Monday, September 21, 2015

7:52 p.m.  – The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 21st.  The next vote will occur at 11:00 on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R. 36, the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

7:51 In wrap up the Senate passes the following bills by unanimous consent: S. 1109; HR 2051; S Res 257 and S. Res 260.

7:45 p.m. Senators Grassley, Thune and Lankford spoke on H. R. 36.

6:13 Senator Baldwin spoke on H.R. 36.

6:06 Senator Blunt spoke on H. R. 36.

6:00 p.m. Senator Warren spoke on H.R. 36, the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

5:31 p.m. Senator Ernst spoke on H.R. 36, the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

5:14 p.m. Senator Graham spoke about H.R. 36, the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

4:57 p.m. Senator Donnelly spoke about a potential shutdown.

4:45 p.m. Senator Lee spoke in favor of H.R. 36, the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

4:23 p.m. Senator Hatch in favor of H.R. 36, the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

4:18 p.m. ML McConnell spoke to welcome the Pope on behalf of the Senate, to discuss the Budget and Democrats preventing passage of spending bills.  He also spoke in favor of H.R. 36, the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.  He said he will speak later at greater length about H.R. 36.

4:12 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke in favor of H.R. 36, the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

4:01 p.m. Senator Frankin spoke against H.R. 36, the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

3:50 p.m. Senator Sessions spoke on the funding for Planned Parenthood.

3:30 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke about climate change.

3:20 p.m. Senator Perdue spoke in favor of H.R. 36, the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

3:10 p.m. Senator Alexander spoke on changing the rules regarding Senate filibuster.

3:00 p.m. Senator Cotton spoke in favor of H.R. 36, the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

2:35 p.m. Senator Feinstein spoke against H.R. 36, the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

2:20 p.m. Senator Hatch spoke on criminal justice reform.

2:10 p.m. The Senate resumed the Motion to proceed to H.R. 36, the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

2:05 p.m. Leader Reid gave a tribute to fallen soldier Kareem Kahn. He followed speaking against H.R. 36, the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

2:00 p.m. Message from the House notifying the Senate of the passage of HR 3134.

The Senate will convene at 2:00pm and resume consideration of the motion to proceed to the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36).  There will be no roll call votes during Monday’s session.

Senator McConnell filed cloture on the motion to proceed to Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36) during Thursday’s session.  Absent a time agreement, the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R. 36 one hour after convening on Tuesday, September 22, 2015.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

6:19 p.m. Senate adjourns until Monday, September 21, 2015 at 2:00 p.m.

6:15 p.m. ML McConnell offers motion to proceed and files cloture on that motion to HR 36; the “pain capable unborn child protection act”.  Passes by UC the following nominations: 248 Michael McGowan to be a US Marshal.  #301 and #302 (Sim Farar to be a member of the US Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy, 2 terms); #303 and 304 (William Hybl to be a member of the US Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy, 2 terms).

Passed by UC: S Res 259 (honoring those that disrupted train attack in France).  S Res 253 (welcoming the King and Queen of Spain).  S 1090 (regarding disaster relief). S. 1580, allowing additional appointing authorities to select individuals from competitive service certificates.  HR 719, requiring the TSA to conform to existing federal law and regulations regarding criminal investigator positions.  UC that Senate adjourn until Monday September 21 at 2:00 p.m., following leader remarks, resume consideration of HR 36.  There are no votes on Monday.  Unless agreement is reached, the cloture vote would occur one hour after the Senate convenes on Tuesday September 22.

5:01 p.m. Senator Markey spoke on climate change and the pope.

4:12 p.m. Senator Carper paid tribute to several federal employees; before turning to discuss the economy.

3:57 p.m. Senator Schumer asked UC to take up and confirm executive calendars #139 Ann Donnelly to be a US District Judge for the Eastern District of New York; #140, Lawrence Vilardo to be a US District Judge for the Western District of New York; and #140, LaShann Hall to be a US District Judge for the Eastern District of New York.  Senator Cornyn objected.  Senator Schumer spoke on the nominations.

