Friday, September 27, 2013

Senate Passes Short-Clean Version of CR

Early this afternoon the Senate moved forward to amend and then pass HJ Res 59, Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014. The cloture vote to end debate on the un-amended bill came first and it was not close, 79 to 19. Next came the vote on the Reid Amendment (SA 1974) which, as expected, was a straight party-line vote, 54 to 44 (two Republicans not voting). The final vote on the bill had the same result.

The bill now goes to the House for action. Nothing will be done today as the House has already adjourned and is scheduled to meet tomorrow at 10:00. They did not take up H Res 361 so that will probably be the first order of business. Then I expect HR 2642 to come up. Neither is currently listed on the Majority Leader’s web site.

There may be a House Rules Committee hearing today (not too likely) or early tomorrow on HJ Res 59, but only if the Republican leadership has figured out what they can accomplish.

Remember there is always the possibility of a new short-short term CR to keep things going while the internal Republican debate continues.

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