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S.Res. 251 (115th): A resolution amending rule XXXI of the Standing Rules of the Senate, to provide for timely consideration of nominations.

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The summary below was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress, and was published on Sep 13, 2017.

Amends Rule XXXI (Executive Session - Proceedings on Nominations) of the Standing Rules of the Senate to discharge the committee considering a presidential nomination and make the nomination eligible for expedited consideration if the nomination has not been confirmed or rejected within 180 days after the nominee completes the following requirements:

an agreement with the Office of Government Ethics; a financial disclosure form; a background check conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation; a questionnaire of each relevant committee; tax forms, if required by a relevant committee; and any other requirements of a relevant committee. Limits expedited consideration to two hours.