Sunday Session: Senate voting on amendments to H.R. 22

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    US Senate Debate Highway Funding Bill Video C-SPAN.org

    (this link is likely to change in the next days)

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    Let's see what McConnell does after the procedural vote....

    Just a reminder: the Republicans campaigned in 2014 on a clean-voting system, were they to be elected. They campaigned that they would eliminate "riders" to bills and and and all "pork". Well, this amendment is about the biggest "rider" I have ever seen.

    Irony!!!
     
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    This was SUPPOSED to be an extension of the 6 year Highway Bill.

    Amendments like one to kill the ACA were not originally part of the plan.

    Votes are being counted now.
     
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    As soon as the no's hit 41, then the amendment is dead.
     
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    The NOs have reached 41 votes, which means that the amendment cannot mathematically pass, even if every other vote were to be a YEA:

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    Likely, McConnell has not voted yet. If I recall correctly, if McConnell deliberately votes NO, he can then reintroduce this amendment at a later date, lightly amended once again, for another vote. Harry Reid did this a number of times when he was Senate Majority Leader.
     
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    And the amendment just officially died:

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    The final vote was 49-43, I think. I looked away from the computer for a second. It may be 50-43.... am checking that, but it looks like 6 or 7 Senators either are not there or did not vote.
     
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    The amendment to reauthorize the Export-Import bank reauthorization is being voted on right now. It will likely pass with well over 60 votes. In fact, it just hit 60, so it definitely passed:

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    So, the long and short of this is that the amendment to kill Obamacare died in the Senate today, at least for now.
    Whether or not McConnell wants to try a parliamentarian trick to get the amendment up for a vote again, this time under reconciliation, I don't know. Whatever happens, at least McConnell can claim that he tried.

    The amendment to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank passed by a very wide margin.

    Now, as to H.R. 22 in complete, I don't know, and since the Senate added one of two amendments successfully to the bill, should it pass the Senate, I do think that the House will have to vote on the Kirk amendment as well.

    So, it may still be a while before this Bill makes it's way to President Obama's desk.
     

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