Monday, April 4, 2016

6:10 p.m. S.1890, the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 was agreed to by a roll call vote of 87-0.

5:20 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke in favor of S. 1890.

5:00 p.m. The Senate resumed consideration of Cal.#355, S.1890, the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016.

4:01 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about watchdogs.

3:20 p.m. Senator Daines paid tribute to the late Dr. Joseph Medicine Crow and Heller Mayor, Russ Whitter.

3:10 p.m. Leader Reid spoke on the judicial nomination and confirmation process.

3:00 p.m. Leader McConnell welcomed the Senate back and praised the actions of the Capitol Police during an emergency last week. He also welcomed the new Capitol Police Chief. He then spoke on S. 1890, the Defend Trade Secrets Act. He asked moved to the Motion to Proceed to H.R. 636,the vehicle for F.A.A. REAUTHORIZATION.

**Today in the Senate**
Senate will convene at 3:00 pm. Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of Morning business until 5:00 pm with Senators permitted to speak for up to 10 minutes each. At 5:00 pm, the Senate will proceed to consideration of Cal.#355, S.1890, the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016. There will be 30 minutes of debate, equally divided. At 5:30 pm the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on passage of S.1890, as amended.

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

The Senate convened for a pro forma session at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 31st.  The Senate will reconvene on Monday, April 4th at 6:30 p.m.

The Senate convened for a pro forma session at 11:30 a.m., with no business transacted.  Senator Collins presided.

The Senate will next convene for a pro forma session on Thursday, March 31 at 6:30 p.m.

The Senate will next convene for legislative business on Monday, April 4 at 3 p.m.

At 5 p.m., the Senate will proceed to consideration of S.1890, the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016.  At 5:30 p.m., the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on passage of S.1890, as amended.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

The Senate convened for a pro forma session at 11:00 a.m., with no business transacted.  Senator Cotton was the presiding officer.

The Senate will next convene for two further pro forma sessions:

— Monday, March 28 at 11:30 a.m.

— Thursday, March 31 at 6:30 p.m.

The Senate will next convene for legislative business on Monday, April 4 at 3:00 p.m.

At 5:00 p.m., the Senate will proceed to consideration of S.1890, the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016.  At 5:30 p.m., the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on passage of S.1890, as amended.

Monday, March 21, 2016

The Senate convened for a pro forma session at 10:00 a.m. with no business transacted. Senator Cornyn was the presiding officer. 

The Senate will next convene for the following Pro Forma sessions , again with no business to be transacted:

— Thursday, March 24 at 11:00 a.m.

— Monday, March 28 at 11:30 a.m.

— Thursday, March 31 at 6:30 p.m.

The Senate will next convene for legislative business on Monday, April 4 at 3:00 p.m.

At 5:00 p.m., the Senate will proceed to consideration of S.1890, the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016.  At 5:30 p.m., the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on passage of S.1890, as amended.

 

Thursday, March 17, 2016

6:38 p.m. The Senate adjourned. The Senate will next convene for legislative business on Monday, April 4 at 3 p.m. At 5 p.m., the Senate will proceed to consideration of S.1890, the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016.  At 5:30 p.m., the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on passage of S.1890, as amended.

During recess, the Senate will convene for these  Pro Forma sessions during the recess, with no business to be transacted:

— Monday, March 21, at 10 a.m. 

— Thursday, March 24 at 11 a.m.

— Monday, March 28 at 11:30 a.m.

— Thursday, March 31 at 6:30 p.m.

 

6:25 p.m. By voice vote the Senate confirmed these Defense Department nominations en bloc: Janine Anne Davidson of Virginia, Under Secretary of the Navy; Todd A. Weiler, Assistant Secretary of the Navy.

