Wednesday: Senate votes scheduled on judicial streamlining bill

Most of the amendments passed by unanimous consent on Tuesday tweaked the underlying legislation. These include one from Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii) to preserve Senate confirmation for the Commissioner of the Administration for Native Americans, one from Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) to instruct the Government Accountability Office to conduct a study and submit a report on presidentially appointed positions to Congress and the President, and one from Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) to require the Director of the Mint to continue to go through the Senate’s regular confirmation process.

The amendments slated for votes on Wednesday are one from Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) to prevent certain federal loans to the International Monetary Fund, another from DeMint to enhance accountability and transparency in some executive agencies, and amendments offered by Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) that require full Senate confirmation for certain government officials.

In addition, Paul agreed to withdraw an amendment that would have required the Treasurer of the United States to continue to go through regular Senate confirmation process and Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) agreed to drop a similar amendment that applied to comptrollers serving in the military.

-- This story was updated at 8:27 a.m. Wednesday.

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