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the Senate ~~ CONGRESS 12/19 ~~ the House


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The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Thursday, December 19, 2013.

Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to concur in the House message to accompany H.R.3304, the National Defense Authorization Act, post-cloture.

 All time during adjournment will count post-cloture on the motion to concur with respect to NDAA. Roll call votes are possible throughout the day.  Senators will be notified when they are scheduled.

Senator Reid asked unanimous consent the Senate take up and pass S.1859, submitted earlier today by Senator Reid. The bill includes the following provisions:

-          an extension of a provision to exclude mortgage debt forgiveness from taxable income;

-          deductions for state and local sales taxes, qualified tuition expenses for students, and classroom expenses that teachers pay for out of their own pockets;

-          a commuter benefit that helps workers who take mass transit to their jobs every day;

-          the New Markets Tax Credit and the Low Income Housing Credit;

-          tax benefits to encourage investment in our nation’s infrastructure, such as the Short Line Rail Tax Credit; provisions that encourage the development of renewable energy technology, including the production tax credit for wind, as well as credits to promote the development of biofuels, alternative fuel vehicles, and energy-efficient buildings; and

-          tax incentives for small and large businesses, including Section 179 expensing, bonus depreciation and the R&D credit;

Senator McConnell asked that the request be modified and that the pending cloture motions on Executive nominations be withdrawn; and that following disposition of the Defense Authorization bill, the Senate proceed to the consideration of H.R.2668, and that the text of S.1859 be the first amendment in order, and that the Majority and Minority sides then be recognized to offer amendments in an alternating fashion.

Senator Reid objected and Senator McConnell objected to the original request.

The Senate has resumed consideration of the House Message on H.R.3304, the National Defense Authorization Act, post-cloture. If all time is used, at approximately 11:14pm tonight the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on the motion to concur in the Senate amendment to the House amendment to H.R.3304, NDAA (passage).

As a reminder, on Monday Senator Reid filed cloture on several Executive nominations. Upon disposition of the Defense bill, there will be a live quorum prior to a cloture vote on the Mayorkas nominations. If cloture is invoked, there would  be up to 8 hours for debate prior to a vote on confirmation of the nomination. Upon disposition of the Mayorkas nomination, there will be a mandatory live quorum prior to a cloture vote on the Koskinen nomination. If cloture is invoked, there would be up to 8 hours for debate prior to a vote on confirmation of the nomination.

We’ll repeat the general sequence of a live quorum (unless we obtain consent to waive the quorum), a cloture vote, some debate time, and then confirmation vote until we’ve worked through the nominations listed below.

Senators will be notified if an agreement can be reached and the schedule changes, but at this time senators should be prepared for 2 votes at approximately 11:14pm. Additional procedural votes are possible today and during the voting sequence. Senators are encouraged to be on the floor for the live quorums so that a quorum can be established quickly.

11:14pm votes:

1)      Adoption of the motion to concur in the Senate amendment to the House amendment to H.R.3304, NDAA (passage)

Live quorum

2)      Cloture on Executive Calendar #456, Alejandro Mayorkas, of the District of Columbia, to be Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security

(up to 8 hours equally divided)

3)      Confirmation of Mayorkas nomination

Live quorum

4)      Cloture on Executive Calendar #459, John Andrew Koskinen, of the District of Columbia, to be Commissioner of Internal Revenue Service.

(8 hours equally divided)

5)      Confirmation of Koskinen nomination

Live quorum

6)      Cloture on Executive Calendar #382, Brian J. Davis, of Florida, to be United States District Judge for the District of Florida

(2 hours equally divided)

7)      Confirmation of Davis nomination

Live quorum

8)      Cloture on Executive Calendar #452, Janet L. Yellen, of California, to be Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve

(30 hours)

9)      Confirmation of Yellen nomination

Live quorum

10)  Cloture on Executive Calendar #455, Sloan D. Gibson, of the District of Columbia, to be Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs

(8 hours equally divided)

11)  Confirmation of Gibson nomination

Live quorum

12)  Cloture on Executive Calendar #445, Sarah Sewall, of Massachusetts, to be an Under Secretary of State (Civility Security, Democracy, and Human Rights)

