Senate Fails In Last-Ditch Efforts To Avoid Sequestration

Law360, New York (February 28, 2013, 5:34 PM EST) -- The U.S. Senate on Thursday rejected both Republican and Democratic bills to stop sequestration, allowing the deeply unpopular, across-the-board spending cuts to kick in Friday and slash $85 billion from the government's 2013 coffers.

The Democratic bill, authored by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., won 51 votes, while the Republican bill, authored by James Inhofe, R-Okla., and Pat Toomey, R-Pa., received 38 votes. More Republicans than Democrats broke with their party's version, with three Democrats voting against their party's bill and eight Republicans breaking with...
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