6:52 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will reconvene at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 17. They will be in morning business until 6:00 p.m. There are no votes scheduled.
6:45 p.m. The following nominations were confirmed en bloc:
- #269-Thomas O. Melia to be Assistant Administrator of USAID.
- #433-Gabriel Camarillo to be an Assistant Secretary of the Air Force
- #435-Marcel John Lettre, II to be Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence
- #436-Vice Admiral Kurt W. Tidd to be Admiral
- #437-Thomas Edgar Rothman to be a member of the National Council on the Arts
Privileged nomination #892, Steven Michael Haro to be Assistant Secretary of Commerce, was confirmed by voice vote.
The following bills were passed by voice vote:
- H.R.3831 amend title 18 of the Social Security Act.
- S. 1616 Identification of improper payments.
- S. Res. 189 Expressing Sense of the Senate regarding the 25th anniversary of democracy in Mongolia.
- S. Res. 320 Congratulating the people of Burma on peaceful elections.
- S. Res. 326 Celebrating 135th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the US and Romania.
- S. Res. 310 Condemning ongoing sexual violence against women and children from Yezidi, Christian, Shabak, Turkmen and other religious communities by Islamic militants.
5:50 p.m. H.J.Res 78, the continuing resolution through Dec. 22, was agreed to by voice vote.
5:30 Senator Murkowski and Senator Cantwell spoke about the funding for wildfire provisions in the omnibus bill.
4:47 p.m. Senator Sessio spoke on the ominibus appropriations bill and expressed his disapproval of the immigration provisions in the bill (specifically, the H2B1 Visa program).
4:37 p.m. Senator Enzi spoke about a Christmas ornament that portrays the oil, coal, uranium and agriculture businesses around his hometown of Gillette, Wyoming. Some senior citizens from Gillette asked him to give it to President Obama.
4:28 p.m. Senator Blumenthal spoke in favor of a measure to condemn acts of sexual violence by members of the Islamic State. He proposed a measure to provide care for victims.
4:14 p.m. Senator Inhofe spoke in favor of the repeal of the ban on U.S. oil exports.
3:54 p.m. Senator Markey spoke against the repeal of the ban on U.S. oil exports.
3:51 p.m. Senator Gardner paid tribute to Colorado police officers killed in the line of duty.
3:31 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the Senate’s legislative record this year.
3:13 p.m. Senator Hoeven spoke in favor of the repeal of the ban on U.S. oil exports.
2:10 p.m. Senator Alexander enters into a colloquy with Senators Portman, Baldwin, Ayotte, and Casey on the Perkins loan program. At end of colloquy, acheives UC to pass HR 3594, temporary extension of the program.
2:01 p.m. Senators Toomey and Casey spoke on the Correctional Officers Protection Act, granted UC to take up and pass the bill, S. 238.
1:30 p.m. Senator Nelson spoke about private rocket development and also about the Coast Guard.
1:19 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about satellite launching rockets.
12:47 p.m. Senator Blunt spoke on the omnibus and NIH research.
12:34 p.m. Senator Franken spoke on the climate negotiations in Paris.
12:07 p.m. Senator McCain spoke on the omnibus and Russian rocket engines.
11:23 a.m. Senator Hatch described tax provisions in the omnibus. He paid tribute to the late Nate Graham of Utah, a longtime Senate staffer.
11:18 a.m. Senator Warner paid tribute Kevin Strickland if Virginia, a federal mine safety official.
11:03 a.m. ML McConnell and DL Reid use their leader time to give brief remarks on the omnibus.
The Senate will convene at 11 a.m. and will be in morning business until 6 p.m.
The omnibus appropriations bill for fiscal year 2016 has been released. The short-term spending resolution expires at 12:01 a.m. Thursday.