Tuesday, January 17, 2016

6:05 p.m. The Senate stands adjourned until 4:00 p.m. on January 20th.

6:03 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke about the DeVos nomination hearing

6:00 p.m. Senator McConnell asked u.c. to pass H.R. 39, TALENT Act. ML McConnell announced when the Senate adjourns today it returns on Friday, January 20th at 4:00 p.m., following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business and roll call votes are possible Friday afternoon.

5:12 p.m. Senators Schatz, Peters Wyden, and Booker spoke about the environment and Pruitt nomination.

5:11 p.m. The Senate passed H.R. 72, 99-0, Senator Sessions did not vote.

4:43 p.m. Roll call vote began on passage of H.R. 72, the GAO access and oversight bill.

4:27 p.m. Senator Sasse spoke in favor of H.R. 72.

4:26 p.m. The Senate proceeded to H.R. 72, the GAO access and oversight bill.

4:16 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke about climate denial.

4:14 p.m. Senator Manchin spoke about miners protection legislation.

4:02 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about Congressional action on the Affordable Care Act and Senator Sessions and Tillerson nominations.

3:47 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about health care. He spoke about the Chicago Cubs and about President Obama.

3:31 p.m. Senator Cassidy spoke about the health care law.

3:21 p.m. Senator Isakson spoke in favor of the revisions to the health care bill. He praised Representative Price.

3:07 p.m. Minority Leader Schumer paid tribute to Tim Mitchell. He spoke about stock transactions by Representative Tom Price, the nominee to be secretary of Health and Human Services. He spoke about  the estimated cost of repealing the health care law. He raised questions about President-elect Trump’s cabinet selections.

3:02 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about retirement benefits for coal miners. He also paid tribute to the late Tim Mitchell of the Democraic floor staff.

3 p.m. The Senate convened.

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The Senate will convene at 3:00 p.m. and will be in morning business until 4:15 p.m.

Debate will begin at 4:15 p.m. on H.R. 72, the GAO access and oversight bill.

At 4:45 p.m., the Senate will vote on H.R. 72.