Wednesday, July 22, 2015

8:22 p.m. The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30 a.m. Thursday July 23, 2015.

8:21 p.m. Senator McConnell did wrap-up.  The Senate passed S 1599, as amended, to protect antitrust whistleblowers.

8:04 p.m. By a roll call vote of 62-36, the Senate invoked cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R. 22, the Highway Bill.  Sixteen Democrats (including the two independents) voted for: Boxer, Donnelly, Durbin, Feinstein, Heitkamp, King, Klobuchar, Leahy, Manchin, McCaskill, Nelson, Sanders, Schatz, Shaheen, Tester, Whitehouse.  Six Republicans voted against: Cruz, Lee, Paul, Rubio, Shelby, Toomey. Absent were: Murkowski and Boozman.

6:19 p.m. The Senate returned from the recess.

4:30 p.m The Senate recessed subject to the call of the chair.

4:00 p.m. Senators Brown, Coons and Merkley spoke about predatory lending and mortgage regulation.

3:30 p.m. Senator Hatch spoke about the Iran Nuclear Deal.

2:52 p.m. Senator Inhofe said he hopes the vote on cloture on the motion to proceed within the hour.

2:00 Senator Lankford spoke on the 5th anniversary of Dodd Frank.

1:23 p.m. Senator Tillis spoke on Veterans Affairs and his amendments to the Murray veterans womens health bill that did not move forward in a VA committee markup today.

12:55 p.m. Senator Inhofe spoke about the Highway bill.  He said there will be another vote on the motion to proceed today, but he did not specify when.

11:30 a.m. Senator Blumenthal spoke in support of Senator Murray’s bill.

11:25 a.m. Senator Murray spoke about her frustration at obstacles to her veteran women’s health bill that prevented its progress in the veterans committee markup today.

11:10 a.m. Senator Collins spoke on cyberscurity and the OPM data breach.

11 a.m. Senator Tillis spoke about the Iran deal.

10:49 a.m. Senator Coats spoke about the Iran agreement.

10:39 a.m. Senator Barrasso spoke about the Iran agreement.

10:34 a.m. Senator Isakson spoke about the Iran agreement.

10:21 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the Iran nuclear deal.

10:11 a.m. Minority Leader Reid spoke about the possibility that the cloture vote on the highway measure will succeed today. He also spoke about the pace of action on judicial nominations.

10:03 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell said that later today the Senate will reconsider Tuesday’s failed cloture vote on the motion to proceed to the highway measure. He repeated his warning that the Senate will work on the highway bill Saturday. He spoke about the Iran nuclear deal.

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The Senate will convene at 10 a.m. and will be in morning business.

So far, no votes have been scheduled for today.

The pending business is the motion to proceed to H.R. 22, the legislative vehicle for the highway bill.

On Tuesday, a cloture vote failed on the motion to proceed.

A motion to reconsider the cloture vote has been entered.

 

Tuesday, Jul 21, 2015

7:22 p.m. Senate adjourned until 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 22nd. No votes have been scheduled.

6:15 p.m. Senator Perdue spoke on the Dodd/Frank Act.

5:58 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke on climate change (his 107th speech on the topic).

5:42 p.m. Senator Thune spoke about the highway bill and the Iran nuclear agreement.

5:03 p.m. Senator Inhofe and Cornyn spoke in favor of the highway bill.

5:00 p.m. Senator Boxer spoke on the highway bill.

4:50 p.m. Senator Reid said that Senate Democrats will be caucusing tomorrow at noon and will discuss the highway bill in that meeting.  He stated that Senators need a chance to review the bill before moving forward.

4:47 p.m.  The vote on the cloture motion on the motion to proceed to H.R. 22, failed by a vote of 41 to 56. ML McConnell said he hopes that they can find a path forward on the highway bill.  He also said the Senate will be in session this weekend on Saturday and Sunday in order to complete the bill before the August recess. Senate then proceeded to a period of morning business.

4:20 p.m. Senate is now voting on the cloture motion on the motion to proceed to H.R. 22, the legislative vehicle for the highway  bill.

12:28 p.m.  Senator Inhofe spoke in support of the deal. He cautioned Senators to submit amendments on time and support the motion to proceed

12:27 p.m. Senator McConnell announced that the cloture vote on the motion to proceed to the highway bill will be moved back to 4:00 p.m.

12:23 p.m. Senator Boxer thanked Senator Reid and spoke in support of the agreement.

12:22 p.m. Senator Reid said he needs time to read and review the bill.

12:20 p.m. Senator McConnell announced that he and Senator Boxer have reached a deal on a 6-year highway bill with three years guaranteed funding for the highway trust fund.  Senators will review the deal during party lunches.

11:57 Senators Wicker, Corker and Alexander spoke about the shootings of Marines and a Naval recruiter this week.

11:50 a.m. Senator Markey spoke about the Horizon mission to Pluto.

11:45 p.m. Senator Donnelly spoke about the retirement of Admiral James Winifield Jr.

11:20 a.m. Senator Vitter spoke in favor of his amendment and standalone bill that would end the exemption from Obamacare/the Affordable Care Act for members of Congress and the Senate, their staffs and employees of the administration.

10:54 a.m. Senator Inhofe spoke about the highway bill.

10:48 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell took steps under Rule 14 to place on the calendar H.R. 3038, the highway bill. Senator McConnell said discussions continue on a deal for a multi-year highway bill. He also spoke about the Chattanooga shootings.

10:32 a.m. Senator Murray spoke about overtime protection measures.

10:02 a.m. Minority Leader Reid answered Donald Trump’s criticism of Sen. John McCain.

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

At 2:15 p.m., there will be a cloture vote on the motion to proceed to H.R. 22, the legislative vehicle for the Highway bill.

