Friday, January 6, 2017

The Senate convened at 12:45 p.m., attended a Joint Session in the House of Representatives to count the electoral ballots, and recessed upon dissolution of the Joint Session, at 1:43 p.m.

The Senate will next convene for business on Monday January 9th, at 2:00 p.m.

Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of S.Con.Res.3, the Budget Resolution.

At 5:30 p.m. on Monday, the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote in relation to the Paul amendment #1 to S.Con.Res.3.

On Tuesday, January 10th at 2:30 p.m., the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote in relation to the Sanders amendment #19 to S.Con.Res.3.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

6:48 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 12:45 p.m. tomorrow.

6:47 p.m. UC that the Senate will convene at 12:45 p.m. tomorrow. Following the prayer and pledge, the Senate will stand in recess and proceed as a body to the Hall of the House of Representatives under the provisions of S.Con.Res. 2, for the counting of the electoral ballots. Following dissolution of the Joint Session, the Senate will next convene for business on Monday at 2:00 p.m. Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of S.Con.Res. 3, the Budget Resolution. At 5:30 p.m. on Monday, the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote in relation to Senator Paul’s amendment #1 to S.Con.Res. 3.

6:46 p.m. Senator Sanders called up amendment #20 for Senator Hirono to S.Con.Res. 3.

6:45 p.m. Senator Sanders called up amendment #19 to S.Con.Res. 3.

6:44 p.m. Senator McConnell responded to Senator Schumer’s concerns and stated Senators Blunt and Schumer will remain on the Rules Committee until after January 20th.

6:44 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke about his concerns relating to committee organization relating to Armed Services and Intelligence Committees and and Russia interfering in the U.S. election.

6:43 p.m. Senator Schumer called up S.Res. 8, constituting the Minority party’s membership on certain committees for the 115th Congress or until their successors are chosen. The resolution was agreed to by voice.

6:42 p.m. Senator McConnell called up S.Res. 7, constituting the Majority party’s membership on certain committees for the 115th Congress or until their successors are chosen. The resolution was agreed to by voice.

6:40 p.m. Senator McConnell announced that at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, January 9th the Senate will vote in relation to Senator Paul amendment #1 to S.Con.Res. 3. Further, the Senate will vote in relation to Senator Sanders amendment #19 to S.Con.Res. 3 at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 10th. Senator McConnell also announced he expects a side-by-side amendment to the Sanders amendment. Further votes on amendments are possible on both days.
6:26 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about the Affordable Care Act.

6:25 p.m. Senators Cardin and Schumer gave tributes to Senator Van Hollen.

6:01 p.m. Senator Van Hollen gave his first remarks in the Senate on the Affordable Care Act.

5:32 p.m. Senator Lee spoke against the Bears Ears national monument designation.

5:04 p.m. Senator Fischer spoke about staffer Steven Still.

4:20 p.m. Senator Booker spoke against repealing the Affordable Care Act.

3:44 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke on climate change.

3:43 p.m. Senator Enzi called up amendment #1 to S. Con. Res. 3.

3:20 p.m. Senator Cruz spoke on Israel.

3:15 p.m. The motion to waive the budget act failed by a vote of 48-52.

2:45 p.m. Senator Enzi made a motion that the Kaine amend #8 violated the Budget Act. Senator Kaine made a motion to waive the Budget Act.

2:15 p.m. Senator Portman spoke about the Affordable Care Act.

2:04 p.m. Senator Hatch spoke about the Affordable Care Act and health care.

1:45 p.m. Senator Cassidy spoke about high deductibles associated with the Affordable Care Act.

1:24 p.m. Senator Carper responded to Senator Moran’s remarks on health care.

1:13 p.m. Senator Moran spoke about revising the Affordable Care Act.

12:12 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke about the Affordable Care Act.

11:57 a.m. Senator Blunt spoke about the Affordable Care Act.

11:44 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the Affordable Care Act and President-elect Trump’s cabinet nominations.

11:35 a.m. Senator Murphy spoke about the Affordable Care Act.

11:02 a.m. Senator Kaine brought up his amendment to create a point of order that would slow efforts to repeal elements of the health care law.

10:40 a.m. Senator Cardin defended the health care law.

10:30 a.m. Senator Durbin defended the health care law.

10:20 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer defended the health care law and spoke against efforts to repeal it. He also spoke of his talks with Senator McConnell about consideration of President-elect Trump’s nominations.

10:02 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke against the Affordable Care Act and for the effort to attack it through the budget resolution.

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The Senate will convene at 10 a.m.  After leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of S.Con.Res. 3, the FY 2017 Budget Resolution.

No votes on amendments to the budget have been scheduled so far. The 50 hours of budget debate will expire next week.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

6:46 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 10 a.m. Thursday, when it will resume consideration of the budget.

