11:45am vote in relation to the following amendments:
Mikulski #2791 (Women's Services)
Murkowski #2836 (Women's Services)
2:45pm votes in relation to the following:
Bennet (CO) amendment #2826 (Medicare)
McCain Motion to Commit (Medicare)
It appears that the Republicans are trying to figure out the slowest possible pace they can get away with. If the Democrats can successfully paint Republicans as pure obstructionists, they will possibly use that as justification to boldly short-circuit the whole floor amendment process. Republicans don't want to that to happen, nor do they want to be branded as "obstructionist." McConnell went to great lengths to point out that Republicans were ready to vote on the first amendments late last night, but it was the Democrats fault that the votes did not take place. On the other hand, it is clear that they want to draw out debate for as long as they possibly can. Expect this debate to keep moving forward, just at a painfully slow pace.