Wednesday, January 27, 2016

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.

 

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 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.

 

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

10:10 a.m. The Senate adjourned until 11 a.m. Wednesday.

10:09 a.m. Senators Collins and Murkowski exchanged plaudits.

10:04 a.m. Senator Murkowski noted that, notwithstanding the big snowstorm, she and Senator Collins — the senior senators from the cold-weather “bookend states” of Alaska and Maine — were “braving the elements” to do the Senate’s business.  She also noted the preponderance of female senators and staffers on the Senate floor this morning — which she called a testament to the “hardiness of women.” Senator Murkowski alerted senators that the sponsors of the energy bill plan aggressive steps to pass it quickly.

10:02 a.m. Senator Murkowski completed the Rule XIV process to place on the calendar S. 2464, the bill to give equal protections rights to “each born and preborn human person.” Senator Murkowski secured consent to move today’s business to tomorrow’s calendar.

Thus, the Senate will convene Wednesday at 11 a.m., the energy policy bill (S. 2012) will be considered for debate only, the Senate will recess for policy lunches from 12:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m., and the nomination of John Michael Vazquez to the U.S. District Court for New Jersey will be considered at 5:15 p.m., with a confirmation vote at 5:30 p.m.

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The Senate will convene at 10 a.m. to change orders and will then adjourn until Wednesday, January 27.

There will be no votes today.

Consideration of the Vazquez nomination to the U.S. District Court for New Jersey has been postponed until Wednesday, with a confirmation vote at 5:30 p.m.

Friday, January 22, 2016

The Senate convened for a pro forma session only at 10 a.m., Senator Sessions presiding.

The Senate then adjourned until 10 a.m. Tuesday, January 26.

Thursday, Janurary 21,2016

2:30 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 10 a.m. Friday, whereupon there will be a pro forma session, with no business conducted. The Senate will next convene for legislative business on Tuesday, January 26 at 10 a.m., to consider the energy modernization bill, S. 2012. The first vote will be on the Vazquez nomination at 2:30 p.m.

2:17 p.m. Senator hatch spoke about Roe v. Wade.

2:14 p.m. Senator Cornyn began the Rule XIV process to put on the Senate calendar S.2464, a bill to secure equal protection rights for the fetus. He also secured consent for the terms of today’s adjournment.

2:03 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the need to improve mental health care.

1:55 p.m. Senator Murphy spoke about the resolution to allow the use of force against the Islamic State.

1:49 p.m. Senator Brown discussed continuing needs in the Veterans Administration. He also spoke about medical co-ops.

1:38 p.m. Senator Warren criticized the Citizens United ruling and the influence of wealth.

1:13 p.m. Senator Blumenthal spoke about the abortion rights established in the Roe v. Wade case. He also spoke about student loan debt.

1:06 p.m. Senator Fischer called for swift Senate consideration of the sportsmen’s bill, to increase the availability of federal lands for hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation.

12:50 p.m. Senator Perdue paid tribute to the new head of the American Farm Bureau Federation, Zippy Duvall of Georgia.

11:23 a.m. Senator Leahy spoke on Roe v. Wade and women’s health.

11:03 a.m. Senators Murray, Hirono and Leahy spoke on tomorrow’s anniversary of Roe V Wade.

11:02 a.m. By a vote of 52-40, cloture was not invoked on the veto message to accompany S.J. Res 22, the Waters of the U.S. rule disapproval.

In favor: 49 Republicans, 3 Democrats (Donnelly, Heitkamp, Manchin)

Against: 38 Democrats, 1 Republican (Collins), 1 Independent (King)

Not Voting – 4 Republicans (Alexander, Cruz, Rubio, Scott) 3 Democrats (Boxer, Coons, Warner) 1 Independent (Sanders)

10:30 a.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the veto message to accompany S.J. Res 22, the Waters of the U.S. rule disapproval.

10:20 a.m. Senator Cardin defended the veto of S.J. Res. 22.

10:02 a.m. Senator Blunt began a colloquy in support of the veto override for S.J. Res. 22. Joining in the colloquy: Senators Hoeven, Barrasso, Ernst.

10:01 a.m. Senator Blunt secured unanimous consent to proceed to these matters on January 26: confirmation of the nomination of John Michael Vasquez to the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey; S. 2012, the Energy Policy Modernization Act.

9:36 a.m. Minority Leader Reid defended the veto of the resolution of disapproval of the water regulations. He also criticized the Citizens United ruling and the influence of wealthy campaign financiers.

