Thursday, June 23, 2016

6:07 p.m. Senate stands adjourned until Monday June 27 at 3:00 p.m.

6:06 p.m. ML McConnell UC that when the Senate adjourns, it do so until Monday, June 27 at 3:00 p.m.  Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business until 5:00 p.m.  Following morning business, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session to consider the Rossiter nomination to be US District Judge for the district of Nebraska; with a vote on the nomination expected at 5:30 p.m.

6:00 p.m. ML McConnell wraps up for the evening.  UC that at 5:00 p.m. Monday June 27, consider the nomination of Robert F Rossiter, to be US District Judge for the district of Nebraska until 5:30 p.m, at which time vote on confirmation of the nomination.  Further UC that at a time to be determined on July 6, the Senate proceed to Executive Session to consider the nomination of Brian Martinotti, to be US District Judge for the district of New Jersey for thirty minutes, and then proceed to vote on the nomination.

Items passed by UC:

Legislative Business

Passed Calendar #472, H.R.3114 – an act to provide funds to the Army Corps of Engineers to hire veterans.

Passed Calendar #506, S.795 with committee-reported substitute amendment – to enhance whistleblower protection for contractor and grantee employees.

Agreed to S.Con.Res.39 with Nelson amendment to the preamble – honoring the members of the United States Air Force who were casualties of June 25, 1996, terrorist bombing of the United States Sector Khobar Towers military housing complex on Dhahran Air Base.

Adopted S.Res.512 – designating June 2016 as “National Post-Traumatic Stress Awareness Month” and June 27, 2016, as “National Post-Traumatic Stress Awareness Day.”

Completed the Rule 14 process to place on the Legislative Calendar of Business H.R.5447, Small Business Health Care Relief.

Completed the Rule 14 process to place on the Legislative Calendar of Business H.R.5456, Family First Prevention Services.

Executive Business

The Senate confirmed by voice vote:

Julie Helene Becker, to be Associate Judge of the Superior Court

Steven Nathan Berk, to be Associate Judge of the Superior Court

Elizabeth Carroll Wingo, to be Associate Judge of the Superior Court

R. David Harden, to be an Assistant Administrator US AID

5:48 p.m. Senator Murkowski paid tribute to Frederick Charles Becker.

5:19 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke on economic issues.

4:28 p.m. Senator Sessions spoke on todays Supreme Court decision of US vs Texas.

4:09 p.m. Senator Portman spoke about a transportation grant for Columbus.

3:40 p.m. Senator Brown listed items of good news for Ohio. He also spoke about voting rights.

2:50 p.m. Democratic Leader Reid and Senator Mikulski spoke on the Collins amendment and gun control.

2:45 p.m. The chair lays before the Senate the Conference report to accompany HR 2577, the Transportation/Housing and URban Development Appropriations bill, and Majority Leader McConnell files cloture on the conference report.

2:44 p.m. Motion to table agreed to 67-31.

Senators in favor of tabling the amendment: 24 Republicans, 42 Democrats. 1 Independent (King).

Senators opposed to tabling the amendment: 30 Republicans (Alexander, Blunt, Burr, Capito, Cassidy, Coats, Cochran, Corker, Ernst, Graham, Grassley, Hatch, Heller, Inhofe, Isakson, Johnson, Lankford, Lee, McCain, McConnell, Murkowski, Perdue, Portman, Rounds, Rubio, Scott, Tillis, Toomey, Vitter and Wicker); 1 Democrat: Manchin.

Senators not voting: 1 Democrat (Feinstein) and 1 Independent (Sanders).

2:25 p.m. Roll call vote began on a motion to table the Johnson amendment #4859.

2:24 p.m. Senators Johnson, Mikulski and Heitkamp spoke in relation to the Johnson amendment.

2:23 p.m. Motion to table the motion to commit (the Collins amdt) not agreed to 46-52.

Senators in favor: 46 Republicans.

Senators against: 43 Democrats, 8 Republicans (Alexander, Ayotte, Coats, Collins, Flake, Graham, Kirk and Toomey).  1 Independent (King).

Senators not voting: 1 Democrat (Feinstein) and 1 Independent (Sanders).

2:02 p.m Roll call vote began on the motion to table.

2:00 p.m. Senator McConnell made a motion to table the motion to commit (which contains Collins amendment).

1:59 p.m. Senator Collins spoke on her amendment.

1:58 p.m. Senator Mikulski yielded the floor to Senator Collins.

1:57 p.m. Senator Heitkamp spoke on Collins amendment.

1:55 p.m. Senator Heinrich spoke on Collins amendment.

1:54 p.m. Senator King spoke on Collins amendment.

1:51 p.m. Senator Flake spoke on Collins amendment.

1:51 p.m. Senator Heitkamp yielded the floor to Senator Flake.

1:48 p.m. Senator Mikulski spoke on Collins amendment #4858.

1:46 p.m. Senator Kaine spoke on Collins amendment #4858.

1:40 p.m. Senator Collins spoke in her amendment #4858.

1:34 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke on Collins amendment #4858.

