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CONGRESS: the Republican led House ::::: the Senate led by Democrats


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the Senate Convenes: 2:00pmET December 17,2012

  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business until 3:00pm with Senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each.
  • Following morning business, the Senate will begin consideration of H.R.1, the legislative vehicle for the emergency supplemental appropriations bill.
  • At 5:00pm, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session to consider the following nominations:

At 2pm today, there will be a moment of silence to honor the victims and their families of the tragic shooting in Newtown, CT.

At 5:30pm today, the Senate will proceed to a series of 2 votes on confirmation of the nominations listed below. We expect a voice vote on confirmation of the Olguin nomination and a roll call vote on confirmation of the Durkin nomination. – Executive Calendar #833 Fernando M. Olguin, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Central District of California; and – Executive Calendar #875 Thomas M. Durkin, of Illinois, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois.

The Senate has begun consideration of H.R.1, Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2011. Senator Leahy, for Senator Inouye, offered a substitute amendment #3338 (the text of the Hurricane Sandy Emergency Supplemental Appropriations). Text and a summary of the amendment can be found on the Senate Appropriations Committee’s website (http://www.appropriations.senate.gov/). Senator Leahy, for Senator Inouye, then offered amendment #3339 (technical).

The Senate confirmed the nominations of Executive Calendar #833, Fernando M. Olguin, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Central District of California, and Executive Calendar #875 Thomas M. Durkin, of Illinois, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois, by voice vote.

WRAP UP

No ROLL CALL VOTES

LEGISLATIVE ITEMS

Passed S.1792, the Strengthening Investigations of Sex Offenders and Missing Children Act of 2011.

Passed S.1793, to amend title 28, United States Code, to clarify the statutory authority for the longstanding practice of the Department of Justice providing investigatory assistance on request of State and local authorities with respect to certain serious violent crimes, and for other purposes with a Whitehouse substitute amendment.

Passed H.R.2076, to amend title 28, United States Code, to clarify the statutory authority for the longstanding practice of the Department of Justice of providing investigatory assistance on request of State and local authorities with respect to certain serious violent crimes, and for other purposes with a committee-reported substitute amendment and a Whitehouse amendment.

Passed H.R.6223, To amend section 1059(e) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2006 to clarify that a period of employment abroad by the Chief of Mission or United States Armed Forces as a translator, interpreter, or in a security –related position in an executive or managerial capacity is to be counted as a period of residence and physical presence in the United States for purposes of qualifying for naturalization, and for other purposes.

Passed S.3687, To amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to reauthorize the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Restoration Program, to designate certain Federal buildings, and for other purposes.

Adopted S.Res.619, a resolution relative to the appointment of President pro tem – Senator Leahy.

Adopted S.Res.620, a resolution authorizing Senator Reid to administer the oath of office of President pro tem to Senator Leahy.

Adopted S.Res.621, a resolution condemning the horrific attacks in Newtown, Connecticut and expressing support and prayers for all those impacted by that tragedy.

Discharged the HELP committee and passed S.3472, a bill to amend the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 to provide improvements to such Act with a Landrieu substitute amendment.

EXECUTIVE ITEMS

Confirmed Executive Calendar #833, Fernando M. Olguin, of CA, to be U.S. District Judge for the Central District of California by voice vote.

Confirmed Executive Calendar #875, Thomas M. Durkin, of IL, to be U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois by voice vote.

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The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. on December 17, 2012.

Congress: the Republican led House continues to pass bills that will go no where,wasting taxpayer $$$ – Senate Convenes Monday,4/16/2012


the Senate Convenes: 2:00pm April 16, 2012

  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to S.2240, the Paying a Fair Share Act.
  • As a reminder to all Senators, cloture was filed on the motion to proceed to S.2230, the Paying a Fair Share Act on Thursday, March 29th.
  • At 4:30pm, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session to consider Executive Calendar #460, Stephanie Dawn Thacker, of WV, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fourth Circuit with up to 60 minutes of debate equally divided and controlled between Senators Leahy and Grassley or their designees.
  • Upon the use or yielding back of time (at approximately 5:30pm), there will be a roll call vote on confirmation of the Thacker nomination.  There will then be a 2nd roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to S.2230, the Paying a Fair Share Act.
  • If the House does not adopt S.Con.Res.38, the adjournment resolution, the Senate will also meet on the following dates at the following times in pro forma sessions only, with no business conducted:
  • Monday, April 2nd at 2:00pm
  • Thursday, April 5th at 11:00am
  • Monday, April 9th at 10:00am
  • Thursday, April 12th at 2:00pm

