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Schedule for Pro Forma Sessions and Tuesday, July 7, 2015

The Senate stands adjourned to convene for pro forma sessions only, with no business conducted, on the following dates and times, unless the House adopts the provisions of S.Con.Res.19 (adjournment resolution):

Friday, June 26, 2015 at 10:00am;

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at 2:00pm; and

Friday, July 3, 2015, at 10:00am.

When the Senate adjourns on Friday, July 3, it will stand adjourned until 2:30pm on Tuesday, July 7, 2015.

Following any Leader remarks on Tuesday, the Senate will proceed to the consideration of Calendar #63, S.1177, the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015. At 5:30pm, the Senate will vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #81, the nomination of Kara Farnandez Stoll, of Virginia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Federal Circuit.



Updates from the Floor

Order to remove section 636 of NDAA
This morning the House blue slipped H.R.1735, National Defense Authorization Act. As a result, the papers will be returned to the Senate. By unanimous consent, the Secretary of the Senate has been authorized to re-engross the Senate amendment to the bill, H.R.1735, with the following change:   Strike section 636, Treatment of Department of Defense…| More

Agreement to begin S.1177, Every Child Achieves Act, Tuesday / 5:30pm Tuesday vote on Stoll (circuit judge) / MB tomorrow
The Senate has reached an agreement that following leader remarks on Tuesday, July 7th, the Senate will proceed to the consideration of Calendar #63, S.1177, the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015.   At 5:30pm on Tuesday, the Senate will vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #81, the nomination of Kara Farnandez Stoll, of Virginia,…| More

Morning Business
By voice votes, the Senate adopted the motion to concur with respect to H.R.1295 (AGOA/Preferences) with an amendment (TAA), adopted the motion to go to conference on H.R.644 (Customs Enforcement), and confirmed the Adams, Phee, Petit, Delawie, Kelly, Noyes, and Wall nominations.   The Senate is in a period of morning business with senators permitted…| More

Nominations to be confirmed by voice vote today
Upon disposition of the Customs motion to go to conference, there will be a series of voice votes to confirm the following nominations:   Executive Calendar #129, Charles C. Adams, Jr., of Maryland, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Finland.   Executive Calendar #130, Mary…| More

No further roll call votes this week
Cloture on the motion to concur with respect to H.R.1295, with an amendment (AGOA/Preferences with TAA amendment) was invoked 76-22.   The cloture motion with respect to the compound motion to go to conference on H.R.644 (Customs Enforcement) was withdrawn. We’ll be able to process the remaining votes by voice today.   There will be…| More

Senate adopts S.Res.212, Charleston
By voice vote, the Senate adopted S.Res.212, condemning the attack on Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal in Charleston, South Carolina, and expressing encouragement and prayers for all affected by this evil assault.| More

4:00pm roll call votes
The Senate has reached an agreement that results in a series of up to 5 votes at 4:00pm today. The vote sequence is as follows:   4:00pm votes: Adoption of the motion to concur with respect to H.R.2146 (TPA); Cloture on motion to concur with respect to H.R.1295 (AGOA/Preferences) with an amendment (TAA); Adoption of…| More

Post-cloture on motion to concur re: TPA / Recess from 12:30-2:15pm and 4:00-5:00pm
Cloture on the motion to concur with respect to TPA was invoked 60-37. There will now be up to 30 hours for debate prior to a vote on the motion to concur. Senators will be notified when the next vote is scheduled.   The Senate will recess from 12:30 until 2:15pm to allow for the…| More

Cloture filed on motion to go to conference on Customs Enforcement/10:30am 2nd degree filing deadline for TPA/Preferences & TAA
This morning, Senator McConnell made a motion to go to conference on the Customs Enforcement bill, H.R.644, and filed cloture on the motion. Under the rules to go to conference with the compound motion, there is up to 2 hours for debate equally divided prior to the cloture vote. Then, if cloture is invoked, the…| More

Up to 2 votes at 5:30pm tonight–1 roll call expected
As a reminder, we expect 1 roll call and 1 voice vote at 5:30pm tonight. The roll call vote should be on confirmation of the Neffenger nomination and the voice vote should be on confirmation of the Elliott nomination. 5:30pm – 1 roll call vote, 1 voice vote expected: Confirmation of Executive Calendar #156, Peter…| More

