Monday, February 9, 2009

Bailout Bill Cloture Vote Passes 61 to 36

The Bailout bill has passed its main hurtle with a successful cloture vote. It passed 61 to 36. You can see the vote breakdown at, but to make is easier for you Collins (R-ME), Snowe (R-ME), and Specter (R-PA) were the Republican defectors with Cornyn (R-TX) and Gregg (R-NH) not voting. The official vote will take place tomorrow with similar voting line likely. After that the two versions of the bill (House and Senate) have to be reconciled before a final vote to pass it. The vote on the reconciled bill will be the Republicans next best chance to stop it. For the best visual representation of the bill I have seen thus far, head over to

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