Friday, December 9, 2016

The Senate adjourned at 6:39 a.m. pursuant to the provisions of S.Res. 640 the Senate adjourned until it meets next for a pro forma session only, with no business conducted on the following dates and times:

Tuesday, December 13 at 8:30am
Friday, December 16 at 10:00am
Tuesday, December 20 at 9:30am (reporting day, tributes due for record)
Friday, December 23 at 11:30am
Tuesday, December 27 at 4:30pm
Friday, December 30 at 10:00am
Tuesday, January 3 at 11:55am

When the Senate adjourns on Tuesday, January 3, it will stand adjourned until 12:00 noon on the 3rd pursuant to the Constitution.

Wrap Up for Friday, December 9, 2016

Roll Call Votes
1. Motion to invoke cloture on the motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to H.R. 2028, CR; agreed to: 61-38
2. Motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to H.R.2028, CR; agreed to: 63-36
3. Motion to invoke cloture on the motion to concur in the House amendment to S.612, WRDA; agreed to: 69-30
4. Motion to concur in the House amendment to S.612, WRDA; agreed to: 78 -21

Legislative Business
Agreed to H.Con.Res. 179 – Enrollment Correction to S. 2943

Passed S.3336 – Arsenal Installation with an Ernst amendment and a title amendment

Passed by voice vote H.R. 5602 – A bill to amend title 31, United States Code, to authorize the Secretary of the Treasury to include all funds when issuing certain geographic targeting orders, and for other purposes, with Shelby-Brown substitute amendment

Passed the following Postal Naming Bills en bloc:
Calendar #675, H.R. 3218 – Designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1221 State Street, Suite 12, Santa Barbara, California, as the “Special Warfare Operator Master Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Louis ‘Lou’ J. Langlais Post Office Building”.

Calendar #676, H.R. 4887– To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 23323 Shelby Road in Shelby, Indiana, as the “Richard Allen Cable Post Office”.

Calendar #677, H.R. 5150 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 3031 Veterans Road West in Staten Island, New York, as the “Leonard Montalto Post Office Building”.

Calendar #678, H.R. 5309 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 401 McElroy Drive in Oxford, Mississippi, as the “Army First Lieutenant Donald C. Carwile Post Office Building”.

Calendar #679, H.R. 5356 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 14231 TX-150 in Coldspring, Texas, as the “E. Marie Youngblood Post Office”.

Calendar #680, H.R. 5591– To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 810 N US Highway 83 in Zapata, Texas, as the “Zapata Veterans Post Office”.

Calendar #681, H.R. 5676 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 6300 N. Northwest Highway in Chicago, Illinois, as the “Officer Joseph P. Cali Post Office Building”.

Calendar #682, H.R. 5798 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1101 Davis Street in Evanston, Illinois, as the “Abner J. Mikva Post Office Building”.

Calendar #683, H.R. 5889 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1 Chalan Kanoa VLG in Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands, as the “Segundo T. Sablan and CNMI Fallen Military Heroes Post Office Building”

Passed Calendar #704, S. 8 – Kingdom of Norway / Peaceful Uses of Energy

Concurred in the House amendment to S. 546, RESPONSE Act of 2016

Passed S. 1831 – Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act with Toomey substitute amendment

Passed by voice vote H.R. 3842 & S. 2781 – Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers and Improvement Act with Perdue amendments

Passed Calendar #639, H.R. 5687 – GAO Mandates Revision Act of 2016

Passed Calendar #691, S. 3086 – Marine Debris Act with a Sullivan amendment and a committee reported substitute amendment

Passed S. 3112 – Department of Veterans Affairs Bonus Transparency Act of 2016

Passed H.R. 960 – To designate the Department of Veterans Affairs community-based outpatient clinic in Newark, Ohio, as the Daniel L. Kinnard VA Clinic

Passed by voice vote H.R. 2726 – Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Act

Passed H.R. 3784 – SEC Small Business Advocate Act of 2016

Passed H.R. 4618 – To designate the Federal building and U.S. courthouse located at 121 Spring Street SE in Gainesville, Georgia, as the “Sidney Oslin Smith, Jr. Federal Building and United States Courthouse”

Passed H.R. 5065 – Bottles and Breastfeeding Equipment Screening Act

Passed H.R. 5877 – United States-Israel Advanced Research Partnership Act of 2016

Adopted S.Res.335 – National Aviation Maintenance Technician Day

Passed S.290 – Increasing the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability to Veterans Act with a Moran substitute amendment

Passed by voice vote H.R.6416 – Jeff Miller and Richard Blumenthal Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2016

Passed H.R.5015 – Combat-Injured Veterans Tax Fairness Act

Adopted the following Senate Resolutions en bloc:
S.Res.635 – Recognizing and commemorating the bicentennial of the State of Indiana
S.Res.636 – Designating the week of December 4 through December 10, 2016 as “National Nurse-Managed Health Clinic Week”
S.Res.637 – Honoring the individuals who lost their lives in the tragic fire in Oakland, California, on December 2, 2016.
S.Res.638 – Recognizing the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor and the lasting significance of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.
S.Res.639 – Designating December 17, 2016, as “Wreaths Across America Day”.
Adopted S.Res.640 – Recognizing the death of John Glenn, former Senator for the State of Ohio and the first individual from the United States to orbit the Earth.

Agreed to Calendar #710, S.Con.Res.57 – King Adulyadej of Thailand, with Hatch amendment.

Passed Calendar #705, H.R.1150 – International Religious Freedom Act with Corker substitute amendment.

Agreed to Calendar #711, H.Con.Res.40 – encouraging reunions of divided Korean American families.

Passed Calendar #713, H.R.4939 – United States-Caribbean Strategic Engagement Act of 2016, with Corker amendment and committee-reported amendment.

Agreed to H.Con.Res.181 – enrollment correction re:S.1635.

