Monday, December 31, 2018

The Senate convened at 10:00 a.m. for a pro forma session; Senator Gardner presided.  No business was conducted.

Thursday, December 27, 2018

The Senate adjourned at 4:04 p.m., Senator Roberts presiding. Speaking as senator from Kansas, Senator Roberts secured consent for the Senate to reconvene at 10 a.m. Monday, December 31, when it will conduct a pro forma session only.

The Senate will then adjourn until 4 p.m. Wednesday, January 2, and will resume consideration of H.R. 695, the continuing resolution.

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The Senate will convene at 4 p.m. and will resume consideration of the House Message to accompany H.R.695, the House-passed resolution to continue federal spending.

Monday, December 24, 2018

The Senate will meet for a pro forma session at 11:00 am on Monday, December 24, 2018.
When the Senate adjourns on Monday, it will next convene at 4:00 pm on Thursday, December 27, 2018.
 On Thursday, following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the House Message to accompany H.R.695, the House-passed CR.

Saturday, December 22, 2018

3:17 p.m. The Senate stands adjourned to convene for a pro forma session at 11:00 am on Monday, December 24, 2018. When the Senate adjourns on Monday, it will next convene at 4:00 pm on Thursday, December 27, 2018. On Thursday, following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the House Message to accompany H.R.695, the House-passed CR.

3:03 p.m. ML McConnell began wrap up, the Senate passed the following:

Concurred in the House amendment to S.3661: 75th Anniversary of World War II.
Passed H.R.7319: leaseback of certain Federal real property.
Passed H.R.7318: to ensure Public Building Reform Board has adequate time to carry out the responsibilities of the Board.
Passed H.R.4689: to authorize early repayment of obligations to the Bureau of Reclamation within the Northport Irrigation District in the State of Nebraska.
Passed H.R.1967: Bureau of Reclamation Pumped Storage Hydropower Development Act.
Passed H.R.4203 with Toomey substitute amendment: to amend title 18, US Code, with regard to stalking.
Passed H.R.7279: Water Infrastructure Improvement Act.
Adopted S.Res.742: Cancer Screen Week.
Adopted S.Res.743: International Association of Fire Fighters.
Adopted S.Res.285: Dr. Samuel DuBois Cook.
Passed H.Con.Res.149: Technical Corrections to H.R.4174, Evidence-Based Policymaking.
Passed S.573: National Criminal Justice Commission Act.
Passed H.R.4969 with Corker substitute amendment: Embassy Security.
Passed H.R.672: Combating European Anti-Semitism.

Executive Business
Confirmed the following nominations:

AIR FORCE
Executive Calendar #1204 – the following to be Brigadier General:
Col. David W. Abba
Col. Christopher R. Amrhein
Col. Charles D. Bolton
Col. Larry R. Broadwell, Jr.
Col. Terry L. Bullard
Col. Scott A. Cain
Col. Jimmy R. Canlas
Col. Julian C. Cheater
Col. Roy W. Collins
Col. Colin J. Connor
Col. Donald J. Cothern
Col. David S. Eaglin
Col. Steven G. Edwards
Col. Troy L. Endicott
Col. Gregory J. Gagnon
Col. Richard W. Gibbs
Col. Jennifer L. Grant
Col. Stewart A. Hammons
Col. Robert S. Jobe
Col. John M. Klein, Jr.
Col. Gregory Kreuder
Col. Benjamin R. Maitre
Col. Matteo G. Martemucci
Col. Caroline M. Miller
Col. David A. Mineau
Col. Paul J. Murray
Col. Ty W. Neuman
Col. John P. Newberry
Col. Jefferson J. O’Donnell
Col. Thomas B. Palenske
Col. Evan L. Pettus
Col. Christopher S. Povak
Col. Bradley L. Pyburn
Col. Chad D. Raduege
Col. Michael T. Rawls
Col. Ryan R. Samuelson
Col. David J. Sanford
Col. David G. Shoemaker
Col. Rebecca J. Sonkiss
Col. Claude K. Tudor, Jr.
Col. Daniel H. Tulley
Col. Jeffery D. Valenzia
Col. John C. Walker
Col. Steven P. Whitney

MARINE CORPS
Executive Calendar #1206 – Brig. Gen. Bradley S. James to be Major General

AIR FORCE
Executive Calendar #1207 – Maj. Gen. Duke Z. Richardson to be Lieutenant General

