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  • The Senate stands in adjournment until 2:00pm on Monday, March 18, 2013. Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R.933, the continuing appropriations bill. The filing deadline for all 2nd degree amendments to the Mikulski-Shelby substitute amendment #26 and H.R.933...
  • ROLL CALL VOTES 1)      Harkin amendment #53 (Labor-HHS) to H.R.933, the continuing appropriations bill; Not Agreed to: 54-45 (60 affirmative-vote threshold) 2)      Coburn amendment #66 (hiring freeze for federal employees) to H.R.933; Not Agreed to: 45-54 (60 affirmative-vote...
  • Well, folks, we were unable to reach an agreement to vote in relation to the Coburn or Toomey amendments tonight. Senator Coburn wouldn't agree to vote in relation to his amendment, as modified. Senator Reid has asked the managers of the bill to work over the weekend on a small, finite list of...
  • There is a good chance that we vote tonight (sooner rather than later) in relation to the Coburn amendment #65, as modified (political science funding at NSF). Another message will be sent once an agreement is reached.
  • The Inhofe amendment #29 (Farms/EPA) was modified and agreed to. Senator Toomey then called up amendment #115 (cuts $60 million in funding for DoD biofuels). Senator Brown asked unanimous consent to set aside the Toomey amendment in order to call up amendment #83 (Customs Services). Senator Mikulski...
  • The filing deadline for first degree amendments is now 3pm today. Following the remarks of Senator Whitehouse, the Senate will recess until 2:15pm.
  • 12:01pm The Senate began a roll call vote on the Coburn amendment #66 (temporary pay freeze for federal employees) (60 affirmative-vote threshold) Not Agreed to: 45-54
  • 11:30am The Senate began a roll call vote on Harkin amendment #53 (Add Labor-HHS Appropriations) (60 affirmative-vote threshold) Not Agreed to: 54-45
  • The Senate has resumed consideration of H.R.933, the Continuing Resolution. There will be 1 hour to debate concurrently the Harkin amendment #53 (Labor-HHS) and Coburn amendment #66 (temporary hiring freeze on Non Essential Federal Employees), prior to votes in relation to the amendments. The debate...
  • The Senate stands in adjournment until 10:00am on Thursday, March 14, 2013. Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R.933, the continuing appropriations bill. There will be up to one hour of debate equally divided between Senators Mikulski and Shelby or their...
  • This evening Senator Reid filed cloture on the Mikulski-Shelby substitute amendment #26, as modified, and the underlying bill, H.R.933, the Continuing Resolution. However, we hope to reach an agreement to complete action on the bill without cloture. The filing deadline for first degree amendments to...
  • ROLL CALL VOTES 1)      Cruz amendment #30 (defund the Affordable Care Act) to H.R.933, the continuing appropriations bill; Not Agreed to: 45-52 2)      McCain amendment #33 (Guam) Not Tabled: 48-50 LEGISLATIVE ITEMS Adopted S.Res.76, Designating room S-126 of the United States Capitol as the...
  • There will be no further roll call votes during Wednesday's session of the Senate.
  • The McCain amendment #33 was not tabled 48-50 and was then adopted by voice vote. Senator Inhofe then asked unanimous consent to set aside the pending amendment in order to call up amendment #29 (Farms-EPA oil spill and prevention rule). Senator Boxer reserved her right to set aside the pending...
  • 5:34pm The Senate began a roll call vote on the Durbin motion to table McCain amendment #33 (Guam and grant authority); Not Tabled: 48-50, Agreed to by voice vote
  • The time until 5:30pm will be equally divided and controlled between Senators McCain and Durbin, or their designees. At 5:30pm, the Senate will proceed to vote in relation to the McCain amendment #33. The McCain amendment #33 strikes $13 million for construction of a regional public health...
  • Senator McCain has offered amendment #33 (strikes certain DoD Operation and Maintenance grants to Guam). Votes are possible in relation to the Harkin amendment #53 (Labor-HHS) and McCain amendment #33 (strikes certain DoD Operation and Maintenance grants to Guam) in the not too distant future....
  • Senator Harkin has called up amendment #53 (Labor-HHS flexibility). The Harkin amendment replaces the Labor-HHS division of the CR/omnibus with the text of the full Labor-HHS appropriations bill.
  • 2:02pm The Senate began a roll call vote on the Cruz amendment #30 (defund Obamacare) Not Agreed to: 45-52
  • The Senate has reached an agreement that results in a vote in relation to the Cruz amendment #26 (defund ACA) at 2pm. The time until 2pm is equally divided and controlled between Senator Mikulski and Cruz, or their designees. At 2pm the Senate will proceed to vote in relation to the Cruz amendment....