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Senate Floor Activity - Thursday, March 27, 2014

Mr. John E. Walsh, from the State of Montana, called the Senate to order at 9:30 a.m., the Chaplain offered a prayer, and Mr. Walsh 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, March 27)

H.R. 3979 (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 made in Senate.
-- Cloture on the motion to proceed to the measure invoked in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 65 - 34. Record Vote Number: 90

H.R. 4152 (Rep. Rogers): To provide for the costs of loan guarantees for Ukraine.
-- Considered by Senate.
-- Passed Senate with an amendment by Voice Vote.
-- Message on Senate action sent to the House.
S.Amdt. 2867 (Sen. Menendez): In the nature of a substitute.
-- Amendment pending in Senate.
-- Amendment SA 2867 agreed to in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 98 - 2. Record Vote Number: 88

S. 2183 (Sen. McConnell): Entitled "United States International Programming to Ukraine and Neighboring Regions".
-- Introduced in the Senate, read twice, considered, read the third time, and passed without amendment by Unanimous Consent.

S.Res. 395 (Sen. Burr): A resolution designating the month of April 2014 as "Military and Veterans Caregiver Month".
-- Senate Committee on the Judiciary discharged by Unanimous Consent.
-- Resolution agreed to in Senate without amendment and with a preamble by Unanimous Consent.

S.Res. 400 (Sen. Murkowski): A resolution recognizing the 50th anniversary of the Great Alaska Earthquake, which struck the State of Alaska at 5:36 p.m. on Good Friday, March 27, 1964, honoring those who lost their lives in the Great Alaska Earthquake and associated tsunamis, and expressing continued support for research on earthquake and tsunami prediction and mitigation strategies.
-- Submitted in the Senate, considered, and agreed to without amendment and with a preamble by Unanimous Consent.

Executive Business (Thursday, March 27)

PN1059: Kathryn B. Thomson, of Virginia, to be General Counsel of the Department of Transportation
-- Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation discharged by Unanimous Consent.
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN1184: John B. Owens, of California, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit
-- Considered by Senate.
-- Cloture invoked in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 54 - 44. Record Vote Number: 89

PN1352: Matthew H. Tueller, of Utah, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Yemen
-- By unanimous consent agreement, debate and vote on March 27, 2014.
-- Considered by Senate.
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

PN1353: Maria Contreras-Sweet, of California, to be Administrator of the Small Business Administration
-- Considered by Senate.
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.


Under the authority of the order of today, at 6:19 p.m, the Presiding Officer (Mr. Franken in the chair) declared the Senate adjourned, under its order of today, until 2 p.m. on Monday, March 31, 2014.