I received the following a few minutes ago from Sen. Webb’s office. The U.S. Senate earlier today rejected two long-term funding bills – the House bill on a 44-56, mostly party-line vote; and the Senate Democratic bill on a 42-58 vote, with 11 Democrats (including Jim Webb, Kay Hagan, Joe Manchin, Claire McCaskill, Ben Nelson, Bill Nelson, Mark Udall, Michael Bennet, Carl Levin, and Herb Kohl) voting “nay.” With that, here’s Jim Webb’s statement:
I voted against both continuing resolution proposals that were before the Senate today. It was clear at the outset that neither proposal would pass. This piecemeal approach is destructive to the legislative process and does not further the ultimate goal of a continuing resolution that funds the government at a responsible level for the remainder of the fiscal year. I look forward to working with my Democratic colleagues in the coming days to craft a responsible funding bill that will keep our government functioning and actually address the systemic fiscal challenges facing our country.