Senate Democrats

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Objection to Corker request to pass bill on Syria

Senator Corker asked unanimous consent that there be 4 hours for debate prior to a vote on a Corker bill to authorize assistance for appropriately vetted elements of the Syrian opposition and other appropriately vetted Syrian groups and individuals. Senator Reid objected.

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Objection to Vitter request to take up and pass Employee Health Care Protection Act of 2013

Senator Vitter asked unanimous consent that the Senate take up and pass H.R.3522, Employee Health Care Protection Act of 2013. Senator Murphy objected.

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Senator Lee objects to vote on Disabilities Treaty

Senator Harkin asked unanimous consent that there be 2 hours for debate prior to a vote on ratification of the Disabilities Treaty. Senator Lee objected.     HARKIN asked unanimous consent that at a time to be determined by the Majority Leader, in consultation with the Republican Leader, the Senate proceed to Executive Session to consider Calendar…

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Boozman/Booker/Coburn requests and objections re: National Desert Storm and Desert Shield War Memorial Act and American Battlefield Protection Program Amendments Act

Senator Boozman asked unanimous consent to take up and pass on H.R.503, National Desert Storm and Desert Shield War Memorial Act. Senator Booker objected and asked unanimous consent the Senate proceed to the consideration of Calendar #398, H.R.1033, American Battlefield Protection Program Amendments Act, and Calendar #403, H.R.503, Desert Storm Memorial, en bloc; that the…

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Schultz, Daughton, Pressman, Wada, Werthheiner, and Huther nominations confirmed by voice votes

Executive Calendar #536, Eric T. Schultz, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Zambia (voice vote) Executive Calendar #548, Thomas Frederick Daughton, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Namibia (voice vote) Executive Calendar #964, David Pressman,…

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Agreement on Bass, Schultz, Daughton, Pressman, Wada, Werthheiner, and Huther nominations–1 roll call vote at noon Wednesday

The Senate has reached an agreement to vote at 12:00 noon tomorrow, Wednesday, September 17, on confirmation of the Bass, Schultz, Daughton, Pressman, Wada, Werthheiner, and Huther nominations. We expect a roll call vote on the Bass nomination and voice votes on the remaining nominations in this agreement.   DEPARTMENT OF STATE #956 John R.…

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Cornyn objects a vote on passage of the Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act

Senate Warren asked unanimous consent the Senate take up and vote on passage of Calendar #409, S.2432, the Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act.   Senator Cornyn asked that the request be modified to allow an unlimited number of amendments offered in an alternating fashion starting with an amendment offered by Senator McConnell. Senator…

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Agreement on Schwatz, Harrington, Robinson, Hately, Hachigian, and Tanner nominations

The Senate has reached an agreement that following the vote on confirmation of the Burns nomination (Executive Calendar #1004), the Senate will consider the Schwatz, Harrington, Robinson, Hartely, Hachigian, and Tanner nominations. There will be 2 minutes for debate equally divided prior to each vote and each vote following the first will be 10 minutes…

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Congressional Record open until 5pm

By consent, the Record will remain open until 5:00pm today for the purpose of submitting statements, cosponsorships, and introducing legislation.

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Cloture filed on NRC nominations/votes 5:30pm Monday and 2:15pm Tuesday

This afternoon Senator Reid filed cloture on the Barran and Burns nominations for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The Senate then reached an agreement to conduct the cloture votes on those nominations on Monday, September 15, and, if cloture is invoked, the Senate would vote on confirmation of the nominations at 2:15pm on Tuesday, September 16.…

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