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 CURRENT HOUSE FLOOR PROCEEDINGSLEGISLATIVE DAY OF MARCH 30, 2012 112TH CONGRESS – SECOND SESSION en-usPursuant to Title 17 Section 105 of the United States Code, this file is not subject to copyright protection and is in the public domain.Fri, 30 Mar 2012 23:00:03 EDTYes11:08:36 A.M. -The House adjourned pursuant to S. Con. Res. 38. The next meeting is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on April 16, 2012.11:08:35 A.M. -On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.11:08:19 A.M. -Mr. Dreier moved that the House do now adjourn.11:07:01 A.M. -COMMITTEE FILING AUTHORITY – Mr. Dreier asked unanimous consent that all committees have until 5 p.m. on Friday, April 13, 2012, to file reports to accompany measures. Agreed to without objection.11:06:52 A.M. -S. Con. Res. 38Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.11:06:48 A.M. -S. Con. Res. 38On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to without objection.11:05:03 A.M. -S. Con. Res. 38Considered as privileged matter. S. Con. Res. 38 — “Providing for a conditional adjournment or recess of the Senate and an adjournment of the House of Representatives.”11:03:46 A.M. -The House received a message from the Senate. The Senate agreed to S. Con. Res. 38 and passed H.R. 2297 with an amendment.11:03:10 A.M. -PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mr. Dreier to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.11:03:04 A.M. -The Speaker announced approval of the Journal.  Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal stands approved.11:01:09 A.M. -Today’s prayer was offered by Reverend Dr. Barry Black, Chaplain, United States Senate, Washington DC.11:00:38 A.M. -The Speaker designated the Honorable Jeff Denham to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.11:00:25 A.M. -The House convened, starting a new legislative day.

Congress: the Republican led House did 2min of work today – the Senate considers the nomination of Adalberto Jose Jordan for Judge of 11th Circuit


the Senate Convenes at 2:00pmET February 13, 2012

  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in morning business until 4:30pm with Senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each.
  • Following morning business, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session to consider Calendar #437, the nomination of Adalberto Jose Jordan, of Florida, to be United States Circuit Judge for the 11th Circuit with one hour of debate equally divided and controlled between Senators Leahy and Grassley or their designees .
  • Upon the use or yielding back of time (at approximately 5:30pm), the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Jordan nomination.

At approximately 5:30pm today, the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Adalberto Jordan, of Florida, to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit.

5:33pm The Senate began a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Adalberto Jose Jordan, of FL, to be United States Circuit Judge for the 11th Circuit; Invoked: 89-5

The Senate is in a period of morning business with senators permitted to speak for up to 10 minutes each. By consent, time during morning business and any adjournment or recess will count post cloture. There will be no further roll call votes tonight.

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CURRENT HOUSE FLOOR PROCEEDINGS

LEGISLATIVE DAY OF FEBRUARY 13, 2012

112TH CONGRESS – SECOND SESSION

. -The Speaker announced that the House do now adjourn. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. on February 14, 2012.1:01:56 P.M. -PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair led Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.1:01:50 P.M. -The Speaker announced approval of the Journal.  Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal stands approved.1:00:37 P.M. -Today’s prayer was offered by the House Chaplain, Rev. Patrick J. Conroy.1:00:28 P.M. -The Speaker designated the Honorable Steven C. LaTourette to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.1:00:13 P.M. -The House convened, starting a new legislative day.

