Friday, October 23, 2015

The Senate is not in session today.

The Senate will reconvene on Monday, October 26th at 3 p.m.  The next vote will occur at 5:30 p.m. Monday, on Cal. #140, the nomination of Lawrence J. Vilardo to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York.

On Tuesday, the Senate is expected to take the final votes on amendments and cloture on the cybersecurity bill, S. 754. If cloture is invoked, the vote on passage will occur Tuesday evening.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

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.

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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)

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

7:01 p.m Senate adjourns

6:58 p.m. ML McConnell wraps up the Senate for the day.  UC that at 1:45, proceed to Executive Session to consider and vote on the following nominations:

  • Executive Calendar #339 Julie Furuta-Toy – to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Equatorial Guinea;
  • 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; and
  • Executive Calendar #342 Robert Porter Jackson – to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Ghana.

Passed by UC: S Res 291, regarding the members of the El Faro ship; S Res 108, commemorating the discovery of the polio vaccine.  S. 2193, regarding amending the immigration and nationality act to increase penalties for individuals who illegally re-enter the US after being removed, has its first reading. UC that when Senate adjourns, it do so until 10:00 a.m, Thursday, and following any leader time, resume consideration of S. 754, with a cloture vote on the Burr/Feinstein substitute at 11:00 a.m.

6:29 p.m. Senator Udall attempts to call up amendment #2717, a  60 day extension of the land and water conservation fund.  Senator Burr requested to modify his request for permanent language, Senator Udall objected to that modification.  Senator Udall asked for a one year extension, again Senator Burr attempted to modify to a permanent extension, and without that, objected.

6:28 p.m. Senator Burr achieves UC that if cloture is invoked on the Burr/Feinstein substitute amendment, vote on the Paul amendment #2564 following 10 minutes of debate.

5:53 p.m. Senator Whitehouse gets UC to take up and pass HR 774, regarding strengthening enforcement mechanisms to stop illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.

5:51 p.m. Senator Vitter gets UC to take up and pass HR 208, regarding disaster assistance programs of the Small Business Administration.

5:19 p.m. Senators Vitter and Udall spoke on the Toxic substances control act, asks UC to take up and pass the bill, S.  697.  Senator Burr, reserving the right to object, seeks to add an amendment related to the Land and Water Conservation Fund.  Senator Lee objected to the modification, and Senator Burr then objected to the initial UC request regarding the toxic substances control act.

4:11 p.m. Senators Portman, Murphy, Coons, Casey, Alexander, and Blumenthal followed Senator Baldwin speaking on the Perkins loan program.

4:01 p.m. Senator Baldwin asked unanimous consent that the Senate pass  H.R. 3594, extending the Perkins loan program. Senator McCain objected and the measure was not passed.

3:47 p.m. Senator McCain spoke in favor of the Cybersecurity Bill.  Then Senators King and McCain had a colloquy.

3:32 p.m. Senator King spoke in favor of the Cybersecurity Bill.

3:18 p.m. Senator Blunt spoke in favor of the Cybersecurity Bill.

2:54 p.m. Senator Carper spoke in favor of the Cybersecurity Bill.

2:49 p.m Senator Whitehouse spoke on the Cybersecurity Bill.

2:28 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke on Cybersecurity Bill.

1:50 p.m. Senator  Burr spoke on the Cybersecurity Bill and indicated that the Senate would complete work on the bill by early next week.

1:24 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about the Cybersecurity Bill.

12:54 p.m. Senators Cassidy, Burr and Murphy spoke about mental health treatment.

12:45 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke about the Clean Water Act.

12:28 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke in favor of the military authorization bill.

12:20 p.m. Senator Burr joined Senator Feinstein in a colloquy in favor of the cybersecurity bill.

11:58 a.m. Senator Feinstein spoke for the cybersecurity bill. She also spoke for several amendments to the bill.

11:46 a.m. Senator Nelson spoke in favor of the cybersecurity bill.

11:27 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on correctional facilities.

10:21 a.m. Senator Cardin spoke on the coming deadlines of the debt ceiling and the budget.

10:15 a.m. Senator Isakson urged the President to not veto the Defense Authorization.

10:02 a.m. Senator Coats discussed his 24th installment of the “waste of the week”.  Today he focused on improper medicare payments of taxpayer dollars.

