WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2014

The Senate has adjourned until 9:30 a.m. Thursday, when it will resume consideration of the unemployment benefits bill until 11 a.m.

There will then be a vote on whether to invoke cloture on the Reed amendment (#2714) to the unemployment benefits bill. The amendment provides for a three-month extension of the program.

If cloture is invoked on the Reed amendment, there will be up to thirty hours of post-cloture debate prior to a roll call vote on adoption of the amendment.

If cloture is not invoked on Reed amendment, the Senate will immediately proceed to a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the underlying unemployment bill.

The Senate also expects on Thursday to consider Senator Baucus’s nomination to be ambassador to China.

There will be up to one hour of debate, followed by a confirmation vote.

 

 

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2014

3:31 p.m. — The majority leader filed cloture on the Reed amendment to the unemployment bill. A cloture vote is accepted Thursday.

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3:30 p.m. — The Senate accepted on a voice vote a Reed amendment (#2714) to the unemployment bill.

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3:29 p.m. — On a vote of 98 to 0, the Senate tabled Senator Reed’s amendment to the bill to extend unemployment insurance (S. 1845).

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3:01 p.m. — On a vote of 68 to 32, the Senate passed the House-Senate conference report on the farm bill (H.R. 2642).

YEAS: 68 (44 Democrats, 2 Independents, 22 Republicans)

NAYS: 32 ( 23 Republicans, 9 Democrats)

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10:30 a.m. Senators Reid and Leahy talked about heroine addiction, Senator Reid also talked about income inequality, Senator McConnell spoke about President Obama’s environmental agenda and Lance Corporal Adam Peak.

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The Senate will meet at 10 a.m. to resume consideration of the farm bill (H.R. 2642).

The Senate will recess from 12:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. for the weekly policy lunches.

At roughly 2:35 p.m., the Senate will vote on final passage of the farm bill conference report.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2014

7:53 p.m.

The Senate adjourned after agreeing on voice votes to these measures:

  • Drought Information Act of 2013 (S. 376, as amended);
  • A sense of the Senate resolution in favor of protecting children from human trafficking (S.Res. 340);
  • A resolution to honor the 100th birthday of civil rights leader Daisy Bates (S.Res. 341).

6:16 p.m.

On a vote of 72 to 22, the Senate invoked cloture on the farm bill conference report.

YEAS: 72 (46 Democrats, 2 independents, 24 Republicans). NAYS: 22 (19 Republicans, 3 Democrats).

5:00

Debate continued on the farm bill with Senators Grassley, Hietkamp,  Coburn, Klobuchar, MdcCain, Cochran and Stabenow speaking on the conference report.

3:15

The Senate resumed the farm bill conference report. The following Senators spoke on the report: Stabenow, Hoeven, Johnson, Tester, Sessions and Leahy

2:00

The Senate will convene at 2 p.m.  to resume consideration of the House-Senate conference report on the farm bill (H.R. 2646).

At 5:30 p.m. , there will be a cloture vote on the farm bill conference report.

If cloture is invoked, the vote on final passage of the farm bill would occur at about 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 4.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 31, 2014

The Senate has adjourned until 2 p.m. Monday, February 3.

The Senate will then resume consideration of the House-Senate conference report on the farm bill, H.R. 2642.

At 5:30 p.m. Monday, there will be a cloture vote on the farm bill conference report.

If cloture is invoked on the farm bill, the vote on final passage will be at about 2:15 p.m. on Tuesday.

 

THURSDAY, JANUARY 30, 2014

6:02 p.m. — The Senate passed S. Res 342, designating February 3- 7 as National School Counseling Week by unanimous consent.

Senate adjourned at 5:56 pm to reconvene on Monday, February 3rd at 2:00pm.

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2:19 p.m. — On a vote of 67 to 32, the Senate passed the flood insurance bill, S. 1926, as amended.

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12:28 p.m. — On a vote of 49 to 50, the Senate rejected a Heller amendment to make clear that certain private flood insurance policies satisfy a mandatory purchase provision of the Flood Insurance Act of 197.

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12:05 p.m.  — On a vote of 24 to 75, the Senate rejected a Coburn amendment to let states opt out of the National Association of Registered Agents and Brokers.

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1:51 p.m. — The majority leader filed cloture on the farm bill. He said a cloture vote will occur at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, February 3. If cloture is invoked, the vote on final passage of the farm bill will occur at 2:15 p.m. on Tuesday, February 4.

11:44 a.m. — On a vote of 34 to 65, the Senate rejected a Toomey amendment to phase in certain rate increases for flood insurance.

