Senate Democrats

Objection to consideration of Military Sexual Assault bills

This afternoon, Senator Reid asked unanimous consent that at a time to be determined by the Majority Leader, after consultation with the Republican Leader, the Senate proceed to the consideration to Calendar #251, S.1752, the Military Justice Improvement Act of 2013 (Gillibrand) and that if a cloture motion is filed on the bill, there be two hours of debate on S.1752 and S.1917, the Victims Protection Act of 2014 (McCaskill) equally divided between the two Leaders, or their designees and there immediately be a vote on the motion to invoke cloture;

 

That if cloture is invoked, all post-cloture time be yielded back and the Senate immediately proceed to vote on passage on the bill; that no amendments, points of order or motions be in order to the bill prior to the vote on passage; that if the motion to invoke cloture on S.1752 is not agreed to, the bill be returned to the calendar; that upon disposition of S.1752, the Senate immediately proceed to the consideration of Calendar #293, S.1917; that if a cloture motion is filed on the bill, the Senate immediately proceed to the vote on the motion to invoke cloture; that if cloture is invoked, all post-cloture time be yielded back and the Senate immediately proceed to vote on passage on the bill; that no amendments, points of order or motions be in order to the bill prior to the vote on passage; that if the motion to invoke cloture on S.1917 is not agreed to, the bill be returned to the calendar.

 

Senator Moran asked the Leader to modify his request to include the Kirk amendment #2295 regarding Iran Sanctions (filed to the National Defense Authorization Act).  Senator Reid did not agree to modify his request and Senator Moran objected to the original request. The unofficial transcript of the exchange is below.

 

{16:04:10 NSP} (MR. REID) { NOT AN OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT }

MR. REID: MR. PRESIDENT, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT AT A TIME

TO BE DETERMINED BY ME, AFTER CONSULTATION WITH SENATOR

McCONNELL, THE SENATE PROCEED TO CALENDAR NUMBER 251, THAT IF

CLOTURE — THAT IF A CLOTURE MOTION IS FILED, THERE BE TWO

HOURS OF DEBATE ON S.1752 AND S.1917 EQUALLY DIVIDED BETWEEN

THE TWO LEADERS OR THEIR DESIGNEES. THAT UPON THE USE OR

YIELDING BACK OF THAT TIME, THE SENATE PROCEED TO VOTE ON THE

MOTION TO INVOKE CLOTURE. THAT IF CLOTURE IS INVOKED, ALL TIME

BE YEEMEDDED BACK AND THE SENATE — YIELDED BACK AND THE SENATE

IMMEDIATELY MOVE TO VOTE ON THE BILL. THAT NO MOTIONS OR POINTS

OF ORDER BE ALLOWED PRIOR TO THE FINAL VOTE. THE BILL BE RETURN

TO THE CALENDAR, THAT UPON THE DISPOSITION OF S.1752, THE

SENATE IMMEDIATELY PROCEED TO THE CONSIDERATION OF CALENDAR

NUMBER 293, S.1917, THAT IF CLOTURE — THAT IF A CLOTURE

MOTION IS FILED ON THE BILL, THE SENATE PROCEED TO VOTE ON THE

MOTION TO INVOKE CLOTURE. THAT IF CLOTURE IS INVOKED, ALL

POSTCLOTURE TIME BE YIELDED BACK AND THE SENATE PROCEED TO VOTE

ON PASSAGE OF THE BILL. THAT NO AMENDMENTS, POINTS OF ORDER OR

MOTIONS BE IN ORDER TO THE BILL PRIOR TO THE VOTE ON PASSAGE

THAT. IF A MOTION TO INVOKE CLOTURE ON S.1917 IS NOT AGREED

TO, THE BILL BE RETURNED TO THE CALENDAR.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER: IS THERE OBJECTION?

A SENATOR: RESERVING THE RIGHT TO OBJECT.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER: THE SENATOR FROM KANSAS.

A SENATOR: THE AMENDMENTS WERE FILED TO THE DEFENSE

AUTHORIZATION BILL THAT THE SENATE PASSED IN DECEMBER OF LAST

YEAR.

MR. MORAN: THEY EACH HAVE SIGNIFICANT BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. THE

MAJORITY LEADER FILLED THE TREE ON THAT BILL AND BLOCKED OUT

AMENDMENTS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE AND, THEREFORE, THE

SENATE DID NOT VOTE ON THESE BILLS LAST YEAR. THERE ARE

HUNDREDS OF OTHER AMENDMENTS THAT WERE ALSO BLOCKED. WOULD THE

SENATOR MODIFY THIS REQUEST TO INCLUDE A VOTE AT A 60-VOTE

THRESHOLD ON ANOTHER PROPOSAL THAT WAS BLOCKED FROM

CONSIDERATION?

THE KIRK AMENDMENT, 2295, WAS FILED TO THE DEFENSE BILL. IT

WOULD IMPOSE ADDITIONAL SANCTIONS AGAINST THE GOVERNMENT OF

IRAN IF IT VIOLATES THE INTERIM AGREEMENT WITH THE UNITED

STATES. WILL THE SENATOR INCLUDE A VOTE ON THE KIRK AMENDMENT

AS PART OF THIS AGREEMENT?

MR. REID: MR. PRESIDENT?

I WOULD RESERVE THE RIGHT TO OBJECT.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER: DOES THE MAJORITY LEADER AGREE TO THE

MODIFICATION?

MR. REID: I WOULD RESERVE THE RIGHT TO OBJECT. MR. PRESIDENT,

THERE’S NO MORE IMPORTANT NATIONAL SECURITY CONCERN TODAY THAN

KEEPING IRAN FROM GETTING NUCLEAR WEAPONS CAPABILITY. FOR ONE,

NATIONAL SECURITY, AND FOR THAT OF ISRAEL, OUR ALLY. WE’RE

COMMITTED TO STOPPING IRAN FROM GETTING THAT CAPABILITY. THAT’S

WHY PRESIDENT OBAMA’S ENTERED INTO INTERNATIONAL NEGOTIATIONS

WITH IRAN. THE SENATE HAS A LONG TRADITION OF BIPARTISANSHIP ON

THIS ISSUE, INCLUDING NUMEROUS STRONG, BIPARTISAN VOTES THAT WE

PUT IN PLACE TO INITIATE THE VERY SANCTIONS THAT HAVE BEEN

BROUGHT IRAN TO THE NEGOTIATING TABLE. SO, MR. PRESIDENT, IN

SUMMATION, I’M TERRIBLY DISAPPOINTED THAT MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS

ARE TRYING TO TURN THIS VITAL NATIONAL SECURITY CONCERN INTO A

PARTISAN ISSUE BY TRYING TO INJECT INTO IT A SETTING WHERE IT’S

CLEARLY NOT RELEVANT. I OBJECT.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER: OBJECTION IS HEARD. IS THERE OBJECTION

TO THE ORIGINAL REQUEST?

MR. MORAN: I OBJECT.

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