The Floor

Today is December 16, 2018

The Senate stands adjourned until 3:00pm on Monday, December 17, 2018.

Thursday, December 13, 2018 06:59 PM

The Senate stands adjourned until 3:00pm on Monday, December 17, 2018.
 
Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the House Message on S.756, the legislative vehicle for Criminal Justice Reform.

There is a 3:15pm filing deadline for 1st degree amendments to the House message.
 
At 5:30pm, the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to concur with a further amendment.
 
As a reminder, during Thursday’s session Senator McConnell moved to concur in the House amendment with a further amendment, SA#4108. He then offered Kennedy amendment #4109 in the second degree slot, and divided the amendment into three parts:
 
·       Div. I--ends on page 2 line 13;
·       Div. II--ends on page 3 line 8; and
·       Div. III--is the rest of the amendment.
 
Senator McConnell then filed cloture on the motion to concur with further amendment.
 
Amendments must be germane and timely filed to be considered in order post-cloture. The filing deadline for second degree amendments is 1 hour prior to the cloture vote.
 
Monday at 5:30pm – 1 roll call vote
1.      Motion to invoke cloture on the motion to concur in the House message to accompany S.756, with further amendment (legislative vehicle for Criminal Justice Reform)

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Thursday, December 13, 2018 06:59 PM

Roll Call Votes
1.      Young #4080 (refueling non-United States aircraft); agreed to: 58-41.
2.      Cornyn #4096, as modified (military operations and cooperation with Israel); agreed to: 99-0.
3.      Cotton #4098 (Houthi attacks outside Yemen); not agreed to: 45-54.
4.      Passage of S.J.Res.54, Yemen, as amended; passed: 56-41.
 
Legislative Business
Passed S.3749: to amend the Congressional Accountability Act to reform procedures for the initiation, review, and resolution of claims, including protections against sexual harassment.
 
Passed by voice vote S.J.Res.69, supporting a diplomatic solution in Yemen and condemning the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.
 
Passed Calendar #698, H.R.2606, with Lankford amendment: Stigler Act Amendments.
 
Passed S.2599: Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Reservation Restoration Act.
 
Passed Calendar #699, H.R.4032: Gila River.
 
Adopted S.Res.707: 40th anniversary of the Indian Child Welfare Act.
 
Passed H.R.4431: Correcting Miscalculations in Veterans’ Pensions Act.
 
Passed H.R.6160: Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act.
 
Passed S.2322, with Johnson amendment: Codifying Useful Regulatory Definitions Act.
 
Passed by voice vote S.2863: National Law Enforcement Museum Commemorative Coin Act.
 
Passed S.3461: AMBER Alert Nationwide Act.
 
Adopted S.Res.717: Rebecca Teresa Weichhand.
 
Adopted S.Res.731: Human Rights Day.
 
Passed Calendar #578, S.2827, with Barrasso substitute amendment: Udall Foundation Act.
 
Passed Calendar #613, S.645: Measuring the Economic Impact of Broadband Act.
 
Passed H.R.1318: Preventing Maternal Deaths Act.
 
Passed H.R.6227, with Thune substitute amendment: National Quantum Initiative Act.
 
No Executive Business

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Thursday, December 13, 2018 03:04 PM

3:03pm The Senate began a 10 minute roll call vote on passage of S.J.Res.54, as amended.

Wrap Up for Thursday, December 13, 2018 Wrap Up

Thursday, December 13, 2018 06:59 PM

Roll Call Votes
1.      Young #4080 (refueling non-United States aircraft); agreed to: 58-41.
2.      Cornyn #4096, as modified (military operations and cooperation with Israel); agreed to: 99-0.
3.      Cotton #4098 (Houthi attacks outside Yemen); not agreed to: 45-54.
4.      Passage of S.J.Res.54, Yemen, as amended; passed: 56-41.
 
Legislative Business
Passed S.3749: to amend the Congressional Accountability Act to reform procedures for the initiation, review, and resolution of claims, including protections against sexual harassment.
 
Passed by voice vote S.J.Res.69, supporting a diplomatic solution in Yemen and condemning the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.
 
Passed Calendar #698, H.R.2606, with Lankford amendment: Stigler Act Amendments.
 
Passed S.2599: Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Reservation Restoration Act.
 
Passed Calendar #699, H.R.4032: Gila River.
 
Adopted S.Res.707: 40th anniversary of the Indian Child Welfare Act.
 
Passed H.R.4431: Correcting Miscalculations in Veterans’ Pensions Act.
 
Passed H.R.6160: Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act.
 
Passed S.2322, with Johnson amendment: Codifying Useful Regulatory Definitions Act.
 
Passed by voice vote S.2863: National Law Enforcement Museum Commemorative Coin Act.
 