By voice vote, en bloc, the Senate confirmed these nominations to the Armed Services:

COAST GUARD

– Rear Adm. Karl L. Schultz to be Vice Admiral

ARMY

– Gen. Joseph L. Votel to be General

– Lt. Gen. Raymond A. Thomas, III, to be General

– The following to be Major General:

Brig. Gen. Patrick D. Sargent
Brig. Gen.  Robert D. Tenhet

– The following to be Brigadier General:

Col. Jeffrey J. Johnson
Col. Ronald T. Stephens

– The following to be Brigadier General:

Col. Dennis P. LeMaster
Col. Michael J. Talley

– Maj. Gen. Michael K. Nagata to be Lieutenant General

MARINE CORPS

– The following to be Brigadier General:

Col. Bradley S. James
Col. Kurt W. Stein

ARMY

– Maj. Gen. Austin S. Miller to be Lieutenant General

And all nominations on the Secretary’s desk in the Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, and Navy and Foreign Service

 

Also during wrap up, the Senate passed these measures by voice vote:

— S.483 – Ensuring Patient Access

— S.2143 – South Texas Bridge

— S.2512 – Encourage Treatments for Zika Virus

— H.Con.Res.111 – Use of Emancipation Hall

— S.Res.407 – University of Wyoming Men’s Nordic Ski Team

— S.Res.408 – Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Awareness Month Awareness Month

— S.Res.409 – National Women’s History Month

S.Con.Res.34 – House Adjournment Resolution

5:20 p.m. Senator Carper spoke about pending nominees.

4:46 p.m. Senator Fischer spoke in memory of Lt. Jacob Fritz, who was killed in action in Iraq in 2007

4:11 p.m. Senator Perdue spoke about the Supreme court vacancy.

3:51 p.m. Senator Stabenow spoke on the water situation in Flint.

3:39 p.m. Senator Peters spoke on the water situation in Flint.

3:05 p.m. Senator Hatch spoke about the economic situation in Puerto Rico.

2:43 p.m. Senator Coons spoke on Iran releasing ballistic missiles.

2:15 p.m. Senator McCain moves the Senate to morning business, and enters into a colloquy with Senator Graham about Syria.

2:15 p.m.  S. Res 377 is agreed to 96-0.  Senators not voting: Boxer, Cruz, Sanders and Vitter.

1:45 p.m. Roll call vote began on S. Res 377, regarding directing the Senate legal counsel to bring a civil action to enforce a subpoena regarding Backpage.com.

1:38 p.m. Senator McCaskill spoke in support of the resolution.

1:34 p.m. Senator Ayotte spoke in support of the resolution and listed cases involving Backpage.com.

1:27 p.m. Senator Klobuchar spoke in support of the Backpage.com resolution.

1:21 p.m. Senator McCain spoke in support of the Backpage.com resolution.  Senator Portman thanked him.

12:45 p.m. Senator Portman spoke about the Backpage.com resolution.

12:44 p.m. The Senate moved to consider S. Res. 377, to direct the Senate legal counsel to bring a civil action in the Backpage.com case to enforce a subpoena of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations.

12:43 p.m. By voice vote, the Senate passed the airport improvements bill (H.R. 4721), as amended by the Thune-Hatch-Nelson-Wyden substitute. The measure extends the authorization through July 16, 2016.

12:20 p.m. Senator Cantwell spoke about the Supreme Court vacancy.

12:05 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the upcoming contempt of Congress citation. He also spoke about the Supreme Court vacancy.

11:15 a.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke for the 131st time on climate change.

11:00 a.m. Senator Cotton spoke about ISIS and the persecution of religious minorities.

10:43 a.m. Senator Moran spoke about veterans and the Choice Act.

10:34 a.m. Senator Hirono spoke on Women’s History Month, and women’s progress in STEM education.

10:04 a.m. Senator Booker spoke about the Supreme Court vacancy.

9:32 a.m. Senator Reid and Senator McConnell spoke on the retirement of Capitol Police Chief, Kim Dine.

The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m. and will proceed to a period of morning business until 12:45 p.m. At 12:45, the Senate will proceed to S. Res. 377-resolution directing the Senate Legal Counsel to bring a civil action to enforce a subpoena of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations (Backpage.com) with one hour of debate. At 1:45 p.m. The Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on adoption of S. Res. 377.

 

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

5:44 p.m. Senate Stands adjourned until 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 17th. Next vote will occur at 1:45 p.m. on Adoption of S.Res.377, directing the Senate Legal Counsel to bring a civil action to enforce a subpoena of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations.