Cloture motions filed on TPA and Preferences/TAA bills–4pm Monday filing deadline
This evening, Senator McConnell filed cloture with respect to TPA and Preferences/TAA, and filled the amendment and motion trees. He filed cloture on the motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to H.R.2146, TPA. He then filed cloture on the motion to concur in the House amendment to H.R.1295, with an…| More

Morning Business
The Senate is in a period of morning business with senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each.| More

2 votes at 1:45pm / managers package
The Senate has adopted a managers package to NDAA. Below you will find a list of agreed to amendments.   We then reached an agreement that sets up 2 roll call votes at 1:45pm today, with the time until 1:45pm equally divided and for debate only.   At 1:45pm, the Senate will vote on the…| More

Senate has resumed NDAA post-cloture
The Senate has resumed consideration of H.R.1735, NDAA, post-cloture. There is a good chance we reach an agreement to yield back time and vote after lunch (1:45pm range). If no agreement is reached, the vote on passage would occur at 4:00pm. Upon disposition of NDAA, there will be a cloture vote on the motion to…| More

2 pending amendments agreed to by voice vote; 6 pending amendments fall; McCain substitute amendment agreed to; Senate now voting on cloture on H.R.1735, as amended
The Senate agreed to the following pending amendments by voice vote: Hatch-Inhofe-Mikulski SA #1911, as further modified; McCain SA #1456.   The following pending amendments fell on a point of order that they are not germane post-cloture: Blumenthal SA #1564; Fischer SA #1825; Durbin SA #1559; Paul SA #1543; Markey SA #1645; and Cornyn SA…| More

Post cloture time will expire at 4pm today–expect vote/s at that time
The Senate has reached an agreement that post-cloture time on the McCain amendment #1763 (substitute) be expired at 4:00pm; and that if cloture is invoked on H.R.1735, NDAA, the time will count as if cloture had been invoked at 10:00pm, tonight. The time until 4:00pm is equally divided between the managers or their designees.  …| More

Roll call vote/s expected to begin shortly after 4pm
We appear to be close to reaching an agreement that would result in between 1 and 3 roll call votes shortly after 4pm. If an agreement is reached, we would dispose of the remaining pending amendments, agree to the McCain substitute (voice vote expected), and vote on cloture on the underlying bill (H.R.1735). Another message…| More

Morning Business
The Senate is in a period of morning business with senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each.| More

Cloture on NDAA substitute invoked–5pm vote in relation to Vitter SA #1473, as further modified–sage grouse amendment withdrawn
By a vote of 83-15, cloture was invoked on McCain amendment #1463 (substitute) to H.R. 1735, NDAA. There will now be up to 30 hours of post-cloture debate.   Following the vote, Senator McCain offered Hatch amendment #1911 (software sustainment) and Vitter amendment #1473 was further modified (retirement of Army combat units).   At 5:00pm,…| More

Objection to calling up Inhofe amendment/next votes 2:15pm
Senator Inhofe asked unanimous consent to set aside the pending amendment in order to call up Inhofe amendment #1728 (privatizing commissaries) and amendment #2015 (limit applicability of “fair pay, safe workplaces” for DoD contractors). Senator Reed objected.   The next votes are expected to begin at approximately 2:15pm.   2:15pm – 3 roll call votes…| More

Objection to calling up Grassley amendment #1786 (criminal penalties)
Senator Grassley asked unanimous consent to set aside the pending amendment in order to call up Grassley amendment #1786 (criminal penalties for maritime offenses and acts of nuclear terrorism) to H.R.1735, NDAA.   Senator Reed objected.| More

McCain objects to calling up Klobuchar amendment on metal theft
Senator Klobuchar asked unanimous consent to set aside the pending amendment in order to call up Klobuchar-Schumer amendment #1555 (metal theft).   Senator McCain objected.| More

Cloture filed on motion to proceed to DoD Appropriations/11:30am vote reminder/12:15pm filing deadline/2:15pm vote series
This morning Senator McConnell moved to proceed to H.R.2685, Department of Defense Appropriations, and filed cloture on the motion.   As a reminder, at 11:30am today, there will be a roll call vote in relation to the McCain-Feinstein amendment #1889 (torture).   The filing deadline for second degree amendments to McCain amendment #1463 (substitute) and…| More

