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Schedule for Thursday, May 21, 2015

Schedule for Thursday, May 21, 2015

The Senate stands adjourned until 9:00am on Thursday, May 21, 2015. Following leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R.1314, the legislative vehicle for the Trade bill. There will be 1 hour for debate equally divided prior to a cloture vote on Hatch amendment #1221 (Trade substitute) to H.R.1314.

At 10:00am, there will be a cloture vote on the Hatch substitute amendment #1221. If cloture is not invoked, there would be a second vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the underlying bill, H.R.1314. If cloture is invoked on the substitute, there would be up to 30 hours of post-cloture debate prior to a vote on the substitute.

Before we leave for the Memorial Day weekend, the Senate is expected consider legislation related to FISA/USA Freedom Act and the Highway extension.

The following amendments are pending to H.R.1314, Trade:

  1. Hatch SA #1221 (substitute)
  2. Flake SA #1243 (strike TAA)
  3. Inhofe SA #1312, as modified (AGOA)
  4. McCain SA #1226 (catfish)
  5. Portman-Stabenow SA #1299 (currency manipulation)
  6. Brown SA #1251 (docking)
  7. Shaheen SA #1227 (small business)
  8. Warren SA #1327 (investor state dispute)
  9. Hatch #1411 to #1299, as modified (currency)



Updates from the Floor

Cahill and Scarano nominations confirmed-McConnell remarks on schedule
The Olvera nominations was confirmed by a vote of 100-0. The Cahill and Scarano nominations were confirmed by voice votes. Senator McConnell made the following remarks on this week’s schedule: MR. MCCONNELL: MR. PRESIDENT, I’M SURE EVERYBODY IS INTERESTED IN THE STATE OF PLAY, AND CHAIRMAN HATCH AND SENATOR WYDEN ARE MEETING OFF THE FLOOR…| More

2 roll call votes at 5:00pm–Parish, Olvera, Cahill, and Scarano nominations
The Senate has reached an agreement to vote at 5:00pm on confirmation of the Parish (district judge), Olvera (district judge), Cahill (Public Broadcasting), and Scarano (Northern Border Regional Commission) nominations. We expect roll call votes on the first two nominations and voice votes on the next two. All time in Executive Session will count against…| More

Hatch objects to passage of S.1381, Trade Transparency Act
Senator Warren asked unanimous consent that the Senate take up and pass S.1381, a bill to require the President to make the text of trade agreements available to the public in order for those agreements to receive expedited consideration from Congress (Trade Transparency Act).   Senator Hatch objected.| More

Cloture invoked on Trade substitute
By a vote of 62-38, cloture was invoked on the Hatch amendment #1221 (Trade substitute) to H.R.1314. There will now be up to 30 hours of post-cloture debate.   The following amendments are pending to H.R.1314, Trade: Hatch SA #1221 (substitute) Flake SA #1243 (strike TAA) Inhofe SA #1312, as modified (AGOA) McCain SA #1226…| More

objection to calling up amendments to Trade
Prior to the cloture vote, Senator Hatch asked unanimous consent to call up the following amendments en bloc:   Boxer #1371 (minimum wage) Whitehouse #1387 (add port treaty) Brown #1252 (level the playing field) Feinstein #1424 (Nepal) Menendez #1430 (human trafficking) Paul #1383 (bonus for cost cutters) Paul #1408 (audit the Federal Reserve) Sullivan #1246…| More

McConnell files cloture on MTP to H.R.2048 (USA Freedom Act) and S.1357 (2 month Patriot Act extension)
This morning, Senator McConnell filed cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R.2048, USA Freedom Act, and S.1357, 2 month Patriot Act extension.   Senators will be notified when these votes are scheduled.| More

Cloture filed on substitute and H.R.1314, Trade – Hatch goes behind and offers amendment to language proposed to be stricken by Portman-Stabenow
This evening Senator McConnell filed cloture on the Hatch amendment #1221 (Trade substitute) and the underlying bill, H.R.1314. Unless an agreement can be reached, the cloture vote on the substitute would occur one hour after the Senate convenes on Thursday. If cloture is invoked, there would be up to 30 hours of post-cloture debate. Upon…| More

Pending amendments to H.R.1314, Trade
Hatch SA #1221 (substitute) Flake SA #1243 (strike TAA) Lankford SA #1237 (Religious Freedom); Agreed To: 92-0 Brown SA #1242 (TPAA); Not Agreed To: 45-41 Inhofe SA #1312, as modified (AGOA) McCain SA #1226 (catfish) Stabenow-Portman SA #1299 (currency manipulation) Brown SA #1251 (docking) Shaheen SA #1227 (small business) Warren SA #1327 (investor state dispute) Hatch…| More

