Tuesday, June 9, 2015

6:34 p.m The Senate adjourned until 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 10th.  Following a period of morning business for one hour, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R. 1735, the National Defense Authorization Act.

During wrap-up, the following legislation was passed by unanimous consent:

  • S. Res. 196 – Designating July 10 as Collector Car Appreciation Day.
  • S. Res. 197 – Recognizing the need to improve physical access to many facilities for all people of the U.S., particularly people with disabilities.
  • S. 611 – Reauthorize technical assistance to small public water systems.
  • S.653 – Water Resources Research.

The following nominations were confirmed by unanimous consent:

  • Brig. Gen. Anthony C. Funkhouser to be Major General
  • Brig. Gen. Donald E. Jackson, Jr. to be Major General
  • Brig. Gen. Kent D. Savre to be Major General

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6:24 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke on Vladimir Putin and natural gas.

5:51 p.m. Senator Cassidy spoke on the Affordable Care Act.

5:27 p.m. Senator Murphy spoke on amendment #1901 to the DoD Authorization bill.

5:09 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke about Rhode Islanders and the burning of the H.H.S Gadsby in 1772.

4:50 p.m. Senator Stabenow also spoke on youth unemployment.

4:45 p.m. Senator Sanders spoke on the youth unemployment.

4:30 p.m. Senator Wicker spoke in favor of the DoD Authorization bill.

4:25 p.m. Senator Burr called up Burr amendment 1569, criminal background checks for military child care employees and offered a second degree amendment to that amendment 1921 , Cybersecurity Information Act of 2015.

4:23 p.m. Senator McCain offered a package of amendments which were agreed to en bloc: 1485, 1510, 1520, 1538, 1579, 1622,1791, 1677, 1701, 1733, 1739, 1744, 1781 and 1796.

4:07 p.m. Senator Gillibrand spoke on her amendment regarding sexual violence in the military.

3:50 p.m. Senator Fischer offered amendment #1825.

3:45 p.m. Senator Feinstein offered amended #1889.

3:40 p.m. The Senate rejected the Reed Amendment #1521, on spending for overseas contingency operations by a roll call vote of 46-51.

3:01 p.m. Senator Reed spoke in favor of his amendment.

2:49 p.m. Senators Sessions and McCain spoke against the Reed amendment.

2:43 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke on for profit colleges.

2:30 p.m. Senator Stabenow spoke in favor of the Reed amendment.

2:15 p.m. The Senate returned from recess. Senator Cornyn spoke on U.S. energy resources.

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12:43 p.m. The Senate stands in recess until 2:15 p.m.

12:33 p.m. Senator Mikulski spoke in favor of the Reed amendment.

12:28 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke in support of the Reed amendment.

12:12 p.m. Senator Enzi spoke about the budget and Defense spending and against the Reed amendment.

11:36 a.m. Senator Reed spoke in favor of his amendment.

11:24 a.m. Senate resumes consideration of HR 1735, Defense Authorization. Senator McCain spoke about the need to pass this bill.

11:00 a.m. Senators Hirono, Manchin, and Markey spoke in favor of Senator Reed’s amendment on overseas contingency operations.

10:55 a.m. Senator Nelson spoke about the defense authorization.

10:44 a.m. Senator Capito spoke about coal.

10:34 a.m. Senator Barasso spoke about the new
health care law.

10:20 a.m. Senator Thune spoke about the appropriations process and about the financing of defense programs.

10:13 a.m. Minority Leader Reid praised the new medical system. He also spoke about the defense bill.

10:05 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell criticized the new medical system. He also discussed the defense authorization.

10:03 a.m. Senator Franken praised the guest chaplain, Rabbi Kravitz of Minnetonka, Minnesota.

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The Senate will convene at 10 a.m.

At 11 a.m., the Senate will resume consideration of the 2016 defense authorization (H.R. 1735).

The Senate will adjourn for weekly policy lunches from 12:30 p.m. until 2:15 p.m.

At 3 p.m., there will be a roll call vote on Reed Amendment #1521, on spending for overseas contingency operations.

Agreements may be reached Tuesday to conduct more votes on amendments to the defense bill.

