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December 23rd, 2009, 08:12 pm admin Leave a comment Go to comments

The House is in pro forma session only, convening at 11:30.

You all remember why the House has to hold pro forma sessions, right?

In the Senate, courtesy of the Office of the Majority Leader:

Convenes: 9:45am

At 9:45am, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R.3590, Health Care Reform, with the time until 10:00am equally divided and controlled between the two Leaders or their designees. At 10:00am the Senate will proceed to alternating blocks of time until 2:00pm, with the Majority controlling the first hour. The time from 2:00pm and until 2:13pm will be equally divided and controlled between the two Leaders, with the Majority Leader controlling the final half.

At 2:13pm, the Senate will proceed to a series of up to 5 roll call votes in relation to the Health Care Reform bill, including votes in relation to points of order, adoption of the Reid Substitute amendment, and cloture on the underlying bill, HR3590. Under an agreement reached on Tuesday, if cloture is invoked, all post-cloture debate will expire at 8:00am Thursday, December 24.

The end is nigh!

All is proceeding more or less according to plan, though the schedule slipped a little bit over the course of a week’s worth of solid cloture ripening and post-cloture clock-running, such that votes that should have happened around 1:00 p.m., had earlier roll call voting and other administrative measures not eaten up some time themselves, have now been pushed back to 2:13 p.m.

The big change is that even Republican Senators have grown sick of the time-wasting games, and are ready to lop a half a day off the post-cloture clock on the vote on final passage. They’ve agreed to a unanimous consent request to bump that vote, that should have taken place at 8 p.m. on Thursday, up to 8 a.m. instead, so everyone can wind up business and be on their way home early on the 24th.

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