3:06 p.m. — On a vote of 97 to 0, the Senate confirmed the nomination of Michael L. Connor to be Deputy Secretary of the Interior. This was the final vote of the day.
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2:43 p.m. — On a vote of 56 to 41, the motion to waive a budget point of order failed, 60 votes having been required under the rules. The veterans benefits bill, S. 1982, is therefore recommitted to the Committee on Veterans Affairs.
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2:22 p.m. — On a party-line vote of 44 to 52, the Graham motion failed to table the Reid motion to commit the veterans bill for a change in its enactment date. The Graham tabling motion would have permitted Republicans to seek an amendment on Iran sanctions.
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The Senate will convene at 9:30 a.m.
After one hour of morning business, the Senate will resume consideration of S. 1982, the veterans benefits bill.
At 1:45 p.m., Senator Graham will be recognized to raise a budget point of order, which Senator Murray will move to waive. There will then follow a series of votes:
— At about 2 p.m., a vote is expected on a motion to table Senator Reid’s amendment to commit the veterans bill to committee for reporting back with an enactment-date amendment (#2767).
— After the tabling vote, there will be a vote on the Murray motion to waive points of order on S. 1982, the veterans bill.
— If the motion to waive is agreed to, the Senate will proceed immediately to a cloture vote on the Sanders substitute (Amendment #2747) to the veterans bill.
— If cloture is invoked, post-cloture time will be yielded back. A vote on the Sanders amendment will come immediately.
— Further, if the motion to waive succeeds, a cloture vote on the veterans bill will immediately follow disposition of the Sanders amendment (#2747).
— If cloture is invoked on the veterans bill (S. 1982) post-cloture time will be yielded back and the Senate will vote immediately on final passage of S. 1982, as amended.
The Senate also expected on Thursday to consider Executive Calendar #561, the nomination of Michael L. Connor to be Deputy Secretary of the Interior