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Schedule for Wednesday, March 4, 2015

The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Wednesday, March 4, 2015.

Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of S.J.Res.8 (NLRB) with two hours of debate equally divided between the two Leaders or their designees. Upon the use or yielding back of time, the Senate will proceed to a vote on passage of the NLRB joint resolution of disapproval and cloture on the Keystone veto override. Depending on how much Leader time is used, the votes should begin shortly after 11:30am.

Approximately 11:30am—2 roll call votes:

  1. Passage of S.J.Res.8, NLRB; and
  2. Motion to invoke cloture on the veto message on S.1, a bill to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline.



Updates from the Floor

Agreement on Marti, Lee, Hall, and Tonsager nominations
At 5:00pm on Monday, March 9th, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session to consider the Marti, Lee, Hall, and Tonsager nominations. There will be 30 minutes for debate equally divided prior to votes on confirmation of the nominations. We expect a roll call vote on the Marti nomination and voice votes on the remaining…| More

Cloture filed on motion to proceed to S.625, Congressional oversight re: Iran Agreement
Senator McConnell moved to proceed to S.625,  Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015, and filed cloture on the motion. The cloture vote on the motion to proceed will occur one hour after the Senate convenes on Tuesday, March 10. S.625 is a bill to provide for congressional review and oversight of agreements relating to…| More

Morning Business
S.1, (Keystone), upon reconsideration, failed to pass the Senate over the veto of the President by a vote of 62-37.   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 this week.   We…| More

2:20pm vote on Keystone veto override
At 2:20pm today, there will be a roll call vote to override the Keystone veto. Senator McConnell asked that members vote from their seats. Senator Reid will be unable to vote from his seat because of a scheduling conflict.   At 2:20pm, the vote will be on the question:   Shall the bill, S. 1…| More

2:20pm vote on veto message to accompany S.1, Keystone XL
The Senate vitiated the cloture vote on the veto message on S.1, Keystone XL. The time until 2:20pm will be equally divided in the usual form. At 2:20pm today, the Senate will vote on the veto message to accompany S.1, a bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline. This will be the last roll call…| More

Motion to proceed to S.J.Res.8, NLRB joint resolution of disapproval, agreed to 53-45–McConnell begins Rule 14 process on Iran bill
The motion to proceed to S.J.Res.8 (NLRB) was agreed to by a vote of 53-45. There will now be up to 10 hours for debate prior to a vote on passage of the joint resolution. We expect this vote to occur tomorrow morning (possibly in the 11:15am range, but that has not been set yet).…| More

2:15pm roll call vote expected–motion to proceed to S.J.es.8, NLRB resolution of disapproval
The Senate is in recess until 2:15pm to allow for the joint meeting with His Excellency Binyamin Netanyahu, the Prime Minister of Israel, and then the weekly caucus meetings. We expect a roll call vote at 2:15pm today on the motion to proceed to S.J.Res.8, a joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8…| More

Recess until 2:15pm–NLRB joint resolution of disapproval this afternoon
The Senate is in recess until 2:15pm to allow for the joint meeting with His Excellency Binyamin Netanyahu, the Prime Minister of Israel, and then the weekly caucus meetings. At 2:15pm, we expect Senator McConnell to turn to the consideration of S.J.Res.8, a joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5,…| More

5:30pm cloture vote re: request to go to conference on H.R.240, DHS appropriations–2 votes expected at 5:30pm
The Senate has resumed consideration of the House Message to accompany H.R.240, DHS appropriations. At 3:00pm, Senator McConnell filed cloture on the request to go to conference on H.R.240, DHS appropriations. There will now be 2 hours for debate prior to the cloture vote. If cloture is not invoked, there could be a second vote.…| More

Senate passes 7 day CR to fund DHS
The Senate passed H.R. 33, as amended with a substitute amendment (SA#268) that contains a 7 day CR to fund the Department of Homeland Security through March 6, 2015.   The House Message with respect to H.R.240, Department of Homeland Security appropriations, was laid before the Senate.   We expect Senator McConnell to file cloture…| More

Recess subject to the call of the Chair
The Senate stands in recess subject to the call of the Chair while we await House action on DHS appropriations.| More

Up to 5 votes expected at 10:00am–re: DHS and immigration
The Senate has resumed consideration of H.R.240, DHS appropriations. The time until 10:00am is equally divided between the two Leaders, or their designees. At 10:00am, there will be a cloture vote on the bill. If cloture is invoked, there will be up to 10 minutes for debate for Senator Lee. We expect Senator Lee to…| More

