Thursday, July 26, 2018

4:22 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 3:00 p.m. on Monday, July 30, 2018. Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #1006, Britt Grant, of Georgia, to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit. As a result of cloture having been filed on H.R.6147, Minibus, and the Shelby substitute amendment, there is a filing deadline for 1st degree amendments at 4:00 p.m. The filing deadline for 2nd degree amendments is one hour prior to the cloture vote. At 5:30 p.m., the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Grant nomination.

H.R. 4318, Miscellaneous Tariff Bill, The Hatch amendment was agreed to by u.c. The bill was passed as amended voice vote.

Adopted S.Res.595, designating July 26, 2018 as “United States Intelligence Professionals Day”
Passed H.R. 5729, to restrict the department in which the Coast Guard is operating from implementing any rule requiring the use of biometric readers for biometric transportation security cards until after submission to Congress of the results of an assessment of the effectiveness of the transportation security card program.

Passed Calendar #486, H.R. 4528, to make technical amendments to certain marine fish conservation statutes, and for other purposes.

Agreed to the resolution of ratification with respect to— (treaties ratified by division vote) Treaties Cal. #2: The Treaty with the Federated States of Micronesia on the Delimitation of a Maritime Boundary; Treaties Cal. #3: The Treaty with the Republic of Kiribati on the Delimitation of Maritime Boundaries; Treaties Cal. #4: Extradition Treaty with the Republic of Serbia; Treaties Cal. #5: Extradition Treaty with the Republic of Kosovo.

4:15 p.m. ML McConnell begins wrap up.

3:30 p.m. Senator Warren spoke about federal employees.

2:40 p.m. Senator Hirono spoke about the Affordable Care Act.

2:21 p.m. Senator Lee spoke about the Flood Insurance Program. Senator Lee asked u.c. to discharge the Banking Committee from further consideration of S.3128, and the Senate take up and pass S.3128 (Flood Insurance), with a Lee amendment ($2.5M cap for new construction). Senator Kennedy objected.

2:06 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke about press freedom.

ML McConnell announced that the next vote will be at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, July 30th on cloture on the Grant nomination to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the 11th Circuit.

Following disposition of the Grant nomination, the Senate will proceed to the cloture motions one at a time, in the order listed. Each is subject to up to thirty hours of post-cloture debate in the following order to 1) H.R. 6147, Minibus Appropriation 2) Motion to concur in the House amend to S. 1182, Flood Insurance 3) The Conference Report to Accompany H.R. 5515, NDAA.

2:06 p.m. ML McConnell filed cloture on the conference report to accompany H.R.5515, NDAA.

2:03 p.m. ML McConnell filed cloture and filled the amend tree on the motion to concur in the House amendment to accompany S.1182, Flood Insurance.

2:02 p.m. ML McConnell filed cloture on the underlying bill, H.R.6147, Minibus Appropriations.

2:01 p.m. ML McConnell filed cloture on Shelby substitute amendment #3399 to H.R.6147, Minibus Appropriations

2:00 p.m. ML McConnell filed cloture on Exec. Cal. #1006 Britt Grant to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit.

1:09 p.m. Senator Rubio spoke about premium hand rolled cigar manufactures.

12:59 p.m. Senator Manchin spoke about pre-existing conditions.

12:47 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke about prescription drug costs.

12:38 p.m. Senator Burr and Senator Tillis paid tribute to Dick Spangler.

12:30 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about health care and prescription drug costs.

12:15 p.m. Senator King spoke about the Affordable Care Act.

11:58 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

11:47 a.m. Senator Gardner asked u.c. to call up amendment #3424, Senator Murkowski objected because it is constitutes legislation on appropriations.

11:34 a.m. Senator Burr spoke about the Gardner amendment #3424

11:33 a.m. Senator Gardner spoke about Land and Water Conservation Fund and the Gardner amendment #3424

11:18 a.m. Senator Tester spoke about Peter Navarro’s comments on tariffs.

11:09 a.m. Senator Leahy spoke about Russian interference in elections.

11:03 a.m. Senator Flake spoke against funding for bug-based food for human consumption.

10:50 a.m. Senator Casey spoke about the Americans with Disabilities Act.

10:38 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about the Kavanaugh nomination.

10:35 a.m. Senator Coons spoke about the Perkins bill.

10:23 a.m. Senators Casey and Enzi spoke about the Perkins technical education bill.

9:33 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the Kavanaugh nomination and completed the Rule 14 process to place on the Legislative Calendar of Business H.R.184, Medical Device Tax and H.R.1201, Religious Exemption from Individual Mandate



The Senate will convene on Thursday at 9:30 a.m.

At that time, resume consideration of H.R. 6147, [Interior, FSGG, THUD, Agriculture appropriations minibus].

No votes are scheduled as of yet, but are expected.