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Schedule for Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Thursday, September 18, 2014.

Following the prayer and pledge, the Senate will recess subject to the call of the Chair. When the Senate reconvenes, following any Leader remarks, it will be in a period of morning business until 1:00pm, with the time equally divided and controlled between the two Leaders or their designees, with the Republicans controlling the first half and the Majority controlling the final half.

At 1:00pm, the Senate will proceed to consideration of H.J.Res.124, the continuing resolution. There will be up to 4.5 hours of debate prior to a series of roll call votes. Senators should expect that series to begin at approximately 5:30pm.

As a reminder, at 10:00am, His Excellency Petro Poroshenko, President of Ukraine, will address a Joint Meeting of Congress from the Hall of the House of Representatives in the U.S. Capitol. Senators should begin to gather in the Senate Chamber at 9:30am to depart at 9:40am for the procession to the Hall of the House.

Approximately 5:30pm—Up to 4 roll call votes, 9 voice votes expected:

  1. Sessions, or his designee, motion to table a Reid amendment to the joint resolution (his argument will be to make it in order to offer a DACA related amendment) (roll call)
  2. Motion to invoke cloture on H.J.Res.124, Continuing Resolution through December 12, 2014 (roll call)
  3. Motion to waive any applicable budget points of order (unclear if a Republican will raise a point of order) (roll call)
  4. Passage of H.J.Res.124, Continuing Resolution (roll call)
  5. Executive Calendar #893, Mark William Lippert, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Korea (voice vote)
  6. Executive Calendar #524, Adam M. Scheinman, to be Special Representative of the President for Nuclear Nonproliferation, with the rank of Ambassador
  7. Executive Calendar #959, Kevin F. O’Malley, to be Ambassador to Ireland
  8. Executive Calendar #702, Bathsheba Nell Crocker, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (International Organization Affairs)
  9. Executive Calendar #1002, Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, to be Deputy Secretary of Energy
  10. Executive Calendar #997, Robert W. Holleyman II, to be Deputy United States Trade Representative, with the rank of Ambassador
  11. Executive Calendar #708, Eric Rosenbach, to be an Assistant Secretary of Defense
  12. Executive Calendar #996, D. Nathan Sheets, to be an Under Secretary of the Treasury
  13. PN1917, Charles H. Fulghum, to be Chief Financial Officer, Department of Homeland Security



Updates from the Floor

Agreement on Moss and May nominations; Cloture filed on House Message to accompany S.1086; 2 roll call votes at 5:30pm on November 12th; 3 votes on November 13th
The Senate has reached an agreement that notwithstanding Rule 22, on Wednesday, November 12, 2014, at 5:30 p.m., the Senate proceed to Executive Session and vote on cloture on Executive Calendar numbers 853(Moss), and 855 (May); further, that if cloture is invoked on either of these nominations, that on Thursday, November 13, 2014,  at 2:15…| More

Nominations confirmed by voice votes
The following nominations were confirmed by voice votes: Executive Calendar #893, Mark William Lippert, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Korea Executive Calendar #524, Adam M. Scheinman, to be Special Representative of the President for Nuclear Nonproliferation, with the rank of Ambassador Executive Calendar #959, Kevin F. O’Malley, to be Ambassador to Ireland Executive…| More

Lenhardt nomination agreement–3 votes around 5:30pm–or a little earler
Upon the use or yielding back of time, we expect 3 roll call votes related to the Continuing Resolution. Some time may be yielded back and we could begin voting earlier than 5:30pm. We do not expect the Republicans to raise a budget point of order.   There will then be a series of voice…| More

Objection to Paul request to vote on Syria amendment
Senator Paul asked unanimous consent that it be in order to call up amendment #3856 (strikes section 149: Syria).   Senator Mikulski objected.| More

CR – Up to 4 votes around 5:35pm, if all time is used
The Senate has resumed consideration of H.J.Res.124, the Continuing Resolution. Senator Reid offered a series of technical amendments to the joint resolution and filed cloture on the joint resolution. There will now be up to 4 ½ hours for debate prior to a series of votes in relation to the following items: -Sessions, or his…| More

Objection to Cruz request to take up and pass S.2779, Expatriate Terrorists Act
Senator Cruz asked unanimous consent the Senate take up and pass S.2779, Expatriate Terrorists Act. Senator Hirono objected.| More

Agreement to vote on Libbert, Scheinman, O’Malley, Crocker, Randall, HOlleyman, Rosenbach, Sheets, and Fulghum nominations tomorrow
Upon disposition of the Continuing Resolution tomorrow, Thursday, September 18, the Senate will proceed to vote on confirmation of the following nominations:   DEPARTMENT OF STATE #893 Mark William Lippert – to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Korea   #524 Adam M. Scheinman – to…| More

