Even as the fiscal cliff debate becomes more heated, the Senate is looking to wrap up consideration of reauthorization of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act on Thursday, with roll call votes expected late in the afternoon on three amendments, and a fourth amendment and final passage scheduled for Friday.
Before leaving for Christmas break, the chamber agreed to consider four amendments to the bill, with a 60-vote threshold required for amendments and passage.
Senators also have agreed to consider 21 amendments to the $60.4 billion Superstorm Sandy supplemental appropriations package, including a substitute amendment that would remove more than $35 billion in mitigation projects and funding for disasters not directly related to Sandy. Passage of that bill is expected Friday.
Leaders from military and veterans service organizations joined Sens. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Kelly Ayotte , R-N.H., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., at a press conference to urge the Senate to replace a provision in the budget proposal that cuts retirement benefits for veterans. Wicker, Ayotee, and Graham earlier called for a bipartisan solution to replace the $6.3 billion in cuts to military retiree benefits.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.