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SENATE FLOOR PROCEEDINGS THURSDAY, JUNE 23, 2016

The Senate will convene at 9:30 AM and will be in a period of Morning Business until 10:30 AM.  The Senate will then resume consideration of H.R. 2578 (Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations Act).

The Senate convened and proceeded to a period of Morning Business.

The following bills were considered, en bloc: H.R. 5447 (Small Business Health Care Relief). H.R. 5456 (Family First Prevention Services).

The bills were read for a second time, en bloc.  Further readings were objected to, and the bills will be placed on the calendar.

The Senate proceeded to a Legislative Session. H.R. 2578 (Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations Act).

The Senate recessed at 12:07 PM subject to the Call of the Chair.

The Senate reconvened at 1:13 PM. McConnell Motion to Recommit is withdrawn by Unanimous Consent. McConnell Motion to Commit the bill to the Judiciary Committee with instructions to report back with Collins amend #4858 (To authorize the Attorney General to deny the transfer of firearms and explosives and Federal firearms and explosives licenses and permits to known or suspected terrorists).  Yeas and nays ordered. Johnson amend #4859 (To authorize the Attorney General to delay or deny the transfer of firearms and explosives and issuance of Federal firearms and explosives licenses and permits to known or suspected terrorists) to Instructions Collins amend #4858 (To authorize the Attorney General to deny the transfer of firearms and explosives and Federal firearms and explosives licenses and permits to known or suspected terrorists).  Yeas and nays ordered. McConnell 2nd degree amend #4860 (Enactment clause) to Johnson amend #4859 (To authorize the Attorney General to delay or deny the transfer of firearms and explosives and issuance of Federal firearms and explosives licenses and permits to known or suspected terrorists). Collins amend #4858 (To authorize the Attorney General to deny the transfer of firearms and explosives and Federal firearms and explosives licenses and permits to known or suspected terrorists).  McConnell Motion to Table the amendment.  Yeas and nays ordered. 

The Motion to Table was not agreed to by a vote of 46-52. Johnson amend #4859 (To authorize the Attorney General to delay or deny the transfer of firearms and explosives and issuance of Federal firearms and explosives licenses and permits to known or suspected terrorists) to Instructions Collins amend #4858 (To authorize the Attorney General to deny the transfer of firearms and explosives and Federal firearms and explosives licenses and permits to known or suspected terrorists).  Motion to table.  Yeas and nays ordered. 

The Motion to table was agreed to by a vote of 67-31. Conference report to accompany H.R. 2577 (Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development Appropriations Act 2016).  McConnell filed a motion to invoke cloture.

The Senate proceeded to a period of Morning Business. By unanimous consent, on Monday, June 27 at 5:30 PM the Senate will vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #358, Robert F Rossiter, to be US District Judge for the district of Nebraska. By unanimous consent on Wednesday, July 6 at a time to be determined, the Senate will vote of confirmation of Executive Calendar #357, Brian Martinotti, to be US District Judge for the district of New Jersey.

The Senate proceeded to an Executive Session and confirmed the following nominations by voice vote: Executive Calendar #513, Julie Helene Becker, to be Associate Judge of the Superior Court Executive Calendar #516, Steven Nathan Berk, to be Associate Judge of the Superior Court Executive Calendar #517, Elizabeth Carroll Wingo, to be Associate Judge of the Superior Court Executive Calendar #559, R. David Harden, to be an Assistant Administrator US AID

The Senate resumed a Legislative Session. H.R. 3114 (An act to provide funds to the Army Corps of Engineers to hire veterans). Agreed to by unanimous consent. S. 795 (To enhance whistleblower protection for contractor and grantee employees). Agreed to by unanimous consent with a committee-reported substitute amendment S. Con. Res. 39 (Honoring the members of the United States Air Force who were casualties of June 25, 1996, terrorist bombing of the United States Sector Khobar Towers military housing complex on Dhahran Air Base). Agreed to by unanimous consent. S. Res 512 (Designating June 2016 as “National Post-Traumatic Stress Awareness Month” and June 27, 2016, as “National Post-Traumatic Stress Awareness Day”). Agreed to by unanimous consent.

The Senate will convene at 3:00 PM on Monday, June 27, 2016. Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business until 5:00 PM. Following morning business, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session for the consideration of Executive Calendar #358, Robert F Rossiter, to be US District Judge for the district of Nebraska. There will be 30 minutes for debate only on the nomination. At 5:30 PM, the Senate will vote on the nomination. McConnell filed cloture on the Conference Report to accompany H.R. 2577 (MilCon/VA/Zika).

The cloture vote is expected to occur on Tuesday, June 28, 2016.

The Senate adjourned at 6:05 PM. WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 2016

The Senate will convene at 9:30 AM. Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R. 2578 (Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations Act). The Senate is expected to vote on the motion to invoke cloture on McCain amendment #4787 (lone wolf and national security letters) at approximately 10:30 AM.