3:39 p.m. Senator Coats spoke on the Iran nuclear agreement.

2:28 p.m. Senator Hatch spoke on the Constitution.

2:11 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke on his legislation, S. 2035,  the Federal Employees Fair Treatment Act.

2:05 p.m. Senator Murray spoke on the budget and women’s health.

1:51 p.m. Senator Brown and Senator Portman spoke about Congressman Stokes.

1:00 p.m. Senator Fischer spoke about US military training programs.

12:50 p.m. Senator Boozman spoke about the EPA spill.

12:16 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on the Iran nuclear agreement and Planned Parenthood.

12:15 p.m. Cloture was not invoked on the McConnell substitute #2640 56-42. Senators Cardin, Manchin, Menendez, and Schumer voted for cloture. Senators Paul and Rubio did not vote.

11:49 a.m. Senate begins voting on cloture on McConnell substitute amendment #2640. This is the last vote of the week.

11:36 a.m. Senators McConnell, Reid, Mikulski, and King pay tribute to Senator Collins on her vote tally and streak.

11:35 a.m. Cloture was not invoked on the McConnell amendment #2656 53-45. Senator Manchin voted in favor of cloture. Senators Paul and Rubio did not vote.

11:09 a.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on cloture on McConnell amendment #2656 to prohibit the President from waiving, suspending, reducing, providing relief from, or otherwise limiting the application of sanctions pursuant to an agreement related to the nuclear program of Iran.

11:03 a.m. Senator Corker and Senator Cardin spoke about the McConnell amendment and process.

11:01 a.m. Senator Cardin spoke about his opposition to the Iran deal and his support for the Democratic position on cloture and the McConnell amendment.

10:52 a.m. Senator Corker spoke against the Iran agreement and about the process of Senate action on the deal.

10:48 a.m. Senator Perdue spoke against the Iran agreement.

10:46 a.m. Senator Carper praised Senator Flake’s statement.

10:43 a.m. Senator Flake urged a vote on the Iran agreement, with a 60-vote threshold.

10:40 a.m. Senator Carper spoke about jobs and growth.

10:35 a.m. Senator Menendez spoke against the McConnell amendment.

10:32 a.m. Senator Cardin spoke against the McConnell amendment.

10:27 a.m. The Senate resumed consideration of H. J. Res. 61. Senator Durbin arranged the order of Democratic speakers and then spoke in support of the Iran deal.

10:19 a.m. Senator Reid spoke about the Senate schedule, the Iran deal and a drop in the rate of uninsured Americans.

10:06 a.m. ML McConnell spoke about the Iran deal and Democrats.

10:05 a.m. Senator Franken thanked the guest chaplain, Camille Cook Murray of the Georgetown Presbyterian church in Washington DC.

The Senate will convene at 10 a.m. and will resume consideration of H.J.Res. 61 (the legislative vehicle for a Congressional resolution of disapproval of the Iran nuclear agreement).

At 11 a.m., the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on cloture on McConnell amendment to prohibit the President from waiving, suspending, reducing, providing relief from, or otherwise limiting the application of sanctions pursuant to an agreement related to the nuclear program of Iran (#2656).

If cloture is not invoked on McConnell amendment #2656, the Senate will immediately proceed to a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on McConnell amendment in the nature of a substitute (#2640).

If cloture is not invoked on McConnell substitute amendment #2640, the Senate will immediately proceed to a roll call vote on H.J.Res. 61, unless that cloture motion is vitiated.

 

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, September 17  Time until 11:00 a.m. has been designated leader time or morning business,

6:38 p.m. Senator Daines spoke about cybersecurity.

6:35 p.m. ML McConnell did wrapup.  The Senate passed three resolutions n bloc by unanimous consent.

H Con Res 70 Authorizing the use of the Capitol Grounds for the District of Columbia Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run

H Con Res 73  Authorizing the use of the Capitol Grounds for the 2nd Annual Fallen Firefighters Congressional Flag Presentation Ceremony

H Con Res 74 Authorizing the use of the Capitol Grounds for an event to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the Million Man March

6:17 p.m. Senator Lee spoke about Planned Parenthood.