9:51 a.m. Senator Barrasso spoke on the Affordable Care Act.

9:40 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke on prescription drug and heroin abuse; before turning to discussing the Affordable Care Act.

9:33 a.m. Democratic Leader Reid spoke on the Benghazi committee and the pending cyber security bill.

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The Senate convened at 9:30 a.m.

After leader time, and one hour of morning business, the Senate will resume consideration of the cybersecurity bill (S. 754).

Majority Leader McConnell filed cloture on the Burr/Feinstein substitute amendment #2716, and S. 754.

 

The following amendments are currently pending to the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015 (S. 754):

*         Burr-Feinstein amendment in the nature of a substitute (#2716)

o   Cotton amendment to exempt from the capability and process within the Department of Homeland Security communication between a private entity and the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States Secret Service regarding cybersecurity threats. (#2581, as modified)

o   Coons amendment to modify section 5 to require DHS to review all cyber threat indicators and countermeasures in order to remove certain personal information. (#2552, 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)

o   Heller amendment to protect information that is reasonably believed to be personal information or information that identifies a specific person. (#2548, as modified)

o   Leahy amendment to strike the FOIA exemption. (#2587, as modified)

o   Paul amendment to prohibit liability immunity to applying to private entities that break user or privacy agreements with customers. (#2564, as modified)

o   Mikulski amendment to provide amounts necessary for accelerated cybersecurity in response to data breaches. (#2557)

o   Whitehouse amendment to amend title 18, United States Code, to protect Americans from cybercrime. (#2626, as modified)

o   Wyden amendment to improve the requirements relating to removal of personal information from cyber threat indicators before sharing. (#2621, as modified)

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

6:19 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 9:30 a.m. on October 21. After morning business, the Senate will resume consideration of the cybersecurity bill (S. 754).

6:18 p.m. By voice vote, the Senate passed S.Res. 261, designating the week of October 11 National Case Management Week.

6:16 p.m. By voice vote the Senate passed, en bloc, these bills to name Post Office buildings: H.R. 322 (for Sgt. Zachary M. Fisher in Chesterfield, MO), H.R. 323 (for Sgt. Amanda N. Pinson, in St. Louis, MO), H.R. 324 (for Lt. Daniel P. Riordan, in St. Louis, MO), H.R. 558  (for Richard Chenault, in Springboro, Ohio), H.R. 1442 (for Staff Sgt. Robert F. Dietz, in Kingston, NY), H. R. 1884  (for Officer Daryl R. Pierson, in East Rochester, NY)   and H.R. 3059 (for James Robert Kalsu, in Del City, OK).

6:15 p.m. Leader McConnell filed cloture petitions on these measures:

* Amendment #2716 (the Burr-Feinstein substitute) to the cybersecurity bill, S. 754;

* The underlying bill on cybersecurity, S. 754.

5:44 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke on climate change.

5:30 p.m. Senator Perdue spoke on sanctuary cities.

5:11 p.m. The Whitehouse amendment #2626 to the substitute amendment #2716, was modified by unanimous consent.

5:00 p.m. Senator Burr spoke on cyber security.

4:56 p.m. Senator Feinstein spoke on sanctuary cities.

4:41 p.m. Senator Hatch spoke on cyber security.

4:37 p.m. Senator Burr asked unanimous consent to hold a vote on the amendments to the substitute to S. 754 on Thursday, October 22nd. Senator Wyden objected.

4:34 p.m.  In alternating order:

Senator Feinstein called up Coons amendment #2552, as modified, to amendment #2716; Franken amendment #2612, as modified, to amendment #2716; Leahy amendment #2587, as modified, to amendment #2716; Mikulski amendment #2557 to amendment #2716; Whitehouse amendment #2626 to amendment #2716; and Wyden amendment # 2621, as modified, to #2716.

Senator Burr called up Flake amendment #2582 to amendment #2716; Heller amendment #2528, as modified, to amendment #2716; and Paul amendment #2564 to amendment #2716.

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4:25 p.m. Senator Burr called up Burr/ Feinstein amendment #2716, the managers’ substitute and Cotton amendment #2581.

4:23 p.m. ML McConnell called up S. 754, cyber security. Under a previous unanimous consent, it is in order that the Republicans have 10 amendments and the Democrats have 11.

