Senate adjourns with no deal on student loans, Ex-Im



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Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) blocked Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D-Nev.) attempt to quickly move to a vote on the Export-Import legislation, the Securing American Jobs Through Exports Act (H.R. 2072), which was expected to move through the Senate quickly after passage in the House on Thursday by a wide Margin. In response, Reid was forced to file cloture and the chamber will resume consideration of the bill through the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to the  to invoke cloture  when it gavels in at 2 p.m.

Meanwhile the Senate made no progress on Democrats' legislation to bring their bill to extend the 3.4 percent interest rate on Stafford loans, the Stop Student Loan Interest Rate Hike Act (S. 2343). Republicans oppose the funding method in the bill and are pushing an alternative that passed the House in late April.

The Senate also passed two resolutions: S. Res. 456, a resolution "commemorating and acknowledging the dedication and sacrifice made by the federal state and local law enforcement officers who have been killed or injured in the line of duty," and S. Res 458, "commemorating May 15, 2012 as the sesquicentennial of the founding of the Department of Agriculture.

The Senate will also have an hour of debate followed by votes on two judicial nominees —George Levi Russell, III to for United States District Court judge in Maryland and John J. Tharp for District Court judge in Illinois.