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Thursday, April 23, 2015

The President pro tempore called the Senate to order at 9:30 a.m., the Rev. Dr. Ralph E. Williamson, Senior Pastor of First African Methodist Episcopal Church of North Las Vegas, Nevada offered a prayer, and the President pro tempore led the Senate in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America.

The Journal

Pursuant to the order of yesterday, the Journal of the proceedings of the Senate was deemed approved to date.

Certain Procedures Dispensed With

Pursuant to the order of yesterday, the morning hour being deemed expired, and the times for the recognition of the two leaders being reserved.

Transaction of Morning Business

Pursuant to the order of yesterday, the Senate proceeded to a period for the transaction of morning business.

Legislative Business (Thursday, April 23)

H.R. 1191 (Rep. Barletta): To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to ensure that emergency services volunteers are not taken into account as employees under the shared responsibility requirements contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
-- Motion to proceed to consideration of measure agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.
-- Measure laid before Senate by motion.
S.Amdt. 1140 (Sen. Corker): In the nature of a substitute.
-- Amendment SA 1140 proposed by Senator Corker.
H.Con.Res. 21 (Rep. Hoyer): A concurrent resolution authorizing the use of the Capitol Grounds for the Greater Washington Soap Box Derby .
-- Resolution agreed to in Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent.
H.Con.Res. 25 (Rep. Barletta): A concurrent resolution authorizing the use of the Capitol Grounds for the National Peace Officers Memorial Service and the National Honor Guard and Pipe Band Exhibition.
-- Resolution agreed to in Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent.
S.Res. 149 (Sen. Rubio): A resolution recognizing the importance and inspiration of the Hubble Space Telescope.
-- Submitted in the Senate, considered, and agreed to without amendment and with a preamble by Unanimous Consent.
S.Res. 150 (Sen. Grassley): A resolution expressing the sense of the Senate about the importance of effective civic and government education programs in schools in the United States.
-- Submitted in the Senate, considered, and agreed to without amendment and with a preamble by Unanimous Consent.
S.Res. 151 (Sen. Thune): A resolution supporting the goals and ideals of National Safe Digging Month.
-- Submitted in the Senate, considered, and agreed to without amendment and with a preamble by Unanimous Consent.
S.Con.Res. 3 (Sen. Schatz): A concurrent resolution authorizing the use of Emancipation Hall in the Capitol Visitor Center for an event to celebrate the birthday of King Kamehameha I.
-- Senate Committee on Rules and Administration discharged by Unanimous Consent.
-- Resolution agreed to in Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent.

Executive Business (Thursday, April 23)

PN4: Loretta E. Lynch, of New York, to be Attorney General
-- Considered by Senate.
-- Cloture invoked in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 66 - 34. Record Vote Number: 164
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 56 - 43. Record Vote Number: 165