6:02 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke about climate change.

5:14 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about student debt.

5:10 p.m. Senator Blumenthal spoke on the Iran nuclear deal.

4:48 p.m. Senator Capito spoke on the Iran nuclear deal.

4:45 p.m. Senator Crapo spoke on the Iran nuclear deal.

3:46 p.m. Senator Enzi spoke about the Iran nuclear agreement.

3:31 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke about the Iran nuclear agreement.

3:14 p.m. Senator King spoke about the state of the Senate and the Iran nuclear agreement.

2:45 p.m. Senator Sessions spoke on the Iran nuclear agreement.

2:30 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on the Iran nuclear agreement.

2:15 p.m. Senator Markey spoke on the bill lifting the ban on oil exports.

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

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12:41 p.m. The Senate has recessed for weekly caucus lunches until 2:15 p.m.

12:30 p.m. S.Res. 242, 25th Anniversary of the Office of Research on Women’s Health at the National Institute of Health,  was agreed to by a voice vote. Amendment #2663 to S.Res. 242 was also passed by voice vote.  The Mikulski/Collins amendment was passed by unanimous consent.

Senators Mikulski and Collins spoke on S.Res. 242.

12:22 p.m. Senator Cotton spoke on the Iran deal.

11:56 a.m. Senator Boxer spoke about the Iran deal and abortion.

11:43 a.m. Senator Stabenow spoke about the Iran deal. She also spoke about American hostages.

11:20 a.m. Senator Corker spoke about the Iran nuclear deal.

11:14 a.m. Senator McCaskill spoke about Ex-Im Bank.

11:04 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke about the debates on financing government operations and on Iran.

10:56 a.m. Senator Cantwell spoke in support of renewing the authority of the Export-Import Bank.

10:52 a.m. Senator Klobuchar spoke about renewing the Ex-Im bank’s authority.

10:40 a.m. Senator Toomey spoke against the Iran agreement.

10:15 a.m. Senator Thune spoke in favor of a Senate up-or-down vote on the Iran agreement.

10:00 a.m. Senator Reid spoke about the week ahead.

• The Senate will convene at 10:00am and proceed to a period of morning business for one hour.

• Following morning business, the Senate will resume consideration of H.J.Res. 61 [the legislative vehicle for a Congressional resolution of disapproval relative to the JCPOA/Iran Nuclear Agreement].

• The Senate will recess from 12:30pm until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus luncheons.

• During Tuesday’s session, Senator McConnell tabled the amendment tree relative to H.J.Res. 61 and offered a new substantive first degree amendment to the pending substitute [McConnell amendment to prohibit the President from waiving, suspending, reducing, providing relief from, or otherwise limiting the application of sanctions pursuant to an agreement related to the nuclear program of Iran (#2656)]. He then re-filled the amendment tree and filed cloture on McConnell amendment #2656, McConnell substitute amendment #2640, and the underlying joint resolution.

o As a result, absent a time agreement, a cloture vote on McConnell amendment #2656 will occur one hour after the Senate convenes on Thursday, September 17, 2015. If cloture is not invoked, there would be an immediate cloture vote on McConnell substitute amendment #2640. If cloture is not invoked on the substitute amendment, there would be an immediate cloture vote on H.J.Res.61.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

During wrap-up, the following legislation was passed by unanimous consent:

  • S. 2036 – To suspend the pay for executive officers of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
  • S. Res. 245 – Designating the week of September 13th as National Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week.
  • S. Res. 254, S. Res. 255 and S. Res. 256 were passed en bloc.

S. 2035 – To provide compensation for federal employees affected by a lapse in appropriations, was read for the first time.

H.R. 36 – To protect pain-capable, unborn children, was read for the first time.

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7:44 p.m. Senate adjourns until 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 16, 2015.

7:38 p.m. ML McConnell withdrew the cloture motion to HJ Res 61, unfilled the tree, filed amendment #2656, which would prohibit the President from withdrawing sanctions, filled the tree again, and filed 3 cloture motions. 1. On amendment #2656. 2. On amendment #2640. 3. On amendment #2641.