The Senate convened and proceeded to Leader remarks.

The Senate resumed a Legislative Session. H.R. 2578 (Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations Act). McCain amend #4787 (lone wolf and national security letters).  Motion to Invoke Cloture.  Yeas and nays ordered.

The Motion to Invoke Cloture was not agreed to by a vote of 58-38. McConnell entered a motion to reconsider the vote. S. Res. 509 (Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Champions). Agreed to by Unanimous Consent.

The Senate proceeded to a period of Morning Business.

The following bills were considered, en bloc: H.R. 5447 (Small Business Health Care Relief). H.R. 5456 (Family First Prevention Services).

The bills were read for the first time, en bloc.  Further readings were objected to, and the bills will be read for a second time on the next legislative day.  

The Senate will convene at 9:30 AM on Thursday, June 23rd and will be in a period of Morning Business until 10:30 AM.  The Senate will then resume consideration of H.R. 2578 (Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations Act).

The Senate adjourned at 6:29 PM. TUESDAY, JUNE 21, 2016

The Senate will convene at 10:00 AM and will be in a period of Morning Business until 12:30 PM.  The Senate will then resume consideration of H.R. 2578 (Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Act 2016).  The Senate will recess from 12:30-2:15 PM for weekly party caucus luncheons.

The Senate convened and proceeded to a period of Morning Business.

The Senate recessed until 2:15 PM for weekly party caucus luncheons.

The Senate convened at 2:15 PM and proceeded to a Legislative Session. H.R. 2578 (Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Act 2016). Menendez asked unanimous consent to lay before the Senate the House Message to accompany S. 2328 (Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act), that the motion to concur with an amendment (the text of the Menendez ‘‘Puerto Rico Stability Act of 2016’’), be considered made and agreed to, with no intervening action or debate. Cornyn objected. By unanimous consent, at a time to be determined by the Republican Leader in consultation with the Democratic Leader, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session to consider individually the following nominations: Executive Calendar #357, Brian R Martinotti, US District Judge for New Jersey; Executive Calendar #358, Robert F Rossiter, US District Judge for Nebraska; There will be 30 minutes of debate equally divided on each nomination followed by a roll call vote on confirmation of the nominations. S. Res. 507 (Designating July 8, 2016 as Collector Car Appreciation Day and recognizing that the collection and restoration of historic and classic cars is an important part of preserving the technological achievements and cultural heritage of the United States). Agreed to by unanimous consent. S. 2736 (Patient Access to Durable Medical Equipment). Thune amendment agreed to by unanimous consent.

The bill passed by voice vote. H.R. 1777 (To amend the Act of August 25, 1958, commonly known as “Former Presidents Act of 1958,” with respect to the monetary allowance payable to a former President, and for other purposes) with an Ernst substitute amendment. Agreed to by unanimous consent.

The Senate will convene at 9:30 AM on Wednesday, June 22, 2016. Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R. 2578 (Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations Act). The Senate is expected to vote on the motion to invoke cloture on McCain amendment #4787 (lone wolf and national security letters) at approximately 10:30 AM.

The Senate adjourned at 6:46 PM. MONDAY, JUNE 20, 2016

The Senate will convene at 3:00 PM and will resume consideration of H.R. 2578 (Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Act 2016).  The pending cloture motions will ripen at 5:30 PM on Monday, June 20th, and the Senate will have four cloture votes on the following: Grassley amend #4751 (to the instructions of the motion to commit, to address gun violence and improve the availability of records to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System). Motion to commit H.R. 2578 to the Judiciary Committee with instructions to report back forthwith with Murphy amend #4750 (to ensure that all individuals who should be prohibited from buying a firearm are listed in the national instant criminal background check system and require a background check for every firearm sale). Cornyn second-degree amend #4749 (to Secure our Homeland from radical Islamists by Enhancing Law enforcement Detection (“SHIELD”)) to Feinstein amend #4720. Feinstein amend #4720 (to authorize the Attorney General to deny requests to transfer a firearm to known or suspected terrorists).

The Senate convened and proceeded to a Legislative Session. H.R. 2578 (Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Act 2016).  Grassley amend #4751 (to the instructions of the motion to commit, to address gun violence and improve the availability of records to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System).  Motion to Invoke Cloture.  Yeas and nays ordered. 

The cloture motion was not agreed to by a vote of 53-47. McConnell Motion to commit H.R. 2578 to the Judiciary Committee with instructions to report back forthwith with Murphy amend #4750 (to ensure that all individuals who should be prohibited from buying a firearm are listed in the national instant criminal background check system and require a background check for every firearm sale).  Motion to Invoke Cloture.  Yeas and nays ordered. 

The cloture motion was not agreed to by a vote of 44-56. Cornyn second-degree amend #4749 (to Secure our Homeland from radical Islamists by Enhancing Law enforcement Detection (“SHIELD”)) to Feinstein amend #4720.  Motion to Invoke Cloture.  Yeas and nays ordered. 