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4:20 p.m. Senator Burr spoke on cyber security.

4:06 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke on cyber security.

3:43 p.m. Senator Feinstein spoke on cyber security.

3:30 p.m. Senator Burr spoke on cyber security.

3:14 p.m. Senator Thune spoke on sanctuary cities and cyber security.

2:55 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on S.2146, the Sanctuary cities bill.

2:46 p.m. Senators Rubio and Blumenthal spoke on S. 1082, regarding removal or demotion of employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs based on enforcement or misconduct. Senator Rubio asked UC for the Senate to take up and pass the bill. Senator Blumenthal objected.

2:45 p.m. By a vote of 54-45, cloture was not invoked on the motion to proceed to S.2146, the Sanctuary Cities bill. Senators Donnelly and Manchin joined Republicans in favor, with Senator Kirk joining Democrats against. Senator Graham did not vote.

2:15 p.m. Senate returns from recess and begins voting on cloture on the motion to proceed to S. 2146, the Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act.

12:50 p.m. The Senate stands in recess until 2:15 p.m. for the weekly party lunches.

12:42 p.m. Senator Hirono spoke against the Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act (S. 2146).

12:30 p.m. Senator Toomey asked unanimous consent for four committees to meet during todays session. He then spoke on the Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act (S. 2146).

12:15 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke in favor of the nomination of Ann Donnelly to be a US District Judge for the Eastern District of New York.

11:49 a.m. Senators Cruz and Menendez spoke on immigration and the Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act.

11:47 a.m. Senate resumed consideration of the motion to proceed to the Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act (S. 2146).

11:46 a.m. By a vote of 95-2, the Senate confirmed the nomination of Ann Donnelly to be a US District Judge for the Eastern District of New York. Senators Blunt and Sullivan voted no. Senators Graham, Rubio, and Shaheen did not vote.

11 a.m. The vote began on confirmation of the Donnelly nomination.

10:29 a.m. Senator Vitter spoke in favor of the sanctuaries bill.

10:18 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke about the findings of his trip to explore the plight of refugees from Syria.

10:10 a.m. Minority Leader Reid spoke against the sanctuaries bill. He also spoke about the debt limit.

10:08 a.m. Rule 14 proceedings were completed to place on the calendar S. 2181 (default prevention); S. 2182 (budget caps); S. 2183 (Ex-Im Bank).

10:03 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke in favor of the sanctuaries bill.

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The Senate will convene at 10 a.m. and will consider the nomination of Ann Donnelly to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

At 11 a.m., the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Donnelly nomination.

The Senate will then resume consideration of the motion to proceed to the Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act (S. 2146).

The Senate will recess from 12:30 p.m. until 2:15 p.m. for weekly caucus luncheons.

At 2:15 p.m., the Senate will vote on the cloture for the motion to proceed to the sanctuary bill.

 

Monday, October 19, 2015

6:45 p.m. The Senate has adjourned until 10:00 a.m. Tuesday October 20, 2015.

6:43 p.m. In wrap-up, Senator Flake brought up S. Res 289, designating the week beginning October 18, 2015 as Natural Chemistry week.

Senator Flake did second readings of S. 2165 or S. 2169, bills related to the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

6:12 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about the Sanctuary Cities bill.

5:55 p.m. Senator Vitter spoke about the Sanctuary Cities bill.

5:40 p.m. Senator Brown spoke about hospice care workers.

5:30 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about the  Sanctuary Cities bill.

5:05 p.m. Senator Nelson spoke about the Coast Guard and the Cargo ship that sank after leaving Florida and being caught in a hurricane.

4:02 p.m. Senator Reid spoke against S. 2146, the Sanctuary Cities bill.

The Senate convened at 4:00 p.m. and resumed consideration of motion to proceed to S. 2146, the sanctuary cities bill.  No roll call votes are scheduled today. 

On Tuesday, October 20, following leader remarks, the Senate will begin consideration of the nomination of Ann Donnelly to be a US District Judge for the Eastern District of New York, with a vote on confirmation of the nomination at 11:00 a.m.  Further, at 2:15 p.m. on Tuesday, vote on the cloture on the motion to proceed to S. 2146, the Sanctuary Cities bill.

