Cloture Process and Timeline

Updated: 12/22 with results of 7 a.m. vote

Updated: 12/22 with new time for 12/24 vote

Updated: 12/23 midnight with vote results

Updated: 12/24 10am with vote results

Cloture is the process to end debate and proceed to vote and will take approximately 6 days minimum, if all time is used.

· Day 1:

Cloture filed on the managers’ amendment, the Reid substitute amendment, and the bill (Note: there is a lot of mischief that can happen on Day 1 but that is not included in this memo)

· Day 2:

Cloture motions ripen

· Day 3:   Monday, December  21   1 a.m. Vote UPDATE:  60-40 passed

Cloture vote on the managers’ amendment occurs one hour after the Senate convenes

60 votes are required to invoke cloture on the managers’ amendment

If cloture is invoked, no other Senate business may be conducted during the 30 hours of post-cloture time

· 30 Hours later:  Tuesday, December 22   7 a.m. Vote UPDATE:  60-39 passed

The up/down vote on the managers’ amendment occurs. A majority vote is required to agree to the managers’ amendment.

Immediately after the up/down vote on the managers’ amendment, the Senate proceeds to the cloture vote on the Reid substitute amendment (as amended by the managers’ amendment)

60 votes are required to invoke cloture on the Reid substitute amendment

If cloture is invoked, no other Senate business may be conducted during the 30 hours of post-cloture time

· 30 Hours later: Wednesday, December 23   1 p.m. Vote UPDATE:  60-39 passed

The up/down vote on the Reid substitute amendment occurs. A majority vote is required to agree to the Reid substitute amendment

Immediately after the up/down vote on the Reid substitute amendment, the Senate proceeds to the cloture vote on the health care reform bill (as amended by the substitute amendment, which has been amended by the managers’ amendment)

60 votes are required to invoke cloture on the health reform bill, as amended

If cloture is invoked, no other Senate business may be conducted during the 30 hours of post-cloture time

· 30 Hours later: Thursday, December 24  7 p.m. Update: 8 a.m. Mitch McConnell agreed to concede 11 hours on the vote. Vote UPDATE held at 7 a.m.:  60-39 passed

The up/down final passage vote on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, as amended, occurs. A majority vote is required to pass the bill, as amended.

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