the Senate CONGRESS 5/22 the House


The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Friday, May 22, 2015.

Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R.1314. All time during adjournment will count post cloture. Upon the use or yielding back of the post-cloture time, the Senate will vote in relation to any remaining pending amendments and on the Hatch substitute. If all time is used, the post-cloture debate on the Hatch substitute would expire at approximately 5:00pm tomorrow, Friday, May 22.

Upon disposition of the Hatch substitute, there would be a cloture vote on the underlying bill. If cloture is invoked on the underlying bill, there would be an additional 30 hours of post-cloture debate time, but no further amendments would be in order prior to a vote on passage of H.R.1314, as amended, if amended.

As a reminder, this morning Senator McConnell filed cloture on the motions to proceed to H.R.2048, USA Freedom Act, and S.1357, 2 month Patriot Act extension. Unless an agreement can be reached, the cloture vote on the motion to proceed to the USA Freedom Act would occur one hour after the Senate convenes on Saturday or upon disposition of the Trade bill, whichever is later.

Senator McConnell announced on the floor tonight that we will also consider a transportation bill before leaving for the Memorial Day recess

By a vote of 62-37, the Senate passed H.R.1314, as amended (Trade Act of 2015). Senator McConnell said that no agreement has been reached and as of right now the next vote will be at 1:00am. If that changes, another message will be sent.


Last Floor Action: 5/21
2:32:36 P.M. – The House received a message from the Clerk.

2:30:07 P.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
2:30:14 P.M. The Speaker designated the Honorable Steve Womack to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
2:30:22 P.M. Today’s prayer was offered by the House Chaplain, Rev. Patrick J. Conroy.
2:30:23 P.M. APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL – Pursuant to section 5(a) of H. Res. 273, the Journal of the last day’s proceedings stands approved.
2:32:00 P.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mr. Polis to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
2:32:36 P.M. The House received a message from the Clerk.
2:32:37 P.M. The House received a message from the Clerk. Pursuant to the permission granted in Clause 2(h) of Rule II of the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Clerk notified the House that she had received the following message from the Secretary of the Senate on May 22, 2015, at 9:43 a.m.: That the Senate passed S. 261, S. 612 and S. 501.
2:33:58 P.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now adjourn pursuant to section 5(b) of H. Res. 273.

The next meeting is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. on May 26, 2015.


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