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SENATE FLOOR PROCEEDINGS

FRIDAY, JANUARY 30, 2015

The Senate will convene at 10:30 AM and will proceed to a period of Morning Business.  There will be no votes during Friday’s session.  The next roll call vote will occur at 5:30 PM on Monday, February 2nd.

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

Motion to Proceed to H.R. 240 (Department of Homeland Security Appropriations 2015). McConnell filed Cloture on the Motion to Proceed to the bill. The Cloture Vote on the Motion to Proceed will occur at 2:30 PM on Tuesday, February 3, 2015.

S. Res. 35 (75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz). Agreed to by unanimous consent.

S. Res. 59 (January National Stalking Awareness Month). Agreed to by unanimous consent.

S. Res. 60 (National Slavery and Trafficking Awareness Month). Agreed to by unanimous consent.

The Senate will convene at 4:00 PM on Monday February 2nd, 2015 and will be in a period of Morning Business for 30 minutes. At 4:30 PM, the Senate will proceed to consideration of H.R. 203 (Clay Hunt SAV Act) for one hour of debate, followed by final passage of the bill at 5:30 PM. On Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015 at 2:30 PM, the Senate will vote on the Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Motion to Proceed to H.R. 240 (Department of Homeland Security Appropriations 2015).

The Senate adjourned at 11:56 AM.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 29, 2015

The Senate will convene at 9:30 AM and will be in a period of Morning Business. At 10:30 AM, the Senate will resume consideration of S. 1 (A bill to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline), there will be thirty minutes of debate equally divided, followed by votes at 11:00 AM on amendments in the order listed:

  • Barrasso amend #245 (Clarify that treaties with Indian tribes remain in effect). 60 yea vote threshold.
  • Cardin amend #124 (Clarify that treaties with Indian Tribes remain in effect). 60 yea vote threshold.
  • Burr amend #92 (Permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund). 60 yea vote threshold.
  • Daines amend #246 (Sense of Congress that reauthorizing the Land and Water Conservation Fund should be a priority). 60 yea vote threshold.
  • Vitter amend #80 (To provide for the distribution of revenues from certain areas of the outer Continental Shelf). 60 yea vote threshold.
  • Udall amend #77 (Establish a renewable electricity standard). 60 yea vote threshold.

Once these amendments have been disposed of, the Senate will agree to the Motion to Reconsider the Failed Cloture vote on S. 1, and the Senate will proceed to vote on the Motion to Invoke Cloture on the bill. If cloture is invoked, all time post-cloture will be considered expired at 2:30 PM. There will be an additional series of up to five votes on amendments, followed by a vote on final passage of S. 1 (A bill to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline).

S. 1 (A bill to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline).

Vitter amend #80 (To provide for the distribution of revenues from certain areas of the outer Continental Shelf). Withdrawn.

Daines amend #246 (Sense of Congress that reauthorizing the Land and Water Conservation Fund should be a priority). 60 yea vote threshold. Yeas and nays ordered. The amendment was not agreed to by a vote of 47-51.

Burr amend #92 (Permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund). 60 yea vote threshold. Yeas and nays ordered. The amendment was not agreed to by a vote of 59-39.

Udall amend #77 (Establish a renewable electricity standard). 60 yea vote threshold. Yeas and nays ordered. The amendment was not agreed to by a vote of 45-53.

Barrasso amend #245 (Clarify that treaties with Indian tribes remain in effect). The amendment was agreed to by voice vote.

Cardin amend #124 (Clarify that treaties with Indian Tribes remain in effect). Withdrawn.

Under the previous order, the Motion to Proceed to the Motion to Reconsider the Vote by which Cloture was not Invoked on S. 1 is agreed to, and the Motion to Reconsider is also agreed to.

S. 1 (A bill to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline) as amended. Motion to Invoke Cloture on the bill. Yeas and nays ordered. The Motion to Invoke Cloture was agreed to by a vote of 62-35.

Final passage of S. 1 (A bill to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline) as amended will occur this afternoon.

The following amendments were withdrawn: Sullivan amend #67; Murkowski amend #98; Flake amend #103; Merkley amend #174; Tillis amend #102; Peters amend #55.

Booker amend #155 (Allow permitting agencies to consider new circumstances and new information). Yeas and nays ordered. The amendment was not agreed to by a vote of 41-56.

Boxer amend #130 (Preserve existing permits and the authority of the agencies issuing the permits to modify the permits if necessary). Not agreed to by a voice vote.

Markey amend #141 (Require an analysis of the impacts of carbon pollution associated with tar sands development on extreme weather events). Yeas and nays ordered. The amendment was not agreed to by a vote of 36-62.

Markey amend #178 (Ensure that products derived from tar sands are treated as crude oil for purposes of the Federal excise tax on petroleum). Yeas and nays ordered. The amendment was not agreed to by a vote of 44-54.