The cloture motion was not agreed to by a vote of 53-47. Feinstein amend #4720 (to authorize the Attorney General to deny requests to transfer a firearm to known or suspected terrorists).  Motion to Invoke Cloture.  Yeas and nays ordered. 

The cloture motion was not agreed to by a vote of 47-53. McConnell Motion to Table the Motion to Commit with instructions to report back with Murphy amend #4750 (National Criminal Instant Background Check System).  Yeas and nays ordered. 

The Motion to Table is agreed to by a vote of 56-42. Motion to Table Feinstein amend #4720 (to authorize the Attorney General to deny requests to transfer a firearm to known or suspected terrorists).  Agreed to by Voice Vote. McCain amend #4787 ().  McConnell Motion to Invoke Cloture. McConnell Motion to Recommit to the Appropriations Committee.

The Senate proceeded to a period of Morning Business. S. Res. 502 (American Eagle Day). Agreed to by Unanimous Consent.

The Senate will convene at 10:00 on Tuesday, June 21st and will be in a period of Morning Business until 12:30 PM.  The Senate will then resume consideration of H.R. 2578 (Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Act 2016).  The Senate will recess from 12:30-2:15 PM for weekly party caucus luncheons.

The Senate adjourned at 7:32 PM.   FRIDAY, JUNE 17, 2016

The Senate will convene at 11:00 AM for a pro forma only session.  The Senate will then reconvene at 3:00 PM on Monday, June 20th and resume consideration of H.R. 2578 (Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Act 2016).  The pending cloture motions will ripen at 5:30 PM on Monday, June 20th, and the Senate will have four cloture votes on the following: Grassley amend #4751 (to the instructions of the motion to commit, to address gun violence and improve the availability of records to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System). Motion to commit H.R. 2578 to the Judiciary Committee with instructions to report back forthwith with Murphy amend #4750 (to ensure that all individuals who should be prohibited from buying a firearm are listed in the national instant criminal background check system and require a background check for every firearm sale). Cornyn second-degree amend #4749 (to Secure our Homeland from radical Islamists by Enhancing Law enforcement Detection (“SHIELD”)) to Feinstein amend #4720. Feinstein amend #4720 (to authorize the Attorney General to deny requests to transfer a firearm to known or suspected terrorists). THURSDAY, JUNE 16, 2016

The Senate will convene at 10:00 AM. Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R. 2578 (Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Act 2016).

The Senate convened and proceeded to a Legislative Session. H.R. 2578 (Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Act 2016).

The Senate considered the following resolutions, en bloc: S. Res. 495 (Recognizing the Boy Scouts of America on the 100th anniversary of the organization being granted a Federal charter and for the long history of heritage and service of the Boy Scouts of America). S. Res. 496 (Condemning the terrorist attack on the Pulse Orlando nightclub, honoring the memory of the victims of the attack, offering condolences to and expressing support for their families and friends and all those affected, and applauding the dedication and bravery of law enforcement and emergency officials responding to the attack). S. Res. 497 (Honoring the life and legacy of Gordon “Gordie” Howe). S. Res. 498 (designating June 15, 2016, as “World Elder Abuse Awareness Day”. Agreed to, en bloc, by Unanimous Consent. S. 2815 (United States Semiquincentennial Commission Act of 2016). Agreed to by Unnaimous Consent. S. 2348 (Rapid DNA Act of 2016), as amended. Agreed to by Unanimous Consent. S. 2577 (Justice for All Reauthorization Act), as amended. Agreed to by Voice Vote. House Message to S. 524 (Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act).  McConnell Motion to disagree to the amendments of the House, agree to the request by the House for a Conference, and appoints the following conferees: Sens. Grassley, Alexander, Hatch, Session, Leahy, Murray, and Wyden. McConnell filed cloture on the Motion to Disagree with the House amendments. House Message to S. 524 (Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act).  Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Motion to disagree to the amendments of the House, agree to the request by the House for a Conference, and appoint conferees.  Yeas and nays ordered. 

The Motion to Invoke Cloture is agreed to by a vote of 95-1. House Message to S. 524 (Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act.  Motion to disagree to the amendments of the House, agree to the request by the House for a Conference, and appoint conferees. 

The Motion is agreed to by Voice Vote. Shaheen Motion to Instruct the Conferees to S. 524 (Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act).  Yeas and nays ordered. 

The Motion was agreed to by a vote of 66-29. Whitehouse Motion to Instruct the Conferees to S. 524 (Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act).  Yeas and nays ordered. 