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10:45 a.m. — The Senate has scheduled a vote on final passage of S. 1926 for 1:50 pm.  They will return from recess at 1:50 pm, ten minutes earlier than previously scheduled.

Sen. Reid said leadership will work today on an agreement to take up the Farm Bill conference report.

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9:00 a.m.  — The Senate will convene at 10:00 AM and resume consideration of S. 1926, the Flood Insurance Affordability Act. at 11:15 the Senate will proceed to vote on the following amendments:

    • Coburn amendment to allow States to opt out of participation in the National Association of Registered Agents and Brokers. (#2697)
    • Merkley amendment to establish limitations on force-placed insurance. (#2709, as modified)
    • Heller-Lee amendment to clarify that any private flood insurance policy accepted by a State shall satisfy the mandatory purchase requirement under the Flood Disaster Protection Act of 1973. (#2700)
    • Toomey amendment to adjust phase-ins of flood insurance rate increases. (#2707, as modified)

Following disposition of those votes the Senate will recess until 2:00 p.m.

At 2:00 p.m., the Senate will proceed to vote on passage of S. 1926

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29, 2014

6:25 The Senate adjourned until 10:00 AM Thursday. At 11:15 the Senate will proceed to 4 roll call votes on the following amendments to the flood insurance bill, S. 1926:

    • Coburn amendment to allow States to opt-out of participation in the National Association of Registered Agents and Brokers. (#2697)
    • Merkley amendment to establish limitations on force-placed insurance. (#2709, as modified)
    • Heller-Lee amendment to clarify that any private flood insurance policy accepted by a State shall satisfy the mandatory purchase requirement under the Flood Disaster Protection Act of 1973. (#2700)
    • Toomey amendment to adjust phase-ins of flood insurance rate increases. (#2707, as modified)

The vote on final passage of S. 1926 will occur around 2:00 PM.

4:45 The Senate voted on the Menendez motion to waive the Budget Act in relation to the Coburn point of order. The motion to waive was agreed to by a vote of 64-35

The Senate then passed the following amendments by voice vote:

  • Reed amendment to require the administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to conduct a study to assess voluntary community-based flood insurance options (#2703).Gillibrand amendment to require the administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to issue guidelines for methods, other than building elevation, that owners of certain urban residential buildings may use to reduce flood risk (#2708).
  • Gillibrand amendment to require the administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to issue guidelines for methods, other than building elevation, that owners of certain urban residential buildings may use to reduce flood risk (#2708).
  • Whitehouse amendment to exempt natural resource agencies from fees for flood insurance rate map change requests (#2706).

 11:35 am The Senate is considering the flood insurance bill, S. 1926. It adopted the four amendments designated in the unanimous consent agreement at 11:23 am.  The up-to-five-hours debate began early, making votes likely no later than 4:30 pm.

9:00 am The Senate will convene at 10 a.m.

After leaders’ remarks and morning business, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to the flood insurance bill (S. 1926).

At noon, the Senate will proceed to the flood insurance bill, with the following amendments adopted under the terms of an earlier agreement:

    • Hagan-Pryor amendment to exempt certain loans from the escrow requirement under section 102(d)(1) of the Flood Disaster Protection Act of 1973 (#2702).
    • Rubio amendment to require the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to make publicly available data that provide the basis for risk premium rates for flood insurance, to allow monthly installment payments for premiums, and to ensure that mitigation activities completed by an owner or lessee of real property are accounted for when determining risk premium rates for flood insurance (#2704).
    • King amendment to clarify that communities that successfully appeal flood elevation determinations based on errors by the Federal Emergency Management Agency through the Scientific Resolution Panel are eligible for reimbursements for expenses incurred in such appeals (#2705).
    • Blunt amendment to increase the amount of substantial improvements to a property that triggers the loss of flood insurance subsidies (#2698).

There will then be up to five hours of debate on the flood insurance bill and as many as seven amendments, listed below:

  • Reed amendment to require the administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to conduct a study to assess voluntary community-based flood insurance options (#2703).
  • Coburn amendment to allow states to opt out of participation in the National Association of Registered Agents and Brokers (#2697).
  • Merkley amendment to establish limitations on force-placed insurance (#2709).
  • Heller-Lee amendment to clarify that any private flood insurance policy accepted by a state shall satisfy the mandatory purchase requirement under the Flood Disaster Protection Act of 1973 (#2700).
  • Whitehouse amendment to exempt natural resource agencies from fees for flood insurance rate map change requests (#2706).
  • Toomey amendment to adjust phase-ins of flood insurance rate increases (#2707). Toomey amendment #2707 may be modified with Rubio amendment to require the administrator of FEMA to make public data that could be the basis for flood insurance risk premium rates; to allow monthly installment payments for premiums; and to ensure that mitigation activities completed by an owner or lessee of real property are accounted for when determining risk premium rates for flood insurance (#2704). Toomey amendment may also be modified with Hagan-Pryor amendment to exempt certain loans from the escrow requirement under section 102(d)(1) of the Flood Disaster Protection Act of 1973 (#2702).
  • Gillibrand amendment to require the administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to issue guidelines for methods, other than building elevation, that owners of certain urban residential buildings may use to reduce flood risk (#2708).

