6:04 p.m. The Senate stands adjourned until Monday, September 18 at 3:00 p.m. Next votes will be at 5:30 p.m.
The Senate adjourned at 6:04 p.m. until 3:00pm on Monday, September 18, 2017. When the Senate convenes, it will resume consideration of H.R.2810, National Defense Authorization Act.
At 5:30pm, the McCain amendment #545 will be withdrawn, the Senate will adopt the McCain-Reed substitute amendment #1003, as modified, and vote on the motion to invoke cloture on H.R.2810, NDAA. If cloture is invoked, all post-cloture time will be considered expired and the Senate will vote on passage of the bill, as amended.
Monday, September 18 at 5:30pm – There will be 2 roll call votes
- Motion to invoke cloture on H.R.2810, National Defense Authorization Act, as amended
- Passage of H.R.2810, NDAA, as amended
Passed Calendar #26, S.129 – National Sea Grant College Program Amendments Act of 2017, with Wicker substitute amendment.
Passed Calendar #202, S.1393 – to streamline the process by which active duty military, reservists, and veterans receive commercial driver’s licenses.
Passed Calendar #203, S.1532 – to disqualify from operating a commercial motor vehicle for life an individual who uses a commercial motor vehicle in committing a felony involving human trafficking.
Passed Calendar #204, S.1536 – Combating Human Trafficking in Commercial Vehicles, with committee-reported substitute amendment.
Adopted S.Res.256 – recognizing Hispanic Heritage Month and celebrating the heritage and culture of Latinos in the United States and the immense contributions of Latinos to the United States.
Adopted S.Res.257 – designating September 16, 2017, as “Isaac M. Wise Temple Day”.
Adopted S.Res.258 – designating the week beginning September 10, 2017, as “National Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week”.
Adopted S.Res.259 – expressing support for the designation of the week of September 11 through September 15, 2017, as “National Family Service Learning Week”.
Confirmed by voice vote the following nominations:
Executive Calendar #280 – Peter E. Deegan, Jr., of Iowa, to be United States Attorney for the Northern District of Iowa.
Executive Calendar #281 – Marc Krickbaum, of Iowa, to be United States Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa.
Executive Calendar #283 – D. Michael Dunavant, of Tennessee, to be United States Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee.
Executive Calendar #284 – Louis V. Franklin, Sr., of Alabama, to be United States Attorney for the Middle District of Alabama.
Executive Calendar #285 – Jessie K. Liu, of Virginia, to be United States Attorney for the District of Columbia.
Executive Calendar #286 – Richard W. Moore, of Alabama, to be United States Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama.
Executive Calendar #304 – Bart M. Davis, of Idaho, to be United States Attorney for the District of Idaho.
Executive Calendar #305 – Kurt G. Alme, of Montana, to be United States Attorney for the District of Montana.
Executive Calendar #306 – Donald Q. Cochran, Jr., of Tennessee, to be United States Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee.
Executive Calendar #307 – Russell M. Coleman, of Kentucky, to be United States Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky.
Executive Calendar #308 – Brian J. Kuester, of Oklahoma, to be United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Oklahoma.
Executive Calendar #309 – R. Trent Shores, of Oklahoma, to be United States Attorney for the Northern District of Oklahoma.
Executive Calendar #310 – Daniel J. Kaniewski, of Minnesota, to be Deputy Administrator for National Preparedness, Federal Emergency Management Agency.
5:35 p.m. Senator Lee spoke on his DACA amendment regarding due process.
5:02 p.m. Senators Cassidy and Graham spoke about health care.
4:12 p.m. Senator Fischer spoke spoke on North Korea and NDAA.
4:11 p.m. By a vote of 84-9 Cloture invoked on the McCain Substitute amendment, as modified
- 6 Democrats voting no: Senators Booker, Durbin, Gillibrand, Markey, Merkley, and Wyden.
- 2 Republicans voting no: Senators Lee & Paul
- 1 Independent voting no: Senator Sanders
3:26 p.m. The Senate began voting on the motion to invoke cloture on the McCain substitute Amend #1003, as modified.
3:20 p.m. Senators McCain and Reed spoke expressing they understand Senator Baldwin’s frustration.
3:18 p.m. Senator Baldwin spoke on her buy America amendment and expressed displeasure there will not be a vote on the amendment.
3:17 p.m. Senator McCain asked u.c that following 10 minutes of debate equally divided, the Senate vote on the McCain substitute amendment as modified.
3:17 p.m. By a vote of 80 to 17, the Patenaude nomination was confirmed.
Voting “Nay” were Democrats Blumenthal, Booker, Brown, Duckworth, Gillibrand, Harris, Heinrich, Hirono, Markey, Merkley, Schatz, Schumer, Udall, Warren, Whitehouse and Wyden and independent Sanders.
Not voting was Democrats Menendez and Nelson and Republican Rubio.
1:42 p.m. The Senate began voting on Executive Calendar #109, confirmation of Pamela Patenaude to be Deputy Secretary of HUD.
1:31 p.m. Senator Brown spoke on the Patenaude nomination and about the Equifax breach of data.
1:11 p.m. Senator Markey spoke supporting the Watertown Ranger’s field hockey team and the dangers of nuclear war.
1:02 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke about health care.
1:00 p.m. The Senate proceeded to Executive Session to consider the nomination of Pamela H. Patenaude to be Deputy Secretary of HUD with up to 40 minutes of debate.
12:51 p.m. Senator McCain spoke on NDAA.
12:48 p.m. Majority Leader McConnell announced at approximately 1:45 p.m. the Senate will vote on confirmation of Pamela Hughes Patenaude to be Deputy Secretary of HUD, an additional vote is possible on cloture on NDAA. ML McConnell filed cloture on the nomination of Noel J. Francisco to be Solicitor General.
12:33 p.m. Senator Warren spoke about NDAA.
12:29 p.m. Senator Gillibrand spoke about NDAA.
12:09 p.m. Senator Sullivan spoke about NDAA.
11:54 a.m. Senator Blumethal spoke about NDAA.
11:44 a.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about NDAA and sequestration.
11:18 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke about military medical research.
11:10 a.m. Senator Ernst spoke in favor of NDAA.
10:49 a.m. Senator Klobuchar spoke about the Graham-Klobuchar amendment to combat election hacking.
10:46 am.: Senator Reed spoke about the defense bill.
10:39: Senator McCain and Schumer agreed that it is reasonable to prepare the defense bill for a passage today or Monday.
10:20 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about the defense bill and about the immigration talks with President Trump. He spoke about the Equifax security breach. He spoke about taxes.
10:02 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about the defense bill and about the Rohingya minority in Burma. He spoke about tax reform.
The Senate will convene at 10 a.m. and will resume consideration of the National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 2810).
Cloture has been filed on McCain substitute Amend #1003, as modified, and on the underlying defense bill for fiscal year 2018. Unless a different agreement is reached, the cloture vote on the McCain substitute would ripen one hour after the Senate convenes on Friday, September 15th. If cloture is invoked, up to 30 hours of post-cloture debate would follow before the Senate votes on adoption. The cloture vote on the underlying bill would occur upon disposition of the McCain substitute.
If agreement is reached, roll call votes are possible today.
Pending to the defense bill, besides the McCain substitute, is the McCain amendment (#545) to strike the section relating to the treatment of storm water collection systems as utilities.
At a time to be determined, the Senate will debate the nomination of Pamela Hughes Patenaude (deputy secretary of Housing and Urban Development) for up to 40 minutes and will then vote on confirmation.