Senate Rejects Replacement Amendment to House Resolution 1

In a surprise move from eleven Democrat Senators, the Senate rejected Senate Amendment 149 sponsored by Sen. Inouye (HI).

The amendment adds $16.128 billion in spending for the remainder of the fiscal year to the House version. All Republicans voted down the amendment, along with eleven Democrats: Bennet (CO), Hagan (NC), Kohl (WI), Levin (MI), Manchin (WV), McCaskill (MO), Nelson (FL), Nelson (NE), Sanders (VT), Udall (CO), and Webb (VA).

The federal government continues to operate on an interim budget which expires on March 18th. Failure of this amendment and on the vote for the full House measure means that there remain eight days for both houses to come up with a continuing appropriations bill before a shutdown of all non-essential services by the federal government.


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