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Day December 17, 2011

Senate Floor Schedule for Pro Formas and Monday, January 23, 2012

The Senate will convene for pro forma sessions only, with no business conducted on the following dates and times: Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at 11:00am Friday, December 23, 2011 at 9:30am Tuesday, December 27, 2011 at 12:00pm Friday, December 30, 2011 at 11:00am Tuesday, January 3, 2012 at 12:00pm, during which the 2nd Session of…

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Senate Floor Wrap Up for Saturday, December 17, 2011

ROLL CALL VOTES 1)      Reid-McConnell substitute amendment #1465 (2-month extension of the payroll tax deduction, doc fix, and unemployment insurance) to H.R.3630; Agreed to: 89-10 2)      Passage of H.R.3672, emergency disaster funding; Passed: 72-27 3)      Adoption of H.Con.Res.94, a correcting resolution to provide offsets for the emergency disaster funding; Not Adopted: 43-56 4)      Adoption of…

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A Win for the Middle Class, and Seniors

The passage of a two-month payroll tax cut extension this morning marked a victory for Americans across the country, who have urged Congress to do everything possible to prevent a tax hike on cash-strapped workers nationwide. In passing the tax break, the Senate ensured the average American worker will not face a tax hike of…

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Senator McConnell objects to confirming nominations on the Executive Calendar

Senator Reid asked unanimous consent that the Senate take up and confirm the following nominations on the Executive Calendar and Senator McConnell objected to the request.   EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT # 67 Philip E. Coyle, III, of California, to be an Associate Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy   INTERNATIONAL…

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Cloture Filed on the Motion to Proceed to S.968, PROTECT IP

During Saturday’s session of the Senate, cloture was filed on the Reid motion to proceed to Calendar #70, S.968, a bill to prevent online threats to economic creativity and theft of intellectual property and for other purposes. By unanimous consent, this roll call vote will be at 2:15pm on Tuesday, January 24, 2012.

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Summary of the Two-Month Payroll Tax Cut Extension

Title I – Temporary Payroll Tax Relief Sec. 101 Extension of Payroll Tax Holiday (costs $20.1 billion) The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act of 2010 provided a two percentage point employee payroll/self-employment tax holiday during 2011.  This means employees pay only 4.2 percent on wages and self-employed individuals pay only 10.4…

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Republican Objection to S.1874, HUBZone

Senator Merkley asked unanimous consent the Banking Committee be discharged from further consideration of S.1874, the HUBZone Qualified Census Tract Act of 2011, and the bill be passed.   Senator Kyl objected to Senator Merkley’s request.  The unofficial transcript of Senators Merkley, Snowe, Landrieu and Kyl’s remarks is below.       11:00:51 NSP} (MR.…

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No Further Roll Call Votes

There will be no further roll call votes this year.  The next roll call vote will be on Monday, January 23, 2012.

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Roll Call Vote on Adoption of the conference report to accompany H.R.2055, Omnibus Appropriations

10:44am The Senate began a roll call vote on adoption of the conference report to accompany H.R.2055, Omnibus Appropriations; Adopted: 67-32

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Roll Call Vote on Adoption of H.Con.Res.94, offsets for emergency funding

10:21am The Senate began a roll call vote on adoption of H.Con.Res.94, a correcting resolution to provide offsets for the emergency disaster funding; Not Adopted: 43-56

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