Objections to Hatch and Brown consents on Trade
Senator Hatch asked unanimous consent that the time until 8:00pm today be equally divided in the usual form. That upon the use or yielding back of time, the Senate proceed to vote in relation to the following amendments in the order listed:   Inhofe-Coons #1312, as further modified Shaheen #1227 Warren #1327 Brown #1251  …| More

Objections to Merkley amendments
Senator Merkley asked unanimous consent to set aside the pending amendments in order to call up Merkley amendment #1369 (trade objectives), Merkley amendment #1401 (investor-state dispute settlement), and #1409 (unfair wages.   Senator Cantwell objected.| More

No vote Mondays
There will be no roll call votes on Monday, June 8 and Monday, July 20. Roll call votes are expected to occur before lunch on Tuesday, June 9 and Tuesday, July 21.| More

Cotton objects to Lee request to go to USA Freedom Act
Senator Lee asked unanimous consent that the Senate set aside consideration of H.R.1314, the Trade legislation, and move to the immediate consideration of H.R.2048, the USA Freedom Act; that the motion to proceed be agreed to; the bill be open for amendments; and that upon disposition of the H.R.2048, the Senate resume consideration of the…| More

Objection Objection to Sessions amendments
Senator Sessions asked unanimous consent to set aside the pending amendments in order to call up Sessions amendment #1233 (congressional approval) and amendment #1234 (immigration).   Senator Cantwell objected.| More

2 votes at 5:30pm
At 5:30pm today, there will be 2 roll call votes on the Brown amendment and Lankford, as modified, amendment. The Lankford modification makes a technical correction to the instruction line of the amendment.  Each are subject to 60-affirmative vote thresholds.   5:30pm—2 roll call votes: Brown SA #1242 (to restore TAA funding) Lankford SA #1237,…| More

Morning Business–no more votes
The Senate is in a period of morning business with senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each. There will be no further roll call votes his week.| More

Agreement to yield back remining post-cloture time
The Senate has reached an agreement for consideration of the Trade bill for the remainder of today. All post-cloture debate time has been yielded back and the motion to proceed to H.R.1314 was adopted. Senator Hatch then offered amendment #1221 (substitute that includes TPA and TAA), Flake amendment #1243 (strikes TAA title in subst.), and…| More

Cloture invoked on motion to proceed to Trade
By a vote of 65-33, cloture, upon reconsideration, was invoked on the motion to proceed to H.R.1314, the legislative vehicle for the Trade Act of 2015 (TPA and TAA). Negotiations continue on a path forward on the Trade bill. If no agreement is reached, all post-cloture time would expire at 10:00pm tonight.| More

2 votes at 12pm and 1 vote at 2pm
The Senate has begun debate on H.R.1295, as amended with the text of S.1267 (AGOA), and H.R.644, as amended with the text of S.1269 (Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 (Customs and Currency)). The time until 12:00pm will be equally divided between the two Leaders or their designees.   At 12:00 noon, the…| More

Agreement on trade bills
The Senate has reached an agreement that results in a series of 2 votes at 12:00pm and 1 vote at 2:00pm tomorrow, Thursday, May 14. Those votes would be on the following:   12:00pm—2 roll call votes: Passage of H.R.1295, as amended with S.1267, AGOA/Preferences (60-affirmative vote threshold) Passage of H.R.644, as amended with S.1269,…| More

2:00pm roll call vote on Yates
At 1:00pm, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session to consider Executive Calendar #80, the nomination of Sally Yates, of Georgia, to be Deputy Attorney General. There will be one for debate equally divided prior to a vote on confirmation of the nomination. If all time is used, the vote would occur at approximately 2:00pm.| More

Recess subject to the call
The Senate stands in recess subject to the call of the Chair in order to allow for an all Senators briefing on FISA. We expect the recess to last approximately an hour.| More

Motion to proceed to H.R.1314 is pending
Cloture was not invoked on the motion to proceed to H.R.1314 (Trade vehicle) by a vote of 52-45. Senator McConnell changed his vote to no and entered a motion to reconsider the failed cloture vote at a later time.   The Senate is debating the McConnell motion to proceed to H.R.1314, with senators permitted to…| More