 

Monday, June 8, 2015

6:45 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 10 a.m. Tuesday.

6:29 p.m. Senator Blumenthal spoke on the defense authorization.

6:19 p.m. Senator McCain secured unanimous consent for the following order of business tonight and tomorrow: After Senator Blumenthal’s remarks this evening, the Senate will adjourn until 10 a.m. on Tuesday, June 9. At about 11 a.m. debate will resume on the defense bill. From 12:30 p.m. until 2:15 p.m., the Senate will adjourn for weekly policy lunches. The vote on the Reed amendment will occur at 3 p.m.

6:17 p.m. Senator Reed concurred in Senator McCain’s request that colleagues complete their presentation of amendments to the defense bill. More than 100 amendments are now pending, he said.

6:14 p.m. Senator McCain announced that there will be a 3 p.m. roll call vote Tuesday on Senator Reed’s amendment (#1521) concerning spending on overseas contingency operations. Senator McCain said agreements for further votes on the defense bill (H.R. 1735) may come on Tuesday morning.

6:08 p.m. Senator McCain offered Amendment #1569 on behalf of Senator Burr.

6:06 p.m. On behalf of Senator Durbin, Senator Reed offered a modification of Amendment #1559 that was accepted.

5:03 p.m. Senator McCain spoke about the defense bill.

3:03 p.m. Democratic Leader Reid spoke about judicial nominations.

The Senate convened at 3:00pm. Following Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of Morning business for one hour.

Following Morning business, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R.1735, the Defense Authorization.

Please note, there will be no roll call votes today. The next votes are expected around lunchtime on Tuesday.

Thursday June 4, 2015

6:08 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 3:00 p.m. on Monday, June 8.  They will resume consideration of  H.R. 1735 (National Defense Authorization Act) at 4:00 p.m. The next vote is expected around lunch time on Tuesday, June 9.

5:50 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke about the economy.

5:40 p.m. Senator Collins spoke in support of NDAA.

5:39 p.m.  H.R. 2146 (No penalty fee for early withdraws from government plans for federal law officers and firefighters over age 50). Passed by voice vote.

5:15 p.m. Senator Heitkamp spoke about Vietnam Veterans.

5:07 p.m. Senator Roberts spoke about D-Day.

4:55 p.m. Senator Murkowski spoke about national security and energy vulnerabilities.

4:33 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke about NDAA and his amendment about campaign finance disclosure.

4:30 p.m. Senator Fischer spoke about NDAA.

4:18 p.m. Senator Coats spoke on government waste.

4:06 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke on the export-import bank.

3:31 p.m. Senator Donnelly spoke on the NDAA.

3:15 p.m. Stabenow spoke on security and budget. Senator Daines spoke on health insurance.

2:58 p.m.  Paul amendment #1543 was modified.  Senate entered into  a period of morning business for one hour. Senator Tillis spoke on EPA.

2:40 p.m. Senate passed the following amendments to H.R. 1735 en bloc: 1618, 1539, 1551, 1571, 1484 and 1511.  Three amendments were called up and then set aside 1543 (Paul) 1564 (Blumenthal) and 1559 (Durbin).

There are no further votes today.

2:3p.m. Tillis amendment agreed to 50-42.  Democrats in favor: McCaskill and Menendez.

Republicans against: Capito. Senators missing vote: Alexander, Boxer, Durbin, Graham, Heller, Moran, Rubio and Sanders.

2:17 p.m. Roll call vote begins on the Tillis amendment, #1506.

2:15 p.m. Shaheen amendment not agreed to 53-42.  (6o vote threshold).  Republicans in favor: Ayotte, Capito, Collins, Flake, Johnson, Kirk, Murkowski, and Portman.  Senators missing vote: Boxer, Graham, Heller, Moran, and Rubio.

1:48 p.m. Roll call vote begins on the Shaheen amendment, #1494.

1:46 p.m. Senator Shaheen spoke about her amendment (#1494) regarding definition of spouse for VA benefits.

1:33 p.m. Senator Blunt spoke about NDAA.

1:10 p.m. Senator King spoke about the Export Import bank and the NDAA.

12:55 p.m. Senator Nelson spoke about the Biden family.

