March 26, 2015 09:28 PM

Graham #763 withdrawn; Blumenthal #825 agreed to by voice; Roll Call Vote on Flake amendment #665

Murray amendment #951 was not agreed to by a vote of 46-54. Senator Graham withdrew his amendment #763. The Senate agreed to the Blumenthal amendment #825 by voice vote.

Not Agreed To: 46-54.

Senator McConnell and Reid encouraged senators to work to complete the budget tonight. Their remarks are included below:

(MR. McCONNELL) { NOT AN OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT }

  1. McCONNELL: YEAH, IF I COULD HAVE THE ATTENTION OF ALL
SENATORS. AT THE RATE WE'RE GOING, WE

COULD BE HERE UNTIL 5:00 IN THE MORNING. SO IT'S I THINK A GOOD

TIME TO SEEK SOME COOPERATION. WE'VE GOT A NUMBER OF AMENDMENTS

LINED UP HERE WHERE SPONSORS WILL TAKE A VOICE VOTE IN THE

TRANCHE THAT WE'RE -- THAT WE ARE WORKING ON NOW. IF YOU'RE NOT

IN THE CURRENT TRANCHE AND WOULD LIKE TO BE CONSIDERED, WHAT

I'D RECOMMEND YOU DO IS COME OVER HERE AND TALK TO THE BUDGET

STAFF, SEE IF WE CAN'T TAKE SOME OF THEM BY VOICE VOTE AND SEE

IF WE CAN MOVE THROUGH THIS PROCESS AND GET US OUT OF HERE AT A

REASONABLE HOUR. SO THAT'S WHERE WE ARE, I WOULD SAY TO MY

FRIEND, THE DEMOCRATIC LEADER, ON THIS SIDE. GIVE US YOUR VIEW

OF THE STATUS ON YOUR SIDE. MR. REID: MR. PRESIDENT?

THE PRESIDING OFFICER: THE DEMOCRATIC LEADER.

  1. REID: THE SENATOR FROM SOUTH CAROLINA SET A GOOD EXAMPLE BY
WITHDRAWING HIS AMENDMENT. THAT'S REALLY WHAT THE STANDARD

SHOULD BE. [LAUGHTER] [APPLAUSE]

  1. REID: SENATOR BLUMENTHAL WAS SECOND BEST WHEN HE SAID,
"I'LL TAKE A VOICE VOTE." THE ONLY DISAGREEMENT I WOULD HAVE

WITH MY FRIEND, THE REPUBLICAN LEADER, IS THAT IF WE GO THROUGH

ALL THESE AMENDMENTS THAT ARE PENDING, IT WILL TAKE 33 MORE

HOURS. THAT'S THE MATH. THAT'S THE TRUTH. WE NEED TO MOVE ON.

REMEMBER, THIS BUDGET RESOLUTION IS A STATEMENT OF POLICY. IT'S

NOT THE LAW. AND WE CAN SAY "I GOTCHA YOU" ON THIS ONE, "WE

GOTCHA YOU ON THAT ONE." WE'VE DONE THAT NOW FOR EIGHT HOURS,

WHATEVER IT IS. AND I REALLY DO AGREE WITH THE REPUBLICAN

LEADER. WE -- WE -- THE STAFF HAS WORKED SO HARD. THEY HAVEN'T

WORKED JUST TODAY AND YESTERDAY AND THIS WEEK. THEY'VE BEEN

WORKING FOR WEEKS TO GET US IN A POSITION TO WHERE WE ARE

TONIGHT. AND I KNOW THAT THE REPUBLICAN LEADER BOUGHT DINNER

TONIGHT AND I APPRECIATE THAT VERY MUCH, BUT I -- IF WE CAN

FINISH HERE BY

11:30, I'LL BUY DINNER WHEN WE GET BACK. IT WILL BE BETTER THAN

THAT. [LAUGHTER] SO I -- WE'VE HAD AN AMPLE VOTE-A-RAMA. FOR

ALL YOU NEW MEMBERS, YOU SEE WHAT IT'S LIKE. THE TIME HAS COME

FOR SENATORS TO SHOW SOME RESTRAINT. NO ONE'S ELECTIONS CAN BE

DETERMINED, I SAY THAT TO THE WORLD, NO ONE'S ELECTION IS GOING

TO BE DETERMINED BY WHAT HAS TAKEN PLACE HERE TONIGHT. NOTHING.

NO ELECTION. I DEFY ANYONE TO SHOW ME IN ANY OF THESE

VOTE-A-RAMAS WHERE A VOTE HAS MADE ANY DIFFERENCE. AND WE ARE

-- WE ARE -- WE ARE WITNESSES TO THAT, AND I CAN TESTIFY TO

THAT. ONE TIME, TO SHOW YOU HOW

HAVE VIAGRA IN PRISON. WE ACTUALLY VOTED ON THAT. NO ONE LOST

AN ELECTION. BY THE WAY, IT WAS DEFEATED. SO LET -- LET'S --

YOU KNOW, WE CAN GO THROUGH ALL THE VIAGRA AMENDMENTS AND DO

ALL THESE THINGS TO EMBARRASS EACH OTHER BUT THAT ISN'T WHAT WE

SHOULD BE DOING. THE TIME HAS COME TO FOREGO PRESSING

AMENDMENTS TO VOTES ALTOGETHER. THIS IS -- THIS -- WE -- IT'S

BEEN VERY DIGNIFIED. I EARLIER TODAY TOLD HOW PROUD I WAS OF

THE TWO MANAGERS OF THIS LEGISLATION. THEY ARE TOTALLY -- THEY

HAVE TOTALLY DIFFERENT POLITICAL OUTLOOKS BUT THEY'VE BEEN

GENTLEMEN TO EACH OTHER AND GENTLEMEN TO EACH OF US. SO I WOULD

HOPE THAT WE CAN MOVE FORWARD AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE. AND THE

AGREEMENT FOR THE DINNER WAS NOT A LAS VEGAS BET, IT'S

SOMETHING I'LL DO. MR. McCONNELL: MR. PRESIDENT?

THE PRESIDING OFFICER: THE MAJORITY LEADER. McMcMR. PRESIDENT,

I'D JUST --

  1. McCONNELL: MR. PRESIDENT, I'D JUST ADD. WE WILL FINISH
TONIGHT. AND IT MIGHT HELP US MOVE QUICKER, IN ADDITION TO

HAVING VOICE VOTES ON A LOT OF AMENDMENTS, FOR US TO SIT AT OUR

OWN DESK AND SEE IF WE CAN JUST GET THROUGH THIS AS RAPIDLY AS

POSSIBLE WITHOUT DENYING ANYONE THEIR RIGHTS. SO I RECOMMEND WE

GO AHEAD WITH WHATEVER THE NEXT AMENDMENT IS.

At 9:32pm, the Senate began a 10 minute roll call vote on Flake amendment #665.

Next:

  1. Sanders # 475
  2. Hatch # 1029
  3. Schatz # 1063
  4. Kirk # 1038
  5. Nelson # 944
  6. McCain # 360
  7. Wyden # 968
  8. Lee # 750 as modified
  9. Reed # 919
  10. Cotton # 659
  11. Menendez # 993
  12. Cotton # 664
  13. Brown # 994