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Day December 16, 2011

Statement By Senator Harry Reid

Washington, D.C.–Nevada Senator Harry Reid issued the following statement. “Democrats have worked tirelessly to prevent a thousand-dollar tax increase on middle-class families, but my Republican colleagues wouldn’t agree to long-term tax relief unless Democrats agreed to cut Medicare benefits for seniors. Tomorrow, the Senate will take up and pass a two-month extension of the middle…


Schedule for Saturday, December 17, 2011

The Senate will convene at 9am on Saturday, December 17. Following any Leader remarks, there will be a series of 4 roll call votes in relation to the following items: –          Reid substitute amendment to H.R.3630, 2 month extension of the payroll tax reduction, doc fix, and unemployment insurance (60-vote threshold);  ((up to 15 minutes…


Senate Floor Wrap up for Friday, December 16, 2011

Completed the Rule 14 process of H.R.3094, the Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act. Passed S.2009, the Insular Areas Act of 2011 Passed H.J.Res.94, 1 day CR


Agreement on Payroll Tax and Omnibus Appropriations

The Senate has reached an agreement with respect to the 2 month extension of payroll tax, UI, SGR, and other tax extenders, disaster aid funding, and the Omnibus Appropriations conference report,.   As a result of this agreement, senators should expect a series of up to 4 roll call votes at approximately 9:00am tomorrow in…


Recess Subject to the Call of the Chair

The Senate is now in recess subject to the call of the Chair.  When the Senate reconvenes, another message will be sent.


Reid On DOJ’s Findings Of Civil Rights Violations By Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s Department

Washington, D.C.–Nevada Senator Harry Reid issued the following statement after the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division issued a report outlining a series of systematic civil rights violations by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office in Arizona. The department is headed by Sheriff Joe Arpaio: “I commend Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez and the Obama administration…


Morning Business Extended until 5:00pm

Morning business has been extended until 5:00pm.  This morning, Senator Reid announced Senators should expect roll call votes tomorrow, Saturday, December 17th.  The unofficial transcript of Senators Reid and McConnell’s remarks is below.     10:31:16 NSP} (MR. REID) { NOT AN OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT } MR. REID: MR. PRESIDENT, SENATOR McCONNELL AND I HAVE JUST…


Senate Floor Schedule for Friday, December 16, 2011

Convenes: 10:00am Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in morning business until 12:00pm with Senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each with the first hour equally divided and controlled between the Leaders or their designees with the Majority controlling the first 30 minutes and the Republicans controlling the next…