Agreed to the following bills, en bloc:
H.R.4352 – Veterans Faster Care
H.R.5099 – CHIP IN for Vets Act of 2016
H.R.5790 – FBI Whistleblower Enhancement
H.R.6130 – HEAR Act
H.R.6323 – Tibor Rubin VA Medical Center
H.R.6400 – John H. Chafee Coastal Barrier Resources System
H.R.6431 – Promoting Travel, Commerce, and National Security Act of 2016
H.R.6450 – Inspector General Empowerment Act of 2016
H.R.6451 – Federal Property Management Reform Act of 2016
H.R.6452 – Ensuring Access to Pacific Fisheries Act
H.R.6477 – Foreign Cultural Exchange Jurisdictional Immunity Clarification Act

Passed H.R.6302 – Overtime Pay for Secret Service Agents Act of 2016 with Johnson substitute amendment and title amendment.

Passed H.R.5612 – Marine Lance Corporal Squire ‘Skip’ Wells Post Office Building.

Passed Calendar #718, S.2852 – OPEN Government Data Act with committee-reported substitute amendment.

Passed Calendar #562, H.R.4465 – Federal Assets Sale and Transfer Act of 2016.

Concurred in the House amendment to S.2854 – Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crimes Reauthorization Act of 2016.

Concurred in the House amendment to S.2971 – National Urban Search and Rescue Response System.

Passed Calendar #696, S.3346 – NASA Authorization Act of 2016, with Cruz-Nelson substitute amendment.

Agreed to S.Res.641 – 200th anniversary of the Committee on the Judiciary of the Senate.

Passed postal naming bills, en bloc:
H.R.5948
H.R.6138
H.R.6282
H.R.6304

Passed S.1168 – Preserving Rehabilitation Innovation Centers Act of 2016, with Kirk-Durbin amendment.

Passed S.3021 – Post-9/11 Education.

Passed Calendar #436, H.R.710 – Essential Transportation Worker Identification Credential Assessment Act, with Thune amendment.

Passed Calendar #378, S.1776 – TIRES Act, with Barrasso substitute amendment.

Passed H.R.875 – Cross-Border Trade Enhancement Act.

Passed H.R.4245 – Exempt importation and exportation of sea urchins and sea cucumbers, with King amendment.

Adopted S.Res.642 – Pictures and Filming in Senate.

Passed Calendar #695, S.3084 – American Innovation and Competitiveness Act with Gardner-Peters substitute amendment.

Passed S.1635 – State Department Authorization.

Passed H.R.4680 – National Park Centennial.

Passed S.1168 – Preserving Rehabilitation Innovation Centers, with Kirk-Durbin substitute amendment.

Executive Business
Confirmed the following nominations:
COAST GUARD
PN1899 (Sixty-eight nominations beginning with John F. Barresi and ending with Mark B. Walsh)
PN1898 (Thirteen nominations beginning with Mark E. Ames and ending with Matthew D. Wadleigh)
PN1897 (Six nominations beginning with David C. Clippinger and ending with Matthew B. Williams)
PN1896 (Two nominations beginning with Daryl P. Schaffer and ending with Lisa H. Schulz)
PN1895 (One hundred and eighty nominations, beginning with Jennifer L. Adams, and ending with Peter J. Zauner)
PN1894 (Two hundred and eighty nominations, beginning with Stephen J. Albert, and ending with Matthew W. Zinn)
PN1831 (Five nominations, beginning with Capt. Melvin W. Bouboulis, and ending with Capt. Michael P. Ryan)

NAVY
Executive Calendar #658 Rear Adm. (lh) William J. Galinis – to be Rear Admiral

DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Executive Calendar #7 – Adri Davin Jayaratne, of Michigan, to be an Assistant Secretary of Labor

FEDERAL DEPOSIT INSURANCE CORPORATION
Executive Calendar #591 – Jay Neal Lerner, of Illinois, to be Inspector General, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT
Executive Calendar #653 – Andrew Mayock, of Illinois, to be Deputy Director for Management, Office of Management and Budget

DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
Executive Calendar #699 – Peggy E. Gustafson, of Maryland, to be Inspector General, Department of Commerce

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Executive Calendar #773 – Ann Begeman, of South Dakota, to be a Member of the Surface Transportation Board for a term expiring December 31, 2020

STATE JUSTICE INSTITUTE
Executive Calendar #739 – John D. Minton, Jr., of Kentucky, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the State Justice Institute for a term expiring September 17, 2019

POSTAL REGULATORY COMMISSION
Executive Calendar #740 – Mark D. Acton, of Kentucky, to be a Commissioner of the Postal Regulatory Commission for a term expiring October 14, 2022 (Reappointment)

Executive Calendar #741 – Robert G. Taub, of New York, to be a Commissioner of the Postal Regulatory Commission for a term expiring October 14, 2022 (Reappointment)

DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Executive Calendar #772 – Kamala Shirin Lakhdhir, of Connecticut, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Malaysia

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6:23 a.m. Senator Portman asked that the following items be passed by unanimous consent, S.Con.Res. 57, H.R. 1150, H.Con.Res. 40, H.R. 4939, and H.Con.Res. 181. The following were passed en bloc H.R. 4352, H.R. 5099, H.R. 5790, H.R. 6310, H.R. 6323, H.R. 6400 H.R. 6431, H.R. 6450, H.R. 6451, H.R. 6452, and H.R. 6477. The following were passed by u.c. H.R. 6302, H.R. 5612, S. 2852, H.R. 4465, S. 2854, S. 2971, S. 3346, S.Res. 641, passed by voice en bloc HR 5948, H.R. 6138, H.R. 6282, and H.R. 6304. The following were passed by u.c. S. 1168, S. 3021, H.R. 710, S. 1776, H.R. 875, H.R. 4245, S.Res. 642, S. 3084, S. 1635, and H.R. 4680.

3:46 a.m. The Senate stands in recess subject to the call of the Chair.

3:36 a.m. Senator Portman asked unanimous consent to agree to S.Res. 640, recognizing the death of John Glenn, former Senator for the state of Ohio.

2:56 a.m. The Senate stands in recess subject to the call of the Chair.

2:47 a.m. Senator Wyden asked unanimous consent to pass H.R. 5456, Families First Prevention Services Act. Senator Boozman objected.

