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  • The following amendments have been considered to H.R.933, : Cruz amendment #30 (defund Obamacare) Not Agreed to: 45-52 McCain amendment #33 (Guam) Not Tabled: 48-50; agreed to by voice vote Harkin amendment #53 (Labor HHS flexibility)(60 affirmative-vote threshold) Not Agreed to: 54-45 Coburn...
  • The Senate has reached an agreement that results in a series of up to 12 votes, but we expect to conduct 7 roll call votes, at 2:15pm today. Those votes would be in relation to the items listed below. -          Coburn #69 (prohibits Urban Area Security Initiative Grants not improving homeland...
  • The previously scheduled votes have been delayed until 2:00pm today. In the meantime, the managers of the bill will continue to work on an agreement to consider additional amendments to the Continuing Appropriations act. 3 roll call votes expected at 2:00pm: -          In relation to Toomey...
  • As a reminder, at 11:15am there will be a series of roll call votes in relation to the Continuing Appropriations act. There may be a request or requests to expand the number of amendments to be considered prior to adoption of the Mikulski-Shelby substitute, but our best guess is that there would be...
  • The Senate stands in adjournment until 9:30am on Wednesday, March 20, 2013. Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R.933, the continuing appropriations bill with the time until 11:15am equally divided and controlled between the two Leaders or their designees. At...
  • The Senate has reached an agreement that results in 3 roll call votes at 11:15am tomorrow. Those votes will be in relation to the following items: -          Toomey amendment #115 (expect a point of order and motion to waive with 60-vote threshold); -          Mikulski-Shelby substitute amendment...
  • No ROLL CALL VOTES LEGISLATIVE ITEMS Adopted S.Res.81, commemorating March 19, 2013, as the 40th anniversary of National Ag Day. No EXECUTIVE ITEMS
  • Senator Reid asked unanimous consent that the Senate vote in relation to the amendments listed below and the Senate complete action on the Continuing Appropriations bill. -          Mikulski-Shelby #98, as modified (60-vote threshold) -          Pryor-Blunt #82 (60-vote threshold); -          Toomey...
  • This morning the Senate resumed consideration of the Mikulski-Shelby substitute amendment #26 to H.R.933, Continuing Appropriations, post-cloture. If all time is used, the 30 hours of post-cloture debate time on the substitute would expire at 12:48am on Wednesday, March 20. At that time, the...
  • The Senate stands in adjournment until 10:00am on Tuesday, March 19, 2013. Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R.933, the continuing appropriations bill. The Senate will recess from 12:30pm until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings. All time during...
  • ROLL CALL VOTE 1)      Motion to invoke cloture on the Mikulski-Shelby substitute amendment #26, as modified, to H.R.933, the continuing appropriations bill; Invoked: 63-35 LEGISLATIVE ITEMS Discharged the Judiciary committee and adopted S.Res.66, A resolution designating the first week of April...
  • Cloture on the Mikulski-Shelby substitute amendment to H.R.933, Continuing Appropriations, was invoked by a vote of 63-35. There will now be up to 30 hours for debate on the substitute. There will be no further roll call votes tonight.
  • 6:10pm The Senate began a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Mikulski-Shelby amendment #26 (substitute) to H.R.933, Continuing Appropriations; Invoked: 63-35
  • Senator Reid asked unanimous consent to withdraw the two cloture motions, the Senate consider a series of amendments to the Continuing Appropriations bill, and then proceed to vote on passage of the bill, as amended. Senator Ayotte objected. Senator Ayotte objected because amendment #46 (strikes...
  • 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.