1:13 p.m. ML McConnell withdrew his motion to recommit H.R. 2578 and moved to commit the bill to the judiciary committee with instructions to report back with amendment #4858 (Collins on guns). He then offered, for Senator Johnson, amendment #4859 (on due process/guns) (to amendment #4858) and McConnell amendment #4860 (date change) (to amendment #4859).

1:13 p.m. Senator Carper spoke on guns legislation.

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12:07 p.m. The Senate stands in recess subject to the Call of the Chair.

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11:58 a.m. Senator Hirono spoke on gender discrimination.

11:45 a.m. Senator Merkley spoke on the We The People Act.

11:34 a.m. Senator Udall spoke on the We The People Act.

11:21 a.m. Senator Tillis spoke about the House sit-in.

11:05 a.m. Senator Carper spoke on the appropriations bill, H.R. 2578 and Isis.

10:53 a.m. Senator King spoke on guns.

10:41 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke on the Dream Act and the Supreme Court vote.

10:23 a.m. Senator Manchin continued to speak on opioid drug addiction.

10:08 a.m. Senator Durbin joined in a colloquy on addiction.

10:02 a.m. Senator Manchin spoke about opioid drug addiction.

9:42 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell acted under Rule XIV to put on the calendar H.R. 5457 (group health plans) and H.R. 5456 (Social Security). He also spoke about the pending legislation to pay for the campaign against the Zika virus.

9:32 a.m. Minority Leader Reid spoke about legislation to combat the Zika virus.

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The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m. By consent, the Senate will resume consideration of the Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations bill at 10:30 a.m.

A motion has been filed to reconsider the vote by which the Senate failed on Wednesday to invoke cloture for the McCain “lone wolf” amendment.

As of 9 a.m., no votes have been scheduled for Thursday.

 

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

6:29 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 9:30 a.m. Thursday. By consent, the Senate will resume consideration of the Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations bill at 10:30 a.m.

6:28 p.m. Senator McConnell secured consent for second reading, en bloc, of H.R. 5447 (on group health plans) and H.R. 5456 (on amendments to Social Security).

5:39 p.m. Senator Moran spoke about veterans.

5:08 p.m. Senators Mikulski, Sullivan, Boozman and Blumenthal have joined in the colloquy on veterans.

4:32 p.m. Senator Isakson spoke on veterans.

4:09 p.m. Senator Lee spoke on the McCain amendment #4787.

3:39 p.m. Senator Moran spoke on general aviation.

3:06 p.m. Senators Brown and Portman paid tribute to the Cleveland Cavaliers; passes by UC S Res 509, congratulating the Cavaliers.

3:01 p.m. Senator Brown spoke in favor of the Veterans First Act.

2:16 p.m. Senator Coats spoke about terrorism and government waste.

2:02 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about guns and terrorism.

1:17 p.m. Senator McCain spoke about guns and terrorism.

1:05 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke about terrorism and radical Islam.

12:50 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke about global warming.

12:35 p.m. Senator Mikulski supported Senator Murray’s amendment for equal pay.

12:32 p.m. Senator Murray introduced an amendment on equal pay.

12:21 p.m. Senator Toomey spoke on gun control.

11:54 a.m. Senator Inhofe spoke on Orlando and gun control.

11:33 a.m. Senator Portman spoke on opioid crisis.

11:25 a.m. ML McConnell, who changed his vote to no, offered a motion to reconsider.

11:25 a.m. Cloture was not invoked on the McCain amendment 58-38.

Senators in favor: 46 Republicans, 11 Democrats (Casey, Heitkamp, Klobuchar, Manchin, McCaskill, MIkulski, Nelson, Reed, Reid, Warner, Whitehouse); 1 Independent (King).

Senators against: 30 Democrats, 8 Republicans (Daines, Gardner, Heller, Lee, McConnell*, Murkowski, Paul), 1 Independent (Sanders).  *McConnell changed his vote in order to offer a motion to reconsider.

Senators not voting: 3 Democrats (Donnelly, Feinstein, Menendez) and 1 Republican (Crapo).

10:30 a.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the McCain amendment #4787.

10:23 a.m. Senator McCain spoke about self radicalization.

10:20 a.m. Senator Wyden spoke on the FBI and the USA Freedom Act.

10:13 a.m. Senator Burr spoke on guns.

10:06 a.m. Senator Wyden spoke on guns.

10:00 a.m. Senator Leahy spoke on amendment #4787.

9:50 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke on Zika.

9:38 a.m. Senator Reid spoke on guns and Zika.

9:33 a.m. Senator McConnell spoke on the attacks in Orlando.

The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m. and will resume consideration of the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act (H.R. 2578).

  • At 10:30 a.m., the Senate will vote on cloture for the McCain amendment on “lone wolves” and related terrorism issues (#4787).

The following amendments/motion are pending to the appropriations bill:

  • Shelby-Mikulski substitute (#4685);

o    McCain (#4787);

  • McConnell motion to recommit H.R. 2578 to the Appropriations Committee for a period of 14 days. 

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

6:52 p.m. The Senate adjourned.  It will convene at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday June 22, 2016 and will then resume consideration of H.R.2578, Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations. A cloture vote is scheduled to occur at 10:30 a.m.on Wednesday on McCain amendment #4787 (lone wolf and national security letters).

