membership on certain committees

6:34 p.m. the Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to the nomination of Mike Pompeo 89-8. (Senators Blumenthal, Booker, Gillibrand, Merkley, Sanders, Udall, Warren, and Wyden voted no). Senators Isaakson, Kaine, and Sessions did not vote.

6:16 p.m. the Senate began voting on the motion to proceed to the nomination of Mike Pompeo, to be Director of the CIA.

6:15 p.m. the Senate confirmed the nomination of General John Kelly, 88-11. (Senators Blumenthal, Booker, Cortez-Masto, Gillibrand, Harris, Heinrich, Merkley, Udall, Van Hollen, Wyden, and Warren voted no). Senator Sessions did not vote.

5:57 p.m. the Senate began voting on the nomination of General John Kelly to be the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.

5:56 p.m. Senator McConnell asked u.c. that the Senate vote on the motion to proceed to consideration of the Pompeo nomination tonight; and following Leader remarks on Monday, January 23rd there be 6 hours of debate on the nomination, equally divided, and that upon completion the Senate vote on confirmation of the Pompeo nomination.

5:55 p.m. Senator McConnell asked unanimous consent that following disposition of the Kelly nomination, the Senate confirm Mike Pompeo to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency by unanimous consent. Senator Wyden objected.

5:54 p.m. The Senate confirmed the nomination of General James Mattis 98 – 1. Senator Gillibrand voted no. Senator Sessions did not vote.

4:55 p.m. The Senate began voting on the nomination of General James Mattis to be Secretary of Defense.

4:54 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about the Pompeo nomination.

4:51 p.m. Senator Burr spoke on the Pompeo nomination.

4:50 p.m. Senator Leahy spoke supporting General Mattis and voiced concerns on Congressman Pompeo.

4:49 p.m. Senator McCain spoke supporting General Mattis.

4;45 p.m. Senator Wyden raised concerns regarding the nomination of Congressman Pompeo.

4:44 p.m. Senator Reed spoke supporting the nomination of General Mattis.

4:34 p.m. Senator McCain and Cornyn spoke on nomination of James Mattis and the nomination of the CIA director.

4:29 p.m. Senator McConnell asked u.c. to consider Dept. of Defense nomination of General James Mattis and Dept. of Homeland Security nomination of General John Kelly and that there be 20 minutes of debate equally divided, and at the conclusion of debate the Senate vote on the nominations.

4:21 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke about the Inauguration and nominations.

4:11 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about nominations.

4:10 p.m. Messages received from the President.

4:03 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the Inauguration and confirmation process.

4:00 p.m. The Senate convened.

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• The Senate convened at 4:00 p.m. and following any leader remarks will proceed to a period of morning business. Roll call votes are possible during today’s session.

Tuesday, January 17, 2016

6:05 p.m. The Senate stands adjourned until 4:00 p.m. on January 20th.

6:03 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke about the DeVos nomination hearing

6:00 p.m. Senator McConnell asked u.c. to pass H.R. 39, TALENT Act. ML McConnell announced when the Senate adjourns today it returns on Friday, January 20th at 4:00 p.m., following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business and roll call votes are possible Friday afternoon.

5:12 p.m. Senators Schatz, Peters Wyden, and Booker spoke about the environment and Pruitt nomination.

5:11 p.m. The Senate passed H.R. 72, 99-0, Senator Sessions did not vote.

4:43 p.m. Roll call vote began on passage of H.R. 72, the GAO access and oversight bill.

4:27 p.m. Senator Sasse spoke in favor of H.R. 72.

4:26 p.m. The Senate proceeded to H.R. 72, the GAO access and oversight bill.

4:16 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke about climate denial.

4:14 p.m. Senator Manchin spoke about miners protection legislation.

4:02 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about Congressional action on the Affordable Care Act and Senator Sessions and Tillerson nominations.

