Wednesday, November 30, 2016

6:48 p.m. Senate stands adjourned until 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, December 1st.  The Senate will vote on  passage of  the Iran Sanctions bill at 1:45 p.m.  The Senate passed the following bills during today’s session:

S.2971 – National Urban Search and Rescue Response System Act of 2016, with committee-reported amendment; S.3183 – Better Online Ticket Sales Act, with committee-reported amendment; Concurred in the House amendment to S.1550 – Program Management Improvement Accountability Act;  H.R.5995 – GAO Civilian Task and Delivery Order Protest Authority Act of 2016; H.R.55009 – Dr. Otis Bowen Veteran House; S.Res.605 – honoring Arnold Palmer;  S.Res.610 – Manufacturing Day; S.Res.626 – 75th anniversary of MD Anderson Cancer Center and S.3386 – Silver Star Service Banner Day.

4:53 p.m. Senator Cruz spoke about Fidel Castro.

4:33 p.m. Senator Fischer paid tribute to the retiring Adm. Cecil C. Haney.

4:05 p.m. Senators Graham and McCain engaged in a colloquy about the bill to permit lawsuits by the families of victims of terrorist attacks abroad.

3:55 p.m. Senator Isakson spoke about the 21st Century Cures bill.

3:45 p.m Senator Rounds spoke about the VA and emergency room care.

3:25 p.m. Senator Cassidy and Senator Murphy spoke about mental health.

3:13 p.m. Senator Alexander spoke about the fires in Tennessee and about mental health.

2:55 p.m. Senator Toomey spoke against sanctuary cities.

2:51 p.m. Senator Grassley asked unanamous consent to proceed with consideration of H.R. 5963. Senator Cotton objected and explained his  concerns.

2:47 p.m. Senator Whitehouse spoke on need to reform federal juvenile justice programs.

2:36 p.m. Senator Grassley spoke on need to reform federal juvenile justice programs.

2:26 p.m. Senator Leahy spoke on the appropriations process and President-elect Trump’s business holdings.

2:24 p.m. Senator Cotton spoke about James A. Ross, Arkansan of the week.

2:12 p.m. Senator Shaheen spoke about Homeland Security funding and the appropriations process.

1:54 p.m. Senator Hoeven spoke about the Dakota Access Pipeline.

12:58 p.m. Senator Barrasso spoke about the election and about healthcare.

12:56 p.m. Senator Sasse spoke about ISIL.

12:46 p.m. Senator Brown spoke about retired coal miner’s health and retirement benefits.

12:31 p.m. Senator Kaine spoke about the death of Chief Petty Officer Scott Dayton in Syria and AUMF.

12:15 p.m. Senator Merkley spoke against the 21st Century Cures Act.

12:05 p.m. Senator Durbin spoke against the 21st Century Cures Act.

11:58 a.m. Senator Warren spoke on the 21st Century Cures Act.

11:40 a.m. Senator Wyden addressed Senator Cornyn’s objections to consideration of legislation relating to Rule 41.

11:32 a.m. Senator Wyden asked unanamous consent to proceed to a roll call vote on S. 3485. Senator Cornyn objected and explained his objection.

11:26 a.m. Senator Coons asked unanamous consent to proceed to immediate consideration of S. 3475. Senator Cornyn objected.

11:23 a.m. Senator Coons spoke about Rule 41 and protecting privacy rights.

11:20 a.m. Senator Daines spoke about Rule 41 and keeping citizens safe from government hacking.

11:19 a.m. Senator Wyden asked unanamous consent to proceed to immediate consideration of S. 2952. Senator Cornyn objected.

11:11 a.m. Senator Wyden spoke about Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure.

10:55 a.m. Senator Cornyn thanked Senator Enzi. He spoke about the legislative agenda.

10:32 a.m. Senator Enzi spoke about the federal debt.

10:15 a.m. Senator Durbin spoke about immigration.

10:21 a.m. Senator Boxer spoke in tribute to Senator Reid.

10:05 a.m. Minority Leader Reid paid tribute to Senator Boxer.

10:02 a.m. Majority Leader McConnell spoke of measures up for Senate consideration, including the 21st Century Cures Act. He said the Senate will take up that bill after the House passes it.


The Senate will convene at 10 a.m.

No votes have yet been scheduled for today.

By an agreement reached Tuesday, a vote is expected this week on H.R.6297, the House-passed Iran sanctions bill.

Majority leadership has indicated that the Senate may take up following measures during the lame-duck session:

The spending resolution to continue government operations; the defense authorization; the water resources bill; the energy bill; the 21st Century Cures Act.