5:50 p.m. Senator Brown spoke against the Budget Resolution.

4:57 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke against the Budget Resolution.

4:33 p.m. Senator Flake criticized the health care system.

4:12 p.m. Senator Durbin defended the new health care system. He also spoke about immigration.

3:47 p.m. Senator Paul spoke against the pending resolution because it doesn’t balance.

3:23 p.m. Senator Stabenow spoke against dismantling Obamacare, and was joined by Senator Sanders.

3:06 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke in support of S.Con.Res. 3 and removing the burden of Obamacare.

2:50 p.m. Senator Sanders spoke in opposition to S.Con.Res. 3.

2:33 p.m. Senator Enzi spoke on S.Con.Res. 3, the Budget Resolution and repealing Obamacare.

2:15 p.m. the Senate returned from recess.

1:22 p.m. The Senate recessed to accommodate the weekly caucus luncheons.

1:21 p.m. The motion to proceed was agreed to 51-48.

Senators voting in favor: 51 Republicans.

Senators voting against: 45 Democrats, 2 independents (King and Sanders), 1 Republican (Paul).

Senators not voting: Feinstein.

12:38 p.m. The Senate began voting on the motion to proceed to S.Con Res. 3, the Budget Resolution.

12:20 p.m Senator Schumer spoke about his hopes for the Senate.

12:00 p.m The Senate convened and Senator McConnell spoke using his leadership time.

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

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

2:10 p.m. Senate stands adjourned until 12:00 p.m. Wednesday January 4, 2017.

2:09 p.m. ML McConnell: UC that the Senate adjourn until 12:00 noon on Wednesday, January 4, 2017.

1:39 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke on Obamacare and the nomination process.

1:34 p.m. Senator Moran discussed the U.N. Security Council’s anti-Israel resolution and comments made by Secreatary of State Kerry.

1:20 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke on the 115th Congress, the lack of a Republican replacement for Obamacare, and dreamers.

1:09 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the need for bipartisanship in the new Congress and Obamacare.

12:44 p.m. Senator Schumer began his first remarks as minority leader.

12:43 p.m. Senator McConnell sought consideration of S.Res. 4, to set majority membership on committees, and objected to his own request in order to have the resolution sent over. The Senate agreed to a period of morning business until 4 p.m. today.

12:38 p.m. Senator McConnell secured agreement to these measures:

— S.Res. 1, to inform the president that a Senate quorum is present for the 115th Congress;

— S. Res. 2, to  inform the House of Representatives that a Senate quorum is present for the 115th Congress;

— S. Res. 3, to fix the hour of the Senate’s daily meeting;

— S.Con.Res. 1, to extend the life of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies;

— S. Con.Res. 2, to provide for the counting on January 6 of electoral votes for the president and vice president of the United States;

— 11 separate unanimous consent requests, all routinely offered at the beginning of each Congress, considered en bloc;

12:37 p.m. Vice President Biden deemed that a quorum is present and recognized Senator McConnell to offer a series of measures.

12:28 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell made welcoming remarks. A live quorum call began.

12:05 p.m. Vice President Biden began the process of swearing in 34 senators, seven elected for the first time in 2016 and the balance re-elected.

12:02 p.m. Vice President Biden convened the Senate for the 115th Congress.

11:55 a.m. The Senate met for the final pro forma session of the 114th Congress, Senator Toomey presiding. No business was conducted. The Senate adjourned sine die.

The Senate will convene at noon for the 115th Congress.

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The Senate will convene for the final pro forma of the 114th Congress at 11:55 a.m.

The Senate will then stand adjourned until 12:00 noon, at which time the 115th Congress will convene.

Friday, December 30, 2016

The Senate convened for a pro forma session at 10:00 a.m.  Senator Hatch presided, and no business was conducted.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

The Senate convened for a pro forma session at 4:30 p.m.  Senator Sasse presided and no business was conducted.

Friday, December 23, 2016

The Senate convened for a pro forma session at 11:30 a.m. Senator Blunt presided, and no business was conducted.

 

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

The Senate convened for a pro forma session at 9:29 a.m., with Senator Grassley presiding. No business was conducted.

Friday, December 16, 2016

The Senate convened for a pro forma session at 10:00 a.m. Senator Cassidy presided and no business was conducted.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

NOTE: AT 2 P.M. TODAY, SENATOR COONS will hold a Pen & Pad session in  the Senate Press Gallery, Room S-316 of the Capitol.

TOPIC: Rex Tillerson, President-elect Trump’s designate as Secretary of State, and issues concerning Russia.

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The Senate convened at pro forma session  at 8:30 a.m.. Senator Cassidy presiding. No business was conducted.

 

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