Floor Updates

Friday, March 2, 2012

Mar 02 2012 10:00 AM

The Senate Convened.

Reid

Highway Bill (S. 1813)

Mar 02 2012 10:14 AM

Senator Reid: (10:02 AM)
  • Today --
    • The Senate will resume consideration of S. 1813, the Highway bill. Pending to S. 1813 is Reid substitute amendment #1761 (EPW, Banking, Finance, and Commerce titles and 37 amendments cleared by the bill managers). The amendment tree has been filled.
    • There will be NO ROLL CALL VOTES during today's session of the Senate.
  • Majority Leader Reid has indicated that he will file cloture today on Reid substitute amendment #1761 (EPW, Banking, Finance, and Commerce titles and 37 amendments cleared by the bill managers) to S. 1813, the Highway bill. The next ROLL CALL VOTE will occur on Tuesday morning.
  • Spoke on S. 1813, the Highway bill.
    • SUMMARY "This bill would save or create almost three million jobs, yet my republican colleagues have caused the waste of about a month of precious time here on the Senate floor in obstructing this very important piece of legislation. so it's with disappointment I'm going to file cloture on this transportation bill. It seems 85 votes begin debate on a measure no longer indicate a smooth legislative path forward. We would think with 85 votes that we would have timely approval of the bill, but that has not taken place. That's because my republican colleagues want to waste time on unrelated, ideological, non-germane, non relevant amendments instead of talking about the nation's failing infrastructure. There is no one, no one who thinks - and i say that, no one believes that our roads, our highways, our bridges are up to snuff. they are not. we need significant work to bring them up to better condition. Tens of thousands of bridges are in a state of disrepair. So republicans instead of working on this valuable infrastructure bill have been causing us to waste time on issues not related to this. we have spent the last several weeks on a woman's access to health care."

Mar 02 2012 12:06 PM

Senator Reid: (11:42 AM)
  • Performed Wrap Up --
    • Filed cloture on Reid substitute amendment #1761 (EPW, Banking, Finance, and Commerce titles and 37 amendments cleared by the bill managers) to S. 1813, the Highway bill.
    • Filed cloture on S. 1813, the Highway bill.
  • Monday, March 5th --
    • The Senate will convene at 2:00 PM Monday, March 5th and proceed to a period of Morning Business, with Senators permitted to speak up to 10 minutes each.
    • Pending is S. 1813, the Highway bill.
    • The filing deadline for all first degree amendments to S. 1813, the Highway bill is at 4:00 PM Monday March 5th; The filing deadline for all second degree amendments to Reid substitute amendment #1761 (EPW, Banking, Finance, and Commerce titles and 37 amendments cleared by the bill managers) is at 11:30 AM Tuesday, March 6th.
    • There will be NO ROLL CALL VOTES during Monday's session of the Senate.
  • Tuesday, March 6th --
    • The Senate will proceed to a ROLL CALL VOTE at 12:00 PM on the Motion to Invoke Cloture on Reid substitute amendment #1761 (EPW, Banking, Finance, and Commerce titles and 37 amendments cleared by the bill managers) to S. 1813, the Highway bill.
    • At 2:15 PM, there will be up to 2 minutes of debate, equally divided, prior to 2 ROLL CALL VOTES on: (1) Executive Calendar #439, Mary Elizabeth Phillips, of Missouri, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Missouri; and (2) Thomas Owen Rice, of Washington, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Washington.
The Senate stands adjourned until 2:00 PM Monday, March 5th.