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Schedule for Thursday, January 22, 2015

The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Thursday, January 22, 2015.

Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business for one hour with senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each, with the Democrats controlling the first half and the Republicans controlling the final half. Following morning business, the Senate will resume consideration of S.1, to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Prior to adjourning, Senator McConnell announced that senators should expect roll call votes in relation to amendments throughout the day on Thursday.



Updates from the Floor

Filing deadlines for Keystone XL pipeline–3pm and 5pm Monday
As a reminder, Senator McConnell filed cloture on the Murkowski amendment #2 (substitute) and the underlying bill, S. 1, a bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline. The filing deadline for first degree amendments is 3:00pm on Monday and the filing deadline for second degree amendments is 5:00pm Monday.| More

Pending amendments to S. 1, a bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline
The following amendments are pending to s.1, Keystone XL Pipeline: Murkowski amendment #2 (substitute) Vitter amendment #80, as modified (OCS) Sullivan amendment #67 (prohibit arming EPA) Cardin amendment #75 (local water supplier) Murkowski amendment #98 (Sense of Congress arctic region) Flake amendment #103 (duplicative green building programs) Cruz amendment #15 (expedited export of natural gas…| More

No more votes tonight, next vote 5:30pm Monday
The Reed amendment was tabled 49-45. Senator McConnell then filed cloture on the Murkowski amendment #2 (substitute ) and the underlying bill, S. 1, a bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline. Senator McConnell then asked consent to vote on a series of Republican amendments and the Cardin amendment at 9:30am tomorrow, with no second…| More

objection to vote on amendments, now voting on McConnell motion to table Markey amendment #25 (tar sands excise tax).
Senator McConnell asked unanimous consent that the Senate vote in relation to the following amendments.   Murkowski amendment #2 (substitute) (pending but not included in McConnell’s request) Vitter amendment #80, as modified (OCS) (pending but not included in McConnell’s request) Sullivan amendment #67 (prohibit arming EPA) Cardin amendment #75 (local water supplier) Murkowski amendment #98…| More

live quorum
The Senate is in a live quorum call. If a quorum is not present, we expect Senator McConnell will make a motion to request the attendance of absent senators. That would be a roll call vote.| More

roll call vote expected to begin soon
There is a chance that Senator McConnell, or his designee, moves to table one of the pending amendments this evening. This vote could come quickly. We could also have a live quorum.   Murkowski amendment #2 (substitute) Vitter amendment #80, as modified (OCS) Sullivan amendment #67 (prohibit arming EPA) Cardin amendment #75 (local water supplier)…| More

Amendments called up to S.1, Keystone pipeline
Several amendments have been called up to S.1, a bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline. There are now 13 first degree amendments and the Murkowski substitute amendment pending. Senator Sanders attempted to call up an additional amendment, but Senator Murkowski asked that he wait until the Republicans were ready with their next amendment so…| More

Agreement on series of up to 10 votes re: Keystone pipeline
The Senate has reached an agreement that results in a series of up to 10 roll call votes that will begin at approximately 3:57pm in relation to the amendments listed below. Each amendment is subject to a 60-affirmative vote threshold, except for the Cornyn and Menendez amendments, as modified, which are subject to majority votes.…| More

Series of 6 votes at 3:15pm–Keystone amendments
The Senate has reached an agreement that results in a series of up to 6 roll call votes beginning at 3:15pm today. The time until 3:15pm will be equally divided in the usual form. Each amendment is subject to a 60-affirmative vote threshold. Please note that the order of the amendments has changed from the…| More

State of the Union–9pm on Jan. 20, 2015
On Tuesday, January 20, 2015, at 9:00 p.m., President Barack Obama will deliver his State of the Union Speech from the Hall of the House of Representatives in the U.S. Capitol.| More

Roll call vote/s expected at 2:45pm
We expect Senator McConnell, or his designee, to move to table the Markey amendment around 2:45pm today. We may also vote in relation to the Portman amendment and Franken amendments at that time as well. Discussions continue on the next amendments that may be offered to the bill.| More

