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.