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Objections to H.R. 4137, Weed / H.R. 5701, Oregon tribal lands / S.1898, Truth in Settlements / and H.R. 2126, Energy Efficiency

Senator Wyden asked unanimous consent the Senate take up and pass H.R.5701, Western Oregon Indian Tribal Lands Act. Senator Vitter objected on behalf of Senator Sessions.   Senator Vitter asked unanimous consent the Finance Committee be discharged from further consideration of H.R.4137, Preserving Welfare for Needs Not Weed. Senator Wyden objected.   Senator Warren asked…

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Last vote of the Congress

This will be the last vote of the Congress. Prior to the vote on confirmation of the Bough nomination, Senator Reid withdrew the cloture motions on the remaining district judge nominations and the Senate agreed to vote on confirmation of the nominations in the order in which cloture was filed. The Senate will confirm the…

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Cole nomination confirmed by unanimous consent–additional votes expected tonight

The Senate also confirmed Calendar #618, James Cole, Jr. to be General Counsel, Department of Education. Additional votes are possible tonight. The next vote would be cloture on Executive Calendar #1041, Stephen Bough, MO district judge. We expect to vote as soon as an agreement is reached, which may be soon.   As a reminder,…

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Nominations Agreed to by consent and voice votes

Senator Reid withdrew the cloture motions on and the Senate then confirmed by voice votes the Lopez, Jadotte, Stivers, Cruden, and Smith nominations. The Senate confirmed the following nominations by unanimous consent:   BROADCASTING BOARD OF GOVERNORS #900 Karen Kornbluh – to be a Member of the Broadcasting Board of Governors for a term expiring…

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Agreement on Tax Extenders

Cloture was invoked on the Honorable nomination 65-28. Notwithstanding cloture having been invoked, there will now be up to 30 minutes equally divided for debate on H.R.5771, Tax Extenders, prior to a vote on passage. The vote on passage is subject to a 60-affirmative vote threshold.   H.R.5771 – Tax Extenders (with H.Con.Res.124) Leader:            I…

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Hatch objects to vote on Colvin nomination (Social Security Commissioner)

Senator Mikulski asked unanimous consent that the Senate vote on Executive Calendar #1058, the nomination of Carolyn Colvin, to be the Commissioner of Social Security.   Senator Hatch objected.

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Coburn objects to H.R.2126, Energy Efficiency

Senator Portman asked unanimous consent the Energy Committee be discharged from further consideration of H.R.2126, and the Senate take up and pass the bill.   Senator Coburn objected.

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Coburn objects to Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act

Senator Blumenthal asked unanimous consent that the Senate take up and pass H.R.5059, Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act.   Senator Coburn objected.

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Next roll call votes at 2:30pm Tuesday, December 15

Cloture was invoked on the Rose nomination 54-39. The previously scheduled 10:00am votes tomorrow on confirmation of the Santos and Rose nominations will be voice votes.  At 2:30pm tomorrow, there will be 2 roll call votes and at 6:00pm there will be 2 more votes.   Tuesday, December 16: 2:30pm—Up to 2 roll call votes:…

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Bills passed in afternoon wrap up

By unanimous consent, the Senate passed the following bills:   Passed H.R.2754: Collectible Coin Protection Act Passed H.R.3572: Coastal Barrier Resources System Units Passed H.R.1206: Electronic Duck Stamp Passed H.R.1378: To designate United States Federal Judicial Center located at 333 West Broadway in San Diego, California, as the “John Rhoades Federal Judicial Center” and to…

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