Senate Shoots Down Dueling Budget Bills

Law360, New York (March 9, 2011, 4:44 PM EST) -- The U.S. Senate on Wednesday rejected both a Republican-backed bill and a Democratic alternative to authorize federal spending through Sept. 30, setting the stage for yet another stopgap to avert a potential government shutdown March 18.

The final vote on the spending bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives in February, H.R. 1, was 44 to 56, failing to reach the 60 votes needed for passage under the Senate agreement. Shortly afterward, a substitute amendment offered by Sen. Daniel Inoyue, D-Hawaii, also fell short with...
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