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  • Nomination of Melvin L. Watt to Be Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency—Motion to Proceed

    by Senator Mitch McConnell

    Posted on 2013-12-10

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    McCONNELL. Mr. President, I make a point of order that nominations are fully debatable under the rules of the Senate unless three-fifths of Senators chosen and sworn have voted to bring debate to a close.



    The PRESIDING OFFICER. Under the precedent set by the Senate on November 21, 2013, cloture on nominations other than those to the Supreme Court of the United States is invoked by a majority vote.

    Mr. McCONNELL. Mr. President, I appeal the ruling of the Chair and ask for the yeas and nays.

    The PRESIDING OFFICER. Is there a sufficient second? There appears to be a sufficient second.

    The question is, Shall the decision of the Chair stand as the judgment of the Senate? The yeas and nays have been ordered.

    The clerk will call the roll.

    The assistant legislative clerk called the roll.

    The PRESIDING OFFICER. Are there any other Senators in the Chamber desiring to vote? Mr. DURBIN. I announce that the Senator from Delaware (Mr. Coons) is necessarily absent.

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