Thursday, June 15, 2017

5:41 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 4:00 p.m. on Monday.

5:29 p.m. Leader McConnell called up and adopted S.Res. 191, designating June 20th as American Eagle Day, S.Res. 192, Congratulating the Golden State Warriors, and S.Res. 193, commending the bravery of the U.S. Capitol Police and the Alexandria, VA police department. He also asked that when  the Senate adjourns today it reconvenes at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, June 19th.

5:23 p.m. Senator Carper spoke about health care.

5:14 p.m. Senator Cassidy spoke about health care.

5:11 p.m. Senator Blumenthal spoke supporting S. 782.

5:07 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about the exploitation of children on the Internet and called up and passed S. 782, reauthorizing the National Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Program.

4:43 p.m. Senator Wyden spoke about health care.

3:48 p.m. Senator Moran spoke about Iran sanctions.

3:22 p.m. Senator Inhofe spoke about health care and climate change.

3:08 p.m. Senator Perdue spoke about the debt limit.

2:50 p.m. Senator Carper spoke about health care.

2:38 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke about health care.

2:26 p.m. Senator Thune spoke about health care.

1:56 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke about yesterday’s shooting and also spoke about the healthcare bill.

1:47 p.m. Senator Casey spoke about yesterday’s shooting and also spoke about health care/Medicaid.

1:24 p.m. Senator Wicker spoke about aircraft carriers.

1:02 p.m. Senator Peters spoke about Yemen.

12:55 p.m. Senator Kaine spoke about healthcare.

12:53 p.m. Senator McConnell filed cloture on Department of Treasury nominations:

  • Sigal Mandelker to be under Secretary of Terrorism and Financial Crimes
  • Marshall Billingslea to be Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing

12:21 p.m. Final passage of S.722, as amended,  Iran Sanctions was agreed to by a vote of 98 to 2. Senators Paul and Sanders voted no.

12:00 p.m.  Amend #240 – NATO passed by a vote of 100 to 0. Now voting on final passage of S. 722 – Iran Sanctions.

11:33 a.m. The Senate is now voting on the Graham amendment #240 on NATO.

11:30 a.m. The Gardner amendment #250 was agreed to by a vote of 94-6. GOP Senators voting no: Ernst, Graham, McCain, Sasse, and Sullivan. Dem Senators voting no: Blumenthal.

11:00 a.m. The Senate is now voting on Gardner amendment #250, NASA exception, to S.722, Iran Sanctions.

10:53 a.m. Senators Gardner and Cardin spoke about S.722, Iran Sanctions.

10:50 a.m. Senator Gardner spoke about amendment #250.

10:49 a.m. Senator Corker spoke about Senator McCain.

10:44 a.m. Senator McCain spoke about amendment #250.

10:37 a.m. Senator Warner spoke about amendment #250.

10:27 a.m. Senator Nelson spoke about amendment #250.

10:18 a.m. Senator Gardner spoke about his amendment #250 related to space/NASA to the Iran Sanctions legislation.

9:55 a.m. Senator Schumer spoke about the Alexandria shooting, and the Iran sanctions legislation.

9:45 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke about the 5th anniversary of DACA.

9:40 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the Alexandria shooting and expressed gratitude to the Capitol Police, first responders, and our colleagues on the field. The Majority Leader also spoke about the Iran Sanctions legislation.

9:35 a.m. The Senate resumed consideration of S. 722, Iran Sactions Bill.


The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m. and will resume consideration of S.722, Iran Sanctions Bill. The cloture motions regarding the substitute amendment to S.722 and S.722 were both withdrawn and there will be 3 votes beginning at 11:00 a.m.:
1)  Adoption of Gardner amdt. #250, as modified (NASA exception),  to S.722, Iran Sanctions
2) Adoption of Graham amdt. #240, to S. 722
3) Passage of S.722, Iran Sanctions, as modified.