7:35 p.m. Cloture was not invoked on the McConnell substitute to H.J. Res. 61 by a vote of 56 to 42. Senators Graham and Paul were missing.

6:17 p.m. Senate begins voting on cloture on the substitute amendment to H.J. Res 61.

6:00 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell and Democratic Leader Reid user leader time to discuss the Iran nuclear agreement.

5:51 p.m. Senator Corker spoke on the Iran nuclear agreement.

5:48 p.m. Senator Durbin joined for a brief colloquy with Senator Murphy.

5:35 p.m. Senator Murphy spoke on the Iran nuclear agreement.

5:23 p.m. Senator Risch spoke on the Iran nuclear agreement.

5:07 p.m. Senator Cassidy spoke on the Iran nuclear agreement.

4:48 p.m. Senator Rounds spoke on the Iran nuclear agreement.

4:35 p.m. Senator Moran spoke on the Iran nuclear agreement.

4:22 p.m. Senator Corker spoke on the Iran nuclear agreement.

4:05 p.m. Senator Coats spoke on the Iran nuclear agreement.

3:43 p.m. Senator Durbin praised a member of his staff who is moving to the Centers for Disease Control, and later turns to discuss the crisis in Syria and the Iran nuclear deal.

3:16 p.m. Senator McCain spoke on the Iran nuclear agreement.

3:03 p.m. Senator Lankford spoke on the Iran nuclear agreement.

2:42 p.m. Senator Wicker spoke on the Iran nuclear agreement.

2:26 p.m. Senator Blunt spoke on the Iran nuclear agreement.

2:20 p.m. Senator Scott spoke on the Iran nuclear agreement.

2:04 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on the Iran nuclear agreement.

1:45 p.m. Senator Hoeven spoke on the Iran nuclear agreement.

1:31 p.m. Senator Corker spoke on the Iran nuclear agreement.

1:10 p.m. Senator Reid spoke on the Iran nuclear agreement.

1:04 p.m. ML McConnell spoke on the Iran nuclear agreement.

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• The Senate will convene at 1:00pm and resume consideration of H.J.Res. 61 [the legislative vehicle for a Congressional resolution of disapproval relative to the JCPOA/Iran Nuclear Agreement].

• At 6:00pm, the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on McConnell amendment in the nature of a substitute (#2640).

Friday, September 11, 2015

The Senate convened at 9:30 a.m. for a pro forma session only. Senator Perdue presided, and no business was conducted.

The Senate will next convene for legislative business at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 15.  At that time, the Senate will resume consideration of H.J.Res. 61 (the legislative vehicle for the resolution disapproving of the Iran nuclear agreement).

There will be a cloture vote at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday on the McConnell substitute amendment (#2640).

Thursday, September 10, 2015

The Senate has adjourned until 9:30 a.m. Friday, September 11th for a pro forma session only.

When the Senate adjourns on Friday, it will next convene on Tuesday, September 15th at 1:00 p.m. with a cloture vote expected at approx. 5:30 p.m. on the McConnell substitute amendment #2640 to H.J. Res. 61, the vehicle for the Iran nuclear agreement review.

During wrap-up, the Senate agreed to the following legislation by unanimous consent:

  • S. 1461 – To provide extension of enforcement of instruction on supervision requirements for outpatient therapeutic services.
  • S. 1629 – To revise certain authorities of the DC courts.

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6:49 p.m. Senator Enzi spoke on the Iran nuclear agreement.

6:27 p.m. Senator Murkowski spoke on the Iran nuclear agreement.

6:09 p.m. Senator Lee spoke on the Iran nuclear agreement.

5:59 p.m. Senator Klobuchar spoke on the Iran nuclear agreement.

5:27 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke on the Iran nuclear agreement.

5:11 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke on climate change.

5:01 p.m Senator Capito spoke on the Iran nuclear agreement.

4:57 p.m. Senator Carding spoke on the Iran nuclear agreement.

