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Objection to calling up Grassley amendment #1786 (criminal penalties)

Senator Grassley asked unanimous consent to set aside the pending amendment in order to call up Grassley amendment #1786 (criminal penalties for maritime offenses and acts of nuclear terrorism) to H.R.1735, NDAA.   Senator Reed objected.

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McCain objects to calling up Klobuchar amendment on metal theft

Senator Klobuchar asked unanimous consent to set aside the pending amendment in order to call up Klobuchar-Schumer amendment #1555 (metal theft).   Senator McCain objected.

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Cloture filed on motion to proceed to DoD Appropriations/11:30am vote reminder/12:15pm filing deadline/2:15pm vote series

This morning Senator McConnell moved to proceed to H.R.2685, Department of Defense Appropriations, and filed cloture on the motion.   As a reminder, at 11:30am today, there will be a roll call vote in relation to the McCain-Feinstein amendment #1889 (torture).   The filing deadline for second degree amendments to McCain amendment #1463 (substitute) and…

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Votes tomorrow on McCain-Feinstein, Ernst, Gillibrand and cloture on NDAA

The Senate has reached an agreement that results in 1 vote at 11:30am and 3 votes at 2:15pm tomorrow, tomorrow, June 16th.   At 11:30am, notwithstanding the provisions of rule 22, the Senate will vote in relation to the McCain-Feinstein amendment #1889 (torture).   At 2:15pm, the Senate will vote in relation the Ernst amendment…

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Burr amendment withdrawn; Ernst and Gillibrand amendments pending; Senate in morning business

Senator McCain withdrew amendment #1569, as modified (cyber-security and background checks), and called up Ernst amendment #1549 (relative to arming the Kurds). Senator Reed called up Gillibrand amendment #1578 (military sexual assault). Both amendments are subject to a 60 affirmative vote threshold. The Senate is now in a period of morning business. There will be…

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Now voting on cloture on cyber security amendment — dueling UCs

Senator McCain asked unanimous consent that we vote on cloture on the cyber-security amendment at 3:00pm today and vote on a series of amendments at 11:00am on Tuesday (details of request can be found below).   Senator Reid asked that the request be modified so that the cloture motion on the cyber-security amendment be withdrawn…

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Lee offers sage grouse amendment

Senator Lee offered second degree amendment #1687 (sage grouse) to Vitter amendment #1473, as modified (Army combat unites) to the McCain substitute to H.R.1735, NDAA.

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Senate resumes consideration of NDAA; Vitter modifies amendment #1473; Reed modifies Blumenthal amendment #1564

The Senate has resumed consideration of H.R.1735, NDAA. Senator Vitter modified his amendment #1473 (Army unit retirements). Senator Reed then modified Blumenthal amendment #1564 (Civil Relief Act).

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Kramer nomination confirmed/NDAA status

By voice vote, the Senate confirmed Executive Calendar #145, the nomination of Douglas J. Kramer, of Kansas, to be Deputy Administrator of the Small Business Administration.   The Senate is in a period of morning business until approximately 11:35am. Following morning business, we will resume consideration H.R.1735, NDAA.   Yesterday, Senator McConnell filed cloture on…

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Morning Business

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

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