House passes Boehner bill as Substitute for S.627
The House of Representatives agrees to a substitute amendment to S.627 and sends the message to the Senate. This is basically the Boehner bill with a balanced budget amendment. S.627 is actually an old Senate bill sponsored by Senator Patrick Leahy dealing with the Freedom of Information Act. What the House has done is to take the old bill and offer Speaker Boehner's bill as a substitute amendment. The amendment would strike all the old provisions relating to the Freedom of Information Act and replace it with the Budget Control Act of 2011.
Senate action on S.627
(1) Motion to instruct the sergeant-at-arms to request the attendance of absent Senators agreed to
(2) Motion to concur in the House amendment to S.627 described above.
(3) Motion to table the above motion, killing Boehner's bill. Agreed to 59-41. The following Republican Senators crossed party lines to vote with Democrats to kill the bill:
Jim DeMint (South Carolina)
Lindsey Graham (South Carolina)
Orrin Hatch (Utah)
Mike Lee (Utah)
Rand Paul (Kentucky)
David Vitter (Louisiana)
Senators DeMint, Lee, Paul, and Vitter can be called Tea Party Senators and likely voted with some of their conservative collaegues in the House because the bill wasn't conservative enough. It's not clear why Senators Graham and Hatch voted to table, but it may be either for the same reason or because they preferred an alternative course of action.
Under a previous order, the Senate will resume consideration of the House message to accompany S.627. The time between 1:30pm and 7:30pm will be equally divided and controlled by the Majority and Minority Leaders or their designees in alternating 30 minute blocks, with the Majority controlling the first half and the Minority controlling the second half.
The time between 7:30pm and 8:30pm will be equally divided and controlled between the Majority and Minority. The Republicans will control the first 15 minutes and the Democrats will control the last 15 minutes.
Previously, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid moved to commit the message to the Senate Budget Committee with instructions to report an amendment.
Expect the action in the Senate to be on amendments to the House message containing Democratic proposals on the debt ceiling. Senator Reid, Senator McConnell and others may take the time today to negotiate on something that could pass with bipartisan support.
The House has vowed to vote in the negative on a Reid debt ceiling proposal.
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