Executive Sessionby Senator Harry Reid
Posted on 2014-12-13
REID. I send a cloture motion to the desk and ask that it be
The PRESIDING OFFICER. The cloture motion having been presented under rule XXII, the Chair directs the clerk to read the motion.
The assistant bill clerk read as follows: Cloture Motion We, the undersigned Senators, in accordance with the provisions of rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, hereby move to bring to a close debate on the nomination of Carolyn Watts Colvin, of Maryland, to be Commissioner of Social Security.
Harry Reid, Ron Wyden, Barbara A. Mikulski, Benjamin L. Cardin, Christopher Murphy, Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten E. Gillibrand, Tom Harkin, Angus S. King, Jr., Richard Blumenthal, Charles E. Schumer, Mazie K. Hirono, Amy Klobuchar, Barbara Boxer, Tammy Baldwin, Bernard Sanders, Sheldon Whitehouse, Jeff Merkley.
The PRESIDING OFFICER. The majority leader.
Mr. REID. Madam President, a number of Senators have come to me indicating that they have read the rules and the time for a vote is 15 minutes. I ask, through the Chair, is it true that the extra 5 minutes is not in the rule? The PRESIDING OFFICER. Would the Senator restate his question? Mr. REID. We have been calling votes at the end of 20 minutes. It is my understanding that the rule calls for votes to be 15 minutes in length.
The PRESIDING OFFICER. It is a 15-minute vote with a 5-minute grace period.
Mr. REID. Is the 5-minute grace period in the rule? The PRESIDING OFFICER. The Chair will research the unanimous consent from January of last year.
Mr. REID. In the meantime, I move to proceed to legislative session.
Mr. JOHANNS. I ask for the yeas and nays.
The PRESIDING OFFICER. Is there a sufficient second? Mr. HATCH addressed the Chair.