Senate Democrats

Sanders motion to instruct Budget conferees (deficit neutral reserve fund for Social Security)

Senator Sanders made a motion to instruct the conferees to insist that the final conference report on the budget include a deficit neutral reserve fund for legislation related to retirement benefits, which may not include legislation cutting benefits under the old-age, survivors, and disability insurance program established under title II of the Social Security Act,…

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Recess until 2:00pm

The Senate stands in recess until 2:00pm for the bipartisan luncheon.

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Roll Call Vote on motion to go to conference on Budget resolution

12:01pm The Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on the Enzi motion to disagree in the House amendment, agree to the request by the House for a committee of conference, and authorize the Presiding Officer to appoint conferees; Agreed To: 54-43

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House Message on S.Con.Res. 11, Budget–1 vote at noon

At 11:00am, the Senate laid down the House message on S.Con.Res.11, Budget. There will now be up to 10 hours equally divided on the House Message.   Senator Enzi made a compound motion to go to conference. He moved to disagree in the House amendment, agree to the request by the House for a committee…

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Schedule for Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Wednesday, April 15, 2015. Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business for 1 hour with the time equally divided, and with the Democrats controlling the first half and the Republicans controlling the final half. Following morning business, we expect the Republicans…

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Wrap Up for Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Roll Call Votes Cornyn amendment #1114 (repeal individual mandate); not agreed to: 54-45. Motion to waive re: Bennet amendment #1115 (extend CHIP); not waived: 50-50. Lee amendment #1116 (motion to strike); not agreed to: 42-58. Motion to waive re: Murray amendment #1117 (women’s health); not waived: 43-57. Cotton amendment #1118 (fee schedule); not agreed to:…

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Budget votes expected tomorrow evening

Tomorrow we anticipate the Republicans will move to go to conference on the Senate budget resolution. Once the compound motion to go to conference is made, there  would be 1 hour for debate on the motion. We expect a roll call vote on the compound motion to go to conference on the budget resolution in…

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Trafficking–Cornyn amendment offered, cloture filed on amendment

Following passage of H.R.2, the Senate resumed consideration of S.178, Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015. Then, Senator Portman withdrew his pending amendments (SA #271 and SA #270) and the Vitter second degree SA #284 fell.   Senator McConnell then offered Cornyn amendment #1120 (Hyde) and filed cloture on the Cornyn amendment. The…

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Roll Call Vote on H.R.2, Medicare Access (SGR) and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015

At 9:33pm, the Senate began a 10 minute roll call vote on passage of H.R.2, Medicare Access (SGR) and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015; Passed: 92-8

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Roll Call Vote on Hatch motion to waive budget point of order re: H.R.2, Medicare Access (SGR) and CHIP Reauthorization Act

Senator Sessions raised a budget point of order against H.R.2. Then, Senator Hatch moved to waive the point of order.   At 9:11pm, the Senate began a 10 minute roll call vote on the Hatch motion to waive the budget point of order against H.R.2, Medicare Access (SGR) and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015; Waived:…

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