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Schedule for Friday, May 22, 2015

The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Friday, May 22, 2015.

Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R.1314. All time during adjournment will count post cloture. Upon the use or yielding back of the post-cloture time, the Senate will vote in relation to any remaining pending amendments and on the Hatch substitute. If all time is used, the post-cloture debate on the Hatch substitute would expire at approximately 5:00pm tomorrow, Friday, May 22.

Upon disposition of the Hatch substitute, there would be a cloture vote on the underlying bill. If cloture is invoked on the underlying bill, there would be an additional 30 hours of post-cloture debate time, but no further amendments would be in order prior to a vote on passage of H.R.1314, as amended, if amended.

As a reminder, this morning Senator McConnell filed cloture on the motions to proceed to H.R.2048, USA Freedom Act, and S.1357, 2 month Patriot Act extension. Unless an agreement can be reached, the cloture vote on the motion to proceed to the USA Freedom Act would occur one hour after the Senate convenes on Saturday or upon disposition of the Trade bill, whichever is later.

Senator McConnell announced on the floor tonight that we will also consider a transportation bill before leaving for the Memorial Day recess



Updates from the Floor

Senate in session Sunday, May 31; No further roll call votes; Senate in morning business
The Senate will be in session on Sunday, May 31 before the FISA authorization expires. There will be no further roll votes today.  The Senate is in a period of morning business with senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each. We plan to pass the highway extension by voice vote this…| More

Cloture fails on motion to proceed to 2-month extension of FISA
Cloture on the motion to proceed to S.1357, 2 month FISA extension, was not agreed to by a vote of 45-54. Senator McConnell changed his vote to no and entered a motion to reconsider the failed vote at a later time.   Senator McConnell made a series of consent requests. He asked consent to take…| More

Republicans object to vote on passage of USA Freedom Act
Senator Boxer asked unanimous consent that since a strong bipartisan majority of the Senate voted to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to Calendar #87, H.R.2048, the USA Freedom Act, the motion to proceed be agreed to; that the bill then be read a third time and the Senate vote on passage of the…| More

Up to 2 roll call votes to begin closer to midnight
We expect to be able to vote shortly after midnight rather than 1:01am. As a result, there could be up to 2 roll call votes shortly. Those votes would be on:   cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R.2048, USA Freedom Act; and if cloture is not invoked, cloture on the motion to proceed…| More

Recess until 12:01am–up to 2 cloture votes at 1:01am
The Senate reconvened and Senator McConnell moved to proceed to H.r.2048, USA Freedom Act. The Senate then recessed until 12:01am on Saturday, May 23. When the Senate reconvenes, there will be 1 hour prior to a cloture vote on the motion to proceed to H.R.2048, USA Freedom Act. If cloture is not invoked, there would…| More

Recess subject to the call of the chair
The Senate will recess subject to the call of the chair.| More

Next vote could be 1:00am or earlier
By a vote of 62-37, the Senate passed H.R.1314, as amended (Trade Act of 2015). Senator McConnell said that no agreement has been reached and as of right now the next vote will be at 1:00am. If that changes, another message will be sent.   McCONNELL: WITHOUT REACHING AN AGREEMENT TO GO FORWARD, WHICH WE…| More

Post-cloture on Trade
Cloture on H.R.1314 was invoked by a vote on 61-38. There will now be up to 30 hours of post-cloture debate. Under the cloture rule, each senators is permitted to speak for up to 1 hour. If no senators are seeking recognition, the chair will put the question before the body. The question would be…| 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); not agreed to:48-51 Brown SA #1251 (docking); not agreed to: 47-53 Shaheen SA #1227 (small business)…| More

Senate passes S 1463 and HR 2496 -Vets bills
By unanimous consent, the Senate passed S.1463, Vets Access, Choice, and Accountability, and H.R.2496, Construction Authorization and Choice Improvement Act.   S.1463, to amend the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 to modify the distance requirement for expanded availability of hospital care and medical services for veterans through the use of agreements with…| More

Up to 7 roll call votes at 5pm, if no agreement is reached
The Senate has reconvened and resumed consideration of H.R.1314, post-cloture. The post-cloture debate on the Hatch substitute runs out at 4:56pm today. If all time is used and no agreement on amendments can be reached, the Senate would dispose of the remaining pending germane amendments, vote on adoption of the Hatch substitute amendment #1221 (non-germane…| More

Recess until 2:00pm
The Senate stands in recess until 2:00pm to allow for caucus meetings to discuss possible paths forward. The time will count against the post-cloture time on the Hatch Trade substitute amendment to H.R.1314.| More

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

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

FloorWrap-up

Wrap Up for Friday, May 22, 2015
Roll Call Votes Hatch-Wyden #1411to #1299, as modified (currency); Agreed to 70-29 Portman-Stabenow SA #1299(currency manipulation); Not agreed to 48-51 Warren SA #1327(investor state dispute); Not agreed to 39-60 Brown SA #1251(docking); Not agreed to 47-52 Flake SA #1243(strike TAA); Not agreed 36-62-1 Hatch SA #1221(substitute); Agreed to 62-37 Cloture on H.R.1314, as amended, if amended; Agreed to 61-38 R.1314,… | More


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