2:28 a.m. Senator Boozman asked that the following items be passed by unanimous consent H.Con.Res. 179, S. 3336, H.R. 5602, H.R. 3218, H.R. 4887, H.R. 5150, H.R. 5309, H.R. 5356, H.R. 5591, H.R. 5676, H.R. 5798, H.R. 5889, S. 8, S. 546, S. 1831, H.R. 3742, H.R.3482, S. 2781, H.R. 5687, S. 3086, S. 3112, H.R. 960, H.R. 2726, H.R. 3784, H.R. 4618, H.R. 5065, H.R. 5877, S.Res. 335, S. 290, H.R. 6416, H.R. 5015, En bloc S.Res. 635-639

1:26 a.m. Leader McConnell asked unanimous consent that the Senate proceed to Executive Session for the En Bloc consideration of Calendar number 7, 591, 653, 699, 773, 739, 740, 741 and 772  confirmed by Voice vote at 1:27 a.m.

1:25 a.m. Leader McConnell asked u.c. to consider Calendar number 658 and the nomination was approved by u.c.

1:25 a.m. Leader McConnell asked u.c. that as if in executive session the Commerce Committee be discharged and the Senate proceed to consideration of P.N. 1894 through P.N. 1899 and P.N. 1831 that the nomination be confirmed en bloc.

1:15 a.m. Senator Boozman asked unanimous consent that the Senate be in a period of Morning Business.

1:15 a.m. By a vote of 78 to 21 the Senate concurred in the House amendment to S. 612, WRDA. 

Senators voting no: Boxer, Cantwell, Durbin, Flake, Gillibrand, Hirono, Lee, McCain, Merkley, Murray, Paul, Reid, Reed, Sanders, Sasse, Schumer, Sessions, Shelby, Warren, Whitehouse, and Wyden.

Senators not voting: Cotton

12:57 a.m. The Senate began voting on the motion to concur in the House amendment to S.612, WRDA

12:56 a.m. Cloture was invoked by a vote of 69 to 30 on the House message to accompany S.612, the legislative vehicle for WRDA.

Republican Senators voting “no”: Flake, Lee, McCain, Murkowski, Paul, Sasse, Sessions, and Shelby

Senators not voting: Cotton

12:35 a.m The Senate began voting on the motion to invoke cloture on the House message to accompany S.612, the legislative vehicle for WRDA.

12:14 a.m. Senators Inhofe and Stabenow spoke in support of the motion to concur in the House amendment to accompany S.612, the legislative vehicle for WRDA.

12:10 a.m. Senator Murray spoke in opposition to the motion to concur in the House amendment to accompany S.612, the legislative vehicle for WRDA.

11:48 p.m. Senator Inhofe asked unanimous consent that the injunction of secrecy be removed from treaty documents number 114-13, 114-14, and 114-15 and considered as read for the first time, and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.

11:19 p.m. Senators Boxer, Cantwell, Murphy, Merkley, Wyden spoke in opposition to the motion to concur in the House amendment to accompany S.612, the legislative vehicle for WRDA.

11:17 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell announced if all time is used, at approximately 12:30 a.m. the Senate will vote on 1. Motion to invoke cloture on the House message to accompany S.612, the legislative vehicle for WRDA 2. Motion to concur with the House message to accompany S.612, the legislative vehicle for WRDA (passage)

11:16 p.m. By a vote of 63 to 36, the Senate concurred in the House amendment to H.R.2028, CR (passage)

Senators voting no: Booker, Boxer, Brown, Carper, Casey, Coons, Corker, Crapo, Cruz, Durbin, Flake, Frankin, Gillibrand, Graham, Heitkamp, Heller, Hirono, Lankford, Leahy, Lee, Manchin, McCain, McCaskill, Menendez, Merkley, Paul, Perdue, Reid, Risch, Sanders, Sasse, Schatz, Schumer, Warner, Warren, and Wyden. 

Senators not voting: Cotton 

10:54 p.m. The Senate began voting on Adoption of the House Message to accompany H.R.2028, CR (passage)

10:51 p.m. Cloture invoked by a vote of 61 to 38, on the House message to accompany H.R.2028, the legislative vehicle for the CR.

Senators voting no: Blumenthal, Booker, Boxer, Brown, Cantwell, Capito, Carper, Casey, Coons, Cruz, Durbin, Franken, Gillibrand, Graham, Heitkamp, Heller, Hirono, Kaine, Klobuchar, Lankford, Lee, Manchin, Markey, McCain, McCaskill, Menendez, Merkley, Murphy, Paul, Portman, Reid, Sanders, Sasse, Schatz, Schumer, Warner, Warren, and Wyden.

Senators not voting: Cotton.

9:58 p.m. The Senate began voting on Motion to invoke cloture on the House message to accompany H.R.2028, the legislative vehicle for the CR.

9:48 p.m. Senator Mikulski spoke about the appropriations process and said farewell to the Senate.

9:41 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the accomplishments of the Senate during the post election session and the dedication of the people who make the Capitol work.

9:02 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke the WRDA bill.

8:56 p.m. Senator Shelby spoke supporting H.R. 3394, The Captive Act and asked u.c. to consider the bill. Senator Brown objected.

8:21 p.m. Senator Heller spoke about legislative accomplishments benefiting Nevada.

8:13 p.m. Senator Gardner spoke about the abundance of natural gas.

7:53  p.m. Senator Moran spoke about S. 290, Increasing the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability to Veterans Act.

7:47 p.m. Senator Daines spoke in favor of the WRDA bill for the assistance given to the Blackfeet Tribe.

7:31 p.m. Senator Frankin spoke of his objections to the CR and honored Captain Luis Carlos Montalvan

7:24 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke of President-elect Trump

7:19 p.m. Senator Coons spoke about the investment tax credit.

7:05 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke about violent attacks on police officers.

7:00 p.m. Senator Wyden addressed his objections to the WRDA bill.

6:56 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell announced at 10:00 p.m. the Senate will conduct up to 3 roll call votes related to the CR. 1. Cloture on the motion to concur. 2. Motion to waive a McCain budget point of order 3. Passage of the CR. If no agreement is reached, vote(s) related to WRDA would occur at 1:00 a.m.

6:35 p.m. Senator Coats spoke federal debt and Medicaid.

6:25 p.m. Senator Gardner gave a tribute to staffer Alan Foust and trooper Cody Donahue.

5:36 p.m. Senators Manchin, Brown, Casey, McCaskill, Coons, Schumer and Merkley spoke in favor of extending miners health benefits.

