Following any Leader remarks, there will be a period of morning business until 10:00am with the time equally divided and controlled between the two Leaders or their designees.
At 10:00am, the Senate will debate the motion to proceed to H.J.Res39, a joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule relating to status as a grandfathered health plan under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Under a unanimous consent agreement, there will be 2 hours for debate equally divided and controlled between the Leaders or their designees. Upon the use or yielding back of time (approximately 12:00 noon), the Senate will proceed to vote on the motion to proceed to H.J.Res.39. Under the agreement reached, if the motion to proceed is agreed to there would be 1 hour for debate on the joint resolution of disapproval prior to a vote on passage.
If the motion to proceed is defeated, the Senate will immediately resume consideration of the motion to proceed to H.R.3081, the legislative vehicle for the Continuing Resolution, post-cloture. By consent any time during the adjournment, recess, period of morning business, or with respect to S.J.Res.30 will count post-cloture.
We are working on an agreement to complete action on the Continuing Resolution tomorrow. Senators will be notified when any agreement on the CR is reached.
The Senate will recess from 12:30 until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings.
At 2:15pm, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R.3081, the legislative vehicle for the Continuing Resolution. This morning, Senator Reid asked unanimous consent that the Senate take up and pass the following bills and Senator Coburn objected to each request.
H.R.388, Crane Conservation Act of 2009; – S.859, Marine Mammal Rescue Assistance Amendments of 2009; – S.529, Great Cats and Rare Canids Act of 2009; – S.850, Shark Conservation Act of 2009; and – S.1748, Southern Sea Otter Recovery and Research Act, with committee reported substitute amendment.
The Senate has locked in an agreement that will allow us to complete action on the Continuing Resolution tonight.
The only amendments in order to the CR will be the following:
Inouye substitute amendment (text of the CR) – DeMint amendment re: extend the length of the CR – Thune amendment re: reduce spending level (this amendment is not subject to division)
Debate on the bill will be limited to 2 hours, equally divided.
Debate on each amendment is limited to 30 minutes, equally divided.
Upon the use or yielding back of all time, the Senate will proceed to vote with respect to the amendments to the substitute in the order in which they were offered. Each amendment is subject to a 60-affirmative vote threshold.
Upon disposition of the amendments, the substitute will be agreed to, and the Senate will proceed to vote on passage of the bill, as amended.
No budget points of order are in order to the bill or substitute. There will be 2 minutes for debate prior to each vote and any vote after the first vote will be 10 minutes in duration.
The Senate began consideration of the CR at approximately 4:50pm. If all time is used, there would be up to 3 roll call votes around 7:50pm. There is a chance that some of the time may be yielded back.
Senator Reid filed cloture on the motions to proceed to the following bills:
S.3815, Promoting Natural Gas and Electric Vehicles Act of 2010; – S.3772, Paycheck Fairness Act; and – S.510, FDA Food Safety Modernization Act.