Senate Votes Down Amendment to Eliminate Duplicative Programs

The Senate voted 54 – 45 for Senate Amendment 610, which would have cut $7 billion from the Federal Budget; the measure required a 3/5 majority to override a potential filibuster. The Amendment directed the Office of Management and Budget to identify and report to Congress a minimum of $7 billion in cost savings that could be had by eliminating or consolidating unnecessary or duplicative Federal programs contained in the General Accounting Office Report GAO-11-318SP of March 2011.

Seven Democrats joined all Republicans in voting for the measure: Max Baucus (MT), Amy Klobuchar (MN), Claire McCaskill (MO), Joe Manchin (WV), Ben Nelson (NE), John Tester (MT), and Jim Webb (VA).

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