ML McConnell conducted wrap up:
Legislative Business
Completed the Rule 14 process to place on the Legislative Calendar of Business S.2686, to clarify the treatment of two or more employers as joint employers under NLRB (Alexander).

Passed H.R.1831 – Evidence-Based Policymaking Commission Act, with Burr-Murray substitute amendment.

Passed S.719 – Armed Forces Reserve Center in Great Falls, Montana

Adopted S.Res.401 – National Rehabilitation Counselors Awareness Day

Adopted S.Res.402 – Legal Counsel

No Executive Business was conducted.

4:50 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke on the Supreme Court vacancy.

4:20 p.m. Senator Menedez spoke about human rights in Cuba.

4:10 p.m. Senator McCain spoke about a Ukrainian veteran jailed in Russia.

3:40 p.m. Senator Vitter bid farewell to chief of staff Kyle.

2:49 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke on energy.

2:16 p.m. Senator Coats spoke on government waste.

1:31 p.m Senator Rounds spoke about the Supreme Court vacancy.

12:47 p.m. Senator Hatch spoke on the Supreme Court vacancy.

12:35 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on the Supreme Court vacancy and later on the national debt.

12:34 p.m. ML McConnell, having changed his vote to no, entered a motion to reconsider.

12:33 p.m. Cloture was not invoked, 48-49.

Votes in favor: 45 Republicans, 3 Democrats (Carper, Donnelly, Heitkamp).

Votes against: 41 Democrats, 7 Republicans (Collins, Heller, Lee, McConnell*, Murkowski, Paul, Sullivan) 1 Independent (King).

Senators not voting: 2 Republicans: Cruz, Rubio, 1 Indepenedent: Sanders.

11:50 a.m. Roll call vote begins on cloture on the motion to concur with the House message to accompany S. 764, the legislative vehicle for the bill to permit labeling of foods and other products that contain genetically modified organisms.

11:44 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke on the Supreme Court vacancy.

11:23 a.m. Senator Merkley spoke against the GMO bill.

11:17 a.m Senator Donnelly spoke on the GMO bill.

11:00 a.m. Senator Roberts spoke on the GMO labeling bill

10:38 p.m. Senator Murkowski spoke on the GMO labeling bill.

10:27 a.m. Senator Stabenow spoke on the GMO labeling bill.

10:20 a.m. The Senate resumes consideration of the House message to accompany S. 764, the legislative vehicle for the bill to permit labeling of foods and other products that contain genetically modified organisms.

10:18 a.m. DL Reid spoke about the Supreme Court vacancy.

10:17 a.m. ML McConnell said newfound have more to say about the Supreme Court vacancy later.  He later spoke about the pending food labeling bill.  S. 2686 has its second reading.

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The Senate convened at 10:15 a.m. and following any leader remarks, will resume consideration of the House message to accompany S. 764, the legislative vehicle for the bill to permit labeling of foods and other products that contain genetically modified organisms.

The cloture vote on the motion to concur with the House message will occur at 11:45 a.m.

 

 

 

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

6:46 p.m. The Senate adjourns until 10:15 a.m. on Wednesday, March 16.

6:31 p.m. Senator Blumenthal spoke on the food labeling bill.

6:19 p.m. Senator Daines achieved UC that when the Senate completes its business (following remarks of Senator Blumenthal) it adjourn until 10:15 a.m. on Wednesday March 16.  Following leader remarks, resume consideration of the House message to accompany S. 764, the legislative vehicle for the bill to permit labeling of foods and other products that contain genetically modified organisms. The cloture vote on the motion to concur with the House message will occur at 11:45 a.m.

6:17 p.m. Senator Daines wraps up the Senate session for the evening.   Items passed by UC:  S. Res 400, regarding cerebral palsy awareness.

S.2686, regarding the treatment of two or more employers as joint employers under the National Labor Relations Act has its first reading.

5:31 p.m. Senator Manchin spoke on the Presidential nominations and the Supreme Court vacancy.

4:57 p.m. Senators Hoeven and Tillis spoke on the GMO labeling bill.

4:47 p.m. Senator Nelson spoke on offshore drilling.