 

 

 

6:50 p.m. ML McConnell did wrap-up and the Senate adopted the following three measures:

S.Res.507, designating July 8, 2016 as Collector Car Appreciation Day and recognizing that the collection and restoration of historic and classic cars is an important part of preserving the technological achievements and cultural heritage of the United States.

S.2736, Patient Access to Durable Medical Equipment, with Thune amendment.

H.R. 1777, to amend the Act of August 25, 1958, commonly known as “Former Presidents Act of 1958,” with respect to the monetary allowance payable to a former President, and for other purposes with an Ernst substitute amendment.

6:45 p.m. ML McConnell propounded a unanimous consent agreement t0 have confirmation votes on judicial nominees: At a time to be determined by the Republican Leader in consultation with the Democratic Leader, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session to consider individually the following nominations:
Executive Calendar #357, Brian R Martinotti, US District Judge for New Jersey;
Executive Calendar #358, Robert F Rossiter, US District Judge for Nebraska;

6:15 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke on GDP.

6:00 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke on climate change.

5:45 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke against for-profit colleges.

5:20 p.m. Senator Coats spoke about conflict in Israel.

4:21 p.m. Senator Capito spoke about legislation to assist coal miners.

4:11 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke about the attack in Orlando and about gun control measures.

3:55 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on the shooting in Orlando and ISIS.

3:35 p.m. Senators Menendez spoke on the situation in Puerto Rico, and asked UC to take up his Puerto Rico recovery bill, Senator Cornyn objected.

3:25 p.m. Senator Mikulski discussed the McCain amendment and her own amendment.

3:17 p.m. Senator Wyden responded to Senator McCain on privacy and security.

2:58 p.m. Senator McCain spoke on the FBI, cyberterrorism and lone wolves.

2:48 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke on national security letters.

2:43 p.m. Senator Hatch continued to talk about Social Security.

2:37 p.m. Senator Mikluski asked Senator Hatch a question about Social Security

2:15 p.m. Senator Hatch spoke on Social Security.

12:28 p.m. Senator Gillibrand spoke on Orlando and gun control votes. She also spoke about three amendments she proposed.

12:21 p.m. Senator Murray spoke about Zika research funding.

11:58 a.m. Senator Baldwin spoke on Orlando and gun control.

11:38 a.m. Senator Grassley spoke on globalization.

11:23 a.m. Senator Thune spoke on Isis.

11:17 a.m. Senator Cotton declared computer science teacher Joel Spencer as “Arkansan” of the week.

11:05 a.m. Senator Cotton spoke on Great Britian and their upcoming vote this Thursday deciding if they will remain in the European Union.

10:50 a.m. Senator Flake spoke on guns.

10:18 a.m. The Senate will resume consideration of H.R. 2578 and recess for weekly policy lunches around 12:30 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke on gun violence.

10:07 a.m. Senator Reid spoke on Orlando and guns.

10:03 a.m. ML McConnell spoke on Orlando and ISIL.

The Senate will convene at 10 a.m. and will be in morning business until 12:30 p.m., when it will recess until 2:15 p.m. for weekly caucus luncheons.

The Senate will then resume consideration of H.R.2578, Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations.

 

Senator McConnell has offered and has filed cloture on McCain amendment #4787 (lone wolf and national security letters). A cloture vote could occur after the Senate convenes on Wednesday.

Amendments pending to H.R.2578, CJS Approps:

Shelby amendment #4685 (substitute)

McCain amendment #4787 (lone wolf and national security letters)

McConnell motion  to recommit the bill for a period of 14 days

 

 

Monday, June 20, 2016

7:15 p.m. Senator Portman paid tribute to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

7:12 p.m. ML McConnell offered amendment #4787, and filed cloture on that amendment.

7:11 p.m. ML McConnell motion to table the Feinstein amendment is agreed to by voice vote.

7:10 p.m. The motion to table the motion to commit was agreed to 56-42.

Senators in favor: 53 Republicans, 3 Democrats (Heitkamp, Manchin and Tester).

Senators against: 40 Democrats, 2 Independents (King and Sanders).

Senators not voting: Carper and Lee.

6:54 p.m. Senate began voting on the motion to table the motion to commit with instructions the Murphy amendment #4750.

6:53 p.m. Cloture fails on the Feinstein amendment 47-53.

Senators in favor: 43 Democrats, 2 Republicans (Ayotte and Kirk), 2 Independents (King and Sanders).

Senators against: 52 Republicans, 1 Democrat (Heitkamp).

6:38 p.m. Roll call vote on cloture on the Feinstein amendment #4720 began.

6:37 p.m. Cloture fails on the Cornyn amendment 53-47.

Senators in favor: 51 Republicans, 2 Democrats (Donnelly, Manchin)

Senators against: 42 Democrats, 3 Republicans (Collins, Flake and Kirk) 2 Independents (King and Sanders).

6:19 p.m. Roll call vote begins on cloture on the Cornyn amendment #4749.

6:18 p.m. Cloture fails in relation to Murphy amdt 44-56.