Passed S.3461: AMBER Alert Nationwide Act.
 
Adopted S.Res.717: Rebecca Teresa Weichhand.
 
Adopted S.Res.731: Human Rights Day.
 
Passed Calendar #578, S.2827, with Barrasso substitute amendment: Udall Foundation Act.
 
Passed Calendar #613, S.645: Measuring the Economic Impact of Broadband Act.
 
Passed H.R.1318: Preventing Maternal Deaths Act.
 
Passed H.R.6227, with Thune substitute amendment: National Quantum Initiative Act.
 
No Executive Business

Schedule for Monday, December 17, 2018 Senate Schedule

Thursday, December 13, 2018 06:59 PM

The Senate stands adjourned until 3:00pm on Monday, December 17, 2018.
 
Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the House Message on S.756, the legislative vehicle for Criminal Justice Reform.

There is a 3:15pm filing deadline for 1st degree amendments to the House message.
 
At 5:30pm, the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to concur with a further amendment.
 
As a reminder, during Thursday’s session Senator McConnell moved to concur in the House amendment with a further amendment, SA#4108. He then offered Kennedy amendment #4109 in the second degree slot, and divided the amendment into three parts:
 
·       Div. I--ends on page 2 line 13;
·       Div. II--ends on page 3 line 8; and
·       Div. III--is the rest of the amendment.
 
Senator McConnell then filed cloture on the motion to concur with further amendment.
 
Amendments must be germane and timely filed to be considered in order post-cloture. The filing deadline for second degree amendments is 1 hour prior to the cloture vote.
 
Monday at 5:30pm – 1 roll call vote
1.      Motion to invoke cloture on the motion to concur in the House message to accompany S.756, with further amendment (legislative vehicle for Criminal Justice Reform)

Roll Call Vote on Passage of S.J.Res.54, Yemen Votes

Thursday, December 13, 2018 03:04 PM

3:03pm The Senate began a 10 minute roll call vote on passage of S.J.Res.54, as amended.

Roll Call Vote on Cotton amendment #4098 Votes

Thursday, December 13, 2018 03:03 PM

2:45pm The Senate began a 10 minute roll call vote on Cotton #4098 (Houthi attacks outside Yemen).

Not Agreed To: 45-54.
 
Next:
1.      Sanders #4105 (authorizing use of military force against Iran) [roll call vote not expected]
2.      Adoption of S.J.Res.54, as amended
 

Roll Call Vote on Cornyn amendment Votes

Thursday, December 13, 2018 02:51 PM

2:20pm The Senate began a 10 minute roll call vote on Cornyn amendment #4096, as modified (military operations and cooperation with Israel).

Agreed to: 99-0.
 
Next:
1.      Cornyn #4090 (report on risks posed by ceasing support operations)
2.      Cornyn #4095 (report assessing increased risk of terrorist attacks)
3.      Cotton #4097 (civilian casualties)
4.      Cotton #4098 (Houthi attacks outside Yemen)
5.      Sanders #4105 (authorizing use of military force against Iran)
6.      Adoption of S.J.Res.54, as amended

Roll Call Vote on Young amendment to S.J.Res.54 Votes

Thursday, December 13, 2018 01:51 PM

1:49pm The Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on Young amendment #4080 (refueling non-United States aircraft) to S.J.Res.54.
 
Next – up to 7 roll call votes:
1.      Cornyn #4096, as modified (military operations and cooperation with Israel)
3.      Cornyn #4090 (report on risks posed by ceasing support operations)
4.      Cornyn #4095 (report assessing increased risk of terrorist attacks)
5.      Cotton #4097 (civilian casualties)
6.      Cotton #4098 (Houthi attacks outside Yemen)
7.      Sanders #4105 (authorizing use of military force against Iran)
8.      Adoption of the resolution (as amended, if amended)

Passage of S.3749 - Congressional Accountability Act Floor Updates

Thursday, December 13, 2018 10:57 AM

Senator Blunt asked unanimous consent to take up and pass S.3749, to amend the Congressional Accountability Act to reform procedures for the initiation, review, and resolution of claims, including protections against sexual harassment.
 
The request was agreed to and the bill was passed. 

Schedule for Thursday, December 13th, 2018 Senate Schedule

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 09:59 PM

The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Thursday, December 13, 2018.
 
Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of S.J.Res.54, a joint resolution to direct the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities in the Republic of Yemen that have not been authorized by Congress.
 
At 1:45pm, the Senate will vote in relation to amendments to the joint resolution, and following disposition of those amendments will vote in relation to passage of the joint resolution.
 