Votes tomorrow on McCain-Feinstein, Ernst, Gillibrand and cloture on NDAA
The Senate has reached an agreement that results in 1 vote at 11:30am and 3 votes at 2:15pm tomorrow, tomorrow, June 16th.   At 11:30am, notwithstanding the provisions of rule 22, the Senate will vote in relation to the McCain-Feinstein amendment #1889 (torture).   At 2:15pm, the Senate will vote in relation the Ernst amendment…| More

Burr amendment withdrawn; Ernst and Gillibrand amendments pending; Senate in morning business
Senator McCain withdrew amendment #1569, as modified (cyber-security and background checks), and called up Ernst amendment #1549 (relative to arming the Kurds). Senator Reed called up Gillibrand amendment #1578 (military sexual assault). Both amendments are subject to a 60 affirmative vote threshold. The Senate is now in a period of morning business. There will be…| More

Now voting on cloture on cyber security amendment — dueling UCs
Senator McCain asked unanimous consent that we vote on cloture on the cyber-security amendment at 3:00pm today and vote on a series of amendments at 11:00am on Tuesday (details of request can be found below).   Senator Reid asked that the request be modified so that the cloture motion on the cyber-security amendment be withdrawn…| More

Lee offers sage grouse amendment
Senator Lee offered second degree amendment #1687 (sage grouse) to Vitter amendment #1473, as modified (Army combat unites) to the McCain substitute to H.R.1735, NDAA.| More

Senate resumes consideration of NDAA; Vitter modifies amendment #1473; Reed modifies Blumenthal amendment #1564
The Senate has resumed consideration of H.R.1735, NDAA. Senator Vitter modified his amendment #1473 (Army unit retirements). Senator Reed then modified Blumenthal amendment #1564 (Civil Relief Act).| More

Kramer nomination confirmed/NDAA status
By voice vote, the Senate confirmed Executive Calendar #145, the nomination of Douglas J. Kramer, of Kansas, to be Deputy Administrator of the Small Business Administration.   The Senate is in a period of morning business until approximately 11:35am. Following morning business, we will resume consideration H.R.1735, NDAA.   Yesterday, Senator McConnell filed cloture on…| More

Morning Business
The Senate is in a period of morning business with senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each.| More

Cloture filed on cyber-security amendment to NDAA
Senator McConnell filed cloture on McCain for Burr amendment #1569, as modified, (cyber-security) to McCain #1463 (substitute) to H.R.1735, NDAA.   Unless an agreement can be reached, the cloture vote would occur one hour after the Senate convenes on the second legislative day. That vote could occur as early as 1:00am on Friday, June 12.…| More

5:00pm vote expected re: Export-Import Bank Reauthorization amendment
There is a good chance that at approximately 5:00pm today we vote on a motion to table the Ayotte for Kirk amendment #1986 (5 year Export-Import Bank Reauthorization) to H.R. 1735.| More

Export-Import Bank Reauthorization amendment is pending to H.R.1735, NDAA
Senator Ayotte offered amendment Kirk amendment #1986 (Export-Import) to the underlying bill, H.R.1735, NDAA.| More

Debate only until 3:00pm on H.R.1735, NDAA
H.R.1735, NDAA, for debate only until 3:00pm.| More

Objection to calling up Cotton amendment #1605
Senator Cotton asked unanimous consent to set aside the pending amendment in order to call up Cotton amendment #1605 (limitation on acceleration of dismantlement of retired nuclear weapons).   Senator Feinstein reserved her right to object, explained her objection, and then objected.| More

cCain for Burr amendment on cyber-security and background checks amendment pending in the first degree
The Senate has resumed consideration of H.R.1735, NDAA.   Senator McCain modified the McCain for Burr amendment #1569 (background checks for DoD childcare) to accept the Burr second degree amendment #1921 (cyber-security).   The McCain for Burr amendment #1569, as modified, is pending. The text of the amendment includes the background checks and cyber-security language.| More

Managers package agreed to / Burr calls up Cyber-security amendment
Senator Burr called up amendment #1921 (cybersecurity) to McCain for Burr amendment #1569 (childcare background checks).   Prior to that, the Senate agreed to the following amendments by unanimous consent:   Hoeven SA #1485 (nuclear force improvement) Heller SA #1510 (electronic health records) Rounds SA #1520 (cyber attacks) Wicker SA #1538 (US Merchant Marine Academy…| More

Morning Business
The Senate is in morning business for the remainder of the day. We expect to resume consideration of the NDAA bill around 4:00pm on Monday, June 8. There will be no roll call votes for the remainder of the week or on Monday. The next vote is expected to occur Tuesday morning.| More

