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The Senate stands in adjournment until 10:30am on Thursday, November 21, 2013.

Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of S.1197, the National Defense Authorization Act.

During Wednesday’s session of the Senate, cloture was filed on S.1197.

As result, the filing deadline for all first degree amendments to the bill is 1:00pm on Thursday.

During leader remarks, Senator Reid moved to proceed to S.1356, Workforce Investment Act of 2013.

At 11:08am, the Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on the Reid motion to proceed to reconsider the vote by which cloture was not invoked on Executive Calendar #227, the nomination of Patricia Ann Millett, of Virginia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit;

Agreed To: 57-40 ( Hatch, Chambliss, Isakson voted present. Collins and Murkowski vote aye)).

11:29am The Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on the motion to adjourn;

Not Agreed to: 46-54

11:46am the Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on the motion to reconsider Executive Calendar #227, the nomination of Patricia Ann Millett, of Virginia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit

Agreed To: 57-43

Senator Reid raised a point of order that the vote on cloture for all nominations other than for the Supreme Court is by majority vote. The point of order was not sustained by the Chair. Senator Reid then appealed the ruling of the Chair and asked for the yeas and nays.

Senator McConnell then made a series of parliamentary inquires.

At 12:10pm, the Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on the question: does the ruling of the chair stand that the cloture vote for all nominations other than for the Supreme Court is not by majority vote? Senator Reid will vote no. (Appealing rule of the chair vote) Senator Reid will vote no;

The Appeal of the ruling of the chair was not sustained 48-52

The ruling of the chair was not sustained by a vote of 48-53.

 
Chair:     UNDER THE PRECEDENT SET BY THE SENATE TODAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2013,

THE THRESHOLD FOR CLOTURE ON NOMINATIONS, NOT INCLUDING THOSE

OF THE SUPREME COURT OF UNITED STATES, IS NOW A MAJORITY. THAT

IS THE RULING OF THE CHAIR.

Senator McConnell then appealed the ruling of the chair and asked for the yeas and nays.

           MR. McCONNELL: MAKE A POINT OF ORDER THAT NOMINATIONS ARE FULLY
           DEBATABLE URPD THE RULES OF THE SENATE UNLESS I WAS THERE OF
           SENATORS CHOSEN AND SWORN HAVE VOTED TO BRING DEBATE TO A
           CLOSE. UNDER THE PRECEDENT JUST SET BY THE SENATE, CLOTURE IS
           INVOKED AT A MAJORITY. THEREFORE, I APPEAL THE RULING OF THE
           CHAIR AND ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS.

At 12:35, the Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on the question: Shall the decision of the Chair stand as the judgment of the Senate?

Decision of the Chair: a vote on cloture for all nominations (other than for the Supreme Court) is by majority vote.

Sustained: 52-48

2:57pm The Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #327, the nomination of Patricia Ann Millett, of Virginia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit, upon reconsideration;

Invoked: 55-43

Under the new cloture rules for nominations (Rule 22), a majority vote is required to invoke cloture on all nominations, except for nominations to the Supreme Court.

There will now be up to 30 hours for debate on the Millett nomination.

Additional roll call votes are expected today.

We are working on an agreement to hold the cloture vote on S.1197, National Defense Authorization Act, and the adjournment resolution this afternoon. We could vote around 3:45pm.

Under Rule 22, the filing deadline for second degree amendments is 1 hour prior to the beginning of the cloture vote. We are working on a consent to set the filing deadline for second degree amendments for later today, potentially for 5pm.

Another message will be sent once any agreement is reached.

The Senate has reached an agreement that results in 2 roll call votes at 4:00pm today. Those votes are on the following items:

-          Motion to invoke cloture on S.1197, National Defense Authorization Act; and

-          Adopting of S.Con.Res.28, adjournment resolution.

The filing deadline for second degree amendments to S.1197, is 5pm today.

4:03pm The Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on S.1197, National Defense Authorization Act;

Not invoked: 51-44

Senator Reid changed his vote to no (for procedural reasons) and entered a motion to reconsider at a later time the vote by which cloture was not invoked.

4:31pm The Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on adoption of S.Con.Res.28, adjournment resolution;

Adopted: 51-42

There will be no further roll call votes today.

Senator Schumer asked unanimous consent the Senate take up and pass S.1774, a bill to reauthorize the Undetectable Firearms Act of 1988 for 1 year. Senator Sessions objected.

If the Senate does not receive a message that the House has adopted S.Con.Res.28, the adjournment resolution, the Senate will meet conduct pro forma sessions only with no business conducted on the following dates and times:

  • Friday, November 22nd at 11:15am
  • Tuesday, November 26th at 11:00am
  • Friday, November 29th at 1:00pm
  • Tuesday, December 3rd at 11:00am and
  • Friday, December 6th at 10:30am

If the Senate receives a message that the House has adopted S.Con.Res.28, the Senate will stand adjourned until 2:00pm on Monday, December 9th.