3:47 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about health care. He spoke about the Chicago Cubs and about President Obama.

3:31 p.m. Senator Cassidy spoke about the health care law.

3:21 p.m. Senator Isakson spoke in favor of the revisions to the health care bill. He praised Representative Price.

3:07 p.m. Minority Leader Schumer paid tribute to Tim Mitchell. He spoke about stock transactions by Representative Tom Price, the nominee to be secretary of Health and Human Services. He spoke about  the estimated cost of repealing the health care law. He raised questions about President-elect Trump’s cabinet selections.

3:02 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about retirement benefits for coal miners. He also paid tribute to the late Tim Mitchell of the Democraic floor staff.

3 p.m. The Senate convened.

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The Senate will convene at 3:00 p.m. and will be in morning business until 4:15 p.m.

Debate will begin at 4:15 p.m. on H.R. 72, the GAO access and oversight bill.

At 4:45 p.m., the Senate will vote on H.R. 72.

Friday, January 13, 2017

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

The Senate will next convene on Tuesday January 17, 2017.

• The Senate will convene at 3:00 p.m. and proceed to a period of morning business until 4:15 p.m.

• At 4:15 p.m., the Senate will proceed to the consideration of the GAO Access and Oversight Act (H.R. 72).

• At approximately 4:45 p.m., the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on passage of H.R. 72.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

5:38 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will reconvene at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, January 13 for a pro forma session. The Senate will then adjourn until Tuesday, January 17 at 3:00 p.m. They will be in morning business until 4:15 p.m. At that time they will begin consideration of H.R. 72, GAO Access and Oversight Act. A vote on passage of the bill will occur at 4:45 p.m. The following bills were passed during wrap-up:

S. Res. 14-Commending the Clemson University Tigers for winning the 2017 College Football Championship.

4:20 p.m. The Senate reconvened and Senator Portman spoke about human trafficking.

3:12 p.m. The Senate stands in recess subject to the call of the chair.

3:11 p.m. The Senate passed S. 84, 81 -17.

2:47 p.m. Roll Call vote began on S. 84, the Secretary of Defense Active Duty Limitation Waiver bill.

2:27 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke about the waiver for General Mattis.

2:23 p.m. Senator McCain spoke in favor of the waiver for Mattis and asked u.c. that the Senate recess subject to the call of the chair to accommodate the all members briefing, after the vote.

2:14 p.m. Senator Reed spoke about the waiver for Mattis.

2:05 p.m. Senator Hatch spoke about the Affordable Care Act.

1:51 p.m. Senator Gillibrand spoke against the waiver for Mattis.

1:25 p.m.  Senator Blumenthal spoke about cabinet nominations.

12:55 p.m. The Senate began consideration of S. 84 (Mattis Waiver). There will be up to 10 hours of debate.

12:42 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about the DREAM act.

12:36 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke about Rex Tillerson.

12:30 p.m. The Senate convened at 12:30. Senate McConnell spoke about repealing Obamacare.

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The Senate will convene at 12:30 p.m. and following leader remarks will be in a period of morning business.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

1:36 a.m. The Senate stands adjourned.

1:27 a.m. Senator Enzi spoke on the Affordable Care Act; and further achieved UC to adjourn until 12:30 p.m. Following leader remarks, be in a period of morning business.

1:26 a.m. Final passage on S. Con. Res. 3 (budget resolution) was agreed to by a vote of 51-48. Senator Paul voted against; Senator Feinstein did not vote.

1:04 a.m. Roll call vote began on final passage of S. Con. Res. 3.

1:02 a.m. The budget point of order on the Brown amendment #86 is sustained 49-49. (3/5 necessary).  Senators Collins and Heller voted in favor.

12:47 a.m. Roll call vote began on the motion to waive the budget with respect to Brown #86.

12:46 a.m. The budget point of order on the Hatch amendment #180 is sustained 51-47. (3/5 necessary).

