Tuesday, March 19, 2013

10 Republicans Vote To Close Debate On Senate's Version Of Continuing Resolution, Averting Shutdown; Arizona's Senators Vote "Nay"

Neither of Arizona's Senators were among ten Republicans who joined Monday with (all but one) Democrats to move to a vote on a Continuing Resolution that could avert a federal government shutdown next week.  The Senate version of the six-month funding plan will now likely pass that chamber Tuesday and likely be considered by the House later this week, according to Politico.

Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ) joined 34 GOP colleagues and one Democrat (Jon Tester of Montana) in voting "nay".  However, 63 Senators - including 10 Republicans - voted "aye", just clearing the 3/5 majority needed to close debate and move towards a final vote.

The Senate and the House (each led by a different party) appear to have worked together to come up this plan to fund the government from March 27 - when the previous Continuing Resolution expires - until September 30.  It does not specifically overturn the sequestration cuts, but Politico reports that there is still pressure to make some specific changes to the across the board cuts.

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