Cantwell-Boxer amend #131 (Ensure that if the Keystone XL Pipeline is built, it will be built safely and in compliance with United States environmental laws). The amendment was withdrawn.

S. 1 (A bill to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline). The bill was read for a third time, as amended. Yeas and nays ordered on final passage. The bill, as amended, passed by a vote of 62-36.

The Senate proceeded to a period of Morning Business.

The Senate proceeded to an Executive Session.

The following nominations were considered, en bloc:
Cal. #5, 31 Colonels in the U.S. Air Force to be Brigadier Generals).
All nominations on the Secretary’s Desk.
Confirmed, en bloc, by Unanimous Consent.

The Senate resumed a Legislative Session.

S. Res. 58 (National Mentoring Month).

The Senate will convene at 10:30 AM on Friday, January 30, 2015 and will proceed to a period of Morning Business. There will be no votes during Friday’s session. The next roll call vote will occur at 5:30 PM on Monday, February 2nd.

The Senate adjourned at 5:54 PM.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 28, 2015

The Senate will convene at 9:30 AM and will proceed with one hour of Morning Business. The Senate will then resume consideration of S. 1 (A bill to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline). Beginning at 2:30 PM, the Senate will proceed to votes on the following amendments to the bill with a 60 yea vote threshold: Cardin amend #75; Peters amend #70; Sanders amend #23; Cruz amend #15; Merkley amend #125; Moran amend #73; Whitehouse amend #148; Daines amend #132; Coons amend #115; Collins amend #35; Carper amend #120; Murkowski amend #166; Heitkamp amend #133; Gillibrand amend #48; Barrasso amend #245; Cardin amend #124; Daines amend #246; and Burr amend #92.

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

The Senate proceeded with a Legislative Session.

S. 272 (Appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security). The second reading of the bill was agreed to. Further consideration of the bill was objected to. The bill was placed on the Senate Calendar.

S. 1 (A bill to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline).

Cardin amend #75 (provide communities that rely on drinking water from a source that may be affected by a tar sands spill from the Keystone XL pipeline an analysis of the potential risks to public health and the environment from a leak or rupture of the pipeline). Yeas and nays ordered with a 60 yea vote threshold. The amendment was not agreed to by a vote of 37-61.

Peters amend #70 (require that the Administrator of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration make a certification and submit to Congress the results of a study before the pipeline may be constructed, connected, operated, or maintained). Yeas and nays ordered with a 60 yea vote threshold. The amendment was not agreed to by a vote of 40-58.

Sanders amend #23 (increase the quantity of solar photovoltaic electricity by providing rebates for the purchase and installation of an additional 10,000,000 photovoltaic systems by 2025). Yeas and nays ordered with a 60 yea vote threshold. The amendment was not agreed to by a vote of 40-58.

Cruz amend #15 (Promote economic growth and job creation by increasing exports). Yeas and nays ordered with a 60 yea vote threshold. The amendment was not agreed to by a vote of 53-45.

Merkley amend #125 (Eliminate unnecessary tax subsidies and provide infrastructure funding). Withdrawn.

Moran amend #73 (Delist the lesser prairie-chicken as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act of 1973). Yeas and nays ordered with a 60 yea vote threshold. The amendment was not agreed to by a vote of 54-44.

Whitehouse amend #148 (Require campaign finance disclosures for certain persons benefitting from tar sands development). Yeas and nays ordered with a 60 yea vote threshold. The amendment was not agreed to by a vote of 44-52.

Daines amend #132 (Sense of Congress regarding the designation of National Monuments). Yeas and nays ordered with a 60 yea vote threshold. The amendment was not agreed to by a vote of 50-47.

Coons amend #115 (Sense of Congress regarding climate change and infrastructure). Yeas and nays ordered with a 60 yea vote threshold. The amendment was not agreed to by a vote of 47-51.

Collins amend #35 (Coordinate the provision of energy retrofitting assistance to schools). 60 yea vote threshold was vitiated. The amendment was agreed to by voice vote.

Carper amend #120 (Amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend the credits for new qualified fuel cell motor vehicles and alternative fuel vehicle refueling property). Withdrawn.

Murkowski amend #166 (Release certain wilderness study areas from management for preservation as wilderness). Yeas and nays ordered with a 60 yea vote threshold. The amendment was not agreed to by a vote of 50-48.

Heitkamp amend #133 (Sense of Congress that the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 should be amended to extend the credit with respect to facilities producing energy from certain renewable resources). Yeas and nays ordered with a 60 yea vote threshold. The amendment was not agreed to by a vote of 47-51.

Gillibrand amend #48 (Modify the definition of underground injection). Yeas and nays ordered with a 60 yea vote threshold. The amendment was not agreed to by a vote of 35-63.

Udall amend #77 (Establish a renewable electricity standard). Laid aside.

By unanimous consent, Murkowski amend #2 (Substitute amendment) will be considered original bill text for the purposes of further amendment.

