Senate's in motion, sort of


McClatchy Washington Bureau

Wonder what the Senate's up to? Not much. Still no real movement on extending emergency unemployment benefits for three months.

But the Senate is doing stuff--it's just nearly indecipherable to constituents. Here's the official log of what happened this afternoon (bottom line: lots of process stuff):

  • The motion to table the Reid motion to commit the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act (S. 1845) to the Finance Committee with instructions to report back forthwith with an amendment to change the enactment date (#2633) was not agreed to by a roll call vote of 42-54.


  • The Senate is currently voting on the motion to proceed to the motion to reconsider the vote by which cloture was not invoked on the nomination of Robert Leon Wilkins to be a United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit.


  • Following adoption of the motion to proceed to the motion to reconsider the vote by which cloture was not invoked on the Wilkins nomination, the Senate will proceed to votes on the following in relation to the Wilkins nomination:


    • The motion to reconsider the vote by which cloture was not invoked on the Wilkins nomination.


    • The motion to invoke cloture on the Wilkins nomination, upon reconsideration.  This nomination is subject to up to 30 hours of post-cloture debate.



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