Friday, July 17, 2015

The Senate convened at 10:40 a.m. for a pro-forma session, with no business conducted. Presiding officer was President Pro Tem Hatch.

The Senate is now adjourned until Tuesday, July 21 at 10:00 a.m. At that time, proceed to a period of morning business until 12:30pm.

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

• At 2:15pm, the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R. 22 [the intended legislative vehicle for a highway bill].

Thursday, July 16, 2015

6:05 p.m. The Senate has adjourned until tomorrow, Friday, July 17th at 10:40 a.m. for a pro forma session only. The Senate will next convene on Tuesday, July 21st at 10:00 a.m. and a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on H.R. 22 (the vehicle for a highway bill) is expected at 2:15 p.m.

During wrap-up:

S.139, to allow an exclusion under the supplemental security income program, was passed by unanimous consent.

H.R. 3038, extension of federal-aid highway and highway safety bill, had its first reading.

During today’s session, the Senate passed S. 1177, the Every Child Achieves Act and  S. 192-Older Americans Act.

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6:02 p.m. ML McConnell spoke on the shooting in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

5:28 p.m. Senator Heitkamp spoke on Vietnam veteran’s of North Dakota and the export/ import bank.

5:21 p.m. The Senate passed S. 192-Older Americans Act-by voice vote.

4:52 p.m. Senator Enzi spoke on coal.

4:27 p.m. Senator Hatch spoke on the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

4:16 p.m. Senator Lankford spoke on Planned Parenthood.

3:08 p.m. Senator Whitehouse and Senator Collins spoke about Older Americans Act.

2:59 p.m. Senator Coats spoke about government waste.

2:40 p.m. Senator Alexander and Senator Murray spoke about passage of S. 1177.

2:39 S. 1177, Education reauthourization adoped 81-17.  No votes: Blunt, Booker, Crapo, Cruz, Daines, Flake, Lee, Moran, Murphy, Paul, Risch, Rubio, Sasse, Scott, Shelby,Vitter and Warren.  Senators not voting: Graham and NElson.

2:20 p.m.  Roll call vote begins on final passage of S. 1177.

2:14 p.m. Cloture invoked on S. 1177 by a vote of 79-18.  No votes: Booker, Blunt, Cardin, Crapo, Cruz, Daines, Gillibrand, Lee, Mikulski, Moran, Murphy, Paul, Risch, Sasse, Schumer, Shelby, Vitter, and Warren.

1:47 p.m. The Senate began voting on cloture on S. 1177.

1:41 p.m. Senator Alexander and Senator Corker engaged in a colloquy about violence in Chatanooga, Tennessee.

1:31 p.m. Senator Udall spoke about New Mexicans affected by nuclear testing.

1:24 p.m. Senator Manchin spoke on his substance abuse and addiction amendment.

1:16 p.m. Senator Gardner spoke about dual enrollment programs enabling high school students to earn college credit.

1:15 p.m.  The Senate adopted the Peters amendment #2095 and the subsitute amendment (as amendmend)#2089, by voice vote.

1:13 p.m. The following amendments were agreed to by voice vote: Hatch #2082, Warren #2106, Schatz #2130, Murphy #2186, Nelson #2215 (as modified), Manchin #2222, Bozeman #2231, Baldwin #2188, Capito #2156, Thune #2232, King #2256, Schatz #2240, Warren #2249.

1:07 p.m. Senator Thune spoke on his amendment regarding violent prevention activities.

1:06 p.m. Casey amendment not agreed to 45-52.  Senators not voting: Graham, Nelson, and Rubio.

12:45 p.m. Roll call vote began on the Casey amendment #2242.  (60 vote threshold)

12:43 p.m. Brown amendment agreed to 53-44.  Republicans in favor: Ayotte, Blunt, Capito, Collins, Hoeven, Isakson, and Portman.  Senators not voting: Graham, Nelson, and Rubio.

12:23 p.m. Roll call vote began on the Brown amendment #2100.

12:20 p.m. Burr amendment agreed to 59-39.  Democrats/Independents in favor: Bennet, Boxer, Cantwell, Donnelly, Feinstein, Franken, Heitkamp, King, Klobuchar, McCaskill, Merkley, Murray, Shaheen, Tester, Udall, and Wyden.   Republicans against: Capito, Cassidy, Fischer, Johnson, Kirk, Lee, Portman, Sasse, Toomey, and Vitter.  Senators not voting: Graham and Nelson.

12:03 p.m. Roll call vote began on the Burr amendment #2247.

12:00 p.m. Coons amendment agreed to 68-30. Republicans voting in favor: Ayotte, Blunt, Boozman, Capito, Cotton, Crapo, Cruz, Daines, Gardner, Hoeven, Inhofe, Kirk, McCain, Moran, Risch, Rubio, Sasse, Scott, Sullivan, Toomey, and Vitter.  Senators not voting: Graham and Nelson.

11:42 a.m. Roll call vote began on the Coons amendment #2243.

11:41 a.m. Sanders amendment not agreed to 43-55.  Democrat/Independent voting against: King and Manchin.  Senators not voting: Graham and Nelson.

11:23 a.m. Roll call vote began on the Sanders amendment #2177.

11:21 a.m.  Cruz amendment not agreed to 40-58.  Republicans voting against: Alexander, Ayotte, Capito, Cochran, Collins, Corker, Flake, Gardner, Kirk, Murkowski, Portman, Rounds, and Thune.  Senators not voting: Graham and Nelson.

10:56 a.m. The Senate began voting on Cruz amendment #2180 to S. 1177.

10:30 a.m. Senator Alexander said the education bill appears likely to pass this afternoon.

10:25 a.m. Senator Murray spoke about the education bill.

10:16 a.m. Senator Barrasso spoke about the recent Supreme Court ruling on coal.

10 a.m. Senator Ayotte spoke about the revision of the public school testing system under the reauthorization of the public school education bill.