(8 hours equally divided)

13)  Confirmation of Sewall nomination

Live quorum

14)  Cloture on Executive Calendar #371, Michael L. Connor, of New Mexico, to be Deputy Secretary of the Interior

(8 hours equally divided)

15)  Confirmation of Connor nomination

Live quorum

16)  Cloture on Executive Calendar #457, Sarah Bloom Raskin, of Maryland, to be Deputy Secretary of the Treasury

(8 hours equally divided)

17)  Confirmation of Raskin nomination

Live quorum

18)  Cloture on Executive Calendar #356, Jessica Garfola Wright, of Pennsylvania, to be Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness

(8 hours equally divided)

19)  Confirmation of Wright nomination

Live quorum

20)  Cloture on Executive Calendar #189, Richard Engler, of New Jersey, to be a Member of the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board

(8 hours equally divided)

21)  Confirmation of Engler nomination

The Senate will recess from 12:45pm until 2:15pm. The time will count against post-cloture debate on NDAA.

The time from 2:15 until 2:35pm will be controlled by the Majority Leader, or his designee, and the time from 2:35pm until 3:15pm will be controlled by the Republican Leader, or his designee.

At 3:15pm, we expect Senator Cornyn to make a motion to table with respect to the Defense bill in order to offer an amendment.

Expected 3:15pm vote:

-       Cornyn motion to table the Reid motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to H.R.3304, with Reid amendment #2552.

Senator Reed (RI) asked unanimous consent the Senate take up and pass Calendar #265, S.1845, a bill to extend unemployment insurance benefits for 3 months.

Senator Cornyn asked that the request be modified that that all pending cloture motions on Executive nominations be withdrawn, and that the Senate proceed to the immediate consideration of S.1845, and that the Majority Leader and Minority Leader be recognized to offer amendments in an alternating fashion.

Senator Reed declined to modify his request and Senator Cornyn objected to the original request.

Senator Cornyn asked unanimous consent to set aside the pending motion to concur with Reid #2552 amendment in order to make a motion to concur with Cornyn amendment #2606 (to provide for the award of medals for members of the Armed Forces and civilian employees of the Department of Defense who were killed or wounded in an attack perpetrated by a homegrown violent extremist who was inspired or motivated by a foreign terrorist organization.

Senator Levin objected.

Cornyn parliamentary inquiry #1: is it correct that no senator is permitted to offer an amendment to the House passed Defense bill while the Majority Leader’s motion to concur with a further amendment is pending?

Chair: The senator is correct

Cornyn parliamentary inquiry #2:  If a motion to table the Reid motion to concur with a further amendment is successful, would there be an opportunity to offer my amendment #2602?

Chair: The senator is correct.

Senator Cornyn then moved to table the pending Reid motion to concur with a further amendment.

3:29pm The Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on the Cornyn motion to table the Reid motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to H.R.3304, National Defense Authorization Act;

Not Tabled: 45-55

The News

Washington, D.C. –  Nevada Senator Harry Reid released the following statement today:

“Republicans owe an apology to the more than one million Americans whose unemployment insurance will expire due to Republican gridlock and obstruction. In the past, Democrats and Republicans have worked together to extend unemployment insurance for those still looking for work. Sadly, Republicans have now decided that they would rather let this program expire than cooperate with Democrats.

“With just a little cooperation, we could complete all of the work before us and vote to extend unemployment benefits before Christmas Eve. Without Republican cooperation, we cannot. I hope my Republican colleagues will change course, and put the millions of Americans who are struggling this holiday season ahead of partisan gridlock. If Republicans choose to continue their obstruction, I will ensure that extending unemployment insurance is the first thing we vote on after the holiday.

“Congress is finishing this year less popular than a cockroach, and this kind of mindless, knee-jerk obstruction from Republicans is exactly why.”

The Senate has reached an agreement with respect to several nominations.  Under the unanimous consent agreement, there will be 2 roll call votes at 11:14pm this evening, 6 roll call votes at 10:00am Friday and one roll call vote at a time to be determined on Monday, January 6th.  The details of the agreement are below.

