CONGRESS: Republican led House :::: Democratic led Senate


the Senate Convenes: 11:00amET December 20,2012

  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R.1, the legislative vehicle for the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations bill.
  • During Wednesday’s session, cloture was filed on the Reid substitute amendment #3395 and on H.R1.  The filing deadline for all first degree amendments is 1:00pm on Thursday.  We will continue to work on an agreement for amendments in order to complete action on the bill.
  • Senator Inouye will lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda on Thursday.  Senators will gather in the Senate Chamber at 9:35am in order to proceed together at 9:45am for the viewing.

The Senate has reached an agreement that at a time to be determined by the Majority Leader, in consultation with the Republican Leader, the Senate proceed to Executive Session to consider the following nominations:

Executive Calendar # 834, 835, 877

that there be 30 minutes for debate equally divided in the usual form; that following the use or yielding back of time, the Senate proceed to vote without intervening action or debate on Cal. #834, 835 and 877 in that order; the motions to reconsider be considered made and laid upon the table with no intervening action or debate; that no further motions be in order; that any related statements be printed in the Record; that the President be immediately notified of the Senate’s action and the Senate then resume legislative session.

#834 Matthew W. Brann—US District Judge for the Middle District of Pennsylvania

#835 Malachy Edward Mannion—US District Judge for the Middle District of Pennsylvania

#877 Jon S. Tigar –US District Judge for the Northern District of California

The Senate has reached an agreement that at a time to be determined by the Majority Leader, after consultation with the Republican Leader, the Senate proceed to the consideration of the conference report to accompany H.R.4310, the Department of Defense Authorization Act, 2013; that there be up to an hour of debate equally divided between the two leaders or their designees prior to a vote on adoption of the conference report.

We expect to begin consideration of the NDAA conference report at 1pm tomorrow.




Adopted H.J.Res.122, a joint resolution establishing the date for the counting of the electoral votes for President and Vice President cast by the electors in December 2012 (moves the date for counting from Sunday, January 6th to Friday, January 4th).

Passed H.R.443, to provide for the conveyance of certain property from the United States to the Maniilaq Association in Kotzebue, Alaska with a Murkowski substitute amendment.

Passed H.R.4053, the Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Act of 2012.

Passed S.2388, a bill to reauthorize and amend the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Officer Corps Act of 2002, and for other purposes with a committee-reported substitute amendment and a Begich amendment.

Discharged the Judiciary committee and adopted S.Res.439, a resolution expressing the sense of the Senate that Village Voice Media Holdings, LLC should eliminate the “adult entertainment” section of the classified advertising website

Discharged the Judiciary committee and adopted S.Res.617, congratulating the recipient of the 2012 Heisman Memorial Trophy.

Adopted S.Res.627, a resolution designating the chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations.

Passed H.R.6671, a bill to amend section 2710 of title 18, United States Code, to clarify that a video tape service provider may obtain a consumer’s informed, written consent on an ongoing basis and that consent may be obtained through the Internet.



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The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. on December 20, 2012.