Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015

7:15 The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, August 5th. following Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business for 1 hour. at 10:30, the Senate will resume the Motion to Proceed to S. 754, Cybersecurity. There will immediately be a roll call vote on the Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Motion to Proceed to S. 754.

6:50 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke in morning business on the wildfires in California.

6:30 p.m. Senator Capito spoke on the clean air legislation.

6:10 p.m. Senator Perdue spoke on our nation’s fiscal crisis.

5:50 p.m. Senator Lankford spoke on new energy policy and oil pipelines.

5:40 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke on clean air legislation.

5:20 p.m. Senator Hatch spoke on the G.I. trust.

5:00 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on the need to move to cyber security bill.

4:35 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke on climate change.

4:20 p.m. Senator Ayotte spoke on the high price of prescription drugs.

4:10 p.m. Senator Schatz spoke on climate change.

4:00 p.m. Senator Schumer, Boxer and Whitehouse spoke on climate change.

3:50 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke on the cyber security bill.

3:40 p.m. Senator Heller spoke on the cyber security bill.

3:35 p.m. Senate passed by unanimous consent, H.R. 1138, a bill to establish wilderness areas in Idaho. Senator Risch and Crapo spoke in favor of the bill.

3:30 p.m. Senator McCain spoke on the cyber security bill and expressed dismay that the Senate had yet to reach a deal to complete the bill this week.

3:15 p.m. Senator Murray spoke on minimum wage and American workers.

3:10 p.m. Senator Moran spoke on the Iran nuclear deal.

3:05 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke on the cyber security bill.

2:56 p.m. ML McConnell hopes there is a path forward, with DL Reid joining him in that hope.

2:52 p.m. DL Reid objected.

2:48 p.m. ML McConnell offered a UC agreement on the cyber security bill to offer ten relevant amendments per side.

2:23 p.m. Senator Nelson announced he will support the Iran deal.

2:15 p.m. Senator McCain spoke on the cyber security bill.

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

12:48 p.m. The Senate stands in recess until 2:15 p.m.

12: 40 p.m. Senator Kaine spoke about the Iran deal.

12:30 p.m. Senators McCain and Burr had a colloquoy about scheduling and procedure and the need to proceed to the bill.

12:08 p.m. Senators Feinstein and Burr spoke about the cybersecurity bill and the managers package.  They are ranking and chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

11:51 a.m. Senator Sanders spoke on campaign finance reform.

11:50 a.m. Morning business is closed, Senate resumes consideration of the motion to proceed to the Cyber Security bill.

11:18 a.m. Senator Grassley spoke on audits of the Pentagon.

11:13 a.m. Senator Warren spoke on economic issues, including the mininum wage.

11:07 a.m. Senator Durbin spke about for-profit colleges.

10:45 a.m. Senator Coats spke about wasteful federal spending.

10:30 a.m. Senator Thune spoke about Republican leadership of the Senate.

10:18 a.m. Minority Leader Reid spoke about clean air regulations. He also spoke about cybersecurity.

10:12 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about cybersecurity. He also spoke about the Iran nuclear deal.

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The Senate will convene at 10 a.m. After leader remarks and morning business, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to the cybersecurity bill.

A cloture vote on proceeding to the cybersecurity will could occur Wednesday morning.

The Senate will recess for weekly lunches from 12:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.

 

Monday, August 3, 2015

7:10 p.m. The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00 a.m. Tuesday,  August 4, 2015.

7:08 p.m. Senator McConnell did wrap-up.  The Senate passed S. Res. 241 designating August 16, 2015 as National Airborne Day.

6:58 p.m. Senator Lee spoke about about Planned Parenthood.

6:34 p.m. Senator Heitkamp spoke about Vietnam and the nearly-200 North Dakotans who died in that war.

6:27 p.m. Senator Moran spoke about Planned Parenthood.

6:18 p.m. Senators Portman propounded a UC on algae bloom legislation, HR 212.  Senator Whitehouse offered a modification, which Senator Portman rejected.  The Senators discussed the path forward on their bills.  No agreement was reached.

6:07 p.m. Senators Portman and Brown spoke about algae blooms.

6:08 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke on the OPM data breach.

