Monday, January 28, 2013

Arizona's Senators Vote Against Hurricane Sandy Relief Package, Split On Offsetting With Cuts

The U.S. Senate passed the House's version of a $50.5 Billion relief package in the wake of deadly Hurricane/Superstorm Sandy, but Arizona's two Senators were in the minority to vote against it.  Nine Republicans joined all of the voting Democrats to overcome the filibuster-three-fifths majority threshhold, 62-36.

Before that final vote, however, the Senate considered an amendment to require that discretionary spending be cut to cover the disaster relief expenditures.  On that, Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) joined 34 other Senators in voting "aye", while Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) - along with 9 other Republicans - voted "nay".  The 35 votes were far short of the 60 needed to pass the amendment.

All four of Arizona's Republican Congresspeople had voted against the package, which now heads to the President's desk.

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