WRAP UP

ROLL CALL VOTES

1)      Reid motion to proceed to the motion to reconsider the vote by which cloture was not invoked on Executive Calendar #327, the nomination of Patricia Ann Millett, of Virginia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit; Agreed to: 57-40-3(present)

2)      McConnell motion to adjourn until 5:00pm; Not Agreed to: 46-54

3)      Reid motion to reconsider the vote by which cloture was not invoked on Executive Calendar #327, the Millett nomination; Agreed to: 57-43

4)      Shall the decision of the Chair stand as the judgment of the Senate (cloture on nominations (other than Supreme Court nominees) require the votes of three-fifths of Senators duly chosen and sworn and not a majority)(Reid appeal of the chair); the decision of the Chair was not sustained: 52-48

5)      Shall the decision of the Chair stand as the judgment of the Senate (cloture on nominations (other than Supreme Court nominees) is a majority vote) (McConnell appeal of the chair); the decision of the Chair was sustained: 52-48

6)      Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #327, the nomination of Patricia Ann Millett, of Virginia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit, upon reconsideration; Invoked: 55-43

7)      Motion to invoke cloture on S.1197, the National Defense Authorization Act; Not Invoked: 51-44

8)      Adoption of S.Con.Res.28, Providing for a conditional adjournment or recess of the Senate and an adjournment of the House of Representatives; Adopted: 51-42

Additional LEGISLATIVE ITEMS

Began the Rule 14 process of the following bills:

  • S.1774, a bill to reauthorize the Undetectable Firearms Act of 1988 for 1 year. (Nelson-Schumer)
  • S.1775, the Victims Protection Act of 2013. (McCaskill)
  • H.R.1965, the Federal Lands Jobs and Energy Security Act. (Republican request)
  • H.R.2728, the Protecting States’ Rights to Promote American Energy Security Act. (Republican request)

Completed the Rule 14 process of S.1752, the Military Justice Improvement Act of 2013. (Gillibrand)

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Last Floor Action:
11:29:50 A.M. -H.R. 1900
On agreeing
to the Speier amendment (A003) Roll Call 607 - Recorded vote pending.

Last Floor Action:
9:03:02 A.M. - ONE MINUTE SPEECHES - The
House proceeded with one minute speeches which by direction of the Chair, would
be limited to 5 per side of the aisle.

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the Senate ~~ CONGRESS 11/12 ~~ the House


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The Senate will conduct a pro forma session with no business conducted at 11:45am on Friday, November 8, 2013.

The Senate will not be in session on Monday, November 11th in observance of Veterans’ Day.

 SCHEDULE FOR TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2013

The Senate will convene at 2:00pm on Tuesday, November 12, 2013.  Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business until 4:30pm.

At 4:30pm, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session to consider Executive Calendar #346, the nomination of Cornelia T. L. Pillard, of the District of Columbia, to be United States District Court Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit with the time until 5:30pm equally divided and controlled in the usual form.

At 5:30pm, there will be a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Pillard nomination.  If cloture is not invoked, there will be a 2nd roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R.3204, the Drug Quality and Security Act.

For the information of all Senators, during Thursday, November 7th’s session of the Senate, cloture was filed on the following items in the following order:

-          Executive Calendar #346, the nomination of Cornelia T. L. Pillard, of the District of Columbia, to be United States District Court Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit and

-          H.R.3204, the Drug Quality and Security Act.

5:30pmThe Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #346, the nomination of Cornelia T. L. Pillard, of the District of Columbia, to be United States District Court Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit;

Not Invoked:56-41 (1 voted present)

Senator Reid entered a motion to reconsider the failed cloture vote at a later time.

6:03pm The Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R.3204, the Drug Quality and Security Act;

Invoked: 97-1

There will be no further roll call votes during Tuesday’s session of the Senate.

WRAP UP

ROLL CALL VOTES

1)      Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #346, the nomination of Cornelia T. L. Pillard, of the District of Columbia, to be United States District Court Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit; Not Invoked:56-41 (1 voted present)

2)      Motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R.3204, the Drug Quality and Security Act; Invoked: 97-1

Additional LEGISLATIVE ITEMS

Passed S.1557 A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize support for graduate and medical education programs in children’s hospitals.

Passed S.1499, a bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 278 Main Street in Chadron, Nebraska, as the “Sergeant Cory Mracek Memorial Post Office”.

Passed S.1512, a bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1335 Jefferson Road in Rochester, New York as the “Specialist Theodore Matthew Glende Post Office”.

Adopted S.Res.290, Commemorating the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht, or the Night of Broken Glass.