4:44 p.m. Senator Leahy paid tribute to Honduran environmental activist Berta Caceres, who was murdered recently.

4:41 p.m. Senator Cornyn achieved UC to pass S. 337, the Freedom of Information improvement Act, with a Cornyn substitute.

4:25 p.m. Senators Grassley, Leahy and Cornyn spoke on

4:14 p.m. Senators Leahy spoke on the biotechnology labeling laws.

4:00 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke on the Supreme Court vacancy.

3:17 p.m. Senator Merkley returned to speak further on the biotechnology labeling laws.

3:11 p.m. Senator Portman spoke about the passage of the drug addiction bill.

2:49 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke on biotechnology labeling laws.

2:31 p.m. Senator Boxer spoke on biotechnology labeling laws.

2:18 p.m. Senator Roberts spoke on biotechnology labeling laws.

12:17 p.m. The Senate stands in recess until 2:15 p.m.

12:09 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on the Justice against sponsors of terrorism act; and the Supreme Court vacancy.

11:47 a.m. Senator Boxer spoke on abortion bills and the Supreme Court vacancy.

11:44 a.m. Senator Murray spoke on the Supreme Court vacancy.

11:10 a.m.  Senator Cotton spoke on National Agriculture Day.

10:55 a.m. Senator Merkley joined in a colloquy with Senator Tester on the genetic modification bill.

10:42 a.m. Senator Tester spoke about the the genetically modified food bill.

10:07 a.m. Minority Leader Reid spoke about the genetically modified food labeling bill and the Supreme Court vacancy.

10:03 a.m. Senate Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the genetically modified food labeling bill and the Supreme Court vacancy.

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The Senate will convene at 10 a.m. and will be in morning business until 12:30 p.m.

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

At 2:15 p.m., the Senate will resume consideration of the House message to accompany S. 764, the legislative vehicle for the bill to permit labeling of foods and other products that contain genetically modified organisms. Currently pending to the genetically modified foods bill are these amendments:

  • Roberts substitute (#3450)
  • Motion to refer S. 764 to the Commerce Committee.

Senator McConnell has filed cloture on the motion to concur in the House message to accompany S. 764, with amendment #3450 (the Roberts on substitute genetically modified foods labeling).  Unless there is agreement to vote sooner, the roll call on cloture will occur tomorrow, March 16.

Senator McConnell has also moved to refer the genetically modified foods bill to the Commerce Committee.

Monday March 14, 2016

7:53 p.m. Th Senate stands ajourned until 10:00 a.m. Tuesday March 15.

7:04  p.m. Senator Merkley spoke on the GMO labeling measure, Amdt #3450 to S. 764.

7:02 p.m. ML McConnell did wrapup and the Senate passed S. Res 398 by unanimous consent, designating March 15, 2016 Speech and Debate Education Day.

6:35 p.m. Senator Menedez spoke in favor of a plan to help prevent bankruptcy for Puerto Rico.

6:33 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke against Sanctuary cities and against illegal immigration.

6:20 p.m. ML McConnell moved to concur in the House amendment (Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015) to S.764 (National Sea Grant College Program Amendments Act of 2015), with an amendment, which is McConnell for Roberts amendment #3450 (GMO labeling). Senator McConnell filed cloture on the motion to concur with amendment. He then moved to refer S.764 to the Commerce Committee.  Essentially he brought up the GMO labeling measure, filled the treee, and filed cloture on the motion to concur.

The cloture vote on the motion to concur would occur one hour after the Senate convenes on Wednesday, March 16, unless an agreement can be reached.

6:16  p.m.  The Senate, by a roll call vote of 49 to 40, confirmed the nomination of John King to be Secretary of Education.

5:35 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on the nomination of John King to be Secretary of Education.

5:30 p.m. Senator Murray spoke in support of the King nomination.

5:17 p.m. Senator Alexander spoke in support of the King nomination.

5:05 p.m. Senator Lee spoke in opposition to the King nomination.

4:54 p.m. Senator Warren spoke on the nomination of John King to be Secretary of Education.

4:29 p.m. Senator Hatch spoke on the Supreme Court vacancy.

4:11 p.m. Senator Cotton spoke on immigration.

