The first observation I noted on Twitter about this breaking story was, “So who is the Party of No now?”
After we FINALLY got a continuing resolution out of the House to keep the government running past the end of the month, the Senate has turned around and rejected it. I don’t know how this movie ends, but I’m fairly sure it’s going straight to DVD.
The Senate on Friday rejected the GOP-led House’s bill to avert a government shutdown, intensifying a partisan standoff that many in Congress hoped to avoid. The vote was 59-36.
Democrats in the Senate, who are in the majority, oppose Republican efforts to roll back “green” energy programs to pay for aid for victims of Hurricane Irene and other disasters. They say disaster aid, usually a bipartisan issue, should not require cuts elsewhere — especially to programs creating green jobs — as the GOP majority in the House now demands.
The two sides are racing the clock, as the Federal Emergency Management Agency is expected to run out of disaster money Monday.
Welcome to the Party of No Club. (
Now we have Reid calling for a new vote Monday evening, even though Congress was supposed to be in recess by then. What is going on here? Discuss.
UPDATE: Vote results are in.
There were five Republicans not voting:
Barrasso (R-WY) Chambliss (R-GA) Coburn (R-OK) Corker (R-TN) Enzi (R-WY)
There were7 Republicans voting “Yea” (to table the bill and not pass it)
DeMint (R-SC) Johnson (R-WI) Lee (R-UT) Paul (R-KY) Risch (R-ID) Rubio (R-FL) Toomey (R-PA)
There was 1 Democrat voting “Nay” (Against tabling the bill and continuing funding)
We’ll need to get all of the official statements from the Republicans, but it looks mostly like a crowd who would not be voting in favor of continuing “green jobs” initiative funding, but more likely voting against continuing the funding in any fashion since it still exceeds the original agreement. Prime examples will likely be Paul, Rubio and Toomey, though I stress that this is just an early assumption on my part and not based on statements released yet.