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The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Thursday, October 31, 2013. Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session to consider Executive Calendar #209, the nomination of Melvin L. Watt, of North Carolina, to be Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency.  The time until 12:00noon will be equally divided and controlled in the usual form.

At noon, Senator-elect Cory Booker of New Jersey will be sworn in.

Following the swearing in, there will be two minutes of debate equally divided and controlled prior to a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Watt nomination. If cloture is invoked, there will be up to 8 hours of debate prior to a vote on confirmation of the Watt nomination.  If cloture is not invoked, there will be a second roll call vote immediately on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #327, Patricia Millett, of Virginia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit. If cloture is invoked on the Millet nomination, there will be up to 30 hours of debate on the nomination prior to a vote on confirmation of the nomination.

Therefore, Senators should expect up to 2 roll call votes at approximately 12:10pm:

–          Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #209, the nomination of Melvin L. Watt, of North Carolina, to be Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency

–          And if cloture is not invoked on the Watt nomination, motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #327, Patricia Millett, of Virginia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit.

At 12:00 noon, Senator elect Booker will be sworn in as senator from New Jersey. Following the swearing in, the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Executive Calendar #209, the nomination of Melvin L. Watt, of North Carolina, to be Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency. If cloture is invoked, there would be up to 8 hours for debate prior to a vote on confirmation of the nomination. If cloture is not invoked, the Senate would proceed immediately to a cloture vote on Executive Calendar #327, Patricia Millett, of Virginia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit.

12:07pm The Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Executive Calendar #209, the nomination of Melvin L. Watt, of North Carolina, to be Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency;

Not Invoked: 56-42

Senator Reid changed his vote to no (for procedural reasons) and entered a motion to reconsider the failed cloture vote at a later time.

12:38pm The Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #327, Patricia Millett, of Virginia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit;

Not Invoked: 55-38 (3 voted present)

This will be the last vote of the day.

The Senate stands in recess until 2:00pm

At 2:00pm the Senate will be in a period of morning business for debate only until 6:00pm, with senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each.

Today Senator Reid moved to proceed to S.815, a bill to prohibit the employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, and filed cloture on the motion. By consent, the cloture vote will occur following Executive Session on Monday.

At 5:00pm on Monday, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session to consider the following nomination:

–        Executive Calendar #328, the nomination of Gregory Howard Woods, of New York, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York; and

–        Executive Calendar #329, the nomination of Debra M. Brown, of Mississippi, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Mississippi.

There will be up to 30 minutes for debate prior to votes on confirmation of the nominations. If all time is used, at approximately 5:30pm, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Woods and Brown nominations.

WRAP UP

ROLL CALL VOTES

1)      Motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Executive Calendar #209, the nomination of Melvin L. Watt, of North Carolina, to be Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency; Not invoked: 56-42

2)      Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #327, Patricia Millett, of Virginia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit; Not invoked: 55-38-3 (present)

LEGISLATIVE ITEMS

Requested a conference with the House on H.R.3080, Water Resources Reform and Development Act and authorized the chair to appoint conferees on the part of the Senate with a ratio of 5-3.

H.R.2094, To amend the Public Health Service Act to increase the preference given, in awarding certain asthma-related grants, to certain States (those allowing trained school personnel to administer epinephrine and meeting other related requirements).

Discharged the Veterans’ Affairs committee and passed H.R.3302, to name the Department of Veterans Affairs medical center in Bay Pines, Florida, as “C.W. Bill Young Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center”.

Adopted S.Res.282,a resolution commemorating the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Adopted S.Res.283, to constitute the majority party’s membership on certain committees for the One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, or until their successors are chosen.

Additional EXECUTIVE ITEMS

Confirmed Executive Calendar #357 Marcel J. Lettre II, of Maryland, to be a Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense.

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House Floor Activities Legislative Day of October 30, 2013

Last Floor Action:
5:11:55 P.M. – The House adjourned
pursuant to a previous special order.

The next meeting is scheduled for 10:00
a.m. on November 1, 2013, unless the House receives a message from the Senate
transmitting its adoption of H. Con. Res. 62, in which case the House shall
stand adjourned pursuant to that concurrent resolution.

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