Floor Updates


Opening Remarks

Jun 11 2012

02:11 PM

  • Today --
    • The Senate will resume consideration of the Motion to Proceed to S. 3240, the Farm bill, post-cloture.
    • At 4:30 PM, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session for up to 1 hour of debate, equally divided, on Executive Calendar #607, Andrew David Hurwitz, of Arizona, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit.
    • At 5:30 PM, the Senate will conduct a ROLL CALL VOTE on the Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Hurwitz nomination.
      • If Cloture is Not Invoked, the Motion to Proceed to S. 3240, the Farm bill, will be Agreed to at 2:15 PM tomorrow.
      • If Cloture is Invoked, following disposition of the Hurwitz nomination, the Senate will resume Legislative Session, and the Motion to Proceed to S. 3240, the Farm bill, will be Agreed to.
  • As a reminder, on Tuesday, June 5th, a Motion to Reconsider the Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Motion to Proceed to S. 3220, the Paycheck Fairness bill, was entered. Under the rules, Majority Leader Reid can bring the bill back up for a vote at any point in the future.

Senator Reid: (2:02 PM)
  • Spoke on the Farm bill.
    • SUMMARY "American farmers are counting on us, but so is the economy. Despite the uncertain economic times, America's farms are the most productive in the world exporting $136 billion worth of products last year and supporting 16 million private-sector jobs. To keep American farms strong, Congress must pass a strong farm bill. This legislation creates jobs, cuts subsidies and reduces the deficit. The bill includes important reforms for the farm and food stamp programs. It saves $23 billion which will be used to reduce the deficit. It will give farmers the certainty they need to maintain the largest trade surplus of any sector of our economy. Helping American farmers thrive is an important part of our work to get the economy on a firm footing again. I commend Senator Stabenow and Roberts for their leadership on this issue. We're working now toward coming up with a list of amendments to this legislation. It's a shame that we have now wasting 30 hours post-cloture on this bill. It's a bill that passed by 90 senators agreeing that we should move for debate on this bill, but it appears now we're in a situation that we were last week and the week before and the week before that, when Republicans have made a decision that they would rather do anything they can to stop jobs from being created, hoping it will help them with the elections come November This is a bill that creates jobs, cuts subsidies, protect hardworking farmers Our Republican friends all the time that they want to reduce the deficit. How about one bill, one fell swoop, $23 billion of deficit reduction, a bill that would reduce subsidies. It would get rid of a lot of waste and abuse and create jobs. We're in this position where my friends have said, just as the Republican leader has said, their only goal is to defeat Obama, not help our country. And that's too bad."