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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Bleeding Heartland: Senate Republicans (including Grassley) fail to block stimulus

Excerpted from this post at Bleeding Heartland

The Senate is on track to pass the deeply flawed compromise stimulus
bill Tuesday after a motion to invoke cloture passed by a 61-36 vote
today. (To overcome a filibuster in the Senate, 60 votes are needed
for a cloture motion.) All Senate Democrats, including Tom Harkin,
voted yes, joined by Republicans Olympia Snowe, Susan Collins and
Arlen Specter. Two Senate Republicans did not vote on the cloture
motion, and all the rest, including Chuck Grassley, voted no. Last
week Grassley said he would vote for the stimulus bill if it included
a provision on low-cost mortgages. Looking here I couldn't find any
sign that the amendment Grassley supported made it into the Senate
version, so I assume it did not.

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