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Schedule for Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Thursday, March 26, 2015.

Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of S.Con.Res.11, the budget resolution.

All debate time on the budget resolution will be considered expired at 12:00 noon. Senators should expect a long series of roll call votes beginning at 12:00 noon.



Updates from the Floor

Senate has reconvened–Agreement to complete action on Budget–
The Brown amendment #994 was agreed to by voice vote.   The Senate will now vote in relation to the following amendments (senators are asked to vote from their seats) and on passage of the Budget resolution:   Vitter SA#811 (No Washington exemption-healthcare) Warren SA#1094 (social security) Lee SA#855 (reconciliation) Cardin SA#367 (voter suppression) Rubio…| More

Roll Call Vote on Portman SA #689 (dynamic scoring)
6:55pm The Senate began a 10 minute roll call vote on Portman # 689 (dynamic scoring); Agreed To: 59-41| More

Roll Call Vote on Durbin amendment #817
3:44pm the Senate began a 10 minute roll call vote on Durbin # 817. Not Agreed to: 46-54  | More

Pending amendments to S.Con.Res.11, Budget
The following amendments are pending to S.Con.Res.11, Budget: Enzi for Kirk #545 (Iran Sanctions) Rounds #412 (prevent EPA closed door settlement agreements) Rubio #423, as modified (increase Defense budget) Daines #388 (national monuments) Daines #389 (holding Members responsible for balanced budget) Moran #356 (Veterans health care) Roberts #352 (Federal employee bonuses) Roberts #462 (over the…| More

Daines calls up amendments on Guns and Postal Reform
The following amendments have been called up:   Daines amendment #465 (Second Amendment rights) Daines amendment #387 (postal reform)   Pending amendments: Cotton #481(Israel) Enzi forKirk #535 (Iran Sanctions) Rounds #412(prevent EPA closed door settlement agreements) Rubio #423, as modified (increase Defense budget) Daines #388(national monuments) Daines #389(holding Members responsible for balanced budget) Barrasso amendment #347…| More

Series of up to 8 votes at 4:45pm
The Senate has reached an agreement that results in a series of up to 8 roll call votes at 4:45pm today.   The time until 4:45pm will be equally divided between the managers or their designees. All votes after the first will be 10 minute votes. There will be 2 minutes for debate equally divided…| More

Hatch, Roberts, and Vitter amendments pending
The following amendments have been offered to S.Con.Res.11, Budget:   Hatch amendment #796 (Medicare) side-by-side to Bennet-Stabenow Roberts amendment #352 (Federal employee bonuses) Roberts amendment #462 (over the counter medications) Vitter amendment #515 (Common Core) Vitter amendment #811 (no exemptions for Washington for Obamacare)   Pending amendments: Cotton #481(Israel) Enzi forKirk #535 (Iran Sanctions) Rounds #412(prevent…| More

Blunt and Moran amendments offered
We’ve had a couple more amendments offered—Sanders side by side to Blunt and Moran on Veterans health care. Pending amendments: Cotton #481(Israel) Enzi forKirk #535 (Iran Sanctions) Rounds #412(prevent EPA closed door settlement agreements) Rubio #423, as modified (increase Defense budget) Daines #388(national monuments) Daines #389(holding Members responsible for balanced budget) Barrasso amendment #347 (Waters of…| More

2 roll call votes at 12:15pm–Burr and Warren amendments on student loans
Senator Burr called up amendment #622 and Reed on behalf of Senator Warren called up amendment #652 (student loans). The Senate stands in recess subject to the call of the chair for the joint meeting of Congress. When the Senate resumes consideration of S.Con.Res.11, Budget, the time until 12:15pm will be equally divided between the…| More

Daines amendments called up–Morning Business
Senator Daines called up amendment #388 and amendment #389. The Senate is in a period of morning business with senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each. When the Senate resumes consideration of the Budget resolution tomorrow (around 9:45am), 18 hours of debate time will remain.   The following amendments are pending…| More