There will be up to two votes at 1:45 on amendments: Shaheen #1494 (60-vote threshold) on the definition of spouse and Tillis #1506 on C-130 aircraft.

12:38 p.m. Senator Reed spoke on the Tillis amendment #1506.

12:25 Senators McCain and Flake spoke about an amendment #1543 to end payments to NFL teams.

12:24 p.m. Senator McCain asked UC to schedule two amendment votes at 1:45: Shaheen #1494 (60-vote threshold) on the definition of spouse and Tillis #1506 on C-130 aircraft.

12:15 p.m. Senator Kaine spoke about shipbuilding and the Defense bill.

12:05 p.m. Senator Gillibrand spoke about her amendment, #1578, about military sexual assault.

11:54 a.m. Senator Barrasso spoke about Obamacare.

11:14 a.m. Senator Markey offers and discusses his amendment #1645 regarding exporting oil.

11:07 a.m. Senators Shaheen and Reed discuss the Shaheen amendment #1494.

11:05 a.m. Senator Mccain discusses scheduling, possible votes on Shaheen (#1494 definition of spouse re: VA benefits); a side by side to  the Shaheen amendment, Cornyn (#1486 a report on energy security issues involving the Europe and the Russian Federation) and the Markey amendments at approximately 1:45 p.m. Possible manager package as well. Further notes that would likely be last batch of votes for the day.11:04 a.m. Senator Vitter offers his amendment #1473, his amendment   concerning brigade combat teams.

11:03 a.m The Bennet amendment is agreed to by voice vote.

11:02 a.m. Portman amendment agreed to 61-34.  Democrats/Independents in favor: Bennet, Cantwell, Casey, Donnelly, Heinrich, Hirono, King, Murray, Peters, and Stabenow. Senators missing the vote: Boxer, Graham, Heller, Rubio, and Warner.

10:32 a.m. The vote began on the Portman amendment.

10:31 a.m. Senate Reed spoke on the amendment.

10:26 a.m. Senator Portman spoke for his amendment (#1522) on the Stryker.

10:20 a.m. Senator Reed spoke against Senator Portman’s amendment on the Stryker armored vehicle.

10:15 a.m. Senators Bennet and Gardner spoke about their amendment (#1540) on major medical projects.

10:11 a.m. Senator Reed spoke about the effect of budget “sequestration” on national defense.

10 a.m. Senator McCain began the day’s debate on the defense bill with a discussion of international trouble spots.

9:46 a.m. Minority Leader Reid praised McConnell’s efforts on Burma and differed with him on the health care law. He also spoke on the defense bill.

9:34 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the Defense Department authorization, the new health care law, and government reform in Burma.

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The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m.  Following leader time, the Senate will resume consideration of the Defense Authorization (HR 1735).

At approximately 10:15 a.m., the Senate will proceed to two roll call votes on the following amendments:

  • Portman SA #1522 (Stryker Lethality Upgrades)
  • Bennet SA #1540 (major medical facility projects)

Further votes are possible and likely on Thursday.

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The following amendments are pending to the Defense Authorization:

McCain SA #1463 (substitute, which is the text of S.1376, the National Defense Authorization Act as reported by the Senate Armed Services Committee)

McCain SA#1456 (naval vessels)

Reed SA #1521 (OCO funding levels)

Portman SA #1522 (Stryker Lethality Upgrades)

Bennet SA #1540 (major medical facility projects)

Cornyn SA #1486 (report on energy security issues involving Europe and the Russian Federation)

Shaheen SA #1494 (definition of spouse re: VA benefits)

Tillis SA #1506 (AMP)

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

6:31 p.m. Senate adjourns until 9:30 a.m. on Thursday June 4th.

6:29 p.m. ML McConnell wraps up the Senate business for the evening.  Items passed in wrap up: H Con Res 48 regarding use of Emancipation Hall for a commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War; S Res 87 regarding antisemitism in Europe; S Res 191 regarding the death of Beau Biden.  UC that Senate adjourn until 9:30 a.m. on Thursday June 4th.

6:07 p.m. Senators Shaheen and Heitkamp spoke on the Export/Import Bank.

