Friday, June 29, 2018

The Senate convened at 8:30 a.m. for a pro forma session only, Senator McConnell presiding. No business was transacted.

 

Thursday, June 28, 2018

The Senate will convene for pro forma sessions on the following days, with no business being conducted:

  •  Friday, June 29th at 8:30 am
  • Tuesday, July 3rd at 9:00 am
  • Thursday, July 5th at 1:00 pm

On Monday, July 9, 2018 the Senate will convene at 3:00 pm and proceed to the nomination of Mark Jeremy Bennett to be a United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit.

• At 5:30pm, the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Bennett nomination.

• ML McConnell filed cloture on the Bennett, Benczkowski, and Ney nominations during today’s session. Those cloture motions will be processed one at a time, after disposition of the previous nomination. Each is subject to up to thirty hours of post-cloture debate.

7:38 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 8:30 a.m. on Friday, June 29th.

7:36 p.m. The Senate passed calendar #424, S.2559, Marrakesh Treaty Implementation.

7:35 p.m. The Senate passed H.R. 5956, Northern Mariana Islands U.S. Workforce Act.

7:34 p.m. The Senate passed the following (hydro) bills en bloc:

  • S. 724, Hydropower Authorizations (amended on the floor)
  • H.R. 219, Swan Lake Hydroelectric Project Boundary Correction Act
  • H.R. 220, Authorizing Expansion of a Hydroelectric Project
  • S. 215, A bill to authorize the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to issue an order continuing a stay of a hydroelectric license for the Mahoney Lake hydroelectric project in the State of Alaska, and for other purposes.
  • S. 490, A bill to reinstate and extend the deadline for commencement of construction of a hydroelectric project involving the Gibson Dam.
  • H.R. 2292, To extend a project of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission involving the Cannonsville Dam.
  • H.R. 951, To extend the deadline for commencement of construction of a hydroelectric project.
  • H.R. 446, To extend the deadline for commencement of construction of a hydroelectric project.
  • H.R. 447, To extend the deadline for commencement of construction of a hydroelectric project.
  • H.R. 2122, To reinstate and extend the deadline for commencement of construction of a hydroelectric project involving Jennings Randolph Dam.

7:34 p.m. The Senate adopted S.Res. S.Res. 568, Designating June 2018 as “Great Outdoors Month”.

7:33 p.m. The Senate adopted S. Res. 567, celebrating the 40th anniversary of the American Homebrewers Association.

7:32 p.m. The Senate passed Exec. Cal. #453-465 (postal naming bills) en bloc.

7:31 p.m. The Senate passed H.R. 1029, Pesticide Registration w/ Udall amendment by voice vote.

7:30 p.m. The Senate confirmed the following Military Promotions: Exec. Cal. 951-973 and 975-993 and all nominations placed on the Secretary’s desk in the Air Force, Army, Marine Corps and Navy.

7:29 p.m. The Senate ratified Executive Treaty #6, Marrakesh Treaty to facilitate access to published works for persons who are blind, visually impaired, or otherwise print disabled.

7:28 p.m. The Senate confirmed Exec. Cal. #902, by voice vote

  • Tara Sweeney, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Interior

7:25 p.m. The Senate confirmed the following Department of State nominations en bloc and all nominations on the Secretary’s desk in the foreign service:

  • #923 Robin Bernstein to be Ambassador to the Dominican Republic
  • #925 Joseph Mondello to be Ambassador to Trinadad and Tobago
  • #927 Gordon Sondland to be Ambassador to the European Union
  • #928 Harry Harris to be Ambassador to the Republic of Korea
  • #929 Ronald Gidwitz to be Ambassador to Belgium
  • #930 Brian Nichols to be Ambassador to the Republic of Zimbabwe
  • #932 Tibor Nagy to be an Assistant Secretary of State (African Affairs)

7:24 p.m. ML McConnell filed cloture on Exec. Cal. #686 Paul C. Ney, Jr., of Tennessee, to be General Counsel of the Department of Defense

7:24 p.m. ML McConnell filed cloture on Exec. Cal. #639 Brian Benczkowski to be an Assistant Attorney General of the Justice Department.

7:23 p.m. ML McConnell filed cloture on Exec. Cal. #836 Mark Bennett, of Hawaii, to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit

7:23 p.m. ML McConnell began wrap up.

6:11 p.m. Senator Schatz spoke about the Kilauea volcano.

6:06 p.m. Senator Daines spoke about the priorities of ranchers in H.R. 2.

5:56 p.m. Senator Stabenow spoke thanking Senator Roberts and staff for efforts on H.R. 2.

5:54 p.m. Senator Roberts spoke thanking staff and Senator Stabenow for their work on H.R. 2.

5:53 p.m. The Senate passed H.R. 2, the Farm bill, as amended 86-11.

