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5:30pm votes

The Senate has begun consideration of H.R. 5949, FISA Reauthorization. Under the previous order, there will be up to 7 hours for debate on the bill and 30 minutes equally divided on each of the amendments listed below.

- Leahy (Judiciary committee reported substitute);

- Merkley (declassification of FISA court opinions);

- Paul (4th Amendment - searches/seizures); and

- Wyden (public reporting);

Upon the use or yielding back of time, the Senate will proceed to votes in relation to the amendments in the order listed. Upon disposition of the amendments, the bill will be read a third time and the Senate will proceed to vote on passage of the bill, as amended, if amended.

In addition to the FISA extension, we could also consider amendments to the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations bill today, as provided for under a previous order. As you may recall, cloture on the Supplemental was invoked last week and we reached a further agreement to limit amendments that are in order to the Supplemental.

Senators should expect a series of votes to begin at 5:30pm tonight in relation to the FISA extension and possibly amendments to the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations bill.