Congress: the Republican led House – the Senate considers HR2112, the Agriculture, CJS, and Transportation/HUD Appropriations bill:


The Senate Convenes: 3pm October 31, 2011

  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in morning business until 4:30pm with Senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each.
  • Following morning business, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session to consider Calendar #249, Stephen A. Higginson, of LA, to be United States Circuit Judge for the 5th Circuit with one hour equally divided and controlled between Senators Leahy and Grassley or their designees.
  • The first roll call vote of the week will be at approximately 5:30pm today on confirmation of the Higginson nomination.
  • On Tuesday, November 1, 2011, when the Senate resumes consideration of H.R.2112, the Agriculture, CJS and Transportation/HUD Appropriations bill (at approximately 11:10am), there will be up to 7 roll call votes in relation to the following:
  • Coburn #800 (rural development agency);
  • Paul #821 (TIGER grants ) (60-vote threshold);
  • DeMint #763 (epinephrine);
  • Crapo #814 (Dodd-Frank WSR – derivatives) (60-vote threshold);
  • Lee Motion to Recommit (FY11 levels);
  • Coburn amendment #801 (Small Community Air Service Development Program);
  • Passage of H.R.2112, as amended.
  • Senators should be aware the Senate will recess at 12:30pm until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings and the series of votes listed above will be interrupted to accommodate the caucus meetings.  The Senate will resume voting on the items above, which are not completed prior to 12:15pm, at a time to be determined Tuesday afternoon.

10:AM The following amendments are pending to H.R.2112, the Agriculture, CJS, and Transportation/HUD Appropriations bill:

  • Crapo amendment #814 (derivatives – Dodd-Frank)
  • Lee motion to recommit H.R.2112 (FY11 levels)
  • DeMint amendment #763 (epinephrine)
  • DeMint amendment #764 (eliminate increase in funding)
  • Coburn amendment #794 (government programs annual report)
  • Coburn amendment #795 (collect more than $500M from deadbeat developers)
  • Coburn amendment #797 (Federal buildings construction/purchase/lease/renovation)
  • Coburn amendment #799 (Rural Energy for America Program)
  • Coburn amendment #800 (Rural Development Agency)
  • Coburn amendment #801 (Small Community Air Service Development Program)
  • Coburn amendment #833 (end direct payment program)

The following amendments have been considered:

