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(S. 2038) On an amendment to require any bill on the Senate floor to be accompanied by a report on whether it would create a program or agency that duplicates services already provided by the federal government
senate Roll Call 10     Feb 02, 2012
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Win

This vote was on an amendment by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) aimed at reducing overlapping programs in the federal government.

Sen. Coburn’s amendment would have required the Congressional Research Service to author a new report for each bill that comes to the Senate for consideration. The report would tell senators whether the bill would establish any programs or agencies that overlap with services the federal government already provides.

“All I am asking is, let's do a double-check, especially in the time of trillion-dollar deficits,” Sen. Coburn said. “We ought to do a double-check and make sure we are not duplicating something that is already happening.”

Opponents of Sen. Coburn’s amendment argued that Senate committees, which normally review bills before they go to the full Senate for consideration, should be able to handle this task. To add a requirement for a Congressional Research Service report would create a significant backlog that would delay legislation, Sen. Joseph Lieberman (ID-CT) said.

Even though 60 senators voted for Sen. Coburn’s amendment and only 39 voted against, it was defeated because it was brought up under rules that require support from two-thirds of senators for passage. Voting “yea” were 46 Republicans and 14 Democrats. Voting “nay” were 39 Democrats, including a majority of progressives. As a result, the STOCK Act moved forward without requiring that legislation in the Senate be accompanied by a new report from the Congressional Research Service.

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