To improve the debate and consideration of legislative matters and nominations in the Senate.
SECTION 1. DEBATE ON MOTIONS TO PROCEED.
Rule VIII of the Standing Rules of the Senate is amended by striking paragraph two and inserting the following:
"2. Debate on a motion to proceed to the consideration of any matter, and any debatable motion or appeal in connection therewith, shall be limited to not more than two hours, to be equally divided between, and controlled by, the majority leader and the minority leader or their designees except for a motion to go into executive session to consider a specified item of executive business and a motion to proceed to consider any privileged matter, which shall not be debatable."
SECTION 2. ELIMINATING SECRET HOLDS.
Rule VIII of the Standing Rules of the Senate is amended by inserting at the end the following:
"3. No senator may object on behalf of another senator without disclosing the name of that senator."
SECTION 3. RIGHT TO OFFER AMENDMENTS.
Paragraph two of rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate is amended by inserting at the end the following:
"After debate has concluded under this paragraph but prior to final disposition of the pending matter, the majority leader and the minority leader may each offer not to exceed three amendments identified as leadership amendments if they have been timely filed under this paragraph and are germane to the matter being amended. Debate on a leadership amendment shall be limited to one hour equally divided. A leadership amendment may not be divided."
SECTION 4. EXTENDED DEBATE.
Paragraph two of rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate is amended by striking the second undesignated paragraph and inserting the following:
"Is it the sense of the Senate that the debate shall be brought to a close? And if that question shall be decided in the affirmative by three-fifths of the senators duly chosen and sworn—except on a measure or motion to amend the Senate rules, in which case the necessary affirmative vote shall be two-thirds of the Senators present and voting—then cloture has been invoked. If that question shall be decided in the negative the Senate shall enter a period of continuous debate on the measure, motion, or other matter pending before the Senate, or the unfinished business. A period of continuous debate shall continue as long as the subject of the cloture vote is the pending business. During a period of continuous debate, if a senator seeks recognition to speak, that senator shall be recognized and the presiding officer shall not entertain any motion or quorum calls. If during a period of continuous debate, no senator seeks recognition, then the presiding officer shall note that the period of continuous debate has ended and cloture shall be considered invoked."
And in the last undesignated paragraph by inserting: "or during a period of continuous debate" after "is invoked."
SECTION 5. POST CLOTURE DEBATE ON NOMINATIONS.
The second undesignated paragraph of paragraph two of rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate is amended by inserting at the end the following:
"If the matter on which cloture is invoked is a nomination, the period of time for debate shall be 2 hours."