The Senate has adjourned until 9:30 a.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, March 9th. Following one hour of morning business, the Senate will resume consideration of S. 525, the CARA addiction bill. All post-cloture debate time expires at 12 p.m. and 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
During wrap-up the following legislation was passed by unanimous consent:
- S.2426, to direct the Secretary of State to develop a strategy to obtain observer status for Taiwan.
- Motion to concur in the House amendment to S. 1580, an act to allow additional appointing authorities.
- Motion to concur in the House amendment to S.1172, an act to improve the process of presidential transition.
- H.R. 1755, to make certain improvements in the congressional charter of the Disabled American Veterans.
- S. Res. 385, recognizing the historic achievement of Astronaut Scott Kelly.
- H. Con. Res. 113, authorizing the use of Emancipation Hall.
- S. Res. 393, supporting the goals and ideals of Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week.
5:13 p.m. Senator Vitter paid tribute to departing staffer Zach Bay.
4:53 p.m. Senator Markey spoke about the addiction bill.
4:31 p.m. Senator Wicker spoke about Alzheimer’s disease.
4:08 p.m. Senator Gardner spoke about the CARA addiction bill, S.524 and paid tribute to Corporal Nate Carrigan of the Park County Sheriff’s Office.
3:12 p.m. Senator Hatch spoke about the process of nominating and confirming a Supreme Court justice. He spoke about the strong character of Judciairy Committee chairman Senator Chuck Grassley.
3:05 p.m. Senator Portman spoke about the CARA addiction bill, S. 524.
2:15 p.m. The Senate returned from the recess.
12:30 p.m. Senator Grassley asked UC for the Senate to recess for the weekly caucus lunches.
12:15 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke on the addiction recovery bill and New York state allowing illegal immigrants a license to practice medicine.
12:07 p.m. Senator Udall spoke on the pending addiction recovery bill.
11:53 a.m. Senator Murphy spoke briefly on a child who was killed in Sandy Hook who would have turned 10 today; before transitioning to speak on the addiction recovery bill. He later spoke on the Supreme Court vacancy.
11:38 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on the Supreme Court vacancy.
11:20 a.m. Senator Blumenthal spoke on the pending addiction recovery bill.
10:37 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke about the Supreme Court vacancy.
10:07 a.m. Minority Leader Reid spoke about judicial nominations.
10:02 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the addiction bill.
The Senate will convene at 10 a.m. No roll call votes have been scheduled at this time.
At about 11 a.m., the Senate will resume consideration of S.524, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act. As a reminder, cloture was invoked Monday on the substitute amendment, #3378.
The Senate will recess from 12:30 p.m. until 2:15 p.m. to allow for the weekly caucus meetings. If all time is used, post-cloture debate on the substitute amendment to the addiction bill would conclude shortly after midnight.
Amendments pending to S.524, the addiction bill:
Grassley-Leahy amendment #3378 (substitute)
Donnelly amendment #3374, as modified (follow-up services)