Senators in favor: 41 Democrats, 2 Independents (King and Sanders) 1 Republican (Kirk).

Senators against: 53 Republicans, 3 Democrats (Heitkamp, Manchin and Tester).

6:03 p.m. Cloture vote began on the motion to commit the Murphy amendment #4750.

6:02 p.m. Cloture fails on Grassley amendment 53-47.

Senators in favor: 52 Republicans, 1 Democrat (Donnelly).

Senators against: 43 Democrats, 2 Republicans (Gardner and Kirk), 2 Independents (King and Sanders).

Senators not voting: Sanders

5:37 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the Grassley amendment #4751.

5:30 p.m. Senator Murphy spoke about the filibuster.

5:24 p.m. Senator Nelson spoke on guns.

5:17 p.m. Senator Toomey spoke on guns.

5:07 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke on guns.

4:55 p.m. Senator Boxer spoke on guns.

4:53 p.m. Senator Cornyn yielded to a question from Senator Feinstein.

4:38 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on amendment #4749.

4:10 p.m. Senator Feinstein spoke on amendment #4720.

3:59 p.m. Senator Blumenthal spoke in support of amendments #4720 and #4750.

3:40 p.m. Senator Ayotte spoke on a bipartisan effort by her and Senators Flake, Collins, Graham and others to vote for gun amendments put forth by both parties.

3:32 p.m. Senator Mikulski spoke on guns.

3:23 p.m. Senator Leahy spoke in support of amendment #4720 and amendment #4750.

3:22 p.m. The Senate resumed consideration of HR 2578.

3:10 p.m. Senator Reid spoke on mass shootings and amendments #4720 and #4750.

3:03 p.m. Senator McConnell spoke on ISIL and amendments #4751 and #4749.

3:00 p.m. The Senate convened at and resumed consideration of HR 2578, the Commerce, Justice Science Appropriations bill.

At 5:30 there will be up to 4 roll call votes:

  1. Cloture on the Grassley amendment #4751, if cloture is not invoked then
  2. Cloture on the motion to commit the Murphy amendment #4750, if cloture is not invoked then
  3. Cloture on the Cornyn amendment #4749, if cloture is not invoked then
  4. Cloture on the Feinstein amendment #4720

If cloture is invoked on any of the amendments, there would be up to 30 hours of debate prior to a vote on the amendment and then we would move on to the next cloture vote.

 

Friday June 17, 2016

The Senate will convene at 11 a.m. for a pro forma session only.  No legislative business will be conducted.

The Senate will next convene for legislative business at 3 p.m. Monday, June 20 at 3 p.m. At 4 p.m., the Senate will resume consideration of H.R 2578, the Commerce, Justice Science Appropriations bill.

In accord with Thursday’s agreement, the Senate will begin roll call votes at 5:30 p.m. on cloture motions for the four firearms-related amendments offered, respectively, by Senators Grassley, Murphy, Cornyn and Feinstein.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

5:56 p.m. Senator Carper paid tribute to Senator Voinovich.

5:44 p.m. Senator Sasse does wrap up for the evening.  Items passed by UC:

  • S Res 499, regarding the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Stanley Cup.
  • S Res 500, regarding Juneteenth Independence Day.
  • S. 2808, regarding appropriations for the Kennedy Center.

UC that when the Senate completes its business (following remarks by Senators Stabenow and Carper) it do so until Friday June 17 at 11:00 a.m. for a pro forma session only.  Following the pro forma, adjourn until Monday June 20 at 3:00 p.m. At that time, resume consideration of H.R 2578, the Commerce, Justice Science Appropriations bill. Further, the 4 cloture motions will ripen at 5:30 p.m.

5:32 p.m. Senator Coons spoke on gun legislation.

4:56 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke on the Cornyn amendment.

4:23 p.m. Senator Cotton paid tribute to Marion Fletcher as the Arkansan of the week.

4:15 p.m. Senator Shelby withdrew the committee reported amendment to H.R.2578, Commerce, Justice, Science appropriations. He then offered amendment #4685 (substitute, same text of the previously offered substitute).

Senator McConnell called up Feinstein amendment #4720 (terror gap) to the substitute amendment. He then called up Cornyn second-degree amendment #4749 (terror gap) to the Feinstein amendment.

Senator McConnell then moved to commit the bill to the Judiciary Committee with instructions (text of Murphy amendment #4750 [background checks]). He then offered Grassley amendment #4751 (background checks) to the instructions, and called up 2nd degree amendment #4752 (date change).

Senator McConnell then filed cloture on Grassley amendment #4751, the motion to commit with instructions (Murphy amendment #4750), Cornyn amendment #4749, and Feinstein amendment #4720.

We expect these cloture motions to ripen on Monday.

Monday, June 20 – up to 4 roll call votes:

  1. Grassley amendment #4751
  2. Murphy amendment #4750
  3. Cornyn amendment #4749
  4. Feinstein amendment #4720

If cloture is invoked on any of the amendments, there would be up to 30 hours of debate prior to a vote on the amendment and then we would move on to the next cloture vote.