6:05 p.m. ML McConnell entered motion to reconsider, and the filed a motion to proceed to S. 754, the Cyber Security Bill, and filed cloture on the motion to proceed.

6:03 p.m. Cloture not invoked on motion to proceed to S.1881, by a roll call vote of 53-46.  (60-vote threshold) Dems voting in favor: Donnelly and Manchin. Republicans voting agaisnt: Kirk (and ML McConnell in order to reconsider.) Senators not voting: Graham.

5:36 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the motion to proceed to S. 1881, planned parenthood bill.

5:32 p.m. Senators Ernst and Blumental wrap up the debate before the cloture vote on the motion to proceed.

5:27 p.m. Senator Lankford and Daines resumed their colloquy, with Senator Cassidy joining them.

5:24 p.m. Senator Boxer spoke on the planned parenthood bill.

5:10 p.m. Senator Lankford engaged in a colloquy with Senator Daines on the planned parenthood bill.

2:31 p.m. Senators Fischer, Ernst, Blumenthal, Coats, King, Collins, Wyden, Cornyn, Murray, Warren, Franken, Tester, and Paul spoke about Planned Parenthood.  Senator Collins filed a substitute amendment in the event the motion to proceed is agreed to.

2:13 p.m. Minority Leader Reid spoke about Planned Parenthood.

2:06 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the Obama administration’s new environmental regulations. He also spoke about Planned Parenthood.

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The Senate convened at 2:00 p.m. Following Leader remarks, resume consideration of the motion to proceed to S.1881, the Planned Parenthood bill.

At 5:30 p.m. the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to S.1881.

Friday, July 31, 2015

The Senate convened at 10:00 a.m. for a pro-forma session, with President Pro Tempore Hatch presiding.  No business was conducted, and the Senate adjourned until 2:00 p.m. on Monday August 3rd.  At that time, resume consideration of the motion to proceed to S. 1881, a bill to prohibit Federal Funding of Planned Parenthood Federation of America; with a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to S. 1881 scheduled at 5:30 p.m.

 

Thursday, July 30, 2015

5:52 p.m. Senate stands adjourned until 10:00 am on Friday, July 31st for a pro forma session.  The Senate will then convene at 2:00 p.m on Monday, August 3rd. The next vote will be at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, August 3rd on the cloture motion on the motion to proceed to S. 1881, the planned parenthood defunding bill.

In wrap up the Senate passed S. 1172, a bill to improve the process of presidential transition.

4:48 p.m. Senator Stabenow and Senator Hirono spoke against defunding Planned Parenthood.

4:36 p.m. Senator Udall spoke about the Iran Nuclear Deal.

4:21 p.m. Senator Portman spoke about the Drinking Water Protection Act. He tried to have the bill passed by unanimous consent. Udall objected.

3:49 p.m. Senator Stabenow, Senator Casey and Senator Kaine spoke about the anniversary of Medicare.

3:27 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke about the anniversary of Medicare.

3:11 p.m. Senator Collins and Senator Coons spoke about the Reach Every Mother and Child Act of 2015.

2:50 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke on the Iran deal.

2:13 p.m. Senator Hatch spoke on the 50th anniversary of Medicare.

2:12 p.m. By a vote of 91-4, HR 3236 was adopted.   Senators Corker, Lee, Sasse, and Sessions voted no.  Senators Graham, Moran, Schatz, and Vitter did not vote.

1:46 p.m. Roll call vote began on HR 3236, 3 month House passed highway bill.

1:44 p.m. Senator Blumenthal spoke on veterans funding.

1:17 p.m. Senator Tillis spoke on trade.

1:03 p.m. Senator Scott spoke on body cameras for police.

12:39 p.m. Senators Inhofe and Boxer thank their staffs for the work on the highway bill.

12:36 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell filed cloture on the motion to proceed to the Planned Parenthood bill.

12:35 p.m. By a vote of 65-34, HR 22, the vehicle for the highway bill was adopted.

12:01 p.m. Roll call vote began on HR 22, the vehicle for the highway bill.

11:55 a.m. Senators Inhofe and Boxer spoke on the Senate highway bill before the vote on passage.

11:37 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the highway bill and Planned Parenthood.