The Motion was agreed to by a vote of 70-24. H.R. 3209 (Recovering Missing Children Act).  Agreed to by Unanimous Consent. H.R. 2578 (Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Act 2016). Shelby amend #4685 (Committee Reported Substitute). Feinstein amend #4720 (To authorize the Attorney General to deny requests to transfer a firearm to known or suspected terrorists).  Yeas and nays ordered. Cornyn amend #4749 (To secure our homeland from radical Islamists by enhancing law enforcement detection (SHIELD)) to Feinstein amend #4720 (To authorize the Attorney General to deny requests to transfer a firearm to known or suspected terrorists). Motion to Commit the bill to the Judiciary Committee with Instructions to report back with an amend #4750 (To ensure that all individuals who should be prohibited from buying a firearm are listed in the national instant criminal background check system and require a background check for every firearm sale).  Yeas and nays ordered. Grassley amend #4751 (To address gun violence and improve the availability of records to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System) to the Instructions on the Motion to Commit.  Yeas and nays ordered. McConnell 2nd degree amend #4752 () to Grassley amend #4751 (To address gun violence and improve the availability of records to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System). McConnell filed a Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Grassley amend #4751 (To address gun violence and improve the availability of records to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System). McConnell filed a Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Motion to Commit with Instructions. McConnell filed a Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Cornyn amend #4749 (To secure our homeland from radical Islamists by enhancing law enforcement detection (SHIELD)). McConnell filed a Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Feinstein amend #4720 (To authorize the Attorney General to deny requests to transfer a firearm to known or suspected terrorists).

The Senate proceeded to a period of Morning Business. S. Res. 499 (Pittsburgh Penguins Stanley Cup Champions). Agreed to by Unanimous Consent. S. Res. 500 (Juneteenth Independence Day). Agreed to by Unanimous Consent. S. 2808 (Authorizes funding for the Kennedy Center). Agreed to by Unanimous Consent.

The Senate will convene on Friday, June 17th at 11:00 AM for a pro forma only session.  The Senate will then proceed at 3:00 PM on Monday, June 20th and resume consideration of H.R. 2578 (Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Act 2016).  The pending cloture motions will ripen at 5:30 PM on Monday, June 20th.

The Senate adjourned at 6:15 PM. WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15, 2016

The Senate will convene at 9:30 AM and will be in a period of Morning Business until 10:30 AM.  The Senate will then vote on the Motion to Proceed to H.R. 2578 (Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Act 2016).

The Senate convened and proceeded to a period of Morning Business.

The Senate proceeded to a Legislative Session. Motion to Proceed to H.R. 2578 (Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Act 2016). 

The Motion to Proceed is agreed to by Voice Vote. H.R. 2578 (Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Act 2016).  Shelby amend #4685 (Substitute amendment). Shelby amend #4686 (To make a technical correction).

The Senate will convene at 10:00 AM on Thursday, June 16, 2015. Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R. 2578 (Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Act 2016).

The Senate adjourned at 2:13 AM. TUESDAY, JUNE 14, 2016

The Senate will convene at 10:00 AM. Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of S. 2943 (National Defense Authorization Act). All post-cloture time on S. 2943 will expire at 11:00 AM, and the Senate is expected to begin a series of roll call votes on any pending germane amendments to NDAA, passage of NDAA as amended, and cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R. 2578 (Commerce, Justice, Science appropriations) . If cloture is invoked on the motion to proceed to H.R. 2578, it will be considered to have been invoked at 10:00 PM on Monday, June 13, 2016.

The Senate convened and proceeded with a Legislative Session. S. 2943 (National Defense Authorization Act). Reed withdrew amendment #4603 (change the enactment date). Nelson #4670 (To improve the amendment) to McCain amend #4607 (To amend the provision on share-in-savings contracts), as modified. 

The amendment was agreed to by Voice Vote. McCain amend #4607 (To amend the provision on share-in-savings contracts). 

The amendment was agreed to by Voice Vote. S. 2943 (National Defense Authorization Act).

The bill was read for a third time. Final Passage.  Yeas and nays ordered.

The Senate proceeded to a period of Morning Business.

The Senate stands in recess subject to the call of the chair.

The Senate reconvened and proceeded to a Legislative Session. Motion to Proceed to H.R. 2578 (Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Act 2016).  Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Motion to Proceed.  Yeas and nays ordered. 

The Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Motion to Proceed was agreed to by a vote of 94-3. Motion to Proceed to H.R. 2578 (Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Act 2016). 

The Senate proceeded to a period of Morning Business. S. Res. 493 (Relative to the death of George Voinovich, Former U.S. Senator from the State of Ohio). Agreed to by Unanimous Consent. S. Res. 494 (National Child Awareness Month). Agreed to by Unanimous Consent.

The Senate will convene at 9:30 AM on Wednesday, June 16th and will be in a period of Morning Business until 10:30 AM.  The Senate will then vote on the Motion to Proceed to H.R. 2578 (Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Act 2016).

