Continuing Appropriationsby Senator Jeff Sessions
Posted on 2013-10-08
SESSIONS. Mr. President, reserving the right to object, I think
we should all note that this unanimous consent agreement essentially
asks the Senate to direct the House on what to pass and to pass the CR
the Senate desires. There won't be any need to, in effect, deal in that
fashion. That won't work.
I would also note in response that there is a unanimous consent request agreement I could agree to and I think Members of this side would agree to, and that is that the Senate proceed to Calendar No. 33, H. Con. Res. 25; that the amendment at the desk, which is the text of S. Con. Res. 8, the budget resolution passed by the Senate, be inserted in lieu thereof; that H. Con. Res. 25, as amended, be agreed to, the motion to reconsider be considered made and laid upon the table; that the Senate proceed to a vote on a motion to insist on its amendment, requests a conference with the House on the disagreeing votes of the two Houses, and authorize the Chair to appoint conferees on the part of the Senate, with all of the above occurring with no intervening action or debate. I further ask consent that it not be in order for the Senate to consider a conference report that includes reconciliation instructions to raise the debt limit.
That is the reason there has been an objection over here--because, under the way we believe we should proceed, raising the debt limit is a legislative act that should be subject to 60 votes. The concern from Members of our conference who have objected is that if we put the debt limit on the budget, then we would only have to have 51 votes. They have insisted they would approve going to the House and having conference on the budget, but they want an agreement that they are not going to attempt to slip that through. And if it is not a problem, why won't they agree? So for these reasons, we are not able to agree, and I would object.
The PRESIDING OFFICER. Objection is heard.