7:40 p.m. The Senate adjourns.
7:39 p.m. Senator Lankford does wrap up for the evening. Passed by UC: S. Res 550, congratulating the Golden State Warriors. UC that the Senate adjourn until 10:00 a.m. at which time resume consideration of (H.R. 5515). UC that the Senate recess for the weekly luncheons.
7:22 p.m Senator Lankford spoke on immigration.
6:56 p.m. Senator Alexander urged colleagues to agree to an open amendment process and gave his opening statement on the different appropriations included in the “minibus”.
6:55 p.m. Senator Shelby offered the substitute amendment, #2910.
6:54 p.m. The motion to proceed to HR.5895 was agreed to by voice vote.
6:53 p.m. 92-3 the Senate invoked cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R. 5895, Minibus Appropriations. Senators voting no: Gillibrand, Markey, and Warren.
6:28 p.m. The Senate began voting on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to Energy & Water, Legislative Branch, & Military Construction & Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act
6:26 p.m. The Senate passed (H.R. 5515), NDAA, 85-10. 8 Democrats and 2 Republicans voted no: Senators Feinstein, Gillibrand, Harris, Lee, Markey, Merkley, Paul, Sanders, Warren and Wyden voted no.
6:06 p.m. The Senate began voting on passage of H.R. 5515, passage of National Defense Authorization Act.
6:05 p.m. Senator Inhofe asked u.c. to call up 44 bipartisan amendments en bloc, Senator Paul objected.
6:05 p.m. The motion to waive the budget act was agreed to, 81-14. Senators voting no: 7 Republicans: Barrasso, Corker, Enzi, Kennedy, Lee, Paul, Perdue; 6 Democrats: Gillibrand, Harris, Markey, Merkley, Warren and Wyden; 1 Independent: Sanders. 5 Senators not voting: Republicans Boozman, Cassidy, and McCain Democrats: Duckworth and Shaheen.
Next: vote on passage of Defense Authorization.
5:31 p.m. The Senate began voting on the motion to waive the Budget Act with respect to H.R.5515, NDAA, as amended.
5:12 p.m. Senators Reed and Inhofe spoke supporting H.R. 5515, NDAA.
4:53 p.m. Senator King spoke supporting NDAA and spoke about immigration.
4:44 p.m. Senator Hatch spoke supporting the National Defense Authorization Act.
4:43 p.m. Senator Sanders asked u.c. to consider amendment #2905, #2657, #2660, and #2506, Senator Inhofe objected. Senator Sanders raised a point of order against Section 4106 of the Congressional Budget Act on the Inhofe substitute amendment. Senator Inhofe asked u.c. that the vote on the motion to waive the budget act with respect to the Sanders p.o.o. occur at 5:30 p.m.
4:28 p.m. Senator Sanders spoke about immigration. He also spoke about the National Defense Authorization Act, defense spending, and the Constitutional authority for war.
4:07 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the National Defense Authorization Act and immigration.
3:58 p.m. Senator Gillibrand spoke about immigration.
3:46 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke about immigration.
The Senate will convene at 3:00 p.m. and resume consideration of the National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 5515) post-cloture.
At 5:30 p.m., we expect three roll call votes:
1. We expect Senator Sanders to raise a Budget Act point of order. If raised, the Senate would then proceed to a roll call vote on a motion to waive the Budget Act.
2. Passage of the Defense Authorization.
3. Cloture on the motion to proceed to the Energy & Water, Legislative Branch, & Military Construction & Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act (H.R. 5895).