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Senate GOP Blocks Aid for Hurricane Irene Victims

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Honey, I'm Home!Why bother governing responsibly when you can play politics instead?

Republicans blocked an effort Monday by Senate Democrats to quickly pass a $7 billion aid package for victims of recent natural disasters like Hurricane Irene, tornadoes in the Midwest and the South and floods along the Mississippi, Missouri and other rivers.

On a 53-33 vote, the Senate rejected an attempt by Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., to bring up a bill that Democrats had hoped to use to replenish the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s depleted disaster fund. Democrats needed 60 votes to advance the measure.

A better question: Why would any victim of any of 2011’s natural disasters vote Republican?  

  • Venu

    I thought you needed 3/5 of the Senators “present and voting” (which in this case would have been 86, 3/5 = 52). When then do the Democrats need 60 votes to advance the measure?