Agreement on HR 240, DHS/ Cloture filed on Collins immigration bill–series of votes at approx. 10:10am tomorrow
All post-cloture debate time was been yielded back and the Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to H.R.240, DHS appropriations, by voice vote. Senator McConnell then offered Cochran amendment #255 (clean DHS funding), filled the amendment tree with technical amendments, and filed cloture on the underlying bill. He then moved to proceed to S.534…| More

Senate adopts resolution welcoming Prime Minister of Israel
By unanimous consent, the Senate adopted S.Res.76, a resolution welcoming the Prime Minister of Israel to the United States for his address to a joint session of Congress, with amendments to the resolution and the title.| More

Senate passes S.527, Congressional Gold Medal
By unanimous consent at approximately 3:30pm today, the Senate passed S.527, A bill to award a Congressional Gold Medal to the Foot Soldiers who participated in Bloody Sunday, Turnaround Tuesday, or in the final Selma to Montgomery Voting Rights March in March of 1965, which served as a catalyst for the Voting Rights Act of…| More

Senate adopts S.Res.88, Black History Month
By unanimous consent, the Senate adopted S.Res.88, a resolution celebrating Black History Month.   The Senate continues to consider the motion to proceed to H.R.240, DHS appropriations, post-cloture. The Republicans control the time from 3:15 until 4:15 and the Democrats control the time from 4:15 until 5:15.   Negotiations continue on a path forward to…| More

Recess from 12:45-1:45pm
The Senate continues to debate the motion to proceed to H.R.240, DHS appropriations, post-cloture. The Senate will recess from 12:45pm until 1:45pm today. The post-cloture debate time expires around 9:15pm tonight. However, we hope to reach an agreement to expedite its consideration. Another message will be sent when votes are scheduled.| More

Cloture invoked on MTP to DHS appropriations bill: 98-2
Upon reconsideration, cloture was invoked on the motion to proceed to H.R.240, DHS appropriations, by a vote of 98-2 (Sessions and Inhofe voted no). There will now be up to 30 hours of post-cloture debate on the motion to proceed.   Upon the use or yielding back of the post-cloture time, the Senate would adopt…| More

Reconsideration of cloture vote MTP to DHS appropriations expected in the 2:45-3pm range today
There is a good chance that we see a roll call vote in the 2:45-3:00pm range today on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R.240, DHS appropriations, upon reconsideration. We need to adopt 2 procedural motions before getting to the reconsideration vote. Those would be voice votes. If cloture is…| More

Recess until 2:00pm
The Senate stands in recess until 2:00pm to allow for the caucus meetings.| More

Motion to proceed to H.R.240, DHS appropriations, is pending
Morning business is closed. The Senate has resumed consideration of the motion to proceed to H.R.240, a bill to provide appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security for fiscal year 2015, with senators permitted to speak for up to 10 minutes each.| More

Veto Message on Keystone XL pipeline – motion to proceed to DHS is pending
The Senate has received the veto message on S.1, a bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, from the President of the United States. The message was considered read, printed in the Record, spread in full upon the Journal, and held at the desk. It is in order for the Senate to proceed to its…| More

UC requests on DHS appropriations/Cloture filed on MTP to H.R.240, DHS
Following the vote on confirmation of the Carter nomination (confirmed 93-5), the Senate resumed consideration of the motion to proceed to H.R.240, DHS appropriations. Senator McConnell then asked unanimous consent that the motion to proceed be agreed to; the managers, or their designees, be recognized to offer amendments in an alternating fashion, with the majority…| More

Agreement to vote on Carter nomination (Defense Secretary)
The Senate has reached an agreement to vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #12, the nomination of Ashton B. Carter, of Massachusetts, to be Secretary of Defense. Following morning business tomorrow (10:50am-ish), the Senate will proceed to the consideration of the nomination, with the time equally divided between in the usual form. At 2:00pm, the…| More

3:45pm Roll Call Vote on passage of S.295, Amy and Vicky Child Pornography Victim Restitution Improvement Act of 2015
The Senate has reached an agreement that there will be 1 hour for debate on S. 295, Amy and Vicky Child Pornography Victim Restitution Improvement Act of 2015, with the time equally divided in the usual form. The technical Hatch amendment will be agreed to by consent. Following the use or yielding back of time,…| More