  • 11 Republicans voted no: Senators Burr, Corker, Cotton, Flake, Heller, Inhofe, Johnson, Lankford, Lee, Paul, and Toomey.
  • 3 Senators did not vote: Senator Alexander, Leahy, and McCain

5:27 p.m. The Senate is voting on passage of H.R. 2, the Farm bill, as amended.

5:26 p.m. The Lee amendment was not agreed to by a vote of 38 to 57. The Thune amendment #3134 was agreed to by voice vote and the Roberts substitute amendment #3224 was agreed to by a voice vote.

4:56 p.m. The Senate is voting on the Lee amendment #3074 (60 vote threshold). Following the vote on the Lee amendment, there will be three additional votes:

  1. Adoption of Thune Amendment #3134 (voice vote expected)
  2. Roberts substitute amendment #3224, as amended if amended (voice vote expected)
  3. Passage of H.R.2, the Farm Bill, as amended if amended (60 vote affirmative threshold)

4:53 p.m. Senator Roberts asked u.c. that the following amendments be called up and agreed to en bloc:

  • Isakson amendment #3348 to modify the provision relating to economic adjustment assistance for upland cotton users, to provide payments for losses relating to peach and blueberry crops, and the strike the provision relating to the use of the Commodity Credit Corporation
  • Wyden-Murkowski amendment #3346 to provide that research and extension grants may be made for the purposes of researching hop plant health
  • Enzi amendment #3181 to improve the Rural Energy for America Program
  • King-Collins amendment #3221 to provide for a report on funding for the National Institute of Food and Agriculture and other extension programs
  • Gillibrand-Toomey amendment #3390 to prohibit the slaughter of dogs and cats for human consumption
  • Heinrich amendment #3287 to modify the study of marketplace fraud of traditional foods
  • Rubio amendment #3364 to prohibit the use of funds to carry out programs in Cuba in contravention of the National Security Presidential Memorandum prohibiting transactions with entities owned, controlled, or operated by or on behalf of military intelligence or security services of Cuba
  • Sullivan amendment #3303 to ensure that the Secretary of Agriculture enforces certain Buy American requirements with respect to fish harvested within United States waters
  • Hirono amendment #3321 to provide additional assistance under the non-insured crop assistance program for certain producers
  • Cortez Masto-Portman amendment #3388 to establish the Council on Rural Community Innovation and Economic Development
  • Durbin amendment #3389 to reauthorize the rural emergency medical services training and equipment assistance program under section 330J of the Public Health Service Act
  • Brown amendment #3323 to add a provision relating to extension and agricultural research at 1890 land-grant colleges
  • Cantwell amendment #3365 to avert the waiving of liability for a utility whose line clearing work ignites a wildfire
  • Moran amendment #3171 to include a provision on requirements for the calculation of a separate actual crop revenue and agriculture risk coverage guarantee for irrigated and non-irrigated covered commodities
  • Thune amendment #3371C to provide that producers may change their election to participate in agriculture risk coverage or price loss coverage in the 2021 crop year

4:47 p.m. Senator Lee spoke about amend his #3074 (commodity promotion programs).

3:29 p.m. Senator Heitkamp spoke about the food stamp program.

3:08 p.m. Senator Murkowski and Senator Sullivan spoke in favor of Tara MacLean Sweeney as the nominee to be assistant secretary of the Interior for Indian affairs.

3:03 p.m. Senators Roberts and Stabenow announced they hope to have a unanimous consent agreement to finalize the farm bill shortly.

3:02 p.m. The motion to table the Kennedy amendment was agreed to 68-30.

YEAS: 46 Democrats, 2 independents, 20 Republicans.

NAYS (all Republican): Barrasso, Burr, Cassidy, Cornyn, Cotton,  Cruz, Daines, Enzi, Ernst, Fischer, Flake, Gardner, Heller, Hyde-Smith, Inhofe, Johnson, Kennedy, Lankford, Lee, McConnell, Paul, Risch, Rubio, Sasse, Scott, Thune, Tillis, Toomey, Wicker, Young.

NOT VOTING: Duckworth, McCain.

2:21 p.m. The Senate began voting on the Motion to table Kennedy/Cruz/Lee amendment #3383 in relation to H.R.2, the Farm Bill

2:12 p.m. Senator Stabenow spoke against the Kennedy/Cruz/Lee amendment.

2:08 p.m. Senator Kennedy spoke about his amendment regarding work requirements with Senators Cruz and Lee.

2:00 p.m. Senator Klobuchar spoke about the farm bill.

1:48 p.m. Senator Graham spoke about Syria.

1:21 p.m. Senator Nelson asked u.c. to consider S. 2066, Disaster Displacement Act of 2017; Senator Johnson objected.

1:18 p.m. Senator Nelson asked u.c. to consider S. 2880, Disaster Housing Assistance Act; Senator Johnson objected.

12:51 p.m. Senator Ernst spoke supporting the farm bill.

12:41 p.m. Senator Rounds spoke supporting the farm bill.

12:28 p.m. Senator Hirono spoke about the KIWI Act and the Kennedy seat.