9:39 a.m. Minority Leader Reid spoke about the education, highway and Export-Import Bank reauthorizations.

9:34 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the “Every Child” education bill. He secured consent for a cloture vote to occur on the highway bill (H.R. 22) next Tuesday, July 21, at 2:15 p.m.

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The Senate will come to order at 9:30 am Thursday, July 16, 2015.

At 10:45, the Senate will begin a series of votes in relation to up to 20 amendments to S. 1177, the Education bill:
Cruz #2180, Sanders #2177, Coons, #2243, Burr #2247 (as modified, Brown #2100, Casey #2242, Hatch #2082, Warren #2106, Schatz #2130, Murphy #2186, Nelson #2215 (as modified), Manchin #2222, Bozeman #2231, Baldwin #2188, Capito #2156, Thune #2232, King #2256, Schatz #2240, Warren #2249.

Further votes are expected throughout the day.

 

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

6:22 p.m. The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30 Thursday, July 16, 2015.

At 10:45, the Senate will begin a series of votes in relation to up to 20 amendments:
Cruz #2180, Sanders #2177, Coons, #2243, Burr #2247 (as modified, Brown #2100, Casey #2242, Hatch #2082, Warren #2106, Schatz #2130, Murphy #2186, Nelson #2215 (as modified), Manchin #2222, Bozeman #2231, Baldwin #2188, Capito #2156, Thune #2232, King #2256, Schatz #2240, Warren #2249.

5:50 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about the Education bill.

5:30 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke on global warming.

5:18 p.m. Senator Lankford spoke on the Education bill and about federal control of education funds.

4:59 p.m. Senator Inhofe spoke on the Highway bill.

4:56 p.m. Senator Murray spoke in morning business to pay tribute to Dr. Elson Floyd, the late president of Washington State University.

4:45 p.m. Senator Portman spoke against the Burr amendment.

4:30 p.m. The Senate did not adopt the Murphy amendment #2241 by a roll call vote of 43-54.  Republican in favor: Portman.  Democrats opposed: King, Shaheen, Tester. Senators absent: Cruz, Graham and Nelson.

4:26 p.m. Kirk amendment #2161 not agreed to by a vote of 46-50. Republicans in favor: Hatch, Heller, Kirk, Murkowski, and Portman. Democrats against: Manchin and Tester. Indpendent against: King

4:07 p.m. Roll call vote began on the Kirk amendment #2161.

4:05 p.m. Heitkamp amendment not agreed to 58-39.  (60 vote threshold.)  Republicans in favor: Ayotte, Cassidy, Collins, Daines, Ernst, Heller, Hoeven, Kirk, Moran, Murkowski, Portman, Sullivan and Thune. Not voting: Graham and Nelson.

3:46 p.m.  Roll call vote began on the Heitkamp amendment #2171.

3:44 p.m. Markey amendment not agreed to 44-53.  Democrats against: Heitkamp, Manchin, and Tester.  Republicans in favor: Ayotte  and Kirk.  Not voting: Graham and Nelson.

3:19 p.m. Roll call vote began on the Markey amendment #2176, with a 60 vote threshold.

3:15 p.m. Senator Markey spoke in favor of his amendment, with Senator Alexander speaking against it.

3:04 p.m Senator Alexander acheives UC that at 3:15 p.m., proceed to roll call votes on the following amendments in the order listed, with all requiring 60 affirmative votes:

1. Markey #2176 regarding climate change education program.

2. Heitkamp #2171 reinstating grants to improve mental health of children.

3. Kirk #2161 ensuring states measure and report indicators of student access to critical educational resources.

4. Murphy #2241 to amend the accountability provisions.

3:04 p.m  Senator Alexander acheived UC to withdraw the Wicker amendment #2144.

2:54 p.m.  Senators Murray and Hirono spoke on the education bill.

2:40 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on the Iran deal.

2:21 p.m. Senator Sanders spoke on the education bill and  against “No Child Left Behind”.

2:02 p.m. Senator Casey spoke about the education bill.

1:53 p.m. Senator Murphy spoke on civil rights in relation to the education bill.

1:47 p.m. Senators Toomey spoke on the Burr title 1 amendment.

1:20 p.m.  Senators Bennet and Booker spoke on accountability provisions in the education bill.

1:07 p.m. Senator Blunt spoke on the Iran deal.

1:06 p.m. Cloture invoked on Alexander Substitute amendment 86-12.  No votes: Blunt, Crapo, Cruz, Daines, Lee, Moran, Paul, Risch, Rubio, Sasse, Shelby, and Vitter. Senators Graham and Nelson did not vote.

List of 24 amendments in vote queue expected to begin around 2:30/3:00 p.m. today, with the possibility of some being delayed until tomorrow morning.

