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Senate passes 7 day CR to fund DHS

The Senate passed H.R.33, as amended with a substitute amendment (SA#268) that contains a 7 day CR to fund the Department of Homeland Security through March 6, 2015.   The House Message with respect to H.R.240, Department of Homeland Security appropriations, was laid before the Senate.   We expect Senator McConnell to file cloture at…

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Recess subject to the call of the Chair

The Senate stands in recess subject to the call of the Chair while we await House action on DHS appropriations.

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Up to 5 votes expected at 10:00am–re: DHS and immigration

The Senate has resumed consideration of H.R.240, DHS appropriations. The time until 10:00am is equally divided between the two Leaders, or their designees. At 10:00am, there will be a cloture vote on the bill. If cloture is invoked, there will be up to 10 minutes for debate for Senator Lee. We expect Senator Lee to…

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Agreement on HR 240, DHS/ Cloture filed on Collins immigration bill–series of votes at approx. 10:10am tomorrow

All post-cloture debate time was been yielded back and the Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to H.R.240, DHS appropriations, by voice vote. Senator McConnell then offered Cochran amendment #255 (clean DHS funding), filled the amendment tree with technical amendments, and filed cloture on the underlying bill. He then moved to proceed to S.534…

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Senate adopts resolution welcoming Prime Minister of Israel

By unanimous consent, the Senate adopted S.Res.76, a resolution welcoming the Prime Minister of Israel to the United States for his address to a joint session of Congress, with amendments to the resolution and the title.

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Senate passes S.527, Congressional Gold Medal

By unanimous consent at approximately 3:30pm today, the Senate passed S.527, A bill to award a Congressional Gold Medal to the Foot Soldiers who participated in Bloody Sunday, Turnaround Tuesday, or in the final Selma to Montgomery Voting Rights March in March of 1965, which served as a catalyst for the Voting Rights Act of…

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Senate adopts S.Res.88, Black History Month

By unanimous consent, the Senate adopted S.Res.88, a resolution celebrating Black History Month.   The Senate continues to consider the motion to proceed to H.R.240, DHS appropriations, post-cloture. The Republicans control the time from 3:15 until 4:15 and the Democrats control the time from 4:15 until 5:15.   Negotiations continue on a path forward to…

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Recess from 12:45-1:45pm

The Senate continues to debate the motion to proceed to H.R.240, DHS appropriations, post-cloture. The Senate will recess from 12:45pm until 1:45pm today. The post-cloture debate time expires around 9:15pm tonight. However, we hope to reach an agreement to expedite its consideration. Another message will be sent when votes are scheduled.

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Cloture invoked on MTP to DHS appropriations bill: 98-2

Upon reconsideration, cloture was invoked on the motion to proceed to H.R.240, DHS appropriations, by a vote of 98-2 (Sessions and Inhofe voted no). There will now be up to 30 hours of post-cloture debate on the motion to proceed.   Upon the use or yielding back of the post-cloture time, the Senate would adopt…

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Reconsideration of cloture vote MTP to DHS appropriations expected in the 2:45-3pm range today

There is a good chance that we see a roll call vote in the 2:45-3:00pm range today on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R.240, DHS appropriations, upon reconsideration. We need to adopt 2 procedural motions before getting to the reconsideration vote. Those would be voice votes. If cloture is…

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