February 8, 2018 10:09 PM
Senator Paul objects to Graham consent to vote on the CR at 8pm, again; and Tillis request to vote at 9pm
Senator Graham asked the same unanimous consent request again –to vote on cloture at 8pm—and Senator Paul objected.
Senator Paul made some remarks, and said “I
WILL CONTINUE TO ADVOCATE THAT IF THEY WANT TO VOTE EARLIER,
THEY CAN VOTE EARLIER AS LONG AS I GET A VOTE ON AN AMENDMENT
WHERE WE WILL HAVE AN OPEN DEBATE AND AN EXPLICIT VOTE THAT
SAYS ARE YOU FOR OR AGAINST BREAKING THE SPENDING CAPS THAT WE
PUT IN PLACE.”
Then Senator Tillis asked unanimous consent to vote on cloture at 9pm and that if cloture is invoked, all post-cloture time be yielded back, and the Senate vote on the motion to concur, with an amendment (CR/caps).
Again, Senator Paul objected.
The time of the cloture vote is still uncertain.
Under the rules, the cloture vote would occur one hour after the Senate convenes tomorrow. The filing deadline for second degree amendments is 1 hour prior to the cloture vote, if cloture is invoked (60-vote threshold).
When the cloture vote occurs depends on Senator Paul and how the night goes. There could be an effort to adjourn at midnight and vote on cloture at 1am. We could vote earlier by consent or depending on how things go, even later than 1:00am.
If cloture is invoked, the motion to refer would fall post-cloture and there would be up to 30 hours of post-cloture debate, with each senator permitted to speak for 1 hour each. Upon the use or yielding back of time, the Senate would dispose of any pending amendments. If a budget point of order is raised and a motion to waive made, we would dispose of any pending motions (60-vote threshold to waive). Then we would vote on the motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to H.R.1892, with a further amendment (passage of CR/caps). If the motion is agreed to, the bill would be sent back to the House for consideration.