Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has filed a procedural (cloture) motion on the Unemployment Compensation Extension Act (H.R. 3548).
It’s not clear when this vote would take place or if it will be necessary. The Majority Leader said he was still working with Republican leaders on a limited list of amendments to the bill so it could be called up and debated without need for the cloture motion.
Update (10/22): Reid spoke this morning on the unemployment extension bill. He said he hopes members can work something out so this cloture vote, which would take place tomorrow morning, will not be necessary. Staffers are working off the floor on a finite list of amendments from both sides which would be debated and voted upon prior to a final vote on the extension. If things progress as the Democratic leaders hope, those votes could take place today. But there are still a lot of discussions to take place before such an agreement can be announced.
Update Two: Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) has just locked in an agreement to hold the cloture vote on Tuesday, October 27 at 2:30 (Washington D.C. time). This vote is taking place on the motion to proceed, which essentially allows the Senate to begin debating the bill. So if Tuesday’s motion passes, there could be up to 30 hours of post-cloture time required by Republicans before the debate and amendment process on the bill begins.
Update (10/26): Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) offered two separate unanimous consent agreements today that would have started the debate and amendment-offering process on the unemployment bill. Both sides objected to each agreement. Democrats offered one that would allow for six amendments to be debated and voted upon. Republicans offered an agreement allowing eight amendments, which Reid indicated would include the topics of immigration and ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now). The Majority Leader also offered a consent agreement to unanimously adopt the extension bill without any amendments. McConnell objected, saying it wasn’t a fair process to pass the bill without any opportunity to amend it. So essentially, things are back where they were last week. A procedural vote is set for tomorrow afternoon to begin debate on the bill.
Update (10/27): A procedural vote to begin debating the bill has been adopted.
More updates here.
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