Tuesday, October 29, 2019

6:45 p.m. The Senate stands adjourned.

6:15 p.m. Senator Casey spoke about open enrollment for insurance.

5:50 p.m. Senator Cassidy spoke on the rise of healthcare premiums under Obamacare.

5:41 p.m. Senator Perdue spoke about gun violence in schools.

5:40 p.m. Leader McConnell asked that debate time expire on S.J. Res 52 expire at 12:15 Wednesday, October 30 and the cloture motions filed Monday ripen following the disposition of S.J. Res 52.

when the Senate completes it’s business it adjourn until 10:00 am and resume S.J. Res under the previous order.

5:30 p.m. Senator Paul paid tribute to Jim Mehlman.

5:15 p.m.  Senator Durbin discussed preexisting conditions and insurance coverage.

4:09 p.m. Senator Reed spoke about S.J. Res. 52 and paid tribute to former Senator Kay Hagan.

3:57 p.m. Senator Gardner spoke about appropriations.

3:38 p.m. Senator Coons spoke about the impeachment inquiry and paid tribute to Sonny Sloan.

3:28 p.m. Senator Sinema spoke about S.J. Res. 52.

3:15 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke against S.J. Res. 52.

2:57 p.m. Senators Manchin, Warner and Casey spoke about coal miners pensions.

2:43 p.m. Senator Inhofe spoke on the Defense Authorization.

2:38 p.m. Senator Warner thanked Senator Kennedy for his 5G remarks before calling up SJ Res 52, regarding state relief and empowerment waivers.

2:20 p.m. Senator Kennedy spoke on 5G technology and the sale of spectrum for that purpose.

2:15 p.m. The Senate returned from recess.

12:35 p.m. The Senate recessed until 2:15 p.m.

12:25 p.m. Senator Collins spoke about the cost of prescription drugs and aviation safety.

12:08 p.m. Senator Cornyn spoke about impeachment, the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and the Affordable Prescriptions for Patients Act.

11:58 a.m. Senator Brown spoke about amendment #1088 to H.R. 3055.

11:42 a.m. Senator Van Hollen spoke on individuals testifying before the House on possible impeachment proceedings.

11:34 a.m. Senators Smith, Van Hollen, Kaine and Brown spoke on federal contractors affected by government shutdowns.

11:19 a.m. Senator Portman spoke on health care and appropriations; particularly infrastructure needs and finally, the Jobs Act.

11:10 a.m. Senator Thune spoke briefly about Kay Hagan and the appropriations process before turning to discuss health care.

10:50 a.m. Senator Collins spoke about appropriations.

10:25 p.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about appropriations. He spoke about electric automobiles and other matters related to climate change.

10:15 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke about the immigration status of a group of Venezuelans.

10:04 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke about defense appropriations. He spoke about medical insurance at the state level. He spoke about agriculture.

10:03 a.m. Senator Grassley spoke about prescription drug legislation.


The Senate will convene at 10:00 a.m.

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R.3055, appropriations minibus II.

The Senate will recess from 12:30pm until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings.

Majority Leader McConnell filed cloture on the following:

  • Shelby substitute amendment #948 (CJS/Ag/Interior/THUD appropriations)
  • on the underlying bill
  • on the motion to proceed to H.R.2740, (Defense/LaborH/Energy and Water/State, Foreign Ops appropriations).


  • If no agreement is reached, under the rule, the cloture vote on Shelby substitute amendment #948 would occur one hour after the Senate convenes on Wednesday.