5:07 p.m. Senator Hatch spoke about Senator Sessions character and Senate business.

4:57 p.m. Senator Warren spoke in support of retired miners.

4:50 p.m. Senator Inhofe spoke on the WRDA bill.

4:14 p.m. Senator Feinstein paid tribute to Senator Boxer.

3:48 p.m. Senator McCain spoke on defense spending.

3:31 p.m. Senator Baldwin spoke on the Water Resources Development Act.

3:20 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke on the continuing resolution.

3:03 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke on nominations and Senate business.

2:48 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on the abduction of journalist Austin Tyce in Syria, upcoming Senate business, and nominations.

2:33 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke on the accession of Montenegro to NATO.

1:46 p.m. Senator Boxer asked unanimous consent to offer an amendment to strip out the California Drought Provision from the Water Resources Development Act. Senator Barrasso objected.

12:42 p.m. Senator Boxer spoke on the continuing resolution and the Water Resources Development Act. Senator Cantwell joined Senator Boxer to speak about the California Drought Provision in WRDA.

12:40 p.m. Senator Cochran spoke on the continuing resolution.

12:22 p.m. Senator Portman spoke about former Senator John Glenn and the heroine and prescription drug crisis.

11:50 a.m. Senator Shaheen spoke on exports, banking and the benefits to small businesses.

11:40 a.m.  Senator Heitkamp agreed with Senator Grassley about whistle blower legislation and spoke on the recent elections.

11:22 a.m. Senator Grassley discussed whistle blower legislation and several regulations he hopes President elect Trump roll back after Inauguration.

11:02 a.m. Senator Klobuchar expressed hope that President-elect Trump will support Ukraine. She spoke about the “Cures” medical research measure. She paid tribute to Senators Reid, Mikulski and Boxer.

10:35 a.m. Senator Leahy spoke about President-elect Trump’s Cuba policy.

10:28 a.m. Senator Daines spoke about the interest on the national debt. He paid tribute to his longtime scheduler, the departing Jessica Whittle.

10:18 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke about Senator Glenn. He also spoke about immigration.

10:09 a.m. Minority Leader Reid spoke in memory of John Glenn.

10:02 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke in memory of John Glenn. He spoke about the continuing resolution and the water resources bill.

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The Senate will convene at 10 a.m. and will resume consideration of the House Message to accompany H.R. 2028, the resolution to continue federal spending.

Unless an agreement is reached, the vote on cloture for the continuing resolution (CR) could occur one hour after the Senate convenes on Saturday — that is, as early as 1 a.m. Saturday. If cloture is invoked, the opposition would have up to 30 hours of post-cloture debate. If all that time is used, the vote on passage of the continuing resolution could occur as early as Sunday morning, December 11.

A cloture vote on the legislative vehicle for the Water Resources Development Act (S. 612) is expected to occur immediately after the disposition of the continuing resolution.

No amendments will be in order on either the continuing resolution or the water resources bill.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

6:40 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will reconvene at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, December 9. They will resume consideration of the House Message to accompany H.R. 2028 (CR).

6:37 p.m. Senator Rounds spoke about NDAA and national security.

6:15 p.m. Senator Carper spoke about John Glenn and FEMA.

6:09 p.m. Senator Portman spoke about John Glenn.

5:36 p.m. Senator Graham and Senator McCain spoke about JASTA.

5:23 p.m. Senator Brown spoke about John Glenn and also about retired miners health care.

5:01 p.m. Senators Cantwell and Murkowski spoke about the energy modernization act.

4:50 p.m. Senator Donnelly paid tribute to Senator Coats.

4:41 p.m. Senator Coats spoke on the Indiana Centennial.

4:26 p.m. Senator Menendez spoke about miners and dreamers.

4:15 p.m. Senator Manchin spoke about retired miners health care.

3:57 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about improving the EB-5 Visa Program.

3:51 p.m. Senators Nelson and Leahy spoke about the passing of former Senator John Glenn.

3:44 p.m. Senator Leahy spoke about improving the EB-5 Visa Program.

3:32 p.m. Senator Collins spoke about elder financial exploitation.

3:21 p.m. Senator paid tribute to retiring Senators Coats and Mikulski.

3:06 p.m. ML McConnell filed cloture on the motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to H.R. 2028 (continuing resolution) and filled the tree. He also filed cloture on the motion to concur in the House amendment to S. 612 (WRDA) and filled the tree.

2:57 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke on forestry.

2:53 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke on forestry.

2:11 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on the recently passed Defense Authorization; and later paid tribute to Senators Ayotte, Coats, Vitter and Kirk.

2:10 p.m. Senator Cardin paid tribute to Democratic Leader Reid.

1:55 p.m. Senator Hirono spoke on health care.

1:44 p.m. Senator Heinrich thanked Senator Durbin and spoke about “Dreamers”; children of non documented immigrants.

1:29 p.m. Senator Toomey spoke on the economy and Dodd-Frank.

1:18 p.m. Senator Leahy paid tribute to Senator Reid.

1:03 p.m. Senator Flake achieved UC that put the Senate in morning business until 2:30 p.m., and proceeded to discuss recent drought’s in Arizona and the west. As well as the increase in “drive-by lawsuits”.

1:02 p.m. The Conference report was adopted 92-7.  

Senators voting against: 4 Democrats: Gillibrand, Markey, Merkley, Wyden; 2 Republicans: Lee and Paul; 1 Independents: Sanders;

Senators not voting: Cotton 

12:30 p.m. The Senate began voting on the Conference Report to accompany S. 2943-NDAA. 

12:02 p.m. Senator McCain spoke in favor of NDAA.

11:44 a.m Senator Reed spoke about departing Senators.

11:35 a.m. Senator Kirk gave his farewell speech.

11:26 a.m. Senator Grassley spoke about auditing the Defense Department.

11:00 a.m. Senators Heller and Durbin paid tribute to Senator Reid.

9:41 a.m. Senator Reid bade farewell to the Senate.

9:32 a.m. Senator McConnell took steps under Rule XIV to move to the floor S. 351, a bill concerning best practices in the Veterans Administration. Senator McConnell paid tribute to Senator Reid.