The Senate adjourned under the provisions of S. Res. 493 (Relative to the death of George Voinovich, Former U.S. Senator from the State of Ohio) at 6:08 PM. MONDAY, JUNE 13, 2016

The Senate will convene at 4:00 PM. There will be a moment of silence at 4:00 PM to mark the tragic events in Orlando. Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of S.2943, the National Defense Authorization Act. There will be no roll call votes today. By unanimous consent, all post-cloture time on S.2943 will expire at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, June 14, 2016.

The Senate convened and observed a moment of silence to mark the tragic events in Orlando.

The Senate proceeded with a Legislative Session. S. 2943 (National Defense Authorization Act).

The Senate proceeded to an Executive Session and confirmed the following nomination by voice vote: Cal. #487 (Jennifer O’Connor, of Maryland, to be General Counsel at the Department of Defense).

The Senate resumed a Legislative Session. By unanimous consent, the Senate concurred in the House amendment to S. 2276 (SAFE PIPES Act).

The Senate will convene at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, June 14, 2016. Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of S. 2943 (National Defense Authorization Act). All post-cloture time on S. 2943 will expire at 11:00 AM, and the Senate is expected to begin a series of roll call votes on any pending germane amendments to NDAA, passage of NDAA as amended, and cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R. 2578 (Commerce, Justice, Science appropriations) . If cloture is invoked on the motion to proceed to H.R. 2578, it will be considered to have been invoked at 10:00 PM on Monday, June 13, 2016.

The Senate adjourned at 6:09 PM. FRIDAY, JUNE 10, 2016

The Senate will convene at 8:15 AM and will resume consideration of S. 2943 (National Defense Authorization Act).  The cloture vote with respect to S. 2943 (National Defense Authorization Act) will occur at 9:00 AM.

The Senate convened and proceeded with a Legislative Session. S. 2943 (National Defense Authorization Act). Motion to Invoke Cloture. Yeas and nays ordered.

The Motion to Invoke Cloture was agreed to by a vote of 68-23.

The Senate proceeded to a period of Morning Business. S. Res. 488 (50th Anniversary of James Meredith March Against Fear). Agreed to by Unanimous Consent. H.R. 2137 (To ensure federal law enforcement officers remain able to ensure their own safety and the safety of their families during a covered furlough).  Agreed to by Unanimous Consent. H.R. 2212 (To make certain federal lands located in Lassen County, California, into Trust for the Susanville Indian Rancheria).  Agreed to by Unanimous Consent. H.R. 812 (To provide for Indian Trust Asset Management Reform).  Agreed to by Unanimous Consent. H.R. 1762 (Lawrence R. Kaufman V.A. Clinic).  Agreed to by Unanimous Consent.

The following resolutions were considered, en bloc: S. Res. 489 (). S. Res. 490 (). S. Res. 491 (). S. Res. 492 (). Confirmed, en bloc, by Unanimous Consent. S. Res. 489 (Honoring the life and achievements of Muhammad Ali). Agreed to by Unanimous Consent. S. Res 490 (Sense of the Senate that ambush marketing adversely affects the U.S. Olympic and Paraolympic Teams). Agreed to by Unanimous Consent. S. Res. 491 (National Day of Amity and Reconciliation). Agreed to by Unanimous Consent. S. Res. 492 (Hemp History Week). Agreed to by Unanimous Consent.

The Senate will convene at 4:00 PM on Monday, June 13th and will resume consideration of S. 2943 (National Defense Authorization Act).  All post-cloture time will expire at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, June 14th.

The Senate adjourned at 12:08 PM. THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 2016

The Senate will convene at 9:30 AM and will resume consideration of S. 2943 (National Defense Authorization Act).  At 11:15 AM, the Senate will proceed to up to two roll call votes: Cloture on Reed amend #4549 (To authorize parity for defense and nondefense spending pursuant to the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015) to McCain amend #4229 (To address unfunded priorities of the Armed Forces), and cloture on McCain amend #4229 (To address unfunded priorities of the Armed Forces). S. 2943 (National Defense Authorization Act). Motion to Proceed to H.R. 2578 (Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Act 2016).  McConnell filed a Motion to Invoke Cloture. 

The Motion to Proceed is withdrawn. S. 2943 (National Defense Authorization Act). Reed amend #4549 (To authorize parity for defense and nondefense spending pursuant to the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015) to McCain amend #4229 (To address unfunded priorities of the Armed Forces).  Motion to Invoke Cloture. 

The Motion to Invoke Cloture was not agreed to by a vote of 43-55. McCain amend #4229 (To address unfunded priorities of the Armed Forces).  Motion to Invoke Cloture. 

The Motion to Invoke Cloture was not agreed to by a vote of 56-42.  The amendment is withdrawn by Sen. McCain. McCain amend #4607 (share-in savings). McCain amend #4229 (To address unfunded priorities of the Armed Forces).  Motion to Invoke Cloture. 

