Morning BusinessDuring Leader remarks, Senator McConnell moved to proceed to H.R.240, a bill making appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security for fiscal year 2015.
The Senate is currently in a period of morning business for 1 hour with Senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each. The Republicans control the first 30 minutes and the Democrats control the next 30 minutes. We will likely extend morning business following the hour of designated time.
The nomination of Ashton B. Carter, of Massachusetts, to be Secretary of Defense, is on the Executive Calendar and we could reach an agreement to consider his nomination this week.
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