2 roll call votes expected at 3:45pm--objections to consideration of Shaheen-Portman energy efficiency bill--motion to proceed to Tax ExtendersSenator Reid asked unanimous consent that after up to 3 hours for debate, the Senate proceed to vote on passage of S.2262, Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act; and if S.2262 is passed, the Senate vote on S.2280, a bill to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline, before the end of this work period, with each bill being subject to a 60-affirmative vote thresholds. Senator McConnell objected.
Senator McConnell then asked consent that there be 5 Republican amendments in order prior to a vote on passage of S.2262, as amended, if amended. Senator Reid objected.
The Senate adopted the motion to proceed to S.2262, Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act, by voice vote; filled the amendment tree; and filed cloture on the bill. The cloture vote would occur upon disposition of Executive Calendar #690, Robin S. Rosenbaum, of Florida, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit. Senator Reid also moved to proceed to Calendar #366, S.2260, Tax Extenders.
Senators should expect 2 procedural votes at 3:45pm today. We expect Senator McConnell or designee to make 2 motions to table with respect to S.2262, for the purpose of offering an amendment. The time until 3:45pm is equally divided between the two Leaders or their designees.