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Grassley objects to votes on Donnelly, Vildardo, and DeArcy nominations (NY district judges)

Senator Schumer asked unanimous consent the Senate vote on confirmation of the Donnelly, Vildardo, and DeArcy nominations. Senator Grassley objected.     Executive Calendar #139, Ann Donnelly, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of New York   Executive Calendar #140, Lawrence Joseph Vilardo, to be United States District Judge for the Western…

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12 noon and 1:45pm votes, Senate adopted National Whistleblower Appreciation Day resolution

As a reminder, at 12:00 noon today, there will be a roll call vote on passage of H.R.22, as amended (Highway/Transportation Reauthorization and Export-Import Bank Reauthorization)   At 1:45pm, there will be a vote on passage of H.R.3236, Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvements Act of 2015 (3-month extension to October 29, 2015…

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Senate is post-cloture on H.R.22, as amended

The Senate is now post-cloture on H.R.22, as amended. Under the previous order, the 30-hour post-cloture time began as if invoked at 6:00am today; we expect the time to expire around 12:00 noon tomorrow, Thursday, July 30.

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Floor Update: Wednesday morning vote series re:Highway

By unanimous consent, at 10:00am, all post-cloture time on the McConnell substitute amendment #2266 will be considered expired and the Senate will proceed to a series of votes (3 voice votes and 2 roll call votes are expected, further procedural votes are possible). Further, if cloture is invoked on H.R.22, as amended, if amended, the…

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Recess from 12:30pm until 2:15pm

The Senate has reconvened and resumed consideration of H.R.22.   Yesterday, the Senate adopted an amendment to reauthorize the Export Import Bank and invoked cloture on the substitute amendment, as amended.  The Senate will recess from 12:30pm until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings, with the time counting post-cloture.   Senators will be…

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Cloture invoked on transportation substitute–McConnell filled amendment tree

By a vote of 62-32, cloture was invoked on the highway/transportation substitute amendment #2266, as amended.   Senator McConnell then filled the amendment tree. The pending amendments are listed below.   The Senate stands adjourned until 11:00am tomorrow. The time during the adjournment counts post-cloture. If all time is used, the post-cloture debate time would…

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Roll Call Vote on Kirk SA #2327 (Export-Import Bank Reauthorization)

The McConnell motion to instruct was agreed to by a vote of 79-14. A quorum was present.   The Senate tabled McConnell amendment #2329 (2 month extension) by a voice vote. The second degree amendment (SA#2330) fell as well.   Senator Reid then made a germaneness point of order against McConnell amendment #2328 (ACA). The…

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10:00pm live quorum

We still expect a live quorum at 10:00pm. Senators are asked to report to the floor. The clerk will note they are present when they are on the floor.   Following the live quorum, there will be some votes. The exact number of roll call votes are yet to be determined. At a minimum, there…

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Recess until 9:15pm–nominations confirmed and Louisiana resolution adopted–second degree filing deadline

The Senate stands in recess until 9:15pm, with the time counting post-cloture. We anticipate a live quorum call around 10:00pm. The schedule for tonight is a bit fluid. Once a quorum is established, we anticipate a voice vote on a motion to table the McConnell amendment to the underlying bill. Then we need to dispose…

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Lee appealing the ruling of the chair

Senator Lee tried to call up amendment #2282 (defund Planned Parenthood). Senator Boxer objected and the chair ruled that the amendment is not in order. Senator Lee appealed the ruling of the chair, asked for the yeas and nays on the appeal. There was not a sufficient second and the Senate voted on the appeal…

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