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The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Thursday, July 31, 2014.

Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to S.2648, the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations bill, post-cloture. The time until 10:00am will be equally divided between the two Leaders or their designees. Senator Sessions will control the time from 10:00 to 11:00am and the Majority will control the time from 11:00 to 12:00 noon.

Senators will be notified when votes are scheduled.

Senator Cruz/Ayotte asked unanimous consent to take up and pass H.R.2735, Permanent Internet Tax Freedom.

 

Senator Heitkamp objected.

 

Senator Wyden asked unanimous consent to take up and pass S.2735, a 2 month internet tax freedom extension bill (to December 31, 2014).

 

Senator Ayotte objected.

Senator Boxer asked unanimous consent the Senate take up and pass Calendar #492, S.2673, A bill to enhance the strategic partnership between the United States and Israel.

Senator Corker objected.

The Senate has reached several agreements on the Supplemental Appropriations bill, the Conference Report to accompany H.R.3230 (Veterans), and the House Message on H.R.5021, (Highway Funding). As a result of these agreements, there will be up to 7 roll call votes around 6:45pm tonight.

 

The Senate adopted the motion to proceed to S.2648, the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations bill, by voice vote. Senator Reid then filled the amendment tree and filed cloture on the bill. the votes sequence is as follows.

 

Approx. 6:45pm—up to 7 roll call votes

Supplemental:

  1. McConnell, or designee, motion to table Reid amendment #3751 (date change)
  2. Mikulski, or designee, motion to waive budget point of order (if one is raise)

–       If the motion to waive is agreed to, then Cloture on S.2648 (we expect the Republicans to kill the bill on the previous point of order)

–       If cloture is invoked, on passage of S.2648

 

Veterans Conference Report:

Up to 10 minutes for debate

  1. Sanders, or designee, motion to waive budget point of order (if raised)
  2. Adoption of the Conference Report to accompany H.R.3230, Veterans

 

Highway Funding:

Up to 20 minutes of debate

  1. Wyden, or designee, motion to waive budget point of order
  2. Motion to recede from its amendment to H.R.5021 (this is essentially passage of the Highway funding bill)

 

We hope to reach an agreement to vote on cloture on the Pryor nomination tonight as well.

  1. Cloture on Executive Calendar #848, Jill Pryor, of Georgia, to be U..S. Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit

 

The agreements are as follows:

 

S.2648, Supplemental

 

Leader:            I ask unanimous consent that the Senate resume consideration of S.2648 with the time until 6:45pm be equally divided between the two Leaders, or their designees; that at 6:45pm it be in order for Senator McConnell, or designee, be recognized for the purpose of moving to table amendment #3751; that if the motion to table is not agreed to, Senator Sessions, or designee, be recognized for the purpose of raising a budget point of order against the bill; that if a point of order is raised, then Senator Mikulski, or designee, be recognized for a motion to waive; that if the motion to waive is made, the Senate immediately proceed to vote on the motion to waive; that if the motion to waive is agreed to, then, notwithstanding rule 22, the Senate immediately proceed to the vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the bill; that if cloture is not invoked, the bill be returned to the calendar; if cloture is invoked, all post-cloture time be yielded back and the pending amendments be withdrawn and the Senate proceed to vote on passage of S.2648.

 

 

Conference Report to Accompany H.R.3230 (Veterans)

 

Leader:            I ask unanimous consent that at a time to be determined by the Majority Leader, after consultation with the Republican Leader, the Senate proceed to the consideration of the conference report to accompany H.R.3230, the Veterans Access to Care Act; that Senator Coburn, or designee, be recognized for the purpose of raising a budget point of order against the conference report; that if the point of order is raised, then Senator Sanders, or designee, be recognized for a motion to waive; that if the motion to waive is made, there be up to ten minutes equally divided between Senators Coburn and Sanders, or their designees; that upon the use or yielding back of time, the Senate proceed to vote on the motion to waive; that if the motion to waive is agreed to, the Senate immediately proceed to vote on adoption of the conference report; that the vote on adoption be subject to a 60 affirmative vote threshold; that if the conference report is adopted, the Senate then proceed to the consideration of H.Con.Res.111; that the concurrent resolution be agreed to; and the motion to reconsider be considered made and laid upon the table.

