At 3:22pm, the Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on the McConnell motion to table the Reid motion to commit with instructions;
Prior to the vote, Senator Reid asked consent to vitiate cloture and consider the bill under certain parameters including the consideration of a new Reed substitute, 5 additional amendments on each side, and passage of H.R.2009, as amended by the Unemployment Insurance Extension language. Senator McConnell objected and asked that it be in order to consider amendments in an alternating fashion indefinitely. Senator Reid objected to McConnell’s request.
Following this tabling, we expect 2 additional votes:
– Motion to invoke cloture on the Reed amendment #2631 (perfecting substitute). If cloture is not invoked, then:
– Motion to invoke cloture on S.1845, the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act.
Reid: I ask unanimous consent that the cloture motions with respect to the Reed amendment #2631 and S.1845 be vitiated; that the motion to commit and amendment #2631 be withdrawn; that a substitute amendment, which is at the desk, be made pending; that there be up to five amendments related to the bill from each side in order to the substitute amendment; further, that each of these amendments be subject to a side-by-side amendment if the opposing side chooses to offer one; amendments under this agreement, must be offered no later than 4pm, Wednesday, January 15th; that no other amendments or motions to commit be in order; that no points of order be in order to the substitute or the underlying bill; that each amendment have up to one hour of debate equally divided; that upon the use or yielding back of time on each of the amendments offered, the Senate proceed to votes in relation to the amendments to the substitute in the order offered with any side-by-side amendment vote occurring prior to the amendment to which it was offered; that all of the amendments to the substitute be subject to a 60 affirmative vote threshold; that upon disposition of the amendments, the bill be read a third time, as amended, if amended, and the Senate proceed to vote on passage of the bill; that if the bill is passed, the Senate immediately proceed to the consideration of Calendar #192, H.R.2009; that all after the enacting clause be stricken and the text of S.1845, as passed by the Senate, be inserted in lieu thereof; that the bill, as amended, be read a third time and passed; that an amendment to the title be considered and agreed to; and the motions to reconsider be considered made and laid upon the table with no intervening action or debate.
Senator McConnell then asked consent that the next amendment in order be a Heller-Collins amendment. That following disposition of that amendment, it be in order for the majority leader or his designee to offer an amendment and it be in order for the leaders or their designees to continue to offer amendments in an alternating fashion.
Senator Reid declined to modify his request and Senator McConnell objected to the original request.
Senator Reid objected to both requests.
Senator McConnell made a parliamentary inquiry and asked if it is correct that no senator is permitted to offer an amendment to the unemployment insurance bill while the majority leader’s motion to commit with instructions with further amendments is pending?
Chair: the senator is correct.
Senator McConnell made a further parliamentary inquiry and asked if a motion to table the Reid motion to commit with a further amendment is successful, would there still be Reid amendments pending that would prevent anyone from offering an amendment.
Chair: the senator is correct.
Senator McConnell stated that he would like to consider the Coburn amendment #2606 then, by consent, moved to table the pending Reid motion to commit with instructions and asked for the yeas and nays.