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Schedule for Thursday, August 6 and Tuesday, September 8, 2015

The Senate stands adjourned until 11:30am on Thursday, August 6 for a pro forma session, with the Record being kept open from 11:30am until 1:30pm for the introduction of bills and resolutions, statements, and cosponsor requests. Committees will also be allowed to file bills and reports on August 28 from 12:00pm until 2:00pm.

 

When the Senate adjourns on August 6 it will stand adjourned under the provisions of H.Con.Res.72 until 2:00pm on Tuesday, September 8, 2015.

 

Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will begin consideration of H.J.Res.61 and, under the previous order, the Majority Leader or his designee will be recognized to offer a substitute amendment related to Congressional disapproval of the proposed Iran nuclear agreement.

 

At 5:00pm, the Senate will enter Executive Session to consider Executive Calendar #82, Roseann Ketchmark to be US District Judge for the Western District of Missouri, with 30 minutes equally divided prior to a roll call vote on confirmation of the nomination.

 

Tuesday, September 8 at 5:30pm—

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #82, Roseann Ketchmark, of Missouri, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Missouri

 

During Wednesday’s session, the Senate reached agreements with respect to cybersecurity and the Iran joint resolution of disapproval.

 

Iran

Following Leader remarks on Tuesday, September 8, the Senate will proceed to the consideration of H.J.Res.61, and then the Majority Leader or his designee will be recognized to offer a substitute amendment related to Congressional disapproval of the proposed Iran nuclear agreement.

 

Cybersecurity

The cloture motion on the motion to proceed to S.754, cybersecurity, was withdrawn. At a time to be determined by the Majority Leader in consultation with the Democratic Leader, the Senate will proceed to the consideration of Calendar #28, S.754, cybersecurity.

 

It would then be in order for Senator Burr to offer the Burr/Feinstein substitute amendment and that it be in order for the bill managers, or their designees, to offer up to 10 Republican and 11 Democratic first degree amendments relevant to the subject matter per side. We will consider amendments in an alternating fashion between Democrats and Republicans, not necessarily in the  order listed.

 

Cybersecurity amendments

The amendments to cybersecurity are as follows:

–              Paul #2564 (liability immunity);

–              Carper #2627 (Einstein);

–              Kirk #2603 (International cyber criminal reports);

–              Coons #2552 (Personal ID information scrub);

–              Heller #2548 (“reasonably believe”);

–              Franken #2612 (cybersecurity and cyber threat indicator definition);

–              Coats #2604 (threats to mobile devices report);

–              Tester #2632 (transparency);

–              Leahy #2587 (Strike FOIA Exemption);

–              Gardner #2631 (Sec of State International cyberspace policy);

–              Murphy #2589 (Judicial redress);

–              Vitter #2578 (security clearances);

–              Whitehouse #2626 (Cyber crime);

–              Vitter #2579 (small business);

–              Wyden #2621 (Remove Personal ID information);

–              Flake #2582 (6 year sunset);

–              Wyden #2622 (Government notification of mishandled information);

–              Cotton #2581(FBI/Secret Service);

–              Mikulski #2557 (Plus up Cyber funding OPM);

–              Flake #2580 (private entity); and

–              Carper #2615 (DHS portal)



Updates from the Floor

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Recess until 6:15pm
The Senate stands in recess until 6:15pm.| More

Conryn on behalf of Alexander objects to Rasie the Wage, Healthy Families, and Schedules That Work
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Agreement on cybersecurity, Iran, no more votes
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Cloture vote re: cybersecurity delayed
The 2:00pm cloture vote on the motion to proceed to S.754, cybersecurity, will be delayed as negotiations on an agreement continue. Another message will be sent as more information becomes available.| More

Cloture vote on MTP to cybersecurity moved to 2pm
The 10:30am cloture vote on the motion to proceed to S.754, cybersecurity, has been moved to 2:00pm today.| More

Cybersecurity
Senator McConnell asked unanimous consent that the cloture motion on the motion to proceed to calendar #28, S.754, Cybersecurity, be withdrawn and the Senate immediately proceed to its consideration. Further, that Senator Burr then be recognized to offer the Burr-Feinstein substitute amendment and that it be in order during today’s session of the Senate for…| More

