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Vitter objection to Sanders amendment and counteroffer

Senator Sanders asked unanimous consent to set aside the pending amendment in order to call up Sanders amendment #1915 (State residential building energy efficiency upgrades loan pilot program).

Senator Vitter reserved his right to object and asked unanimous consent that the amendments listed below be made pending:

  • Sanders #1915 (State residential building energy efficiency upgrades loan pilot program)
  • Bennet #1847 (commercial real estate landlords and tenants)
  • Udall (CO) #1845 (retrofitting schools)
  • Klobuchar #1856  (energy efficiency retrofit pilot program)
  • Franken #1855
  • Blumenthal #1878
  • Vitter #1866 (congressional staff and federal employees health care)

That on Tuesday, September 17, at a time to be determined jointly by the Majority and Minority Leaders, there be 60 minutes for debate equally divided between Senators Wyden and Vitter. That the only amendment in order to the Vitter amendment be one offered by the Majority Leader or his designee, both subject to debate under the time limit on the Vitter amendment. That no points of order be in order to these two amendments. That upon the expiration of the debate time the Senate proceed to vote on the Vitter amendment and any pending amendments, with the amendment and any amendments to it be subject to a 60-vote threshold to be agreed to.

Senator Wyden objected.

Senator Vitter then asked consent to vote on his bill next week with no amendments or motions in order.

Senator Wyden objected.

Finally, Senator Vitter objected to Senator Sanders' original request.

Request to vote on Vitter bill with no amendments in order

Senator Vitter asked unanimous consent to withdraw the Vitter amendment #1866 (this doesn't make sense because the amendment isn't pending) and that on Wednesday, September 25 at 3:00pm, the Senate discharge the relevant committees from consideration of his bill (didn't specify bill number), the no exemption for Washington from Obamacare Act, and proceed to consideration of that bill, and that without any intervening motions or debate, the Senate proceed to 60 minutes of debate on that bill, evenly divided and controlled by the Majority Leader and Senator Vitter, and that the bill not be subject to any amendments or motions to commit, and that after debate has expired, the bill be read a third time, and the Senate immediately vote on final passage, and that the motion to reconsider be made and laid upon the table.