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Day April 25, 2012

Reid Statement On House Republican Student Loan Bill

Washington, D.C. – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid released the following statement on the House Republican student loan bill introduced today: “Democrats are opposed to shortchanging an important program that supports crucial efforts to prevent disease and protect against public health emergencies just so Republicans can continue protecting millionaire tax dodgers. The best way to…

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2 judge votes at noon Thursday

At 11:30am tomorrow, Thursday, April 26, the Senate will turn to Executive Session with 30 minutes for debate equally divided prior to a series of 2 roll call votes on confirmation of the following nominations:   –          Cal. #509 Gregg Jeffrey Costa, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of…

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Senate Floor Wrap Up for Wednesday, April 25, 2012

ROLL CALL VOTES 1)      Manchin amendment #2079 (extend moratorium on closings) to S.1789, the Postal Reform bill; Not Agreed To: 43-53 2)      Paul amendment #2028 (alternative methods pilot program); Not Agreed To: 35-64 3)      Paul amendment #2039 (prohibit collective bargaining); Not Agreed To: 23-76 4)      Casey amendment #2042 (delivery time); Not Agreed To: 44-54 5)     …

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Motion to proceed to S.1925, Violence Against Women Act

The Senate has adopted the motion to proceed to S.1925, the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization, with debate only for the remainder of the night and until 11:30am tomorrow.

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Reid Statement Following The Supreme Court Hearing Oral Arguments On Arizona’s Anti-Immigrant Law

Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid released the following statement after the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral arguments in the Obama Administration’s lawsuit against Arizona’s anti-immigrant law, SB 1070: “Arizona’s anti-immigrant legislation opens the door to racial profiling and therefore has no place among our nation’s laws. This law goes against…

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Roll Call Vote on Passage of S.1789, the Postal Reform bill

4:29pm The Senate began a roll call vote on passage of S.1789, the Postal Reform bill, as amended; Passed: 62-37

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Background on the “Newt Gingrich/John Edwards” Loophole

The Problem A loophole exists in current law that allows certain wealthy professionals to avoid paying payroll taxes on their earnings, like every other working American has to do. Commonly known as the “Newt Gingrich/John Edwards” loophole, this loophole is used most often by Subchapter S Corporations (“S-corp”) to avoid the Medicare tax on earnings.…

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Roll Call Vote on DeMint amendment #2046

3:52pm The Senate began a roll call vote on DeMint amendment #2046 (unions); Not Agreed to: 46-53

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Roll Call Vote on Casey amendment #2042

3:28pm  The Senate began a roll call vote on Casey amendment #2042 (delivery time); Not Agreed To: 44-54

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Roll Call Vote on Paul amendment #2039

3:08pm The Senate began a roll call vote on Paul amendment #2039 (prohibit collective bargaining); Not Agreed To: 23-76

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