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The Senate voted today to end debate on the budget deal reached by Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA). This tax-and-spend deal blows the top off of the budget caps set back in 2011, and raises taxes (or, if you prefer, fees), while claiming to reduce the deficit over ten years with mostly phony cuts that will likely never materialize. With the cloture vote passed, the Democrats can now pass this deal with a simple majority.
For a more detailed analysis of why this bill was a terrible idea, you can check out Julie Borowski's post HERE.
In order to pass cloture (ending debate), which requires 60 votes, a number of Republicans needed to vote in favor of this latest spending surge. Although a number of establishment Republicans wisely shied away from this deal (e.g. McConnell, Cornyn, Thune), twelve Republicans voted for cloture. The final vote was 67-33 - you can see the official roll call vote HERE.
The 12 Republicans who voted to give up the budget caps and raise taxes were:
Some of these Republicans may vote against the final passage of the bill tomorrow and claim that they didn't support it, but as always anyone who votes for cloture knows that they are letting Harry Reid pass a bad bill with only Democrat votes. FreedomWorks has issued a Key Vote: NO on this budget deal, and we will score the cloture vote on our online Congressional scorecard.