  • Brown amendment to amend title V of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to establish a full-service community schools grant program. (#2100)
  • Heitkamp amendment to reinstate grants to improve the mental health of children. (#2171)  Subject to an affirmative 60-vote threshold.
  • Coons amendment to authorize the establishment of American Dream Accounts. (#2243)  Subject to an affirmative 60-vote threshold.
  • Kirk amendment to ensure that States measure and report on indicators of student access to critical educational resources and identify disparities in such resources, and for other purposes. (#2161)  Subject to an affirmative 60-vote threshold.
  • Burr amendment to amend the allocation of funds under subpart 2 of part A of title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. (#2247, as modified)
  • Hatch amendment to amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 relating to early learning. (#2082)
  • Warren amendment to amend title II of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to include specialized instructional support personnel in the literacy development of children. (#2106)
  • Wicker amendment to provide States and local educational agencies with resources on climate theory to promote improved science education. (#2144)  Subject to an affirmative 60-vote threshold.
  • Markey amendment to establish a climate change education program. (#2176)  Subject to an affirmative 60-vote threshold.
  • Murphy amendment to amend the accountability provisions. (#2241)  Subject to an affirmative 60-vote threshold.
  • Sanders amendment to provide for youth jobs, and for other purposes. (#2177)  Subject to an affirmative 60-vote threshold.
  • Casey amendment to establish a Federal-State partnership to provide access to high-quality public prekindergarten programs from low-income and moderate-income families to ensure that they enter kindergarten prepared for success, and for other purposes. (#2242)  Subject to an affirmative 60-vote threshold.
  • Cruz amendment to provide for State-determined assessment and accountability systems, and for other purposes. (#2180)
  • Schatz amendment to amend title I to support assessments of school facilities. (#2130)
  • Murphy amendment to establish the Promise Neighborhoods program. (#2186)
  • Nelson amendment to include partnering with current and recently retired STEM professionals and tailoring educational resources to engage students and teachers in STEM. (#2215, as modified)
  • Manchin amendment to amend the State requirements of section 1111 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 in order to support children facing substance abuse in the home. (#2222)
  • Boozman amendment to support professional development to help students prepare for postsecondary education and the workforce. (#2231)
  • Baldwin amendment to ensure States will ensure the unique needs of students at all levels of schooling. (#2188)
  • Capito amendment to amend the State report card under section 1111 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act on 1965 to include the rates of enrollment in postsecondary education, and remediation rates, for high schools. (#2156)
  • Thune amendment to allow extended services Project SERV grants under part A of title IV of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to be available for violence prevention activities. (#2232)
  • King amendment to amend the definitions of eligible technology and technology readiness survey and to provide a restriction of funds. (#2256)
  • Schatz amendment to provide resources needed to study and review Native American language medium schools and programs. (#2240)
  • Warren amendment to amend section 1111(c) of the ESEA to require States to provide an assurance regarding cross-tabulation of student data. (#2249)

Managers package agreed to by UC upon cloture being invoked:

  1. McCain-Reid 2111
  2. Bennet-Ayotte 2141
  3. Ayotte 2145
  4. Udall 2149
  5. Feinstein-Cornyn- Gardner 2150
  6. Carper-Ayotte 2151 (modified with the changes at the desk)
  7. King-Capito 2154
  8. Thune 2155
  9. Flake 2157
  10. Lee 2234
  11. Booker 2170
  12. Coons-Reed-Blunt 2178
  13. McCain 2181
  14. Whitehouse 2185
  15. Blunt-Cardin-Mikulski-Collins  2195
  16. Gillibrand 2216
  17. Graham 2199
  18. Alexander 2201
  19. Bennet 2225
  20. Booker 2224
  21. Cornyn 2227

The Warren amendment #2120 was withdrawn.

12:27 p.m Roll call vote began on cloture on the Alexander substitute amendment to S. 1177.

12:18 p.m. Senator Alexander announced a unanimous consent package to include these elements: cloture vote immediately on a substitute to include a managers’ package of 21 amendments; votes to consider 21 more amendments, if cloture is invoked, beginning at 2:30 p.m.

11:50 a.m. Senator King spoke about the Iran nuclear agreement.

10:26 a.m. Senator Merkley spoke about his amendment (#2203) to the education bill. The amendment seeks more spending for public school education.

9:37 a.m. Minority Leader Reid spoke about the Kentucky floods, global warming and aspects of the highway bill, including auto safety and drunk-driving penalties.

9:32 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about floods in Kentucky, the Iraq nuclear deal and the education bill.

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The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m. to continue debate on reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (the “Every Child” bill, S. 1177).

At 10:30 a.m., there will be a cloture vote on the Alexander-Murray substitute amendment (#2089).

If cloture is invoked on the substitute, up to 30 hours of post-cloture will ensue, followed by a vote on adoption of the substitute.  If cloture is not invoked, the Senate will immediately proceed to a cloture vote on the underlying education bill.

Meanwhile, Majority Senator McConnell has filed cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R. 22 (the intended legislative vehicle for a highway bill).  Absent a time agreement, that cloture vote will occur one hour after the Senate convenes tomorrow — or after action is completed on the underlying education bill, in the event that cloture is invoked on it, whichever occurs last.

Besides the managers’ substitute, here are the amendments pending to the education bill

—  Peters amendment (#2095) to facilitate subsidies for financial literacy programs;

— Warren amendment (#2120), regarding the cross-tabulation of student data;

— Kirk amendment (#2161) to track equality of access to educational resources.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

7:30 The Senate confirmed en bloc executive calendar nominations #133-138. The Senate adopted S. 756, S.1482, S. Res 204 and S. Res 223. The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30 Wednesday, July 15th.

6:50 Senator Brown spoke in morning business on the fifth anniversary of the Dodd/Franken Act.

6:40 Senator McConnell offered a Motion to Proceed to HR. 22,an act to amend the IRC of 1986. He then immediately filed cloture on the motion to proceed to HR. 22 and then withdrew the motion to proceed to HR. 22.

6:30 Senator Whitehouse about the education bill.

6:15 Senator Murkowski spoke about the education bill.

5:50 Senator Burr spoke about the education bill.

5:40 p.m. Senator Thune spoke on the Iran sanctions.

5:30 p.m. Senator Peters spoke on his amendment regarding financial literacy.

5:10 p.m. Senator Coons spoke about the education bill.

5:00 p.m. The Senate did not agree to the Lee amendment by roll call vote of 32-64. The Senate immediately proceeded to a vote on the Franken amendment. It was subject to a 60 vote threshold therefor was not agreed to by a roll call vote of 52-45. The Senate announced there would be no more votes the remainder of the day.

4:31 p.m. The Senate is currently voting on the Lee amendment #2162.

4:28 p.m The Senate adopted the Bennet amendment #2210 by voice vote.