12:24 p.m. S. 2245, the KIWI Act, was passed without objection and Senator Lee spoke about the KIWI Act.

12:00 p.m. Senator Cantwell spoke about the farm bill.

11:41 a.m. Senator Heinrich spoke about immigration.

11:30 p.m. Senator Hatch spoke about the Kennedy seat.

11:19 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the Kennedy seat.

10:37 p.m. Senator Perdue spoke about the farm bill.

10:27 a.m. Senator Stabenow spoke about the farm bill.

10:20 a.m. Senator Roberts spoke about the farm bill.

9:57 a.m. Minority Leader spoke about the Kennedy seat.

9:34 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about Justice Kennedy and the nomination of his successor. He spoke about the farm bill. He spoke about the tax program.

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The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m. and resume consideration of H.R. 2, the 2018 Farm Bill.

On Wednesday evening, ML McConnell filed cloture on both the substitute amendment and the underlying bill.

Roll call votes in relation to the farm bill are expected during Thursday’s session.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

7:09 p.m. ML McConnell wraps up. UC that the Senate adjourn until 9:30 a.m. Thursday.

6:43 p.m. Senator Blumenthal spoke on immigration and the Kennedy retirement.

6:27 p.m. Senator Moran spoke on the farm bill.

5:56 p.m. Senator Udall spoke on immigration.

5:36 p.m. Senators Bennet and Boozman spoke on the farm bill.

5:23 p.m. Senator Smith spoke on Justice Kennedy’s retirement, and women’s health.

5:10 p.m. Senator McConnell filed cloture on the Roberts substitute amendment to the Farm Bill, H.R. 2. He also filed cloture on the bill, H.R. 2.

4:52 p.m. Senator Portman spoke about the tax reform bill.

4:43 p.m. Senator Roberts spoke in support of the Thune CRP amendment.

4:38 p.m. Senator Thune spoke about his amendment regarding land management/CRP.

4:28 p.m. Senator Hassan spoke about women’s health.

4:20 p.m. Senator Hirono spoke about women’s health.

4:10 p.m. Senator Murray spoke about Justice Kennedy’s retirement and women’s health.

4:01 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke about Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt.

3:50 p.m. Senator Roberts called up the following amendments to the Roberts substitute #3224, the Lee amendment #3074 and Durbin amendment#3103. Senator Rubio objected. Senator Stabenow spoke recognizing Senator Rubio’s concerns.

3:22 p.m. Senator Donnelly spoke about the farm bill.

3:19 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke about the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy.

2:33 p.m. ML McConnell spoke about the retirement announcement of Justice Anthony Kennedy and stated the Senate will vote on his replacement this fall.

2:00 p.m. Senator Blunt spoke about the farm bill.

1:37 p.m. Senator Tillis makes his weekly plea on behalf of Pastor Brunson.

1:01 p.m. Senators Heitkamp, Gardner and Tester spoke about the farm bill.

12:53 p.m. Senator Kennedy spoke about food stamps and the farm bill.

12:28 p.m. Senator Booker spoke about the farm bill.

12:17 p.m. Senator Enzi spoke about appropriations.

12:09 p.m. Senators Toomey, Corker, and Brown continued speaking on the issue of tariffs.

11:55 a.m. Senator Coker spoke about the tariff amendment. Senator Corker asked unanimous consent to bring up the amendment. Senator Brown objected.

11:48 a.m. Senator Toomey spoke about his tariff amendment.

11:35 a.m. Senator Capito spoke about the tax reform bill.

11:07 a.m. Senator Lankford spoke about Senate procedure. He spoke about immigration.

10:50 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about the immigration decision. He said Democrats today will propose action on immigration. He spoke about policy on trade with China. He spoke about the Supreme Court decisions yesterday on abortion and immigration and its decision today on labor.

10:40 a.m. Senator Cronyn spoke about immigration.

10:30 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke about a federal court decision Tuesday on the administration’s immigration policy.

10:18 a.m. Senator Roberts listed 18 amendments — with sponsors of both parties -that are incorporated in the substitute.

10:17 a.m. Senator Stabenow spoke in favor of the farm bill.

10:14 a.m. Senator Roberts brought up the substitute amendment #3224. Senator McConnell brought up amendment #3134 (the Thune amendment on Conservation Reserve Programs).

10:13 a.m. By voice vote, the Senate agreed to proceed to the farm bill.

10:03 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about D-Day veterans, Independence Day and the farm bill. He expressed hope that the Senate will pass the farm bill this week. He spoke about the tax program.

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The Senate will convene at 10 a.m. and after leader remarks will adopt by voice vote the motion to proceed to the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (H.R. 2).

A substitute amendment to the underlying farm bill will be offered. After the substitute, the first amendment offered will be a Thune Amendment on Conservation Reserve Programs.

Roll call votes are expected today.

At a time to be determined, the Senate will take up the nomination of James Blew of California to be an assistant education secretary for education. There will be up to five hours of debate.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

6:15 p.m. The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00 a.m. Wednesday June 27.  During wrap up the Senate passed  S. 2385 – Public Alert Systems by unanimous consent.