11:30 a.m. Senator Gillibrand spoke against defunding Planned Parenthood.

11:10 a.m. Senator Inhofe spoke about the long term highway bill.

10:56 a.m. Senator Heller spoke about the highway bill.

10:50 a.m. Senator Grassley spoke about Republican leadership.

10:40 a.m. Senator Schumer spoke about the highway bill.

10:28 a.m. Senator Mikulski spoke about Medicare.

10:25 a.m. Senator Hatch spoke about the highway bill.

10:10 a.m. Minority Leader Reid spoke about Medicare.

10:04 a.m. By a voice vote, the Senate passed S. Res. 236, to recognize National Whistleblower’s Appreciation Day. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the highway bill and the Iran nuclear deal.

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 The Senate will convene at 10 a.m. Thursday.

At noon, the Senate will vote on passage of on H.R. 22, the 6-year highway bill.

At 1:45 p.m., the Senate will vote on the 3-month extension that passed the House Wednesday, H.R. 3236. (Sixty votes will be required for passage of the 3-month bill.)

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

6:28 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 10 a.m. Thursday.

6:27 p.m. Leader McConnell noted that the Senate will vote at noon Thursday on H.R. 22, the 6-year highway bill. He secured unanimous consent for a 1:45 p.m. vote on the 3-month extension that passed the House today, H.R. 3236. (Sixty votes will be required for passage of the 3-month bill.)

6:26 p.m. By voice vote, the Senate confirmed the appointment of Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., USMC, to be chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  By voice vote, the Senate passed S. Res. 234 (to print a collection of Senate committee rules) and S. J. Res. 235 (to make September National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month).

6:08 p.m. Senator Brown talked about the highway bill.

5:36 p.m. Senator Peters spoke about his vehicle innovation bill.

5:32 p.m. Senator Shaheen spoke about Planned Parenthood.

4:58 p.m. Senators Isakson, Blunt, McCain and Blumenthal spoke about the Veterans Administration.

5:51 p.m. Senator Murray and Senator Blumenthal spoke about Planned Parenthood.

4:30 p.m. Senator Thune spoke about highways.

4:20 p.m. Senator Boxer spoke against defunding Planned Parenthood.

4:10 p.m. Senator Daines spoke in support of defunding Planned Parenthood.

3:41 p.m. Senator Coats spoke about the “waste of the week,” describing $100 billion in wasteful government spending.

3:30 p.m. Senator Capito spoke about the Iran nuclear deal.

2:45 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke about the highway bill and his support of a 6-year authorization, before turning to discuss the 50th anniversary of medicare.

2:24 p.m. Senator Boxer spoke about the process on the highway bill.

2:22 p.m. Senator Leahy spoke on efforts to defund Planned Parenthood.

2:00 p.m. Senators Collins and Murray and Reed spoke about the highway bill and their support for the TIGER grant program for infrastructure spending.

12:58 p.m. Senator Brown spoke about the anniversary of Medicare.

12:48 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about the false claims act.

12:18 p.m. Senator Carper spoke about trade and the highway bill.

11:36 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on the highway bill.

10:53 a.m. Democratic Leader Reid began a colloquy with Senators Whitehouse, Schatz, Markey, and Boxer on climate change.

10:51 a.m. The Senate confirms the following nomin2:2ations by voice vote:

Allison Beck, Director of Federal Mediation and Conciliation
Jeffrey Prieto, General Counsel of the Dept. of Agriculture
Carol Ochoa, Inspector General, General Services Administration

10:50 a.m. Cloture was invoked on HR 22, 65-35. Democrats voting NO: (22) Blumenthal, Booker, Brown, Cardin, Carper, Casey, Donnelly, Gillibrand, Heinrich, Hirono, Markey, Menendez, Merkley, Mikulski, Murphy, Reed, Reid, Schumer, Udall, Warner, Warren, Wyden. Republicans voting NO: (13) Corker, Cotton, Crapo, Cruz, Lee, Murkowski, Paul, Perdue, Risch, Rubio, Scott, Shelby, Toomey.

10:32 a.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on HR 22, the vehicle for the Highway bill.

