Senate Ratifies FY2011 Continuing Appropriations Bill

In the late afternoon of April 14th, 2011, the Senate ratified H.R. 1473, the Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011 which the House had passed 3 hours earlier. The vote was 81-19, with four Democrats joining 15 conservative Republicans in voting against it. The four Democrats voted no on the grounds that it cut spending too much ($20-25 billion), and the conservatives voted against it because it did not cut spending enough. The measure now proceeds to the President for his signature.

The fifteen Republicans who held firm to their principles were:
Coburn (R-OK), Crapo (R-ID), DeMint (R-SC), Ensign (R-NV), Graham (R-SC), Hatch (R-UT), Inhofe (R-OK), Johnson (R-WI), Lee (R-UT), Paul (R-KY), Risch (R-ID), Rubio (R-FL), Shelby (R-AL), Toomey (R-PA), and Vitter (R-LA).

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