9:35 a.m. Leader McConnell completed the Rule XIV process for S.J. Res. 29; the authorization of the use of force against the Islamic State is on the Senate calendar.

9:32 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke in favor of overriding President Obama’s veto of the resolution to disapprove of the water pollution regulatory definitions.

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 The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m. and resume consideration of the veto message for S.J.Res. 22, the measure to disapprove of the federal definition of U.S. waters that are subject to anti-pollution regulations.

At 10:30 a.m., there will be a cloture on the veto message for S.J.Res. 22.

NOTE: Majority leadership has begun Rule XIV procedures to place on the Senate calendar S.J .Res. 29, a measure to authorize the use of the U.S. Armed Forces against the Islamic State.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

6:37 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will reconvene on Thursday, January 21 at 9:30 a.m. They will resume consideration of the veto message on S. J. Res 22-definition of “waters of the United States” under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act. A vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the veto message will occur at 10:30 a.m. The following nominations were confirmed and bills were passed during wrap up:

  • Lisa Disbow to be Under Secretary of the Air Force.
  • S. 607-Amend title 18 of the Social Security Act for rural community hospital demonstration
  • S. 2422-Authorize the Secretary of the VA to carry out medical facility projects
  • S. Con. Res 28-establish the Joint Congressional Committee for Inaugural Ceremonies
  • S. Con. Res 29-use of Rotunda and Emancipation Hall

S. J. Res 29-Authorize the use of Armed Forces against the Islamic State of Iraq. First reading.

6:27 p.m. Senator McConnell spoke about President Obama’s executive actions.

6:20 p.m. Senator Rounds made a tribute to Paul Kinsman.

6:10 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke about the refugee screening bill.

5:53 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke about climate change.

5:35 p.m. Senator Carper spoke about terrorist threats.

5:24 p.m. Senator Lankford spoke against abortion.

5:13 p.m. Senator Bennet spoke about Syrian refugees.

4:40 p.m. Senator Collins spoke about drug prices.

4:35 p.m.  Senator Moran spoke about the March for Life.

3:53 p.m Senator Coats spoke about the “waste of the week.”

3:38 p.m. Senator Coons spoke about the Irain nuclear deal.

3:25 p.m. Senator McConnell filed cloture on the veto message on S.J. Res 22-definition of “waters of the U.S.” Under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act. The vote on cloture will occur at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow.

2:15 p.m. The motion to invoke cloture  on the MTP to HR 4038, the Refugee Screening Bill, failed by a vote of 55-43. Senators Heitkamp and Manchin voted yes with the Republicans. Senators Sanders and Graham did not vote.

12:26 p.m. The Senate stands in recess until 2:15 p.m.

12:11 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke about economic priorities.

12:02 p.m. Senator Peters spoke about the refugee bill.

11:52 a.m. Senator Vitter spoke about the refugee bill.

11:18 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the refugee bill.

10:55 a.m. Senator Kaine spoke about the refugee bill and about the need to debate how to conduct the struggle against the Islamic State.

1040 a.m. Senator Isakson noted the 45th anniversary of the release of U.S. embassy personnel held hostage in Iran.

10:25 a.m. Senator Thune criticized the Obama administration’s foreign policy and spoke for the refugee bill.

10:18 a.m. Leaders Reid and McConnell had an exchange about possible amendments to the refugee bill.

10:12 a.m. The Senate received President Obama’s veto message on S.J. Res. 22, on the Army Corps’s mapping of U.S. waters. Majority Leader McConnell spoke for the refugee bill.

10:02 a.m. Minority Leader Reid spoke against the refugee bill. He discussed possible Democratic amendments.

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 The Senate will convene at 10 a.m.

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

At 2:15 p.m., the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to the bill to check the backgrounds of certain refugees before admitting them (“SAFE” Act, H.R. 4038).

There will be a cloture vote at about 2:30 p.m. on the motion to proceed to the refugee bill.

If cloture is invoked, post-cloture time will be deemed to have started at 6 p.m. Tuesday. (Assuming continuous running of the post-cloture clock, time would expire at about midnight.)

 

 

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

The Senate has adjourned until 10:00 a.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, January 20th.

At 2:15, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R. 4038, the refugee screening bill. A roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R. 4038 is expected at 2:30 p.m. 

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6:12 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke on the Iran Nuclear Agreement.

6:11 p.m.  By a vote of 58 to 36, the Senate confirmed the Wright nomination.

3:19 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about the refugee bill (H.R. 4038).

