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  • Unanimous Consent Request—Executive Calendar

    by Senator Harry Reid

    Posted on 2013-03-06

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    REID. Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the Senate proceed to the consideration of Calendar No. 43; that the cloture motion at the desk be reported; that the mandatory quorum under rule XXII be waived; that there be 90 minutes for debate, with 30 minutes under the control of the chair and 1 hour under the control of the vice-chair of the Intelligence Committee, with 30 minutes of the vice- chair's time under the control of Senator Paul; that following the use or yielding back of that time on the nomination, the Senate proceed to vote on the cloture motion; that if cloture is invoked, the Senate proceed to vote on the confirmation of the nomination, without intervening action or debate; further, that the motion to reconsider be considered made and laid on the table, with no intervening action or debate; that no further motions be in order to the nomination; that the President be immediately notified of the Senate's action, and the Senate then resume legislative session.

    Mr. President, before I hear from my friends on the consent, I have no problem if people want to talk for a long time, no problem. I have done it a time or two in my day. But I think that the rest of the body needs to know if we are going to finish tonight or tomorrow or the next day. So my consent request is pretty direct. We would have 90 more minutes of debate, an hour under the control of the Senator from Georgia, and 30 minutes under the control of Senator Feinstein or their designees.

    The PRESIDING OFFICER. Is there objection to the majority leader's consent request? Mr. REID. Mr. President, I would simply say, if there is objection, we will come back tomorrow.

    The PRESIDING OFFICER. The Senator from Georgia.

    Mr. CHAMBLISS. Mr. President, reserving the right to object, let me, if I may, direct a question to the majority leader through the Chair. As I understand what the Senator is asking, for 90 more minutes--30 minutes to Senator Feinstein and 30 minutes for me, and Senator Paul would have 30 minutes-- it would start right now, basically? Mr. REID. Yes, basically.

    Mr. CHAMBLISS. Continuing to reserve the right to object, I guess, then, I would direct a question to the Senator from Kentucky since he has the floor. What amount of time does the Senator think he wants to utilize? The PRESIDING OFFICER. The Senator from Kentucky is recognized.

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