Monday, March 9, 2020

7:09 p.m. The Senate adjourned and will next convene on Tuesday, March 10th at 10:00 a.m. Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of S. 2657, the vehicle for the energy bill, and will then recess from 12:30 p.m. to 2:10 p.m. for party lunches.

During wrap-up:

S. 3422 – Began the Rule 14 process to place it on the calendar.

6:44 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell entered a motion to reconsider re: S. 2657.

6:43 p.m. Cloture was not invoked on S. 2657 by a vote of 15 to 73, the American Energy Innovation Act.

Senators voting in favor, 15 Republicans: Alexander, Blunt, Burr, Ernst, Graham, Lee, Murkowski, Perdue, Roberts, Rubio, Sullivan, Thune, Tillis, Wicker, and Young.

6:10 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the underlying bill, S. 2657.

6:10 p.m. Cloture was not invoked on the Murkowski substitute amendment #1407, as modified; 47-44.

Senators voting in favor: 33 Republicans, 13 Democrats: Casey, Cortez Masto, Hassan, Jones, Kaine, Leahy, Manchin, Reed, Rosen, Shaheen, Sinema, Warner and Whitehouse; 1 Independent: King.

Senators voting against: 16 Republicans: Blackburn, Braun, Cornyn, Crapo, Inhofe, Johnson, Kennedy, Lankford, Lee, McConnell (only to be able to enter a motion to reconsider), Moran, Paul, Rounds, Sasse, Scott of Florida, and Shelby; 28 Democrats.

Senators not voting: 4 Democrats: Booker, Harris, Markey and Warren; 4 Republicans: Capito, Cassidy, Cruz and Toomey; 1 Independent: Sanders.

5:31 p.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on cloture on Murkowski substitute amendment #1407, as modified.

4:48 p.m. Senator Alexander spoke on the hurricanes in Tennessee last week.

4:09 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about the coronavirus.

3:05 p.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about the coronavirus.

3:04 p.m. Senator Shaheen brought up Amendment # 1525 to Amendment #1514 of the energy bill.

3:03 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about Make-a-Wish in Iowa.

The Senate will convene at 3:00 p.m. and resume consideration of S.2657, the vehicle for the energy package.

At 5:30 p.m. on Monday, there will be up to two roll call votes:

1.Cloture on Murkowski substitute amendment #1407, as modified.

2. If cloture is not invoked, and no further agreement is reached, the Senate would vote on cloture on the underlying bill S.2657.

Amendments Pending to S.2657: American Energy Innovation Act:

Murkowski SA #1407 as modified (substitute)

Portman-Shaheen SA #1514 (building codes)