Monday, Sep. 26, 2011

Senate Opening

Senate Opening

Sep 26 2011 03:30 PM

The Senate Convened.

Reid

Opening Remarks

Sep 26 2011 03:53 PM

Senator Reid: (3:32 PM)
  • Today --
    • The Senate will proceed to a period of Morning Business until 4:30PM, with senators permitted to speak up to ten minutes each.
    • At 4:30 PM, the Senate will resume consideration of the Motion to Concur with respect to H.R. 2608 with the Reid Amendment #656 (vehicle for the continuing resolution/FEMA funding), with the time until 5:30 PM equally divided and controlled between the two leaders or their designees.
    • The second-degree filing deadline for the Motion to Concur with respect to H.R. 2608 with the Reid Amendment #656 is 5:00 PM.
    • At 5:30 PM, the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on the Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Motion to Concur on H.R. 2608 with the Reid Amendment #656 (vehicle for the continuing resolution/FEMA funding).
  • Spoke on disaster relief funding.
    • SUMMARY "The House of Representatives as we speak on the eve of the government shutting down next Saturday, just a few days from now, and FEMA on the verge of having no money, they left, they're gone. They're not in Washington. It's real hard to negotiate with people who aren't here. It's hard to do legislation when one part of our bicameral legislature is not here. Democrats are not giving up on funding FEMA and keeping our government open. We're here. The Senate is in session. House Republican bill that would have killed 45,000 American jobs did not have the votes last week to pass the Senate. It wasn't even close. 36 votes. But that doesn't mean we have to shut down the government or abandon Americans in need. Democrats have made a good-faith effort to compromise. Today the Senate will consider compromise legislation to fund FEMA and keep the government open without killing jobs. Our compromise includes a clean continuing resolution, a bill to fund the government for the next few weeks. Republicans in both chambers have already agreed to and voted for the funding levels in this continue resolution, so this shouldn't be a controversial vote for them."

Landrieu, Nelson(FL), Schumer

Continuing Resolution/FEMA Funding (H.R. 2608)

Sep 26 2011 05:11 PM

Senator Landrieu: (3:48 PM)
  • Spoke on disaster relief funding.
    • SUMMARY "We're willing to negotiate with the House over how much. This is an argument that we believe that our number of $6.1 billion is not enough for the year, and I think the records will show as we move forward that I am accurate. But given the situation that we're in, we don't need to fight over that amount because if $6.1 billion isn't enough, most certainly $3.5 billion that the House has offered isn't enough. And we can work that out later on. That's what Leader Reid has offered. But requiring an offset, particularly an offset from a program that Republicans themselves supported, that was signed into law by President Bush, that is supported by the Chamber of Commerce, the National Manufacturers Association, the League of Cities, the National Conference of Mayors, an offset that created 40,000 jobs, that is a road, Mr. President, I don't think we should go down. If it's a manufacturing program today that the new Cantor Doctrine requires as one of the great articles this weekend said, maybe next time we have a disaster we have to offer up education programs. And the next time we have a disaster, we have to offer up a fourth of our transportation budget. And the next time we have a disaster, we have to offer up aid to Israel. Or maybe the next time we have a disaster we have to offer up something else. When does the offering stop?"

Senator Nelson-FL: (4:42 PM)
  • Spoke on disaster relief funding and the continuing resolution.
    • SUMMARY "There are certain things that only the government can do, and this is one of them. When people are in need, they have to rely on emergency functions from their government. That's one of the main reasons of having a government. And hopefully that message will get through Didn't Senators and members of Congress go home in August? And didn't they hear from their people, and the people said what in the world are you all doing? What are you thinking? Have you guys gone off the rails that you would threaten the shutdown of the government and all the necessary functions of the government that would then imperil our economy already more than how it's being imperiled now in this recession? Well, you would think that members of Congress got that message. And yet, here we are again in late September, after we went through that drill in early August, and we're going through the same thing again."

Senator Schumer:(4:50 PM)
  • Spoke on disaster relief funding and the continuing resolution.
    • SUMMARY "House Republicans decided to take emergency disaster aid and leverage it to force cuts to a jobs program that they themselves used to support. If there's ever playing politics, that's it. They didn't like this jobs program, fine; fight it out in the regular course of business. But don't hold FEMA dollars hostage to cut jobs. The American people don't want that choice. Help those who are in the middle of disaster. But the only way you can help them is to cut jobs in Michigan or Louisiana or other states at a time when our country's hurting for jobs? That's not America and that's not what they asked us to do. The jobs program they want to end before they're willing to provide more disaster aid is not some radical program."

Landrieu, Durbin, Manchin

Continuing Resolution/FEMA Funding (H.R. 2608)

Sep 26 2011 05:38 PM

Senator Landrieu:(4:59 PM)
  • Spoke on disaster relief funding and the continuing resolution.
    • SUMMARY "We cannot decide with each new catastrophe where we will find money, stripping funds from transportation this month and education the next. That is what this debate is about. We didn't choose this fight. It was started by Representative Eric Cantor. There was a moment in time when he said we must offset this disaster, and some of us stood right up and said no, we will not."

Senator Durbin: (5:03 PM)
  • Spoke on disaster relief funding and the continuing resolution.
    • SUMMARY "Governments don't say we'll see if the federal government helps pay for this before we get in and provide life-saving efforts. They do it. Anticipating that we'll stand with them. Now Congressman Cantor of Virginia decides that there should be a new approach. We need Congress to get together and debate before we help people who are victims of disasters. That's a serious mistake. We've got to stand by people whether they live in red states or blue states, whether they are Democrats, Republicans, Independents. We stand by one another, and that is critically important."

