Via C-Span Blog:
The Senate has voted 63-33 to advance consideration of an emergency supplemental spending bill.
Democratic Senators Mary Landrieu (LA) and Kay Hagan (NC) voted against the measure. Both are up for reelection in the fall. Eleven Republicans voted for the bill (Ayotte, Chambliss, Collins, Corker, Cornyn, Grassley, Hatch, Heller, Isakson, Murkowski and Rubio). And four senators (Cochran, McCain, Roberts and Schatz) did not vote.
There are now 30 hours of post-cloture debate on the bill.
Senate Appropriations Chair Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) spoke about it on Tuesday, highlighting its inclusion of $225 million in appropriations for Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system and $615 million to help fight wildfires in the Western U.S. The crux of the bill includes $2.7 billion to address the growing number of unaccompanied minors crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. That’s a billion shy of the president’s request.
This again is just more representative of the types of going along to get along trouble with Republicans in D.C. These legislators are so far removed from the people that they’ve completely forgotten who put them there.
Even Democrats who face consequences this year are willing to acknowledge this as a bad idea. This proves the point about impeachment as well. There’ll be plenty of Democrats up for re-election in 2016 to count on, who’ll vote to do the right thing for the sake of protecting their own hides. Obama is not running again, but they have to.
The good thing about Governor Palin’s call for impeachment is it not only brought the president’s lawlessness to the forefront of Americans’ thoughts (notice his numbers keep dropping as she and others continue to press), but it also reminds us about the trouble with those Republicans.