The Senate leader is pushing Republicans to yield time on President Obama's nominees.
Sen. John Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) urged his colleagues Wednesday to allow diplomatic efforts with Iran to go forward without the Senate passing any additional sanctions.
“If there is any chance at all that new sanctions right now might disrupt the agreement … why on earth would we risk that?” Rockefeller said on the Senate floor.
A group of Democratic senators asked for unanimous consent Wednesday to vote on a bill aimed at delaying flood insurance rate increases.
Sen. Bill Menendez (D-N.J.), the lead sponsor of S. 1610, asked for two hours of debate and a 60-vote threshold for final passage, but Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) objected.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) accused Democrats of manufacturing a fight on President Obama’s nominees in order to distract the public from the failures of ObamaCare.
“The left believes the president’s agenda runs straight through the D.C. Circuit Court, that’s why they pressured Senate Democrats to break the rules to change rules — to pack the D.C. Circuit Court,” McConnell said Wednesday. “None of it should distract us from what ObamaCare is doing to our healthcare system.”
Reid said Democrats will push for an extension when the Senate returns in January.
Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) introduced a bill Tuesday that would force the federal government to review laws that criminalize certain actions by people living with HIV, such as spitting.
“It’s simply not fair that someone having been diagnosed with a chronic, treatable medical condition should automatically be subjected to a different set of criminal laws,” Coons said. “A disturbing number of state and local criminal laws pertaining to individuals with HIV/AIDS are rooted not in science, but in outdated fear.”
The Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would provides police protection for Supreme Court Justices.
Through a unanimous consent agreement, the Senate passed H.R.2922, which extends through Dec. 29, 2019, the authority of the Supreme Court Police to protect, in any state, the Justices of the Supreme Court.
The Senate voted 56-42 Tuesday to end debate on the nomination of Nina Pillard to serve on the D.C. Circuit Court.
Earlier Tuesday, the Senate also voted 56-38 to confirm Patricia Millett to the D.C. Circuit Court — the second most important court because it has jurisdiction over most federal agencies.
The Senate voted 57-41 to confirm Rep. Mel Watt (D-N.C.) as top housing regulator.