Morning Business
During Leader remarks, Senator McConnell moved to proceed to H.R.240, a bill making appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security for fiscal year 2015.   The Senate is currently in a period of morning business for 1 hour with Senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each. The Republicans control the first…| More

Morning Business
The Senate has reconvened and is in a period of morning business with senators permitted to speak therein for up to 20 minutes each.| More

Agreement to vote on Botticelli nomination (ONDCP) 5:30pm Monday
The Senate has reached an agreement that at 5:00pm on Monday, February 9th, the Senate proceed to the consideration of Executive Calendar #10, the nomination of Michael P. Botecelli to be Director of National Drug Control Policy. There will be 30 minutes of debate, equally divided prior to a vote on confirmation of the nomination.…| More

Lee objects to Burr’s request to a vote on S.338, LWCF
Senator Burr asked unanimous consent that at a time to be determined by the Majority Leader in consultation with the Democratic Leader, the Senate proceed to the Consideration of Calendar #10, S.338, a bill to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund; that there be up to 1 hour for debate equally divided in…| More

No more votes this week
There will be no further roll call votes during this week’s session of the Senate.| 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

objections to UC requests on DHS appropriations/11:30am cloture vote on MTP to H.R.240
Senator McConnell asked unanimous consent that the motion to proceed to H.R.240, DHS appropriations, be agreed to and that it be in order for the Managers, or their designees, to offer amendments in an alternating fashion with the Majority manager, or his designee, being recognized to offer the first amendment.   Senator Reid reserved his…| 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

2:45pm Cloture vote on MTP to DHS appropriations, upon reconsideration, expected
The Senate has reconvened and has resumed consideration of the motion to proceed to H.R.240, with time until 2:45pm equally divided. At 2:45pm we expect to vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R.240, DHS appropriations, upon reconsideration. We expect to voice vote the 2 procedural votes that will…| More

Morning Business until 12:30pm
During Leader remarks, Senator McConnell moved to proceed to H.R.240, a bill making appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for FY2015. The Senate is currently in a period of morning business until 12:30pm, with the time equally divided and controlled between the two Leaders or their designees.   The Senate will recess from…| More

Cloture filed on MTP to HR 240, DHS approps
Prior to adjourning today, Senator McConnell filed cloture on the motion to proceed to Calendar #5, H.R.240, a bill making appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2015. Unless an agreement is reached, the cloture vote would occur one hour after the Senate convenes on Thursday, February 5.…| More

Shaheen Parliamentary Inquiries re: Budget points of order on DHS approps
Senator Shaheen made 3 parliamentary inquiries regarding H.R.240, the DHS Appropriations bill.   Shaheen: CONGRESS NEEDS TO PASS A CLEAN FULL-YEAR FUNDING BILL WITHOUT ANY CONTROVERSIAL IMMIGRATION RIDERS THAT ARE NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO GAIN SUPPORT THAT THE PRESIDENT HAS ALREADY SAID HE’S GOING TO VETO. IT’S THAT SIMPLE. THERE IS TOO MUCH…| More

Votes @ approx. noon and 2:30pm Tuesday
The previous order with respect to H.R.203, the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act, has been modified so that the Senate proceed to its consideration of the bill at 11:00am on Tuesday, February 3. At 11:00am tomorrow, there will be 1 hour for debate equally divided prior to a vote on passage of…| More

Cloture filed on MTP to HR 240, DHS appropriations
This morning Senator McConnell moved to proceed to Calendar #5, H.R.240, a bill making appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2015, and filed cloture on the motion.   By consent, the cloture vote will occur at 2:30pm on Tuesday, February 3. If cloture is invoked, all post-cloture…| More

Last vote of the week
Passage of S.1 will be the last vote of the week. the next roll call vote will be at 5:30pm on Monday, February 2, on Calendar #6, H.R.203, Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act.| More

Boxer amendment agreed to by voice vote
The Boxer amendment #130 (permit savings clause) was not agreed to by voice vote.| More

FloorWrap-up

Wrap Up for Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Roll Call Votes Passage of S.J.Res.8, NLRB; passed: 53-46. Shall the bill, S.1, pass over the objections of the President (veto override); veto sustained: 62-37. Legislative Business Adopted S.Res.98, supporting the goals and ideals of Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week. Completed the Rule 14 process to place on the Legislative Calendar of Business S.625, a bill… | More


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