S. Res. 50 (Congratulating College Football Champions Ohio State). Agreed to by unanimous consent.

S. Res. 51 (Honoring Catholic Schools). Agreed to by unanimous consent.

The Senate will convene at 9:30 AM on Thursday, January 29, 2015, and will be in a period of Morning Business. At 10:30 AM, the Senate will resume consideration of S. 1 (A bill to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline), there will be thirty minutes of debate equally divided, followed by votes at 11:00 AM on amendments in the order listed:

  • Barrasso amend #245 (Clarify that treaties with Indian tribes remain in effect). 60 yea vote threshold.
  • Cardin amend #124 (Clarify that treaties with Indian Tribes remain in effect). 60 yea vote threshold.
  • Burr amend #92 (Permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund). 60 yea vote threshold.
  • Daines amend #246 (Sense of Congress that reauthorizing the Land and Water Conservation Fund should be a priority). 60 yea vote threshold.
  • Vitter amend #80 (To provide for the distribution of revenues from certain areas of the outer Continental Shelf). 60 yea vote threshold.
  • Udall amend #77 (Establish a renewable electricity standard). 60 yea vote threshold.

 

Once these amendments have been disposed of, the Senate will agree to the Motion to Reconsider the Failed Cloture vote on S. 1, and the Senate will proceed to vote on the Motion to Invoke Cloture on the bill. If cloture is invoked, all all time post-cloture will be considered expired at 2:30 PM. There will be an additional series of up to five votes on amendments, followed by a vote on final passage of S. 1 (A bill to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline).

The Senate adjourned at 7:02 PM.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 27, 2015

The Senate will convene at 11:00 AM and will resume consideration of S. 1 (A bill to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline). The Senate will recess from 12:30-2:15 PM for Party caucuses. Votes are not scheduled, but likely after lunches.

The Senate convened and proceeded with a Legislative Session.

 S. 1 (A bill to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline).

The Senate recessed from 12:46 -2:15 PM for weekly party caucus luncheons.

The Senate reconvened and proceeded with a Legislative Session.

S. 1 (A bill to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline).

Boxer amend #130 (Preserve existing permits and the authority of the agencies issuing the permits to modify the permits, if necessary). Laid aside.

Peters amend #70 (Require that the Administrator of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration make a certification and submit to Congress the results of a study before the pipeline may be constructed, connected, operated, or maintained). Laid aside.

Collins amend #35 (Coordinate the provision of energy retrofitting assistance to schools). Laid aside.

Murkowski amend #166 (Release certain wilderness study areas from management for preservation as wilderness). Laid aside.

Sanders amend #23 (Increase the quantity of solar photovoltaic electricity by providing rebates for the purchase and installation of an additional 10,000,000 photovoltaic systems by 2025).

Sanders amend #23 (Increase the quantity of solar photovoltaic electricity by providing rebates for the purchase and installation of an additional 10,000,000 photovoltaic systems by 2025). Laid aside.

Merkley amend #174 (Sense of Congress that the U.S. should prioritize and fund adaptation projects in communities in the U.S. while also helping to fund climate change adaptation in developing countries). Laid aside.

Merkley amend #125 (Eliminate unnecessary tax subsidies and provide infrastructure funding). Laid aside.

Cantwell amend #131 (Ensure that if the Keystone XL Pipeline is built, it will be built safely and in compliance with U.S. environmental laws). Laid aside.

Tillis amend #102 (Provide for leasing on the outer Continental Shelf and the distribution of certain qualified revenues from such leasing). Laid aside.

Markey amend #178 (Ensure that products derived from tar sands are treated as crude oil for purposes of the Federal excise tax on petroleum). Laid aside.

Markey amend #141 (Delay the effective date until the President determines that the pipeline will not have certain negative impacts). Laid aside.

Whitehouse amend #148 (Require campaign finance disclosures for certain persons benefitting from tar sands development). Laid aside.

Booker amend #155 (Allow permitting agencies to consider new circumstances and new information). Laid aside.

Burr amend #92 (Permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund). Laid aside.

Coons amend #115 (Sense of Congress regarding climate change and infrastructure). Laid aside.

Carper amend #120 (Amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend the credits for new qualified fuel cell motor vehicles and alternative fuel vehicle refueling property). Laid aside.

Heitkamp amend #133 (Sense of Congress that the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 should be amended to extend the credit with respect to facilities producing energy from certain renewable resources). Laid aside.

Cardin amend #124 (Clarify that treaties with Indian tribes remain in effect). Laid aside.

Gillibrand amend #48 (Modify the definition of underground injection). Laid aside.

Peters amend #55 (Require a study o9f the potential environmental impact of by-products of the Keystone XL pipeline). Laid aside.

Barrasso amend #245 (Clarify that treaties with Indian tribes remain in effect). Laid aside.

Daines amend #246 (Sense of Congress that reauthorizing the Land and Water Conservation Fund should be a priority). Laid aside.

