This was the motion to proceed (to debate), basically bringing the bill to the floor.
In the old days there would have been an actual debate, but now, Reid files for cloture at the same time he files a bill so he can call for an end to debate whenever he wants, which is usually after the mandatory 30 hours of debate, i.e. the next morning or afternoon.
so doesn’t this open the bill up to debate and proposed ammendments from the floor? I’d think that’s better than no debate.