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July 2, 2011

Congress Last Week

House

The House was out of session last week.

Senate

VoteDateIssueQuestionResultDescription
0010430-JunPN604On the NominationConfirmedConfirmation David H. Petraeus, of New Hampshire, to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
0010329-JunS.Res. 116On the ResolutionAgreed toS. Res. 116 as Amended; A resolution to provide for expedited Senate consideration of certain nominations subject to advice and consent.
0010229-JunS.Res. 116On the Amendment S.Amdt. 521RejectedCoburn Amdt. No. 521; To prevent the creation of duplicative and overlapping Federal programs.
0010129-JunS. 679On Passage of the BillPassedS. 679 as Amended; A bill to reduce the number of executive positions subject to Senate confirmation.
0010029-JunS. 679On the Amendment S.Amdt. 511RejectedDeMint Amdt. No. 511; To enhance accountability and transparency among various Executive agencies.
0009929-JunS. 679On the Amendment S.Amdt. 501RejectedDeMint Amdt. No. 501; To repeal the authority to provide certain loans to the International Monetary Fund, the increase in the United States quota to the Fund, and certain other related authorities, and to rescind related appropriated amounts.
0009828-JunS. 679On the MotionAgreed toMotion to Instruct the Sgt At Arms to Request the Presence of Absentee Senators; A bill to reduce the number of executive positions subject to Senate confirmation.


Conrad ready to present Dems' budget as soon as next week
The Senate Budget Committee Chairman said Democrats have a plan that would reduce the deficit by more than $4 trillion over 10 years.

McConnell calls balanced-budget amendment to floor
Sen. McConnell said he would push for a vote on the legislation when the Senate returns from recess.

Senate to add procedural change to accommodate streamlining bill
The Senate is now working on a resolution that would change its standing rules to streamline the confirmation process for some executive nominees.

Senate cancels July 4 recess
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced Thursday morning that he will cancel the July 4 recess.

Cornyn: Senate has been 'treading water' during Biden talks
Republican Sen. John Cornyn (Texas) said Thursday he doubted the Senate would accomplish much in the way of reaching a deficit-reduction deal even after canceling

Battle lines harden for Obama, Senate GOP as time for debt deal runs short
The fight over raising the debt ceiling turned more bitter Thursday and began to bleed into other issues.

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