December 11, 2014 11:18 PM

Senate passes 2 day CR/NDAA agreement/Agreement on Gilbert, Barber, Saperstein, Hyatt, Chacon, Palmer, Heflin, Kemper, and Aron nominations

By voice vote, the Senate passed H.J.Res.130 (2 day CR).

The Senate then reached an agreement for the consideration of the NDAA and several nominations. Under the order, there will be up to 3 hours for debate prior to a series of votes. We expect up to 4 roll call votes around 3pm, but we hope that some time can be yielded back and the votes start earlier. We expect a roll call vote on the Saperstein nomination and voice votes on the remaining ones.

3:00pm-up to 4 roll call votes expected:

  1. Coburn motion to refer (subject to a 60-vote threshold)
  2. Possible procedural vote related to motion to suspend the rules by Coburn
  3. Motion to concur in the House amendment to H.R.3979, National Defense Authorization Act (passage) (60-affirmative vote threshold)
  4. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #697 Mark Gilbert - to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to New Zealand, and to serve concurrently and without additional compensation as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Independent State of Samoa (voice vote expected)
  5. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #632 Robert C. Barber - to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Iceland (voice vote expected)
  6. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #1055 David Nathan Saperstein - to be Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom (roll call vote)
  7. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #542 Amy Jane Hyatt - to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Palau (voice vote expected)
  8. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #637 Arnold A. Chacon - to be Director General of the Foreign Service (voice vote expected)
  9. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #1051 Virginia E. Palmer - to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Malawi (voice vote expected)
  10. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #1057 Donald L. Heflin - to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Cabo Verde (voice vote expected)
  11. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #791 Michael W. Kempner - to be a Member of the Broadcasting Board of Governors for a term expiring August 13, 2015 (voice vote expected)
  12. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #1102 Leon Aron - to be a Member of the Broadcasting Board of Governors for a term expiring August 13, 2016 (voice vote expected)

The NDAA agreement is as follows:

At noon on Friday, December 12th, all post-cloture time on the motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to H.R.3979 be considered expired; that it be in order, notwithstanding cloture having been invoked for Senator Coburn to offer a motion to refer the House message; that there be 3 hours of debate, one hour each for Senators Coburn and Reid, or their designees, and 30 minutes each for Senators Murkowski and Inhofe, or their designees, prior to a vote in relation to the motion to refer; that the Coburn motion to refer be subject to a 60 affirmative vote threshold; that if the Coburn motion to refer is not agreed to, Senator Coburn be recognized for the purposes of making a motion; that following disposition of the Coburn motion; the pending motion to concur with a further amendment be withdrawn; that the Senate proceed to vote on the motion to concur; that no motions other than the Coburn motions, motions to waive or motions to table be in order; that the vote on the motion to concur be subject to a 60 affirmative vote threshold; finally, that if the motion to concur is agreed to, the Senate proceed to the consideration of the following concurrent resolutions, en bloc:

H.Con.Res.121, to correct the enrollment of H.R.3979, providing a new title to the bill; and

H.Con.Res123, to correct the enrollment of H.R.3979.

that the concurrent resolutions be agreed to; and the motion to reconsider be considered made and laid upon the table.