4:49 p.m. Senator Corker spoke on the Iran nuclear agreement.

4:43 p.m. Senator Kaine spoke on the Iran nuclear agreement.

4:19 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell filed a cloture motion on the amendment and on HJ Res. 61, the vehicle for the Iran resolution. That sets up procedural votes on the Iran deal in the Senate next week.

Senator Reid and ML McConnell had a colloquy on the Iran nuclear agreement.

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4:14 p.m. Cloture was not invoked 58-42. Democrats voting in favor of cloture: Cardin, Manchin, Menendez, and Schumer.

The Majority Leader did not switch his vote to allow reconsideration of the cloture motion on the amendment. ML McConnell withdrew the cloture petition on the underlying bill.

3:47 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the substitute amendment to H J Res 61.

3:44 p.m. Senator Corker spoke against the deal.

3:42 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke for the deal.

3:36 p.m. Senator Rubio spoke against the deal.

3:35 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke about bipartisan foreign policy work, after the Iran resolution is dealt with.

3:28 p.m. Senator Cotton spoke against tha against the deal.

3:19 p.m. Senator Mikulski spoke for the deal.

3:11 p.m. Senator Daines spoke aaginst the Irna deal.

3:04 p.m.Senator Bennet spoke for the Iran deal.

2:28 p.m. Senator Menendez spoke against the Iran nuclear deal.

2:15 p.m. Senator Portman spoke against the Iran nuclear deal.

2:05 p.m. Senator Johnson spoke against the Iran nuclear deal.

1:58 p.m. Senator Markey spoke in favor of the Iran nuclear deal.

1:52 p.m. Senator Hirono spoke in favor of the Iran nuclear deal.

1:29 p.m. Senator Franken spoke in favor of the Iran nuclear deal.

1:22 p.m. Senator Donnelly spoke in favor of the Iran nuclear deal.

1:17 p.m. Senator Manchin spoke in opposition of the Iran nuclear agreement.

1:10 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke in favor of the Iran nuclear agreement.

12:55 p.m. Senator Roberts spoke in opposition of the Iran nuclear agreement.

12:38 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke in opposition of the Iran nuclear agreement.

12:10 p.m. Senator Coats spoke in opposition of the Iran nuclear agreement.

12:00 p.m. Senator Brown spoke in favor of the Iran nuclear agreement.

11:50 a.m. Senator King spoke in favor of the Iran nuclear deal.

11:44 a.m. Senator Peters spoke in opposition of the disapproval of the Iran Nuclear agreement.

11:21 a.m. Senator Carper spoke in support to the Iran nuclear deal.

11:13 a.m. Senator Schumer spoke about his vote on the Iran nuclear deal. He opposes the deal.

11:07 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke about the framework for approval of the Iran deal.

11:04 a.m. Senator Daines spoke against the Iran nuclear deal.

10:50 a.m. Senator Flake spoke against the Iran nuclear deal.

10:41 a.m. Senator Barrasso spoke against the Iran nuclear deal.

10:28 a.m. Senator Graham spoke against the Iran nuclear deal.

10:25 a.m. Senator Corker offered a unanimous consent agreement to divide time for the Iran nuclear debate as follows: 10 to 11 am – GOP, 11 to 12 noon – DEM, 12 to 1pm – GOP, 1 to 2 pm –  DEM, 2 to 2:30 pm – GOP, 2:30 – 3 p.m. DEM and 3 to 3:45 p.m.  will be equally divided between the two Senate leaders or their designees.

10:01 a.m. Senator Hatch spoke against the Iran nuclear deal.

9:51 a.m. Senator Warner spoke on gun safety and the recent shootings in Virginia.

9:50 a.m.  A unanimous consent agreement was reached to hold a vote on the cloture motion on the McConnel substitute amendment #2640 to H.J. Res 61.

