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Cornyn request to withdraw Reid motion to concur with an amendment in order to call up call up Fort Hood amendment

Senator Cornyn asked unanimous consent to set aside the pending motion to concur with Reid #2552 amendment in order to make a motion to concur with Cornyn amendment #2606 (to provide for the award of medals for members of the Armed Forces and civilian employees of the Department of Defense who were killed or wounded…

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Cornyn objects to passing 3 month extension of unemployment insurance extension

Senator Reed (RI) asked unanimous consent the Senate take up and pass Calendar #265, S.1845, a bill to extend unemployment insurance benefits for 3 months.   Senator Cornyn asked that the request be modified that that all pending cloture motions on Executive nominations be withdrawn, and that the Senate proceed to the immediate consideration of…

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Recess from 12:45pm until 2:15pm–roll call vote expected at 3:15pm

The Senate will recess from 12:45pm until 2:15pm. The time will count against post-cloture debate on NDAA.   The time from 2:15 until 2:35pm will be controlled by the Majority Leader, or his designee, and the time from 2:35pm until 3:15pm will be controlled by the Republican Leader, or his designee.   At 3:15pm, we…

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Senate has resumed consideration of the House Message on H.R.3304, NDAA, post-cloture–2 votes at 11:14pm expected

The Senate has resumed consideration of the House Message on H.R.3304, the National Defense Authorization Act, post-cloture. If all time is used, at approximately 11:14pm tonight the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on the motion to concur in the Senate amendment to the House amendment to H.R.3304, NDAA (passage).   As a…

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Reid Remarks On The Defense Authorization Bill, Nominations

“For more than 50 years in a row the United States Senate has passed the National Defense Authorization Act. This year will not be the exception. This tradition indicates the respect and gratitude with which the members of this institution regard the members of our military.”  “The Senate will finish its work – our constitutional…

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McConnell objects to passing tax extenders, S.1859

Senator Reid asked unanimous consent the Senate take up and pass S.1859, submitted earlier today by Senator Reid. The bill includes the following provisions: -          an extension of a provision to exclude mortgage debt forgiveness from taxable income; -          deductions for state and local sales taxes, qualified tuition expenses for students, and classroom expenses that…

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Senate Floor Schedule for Thursday, December 19, 2013

The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Thursday, December 19, 2013. Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to concur in the House message to accompany H.R.3304, the National Defense Authorization Act, post-cloture.   All time during adjournment will count post-cloture on the motion to concur with respect to NDAA.…

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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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