7:25 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 9:45 a.m. Thursday, when it will resume consideration of the energy bill (S. 2012).
7:24 p.m. Senator Cantwell joined in urging colleagues to offer their amendments.
7:20 p.m. Senator Murkowski secured consent to bring up these amendments: 2968 (Shaheen), 2963 (Murkowski), 3017 (Barrasso), 2982 (Murkowski), 3021 (Crapo) and 2965 (Schatz). Further, Senator Murkowski secured consent for a vote at noon tomorrow on the Crapo amendment (3021) and a vote at 1:45 p.m. on the Schatz amendment (2965).
6:25 p.m. Senator Portman spoke about energy efficiency elements of the bill that he co-authored with Senator Shaheen.
6:17 p.m. Senator Casey spoke about instances of violent extremism.
6:13 p.m. Senator Cassidy spoke about his amendment on renewable fuel standards.
6:11 p.m. By a vote of 84 to 2, the Senate confirmed the nomination of John Michael Vazquez to the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. “Nay” votes were by Republicans Lankford and Sullivan. Not voting were Republicans Alexander, Corker, Cruz, Flake, Inhofe, Isakson, Rubio, Sasse; Democrats Boxer, Leahy, Mikulski, Nelson, Stabenow; independent Sanders.
5:22 p.m. Senator Menendez spoke for the nominaton.
5:15 p.m. The Senate went into executive session for the Vazquez nomination.
5:00 p.m. Senator Capito spoke in favor of the energy bill.
4:05 p.m. Senators Coons, Shaheen, Casey, Bennet, Booker and Kaine spoke on Iran.
3:58 p.m. Senator Klobuchar paid tribute to the outgoing Canadian ambassador, Gary Duer.
3:54 p.m. Senator Gardner spoke on the energy bill and paid tribute to Officer Alston of the U.S. Capitol Police.
3:46 p.m. Senator Murkowski spoke on opioid abuse and the energy bill.
3:39 p.m. Senator Manchin spoke against the nomination of Dr. Robert Califf to be the Commissioner of the FDA and the widespread abuse of opioids.
3:35 p.m. Senator Reid spoke on Donald Trump.
3:19 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke about climate change.
2:57 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about solitary confinement.
2:44 p.m. Senator Hirono spoke on the energy bill.
2:35 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke on liquified natural gas provisions in the pending energy bill.
2:33 p.m. Senator Murkowski called up amendments 2953 and 2954.
2:23 p.m. Senator Carper paid tribute to DHS employees.
2:15 p.m. The Senate returns from recess.
12:40 p.m. The Senate recessed until 2:15 p.m. to accommodate the weekly caucus luncheons.
12:27 p.m. Senator McCain spoke on the omnibus bill from last year, specifically provisions that paid Russia to assist with space launches.
12:21 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on the pending energy bill.
11:51 a.m. Senator Cantwell spoke in favor of the energy bill.
11:16 a.m. Senator Murkowski opened debate on the energy bill.
11:15 a.m. The Senate proceeded to the energy bill, S. 2012.
11:05 a.m. Minority Leader Reid paid tribute to the late Officer Alston. He spoke in favor of the energy bill.
11:02 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell paid tribute to U.S. Capitol Police Officer Vernon Alston, who died last weekend. He also spoke in favor of the energy bill and called upon senators to submit their amendments.
The Senate will convene at 11 a.m. to consider the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015 (S. 2012) for debate only until 2:15 p.m.
The Senate will recess for weekly caucus luncheons from 12:30 p.m. until 2:15 p.m.
At 5:15 p.m., the Senate will debate the nomination of John Michael Vazquez to the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.
At 5:30 p.m., the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Vazquez nomination.