  • Cornyn amendment #775, as modified (Operation Fast and Furious); Agreed to: 99-0
  • McCain amendment #740 (eliminate TAA funding for firms); Not Agreed to: 44-55
  • Collins amendment #804 (vegetables in school meal programs); Agreed to by Voice Vote
  • McCain amendment #739 (critical surface transportation); Tabled: 59-39
  • McCain amendment #741 (ethanol blender pumps and storage facilities); withdrawn
  • Sanders amendment #816 (energy efficiency programs for small businesses); Agreed to by Unanimous Consent
  • Coburn amendment #793 (transparency in federally attended and funded conferences); Agreed to by Unanimous Consent
  • Coburn amendment #798, as modified (prohibit funds for purchase of new passenger motor vehicles); Agreed to by Unanimous Consent
  • Murray amendment #772 (reconstruction of highway facilities damaged by natural disasters or emergencies); Withdrawn
  • Vitter amendment #769, as modified (drug reimportation) Not Agreed To: 45-55 (60-vote threshold)
  • Webb amendment #750, as modified (National Criminal Justice Commission)  Not Agreed To: 57-43 (60-vote threshold)
  • Merkley amendment #879 (freight and rail products made in the US) (60-vote threshold); Not Agreed to: 55-44
  • Brown (OH) amendment #874, as modified (Fair Housing Initiatives Program); Agreed to by Voice Vote
  • Moran amendment #815, as modified (spending levels for Watershed Protection); Agreed to by Voice Vote
  • Grassley amendment #860 (DOJ Federal Grants)(60-vote threshold); Not Agreed to: 46-54
  • Landrieu amendment #781 (farmer program loans); Agreed to by Voice Vote
  • Kohl amendment #755 (spending plan); Agreed to by Voice Vote
  • Vitter amendment #917 to Menendez #857 (Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac) (60-vote threshold); Not Agreed to: 41-57-1(present)
  • Menendez amendment #857 (extend loan limits for FHA, VA and others) (60-vote threshold); Agreed to: 60-38-1 present
  • Gillibrand amendment #869 (increase funding for emergency conservation/emergency watershed protection programs); Agreed to: 58-41
  • Lautenberg amendment #836 (Economic Development Assistance Program); Agreed to by Voice Vote
  • Bingaman amendment #771, as modified (funds to investigate trade violations); Agreed to by Voice Vote
  • Sessions amendment #810 (prohibit funds to allow categorical eligibility for supplemental nutrition assistance program) (60-vote threshold); Not Agreed to: 41-58
  • Coburn amendment #791 (prohibit funds for direct payments to individuals with income over $1M); Agreed to: 84-15
  • Coburn amendment #792, as modified (end payments to slumlords) (60-vote threshold); Not Agreed to: 59-40
  • Coburn amendment #796 (end lending schemes) (60-vote threshold); Agreed to: 73-26
  • Ayotte amendment #753 (prohibit funds for prosecutions of enemy combatants in Article III Courts) (60-vote threshold); Not Agreed to: 47-52
  • Portman amendment #859 (beam rail elements and terminal sections); Agreed to by Voice Vote
  • McCain amendment #892 (Rural Development offices); Agreed to by Voice Vote
  • Cantwell amendment #893, as modified (infectious salmon); Agreed to by Voice Vote
  • Cochran amendment #805, as modified (Fossil-fueled electric generating plants); Agreed to by Voice Vote
  • Burr amendment #890 (transparency of FDA); Agreed to by Voice Vote
  • Inouye amendment #918 (strike provisions re: Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Latin Americans of Japanese Descent); Agreed to by Voice Vote
  • Kyl amendment #912, as modified (US Marshals Service & courthouse security upgrades); Agreed to by Voice Vote
  • Rubio amendment #898 (Evaluation of Gulf Coast Claims Facility); Agreed to by Voice Vote
  • Thune amendment #809 (reimbursement for expenditures made in reliance of a grant erroneously awarded); Agreed to by Voice Vote
  • Hutchison amendment #806; Agreed to by Voice Vote
  • Brown (MA)-Kerry amendment #889 (Audits of Fisheries Enforcement Asset Forfeiture Fund); Agreed to by Voice Vote
  • Inouye substitute amendment #738 (text of the 3 appropriations bills); Agreed to by Unanimous Consent

5:33pm The Senate began a roll call vote on confirmation of Stephen A. Higginson, of Louisiana, to be a United States Circuit Judge for the 5th Circuit; Confirmed: 88-0

LEGISLATIVE ITEMS

Passed S.1637, Appeal Time Clarification Act of 2011

Passed H.R.368, Removal Clarification Act of 2011

Passed H.R.394, Federal Courts Jurisdiction and Venue Clarification Act of 2011 with committee-reported amendments

EXECUTIVE ITEMS

Confirmed the following:

DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

#103 Eric L. Hirschhorn – to be Under Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration

DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY

#416 Cyrus Amir-Mokri – to be an Assistant Secretary for the Treasury

UNITED STATES INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION

#420 David S. Johanson – to be a Member of the United States International Trade Commission for a term expiring December 16, 2018

There will be no roll call votes on Monday, November 14, 2011.

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CURRENT HOUSE FLOOR PROCEEDINGS

LEGISLATIVE DAY OF OCTOBER 31, 2011

112TH CONGRESS – FIRST SESSION 

 -The Speaker announced that the House do now adjourn. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. on November 1, 2011.1:03:07 P.M. –PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG – The Chair led the House in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.1:02:56 P.M. -The Speaker announced approval of the Journal.  Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal stands approved.1:01:52 P.M. -Today’s prayer was offered by the House Chaplain, Rev. Patrick J. Conroy.1:01:44 P.M. -The Speaker designated the Honorable Thomas J. Rooney to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.1:00:59 P.M. -The House convened, starting a new legislative day.The next meeting is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on October 31, 2011.

