Wednesday, June 7, 2017

6:47 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 9:30 a.m. Thursday.

The Senate is debating the motion to proceed to S. 722; the Iran sanctions bill, post cloture.

6:40 p. m. Senator Peters spoke about public works legislation for a major lock between Lakes Superior and Huron.

6:18 p.m. Senator Wyden and Senator Merkley saluted the heroes of the terrorist attack in Portland on May 26.

6:08 p.m. Senator Sanders spoke about a parliamentary ruling on consideration of the House health care bill.

6:06 p.m. During wrap-up, Senator Tillis secured agreement to S. Res. 174, noting the 100th anniversary of the Lions Club, and S. Res. 187, honoring the Fermi laboratory. The Senate agreed that it will convene  9:30 a.m. Thursday and will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to the Iran Sanctions bill.

5:44 p.m. Senator Casey spoke about the House health care proposal. He spoke about veterans.

5:16 p.m. Senator Moran observed the 100th anniversary of the Lions Club.

5:03 p.m. Senator Bennet observed the anniversary of the Marshall Plan.

4:34 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke on the Paris climate agreement and the 169th “time to wake up” floor speech.

4:06 p.m. Senator Blumenthal spoke on the Iran sanctions, as well as Russia.

3:50 p.m. Senator McCain spoke on Russia.

3:20 p.m. Senator Wyden asked u.c. to bring two baskets of hemp products onto the floor and spoke in favor of hemp products.

3:10 p.m. Senators Gillibrand and Senator Cassidy spoke about flood insurance.

3:03 p.m. Senator Flake spoke supporting the CBP Hire Act.

2:26 p.m. Senators Klobuchar, Stabenow, and Heitkamp spoke about the Trump budget proposal.

2:23 p.m. ‪Cloture on the motion to proceed agreed to 92-7.
No votes: Carper, Durbin, Gillibrand, Merkley, Paul, Sanders and Udall‬. Senator Coons did not vote.

1:57 p.m. Roll call vote began on cloture on the motion to proceed to S. 722; Iran sanctions.

1:56 p.m. DL Schumer spoke about the pending vote on Iran sanctions as well as possible Russia sanctions.

1:28 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke about the repeal of Obamacare and the new health care bill.

12:37 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke about the Affordable Care Act.

12:05 p.m. Senator Menendez spoke supporting the Iran Sanctions legislation.

10:51 a.m. Senators Sanders and Murphy spoke about the terror attack in Iran, the need to reduce tensions in the Middle East and to delay the vote on S. 722 until next week.

10:29 a.m. Senator Carper spoke about Iran’s elections.

9:57 a.m. Minority Leader Schumer spoke about the Iran sanctions bill, public works and health care.

9:38 a.m. Senator McConnell secured consent for the cloture vote on the Iran sanctions bill, S.722, to occur at 1:45 p.m.

If cloture succeeds, the post-cloture clock will run as if the vote had been at 10:45 a.m. Thus, post-cloture debate of Iran sanctions would end at 4:45 p.m. Thursday if all time is used.

9:32 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell began Rule XIV proceedings to bring to the floor the budget reconciliation bill, H.R. 1628 (the legislative vehicle for the House health care bill). He spoke about the Iran sanctions bill and said amendments to i are likely to be offered. He spoke about President Trump’s visit to Cincinnati to promote public works legislation.

9:30 a.m. The Senate convened.