Agreement to consider the CR–up to 4 votes at 5:30pm Thursday, if all time is used
The Senate has reached an agreement to begin consideration of the Continuing Resolution at 1pm tomorrow, Thursday, September 18. There will be up to 4 ½ hours for debate equally divided prior to a series of votes. Under this agreement, if all time is used, at approximately 5:30pm there will be a series of vote…| More

Objection to Corker request to pass bill on Syria
Senator Corker asked unanimous consent that there be 4 hours for debate prior to a vote on a Corker bill to authorize assistance for appropriately vetted elements of the Syrian opposition and other appropriately vetted Syrian groups and individuals. Senator Reid objected.| More

Objection to Vitter request to take up and pass Employee Health Care Protection Act of 2013
Senator Vitter asked unanimous consent that the Senate take up and pass H.R. 3522, Employee Health Care Protection Act of 2013. Senator Murphy objected.| More

Senator Lee objects to vote on Disabilities Treaty
Senator Harkin asked unanimous consent that there be 2 hours for debate prior to a vote on ratification of the Disabilities Treaty. Senator Lee objected.     HARKIN asked unanimous consent that at a time to be determined by the Majority Leader, in consultation with the Republican Leader, the Senate proceed to Executive Session to consider Calendar…| More

Boozman/Booker/Coburn requests and objections re: National Desert Storm and Desert Shield War Memorial Act and American Battlefield Protection Program Amendments Act
Senator Boozman asked unanimous consent to take up and pass on H.R.503, National Desert Storm and Desert Shield War Memorial Act. Senator Booker objected and asked unanimous consent the Senate proceed to the consideration of Calendar #398, H.R.1033, American Battlefield Protection Program Amendments Act, and Calendar #403, H.R.503, Desert Storm Memorial, en bloc; that the…| More

Schultz, Daughton, Pressman, Wada, Werthheiner, and Huther nominations confirmed by voice votes
Executive Calendar #536, Eric T. Schultz, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Zambia (voice vote) Executive Calendar #548, Thomas Frederick Daughton, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Namibia (voice vote) Executive Calendar #964, David Pressman,…| More

Agreement on Bass, Schultz, Daughton, Pressman, Wada, Werthheiner, and Huther nominations–1 roll call vote at noon Wednesday
The Senate has reached an agreement to vote at 12:00 noon tomorrow, Wednesday, September 17, on confirmation of the Bass, Schultz, Daughton, Pressman, Wada, Werthheiner, and Huther nominations. We expect a roll call vote on the Bass nomination and voice votes on the remaining nominations in this agreement.   DEPARTMENT OF STATE #956 John R.…| More

Cornyn objects a vote on passage of the Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act
Senate Warren asked unanimous consent the Senate take up and vote on passage of Calendar #409, S.2432, the Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act.   Senator Cornyn asked that the request be modified to allow an unlimited number of amendments offered in an alternating fashion starting with an amendment offered by Senator McConnell. Senator…| More

Agreement on Schwatz, Harrington, Robinson, Hately, Hachigian, and Tanner nominations
The Senate has reached an agreement that following the vote on confirmation of the Burns nomination (Executive Calendar #1004), the Senate will consider the Schwatz, Harrington, Robinson, Hartely, Hachigian, and Tanner nominations. There will be 2 minutes for debate equally divided prior to each vote and each vote following the first will be 10 minutes…| More

Congressional Record open until 5pm
By consent, the Record will remain open until 5:00pm today for the purpose of submitting statements, cosponsorships, and introducing legislation.| More

Cloture filed on NRC nominations/votes 5:30pm Monday and 2:15pm Tuesday
This afternoon Senator Reid filed cloture on the Barran and Burns nominations for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The Senate then reached an agreement to conduct the cloture votes on those nominations on Monday, September 15, and, if cloture is invoked, the Senate would vote on confirmation of the nominations at 2:15pm on Tuesday, September 16.…| More

Objection to Ayotte request to consider amendment to Paycheck Fairness
Senator Ayotte asked unanimous consent that when the Senate resumes consideration of S.2199, Paycheck Fairness Act, that it be in order to call up Ayotte amendment #3808 (substitute).   Senator Murphy objected.| More

Murphy objects Vitter request to consider Healthcare amendment to constitutional amendment on campaign finance reform
Senator Vitter asked unanimous consent that when the Senate resumes consideration S.J.Res.19, a Constitutional amendment on campaign finance that it be in order to call up Vitter amendment #3786 (to amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to apply the provisions of the Act to certain Congressional staff and members of the executive branch)…| More