The Motion to Invoke Cloture was not agreed to by a vote of 56-42.  The amendment is withdrawn by Sen. McCain. McCain amend #4607 (share-in savings). Reid amend #4603 (date change) to McCain amend #4607 (share-in savings).

The Senate proceeded to a period of Morning Business. S. Res. 487 (100th Anniversary of Army ROTC). Agreed to by Unanimous Consent.

The Senate will convene at 8:15 AM and will resume consideration of S. 2943 (National Defense Authorization Act).  The cloture vote with respect to S. 2943 (National Defense Authorization Act) will occur at 9:00 AM.

The Senate adjourned at 8:14 PM. WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8, 2016

The Senate will convene at 9:30 AM and will resume consideration of S. 2943 (National Defense Authorization Act).  The Senate will recess at 10:30 AM Subject to the Call of the Chair for the Joint Congressional Address by the Prime Minister of India.

The Senate convened and proceeded with a Legislative Session. S. 2943 (National Defense Authorization Act).

The Senate recessed at 10:30 AM Subject to the Call of the Chair and proceeded as a body to the House of Representatives to hearing the Joint Address to Congress from the Prime Minister of India.

The Senate reconvened at 12:19 PM. S. 2943 (National Defense Authorization Act). Warren asked unanimous consent that the Senate proceed to Executive Session to vote on confirmation of the following nominations: Executive Calendar #357 Brian R. Martinotti – to be United States District Judge for the District of New Jersey Executive Calendar #358 Robert F. Rossiter, Jr. – to be United States District Judge for the District of Nebraska Executive Calendar #359 Edward L. Stanton III – to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Tennessee Executive Calendar #362 Julien Xavier Neals – to be United States District Judge for the District of New Jersey Executive Calendar #363 Gary Richard Brown – to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of New York Executive Calendar #364 Mark A. Young – to be United States District Judge for the Central District of California Executive Calendar #459 Mary S. McElroy – to be United States District Judge for the District of Rhode Island Executive Calendar #460 Susan Paradise Baxter – to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania Executive Calendar #461 Marilyn Jean Horan – to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania Executive Calendar #508 Clare E. Connors – to be United States District Judge for the District of Hawaii Executive Calendar #569 Ronald G. Russell – to be United States District Judge for the District of Utah Executive Calendar #570 Inga S. Bernstein – to be United States District Judge for the District of Massachusetts Executive Calendar #571 Stephanie A. Gallagher – to be United States District Judge for the District of Maryland Executive Calendar #572 Suzanne Mitchell – to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Oklahoma Executive Calendar #573 Scott L. Palk – to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Oklahoma; McConnell objected. Warren asked unanimous consent that the Senate proceed to Executive Session to vote on confirmation of the following nominations: Executive Calendar #357 Brian R. Martinotti – to be United States District Judge for the District of New Jersey Executive Calendar #358 Robert F. Rossiter, Jr. – to be United States District Judge for the District of Nebraska Executive Calendar #359 Edward L. Stanton III – to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Tennessee Executive Calendar #362 Julien Xavier Neals – to be United States District Judge for the District of New Jersey Executive Calendar #363 Gary Richard Brown – to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of New York Executive Calendar #364 Mark A. Young – to be United States District Judge for the Central District of California Executive Calendar #459 Mary S. McElroy – to be United States District Judge for the District of Rhode Island Executive Calendar #460 Susan Paradise Baxter – to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania Executive Calendar #461 Marilyn Jean Horan – to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania;  McConnell objected. Warren asked unanimous consent that the Senate proceed to Executive Session to vote on confirmation of the following nominations: Executive Calendar #357 Brian R. Martinotti – to be United States District Judge for the District of New Jersey Executive Calendar #358 Robert F. Rossiter, Jr. – to be United States District Judge for the District of Nebraska Executive Calendar #359 Edward L. Stanton III – to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Tennessee Executive Calendar #362 Julien Xavier Neals – to be United States District Judge for the District of New Jersey; Hatch objected. Warren asked unanimous consent that the Senate proceed to Executive Session to vote on confirmation of the following nomination: Executive Calendar #357 Brian R. Martinotti – to be United States District Judge for the District of New Jersey; Hatch objected. At 7:30 PM, the Senate will proceed to the following votes: Motion to invoke cloture on the compound motion to go to conference on H.R. 2577 (Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017). Motion to go to conference on H.R. 2577 (Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017). Nelson motion to instruct conferees (60 vote affirmative threshold) Sullivan motion to instruct conferees (60 vote affirmative threshold)

The chair laid before the Senate the House message accompanying H.R. 2577(Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017). Murkowski made a compound motion that the Senate disagree to the amendment of the House with respect to H.R. 2577, agree to the request by the House for a conference, and authorize the Presiding Officer to appoint conferees. Motion to invoke cloture on the compound motion to go to conference on H.R. 2577 (Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017). Yeas and nays ordered.

The motion to invoke cloture was agreed to by a vote of 93-2.