Agreement to vote on S.Con.Res.16 at 5:30pm Monday
At 5:00pm on Monday, May 11th, there will be 30 minutes of debate equally divided prior to a vote on adoption of S.Con.Res.16, stating the policy of the U.S. regarding the release of U.S. citizens in Iran. If all time is used, the vote would occur at approximately 5:30pm.| More

2PM Vote Series; Cloture on SA 1140 and Passage of H.R.1191, Iran
The Senate has reached an agreement that if cloture is invoked on the Corker-Cardin substitute amendment #1140 (2:00pm roll call vote) that a point of order against all the pending non-germane amendments be in order and be considered to have been made; that the Corker amendment #1179 (Farsi) be withdrawn; that the Senate consider and…| More

Cloture vote moved to 2pm
By consent, the cloture vote on the substitute amendment #1140 to H.R.1191, (Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act) has been moved from 10:30am to 2:00pm today. As a result, there will not be a vote this morning. Additional roll call votes are expected to occur this afternoon.   2:00pm: Motion to invoke cloture on the Corker-Cardin…| More

Cloture filed on MTP to Trade, 10am 2nd degree filing deadline to Iran, 10:30am cloture vote on subst to Iran
This morning, Senator McConnell renewed the motion to proceed to H.R.1314, which he intends to amend with trade related legislation, and filed cloture on the motion. Another message will be sent when that cloture vote is scheduled.   The filing deadline for second degree amendments to the substitute and underlying bill is 10:00am today. All…| More

10am Thursday filing deadline for second degree amendments to the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015
By consent, the filing deadline for second degree amendments to the Corker-Cardin amendment #1140 (substitute) and H.R.1191, the legislative vehicle for the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015, is 10:00am tomorrow, Thursday, May 7.| More

Objection to Cruz amendment
Senator Cruz asked unanimous consent that when the Senate resumes consideration of H.R.1191 (Iran), that he be allowed to offer Cruz amendment #1152 (Congressional approval of Iran nuclear agreement). Senator Cardin objected.| More

Senate passes S.125, Bulletproof Vest Grant Program Reauthorization, as amended
Senator Leahy asked unanimous consent that the Senate take up and pass S.125, as amended with the Lee amendment. Senator Lankford reserved his right to object, explained his objection over the program being duplicative, and then withdrew his objection.   By voice vote, the Senate passed Calendar #32, S.125, Bulletproof Vest Grant Program Reauthorization Act,…| More

Objection to Vitter’s request to modify his amendment
Senator Vitter asked unanimous consent that when the Senate resumes consideration of H.R.1191 (Iran), he be allowed to further modify his pending amendment #1186 (verification system).   Senator Cardin objected.   In his statement, Senator Vitter said he would object to a managers package of otherwise agreed upon amendments unless he gets a vote on…| More

1pm filing deadline for first degree amendments to the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015
As a reminder, yesterday Senator McConnell filed cloture on the Corker-Cardin amendment #1140 (substitute) and H.R.1191, the legislative vehicle for the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015. As a result, the filing deadline for first degree amendments to the substitute and underlying bill is 1:00pm today. Second degree amendments must be filed one hour…| More

Cloture filed on Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015
The veto message on S.J.Res.8, NLRB, was tabled 96-3.   The Senate then resumed consideration of the Iran bill and Senator McConnell filed cloture on the Corker-Cardin amendment #1140 (substitute) and on the underlying bill, H.R.1191, the legislative vehicle for the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015.   The Senate is in a period…| More

2 roll call votes at 5:30pm–re: Budget conference report and NLRB
By consent, at 5:30pm today, all further debate will be yielded back and the Senate will vote on adoption of the conference report to accompany S.Con.Res.11, the concurrent resolution on the Budget. Then there will be a vote on a motion to table the veto message on S.J.Res. 8, the NLRB rule. As a result,…| More

Recess until 2:15pm
The Senate stands in recess until 2:15pm, with the time charged against the majority.| More

Budget conference report/NLRB–2 votes expected tonight
The motion to proceed was agreed by a vote of 53-44. There will now be up to 10 hours for debate equally divided prior to a vote on adoption of the Budget conference report. If all time is used, the vote would occur around 8:50pm. However, we hope to be able to yield back some…| More

Agreement to vote on May nomination at 5:30pm (Under Secretary of Commerce-Standards and Technology)
At 5:30pm today, the Senate will vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar # 76, Willie E. May, of Maryland, to be Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology. Following the vote, the Senate will resume consideration of the veto message on S.J.Res. 8, NLRB rule.| More