Today, Thursday, December 19th at 11:15pm, 2 Roll Call Votes:

-          Motion to concur in the House message to accompany H.R.3304, the National Defense Authorization Act and

-          Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #456, Alejandro Mayorkas, of the District of Columbia, to be Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security.

Following the cloture vote on the Mayorkas nomination, the Senate will be in period of morning business for debate only with Senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each.

When the Senate convenes on Friday, December 20th, all but one hour of post-cloture debate will be expired with the one remaining hour equally divided and controlled between Senators Carper and Coburn.

Friday at approximately 10:15am, 6 roll call votes:

-          Confirmation of the Mayorkas nomination,

-          Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #459, John Koskinen, of the District of Columbia, to be Commissioner of Internal Revenue

-          Confirmation of the Koskinen nomination

-          Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #382, Brian Davis, of FL, to be US District Judge for the Middle District of Florida

-          Confirmation of the Davis nomination and

-          Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #452, Janet Yellen, of California, to be Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.

Monday, January 6th at a time to be determined by the Majority Leader in consultation with the Republican Leader:

-          Confirmation of the Yellen nomination.

The cloture motions on the following nominations were withdrawn:

-          Executive Calendar #455, Sloan D. Gibson, of the District of Columbia, to be Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs

-          Executive Calendar #445, Sarah Sewall, of Massachusetts, to be an Under Secretary of State (Civility Security, Democracy, and Human Rights)

-          Executive Calendar #371, Michael L. Connor, of New Mexico, to be Deputy Secretary of the Interior

-          Executive Calendar #457, Sarah Bloom Raskin, of Maryland, to be Deputy Secretary of the Treasury

-          Executive Calendar #356, Jessica Garfola Wright, of Pennsylvania, to be Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness

-          Executive Calendar #189, Richard Engler, of New Jersey, to be a Member of the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board.

11:14pm The Senate began a 15-minute roll call vote on the Motion to concur in the House message to accompany H.R.3304, the National Defense Authorization Act.

Agreed to: 84-15

11:38pm The Senate began a 15-minute roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #456, Alejandro Mayorkas, of the District of Columbia, to be Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security.

Invoked: 55-45

The Senate has reached an agreement with respect to several nominations.  Under the unanimous consent agreement, there will be 2 roll call votes at 11:14pm this evening, 6 roll call votes at 10:00am Friday and one roll call vote at a time to be determined on Monday, January 6th.  The details of the agreement are below.

Today, Thursday, December 19th at 11:15pm, 2 Roll Call Votes:

-          Motion to concur in the House message to accompany H.R.3304, the National Defense Authorization Act and

-          Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #456, Alejandro Mayorkas, of the District of Columbia, to be Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security.

Following the cloture vote on the Mayorkas nomination, the Senate will be in period of morning business for debate only with Senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each.

When the Senate convenes on Friday, December 20th, all but one hour of post-cloture debate will be expired with the one remaining hour equally divided and controlled between Senators Carper and Coburn.

Friday at approximately 10:15am, 6 roll call votes:

-          Confirmation of the Mayorkas nomination,

-          Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #459, John Koskinen, of the District of Columbia, to be Commissioner of Internal Revenue

-          Confirmation of the Koskinen nomination

-          Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #382, Brian Davis, of FL, to be US District Judge for the Middle District of Florida

-          Confirmation of the Davis nomination and

-          Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #452, Janet Yellen, of California, to be Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.

Monday, January 6th at a time to be determined by the Majority Leader in consultation with the Republican Leader:

-          Confirmation of the Yellen nomination.

The cloture motions on the following nominations were withdrawn:

-          Executive Calendar #455, Sloan D. Gibson, of the District of Columbia, to be Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs

-          Executive Calendar #445, Sarah Sewall, of Massachusetts, to be an Under Secretary of State (Civility Security, Democracy, and Human Rights)

-          Executive Calendar #371, Michael L. Connor, of New Mexico, to be Deputy Secretary of the Interior

-          Executive Calendar #457, Sarah Bloom Raskin, of Maryland, to be Deputy Secretary of the Treasury

-          Executive Calendar #356, Jessica Garfola Wright, of Pennsylvania, to be Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness

-          Executive Calendar #189, Richard Engler, of New Jersey, to be a Member of the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board.