10:31 a.m. McConnell substitute is agreed to by a vote of 62-38.   Democrats voting NO: (22) Blumenthal, Booker, Brown, Cardin, Carper, Casey, Donnelly, Gillibrand, Heinrich, Hirono, Markey, Menendez, Merkley, Mikulski, Murphy, Reed, Reid, Schumer, Udall, Warner, Warren, Wyden.   Republicans voting NO: (16) Corker, Cotton, Crapo, Cruz, Flake, Lankford, Lee, Murkowski, Paul, Perdue, Risch, Rubio, Sasse, Scott, Shelby, Toomey.

10:05 a.m. The Senate began a roll call on the McConnell substitute, #2266.

10:01 a.m. By a voice vote, the Senate tabled Amendment #2417. The Senate adopted Amendment #2533 by a voice vote.  The Senate adopted Amendment #2421 by voice.

9:55 a.m. Senator Inhofe spoke about the highway bill.

9:40 a.m. Minority Leader Reid spoke about Planned Parenthood. He spoke about other matters, including immigration, the environment and the federal budget.

9:35 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell completed Rule 14 procedings to place on the calendar S. 1881 (banning federal subsidies for Planned Parenthood) and S.J. Res. 61, (TriCare medical coverage).

Leader McConnell also spoke about the highway bill and about the subsidies for Planned Parenthood.

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The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m. and will resume consideration of the highway bill, with these votes to begin at 10 a.m.:

  1. Table Amendment #2417, a date change (voice vote expected);
  2. Adopt #2533; includes Ex-Im Bank reauthorization (voice);
  3. Adopt #2421; excludes Ex-Im Bank language (voice);
  4. Roll call on McConnell substitute, #2266;
  5. Roll call on cloture for H.R. 22, the highway bill;  if cloture is invoked time would expire at noon on Thursday, July 30th; 
  6. Nomination of Allison Beck, DC, to be Federal Mediation  and Conciliation Director (voice);
  7. Nomination of Jeffrey Michael Prieto, CA, to be General Counsel of the Dept. of Agriculture (voice);
  8. Nomination of Carol Fortine Ochoa, VA, to be Inspector General, General Services, Administration

 

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The Senate has adjourned until 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 29th and will resume consideration of H.R. 22 with 7 roll call votes expected beginning at 10:00 a.m. 

  1. McConnell for Inhofe second degree amendment #2533
  2. McConnell amendment #2421
  3. McConnell substitute amendment # 2266
  4. Motion to invoke cloture on H.R. 22, the highway bill – if cloture is invoked time would expire at noon on Thursday, July 30th. 
  5. Nomination of Allison Beck, DC, to be Federal Mediation  and Conciliation Director
  6. Nomination of Jeffrey Michael Prieto, CA, to be General Counsel of the Dept. of Agriculture
  7. Nomination of Carol Fortine Ochoa, VA, to be Inspector General, General Services, Administration

During wrap-up:

  • Nomination of Maj. Gen. Robert P. Ashley, Jr. to be Lieutenant General, was passed by unanimous consent.
  • S. 614, to allow access to and use of information by federal agencies in order to reduce improper payments, was passed by unanimous consent.
  • S. 242, the Wounded Warrior Federal Leave Act of 2015, was passed by unanimous consent.
  • S. 764, to reauthorize Sea Grant College Program Act, and the committee reported substitute, was passed by unanimous consent.
  • H. Con. Res. 64, authorizing use of Emancipation Hall for gold medal ceremony for the Monuments Men, was passed by unanimous consent.
  • S. Res. 225, the 40th anniversary of the National Association of Women Business Owners, was passed by unanimous consent.
  • S. Con. Res. 20 – the 25th anniversary of the date of enactment of the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990, was passed by unanimous consent.
  • S. 1881, to prohibit federal funding to Planned Parenthood  and H.J. Res. 61, the Hire More Heroes Act of 2015,  were passed by unanimous consent en bloc.

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6:31 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke on climate change.

5:34 p.m. Senator Corker spoke on the highway bill.

5:10 p.m. Senator Portman spoke on the highway bill.

4:55 p.m. Senator Inhofe spoke about removing federal funding for planned parenthood.

3:00 p.m. Senator Hoeven spoke on energy issues, specifically the keystone pipeline.