Cornyn #357 not agreed to, Kirk and Rounds amendments pending
Senator Enzi for Senator Kirk called up amendment #545 (Iran Sanctions) Senator Rounds called up amendment #412 (prevent EPA closed door settlement agreements)   Additional amendments will be called up tonight, however there will be no further roll call votes. As a reminder, there will be a joint meeting o Congress at 11:00am tomorrow.  Discussions…| More

Roll Call Vote on Fischer amendment #409–Sanders and Ayotte agreed to by voice votes
The following amendments were agreed to by voice votes:   Sanders amendment #474 (Veterans)– side by side to Ayotte #400 (Veterans Choice) Ayotte amendment #400 (Veterans Choice)   At 4:46pm, the Senate began a 10 minute roll call vote on Fischer amendment #409 (to establish a deficit equal pay) side by side to Mikulski amendment…| More

Up to 7 roll call votes at 4:40pm
The Senate has reached an agreement that results in a series of up to 7 roll call votes at 4:40pm.   Under the agreement, the time until 4:40pm is equally divided between the managers, or their designees. At 4:40pm, the Senate will vote in relation to the following amendments in the order listed, with no…| More

Fischer and Cornyn amendments are pending
The following amendments have been offered:   Fischer amendment #409 (to establish a deficit equal pay) (side by side to Mikulski amendment 362 also on equal pay). Cornyn amendment #357 (President’s Budget).   We are still working on an agreement that would result in a series of votes at 4:30pm today. Those votes could be…| More

Recess until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings
The Senate stands in recess until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings.   When the Senate reconvenes, the Democrats control the time until 3:00pm and the Republicans control 3:00 to 3:45pm.   An additional stack of votes is expected in the 4:30pm range.| More

3 roll call votes at noon today
The Senate has reached an agreement that results in a series of 3 roll call votes at 12:00 noon today. Those votes will be in relation to the infrastructure and 2 Medicaid amendments.   12:00 noon—up to 3 roll call votes:   Sanders amendment #323, as modified (infrastructure) Sanders amendment #386 (side by side to…| More

Portman and Sanders amendments pending
Senator Portman called up amendment #349 (medically complex children in Medicaid). Senator Sanders then called up amendment #386 as a side by side to the Portman amendment. The Sanders amendment creates a deficit neutral reserve fund to protect Medicaid beneficiaries from benefit cuts.   We are still working towards vote on the Sanders, Portman and…| More

Morning Business–no more votes
The Doyle nomination was confirmed 89-0.   Senators should expect a roll call vote in relation to Sanders amendment #323 (infrastructure) at noon tomorrow, with at least one additional roll call vote in the stack before lunch (likely in relation to yet to be named side by side to Sanders).   The Senate is in…| More

Sanders amendment pending–possible upcoming amendments
The Sanders amendment #323 (infrastructure) to S.Con.Res.11, Budget, is pending. We hope to reach an agreement to vote in relation to the amendment around noon tomorrow. The Republicans may have a side by side to the Sanders amendment, but nothing has been filed yet.   Below you will find a list of amendments, in no…| More

Budget Resolution
Budget Resolution By voice vote, the Senate adopted the motion to proceed to the consideration of S.Con.Res.11, setting forth the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2016 and setting forth the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal year 2017 through 2025.   Under the law governing the Budget’s consideration, there will now…| More

Cloture filed on committee-reported subst amendment and underlying Trafficking bill, S. 178/morning business
Senator McConnell filed cloture (again) on the committee-reported substitute amendment to S.178, trafficking, and on the underlying bill.   The filing deadline for all first-degree amendments to the committee-reported substitute and the underlying bill is 1:00pm tomorrow, Wednesday, March 18.   The cloture vote on the substitute would occur one hour after the Senate convenes…| More

FloorWrap-up

Wrap Up for Thursday, March 26, 2015
Roll Call Votes Sanders amendment #881 (Minimum Wage); not agreed to: 48-52. Stabenow amendment #523 (Bring Jobs Home); not agreed to 46-54. Wyden amendment #1012 (Medicaid); not agreed to; 47-53. Sanders motion to waive point of order with respect to Rubio amendment #423, as modified (Increase Defense); not agreed to: 32-68. Sanders motion to waive… | More


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