Congress: the Republican led House – the Senate debates/votes HR2112


the Senate Convened at 10:00amET October 20, 2011

  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R.2112, the Agriculture, CJS, and Transportation/HUD Appropriations bill.
  • At 12:00pm, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session to consider the nomination of Heather Higginbottom to be Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget with two minutes of debate equally divided and controlled between Senators Conrad and Sessions or their designees.
  • At approximately 12:02pm, the Senate will conduct up to 3 roll call votes in relation to the following:
  • Confirmation of Executive Calendar #78, the nomination of Heather A. Higginbottom, of the District of Columbia, to be Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget
  • Vitter amendment #769, as modified (drug importation) (60-vote threshold);
  • Webb amendment #750 (Criminal Justice Commission) (60-vote threshold);
  • At approximately 2:00pm, the Senate will conduct up to 4 roll call votes in relation to the following:
  • Merkley amendment #879, to be modified with the changes at the desk (freight and rail products made in the US)
  • Brown amendment #874, to be modified with the changes at the desk (Fair Housing Initiatives Program) (60-vote threshold)
  • Moran amendment #815 (Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention Act)
  • Grassley amendment #860 (DOJ Federal Grants) (60-vote threshold)
  • Additional roll call votes in relation to amendments H.R.2112 are expected during Thursday’s session in an effort to complete action on the bill.  As a reminder to all Senators, Senator Reid filed cloture on the substitute amendment and the bill during Wednesday’s session of the Senate.
  • Also during Wednesday’s session of the Senate, Senator Reid filed cloture on the motion to proceed to Calendar #204, S.1723, the Teachers and First Responders Back to Work Act.  Additionally, Senator McConnell filed cloture on the motion to proceed to Calendar #205, S.1726, the Withholding Tax Relief Act.

The filing deadline for all first degree amendments to the Inouye substitute amendment #738 and H.R.2112, the Agriculture, CJS, and Transportation/HUD Appropriations bill is 1:00pm today.  If your Senator has a germane first degree amendment and would like to preserve his or her right to offer, please send a signed copy of the amendment to the cloakroom prior to the deadline.  If you have already filed, there is no need to re-file.

The following amendments are pending to H.R.2112, the Agriculture, CJS, and Transportation/HUD Appropriations bill:

  • Inouye substitute amendment #738 (text of the 3 appropriations bills)
  • Kohl amendment #755 (spending plan)
  • Landrieu amendment #781 (farmer program loans)
  • Coburn amendment #791 (prohibit funds for direct payments to individuals with income over $1M)
  • Coburn amendment #792, as modified (end payments to slumlords)
  • Ayotte amendment #753 (prohibit funds for prosecutions of enemy combatants in Article III Courts)
  • Crapo amendment #814 (derivatives – Dodd-Frank)
  • Merkley amendment #879 (freight and rail products made in the US)
  • Moran amendment #815 (spending levels for Watershed Protection)
  • Bingaman amendment #771, as modified (funds to investigate trade violations)
  • Grassley amendment #860 (DOJ Federal Grants)
  • Menendez amendment #857 (extend loan limits for FHA, VA and others)
  • Lee motion to recommit H.R.2112 (FY11 levels)
  • Sessions amendment #810 (prohibit funds to allow categorical eligibility for supplemental nutrition assistance program)
  • DeMint amendment #763 (epinephrine)
  • DeMint amendment #764 (eliminate increase in funding)
  • Lautenberg amendment #836 (Economic Development Assistance Program)
  • Gillibrand amendment #869 (increase funding for emergency conservation/emergency watershed protection programs)

The following amendments have been considered:

  • Cornyn amendment #775, as modified (Operation Fast and Furious); Agreed to: 99-0
  • McCain amendment #740 (eliminate TAA funding for firms); Not Agreed to: 44-55
  • Collins amendment #804 (vegetables in school meal programs); Agreed to by Voice Vote
  • McCain amendment #739 (critical surface transportation); Tabled: 59-39
  • McCain amendment #741 (ethanol blender pumps and storage facilities); withdrawn
  • Sanders amendment #816 (energy efficiency programs for small businesses); Agreed to by Unanimous Consent
  • Coburn amendment #793 (transparency in federally attended and funded conferences); Agreed to by Unanimous Consent
  • Coburn amendment #798, as modified (prohibit funds for purchase of new passenger motor vehicles); Agreed to by Unanimous Consent
  • Murray amendment #772 (reconstruction of highway facilities damaged by natural disasters or emergencies); Withdrawn
  • Vitter amendment #769, as modified (drug reimportation) Not Agreed To: 45-55 (60-vote threshold)
  • Webb amendment #750, as modified (National Criminal Justice Commission)  Not Agreed To: 57-43 (60-vote threshold)