4:26 p.m. The Senate adopted the Isakson amendment by a vote of 97 -0. Senators Graham, Nelson, and Rubio were absent.

4:00 The Senate began voting on the Isakson amendment #2194.

3:58 p.m. Senator Isakson and Murray spoke on the Isakson amendment.

3:45 p.m Senator Durbin spoke on title one funding.

3:38 p.m. Senator Heitkamp spoke on the education bill, and in favor of her amendment, #2171, which has not yet been brought up.

3:30 p.m. Senator Murray spoke on the Franken amendment

3:26 p.m. Senator Alexander spoke on the Isakson amendment.

3:21 p.m. Senator Isakson brought up his amendment, #2194.

3:15 p.m. Senator Alexander spoke against the Lee amendment.

3:11 p.m. Senator Lee brought up his amendment #2162 regarding parental notification and opt-out of national testing.

3:02 p.m. Senator Bennet spoke about the education bill.

2:47 p.m. Senator Donnelly spoke on education.

2:15 p.m. Senator Mikulski spoke against cuts in Title 1 funding.

12:49 p.m. The Senate is now voting on the Booker amendment #2169.

12:46 p.m. The Scott amendment #2132 was not agreed to by a vote of 45 to 51.

12:13 p.m. Roll call vote began on the Scott amendment #2132, with a 60 vote threshold.

12:12 p.m. Senator Alexander called up Senator Portmans amendment #2137.

12:11 p.m. Senator Bennet called up his amendments, #2159 and #2210, and Senator Bookers amendment #2169.

12:07  p.m Senator Alexander acheived the following UC: At 12:10 p.m roll call votes on Scott #2132 and Booker #2169, followed by voice votes on Portman #2137 and Bennet #2159.  At 4:00 p.m. Roll call votes on Isakson #2194, Bennet #2210, Lee #2162, and Franken #2093.   The Scott and Franken amendments are subject to 60 vote thresholds.

12:00 p.m. Senator Schatz spoke on proposals for changes in overtime benefits.

11:50 a.m. Senator Murray spoke on the education bill.

11:40 a.m. Senator Vitter spoke about his sanctuaries amendment.

11:30 a.m. Senator Schumer joins Senator Casey in discussing the Casey amendment, before discussing the Burr amendment on Title 1.

11:26 a.m. Senator Casey attempts to call up his amendment, #2152 regarding pre-K, Senator Alexander objected to setting aside the pending amendment.

11:12 a.m. Senator Alexander said the bill managers want votes today on a dozen amendments.

11:05 a.m. Senator Warren spoke about overtime rules.

10:55 a.m. Senator Scott spoke about his amendment to improve the access of poor children to education.

10:36 a.m. Senator Tester spoke about the education bill.

10:32 a.m. Senator Murray spoke about the education bill.

10:28 a.m. Senator Alexander spoke about the education bill.

10:26 a.m. Senator Reid spoke about a possible deal for amendments.

10:24 a.m. Senator Alexander spoke about a possible deal to consider amendments before Wednesday’s cloture votes.

10:12 a.m. Minority Leader Reid about cloture on the education bill, budget concerns and the Confederate flag.

10:04 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the Iran nuclear deal.

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The Senate will convene at 10 a.m. to resume debate on the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (the “Every Child Achieves” bill, S. 1177).

No votes have been scheduled for today. On Wednesday (unless there is a new agreement) there will be a cloture vote on the managers’ substitute (#2089), one hour after the Senate convenes.

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

Filing deadline is 2:30 p.m. for first degree amendments to the substitute (#2089) and the underlying bill (S. 1177).

Besides the substitute, these amendments to the education bill are pending:

o    Peters amendment (#2095) to let “parent and family engagement”  funds subsidize financial literacy programs;

*   Warren amendment (#2120) to Section 1111(d) of the ESEA, regarding the cross-tabulation of student data;

o    Kirk amendment (#2161) to promote equal access to educational resources;

o    Scott amendment (#2132) to let Title I funds follow low-income children;

o    Franken amendment (#2093) to end discrimination based on sex or sexual orientation.

 

Monday, July 13, 2015

The Senate has adjourned until 10 a.m., Tuesday, July 14th. Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of S. 1177 and will recess from 12:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. for weekly policy lunches.

ML McConnell filed cloture on the Alexander substitute amendment #2089 to S. 1177 and S. 1177.

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7:05 p.m. Senator Reid spoke on the Every Child Achieves Act and Republican leadership.

6:51 p.m. Senator Baldwin spoke on the Student Non-discrimination Act.

6:44 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke on 20th Anniversary of the normalization of the diplomatic relations with Vietnam.

6:36 p.m. Senators Brown spoke on the Healthy Family Act.

6:21 p.m. Senators Wicker and Shaheen spoke on the Srebrenica massacre.

6:20 p.m. The Kaine amendment #2118 is agreed to by voice vote.

6:19 p.m. Hatch amendment #2080 agreed to 89-0.

5:33 p.m. Roll call vote began on the Hatch amendment #2080 to S.1177.

5:20 p.m. Senator Kaine spoke on the Every Child Achieves Act.

5:14 p.m. Senator Mikulski spoke on the OPM data breach.

5:00 p.m. Senator Blumenthal spoke on the education bill.

4:52 p.m. Senator Daines spoke on Iran sanctions.

4:42 p.m. Senators Murray and Alexander spoke about the education bill.

4:19 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about immigration and sanctuary policy.

4:10 p.m. Senator Markey spoke on privacy of students data.

3:45 p.m. Senator Franken spoke on the student non-discrimination act.

3:42 p.m. Senators Roberts and Capito spoke on S. 1177, the education re-authorization.

3:35 p.m. Senator Leahy spoke on the recent World Cup win by the US Women’s National Team.

3:19 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke on tobacco, Haiti, and concussions.