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The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m. and following leader remarks will resume consideration of the conference report to accompany the Defense Authorization, post cloture, with all post cloture time expiring at 12:30 p.m.; thus we expect a vote on adoption of the conference report at approximately 12:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016

8:24 p.m. The Senate adjourns until 9:30 a.m. on Thursday.

8:23 p.m. UC that when the Senate adjourns it do so until 9:30 a.m. on Thursday December 8, 2016; and that all post cloture time on NDAA expire at 12:30 p.m.

8:22 p.m. Senator Tillis moves Senate to a period of morning business.  Several military nominations were agreed to by UC; S. 3516 has its first reading.

7:39 p.m. Senator Tillis begins wrap up for the evening.  Items attempted to be passed by UC but objected to by Senators Manchin, Brown and Donnelly: S. 2912; S. 3084; S. 2763; S. 3364; S. 1831;  H.R 3286; a Senate resolution designating December 17 as “Reach Across America Day”; a Senate resolution honoring the victims of the fire in Oakland; a Senate resolution honoring Pearl Harbor Day; H Res 5456.

7:30 p.m. Senator Wyden asked UC to take up and pass H.R. 5456, the “Families First Act”; Senator Tillis objected.

7:10 p.m. Senator Cruz spoke on Pearl Harbor Day, China and Iran.

6:30 p.m. Senators Wyden and Bennet spoke about children in foster care.

6:17 p.m. Senators Rounds and Inhofe spoke on regulatory reform.

5:51 p.m. Senator Durbin again spoke about a “Dreamer”; an undocumented person who came to the US as a child.

5:45 p.m. Senator Tillis spoke on affects from Hurricane Matthew in North Carolina.

5:34 p.m. Senator Isakson paid tribute to Senators Ayotte and Mikulski.

3:14 p.m. Senator Coons, Majority Leader McConnell, Democratic Leader Reid, Senators Schumer, Hatch, Leahy, McCain, Durbin, Isakson, Murray, Collins,  Mikulski, Alexander, Cardin, Casey, Nelson, Kaine, Blumnethal, Markey, Donnelly, Klobuchar and Carper paid tribute to Vice President Biden.

2:52 p.m. Cloture invoked on conference report S. 2943, NDAA 92-7.

Senators voting no: 4 Democrats: Gillibrand, Markey, Merkley, and Wyden.  2 Republicans: Lee and Paul.  1 Independent: Sanders.

Senators not voting: Cotton

2:31 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the Conference Report to accompany the Defense Appropriations, S. 2943.

2:30 p.m. By a vote of 94 to 5, the Senate concurred in the House amendment to H.R. 34, the 21st Century Cures Act. 

Senators voting no: 3 Democrats: Merkley, Warren and Wyden.  1 Independent: Sanders.  1 Republican: Lee.

Senators not voting: Cotton.

2:00 p.m. The Senate began voting on the motion to concur with the House amendment in H.R. 34, the 21st Century CURES Act.

1:57 p.m. Senator Murray spoke about the CURES Act.

1:45 p.m. Senator Alexander spoke about the CURES Act and about Senate process.

1:16 p.m. Senator Moran spoke on the Defense Authorization Act.

12:55 p.m. Senator Reed spoke on the Defense Authorization Act.

12:52 p.m. Senator Cochran paid tribute to Senator Mikulski.

12:46 p.m. Senator Schatz spoke on the 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor.

12:33 p.m. Senator Hoeven spoke on the Dakota Access Pipeline.

12:29 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke on the 200th anniversary of the Judiciary Committee.

12:25 p.m. Senator Coons paid tribute to Senator Mikulski.

12:17 p.m. Senator Stabenow paid tribute to both Senators Boxer and Mikulski.

11:57 a.m. Senators Cardin, Collins and Boxer paid tribute to Senator Mikulski; Senator Mikulski thanked Senator Boxer for her comments.

11:29 a.m. Senator Mikulski spoke about her Congressional career.

11:02 a.m. Senators Shaheen, McCain, McCaskill, Graham, Portman, Capito and Sullivan paid tribute to Senator Ayotte.

10:55 a.m. Senator Ayotte gave her farewell speech to the Senate.

10:40 a.m. Senator Inhofe paid tribute to Senator Boxer.

10:10 a.m. Senator Boxer recalled her Senate career.

9:55 a.m. Senator Reed joined in the tributes to departing members.

9:33 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the legislative schedule. He paid tribute to Senators Ayotte, Mikulski, Boxer and Inhofe.

 

Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016

6:54 p.m. Senate stands adjourned until 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday. Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume post-cloture consideration of the motion to concur in the House amendment to H.R 34, 21st Century Cures Act. By consent, the post-cloture debate time will expire at 2:00 p.m.

At 2:00 p.m., the Senate will vote on the motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to H.R. 34, 21st Century Cures Act. Following disposition of H.R. 34, the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Conference Report to accompany S. 2943, NDAA. If cloture is invoked on S. 2943, the post-cloture time will be counted as if having been invoked at 1:00 a.m. on Wednesday.

The time from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. will be reserved for tributes to the President of the Senate.

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6:43 p.m. Senator Gardner spoke about S. 3084, American Innovation and Competitiveness Act, and asked unanimous consent to proceed with consideration of S. 3084. Senator Brown objected.

6:35 p.m. Senator Shaheen spoke supporting Montenegro becoming a member of NATO.

6:19 p.m. Senator Brown spoke supporting retired coal miners.

6:02 p.m. Senator Manchin spoke in support for providing health care for retired mine workers.

5:51 p.m. Senator Casey spoke in support of the retired mine workers and for a lifetime guarantee of health care.

5:45 p.m. Senator Isakson spoke in support of HR 6416, Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act

5:33 p.m. Senator Blumenthal spoke in support of HR 6416, Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act.

5:27 p.m. Senator Warner spoke about his support for providing health care for the retired mine workers.

5:17 p.m. Senator Lee spoke about a column by George Will relating to Down Syndrome.

5:05 p.m. Senator Cardin paid tribute to Senator Mikulski and Senator Boxer.

5:00 p.m. Senator Blunt paid tribute to Senator Coats.

4:50 p.m. Senator Collins spoke about the 21st Century Cures Act and paid tribute to Senator Coats.