 

House Message – H.R.5021 (Highway Funding)

 

Leader:            I ask unanimous consent that upon disposition of the conference report to accompany H.R.3230; the Chair lay before the Senate a message from the House with respect to H.R.5021; that following the reporting of the message, the Majority Leader be recognized to make a motion to recede from the Senate amendment; that following the Leader’s motion, Senator Sessions, or designee, be recognized for the purpose of raising a point of order against the bill; that if the point of order is raised, Senator Wyden, or designee, be recognized to move to waive the point of order; that no other motions be in order to the bill; that if the motion to waive is made, there be up to 20 minutes equally divided between the two Leaders, or their designees, and the Senate immediately proceed to the vote on the motion to waive; that if the motion to waive is agreed to; the Senate proceed to vote on the motion to recede from its amendment to H.R.5021.

Senator Cornyn asked unanimous consent to set aside the pending amendments in order to call up amendment 2747. Senator Mikulski objected.

 

Senator McCain asked unanimous consent to set aside the pending amendments in order to call up amendment #3742 (organized human smuggling). Senator Durbin objected.

6:50pm The Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on the Sessions motion to table Reid amendment #3751 (date change) to the Supplemental;

Not Tabled: 43-52

 

Next:

 

  1. Mikulski, or designee, motion to waive budget point of order (if one is raise)

–       If the motion to waive is agreed to, then Cloture on S.2648 (we expect the Republicans to kill the bill on the previous point of order)

–       If cloture is invoked, on passage of S.2648

 

Veterans Conference Report:

Up to 10 minutes for debate

  1. Sanders, or designee, motion to waive budget point of order (if raised)
  2. Adoption of the Conference Report to accompany H.R.3230, Veterans

 

Highway Funding:

Up to 20 minutes of debate

  1. Wyden, or designee, motion to waive budget point of order
  2. Motion to recede from its amendment to H.R.5021 (this is essentially passage of the Highway funding bill)

 

We hope to reach an agreement to vote on cloture on the Pryor nomination tonight as well.

  1. Cloture on Executive Calendar #848, Jill Pryor, of Georgia, to be U..S. Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit

Senator Sessions made a point of order against the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations bill. Senator Mikulski made a motion waive all applicable budget points of order.

7:23pm The Senate began a 10 minute roll call vote on the Mikulski motion to waive all applicable budget points of order;

Not Waived: 50-44

The remaining votes tonight will be 10 minutes votes.

The motion to waive the budget point of order was not waived by a vote of 50-44. As a result, the Supplemental is dead.

 

Senator Reid then asked 3 unanimous consent requests to pass individual bills to fund Iron Dome and wildfires; wildfire appropriations only; and then Iron Dome appropriations only. Senator Coburn objected to each of the requests.

 

1)      Reid asked consent to pass H.J.Res.76, Legislative vehicle for Iron Dome/Wildfires Appropriations. Senator Cornyn objected.

 

2)      Senator Reid asked consent to pass H.J.Res.76, Legislative vehicle for Wildfires Appropriations. Senator Cornyn objected.

 

3)      Senator Reid asked consent to pass H.J.Res.76, Legislative vehicle for Iron Dome Appropriations. Senator Coburn asked the request be modified and to agree to a Coburn amendment that would provide an offset for the bill. Senator Reid declined to modify his request. Senator Coburn objected to the original request.

 

We are told the Republicans will not raise a point of order against the Highway funding bill. If that holds, there would not be a vote on a motion to waive re: Highway Funding. There would be a vote on the motion to recede, which is essentially passage of the bill. If the motion to recede is agreed to, the bill would be sent to the President.