Completed the Rule 14 process of S.1661, to require the Secretary of State to offer rewards of up to $5,000,000 for information regarding the attacks on the United States diplomatic mission at Benghazi, Libya that began September 11, 2012.

No Additional EXECUTIVE ITEMS

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Last Floor Action:11/12
7:24:13 P.M. – SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES -
The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded
to Special Order speeches.

Last Floor Action:11/12
5:01:42 P.M. -S. 252
DEBATE – The
House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on S. 252.

Last Floor Action:11/12
2:02:25 P.M. – PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The
Chair designated Ms. Foxx to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of
Allegiance to the Flag.

Last Floor Action:10/30
5:11:55 P.M. – The House adjourned
pursuant to a previous special order.

The next meeting is scheduled for 10:00
a.m. on November 12, 2013, unless the House receives a message from the Senate
transmitting its adoption of H. Con. Res. 62, in which case the House shall
stand adjourned pursuant to that concurrent resolution.

 

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the Senate ~~ CONGRESS 10/8 ~~ the House


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The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Tuesday, October 8, 2013.  Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business for debate only until 12:30pm with Senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each.

The Senate will recess from 12:30pm until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings.

The period of morning business for debate only has been extended to 5:00pm, with senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minute each.

Senator Murray asked unanimous consent that when the Senate receives a Message from the House that they have passed H.J.Res.59, as amended by the Senate, the Senate go to conference on the Budget resolution (H.Con.Res.25, as amended with the text of S.Con.Res.8)

Senator Sessions objected and said that a unanimous consent request he could agree to would be to go to conference on the Budget resolution and that it not be in order for the Senate to consider a conference report that includes reconciliation instructions to raise the debt limit.

Senator Murray asked unanimous consent that when the Senate receives a Message from the House that they have passed H.J.Res.59, as amended by the Senate, the Senate go to conference on the Budget resolution (H.Con.Res.25, as amended with the text of S.Con.Res.8)

Senator Sessions objected and said that a unanimous consent request he could agree to would be to go to conference on the Budget resolution and that it not be in order for the Senate to consider a conference report that includes reconciliation instructions to raise the debt limit.

Senator Cruz asked unanimous consent the Senate take up and pass H.J.Res.72, a joint resolution making continuing appropriations for veterans benefits for fiscal year 2014. Senator Reid asked that the request be modified to include an amendment to allow a clean CR to fund the entire government. Senator Cruz objected to the modification and Senator Reid objected to the original request.

Morning business for debate only has been extended until 7:00pm, with senators permitted to speak for up to 10 minutes each and in an alternating fashion between sides.

WRAP UP

ROLL CALL VOTE

1)      Motion to instruct the Sergeant at Arms to request the presence of absent Senators; Agreed to: 84-14

LEGISLATIVE ITEMS

Began the Rule 14 process of:

- S.1569, To ensure the complete and timely payment of the obligations of the United States Government until December 31, 2014 and

- H.J.Res.77, Food and Drug Administration Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014.

No EXECUTIVE ITEMS

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Last Floor Action:
1:57:59 P.M. – The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is subject to the call of the Chair.

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The Senate stands in adjournment until 9:30am on Thursday, September 12, 2013. Following any Leader remarks, there will be a period of morning business for one hour with the Majority controlling the first half and the Republicans controlling the final half.

Following morning business, the Senate will resume consideration of S.1392, the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act.

Senator Vitter proposed two unanimous consent requests and Senator Wyden objected to both.

Request to call up several amendments and vote on Vitter amendment and side-by-side

Senator Vitter asked unanimous consent that the amendments listed below be made pending:

That on Tuesday, September 17, at a time to be determined jointly by the Majority and Minority Leaders, there be 60 minutes for debate equally divided between Senators Wyden and Vitter. That the only amendment in order to the Vitter amendment be one offered by the Majority Leader or his designee, both subject to debate under the time limit on the Vitter amendment. That no points of order be in order to these two amendments. That upon the expiration of the debate time the Senate proceed to vote on the Vitter amendment and any pending amendments, with the amendment and any amendments to it be subject to a 60-vote threshold to be agreed to.

Senator Wyden objected.

Senator Vitter later said he would add Blumenthal amendment #1878 (commercial building energy code study) to the list.

Request to vote on Vitter bill with no amendments in order

Senator Vitter asked unanimous consent to withdraw the Vitter amendment #1866 (this doesn’t make sense because the amendment isn’t pending) and that on Wednesday, September 25 at 3:00pm, the Senate discharge the relevant committees from consideration of his bill (didn’t specify bill number), the no exemption for Washington from Obamacare Act, and proceed to consideration of that bill, and that without any intervening motions or debate, the Senate proceed to 60 minutes of debate on that bill, evenly divided and controlled by the Majority Leader and Senator Vitter, and that the bill not be subject to any amendments or motions to commit, and that after debate has expired, the bill be read a third time, and the Senate immediately vote on final passage, and that the motion to reconsider be made and laid upon the table.

