Senate Democrats

Floor Updates

Amendments pending to S.178, Trafficking:

Amendments pending to S.178: Portman amendment #270 (identification and assessment of child victims of sex trafficking) Portman amendment #271 (definition of “homeless person”) Vitter second degree amendment #284 (citizenship) to Portman #271

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Senator Vitter proposed (a second degree) amendment #284 (citizenship) to Portman #271.   Amendments pending to S.178: Portman amendment #270 (identification and assessment of child victims of sex trafficking) Portman amendment #271 (definition of “homeless person”) Vitter second degree amendment #284 (citizenship) to Portman #271

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Objection to calling up Toomey amendment

Senator Toomey asked unanimous consent to set aside the pending amendment in order to call up Toomey amendment #285 (school employee background checks). Senator Brown objected.

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S.178, trafficking, is pending

The Senate has resumed consideration of S.178, a bill to provide justice for the victims of trafficking. Currently 2 Portman amendments are pending to the bill. Discussions on a path forward are ongoing; however, no votes are scheduled at this time.

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Objection to Kirk request to call up amendment #273

Senator Kirk asked unanimous consent to set aside the pending amendment in order to call up Kirk amendment #273 (advertising). Senator Leahy objected to setting aside the pending amendment on behalf of several senators.

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Objection to Vitter request to call up amendment #284

Senator Vitter asked unanimous consent to set aside the pending amendment in order to call up Vitter amendment #284 (severability clause). Senator Leahy objected to the request.

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Senate considering S.178, Trafficking–2 Portman amendments are pending

The Senate has reconvened and is considering S.178, Justice for the Victims of Trafficking Act. Senator Portman has called up amendment #270 (identification and assessment of child victims of sex trafficking) and #271 (definition of “homeless person”).

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Agreement to begin consideration of S.178, Human Trafficking

By unanimous consent, the Senate has reached an agreement that following morning business tomorrow, Tuesday, March 10, the Senate will proceed to the consideration of S.178, a bill to provide justice for the victims of trafficking.

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2 roll call vote at 5:30pm today–3 voice votes/cloture on MTP to Iran Nuclear Agreement review Act vitiated

The cloture motion on the motion to proceed to S.625, Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015, was withdrawn.   At 5:30pm tonight, there will be a series of votes on confirmation of the Marti, Lee, Hall and Tonsager nominations. We expect one roll call vote followed by 3 voice votes. We are working on…

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McConnell expected to vitiate cloture re: Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act

Senator McConnell intends to vitiate cloture on the motion to proceed to S.625, the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act. Therefore, there will not be a cloture vote Tuesday morning. Monday’S.5:30 vote on the Marti nomination will be the first vote on the week, but no votes are expected on Tuesday until after the caucus meetings. We…

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