3:03 p.m.  Democratic Leader Reid spoke about the recent National Monument designation of parts of Nevada.

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The Senate convened at 3:00 p.m., and resumed consideration of the “Every Child” bill, S. 1177, the re-authorization of elementary and secondary education act, with revisions in the public school testing system.

A roll call vote is expected at 5:30 p.m. on the Hatch amendment #2080, followed by a voice vote on the Kaine amendment #2118.   

 

Thursday, July 9, 2015

6:34 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 3 p.m. Monday, July 13, whereupon it will resume consideration of S. 1177, the elementary and secondary education bill.

6:29 p.m. In wrap-up, Leader McConnell secured voice-vote approval of these measures:

— H.R. 2620 (cotton futures);

— S. 143 (improvements to Merchant Marine Academy);

— S. 1180 (Homeland Security);

— S. 1359 (commercial warranties on the Internet);

— En bloc: S. Res. 219, 220, 221

The Senate also accepted a letter of resignation from the U.S. Air Force Academy Board of Visitors.

5:59 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke about aspects of the education bill.

5:38 p.m. Senator Heitkamp spoke about North Dakotans who died during wartime service in Vietnam.

5:23 p.m. Senator Hatch spoke about the health care law.

5:02 p.m. Senator Franken spoke in favor of provisions in the bill to improve school counseling and after-school programs.

4:54 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the value of state-level innovation of school programs.

4:45 p.m. Senator Baldwin spoke about her amendment to improve the allocation of educational resources.

4:24 p.m Senator Casey spoke about Early Learning and the Every Child Achieves Act.

4:12 p.m. Senator Rounds spoke about removing CEO pay legislation from Dodd/Frank.

3:44 p.m. Senator Udall spoke on the Every Child Achieves Act.

3:26 p.m. Senator Boxer spoke on the Every Child Achieves Act.

3:13 p.m. Senator Kaine spoke on the Every Child Achieves Act.

3:03 p.m. Senator Hoeven spoke on the Every Child Achieves Act.

3:01 p.m. Senator Murray offered Franken amendment #2093 and Kaine amendment #2118 en bloc.

Two votes are expected on Monday, July 13th at 5:30 p.m. on Hatch amendment #2080 and Kaine amendment #2118 to S. 1177.

3:00 p.m. Senator Alexander offered Kirk amendment #2161, Scott amendment #2132 and Hatch amendment #2080 en bloc.

2:59 p.m. The following amendments to S.1177 were passed by unanimous consent en bloc:

  • Gardner #2083
  • McCaskill #2092
  • Gillibrand #2108
  • Gardner #2119
  • Casey #2131
  • Klobuchar #2138

2:53 p.m. Senator Cotton spoke on immigration.

2:41 p.m. Senator Klobuchar spoke on the Every Child Achieves Act.

2:39 p.m. The motion to instruct conferees regarding H.R. 1735 was not agreed to by a vote of 44-52. The following Senators were appointed:

Senators McCain, Inhofe, Sessions, Wicker, Ayotte, Fischer,        Cotton, Rounds, Graham, Reed, Nelson, Manchin, and Gillibrand.

  • 2:15 p.m. Roll call vote began on the motion to instruct conferees.

2:14 p.m. Senator Enzi spoke agains the motion.

2:13 p.m. Senator Reed offers, and speaks in favor of his motion to instruct conferees.

2:11 p.m. By a vote of 81-15, cloture invoked on compound motion to go to conference on the House message to HR 1735.  Senators voting against: Booker, Brown, Cruz, Franken, Gillibrand, Leahy, Manchin, Markey, Menendez, Merkley, Paul, Reid, Sanders, Warren, and Wyden.  Senators King, Moran, Rubio, and Sasse did not vote.

1:45 p.m. Roll call vote began on the motion to invoke cloture  on the compound motion to go to conference on the House msg to H.R. 1735, DoD Authorization.

1:43 p.m. Senator McCain spoke on the pending vote in relation to the Defense Authorization.

1:20 p.m. Senator Coats gave his “waste of the week” speech which focused on IT spending.

1:00 p.m. Senator Vitter spoke on the murder of a San Fransisco woman by an illegal immigrant and “santurary” cities.

12:55 p.m. At 1:45 p.m. The Senate will have up to three votes. 1. cloture motion on the compound motion to go to conference on the House msg to H.R. 1735, DoD Authorization.  2. Adoption of the compound motion and 3. Reed motion to instruct conferees.

12:50 p.m. Senate passed the following amendments by voice vote: Portman #2147, Manchin #2103, Kaine #2096, Heller #2121, Feinstein #2087 and Fischer 2079.

12:45 p.m. The Toomey amend #2094 passed by a vote of 98 to 0.

12:24 p.m. Roll call vote began on the Toomey amendment, #2094.

12:21 p.m. Senators Toomey, Manchin, Alexander, and Murray spoke in favor of the Toomey amendment, #2094.

12:20 p.m. Brown amendment #2099 agreed to 98-0.  Senators King and Rubio did not vote.

12:05 p.m. Roll call vote began on the Brown amendment, #2099.

12:04 p.m. Senator Murray spoke in favor of the Brown amendment, #2099.

12:03 p.m. Senator Alexander acheived UC to vitiate the vote on the Warren amendment and the amendment remain pending.

12:02 p.m. Daines amendment #2110 not agreed to 44-54.  Senators King and Rubio did not vote.   Republicans voting against: Alexander, Capito, Cochran, Collins, Corker, Hatch, Kirk, Murkowski, and Portman.

11:35 a.m. Roll call vote begins on the Daines amendment, #2110 with a 60 vote threshold.

11:32 a.m. Senators Daines  and Alexander spoke on the Daines amendment, #2110.

11:23 a.m. Senator Wyden spoke on Equal Dignity for Married Taxpayers Act.

