June 18th, 2009
04:17 PM ET
14 years ago

War funding bill survives procedural vote... barely

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A $106 billion war spending bill has narrowly survived a nail-biter of a vote in the Senate. Democrats needed 60 votes to waive a budget rule and allow them to attach $1 billion in funding for the so-called "Cash For Clunkers" program, aimed at reviving the auto industry.

The motion to waive the rule passed 60-36, but only after Democrat Maria Cantwell of Washington state switched her vote from "no" to "yes." Democrats also needed help from five Republicans: Sens. Bond, Cochran, Collins, Enzi and Voinovich switched sides to support the Cash for Clunkers funding.

The final vote on the supplemental spending bill is expected to easily get majority approval and go to the president.

Party Switchers:
Democrats against: Nelson (NE)
Republicans in favor: Bond, Cochran, Collins, Voinovich

Filed under: Senate
soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. Republicans Suck

    The party of NO.

    June 18, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  2. Pat, CA

    @ Sniffit @ Sniffit June 18th, 2009 5:05 pm ET@ Bizarro world Sniffit,

    Huh? God bless ya, but you really should leave that parallel universe occasionally!

    June 18, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  3. Carl from Dallas


    In all your comments, you forget the most imporant part.

    All of the Japanese Americans in internment camps were accounted for because it was the 1940s.

    Public records weren't that great after the Civil War and during reconstruction.

    Besides, I'm white and had anscetors who were slaves in this country. I guess I'm entitled to some money as well, according to you.

    June 18, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  4. DavidinCA

    Cash for Clunkers. Another interesting program from our new Federal Government to reward people who made self-serving bad choices.

    June 18, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
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