Last week the Senate reached an agreement to complete action on S.47, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act. At 5:30pm tonight, the Senate will proceed to vote in relation to the Coburn amendment #13 (strikes tribal provisions). Following the vote, the Senate will turn to a period of morning business with senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each.
Following any Leader remarks tomorrow, the Senate will resume consideration of S.47 with time until 11:00am equally divided and controlled between the two Leaders or their designees. At 11:00am, the Senate will vote in relation to the remaining amendments and on passage of the bill, as amended, if amended. The votes will occur in the order listed below. All votes after the first vote will be 10 minutes in duration.
– Leahy amendment #21 (sex trafficking)
– Portman amendment #10 (sex trafficking)
– Murkowski amendment #11 (tribal protections)
– Coburn amendment #15 (consolidate DOJ rape programs)
– Coburn amendment #16 (notice to victims)
– Passage of S.47, the Violence Against Women Act, as amended, if amended.
In addition to considering the VAWA legislation, this week the Senate may consider the Hagel nomination, a Circuit judge, and any other items cleared for action on the Legislative or Executive Calendars of Business. The State of the Union is at 9:00pm tomorrow, Tuesday, February 12. Next week, February 18, is a State work period. When we return the week of February 25, we will try to confirm the nominations of John Brennan, to be the Director of the CIA, and Jack Lew, to be Secretary of the Treasury, and may consider any other items on the Legislative or Executive Calendar cleared for action.