What does this mean?
It takes 51 votes to pass a bill in the Senate. But it takes 60 votes to end debate. These days it's quite common for the minority party to threaten to filibuster (to debate indefinitely) in order to prevent action on a measure.
A cloture vote is the Senate's way of asking "Can we move on, please?" It needs 60 votes to pass. There are 100 senators. As a result, as few as 41 senators can, as a bloc, bring the U.S. Senate to a standstill.
Why this bill?
Good question. Read more about this bill and decide for yourself if it was worth holding up the business of the U.S. Senate.
- Amendment: To repeal the expansion of information reporting requirements for payments of $600 or more to corporations, and for other purposes.
- Bill: Small Business Lending Fund Act of 2010
In the 111th Congress, Republicans tend to vote against cloture because they're in the minority. Historically, the party that is outnumbered wields the filibuster — but they've done so more and more often in recent years.
This was the 69th cloture vote of the 111th Congress.
So far there have been 90 cloture votes out of 696 roll call votes — a percentage of 12.93%.
The 110th Congress (2007–2008) set a crazy record: 112 cloture votes out of 657 roll call votes. That's a percentage of 17.0%! When it comes to legislative inaction, we've got some big shoes to fill.
Who voted against cloture?
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AK Mark Begich
CA Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein
CO Mark Udall
CT Chris Dodd, Joseph Lieberman
DE Tom Carper, Ted Kaufman
FL Bill Nelson
HI Daniel Akaka, Daniel Inouye
IL Roland Burris, Dick Durbin
IA Tom Harkin
LA Mary Landrieu
MD Ben Cardin, Barbara Mikulski
MA John Kerry
MI Carl Levin, Debbie Stabenow
MN Al Franken, Amy Klobuchar
MO Claire McCaskill
MT Max Baucus, Jon Tester
NV Harry Reid
NH Jeanne Shaheen
NJ Frank Lautenberg, Robert Menendez
NM Jeff Bingaman, Tom Udall
NY Kirsten Gillibrand, Chuck Schumer
NC Kay Hagan
ND Kent Conrad, Byron Dorgan
OH Sherrod Brown
OR Jeff Merkley, Ron Wyden
PA Bob Casey, Arlen Specter
RI Jack Reed, Sheldon Whitehouse
SD Tim Johnson
VT Patrick Leahy, Bernie Sanders
WA Maria Cantwell, Patty Murray
WV Carte Goodwin, Jay Rockefeller
WI Russell Feingold, Herb Kohl