12:32 a.m. Roll call vote began on the motion to waive the budget with respect to Hatch amendment #180.

12:30 a.m. The budget point of order on the Gillibrand amendment #82 is sustained 49-49. (3/5 necessary). Senators Collins and Heller voted in favor.

12:13 a.m. Roll call vote began on the motion to waive the budget with respect to Gillibrand amendment#82.

12:12 a.m. The budget point of order on the Fischer amendment #184 is sustained 52-46. (3/5 necessary). Senator Manchin voted in favor.

11:58 p.m. Roll call vote began on the motion to waive the budget with respect to Fischer amendment #184.

11:57 p.m. The budget point of order on the Wyden amendment #188 is sustained 47-51. (3/5 necessary). 5 final roll call votes scheduled: Fischer #184, Gillibrand #82, Hatch #180, Brown #86, and final passage on S. Con. Res. 3.

11:25 p.m Senator Wyden offered his amendment #188. Roll call vote began on the motion to waive the budget with respect to Wyden #188.

11:24 p.m. The Klobuchar amendment #178 failed by a vote of 46-52. Democrats against: (13) Bennet, Booker, Cantwell, Carper, Casey, Coons, Donnelly, Heinrich, Heitkamp, Menendez, Murray, Tester, Warner. Republicans in favor: (12) Boozman, Collins, Cruz, Flake, Grassley, Heller, Kennedy, Lee, McCain, Murkowski, Paul, and Thune.

11:07 p.m. Roll call vote began on the Klobuchar amendment #178.

11:04 p.m. The budget point of order on the Alexander amendment #174 is sustained 49-49. (3/5 necessary). Senators Grassley and Hatch voted against.

10:44 p.m. Senator Alexander offered his amendment #174. Roll call vote began on the motion to waive the budget with respect to Alexander #174.

10:42 p.m. The budget point of order on the Menendez amendment #83 is sustained 48-50. (3/5 necessary). Senator Heller voted in favor.

10:26 p.m. Roll call vote began on the motion to waive the budget with respect to Menendez amendment #83.

10:22 p.m. The budget point of order on the Hatch amendment #179 is sustained 51-47. (3/5 necessary).

10:08 p.m. Roll call vote began on the motion to waive the budget with respect to Hatch amendment #179.

10:04 p.m. The budget point of order on the Barrasso amendment #181 is sustained 47-51. (3/5 necessary). Senators Cruz, Lee, Paul, and Sasse voted against.

9:44 p.m. Roll call vote began on the motion to waive the budget with respect to the Barrasso amendment #181.

9:39 p.m. Senator Corker introduced amendment #106 and then withdrew the amendment. Senator Enzi introduced en bloc Barrasso amendment #181 and Hatch amendment #179.

9:38 p.m. The budget point of order on the Casey amendment #61 is sustained 49-49. (3/5 necessary.) Senators Collins and Heller voted in favor.

9:18 p.m. Roll call vote began on the motion to waive the budget with respect to the Casey amendment #61.

9:14 p.m. The budget point of order on the Tester amendment #104 is sustained 48-50. (3/5 necessary.) Senator Heller voted in favor.

8:56 p.m. Roll call vote began on the motion to waive the budget with respect to the Tester amendment #104.

8:53 p.m. The Budget point of order on the Flake amendment #176 is sustained 50-48. (3/5 necessary.) Senator Portman voted against, with Senators Feinstein and Sessions not voting.

8:34 p.m. Roll call vote began on the motion to waive the budget with respect to the Flake amendment #176.

8:32 p.m. The Budget point of order on the Baldwin amendment #81 is sustained 48-50. (3/5 necessary.) Senator Collins voted in favor, with Senators Feinstein and Sessions not voting.

8:16 p.m. Roll call vote began on the motion to waive the budget with respect to the Baldwin amendment #81.