5:48 p.m. Senator Stabenow spoke on highway funding.

5:29 p.m. Senator Alexander spoke about higher education and its costs.

5:27 p.m. Senator Tillis moves the Senate to a period of morning business, announces no votes this evening.

5:23 p.m. Senator Reed calls up amendment #1494 on behalf of Senator Shaheen. Urges Senators to bring their amendments.

5:19 p.m. Senator Tillis acheives UC for votes on Thursday morning at 10:15 a.m. on the following amendments:  Portman SA #1522 (Stryker Lethality Upgrades); Bennet SA #1540 (major medical facility projects).  Further UC that the next two amendments in order to be offered be his and an amendment from Senator Shaheen.  Offers his amendment #1506.

4:55 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke on the defense authorization and sequestration.

4:49 p.m. Senator Lee paid tribute to Mormon leader L Tom Perry.

4:37 p.m. Senator Schatz spoke about climate change.

4:33 p.m. Senator Inhofe spoke on the pending defense authorization.

4:09 p.m. Senator Menendez spoke about Iran.

3:19 p.m. Senator Reed for Senator Bennet offered amendment #1540.

2:59 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about America’s power and offered amendment #1486-require reporting on energy security issues involving Europe and the Russian Federation and to express the sense of Congress regarding ways the US could help vulnerable allies and partners with energy security.

2:43 p.m. Senator Portman spoke about Ukraine and amendment #1522-provide addtional amounts for procurement and for research, developement, test and evealuation for Stryker Lethality Upgrades, and to provide an offset.

2:42 p.m. Senator Reed offered amendment #1521-to limit the availability of amounts authorized to be appropriated for overseas contingency operations pending relief from the spending limits under the Budget Control Act of 2011.

2:41 p.m. Senator McCain offered amendment #1456-to require additional information supporting long-range plans for construction of naval vessels.

2:27 p.m. Senator Sessions spoke about increasing defense funding.

2:15 p.m. Senator Cantwell spoke about the Ex-Im bank.

2:00 p.m. Senator Murray spoke about helping children through trauma.

1:21 p.m. Senate stands in recess until 2pm today.

1:14 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke on FISA (in response to Senator Burr’s statement).

1:06 p.m. Senator Burr spoke on FISA in response to Senator Merkley’s statement.

12:53 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke on FISA.

12:45 p.m. Senator Nelson Spoke on Defense Auth bill.

11:57 a.m. Senator Reed saluted Senator McCain’s Vietnam war service and his role in the reconciliation of Vietnam and the United States. Senator Reed also spoke about the fiscal year 2016 defense authorization bill.

11:09 a.m.  Senator McCain spoke on the Defense Authorization bill and offered amendment #1463. The Senate will recess from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

10:25 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke on “dreamers”, how Congress is like an extension cord, and the Patriot Employer Tax Credit Act.

10:09 a.m. Senator Daines spoke on regulatory burdens.

9:55 a.m. Senator Barrasso spoke on the recent waters of the United States ruling.

9:47 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell responds to DL Reid, discusses the defense authorization.

9:37 a.m. Democratic Leader Reid spoke about governing by crisis.

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  • The Senate convened at 9:30am and following leader time, will proceed to a period of morning business until 11:00am.
  • At 11:00am, the Senate will proceed to the consideration of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 (H.R. 1735), at which point it will be in order for Senator McCain to offer an amendment in the nature of a substitute (#1463) [text of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 (S. 1376), as reported by the Senate Armed Services Committee].

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

6:40 p.m. Senate ajourned until 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 3rd.

5:58 p.m. Senate went into executive session and confirmed by unanimous consent Michael K. Yudin, DC,  to be Asst Secy of Education.  There will be no further votes during today’s session.

5:39 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke on drought and wildfires in Oregon.

5:04 p.m. Senator Rounds gave his maiden speech, Majority Leader McConnell and Senator Thune praised his speech.

4:53 p.m. Senator Toomey spoke on the USA Freedom Act.

4:31 p.m. Senator Whitehouse gives his 101st floor speech on climate change.

4:30 p.m. ML McConnell moves the Senate into a period of morning business, with Senator Rounds being recognized at 5:00 p.m. to give his maiden speech.

