Senate Democrats Successfully Filibuster Bill With FY16 Corps of Engineers Funding

October 8, 2015

Earlier today, the Senate fell eleven votes short of breaking a Democratic filibuster of a motion to take up the fiscal year 2016 Energy and Water Development appropriations bill (H.R. 2028). The vote was 49 yeas to 47 nays, with 60 “yea” votes required to break a filibuster and limit debate.

The Senate Appropriations Committee voted to approve their version of H.R. 2028 on May 21 by a bipartisan vote of 26 to 4. But Senate Democrats are following a strategy agreed to with the White House to filibuster all FY16 appropriations bills – even the ones that they have previously voted for and the provisions of which they support – until Congressional Republicans agree to amend the statutory spending caps in the Budget Control Act and allow tens of billions of additional appropriations in 2016 and 2017.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has been calling different popular appropriations bills up for procedural votes to try and emphasize the Democratic “no bills” strategy to the public.


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