At approximately 12:00pm today, the Senate will conduct up to 3 roll call votes in relation to the following:

  • Confirmation of Executive Calendar #78, the nomination of Heather A. Higginbottom, of the District of Columbia, to be Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget
  • Vitter amendment #769, as modified (drug importation) (60-vote threshold);
  • Webb amendment #750 (Criminal Justice Commission) (60-vote threshold);

1:00pm filing deadline for all first degree amendments.

At approximately 2:00pm today, the Senate will conduct up to 4 roll call votes in relation to the following:

  • Merkley amendment #879, to be modified with the changes at the desk (freight and rail products made in the US)
  • Brown amendment #874, to be modified with the changes at the desk (Fair Housing Initiatives Program) (60-vote threshold)
  • Moran amendment #815 (Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention Act)
  • Grassley amendment #860 (DOJ Federal Grants) (60-vote threshold)

Additional roll call votes are expected today in an effort to complete action on H.R.2112.

We also hope to vote on confirmation of John Bryson to be Secretary of Commerce.

Additionally, cloture was filed on the motions to proceed to S.1723, the Teachers and First Responders Back to Work Act and S.1726, the Withholding Tax Relief Act.  Unless an agreement is reached, these cloture votes will occur on Friday.

By unanimous consent, the Murray amendment #772 (reconstruction of highway facilities damaged by natural disasters or emergencies) was withdrawn.

VOTES

12:52pm The Senate began a roll call vote on Webb amendment #750 (To establish a National Criminal Justice Commission) Not Agreed To: 57-43

12:02pm The Senate began a roll call vote on the Merkley amendment #879 (rail freight manufactured in the US) (60-vote threshold) Not Agreed To: 55-44

The Senate agreed to the Moran amendment #815 by voice vote.

The following amendments are pending to H.R.2112, the Agriculture, CJS, and Transportation/HUD Appropriations bill:

  • Inouye substitute amendment #738 (text of the 3 appropriations bills)
  • Kohl amendment #755 (spending plan)
  • Landrieu amendment #781 (farmer program loans)
  • Coburn amendment #791 (prohibit funds for direct payments to individuals with income over $1M)
  • Coburn amendment #792, as modified (end payments to slumlords)
  • Ayotte amendment #753 (prohibit funds for prosecutions of enemy combatants in Article III Courts)
  • Crapo amendment #814 (derivatives – Dodd-Frank)
  • Bingaman amendment #771, as modified (funds to investigate trade violations)
  • Menendez amendment #857 (extend loan limits for FHA, VA and others)
  • Lee motion to recommit H.R.2112 (FY11 levels)
  • Sessions amendment #810 (prohibit funds to allow categorical eligibility for supplemental nutrition assistance program)
  • DeMint amendment #763 (epinephrine)
  • DeMint amendment #764 (eliminate increase in funding)
  • Lautenberg amendment #836 (Economic Development Assistance Program)
  • Gillibrand amendment #869 (increase funding for emergency conservation/emergency watershed protection programs)

