At the christening of the USS Gerald R. Ford, Sen. Levin said of her crew, "When they sail under freedom's flag, bringing hope in times of despair and calm in moments of crisis - at those times, they will exemplify the greatness and goodness, the steadiness and steadfastness of their vessel's namesake, and of the nation he loved so much and served so well."
Issues in Focus
Today in the SenateDecember 9, 2013:
The Senate will convene at 2:00 p.m. Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business until 4:00 p.m. with Senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each.
Following morning business, the Senate will resume consideration of S. 1197, the National Defense Authorization to allow the Chairman and Ranking Member to provide a status update on the bill.
At 5:00 p.m., the Senate will consider the nomination of Patricia Ann Millett, of Virginia, to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit, post-cloture. There will be up to 30 minutes of debate equally divided and controlled in the usual form.
At 5:30 p.m., all post-cloture time will be expired and there will be a roll call vote on confirmation.