4:29 p.m. HR 2048 agreed to 67-32.  No votes: Baldwin, Barrasso, Blunt, Burr, Enzi, Hatch, Coats, Cochran, Collins, Corker, Cotton, Crapo, Enzi, Ernst, Fischer, Hatch, Isakson, McCain, McConnell, Moran, Paul, Perdue, Portman, Rubio, Sanders, Sasse, Sessions, Shelby, Thune, Tillis, Toomey, and Wicker.

4:06 p.m. Roll call vote begins on passage of HR 2048.

3:48 p.m. Senator Leahy, Majority Leader McConnell, and Democratic Leader Reid spoke on HR 2048 before vote on final passage.

3:47 p.m. McConnell substitute #1449 not agreed to 43-56.  Republicans voting against: Cruz, Daines, Enzi, Flake, Gardner, Heller, Lankford, Lee, Moran, Murkowski, Paul, and Sullivan.  Senator Graham missed the vote.

3:30 p.m. Roll call vote began on McConnell SA #1449 (substitute).

3:27 p.m McConnell first degree to the substitute SA #1450 (12 month transition) not agreed to 44-54. Republicans voting against:  Cruz, Daines, Enzi, Gardner, Heller, Lankford, Lee, Moran, Murkowski, Paul, and Sullivan.  Senators Graham and Warner missed the vote.

3:08 p.m. Roll call vote began on amendment #1450, 12 month transtion.

3:06 p.m. ML McConnell achieved UC to vitiate cloture on Defense Authorization.  Further at 11:00 a.m on Wednesday, proceed to consideration of HR 1735, it is in order for Senator McCain to offer amendment #1463, which is the text of S. 1376, the Armed Services Committee reported Defense Authorization.  The time from 11:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m is for debate only.

3:05 p.m. McConnell second degree SA #1451 (amicus) not agreed to 42-56. Independent in favor: King.  Republicans against: Cruz, Daines, Enzi, Gardner, Heller, Lankford, Lee, Moran, Murkowski, Paul, Scott, and Sullivan.  Senators Graham and Warner missed the vote.

2:38 p.m.  Senate just began a series of votes, below is the expected order:

1.  McConnell second degree SA #1451 (amicus)

2. McConnell first degree to the substitute SA #1450 (12 month transition)

3. McConnell SA #1449 (substitute)

4. Passage of H.R.2048, USA Freedom Act, as amended, if amended.

2:37 p.m. Amendment #1452 was tabled by voice vote.

2:36 p.m. Senator Leahy spoke about the Patriot Act.

2:20 p.m. Senator Franken spoke about the Patriot Act.

2:15 p.m. Senator Inhofe spoke about the NSA and extending the Patriot act.

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

12:52 p.m. Senate recessed for the weekly luncheons.

12:20 p.m. Senator Coats discussed the NSA.

11:08 a.m. Senator Cornyn discussed the pending amendments, which will likely be voted on this afternoon.

11:07 a.m. Cloture was invoked on HR 2048 by a vote of 83-14.  Senators voting No:Barrasso, Cotton, Crapo, Enzi, Ernst, Moran, Paul, Risch, Roberts, Rubio, Sanders, Sessions, Shelby, and Udall.   Senators Blunt, Graham, and Warner missed the vote.

10:36 a.m. The Senate is currently voting on the motion to invoke cloture on H.R. 2048.

10:31 a.m. Senator Lee spoke on the Patriot Act.

10:29 a.m. Senator Leahy spoke on the Patriot Act.

10:15 a.m. Senator Collins spoke on the Patriot Act.

10:11 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke on gun violence.

9:32 a.m. Senator McConnell spoke on the Patriot Act.

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The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m. and will resume consideration of H.R. 2048, the surveillance reform bill.

The Senate is expected to vote on cloture on H.R. 2048 at 10:30 a.m. 

The Senate will stand in recess from 12:30 p.m. until 2:15 p.m. for weekly party lunches.

 

Monday, June 1st

5:51 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 2.

5:27 p.m. Senator Heitkamp spoke about a Bismarck high school project researching local Vietnam veterans.