S. 272 (Appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security). The first reading of the bill was agreed to. The second reading of the bill was objected to.

The Senate will convene at 9:30 AM on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 and will proceed with one hour of Morning Business. The Senate will then resume consideration of S. 1 (A bill to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline).  Beginning at 2:30 PM, the Senate will proceed to votes on the following amendments to the bill with a 60 yea vote threshold: Cardin amend #75; Peters amend #70; Sanders amend #23; Cruz amend #15; Merkley amend #125; Moran amend #73; Whitehouse amend #148; Daines amend #132; Coons amend #115; Collins amend #35; Carper amend #120; Murkowski amend #166; Heitkamp amend #133; Gillibrand amend #48; Barrasso amend #245; Cardin amend #124; Daines amend #246; and Burr amend #92.

The Senate adjourned at 9:10 PM.

MONDAY, JANUARY 26, 2015

The Senate will convene at 4:30 PM and will resume consideration of S. 1 (A bill to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline). The next vote will begin at 5:30 PM.

The Senate convened and proceeded to a Legislative Session.

S. 1 (A bill to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline).

Murkowski amend #2 (Substitute amendment). Motion to Invoke Cloture on the amendment. Yeas and nays ordered. The cloture motion was not agreed to by a vote of 53-39. McConnell motion to reconsider the cloture vote.

S. 1 (A bill to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline). Motion to Invoke Cloture on the bill. Yeas and nays ordered. The cloture motion was not agreed to by a vote of 53-39. McConnell motion to reconsider the cloture vote.

The Senate proceeded to a period of Morning Business.

S. Res. 41 (North Dakota State University football team). Agreed to by Unanimous Consent.

The Senate will convene at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, January 27th and will resume consideration of S. 1 (A bill to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline). The Senate will recess from 12:30-2:15 PM for Party caucuses. Votes are not scheduled, but likely after caucuses.

The Senate adjourned at 7:29 PM.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 22, 2015

The Senate will convene at 9:30 AM and will be in a period of Morning Business for one hour.  The Senate will then resume consideration of S. 1 (A bill to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline).  Votes expected throughout the day, but none yet scheduled.

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

The Senate proceeded to a Legislative Session.

S. 1 (A bill to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline).

Boxer amend #113 (Express sense of Congress regarding federally protected lands). 60 yea votes required for passage. Yeas and nays ordered. The amendment was not agreed to by a vote of 55-44.

Fischer amend #18 (To provide limits on the designation of new federally protected land.) as modified. (60 vote threshold). Yeas and nays ordered. The amendment was not agreed to by a vote of 54-45.

Manchin amend #99 (Express sense of Congress regarding Climate Change). Motion to Table the amendment. The Motion to Table the amendment was agreed to by a vote of 53-46.

Sanders amend #24 (To express the sense of Congress regarding climate change). Motion to Table the amendment. The Motion to Table the amendment was agreed to by a vote of 56-42.

Lee amend #71 (To require a procedure for issuing permits to drill). (60 vote threshold). The amendment was not agreed to by a vote of 51-47.

Murkowski amend #123 (Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund). (60 vote threshold). The amendment was agreed to by a vote of 75-23.

Wyden amend #27 (To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to clarify that products derived from tar sands are crude oil for purposes of the Federal excise tax on petroleum). (60 vote threshold). The amendment was not agreed to by a vote of 50-47.

Blunt amend #78 (To express the sense of the Senate regarding the conditions for the President entering into bilateral or other international agreements regarding greenhouse gas emissions without proper study of any adverse economic effects, including job losses and harm to the industrial sector, and without the approval of the Senate) as modified. (60 vote threshold). The amendment was not agreed to by a vote of 51-46.

Cornyn amend #126 (To ensure private property is protected as guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution) as modified. The amendment was agreed to by a vote of 64-33.

Menendez amend #72 (To ensure private property cannot be seized through condemnation or eminent domain for the private gain of a foreign-owned business entity) as modified. The amendment was not agreed to by a vote of 43-54.

Sullivan amend #67 (Restrict the authority of the EPA to arm agency personnel). Laid aside.

Cardin amend #75 (Ensure clean drinking water). Laid aside.

Murkowski amend #98 (Sense of Congress regarding adaptation projects in the Arctic). Laid aside.

Reed amend #74 (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program). Laid aside.

Flake amend #103 (Duplicative green building programs). Laid aside.

Leahy amend #30 (Relating to judicial review). Laid aside.

Cruz amend #15 (Increasing exports). Laid aside.

Whitehouse amend #28 (Disclosure of political donations). Laid aside.

Moran amend #73 (Delist the lesser prairie chicken from the Endangered Species Act). Laid aside.

Carper amend #121(Impose fee of 8 cents per barrel on oil transported through the pipeline). Laid aside.

Daines amend #132 (Sense of Congress regarding designation of National Monuments). Laid aside.