6:05 p.m. Senator Roberts announced that there will be no roll call votes during today’s session. Further, that at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 27 the Senate will proceed to H.R. 2, the 2018 Farm bill and a substitute amendment will be offered on the underlying bill. The first amendment offered following will be a Thune Amendment on Conversation Preserve Programs.

5:17 p.m. Senator Brown spoke about the economy.

4:44 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke about climate change.

4:32 p.m. Senator Thune spoke about the Farm Bill.

4:22 p.m. Senator Stabenow spoke about the Farm Bill.

4:12 p.m. Senator Hoeven spoke about the Farm Bill.

4:01 p.m. Senator Hatch spoke about the passing of Charles Krauthammer and also about his brother-in-law Raymon Hansen.

3:09 p.m. Senator Gillibrand spoke about the Farm bill.

2:50 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke about healthcare.

2:34 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about immigration.

2:30 p.m. Senator Daines spoke about National Great Outdoors Month.

2:15 p.m. Senator Fischer spoke about the Farm Bill.

12:31 p.m. The Senate has recessed until 2:15 p.m. for the weekly policy lunches.

12:21 p.m. Senator Roberts spoke about the Farm Bill.

12:14 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the Farm Bill.

12:06 p.m. Senator Kennedy spoke about the National Flood Insurance Program.

10:45 a.m. Senator Stabenow spoke about the farm bill.10:41 a.m. Senator Roberts spoke about the farm bill.

10:24 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about the farm bill. He spoke about the tax program.

10:02 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the farm bill and about the tax program.   Under the provisions of Rule XIV, H.R. 6, the opioid addiction treatment bill was placed on the Senate calendar.

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The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m. and resume consideration of the motion to proceed to the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (H.R. 2), post-cloture.

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

Monday, June 25, 2018

6:47 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 10 a.m. Tuesday, whereupon it will reconvene and resume post-cloture consideration of the motion to proceed to the farm bill.

6:40 p.m. By voice vote, the Senate has confirmed the nomination of Frank T. Brogan of Pennsylvania to be Assistant Secretary of Education for Secondary Education. The Senate agreed to take up, at a time agreed upon by leaders, the nomination of James Blew to be an assistant education secretary.

6:39 p.m. By a vote of 89 to 3, the Senate invoked cloture on motion to proceed to the farm bill, H.R. 2. NAY votes were Heller, Lee and Menendez. NOT VOTING: Booker, Cortez Masto, Duckworth, Flake, Graham, Klobuchar, McCain, Sullivan.

6:06 p.m. HR 5895, the “minibus” appropriations bill was agreed to 86-5.

Senators voting against: Gillibrand, Lee, Markey, Paul and Warren.

Not voting: Booker, Cortez Masto, Duckworth, Flake, Graham, Isakson, Klobuchar, McCain, Sullivan.

5:30 p.m. Roll call vote began on passage of HR 5895, the appropriations bill for energy, water, legislative branch, veterans and military construction.

5:14 p.m. Senator Shelby spoke about appropriations.

5:00 p.m. Senator Leahy spoke about appropriations.

4:56 p.m. Senator Schatz spoke about appropriations.

4:40 p.m. Senator Alexander spoke about appropriations.

4:35 p.m. Senator Boozman spoke about appropriations.

4:33 p.m. Senator Daines spoke about appropriations.

4:21 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about the Farm Bill.

4:07 p.m. Senator Nelson spoke about immigration.

3:54 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke about immigration.

3:36 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about immigration.

3:16 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about Medal of Honor winner Garlin Merle Connor. He spoke about the appropriations and farm bills. He spoke about the tax program.

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The Senate will convene at 3:00 pm. Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R.5895, Minibus Appropriations.

At 5:30 pm, the Senate will proceed to 2 roll call votes on the following:

  1. Passage of H.R. 5895, Minibus Appropriations, as amended
  2. Motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R.2, Farm Bill

Thursday, June 21, 2018

5:35 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will reconvene at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, June 25. They will resume consideration of Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act, 2019, H.R. 5895 with a vote on final passage at 5:30 p.m. Following that vote there will be a vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to the Farm Bill, H.R. 2.

During wrap-up:

  • The Senate agreed to the house message to accompany the Grandparents raising grandchildren bill, S. 1091
  • Passed a bill to support the GI Bill Commemoration Week, S. Res. 551.
  • Confirmed Jean Hovland to be the Commissioner of the Administration for Native Americans.

 

5:30 p.m. Senator McConnell withdrew the cloture motion to amendment #2910, the substitute, and on the bill. A manager’s package of amendments and the substitute amendment were agreed to by voice vote. Senator McConnell also filed cloture on the motion to proceed to the Farm Bill, H.R. 2.

4:16 p.m. Senator Portman spoke about immigration.

