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Day December 12, 2011

Reid On Republican Obstruction Of Mari Carmen Aponte’s Confirmation As Ambassador To El Salvador

Washington, D.C. –Nevada Sen. Harry Reid issued the following statement after Republicans blocked the confirmation of Mari Carmen Aponte as U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador: “Senate Republicans once again put politics above policy by blocking the confirmation of a dedicated public servant. In the fifteen months Mari Carmen Aponte has served as our ambassador to…

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Hedge Funds, Unicorns, And Taxes

Are Republicans trying to protect small business owners — or a group of make-believe hedge fund managers? NPR reported Friday on the minuscule number of multi-millionaire small business owners impacted by plans for a surtax on high earners — and they had trouble finding a single one to interview for their story (listen here). Sen.…

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Senate Floor Wrap Up for Monday, December 12, 2011

ROLL CALL VOTES 1)      Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #360 Norman L. Eisen to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Czech Republic; Invoked: 70-16 2)      Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #501 Mari Carmen Aponte to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States…

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No more votes

There will be no further roll call votes this evening. The Senate is now in a period of morning business with senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each.

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Roll Call Vote on Motion to Invoke Cloture on Aponte Nomination

6:09pm The Senate began a roll call vote on the nomination of Mari Carmen Aponte to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States to El Salvador; Not Invoked: 49-37

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Roll Call Vote on the Motion to Invoke Cloture on Eisen Nomination

5:30pm The Senate began a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Norman Eisen to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States to the Czech Republic; Invoked: 70-16

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Reid: Republicans Should Stop Holding Up Middle Class Tax Breaks To Protect Giveaways To Millionaires

Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the confirmation of two ambassadors and Republican opposition to keeping payroll taxes low for middle-class families. Below are his remarks as prepared: Today the Senate will vote on two nominations: those of Norman Eisen to serve as ambassador…

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Up to 3 Roll Call Votes at 5:30pm today

As a reminder, at approximately 5:30pm today, there will be up to 3 and at least 2 roll call votes in relation the following:   –          Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #360 Norman L. Eisen to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Czech Republic; –          If…

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Senate Floor Schedule for Monday, December 12, 2011

Convenes: 2:00pm Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in morning business until 4:30pm with Senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each. At 4:30pm, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session to consider the following nominations: #360 Norman L. Eisen – to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United…

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