Markey amend #25 (Products derived from tar sand be taxed as crude oil). Laid aside.

Motion to Instruct the Sergeant At Arms to Request the Attendance of Absent Senators.  The Motion was agreed to 89-5.

Markey amend #25 (Products derived from tar sand be taxed as crude oil).  Motion to Table the amendment. The amendment was tabled by a vote of 53-42.

Carper amend #121(Impose fee of 8 cents per barrel on oil transported through the pipeline). Motion to Table the amendment. The amendment was tabled by a vote of 57-38.

Whitehouse amend #28 (Disclosure of political donations). Motion to Table the amendment. The amendment was table by a vote of 52-43.

Leahy amend #30 (Relating to judicial review). Motion to Table the amendment. The amendment was tabled by a vote of 53-41.

Reed amend #74 (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program). Motion to Table the amendment. The amendment was tabled by a vote of 49-45.

McConnell filed cloture on Murkowski amendment #2 (Substitute amendment).

McConnell filed cloture on S. 1 (Keystone XL Pipeline bill).

The Senate will convene at 4:30 PM on Monday, January 26, 2015 and will resume consideration of S. 1 (A bill to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline).  The next vote in the Senate will occur on Monday, January 26, 2015 at 5:30 PM.

The Senate adjourned at 12:21 PM as a further mark of respect to the memory of Senator Wendell H. Ford of Kentucky, pursuant to the provisions of S. Res. 38.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2015

The Senate will convene at 9:30 AM and will proceed with one hour of Morning Business. The Senate will then resume consideration of S. 1 (A bill to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline). Votes are expected, but unscheduled.

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

The Senate proceeded to a Legislative Session.

S. 1 (A bill to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline).

Hoeven amend #87 (To express the sense of Congress regarding climate change), as modified. Laid aside.

Lee amend #33 (To conform citizen suits under the Endangered Species Act of 1973). Under a previous Unanimous Consent order, the amendment is subject to a 60-yea vote threshold for passage. Yeas and nays ordered. The amendment was not agreed to by a vote of 54-45.

Durbin amend #69 (To ensure that the storage and transportation of petroleum coke is regulated in a manner that ensures the protection of public and ecological health). Under a previous Unanimous Consent order, the amendment is subject to a 60-yea vote threshold for passage. Yeas and nays ordered. The amendment was not agreed to by a vote of 41-58.

Toomey amend #41 (To continue cleaning up fields and streams while protecting neighborhoods, generating affordable energy, and creating jobs). Under a previous Unanimous Consent order, the amendment is subject to a 60-yea vote threshold for passage. Yeas and nays ordered. The amendment was not agreed to by a vote of 54-45.

Whitehouse amend #29 (To express the sense of the Senate that climate change is real and not a hoax). Under a previous Unanimous Consent order, the amendment is subject to a 60-yea vote threshold for passage. Yeas and nays ordered. The amendment was agreed to by a vote of 98-1.

Hoeven amend #87 (To express the sense of Congress on climate change), as modified. Under a previous Unanimous Consent order, the amendment is subject to a 60-yea vote threshold for passage. Yeas and nays ordered. The amendment was not agreed to by a vote of 59-40.

Schatz amend #58 (To express the sense of Congress regarding climate change). Under a previous Unanimous Consent order, the amendment is subject to a 60-yea vote threshold for passage. Yeas and nays ordered. The amendment is not agreed to by a vote of 50-49.

Sanders amend #24 (To express the sense of Congress regarding climate change). Laid aside.

Vitter amend #80 (To provide for the distribution of revenues from certain areas of the outer Continental Shelf). Laid aside.

Menendez amend #72 (To ensure private property cannot be seized through condemnation or eminent domain for the private gain of a foreign-owned business entity). Laid aside.

Wyden amend #27 (To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to clarify that products derived from tar sands are crude oil for purposes of the Federal excise tax on petroleum). Laid aside.

Lee amend #71 (To require a procedure for issuing permits to drill). Laid aside.

Blunt amend #78 (To express the sense of the Senate regarding conditions for the President enterin into bilateral or other international agreements regarding greenhouse gas emissions without proper study of any adverse economic effects, including job losses and harm to the industrial sector, and without the approval of the Senate). Laid aside.

The Senate proceeded to a period of Morning Business.

The Senate will convene at 9:30AM on Thursday, January 22nd and will be in a period of Morning Business for one hour. The Senate will then resume consideration of S. 1 (A bill to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline). Votes expected throughout the day, but none yet scheduled.

The Senate adjourned at 6:58 AM.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2015

The Senate will convene at 10:00 AM and will be in a period of Morning Business for one hour. At 11:00 AM the Senate will resume consideration of S. 1 (A bill to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline). The Senate will recess from 12:30 to 2:15 PM for the Weekly Party Caucus lunches. Roll call votes on amendments to the Keystone bill are expected to start shortly after 2:15 PM. At 9:00 PM, the President of the United States will address a Joint Session of Congress to deliver the State of the Union Address.