11:14 a.m. Senator Murray offered Warren amendment #2120, Brown amendment #2099, Manchin amendment #2103, Kaine amendment #2096 and Feinstein amendment #2087 en bloc.

11:12 a.m. Senator Alexander offered Portman amendment #2147 and Heller amendment #2121 en bloc.

11:03 a.m. Senator Lee spoke on the Every Child Achieves Act.

10:58 a.m. Senator Daines offered amendment #2110 to S. 1177.

10:55 a.m. Senator Portman spoke on the Every Child Achieves Act.

10:47 a.m. Senator Manchin spoke on his amendment #2103.

10:39 a.m. Senator Toomey spoke on his amendment #2094.

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At 11:30 a.m., the Senate will vote on the following amendments to S. 1177, the Every Child Achieves Act with the first 4 being roll call votes and the rest voice votes:

  1. Daines amendment #2110 (60 vote threshold)
  2. Warren amendment #2120
  3. Brown amendment #2099
  4. Toomey amendment #2094 (as modified)
  5. Portman amendment #2147
  6. Manchin amendment #2103
  7. Kaine amendment #2096
  8. Heller amendment #2121
  9. Feinstein amendment #2087
  10. Fischer amendment #2079

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10:o3 a.m. Senator Murray spoke about the education bill.

9:58 a.m. Senator Alexander spoke about differencs betwen the Senate and House versons of the education bill.

9:44 a.m. Minority Leader Reid spoke about the education bill, Republican legislative tactics in the last Congress, and this year’s appropriations bills.

9:33 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the education bill’s revision of the public school testing system. He also spoke about elections in Burma.

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The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m. and resume consideration of the “Every Child” bill — the reauthorization  the Elementary and Secondary Schools Act (S. 1177), with revisions in the school testing program.

Votes on amendments to the education bill are expected to begin at about 11:30 a.m.

Separately, Majority Leader McConnell may move to go to conference with the House on the 2015 defense authorization.  Senator McConnell may file cloture.  Votes on the motion to go to conference may occur Thursday.

The following amendments are currently pending to the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015 (S. 1177):

  • Alexander-Murray substitute (#2089)
    • Fischer amendment (#2079) to ensure local governance of education.
    • Peters amendment (#2095) to allow the use of parent and family engagement funds for financial literacy activities.

o    Toomey amendment (#2094) to protect children from sexual abuse by requiring background checks on school employees.

 

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

7:21 – Senate adjourned until 9:30 a.m. Thursday, July 9th.

7:15 p.m. Senator Blumenthal spoke on social/emotional education.

6:45 p.m. ML McConnell conducted wrap.  Senate passed by unanimous consent and en bloc three postal facility designation bills: H.R. 891; H.R. 1326 and H.R. 1350.  Senate also passed S Res 200 – wishing a happy 80th birthday to the Dalai Lama; S Res 218, congratulating the U.S. Women’s soccer team, FIFA world cup champions.  Senate will reconvene tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. and votes are expected tomorrow around 11:30 (TBD).

6:21 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke on climate change.

5:55 p.m. Sessions spoke on “santuary cities” and federal and state jurisdictions regarding criminal aliens.

5:53 p.m. The Murray amendment #2124 and the Bennet amendment #2115 were agreed to by voice vote.

5:52 p.m. Alexander amendment not agreed to 45-52.  Senators King, Rubio, and Stabenow did not vote.

5:24 p.m. Roll call vote began on the Alexander amendment # 2139. (60 vote threshold)

5:21 p.m.  Tester amendment agreed to 56-41.  Democrats voting against: Manchin.  Republicans voting in favor: Barrasso, Crapo, Daines, Enzi, Gardner, Heller, Hoeven, McCain, Moran, Murkowski, Risch, Sullivan, and Thune.  Senators King, Rubio, and Stabenow did not vote.

5:04 p.m. Roll call vote began on the Tester amendment #2107.

5:01 p.m. Hirono amendment not agreed to 47-50.  Republicans voting in favor: Gardner, Heller, and Kirk.  Senators King, Rubio, and Stabenow did not vote.

4:35 p.m. Roll call vote began on the Hirono amendment #2109.

4:33 p.m. Senators Hirono and Alexander spoke on the Hirono amendment, #2109.

4:14 p.m. Senator Toomey spoke on his amendment #2094, regarding background checks for school employees.

4:08 p.m. Senator Menendez paid tribute to the US Womens National Soccer team on their recent World Cup victory.

4:06 p.m. Senators Alexander and Murray called up the five amendments listed below that will recieve votes at 4:30 p.m.

3:58 p.m. Senators Flake and Murray spoke on the Every Child Achieves Act.

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At 4:30 p.m., the Senate will vote on the following amendments to S.1177 (3 roll call votes expected, final two amdts expected by voice vote):

  • Hirono amendment #2109
  • Tester amendment #2107
  • Alexander amendment #2139 (60 vote threshold)
  • Murray amendment #2124
  • Bennet amendment #2115

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3:42 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke on the Every Child Achieves Act.

3:36 p.m. Senator Reed spoke on the Every Child Achieves Act.

3:30 p.m Senator Murray spoke on the Every Child Achieves Act.

3:12 p.m. Senator Sanders spoke on the Every Child Achieves Act.

3:05 p.m. Senator Daines spoke on the Every Child Achieves Act.

2:54 p.m. Senator Shaheen spoke on the Every Child Achieves Act.

2:45 p.m Senator Alexander spoke on his amendment-Scholarships for Kids Act.

2:33 p.m Senator Thune spoke on the Every Child Achieves Act.

2:26 p.m. Senator Brown spoke on the Every Child Achieves Act.

2:15 p.m. Senator Isakson spoke on the Every Child Achieves Act.

2:15 p.m. The Senate reconvened and resumed consideraiton of S. 1177.