3:56 p.m. Senator Fischer spoke on the terrorist attack in Orlando.

3:46 p.m. Senator Klobuchar also spoke on H.R. 3209.

3:45 p.m. By unanimous consent, the Senate passed H.R. 3209 to allow certain tax information to be released from the IRS to help with exploited children investigations. This amends the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.

3:44 p.m. Senator Enzi continued to speak on H.R. 3209.

3:38 p.m. Senator Casey spoke on the recovering missing children act, H.R. 3209, requesting the IRS gives information to help find missing children.

3:29 p.m. Senator Peters spoke about pipeline safety.

3:19 p.m. Senator Graham also spoke on the anniversary of the Charleston church killings.

3:10 p.m. Senator Scott spoke on the anniversary of the Charleston church killings.

3:09 p.m. By a vote of 70 to 24, the Senate passed the Whitehouse motion to  instruct conferees.

2:38 p.m. Senator Whitehouse offered a motion to instruct conferees regarding rural communities and other instructions.

2:37 p.m. Shaheen motion to instruct agreed to 66-29.

Senators voting in favor: 41 Democrats, 1 Independent (King) and 24 Republicans. (Alexander, Ayotte, Burr, Capito, Cassidy, Coats, Cochran, Collins, Cruz, Graham, Grassley, Hoeven, Isakson, Kirk, McCain, Moran, Murkowski, Paul, Portman, Roberts, Rounds, Thune, Tillis, Wicker.

Senators voting against: 29 Republicans

Senators not voting: 2 Democrats ( Boxer and Nelson) 1 Republican (Rubio) 1 Independent (Sanders)

2:18 p.m. Roll call vote begins on the Shaheen motion to instruct.

2:17 p.m. Senator Shaheen offered a motion to instruct conferees regarding funding for prevention treatment and recovery.

2:16 p.m. By a tally of 95-1, cloture was invoked on the motion to go to conference.  Senator Lee voted against.  Senators Boxer, Nelson, Rubio and Sanders did not vote.

1:48 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the motion to go to conference on S. 524, CARA.

1:46 p.m. Senator Vitter got UC that following the cloture vote Senators Shaheen and Whitehouse be recognized to offer motions to instruct and the Senate vote on those motions.

1:29 p.m. Senator Menendez spoke on the Puerto Rico bankruptcy.

1:26 p.m. Senator Leahy spoke on the opioid epidemic.

1:03 p.m. Senator Cruz spoke on the shooting in Orlando and terrorism.

12:07 p.m. Senator Portman spoke on S. 524, CARA.

12:05 p.m. ML McConnell offered a motion to go to conference on S. 524, CARA, appoint Senators Grassley, Alexander, Hatch, Sessions, Leahy, Murray and Wyden as conferees, and filed cloture on the motion.

There are now two hours of debate on the motion, with a cloture vote expected at approximately 1:30 p.m.  If cloture is invoked, the question would be on the motion, with a voice vote expected.  It would then take consent to make motions to instruct in order.  It is possible there could be further votes on motions to instruct.

11:48 a.m. The following resolutions were agreed to en bloc:

  • S. Res. 495, regarding the Boy Scouts.
  • S. Res. 496, regarding the shooting in Orlando.
  • S. Res. 497, regarding Gordie Howe.
  • S. Res. 498, regarding elder abuse.

The following bills were agreed to by voice vote:

  • S. 2815-establish the US Semiquincentennial commission.
  • S. 2348-implement the use of Rapid DNA instruments to inform decisions about pre trial release or detention to solve and prevent violent crimes and to prevent backlogs
  • S.2577-protect crime victims’ rights, to eliminate the substantial backlog of DNA and other forensic evidence samples.

11:35 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about ISIS “lone wolf” terrorist attacks, gun control and radical Islam and his amendment, “The SHIELD Act.”

10:55 a.m. Senator Coats spoke about government waste and about a legislative response to the killings in Orlando.

10:25 a.m. Senator Barrasso spoke about health care premium increases.

10:14 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell have spoke about the Islamic State’s call for such “lone wolf” attacks as the one in Orlando this week. He said there will be votes on amendments to the

10:02 a.m. Minority Leader Reid spoke about Senator Murphy’s filibuster on gun control. He also spoke about Juneteenth.

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The Senate will convene at 10 a.m. and will resume consideration of H.R. 2578, the Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations bill.

Votes have yet to be scheduled for today.

Pending to the appropriations bill are:

  • The Shelby substitute amendment, #4685;
  • The Shelby technical corrections amendment (#4686) to amendment #4685.

 

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

The Senate has adjourned until 10:00 a.m. Thursday, June 16th and and will resume consideration of H.R. 2578, Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations bill.

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2:11 a.m. Senator Murphy yielded the floor.

1:47 a.m. Senator Murphy yielded to Senator Blumenthal for a question.

12:55 a.m. Senator Murphy yielded to Senator Booker for a question.

12:44 a.m. Senator Murphy yielded to Senator Durbin for a question.

12:30 a.m. Senator Murphy yielded to Senator King for a question.

12:15 a.m. Senator Murphy yielded to Senator Casey for a question.