Up to 2 votes at 1:45pm–Shaheen and Tillis
The Senate has reached an agreement that results in 2 votes at 1:45pm today in relation to Shaheen SA #1494 and Tillis SA #1506. The Shaheen amendment is subject to a 60 vote threshold. No second degree amendments are in order prior to the votes.   1:45pm—Up to 2 roll call votes Shaheen SA #1494…| More

Markey amendment pending
Senator Markey also called up Markey amendment #1645 (SoS re: crude oil exports)| More

Portman amendment #1522 agreed to; Bennet amendment #1540 agreed to by voice; Vitter #1473 pending; next votes possible at 1:45pm
The Portman amendment #1522 was agreed to by a vote of 61-34.   The Bennet amendment #1540 was agreed to by voice vote.   Senator Vitter called up amendment #1473 (retirement of Army combat units).   Senator McCain spoke about what senators should expect for this afternoon’s schedule.   McCAIN: MADAM PRESIDENT, FOR THE BENEFIT…| More

Up to 2 votes @ 10:28am, if all time is used
The Senate has resumed consideration of H.R.1735, NDAA. There will now be up to 30 minutes for debate prior to votes in relation to the Portman and Bennet amendments. We expect a roll call vote on the Portman amendment and a voice vote on the Bennet amendment. If all time is used, the votes would…| More

Agreement to vote on Portman and Bennet @ 10:15am tomorrow morning–no votes tonight
The Senate has reached an agreement that results in up to 2 votes tomorrow morning at 10:15am.   Under the order, following Leader remarks tomorrow, Thursday, June 4, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R.1735, NDAA, there be 30 minutes equally divided in the usual form on the following amendments, and that following the use…| More

McCain amendment pending–Reed, Portman, Reed, Cornyn amendments next up
Senator McCain offered amendment #1456 (naval vessels) to McCain amendment #1463 (substitute) to H.R.1735, National Defense Authorization Act. The Senate then reached an agreement for the first set of amendments to be offered.   Under the order, the following are the next amendments in order to the bill:   Reed (RI) SA #1521 (OCO funding…| More

NDAA is pending / Recess from 1:00pm-2:00pm
The Senate adopted the motion to proceed to H.R.1735 and Senator McCain offered amendment #1463, which is the text of S.1376, the National Defense Authorization Act as reported by the Senate Armed Services Committee. The time until 2:30pm is for debate only, with the time equally divided between the two managers or their designees. The…| More

Pending amendments to H.R.2048, USA Freedom Act
Pending amendments to H.R.2048, USA Freedom Act: McConnell SA #1449 (substitute) Not Agreed To: 43-56 McConnell first degree to the substitute SA #1450 (12 month transition) Not Agreed To: 44-54 McConnell second degree SA #1451 (amicus) Not Agreed To: 42-56 McConnell SA #1452 to the underlying bill (includes provisions of amendments 1449, 1450, and 1451)…| More

Roll Call Vote on McConnell amendment #1450–cloture withdrawn on motion to proceed to NDAA
The McConnell amendment #1451 was not agreed to by a vote of 42-56.   The Senate then reached an agreement to begin consideration of NDAA tomorrow. Under the agreement, cloture on the motion to proceed to the National Defense Authorization bill was vitiated. By consent, at 11:00am tomorrow, Wednesday, June 3, the Senate will proceed…| More

Votes expected shortly after lunch circa 2:30pm
We are moving in the direction where we may be in a position to vote shortly after the caucus luncheons. Currently, we have a couple of brief speakers when we reconvene at 2:15pm and then we could be ready to vote. Things could change during caucus, but at this time we expect the votes to…| More

Cloture invoked on USA Freedom Act–up to 6 votes expected this afternoon
Cloture on the USA Freedom bill (HR 2048) was invoked by a vote of 83-14. There will now be up to 30 hours of post-cloture debate. We do not expect the majority of the post-cloture time to be used and we could start voting on the pending amendments, passage and cloture on the motion to…| More

FloorWrap-up

Wrap Up for Thursday, June 25, 2015
No Roll Call Votes Legislative Business Passed H.R.893, to require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in commemoration of the centennial of Boys Town, and for other purposes. Passed Calendar #78, S.230, a bill to provide for the conveyance of certain property to the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation located in Bethel Alaska, with… | More


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