4:40 p.m. Senator Donnelly  paid tribute to Senator Coats

4:30 p.m. Senator Coats gave his farewell speech.

4:20 p.m. Senator Alexander spoke about the 21st Century Cures Act and paid tribute to Senator Coats.

3:49 p.m. Senator Sanders spoke about the 21st Century Cures Act and  the cost of prescription drugs and asked unanimous consent to offer an amendment to the motion to concur in the House amendment to H.R. 34. Senator Blunt objected.

3:31 p.m. Senator Blunt spoke on the Defense Authorization bill.

3:20 p.m. Senator Brown spoke on the 21st Century Cures Act and his support of the retired mine workers.

3:09 p.m. Senator Thune spoke on the Defense Authorization bill, Obamacare, and the Supreme Court vacancy.

2:48 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke on the Trump transition, particularly  Steve Mnuchin.

2:40 p.m. Senator Nelson spoke on “Dreamers”; children brought to the US undocumented.

2:29 p.m. Senator Stabenow spoke on health care in the 115th Congress.

2:20 p.m. Senator Roberts spoke on the 21st Century Cares Act.

2:15 p.m. The Senate returned from the recess, Senator Leahy spoke on election fraud.

12:33 p.m. The Senate recessed for the weekly caucus luncheons.

12:27 p.m. Senator Casey paid tribute to retiring Senator Reid.

12:17 p.m. Senator Wicker spoke on the 21st Century Cures Act.

12:04 p.m. Senator Murray spoke in support of the 21st Century Cures Act and investments to fight the opioid epidemic.

12:01 p.m. Senator Manchin spoke supporting retired coal miners.

11:34 a.m. Senator Shaheen applauded the 21st Century Cures Act and the efforts to combat the opioid epidemic.

11:27 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about pending legislation including the 21st Century Cures Act, the upcoming Continuing Resolution, and NDAA.

11:22 a.m. Senator Leahy spoke in support of the Justice for All Reauthorization Act.

11:19 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about in support of the Justice for All Reauthorization Act.

11:02 a.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke about the effects of climate change.

10:55 a.m. Senator Fischer paid tribute to the late Germaine Debro, an Army National Guardsman who died on duty in Iraq.

10:25 a.m. Senator Durbin joined in the tributes to Senators Coates and Kirk. He also spoke about immigration. He paid tribute to Senator Mikulski.

10:03 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the medical research bill and other legislation. He called for inclusion of the coal miners benefits bill in the continuing resolution. Senator McConnell also paid tribute to Senators Coates and Kirk.

10:02 a.m. Senator Cassidy saluted the visiting chaplain.

***

The Senate will convene at 10 a.m.  and,  after leader remarks, will resume post-cloture consideration of the motion to concur in the House amendment to H.R 34, the “21st Century Cures” medical research bill. If all time is used, the post-cloture debate would end shortly before 1 a.m. Wednesday.

Monday, December 5, 2016

6:52 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 10 a.m. Tuesday, when it will resume post-cloture consideration of the motion to concur in the House amendment to H.R 34, the medical research bill. If all time is used, the post-cloture debate would end shortly before 1 a.m. Wednesday.

6:51 p.m. Senator Moran completed the process (begun at 3:39 p.m. by Senator Hatch) of reversing the Senate’s earlier passage of several measures by voice vote or unanimous consent.

6:36 p.m. Senator Capito spoke about the miners benefits bill.

6:25 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about immigration.

5:44 p.m. By a vote of 85 to 13, the Senate invoked cloture for H.R.34  the 21st Century Cures bill.  Voting “Nay” were Republicans Capito, Lee, Murkowski, and Portman; Democrats Boxer, Brown, Gillibrand, Manchin, Merkley, Schumer, Udall, and Warren; independent Sanders. Not voting were Democrats Murray and Wyden.

The Senate is now voting on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to concur in the House Amendment to H.R.34.

5:39 p.m. ML McConnell paid tribute to Vice President Biden and asked unanimous consent to pass amendment #5137 to H.Con. Res. 174.

5:31 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke on the 21st Century Cures Act.

5:03 p.m. Senator Kirk, Senator Alexander, and Senator Murphy spoke on the 21st Century Cures Act.

4:54 p.m. Senator Tester spoke on the 21st Century Cures Act.

4:30 p.m. Senator Collins spoke in support of the 21st Century Cures Act.

4:20 p.m. Senator Cassidy paid tribute to Senator Vitter.

4:02 p.m. Senator Vitter made his last Senate speech and reflected on his time in the Senate.

3:39 p.m. Senator Hatch secured consent to vitiate passage of the measures Senator McConnell had earlier brought up for Senate actions: H.R. 5602, Calendar Numbers 675 to 683 and S.3336.

3:24 p.m. Senator Hatch paid tribute to a longtime staffer, the late Jim Lyons, and to the late King Pumathon Aduuladay of Taiwan.

3:09 p.m. Minority Leader Reid spoke about Senator Alexander and about the Standing Rock pipeline.

3:03 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the Senate schedule. He brought up and the Senate passed the following measures:

— H.R. 5602, to amend Title 31 of the U.S. Code to authorize the Treasury include all funds when targeting the financing of terrorism in certain geographic areas (by voice vote);

— Calendar Numbers 675 to 683, en bloc (to name certain Post Office branches, by voice vote);

— S. 3336, to permit certain leases at military arsenals, by consent.

Senator McConnell also filed for cloture on S. 2943, the conference report on the military authorization bill, S. 2943.

***

The Senate will convene at 3:00 p.m., and following any Leader remarks, will resume consideration of the House Message to accompany H.R.34, the 21st Century Cures Act.

At 5:30 p.m., the Senate will proceed to a cloture vote on the motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to H.R.34, the 21st Century Cures Act.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

The Senate has adjourned until 3:00 p.m. Monday, December 5th with a 5:30 p.m. roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to H.R. 34, the 21st Century Cures Act.

