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Senate Floor Wrap Up for Thursday, February 27, 2014

Roll Call Votes 1)     Graham motion to table the Reid motion to commit S.1982, the Comprehensive Veterans Health and Benefits and Military Retirement Pay Restoration Act of 2014; Not Agreed to: 44-52 2)     Sanders motion to waive all applicable Budget points of order with respect to S.1982; Not Waived: 56-41 3)     Confirmation of Executive Calendar…

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Cloture filed on Adegbile, Hernandez, Reeves, Brooks, and Chhabria, Gottemoeller nominations and the motion to proceed to the Child Care and Development

This evening, Senator Reid asked unanimous consent to confirm 4 district judges (Hernandez, Reeves, Brooks, and Chhabria). Senator Moran objected on behalf of Senator Grassley. Senator Reid then filed cloture on 6 nominations, including those 4 district judges, and the motion to proceed to the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act. The number of…

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Objection to Flake request to discharge Finance and pass S.2011

Senator Flake asked unanimous consent the Finance Committee be discharged from further consideration of S.2011, a bill to prohibit the Internal Revenue Service from modifying the standard for determining whether an organization is operated exclusively for the promotion of social welfare for purposes of section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.   Senator…

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Roll Call Vote on confirmation of Connor nomination (Deputy Secretary of Interior)–Last vote of the week

2:45pm The Senate began a 10 minute roll call vote on confirmation of Calendar #561, Michael L. Connor, of New Mexico, to be Deputy Secretary of Interior; Confirmed: 97-0 This will be the last vote of the week.

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Roll Call Vote on Sanders motion to waive Budget points of order re: S.1982, Comprehensive Veterans

2:26pm The Senate began a 10 minute roll call vote on the Sanders motion to waive all applicable Budget points of order with respect to S.1982, Comprehensive Veterans Health and Benefits and Military Retirement Pay Restoration Act of 2014; Not Waived: 56-41

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Roll Call Vote on Graham motion to table Reid motion to commit / Graham parliamentary inquiries

At 1:57pm, the Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on the Graham motion to table the Reid motion to commit S.1982 (majority vote threshold); Not Tabled: 44-52   We expect a total of 3 roll call votes during this series of votes.   Next: –          Sanders motion to waive all applicable Budget points…

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Senate Floor Schedule for Thursday, February 27, 2014

The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Thursday, February 27, 2014.  Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business for one hour with the Majority controlling the first half and the Republicans controlling the final half.   Following morning business, the Senate will resume consideration of S.1982, the Comprehensive…

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Agreement on Comprehensive Veterans bill/Votes expected around 2pm Thursday/Motion to proceed to Child Care and Development Block Grant Act

The Senate has adopted the motion to proceed to S.1982, Comprehensive Veterans Health and Benefits and Military Retirement Pay Restoration Act of 2014, by a voice vote. Senator Reid then offered a substitute amendment (SA #2747) on behalf of Senator Sanders, filled the amendment tree, and filed cloture on the substitute amendment and the underlying…

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Agreement on Military sexual assault bills

The Senate has reached an agreement to consider the military sexual assault bills. When the Senate executes the agreement (likely within the next 2 weeks), there would be competing cloture votes on S.1752, the Military Justice Improvement Act of 2013 (Gillibrand) and S.1917, the Victims Protection Act of 2014 (McCaskill). If cloture is invoked on…

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Senate Floor Wrap Up for Wednesday, February 26, 2014

No Roll Call Votes   Legislative items Adopted S.Res.363, Celebrating Black History Month.   No Executive items

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