Wednesday, August 4, 2010

The SBA and ending the recession one VOTE at a time

It doesn't sound like anything is going to happen today with the Small Business Jobs bill. So no movement on SBA loans legislatively.

The Senate schedule will be consumed by the Supreme Court nomination of Kagen and legislation on funding for teachers. This legislation, known as HR 1585, make come up for a vote to invoke cloture.

Here is something interesting about cloture-

Senate rule XXII-
[I]f that question [cloture] shall be decided in the affirmative by three-fifths of the Senators duly chosen and sworn... then said measure, motion, or other matter pending before the Senate, or the unfinished business, shall be the unfinished business to the exclusion of all other business until disposed of.

That means that if they invoke cloture on the motion to to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to H.R. 1586 (deep breath), then you can't start any other new business during any of the 30 post-cloture hours being used for debate. And that would include filing for cloture on the Kagan nomination or HR 5297, our Small Business Jobs Bill.

I got all this from here -

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