2:23 p.m.  Senator Shaheen spoke on the highway bill.

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

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

12:33 p.m. Senator Inhofe spoke on the Highway bill.

12:15 p.m. Senator Thune spoke about the Highway bill.

11:50 a.m. Senator Boxer spoke about 60,000 deficient bridges.

11:40 a.m. Senator Boxer entered into colloquoy with Senators Klobuchar and Inhofe to discuss transportation disasters, lost transportation jobs and the sense that the House should remain in session to take up the Senate’s long-term Highway bill.

11:34 a.m. Senator Klobuchar spoke about Minnesota bridge collapse on August 1, 2007.

11:30 a.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke about the need for a highway bill.

11:20 a.m. Senator Inhofe urged votes today on the bill.  He and Senator Durbin discussed proposing a UC agreement to move votes forward.

11:14 a.m. Senators Durbin and Whitehouse spoke about the Highway bill effort

11:13 a.m. The Senate resumed consideration on H.R. 22.

11:10 a.m. Senator Reid spoke on Black Womens equal pay day.

11: 05 a.m. Senator McConnell spoke about the process on H.R. 22, the legislative vehicle for the Highway bill.

11:00 a.m. The Senate came to order. ML McConnell ased unanimoust consent that the Senate recess for party lunches from 12:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. That time will count towards post-cloture time on the McConnell amendment #2266

.11:13 a.m. The Senate resumed consideration on H.R. 22.11:10 a.m. Senator Reid spoke on Black Womens equal pay day.

.11:13 a.m. The Senate resumed consideration on H.R. 22.

11:14 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke about the Highway bill effort.

The Senate is post-cloture on the McConnell amendment #2266 (substitute amendment) to H.R. 22, the legislative vehicle for the Highway bill. If all time is used, post-cloture debate time would expire at 5:08 a.m. on Wednesday, July 29.  Procedural votes are possible during today’s session.

 

Monday, July 27, 2015

11:14 p.m Senate has adjourned until 11:00am on Tuesday July 28.  Following any leader remarks, resume consideration of HR 22.

11:08 p.m. — Cloture was invoked on the McConnell substitute by a vote of 62 to 32.

10:47 p.m. Kirk amendment agreed to 64-29.  Independents voting against: Sanders. GOP voting in favor: Alexander, Ayotte, Burr, Coats, Cochran, Collins, Enzi, Ernst, Graham, Heller, Hoeven, Isakson, Johnson, Kirk, McCain, Moran, Murkowski, Portman, Roberts, Rounds, Scott, Wicker.

10:31 p.m. Roll call vote begins on the Kirk amendment #2327.

10:30 p.m. DL Reid raises a germaneness point of order against amendment #2328 (repeal of affordable care act), and the chair sustains the motion.

10:29 p.m. ML McConnell moves to table amendment #2329, the motion is agreed to by voice vote.

10:28 p.m Motion to instruct is agreed to, 79-14; a quorum is present.

10:03 a.m.  A quorum not being present, the Majority Leader instructed the Sgt At Arms to request the attendance of all Senators.

10:01 a.m.  The Senate has begun a live quorum.

9:16 p.m. The Senate came to order after recessing shortly before 7 p.m.  A live quorum call is expected at about 10 p.m., followed by a number of votes, as many as three of which may be roll calls.

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A series of votes will likely occur shortly after 10:00 p.m. this evening:

McConnell first degree amendment to underlying bill #2329 (2 month surface transportation extension) (motion to table would take down second degree)

McConnell second degree amendment #2330 to SA #2329 (date change)

-expected point of order against McConnell amendment #2328 (ACA repeal);

Adoption of Kirk amendment #2327 (Ex-Im reauthorization)

Cloture on McConnell amendment #2266, as modified (substitute)

 

6:58 p.m. Senate recesses until 9:15 p.m.

6:55 p.m ML McConnell by UC has the following nominations confirmed: 219 – 223, 225-231, 233-247, and all nominations on the Secretaries desk in the Air Force, Army, Marine Corp and Navy. Passes by UC: HR 876.

6:20 p.m. Senator Murkowski discussed paying for the highway bill using sales of the strategic petroleum reserve.

