This is because of the peculiar ways of the Senate.
The vote on Monday will be the real vote, Tuesday's vote will mirror it. The Repubs might not filibuster, but they will raise a point of order against the bill that it violates the budget act. If the bill gets 60 or more votes, it clears this rules vote and the second vote should be a mirror of this vote.
And a standard for Monday votes in general. This pattern follows the vote on Alito in Jan 2006. First was the vote for cloture which, sadly, passed that was held at 5:30 on Monday. Then the vote to confirm. Again, sadly.
The vote on Monday will take place. It is printed and confirmed. However, even with that and with the Tuesday vote, the outcome is not yet certain. The bill has to go to a reconciliation conference where the difference between the House and Senate bills are hammered out and the bill revised and resubmitted to each chamber for a vote. (By law, the House and Senate have to pass the identical bill in order for it to go to the President for his sig.)
20. Great, more time for Reid and the Dems to give away more good stimulus portions of the bill
And replace them with more tax cuts for the wealthy.
This bill is becoming a disaster. We're going to wind up pissing more money we don't have on tax cuts that we don't need and that are ineffective, meanwhile the rest of us will sink under the economic waves.
All because the Dems either don't want to or don't know how to fight.
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