MTP to Paycheck Fairness agreed to, amendments offered, and cloture filed-1:45pm cloture vote on campaign finance
The Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to S.2199, Paycheck Fairness Act. Senator Reid then offered several date change amendments and filed cloture on the bill. We expect the cloture vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act to occur at 5:30pm on Monday, September 15.   Senator Reid then moved to proceed to Calendar #409,…| More

Agreement on Hoover, Rung, Radzanowski, Ballentine, Nimmich, Davenport, Sembler, and Arroyo nominations
By consent, notwithstanding Rule 22, following the vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the S.J. Res. 19, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and consider:   Cal. #’s 544, 977, 685, 867, 976, 917, 914, 758.   There will be 2 minutes for debate equally divided between the two Leaders, or their…| More

Objection to Cruz request to pass HR 5272, deferred action for aliens
Senator Cruz asked unanimous consent the Senate take up and pass Calendar #551, H.R.5272, a bill to prohibit certain actions with respect to deferred action for aliens not lawfully present in the United States. Senator Menendez objected.| More

Now voting on cloture on MTP to S.2199, upon reconsideration (Paycheck Fairness Act)
The motion to proceed to S.J.Res.19 (Constitutional amendment on campaign finance) was agreed to by voice vote. Senator Reid then offered amendment #s 3791, 3792, 3973, 3794, 3795, 3796, and 3797 (technical amendments) and filed cloture on the underlying joint resolution.   By voice votes, the Senate agreed to the Reid motion to proceed to…| More

1 roll call vote expected around 2pm (re: Paycheck Fairness Act)
The Senate continues to debate the motion to proceed to S.J.Res.19, Constitutional amendment regarding campaign finance. At 2pm, we expect to adopt the motion to proceed by voice vote. Senator Reid then plans to offer a series of amendments and file cloture on the joint resolution.   We will then shift gears to reconsider the…| More

Aaron, Cohen, and Chen nominations confirmed by voice votes
- Henry J. Aaron, to be Member of the Social Security Advisory Board expiring September 30, 2020; - Alan L. Cohen, to be Member of the Social Security Advisory Board expiring September 30, 2016; - Lanhee J. Chen, to be Member of the Social Security Advisory Board expiring September 30, 2018| More

Senator Sessions objects to S.2673, Boxer U.S.-Israel Strategic Partnership bill
Senator Boxer asked unanimous consent the Senate take up and pass Calendar #492, S.2673, a bill to enhance the strategic partnership between the United States and Israel. Senator Sessions objected.| More

Senate passes Iron Dome defense funding legislation–Reid moved to proceed to S.J.Res. 19, the Constitutional amendment on campaign finance.
The Senate passed J.R.Res.76, as amended with th e Reid-McConnell-Mikulski amendment making emergency supplemental appropriations to provide funding for the Israeli Iron Dome defense.   Reid: I ask unanimous consent that the Senate proceed to the consideration of Calendar #220, H.J.Res.76; that a Reid-McConnell-Mikulski substitute amendment at the desk providing emergency appropriations for the Iron…| More

Republicans object to confirming State Department ambassadors
Senator Menendez asked unanimous consent to confirm, en bloc, 25 State Department nominations (listed below). Senator Enzi objected.   Senator Menendez then asked consent to confirm #968, John Teff- to be Ambassador to Russia. Senator Enzi objected. (The Senate later confirmed the Teff nomination by voice vote) Senator Menendez then asked consent to confirm #893,…| More

Emergency Supplemental unanimous consent requests
The motion to waive the budget point of order was not waived by a vote of 50-44. As a result, the Supplemental is dead.   Senator Reid then asked 3 unanimous consent requests to pass individual bills to fund Iron Dome and wildfires; wildfire appropriations only; and then Iron Dome appropriations only. Senator Coburn objected…| More

Cornyn, McCain requests to call up amendments
Senator Cornyn asked unanimous consent to set aside the pending amendments in order to call up amendment 2747. Senator Mikulski objected.   Senator McCain asked unanimous consent to set aside the pending amendments in order to call up amendment #3742 (organized human smuggling). Senator Durbin objected.| More

Up to 7 votes @6:45pm–or earlier–Agreements on Supplemental, Veterans conference report, and Highway Funding
The Senate has reached several agreements on the Supplemental Appropriations bill, the Conference Report to accompany H.R.3230 (Veterans), and the House Message on H.R. 5021, (Highway Funding). As a result of these agreements, there will be up to 7 roll call votes around 6:45pm tonight.   The Senate adopted the motion to proceed to S.2648,…| More