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

H.R. 240 (Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2015). The bill was read for the second time. Further consideration of the bill was objected to and the bill was placed on the Calendar.

The Senate proceeded to a Legislative Session.

S. 1 (A bill to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline).

The Senate recessed from 12:42-2:15 PM for weekly party caucus luncheons.

The Senate reconvened at 2:15 PM and resumed a Legislative Session.

S. 1 (A bill to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline).

Portman amend #3 (To promote energy efficiency), as modified. Laid aside.

Markey amend #13 (To ensure that oil transported through the Keystone XL pipeline into the United States is used to reduce United States dependence on Middle Eastern oil). Murkowski Motion to Table the amendment. Yeas and nays ordered. The Motion to Table is agreed to by a vote of 57-42.

Franken amend #17 (To require the use of iron, steel, and manufactured goods produced in the United States in the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline and facilities). Motion to Table the amendment. Yeas and nays ordered. The Motion to Table is agreed to by a vote of 53-46.

Portman amend #3 (To promote energy efficiency), as modified. Yeas and nays ordered. The amendment, as modified, is agreed to by a vote of 94-5.

Fisher amend #18 (Limits on the designation of new federally protected land).  Laid aside.

Schatz amend #58 (Express the Senate of Congress regarding Climate Change).  Laid aside.

Lee amend #33 (To conform citizen suits under the Endangered Species Act of 1973). Laid aside.

Durbin amend #69 (Ensure storage and transportation of petroleum coke is regulated). Laid aside.

Toomey amend #41 (Continue cleaning up fields and streams while protecting neighborhoods, generating affordable energy and creating jobs). Laid aside.

Whitehouse amend #29 (Sense of the Senate that climate change is real and not a hoax). Laid aside.

S. Res. 29 (Condemning the terrorist attacks in Paris). Agreed to by unanimous consent.

S. Res. 30 (Designating the week of January 25-31, 2015 as “National School Choice Week”). Agreed to by unanimous consent.

The Senate will recess until 8:25 PM when the Senate will proceed, as a body, to the Hall of the House of Representatives for the Joint Session of Congress provided under the provisions of H. Con. Res. 7 and that upon the dissolution of the Joint Session, the Senate stand adjourned.

The Senate will convene at 9:30 AM on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 and will proceed with one hour of Morning Business. The Senate will then resume consideration of S. 1 (A bill to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline). Votes are expected, but unscheduled.

The Senate recessed at 4:38 PM.

The Senate reconvened and proceeded to the Hall of the House of Representatives for the Joint Session of Congress to receive the State of the Union address. Upon conclusion of the address, the Senate will stand adjourned.

The Senate adjourned at 10:10 PM.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 16, 2015

The Senate will convene at 9:30 AM and will resume consideration of S. 1 (A bill to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline). The next votes will occur on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 following the weekly conference meetings.

The Senate convened and proceeded with a Legislative Session.

H. R. 33 (An Act to amend the Internal Revenue Code). The second reading of the bill was agreed to. Further consideration of the bill was objected to and the bill was placed on the Senate calendar.

S. 1 (A bill to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline).

The Senate proceeded with a period of Morning Business.

S. Res. 27 (Authorize testimony and representation in United States of America v. Jeffrey A. Sterling). Agreed to by unanimous consent.

H.R. 240 (Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2015). The bill was read for the first time. The second reading was objected to.

The Senate will convene at 10 AM on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 and will be in a period of Morning Business for one hour. At 11:00 AM the Senate will resume consideration of S. 1 (A bill to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline). The Senate will recess from 12:30 to 2:15 PM for the Weekly Party Caucus lunches. Roll call votes on amendments to the Keystone bill are expected to start shortly after 2:15 PM.

The Senate adjourned at 1:35 PM.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 13, 2015

The Senate will convene at 10:00 AM and will resume post-cloture debate on the Motion to Proceed to S. 1 (A bill to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline). The Senate will recess from 12:30 PM – 2:15 PM for Party Caucuses. If all post-cloture time is used, the Senate will vote on the Motion to Proceed to S. 1 at 12:00 Midnight.

The Senate convened and proceeded with a Legislative Session.

Motion to Proceed to S. 1 (A bill to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline).

The Senate recessed from 12:30-2:15 PM for weekly party caucus luncheons.

The Senate reconvened at 2:15 PM and resumed a Legislative Session.

Motion to Proceed to S. 1 (A bill to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline).

Motion to Proceed to S. 1 (A bill to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline). All post-cloture time is considered expired. The Motion to Proceed to the bill was agreed to by voice vote.

S. 1 (A bill to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline).

Murkowski amend #2 (In the Nature of a Substitute). For the purposes of debate on this bill, the amendment will be considered as original bill text. Laid aside.

Markey amend #13 (To ensure that the oil transported through the Keystone XL Pipeline into the United States is used to reduce U.S. dependence on Middle Eastern Oil). Laid aside.

