Federal Relations

January 24, 2019

Both Senate Bills Go Down

As expected, both versions of a Senate bill to reopen the government were defeated on procedural grounds earlier today.

To cut off debate and move to floor votes, both bills needed 60 votes, and neither reached that threshold.  The bill offered by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) that contained the set of proposals from the President stalled by a vote of 50 to 47.  The counter offer from Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) fared better at 52-44 but did not hit the 60-vote mark.

As noted before, this series of votes represents the first set of floor activities related to the shutdown in the Senate.  The different parties now return to the negotiating table.

Read more about the votes here and here.