The Senate adjourned at 5:55 p.m. to reconvene on Monday, October 26th at 3:00 p.m. The next vote will occur at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, October 26th on Cal. #140 – Lawrence J. Vilardo,NY, to be US District Judge or western District. During today’s session, Senate reached the following unanimous consent agreement on consideration of S. 754, the Cybersecurity bill (see below for details):
Senate passed the following bills in Wrap Up:
S. 1493 – proved for an increase on Dec 1, 2015 in rates of compensation for disabled veterans.
S.Res 274, Commemorating the 25th anniversary of German Unification
S.Res 283 – designating October 2015 as Pilipino American history month
S. Res 287 – Condemning shooting deaths in Oregon
S. Res 288 – 50th Anniversary of passage of the Highway Beatification bill
S. Res 295 – Designating week of Nov 2 to 6th to be National Veterans small business week
5:08 p.m. Senator Franken spoke on cybersecurity.
3:52 p.m. Senator Enzi spoke about the debt limit.
3:42 p.m. Senator Murray spoke about improving medical care in the Veterans Administration.
3:32 p.m. Senator McCain spoke against the veto of the 2016 defense authorization bill.
3:15 p.m. Senator Hatch spoke about the federal debt limit extension.
3:01 p.m. Senator Peters spoke in favor of reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank.
2:51 p.m. Senator Gillibrand spoke about September 11th first responders.
2:43 p.m. Senator Hirono spoke about Social Security cost of living adjustments.
2:28 p.m. Senator Toomey discussed the coming debt ceiling and budget deadlines.
2:18 p.m. Senator Ayotte joins and thanks ML McConnell on the passage of S.799 regarding neonatal abscence syndrome.
2:17 p.m. ML McConnell gets UC to take up and pass S.799, regarding prenatal opiod addiction and neonatal abscence syndrome.
2:15 p.m. ML McConnell gets UC for a series of votes on amendments to S. 754 on Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 11:00 a.m. and another series at 4:00 p.m.; including the substitute, cloture on the bill, and passage of the bill.
Under the consent agreement, votes on these amendments would begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday:
o Wyden amendment, on removal of personal information from cyber threat indicators before sharing (#2621, as modified);
o Heller amendment to protect certain personal information (#2548, as modified);
o Leahy amendment to strike the Freedom of Information Act exemption (#2587, as modified);
o Flake amendment to terminate provisions of the Act after six years (#2582);
o Franken amendment to improve the definitions of cybersecurity threat and cyber threat indicator (#2612, as modified);
The agreement calls for votes to begin on these amendments at 4 p.m.:
o Coons amendment, on removal of certain personal information from Homeland Security cyber threat indicators and countermeasures (#2552, as modified);
o Cotton amendment, regarding communication of cyber threats among private entities and certain federal agencies (#2581, as modified);
o Burr-Feinstein substitute amendment (#2716), as amended if amended.
Cloture on the bill would follow, with post-cloture time yielded back if cloture is invoked.
Then the final vote on the cybersecurity bill would occur.
Cloture on the bill would follow, with post-cloture time yielded back if cloture is invoked. Then the final vote would occur on passage of the cybersecurity bill.
2:13 p.m. The nomination of Julie Toy to be Ambassador to Equatorial Guinea was confirmed 93-0. Senate confirms the following nominations by voice vote:
Executive Calendar #340 Dennis B. Hankins – to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Guinea.
Executive Calendar #341 Harry K. Thomas, Jr. – to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Zimbabwe.
Executive Calendar #342 Robert Porter Jackson – to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Ghana.
1:50 p.m. The Senate began voting on the nomination of Julie Toy to be ambassador to the Republic of Equatorial Guinea.
1:48 p.m. Senator Cruz spoke about Liu Xa and tried to get Unanimous Consent to proceed to S. 224. Senator Feinstein objected.
1:06 p.m. Senator Fischer spoke about long term transportation bill.
12:44 p.m. Senator Gardner spoke about the history of Colorado.
12:37 p.m. Senator Merkeley spoke about the debt ceiling.
12:20 p.m. Senator Collins spoke on cook stove safety.
12:19 p.m. Paul amendment #2564 to S. 754, cybersecurity not agreed to 32-65. Senators voting in favor: Baldwin, Barrasso, Bennet, Booker, Boxer, Brown, Cantwell, Cardin, Coons, Crapo, Cruz, Daines, Durbin, Enzi, Franken, Heinrich, Heller, Leahy, Lee, Markey, Menendez, Merkley, Murkowski, Murray, Paul, Reid, Sanders, Schumer, Sullivan, Udall, Warren, and Wyden. Senators Graham, Rubio and Vitter did not vote.
11:46 a.m. Senate begins voting on the Paul amendment #2564.
11:41 a.m. Senators Burr and Feinstein speak against the Paul amendment (#2564), with Senator Paul speaking in favor of his amendment regarding liability immunity.
11:40 a.m. By a vote of 83-14, cloture was invoked on the Burr/Feinstein substitute amendment (#2716) to S. 754, the cyber security bill. Senators voting no: Baldwin, Booker, Brown, Coons, Franken, Leahy, Markey, Menendez, Merkley, Paul, Sanders, Udall, Warren, and Wyden. Senators Graham, Rubio and Vitter did not vote.
11:08 a.m. The vote began on whether to invoke cloture on the cybersecurity bill.
11:07 a.m. Senator Carper spoke for cloture.
11:05 a.m. Senator Wyden concluded the argument against cloture.
11:03 a.m. Senators Burr and Feinstein concluded the argument for cloture.
10:54 a.m. Senator Johnson spoke for the cybersecurity bill.
10:49 a.m. Senator Carper spoke in favor of cloture.
10:45 a.m. Senator Wyden spoke against cloture on the substitute.
10:40 a.m. Senator Feinstein spoke for cloture on the substitute.
10:34 a.m. Senator Burr spoke for cloture on the substutute to the cybersecurity bill. He also secured consent to place on the calendar S. 2193, a bill to increase penalthies on deported persons who illegally re-enter the U.S.
10:31 a.m. Senator Heller spoke about his amendment to add a privacy protection provision to the cybersecurity bill.
10:08 a.m. Minority Leader Reid spoke about the debt limit and about the possibility of a government shutdown. He also spoke about the Bengazi hearings in the House.
10:03 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the 2016 defense authorization. He also spoke about the cybersecurity bill.
The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m., and following any Leader remarks, resume consideration of S.754, Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015, until 11:00 a.m.
At 11:00am, there will be a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Burr-Feinstein amendment #2716 (substitute) to S.754. If cloture is invoked, there will be 10 minutes equally divided prior to a roll call vote on Paul amendment #2564 (liability immunity).
At 1:45pm, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session to consider and vote on the following nominations, with one roll call vote and three voice votes expected:
- Executive Calendar #339 Julie Furuta-Toy – to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Equatorial Guinea; (roll call vote)
- Executive Calendar #340 Dennis B. Hankins – to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Guinea. (voice vote)
- Executive Calendar #341 Harry K. Thomas, Jr. – to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Zimbabwe. (voice vote)
- Executive Calendar #342 Robert Porter Jackson – to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Ghana. (voice vote)