Thursday, December 13th at 1:45pm – up to 8 roll call votes
1.      Young #4080 (refueling non-United States aircraft)
2.      Cornyn #4096 (military operations and cooperation with Israel)
3.      Cornyn #4090 (report on risks posed by ceasing support operations)
4.      Cornyn #4095 (report assessing increased risk of terrorist attacks)
5.      Cotton #4097 (civilian casualties)
6.      Cotton #4098 (Houthi attacks outside Yemen)
7.      Sanders #4105 (authorizing use of military force against Iran)
8.      Adoption of the resolution (as amended, if amended)

Wrap up for Wednesday, December 12, 2018 Wrap Up

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 09:58 PM

Wrap Up for Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Roll Call Votes
1.      Passage of S.J.Res.64 (Dark Money); passed: 50-49.
2.      Motion to Proceed to S.J.Res.54 (Yemen); agreed to: 60-39.
3.      Shall amendments be germane to S.J.Res.54; agreed: 96-3.
 
Legislative Business
Began the Rule XIV process on First Step Act of 2018.
 
Passed S.3748: Improving the Inspector General Process for Legislative Branch Instrumentalities Act.
 
Passed Calendar #489, H.R.6964: Juvenile Justice Reform Act.
 
Passed Calendar #695, S.1158, with Cardin substitute amendemnt: Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act of 2018.
 
Passed Calendar #530, S.1580: Girls’ Access to Education by voice vote.
 
Passed Calendar #555, H.R.1222, with Durbin substitute amendment: Congenital Heart Futures Reauthorization.
 
Passed Calendar #621, S.3031: Federal Personal Property Management Act of 2018.
 
Passed Calendar #694, S.2076, with Collins amendment: Authorizing expansion of activities related to Alzheimer’s disease, by voice vote.
 
Passed H.R.7120: Extending through 2023 FEC authority to impose civil money penalties.
 
Adopted S.Res.444: American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian Women, by voice vote.
 
Adopted S.Res.596: Puyallup.
 
Passed Postal Namings, en bloc:
 
·       H.R.6020 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 325 South Michigan Avenue in Howell, Michigan, as the "Sergeant Donald Burgett Post Office Building".
 
·       H.R.5791 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 9609 South University Boulevard in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, as the "Deputy Sheriff Zackari Spurlock Parrish, III, Post Office Building".
 
·       H.R.5792 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 90 North 4th Avenue in Brighton, Colorado, as the "Detective Heath McDonald Gumm Post Office".
 
·       H.R.6591 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 501 South Kirkman Road in Orlando, Florida, as the "Napoleon 'Nap' Ford Post Office Building".
 
·       H.R.6780 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 7521 Paula Drive in Tampa, Florida, as the "Major Andreas O'Keeffe Post Office Building".
 
·       H.R.6513 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1110 West Market Street in Athens, Alabama, as the "Judge James E. Horton, Jr. Post Office Building".
 
·       H.R.6405 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 2801 Mitchell Road in Ceres, California, as the "Lance Corporal Juana Navarro Arellano Post Office Building".
 
·       H.R.6655 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 44160 State Highway 299 East Suite 1 in McArthur, California, as the "Janet Lucille Oilar Post Office".
 
·       H.R.6216 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 3025 Woodgate Road in Montrose, Colorado, as the "Sergeant David Kinterknecht Post Office".
 
·       H.R.6217 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 241 N 4th Street in Grand Junction, Colorado, as the "Deputy Sheriff Derek Geer Post Office Building".
 
·       H.R.6831 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 35 West Main Street in Frisco, Colorado, as the "Patrick E. Mahany, Jr., Post Office Building".
 
·       H.R.4326 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 200 West North Street in Normal, Illinois, as the "Sgt. Josh Rodgers Post Office".
 
·       H.R.6428 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 332 Ramapo Valley Road in Oakland, New Jersey, as the "Frank Leone Post Office".
 
·       H.R.5395 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 116 Main Street in Dansville, New York, as the "Staff Sergeant Alexandria Gleason-Morrow Post Office Building".
 
·       H.R.5412 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 25 2nd Avenue in Brentwood, New York, as the "Army Specialist Jose L. Ruiz Post Office Building".
 
·       H.R.6621 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 530 East Main Street in Johnson City, Tennessee, as the "Major Homer L. Pease Post Office".
 
·       H.R.1210 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 122 W. Goodwin Street, Pleasanton, Texas, as the "Pleasanton Veterans Post Office".
 
·       H.R.1211 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 400 N. Main Street, Encinal, Texas, as the "Encinal Veterans Post Office".
 
·       H.R.3184 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 180 McCormick Road in Charlottesville, Virginia, as the "Captain Humayun Khan Post Office".
 
·       H.R.6628 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 4301 Northeast 4th Street in Renton, Washington, as the "James Marshall 'Jimi' Hendrix Post Office Building".
 
