As expected, Senators defeated two competing spending measures today. Per a unanimous consent agreement, both required 60 votes to pass. Both measures would fund the government for the remainder of this fiscal year.
The Republican proposal, H.R. 1, was defeated by a vote of 44-56. According to Politics Daily, it would “slice $61 billion from the current budget through cuts to programs dear to Democrats’ hearts, like implementation of the health care reform bill, Pell grants, early learning programs, nutrition for women and children, and funding for Planned Parenthood.”
Senators Jim DeMint (R-SC), Mike Lee (R-UT) and Rand Paul (R-KY) joined all Democrats in opposing the Republican spending bill.
The Democratic alternative, offered as a substitute amendment to H.R. 1, was defeated by a vote of 42-58. It would “trim $6.5 billion this year by eliminating earmarks and zeroing out funds for several highway projects and programs that [President] Obama has agreed to end.”
The substitute amendment, if adopted, would have simply replaced the existing contents of H.R. 1 with the Democratic alternative.
Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO), Kay Hagan (D-NC), Herb Kohl (D-WI), Carl Levin (D-MI), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Bill Nelson (D-FL), Ben Nelson (D-NE), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Mark Udall (D-CO) and Jim Webb (D-VA) joined all Republican members in opposing the Democratic spending bill.