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Thursday: Russia trade bill faces passage in the Senate

The Senate meets at 9:30 a.m., and after leader remarks will hear from retiring senators giving their farewell remarks to the Senate.

Shortly after noon, the Senate will hold up to three votes. One of these is on H.R. 6156, the Russia and Moldova Jackson-Vanik Repeal and Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act. Senators debated this bill for much of Wednesday; it would give Russia permanent normal trade relations status, a needed step if the U.S. is going to benefit from the concessions Russia made when joining the World Trade Organization.

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Levin calls on Senate to take up Russia trade bill with stronger human rights sanctions

Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) called on the Senate Wednesday to take up its version of the Russia trade bill rather than the House version.

The Senate is considering the Russia and Moldova Jackson-Vanik Repeal and Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act, H.R. 6156, which is necessary for U.S. businesses to benefit from lower tariffs since Russia joined the World Trade Organization this summer.

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Murray: GOP protecting wealthy against tax increases is ‘detrimental’

Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) said the GOP attempts to protect the wealthy from tax increases “would be comical if they weren’t so detrimental.”

Murray spoke against the plan Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) introduced earlier this week, which would reduce the deficit by $2.2 trillion and raise $800 billion in new revenue, but not through raising the tax rates Democrats want.

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Senators debate STEM visa bills

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) tried to pass the STEM Jobs Act on Wednesday, but Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) objected.

The House passed the STEM Jobs Act last month, which would designate 55,000 green card visas for immigrants in U.S colleges studying Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

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