3:53 p.m. Senator Lankford spoke against the nomination of John King to be Secretary of Education.

3:48 p.m. Senator Moran spoke on immigration.

3:39 p.m. Senator Baldwin spoke on the Supreme Court vacancy.

3:12 p.m. Senator Reid spoke on the Supreme Court vacancy.

3:03 p.m. ML McConnell spoke on the Supreme Court vacancy.

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The Senate will convene at 3:00 p.m. and proceed to a period of morning business until 4:00 p.m.

At 4:00 p.m., the Senate will enter Executive Session to consider the nomination of John King to be Secretary of Education.

At 5:30 p.m., there will be a roll call vote on confirmation of the nomination.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

The Senate has adjourned until 3:00 p.m. Monday, March 14th. A roll call vote on the nomination of John B. King to be Secretary of Education is expected at 5:30 p.m. 

The nominations of Francis S. Pelkowski to be Rear Admiral in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserves and Rear Admiral Fred M. Midgette to be Vice Admiral as the Deputy Commandant for Operations in the U.S. Coast Guard were confirmed en bloc by unanimous consent.

During today’s session:

  • The McConnell motion to table the Paul motion to discharge S.J. Res. 31 was passed by a vote of 74 to 21.
  • S. 524, CARA, the addiction recovery bill was passed by a vote of 94-1.

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4:33 p.m. Senator Heitkamp spoke on student censorship.

4:08 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke about opioid addiction and women’s health access.

3:27 p.m. Senator Sessions spoke about the Supreme Court vacancy.

3:23 p.m. Senator Flake spoke about travel to Cuba.

2:59 p.m. Senator Tillis spoke about the Supreme Court vacancy.

2:30 p.m. Senator Merkley discussed genetically modified ingredients in our food.

2:26 p.m. By a roll call vote of 74 to 21 the Senate adopted the McConnell motion to table the Paul motion to discharge S.J.Res.31. Absent were Senators Cruz, Lee, McCaskill, Rubio and Sanders.

Senators voting to table: 39 Republicans, 34 Democrats, 1 Independent (King).

Senators voting NOT to table: 12 Republicans (Ayotte, Capito, Collins, Daines, Grassley, Heller, Hoeven, Kirk, Moran, Paul, Scott, and Vitter).  9 Democrats (Booker, Boxer, Brown, Gillibrand, Heinrich, Manchin, Murphy, Schatz, Tester, Warner and Warren).

Senators not voting: 3 Republicans: Cruz, Lee and Rubio.  1 Democrat: McCaskill.  1 Independent: Sanders.

1:42 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on the McConnell motion to table the motion to discharge S.J.Res 31.

1:40 p.m. ML McConnell made a motion to table the motion to discharge S.J. Res. 31.

1:25 p.m. Senator Paul made a motion to discharge from the Foreign Relations Committee S.J.Res 31 — a resolution of disapproval relating to the sale of jets to Pakistan.

1:10 p.m. Senator Murphy and Senator Warner spoke about Pakistan. They said they will support the Paul resolution of disapproval.

12:52 p.m. Senator Corker and Senator Cardin spoke about the potential discharge petition about the sale of jets to Pakistan. Senator Paul is expected to call for a vote on a motion to proceed to a motion to discharge S.J.Res 31. The resolution would express Senate disapproval of Pakistan buying jets from other countries. Both Senators oppose moving forward with the resolution. Both Senators said they had holds on the actual sale of F16 jets to Pakistan right now.

12:38 p.m. Senator Udall spoke about Dr. Miguel Ensinas, a New Mexico public servant.

12:05 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about bipartisanship in the Senate.

12:02 p.m. ML McConnell UC that Senate be in a period of morning business. Further UC that on Monday at 4:00 p.m., proceed to executive session to consider the nomination of John King to be Secretary of Education, with a vote on confirmation of the nomination at 5:30 p.m.

12:01 p.m. S. 524 the addiction recovery bill, (CARA), was adopted by a vote of 94-1. Senator Sasse voted against. Senators Cruz, Lee, McCaskill, Rubio, and Sanders did not vote.

