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Day April 2, 2014

Senate Floor Wrap Up for Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Roll Call Votes 1)      Motion to invoke cloture on Reed substitute amendment #2974 (Emergency Unemployment Benefits Extension Act) to H.R.3979; Invoked: 61-38 2)      Motion to table the Reid amendment to H.R.3979, the legislative vehicle for the Emergency Unemployment Benefits Extension Act; Not Tabled: 46-50 3)      Reid motion to table the Vitter appeal of the ruling of…

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Malinowski, Wu, and Birx nominations confirmed by voice votes

The Senate confirmed the following nominations by voice vote:   -        Executive Calendar #520 Tomasz P. Malinowski, of the District of Columbia, to be Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor; -        Executive Calendar #679 Portia Y. Wu, of the District of Columbia, to be an Assistant Secretary of Labor; and -       …

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Roll Call Vote on Reid motion to table Vitter appeal of the ruling of the chair re: third degree amendments

5:00pm The Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on the Reid motion to table the Vitter appeal of the ruling of the chair that a third degree amendment is not in order; Tabled: 67-29

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Vitter appeal of the ruling of the chair

Senator Vitter attempted to call up amendment #2931 (prohibit concurrent receipt of emergency unemployment benefits and Social Security disability benefits) in the third degree to Reid #2874 to H.R.3970. The chair ruled that the amendment is not in order as it is inconsistent with the Senate’s precedents with respect to the offering of amendments, their…

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Roll Call Vote on Barrasso motion to table Reid amendment re: UI

4:32pm The Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on the Barrasso motion to table Reid amendment #2878 to S.Amdt.2877 (UI) to H.R.3979; Not Agreed To: 46-50

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2 roll call votes expected in the 4:30pm range

We are told the Republicans intend to make a motion to table one of the pending Reid amendments in the 4:15pm range to make it in order to offer an amendment. If the motion to table fails, we expect Senator Vitter will attempt to offer amendment #2931 (prohibit concurrent receipt of emergency unemployment benefits and…

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Flake asks to call up SA 2935 (additional ACA plans)

Senator Flake asked unanimous consent that it be in order to call up amendment #2935 (additional ACA plans). Senator Durbin objected.

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Objections to H.R.3521 & S.1950, as amended – Veterans bills

Senator Vitter asked unanimous consent the Veterans Affairs’ Committee be discharged from further consideration of H.R.3521 and pass H.R.3521, Department of Veterans Affairs Major Medical Facility Lease Authorization Act of 2013, as amended by a Vitter amendment (pay-for through price controls for prescription drugs in the Department of Defense). Senator Sanders objected.   Senator Sanders…

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Moran request to call up #2911 (STEM Visas)

Senator Moran asked unanimous consent that it be in order to call up amendment #2911(formation and growth of new businesses/STEM Visas).   Senator Reed objected.

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Objection to Blunt request to call up #2885

Senator Blunt asked unanimous consent that it be in order to call up amendment #2885 (to create a point of order against any legislation that would create a Federal tax or fee on carbon emissions).   Senator Reed objected

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