Senate Democrats

Roll Call Vote on cloture on H.R.3979, Emergency Unemployment Benefits Extension Act

The motion to waive the Budget point of order was agreed to 60-37. The Senate then agreed to Reed amendment #2874 by voice vote.   At 3:02pm, the Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on H.R.3979, Emergency Unemployment Benefits Extension Act; Invoked: 61-35 This will be the…

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Roll Call Vote on Murray motion to waive Sessions Budget point of order

2:33pm The Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on the Murray motion to waive the Sessions Budget point of order; Agreed To: 60-36

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Up to 3 Roll Call Votes at 2:30pm

The Senate has reached an agreement on H.R.3979, the legislative vehicle for the Unemployment Insurance Extension bill.  Under the agreement, there will be up to 3 roll call votes (2 expected) at 2:30pm today and one roll call vote at 5:30pm on Monday.  The details of the agreement are below.   At 2:30pm today, all…

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Senate Floor Schedule for Thursday, April 3, 2014

The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Thursday, April 3, 2014. Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R.3979, the legislative vehicle for the Unemployment Insurance Extension Act.   The time during adjournment will count post-cloture on the Reed amendment #2874.   We hope to reach an agreement on the Unemployment Insurance…

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Senate Floor Wrap Up for Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Roll Call Votes 1)      Motion to invoke cloture on Reed substitute amendment #2974 (Emergency Unemployment Benefits Extension Act) to H.R.3979; Invoked: 61-38 2)      Motion to table the Reid amendment to H.R.3979, the legislative vehicle for the Emergency Unemployment Benefits Extension Act; Not Tabled: 46-50 3)      Reid motion to table the Vitter appeal of the ruling of…

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Malinowski, Wu, and Birx nominations confirmed by voice votes

The Senate confirmed the following nominations by voice vote:   -        Executive Calendar #520 Tomasz P. Malinowski, of the District of Columbia, to be Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor; -        Executive Calendar #679 Portia Y. Wu, of the District of Columbia, to be an Assistant Secretary of Labor; and -       …

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Roll Call Vote on Reid motion to table Vitter appeal of the ruling of the chair re: third degree amendments

5:00pm The Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on the Reid motion to table the Vitter appeal of the ruling of the chair that a third degree amendment is not in order; Tabled: 67-29

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Vitter appeal of the ruling of the chair

Senator Vitter attempted to call up amendment #2931 (prohibit concurrent receipt of emergency unemployment benefits and Social Security disability benefits) in the third degree to Reid #2874 to H.R.3970. The chair ruled that the amendment is not in order as it is inconsistent with the Senate’s precedents with respect to the offering of amendments, their…

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Roll Call Vote on Barrasso motion to table Reid amendment re: UI

4:32pm The Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on the Barrasso motion to table Reid amendment #2878 to S.Amdt.2877 (UI) to H.R.3979; Not Agreed To: 46-50

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2 roll call votes expected in the 4:30pm range

We are told the Republicans intend to make a motion to table one of the pending Reid amendments in the 4:15pm range to make it in order to offer an amendment. If the motion to table fails, we expect Senator Vitter will attempt to offer amendment #2931 (prohibit concurrent receipt of emergency unemployment benefits and…

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