Senator Wyden objected.

Senator Franken asked unanimous consent to call up  Franken amendment #1855 (energy information for commercial buildings).

Senator Vitter objected.

Senator Sanders asked unanimous consent to set aside the pending amendment in order to call up Sanders amendment #1915 (State residential building energy efficiency upgrades loan pilot program).

Senator Vitter reserved his right to object and asked unanimous consent that the amendments listed below be made pending:

That on Tuesday, September 17, at a time to be determined jointly by the Majority and Minority Leaders, there be 60 minutes for debate equally divided between Senators Wyden and Vitter. That the only amendment in order to the Vitter amendment be one offered by the Majority Leader or his designee, both subject to debate under the time limit on the Vitter amendment. That no points of order be in order to these two amendments. That upon the expiration of the debate time the Senate proceed to vote on the Vitter amendment and any pending amendments, with the amendment and any amendments to it be subject to a 60-vote threshold to be agreed to.

Senator Wyden objected.

Senator Vitter then asked consent to vote on his bill next week with no amendments or motions in order.

Senator Wyden objected.

Finally, Senator Vitter objected to Senator Sanders’ original request.

Request to vote on Vitter bill with no amendments in order

Senator Vitter asked unanimous consent to withdraw the Vitter amendment #1866 (this doesn’t make sense because the amendment isn’t pending) and that on Wednesday, September 25 at 3:00pm, the Senate discharge the relevant committees from consideration of his bill (didn’t specify bill number), the no exemption for Washington from Obamacare Act, and proceed to consideration of that bill, and that without any intervening motions or debate, the Senate proceed to 60 minutes of debate on that bill, evenly divided and controlled by the Majority Leader and Senator Vitter, and that the bill not be subject to any amendments or motions to commit, and that after debate has expired, the bill be read a third time, and the Senate immediately vote on final passage, and that the motion to reconsider be made and laid upon the table.

Senator Gillibrand asked consent to set aside the pending amendment in order to call up Gillibrand amendment #1860 (disaster relief/emergency assistance for energy efficiency products). Senator Vitter also objected to calling up her amendment and asked consent to call up a series of amendments, and vote on his health care amendment and an alternative. Senator Wyden objected to his request. He then  asked the same consent he’s asked several times today to vote on his bill with no amendments in order. Senator Wyden objected to this request. Finally, Senator Vitter objected to Gillibrand’s original request.

The Senate is in a period of morning business with senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each.

WRAP UP

No ROLL CALL VOTES

No LEGISLATIVE ITEMS

EXECUTIVE ITEMS

Confirmed Executive Calendar #219, the nomination of Victoria Nuland, of VA, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Career Minister, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (European and Eurasian Affairs).

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the Senate ~~ CONGRESS out until ~~ 9/9 ~~ the House considers HR367,HR2009


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If the Senate receives a message that the House adopted S.Con.Res.22, the adjournment resolution, the Senate will convene for a pro forma session only on Monday, August 12th at 12:00pm.

Executive nominations are automatically returned to the White House when the Senate is adjourned for 30 days or more.

 Since unanimous consent was not reached to waive this requirement, this pro forma will occur in order to prevent those executive nominations from being returned.

If the House does not adopt S.Con.Res.22, the Senate will meet on the following dates and at the following times for pro forma sessions only with no business conducted:

-          Friday, August 2nd at 11:45am

-          Tuesday, August 6th at 10:30am

-          Friday, August 9th at 12:00pm

-          Tuesday, August 13th at 12:00pm

-          Friday, August 16th at 12:00pm

-          Tuesday, August 20th at 12:00pm

-          Friday, August 23rd at 12:00pm

-          Tuesday, August 27th at 9:00am

-          Friday, August 30th at 2:00pm

-          Tuesday, September 3rd at 9:15am and

-          Friday, September 6th at 5:00pm.

 

 

SCHEDULE FOR MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2013

The Senate will convene at 2:00pm on Monday, September 9, 2013.  Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business until 5:00pm with Senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each.

At 5:00pm, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session to consider the following items:

-          Executive Calendar #184 Valerie E. Caproni – to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York and

-          Executive Calendar #185 Vernon S. Broderick – to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York.

There will be up to 30 minutes of debate on the nomination equally divided and controlled in the usual form.  Upon the use or yielding back of time (at approximately 5:30pm), the Senate will proceed to vote on confirmation of the nominations.  Only roll call vote is expected Monday evening; one of the nominations is expected to be confirmed by voice vote.

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