Daily Digest/Senate; Congressional Record Vol. 161, No. 132
(Daily Digest - September 15, 2015)

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[Pages D968-D970]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]


                                        Tuesday, September 15, 2015

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                              Daily Digest

                                 Senate


Chamber Action
Routine Proceedings, pages S6615-S6660
Measures Introduced: Eight bills and five resolutions were introduced, 
as follows: S. 2029-2036, and S. Res. 252-256.
  Page S6651
Measures Reported:
  S. 1090, to amend the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and 
Emergency Assistance Act to provide eligibility for broadcasting 
facilities to receive certain disaster assistance. (S. Rept. No. 114-
142)
  S. 1580, to allow additional appointing authorities to select 
individuals from competitive service certificates. (S. Rept. No. 114-
143)
  S. Res. 252, expressing the sense of the Committee on Small Business 
and Entrepreneurship of the Senate relating to easing the burden of 
Federal tax compliance on small businesses, with a preamble.
  S. 1400, to amend the Small Business Act to direct the task force of 
the Office of Veterans Business Development to provide access to and 
manage the distribution of excess or surplus property to veteran-owned 
small businesses, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute.
  S. 1756, to help small businesses take advantage of energy 
efficiency.
  S. 1857, to amend the Small Business Act to provide for expanded 
participation in the microloan program.
  S. 1866, to establish the veterans' business outreach center program, 
to improve the programs for veterans of the Small Business 
Administration, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. 
                                                             Page S6651
Measures Passed:
  Equity in Government Compensation Act: Senate passed S. 2036, to 
suspend the current compensation packages for the chief executive 
officers of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
  Page S6659
  National Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week: Committee on 
the Judiciary was discharged from further consideration of S. Res. 245, 
designating the week beginning September 13, 2015, as ``National Direct 
Support Professionals Recognition Week'', and the resolution was then 
agreed to.
  Page S6659
  Hispanic Heritage Month: Senate agreed to S. Res. 254, recognizing 
Hispanic Heritage Month and celebrating the heritage and culture of 
Latinos in the United States and the immense contributions of Latinos 
to the United States.
  Page S6657
  National Hispanic-Serving Institutions Week: Senate agreed to S. Res. 
255, designating the week beginning September 14, 2015, as National 
Hispanic-Serving Institutions Week.
  Pages S6657-58
  School Bus Safety Month: Senate agreed to S. Res. 256, designating 
September 2015 as ``School Bus Safety Month''.
  Page S6658
Measures Considered:
Hire More Heroes Act--Agreement: Senate resumed consideration of H.J. 
Res. 61, amending the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exempt employees 
with health coverage under TRICARE or the Veterans Administration from 
being taken into account for purposes of determining the employers to 
which the employer mandate applies under the Patient Protection and 
Affordable Care Act, taking action on the following amendments and 
motions proposed thereto:
  Pages S6617-44
Rejected:
  McConnell motion to commit the joint resolution to the Committee on 
Foreign Relations, with instructions, McConnell Amendment No. 2645, to 
change the enactment date. (Senate tabled the motion.)
Page S6617
  McConnell Amendment No. 2643 (to the language proposed to be stricken 
by Amendment No. 2640), to change the enactment date. (Senate tabled 
the amendment.)
Pages S6617, S6643
  McConnell Amendment No. 2641 (to Amendment No. 2640), to change the 
enactment date. (Senate tabled the amendment.)
Pages S6617, S6643
Pending:
  McConnell Amendment No. 2640, of a perfecting nature.
Page S6617
  McConnell Amendment No. 2656 (to Amendment No. 2640), to prohibit the 
President from waiving, suspending, reducing, providing relief from,

