Senate Democrats

Senate Floor Schedule For Thursday, December 02, 2010

  • Following Leader remarks, there will be a period of morning business with senators permitted to speak for up to 10 minutes each. The Majority will control the first 30 minutes and the Republicans will control the next 30 minutes.
  • The Senate will recess from 12:30pm until 3:30pm to allow for the Democratic caucus meeting.
  • After lengthy negotiations on a possible agreement to vote tomorrow on several amendments relating to tax cuts, we were unable to reach unanimous consent. As a result, Senator Reid began consideration of the House Message on H.R.4853 (the vehicle the House used for a tax cut extension for those making under $250,000).
  • Senator Reid then moved to concur in the House Amendment to the Senate Amendment to H.R.4853, with a Baucus amendment #4727. The Baucus amendment #4727 includes the $250,000 tax cut extension plus several additional items such as UI extension, AMT relief, estate tax, 1099 repeal, making work pay credit, and others. Senator Reid then filed cloture on the motion to concur with the Baucus amendment #4727.
  • Senator Reid then offered the Schumer amendment #4728 to Baucus #4727. The Schumer amendment #4728 includes the tax cut extension for those making up to $1 million, plus several additional items such as UI extension, AMT relief, estate tax, 1099 repeal, making work pay credit, and others. Senator Reid then filed cloture on the Schumer amendment #4728.
  • Senator Reid then moved to refer the bill and filled the remainder of the amendment tree.
  • Under Rule 22, the first cloture motion would ripen one hour after the Senate convenes on Saturday, December 4. If cloture is not invoked, the second cloture motion would ripen immediately.
  • This means that we will have up to 2 cloture votes on the following items:
  • Motion to Concur with the Baucus amendment #4727 (tax cut extension for those making up to $250,000, plus several additional items such as UI extension, AMT relief, estate tax, 1099 repeal, making work pay credit, and others); and – Schumer amendment #4728 (tax cut extension for those making up to $1 million, plus several additional items such as UI extension, AMT relief, estate tax, 1099 repeal, making work pay credit, and others.
  • There may be negotiations to move these cloture votes to an earlier time, but at this point we have been unsuccessful in doing so.
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