11:30 a.m. Roll call vote began on passage of S. 524, CARA, the addiction recovery bill.

11:19 a.m. Senator Wicker spoke on the Supreme Court vacancy and statements about Senator Grassley.

11:12 a.m. Senator Barrasso spoke on the Supreme Court vacancy.

10:50 a.m. Senators Casey, Whitehouse and Brown spoke in a colloquy about the addiction bill.

9:50 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke about Senator McCain’s support of certain military expenditures.

9:39 a.m. Minority Leader Reid spoke about the Republican handling of judicial nominations.

9:33 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the upcoming vote on passage of the addiction bill. He spoke about the Supreme Court vacancy.

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

At 11:15 a.m., the Senate will resume post-cloture consideration of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (S. 524).

At 11:30 a.m., all post-cloture time will be deemed expired and the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on passage of S. 524, as amended.

  • Also today, Senator Paul is expected to move to discharge the Foreign Relations Committee from further consideration of S.J.Res. 31, a joint resolution disapproving of the proposed sale of F-16 Block 52 aircraft  to Pakistan. There would be up to one hour for debate on the motion to discharge, followed by a roll call vote on the motion.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

6:40 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will reconvene at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 10.  At 11:15 a.m.,  the Senate will resume S. 524 with a vote on final passage to occur at 11:30 a.m. During wrap up the Senate passed the following bills by voice vote:

  • S. Res. 376-first week of April is Asbestos Awareness week
  • S. Res. 395-March 2016 is National Colorectal cancer awareness month

6:17 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke about American leadership in the world.

6:02 p.m. Senator Inhofe spoke about the Supreme Court vacancy.

5:43 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about medical research, lead poisoning and opioid addiction.

5:26 p.m. Senator Alexander spoke about biomedical research.

4:42 p.m. Senator Peters spoke about the Supreme Court Vacancy.

4:28 p.m. Senator Whitehouse gave his weekly speech about climate change.

4:14 p.m. Senator Coats spoke about the Waste of the Week and the EU refugee crisis.

3:33 p.m. Senator Murkowski spoke about the urgency of the addiction crisis and the need to pass CARA.

2:07 p.m. Senators Mikulski and Cardin spoke on and asked unanimous consent to take up and confirm the nominations of Waverly Crenshaw to be a US District Judge for the middle district of Tennessee, and Paula Xinis to be a US District Judge for the District of Maryland; Senator Cornyn objected.

1:56 p.m. Senator Portman spoke on the pending addiction recovery bill.

1:12 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke about the Supreme Court vacancy and also about genetically modified food labeling.

12:45 p.m. Senator Warren spoke about the Supreme Court vacancy.

12:34 p.m Senator Lee spoke about the Supreme Court vacancy.

12:30 p.m. The motion to invoke cloture on S. 524 was passed by 93-3. Senators Lee, Markey and Sasse voted no. Senators Cruz, McCaskill, Rubio and Sanders did not vote.

12:02 p.m. The Senate began voting on the motion to invoke cloture on S. 524-the CARA addiction bill.

12:00 p.m. By voice vote, the Senate passed the Donnelly amendment #3374 and the Grassley amendment #3378.

11:52 a.m. Senator Klobuchar spoke about the U.S. Relationship with Canada.

11:28 a.m. Senator Vitter spoke on the Supreme Court vacancy.

11:02 a.m. Senator Lankford spoke on the Supreme Court vacancy.

10:40 a.m. Senator Nelson spoke on the disappearance in Iran of former FBI agent Robert Levinson.

10:03 a.m. Senator Blunt spoke about the addiction bill.

9: 55 a.m. Senator Thune spoke about legislation to promote new wireless technology.

9:48 a.m. Senator Cotton spoke about the Supreme Court vacancy.

9:37 a.m. Minority Leader Reid spoke about the Supreme Court vacancy.

9:32 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the addiction bill.

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The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m., and following one hour of morning business, will resume consideration of S. 524, the CARA addiction bill.

At 12:00 p.m. there will be up to 3 votes:
• Grassley (for Donnelly) amendment #3374, as modified
• Grassley substitute amendment #3378, as amended
• Cloture on S. 524, as amended