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Senate Floor Activity - Thursday, October 1, 2015

The President pro tempore called the Senate to order at 9:30 a.m., the Chaplain 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 (Thursday, October 1)

H.R. 1624 (Rep. Guthrie): To amend title I of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and title XXVII of the Public Health Service Act to revise the definition of small employer.
-- Passed Senate without amendment by Voice Vote.
-- Message on Senate action sent to the House.

H.R. 1735 (Rep. Thornberry): To authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2016 for military activities of the Department of Defense, for military construction, and for defense activities of the Department of Energy, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, and for other purposes.
-- Conference papers: message on House action held at the desk in Senate.
-- Conference report considered in Senate.
-- Cloture motion on the conference report to accompany H.R. 1735 presented in Senate.

H.R. 2029 (Rep. Dent): Making appropriations for military construction, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2016, and for other purposes.
-- Motion to proceed to measure considered in Senate.
-- Cloture on the motion to proceed to the measure not invoked in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 50 - 44. Record Vote Number: 273

H.R. 2835 (Rep. McSally): To actively recruit members of the Armed Forces who are separating from military service to serve as Customs and Border Protection Officers.
-- Passed Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent.
-- Message on Senate action sent to the House.

S.Res. 276 (Sen. Grassley): A resolution designating the week beginning October 18, 2015, as "National Character Counts Week".
-- Submitted in the Senate, considered, and agreed to without amendment and with a preamble by Unanimous Consent.


By unanimous consent, on the request of Mr. McConnell, at 5:54 p.m., the Senate adjourned, under its order of today, until 4 p.m. on Monday, October 5, 2015.