11:47 p.m. Senator Murphy yielded to Senator Merkley for a question.

11:20 p.m. Senator Murphy yielded to Senator Baldwin for a question.

11:02 p.m. Senator Murphy yielded to Senator Schatz for a question.

10:59 p.m. Senator Murphy yielded to Senator Donnelly for a question.

10:50 p.m. Senator Murphy yielded to Senator Blumenthal for a question.

10:18 p.m. Senator Murphy yielded to Senator Kaine for a question.

10:08 p.m. Senator Murphy yielded to Senator Cantwell for a question.

9:57 p.m. Senator Murphy yielded to Senator Klobuchar for a question.

9:48 p.m. Senator Murphy yielded to Senator Schumer for a question.

9:41 p.m. Senator Murphy yielded to Senator Brown for a question

9:26 p.m. Senator Murphy yielded to Senator Durbin for a question.

9:17 p.m. Senator Murphy yielded to Senator Donnelly for a question.

9:00 p.m. Senator Murphy yielded to Senator King for a question.

8:35 p.m. Senator Murphy yielded to Senator Casey for a question.

8:20 p.m. Senator Murphy yielded to Senator Blumenthal for a question.

7:55 p.m. Senator Murphy yielded to Senator Booker for a question.

7:43 p.m. Senator Murphy yielded to Senator Reed for a question.

7:24 p.m. Senator Murphy yielded to Senator Whitehouse for a question.

7:04 p.m. Senator Murphy yielded to Senator Heinrich for a question.

6:57 p.m. Senator Murphy yielded to Senator Hirono for a question.

6:48 p.m. Senator Murphy yielded to Senator Bennet for a question.

6:38 p.m. Senator Murphy yielded to Senator Udall for a question.

6:00 p.m. Senator Murphy yielded to Senator Baldwin for a question.

5:55 p.m. Senator Murphy yielded to Senator Carper for a question.

5:43 p.m. Senator Murphy yielded to Senator Markey for a question.

5:33 p.m. Senator Murphy yielded to Senator Stabenow for a question.

5:22 p.m. Senator Murphy yielded to Senator Brown for a question.

5:20 p.m. Senator Murphy yielded to Senator Mikulski for a question.

5:09 p.m. Senator Murphy yielded to Senator Klobuchar for a question.

5:02 p.m. Senator Murphy yielded to Senator Warner for a question.

4:52 p.m. Senator Murphy yielded to Senator McCaskill for a question.

4:43 p.m. Senator Murphy yielded to Senator Gillibrand for a question.

4:38 p.m. Senator Murphy yielded to Senator Shaheen for a question.

4:32 p.m. Senator Murphy yielded to Senator Menendez for a question.

4:20 p.m. Senator Merkley yielded to Senator Blumenthal for a question.

4:11 p.m. Senator Murphy yielded for a question from Senator Merkley.

3:56 p.m. Senator Murphy yielded for a question from Senator Warren.

3:45 p.m. Senator Murphy yielded for a question from Senator Wyden.

3:29 p.m. Senator Murphy yielded for a question from Senator Casey.

3:17 p.m. Senator Murphy yielded for a question from Senator Peters.

3:10 p.m. Senator Murphy yielded for a question from Senator Murray.

3:04 p.m. Senator Murphy yielded for a question from Senator Blumenthal.

2:58 p.m. Senator Murphy yielded for a question from Senator Franken.

2:54 p.m. Senator Murphy yielded for a question from Senator Toomey.

2:45 p.m. Senator Murphy yielded for a question from Senator Leahy.

2:35 p.m. Senator Murphy yielded for a question from Senator Durbin.

2:13 p.m. Senator Murphy yielded for a question from Senator Markey.

2:03 p.m. Senator Murphy yielded for a question from Senator Cardin.

1:54 p.m. Senator Murphy yielded for a question from Senator Blumenthal.

1:38 p.m. Senator Murphy yielded for a question from Senator Manchin.

1:30 p.m. Senator Murphy yielded for a question from Senator Schumer.

1:20 p.m. Senator Murphy yielded for a question from Senator Nelson.

12:47 p.m. Senator Murphy yielded for a question from Senator Booker and Senator Blumenthal on terrorism and gun control.

12:43 p.m. Senator Murphy yielded for a question from Senator  Blumenthal on terrorism and gun control.

12:36 p.m. Senator Durbin joined in the colloquy on terrorism and gun control.

12:33 p.m. Senator Murphy acknowledged Senator Sasse for a question.

12:12 p.m. Senator Booker joined in the colloquy on terrorism and gun control.

11:53 a.m. Senator Blumenthal spoke about the mass murders and gun control.

11:21 a.m. Senator Murphy spoke on Sandy Hook, Orlando and gun control.

11:09 a.m. Senator Blunt spoke about terror watch list.

10:58 a.m. Senator Nelson spoke on gun control and Orlando.

10:44 a.m. Senator Mikulski spoke on the CJS bill.

10:36 a.m. Senator Shelby called up his #4685 and spoke in support of it.

10:36 a.m. ML McConnell calls up the substitute amendment, #4685.

