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Today's Senate Floor Activity


Thursday, November 21, 2013

The President pro tempore called the Senate to order at 10:30 a.m., the Chaplain 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, November 21)

S. 1197 (Sen. Levin): An original bill to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2014 for military activities of the Department of Defense, for military construction, and for defense activities of the Department of Energy, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, and for other purposes.
-- Considered by Senate.
-- Cloture on the measure not invoked in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 51 - 44. Record Vote Number: 245
-- Motion by Senator Reid to reconsider the vote by which cloture was not invoked (Record Vote No. 245) entered in Senate.
S.Amdt. 2123 (Sen. Levin): To increase to $5,000,000,000 the ceiling on the general transfer authority of the Department of Defense .
-- Amendment pending in Senate.

S.Amdt. 2124 (Sen. Levin): Of a perfecting nature.
-- Amendment pending in Senate.

S.Amdt. 2305 (Sen. Reid): To change the enactment date.
-- Amendment pending in Senate.

S.Amdt. 2306 (Sen. Reid): Of a perfecting nature.
-- Amendment pending in Senate.

S.Amdt. 2307 (Sen. Reid): Of a perfecting nature.
-- Amendment pending in Senate.


S. 1356 (Sen. Murray): To amend the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 to strengthen the United States workforce development system through innovation in, and alignment and improvement of, employment, training, and education programs in the United States, and to promote individual and national economic growth, and for other purposes.
-- Motion to proceed to consideration of measure made in Senate.

S.Con.Res. 28 (Sen. Reid): A concurrent resolution providing for a conditional adjournment or recess of the Senate and an adjournment of the House of Representatives.
-- Submitted in the Senate, considered, and agreed to without amendment by Yea-Nay Vote. 51 - 42. Record Vote Number: 246
-- Message on Senate action sent to the House.

Executive Business (Thursday, November 21)

PN527: Patricia Ann Millett, of Virginia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit
-- Motion to proceed to consideration of the motion to reconsider the vote (Roll Vote No. 227), by which cloture was not invoked on the nomination, agreed to in Senate by Yea-Nay. 57 - 40. Record Vote Number: 239
-- Motion by Senator Reid to reconsider the vote (Roll Vote No. 227) by which cloture was not invoked on the nomination agreed to in Senate by Yea-Nay. 57 - 43. Record Vote Number: 241
-- Point of order made by Senator Reid that the vote on cloture, under rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate for all nominations other than for Supreme Court, is by majority vote in Senate.
-- Ruling of the Chair that the point of order raised by Senator Reid with respect to the majority vote required on cloture motions was not sustained.
-- Motion by Senator Reid to appeal the ruling of the chair agreed to, the question being, "Shall the decision of the Chair stand as the judgment of the Senate" determined by Yea-Nay Vote. 48 - 52. Record Vote Number: 242
-- Point of order by Senator McConnell that nominations are fully debatable under the Rules of the Senate unless three-fifths of Senators chosen and sworn have voted to bring debate to a close against the measure in Senate.
-- Ruling of the Chair, under the precedent set by the Senate today, the threshold for cloture on nominations, not including those to the Supreme Court of the United States, is now a majority, and held the point of order raised by Senator McConnell not sustained.
-- Motion by Senator McConnell to appeal the ruling of the chair not agreed to , the question being, "Shall the decision of the Chair stand as the judgment of the Seante" determined by Yea-Nay. 52 - 48. Record Vote Number: 243
-- Upon reconsideration, cloture invoked in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 55 - 42. Record Vote Number: 244
-- By unanimous consent agreement, debate and vote December 9, 2013.

Adjournment

By unanimous consent, on the request of Mr. Harry Reid, at 6:32 p.m., the Senate adjourned, under its order of today, until 11:15 a.m. tomorrow.