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Republicans object to passing House and Senate legislation on the North Fork Watershed Protection Act of 2014

Senator Walsh asked unanimous consent to take up and pass H.R.2559 and S.255, as amended with the Committee-reported amendment. Senator Toomey objected to both requests on behalf of Senators Cruz and Coburn.   H.R.2559, To withdraw certain Federal land and interests in that land from location, entry, and patent under the mining laws and disposition…

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Roll Call Vote on cloture on H.R.3979, Emergency Unemployment Benefits Extension Act

The motion to waive the Budget point of order was agreed to 60-37. The Senate then agreed to Reed amendment #2874 by voice vote.   At 3:02pm, the Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on H.R.3979, Emergency Unemployment Benefits Extension Act; Invoked: 61-35 This will be the…

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Up to 3 Roll Call Votes at 2:30pm

The Senate has reached an agreement on H.R.3979, the legislative vehicle for the Unemployment Insurance Extension bill.  Under the agreement, there will be up to 3 roll call votes (2 expected) at 2:30pm today and one roll call vote at 5:30pm on Monday.  The details of the agreement are below.   At 2:30pm today, all…

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Malinowski, Wu, and Birx nominations confirmed by voice votes

The Senate confirmed the following nominations by voice vote:   -        Executive Calendar #520 Tomasz P. Malinowski, of the District of Columbia, to be Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor; -        Executive Calendar #679 Portia Y. Wu, of the District of Columbia, to be an Assistant Secretary of Labor; and -       …

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Vitter appeal of the ruling of the chair

Senator Vitter attempted to call up amendment #2931 (prohibit concurrent receipt of emergency unemployment benefits and Social Security disability benefits) in the third degree to Reid #2874 to H.R.3970. The chair ruled that the amendment is not in order as it is inconsistent with the Senate’s precedents with respect to the offering of amendments, their…

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2 roll call votes expected in the 4:30pm range

We are told the Republicans intend to make a motion to table one of the pending Reid amendments in the 4:15pm range to make it in order to offer an amendment. If the motion to table fails, we expect Senator Vitter will attempt to offer amendment #2931 (prohibit concurrent receipt of emergency unemployment benefits and…

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Flake asks to call up SA 2935 (additional ACA plans)

Senator Flake asked unanimous consent that it be in order to call up amendment #2935 (additional ACA plans). Senator Durbin objected.

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Objections to H.R.3521 & S.1950, as amended – Veterans bills

Senator Vitter asked unanimous consent the Veterans Affairs’ Committee be discharged from further consideration of H.R.3521 and pass H.R.3521, Department of Veterans Affairs Major Medical Facility Lease Authorization Act of 2013, as amended by a Vitter amendment (pay-for through price controls for prescription drugs in the Department of Defense). Senator Sanders objected.   Senator Sanders…

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Moran request to call up #2911 (STEM Visas)

Senator Moran asked unanimous consent that it be in order to call up amendment #2911(formation and growth of new businesses/STEM Visas).   Senator Reed objected.

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Objection to Blunt request to call up #2885

Senator Blunt asked unanimous consent that it be in order to call up amendment #2885 (to create a point of order against any legislation that would create a Federal tax or fee on carbon emissions).   Senator Reed objected

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