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Senate GOP Blocks Aid for Hurricane Irene Victims


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?