The following amendments have been considered and VOTES taken

  • Cornyn amendment #775, as modified (Operation Fast and Furious); Agreed to: 99-0
  • McCain amendment #740 (eliminate TAA funding for firms); Not Agreed to: 44-55
  • Collins amendment #804 (vegetables in school meal programs); Agreed to by Voice Vote
  • McCain amendment #739 (critical surface transportation); Tabled: 59-39
  • McCain amendment #741 (ethanol blender pumps and storage facilities); withdrawn
  • Sanders amendment #816 (energy efficiency programs for small businesses); Agreed to by Unanimous Consent
  • Coburn amendment #793 (transparency in federally attended and funded conferences); Agreed to by Unanimous Consent
  • Coburn amendment #798, as modified (prohibit funds for purchase of new passenger motor vehicles); Agreed to by Unanimous Consent
  • Murray amendment #772 (reconstruction of highway facilities damaged by natural disasters or emergencies); Withdrawn
  • Vitter amendment #769, as modified (drug reimportation) Not Agreed To: 45-55 (60-vote threshold)
  • Webb amendment #750, as modified (National Criminal Justice Commission)  Not Agreed To: 57-43 (60-vote threshold)
  • Merkley amendment #879 (freight and rail products made in the US) (60-vote threshold); Not Agreed to: 55-44
  • Brown (OH) amendment #874, as modified (Fair Housing Initiatives Program); Agreed to by Voice Vote
  • Moran amendment #815, as modified (spending levels for Watershed Protection); Agreed to by Voice Vote
  • Grassley amendment #860 (DOJ Federal Grants)(60-vote threshold); Not Agreed to: 46-54

7:23pm The Senate began a roll call vote on confirmation of John Edgar Bryson to be Secretary of Commerce; Confirmed: 74-26

We are close to reaching an agreement to begin a long series of roll call votes shortly—in the next 5-10 minutes or so. The first votes will be on the following:

–         Cloture on the motion to proceed to S.1723, Teachers and First Responders Back to Work Act of 2011

–         Cloture on the motion to proceed to S.1726, Withholding Tax Relief Act of 2011

Further, we expect to lock in an agreement on a path forward on HR, 2112, the Agriculture/CJS/THUD appropriations bill. The subsequent votes will be in relation to the appropriations bill.

When the agreement is reached, another message will be sent.

The Senate will conduct up to 27 votes, with 17 expected roll call votes, in relation to the following shortly:

– cloture on the motion to proceed to S.1723

– cloture on the motion to proceed to S.1726

– Landrieu #781, as modified, with the changes which are at the desk (expected voice vote);

– Kohl #755 (expected voice vote);

-Vitter #917 to Menendez #857 (60-vote threshold);

– Menendez #857 (60-vote threshold);

– Gillibrand #869;

– Lautenberg #836;

– Bingaman #771, as modified (expected voice vote);

– Sessions #810 (60-vote threshold);

– Coburn #791;

– Coburn #792 (60-vote threshold);

– Coburn #796 (60-vote threshold);

– Coburn #800;

– Paul #821 (60-vote threshold);

– Portman #859 (expected voice vote);

– McCain #892 (expected voice vote);

– Cantwell #893, as modified with the changes that are at the desk (expected voice vote);

– Cochran #805 (expected voice vote);

– Burr #890 (expected voice vote);

– DeMint #763;

– Inouye #918 (expected voice vote);

– Ayotte #753 (60-vote threshold);

– Crapo #814 (60-vote threshold);

– Kyl #919(expected voice vote); and

– Lee Motion to Recommit.

– Cloture on the substitute amendment #738

That there will be no amendments or points of order against any of the amendments in order prior to the votes other than budget points of order.

There will be two minutes equally divided in the usual form prior to each vote; all votes after the first vote will be 10 minute in duration.

If cloture is invoked, the substitute amendment will be agreed to and the Senate will resume consideration of the bill at 4:00pm, Monday, October 31st and proceed to votes in relation to any remaining germane pending amendments in the order they were offered; further, upon disposition of any pending germane amendments, the bill, as amended, will be read a third time, and the Senate will proceed to vote on passage of the bill with no intervening action or debate; when the Senate receives a message from the House with respect to H.R.2112, the Senate will insist on its amendment, request, or agree to, a conference with the House on the disagreeing votes of the two Houses; and the Chair will be authorized to appoint the following conferees – Kohl, Harkin, Feinstein, Johnson (SD), Nelson (NE), Pryor, Brown (OH), Inouye, Murray, Mikulski, Blunt, Cochran, McConnell, Collins, Moran, Hoeven, Hutchison and Shelby.

If cloture is not invoked on the substitute amendment #738, as amended, cloture on the underlying bill be vitiated; and the bill be returned to the calendar in status quo.

9:55pm The Senate began a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Reid motion to proceed to S.1723, Teachers and First Responders Back to Work Act of 2011. Not Agreed To: 50-50

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The next meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on October 21, 2011.