ARMY
Executive Calendar #1208 – the following to be Brigadier General:
Col. Kevin D. Admiral
Col. Timothy D. Brown
Col. Joshua M. Rudd
Col. Paul T. Stanton
Cal. #1209 – Maj. Gen. Terry R. Ferrell to be Lieutenant General
Cal. #1210 – Col. Timothy D. Connelly to be Brigadier General
Cal. #1211 – Col. Gerald R. Krimbill to be Brigadier General
Cal. #1212 – Col. Stacy M. Babcock to be Brigadier General
Cal. #1213 – Lt. Gen. Eric J. Wesley to be Lieutenant General
Cal. #1214 – Maj. Gen. Andrew P. Poppas to be Lieutenant General

NAVY
Executive Calendar #1215 – Rear Adm. Robert D. Sharp to be Vice Admiral

ARMY
Executive Calendar #1228 – Lt. Gen. Richard D. Clarke to be General

MARINE CORPS
Executive Calendar #1229 – Lt. Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie, Jr. to be General

AIR FORCE
Executive Calendar #1230 – The following to be Brigadier General:
Col. Scott C. Bridgers
Col. Thomas D. Crimmins
Col. Thomas B. Hatley
Col. Scott A. Howard
Col. Patrick M. Kennedy
Col. Robert G. Kilgore
Col. William A. Kinnison, Jr.
Col. Terrence L. Koudelka, Jr.
Col. Kerry R. Lovely
Col. Brian T. McHenry
Col. Barbara C. Morrow
Col. Duke M. Ota, Jr.
Col. Louis J. Perino
Col. Erik A. Peterson
Col. Troy E. Pou
Col. Michael L. Reid
Col. John P. Russo
Col. Torrence W. Saxe
Col. David A. Smith
Col. Thomas M. Suelzer
Col. Taison K. Tanaka
Col. Justin R. Walrath
Executive Calendar #1231 – The following to be Major General:
Brig. Gen. John D. Caine
Brig. Gen. Larry K. Clark
Brig. Gen. Sean T. Collins
Brig. Gen. John P. Hronek, II
Brig. Gen. Wendy K. Johnson
Brig. Gen. Gregory F. Jones
Brig. Gen. Timothy J. LaBarge
Brig. Gen. Ronald S. Lambe
Brig. Gen. Timothy T. Lunderman
Brig. Gen. Thomas J. Owens, II
Brig. Gen. Greg A. Semmel
Brig. Gen. Brian M. Simpler
Executive Calendar #1232 – The following to be Brigadier General:
Col. Steven D. Michaud
Col. Raymond H. Siegfried, II

93 nominations (PNs 2507, 2626, 2638, 2639, 2670, 2671) in the U.S. Coast Guard.
PN2705: One hundred and sixty-two nominations (to be Commander in US Coast Guard), beginning with Austin L. Adcock, and ending with David J. Yadrick.
PN2706: Two hundred and fifty-nine nominations (to be Lieutenant Commander in US Coast Guard), beginning with Justin P. Aaronson, and ending with James B. Zorn.

2:37 p.m. Senator Perdue spoke about the shutdown and border wall.

2:34 p.m. Senator Boozman asked u.c. to consider H.R. 6602, to reauthorize the New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail Route. The bill was passed by voice vote.

2:33 p.m. Senator Boozman asked u.c. to consider H.R. 5636, an act to designate additions to the flat side wilderness on the Wichita National Forest. The bill was passed by voice vote.

2:05 p.m. Senator Leahy spoke on the shutdown and General Mattis.

12:47 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke about the shutdown.

12:00 p.m.  Senator McConnell spoke about the ongoing negotiations between the White House and Senate democrats.  The Senate resumed consideration of the House Message to accompany H.R.695, the House-passed CR.

 

 

Friday, December 21, 2018

8:08 p.m. The Senate stands adjourned until 12:00 Noon on Saturday, December 22, 2018. Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the House Message to accompany H.R.695, the House-passed CR. Roll call votes are possible during Saturday’s session.

7:22 p.m. ML McConnell called up H.Con.Res. 148, To make a correction in the enrollment of H.R. 3268, To reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program.” The bill was passed by unanimous consent.

6:46 p.m. Senator Cardin asked u.c. to consider S. 2774, A bill to provide for the compensation of federal employees affected by lapses in appropriations. The bill was passed by unanimous consent.

6:36 p.m. Senator Cardin and Van Hollen spoke about the Continuing Resolution and on Federal workers compensation.

6:15 p.m. Senator Jones spoke

5:55 p.m. Senators Alexander and Coons spoke about the filibuster.

5:51 p.m. ML McConnell has moved to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to the House amendment to the Senate amendment to H.R.695, the legislative vehicle for the CR. Senators Schumer, Corker and Flake spoke about the agreement to continue discussions about the CR.