During today’s session:

  • R. 6297, Iran Sanctions Extension Act, was passed by a vote of 99 to 0.
  • 10, Definition of Anti-Semitism, was passed by voice vote.
  • Motion to concur in the House amendment to S.2577, Justice for All Reauthorization Act, was passed by unanimous consent.
  • 2058, Metropolitan Weather Hazards Protection Act, was passed by unanimous consent.
  • R.6014, Airport Construction and Alteration Reform Act of 2016, was passed by unanimous consent.
  • R.1561, Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act of 2016, was passed by unanimous consent.
  • Res.606, Honoring the law enforcement officers of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was adopted by unanimous consent.
  • 3492, Traverse City, Michigan, VA Clinic, was passed by unanimous consent.
  • Res.627, Designating December 3rd, 2016, as National Phenylketonuria Awareness Day, was adopted by unanimous consent.
  • Res.628, To authorize printing of revised edition of Senate rules and manual, was adopted by unanimous consent.

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5:45 p.m. Senator Corker spoke about the wildfires in Tennessee.

5:05 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke on the Inspectors General Empowerment Act and asked unanimous consent that the Senate pass S.579 (IG Empowerment). Senator McCain objected.

5:01 p.m. Senator Johnson spoke on the Inspectors General Empowerment Act.

4:33 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke on the economy.

4:15 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke about President-elect Trump.

4:07 p.m. Senator Franken spoke about the overtime rule.

3:26 p.m. Senator Tester spoke about a member of his staff.

3:17 p.m. The Senate passed S. 10, the definition of Anti-Semitism, by voice vote.

2:43 p.m. Senator Moran spoke on the 21st Century Cures Act.

2:14 p.m. Senator Perdue spoke on Supreme Court nominations.

2:13 p.m. H.R. 6297, the Iran Sanctions Extension Act was passed 99-0. Senator Sanders did not vote.

1:47 p.m. The Senate began voting on H.R. 6297, the Iran Sanctions Extension Act.

1:44 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell filed cloture on a motion to concur in the House report to H.R. 34, 21st Century Cures Act. Majority Leader McConnell filled the amendment tree on H.R. 34.

1:32 p.m. Senator Coats spoke about government waste.

1:05 p.m. Senator Alexander spoke about the 21st Century Cures Act.

12:59 p.m. Senator Peters spoke about Iran sanctions.

12:46 p.m. Senator Kirk spoke about Iran sanctions.

12:17 p.m. Senator Blumethal spoke about Iran sanctions.

12:02 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the CURES bill and mental health care reform.

11:42 a.m. Senator Merkley spoke about President Elect Trump’s nominations for cabinet positions.

11:30 a.m. Senator Leahy spoke supporting crime victims and the Justice for All Act.

11:19 a.m. Senator Portman spoke about the opioid epidemic and CARA Act.

11:10 a.m. Senator Scott spoke in support of the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act.

11:04 a.m. Senator Casey spoke in support of the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act.

10:47 a.m. Senator Menendez spoke in support of H.R. 6297, the Iran Sanctions Extension Act.

10:08 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke about immigration. He paid tribute to Senator Kirk.

9:51 a.m. Minority Leader Reid spoke about Senator Mikulski.

9:47 a.m. Senator McConnell spoke about the 21st Century Cures Act and the Iran sanctions bill.

9:46 a.m. Senator Vitter thanked Senator McConnell.

9:32 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell paid tribute to Rep. Hal Rogers, R-KY, and to Sen. David Vitter, R-LA..

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

At about 1:45 p.m., the Senate will vote on passage of H.R.6297, the Iran Sanctions Extension Act.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

6:48 p.m. Senate stands adjourned until 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, December 1st.  The Senate will vote on  passage of  the Iran Sanctions bill at 1:45 p.m.  The Senate passed the following bills during today’s session:

S.2971 – National Urban Search and Rescue Response System Act of 2016, with committee-reported amendment; S.3183 – Better Online Ticket Sales Act, with committee-reported amendment; Concurred in the House amendment to S.1550 – Program Management Improvement Accountability Act;  H.R.5995 – GAO Civilian Task and Delivery Order Protest Authority Act of 2016; H.R.55009 – Dr. Otis Bowen Veteran House; S.Res.605 – honoring Arnold Palmer;  S.Res.610 – Manufacturing Day; S.Res.626 – 75th anniversary of MD Anderson Cancer Center and S.3386 – Silver Star Service Banner Day.

4:53 p.m. Senator Cruz spoke about Fidel Castro.

4:33 p.m. Senator Fischer paid tribute to the retiring Adm. Cecil C. Haney.

4:05 p.m. Senators Graham and McCain engaged in a colloquy about the bill to permit lawsuits by the families of victims of terrorist attacks abroad.

3:55 p.m. Senator Isakson spoke about the 21st Century Cures bill.

3:45 p.m Senator Rounds spoke about the VA and emergency room care.

3:25 p.m. Senator Cassidy and Senator Murphy spoke about mental health.

3:13 p.m. Senator Alexander spoke about the fires in Tennessee and about mental health.

2:55 p.m. Senator Toomey spoke against sanctuary cities.

2:51 p.m. Senator Grassley asked unanamous consent to proceed with consideration of H.R. 5963. Senator Cotton objected and explained his  concerns.

2:47 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke on need to reform federal juvenile justice programs.

2:36 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke on need to reform federal juvenile justice programs.

2:26 p.m. Senator Leahy spoke on the appropriations process and President-elect Trump’s business holdings.

2:24 p.m. Senator Cotton spoke about James A. Ross, Arkansan of the week.

2:12 p.m. Senator Shaheen spoke about Homeland Security funding and the appropriations process.

1:54 p.m. Senator Hoeven spoke about the Dakota Access Pipeline.

12:58 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke about the election and about healthcare.

12:56 p.m. Senator Sasse spoke about ISIL.

12:46 p.m. Senator Brown spoke about retired coal miner’s health and retirement benefits.

12:31 p.m. Senator Kaine spoke about the death of Chief Petty Officer Scott Dayton in Syria and AUMF.

12:15 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke against the 21st Century Cures Act.

12:05 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke against the 21st Century Cures Act.

11:58 a.m. Senator Warren spoke on the 21st Century Cures Act.

11:40 a.m. Senator Wyden addressed Senator Cornyn’s objections to consideration of legislation relating to Rule 41.

11:32 a.m. Senator Wyden asked unanamous consent to proceed to a roll call vote on S. 3485. Senator Cornyn objected and explained his objection.