3:40 p.m. Senator Tillis spoke about Pastor Andrew Brunson.

3:17 p.m. The motion to table the Lee amendment passed by a vote of 62-34.

2:47 p.m. The Senate is now voting on the motion to table the Lee amendment #3021 to the Alexander amendment #2911.

2:45 p.m. Senator Lee spoke about his amendment #3021.

2:44 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke about the pending appropriations bill and Senator Alexander moved to table the Lee amendment, #3021.

2:41 p.m. ML McConnell spoke about the pending appropriations bill and called up the Lee amendment #3021, as modified, to the Alexander amendment #2911.

2:39 p.m. Senator Alexander spoke about the pending appropriations bill.

2:38 p.m. The Senate agreed to the Bennett/Gardner amendment #2983 by a vote of 96 to 0.

2:04 p.m. The Senate began voting on the Bennett/Gardner amendment #2983.

2:00 p.m. Senators Bennett and Gardner spoke supporting amendment #2983.

1:50 p.m Senator Hach paid tribute to staffer Mark Prater.

1:18 p.m. Senator Coons spoke about immigrati0n.

1:13 p.m. Senator Alexander spoke about the appropriations debate. He secures consent for a 2 p.m. vote on the Gardner-Bennet amendment, #2983.

12:52 p.m. Senator Rounds spoke about immigration and also about the pending appropriations bill.

12:28 p.m. Senator Rubio spoke about immigration.

12:10 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about immigration and families.

12:10 p.m. The following bills were read for the 2nd time and placed on the calendar.

  • S. 3093-amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to address the protective custody of alien children accompanied by parents
  • S. 3100-a bill to establish the mountains to sound greenway national heritage area in Washington state.

11:59 a.m. Senator Sullivan spoke about the Alaskan of the Week.

10:45 p.m. Senator Toomey spoke about the tax program.

10:30 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about immigration.

9:47 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the work on appropriations bills. He spoke about the tax code.

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The Senate will convene at 9:45 a.m. and resume consideration of the Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act, 2019 H.R.5895.

Amendment votes relative to H.R.5895 are expected during Thursday’s session.

Cloture motions were filed on the Shelby substitute #2910 and on the underlying bill, but the hope is that these clotures may be vitiated and the bill processed with time agreement.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

The Senate is considering H.R.5895, Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, Military Construction and VA Appropriations.

The Senate has adjourned until 9:45 a.m. Thursday, June 21. Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R. 5895.

*Majority Leader McConnell filed cloture on the Shelby substitute amendment #2910 to H.R. 5895 and H.R. 5895 but expects that the Senate will          finish up H.R. 5895 tomorrow afternoon.

During wrap-up:

  • 1st reading en bloc:
    • 3093, To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to address the protective custody of alien children accompanied by parents.
    • 3100, To establish the Mountains to Sound Greenway National Heritage Area in the State of Washington.
  • Passed by unanimous consent en bloc:
    • Res. 553, designating June 20, 2018, as “American Eagle Day” and celebrating the recovery and restoration of the bald eagle, the national symbol of the United States.
    • Res. 554, designating the month of June 2018 as “National Post- Traumatic Stress Awareness Month” and June 27, 2018, as “National Post Traumatic Stress Awareness Day”.
    • Res. 555, recognizing the freedom of Muslims of the United States to exercise their religion and participate in the civil systems of their country.
  • R. 770, American Innovation $1 Coin Act and the Murphy amendment, was passed by voice vote.

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8:10 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke about immigration.

7:57 p.m. Senator Harris spoke about immigration.

7:53 p.m. Senator Hassan spoke about immigration.

7:45 p.m. Senator Blumenthal spoke about immigration.

7:39 p.m. Senator Bennett spoke about immigration.

7:32 p.m. Senator Sanders spoke about immigration.

7:25 p.m. Senator Kaine spoke about immigration.

7:18 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke about immigration.

7:13 p.m. Senator Markey spoke about immigration.

6:58 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about immigration.

6:52 p.m. Senator Murray spoke about immigration.

6:45 p.m. Senator Hirono spoke about immigration.

6:40 p.m.Senator Klobuchar spoke about immigration.

6:35 p.m. ML McConnell filed cloture on amendment #2910 to H.R. 5895 and H.R. 5895 but McConnell expects to finish up H.R. 5895 tomorrow afternoon. 

5;59 p.m. Senator Brown spoke on immigration and the VA.

5:29 p.m. Senator Moran spoke in favor of the Tester amendment and the VA Mission Act.

5:28 p.m. The Tester amendment was agreed to 96-0.

Senators not voting: Corker, Duckworth, McCain and Shaheen.

5:05 p.m. Roll call vote began on the Tester amendment, #2971.

5:06 p.m. The Young amendment was agreed to 96-0.

Senators not voting: Corker, Duckworth, McCain and Shaheen.

4:34 p.m. Roll call vote began on the Young amendment, #2926.

4:31 p.m. Senator Tester spoke in support for his amendment, #2971.