Friday, October 16, 2015

The Senate convened for a pro forma session at 10:00 a.m.  Senator Capitol was the presiding officer, and no business was conducted.

The Senate is now adjourned until 4:00 p.m. on Monday October 19th.  At that time, resume consideration of motion to proceed to S. 2146, the sanctuary cities bill, with no roll call votes expected.

On Tuesday, October 20, following leader remarks, begin consideration of the nomination of Ann Donnelly to be a US District Judge for the Eastern District of New York, with a vote on confirmation of the nomination at 11:00 a.m.  Further, at 2:15 p.m. on Tuesday, vote on the cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R. 2146, the sanctuary cities bill.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

The Senate convened at 10:34 a.m. for a pro forma session.  Senator Blunt was the presiding officer, with no business conducted.

There will be another pro forma session on Friday October 16th at 10:00 a.m.

Following the pro forma on Friday October 16th, the Senate will adjourn until 4:00 p.m. on Monday October 19th. At that time, resume consideration of motion to proceed to S. 2146, the sanctuary cities bill, with no roll call votes expected.

On Tuesday, October 20, following leader remarks, begin consideration of the nomination of Ann Donnelly to be a US District Judge for the Eastern District of New York, with a vote on confirmation of the nomination at 11:00 a.m.  Further, at 2:15 p.m. on Tuesday, vote on the cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R. 2146, the sanctuary cities bill.

Friday, October 9, 2015

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

The Senate will next convene for two further pro forma sessions on the following dates:

Tuesday October 13th at 10:30 a.m.

Friday October 16th at 10:00 a.m.

Following the pro forma on Friday October 16th, the Senate will adjourn until 4:00 p.m. on Monday October 19th. At that time, resume consideration of motion to proceed to S. 2146, the sanctuary cities bill, with no roll call votes expected.

On Tuesday, October 20, following leader remarks, begin consideration of the nomination of Ann Donnelly to be a US District Judge for the Eastern District of New York, with a vote on confirmation of the nomination at 11:00 a.m.  Further, at 2:15 p.m. on Tuesday, vote on the cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R. 2146, the sanctuary cities bill.

Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015

5:49 p.m. Senate adjourns

5:42 p.m. ML McConnell wraps up the Senate for the night. UC that following leader remarks on Tuesday October 20th, consider nomination of Ann Donnelly to be a US District Judge for the Eastern District of New York, with a vote on confirmation of the nomination at 11:00 a.m. Confirmed by UC: the nomination of Stephen Hedger to be Assistant Secretary of Defense.

Adopted by UC:
S Con Res 21, using Emancipation Hall to commemorate ratification of the 13th Amendment.
S Res 285, commemorating the life of Robert Edward Simon Jr.
S Res 286, regarding National Wildlife Refuge Week.
S Res 278, welcoming the President of Korea.
S 2165 S. 2169 and both regarding the land and water conservation fund have their first reading.

UC that when Senate adjourns, do so until Friday October 9th at 10:00 a.m. for a pro forma session only.
Pro forma sessions also on the following days:
Tuesday October 13th at 10:30 a.m
Friday October 16th at 10:00 a.m.
Following the pro forma on the 16th, Senate adjourn until 4:00 p.m. on Monday October 19th. At that time, resume consideration of motion to proceed to S. 2146, the sanctuary cities bill.

5:09 p.m. Senator Carper spoke on fuel taxes and the traffic relief act.

4:59 p.m. Senator Stabenow discussed pensions.

4:28 p.m. Senator Sessions spoke on crime.

3:09 p.m. Senators Coons and Hatch participated in a colloquy about trade secret theft and DuPont’s next-generation kevlar.

3:08 p.m. Senator Hatch spoke about his memories of the Crispus Attucks High School basketball team, which he followed as a recently graduated high school basketball player.

2:50 p.m. Senator Donnelly spoke about the Crispus Attucks High School basketball team’s contribution to progress in racial affairs during the 1950s.

2:40 p.m. Senator McConnell spoke on the sanctuary jurisdictions bill.

2:16 p.m. ML McConnell withdrew the motion to proceed to S. 2028 and proponded a cloture motion on the motion to proceed to S. 2146 – to hold sanctuary jurisdictions accountable for defying federal law. A vote on the cloture motion on the MTP is expected at 2:15 p.m. on Tuesday, October 20th.