Vote expected this afternoon
The Senate is in a period of morning business until approximately 10:30am. Following morning business, we will resume consideration of S.1, a bill to approve the Keystone pipeline. Currently, we have 3 amendments pending to the bill in addition to the substitute. Discussions continue on a path forward today. During his opening statement, Senator McConnell…| More

Next vote expected at 2:15pm on Tuesday, January 20th
The Senate has convened and resumed consideration of S.1, a bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline. Senator McConnell announced during his opening remarks that he expects to vote on pending amendments at 2:15pm on Tuesday, January 20th. The Senate will not be in session on Monday, January 19, due to the Martin Luther King…| More

Agreement on first 3 Keystone amendments
The Senate has reached an agreement to yield back all remaining post-cloture time and vote (voice vote) on adoption of the motion to proceed to S. 1, a bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline. Further, that the Murkowski amendment #2 (substitute) be offered. The following amendments are in order to be offered in the…| More

Morning Business
Cloture was invoked on the motion to proceed to S. 1, Keystone, by a vote of 63-32. There will now be up to 30 hours of post-cloture debate on the motion to proceed.   The Senate is in a period of morning business with senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each,…| More

5:30pm cloture vote on MTP to Keystone XL pipeline bill/other scheduling notes
The Senate has convened and has resumed consideration of the motion to proceed to S. 1, a bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, with the time until 5:30pm equally divided. At 5:30pm today, there will be a cloture vote on the motion to proceed to the Keystone pipeline bill. If cloture is invoked, there…| More

Objection to Keystone/Cloture filed on motion to proceed to S.1, Keystone
Senator McConnell asked unanimous consent that at 2:00pm on Monday, January 12th, the motion to proceed to the consideration of S.1, a bill to approve the Keystone pipeline, be agreed to;  and that Senator Murkowski be recognized to offer a substitute amendment that is the text of the committee-reported bill.   Senator Whitehouse objected.  …| More

TRIA now pending
The Senate has begun consideration of H.R.26, TRIA. The time until 1:45pm will be equally divided in the usual form.   At 1:45pm, there will be 2 roll call votes on the following items:   Warren substitute amendment  (TRIA minus end user provision) Passage of H..R.26, Terrorism Risk Insurance Act, as amended, if amended.| More

2 roll call votes at 1:45pm re: TRIA (H.R. 26)/McConnell moved to proceed to Keystone bill (S.1)
After the Senate convened, we reached an agreement to consider the TRIA legislation. Under the agreement, there will be 2 roll call votes beginning at 1:45pm today. Those votes will be in relation to the Warren amendment and passage of the TRIA bill, as amended, if amended. Each are subject to a 60-majority vote threshold.…| More

Objections to H.R. 4137, Weed / H.R. 5701, Oregon tribal lands / S.1898, Truth in Settlements / and H.R. 2126, Energy Efficiency
Senator Wyden asked unanimous consent the Senate take up and pass HR 5701, Western Oregon Indian Tribal Lands Act. Senator Vitter objected on behalf of Senator Sessions.   Senator Vitter asked unanimous consent the Finance Committee be discharged from further consideration of HR 4137, Preserving Welfare for Needs Not Weed. Senator Wyden objected.   Senator…| More

Last vote of the Congress
This will be the last vote of the Congress. Prior to the vote on confirmation of the Bough nomination, Senator Reid withdrew the cloture motions on the remaining district judge nominations and the Senate agreed to vote on confirmation of the nominations in the order in which cloture was filed. The Senate will confirm the…| More

Cole nomination confirmed by unanimous consent–additional votes expected tonight
The Senate also confirmed Calendar #618, James Cole, Jr. to be General Counsel, Department of Education. Additional votes are possible tonight. The next vote would be cloture on Executive Calendar #1041, Stephen Bough, MO district judge. We expect to vote as soon as an agreement is reached, which may be soon.   As a reminder,…| More

