The Senate will next convene at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 29 after standing in adjournment at 7:13 p.m. Monday, July 28.
Following the Leaders’ remarks, the Senate will be in Morning Business until noon, with the first half under Republican control and the second half under Majority control and Senators permitted to speak up to 10 minutes each.
The Senate will begin consideration of Executive Calendar #952, Robert Alan McDonald, of Ohio, to be Secretary of Veterans Affairs, with the time until 12:30 p.m. equally divided.
The Senate will recess until 2:15 p.m. for the weekly policy lunches.
The Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #952, with the time until 2:45 p.m. equally divided.
The Senate will conduct four confirmation VOTES on the following (the last three are expected by voice vote):
- Executive Calendar #952;
- Executive Calendar #530, Larry Edward Andre, Jr., of Virginia, to be Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Mauritania;
- Executive Calendar #543, Michael Stephen Hoza, of Washington, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Cameroon; and
- Executive Calendar #899, Joan A. Polaschik, of VA, to be Ambassador to the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria.
The Senate will begin consideration of H.R. 5021, the Highway bill. The following amendments will be in order:
- Wyden amendment #3582 (replace title II with different $11 billion offset package reported by the Finance Committee);
- Carper/Corker/Boxer amendment #3593 (shorten extension from May 31, 2015 to December 19, 2014);
- Lee amendment #3584 (mirrors S. 1702; phase down the federal gas tax over five years from 18.4 cents per gallon to 3.7 cents and transfer highway authorities proportionally from the federal government to the states); and
- Toomey amendment #3585 (streamline construction of bridges, roads, and highway damaged during disasters).
Each amendment will be subject to one hour of debate, equally divided between proponents and opponents. In addition, there will be up to two hours of general debate on the bill, equally divided between the Leaders or their designees.
Upon the use or yielding back of time, the Senate will conduct five VOTES on the amendments in the order listed above, followed by passage of the H.R. 5021, as amended, if amended. All four amendments and passage have 60-vote thresholds.
On Monday, cloture was filed on S. 2569, the Outsourcing bill (the amendment tree is filled) and on the motion to proceed to S. 2648, the Border Supplemental Appropriations bill.