11:14pm The Senate began a 15-minute roll call vote on the Motion to concur in the House message to accompany H.R.3304, the National Defense Authorization Act.

Agreed to: 84-15

11:38pm The Senate began a 15-minute roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #456, Alejandro Mayorkas, of the District of Columbia, to be Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security.

Invoked: 55-45

WRAP UP

Roll Call Votes

1)      Cornyn motion to table the motion to concur in the House message to accompany H.R.3304, NDAA, with an amendment; Not Tabled: 45-55

2)      Motion to concur in the House message to accompany H.R.3304, NDAA; Agreed to: 84-15

3)      Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #456, Alejandro Mayorkas, of the District of Columbia, to be Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security; Invoked: 55-45

Legislative items

Passed H.Con.Res.71, providing for corrections to the enrollment of the bill H.R.3304.

Passed H.R.2319, to clarify certain provisions of the Native American Veterans’ Memorial Establishment Act of 1994.

Discharged the Indian Affairs committee and passed H.R.623, to provide for the conveyance of certain property located in Anchorage, Alaska, from the United States to the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium.

Discharged the Energy Committee and passed H.R.767, a bill to amend the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to modify the Pilot Project offices of the Federal Permit Streamlining Pilot Project.

Discharged the Judiciary committee and passed S.1614, the Accuracy for Adoptees Act.

Began the Rule 14 process of:

-          S.1859, a bill to amend the internal revenue code of 1986 to extend certain expiring provisions and for other purposes. (Reid)

-          S.1881, a bill to expand sanctions imposed with respect to Iran and to impose additional sanctions with respect to Iran and for other purposes. (Menendez)

No additional Executive items

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Last Floor Action:12/19
11:05:00 A.M. – The Speaker announced
that the House do now adjourn pursuant to H. Res. 438. The next meeting is
scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on December 23, 2013.

Last Floor Action:12/16
11:03:15 A.M. – The Speaker announced
that the House do now adjourn pursuant to H. Res. 438.

The next meeting is
scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on December 19, 2013.

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Petition: Raise the minimum wage


Here are a few facts you won’t hear from Republicans who stand against raising the minimum wage:
1) Adjusted for inflation, the minimum wage today is actually worth $2 less than it was in 1968.* 2) The federal minimum wage has been stuck at its current level, $7.25 an hour, since 2009 — which works out to around $15,080 a year. 3) 25% of minimum wage workers have children.
The current minimum wage is not a livable one — especially for workers with children and families to support. I am working to raise the minimum wage. And right now, I’m asking you to take action to help.
Sign the open letter to Congress and let them know that you support raising the minimum wage.

How can a family of three living on $15,080 a year hope to make ends meet? When a person in America puts in a hard day’s work, they should be coming home with a wage that will allow them to put food on the table and a roof over their heads.
Right now, Washington is failing low-income Americans who are working for a shot at improving their lives. It’s time we made this right.
Show Congress you support raising the minimum wage.

Thank you,
Harry Reid

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the Senate ~~ CONGRESS 11/19 ~~ the House


obamacapitol_300The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Tuesday, November 19, 2013.  Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business for debate only for one hour with Senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each with the time equally divided and controlled between the two Leaders or their designees.

 Following morning business, the Senate will resume consideration of S.1197, the National Defense Authorization Act.

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

The following amendments are pending to S.1197, the National Defense Authorization Act:

The Senate has reached an agreement that results in a series of 2 roll call votes at 5:00pm tonight. Those votes will be in relation to the amendments listed below. Each amendment is subject to a 60-affirmative vote threshold.

