Congress: back in Session 3/1/11 …Budget debates & possible votes


The Senate Convenes at 10:00amET March 1,2011

Following any Leader remarks, there will be a period of morning business for 1 hour with senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each. The Majority will control the first 30 minutes and the Republicans will control the final half.

Following morning business, the Senate will resume consideration of S.23, Patent Reform Act of 2011.

The following amendments are pending to S.23:

– Leahy amendment #114 (Title amendment)

– Vitter for Toomey-Vitter amendment, #112, as modified,(Debt Limit)

– Bennet amendment #116 (small business fast track)

– Bennet amendment #117 (regional PTO offices)

– Lee amendment #115 (to express the sense of the Senate in support of a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution)

– Leahy amendment #121 (managers’ amendment)

– Kirk amendment #123 (Ombudsman for small busienss concerns)

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

At 5pm, there will be 2 roll call votes in relation to the following amendments to S.23, Patent Reform Act:

– Leahy-Grassley amendment #121, as modified (managers’ amendment); and

– Vitter for Toomey-Vitter amendment #112, as modified (Priority of payments if debt limit is reached).

The time until 5pm will be equally divided and controlled between the two Leaders or their designees. No amendments are in order to the amendments in this agreement prior to a vote. The Vitter amendment #113, as modified, is withdrawn.

Votes:

27: Leahy-Grassley amendment #121: , as modified (managers’ amendment);

Agreed To: 97-2

28: Now Voting on Baucus motion to table Vitter for Toomey-Vitter amendment #112: , as modified (Priority of payments if debt limit is reached).

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

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CURRENT HOUSE FLOOR PROCEEDINGS

LEGISLATIVE DAY OF MARCH 1, 2011

112TH CONGRESS – FIRST SESSION

 

4:28 P.M. –

SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.

4:26 P.M. –

Mr. Sessions filed reports from the Committee on Rules, H. Res. 128 and H. Res. 129.

4:19 P.M. –

ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded further with one minute speeches.

4:14 P.M. –

On approving the Journal Agreed to by voice vote.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was on agreeing to the Speaker’s approval of the Journal.

H.J. Res. 44:

making further continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2011, and for other purposes

4:13 P.M. –

Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

On passage Passed by recorded vote: 335 – 91 (Roll no. 154).

4:05 P.M. –

On motion to recommit with instructions Failed by the Yeas and Nays: 176 – 249 (Roll no. 153).

3:34 P.M. –

DEBATE – The House proceeded with ten minutes of debate on the Keating motion to recommit with instructions. The instructions contained in the motion seek to require the Committee on Appropriations to report the bill back to the House forthwith with an amendment which inserts a section prohibiting the use of funds to be used for tax benefit or relief for any major integrated oil company.

3:31 P.M. –

Mr. Keating moved to recommit with instructions to Appropriations.

Mr. Keating moved to recommit the joint resolution H.J. Res. 44 to the Committee on Appropriations with instructions to report the same to the House forthwith with the following amendments: ¢ Page 18, line 21, strike the quotation marks and final period. ¢ Page 18, after line 21, insert the following: ¢ “Sec. 227. For the period beginning on the date of the enactment of the Further Continuing Appropriations Amendments,***

The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.

2:08 P.M. –

DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H.J. Res. 44.

2:07 P.M. –

Rule provides for consideration of H.J. Res. 44 with 1 hour of general debate. Previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions except motion to recommit with or without instructions. Measure will be considered read. Bill is closed to amendments. All points of order against consideration of the joint resolution are waived.

Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 115.

H. Res. 115:

providing for consideration of the joint resolution (H.J. Res. 44) making further continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2011, and for other purposes

2:05 P.M. –

Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 251 – 170 (Roll no. 152).

1:58 P.M. –

On ordering the previous question Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 241 – 179 (Roll no. 151).

12:31 P.M. –

DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 115.

Considered as privileged matter.

12:11 P.M. –

ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House resumed with one minute speeches.

12:10 P.M. –

The House received a message from the Senate. The Senate agreed to S. Con. Res. 8 and S. Res. 78 .

12:03 P.M. –

ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with one minute speeches.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mr. Duncan of TN to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

12:02 P.M. –

POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS ON APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL – The Chair announced that he had examined the Journal of the last day’s proceedings and had approved it. Mr. Duncan (TN) demanded that the question be put on agreeing to the Speaker’s approval of the Journal and by voice vote, the Chair announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Duncan (TN) objected to the voice vote based upon the absence of a quorum and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of agreeing to the Speaker’s approval of the Journal until later in the legislative day.

12:01 P.M. –

Today’s prayer was offered by Pastor Alisa Lasater Wailoo, Capitol Hill Methodist Church, Washington, DC.

12:00 P.M. –

The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of March 1.

11:28 A.M. –

The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 P.M. today.

10:02 A.M. –

MORNING-HOUR DEBATE – The House proceeded with Morning-Hour Debate. At the conclusion of Morning-Hour, the House will recess until 12:00 p.m. for the start of legislative business.

10:01 A.M. –

The Speaker designated the Honorable Daniel Webster to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.

10:00 A.M. –

The House convened, starting a new legislative day.

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1. “Senate Democrats Meet To Find More Cuts For Long-Term Funding Deal With GOP,” The Huffington Post, February 24th, 2011

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