Portman amend #3 (To promote energy efficiency). Laid aside.

Franken amend #17 (To require the use of iron, steel and manufactured goods produced in the United States in the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline). Laid aside.

H. Con. Res. 7 (Providing for a Joint Session of Congress to receive a message from the President). Agreed to by unanimous consent.

H.R. 33 (To ensure emergency services volunteers are not taken into account as employees under the shared responsibility requirements contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act). The bill was read for the first time. The second reading was objected to.

The Senate will convene at 9:30 AM on Friday, January 16, 2015 and will resume consideration of S. 1 (A bill to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline). The next votes will occur on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 following the weekly conference meetings.

The Senate adjourned at 6:36 PM

MONDAY, JANUARY 12, 2015

The Senate will convene at 2:00 PM and will proceed to a Legislative Session to resume consideration of the Motion to Proceed to S. 1 (A bill to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline). At 5:30 PM, the Senate will proceed to vote on the Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Motion to Proceed to S. 1 (A bill to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline).

The Senate convened and proceeded with a Legislative Session.

Motion to Proceed to S. 1 (A bill to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline).

Senate received a message from the House of Representatives informing the Senate that the House has passed H.R. 3 (Keystone XL Pipeline Act).

Motion to Proceed to S. 1 (A bill to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline). Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Motion to Proceed. Yeas and nays ordered. The Motion to Invoke Cloture was agreed to by a vote of 63-32.

The Senate will convene at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 and will resume post-cloture debate on the Motion to Proceed to S. 1 (A bill to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline). The Senate will recess from 12:30 PM – 2:15 PM for Party Caucuses.  If all post-cloture time is used, the Senate will vote on the Motion to Proceed to S. 1 at 12:00 Midnight.

The Senate adjourned at 6:55 PM.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 9, 2015

The Senate will convene at 9:30 AM and will proceed to a period of Morning Business. There will be no roll call votes during today’s session.

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

Motion to Proceed to S. 1 (A bill to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline).

The Senate proceeded to a period of Morning Business.

The Senate will convene at 2:00 PM on Monday, January 12, 2015 and will proceed to a Legislative Session to resume consideration of the Motion to Proceed to S. 1 (A bill to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline). At 5:30 PM, the Senate will proceed to vote on the Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Motion to Proceed to S. 1 (A bill to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline).

The Senate adjourned at 12:08 PM.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 8, 2015

The Senate will convene at 11:00 AM and will proceed with Morning Business. Sen. McConnell announced his intention to proceed to the consideration of the TRIA bill. No votes are currently scheduled.

Motion to Proceed to S. 1 (A bill to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline). Laid aside.

McConnell unanimous consent request that following Leader Remarks, the Senate will proceed to H.R. 26 (TRIA). The only amendment in order will be an amendment to be proposed by Senator Warren. At the1:45 PM, the Senate will proceed to a vote on the Warren amendment (subject to a 60-vote affirmative threshold) followed by a vote on final passage of the bill (subject to a 60-vote affirmative threshold). The unanimous consent request was agreed to.

H.R. 26 (TRIA).

Warren amend #1 (Substitute amendment). Yeas and nays ordered. The amendment requires a 60-yea vote threshold for passage. The amendment was not agreed to by a vote of 31-66.

H.R. 26 (TRIA). The bill was read for a third time. Final passage. Yeas and nays ordered. The bill passed by a vote of 93-4.

Motion to Proceed to S. 1 (A bill to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline). McConnell filed cloture on the Motion to Proceed. The Senate will vote cloture on the Motion to Proceed at 5:30pm on Monday, January 12.

The Senate proceeded to a period of Morning Business.

S. Con. Res. 2 (Authorizing the use of Emancipation Hall in the Capitol Visitors Center). Agreed to by Unanimous Consent.

S. Res. 23 (Making majority party appointments for the 114th Congress). Agreed to by Unanimous Consent.

S. Res. 24 (150th Anniversary of Bowie State University). Agreed to by Unanimous Consent.

The Senate will convene at 9:30 AM on Friday, January 9, 2015 and will proceed to a period of Morning Business.  No votes are scheduled during Friday’s session.

The Senate adjourned at 5:12 PM.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 7, 2015

The Senate will convene at 9:30 AM and will proceed with a period of Morning Business. The Senate will recess from 12:30 to 2:15 PM for the weekly party caucus lunches.

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

S. 1 (Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline). The bill was read for the second time. Further consideration of the bill was objected to, and the bill was placed on the Calendar.

The Senate recessed from 12:25-2:15 PM for weekly party caucus luncheons.

The Senate reconvened at 2:15 PM and resumed a period of Morning Business.

S. Res. 21 (Majority Party appointments for the 114th Congress). Agreed to by unanimous consent.

S. Res. 22 (Constitute the Minority Party’s membership on certain Committees for the 114th Congress or until their successors are chosen). Agreed to by unanimous consent.

