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Senate in session Sunday, May 31; No further roll call votes; Senate in morning business

The Senate will be in session on Sunday, May 31 before the FISA authorization expires. There will be no further roll votes today.  The Senate is in a period of morning business with senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each. We plan to pass the highway extension by voice vote this…

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Cloture fails on motion to proceed to 2-month extension of FISA

Cloture on the motion to proceed to S.1357, 2 month FISA extension, was not agreed to by a vote of 45-54. Senator McConnell changed his vote to no and entered a motion to reconsider the failed vote at a later time.   Senator McConnell made a series of consent requests. He asked consent to take…

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Republicans object to vote on passage of USA Freedom Act

Senator Boxer asked unanimous consent that since a strong bipartisan majority of the Senate voted to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to Calendar #87, H.R.2048, the USA Freedom Act, the motion to proceed be agreed to; that the bill then be read a third time and the Senate vote on passage of the…

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Up to 2 roll call votes to begin closer to midnight

We expect to be able to vote shortly after midnight rather than 1:01am. As a result, there could be up to 2 roll call votes shortly. Those votes would be on:   cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R.2048, USA Freedom Act; and if cloture is not invoked, cloture on the motion to proceed…

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Recess until 12:01am–up to 2 cloture votes at 1:01am

The Senate reconvened and Senator McConnell moved to proceed to H.R.2048, USA Freedom Act. The Senate then recessed until 12:01am on Saturday, May 23. When the Senate reconvenes, there will be 1 hour prior to a cloture vote on the motion to proceed to H.R.2048, USA Freedom Act. If cloture is not invoked, there would…

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Recess subject to the call of the chair

The Senate will recess subject to the call of the chair.

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Next vote could be 1:00am or earlier

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.   McCONNELL: WITHOUT REACHING AN AGREEMENT TO GO FORWARD, WHICH WE…

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Post-cloture on Trade

Cloture on H.R.1314 was invoked by a vote on 61-38. There will now be up to 30 hours of post-cloture debate. Under the cloture rule, each senators is permitted to speak for up to 1 hour. If no senators are seeking recognition, the chair will put the question before the body. The question would be…

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Pending amendments to H.R.1314, Trade

Hatch SA #1221 (substitute) Flake SA #1243 (strike TAA) Lankford SA #1237 (Religious Freedom); Agreed To: 92-0 Brown SA #1242 (TPAA); Not Agreed To: 45-41 Inhofe SA #1312, as modified (AGOA) McCain SA #1226 (catfish) Stabenow-Portman SA #1299 (currency manipulation); not agreed to:48-51 Brown SA #1251 (docking); not agreed to: 47-53 Shaheen SA #1227 (small business)…

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Senate passes S 1463 and HR 2496 -Vets bills

By unanimous consent, the Senate passed S.1463, Vets Access, Choice, and Accountability, and H.R.2496, Construction Authorization and Choice Improvement Act.   S.1463, to amend the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 to modify the distance requirement for expanded availability of hospital care and medical services for veterans through the use of agreements with…

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