11:26 a.m. Senator Coons asked unanamous consent to proceed to immediate consideration of S. 3475. Senator Cornyn objected.

11:23 a.m. Senator Coons spoke about Rule 41 and protecting privacy rights.

11:20 a.m. Senator Daines spoke about Rule 41 and keeping citizens safe from government hacking.

11:19 a.m. Senator Wyden asked unanamous consent to proceed to immediate consideration of S. 2952. Senator Cornyn objected.

11:11 a.m. Senator Wyden spoke about Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure.

10:55 a.m. Senator Cornyn thanked Senator Enzi. He spoke about the legislative agenda.

10:32 a.m. Senator Enzi spoke about the federal debt.

10:15 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke about immigration.

10:21 a.m. Senator Boxer spoke in tribute to Senator Reid.

10:05 a.m. Minority Leader Reid paid tribute to Senator Boxer.

10:02 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke of measures up for Senate consideration, including the 21st Century Cures Act. He said the Senate will take up that bill after the House passes it.

*****

The Senate will convene at 10 a.m.

No votes have yet been scheduled for today.

By an agreement reached Tuesday, a vote is expected this week on H.R.6297, the House-passed Iran sanctions bill.

Majority leadership has indicated that the Senate may take up following measures during the lame-duck session:

The spending resolution to continue government operations; the defense authorization; the water resources bill; the energy bill; the 21st Century Cures Act.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

5:09 p.m. Senator Schatz spoke about the appropriations process.

4:45 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke about climate change.

4:05 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the Supreme Court vacancy.

3:31 p.m. Senator Alexander spoke on the 21st century cures act.

2:46 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke on Iran sanctions.

2:28 p.m. Senator Boxer spoke on her bill changing the electoral college.

2:15 p.m. Senator Nelson spoke on funding for the National Institutes of Health.

2:15 p.m. The Senate returns from recess.

12:51 p.m. Senate stands in recess until 2:15 p.m.

12:38 p.m. Senator Leahy spoke on the Garland nomination, the appropriation process and challenges ahead in the 115th Congress.

12:30 p.m. Senator Thune spoke on accomplishments of the 114th Congress and looks forward to the 115th Congress.

12:20 p.m. Senator Mikulski  spoke on the appropriations process in both this Congress and the next.

12:14 p.m. Senator Blunt moves the Senate to a period of morning business, and speaks regarding international adoption.

12:13 p.m. S. 2873, the medical education “ECHO” bill was agreed to 97-0.  Senators Corker, Gardner and Sanders did not vote. 

11:30 a.m. The Senate began voting on S. 2873

11:22 a.m. Senator Daines (for Alexander) offered amendment #5110 to S. 2873. It was agreed to via previous agreement.

11:02 a.m. The Senate began consideration of the medical education bill.

10:33 a.m. Senator Cardin spoke on his measure to address the “emolument” clause of the Constitution, which concerns official conflicts of interest.

10:27 a.m. Senator Wicker spoke about S. 2873, the “ECHO” bill on medical education.

10:15 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke about a constituent who struggled with U.S. Immigration policy.

10:10 a.m. Senator Reid described Democratic preferences on several of the lame duck agenda items.

10:08 a.m. Senator McConnell described the legislative agenda for the lame duck session, including the defense authorization, the water resources bill, the energy bill, the 21st Century Cures Act and the resolution to continue federal spending into next year.

10:05 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell sought consent to take up H.R. 6297, the reauthorization of the Iran sanctions bill, at a time to be determined.

Minority Leader Reid indicated that there is no Democratic objection. Senator McConnell said a Senate vote on the House-passed Iran sanctions bill may occur this week.

*****

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

Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business until 11:00 a.m.

At 11:00 a.m., begin consideration of S.2873, ECHO Act

There will be up to 30 minutes of debate followed by a vote on passage of the bill,  thus expect a roll call vote on passage at approximately 11:30 a.m.

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

 

 

Monday, November 28, 2016

6:29 p.m. Senate adjourns until 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday November 29, 2016.

6:26 p.m. ML McConnell does wrap-up.

The following were passed by UC:

  • S.2974, ensure funding for the National Human Trafficking Hotline, and for other purposes.
  • Passed Calendar #660, S.2325, to require the Secretary of Commerce, acting through the Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, to establish a constituent-driven program to provide a digital information platform capable of efficiently integrating costal data with decision-support tools, training, and best practices and to support collection of priority costal geospatial data to inform and improve local, State, regional, and Federal capacities to manage the coastal region, and for other purposes, with Baldwin amendment.
  • Passed H.R.5111, to prohibit the use of certain clauses in form contracts that restrict the ability of a consumer to communicate regarding the goods or services offered in interstate commerce that were the subject of the contract, and for other purposes.

HR 6297, the re-authorization of the Iran Sanctions bill had its first reading.

UC that when the Senate adjourns it do so until 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday November 29. Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business until 11:00 a.m.
At 11:00 a.m., begin consideration of S.2873, ECHO Act, and the Alexander substitute amendment will be agreed to. There will be up to 30 minutes of debate followed by a vote on passage of the bill; at approximately 11:30 a.m. The Senate will recess on Tuesday from 12:30 p.m. until 2:15 p.m. to allow for the weekly caucus meetings.

5:09 p.m. Senator Cornyn responded to Senator Warrens comments regarding pharmaceutical companies; before turning to discuss nominations of President Elect Trump, including Senator Sessions.

4:57 p.m. Senator Warren spoke on the 21st Century Cures bill and concerns regarding pharmaceutical companies.

4:00 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival.

3:34 p.m. ML McConnell spoke on the business to complete before the end of the 114th Congress.

3:04 p.m. Senator Reid spoke on the Standing Rock protest and energy.

The Senate will convene at 3 p.m. There will be no votes today.

The next roll call vote will occur at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, on passage of the ECHO Act, S. 2873, a measure concerning medical education.

Friday, November 25, 2016

The Senate convened for a pro forma session at 11:00 a.m. Senator Coats presided and no business was conducted.

The Senate has adjourned until Monday, November 28 at 3:00 p.m. There are NO votes on Monday.

The next roll call vote will occur at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, November 29, relative to the ECHO Act (S. 2873).

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