Thursday, July 14
Today, the Senate will consider H.R.2055, an act making appropriations for military construction, the Department of Veterans' Affairs, and related agencies. Specifically, the Senate will continue debating the motion to proceed to the bill after morning business today.
The bill lies outside the partisan debt ceiling debate. It passed overwhelmingly in the House. Yesterday's vote was on cloture (setting a timetable to end debate) on the motion to proceed to the bill.
Cloture was invoked 89-11
11 Senators voted against the cloture motion:
Bob Corker (R-Tennessee), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Rand Paul (R-Kentucky), Marco Rubio (R-Florida), Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama), Pat Toomey (R-Pennsylvania), David Vitter (R-LA)
All of the Senators who voted against cloture are highly conservative. Several, particularly Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and several Tea Party senators, have insisted on blocking anything that does not have to do with the federal budget.
Chances of Passage: Very High - 411 votes in the House, strong bipartisan support so far in the Senate