Cloture

The Senate voted in favor of cloture on the House’s CR to fund the government. Thanks to that cloture vote, Harry Reid was able to amend the CR to put the Obamacare funding back into the budget with 51 votes.

There were 68 Senators who voted in favor of cloture.

The 30 Republicans who voted no on cloture – the 19 who are actually serious about defunding Obamacare, are as follows…

Lamar Alexander (Tenn.)
Kelly Ayotte (N.H.)
John Barrasso (Wyo.)
John Boozman (Ark.)
Richard Burr (N.C.)
Dan Coats (Ind.)
Tom Coburn (Okla.)
Bob Corker (Tenn.)
Mike Crapo (Idaho)
Ted Cruz (Texas)
Mike Enzi (Wyo.)
Deb Fischer (Neb.)
Chuck Grassley (Iowa)
Dean Heller (Nev.)
John Hoeven (N.D.)
Jim Inhofe (Okla.)
Mike Johanns (Neb.)
Ron Johnson (Wis.)
Mike Lee (Utah)
Jim Moran (Kan.)
Rand Paul (Ky.)
Rob Portman (Ohio)
Jim Risch (Idaho)
Pat Roberts (Kan.)
Marco Rubio (Fla.)
Tim Scott (S.C.)
Jeff Sessions (Ala.)
Richard Shelby (Ala.)
Pat Toomey (Pa.)
David Vitter (La.)

Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona missed the vote on family business. He had said he would vote against cloture.

Some 11 of those Republicans apparently changed their votes after the fact, for whatever reason, as the vote was originally reported as 79-19. The 11 are Alexander, Ayotte, Barrasso, Boozman, Burr, Coats, Coburn, Corker, Hoeven, Johanns and Johnson.

Immediately after the cloture vote, Reid amended the CR to include the Obamacare funding.

Shockingly (yes, yes, we know), the amendment passed on a 54-44 party-line vote. Shockingly (yes, yes, we know), no Democrats were moved by Mitch McConnell’s pleas to cross party lines and defund Obamacare.

The bill will now go back to the House, where one of two things is likely to happen.

The more unlikely would be that House Speaker John Boehner would engineer a collapse of his own speakership by cobbling together a coalition of House Democrats and those Republicans whose arms he could twist in order to cave to the Senate’s demands to fund Obamacare. If Boehner did that, the Republican voter base would be after his head and the pressure on his House membership would be overwhelming to force his ouster as Speaker.

He won’t do that. Instead, Boehner will present something in response to Reid that will likely involve going around the Obamacare fight. What has been most prominently discussed is a bill to delay Obamacare for a year, but it’s also been discussed that what Boehner should do is present separate CR’s to fund pieces of the government not affected by Obamacare.

And it’s questionable whether Boehner can pass something that Reid will allow a Senate vote on before the government shuts down on Monday.

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