9:30 a.m. The Senate resumes consideration of H.J. Res 61, the disaproval of the Iran nuclear agreement bill.  ML McConnell filed cloture on the resolution and the substitute amendment last night.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

8:38 p.m. Senator Fischer spoke against the Iran nuclear deal. Senate passed S. Res 250, relative to the death of Richard Schweiker, former member from PA. The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30 a.m. Thursday, September 10th.

8:08 p.m. Senator Lee spoke on planned parenthood and abortion funding.

7:28 p.m. Senator Burr spoke against the Iran nuclear deal.

7:10 p.m. Senator Ernst and Boozman spoke against the Iran nuclear deal.

6:57 p.m. ML McConnell filed cloture motions on H.J. Res 61 H.J. Res. 61, the congressional resolution of disapproval of the Iran nuclear agreement and on Amendment #2640 – Substitute Amendment.  If all time is used, the cloture motion(s) would ripen on Friday, September the 11th, but ML McConnell expressed hope that those vote(s) could occur as early as Thursday, September 10th.

6:42 p.m. Senator Perdue spoke against the Iran nuclear deal.

6:40 p.m. Senator Lankford spoke against the Iran nuclear deal.

6:23 p.m. Senator Coats spoke against the Iran nuclear deal.

5:59 p.m. Senator Ayotte spoke against the Iran nuclear deal.

5:45 p.m. Senator Blumenthal spoke in support of the Iran nuclear deal and against the resolution of disapproval.

4:55 p.m. Senator Reed spoke in support of the Iran deal and against the resolution of disapproval.

4:43 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke in support of the Iran deal and against the resolution of disapproval.

4:35 p.m.  Senator Sanders spoke in support of the Iran deal and against the resolution of disapproval.

4:21 p.m. Senator Kaine spoke in support of the Iran deal and against the resolution of disapproval.

4:06 p.m. Senator Coons spoke in support of the Iran deal and against the resolution of disapproval.

4:04 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke in support of the resolution of disaproval and the need for Congress to work together.

4:00 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke in support of the resolution of disapproval and against the Iran deal.

3:41 p.m. Senator Feinstein began speaking in support of the Iran deal and against the resolution of disapproval.

3:18 p.m. Senator McCain spoke in support of the resolution of disapproval.

3:10 p.m. Senator Schatz began speaking in support of the Iran deal and against the resolution of disapproval.

3:06 p.m. Senator Durbin made a parliamentary inquiry.  Senators Cornyn, McCain and Durbin discussed division of time between parties.

2:46 p.m. Senator Corker spoke for the Iran resolution.

2:26 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke for the resolution of disapproval.

2:16 p.m. Senator Isakson spoke in favor of the disapproval resolution.

2:15 p.m. The Senate reconvened and resumed consideration of H.J. Res. 61-disapproval of the Iran Nuclear Treaty.

12:30 p.m. The Senate recessed for weekly party lunches.

12:15 p.m. Senator Shaheen spoke in favor of the Iran Agreement.

12:00 p.m. Senator Vitter spoke about the Iran bill.

11:49 a.m. Senator Murphy spoke on the refugee crisis and in favor of the Iran resolution.

11:33 a.m. Senator McCain spoke on the refugee crisis.

11:18 a.m. Senator Nelson spoke in favor of the resolution.

11:18 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke in favor of the resolution.

10:54 a.m. Senator Cruz spoke in favor of the disapproval resolution.

10:11 a.m. Senators Corker and Boxer spoke on the resolution.10:10 a.m.The Senate resumed consideration of H.J. Res 61.

10:03 a.m. ML McConnell and DL Reid used their leader time to discuss the Iran bill and the

way forward.

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The Senate convened at 10 a.m.

Following leader time, the Senate will resume consideration of H.J. Res. 61, the congressional resolution of disapproval of the Iran nuclear agreement. The amendment tree has been filled. Cloture has not been filed.

The Senate will recess for policy luncheons from 12:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

6:05 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 10 a.m. Wednesday, whereupon consideration of the Iran resolution will resume.

6:04 p.m. By a voice vote, the Senate passed S. Res. 243, to recognize the 35th anniversary of the creation of the Small Business Development Centers.

