Senate Democrats

2 roll call votes at 7:55pm- Rules changes

The Senate has reached an agreement that results in 4 votes at 7:55pm (2 voice votes and 2 roll calls).

 

As a result of this agreement, Senators should expect 2 voice votes and 2 roll call votes in relation to the items listed below to begin at 7:55pm this evening.

 

-          S.Res.5, a resolution amending the Standing Rules of the Senate to provide for cloture to be invoked with less than a three-fifths majority after additional debate (voice vote expected) (Harkin).

 

-          Lee amendment #3, would guarantee every senator the right to offer one germane amendment post-cloture (expect a voice vote)

 

-          S.Res.15, a resolution providing a Standing Order to improve procedures for the consideration legislation and nominations in the Senate ((60-affirmative vote threshold), as amended, if amended; and

 

-          S.Res.16, a resolution amending the Standing Rules of the Senate relative to conference motions and bipartisan cloture motions on the motion to proceed (2/3 of those voting-affirmative threshold).

 

The Senate will now proceed to the consideration of the following resolutions, en bloc:

 

S.Res.5, a resolution amending the Standing Rules of the Senate to provide for cloture to be invoked with less than a three-fifths majority after additional debate (Harkin);

 

S.Res.15, a resolution providing a Standing Order to improve procedures for the consideration legislation and nominations in the Senate (Reid-Levin-McCain);

 

S.Res.16, a resolution amending the Standing Rules of the Senate relative to conference motions and bipartisan cloture motions on the motion to proceed (Reid-McConnell-Levin-McCain)

 

 

The time until 7:55pm will be equally divided between the two Leaders, or their designees, for the purpose of debating these resolutions concurrently. The only amendment in order to any of the resolutions is a Lee amendment to S.Res.15; Upon the use or yielding back of time, the Senate will proceed to vote in relation to S.Res.5. Upon the disposition of S.Res.5, the Senate vote in relation to the Lee amendment to S.Res.15. Upon disposition of the Lee amendment, the Senate will proceed to vote in relation to S.Res.15, as amended, if amended. S.Res.15, relative to the Standing Order will be subject to a 60 vote threshold for adoption and S.Res.16, amending the Standing Rules, will be subject to a threshold of two-thirds of those voting for adoption. No amendments, motions or points of order are in order to any of these resolutions prior to the votes in relation to the resolutions. Neither of the resolutions are divisible.

 

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