5:49 p.m. The Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to the House Message to accompany H.R.695, Legislative Vehicle for the CR by a vote of 47-47 and the Vice President voting in the affirmative and breaking the tie. Senators not voting: Senators Feinstein, Hatch, Heller, Isakson, Kyl, and Paul.

12:30 p.m. The Senate is currently voting on the Motion to proceed to the House message to accompany H.R. 695, the DOD Appropriations Act (the vehicle for the CR) A simple majority is required.

12:26 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the CR.

12:13 p.m. Democratic Leader Schumer spoke about the CR.

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The Senate will convene at 12:00 p.m.

There are no votes scheduled at this time.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

6:15 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will reconvene at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, December 21. There are no votes scheduled at this time.

During wrap up the senate passed the following bills:

  • H.R. 1660- Direct the Administrator for USAID to submit to congress a report on the development and use of global health innovations.
  • H.R. 6287-An act to provide grants for the operation, security and maintenance of certain memorials to victims of the 9/11 attacks.
  • S. 2432 as amended-Amend the charter for the Future Farmers of America
  • H.R. 3460-designate a courthouse in Durham, NC as the John Weaver Courthouse.
  • S. Res. 739-Congratulating the University of Maryland Terrapins Men’s Soccer team.

4:06 p.m. The Senate recessed subject to the call of the chair.

3:02 p.m. Senator Perdue spoke about the national debt.

2:42 p.m. Senator Menendez spoke about President Trump’s decision to pull troops from Syria.

1:54 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about his hold on the nomination of the Evanina nomination and on his time as Judiciary Chairman.

1:45 p.m. Senator Daines asked u.c. to pass H.R. 3764, Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians Restoration Act. Senator Lee objected.

1:17 p.m. Senator Casey spoke on immigration.

1:07 p.m. Senators Cruz and Nelson spoke on the Space Frontier Act. S.3277, and Cruz substitute amendment,  was passed by unanimous consent.

12:33 p.m. Senator Perdue paid tribute to former U.S. Congressman Mac Collins.

12:14 p.m. Senator Roberts paid tribute to Senators Nelson and Hatch.

12:01 p.m. Senator Nelson criticized President Trump’s action on Syria. He reported on a constituent’s successful heart transplant.

11:50 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about appropriations. He spoke about prospective Attorney General Barr.

11:41 a.m. Senator Hatch, from the chair, expressed appreciation for passage of the bill to name the court house in his honor.

11:37 a.m. Senator Sullivan secured consent to: H.R. 512, as amended, on the regulation of nuclear energy; H.R. 1733 on lubricating oil; S. 3800, to name a Salt Lake City court house for Senator Hatch.

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The Senate adjourned at 12:07 a.m. and will reconvene at 11:30 a.m. later this morning.

At that time, following any leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business. Votes are doubtful.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

12:07 a.m. Senate adjourns.

12:06 a.m. UC that Senate adjourn until 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, following any leader remarks, be in a period of morning business.

11:58 p.m. Senator Boozman does wrap up part two.

Items passed by UC:

  • S.3611,the Faster access to federal student aid act
  • HR 5509, Innovations in Mentoring, Training, and Apprenticeships Act (passed by voice vote)
  • HR 5787, Strengthening Coastal Communities Act
  • HR 767, regarding human trafficking in the health care system
  • HR 7327, establishing a security vulnerability disclosure policy
  • HR 4819, promoting conservation and biodiversity measures
  • S 1023, reauthorizing the tropical forest conservation act (passed by voice vote)
  • S 79, providing a pilot program to identify security vulnerabilities in the energy sector (passed by voice vote)
  • correction to china economic review commission

11:05 p.m. Senator Moran spoke on the CR, announces he voted no on the voice vote.

10:43 p.m. Senators Cantwell and Daines joined the discussion.

10:35 p.m. Senator Gardner responded to Senator Lee.

10:20 p.m. Senator Lee explained his objection.

10:16 p.m. Senator Murkowski asked UC to take up and pass the lands package bill; Senator Lee asked to modify the request to include the words “for Utah” in the antiquities act. Senator Murkowski objected to the modified request, and Senator Lee than objected to the underlying request.

10:01 p.m The Senate agreed to the motion to concur, passing the CR until February 8th by VOICE VOTE.

10:00 p.m. Motion to instruct agreed to 71-21.