6:09 p.m. Senator Brown spoke on labor.

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6:09 p.m. The Senate has confirmed the nomination by a vote of 96 to 0.

5:32 p.m. The Senate is now voting to confirm the nomination of Roseann A. Ketchmark, to be U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Missouri.

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5:12 p.m. Senator Leahy spoke in favor of the nomination of Roseann A. Ketchmark, to be U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Missouri.

4:34 p.m. Senator Thune spoke on the Iran nuclear agreement.

4:20 p.m. Senator Kaine paid tribute to Alison Parker and Adam Ward. He also spoke on gun control.

3:59 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on Iran.

3:53 p.m. Senator Durbin paid tribute to Lt. Joe Glenowicz, an Illinois native who was shot and killed in the line of duty.

3:19 p.m. Senator Collins announced she will support the resolution of disapproval against the Iran deal.

3:05 p.m.  Senator Cardin spoke for the resolution of disapproval.

3:00 p.m. Senators Cornyn and Corker engaged in a colloquy about the Iran resolution.

2:40 p.m. Senator Corker spoke for the resolution of disapproval.

2:30 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke against the resolution of disapproval.

2:24 p.m. The Senate proceeded to consideration of H.J. Res. 61. Leader McConnell offered the substitute amendment, #2640 and filled the amendment tree, with voice-vote passage of these amendments to the substitute, #2640: Amendment #2641; a second-degree amendment, #2642; Amendment #2643; a second-degree amendment, #2644; Amendment #2645; and a second-degree amendment, #2646.

Leader Reid then sought a unanimous consent agreement for disposition of the Iran resolution. Leader McConnell objected. Leader McConnell then offered two such unanimous consent agreements on how to deal with the Iran resolution. Leader Reid objected to both.

2:11 p.m. Minority Leader Reid outlined the case against the resolution to disapprove of the Iran deal

2:03 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell outlined the case for the resolution to disapprove of the Iran deal ad asked that all senators be present for the debate, beginning Wednesday afternoon.

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  • The Senate will convene at 2:00pm and proceed to the consideration of H.J.Res. 61 [the vehicle for a Congressional resolution of disapproval relative to the Iran Nuclear Agreement].  At that time, the Majority Leader, or his designee, will be recognized in order to offer a substitute amendment relative to Congressional disapproval of the proposed Iran Nuclear Agreement.

 

  • At 5:00pm, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session in order to consider the nomination of Roseann Ketchmark to be a US District Judge for the Western District of Missouri with thirty minutes of debate before a roll call vote on confirmation of the nomination, at approximately 5:30 p.m.

 

Thursday, August 6, 2015

The Senate convened at 11:30 a.m. for a pro forma session.  Senator Perdue presided and no business was conducted. The Senate is now adjourned until Tuesday September 8, at 2:00 p.m.

 

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

 

  • The Senate will convene at 2:00 p.m. and proceed to the consideration of H.J.Res. 61 [the legislative vehicle for a Congressional resolution of disapproval relative to the JCPOA/Iran Nuclear Agreement].  At that time, the Majority Leader will be recognized in order to offer a substitute amendment relative to Congressional disapproval of the proposed JCPOA.

 

  • At 5:00pm, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session in order to consider the nomination of Roseann Ketchmark to be a US District Judge for the Western District of Missouri, with thirty minutes for debate, with a vote on confirmation of the nomination expected at approximately 5:30 p.m.

 

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

8:20 p.m. The Senate adjourned at 8:20 pm to reconvene at 11:30 a.m. until August 6th for a PRO FORMA session only…  after tomorrow’s pro forma session. The Senate will stand in recess until 2:00 p.m. on Sept 8th, 2015

There were no roll call votes during today’s session.

Passed by unanimous consent:

H.Con.Res 72 –Adjournment resolution for House and Senate for August.

