The Senate has adjourned until 3:00 p.m. Monday, June 22nd. Up to two votes are expected at 5:30 p.m. on the following nominations:
- Peter V. Neffenger, OH, to be an Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security
- Daniel R. Elliott III, OH, to be a Member of the Surface Transportation Board
Modifying the text of Coons amdt. #1474 (previously agreed to) to H.R. 1735 by replacing with text of Coons amdt. #2058 was agreed to by unanimous consent.
S. 808 Surface Transportation Board as an independent establishment, was passed by unanimous consent.
S.Res. 205 Congratulating the Chicago Blackhawks on winning the Stanley Cup, was passed by unanimous consent.
S. Res. 206 Congratulating the Golden State Warriors for winning the NBA championship, was passed by unanimous consent.
6:47 p.m. ML McConnell filled the tree and filed cloture on both the motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to H.R. 2146 (Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015) and H.R. 1295 (Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015) with amendment to add Trade Adjustment Assistance.
5:50 p.m. Senator Heitkamp spoke Vietnam veterans of North Dakota.
4:30 p.m. Senator Sessions spoke on TPA.
3:56 p.m. Senator Baldwin spoke about the Affordable Care Act.
3:47 p.m. Senator Stabenow spoke about the Affordable Care Act.
3:30 p.m. Senator Murphy spoke about the Affordable Care Act.
3:10 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke on the Defense Authorization.
3:08 p.m. Senator Murray spoke about DACA.
2:40 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke about World Refugee Day.
There are NO further roll call votes in the Senate this week.
2:39 p.m. ML McConnell entered a motion to reconsider.
2:38 p.m. By a vote of 50-45, cloture was not invoked on the motion to proceed to HR 2685, Defense Appropriations. Senator Donnelly voted for cloture and ML McConnell changed his vote to no in order to be able to enter a motion to reconsider. Senators not voting: Coats, Graham, Lee, McCaskill, and Scott.
2:20 p.m. Roll call vote begins on the motion to invoke cloture on motion to proceed to HR 2685, Defense Appropriations.
2:13 p.m. ML McConnell and DL Reid spoke on Defense Appropriations.
2:12 p.m. The Senate passes HR 1735, NDAA by a vote of 71-25. Republicans voting no: Cruz and Paul. Democrats voting no: Baldwin, Booker, Boxer, Brown, Cardin, Durbin, Franken, Gillibrand, Hirono, Leahy, Manchin, Markey, Menendez, Merkley, Mikulski, Nelson, Reed, Reid, Sanders, Schumer, Warren, Whitehouse, and Wyden. Senators not voting: Graham, Lee, McCaskill, and Scott.
1:45 p.m. Roll call vote begins on passage of HR 1735, National Defense Authorization.
1:26 p.m. Senator McCain spoke about NDAA.
1:25 p.m. The Senate received a message from the house regarding passage of TPA.
1:15 p.m. Senator Reed spoke about NDAA.
12:50 p.m. Senator McConnell spoke about the Charleston church shooting.
12:36 p.m. Senator Heinrich spoke about immigration and DREAMERS.
12:09 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke on the upcoming Defense appropriations bill debate.
12:05 p.m. UC agreement: All time will be yielded back at 1:45 p.m. Further, Senators McCain and Reed adopted the following amendments by unanimous consent:
McCain S.Amdt.1974, as modified (2047 is a second degree) (Iranian dissidents)
Murkowski SA #2030 (recreational activities)
Vitter SA #1472 as modified (AbilityOne goods)
Daines SA #1890 (basic allowances)
Coats SA #1705 (Taiwan)
Flake SA #1720 (transportation of families)
Gardner SA #1708 (promotion of US interests)
Enzi SA #1908 (small business procurement ombudsman)
Paul SA #1678 (population)
Hatch SA #1811 (sustainment enhancement)
Fischer SA #1825 (Merchant Marine)
King SA #2020 (disposal regs)
Menendez SA #2050, with modification to the instruction line (Cyprus)
Coons SA #1474 (National Guard State Partnership Program)
Murphy SA #1901 (foreign procurements)
Warren SA #1902 (problem gambling behavior)
Blumenthal SA #1563 (e-health records)
Durbin SA #1703 (PTSD training to Ukrainian military forces)
Tester SA #1944, as modified (personnel security)
Casey SA #1747 (security of Afghan women and girls)
Schatz SA #2006 (next of kin travel policy)
Leahy SA #1931 (National Guard Bureau)
Ayotte SA #2011 (tunnels)
Bennet SA #1916 (VA construction)
11:55 p.m. Senator Kaine spoke about the defense authorization.
11:42 p.m. Senator Roberts spoke about the Charleston church shootings. He also spoke about the new health care law.
10:41 a.m. Senator McCain spoke on the NDAA.
10:20 a.m. Senator Markey spoke about the Charleston church shootings. He also spoke about the pope’s climate change encyclical.
10:10 a.m. Senator King spoke about the pope’s position on climate change.
9:50 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the Charleston church shootings.
9:33 p.m. Minority Leader Reid spoke about the church shootings in Charleston, S.C.
The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m. to resume post-cloture consideration of H.R. 1735 the defense authorization.
No votes have been scheduled yet for Thursday. If all post-cloture time is used, it would run out late Thursday night. After post-cloture debate concludes, the Senate will vote on final passage of the defense authorization.
Meanwhile, cloture has been filed on the motion to proceed to H.R. 2685, the separate defense bill to appropriate money for military programs.
After the Senate has concluded its action on H.R. 1735, the FY2016 authorization that sets policy for defense programs, a cloture vote can occur on the motion to proceed to H.R. 2685, the FY2016 appropriation that sets spending levels for defense programs.