12:49 Senate stands in recess until 2:15 p.m.

12:48  Senate agreed to the Rounds amendment #2078 and the Warner amendment #2086 by voice vote.

12:47 p.m Reed amendment agreed to 98-0.  (Senators King and Rubio did not vote)

12:04 p.m. Roll call vote began on the Reed amendment, #2085 to the Every Child Acheives Act.

11:57 a.m. Senator Mikulski spoke on the Every Child Achieves Act.

11:51 a.m. Senator Cochran spoke on the Every Child Achieves Act.

11:49 a.m. Senator Bennett spoke on the Every Child Achieves Act.

11:43 a.m. Senator Rounds spoke on the Every Child Achieves Act.

11:39 a.m. Senator Reed spoke on the Every Child Achieves Act.

11:30 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on the Every Child Achieves Act.

11:11 a.m. Senator Bennett spoke on the Every Child Achieves Act.

10:52 a.m. Senator Barasso spoke about the Iran talks.

10:50 a.m. Senator Alexander secured consent for votes on these amendments at noon: roll call on Reed #2085, to improve libraries; voice votes on Rounds #2078, to study education in poor and rural areas of Indian country, and Warner #2086, to pay for fiscal support teams.

10:39 a.m. Senator Hirono used personal experience to highlight distinctions among Americans of Asian and Pacific islands descent. She spoke for her amendment (#2109) to address the needs of such students.

10:27 a.m. Senator Murray spoke about the need to revise the school testing system.

10:13 a.m. Senator Alexander said he will recommend adoption of a number of amendments pending to the education bill. He spoke about the value of goals and testing in the public schools, and of revisions in the system.

10:08 a.m. Minority Leader Reid spoke about Republican handling of the education law in earlier Congresses; about upcoming legislative deadlines; and about the defense authorization bill.

10:03 a.m. Majorty Leader McConnell spoke about the “Every Child” elementary and secondary education bill, S. 1177.

NOTE: At 2 p.m. Wednesday, Senator Toomey will hold a Pen & Pad in the Senate Press Gallery (Room S-316 of the Capitol). He will discuss his legislation to require background checks on school employees, an amendment to the education bill (S. 1177).

The Senate will convene at 10 a.m. and after leader remarks will resume consideration of S. 1177, the reauthorization of the elementary and secondary schools law (the “Every Child Achieves Act”).

Roll call votes are expected this morning on amendments to the education bill.

These amendments are pending to S. 1177:

  • Alexander-Murray substitute (#2089)
  •  Fischer amendment (#2079) to ensure local governance of education.
  • Peters amendment (#2095) to allow the use of certain federal funds for financial literacy activities.
  • Rounds amendment (#2078) to require a study of public school education in rural and poor areas of Indian country.
  • Reed amendment (#2085) to improve school library programs.
  • Warner amendment (#2086) to allow the use of certain funds for fiscal support teams.
  • Toomey amendment (#2094) to protect children from sex offenders in the public schools.

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

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

The Senate has adjourned until 10:00 a.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, July 8th. Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of S. 1177, the Every Child Achieves Act and recess from 12:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. for weekly caucus lunches.

S.286, To Amend the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Acts, was passed by unanimous consent during wrap-up.

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6:50 p.m. Senator Cotton spoke on nuclear negotiations with Iran.

6:19 p.m. Senator Lee paid tribute to Boyd Kay Packer, President of the Quorum of the 12 Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

6:07 p.m. Senator Collins spoke on the Every Child Achieves Act.

6:03 p.m. Senator Fischer spoke on the Every Child Achieves Act.

6:02 p.m. The nomination of Kara Farnandez Stoll to be the U.S. Circuit Judge for the Federal Circuit was confirmed by a vote of 95-0.

5:26 p.m. Senator Leahy spoke in favor of the nomination of Kara Farnandez Stoll to be the U.S. Circuit Judge for the Federal Circuit.

5:26 p.m. Senator Toomey offered amendment #2094 to amendment #2089 to S.1177.

5:16 p.m. The following amendments were offered to amendment #2089 to S.1177, the Every Child Achieves Act:

  • Alexander for Fischer amendment #2079
  • Alexander for Murray amendment #2095
  • Alexander for Rounds amendment #2078
  • Murray for Reed amendment #2085
  • Murray for Warner amendment #2086

5:03 p.m. Senator Toomey spoke on Protecting Students from Sexual and Violent Predators Act.

4:50 p.m. Senator Reed spoke on the Every Child Achieves Act.

4:39 p.m. Senator Hatch spoke on the Every Child Achieves Act.

4:35 p.m. Senator Warren spoke on the economic crash and size of banks in the US.

4:25 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about passing the trade bill and the progress the Senate has made under republican leadership.

4:20 p.m. Senator Alexander offered his substitute amendment #2089 and asked UC for committees to meet during today’s session.

3:57 p.m. Senator Booker spoke about the education bill.

3:45 p.m. Senator Murray spoke about the education bill.

2:52 p.m. Senator Alexander spoke about the education bill.

2:50 p.m. Senator Reid spoke about Republican procedural maneuvers during the last Congress.

2:49 p.m. Senator Alexander spoke about the bipartisan consideration of the education bill.

2:37 p.m. Minority Leader Reid spoke about the lapsed deadline for action on the Export-Import Bank, about the federal highway trust fund and about judicial nominations.

2:33 p.m. Under Rule 14,  Majority Leader McConnell placed on the calendar S. 1698 (state eugenics programs). Senator McConnell spoke about S. 1177, the reauthorization of the elementary and secondary education bill, with revisions in the public school testing system.

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  • The Senate will convene at 2:30pm and proceed to the consideration of the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015 (S. 1177).

 

  • At 5:30pm, the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on confirmation of the nomination of Kara Farnandez Stoll to be a United States Circuit Judge for the Federal Circuit.