5:10 p.m. Senator Blumenthal spoke further on the Patriot Act/FISA

5:00 p.m. Senator Brown spoke further on the Patriot Act/FISA.

4:50 p.m. Senator Coats spoke further on the Patriot Act/FISA.

4:15 p.m. Senator Mikulski spoke further on the Patriot Act/FISA.

3:48 p.m. Senator Burr spoke further on the Patriot Act/FISA.

3:44 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke on FISA/Patriot Act, asks consent to vote on cloture, amendments and passage of USA Freedom Act at 6:00 p.m.; tonight.  Senator Paul objected.  ML McConnell notified Senators that the cloture vote would therefore one hour after the Senate convenes on Tuesday; at 11:00 a.m.

2:50 p.m. Senator Burr spoke on the Patriot Act.

2:31 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on the flooding in Texas, the President signing the victims of sex trafficking bill into law, and the Patriot Act.

2:27 p.m. The Senate passed S.184 (To amend the Indian Child Protection and Family Violence Prevention Act), S.246 (To Establish the Walter Sobalef Commission on Native Children) and the committee reported substitute to S.246 by unanimous consent. Senator Hoeven spoke on the legislation.

2:16 p.m. Senator Burr spoke on the Patriot Act.

2:00 p.m. Senator King spoke on the Patriot Act.

1:41 p.m. Senator Durbin remembered Beau Biden, and later spoke about the situation in Ukraine.

1:33 p.m. Senator McCain paid tribute to Bob Schieffer.

1:13 p.m. Senate resumes consideration HR 2048, “USA Freedom Act”. Senator Burr responds, and has a colloquy with Senator Nelson on the Patriot Act.

1:05 p.m. Senator Nelson remembered Beau Biden, before discussing the Patriot Act and the USA Freedom Act.

12:03 p.m. Senate convened at noon, and after one hour of mornibg business, will resume consideration of H.R. 2048, Surveilence Reform Act. Senator McConnell spoke using his leader time on the underlying bill.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

9:45 p.m. Senator McConnell asked UC to move to the Motion to proceed to H.R. 2048. He then offered the following amendments:
McConnell# 1449 – in the form of a substitute
McConnell# 1450 –
McConnell# 1451 – to #1450
McConnell# 1452 – to the language to be stricken in #1449
McConnell# 1453 – to #1452
He then offered a Cloture Motion on H.R. 2048 followed by a motion to proceed to H.R. 1735- to authorize appropriations for DOD. He then filed cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R. 1735.
In morning business, he asked UC to pass S. Res. 188 – expressing appreciation
In executive session he asked UC to confirm two nominees Cal #95, Lt Gen David L. Goldfein to be General, US Air Force and #125, Rear Adm. Sandra L. Stosz to be Vice Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard.

On Monday June 1st the Senate will come in at 12:00 p.m. and resume H.R. 2048.

8:03 p.m. Senator Heinrich spoke on HR 2048.

7:42 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke on HR 2048.

7:08 p.m. Senator Paul is speaking on HR 2048.

7:07 p.m. The Senate agreed to the motion to invoke cloture on the MTP to HR 2048 by a vote of 77 to 17.

6:40 p.m. Senate is now voting on a motion to invoke cloture on the MTP to HR 2048, Surveillance Reform Act.

5:15 p.m. Senate Stands in recess subject to the call of the chair.

At approximately 6:00pm, the Senate is expected to proceed to the following three roll call votes. Other votes are also possible. Another alert will be sent when any votes are scheduled.

o The motion to proceed to the motion to reconsider the vote on which cloture was not invoked on the motion to proceed to the USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048).

o The motion to reconsider the vote on which cloture was not invoked on the motion to proceed to H.R. 2048.

o The motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R. 2048, upon reconsideration.

ML McConnell spoke about the passing of Beau Biden, Vice President Biden’s son and said that Senate will be in morning business until 5:00 p.m. At 5:00 p.m. Senate will recess subject to the call of the chair. Minority Leader Reid also spoke on the passing on Beau Biden.

The Senate will convene at 4:00pm and resume consideration of the motion to proceed to H.R.2048 (The USA Freedom Act).