8:13 p.m The Budget point of order on the Heller amendment #167 is sustained 51-47. (3/5 necessary.) 100% party line with Senators Feinstein and Sessions not voting.

7:56 p.m. Roll call vote began on the motion to waive the budget with respect to the Heller amendment #167.

7:53 p.m. The Budget point of order on the Manchin amendment #64 is sustained 51-47. (3/5 necessary). Senators Capito, Collins, Heller and Portman voted in favor. Senators Feinstein and Sessions did not vote.

7:37 p.m Roll call vote began on the motion to waive the budget with respect to the Manchin amendment #64.

7:34 p.m. Senators Sanders and Enzi achieved UCs on the following amendments:

Senator Sanders asked that the following amendments be made pending and considered following disposition of the Stabenow amendment #94:
Cantwell #143
Brown #86
Coons #126

Senator Enzi asked that the following amendments (Republican side by sides) be made pending:
Heller #167 (side by side to Baldwin #81)
Flake #176 (side by side to Tester #104)

Thus, here is an updated list:

Next (Republican side by sides to amendments are possible):
1. Heller #167 (side by side to Baldwin)
2. Baldwin #81
3. Flake #176 (side by side to Tester)
4. Tester #104
5. Klobuchar-Sanders #172
6. Casey #61
7. Menendez #83
8. Gillibrand #82
9. Manchin #63
10. Stabenow #94
11. Cantwell #142
12. Brown #86
13. Coons #126

7:33 p.m. The Budget point of order on the Barrasso amendment #173 is sustained 51-47. (3/5 necessary). 100% party line with Senators Feinstein and Sessions not voting.

7:12 p.m Roll call vote began on the Barrasso motion to waive the budget act in respect to the Barrasso amendment #173.

7:09 p.m. Senators Barrasso, Sanders and Manchin spoke on the Barrasso amendment #173.

7:08 p.m. The Budget point  of order on King amendment #60 is sustained 48-50. Senator Collins voted in favor, and Senators and Feinstein and Sessions did not vote.

6:52 p.m. Roll call vote began on the King motion to waive the budget act in respect to the King amendent #60.

6:51 p.m. The budget point of order on Nelson #13 is sustained by a vote of 47 to 51. 100% party line with Senators Feinstein and Sessions not voting.

6:21 p.m. Roll call vote began on the Sanders motion to waive the budget act in respect to the Nelson amend #13 (drug coverage gap under medicare)

6:06 p.m.  Senator Enzi set up the first vote schedule for the vote-a-rama. The votes will occur in the following order starting at 6:15:

  • Nelson #13
  • King #60
  • Barrasso side-by-side to Manchin #64
  • Manchin-Tester-Heitkamp #64
  • Baldwin #81
  • Tester #104
  • Klobuchar-Sanders #172
  • Casey #61
  • Menendez #83
  • Gillibrand #82
  • Manchin #63
  • Stabenow #94

5:56 p.m. Senator Sanders spoke about the Affordable Care Act.

5:35 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke on the Budget Resolution.

4:53 p.m. Senator Daines spoke on repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act.

4:26 p.m. Senator Lee spoke about the Affordable Care Act.

4:11 p.m. Senators Graham and Scott spoke about the Clemson Tigers winning the national football championship.

3:54 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about Russian involvement in the electoral process.

3:38 p.m. Senator Wicker spoke about repealing the Affordable Care Act.

3:36 p.m. Senator Cotton spoke on the passing of Stanley Russ.

3:18 p.m. Senator Stabenow spoke about health care and bringing down premiums.

3:13 p.m. Senator Isakson spoke about repealing the Affordable Care Act.

3:06 p.m. Senator Cassidy spoke about Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act.

2:39 p.m. Senators Carper and Sanders spoke about the importance of the Affordable Care Act.

2:16 p.m. Senators Cornyn and Enzi spoke about the Affordable Care Act.

1:57 p.m. Senator Gardner spoke about the Affordable Care Act.

