Floor Updates

Udall-NM, Bennet, Reid (The Senate Stands Adjourned)

Student Loan bill (S. 2343)

Apr 26 2012

07:17 PM

Senator Udall-NM: (6:45 PM)
  • Honored Rudolfo Anaya and marked the 40th Anniversary of his book, Bless Me Ultmia.

Senator Bennet: (6:52 PM)
  • Spoke on the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization bill.
    • SUMMARY "Since this bill was first enacted, the annual incidents of domestic violence continues to drop. Additionally, domestic violence reporting has dramatically increased and victims are receiving life-saving assistance to help them move forward with their lives. In my home state of Colorado, we continue to make great progress reducing the number of domestic and sexual assaults that occur, but we must continue to do more. In 2010, the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control published a report that estimated that 451,000 women in Colorado were victims of rape in their lifetimes. It also estimated that 897,000 Colorado women were victims of sexual violence other than rape in their lifetime. That same report said that 505,000 men had been victims of sexual violence in their lifetimes. These statistics are staggering, in my view, and they make the case for why we had to pass this bill and continue to strengthen the programs that provide life-saving services. The Violence Against Women Act also includes invaluable programs to coordinate community efforts to respond to incidents of domestic and sexual violence by training police officers, judges and other members of the criminal justice system. The legal system in our country is already stretched so thin, so the resources provided by this bill will help law enforcement and court officials track down and bring to justice those who commit these crimes."

Senator Reid:(7:06 PM)
  • Performed Wrap Up --
    • Unless the House passes S. Con. Res. 43, the Adjournment Resolution, the Senate will conduct Pro Forma sessions on the following days:
      • Monday, April 30th at 10:30 AM; and
      • Thursday, May 3rd at 8:00 AM.
    • If the House passes S. Con. Res. 43, the Adjournment Resolution, there will be no Pro Forma sessions.
  • Monday, May 7th --
    • The Senate will next convene at 2:00 PM and resume begin consideration of the Motion to Proceed to S. 2343, the Student Loan bill, with the time until 4:30 PM equally divided.
    • At 4:30 PM, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session for up to 1 hour of debate, equally divided, on:
      1. Executive Calendar #508, Jacqueline H. Nguyen, of California, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit;
      2. Executive Calendar #568, Kristine Gerhard Baker, of Arkansas, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Arkansas; and
      3. Executive Calendar #569 John Z. Lee, of Illinois, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois.
    • At 5:30 PM, the Senate will conduct 3 ROLL CALL VOTES on the nominations.
  • Tuesday, May 8th --
    • At 12:00 PM, the Senate will conduct a ROLL CALL VOTE on the Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Motion to Proceed to S. 2343, the Student Loan bill.
The Senate stands adjourned until 2:00 PM Monday, May 7th.