Roll call votes are possible after 6:00pm.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

The Senate convened at 8:30 a.m. for a pro forma session only. Senator Blunt was in the chair.

The Senate stands adjourned until 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 31st. Roll call votes are possible after 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

As noted below, the Senate convened today at 4:30 p.m. for a pro forma session only, with no business conducted. Senator Blunt was the presiding officer.

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The Senate stands adjourned until Sunday, May 31, 2015, with the exception of the following pro forma, during which no business may be conducted:

• Thursday, May 28, at 8:30am.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

• The Senate will convene at 4:00pm, and resume consideration of the motion to proceed to H.R.2048 (The USA Freedom Act).

• Roll call votes are possible after 6:00pm.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Senate adjourned at 2:00 a.m. until 4:00 pm on May 26th (pro forma) and then on May 28th at 8:30 am (pro forma) and then 4:00 pm on Sunday May 31st to consider FISA reauthorization legislation.

DURING TODAY’S SESSION:

PASSED H.R. 2352 – Extension of Highway funding by voice vote.

PASSED. HR 1314, Trade Promotion Authority by a vote of 62-37

FAILED. Motion to Invoke Cloture on MTP to H.R. 2048 – USA Freedom Act by a vote of 57 – 42 and Motion to Invoke Cloture on MTP to S. 1357 – two month extension of FISA.

WRAP UP:

Exec Session:
Cal #83, 126, 128
All Foreign Service nominations on calendar

Cal 91 – S 802 – Support women’s/girls rights internationally
S RES 156 – Childhood Stroke Awareness Month

1:40 a.m. The Senate passed H.r> 2353, the highway bill extension by voice vote.

1:20 a.m. ML McConnell announced the Senate will reconvene Sunday, May 31, 2015, before the expiration of FISA program. The surface transportation bill will be passed by voice vote before the Senate adjourns today.

1:13 a.m. ML McConnell offered a series of U.C.s to extend FISA. To June 8th, Failed (Rand Objected); June 5th (Wyden objected); June 3rd (Heinrich objected) and June 2nd (Rand again objects). The senate then proceeded to a quorum call.

1:00 a.m. The Senate failed to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to S. 1357 – a two month extension of FISA by a vote of 45 to 54.

12:40  a.m. The Senate did not invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R. 2048 by a roll call vote of 57-42.

9:32 Senator Wyden spoke about the trade bill.

9:31 p.m. Senator Cornyn asked to change his vote from nay to yay on the Flake amendment.  He said he was mistaken when he voted nay.  The Senate agreed by unanimous consent and the new tally of the Flake amendment, #1243, striking language on TAA, is 36-62 with one Senator voting present.

9:31 Senator McConnell asked for unanimous consent that Senator Wyden be able to speak for five minutes and then the Senate stand in recess subject to the call of the chair.

9:23 Senator McConnell told Senators that the next vote will be at 1:00 a.m. unless there is an agreement.  There is not yet any agreement to hasten votes.

9:21 p.m. The Senate voted to pass HR 1314, Trade Promotion Authority by a vote of 62-37.

7:57 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell noted that final passage on trade can be voted as soon as no senator seeks recognition during the current post-cloture time. He noted, further, that if the trade vote is concluded tonight, cloture would ripen on the two intelligence bills  an hour after the Senate convenes Saturday, which could be as early as 1 a.m.

7:49 p.m. Senators Hatch and Wyden spoke about the trade bill.

7:49 p.m.    On a vote of 61 to 38, the Senate invoked cloture on the trade bill.

7:24 p.m.  The Senate adopted the Hatch substitute amendment, #1221, by a roll call vote of 62-37. 

7:01 p.m. By a vote of 35 to 63, one senator voting present, the Flake amendment #1243 failed.  (Senator Hatch voted present.)  Senator Cornyn later changed his vote, making the new tally 36-62 with one Senator voting present.

6:42 p.m. Voting began on the Flake amendment (#1243).

6:39 p.m. The Inhofe amendment (#1312) and the McCain amendment (#1226) fell on points of order.

6:36 p.m. On a vote of 47 to 52, the Brown amendment (#1251) failed.

6:21 p.m.  The Senate began voting on the Brown amendment, #1251.

