Weekly Address: Helping Protect Our Kids by Reducing Gun Violence

Three months after the tragic shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, President Obama says that the Senate has taken important steps forward to help protect our kids by reducing gun violence. The American people made their voices heard, and the Senate made progress to make it harder for criminals and people with serious mental illnesses to get guns, to crack down on anyone trying to funnel guns to criminals, and to reinstate and strengthen a ban on the sale of military-style assault weapons. Each of these ideas deserves a vote.



If the Senate does NOT receive a message that the House adopted S.Con.Res.11, the adjournment resolution, the Senate will conduct pro forma sessions with no business conducted on the following dates at the following times:

–          Tuesday, March 26th at 4:30pm

–          Friday, March 29th at 10:30am

–          Tuesday, April 2nd at 10:45am and

–          Friday, April 5th at 3:00pm


The Senate will convene at 2:00pm on Monday, April 8, 2013.  Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business until 5:00pm with Senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each.

At 5:00pm, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session to consider the Executive Calendar #14 Patty Shwartz– to be United States Circuit Judge for the Third Circuit with up to 30 minutes of debate equally divided and controlled in the usual form on the nominations.

Upon the use or yielding back of time (at approximately 5:30pm), there will be a roll call vote on confirmation of the Shwartz nomination.


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The next meeting in the House is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on March 25, 2013.