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  • After much hard work and negotiations, we have made significant progress on S.744, the Comprehensive Immigration reform bill. Senator Leahy modified amendment #1183, with the text of a perfecting substitute amendment that includes negotiated border security language. Senator Reid then offered a...
  • The Senate has resumed consideration of S.744, the Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill. The time until 2:30pm is for debate only, with the time equally divided and controlled between the two Leaders, or their designees, and with senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each....
  • The Senate stands in adjournment until 10:30am on Friday, June 21, 2013. Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of S.744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act and the Majority Leader will be recognized at that time. Negotiations...
  • ROLL CALL VOTE 1)      Motion to table Cornyn amendment #1251 (border security); Tabled: 54-43 LEGISLATIVE ITEMS Adopted S.Res.179, a resolution making majority party appointments for the 113th Congress. Adopted S.Res.180, a resolution making minority party appointments for the 113th Congress. No...
  • The Senate is considering S.744, the Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill, for debate only until 10:30pm, with the time equally divided between the two Leaders or their designees, and Senator Reid will be recognized at that time.
  • Senator Inhofe asked consent to set aside the pending amendments in order to call up Inhofe amendment #1203 (detention of dangerous aliens). Senator Leahy objected. Negotiations continue on a path forward to complete action on the Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill.
  • Senator Lee asked unanimous consent to set aside the pending amendment. Senator Leahy objected. If granted consent to set aside the pending amendment, he would have called up amendment #1207 (to prohibit the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture from taking action on public lands which impede...
  • Senator Reid made a point of order that the Vitter amendment is improperly drafted. The point of order was well taken and the amendment fell. The Senate will be in a period for debate only on the Immigration Reform bill until 6:30pm, with the time equally divided between the two Leaders or their...
  • By right, Senator Vitter called for the regular order, which made the Leahy amendment #1183 the pending business, and offered Vitter amendment #1507 (domestic violence) in the open second degree slot. We will be in a quorum call for a bit as we discuss how to proceed.
  • The time until 4:00pm will be equally divided between the two leaders, or their designees. Senator Reid will be recognized at 4:00pm. We cannot preclude votes during this time, but nothing is scheduled. Senators will be notified when votes are scheduled.
  • Senator Landrieu asked unanimous consent the Senate adopt the amendments listed below. Senator Grassley objected and said he is negotiating a package with the Chairman's staff. Senator Landrieu then asked consent that Senator Grassley's proposal be placed in the Record. Senator Grassley...
  • 12:02PM The Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on Reid motion to table Cornyn amendment #1251 (border security); Tabled: 54-43
  • Negotiations continue on a path forward on amendments to the Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill. Last night we thought we would vote around 11:30am, but the Leader has been asked to move that to noon. At noon Senator Reid will either table one of the pending amendments or we will have a path...
  • The Senate stands in adjournment until 9:30am on Thursday, June 20, 2013. Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of S.744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act. The time until 11:30pm will be equally divided and controlled between...
  • WRAP UP FOR WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19, 2013 ROLL CALL VOTES 1)      Motion to table the Paul amendment #1200, as modified (border security enhancements); Tabled: 61-37 2)      Manchin amendment #1268 (border security contractor salaries)(60-vote threshold) Agreed to: 72-26 3)      Lee amendment #1208 (fast...
  • 5:54pm The Senate began a roll call vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #182, the nomination of Michael Froman, of New York, to be United States Trade Representative, with the rank of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Confirmed: 93-4 (1-voting present)
  • 5:28pm The Senate began a roll call vote on Heller amendment #1227 (NV representative on Southern Border Security Commissions); Agreed to: 89-9
  • The Pryor amendment was agreed to by voice vote.
  • 5:08pm The Senate began a roll call vote on Lee amendment #1208, as modified (fast-track approval of border security); Not Agreed To: 39-59
  • 4:39pm The Senate began a roll call vote on Manchin #1268 (contractor salaries); Agreed To: 72-26