4:28 p.m Senator Young spoke in support for his amendment, #2926.

4:13 p.m. Senator Carper spoke about the 74th anniversary of the GI bill and on immigration.

3:59 p.m. Senator Blumenthal spoke about immigration.

3:50 p.m. Senator Barasso spoke about the recent summit with North Korea.

3:19 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about immigration.

3:12 p.m. Senator Boozman achieved UC that the Senate conduct two roll call votes at 4:30 p.m. on the Young amendment #2926, requiring the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to conduct a study on the effectiveness of the Veterans Crisis Line; and the Tester amendment #2971, which would prevent the denial of access to records and documents by various inspectors general.

2:21 p.m. Senators Grassley, Blunt and Boozman spoke on tax cuts.

2:08 p.m. Senator Gillibrand spoke about immigration.

2:00 p.m. The motion to discharge was not agreed to 48-50, with Senators Burr and Collins joining all Democrats and Independents present voting against and Senators McCain and Shaheen not voting.

12:27 p.m. The Senate began voting on the Lee motion to discharge H.R.3, Recessions Package.

12:13 p.m. Senator Casey spoke on immigration.

12:07 p.m. Senator Corker spoke about Section 232 of the Trade Act and trade exclusions.

12:00 p.m. Senator Hatch spoke about the economy and tax reform.

11:33 a.m. Senator Leahy spoke on children’s health insurance and the economy.

11:24 a.m. Senator Lee spoke on immigration and called up Motion to Discharge H.R. 3, To rescind certain budget authority proposed to be rescinded in special messages transmitted to the Congress by the President on May 8, 2018.

At approximately 12:30 p.m. the Senate will have up to 2 votes related to H.R.3, Rescissions Package 1) Motion to discharge 2) Motion to Proceed (if motion to discharge is agreed to

11:16 a.m. Senator Nelson spoke on immigration.

11:15 a.m. The Baldwin amendment, #2985, was agreed to 95-2.

Senators voting against: 2 Republicans: Flake and Paul.

Not voting: Duckworth, McCain, and Shaheen.

10:48 a.m. Roll call vote began on the Baldwin amendment.

10:47 a.m. Senator Portman spoke in favor of the Baldwin amdt.

10:46 a.m. The Crapo amdt #2943 was agreed to 87-9.

Senators voting against: 7 Democrats: Feinstein, Gillibrand, Harris, Markey, Merkley, Warren and Wyden; 1 Republican: Flake; 1 Independent: Sanders.

Not voting: Duckworth, McCain and Shaheen.

10:10 a.m. Roll call vote began on the Crapo amendment #2943.

10:03 a.m. Democratic Leader spoke on immigration.

9:56 a.m. Senators Crapo, Baldwin and Whitehouse spoke on their pending amendments.

9:49 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke on the pending appropriations bill and the tax cuts bill passed last year.

9:30 a.m. The Senate convened and resumed consideration of  H.R.5895, Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, Military Construction and VA Appropriations.

At 10:00 a.m., the Senate will have 2 votes in relation to the Crapo amendment #2943 as modified and Baldwin amendment #2985.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

6:39 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 20th.

6:21 Senator Bennett spoke on immigration.

6:20 p.m. ML McConnell asked u.c. to resume consideration of H.R. 5895  Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, Military Construction and VA Appropriations, called up the Crapo amendment #2943 as modified, and the Baldwin amendment #2985 and asked consent that at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, the Senate vote in relation to the Crapo and Baldwin amendments.

6:17 p.m. ML McConnell conducted wrap up and passed the following bill by voice vote: S. 2269, a bill to reauthorize the global food security act of 2016 for 5 additional years.

5:59 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke about climate change.

5:10 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke about immigration and appropriations.

4:54 p.m. Senator Menendez spoke about immigration.

4:52 p.m. Senator Crapo spoke about appropriations.

4:33 p.m. Senator Booker spoke about immigration.

4:14 p.m. Senator Alexander, for planning purposes, announced the possibility of a vote at 4:45 p.m on a proposal by Senator Crapo and Senator Whitehouse which would be a pilot program for advanced reactor fuel.

3:51 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke about displaced persons and refugees.

3:28 p.m. Senator Kaine spoke about the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act.

3:22 p.m. Senator Murphy spoke about appropriations.

3:16 p.m. Senator Daines spoke about appropriations.

The Senate is considering H.R.5895, Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, Military Construction and VA Appropriations.

3:15 p.m. The Carper amendment #2920 was agreed to 96-0.

Senators Duckworth, McCain, Nelson, and Shaheen did not vote.

2:57 p.m. Roll call vote began on the Carper amendment #2920, directing the Secretary of the Army to submit a report on the status of returning to non federal project sponsors excess non federal funds.

2:56 p.m. The Gardner amendment #2914 was agreed to 93-3.

Senators Lee, Paul and Toomey voted against.

Senators Duckworth, McCain, Nelson, and Shaheen did not vote.

