• U.S. Senate Votes 60 to 40 in Favor of Doing Something

    Breaking from its 16-month strategy of (with incredibly few exceptions) not doing stuff, fighting about shit and accomplishing fuck-all, the United States Senate today voted to get something done

    The Senate voted Thursday afternoon to end its three-week debate on a bill to rewrite the nation's financial regulations, paving the way for a final vote on the landmark legislation.

    The 60-to-40 vote — the minimum required to end debate — succeeded, though two discontented Democrats broke party ranks for the second day in a row. The measure squeaked by with the help of three Republicans: Sens. Olympia J. Snowe and Susan Collins of Maine, and Scott Brown of Massachusetts, whose concerns Obama administration officials worked to assuage in the lead-up to Thursday's vote.

    "It's been hard to get to this point," Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) said on the Senate floor, adding, "but I think it's been a good debate."

    This all, of course, means that…

    Under Senate rules, debate on the legislation is now limited to 30 additional hours[.]

    And this is a job that people spend their lives fighting for.


    Tags: Financial Reform, Harry Reid, Money, Olympia Snowe, Scott Brown, Senate, Susan Collins

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