Well Isn't That Convenient

An update: Jon Tester's amendment on livestock competition issues failed 40-55, which stinks. For you policy wonks, that's the Pickett case fix.

And Brown's amendment to take $2 billion out of crop insurance and put it into nutrition, conservation and deficit reduction also failed, 32-63. Of course, since all of these were "reform" amendments, they needed 60 votes, not 50 (that would be sarcasm right there).

Amy Klobuchar's (D-MN) Adjusted Gross Income Limit amendment failed (48-47). We didn't really care about it all that much, because we don't think an AGI limit makes much difference. But we did note the following.

6- 6! Senators who voted for Klobuchar's amendment voted against Dorgan-Grassley. How about that.

They would be Senators Voinovich (R-OH), McCaskill (D-MO), Lieberman (I-CT), Stabenow (D-MI), Kyl (R-AZ) and Snowe (R-ME).

If 4 of them had voted for Dorgan-Grassley, it would have passed. And Snowe, Stabenow, Voinovich and have all voted for Dorgan Grassley in the past. McCaskill is new, this is her first Dorgan-Grassley vote.

Now, the reverse is true as well.  Quite a few Senators who voted for Dorgan-Grassley voted against Klobuchar as well, which meant it went down too. But I can already see the above six talking about how they voted for "reform" but it was "just so unfortunate nothing passed." Isn't that convenient?

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