Portman request UC to pass H.R.212; Whitehouse asks UC to pass H.R.212 and S.1523 en bloc; Portman objects
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Portman asks UC to pass H.R.212; Udall asks UC to pass H.R.212 and S.1523; Portman objects
Senator Portman asked unanimous consent that the Senate take up and pass by voice vote H.R.212, Drinking Water Protection Act.   Senator Udall countered the request by asking that the Senate take up and pass by voice vote H.R.212 and S.1523, to reauthorize the National Estuary Program, en bloc.   Senator Portman objected.| More

Cloture filed on MTP to S. 1881, Planned Parenthood
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Grassley objects to votes on Donnelly, Vildardo, and DeArcy nominations (NY district judges)
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12 noon and 1:45pm votes, Senate adopted National Whistleblower Appreciation Day resolution
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Senate is post-cloture on H.R.22, as amended
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Recess from 12:30pm until 2:15pm
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Cloture invoked on transportation substitute–McConnell filled amendment tree
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Roll Call Vote on Kirk SA #2327 (Export-Import Bank Reauthorization)
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10:00pm live quorum
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Lee appealing the ruling of the chair
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Cloture invoked on Ex-Im amendment
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Cruz attempt to call up first degree amendment (Iran) when tree was no slots were available
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Pending Amendments to H.R.22, legislative vehicle for the Highway bill
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Cloture filed on amdt to repeal ACA, Ex-Im reauth, subst, and H.R.22
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9:00AM vote on adoption of MTP to H.R.22 (HWY) / no votes tonight
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No more votes today
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Recess subject to the call of the Chair
The Senate stands in recess subject to the call of the Chair.| More

cloture vote at 2:15pm expected to be delayed until 4:00pm
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Morning Business
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Amendments agreed to by voice votes / Next votes at 1:45pm
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10:45am vote series re: education
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2:15pm cloture vote on motion to proceed to H.R.22, shell for highway legislation
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Up to 4 roll call votes at 3:15pm
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Agreement on S.1177, Every Child Achieves Act
The Senate has reached an agreement that results in a cloture vote on the substitute at approximately 12:30pm today. We expect an additional series of votes this afternoon (could be around 3pm) and more tomorrow morning.   Under the order, it is in order to call up a number of amendments and agree to a…| More

10:00am 2nd degree filing deadline–10:30am cloture vote–Every Child Achieves Act
As a reminder, the filing deadline for second degree amendments to Alexander amendment #2089 (substitute) and S.1177, the Every Child Achieves Act, is 10:00am today. If cloture is invoked, amendments must be germane and timely filed post-cloture. Please send a signed copy of any amendments to the cloakroom prior to the deadline so that we…| More

Cotton objects to votes on Court of Federal Claims nominations
Senator Coons asked unanimous consent the Senate vote on confirmation of 5 Court of Federal Claims nominations, Firestone, Halkowski, McCarthy, Somers, and Bonilla.   Senator Cotton objected.   Senator Coons then asked consent the Senate vote on confirmation of 3 of those nominations, Halkowski, Somers, and Bonilla.   Senator Cotton objected.   List of nominations:…| More

Recess until 2:15pm–votes at 4:00pm
The Booker amendment was agreed to 56-40. The Senate then agreed to the Portman and Bennet amendments by voice votes.   The Senate stands in recess until 2:15pm.   The filing deadline for first degree amendments is 2:30pm.   The next votes will begin at 4:00pm. Currently, we expect 3 roll calls and 1 voice…| More

Alexander objection to calling up Casey universal pre-K amendment
Senator Casey asked unanimous consent to set aside the pending amendment in order to call up Casey amendment #2152 (universal pre-K). Senator Alexander objected and asked that the sponsors come up with a different way to pay for the amendment.| More

FloorWrap-up

Wrap Up for Wednesday, August 5, 2015
No Roll Call Votes   Legislative Business Agreed to H.Con.Res.72, the Adjournment Resolution. Passed H.R. 212, Drinking Water Protection. Passed S. 1523, National Estuary Program with Whitehouse amendment. Passed S.1707, to designate the Federal building located at 617 Walnut Street in Helena, Arkansas, as the “Jacob Trieber Federal Building, United States Post Office, and United… | More


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