The compound motion to go to conference on H.R. 2577 (Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017) was agreed to by voice vote. Nelson motion to instruct conferees relative to Zika/Ebola funding (60 vote affirmative threshold). Yeas and nays ordered.

The motion was not agreed to by a vote of 46-49. Sullivan motion to instruct conferees relative to bridge construction (60 vote affirmative threshold). Yeas and nays ordered.

The motion was not agreed to by a vote of 56-38.   McConnell filed cloture on S. 2943 (National Defense Authorization Act).

The Senate will convene at 9:30 AM on Thursday, June 9, 2016 and will resume consideration of S. 2943 (National Defense Authorization Act).  At 11:15 AM, the Senate will proceed to two roll call votes: Cloture on Reed amend #4549 (To authorize parity for defense and nondefense spending pursuant to the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015) to McCain amend #4229 (To address unfunded priorities of the Armed Forces), and cloture on McCain amend #4229 (To address unfunded priorities of the Armed Forces).

The Senate adjourned at 9:08 PM.   TUESDAY, JUNE 7, 2016

The Senate will convene at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, June 7, 2010. Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of S. 2943 (National Defense Authorization Act). The Senate will recess from 12:30 to 2:15 PM for the weekly party caucus lunches. There are no votes scheduled at this time.

The Senate convened and proceeded with a Legislative Session. S. 2943 (National Defense Authorization Act).

The following amendments were considered, en bloc: Peters amend #4138 (to provide for the treatment by discharge review boards of claims asserting post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injury in connection with combat or sexual trauma as a basis for review of discharge). Baldwin amend #4293 (to require a National Academy of Sciences study on alternative technologies for conventional munitions demilitarization). Gillibrand amend #4112 (to expand protections against wrongful discharge to sexual assault survivors). Schumer amend #4177 (to require a report on the replacement of the security forces and communications training facility at Frances S. Gabreski Air National Guard Base, New York). Leahy amend #4354 (to clarify that the National Guard’s mission is both Federal and non-Federal for purposes of a report on the cost of conversion of military technicians to active Guard and Reserve). Heitkamp amend #4079 (to ensure continued operational capability for long-range bomber missions in the event of termination of the B-21 bomber program). Hirono amend #4317 (to fulfill the commitment of the United States to the Republic of Palau). Cardin amend #4031 (to impose sanctions with respect to foreign persons responsible for gross violations of internationally recognized human rights). Coats amend #4169 (to require a report on the discharge by warrant officers of pilot and other flight officer positions in the Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force currently discharged by commissioned officers). Portman amend #4236 (to require a report on priorities for bed downs, basing criteria, and special mission units for C-130J aircraft of the Air Force). Roberts amend #4119 (to prohibit reprogramming requests of the Department of Defense for funds for the transfer or release, or construction for the transfer or release, of individuals detained at United States Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba). Ernst amend #4095 (to improve Federal program and project management). Murkowski amend #4086 (to authorize a lease of real property at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska). Hatch amend #4071 (to redesignate the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition as the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics). Daines amend #4247 (to require an expedited decision with respect to securing land-based missile fields). Sullivan amend #4344 (to authorize military-to-military exchanges with India).

The amendments were agreed to, en bloc, by Voice Vote.

The Senate recessed from 12:52-2:15 PM.

The Senate convened at 2:15 PM. S. 2943 (National Defense Authorization Act). Durbin amend #4369 (to provide that certain provisions in this Act relating to limitations, transparency, and oversight regarding medical research conducted by the Department of Defense shall have no force or effect).  Yeas and nays ordered. 

The amendment was agreed to by a vote of 66-32. Inhofe amend #4204 (to strike the provision relating to the pilot program on privatization of the Defense Commissary System).  Yeas and nays ordered. 

The amendment was agreed to by a vote of 70-28. Message to Accompany H.R. 2576 (TSCA).  Motion to Concur with the House message. 

The Motion was agreed to by Voice Vote. Reed amend #4549 (To authorize parity for defense and nondefense spending pursuant to the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015) to McCain amend #4229 (To address unfunded priorities of the Armed Forces).  McConnell filed a cloture motion on the amendment. McCain amend #4229 (To address unfunded priorities of the Armed Forces).  McConnell filed a cloture motion on the amendment.

The Senate proceeded to a period of Morning Business. S. 2487 (Mental Health Care for Veterans). Agreed to by Unanimous Consent. H. Con. Res. 119 (Greater Washington Soapbox Derby). Agreed to by Unanimous Consent.

The Senate will convene at 9:30 AM on Wednesday, June 8th and will resume consideration of S. 2943 (National Defense Authorization Act).  The Senate will recess at 10:30 AM Subject to the Call of the Chair for the Joint Congressional Address by the Prime Minister of India.