Senators voting in favor 27 Republicans, 43 Democrats, 1 Independent: King

Senators voting against: 17 Republicans: Alexander, Collins, Cotton, Cruz, Daines, Enzi, Graham, Kennedy, Lankford, Lee, Moran, Paul, Rubio, Sasse, Toomey, Wicker and Young; 3 Democrats: Gillibrand, Schatz and Whitehouse; 1 Independent: Sanders.

Senators not voting: 7 Republicans: Burr, Corker, Crapo, Heller, Inhofe, Isakson and Tillis; 1 Democrat: McCaskill

9:30 p.m. Vote began on a motion to instruct the Sergeant at Arms to request the presence of absent Senators.

9:27 p.m. The Senate began a live quorum.

8:58 p.m. Senator Cornyn does some wrap-up..
Items passed by UC:
HR 6400, conducting a threat and operational analysis of ports of entry
HR 6893, regarding overtime pay for secret service
HR 1162, regarding pilot program to provide access to magnetic EKG guided residence therapy for veterans.
S. 2248, regarding burial benefits of veterans buried in tribal cemeteries
HR 6347 (Real Estate Appraisal Harmonization Act) and 6348 (Small Business ACE Act)(passed by voice vote en bloc)
S 3523, regarding military honor ceremonies for certain deceased veterans
HR 5923, regarding public lands in Wichita national forest
HR 3383, regarding a flood control plan in Wichita Valley Center flood control project
HR 1850, 5205, 5474, 6059, 6167, 6335, 6930, 7230, 7243 (all post office naming, passed by UC en bloc)
S Res 737, 75th anniversary of cadet nurse corp
S 3456, re-designating Hobe Sound refuge

8:30 p.m. Senators Shaheen and Graham engaged in a colloquy on Syria.

8:15 p.m. Senator Murphy spoke on the situation in Syria.

8:06 p.m. Senator Perdue spoke on the CR.

8:04 p.m. Senator Tester spoke about land and water conservation.

7:56 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke about health care.

7:38 p.m. Senator Klobuchar spoke on health insurance and then paid tribute to Senators Hatch, Flake, Corker and Heller.

7:30 p.m. Senator Lankford spoke on federal grants and the motion to concur in the House amendment to S. 943 was agreed to by voice vote. Senator Lankford then made a motion to agree to H.R. 4887 and Senator Brown objected.

7:21 p.m. Senator Risch spoke on Syria and asked unanimous consent that H.R. 1677 be agreed to. Senator Paul objected.

7:19 p.m. Senator Crapo spoke about Syria.

7:03 p.m. Senator Brown paid tribute to Congresswoman Stephanie Tub Jones and staffer Elizabeth Timms.

6:34 p.m. Senator Rubio spoke on US military involvement in Syria.

6:09 p.m. Senators Merkley and Nelson spoke on climate change.

5:59 p.m. ML McConnell has the following passed by UC: HR 4174, the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act. He then paid tribute to a departing staff member.

5:24 p.m. Senators Carper and Markey spoke on the UN framework convention on climate change.

5:19 p.m. Senator Wicker paid tribute to the East Mississippi Community College Lions.

5:06 p.m. Senator Markey spoke on S.2736.

5:00 p.m. The motion to concur in the House amendment to S. 2736 was agreed to by voice vote. Senator Gardner spoke in support of the bill.

4:59 p.m. S. 3247 was agreed to by voice vote.

4:57 p.m. Senator Hasan spoke on the Feldblum nomination to the EEOC.

4:42 p.m. Senator Murray spoke about Equal Employment Opportunity Commission nominations and asked unanimous consent to confirm PN 1-18 nominations en bloc. Senator Lee objected. Senator Lee then asked unanimous consent that the Senate confirm exec cal. nominations #379 and #381. Senator Murray objected.

4:14 p.m. Senatore Menendez and Whitehouse spoke about climate change.

4:10 p.m. Senator Gardener spoke about fallen law enforcement officers.

3:55 p.m. Senator Wicker spoke about Guatemala.

3:53 p.m. Senator Sasse spoke about high school students who participated in a constitution day contest.

3:38 p.m. Senator Reed paid tribute to retiring/leaving Senators.

3:30 p.m. Senator Burr and Senator Warner spoke in favor of nomination of William Evanina to be Director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center.

3:28 p.m. Senator Warner thanked Senator Kyl for his work.

3:20 p.m. Senator Kyl spoke about his work on projects started by Senator McCain including  Arizona military installations and defense industries.

3:11 p.m. Senator Schumer paid tribute to Senator McCaskill.

3:03 p.m. Senator Booker spoke about the special counsel protection bill.