6:17 p.m.  Senator Hatch raised a point of order that the Shaheen amendment, #1227, was not germane.  The chair sustained the point of order and the amendment fell.

6:15 p.m. The Senate rejected the Warren amendment, #1327 by a roll call vote of 39-60. 

5:52 p.m. The Senate rejected Portman amendment, #1299, concerning currency manipulation by a roll call vote of 48-51.

5:34 p.m. The Senate adopted the Hatch-Wyden amendment #1411 (as modified) to the TPA legislation by a roll call vote of 70-29.  The amendment concerns currency manipulation.

This is the first of seven expected votes.  The votes are expected as follows:

Hatch #1411 (as modified), concerning currency manipulation
Portman #1299  concerning currency manipulation
Warren #1327
Brown #1251 concerning docking
Flake #1243 striking TAA
Hatch substitute amendment #1221
Cloture on underlying H.R. 1314 (TPA legislation)

4:57 p.m. Senator Hatch spoke in favor of the Hatch Wyden amendment on currency manipulation.

4:55 p.m. Senator Hatch proposed a UC to consider 3 amendments.   Senator Wyden objected.

4:50 p.m. Senator Wyden proposed a UC for many amendments.  Senator Hatch objected.

4:47 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke about currency manipulation and in favor of the Hatch-Wyden amendment.

4:40 p.m. By voice vote, the Senate passed a bill to permit the veterans hospital in Denver to remain open, H.R. 2496.  Senators Bennet, Gardner and Blumenthal spoke on the bill.

4:39 p.m. By unanious consent, the Senae passed S. 1463.

4:33 p.m. Senators Moran, Isakson spoke about a bill on medical services for veterans, S. 1463.

4:20 p.m. Senator Reid spoke about Republican leadership.

3:45 p.m. Senator Sessions spoke about the intelligence collection program.

3:15 p.m. Senator Portman spoke on the trade bill and his pending amendment.

2:42 p.m. Senator Sanders spoke on the pending trade bill. He then turned to discuss education; and the Patriot Act.

2:30 p.m. Senator Blunt spoke on the highway bill, before turning to discuss care for veterans, with Memorial Day coming on Monday.

2:18 p.m.  Senators Tester and Daines honor Chuck Johnson, Montana   journalist upon his retirement.

2:00 p.m. Senate returned from recess, Senator Leahy spoke on the USA Freedom Act and the Patriot Act.

1:05 p.m. The Senate stands in recess until 2:00 p.m.

12:58 p.m. Senator Blumenthal spoke about veterans and identity theft.

12:48 p.m. Senator Gardner spoke about TPA.

12:38 p.m. Senator Thune spoke about the situation in the Middle East and ISIS.

12:15 p.m. Senator Nelson spoke about the Highway Bill.

11:47 a.m. Senator Sessions spoke in favor of the Stabenow/Portman currency manipulation amendment.

11:44 a.m. Senator Isakson spoke about Memorial Day.

11:25 a.m. Senator Stabenow spoke about currency manipulation and the TPA.

11:10 a.m. Senator Toomey spoke about cancer research.

11:04 a.m. Senator Shaheen spoke about the Highway Bill.

10:50 a.m. Senator Corker spoke in favor of TPA.

10:23 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke about TPA, FISA and Highway bill.

10:11 a.m. Senator Wyden spoke in favor of TPA.

9:53 a.m. Senator Hatch spoke on the trade bill.

9:46 a.m. Senator Reid spoke on the trade bill and USA Freedom bill.

9:32 a.m. ML McConnell spoke on the trade bill and the USA Freedom bill.

The Senate will convene at 9:30am and resume consideration of Hatch substitute amendment (#1221) to H.R. 1314 [the legislative vehicle for Trade Promotion Authority and Trade Adjustment Assistance], post cloture. Absent a time agreement,  a roll call vote on adoption of the Hatch substitute amendment (#1221) will occur at approximately 5:00pm.

Following disposition of Hatch amendment #1221, the Senate will immediately proceed to a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on H.R. 1314, as amended, if amended.

In addition to trade legislation, the Senate is expected to consider legislation relative to the FISA and a highway extension prior to the Memorial Day recess.