Executive Business
 
Military Promotions
 
AIR FORCE
Exec. Cal. #1154 – Lt. Gen. John N. T. Shanahan to be Lieutenant General
Exec. Cal. #1155 – Maj. Gen. Kevin B. Schneider to be Lieutenant General
 
ARMY
Exec. Cal. #1156 – the following to be Major General:
Brig. Gen. Stephen J. Hager
Brig. Gen. Mary K. Leahy
Brig. Gen. Gabriel Troiano
Brig. Gen. Jonathan Woodson
The following to be Brigadier General:
Col. Tina B. Boyd
Col. Brian T. Cashman
Col. Walter M. Duzzny
Col. Eric Folkestad
Col. Ernest Litynski
Col. Nelson G. Rosen
Exec. Cal. #1157 – Brig. Gen. Laura L. Yeager to be Major General
 
NAVY
Exec. Cal. #1158 – Vice Adm. Michael M. Gilday to be Vice Admiral
 
AIR FORCE
Exec. Cal. #1159 – the following to be Major General:
Brigadier General Jeffrey W. Burkett
Brigadier General Jessica Meyeraan
Brigadier General Russ A. Walz
Exec. Cal. #1160 – the following to be Brigadier General
Colonel James R. Camp
Colonel Wesley J. Clare
Colonel James T. Demarest
Colonel John M. Green
Colonel Peter T. Green, III
Colonel Robert C. Korte
Colonel Darrin P. Leleux
Colonel Mark A. Maldonado
Colonel James P. Marren
Colonel John R. Mulvey
Colonel John F. O'Connell
Colonel Matthew J. Peterson
Colonel Robert A. Schulte
Colonel James G. Silvasy
Exec. Cal. #1161 – the following to be Brigadier General:
Colonel Darrin K. Anderson
Colonel Mark D. Auer
Colonel Buel J. Dickson
Colonel Kenneth S. Eaves
Colonel Steven S. Lambrecht
Colonel Toni M. Lord
Colonel Glen A. Martel
Colonel David W. May
Colonel Gary A. McCue
Colonel Thomas H. Mora
Colonel John W. Pogorek
Exec. Cal. #1162 - Col. Thomas A. Dukes, Jr to be Brigadier General
Exec. Cal. #1163 - Col. Christopher L. Montanaro to be Brigadier General
Exec. Cal. #1164 – the following to be Major General:
Brigadier General Vito E. Addabbo
Brigadier General Maureen G. Banavige
Brigadier General Brian K. Borgen
Brigadier General John P. Healy
Brigadier General John A. Hickok
Brigadier General Jay D. Jensen
Brigadier General Linda M. Marsh
Brigadier General Todd J. McCubbin
Brigadier General Tyler D. Otten
Brigadier General Boyd C. L. Parker, IV
Exec. Cal. #1165 – the following to be Brigadier General:
Colonel Elizabeth E. Arledge
Colonel Matthew J. Burger
Colonel Kenneth R. Council, Jr.
Colonel Derin S. Durham
Colonel Paul R. Fast
Colonel Christopher A. Freeman
Colonel Constance L. Jenkins
Colonel Paul E. Knapp
Colonel Douglas S. Martin
Colonel Jody A. Merritt
Colonel John M. Olson
Colonel Stacey L. Scarisbrick
Colonel David W. Smith
Colonel Roger P. Suro
Exec. Cal. #1166 – Maj. Gen. Sami D. Said to be Lieutenant General
Exec. Cal. #1167 – Maj. Gen. David W. Allvin to be Lieutenant General
 
NAVY
Exec. Cal. #1168 – Rear Adm. (lh) Brent W. Scott to be Rear Admiral
 
AIR FORCE
Exec. Cal. #1169 – the following to be Brigadier General:
Col. John J. Bartrum
Col. Anita L. Fligge
 
And all nominations on the Secretary’s Desk in the Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, and Navy.
 

Agreement on S.J.Res.54, Yemen Floor Updates

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 09:48 PM

By unanimous consent, the Senate adopted the following agreement for consideration of S.J.Res.54:
 
At 1:45 pm on Thursday, December 13th, all time be considered expired on S.J.Res.54, and the Senate vote in relation to the following amendments in the order listed, with 2 minutes equally divided in the usual form prior to each vote:
 
Young #4080
Cornyn #4096
Cornyn #4090
Cornyn #4095
Cotton #4097
Cotton #4098
Sanders #4105
 
Further, that following disposition of the amendments, the resolution, as amended if amended, be read a third time and the Senate vote on passage with no intervening action or debate
 
As a result, there could be up to 8 roll call votes on the resolution on Thursday beginning at 1:45 PM. 

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