2:25 p.m. Roll call vote began on the Gardner amendment #2914; regarding the need for funding for innovative scientific research.

2:23 p.m. Senator Alexander calls up the Gardner amendment #2914.

2:15 p.m. The Senate returned from the recess.  Senator Carper offered an amendment, #2920; regarding the Army Corps of Enginners.

12:37 p.m. The Senate is in recess until 2:15 p.m. to accommodate the weekly caucus lunches.

12:11 p.m. Senator Coons spoke about Energy and Water appropriations and pancreatic cancer.

12:01 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about immigration.

11:50 a.m. Senator Feinstein spoke about appropriations and nuclear weapons funding.

11:42 a.m. Senator Corker spoke about trade and diplomatic relations.

11:33 a.m. Senator Thune spoke about the economy.

11:13 a.m. Senator Gardner spoke about the Colorado forest fires and drone usage.

10:52 a.m. Senator Schatz spoke about MILCON.

10:47 a.m. Senator Boozman spoke about MILCON.

10:36 a.m. Senator Leahy spoke about appropriations.

10:27 a.m. Senator Shelby spoke about Appropriations.

10:17 a.m. Senator Schumer spoke about immigration and health care.

10:02 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the passage of NDAA, Energy and Water Appropriations, and tax relief. ML McConnell asked u.c. that H.R. 5515, as amened be presented as passed.
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The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m.
Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R.5895, Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, Military Construction and VA Appropriations.
Roll call votes in relation to amendments to the appropriations minibus are possible during Tuesday’s session of the Senate.
The Senate will recess from 12:30 p.m. until 2:15 p.m. to allow for the weekly conference meetings.

Monday, June 18, 2018

7:40 p.m. The Senate adjourns.

7:39 p.m. Senator Lankford does wrap up for the evening. Passed by UC: S. Res 550, congratulating the Golden State Warriors. UC that the Senate adjourn until 10:00 a.m. at which time resume consideration of  (H.R. 5515). UC that the Senate recess for the weekly luncheons.

7:22 p.m Senator Lankford spoke on immigration.

6:56 p.m. Senator Alexander urged colleagues to agree to an open amendment process and gave his opening statement on the different appropriations included in the “minibus”.

6:55 p.m. Senator Shelby offered the substitute amendment, #2910.

6:54 p.m. The motion to proceed to HR.5895 was agreed to by voice vote.

6:53 p.m. 92-3 the Senate invoked cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R. 5895, Minibus Appropriations. Senators voting no: Gillibrand, Markey, and Warren.

6:28 p.m. The Senate began voting on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to Energy & Water, Legislative Branch, & Military Construction & Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act

6:26 p.m. The Senate passed (H.R. 5515), NDAA, 85-10. 8 Democrats and 2 Republicans voted no: Senators Feinstein, Gillibrand, Harris, Lee, Markey, Merkley, Paul, Sanders, Warren and Wyden voted no.

6:06 p.m. The Senate began voting on passage of H.R. 5515, passage of National Defense Authorization Act.

6:05 p.m. Senator Inhofe asked u.c. to call up 44 bipartisan amendments en bloc, Senator Paul objected.

6:05 p.m. The motion to waive the budget act was agreed to, 81-14. Senators voting no: 7 Republicans: Barrasso, Corker, Enzi, Kennedy, Lee, Paul, Perdue; 6 Democrats: Gillibrand, Harris, Markey, Merkley, Warren and Wyden; 1 Independent: Sanders. 5 Senators not voting: Republicans Boozman, Cassidy, and McCain Democrats: Duckworth and Shaheen.

Next: vote on passage of Defense Authorization.

5:31 p.m. The Senate began voting on the motion to waive the Budget Act with respect to H.R.5515, NDAA, as amended.

5:12 p.m. Senators Reed and Inhofe spoke supporting H.R. 5515, NDAA.

4:53 p.m. Senator King spoke supporting NDAA and spoke about immigration.

4:44 p.m. Senator Hatch spoke supporting the National Defense Authorization Act.

4:43 p.m. Senator Sanders asked u.c. to consider amendment #2905, #2657,  #2660, and #2506, Senator Inhofe objected. Senator Sanders raised a point of order against Section 4106 of the Congressional Budget Act on the Inhofe substitute amendment. Senator Inhofe asked u.c. that the vote on the motion to waive the budget act with respect to the Sanders p.o.o. occur at 5:30 p.m.

4:28 p.m. Senator Sanders spoke about immigration. He also spoke about the National Defense Authorization Act, defense spending, and the Constitutional authority for war.

4:07 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the National Defense Authorization Act and immigration.

3:58 p.m. Senator Gillibrand spoke about immigration.

3:46 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke about immigration.

The Senate will convene at 3:00 p.m. and resume consideration of the National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 5515) post-cloture.

At 5:30 p.m., we expect three roll call votes:

1.  We expect Senator Sanders to raise a Budget Act point of order.  If raised, the Senate would then proceed to a roll call vote on a motion to waive the Budget Act.