 

H.J.Res.76 – Legislative vehicle – Iron Dome/Wildfires Appropriations

Leader:            I ask unanimous consent the Senate proceed to the consideration of Calendar #220, H.J.Res.76; that a Mikulski substitute amendment at the desk providing emergency appropriations for the Iron Dome defense system in Israel and combating wildfires in the western states be agreed to; that the joint resolution, as amended, be read a third time and passed; and the motions to reconsider be considered made and laid upon the table with no intervening action or debate.

Chair:  Is there objection to the request?

H.J.Res.76, making continuing appropriations for the National Nuclear Security Administration.

Mikulski substitute amendment making emergency supplemental appropriations to provide funding for the Israeli Iron Dome defense system and to combat wildfires in the western states.

 

 

H.J.Res.76 – Legislative vehicle – Wildfires Appropriations

Leader:            I ask unanimous consent the Senate proceed to the consideration of Calendar #220, H.J.Res.76; that a Mikulski substitute amendment at the desk providing emergency appropriations for combating wildfires in the western states be agreed to; that the joint resolution, as amended, be read a third time and passed; and the motions to reconsider be considered made and laid upon the table with no intervening action or debate.

 

Chair:  Is there objection to the request?

 

H.J.Res.76, making continuing appropriations for the National Nuclear Security Administration.

Mikulski substitute amendment making emergency supplemental appropriations to provide funding to combat wildfires in the western states.

 

H.J.Res.76 – Legislative vehicle – Iron Dome Appropriations

Leader:            I ask unanimous consent the Senate proceed to the consideration of Calendar #220, H.J.Res.76; that a Reid-McConnell-Mikulski substitute amendment at the desk providing emergency appropriations for the Iron Dome defense system in Israel be agreed to; that the joint resolution, as amended, be read a third time and passed; and the motions to reconsider be considered made and laid upon the table with no intervening action or debate.

 

Chair:  Is there objection to the request?

 

H.J.Res.76, making continuing appropriations for the National Nuclear Security Administration.

Reid-McConnell-Mikulski substitute amendment making emergency supplemental appropriations to provide funding for the Israeli Iron Dome defense.

Senator Coburn made a point of order against the conference report to accompany H.R.3230, Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014, and Senator Sanders moved to waive all applicable points of order.

8:06 pm The Senate began a 10 minute roll call vote on the Sanders motion to waive the Coburn budget point of order.

Agreed to: 86-8

8:24pm The Senate began a 10 minute roll call vote on adoption of the conference report to accompany H.R.3230, Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014;

Adopted: 91-3

Next:

  1. Motion to recede from its amendment to H.R.5021 (this is essentially passage of the Highway funding bill)
  1. Cloture on Executive Calendar #848, Jill Pryor, of Georgia, to be U..S. Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit

At 8:49pm, the Senate began a 10 minute roll call vote on the Reid motion to recede from the Senate amendment to H.R.5021 (this is essentially passage of the Highway funding bill)

Agreed To: 81-13

Next:

  1. Cloture on Executive Calendar #848, Jill Pryor, of Georgia, to be U..S. Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit

Following the cloture vote, the next vote will be on Monday, September 8. 2014. That vote will be on confirmation of the Pryor nomination.

9:05pm The Senate began a 10 minute roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #848, Jill Pryor, of Georgia, to be U..S. Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit;

Invoked: 58-33

 

This will be the last vote of the month. There will be no roll call votes tomorrow, but we will be in session. The next vote will be at 5:30pm on Monday, September 8. 2014.

 

 

Senator Menendez asked unanimous consent to confirm, en bloc, 25 State Department nominations (listed below). Senator Enzi objected.