The Senate will convene at 11:00 AM on Thursday, January 8, 2015 and will proceed with Morning Business. Sen. McConnell announced his intention to proceed to the consideration of the TRIA bill. No votes are currently scheduled.

The Senate adjourned at 5:56 PM.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 6, 2015

 The Senate will convene the 114th Congress at 12:00 Noon and will proceed to the presentation of the certificates of election, the swearing-in of elected members and the required live quorum.

The Senate convened the First Session of the 114th Congress.

Senators Alexander, Booker, Capito and Cassidy were sworn-in by Vice President Biden.

Senators Cochran, Collins, Coons and Cornyn were sworn-in by Vice President Biden.

Senators Cotton, Daines, Durbin and Enzi were sworn-in by Vice President Biden.

Senators Ernst, Franken, Gardner and Graham were sworn-in by Vice President Biden.

Senators Inhofe, Lankford, Markey and McConnell were sworn-in by Vice President Biden.

Senators Merkley, Perdue, Peters and Reed (RI) were sworn-in by Vice President Biden.

Senators Risch, Roberts, Rounds and Sasse were sworn-in by Vice President Biden.

Senators Sessions, Shaheen, Sullivan and Tillis were sworn-in by Vice President Biden.

Senators Udall and Warner were sworn-in by Vice President Biden.

The Senate proceeded to a Live Quorum Call.

S. Res. 1 (Informing the President of the United States that a quorum of each House is assembled). The resolution was agreed to by unanimous consent.

S. Res. 2 (Informing the House of Representatives that a quorum of the Senate is assembled). The resolution was agreed to by unanimous consent.

S. Res. 3 (To elect Orrin Hatch, a Senator from the state of Utah, to be President Pro Tempore of the Senate of the United States). The resolution was agreed to by unanimous consent.

S. Res. 4 (Notifying the President of the United States of the election of the President Pro Tempore of the Senate of the United States). The resolution was agreed to by unanimous consent.

S. Res. 5 (Notifying the House of Representatives of the election of the President Pro Tempore of the Senate of the United States). The resolution was agreed to by unanimous consent.

S. Res. 6 (Expressing the thanks of the Senate to the Honorable Patrick J. Leahy for his service as President Pro Tempore of the United States Senate and to designate Senator Leahy as President Pro Tempore Emeritus of the United States Senate). The resolution was agreed to by unanimous consent.

S. Res. 7 (Fixing the hour of daily meeting of the Senate). The resolution was agreed to by unanimous consent.

S. Res. 8 (Electing Julie Adams as the Secretary of the Senate). The resolution was agreed to by unanimous consent.

S. Res. 9 (Notifying the President of the United States of the election of the Secretary of the Senate). The resolution was agreed to by unanimous consent.

S. Res. 10 (Notifying the House of Representatives of the election of the Secretary of the Senate). The resolution was agreed to by unanimous consent.

S. Res. 11 (Electing Frank Larkin to be Senate Sergeant at Arms and Doorkeeper of the Senate). The resolution was agreed to by unanimous consent.

S. Res. 12 (Notifying the President of the United States of the election of the Senate Sergeant at Arms and Doorkeeper of the Senate). The resolution was agreed to by unanimous consent.

S. Res. 13 (Notifying the House of Representatives of the election of the Senate Sergeant at Arms and Doorkeeper of the Senate). The resolution was agreed to by unanimous consent.

S. Res. 14 (Electing Laura Dove to be Secretary for the Majority of the Senate). The resolution was agreed to by unanimous consent.

S. Res. 15 (Electing Gary Myrick to be Secretary of the Minority of the Senate). The resolution was agreed to by unanimous consent.

S. Res. 16 (To make effective appointment of Senate legal counsel). The resolution was agreed to by unanimous consent.

S. Res. 17 (To make effective appointment of deputy Senate legal counsel). The resolution was agreed to by unanimous consent.

S. Res. 18 (A resolution making majority party appointments for the 114th Congress). The resolution was agreed to by unanimous consent.

S. Res. 19 (Relative to the death of Edward W. Brooke III, former United States Senator for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts). The resolution was agreed to by unanimous consent.

S. 1 (Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline). The bill was read for the first time. Further consideration of the bill was objected to, and the bill will receive its second reading tomorrow.

Udall asked unanimous consent that the Senate proceed to S. Res. 20 (Limiting certain uses of the filibuster in the Senate to improve the legislative process) and to send the resolution over under the rule. Udall objected to his own request, and the resolution will go over under the rule.

The Senate will convene at 9:30 AM on Wednesday, January 7, 2015 and will proceed with a period of Morning Business. The Senate will recess from 12:30 to 2:15 PM for the weekly party caucus lunches.

The Senate adjourned at 1:40 PM pursuant to S. Res. 19, as a further mark of respect to the late Senator Edward W. Brooke III.

 

 

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