1:43 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke about climate change.

1:20 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke about Senator Booker’s testimony at the Judiciary nomination hearing.

1:16 p.m. Senator Gillibrand spoke on the Affordable Care Act.

1:00 p.m. Senator Tester spoke on the Affordable Care Act.

12:46 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about the Budget Resolution and Reconciliation.

12:28 p.m. Senator Toomey spoke about his Chief of Staff, Christopher Gann.

12:19 p.m. The Senate resumed consideration of S.Con.Res. 3, the Budget Resolution for FY2017.

12:12 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke about the Tillerson nomination hearing.

12:03 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the Affordable Care Act.

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The Senate will convene this afternoon at 12:00 p.m.

Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of S.Con.Res.3, FY2017 budget resolution, with 3  hours of debate remaining on the resolution for the Republicans and 3 hours for Democrats.

Tonight’s “vote-a-rama” is expected to begin at approximately 6:00 p.m.

 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

5:23 p.m. Senator Peters spoke on the Affordable Care Act.

4:39 p.m. Senators Alexander and Enzi spoke on the Affordable Care Act.

4:23 p.m. Senator King spoke on the Affordable Care Act.

4:11 p.m. Senator Flake spoke on government waste.

3:33 p.m. Senator Leahy spoke on the budget resolution.

3:32 p.m. The motion to waive the budget act with respect to the Sanders amdt is not agreed to 49-49.  (3/5 needed).

Senators voting in favor: 46 Democrats, 2 Independents (King and Sanders), 1 Republican (Collins).

Senators voting against: 49 Republicans.

Senators not voting: 2 Republicans: Sessions and Tillis.

3:05 p.m. Roll call vote began on the motion to waive the budget act with respect to the Sanders amdt.

3:03 p.m. Senators Sanders and Enzi spoke on the Sanders amendment.

3:02 p.m. The motion to waive the budget act with respect to the Flake Amdt is not agreed to 31-67. (3/5 needed).

Senators voting in favor: Burr, Cassidy, Collins, Corker, Cotton, Crapo, Cruz, Daines, Ernst, Fischer, Flake, Gardner, Graham, Heller, Hoeven, Inhofe, Johnson, Lankford, Lee, McCain, Moran, Murkowski, Portman, Risch, Rubio, Sasse, Scott, Sullivan, Thune, Toomey, and Young.

Senators voting against: 46 Democrats, 19 Republicans, 2 Independents (King and Sanders).

Senators not voting: 2 Republicans: Sessions and Tillis.

2:31 p.m. The Senate is now voting on the the motion to waive the budget act in regards to Flake amendment #52 to S. Con. Res. 3.

2:32 p.m. Senator Sanders raised a budget point of order against amendment #52 and Senator Flake asked for a motion to waive.

2: 30 p.m. Senator Flake spoke on his amendment #52.

2:02 p.m. Senator Sanders spoke on his amendment #19.

1:01 p.m. The Senate recessed until 2 p.m.

1 p.m. Senator Enzi brought up Senator Flake’s amendment (#20).

12:46 p.m. Senator Stabenow spoke about health care.

12:45 p.m. Senator Enzi spoke about health care.

12:36 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke about the health care law.

12:28 p.m. Senator Thune spoke about the health care law.

12:27 p.m. The Senate resumed consideration of the Budget Resolution. The Senate agreed to recess for caucus meetings from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

12:13 p.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about the consideration of presidential nominations. He spoke about the health care law.

12:03 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the nomination of Senator Sessions to be attorney general. He also spoke about the health care law.

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The Senate will convene at 12:00 p.m. and resume consideration of S.Con.Res. 3, the budget resolution.

We anticipate the standard Tuesday recess to accommodate the party luncheons from approximately 12:30-2:15 p.m.

At 2:30 p.m., the Senate will vote on the Flake amendment #52 (Social Security and Medicare); followed by a vote on the Sanders amendment #19 (Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid).