2:44 p.m. Senator Blunt spoke on the highway bill.

2:15 p.m. Senator Nelson spoke on drones.

2:04 p.m. Senator Reid spoke on the release of political prisoners from Iran and immigration.

2:03 p.m. ML McConnell spoke on refugees from the Middle East and meeting the Prime Minister of Australia.

* The Senate will convene at 2:00 p.m.

* Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business until 5:00pm.

* At 5:00pm, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session to consider the nomination of Executive Calendar #305, Wilhelmina Marie Wright, of Minnesota, to be United States District Judge for the District of Minnesota. There will be 30 minutes of debate equally divided followed by a roll call vote on confirmation of the nomination.

* On Wednesday, January 20th at 2:30 p.m., the Senate will conduct a cloture vote on the motion to proceed to H.R.4038, American SAFE Act of 2015.
If cloture is invoked then the time will be counted as if it had been invoked at 6:00pm on Tuesday, January 19.

Friday, January 15, 2016

The Senate convened for a pro forma session at 11:00 a.m.

The presiding officer was President Pro Tempore Hatch. Senator Cotton asked and received Unanimous Consent to pass H Con Res 107, providing for a conditional adjournment of the House.

The Senate then adjourned until 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday January 19.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

* The Senate adjourned at the conclusion of the Presidents State of the Union speech, until 11:00am on Friday, January 15, for a pro forma session only with no business conducted.

* When the Senate adjourns on Friday it will stand adjourned until 2:00pm on Tuesday, January 19, 2016.

* On Tuesday, following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business until 5:00pm. At 5:00pm, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session to consider the nomination of Executive Calendar #305, Wilhelmina Marie Wright, of Minnesota, to be United States District Judge for the District of Minnesota. There will be 30 minutes of debate equally divided followed by a roll call vote on confirmation of the nomination.

* On Wednesday, January 20th at 2:30 p.m., the Senate will conduct a cloture vote on the motion to proceed to H.R.4038, American SAFE Act of 2015.
If cloture is invoked then the time will be counted as if it had been invoked at 6:00pm on Tuesday, January 19.

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4:54 p.m. Senate stands in recess until 8:25 p.m.

4:54 p.m. ML McConnell UC that the Senate recess until 8:25 p.m. at which time proceed to the House for the State of the Union speech. Following the speech, adjourn until 11:00 a.m. Friday Jan 15 for a Pro Forma session only. Following the pro forma on Friday, adjourn until 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 19th. Morning business until 5:00 p.m, proceed to Executive Session to consider Wright nomination with vote at 5:30 p.m.

4:53 p.m. ML McConnell passed by UC S Res 345, congratulating the North Dakota State football team.

4:52 p.m. ML McConnell UC that on Tuesday, January 19th at 5:00 p.m. Senate vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar # 305 Wilhelmina Wright to be a US District Judge for District of Minnesota.

4:51 p.m. ML McConnell withdrew the motion to proceed to S.2232, Audit the Fed, and moved to proceed to Calendar #300, H.R.4038, American SAFE Act of 2015, and filed cloture on the motion. By consent, the cloture vote will occur at 2:30pm on Wednesday, January 20, and if cloture is invoked then the time will be counted as if it had been invoked at 6:00pm on Tuesday, January 19.

4:23 p.m. Senator Perdue discussed the State of the Union speech.

3:44 p.m. Senators Coons, Kaine, Nelson, Booker, and Shaheen engage in a colloquy regarding their recent CODEL to the middle east and the situation in Iran.

3:32 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke about the State of the Union speech.

3:08 p.m. Senator Hatch spoke on regulatory reform.

3:07 p.m. The Senate voted 53-44 and the motion was not agreed to.

Senators voting in favor of cloture on motion to proceed: 51 Republicans, 1 Democrat (Baldwin), 1 Independent (Sanders)
Senators voting against cloture on motion to proceed: 42 Democrats, 1 Republican (Corker), 1 Independent (King)
Senators not voting: Coats, Cruz, Franken

2:30 p.m. The Senate is currently voting on the motion to proceed to the Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2015 (S. 2232).

2:25 p.m. Senator Brown spoke against the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to the Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2015 (S. 2232).

2:15 p.m. The Senate resumed consideration of the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to the Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2015 (S. 2232). Senator Paul spoke for the motion.

12:27 p.m. The Senate stands in recess until 2:15 p.m.

12:21 p.m. Senator Ernst spoke about the SCRUB Act, to reduce regulatory burden.  Sen. Ernst reported that the bill passed the House last week.

