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S.Res. 50: A resolution improving procedures for the consideration of nominations in the Senate.

About the resolution

How much time should the Senate have to debate most presidential nominees: 30 hours, or only two hours?

Context

The Senate has to approve about 1,200 to 1,400 executive branch appointments made by the president. These range from prominent ones like Attorney General and Secretary of Defense, to 1,000+ lower-level positions which nonetheless play an important behind-the-scenes role in crafting federal policy.

Currently, each nominee is allowed up to 30 hours of debate on the Senate floor, an amount of time frequently maximized in recent years by ...

Sponsor and status

James Lankford

Sponsor. Junior Senator for Oklahoma. Republican.

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Last Updated: Feb 13, 2019
Length: 4 pages
Introduced:

Feb 6, 2019

Status:

Failed Cloture on Apr 2, 2019

This resolution is provisionally dead due to a failed vote for cloture on April 2, 2019. Cloture is required to move past a Senate filibuster or the threat of a filibuster and takes a 3/5ths vote. In practice, most bills must pass cloture to move forward in the Senate.

History

Feb 6, 2019
 
Introduced

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

Feb 13, 2019
 
Ordered Reported

A committee has voted to issue a report to the full chamber recommending that the bill be considered further. Only about 1 in 4 bills are reported out of committee.

Apr 2, 2019
 
Failed Cloture in the Senate

The Senate must often vote to end debate before voting on a bill, called a cloture vote. The vote on cloture failed. This is often considered a filibuster. The Senate may try again.

This was the first in what is expected to be a series of votes on a bill to shorten the time the Senate may debate most presidential nominees. Although this ...

If this resolution has further action, the following steps may occur next:
 
Agreed To

S.Res. 50 is a simple resolution in the United States Congress.

A simple resolution is used for matters that affect just one chamber of Congress, often to change the rules of the chamber to set the manner of debate for a related bill. It must be agreed to in the chamber in which it was introduced. It is not voted on in the other chamber and does not have the force of law.

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