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Mr. President, following leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business until 12:30 today, with the time equally divided between the two leaders or their designees. This period of morning business will give Senators an opportunity to pay tribute to our colleague, the late Senator Ted Kennedy.

Following morning business, the Senate will proceed to executive session and resume debate on the nomination of Cass Sunstein to be Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the Office of Management and Budget.

Yesterday, cloture was invoked on the nomination. Senators will be notified when the vote on confirmation of the nomination is scheduled.

As a reminder to Senators, at 2:45 p.m. today, Senator-designate George LeMieux will be sworn in as a Senator from the State of Florida, replacing Mel Martinez.

Following disposition of the Sunstein nomination--and I have had conversations with floor staff, both Democratic and Republican, to see if we can move forward on an appropriations bill. Senator McConnell and I have talked about trying to get as many done as we can. We have four done, and we have eight to go.