11:58 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the legacy of President Obama, including the Affordable Care Act.

11:19 a.m. Senators Toomey, Heller and Brown spoke on the auditing of the Federal Reserve bill the Senate will be voting in reference to later this afternoon.

11:08 a.m. Senator Nelson spoke about the space program.

10:51 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke about NIH research.

10:33 a.m. Senator Thune spoke about the State of the Union.

10:15 a.m. Senator Blunt spoke about the floods in Missouri, the opioid drug crisis and the National Institutes of Health.

10:03 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell anticipated President Obama’s State of the Union speech and critiqued his administration.

10:11 a.m. Minority Leader Reid praised the administration’s record.

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The Senate will convene at 10 a.m.

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

At 2:15 p.m., the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to the Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2015 (S. 2232).

At about 2:30 p.m., the Senate will vote on whether to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to the Fed bill.

At 8:20 p.m., Senators will gather in the Senate Chamber in order to proceed as a body to the Hall of the House of Representatives for the State of the Union address, which will begin at 9 p.

Note: Via the Rule 14 process, the Senate has placed on the calendar the Separation of Powers Restoration and Second Amendment Protection Act (S. 2434).

 

Monday January 11, 2016

6:44 p.m. In wrap-up the Senate passed S.Res. 343, relative to the death of Arkansas former Senator Dale Bumpers.  The Senate adjourned at until 10:00 a.m. Tuesday January 11.

6:21 p.m. Senator Whitehouse gave a speech on global warming.

6:21 p.m. The Senate confirmed Luis Restrepo to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the 3rd Circuit by a roll call vote of 82-6.  Senators Blunt, Inhofe, Lee, Risch, Sessions and Shelby opposed the nomination.  Senators Cassidy, Coats, Crapo, Cruz, Franken, Graham, Isakson, Rubio, Sanders, Scott, Stabenow and Vitter did not vote.

5:27 p.m. Senator Leahy spoke in support of the Restrepo nomination and vote.

5:22 p.m. Senator Brown spoke of his opposition to the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP).

5:15 p.m. Senato Nelson spoke to highlight that the House passed a Senate-passed bill requiring child proofing of liquid nitrogen containers used in e-cigarettes.  He brought liquid nitrogen on the Senate floor.

5:01 p.m. Senator Toomey spoke in support of the Restrepo nomination.

4:50 p.m. Senator Klobuchar spoke in support of the nomination of Sam Heinz of Minnesota to be Ambassador to Norway.

4:30 p.m. Senator Peters paid tribute to a departing staffer.

4:00 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on the Freedom of Information Act being debated in the House.

3:30 p.m. Senator Hoeven spoke about the NYT’s article on Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

3:15 p.m. Senator Boozman paid tribute to Sen. Dale Bumpers.

3:10 p.m. Senator Cotton spoke about Law Enforcement Day and paid tribute to Sen. Dale Bumpers.

3:00 p.m. Senator Brown spoke eon the ability to finally see the text of the Transparency Partnerships and the langue regarding the auto industry.

2:33 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke on the President’s upcoming State of the Union speech.

2:10 p.m. Senator Reid gave thanks to the Senate Chaplain and paid tribute to Sen. Dale Bumpers.

2:00 p.m. The Senate convened and proceeded with a period of Morning Business.

The Chair laid before the Senate the President’s Veto Message to S.J. Res. 23 (A joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of a rule submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency relating to “Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from New, Modified, and Reconstructed Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units”). The Veto Message was held at the desk.

The Chair laid before the Senate the President’s Veto Message to S.J. Res. 24 (A joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of a rule submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency relating to “Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units”). The Veto Message was held at the desk.

S. 2434 (Separation of Powers Restoration and Second Amendment Protection Act). The bill was read for a second time. Further consideration of the bill was objected to and the bill was placed on the Calendar.

The Senate will convene at 2:00 p.m.; at which time it will be in a period of morning business until 5:00 p.m.

At 5:00 p.m., proceed to Executive Session to consider the nomination of Luis Restrepo to be US Circuit Judge for the 3rd Circuit, with a vote on the nomination at 5:30 p.m.

Tomorrow, January 12, at 2:30 p.m. the Senate will conduct a cloture vote on the motion to proceed to S. 2232, requiring a full audit of the Board of Governors.

Monday January 4, 2016

The Senate convened for a pro forma only and adjourned until Monday, January 11th at 2:00 p.m.

Senator Hatch was in the chair.

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