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MTP to Paycheck Fairness agreed to, amendments offered, and cloture filed-1:45pm cloture vote on campaign finance

The Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to S.2199, Paycheck Fairness Act. Senator Reid then offered several date change amendments and filed cloture on the bill. We expect the cloture vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act to occur at 5:30pm on Monday, September 15.   Senator Reid then moved to proceed to Calendar #409,…

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Agreement on Hoover, Rung, Radzanowski, Ballentine, Nimmich, Davenport, Sembler, and Arroyo nominations

By consent, notwithstanding Rule 22, following the vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the S.J.Res.19, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and consider:   Cal. #’S.544, 977, 685, 867, 976, 917, 914, 758.   There will be 2 minutes for debate equally divided between the two Leaders, or their designees prior to…

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Objection to Cruz request to pass HR 5272, deferred action for aliens

Senator Cruz asked unanimous consent the Senate take up and pass Calendar #551, H.R.5272, a bill to prohibit certain actions with respect to deferred action for aliens not lawfully present in the United States. Senator Menendez objected.

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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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