 

Senator Menendez then asked consent to confirm #968, John Teff- to be Ambassador to Russia. Senator Enzi objected. (The Senate later confirmed the Teff nomination by voice vote)

Senator Menendez then asked consent to confirm #893, Mark Lippert – to be to be Ambassador to the Republic of Korea. Senator Enzi objected.

Senator Carper asked Senator Menendez to renew his consent to confirm #958, Todd D. Robinson – to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Guatemala, which was included in the en bloc request. Senator Menendez renewed his request and Senator Enzi objected.

 

MR. ENZI: RESERVING THE RIGHT TO OBJECT, WE USED TO PASS           AMBASSADORS AND ALL KINDS OF PEOPLE EN BLOC LIKE THAT, BUT WE           HAVE THIS NUCLEAR OPTION NOW THAT THE MAJORITY CHOSE SO IT           TAKES A LITTLE LONGER TO DO THAT WHOLE PROCESS, AND ON THAT           BASIS, I OBJECT.

 

The Senate is in a period of morning business with senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each.

 

Menendez asked consent to confirm the following nominations en bloc/Enzi objected:

  1. #524 Adam M. Scheinman – to be Special Representative of the President for Nuclear Nonproliferation, with the rank of Ambassador
  2. #533 – Karen Stanton – to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste
  3. #536 – Eric Schultz – to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Zambia
  4. #540 – Donald Lu – to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Albania
  5. #542 – Amy Hyatt – to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Palau
  6. #544 – John Hoover – to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Sierra Leone
  7. #546 – Matthew Harrington – to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Kingdom of Lesotho
  8. #548 – Thomas Daughton – to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Namibia
  9. #637 – Arnold A. Chacon to be Director General of the Foreign Service
  10. #696 – Luis Moreno – to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Jamaica
  11. #699 – Maureen Cormack – to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Bosnia and Herzegovina
  12. #707 – Linda Thomas-Greenfield, an Assistant Secretary of State (African Affairs), to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the African Development Foundation
  13. #898 – Ted Osius – to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Vietnam
  14. #902 – Gentry O. Smith to be Director of the Office of Foreign Missions and have the rank of Ambassador during his tenure
  15. #927 – Leslie Bassett – to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Paraguay
  16. #953 George Albert Krol – to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Kazakhstan
  17. #954 Marcia Stephens Bloom Bernicat – to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the People’s Republic of Bangladesh
  18. #955 James D. Pettit – to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Moldova
  19. #956 John R. Bass – to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Turkey
  20. #957 Allan P. Mustard – to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Turkmenistan
  21. #958 Todd D. Robinson – to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Guatemala
  22. #961 Erica J. Barks Ruggles – to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Rwanda
  23. #962 Brent Robert Hartley – to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Slovenia
  24. #966 Michele Jeanne Sison – to be the Deputy Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations, with the rank and status of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, and the Deputy Representative of the United States of America in the Security Council of the United Nations
  25. #967 Michele Jeanne Sison – to be Representative of the United States of America to the Sessions of the General Assembly of the United

WRAP UP

Roll Call Votes

  1. Sessions motion to table Reid amendment #3751 (date change); Not Agreed To: 43-52
  2. Mikulski motion to waive budget points of order with respect to S.2648, Emergency Supplemental Appropriations; Not Waived: 50-44
  3. Sanders motion to waive budget points of order with respect to the Conference Report to accompany H.R.3230, Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act; Waived: 86-8
  4. Adoption of the Conference Report to accompany H.R.3230, Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act; Adopted: 91-3
  5. Motion to recede the Senate amendment to H.R.5021, Highway and Transportation Funding Act; Agreed To: 81-13
  6. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #848, Jill Pryor, of Georgia, to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit; Invoked 58-33

 

Legislative Business

Passed H.R.4360, Jason Crisp Forest Service Building

Passed H.R.4631, Combating Autism Reauthorization Act of 2014

Passed H.R.3548, Improving Trauma Care

Passed H.R.4838, “William H. Gray III 30th Street Station”