Monday, January 9, 2017

12:16 a.m. The Senate adjourned until noon Tuesday.

12:06 a.m. Senator Booker spoke about health care.

11:55 p.m. Senator Schatz spoke about mental health.

11:40 p.m. Senator Murphy spoke about health care.

11:30 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke about health.

11:17 p.m. Senator King spoke about health care.

11:02 p.m. Senator Coons spoke about health care.

10:50 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke about health care.

10:33 p.m. Senator Baldwin spoke about health care.

10:22 p.m. Senator Bennet spoke about health care.

10:01 p.m. Senator Stabenow spoke about health care.

9:41 p.m. Senator Casey spoke about health care.

9:31 p.m. Senator Klobuchar spoke about health care.

9:18 p.m. Senator Kaine spoke about health care.

9:06 p.m. Senator Markey spoke about health care.

8:56 p.m. Senator Schatz spoke about health care.

8:42 p.m. Senator Blumenthal spoke about health care.

8:27 p.m. Senator Franken spoke about health care.

8:18 p.m. Senator Heinrich spoke about health care.

8:03 p.m. Senator Udall spoke about health care.

7:51 p.m. Senator Warren spoke about health care.

7:38 p.m. Senator Shaheen spoke on the Affordable Care Act.

7:20 p.m. Senator Reed spoke against the use of the budget resolution to change the health care law.

7:10 p.m. Senator Murray spoke on the Affordable Care Act.

6:57 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke on the Affordable Care Act.

6:45 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke on the affordable care act and mental illness. Recollects long fight by Senators Wellstone and Domenici for mental illness funding.

6:44 p.m. Motion to waive budget point of order not agreed to 49-47; 3/5th necessary to waive.

Senators voting in favor: 45 Democrats, 2 Independents (King and Sanders), 2 Republicans (Collins and Heller).

Senators voting against: 47 Republicans.

Senators not voting: Blunt, Carper, Graham and Tillis.

6:08 p.m Roll call vote began on the motion to waive the budget act with respect to the Hirono-Donnelly amendment on medicare/medicaid.

6:06 p.m. Senators Hirono and Enzi spoke on the Hirono-Dpnnelly amendment.

6:05 p.m. Paul substitute amendment not agreed to 14-83.

Senators voting in favor, all Republicans: Crapo, Cruz, Daines, Flake, Kennedy, Lankford, Lee, Moran, Paul, Risch, Rubio, Sasse, Scott, and Toomey.

Senators not voting: Blunt, Graham and Tillis.

5:34 p.m. Roll call vote began on the (Enzi for) Paul amendment to S.Con Res 3, the budget resolution.

5:32 p.m. Senator Sanders spoke on the (Enzi for) Paul amendment.
5:18 p.m. Senators Paul spoke about his amendment.

4:34 p.m. Senators Hirono and Donnelly spoke on the Affordable Care Act.

4:00 p.m. Senators Cornyn and Enzi spoke on the nomination process.

3:33 p.m. Senator Cassidy spoke on the Affordable Care Act.

3:18 p.m. Senator Cantwell spoke on the Affordable Care Act.

2:34 p.m. ML McConnell spoke on the Affordable Care Act.

2:21 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke on presidential cabinet nomination.

The Senate will convene at 2:00 p.m. and resume consideration of the FY 2017 Budget Resolution (S.Con.Res. 3).

At 5:30 p.m., the Senate will vote on the Enzi (for Paul) substitute amendment (#1).

These amendments are pending to the budget resolution:

• Paul substitute. (#1)

• Sanders amendment (#19) to prevent cuts in Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.

• Hirono-Donnelly amendment (#20) to protect Medicare and Medicaid.

On Tuesday at 2:30 p.m., the Senate will vote on the Sanders amendment (#19). A Republican side-by-side amendment is also expected to be considered at that time.

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