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Year 2013

No pro forma sessions on Friday, December 27 or Tuesday, December 31

The Senate has received a Message from the House on S.Con.Res.30, the adjournment resolution. As a result, there will be no pro forma sessions today, Friday, December 27 or Tuesday, December 31. As a reminder, the Senate will next convene for a pro forma session at 11:45am Friday, January 3rd. The Senate will then convene…

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Senate Floor Wrap Up for Friday, December 20, 2013

Roll Call Votes 1)      Confirmation of Executive Calendar #456, Alejandro Mayorkas, of the District of Columbia, to be Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security; Confirmed: 54-41 2)      Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #459, John Koskinen, of the District of Columbia, to be Commissioner of Internal Revenue; Invoked: 56-39 3)      Confirmation of the Koskinen nomination;…

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Graham objects to keeping all nominations in status quo, Senate confirms military and Coast Guard nominations

Senator Durbin asked unanimous consent that all nominations received by the Senate during the 113th Congress, First Session, remain in status quo notwithstanding the provisions of Rule 31, paragraph 6 of the Standing Rules of the Senate.   Senator Graham objected.     By unanimous consent, the Senate confirmed the following military nominations and all…

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Hatch objects to taking up and passing S.1882, mass transit and parking benefit

Senator Schumer asked unanimous consent the Senate up and pass S.1882, a bill to extend the exclusion from income for employer-provided mass transit and parking benefit.   Senator Hatched asked the request be modified and that the bill be referred to the Finance Committee.   Senator Schumer objected to the modification and Senator Hatch objected…

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Cloture filed on motion to proceed to S.1845, unemployment benefits extension

Senator Durbin moved to proceed to Calendar #265, S.1845, A bill to provide for the extension of certain unemployment benefits, and for other purposes. He then filed cloture on the motion to proceed. Senators will be notified when the vote is scheduled.

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Morning Business

The Senate is 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 Cloture on Yellen nomination

11:25am  The Senate began a 10-minute roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #452, the nomination of Janet Yellen, of California, to be Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve; Invoked: 59-34 Under the previous order, the vote on confirmation of the nomination will occur at a…

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Roll Call Vote on Confirmation of the Davis nomination

11:09am The Senate began a 10-minute roll call vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #382, Brian Davis, of FL, to be US District Judge for the Middle District of Florida Confirmed: 68-26

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Now voting on cloture on Davis nomination (Middle District of FL)

10:52am The Senate began a 10 minute roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #382, Brian Davis, of FL, to be US District Judge for the Middle District of Florida Invoked: 56-36 with 2 Senators voting present

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Roll Call Vote on confirmation of Koskinen nomination

10:38am The Senate began a 10 minute roll call vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #459, John Koskinen, of the District of Columbia, to be Commissioner of Internal Revenue Confirmed: 59-36

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