2:10 p.m. Senator Warren spoke on gun violence and gun control.

2:02 p.m.  Senator Heller spoke on repealling  the “cadillac tax” provision in the universal health care law.

1:30 p.m. Senators Merkley and Wyden paid tribute to the victims of the Oregon shooting.

1:15 p.m. Senator Cantwell asked that S.2165, the Land and Water Conservation Fund Reauthorization, be passed by unanimous consent. Senator Lankford objected.

1:26 p.m The following nominations were confirmed en bloc by unanimous consent:

  • W. Thomas Reeder, VA, to be Director of Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation
  • Lucy Tamlyn, NY, to be Public Ambassador of Benin
  • Jeffrey J. Hawkins, CA, to be Ambassador of the Central African Republic
  • Edwin Richard Nolan Jr., MA, to be Ambassador to Republic of Suraname
  • Carolyn Patricia Alsup, FL, to be Ambassador to the Republic of The Gambia

1:11 p.m. By a vote of 49-47, cloture was not invoked on cloture on the motion to proceed to HR 2028, the Energy and Water Appropriations. Republicans votin against: Heller, Isakson and Perdue. Democrats voting in favor: Manchin.  Senators not voting: Graham, Reid, Rubio, and Scott.

12:46 p.m. The Senate is currently voting on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R. 2028, Energy and Water Appropriations Bill.

12:39 p.m. Senator Mikulski spoke against the Energy and Water appropriations bill.

12:30 p.m. Senator Alexander spoke in favor of re-authorizing the Land and Water Conservation Fund and also spoke in favor of the Energy and Water appropriations bill.

12:25 p.m. Senator Ayotte spoke in favor re-authorizing the Land and Water Conservation Fund.  She tried to pass the bill by unanimous consent. Senator Lee objected.

11:45 a.m. Senators Markey, McCaskill, Klobuchar, Stabenow, Schumer, Murphy, Blumethal, Feinstein and Gillibrand spoke in favor of background checks for gun sales.

11:02 a.m. Senators Collins, Cornyn, and Murray discussed mass shootings and mental illness.

10:56 a.m.  Senators Isakson and Perdue announced they will vote against ending debate on the motion to proceed to the Energy and Water Development Appropriations due to language affecting water rights between Alabama and Georgia.

10:49 a.m. Senator Capito spoke on the Defense Authorization and the Energy and Water Development Appropriations.

10:48 a.m. Senate resumes consideration of the motion to proceed to HR 2028, Energy and Water Development Appropriations.

10:28 a.m. Senator Hatch spoke about the history of Senate budget legislation.

10:11 a.m. Senator Feinstein explained her opposition to the energy and water spending bill.

9:39 a.m. Senator Durbin, the assistant minority leader, spoke about Democratic budget priorities. He also spoke about guns.

9:34 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the defense authorization and the energy and water appropriation.

9:32 a.m. Senator Isakson welcomed the visiting chaplain from Georgia. 

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

At 10:45 a.m., the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016 (H.R. 2028).

At 12:45 p.m., there will be a cloture vote on the motion to proceed to the energy and water appropriation.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

6:53 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will reconvene at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 8. At 10:45 they will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to H.R. 2028 (Energy and Water Appropriations). The cloture vote on the motion to proceed to H.R. 2028 will occur at 12:45.

6:47 p.m. The following was passed by unanimous consent in wrap up:

  • S. 32-provide DoJ extra tools for targeting drug trafficking
  • H.R. 623-authorize a social media working group for the Department of Homeland Security
  • S. 2162-esthablish 10 year term limit for the Librarian of Congress
  • S. Res. 275-Resolution for Dyslexia Awareness
  • S. Res. 280-designating October as National Women’s Small Business month
  • S.Res. 281-designating week of Oct. 5 is National Health Information Technology week
  • H.Con. Res. 81-corrections to H.R. 1375

6:20 p.m. Senator Inhofe spoke about the Global meeting about reducing emissions.

5:55 p.m. Senator Hatch spoke about the freedom of religion.

5:38 p.m. Senator Tester and Senator Heinrich spoke about the Energy and Water Conservation Fund.

5:34 p.m. Senator Cantwell spoke about the Energy and Water Conservation Fund.