2. Passage of the Defense Authorization.

3. Cloture on the motion to proceed to the Energy & Water, Legislative Branch, & Military Construction & Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act (H.R. 5895).

Thursday, June 14, 2018

4:33 p.m. The Senate stands adjourned until 3:00 p.m. Monday, June 18. Next votes will be at 5:30 p.m. The Senate passed the following in wrap up:

S. Res. 503 – Commemorating the tricentennial of San Antonio, Texas (as Amended)

S. Res 547 – Designating June 19th as Juneteenth Independence day.

4:01 p.m. Senator Portman spoke about the opioid crisis and the STOP act.

3:01 p.m. S. 2652 (Congressional Gold Medal for Steve Gleason) was passed by voice vote.

2:54 p.m. Senator Cassidy spoke about football player Steve Gleason.

2:35 p.m. Senator Murray spoke about football player Steve Gleason.

2:33 p.m. The motion to invoke cloture on H.R. 5515, NDAA, was agreed to by a vote of 81 to 15.

2:13 p.m. The Senate is now voting on the motion to invoke cloture on H.R. 5515, NDAA.

2:11 p.m. Reed amendment #2885 was agreed to by a vote of 97 to 0. Boozman amendment #2276 and the Inhofe substitute amendment #2282 were agreed to by voice votes.

1:49 p.m. The Senate is now voting on Reed amendment #2885 (McCain fellowship).

1:48 p.m. Senator Reed spoke about his amendment #2885.

1:48 p.m. Senator Rounds withdrew his amendment #2273.

1:43 p.m. Senator Boozman spoke about the Defense Authorization bill.

1:16 p.m. Senator Hoeven spoke about the Defense Authorization bill.

1:11 p.m. Senator Daines spoke about flag burning.

1:02 p.m. Senator Lee made a unanimous consent request to agree to a list of amendments to NDAA en bloc. Senator Graham objected and Senator Lee spoke about his request.

12:57 p.m. Senator Cantwell spoke about football player Steve Gleason.

12:56 p.m. Senator McConnell announced that there would be up to 5 votes at 1:45 p.m.:

  1. Rounds #2273 (re: Transition Assistance Program) (expected to be withdrawn)
  2. Reed #2885 (re: McCain fellowship)
  3. Boozman #2276 (re: US troops in Poland)
  4. Adoption of Inhofe substitute amendment #2282, as modified, as amended, if amended
  5. Motion to invoke cloture on H.R.5515, NDAA, as amended, if amended

12:20 p.m. Senator Peters spoke about the NDAA.

12:00 p.m. Senator Blumenthal asked UC to bring up his amendment regarding a forever stamp for gold star families. Senator Inhofe objected.

11:50 a.m. Senator Inhofe called up amendment #2773 to the language proposed to be stricken by amendment #2282, the amendment is pending.

11:49 a.m. Senator Inhofe called up amendment #2276 for Senator Boozman, the amendment is pending.

11:49 a.m. Senator Reed called up amendment #2885, the amendment is pending.

11:49 a.m. A point of order has been raised against Toomey amendment #2700. The amendment is not germane to H.R.5515, NDAA, and the amendment falls.

11:48 a.m. A point of order has been raised against Lee amendment #2366. The amendment is not germane to H.R.5515, NDAA, and the amendment falls.

11:47 a.m. The Senate invoked cloture on the Inhofe substitute amendment #2282, as modified by a vote of 83 -14.

11:15 a.m. The Senate began voting on the motion to invoke cloture on the Inhofe substitute amendment #2282, as modified.

11:14 a.m. Cloture was not invoked on the Toomey amendment #2700 by a vote of 35-62

  • 14 Republican Senators voted no: Senators Boozman, Burr, Collins, Cornyn, Cotton, Daines, Fischer, Graham, Hoeven, Murkowski, Risch, Roberts, Rubio, and Shelby
  • Senators Duckworth, McCain and Portman did not vote

10:39 a.m. The cloture vote on the Toomey amendment, #2700, (to require congressional review of certain regulations issues by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) has begun.

10:38 a.m. Senator Toomey spoke about his amendment.

10:35 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke against the Toomey amendment, #2700.

10:24 a.m. Senator Inhofe spoke about the upcoming NDAA amendment vote, #2700.

10:01 a.m. Senator Inhofe provided an update of the day’s agenda. He spoke about the NDAA and the US Army’s birthday.

9:44 a.m. Senator Schumer spoke about the North Korea summit and the DOJ IG’s report of the 2016 election, which will be submitted this afternoon. He spoke about the NDAA and a ZTE amendment.

9:34 a.m. ML McConnell spoke about the farm bill, the Defense Authorization bill, and tax reform. He also filed cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R. 5895, Appropriations for Energy and Water Development.

The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m. and resume consideration of the National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 5515).

At 10:30 a.m., there will be a cloture vote on the Toomey amendment (to require congressional review of certain regulations issued by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (#2700)).

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