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Day December 18, 2013

Senate Floor Wrap Up for Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Roll Call Votes 1)      Motion to concur in the House message to accompany H.J.Res.59, the bipartisan budget agreement; Agreed to: 64-36 2)      Motion to invoke cloture on the motion to concur in the House message to accompany H.R.3304, the National Defense Authorization Act; Invoked: 71-29   Legislative items Passed H.R.1402, the VA Expiring Authorities Extension…

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Passage of H.R.1402; Senate now in morning business

The Senate has passed H.R.1402, the VA Expiring Authorities Extension Act of 2013 by unanimous consent. The Senate is now in a period of morning business with Senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each with the time counting post-cloture on the motion to concur in the House message to accompany H.R.3304,…

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Cloture invoked on NDAA, no more votes tonight

At 5:15pm Wednesday, the Senate invoked cloture on National Defense Authorization Act 71-29. There will now be up to 30 hours for debate before a vote on adoption of the motion to concur of the House amendment to the Senate amendment to H.R.3304, NDAA (passage). There will be no further roll call votes tonight.

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Roll Call Vote on cloture re: NDAA (H.R.3304)

4:56pm The Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to H.R.3304, National Defense Authorization Act; Invoked: 71-29    

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Sessions UC to call up amendment

Senator Sessions asked unanimous consent to set aside the pending motion to concur with an amendment in order to make a motion to concur with Sessions amendment #2573 (the amendment would eliminate a wide variety of deficit-neutral reserve funds that could be used to facilitate future consideration of legislation that would address certain high priorities).…

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Roll Call Vote on Adoption of the motion to concur with respect to H.R.J.Res.59, bipartisan

4:28pm The Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on adoption of the Reid motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to H.J.Res.59, Bipartisan Budget Act; Agreed to: 64-36

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Coburn objects to passing S.944, Veterans Health and Benefits Improvement Act of 2013

Senator Sanders asked unanimous consent the Senate take up and pass Calendar #258, S.944, with the committee-reported substitute amendment and an amendment to the title. Senator Coburn objected.   Senator Sanders asked if Senator Coburn would agree to having a roll call vote on the bill. Senator Coburn said he would object to a vote…

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Cornyn objects to passing 1 year extension of unemployment insurance extension

Senator Reed (RI) asked unanimous consent the Senate take up and pass Calendar #259, S.1797, a bill to extend unemployment insurance benefits for 1 year.   Senator Cornyn asked that the request be modified that that all pending cloture motions on Executive nominations be withdrawn, and that the Senate proceed to the immediate consideration of…

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Reid Remarks on the Budget, Essential Nominees

“When Republicans closed the federal government for business in October it cost… the economy 120,000 private sector jobs in the first two weeks of October alone. But the agreement the Senate is considering today will help us avoid another costly shutdown.” “I was also troubled to hear the Republican Leader say that the nominations we…

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Post-cloture time on Budget expires at 4:27pm today

The Senate has resumed consideration of H.J.Res.59, the legislative vehicle for the Bipartisan Budget Act. Post-cloture debate time expires at 4:27pm today. Upon the use or yielding back of time, the Senate will dispose of the motion to concur with an amendment (either by consent or vote). Then the Senate will proceed to a roll…

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