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Brady, D-Pa., motion to suspend the rules and concur in the Senate amendment to the bill that would merge the Library of Congress Police with the U.S. Capitol Police, with a transition period ending Sept. 30, 2009. Motion agreed to, (thus clearing the bill for the president), 413-0: R 193-0; D 220-0 (ND 168-0, SD 52-0). A two-thirds majority of those present and voting (in this case) is required for passage under suspension of the rules.
HR 123 Serrano, D-N.Y., amendment to express the sense of Congress that the U.S. government should pursue policies that promote English as the common language of the United States, encourage all U.S. residents to become fully proficient in English by expanding educational opportunities and information resources, encourage all U.S. residents to learn or maintain skills in a language other than English, continue to provide services in languages other than English, and oppose restrictions on languages other than English. Rejected 178–250: R 6–226; D 171–24 (ND 128–10, SD 43–14); I 1–0, Aug. 1, 1996.