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Friday, May 22, 2015

The President pro tempore called the Senate to order at 9:30 a.m., the Pastor Leroy Gilbert, of Mt. Gilead Baptist Church, Washington, D.C. offered a prayer, and the President pro tempore led the Senate in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America.

The Journal

Pursuant to the order of yesterday, the Journal of the proceedings of the Senate was deemed approved to date.

Certain Procedures Dispensed With

Pursuant to the order of yesterday, the morning hour being deemed expired, and the times for the recognition of the two leaders being reserved.

Transaction of Morning Business

Pursuant to the order of yesterday, the Senate proceeded to a period for the transaction of morning business.

Legislative Business (Friday, May 22)

H.R. 1314 (Rep. Meehan): To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for a right to an administrative appeal relating to adverse determinations of tax-exempt status of certain organizations .
-- Considered by Senate.
-- Cloture on the measure invoked in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 61 - 38. Record Vote Number: 192
-- Passed Senate with an amendment by Yea-Nay Vote. 62 - 37. Record Vote Number: 193
S.Amdt. 1221 (Sen. Hatch): In the nature of a substitute.
-- Amendment pending in Senate.
-- Amendment SA 1221 agreed to in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 62 - 37. Record Vote Number: 191
S.Amdt. 1226 (Sen. McCain): To repeal a duplicative inspection and grading program.
-- Amendment pending in Senate.
-- Point of order that the amendment is not germane raised in Senate with respect to amendment SA 1226.
-- Amendment SA 1226 ruled non-germane by the chair.
S.Amdt. 1227 (Sen. Shaheen): To make trade agreements work for small businesses .
-- Amendment pending in Senate.
-- Point of order that the amendment is not germane raised in Senate with respect to amendment SA 1227.
-- Amendment SA 1227 ruled non-germane by the chair.
S.Amdt. 1243 (Sen. Flake): To strike the extension of the trade adjustment assistance program.
-- Amendment pending in Senate.
-- Amendment SA 1243 not agreed to in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 36 - 62. Record Vote Number: 190
S.Amdt. 1251 (Sen. Brown): To require the approval of Congress before additional countries may join the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement .
-- Amendment pending in Senate.
-- Amendment SA 1251 not agreed to in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 47 - 52. Record Vote Number: 189
S.Amdt. 1299 (Sen. Portman): To make it a principal negotiating objective of the United States to address currency manipulation in trade agreements .
-- Amendment pending in Senate.
-- Amendment SA 1299 not agreed to in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 48 - 51. Record Vote Number: 187
S.Amdt. 1312 (Sen. Inhofe): To amend the African Growth and Opportunity Act to require the development of a plan for each sub-Saharan African country for negotiating and entering into free trade agreements.
-- Amendment pending in Senate.
-- Point of order that the amendment is not germane raised in Senate with respect to amendment SA 1312 as modified.
-- Amendment SA 1312 as modified ruled non-germane by the chair.
S.Amdt. 1327 (Sen. Warren): To prohibit the application of the trade authorities procedures to an implementing bill submitted with respect to a trade agreement that includes investor-state dispute settlement .
-- Amendment pending in Senate.
-- Amendment SA 1327 not agreed to in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 39 - 60. Record Vote Number: 188
S.Amdt. 1411 (Sen. Hatch): Of a perfecting nature.
-- Amendment pending in Senate.
-- Amendment SA 1411 as modified agreed to in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 70 - 29. Record Vote Number: 186
H.R. 2048 (Rep. Sensenbrenner): To reform the authorities of the Federal Government to require the production of certain business records, conduct electronic surveillance, use pen registers and trap and trace devices, and use other forms of information gathering for foreign intelligence, counterterrorism, and criminal purposes, and for other purposes.
-- Motion to proceed to consideration of measure made in Senate.
H.R. 2496: To extend the authorization for the replacement of the existing Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Denver, Colorado, to make certain improvements in the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014, and for other purposes.
-- Passed Senate without amendment by Voice Vote.
-- Message on Senate action sent to the House.
S. 1463 (Sen. Moran): 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 non-Department of Veterans Affairs entities .
-- Introduced in the Senate, read twice, considered, read the third time, and passed without amendment by Unanimous Consent.
-- Message on Senate action sent to the House.