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Month February 2013

Reid Floor Remarks On Arbitrary Sequester Spending Cuts Set To Take Effect This Week

“Families and businesses in every state in the nation – in red states and blue states – are at risk because of these haphazard cuts.” “Nationwide, sequester cuts will cost more than 750,000 jobs… But Congress has the power to prevent these self-inflicted wounds.” “Unfortunately, Republicans would rather let devastating cuts go into effect than…

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Senate Floor Schedule for Monday, February 25, 2013

The Senate will convene at 2:00pm on Monday, February 25, 2013. Following the prayer and the pledge, Senator Ayotte will deliver Washington’s Farewell Address.  Upon the conclusion of the reading, the Senate will be in a period of morning business until 5:00pm with Senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each.  …

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Reid Statement On President Obama’s Call For Action On Sequester

Washington, D.C. ‐ Nevada Senator Harry Reid released the following statement after President Obama called on Congress to replace the sequester: “President Obama is right: to give our economy a foundation for growth Congress must replace the sequester with a balanced approach to deficit reduction. Senate Democrats will soon vote on a plan to temporarily…

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Reid Statement On Senator Lautenberg’s Decision To Retire At The End Of The 113Th Congress

Washington, D.C.—Nevada Senator Harry Reid issued the following statement after Senator Frank R. Lautenberg announced he will not seek reelection in 2014, after three decades of service in the Senate representing the state of New Jersey: “Few people have contributed as much to our nation and to the Senate as Frank Lautenberg. His life is…

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Senate Floor Wrap Up for Thursday, February 14, 2013

ROLL CALL VOTE 1)      Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #10, the nomination of Charles Timothy Hagel, of Nebraska, to be Secretary of Defense; Not Invoked: 58-40-1   LEGISLATIVE ITEMS Discharged the Judiciary committee and adopted S.Res.21, designating February 14, 2013, as “National Solidarity Day for Compassionate Patient Care” with a Lautenberg amendment. Adopted…

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Agreement regarding sequestration bills

The Senate reached an agreement that on either Monday, February 25th or Tuesday, February 26th, the Majority Leader and the Republican Leader each be permitted to introduce a bill to replace the sequester required under the Budget Control Act. Further, if a Leader introduces such legislation, his bill would be placed directly on the Legislative…

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Agreement on Bacharach nomination–5:30pm Monday vote

The Senate has reached an agreement to consider the Bacharach nomination. At 5:00pm on Monday, February 25, the Senate will turn to Executive Session to consider the nomination of Robert E. Bacharach, of Oklahoma, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Tenth Circuit, with the time until 5:30pm equally divided and controlled between the…

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Reid Statement On Unprecedented Republican Filibuster Of Hagel Nomination

Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid released the following statement after Senate Republicans blocked the nomination of Senator Chuck Hagel to be Defense Secretary from receiving an up-or-down vote, continuing the first-ever filibuster of a Defense Secretary nominee. The vote was 58-40 with one Senator voting present: “In a time of war and threats…

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Reid enters motion to reconsider failed cloture vote on Hagel nomination

Cloture on the Hagel nomination failed 58-40, 1 voting present (Hatch). The vote would have been 59-39, 1-present, but for procedural reasons Senator Reid changed his vote to no in order to enter the motion to reconsider. Senators should expect to reconsider the failed cloture vote to occur Tuesday morning, February 26, and a vote…

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Roll Call Vote on cloture on Hagel nomination

4:17pm The Senate began a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #10, the nomination of Charles Timothy Hagel, of Nebraska, to be Secretary of Defense; Not Invoked: 58-40, 1 voting present

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