H.R. 720 – improve communications during security incidents at domestic airports

S. 1576 –prevent fraud by representative payees

S. 1596 – designating postal office

S. 1826 –designating postal office

S. 1347 – amending title XVII of Social Security Act

S. 1362 – amend title XI of Social Security Act

H.R. 1531 – temporary employees in federal land management

H.R. 2131 – designating federal building

HR 2559 – designating a Highway in Texas

Res 228 – Sept 2015 – Ntl Ovarian Cancer Awareness month

Res 230 – Sept 25th is National Lobster Day

Res 248 – Sept 215 as National Prostate Cancer Awareness month

Exec session (passed En Bloc): Cal # 198 – 203, 211, 216, 249,25,254-262, 264, 265, 270-295 and all the nominations on the Secretary’s desk in the Air Force, Army and navy.

Of note in Exec Session wrap up:

Gen Mark Milley, to be Chief of Staff for Army

Adm. John Richardson, to be Chief of Naval Operations

Lt. Gen. Robert B. Neller, to be Commandant of the Marine Corps

6:18 p.m. Senator Portman spoke about clean water.

4:18 p.m. Senator King spoke about the Iran Nuclear weapons agreement.

4:08 p.m.  Senator Cornyn bid a staffer farewell.

4:03 p.m. Senators Murray and Warren propounded UC agreements to take up S. 1150 The Raise the Wage Act, S 497, The Healthy Families Act and S 1772, the Schedules that Work Act.  Senator Cornyn objected to all 3 on behalf of HELP chairman Senator Alexander.

3:55 p.m. Senator Kaine spoke about Iran.  He supports the Iran nuclear deal.

3:43 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke about cybersecurity threats and against the bill, S. 754.

3:42 p.m. ML McConnell announced there will be no further roll call votes this week.  The Senate agreed to ML McConnell’s UC that on September 8, 2015, the Senate proceed to H.J. Res. 61 and that the Majority Leader or his designee be recognized to offer a substitute amendment related to Congressional disapproval of the proposed Iran nuclear agreement.

3:28 p.m. ML McConnell withdrew the cloture motion on the motion to proceed to the cybersecurity bill, S. 754.  He put forth a unanimous consent agreement whereby the Senate will proceed to S. 754 at a time (after recess) determined with the minority leader. At that time the Burr-Feinstein substitute amendment and ten Republican amendments and eleven Democratic amendments will be in order.  They are as follows:

Republican amendments:
Paul #2564, Heller #2548, Flake #2582, Vitter #2578, Vitter #2579, Cotton #2581, Kirk #2603, Coats #2604, Gardner #2631 and Flake #2580.

Democratic amendments:
Carper #2627, Coons #2552,  Franken #2612,  Leahy #2587,  Murphy #2589, Whitehouse #2626, Wyden #2621, Wyden #2622, Carper #2615.

1:29 p.m. Senator Heinrich spoke about the Iran nuclear deal.

1:12 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke about America’s advantages.

12:53 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke in support of whistleblowers.

11:55 p.m. Senator Collins spoke about the need for a cybersecurity bill and her amendments.

11:35 p.m. Senator Lankford spoke against the Iran nuclear deal.

11:25 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke on the debate in 2002 on the authorization of war in Iraq and how it compares to debate on Iran deal.

11:00 a.m. Senator Barrasso spoke on the record in the Senate thus far in 2015.

10:33 a.m. Senator Leahy spoke about the Iran deal.

10:09 a.m. Senator McConnell secured consent to postpone the cloture vote until 2 p.m. He said this would give the leaders time to negotiate an agreement to proceed to the cybersecurity bill.

9:56 a.m. Senator Feinstein said the 10:30 a.m. cloture vote on proceeding to the cybersecurity bill may be delayed. She spoke about the bill.

9:45 a.m. Minority Leader Reid spoke about the Iran deal. He also spoke about budget diasagreements and obstacles to resolving them.

9:38 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the Iran nuclear agreement and the cybersecurity bill. He paid tribute to departing leadership staffer Russ Thomasson.

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 The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m. and resume consideration of the motion to proceed to the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015 (S. 754).

At approximately 10:30 a.m., absent a time agreement, the Senate will proceed to a cloture vote on the motion to proceed to S. 754.