Cloture invoked on Trade substituteBy a vote of 62-38, cloture was invoked on the Hatch amendment #1221 (Trade substitute) to H.R.1314. There will now be up to 30 hours of post-cloture debate.
The following amendments are pending to H.R.1314, Trade:
- Hatch SA #1221 (substitute)
- Flake SA #1243 (strike TAA)
- Inhofe SA #1312, as modified (AGOA)
- McCain SA #1226 (catfish)
- Portman-Stabenow SA #1299 (currency manipulation)
- Brown SA #1251 (docking)
- Shaheen SA #1227 (small business)
- Warren SA #1327 (investor state dispute)
- Hatch #1411 to the language proposed to be stricken by amendment #1299, as modified (currency)
Any pending amendments that are not germane are subject to a point of order and they would fall if a point of order is raised. Upon the use or yielding back of the post-cloture time, the Senate will vote in relation to any remaining pending amendments and on the Hatch substitute. If all time is used, the post-cloture debate on the Hatch substitute would expire at approximately 5:00pm tomorrow, Friday, May 22.
Upon disposition of the Hatch substitute, there would be a cloture vote on the underlying bill. If cloture is invoked on the underlying bill, there would be an additional 30 hours of post-cloture debate time, but no further amendments would be in order prior to a vote on passage of H.R.1314, as amended, if amended.
As a reminder, this morning Senator McConnell filed cloture on the motions to proceed to H.R.2048, USA Freedom Act, and S.1357, 2 month Patriot Act extension. Unless an agreement can be reached, the cloture vote on the motion to proceed to the USA Freedom Act would occur one hour after the Senate convenes on Saturday or upon disposition of the Trade bill, whichever is later.