Sergeant at Arms "to request, and, when necessary, to compel" any absent senators to attend.UPDATE: Reid now talks about another vote to occur around or after 5:00 am. Cloture vote on Levin-Reed withdrawal amendment looks set for 11:00 am.
Reid made a similar motion earlier this evening, which failed by a 44-47 margin. Nine senators did not vote on that motion: Sens. Joe Biden (D-Del.), Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.), Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii), Tim Johnson (D-S.D.), Trent Lott (R-Miss.), Barack Obama (D-Ill.), and Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.). Johnson has been on medical leave from the Senate since the start of the session.
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Don't get too comfortable on those cots! The Politico outlines Reid's plan for quorum calls, which will have Senators come to the floor to show their presence: count on one around 12-12:30 am and one at 3:00 am or so. And the Sergeant of Arms may be pulling them out of bed: after the quorum call at midnight or so, Reid may then ask the Senate to vote on a measure that would instruct the