Adopted Calendar #494, S.J.Res.36, Nuclear Agreement with Vietnam

Adopted Calendar #495, S.Res.502, Exit permits, Congo

Adopted Calendar #496, S.Res.513, 70th Anniversary of Warsaw Uprising

Adopted Calendar #497, S.Res.520, Malaysia Airline Flight 17

Adopted Calendar #498, S.Res.522, African Leaders Summit

Passed Calendar #503, S.231, Multinational Species Conservation Funds

Adopted the following resolutions, en bloc:

  1. S.Res.532, National Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week
  2. S.Res.533, National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month
  3. S.Res.534, Dirksen Day
  4. S.Res.535, Printing Senate Rules and Manual

Began the Rule 14 process to place on the Legislative Calendar of Business S.2772, Supplemental Appropriations for FY2014 (Flake)

Began the Rule 14 process to place on the Legislative Calendar of Business S.2773, Supplemental Appropriations for FY2014 (Cornyn-Grassley-McConnell)

Completed the Rule 14 process to place on the Legislative Calendar of Business S.2709, Export-Import Bank Reauthorization Act (Manchin)

 

 

Executive Business

The following nominations were confirmed by unanimous consent:

 

All nominations placed on the Secretary’s desk in the Air Force, Army, and Navy.

 

AIR FORCE

#980 Col. Clarence Ervin – to be Brigadier General

 

ARMY

#981 Brig. Gen. Charles L. Gable – to be Major General

#982 Brig. Gen. Stephen L. Danner – to be Major General

#983 To be Major General:

Brigadier General Patricia M. Anslow

Brigadier General Elizabeth D. Austin

Brigadier General Walter E. Fountain

Brigadier General Richard J. Gallant

Brigadier General Scott A. Gronewald

Brigadier General Jeffrey H. Holmes

Brigadier General Walter T. Lord

Brigadier General Johnny R. Miller

Brigadier General Glen E. Moore

Brigadier General Lester Simpson

Brigadier General Rex A. Spitler

Brigadier General Roy S. Webb

Brigadier General David E. Wilmot

Brigadier General David C. Wood

#984 Brig. Gen. Mark W. Palzer – to be Major General

#985 Brig. Gen. Neal G. Loidolt – to be Major General

To be Brigadier General

Col. Thomas P. Bump

Col. Jeffrey E. Ireland

Col. Isabelo Rivera

Col. Wallace N. Turner

#986 Col. Robert J. Ulses – to be Brigadier General

#987 Col. Timothy J. Sheriff – to be Brigadier General

#988 Col. Timothy S. Paul – to be Brigadier General

#989 Col. Glenn A. Goddard – to be Brigadier General

#990 To be Brigadier General

Colonel Gregrey C. Bacon

Colonel Daryl D. Jaschen

Colonel David S. Werner

#991 Col. Robert J. Howell, Jr. – to be Brigadier General

 

NAVY

#992 Rear Adm. (lh) Kerry M. Metz – to be Rear Admiral

#993 To be Rear Admiral (lower half)

Capt. Gene F. Price

Capt. Linnea J. Sommerweddington

#994 Capt. Dawn E. Cutler – to be to be Rear Admiral (lower half)

 

 

The following nominations were confirmed by voice votes:

 

DEPARTMENT OF STATE

#968 John Francis Tefft –Ambassador of the United States of America to the Russian Federation

 

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

#868 Laura Junor – to be a Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense

 

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Last Floor Action:7/31
6:23:08 P.M. – The House adjourned pursuant to a previous special order.

The next meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on August 1, 2014.

Last Floor Action:7/31
1:25:08 P.M. -H.R. 5021
DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 696, the House proceeded with one hour of debate on the Shuster motion that the House disagree to the Senate amendment to H.R. 5021.

Last Floor Action: 7/30
11:39:12 P.M. – The House adjourned.

The next meeting is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on July 31, 2014.

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