2:57 p.m. Senator Coons spoke about the special counsel protection bill.

2:52 p.m. Senator Flake asked UC that the Senate proceed to S. 2644-protect the Special Counsel. Senator McConnell objected.

2:43 p.m. Senator Casey spoke in support of Senator Manchin’s resolution regarding pre-existing conditions.

2:35 p.m. Senator Manchin asked UC that the Senate proceed to his resolution regarding health care and pre-existing conditions. Senator Barrasso objected.

2:15 p.m. Senator Blunt spoke about the budget.

1:59 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke about immigration.

1:47 p.m. Senators Harris and Booker spoke on the Justice for Victims of Lynching Act. S. 3178, and substitute amendment, was passed by voice vote.

1:25 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke on victim’s rights and child protection measures.

1:11 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke on the criminal justice reform legislation.

12:55 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke on the criminal justice reform legislation.

12:51 p.m. Senator Shelby spoke honoring Senator Hatch.

12:39 p.m. Senators Baldwin and Duckworth spoke supporting H.R. 299, Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act.

12:25 p.m. Senator Blumenthal asked u.c. To call up and pass H.R. 299, Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act. Senator Lee objected. Senator Blumenthal spoke about the need for action for these veterans.

12:22 p.m. Senator Isakson spoke supporting the Veterans Affairs Administration.

12:21 p.m. The Senate confirmed the Maguire nomination by a voice vote.

11:59 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on the history of the Whip position and on his time as Whip.

11:58 a.m. Cloture was invoked on the Maguire nomination, 95-1; with Senator Paul voting no.

Senators not voting: Blunt, Johnson,, Warner and Whitehouse.

11:21 a.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the Maguire nomination.

11:08 a.m. Senator Paul questioned drone killings, the Maguire nomination, the need of sharing intelligence with all Senators; and the need for checks and balances.

10:56 a.m. Senator Inhofe paid tribute to Senator Cornyn; responds to Democratic Leader Schumer remarks on the wall; and paid tribute to George H W Bush.

10:55 a.m. The Senate resumed consideration of the Maguire nomination.

10:36 a.m. DL Schumer spoke on government funding and immigration; trade with China; and a tribute to Senator Nelson.

10:33 a.m. ML McConnell lays beforeh the Senate HR 695, amending the Child Protection Act, and adds an amendment, #4163, the vehicle for a CR until February 8th, he then filled the tree.

10:04 a.m. ML McConnell announces he will later today introduce a CR later today through February 8th; and immigration.  He later turned to pay tribute to retiring Speaker Ryan; and Senator Cornyn on the ending of his whip duties.

10:00 a.m. The Senate convened.

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The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m. and will resume consideration of the nomination of Joseph Maguire to be Director of the National Counterterrorism Center.

At 11:00 a.m., the Senate will vote on cloture for the Maguire nomination.

  • Additional roll call votes are possible during Wednesday’s session.

 

 

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

10:00 p.m.  The Senate now stands in adjournment until 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 19th and resume the McGuire nomination.

 Wrap up:
Legislative Business
Passed by voice vote H.R.7213: Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Act.
Passed Calendar #424, S.2200 with Thune substitute amendment: National Integrated Drought Information System Reauthorization Act.
Passed Calendar #677, S.3367 with Thune substitute amendment: Department of Transportation Reports Harmonization Act.
Passed S.3444 with Cassidy amendment: Douglas Fournet Department of Veterans’ Affairs Clinic.
Passed S.3777: Forever GI Housing Payment Fulfillment.
Passed H.R.4227 with Cassidy amendment: Vehicular Terrorism Prevention Act.
Passed by voice vote H.R.1235: Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Act.
Passed H.R.6615 with Alexander amendment: Traumatic Brain Injury Program Reauthorization.
No Executive Business

 

9:00 p.m. The Senate is voting on a series of votes in relation to the First Step Act:

  • Kennedy-Cotton amendment #4109, Division I. Vote results 32- 67 the amendment fails.
  • Kennedy-Cotton amendment #4109, Division II. Vote results 33 -66 the amendment fails.
  • Kennedy-Cotton amendment #4109, Division III. Vote results 37-62 the amendment fails.
  • Cruz-Lankford amendment to expand the list of offenses for which a prisoner is ineligible to receive certain time credits and to modify a provision relating to a limitation on faith-based activities (#4131).  Agreed to by Voice vote.
  • Motion to concur in the House amendment to S. 756, with a further amendment #4108 [passage of the Frist Step Act (S. 3747) Final passage passed  87 – 12.

