Democrats and Republicans are upset over not being allowed to offer amendments.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Republicans are looking at President Obama’s $3.7 billion proposal to address the influx of undocumented child immigrants, but they won’t give him a “blank check.”
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Thursday that Secretary of State John Kerry pleaded with him to get more than 50 State Department nominees confirmed.
“He called me to lament what is going on in the United States Senate with these nominations,” Reid said on the Senate floor Thursday.
The House will continue consideration of the fiscal 2015 Energy-Water appropriations bill, while the Senate will consider the nomination of Shaun Donovan to lead the Office of Management and Budget.
Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) said Wednesday that colleagues who don’t see the economic benefits of reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank frustrate her.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said he could not support President Obama’s proposal to address the influx of undocumented children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border because it doesn’t actually solve the problem.
The bipartisan measure aims to preserve federal lands for hunting, fishing and shooting.
The Senate voted 71-26 for his nomination as secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said he wants a debate on gun control reform to be included in Senate consideration of a bipartisan sportsmen’s bill.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) called on President Obama to visit Coal Country to hear from miners who will be affected by a regulation aimed at reducing carbon emissions.