-          Ayotte #2255 (Guantanamo)

-          Levin-MCain-Feinstein #2175 (Guantanamo)

Unanimous consent agreement

Reid:    Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the pending motion to recommit be withdrawn; that the pending Levin amendment #2123 be set aside for Senator Ayotte, or designee, to offer amendment #2255, relative to Guantanamo; that the amendment be subject to a relevant side-by-side amendment, which is #2175 from Senators Levin and McCain; that no second degree amendments be in order to either of the Guantanamo amendments; that each of these amendments be subject to a 60 affirmative vote threshold; that the time until 5pm be equally divided between the two Leaders, or their designees; that at 5pm, the Senate proceed to vote in relation to the Ayotte amendment #2255; that upon disposition of the Ayotte amendment, the Senate proceed to vote in relation to the Levin-McCain amendment #2123; that there be two minutes equally divided in between the votes; further, that no motions to recommit be in order during the consideration of S.1197.

5:01pm the Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on Ayotte amendment #2255 (Guantanamo).

Not Agreed to: 43-55

5:30pm The Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on the Levin amendment #2175 (Guantanamo)

Not Agreed to: 52-46

There will be no further roll call votes today.

Senator Reid asked unanimous consent to set aside the pending Levin amendment #2123 and Senator Gillibrand or her designee be recognized to offer the amendment #2099 (sexual assault) and that the amendment be subject to a relevant side-by-side amendment from Senators McCaskill and Ayotte, amendment #2170. He also asked consent that no second degree amendments be in order and each of the amendments be subject to 60 affirmative votes; that when the Senate resumes consideration of the bill on Wednesday, November 20th, the time until 5:00pm be equally divided between the proponents and the opponents of the Gillibrand amendment; and that that at 5:00pm, the Senate proceed to vote in relation to the Gillibrand amendment #2099; that upon disposition of the Gillibrand amendment, the Senate proceed to vote in relation to the McCaskill-Ayotte amendment #2170; that there be two minutes equally divided in between the votes; and no motions to recommit be in order during the consideration of the sexual assault amendments.

Senator Inhofe asked to modify the request that following disposition of the McCaskill/Ayotte amendment #2170, all pending amendments be withdrawn and the Republican manager or his designee be recognized to offer the next amendment in order to be followed by an amendment offered by the Majority side and the two sides continue to offer amendments in alternating fashion until all amendments are disposed of.

Senator Reid did not agree to the modification and Senator Inhofe objected to the original request.

Subsequently, Senator Reid re-filled the amendment tree.

-          Motion to recommit S.1197 with instructions (amendment #2305)

-          Reid amendment #2306 (date change) to the instructions

-          Reid amendment #2307 to amendment #2308 (date change)

Senator Reid expressed his hope that Senators will come to the floor tomorrow to debate the sexual assault issue so that we can set up a vote tomorrow afternoon.

The Senate is in a period of morning business for debate only until 7:30pm with Senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each.

WRAP UP

ROLL CALL VOTES

1)      Ayotte amendment #2255 (Guantanamo) to S.1197, the National Defense Authorization Act; Not Agreed to: 43-55 (60 affirmative votes required)

2)      Levin amendment #2175 (Guantanamo); Not Agreed to: 52-46 (60 affirmative votes required)

Additional LEGISLATIVE ITEMS

Discharged the Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee and passed S.381, to award a Congressional Gold Medal to the World War II members of the “Doolittle Tokyo Raiders,” for outstanding heroism, valor, skill, and service to the United States in conducting the bombings of Tokyo with a Brown amendment.

Discharged the Armed Services Committee and passed H.R.3304, to authorize and request the President to award the Medal of Honor to Bennie G. Adkins and Donald P. Sloat of the United States Army for acts of valor during the Vietnam Conflict and to authorize the award of the Medal of Honor to certain other veterans who were previously recommended for award of the Medal of Honor with a Levin amendment and a Levin title amendment.

Adopted S.Res.300, a resolution to authorize production of records by the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

Began the Rule 14 process of S.1737, the Minimum Wage Fairness Act. (Harkin)

No EXECUTIVE ITEMS

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Last Floor Action:
5:12:46 P.M. – SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES -
The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded
to Special Order speeches.

Last Floor Action:11/18
9:46:55 P.M. – The House adjourned.

The
next meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on November 19, 2013.

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