The agreement will permit Senator Crapo or his designee to raise a budget point of order on S. 1926. In that event, Senator Menendez or his designee could move to waive the budget point of order.

If a vote on a budget point of order is to occur, it would be expected in late afternoon or early evening — after the five hours of debate time is used or yielded back.  In the event that the Senate votes to waive the Budget Act for the floor insurance bill, votes would then take place on pending amendments, in the order listed above.

The Senate will proceed vote on passage of the flood insurance bill after votes are completed on pending amendments.

 

TUESDAY, JANUARY 28, 2014

10:30pm

The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am, Wednesday, January 28.

9:00pm

The Senate is  currently in a joint session to receive a message from the President of the United Stated (State of the Union Speech).

At 8:25, Senator Reid propounded a Unanimous Consent agreement for the consideration of S. 1926,  the flood insurance bill.  It was agreed to without objection.  Details of the agreement below:

Following morning business, all post-cloture time on the motion to proceed to the flood insurance bill (S.1926) will be yielded back and the Senate will begin consideration of the bill.

By consent, the following amendments will be agreed to: Hagan #2702; Rubio #2704; King #2705; and Blunt #2698.

At some point tomorrow afternoon or evening, (time is TBD) the Senate will proceed to votes on the following amendments:

Reed (RI) #2703 (community based policy study);

  • Coburn #2697 (NARAB alternative);
  • Merkley #2709 (forced placed insurance);
  • Heller-Lee #2700 (state authority – private flood insurance);
  • Whitehouse #2706 (fee waiver);
  • Toomey #2707 (substitute), (to be modified with the text of the Rubio amendment #2704 and the Hagan amendment #2702);
  • Gillibrand #2708 (mitigation guidelines).

Following these votes, the Senate will vote on final passage of the flood insurance bill.

4:00pm

Senator Murphy spoke on the Affordable Care Act. Senators Barrasso and Cornyn spoke on the President’s upcoming State of the Union Address. Senator Durbin spoke on the motion to proceed to the flood insurance bill, S. 1926, and Senator Roberts spoke on the farm bill.

12:30pm

Senators Murray and Thune spoke on the motion to proceed to the flood insurance bill, S. 1926. At 12:30, the Senate recessed for the weekly policy lunches.

10:00am

The Senate will meet at 10 a.m. and, after leaders’ remarks, will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to the flood insurance bill, S. 1926.

On Monday evening, the Senate invoked cloture on the motion to proceed to the bill. Debate began with up to 30 hours of post-cloture time remaining.

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

At 8:20 p.m., senators will gather in the Senate chamber. At 8:30 p.m., they will proceed as a body to the Hall of the House of Representatives for President Obama’s State of the Union Address.

 

MONDAY, JANUARY 27, 2014

6:09 p.m. — On a vote of 86 to 13, the Senate invoked cloture on the motion to proceed to S. 1926, the flood insurance bill.

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The Senate will meet at 2 p.m.

After leaders’ remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to S. 1926, the flood insurance bill.

At 5:30 p.m., there will be a cloture vote on the motion to proceed to the flood insurance bill.

 

TUESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2014

The Senate will convene at 10:30 a.m. for a pro forma session only. No business will be conducted.

The Senate will next meet in legislative session on Monday, January 27 at 2 p.m.

The Senate will hold a cloture vote at 5:30 p.m. January 27 on the motion to proceed to S. 1926, the flood insurance bill.

Meanwhile, the Senate will again conduct a pro forma session on Friday, January 24 at 9:30 a.m. No business will be conducted.

 

FRIDAY, JANUARY 17, 2014

The Senate will convene at 11:15 a.m. for a pro forma session only.

The Senate will next meet in legislative session at 2 p.m. on Monday, January 27.

After leader remarks on January 27, the Senate will resume consideration of S. 1926, the flood insurance bill.

At 5:30 p.m. on January 27,   the Senate will vote on whether to invoke cloture for the motion to proceed to S. 1926.

Meanwhile, the Senate will convene for these pro forma sessions:

— Tuesday, January 21 at 10:30 a.m. and

— Friday, January 24 at 9:30 a.m.