5:24 p.m. Senator Alexander spoke about the Energy and Water Bill and the status of other appropriations bills in the Senate.

5:20 p.m. Senator Boozman spoke about National Rice Month.

5:13 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about the EB-5 Regional Center Investment Program.

5:00 p.m. Senator Peters spoke about the shipwrecks in Lake Michigan and about making the lake a marine sanctuary.

4:45 p.m. Senator Hoeven spoke about the NDAA and also in support of the Energy and Water bill.

4:12 p.m. Senators Markey, Schatz, and Whitehouse spoke on clean energy jobs.

3:52 p.m. Senator Coats discussed his latest “waste of the week”; this week discussing studies of robots replacing humans at the National Science Foundation.

3:41 p.m. Senator Lankford spoke on national security and the Defense Authorization.

3:24 p.m. Senator Blunt spoke on the Defense Authorization.

3:09 p.m. Senator Hatch spoke on the Trans Pacific Partnership.

3:08 p.m. ML McConnell moves to proceed to the Energy and Water Appropriations bill.  He filed cloture on that motion yesterday, thus, the cloture vote on that motion to proceed is set to occur one hour after the Senate convenes tomorrow, Thursday, October 8th.

3:07 p.m. Conference Report to accompany H.R 1735, NDAA agreed to 70-27. Democrats voting in favor: Bennet, Blumenthal, Cantwell, Casey, Donnelly, Feinstein, Heinrich, Heitkamp, Kaine, King, Klobuchar, McCaskill, Menendez, Murphy, Murray, Peters, Shaheen, Stabenow, Tester, Udall, and Warner. Republicans voting against: Cruz and Paul. Senators Graham, Roberts, and Rubio did not vote.

2:30 p.m. Roll call vote began on Passage of the Conference Report to accompany H.R.. 1735, Defense Authorization.

2:28 p.m. Motion to Waive agreed to 71-26.  All Democrats/Independents that voted for cloture yesterday voted to waive today. Democrats/Independents voting in favor: Bennet, Blumenthal, Cantwell, Casey, Donnelly, Feinstein, Heinrich, Heitkamp, Kaine, King, Klobuchar, McCaskill, Menendez, Murphy, Murray, Peters, Shaheen, Stabenow, Tester, Udall, and Warner. Senator Paul, the only Republican to vote against cloture, also voted against the motion to waive.  Senators Graham, Roberts and Rubio did not vote.

2:06 p.m. The Senate is currently voting on the motion to waive the budget act in relation to the Conference Report to accompany H.R. 1735, NDAA.

1:32 p.m. Senator McCain spoke in support of the NDAA.

12:58 p.m. Senator Reed spoke in support of the NDAA.

12:51 p.m. Senator Perdue spoke in support of the NDAA (Defense Authorization conference report, which will be voted on at 2:00 p.m.)

12:26 p.m. Senator Nelson spoke about the Internet, and content appropriate for children.  He told about letters he has written to Google about YouTube kids and the responses from Google.

12:11 p.m. Senator Hoeven spoke about the DRIVE act and the NDAA.

11:55 a.m. Senator Boxer spoke about Defense funding. She also spoke about a highway trust fund shutdown and the importance of America’s transportation infrastructure.

11:40 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about Defense funding.  A vote on final passage of the Conference Report to accompany H.R. 1735 (the National Defense Authorization Act) is expected at 2:00 p.m..

11:05 a.m. Senator Menendez spoke about Cuba.

9:56 a.m. Senator Hatch talked about the Senate tradition of extended debate.

9:47 a.m. Minority Leader Reid spoke about the defense authorization.

9:33 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell took steps to place on the calendar  S. 2146 (sanctuary jurisdictions). He spoke about S. 1300, the Adoptive Family Relief Act. Senator McConnell also spoke about the Pentagon authorization and about the administration’s Middle East policy.

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The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m. and will resume post-cloture debate on the Conference Report to accompany H.R. 1735, National Defense Appropriations Authorization. A vote on final passage of  the Conference Report to accompany H.R. 1735 is expected at 2 p.m. 

Ahead: On Thursday, Oct. 8, a cloture vote on the motion to proceed to H.R. 2028, the Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill, is expected one hour after the Senate convenes.