5:30pm roll call vote expected
The Senate has resumed consideration of the veto message to accompany S.J.Res.8, a joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval of the rule submitted by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) relating to representation case procedures.   The first vote of the day is expected to begin at approximately 5:30pm. We expect that vote to be…| More

Cotton calls up amendments to Iran; Cornyn lays veto message to S.J.Res.8 (NLRB)
Senator Cotton offered amendment #1197 to the underlying bill, H.R.1191. He then offered a second degree amendment on behalf of Senator Rubio, which is SA #1198, to SA #1197. Senator Cornyn then laid down the veto message to accompany S.J.Res.8, a joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval of the rule submitted by the National Labor…| More

Pending amendments to H.R.1191, Iran
Cardin-Corker SA #1140 (substitute (S.615)) Corker-Cardin SA #1179 (Farsi translation) Blunt SA #1155 (DoD report date) Vitter SA #1186, as modified (verification system) Cotton SA #1197 (Inspections) Cotton for Rubio SA #1198 (Israel’s right to exist)| More

Objection to Johnson calling up SA 1149–NLRB possible
The Senate has resumed consideration of H.R.1191, the legislative vehicle for the Iran Congressional Review Act.   Senator Johnson asked unanimous consent to set aside the pending amendment in order to call up Johnson SA #1149, to require any agreement with Iran relating to the nuclear program of Iran to be considered under expedited procedures…| More

Roll Call Vote on Barrasso amendment #1147
The Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on Barraso amendment #1147 (certification that Iran has not directly supported or carried out an act of terrorism against the U.S. or a U.S. person anywhere in the world); Not agreed to: 45-54| More

Last vote today
There will be no further roll call votes today.| More

5:25pm roll call vote on Barrasso
The Senate has reached an agreement that results in a vote at 5:25pm on the Barraso amendment #1147 (certification that Iran has not directly supported or carried out an act of terrorism against the U.S. or a U.S. person anywhere in the world). The amendment is subject to a 60-affirmative vote threshold for adoption.| More

Corker objection to Thune calling up amendment #1180 (IAEA)
Senator Thune asked unanimous consent to set aside the pending amendment in order to call up amendment #1180 (to require an assessment of the IAEA’s access to investigate military bases in Iran).   Senator Corker objection.| More

Vitter calls up second degree amendment #1186, as modified
Senator Vitter called for the regular order with respect to Corker amendment #1179 (Farsi translation) and offered a second degree amendment, which is SA #1186, as modified (verification system).| More

Rubio request to call up amendments
Senator Rubio asked unanimous consent to set aside the pending amendment in order to call up the following amendments: SA 1141 (Israel’s right to exist)SA 1145 (release of US citizens from Iran)SA 1148 (additional certifications for sanctions relief)   Senator Cardin objected| More

Last vote today
The vote on the Johnson amendment will be the last vote of the day.| More

6:10pm vote on Johnson amendment
The Senate has reached an agreement to vote on the Johnson amendment at 6:10pm tonight. Under the order, the time until 6:10pm will be equally divided in the usual form. Following the use or yielding back of time, the Senate will vote on the Johnson amendment #1150 (treaty treatment). No second degree amendments are in…| More

Lee request to call up Rubio amendments
Senator Lee asked unanimous consent to set aside the pending amendment in order to call up the following Rubio amendments: SA 1141 (Israel’s right to exist)SA 1145 (release of US citizens from Iran)SA 1148 (additional certifications for sanctions relief)   Senator Cardin objected| More

Johnson amendment pending to Iran bill
Senator Johnson called up amendment #1150 (treat the Iran agreement as a treaty). We’re told that Senator Blunt would like to offer SA #1155 (to extend the requirement for annual Department of Defense reports on the military power of Iran).   Inquiries have been made as to whether we would be in a position to…| More

Corker-Cardin amendment pending to Iran bill
The Senate has resumed consideration of H.R.1191, the legislative vehicle for the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015. The Corker-Cardin amendment #1179 (Farsi translation) is pending to the substitute amendment #1140.| More

FloorWrap-up

Wrap Up for Thursday, May 21, 2015
Roll Call Votes Motion to invoke cloture on Hatch amendment #1221(substitute); invoked: 62-38. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #25, Jill Parish, of Utah, to be U.S. District Judge for the Utah; confirmed: 100-0. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #26, Jose Rolando Olvera, Jr. Of Texas, to be U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Texas; confirmed:… | More


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