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Thu Feb 28, 2013, 03:27 PM

Breaking: Senate Rejects Rival Bills to Prevent $85 Billion Sequester Spending Cuts

Source: The Hill

Senate rejects rival bills to prevent $85B sequester spending cuts

By Alexander Bolton - 02/28/13 03:15 PM ET

The Senate on Thursday rejected rival proposals to stop the sequester, ensuring the $85 billion in automatic spending cuts will begin on Friday.

A bill crafted by Senate Democrats won 51 votes, while a Republican alternative won only 38 votes. Three Democrats Sens. Mary Landrieu (La.), Mark Pryor (Ark.) and Kay Hagan (N.C.), who are all up for reelection in 2014 voted against their party's bill, which fell 51-49.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) also switched his vote to no, a procedural move that would allow him to bring the bill to the floor in the future.

Both plans needed 60 votes to advance, and as expected neither came close to meeting that threshold.


Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/285573-senate-rejects-last-minute-effort-to-stop-the-sequester#ixzz2ME8hWYnc

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Reply Breaking: Senate Rejects Rival Bills to Prevent $85 Billion Sequester Spending Cuts (Original post)
Hissyspit Feb 2013 OP
Mass Feb 2013 #1
TwilightGardener Feb 2013 #2
GodlessBiker Feb 2013 #3
tridim Feb 2013 #4
GodlessBiker Feb 2013 #5
modrepub Feb 2013 #13
dorksied Feb 2013 #6
Myrina Feb 2013 #7
dorksied Feb 2013 #8
Euphoria Feb 2013 #18
Webster Green Feb 2013 #9
valerief Feb 2013 #11
Botany Feb 2013 #10
blkmusclmachine Feb 2013 #12
Cha Feb 2013 #15
mpcamb Mar 2013 #19
Lasher Feb 2013 #14
and-justice-for-all Feb 2013 #16
octoberlib Feb 2013 #17

Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 03:30 PM

1. Otherwise said, the GOP filibustered a bill to stop the sequester which would have had 52 votes for

it.

Let's count on the media to ignore this fact.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 03:30 PM

2. Well, is that it, then? This should be fun.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 03:33 PM

3. Only in America do you lose with a 51-49 vote.

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Response to GodlessBiker (Reply #3)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 03:38 PM

4. Democratic Senators only get 3/5ths of a vote.

Sound familiar?

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Response to tridim (Reply #4)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 03:38 PM

5. LOL!

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Response to GodlessBiker (Reply #3)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 06:37 PM

13. House wouldn't pass this bill

(they're adjourned until Monday) without the house passing an identical bill it would not become law. Congress has one saving grace that no one seems to have mentioned. Since the federal workforce is largely union furloughs can't start until the rank and file have been given 30 days notice. This means most of the automatic cuts won't actually be felt until April.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 04:01 PM

6. If Reid had followed through with his idea of changing the filibuster this wouldn't be happening.

Harry Reid missed his chance...

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Response to dorksied (Reply #6)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 04:04 PM

7. Harry's let more than 1 chance to level the playing field pass him by ...

Time for a new leader, methinks.

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Response to Myrina (Reply #7)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 04:06 PM

8. Agreed. We need someone who has a backbone.

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Response to Myrina (Reply #7)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 11:09 PM

18. Reid's tenure as Senate Majority Leader must end now.

Let's face it, these times call for people of backbone and doing something because it moves the agenda forward. And Reid - too many times - has effed up.

So, come one Demo senators and do some shaking up and get another leader of the Senate.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 04:33 PM

9. Well...minority rules.

Wait. That ain't how it supposed to be.

WTF?!

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Response to Webster Green (Reply #9)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 05:05 PM

11. Nope, majority ruled! Majority money, that is. nt

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 04:34 PM

10. Once again thanks a lot Harry for going w/a handshake agreement w/McConnell ....

.... on the filibuster.

But I am now sure the republicans hope to torpedo the economy in order
to try to hurt the President by blaming him for the public's suffering. They
are really un-American at their core.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 06:19 PM

12. Too bad the Democrats lost in 2012, and lost again in 2008,

Oh, wait a minute ...

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Response to blkmusclmachine (Reply #12)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 07:43 PM

15. So? What's that have to do with the vote in the Senate.

It's not a dictatorship.

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Response to blkmusclmachine (Reply #12)

Fri Mar 1, 2013, 12:14 AM

19. We need to get the word to Harry Reid!

We actually won and should have the "wherewithal" to call the shots.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 07:22 PM

14. But what are these alternatives compared to the sequester?

Where's the side-by-side? What is Obama's alternative, compared to the sequester?

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 10:06 PM

16. All it takes is a one line bill to end the madness...nt

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 10:24 PM

17. These 3 Senators vote with the Republicans more often than not

Landrieu, Pryor and Hagan. Only name missing from this list is Baucus . He usually joins them.

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