6:29 p.m. Senator Durbin and Rubio spoke on criminal justice reform.

6:16 p.m. Senator Cotton spoke on his amendments on the criminal justice reform bill and his overall concerns of the underlying bills.

6:02 p.m. Senator Udall spoke on border wall and border security.

4:51 Senator Portman spoke on national parks.

4:25 Senator Booker spoke on criminal justice reform.

4:17 p.m. Senator King spoke about departing staffer Kay Rand.

4:07 p.m. Senator Isakson spoke about outgoing Governor Nathan Deal and on the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act.

3:52 p.m. Senator Inhofe spoke about national defense funding.

3:33 p.m. Senator Toomey spoke about criminal justice reform and called up amendment #4120. Senator Durbin objected.

3:19 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about criminal justice reform.

3:13 p.m. Senator Nelson spoke about criminal justice reform.

3:01 p.m. Senator Kennedy spoke about criminal justice reform.

2:50 p.m. Senator Thune paid tribute to Senators Alexander and Kyl; before discussing government funding and immigration.

2:40 p.m. Senator Gardner offered a UC request to take up his amendment (#4123) regarding marijuana legalization; Senator Grassley objected.

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

12:44 p.m. The Senate recessed until 2:15 to accommodate party luncheons.

12:37 p.m. Senator Menendez spoke on criminal justice reform.

12:19 p.m. Senator Kyl spoke on national defense.

12:14 p.m. Senator Inhofe spoke on national defense.

12:02 p.m. Senator Leahy spoke on criminal justice reform.

11:48 a.m. Senator Klobuchar spoke on criminal justice reform.

11:35 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on criminal justice reform.

11:32 a.m. H.R. 6615, Reauthorizing the Tramatic Brain Injury Program, and Alexander amendment, were agreed to by unanimous consent.

11:11 a.m. Senator Blumenthal spoke on partisanship in Congress and criminal justice reform.

11:07 a.m. Senator Booker spoke on criminal justice reform.

10:49 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke in tribute to Senator Donnelly and on criminal justice reform.

10:33 a.m. Senator Grassley spoke on criminal justice reform, on his 12,800 votes in the Senate, and in tribute to his chief of staff.

10:31 a.m. Senator Donnelly gave his farewell speech.

10:17 a.m. Senator Schumer spoke on government funding, on health care, and in tribute to Senator Donnelly.

10:13 a.m. Senator Kyl thanked the Leader for his comments and friendship.

10:05 a.m. ML McConnell spoke about criminal justice reform and in tribute to Senator Kyl and to outgoing chief of staff John Kelly.

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The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m. and resume consideration of the post cloture motion to concur in the House message to accompany S.756, the legislative vehicle for Criminal Justice Reform.

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

No votes are scheduled at this time.

Monday, December 17, 2018

7:36 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 10 a.m. Tuesday, when it will resume consideration of the criminal justice bill, S. 756.

7:32 p.m. Senator Crapo secured consent for: S. 2511, as amended, on a program coordinating unmanned maritime systems; S. 3191, as amended, on civil rights case records; and S. 3238, as amended, to improve oversight of broadcast emergency alert systems.

7:15 p.m. Senator Lee responded to Senator Whitehouse.

7:14 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke about the medical disabilities measure.

7:09 p.m. Senator Whitehouse sought consent for the measure. Senator Lee objected.

7:02 p.m. Senators Whitehouse and Cotton spoke about their bill on disability insurance for victim’s of Lou Gehrig’s disease.

7:01 p.m. By a vote of 82 to 12, the Senate invoked cloture on the criminal justice bill. Voting NO were Republicans Barrasso, Burr, Cotton, Enzi, Kennedy, Kyl, Murkowski, Risch, Rounds, Sasse, Sullivan and Toomey. Not voting were Alexander, Cassidy, Graham, Heller, Johnson, and Tillis

5:32 p.m. The Senate is now voting on the motion to invoke cloture on the on the motion to concur in the House amendment with a further amendment to S.756.

5:21 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about criminal justice reform.

5:11 p.m. Senator Enzi spoke about the federal budget process.

5:01 p.m. Senator McConnell filed cloture on the nomination of Joseph Maguire of Florida to be director of the national Counterterrorism Center under the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

4:56 p.m. Senator Jones spoke about the criminal justice bill. He paid tribute to the late Giles Perkins.

4:39 p.m. Senator Durbin paid tribute to Senator Alexander and spoke on criminal justice reform.

4:25 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke about the CR and paid tribute to Senator Alexander.

4:06 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on criminal justice reform.

