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Republicans object to calling up Guantanamo and sexual assault amendments as first amendments to NDAA/Senator adopts motion to proceed to NDAA and Reid offers series of amendments / no more votes tonight

Senator Reid asked unanimous consent the first amendments in order to S.1197, National Defense Authorization Act, be the following:

-       Republican Leader, or designees (Guantanamo)

-       Democratic side-by-side (Guantanamo)

-       Gillibrand, or designee (sexual assault)

-       McCaskill-Ayotte (sexual assault)

That no second degree amendments be in order and each amendment be subject to a 60-affirmative vote threshold. That each side by side be voted on prior to the amendment to which they were offered. That no motions to recommit be in order during the consideration of the bill. Finally, that upon disposition of the amendments, the majority Leader be recognized.

Senator Inhofe objected.

All post-cloture debate time was then yielded back, the Senate adopted the motion to proceed by voice vote, and Senator Reid offered the following amendments:

Reid for Levin amendment #2123 (increase to $5 billion ceiling on general transfer authority of DoD)

Reid for Levin amendment #2124 to #2123 (technical)

Reid motion to recommit S.1197, with instructions (amendment #2125) (date change)

Reid amendment #2126 to #2125 (date change)

Reid amendment #2127 to #2126 (date change)

The Senate is in a period of morning business for debate only until 8pm, with senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each.

There will be no further roll call votes tonight.