Senator Landrieu: (5:12 PM)
  • Spoke on disaster relief funding and the continuing resolution.
    • SUMMARY "We're either going to do it the way we have pretty much always done it when a disaster strikes, the federal government steps up, we're there, we encourage our governors and our mayors and our local elected officials to roll up their sleeves, work side by side with people and take care of business, basically, get people out of harm's way, move them into shelters, comfort them, console them, keep families together, and then work with them in weeks and months and sometimes, Mr. President, it takes years to get these communities back up and operating. Or we're going to adopt the Republican sort of Tea Party Cantor Doctrine, which is my way or the highway."

Senator Manchin: (5:23 PM)
  • Spoke on disaster relief funding and the continuing resolution.
    • SUMMARY "It is this spirit of helping each other that has defined this nation since its very beginning, and we cannot let politics destroy that spirit. Our belief in helping each other is the bedrock value for this country and it runs much deeper than a belief in a political party. We are Americans, and for the sake of this great nation, I know that we all love, these petty squabbles that defines this place must end. That is why we must fund FEMA disaster relief and why I voted for a senate bill that would fund FEMA through the end of the fiscal year."

Reid

Continuing Resolution/FEMA Funding (H.R. 2608)

Sep 26 2011 06:39 PM

Senator Reid: (6:15 PM)
  • Propounded a UC that if cloture is not invoked on the Motion to Concur in the House Amendment to the Senate Amendment to H.R. 2608 with the Reid Amendment #656, the Majority Leader be recognized to offer a new Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Motion to Concur in the House Amendment to the Senate Amendment to H.R. 2608 with the Reid Amendment #662(House CR without any FY11 disaster funding); that there be no amendments, points of order, or motions in order to the Motion to Concur other than Budget Act points of order and applicable motions to waive. Prior to the vote there be up to ten minutes of debate equally divided between the two leaders or their designees; the vote be subject to a sixty vote threshold. If the Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Motion to Concur in the House Amendment to the Senate Amendment to H.R. 2608 with the Reid Amendment #662(House CR without any FY11 disaster funding) is agreed to, the Senate proceed to H.R. 2017 (Department of Homeland Security Appropriations) and the Majority Leader be recognized to offer an amendment. The Reid Amendment be the only amendment in order to the bill and the Senate proceed to vote on passage of the bill as amended, all with no intervening action or debate. If the Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Motion to Concur in the House Amendment to the Senate Amendment to H.R. 2608 with the Reid Amendment #662 (House CR without any FY11 disaster funding) is not agreed to the Majority Leader be recognized (without objection).

Vote Results (Motion to Invoke Cloture)

Continuing Resolution/FEMA Funding (H.R. 2608)

Sep 26 2011 06:50 PM

The vote result was 54-35.
The Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Motion to Concur in the House Amendment to the Senate Amendment to H.R. 2608 with the Reid Amendment #656, is not agreed to.
The vote results will be postedhere within one hour.

Vote Results (Motion to Concur)

Continuing Resolution (H.R. 2608)

Sep 26 2011 07:29 PM

The vote result was 79-12.
The Motion to Concur in the House Amendment to the Senate Amendment to H.R. 2608 (vehicle for CR) with the Reid Amendment #665, is agreed to.
The vote results will be postedhere within one hour.

Reid

Homeland Security Appropriations Bill (H.R. 2017)

Sep 26 2011 08:06 PM

Senator Reid: (7:30 PM)
  • Offered the Reid Amendment #666 to H.R. 2017 Homeland Security Appropriations.
  • Under the previous order the Reid Amendment #666 to H.R. 2017 is agreed to.
  • H.R. 2017 Homeland Security Appropriations (vehicle for one-week stopgap) as amendment, is passed by a voice vote.

Reid (The Senate Stands Adjourned)

Morning Business

Sep 26 2011 10:01 PM

Senator Reid: (9:28 PM)
  • Filed Cloture on S.1619, the Currency Exchange Rate Oversight Reform Act.
  • Performed Wrap Up --
  • The Senate will meet in pro-forma session on Thursday, September 29th.
  • Monday, October 3rd --
    • The Senate will convene at 2:00 PM and proceed to a period of Morning Business until 3:30 PM with senator permitted to speak up to ten minutes each.
    • Following Morning Business the Senate will resume consideration of the Motion to Proceed to S. 1619, the Currency Exchange Rate Oversight Act. The time until 4:30 PM will be equally divided and controlled between the two leaders or their designees.
    • At 4:30 PM, The Senate will proceed to Executive Session to consider Calendar #113, #171, #172, #173, #184 and #357 for one hour with the time equally divided and controlled in the usual form. Upon use or yielding back of the time, Calendar #171, #172, #173, #184 and #357 will be confirmed and the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on Executive Calendar #113, Henry F. Floyd, of South Carolina, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fourth Circuit.
    • At 5:30 PM, the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on Executive Calendar #113, Henry F. Floyd, of South Carolina, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fourth Circuit. Following the vote on Executive Calendar #113 the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on the Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Motion to Proceed to the Currency Exchange Rate Oversight Reform Act, S. 1619.
The Senate will next convene for legislative business on Monday, October 3rd at 2:00 PM.