6:13 p.m Senator Schatz spoke on climate change and deforestation.

5:55 p.m. Senator Portman spoke about the prospect of an Ex-Im Bank reauthorization provision in the highway bill.

5:42 p.m. Senator Thune spoke about freight transportation.

5:36 p.m. Senator Daines spoke about the security of children’s electronic records.

5:02 p.m. Senator Menendez discussed human trafficking.

4:46 p.m. Senator Johnson paid tribute to Sgt Holmquist, from Wisconsin, who was killed in Chattanooga.

4:18 p.m. Semator Inhofe spoke about the Transportation Reauthorization bill and his adventures as the pilot of a small plane and the Pilots Bill of Rights

4:02 p.m. Senators Cassidy and Vitter spoke on the victims of the shooting in Louisiana last week; pass by UC S Res 31, honoring their memory and the work of the first responders.

3:50 p.m. Senator McCain spoke about environmental regulations.

3:20 p.m. Senators Hoeven and Stabenow spoke about food labeling.

2:27 p.m. Senators Boxer and Inhofe spoke about the highway bill.

2:17 p.m. Senator Wicker spoke about trucking regulations.

2:05 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke on the Americans with Disabilities Act.

2:03 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the highway bill.

The Senate convened at 2 p.m. and resumed consideration of the highway bill.

If all time is used, and no agreement reached, all post cloture time on the Kirk amendment #2327 (Ex-Im Bank) will expire at approximately 10:00 p.m. tonight.

Sunday July 26, 2015

The Senate has adjourned until 2:00 p.m. Monday, July 27th. Following leader remarks the Senate will resume consideration of H.R. 22, the highway bill.

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4:26 p.m. Senator Isakson paid tribute to Lance Corporal Skip Wells, one of the marines killed in Chattanooga, TN last week.

4:24 p.m. Senator Lee offered amendment #2282, Planned Parenthood funding and the chair ruled it was out of order. Senator Lee then appealed the ruling of the chair and the ruling of the chair was sustained by a voice vote.

4:12 p.m. Cloture on the Kirk amendment #2327 was invoked by a vote of 67 to 26. Senator Cruz’s appeal of the ruling of the chair was not agree to by a voice vote since there was not a sufficient second to hold a roll call vote and the ruling of the chair regarding Cruz’s amendment #2301 was sustained.

3:40 p.m The Senate is currently voting on the motion to invoke cloture on the Kirk amendment #2327, the Ex-Im bank reauthorization.

3:36 p.m. The motion to invoke cloture on the McConnell amendment #2328 was not invoked by a vote of 49-43. Senators Coons, Corker, Flake, Markey, Murkowski, Sanders, Sessions, and Toomey did not vote.

3:03 p.m. The Senate is currently voting on the motion to invoke cloture on the McConnell amendment #2328, ACA repeal.

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2:57 p.m Senator Cornyn spoke on Senator Cruz’s appeal of the chair.

2:50 p.m. Senator Cruz spoke on his appeal of the chair.

2:40 p.m. Senator Hatch spoke on Cruz’s appeal of the chair and Senate rules.

2:32 p.m. Senator Alexander spoke on Cruz’s appeal of the chair and Senate rules.

2:26 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke on the ACA.

2:19 p.m. Senator Boxer spoke on the highway bill and the ex-im bank.

2:08 p.m. Senator Reid spoke on the ex-im bank.

2:03 p.m. President Pro Tempore Hatch reminded Senators of Rule 19, which states that “no Senator in debate shall directly or indirectly by any form of words impute to another Senator or to other senators any conduct or motive unworthy or unbecoming a senator.”

ML McConnell spoke on the highway bill and S. 1861, to prohibit federal funding to Planned Parenthood Federation of America , was read a second time.

The Senate will convene at 2:00 p.m., and following any leader remarks, resume consideration of HR 22, the vehicle for the highway bill.

At approximately 3:00 p.m., up to three roll call votes:

1. Cloture on McConnell amendment #2328 (ACA repeal).

if cloture is not invoked, then

2. Cloture on Kirk amendment #2327 (Ex-Im reauthorization)

if cloture is invoked, then

3. Cruz appeal of the chair: Shall the ruling of the chair stand as the decision of the Senate? (Regarding his amendment #2301 on Iran)

 

Friday, July 24, 2015

12:29 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 2 p.m. Sunday, July 26.