3:56 p.m. Senator Moran paid tribute to Lynn Jacobs and Kevin Yoder.

3:47 p.m. Senator Boozman spoke about the farm bill.

3:08 p.m. The following legislation was passed:

  1. The Senate concurred in the House amendment to S. 1311, Abolish Human Trafficking Act of 2017, by unanimous consent.
  2. The Senate concurred in the House amendment to S. 1312, Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2017, by unanimous consent.
  3. S. 1862, Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2017, and the Menendez amendment, were agreed to by voice vote.
  4. H.R. 2200, Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Reauthorization Act of 2018, and the Murray amendment, were agreed to by voice vote.
  5. S. 1520, Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act of 2017, and the Wicker amendment, were agreed to by unanimous consent.

3:05 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell paid tribute to Senator Alexander.

3:03 p.m. President Pro Tempore Hatch swore in Senator Hyde-Smith.

The Senate will convene at 3:00 p.m.  Following any Leader remarks, resume consideration of the House Message to accompany S.756, the legislative vehicle for the First Step Act.

At 5:30 p.m. the Senate will conduct a cloture vote on the motion to concur in the House amendment with a further amendment to S.756.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

6:59 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 3:00 p.m. on Monday, December 17th. Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the House Message on S.756, the legislative vehicle for Criminal Justice Reform. At 5:30 p.m. on Monday the Senate will vote on the Motion to invoke cloture on the motion to concur in the House message to accompany S.756, with further amendment, legislative vehicle for Criminal Justice Reform.

6:50 p.m. ML McConnell began wrap up and the Senate passed the following:
  • Passed S.2827, with Barrasso substitute amendment: Udall Foundation Act.
  • Passed S.645, Measuring the Economic Impact of Broadband Act.
  • Passed H.R.4431, Correcting Miscalculations in Veterans’ Pensions Act.
  • Passed H.R.6160, Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act.
  • Passed H.R.1318, Preventing Maternal Deaths Act.
  • Passed S.2322, with Johnson amendment, Codifying Useful Regulatory Definitions Act.
  • Passed by voice vote S.2863, National Law Enforcement Museum Commemorative Coin Act.
  • Passed S.3461, AMBER Alert Nationwide Act.
  • Adopted S.Res.717, Rebecca Teresa Weichhand.
  • Adopted S.Res.731, Human Rights Day.
  • Passed H.R.6227, with Thune substitute amendment, National Quantum Initiative Act.

5:31 p.m. Senator Young spoke honoring Fred Fasenfill.

5:27 p.m. Senator Lankford asked u.c. to consider:

  • H.R. 2606, Stigler Act Amendments, Lankford amendment agreed to by U.C. The bill, as amended, is agreed to by U.C.
  • S. 2599, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Reservation Restoration Act. Committee-reported amendments agreed to by U.C. The bill, as amended, is agreed to by Voice Vote.
  • H.R. 4032, Gila River Indian Community Federal Rights-of-Way, Easements and Boundary Clarification Act, agreed to by Voice Vote.
  • S. Res. 707, 40th Anniversary of the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978, agreed to by Voice Vote.

5:05 p.m. Senator Cassidy paid tribute to WWII veterans.

4:45 p.m. Senator Portman spoke about opioid epidemic and also paid tribute to Senator Corker.

4:24 p.m. Senator Casey spoke about the anniversary of the Sandy Hook mass shooting.

4:18 p.m. Senator Wicker spoke honoring Rex Buffington.

3:53 p.m. Senator Klobuchar spoke supporting the Farm Bill Conference Report.

3:34 p.m. Senators Roberts and Stabenow spoke supporting the Farm Bill Conference Report

3:30 p.m. ML McConnell filed cloture and filled the amendment tree on the motion to concur in the House amendment to  S. 756, Save Our Seas Act and concur in with a further amend. #4108 legislative vehicle for Criminal Justice Reform bill.

3:25 p.m. The Senate adopted by a voice vote, S.J.Res. 69, Supporting a diplomatic solution in Yemen and condemning the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.

3:22 p.m. The Senate proceeded to S.J.Res. 69, Supporting a diplomatic solution in Yemen and condemning the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. Senator Corker spoke supporting the resolution.

3:21 p.m. By a vote of 56-41, the Senate adopted S.J. Res. 54, Yemen War Powers Resolution, as amended.

  • Republican Senators voting yes: Collins, Daines, Flake, Lee, Moran, Paul, and Young.
  • Senators not voting: Graham, Heller, and Tillis.

3:04 p.m. The Senate began voting on passage of S.J.Res. 54, Yemen War Powers Resolution, as amended.

