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Morning Business

The Senate is in a period of morning business with senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each.   There will be no further roll call votes this week.

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Amendments agreed to by voice votes / Next votes at 1:45pm

The Senate agreed to the remaining pending amendments, including the Peters and substitute amendments, by voice votes.   At 1:45pm, there will be a cloture vote on S.1177, Every Child Achieves Act, as amended. If cloture is invoked, there will be 4 minutes for debate equally divided prior to a vote on passage of S.1177,…

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10:45am vote series re: education

The Senate has resumed consideration of S.1177, Every Child Achieves Act of 2015, post cloture. Under the previous order, there will be a series of roll call votes beginning at 10:45am. The vote sequence can be found below. We expect roll call votes on Cruz SA #2180 through Casey SA #2242 and voice votes on…

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2:15pm cloture vote on motion to proceed to H.R.22, shell for highway legislation

By unanimous consent, the cloture vote on the McConnell motion to proceed to H.R.22, the House revenue shell that will be used for the highway legislation, will occur at 2:15pm on Tuesday, July 21.

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Up to 4 roll call votes at 3:15pm

At 3:15pm, there will be up to 4 roll call votes in relation to the following amendments:   Markey SA #2176 (climate) (60-vote threshold); Heitkamp SA #2171 (mental health) (60-vote threshold); Kirk SA #2161 (resource equity) (60-vote threshold); and Murphy SA #2241 (accountability) (60-vote threshold).   Wicker SA #2144 (climate) was withdrawn.

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Agreement on S.1177, Every Child Achieves Act

The Senate has reached an agreement that results in a cloture vote on the substitute at approximately 12:30pm today. We expect an additional series of votes this afternoon (could be around 3pm) and more tomorrow morning.   Under the order, it is in order to call up a number of amendments and agree to a…

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10:00am 2nd degree filing deadline–10:30am cloture vote–Every Child Achieves Act

As a reminder, the filing deadline for second degree amendments to Alexander amendment #2089 (substitute) and S.1177, the Every Child Achieves Act, is 10:00am today. If cloture is invoked, amendments must be germane and timely filed post-cloture. Please send a signed copy of any amendments to the cloakroom prior to the deadline so that we…

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Cotton objects to votes on Court of Federal Claims nominations

Senator Coons asked unanimous consent the Senate vote on confirmation of 5 Court of Federal Claims nominations, Firestone, Halkowski, McCarthy, Somers, and Bonilla.   Senator Cotton objected.   Senator Coons then asked consent the Senate vote on confirmation of 3 of those nominations, Halkowski, Somers, and Bonilla.   Senator Cotton objected.   List of nominations:…

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Recess until 2:15pm–votes at 4:00pm

The Booker amendment was agreed to 56-40. The Senate then agreed to the Portman and Bennet amendments by voice votes.   The Senate stands in recess until 2:15pm.   The filing deadline for first degree amendments is 2:30pm.   The next votes will begin at 4:00pm. Currently, we expect 3 roll calls and 1 voice…

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Alexander objection to calling up Casey universal pre-K amendment

Senator Casey asked unanimous consent to set aside the pending amendment in order to call up Casey amendment #2152 (universal pre-K). Senator Alexander objected and asked that the sponsors come up with a different way to pay for the amendment.

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