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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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Recess until 2:00pm

The Senate stands in recess until 2:00pm to allow for the caucus meetings.

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Motion to proceed to H.R.240, DHS appropriations, is pending

Morning business is closed. The Senate has resumed consideration of the motion to proceed to H.R.240, a bill to provide appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security for fiscal year 2015, with senators permitted to speak for up to 10 minutes each.

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Veto Message on Keystone XL pipeline – motion to proceed to DHS is pending

The Senate has received the veto message on S.1, a bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, from the President of the United States. The message was considered read, printed in the Record, spread in full upon the Journal, and held at the desk. It is in order for the Senate to proceed to its…

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UC requests on DHS appropriations/Cloture filed on MTP to H.R.240, DHS

Following the vote on confirmation of the Carter nomination (confirmed 93-5), the Senate resumed consideration of the motion to proceed to H.R.240, DHS appropriations. Senator McConnell then asked unanimous consent that the motion to proceed be agreed to; the managers, or their designees, be recognized to offer amendments in an alternating fashion, with the majority…

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Agreement to vote on Carter nomination (Defense Secretary)

The Senate has reached an agreement to vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #12, the nomination of Ashton B. Carter, of Massachusetts, to be Secretary of Defense. Following morning business tomorrow (10:50am-ish), the Senate will proceed to the consideration of the nomination, with the time equally divided between in the usual form. At 2:00pm, the…

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3:45pm Roll Call Vote on passage of S.295, Amy and Vicky Child Pornography Victim Restitution Improvement Act of 2015

The Senate has reached an agreement that there will be 1 hour for debate on S.295, Amy and Vicky Child Pornography Victim Restitution Improvement Act of 2015, with the time equally divided in the usual form. The technical Hatch amendment will be agreed to by consent. Following the use or yielding back of time, the…

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