Maybe one more Republican will be ashamed enough of their killing this bill last week that they will come in next week…Maybe.
- ‘Christmas Miracle’ for 9/11 Responders? (abcnews.go.com)
- NY senator renews hope for 9/11 health bill (msnbc.msn.com)
- Gillibrand Optimistic About Passage Of 9/11 Health Bill (newyork.cbslocal.com)
- McCain rips Zadroga bill push as ‘fooling around’ (nydailynews.com)
- 9/11 Health Bill Fails in Senate Test Vote (time.com)
About an hour ago the Senate started moving forward the Tax Cuts and Unemployment Benefits bill (actually based on HR 4853) and, since they need to get 60 votes to pass it, this is being held open so all Senators can vote. Given the weather conditions nationwide, some Senators have had trouble getting back from the weekend, and I am not sure who we are waiting for and how long they will continue to hold it open.
At the one hour mark the vote was 58 – 6 in favor of passage. The 6 NO votes so far are all Democrats (Bingaman, Feingold, Leahy, Sanders, Gillibrand and the Udall from Colorado.) You can see Senators wandering in here and there on screen and the Senate Pages wandering around and talking to each other. They are in the W’s on the Roll Call and the fellow with the list is calling out vote results (so far, I guess). Sounds like the AYES are a mix of Dems and Reps. Brown of Ohio just became the seventh NO vote.
However, Senator Lincoln just voted AYE, so it looks like they have the 60 that pass the measure.
I’m not sure, but I think all this vote means is they move forward now to 30 hours of debate on the final bill. It’s now 63 – 8. The actual, final, real vote on this will not happen until tomorrow or Wednesday, I guess. At an hour and 20 minutes, I’m checking out.
- New Poll Gives Gillibrand Big Lead In N.Y. Senate Race (blogs.wsj.com)
- Polls: Gillibrand, Schumer Keep Senate Leads (newyork.cbslocal.com)
- “Quietly: NY Senate race goes into play as Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand maintains small lead over Joe DioGuardi” and related posts (leftcoastrebel.com)
“I’ve examined this race in every possible way,and I keep returning to the same fundamental conclusion: If I run, the likely result would be a brutal and highly negative Democratic primary – a primary where the winner emerges weakened and the Republican strengthened.”
I wonder if his examination included polls that put him so much lower than Gillibrand… and if he realized how much his more or less conservative history would be rejected by the more or less liberal NY Dems?