Nominations Agreed to by consent and voice votes
Senator Reid withdrew the cloture motions on and the Senate then confirmed by voice votes the Lopez, Jadotte, Stivers, Cruden, and Smith nominations. The Senate confirmed the following nominations by unanimous consent:   BROADCASTING BOARD OF GOVERNORS #900 Karen Kornbluh – to be a Member of the Broadcasting Board of Governors for a term expiring…| More

Agreement on Tax Extenders
Cloture was invoked on the Honorable nomination 65-28. Notwithstanding cloture having been invoked, there will now be up to 30 minutes equally divided for debate on HR 5771, Tax Extenders, prior to a vote on passage. The vote on passage is subject to a 60-affirmative vote threshold.   H.R.5771 – Tax Extenders (with H.Con.Res.124) Leader:           …| More

Hatch objects to vote on Colvin nomination (Social Security Commissioner)
Senator Mikulski asked unanimous consent that the Senate vote on Executive Calendar #1058, the nomination of Carolyn Colvin, to be the Commissioner of Social Security.   Senator Hatch objected.| More

Coburn objects to H.R.2126, Energy Efficiency
Senator Portman asked unanimous consent the Energy Committee be discharged from further consideration of H.R.2126, and the Senate take up and pass the bill.   Senator Coburn objected.| More

Coburn objects to Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act
Senator Blumenthal asked unanimous consent that the Senate take up and pass H.R.5059, Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act.   Senator Coburn objected.| More

Next roll call votes at 2:30pm Tuesday, December 15
Cloture was invoked on the Rose nomination 54-39. The previously scheduled 10:00am votes tomorrow on confirmation of the Santos and Rose nominations will be voice votes.  At 2:30pm tomorrow, there will be 2 roll call votes and at 6:00pm there will be 2 more votes.   Tuesday, December 16: 2:30pm—Up to 2 roll call votes:…| More

Bills passed in afternoon wrap up
By unanimous consent, the Senate passed the following bills:   Passed H.R.2754: Collectible Coin Protection Act Passed H.R.3572: Coastal Barrier Resources System Units Passed H.R.1206: Electronic Duck Stamp Passed H.R.1378: To designate United States Federal Judicial Center located at 333 West Broadway in San Diego, California, as the “John Rhoades Federal Judicial Center” and to…| More

Vote schedule for Monday and Tuesday–addiitonal votes Wednesday and Thursday
The vote schedule for Tuesday and Wednesday:   Monday, December 15: 5:30pm: Cloture on Executive Calendar #681, Vivek Murthy, to be Surgeon General Confirmation of Executive Calendar #681, Vivek Murthy, to be Surgeon General Cloture on Executive Calendar # 979, Daniel Santos, Member, Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety; Cloture on Executive Calendar #635, Frank Rose, Asst…| More

Cloture filed on 24 nominations
Cloture was filed on the below listed nominations. Conversations are ongoing to schedule the cloture and confirmation votes on each of the nominations. Sarah Saldana (cal.#1084), Asst Sec Homeland Security (ICE); Carolyn Colvin (cal.#552), Commissioner, Social Security; Vivek Murthy (cal.#681), Surgeon General; Antony Blinken (cal.#1150), Dep Sec State; Frank Rose (cal.#635), Asst Sec State –…| More

No more votes today
There will be no further roll call votes today. Senators will be notified when the next votes are scheduled.| More

Series of voice votes–the next roll call vote will be on cloture on the CR-Omni
The Senate proceeded to Executive Session by a vote of 54-42 and Senator Reid filed cloture on the Bough nomination.   We do not expect to have roll call votes on the remaining motions to go in and out of Legislative and Executive sessions for the purpose of filing cloture on the remaining nominations. Shortly…| More

FloorWrap-up

Wrap Up for Thursday, January 22, 2015
Roll Call Votes Boxer amendment #113; not agreed to: 55-44 Fischer amendment #18, as modified; not agreed to: 54-45 Murkowski motion to table Manchin amendment #99; tabled: 53-46 Murkowski motion to table Sanders amendment #24; tabled: 56-42 Lee amendment #71; not agreed to: 51-47 Murkowski amendment #123; agreed to: 75-23 Wyden amendment #27; not agreed… | More


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