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or otherwise limiting the application of sanctions pursuant to an 
agreement related to the nuclear program of Iran.
Page S6643
  McConnell Amendment No. 2657 (to Amendment No. 2656), to change the 
enactment date.
Page S6643
  McConnell Amendment No. 2658 (to the language proposed to be stricken 
by Amendment No. 2640), to change the enactment date.
Page S6643
  McConnell Amendment No. 2659 (to Amendment No. 2658), of a perfecting 
nature.
Pages S6643-44
  McConnell motion to commit the joint resolution to the Committee on 
Foreign Relations, with instructions, McConnell Amendment No. 2660, to 
prohibit the President from waiving, suspending, reducing, providing 
relief from, or otherwise limiting the application of sanctions 
pursuant to an agreement related to the nuclear program of Iran. 
                                                             Page S6644
  McConnell Amendment No. 2661 (to (the instructions) Amendment No. 
2660), of a perfecting nature.
Page S6644
  McConnell Amendment No. 2662 (to Amendment No. 2661), of a perfecting 
nature.
Page S6644
  A motion was entered to close further debate on McConnell Amendment 
No. 2656 (to Amendment No. 2640), and, in accordance with the 
provisions of rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on 
cloture will occur on Thursday, September 17, 2015.
Page S6644
  A motion was entered to close further debate on McConnell Amendment 
No. 2640, and, in accordance with the provisions of rule XXII of the 
Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur upon 
disposition of McConnell Amendment No. 2656 (to Amendment No. 2640). 
                                                             Page S6644
  A motion was entered to close further debate on the joint resolution, 
and, in accordance with the provisions of rule XXII of the Standing 
Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur upon disposition of 
McConnell Amendment No. 2640.
Page S6644
  During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the 
following action:
  By 56 yeas to 42 nays (Vote No. 265), three-fifths of those Senators 
duly chosen and sworn, not having voted in the affirmative, Senate 
rejected the motion to close further debate on McConnell Amendment No. 
2640.
Page S6643
  A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the motion 
to invoke cloture on the joint resolution, be withdrawn.
Page S6644
  McConnell Amendment No. 2646 (to (the instructions) Amendment No. 
2645), of a perfecting nature, fell when McConnell motion to commit the 
joint resolution to the Committee on Foreign Relations, with 
instructions, McConnell Amendment No. 2645 (listed above) was tabled. 
                                                             Page S6617
  McConnell Amendment No. 2647 (to Amendment No. 2646), of a perfecting 
nature, fell when McConnell Amendment No. 2646 (to (the instructions) 
Amendment No. 2645) (listed above) fell.
Page S6617
  McConnell Amendment No. 2644 (to Amendment No. 2643), of a perfecting 
nature, fell when McConnell Amendment No. 2643 (to the language 
proposed to be stricken by Amendment No. 2640) (listed above) was 
tabled.
Page S6617
  McConnell Amendment No. 2642 (to Amendment No. 2641), of a perfecting 
nature, fell when McConnell Amendment No. 2641 (to Amendment No. 2640) 
(listed above) was tabled.
Page S6617
  A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further 
consideration of the joint resolution at approximately 11 a.m., on 
Wednesday, September 16, 2015, with the time until 12:30 p.m. equally 
divided between the two Leaders, or their designees; and that the 
filing deadline for all first-degree amendments be at 2:30 p.m., on 
Wednesday, September 16, 2015.
Page S6660
Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:
  Rebecca Goodgame Ebinger, of Iowa, to be United States District Judge 
for the Southern District of Iowa.
  2 Marine Corps nominations in the rank of general.
  4 Navy nominations in the rank of admiral.
Page S6660
Messages from the House:
  Page S6649
Measures Placed on the Calendar:
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 =========================== NOTE =========================== 

  
  On page D969, September 15, 2015, the following language 
appears: Messages from the House: Page S6649 Enrolled Bills 
Presented: Page S6649 Executive Communications: Pages S6649-51 
Additional Cosponsors: Pages S6652-53 Statements on Introduced 
Bills/Resolutions: Pages S6653-58 Additional Statements: Pages 
S6648-49 Amendments Submitted: Pages S6658-59 Authorities for 
Committees to Meet: Page S6659
  
  The online Record has been corrected to read:Messages from the 
House: Page S6649 Measures Placed on the Calendar: Page S6649 
Enrolled Bills Presented: Page S6649 Executive Communications: 
Pages S6649-51 Additional Cosponsors: Pages S6652-53 Statements on 
Introduced Bills/Resolutions: Pages S6653-58 Additional 
Statements: Pages S6648-49 Amendments Submitted: Pages S6658-59 
Authorities for Committees to Meet: Page S6659


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Enrolled Bills Presented:
  Page S6649
Executive Communications:
  Pages S6649-51
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages S6652-53
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
  Pages S6653-58
Additional Statements:
  Pages S6648-49
Amendments Submitted:
  Pages S6658-59
Authorities for Committees to Meet:
  Page S6659
Record Votes: One record vote was taken today. (Total--265) 
                                                             Page S6643
Adjournment: Senate convened at 1 p.m. and adjourned at 7:43 p.m., 
until 10 a.m. on Wednesday, September 16, 2015. (For Senate's program, 
see the remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on page 
S6660.)

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