The Senate adjourned at 8:43 PM.   MONDAY, JUNE 6, 2016

The Senate will convene at 2:00 PM and proceed to a period of Morning Business until 4:00 PM.  The Senate will then proceed to a Legislative Session, and the motion to proceed to S. 2943 (National Defense Authorization Act) will be agreed to. Senator Fischer will be recognized to offer her amendment #4206 (health care providers within the Armed Forces), with the time until 5:30 PM equally divided. At 5:30 PM, the Senate will vote on the Fischer amendment #4206.

The Senate convened and proceeded with a period of Morning Business. S. 3011 (A bill to improve the accountability, efficiency, transparency, and overall effectiveness of the Federal Government).

The bill was read for the second time. Further consideration of the bill was objected to. The bill was placed on the calendar.

The Senate proceeded with a Legislative Session. Under a previous order, the Motion to Proceed to S. 2943 (National Defense Authorization Act) was adopted. S. 2943 (National Defense Authorization Act). Fischer amend #4206 (to modify the requirement that the Secretary of Defense maintain the wartime readiness of military medical personnel). Yeas and nays ordered.

The amendment was agreed to by a vote of 91-0. McCain amend #4229 (to address the unfunded priorities of the Armed Forces).

The Senate proceeded with Morning Business.

The Senate proceeded to Executive Session to confirm the following nominations en bloc by voice vote: Cal. #506, Jennifer Choe Groves, of Virginia, to be a Judge of the United States Court of International Trade; and Cal. #507, Gary Stephen Katzmann, of Massachusetts, to be a Judge of the United States Court of International Trade.

The Senate resumed a Legislative Session. S. Res. 484 (Authorizing the taking of a photograph in the Senate chamber). Agreed to by unanimous consent.

The Senate will convene at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, June 7, 2010. Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of S. 2943 (National Defense Authorization Act). The Senate will recess from 12:30 to 2:15 PM for the weekly party caucus lunches. There are no votes scheduled at this time.

The Senate adjourned at 7:06 PM.

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THURSDAY, JUNE 23, 2016

The Senate will convene at 9:30 AM and will be in a period of Morning Business until 10:30 AM.  The Senate will then resume consideration of H.R. 2578 (Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations Act).

The Senate convened and proceeded to a period of Morning Business.

The following bills were considered, en bloc:
H.R. 5447 (Small Business Health Care Relief).
H.R. 5456 (Family First Prevention Services).
The bills were read for a second time, en bloc.  Further readings were objected to, and the bills will be placed on the calendar.

The Senate proceeded to a Legislative Session.

H.R. 2578 (Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations Act).

The Senate recessed at 12:07 PM subject to the Call of the Chair.

The Senate reconvened at 1:13 PM.

McConnell Motion to Recommit is withdrawn by Unanimous Consent.

McConnell Motion to Commit the bill to the Judiciary Committee with instructions to report back with Collins amend #4858 (To authorize the Attorney General to deny the transfer of firearms and explosives and Federal firearms and explosives licenses and permits to known or suspected terrorists).  Yeas and nays ordered.

Johnson amend #4859 (To authorize the Attorney General to delay or deny the transfer of firearms and explosives and issuance of Federal firearms and explosives licenses and permits to known or suspected terrorists) to Instructions Collins amend #4858 (To authorize the Attorney General to deny the transfer of firearms and explosives and Federal firearms and explosives licenses and permits to known or suspected terrorists).  Yeas and nays ordered.

McConnell 2nd degree amend #4860 (Enactment clause) to Johnson amend #4859 (To authorize the Attorney General to delay or deny the transfer of firearms and explosives and issuance of Federal firearms and explosives licenses and permits to known or suspected terrorists).

Collins amend #4858 (To authorize the Attorney General to deny the transfer of firearms and explosives and Federal firearms and explosives licenses and permits to known or suspected terrorists).  McConnell Motion to Table the amendment.  Yeas and nays ordered.  The Motion to Table was not agreed to by a vote of 46-52.

Johnson amend #4859 (To authorize the Attorney General to delay or deny the transfer of firearms and explosives and issuance of Federal firearms and explosives licenses and permits to known or suspected terrorists) to Instructions Collins amend #4858 (To authorize the Attorney General to deny the transfer of firearms and explosives and Federal firearms and explosives licenses and permits to known or suspected terrorists).  Motion to table.  Yeas and nays ordered.  The Motion to table was agreed to by a vote of 67-31.

Conference report to accompany H.R. 2577 (Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development Appropriations Act 2016).  McConnell filed a motion to invoke cloture.

The Senate proceeded to a period of Morning Business.

By unanimous consent, on Monday, June 27 at 5:30 PM the Senate will vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #358, Robert F Rossiter, to be US District Judge for the district of Nebraska.

By unanimous consent on Wednesday, July 6 at a time to be determined, the Senate will vote of confirmation of Executive Calendar #357, Brian Martinotti, to be US District Judge for the district of New Jersey.

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