Senate Floor update: Senate passes minor bills, delays healthcare vote again

As a winter storm bore down on Washington late Tuesday afternoon the Senate quietly agreed to two non-controversial resolutions by way of unanimous consent and pushed a resolution to repeal Democrat's health care legislation on to the next legislative day.

Filling in for Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) ushered through the following legislation:

H.R. 366, which would provide for an additional temporary extension of programs under the Small Business Act and the Small Business Investment Act of 1958.

S. Res. 26, recognizing the one year anniversary of the tragic Earthquake in Haiti.)

Begich also used a tactic in which he objected to his own proposal in order to delay the second reading of a bill, introduced by Sen. James DeMint (R-S.C.), that would repeal Democrat's healthcare legislation.  

Under the rules, a bill must be read three times by the clerk before it can be deliberated unless the readings are dispensed by unanimous consent of the Senate. 

As the winter storm intensified, the Government Office of Personnel Management urged federal employees to leave work two hours early and the House adjourned for more than a week. The Senate meanwhile plodded on with negligible activity on the floor.

An aid from the Senate Majority Whip's office said the schedule for the rest of Wednesday and this week have not yet been determined.