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Senate Passes Major Stimulus Hurdle

February 9, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

The Senate just voted to invoke cloture on the $829 billion Nelson-Collins substitute amendment to H.R. 1, the economic stimulus package. The final vote tally was 61-36. Sixty votes were required for the motion to pass. All Democrats voted in favor.

These three Republicans joined the Democrats in voting to advance the bill:

Sen. Susan Collins [R, ME]
Sen. Olympia Snowe [R, ME]
Sen. Arlen Specter [R, PA]

This vote on cloture officially winds down the debate of the Nelson-Collins amendment and sets up final passage of the the underlying bill itself. Under the rules, the debate is now limited to 30 more hours, though, by way of a unanimous consent agreement, the final vote on passage is scheduled to take place tomorrow at 1pm. That vote is expected to pass (with probably the same exact tally as today’s vote), sending the bill to a conference committee to be reconciled with the version passed by the House.

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