2:59 p.m. The Senate did not agree to the Cotton amendment #4098 by a vote of 45-54.

2:43 p.m. The Senate began voting on the Cotton amend #4098.

2:42 p.m. Senator Murphy spoke against the Cotton amend #4098.

2:41 p.m. Senator Cotton spoke on his amendment #4097. The Senate rejected Cotton #4097 by a voice vote.

2:40 p.m. The Senate adopted Cornyn #4090 and Cornyn #4095 amends en bloc.

2:37 p.m. The Senate adopted the Cornyn amend #4096 as modified by a vote 0f 99-0. Senator Tillis did not vote.

2:19 p.m. The Senate began voting on the Cornyn amendment #4096, as modified.

2:18 p.m. The Senate adopted the Young amendment #4080 by a vote of 58-41.

  • 9 Republican Senators Alexander, Cassidy, Collins, Corker, Lee, Moran, Murkowski, Paul, and Young joined all Democrats voting yes.
  • Senator Tillis did not vote.

1:49 p.m. The Senate has begun voting on the Young amendment #4080.

1:47 p.m. Senator Young spoke for his amendment.

1:45 p.m. Senator Corker said the first votes will be 15 minutes. Subsequent votes will be five minutes.

1:42 p.m. Senator Sanders spoke about the Yemen bill.

1:26 p.m. Senator Menendez spoke about the Yemen resolution.

1:17 p.m. Senator Moran paid tribute to his departing military fellow, Army Capt. Mark Bedren.

1:10 p.m. Senator Durbin Paid tribute to Senator McCaskill.

1:01 p.m. Senator Nelson paid tribute to Senator McCaskill.

12:56 p.m. Senator Tester paid tribute to Senator McCaskill.

12:51 p.m. Senator Collins paid tribute to Senator McCaskill.

12:49 p.m. Senator Feinstein paid tribute to Senator McCaskill.

12:42 p.m. Senator Blunt paid tribute to Senator McCaskill.

12:29 p.m. Senator McCaskill gave her farewell speech.

12:28 p.m. Senator Corker introduced Cornyn amdt. #4096 as modified.

12:11 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about the opioid epidemic and paid tribute to Senator Flake.

12:01 p.m. Senator Klobuchar spoke on the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veteran’s Act and the resolution.

11:53 a.m. Senator Lankford spoke on the resolution.

11:35 a.m. Senator Collins paid tribute to Senator Flake.

11:25 a.m. Senators Kyl and Coons paid tribute to Senator Flake.

11:03 a.m. Senator Flake delivered his farewell address.

10:58 a.m. Senator Leahy spoke on S.J.Res. 54.

10:54 a.m. The Senate passed by Unanimous Consent: S 3749, A Bill to amend the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 to reform the procedures for the initiation, review, and resolution of claiming that offices of the Legislative Branch have violated the protections of their employees including protections against sexual harassment and for other purposes. Senators Blunt and Klobuchar spoke supporting the legislation.

10:42 a.m. Senator Rubio spoke about Senator Heller and on S.J.Res. 54, Yemen War Powers Resolution.

10:30 a.m. Senators, Cornyn, Isakson, Thune, and Cortez Masto paid tribute to Senator Heller.

10:06 a.m. Senator Heller gave his farewell speech.

9:52 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about the possibility of a government shutdown over the disputed resolution to continue federal appropriations — including the proposed spending for a border wall. He spoke about China’s trade practices.

He paid tribute to Senator Heitkamp.

9:33 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell secured second reading under Rule XIV for S. 3747, a measure addressing prisoner recidivism. He spoke about items remaining on the Senate agenda for this Congress, including today’s disposition of the Yemen War Powers resolution. He spoke about recent Senate action, including passage of the new bill to prevent sexual harassment on Capitol Hill.

He paid tribute to Senator Flake.

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The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m. and will resume consideration of S.J. Res. 54, the Yemen War Powers Resolution.

At 1:45 p.m. there will be up to 8 votes on S.J. Res. 54:

  1. Young amdt. #4080 (mid-air refueling)
  2. Cornyn amdt. #4096 (rule of construction re: Israel and regional allies)
  3. Cornyn amdt. #4090 (risk assessment report)
  4. Cornyn amdt. #4095 (risk assessment report re: terrorist attacks )
  5. Cotton amdt. #4097 (provision of material and advice )
  6. Cotton Amdt. #4098 ( operations against Houthi attacks)
  7. Sanders amdt. #4105 (no authorization of military force against Iran)
  8. Passage of S.J. Res. 54

 

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