10:35 a.m. The Senate preceded to H.R. 2578, Commerce Justice Science Appropriations bill.

10:13 a.m. Senator Perdue spoke on water rights.

9:58 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke on deportation policies, highlighting the Dream Act.

9:49 a.m. Senator Enzi spoke on the 100th anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America.

9:41 a.m. Senator Reid spoke on gun laws and the 4th anniversary of President Obama’s “Dreamers” program to protect young people from deportation; Senator Reid spoke in favor of maintaining this program.

9:32 a.m. Senator McConnell spoke on ISIL and the Orlando attack. He also spoke on the opioid epidemic.

The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m. and proceed to a period of morning business until 10:30 a.m.

At 10:30 a.m., the Senate will vote on the motion to proceed to the Commerce, Justice, Science, Appropriations (H.R. 2578).

 

 

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

6:09 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 15. After an hour of morning business, the Senate is expected to vote on the motion to proceed to H.R.2578, the Commerce, Justice, Science appropriations bill. A voice vote is expected.

5:47 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke about climate change.

5:23 p.m. Senators Brown, Portman and McConnell spoke about the late Senator Voinovich.

5:06 p.m. Senator Thune spoke about the Orlando murders.

4:42 p.m. Senator Franken spoke on the the mass murder in Orlando.

2:58 p.m. By a vote of 94 to 3, the Senate invoked cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R. 2578. 

YEAS: 51 Republicans, 42 Democrats, 1 independent King.

NAYS: 3 Democrats (Heller, Isakson, Perdue) 

NOT VOTING: Democrat Boxer, Republican Lankford, Independent Sanders

2:58 p.m. Roll call vote closed. Senators Sanders, Langford and Boxer were not present. The vote closed with 94 Yea’s and 3 Nays; Senators Perdue, Isakson and Heller voted no.

2:43 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the motion to proceed to the Commerce/Justice/Science appropriations.

11:42 a.m.  Senator Perdue spoke on the water compact being Georgia, Florida and Alabama.

11:31 a.m. Senators McCain and Reed thanked everyone who helped on this bill.

11:30 a.m. By a vote of 85 to 13, the Senate passed the defense authorization bill for fiscal year 2017, S. 2943 (as amended).

YEAS: 48 Republicans, 36 Democrats, independent King.

NAYS: 7 Democrats (Gillibrand, Leahy, Markey, Merkley, Reid of Nevada, Warren, Wyden); 6 Republicans (Crapo, Cruz, Lee, Paul, Risch, Sasse).

NOT VOTING: Democrat Boxer, independent Sanders.

10:59 a.m. Senator Reed echoed Senators Moran and McCain.

11:01 a.m. By voice votes, amendments #4670 and 4607 were agreed to.

10:57 a.m. Senator Moran expressed disappointment in his inability to have the Senate consider his Guantanamo amendment.

10:56 a.m. Senator McCain criticized President Obama’s approach to the Islamic State.

10:55 a.m. Senator Coates lamented the impasse.

10:47 a.m. Senator Murray spoke about her measure to permit military personnel, to freeze their sperm and eggs before they are deployed. She sought consent to have it considered. Senator McCain objected and asked for consent to alter Senator Nelson’s amendment.
10:44 a.m. Senator Gillibrand sought consent to consider her amendment #4310 on military sexual abuse. Senator McCain objected on behalf of another senator. Senator Gillibrand spoke on the issue.

10:27 a.m. Senators McCain and Graham discussed the need of friendly Afghan interpreters for more American visas.

10:24 p.m. Senators McCain and Nelson exchanged thanks for the Senates’s movement toward a compromise on the space issue. Senator Durbin joined in the discussion.

10:23 a.m. Senator Nelson called up Amendment #4670, on space, to Amendment #4607.

10:22 a.m. Senator Reed withdrew amendment #4603 to the defense bill.

10:20 a.m. The Senate resumed consideration of the defense authorization, S. 2943.

10:09 a.m. Minority Leader Reid criticized Donald Trump’s response to the Orlando attack. He said Senator McConnell should condemn Trump’s comments on the attack.

10:03 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the mass murder in Orlando and the threat of the Islamic State. He said today’s passage of the defense authorization would help to advance the struggle against terrorism. The leader also called for action on the Commerce, Justice appropriation.

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The Senate will convene on Tuesday June 14th at 10:00 a.m.

Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of S.2943, the Defense Authorization until 11:00 a.m.

At 11:00 a.m. the Senate will conduct a series of roll call votes.  Barring any further agreement, the Senate would dispose of any pending germane amendments, passage of the bill as amended, and cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R.2578, Commerce, Justice, Science appropriations.

If cloture is invoked on the motion to proceed to H.R.2578, it will be considered to have been invoked at 10:00pm, Monday, June 13.

Following the votes, we expect the Senate to recess for the usual Tuesday luncheons, after which, at 2:15 p.m. Senators will move to the chamber for the official Senate photo of the 114th Congress.

 

Amendments Pending to S.2943, NDAA

McCain amendment #4607 (share-in-savings)

Reid amendment #4603 (date change) to McCain amendment #4607

 

Monday, June 13, 2016

6:09 p.m. Senate adjourns until 10:00 am. Tuesday June 14.