12:27 p.m. Senator McConnell began Rule 14 proceedings to place on the calendar S. 1861, a bill to forbid federal subsidies for Planned Parenthood. He also announced that after the Senate recesses today, it will reconvene Sunday at 2 p.m. and will vote at 3 p.m. on cloture for Amendment #2328, to repeal the health care law.  If cloture on Obamacare repeal fails, the Senate would vote on cloture for Amendment #2327, to reauthorize the Ex-Im Bank.

11:33 a.m. Senator Hatch spoke about religious freedom.

11:22 a.m. Senator Gardner spoke on the Iran agreement.

10:42 a.m. Senator Peters spoke on the highway bill.

10:33 a.m. Senator Daines spoke on the highway bill.

10:20 a.m. Senator Boxer spoke on the highway bill.

9:56 a.m. Senator Cruz spoke about the Ex-Im Bank  and offered amendment #2301 to McConnell amendment #2266 to H.R. 22 but the chair ruled that the amendment was not in order because the tree is filled. Senator Cruz then appealed the ruling. A vote on the ruling of the chair is expected on Sunday.

9:46 a.m. Minority Leader Reid spoke about Senator McConnell’s filling of the “amendment tree” on the highway bill, the shootings in Louisiana and sequestration.

9:38 a.m. The Senate voted 51 to 26 to proceed to H.R. 22, the legislative vehicle for the highway bill.  Majority Leader McConnell filled the amendment tree on the bill, which included cloture motions on amendments to reauthorize the Ex-Im Bank and the Cruz amendment to repeal the health care law.

9:15 a.m. The Senate is voting on whether to proceed to the highway measure, H.R. 22.

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The Senate convened at 9 a.m.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

8:06 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will reconvene at 9:00 AM on Friday, July 24 when they will vote on the motion to proceed to H.R. 22, the vehicle for the highway bill. During wrap-up the Senate passed the following bills by voice vote:

  • H.R. 23-National windstorm impact reduction program
  • H.R. 2499-Amend the small business act to help Veteran entrepreneurs
  • H.R. 1626-Reduce duplication of technology at Homeland Security.
  • S.Res. 229-Designating July 26 as US Intelligence professionals day

6:55 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell said the vote on H.R. 22, the vehicle for the highway bill, will occur at 9 a.m. Friday. There will be no votes tonight.

4:12 p.m. Senator Perdue spoke about the Iran Nuclear agreement.

3:55 p.m. Senator Blumenthal spoke about the transportation bill.

3:43 p.m. Senator Hoeven spoke on the Country-of-Origin Labeling and Trade Enhancement Act of 2015.

3:35 p.m. Senator Franken spoke on minimum wage increases.

3:15 p.m Senators Capito and Portman spoke about the highway bill.

3:04 p.m. Senator Roberts spoke about the amendment he has filed on tariffs.

2:52 p.m. Senator Markey spoke about the Equality Act he has introduced, which relates to LGBT rights.

2:40 p.m. Senator Wicker spoke about the Feinstein-Wicker  amendment related to twin 33s — tractor-trailer trucks that haul two 33-foot trailers.

2:24 p.m. Senator Leahy spoke about the highway bill.

12:32 p.m. The Senate stands in recess until 2:15 p.m.

11:58 a.m. Senator Coats returned to speak about debts and deficits.

11:35 a.m. Senator Fisher spoke about the highway bill.

11:14 a.m. Senator Inhofe spoke about the highway bill.

10:57 a.m. Senator Coats spoke on waste fraud and abuse in the government.

10:31 a.m. Senator Inhofe spoke about the highway bill.

10:23 a.m. Senator Stabenow spoke about the highway bill.

9:35 a.m. Democratic Leader Reid spoke about veterans issues.

9:32 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke on the highway bill and on Iran.

The Senate convened at 9:30 a.m.

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to H.R.22, the vehicle for the Highways bill, post-cloture.

Please note, all time during the adjournment of the Senate will count post-cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R.22.