Corker objects to passing S.2673, U.S. Israel Strategic Partnership
Senator Boxer asked unanimous consent the Senate take up and pass Calendar #492, S.2673, A bill to enhance the strategic partnership between the United States and Israel.   Senator Corker objected.| More

Internet Tax Freedom unanimous consent requests
Senator Cruz/Ayotte asked unanimous consent to take up and pass HR2735, Permanent Internet Tax Freedom.   Senator Heitkamp objected.   Senator Wyden asked unanimous consent to take up and pass S.2735, a 2 month internet tax freedom extension bill (to December 31, 2014).   Senator Ayotte objected.| More

Cloture filed on Pryor nomination (11th Circuit)
Senator Reid file cloture on Executive Calendar #848, the nomination of Jill Pryor, of Georgia, to be United States Circuit Judge of the Eleventh Circuit. Unless an agreement can be reached, the cloture vote would occur one hour after the Senate convenes on Friday, August 1st.| More

Up to 2 cloture votes @ 10:45am and 3 voice votes on Akuetteh, Moritsugu, and Kennedy nominations
At approximately 10:45am, there will be up to 2 cloture votes followed by voice votes on the Akuetteh, Moritsugu, and Kennedy nominations.   Motion to invoke cloture on S.2569, Bring Jobs Home Act (roll call), if cloture is invoked then: Motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to S.2648, Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act…| More

Agreement on Akuetteh, Moritsugu, and Kennedy nomination–up to 5 votes @ 10:45am tomorrow–only 2 roll call votes expected
Following the cloture vote the motion to proceed to S. 2648 tomorrow (2nd vote in the 10:45am series tomorrow), the Senate will proceed to vote on confirmation of the Akuetteh, Moritsugu, and Kennedy nominations. We expect these nominations to be confirmed by voice votes.   At approximately 10:45am (depending on how much Leader time is…| More

No more votes today
The Senate passed H.R.5021, Highway Transportation Funding Act, as amended, by a vote of 79-18. The Senate then resumed consideration of the motion to proceed to S. 2648, Emergency Supplemental Appropriations. There will be no further roll call votes tonight. There will be up to 2 roll call votes around 10:45am tomorrow.   -          Cloture…| More

Andrea, Hoza, and Polaschik nominations by voice votes
The Senate confirmed the McDonald nomination by a vote of 97-0. The Senate then confirmed Andrea, Hoza, and Polaschik nominations by voice votes.   The Senate is now considering H.R. 5021, Highway and Transportation Funding Act. The Wyden-Hatch #3582, Carper-Corker-Boxer #3583, Lee #3584, and Toomey #3585 are in order prior to a vote on passage…| More

Agreement on Highway and Transportation Funding Act–up to 5 roll call votes Tuesday evening
The Senate has reached an agreement to execute the previous order with respect to the Highway and Transportation funding Act tomorrow. At 2:45pm on Tuesday July 29, the Senate will proceed to a series of votes on confirmation of the McDonald, Andre, Hoza and Polaschik nominations. Upon disposition of the Polaschik nomination, the Senate will…| More

Agreement to vote on confirmation of the Andre, Hoza and Polaschik nominations
The Senate has reached an agreement to consider the Andre, Hoza and Polaschik nominations. Following consideration of Executive Cal. #952 (McDonald) (2:45pm vote), on Tuesday July 29, the Senate will proceed to vote on confirmation of the nominations.   2:45pm on Tuesday, July 29—up to 4 votes–at least 1 roll call vote Confirmation of Executive…| More

Agreement to vote on McDonald nomination (Sect’y of VA) at 2:45pm Tuesday, July 29
On Tuesday, July 29, the Senate will execute the previous order with respect to Executive Calendar #952 Robert Alan McDonald, of Ohio, to be Secretary of Veterans Affairs. The only debate time will be from 12:00 noon until 12:30pm and from 2:15pm until 2:45pm, equally divided in the usual form. At 2:45pm, the Senate will…| More

Inhofe objects to Klobuchar Global Climate Change resolution
Senator Klobuchar asked unanimous consent the Senate take up and adopt S.Res.524, A resolution expressing the sense of the Senate regarding global climate change. Senator Inhofe objected.| More

FloorWrap-up

Wrap Up for Thursday, September 18, 2014
Roll Call Votes Cruz motion to table Reid amendment #3852 to H.J.Res.124, the CR; Not agreed to: 50-50 Motion to invoke cloture on H.J.Res.124; Invoked: 73-27 Passage of H.J.Res.124, the CR; Passed: 78-22 Legislative Business Passed S.Con.Res.44, Adjournment Resolution Passed H.R.4323 – Debbie Smith Reauthorization Act of 2014 Passed H.R.83 – Insular Areas, Energy Action… | More


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