What: All Issues : Making Government Work for Everyone, Not Just the Rich or Powerful : Insuring Government Has Adequate Financing to Function : HR 4213. (Unemployment benefits extension) Motion to suspend the Senate’s rules and an amendment to be offered that would require the Senate’s website to display the amount of deficit spending the Senate has allowed, among other things/On the motion (2010 senate Roll Call 212)
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HR 4213. (Unemployment benefits extension) Motion to suspend the Senate’s rules and an amendment to be offered that would require the Senate’s website to display the amount of deficit spending the Senate has allowed, among other things/On the motion
senate Roll Call 212     Jul 21, 2010
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Win

This vote was on whether to suspend the Senate’s rules that govern when amendments can be offered.  The vote was called by Tom Coburn, R-Okla., who wanted to offer an amendment  that would have required the Senate’s website to display the amount of deficit spending the Senate has allowed, as well as the number of government programs created by bills passed by the Senate, among other items.

“All it does is create a Web site so the American people can see when we have done that and how often and what the total amount is. We voted 100 to nothing for it the last time it was presented to this body,” Coburn said.

No one spoke against his motion, or his amendment.

By a vote of 54-44, the motion to waive the Senate’s rules and allow Coburn to offer an amendment was defeated.  Though more voted yes than no, this particular type of vote requires a two-thirds majority of those present and voting (66 in this case) in order for it to be considered passed.   Every Republican present voted to allow the amendment.  Of Democrats present, 14 voted to allow the amendment and 42 voted against (including a majority of the most progressive members).  The end result is that the motion was rejected, and Coburn was not allowed to offer an amendment that would have required the Senate’s website to display information about the amount of deficit spending the Senate has allowed, and other items.

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