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2:15pm: The Senate, under a previous unanimous consent order, resumes consideration of S.679, the Presidential Appointment Efficiency and Streamlining Act.
Since the managers of the bill are not on the floor, Senator Orrin Hatch is speaking about the economy, bailouts, and unions.
2:30pm: Orrin Hatch yields the floor. Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin is recognized for up to ten minutes on a political/economic/budget speech.
2:34pm: Senator Ron Johnson just threatened to withold his consent to Senate unanimous consent motions (which allow the Senate to run) unless the Senate starts moving on a budget.
3:17pm: The Senate remains in a quorum call (pausing for the clerk to call the roll to secure a quorum for the Senate to do business)
3:34pm: A Senator (Senator Sessions of Alabama?) asked that the quorum call be dispensed with so that he could speak, and someone (Senator Ron Johnson?) objected, putting the Senate back in quorum call.
4:08pm: Over an hour after the last Senator spoke, the Senate is still in quorum call.
5:20pm: The Senate is officially stuck in quorum call because of Ron Johnson. See here: http://ow.ly/5sn0x
6:04pm: The clerk sped up the quorum call. The Chair declared that a quorum was not present. Majority Leader Harry Reid was recognized. Reid moved to ask the sergeant-at-arms to request the attendance of the absent senators, on which there is currently a call of the yeas-and-nays.
6:30pm: Sen. Ron Johnson yields on his objections to unanimous consent for S.679, the Presidential Appointment Efficiency and Streamlining Act, which has broad bipartisan support - including the Republican leadership.
Senator Ron Johnson recognized for up to 15 minutes, after which the Senate will adjourn until tomorrow.
The Senate is voting on amendments to S.679. Once those are disposed of, there may be a roll call vote on the whole thing at an as-yet unspecified time.