Senate Democrats

Floor Updates

Now voting on cloture on MTP to S.2199, upon reconsideration (Paycheck Fairness Act)

The motion to proceed to S.J.Res.19 (Constitutional amendment on campaign finance) was agreed to by voice vote. Senator Reid then offered amendment #s 3791, 3792, 3973, 3794, 3795, 3796, and 3797 (technical amendments) and filed cloture on the underlying joint resolution.   By voice votes, the Senate agreed to the Reid motion to proceed to…

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1 roll call vote expected around 2pm (re: Paycheck Fairness Act)

The Senate continues to debate the motion to proceed to S.J.Res.19, Constitutional amendment regarding campaign finance. At 2pm, we expect to adopt the motion to proceed by voice vote. Senator Reid then plans to offer a series of amendments and file cloture on the joint resolution.   We will then shift gears to reconsider the…

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Aaron, Cohen, and Chen nominations confirmed by voice votes

- Henry J. Aaron, to be Member of the Social Security Advisory Board expiring September 30, 2020; – Alan L. Cohen, to be Member of the Social Security Advisory Board expiring September 30, 2016; – Lanhee J. Chen, to be Member of the Social Security Advisory Board expiring September 30, 2018

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Senator Sessions objects to S.2673, Boxer U.S.-Israel Strategic Partnership bill

Senator Boxer asked unanimous consent the Senate take up and pass Calendar #492, S.2673, a bill to enhance the strategic partnership between the United States and Israel. Senator Sessions objected.

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Senate passes Iron Dome defense funding legislation–Reid moved to proceed to S.J.Res. 19, the Constitutional amendment on campaign finance.

The Senate passed J.R.Res.76, as amended with th e Reid-McConnell-Mikulski amendment making emergency supplemental appropriations to provide funding for the Israeli Iron Dome defense.   Reid: I ask unanimous consent that the Senate proceed to the consideration of Calendar #220, H.J.Res.76; that a Reid-McConnell-Mikulski substitute amendment at the desk providing emergency appropriations for the Iron…

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Republicans object to confirming State Department ambassadors

Senator Menendez asked unanimous consent to confirm, en bloc, 25 State Department nominations (listed below). Senator Enzi objected.   Senator Menendez then asked consent to confirm #968, John Teff- to be Ambassador to Russia. Senator Enzi objected. (The Senate later confirmed the Teff nomination by voice vote) Senator Menendez then asked consent to confirm #893,…

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Emergency Supplemental unanimous consent requests

The motion to waive the budget point of order was not waived by a vote of 50-44. As a result, the Supplemental is dead.   Senator Reid then asked 3 unanimous consent requests to pass individual bills to fund Iron Dome and wildfires; wildfire appropriations only; and then Iron Dome appropriations only. Senator Coburn objected…

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Cornyn, McCain requests to call up amendments

Senator Cornyn asked unanimous consent to set aside the pending amendments in order to call up amendment 2747. Senator Mikulski objected.   Senator McCain asked unanimous consent to set aside the pending amendments in order to call up amendment #3742 (organized human smuggling). Senator Durbin objected.

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Up to 7 votes @6:45pm–or earlier–Agreements on Supplemental, Veterans conference report, and Highway Funding

The Senate has reached several agreements on the Supplemental Appropriations bill, the Conference Report to accompany H.R.3230 (Veterans), and the House Message on H.R.5021, (Highway Funding). As a result of these agreements, there will be up to 7 roll call votes around 6:45pm tonight.   The Senate adopted the motion to proceed to S.2648, the…

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Corker objects to passing S.2673, U.S. Israel Strategic Partnership

Senator Boxer asked unanimous consent the Senate take up and pass Calendar #492, S.2673, A bill to enhance the strategic partnership between the United States and Israel.   Senator Corker objected.

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