6:06 p.m. ML McConnell wrapped up the Senate session for the day.  UC that the Senate adjourn until 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 14, 2016, resume consideration of S. 2943 until 11:00 a.m.

Items passed by UC:

  • Executive Cal #487, Jennifer O’Connor to be General Counsel of the Department of Defense.
  • Concurred in the House amendment to S.2276, SAFE PIPES Act.

5:51 p.m. Senator Casey spoke about the Orlando shooting.

5:38 p.m. Senator Isakson spoke about the Orlando shooting before explaining he will vote no on the motion to proceed to the Commerce/Justice/Science appropriations bill due to a provision relating to a tri-state water compact between Georgia, Alabama and Florida.

5:28 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about the Orlando shooting.

5 :10 p.m. Senators Daines and Tester spoke about the Orlando shooting, with Senator Tester also discussing veterans health care.

5:01 p.m. Senator Vitter spoke about helping small businesses.

4:26 p.m. Senators Nelson, Markey and Carper spoke on the Orlando shooting.

4:13 p.m. Democratic Leader Reid paid tribute to Senator Voinovich, and then turned to discuss the Orlando shooting.

4:04 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell discussed the Orlando shooting; and later paid tribute to Senator Voinovich.

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The Senate convened at 4:00 p.m. and following leader time, will resume consideration of the Defense Authorization (S. 2943).  There will be no roll call votes today.

At 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, all post-cloture time on S. 2943 will be deemed expired and the Senate will immediately proceed to a series of votes on the bill.

Absent a consent agreement, the Senate will dispose of any pending germane amendments and vote on passage of the bill.

Immediately upon disposition of S. 2943, the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to the Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations (H.R. 2578).

If cloture is invoked, it will be considered as having been invoked at 10:00 p.m. on Monday, June 13.

 

Friday, June 10, 2016

12:09 p.m. The Senate adjourns until Monday June 13 at 4:00 p.m.

12:02 p.m. ML McConnell spoke on the defense authorization.  UC that Senate adjourn until Monday June 13 at 4:00 p.m.   There are no votes on Monday.

Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of S.2943, the National Defense Authorization Act.

By consent, all post-cloture time on S.2943 will expire at 11:00am, Tuesday, June 14. We expect a series of roll call votes to begin Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. Barring any further agreement, the Senate would dispose of any pending germane amendments, passage of the bill as amended, and cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R.2578, Commerce, Justice, Science appropriations.  If cloture is invoked on the motion to proceed to H.R.2578, it will be considered to have been invoked at 10:00pm, Monday, June 13.

Passed by UC in wrap-up: HR 2137, HR 2212, HR 812, HR 1762, S Res 489-492.

11:07 a.m. Senator Collins spoke about the defense bill.

10:48 p.m. Senator Cotton spoke on Thomas Galagon, his Arkansan of the week.

9:49 a.m. Senator Wicker paid tribute to James Meredith and his role in the civil rights movement.

9:48 a.m. By unanimous consent, the Senate agreed to S. Res. 488, to recognize the 50th anniversary of James H. Meredith’s March Against Fear.

9:30 a.m. By a tally of 68-23, cloture was invoked on S. 2943, Defense Department authorization.

AYES: 50 Republicans, one independent (King), 17 Democrats (Baldwin, Bennet, Blumenthal, Donnelly, Heinrich, Heitkamp, Kaine, Klobuchar, Manchin, McCaskill, Murphy, Nelson, Peters, Schatz, Stabenow, Tester, Udall)

NAYS: 20 Democrats, three Republicans (Cruz, Lee, Paul)

NOT VOTING: Independent Sanders; Republican Hatch; Democrats Boxer, Coons, Durbin, Leahy, Mikulski, Warner, Wyden

9:01 a.m. Roll call vote on cloture on the defense authorization began.

8:47 a.m. Senator Reed called for an agreement to consider several of the contentious amendments that have been discussed.

8:45 a.m. In light of the objections to the Murray and Gillibrand amendments, Senator Reid called upon senators to oppose cloture on the defense authorization.

8:43 a.m. Senator McCain objected.

8:37 a.m. Senator Gillibrand sought consent for a vote on her sexual assault amendment (#4310) in the event that cloture is invoked on the defense authorization

8:36 a.m. Senator McCain objected. He explained that another senator’s objection required him to object reluctantly. He thanked Senator Gillibrand in advance for her plan to seek a vote on her amendment on sexual assault and warned that he would object to it.

8:32 a.m. Senator Murray criticized the bill’s omission of a program to allow service members to preserve their eggs or sperm prior to deployment in order to protect their reproductive ability from injury on duty. She sought consent to vote on restoring the program.

8:19 a.m. ML McConnell spoke on the defense authorization bill.

The Senate will convene at 8:15 a.m. and resume consideration of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 (S. 2943).

At 9:00 a.m., the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on S. 2943.

The following amendments are currently pending to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 (S. 2943):

McCain amendment to amend the provision on share-in-savings contracts. (#4607)

Reid second-degree amendment to McCain amendment #4607, of a perfecting nature. (#4603)