Senate Blocks Boehner Bill

by Andrew Stiles

The Senate has just voted to “table” the deficit-reduction bill just passed by the House hours earlier. The motion passed 59 to 41, with six Republicans — Paul, Vitter, Lee, Hatch, Graham and DeMint — joining the Democrats. Prior to the vote, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) offered to hold a cloture vote on the legislation proposed by Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.), noting that the House had already scheduled a vote on Reid’s plan for 1:00 p.m. on Saturday. Reid clearly does not have the 60 votes he would need to end a filibuster, and said he’d be happy to hold the vote if McConnell would agree to make it a simply majority vote. The Republican leader responded that he was “genuinely perplexed” by Reid’s request. “It looks like the House will vote on the Senate plan before the Senate does,” joked McConnell.

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