September 13, 2017 - Issue: Vol. 163, No. 148 — Daily Edition115th Congress (2017 - 2018) - 1st Session
SUBMITTED RESOLUTIONS; Congressional Record Vol. 163, No. 148
(Senate - September 13, 2017)
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[Pages S5484-S5485] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] SUBMITTED RESOLUTIONS ______ SENATE RESOLUTION 251--AMENDING RULE XXXI OF THE STANDING RULES FOR THE SENATE, TO PROVIDE FOR TIMELY CONSIDERATION OF NOMINATIONS Mr. GARDNER submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Rules and Administration: S. Res. 251 Resolved, SECTION 1. TIMELY CONSIDERATION OF NOMINATIONS. Rule XXXI of the Standing Rules of the Senate is amended-- (1) by redesignating paragraphs 3 through 7 as paragraphs 4 through 8, respectively; and (2) by inserting after paragraph 2 the following: ``3.(a) In this paragraph, the term `basic requirements' means-- ``(1) an agreement with the Office of Government Ethics; ``(2) a financial disclosure form; ``(3) a background check conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation; ``(4) a questionnaire of each relevant committee; ``(5) tax forms, if required by a relevant committee; and ``(6) any other requirements of a relevant committee. ``(b) If a nomination has not been confirmed or rejected not later than 180 days after the day on which the nominee completes the basic requirements, the appropriate committees shall be automatically discharged and the nomination shall be eligible for expedited consideration in accordance with subparagraph (c). ``(c)(1) The majority leader may provide notice that a nomination that is eligible for expedited consideration in accordance with this subparagraph shall be considered on an expedited basis. ``(2) Notwithstanding rule XXII, expedited consideration of a covered nomination under this subparagraph, including consideration of any debatable motion or appeal in connection therewith shall be limited to 2 hours, evenly divided in the usual form.''. [[Page S5485]] ____________________