Yesterday a voting marathon took place in the Senate beginning at 2:30pm and ending this morning at 6am. Republicans took advantage of a Senate procedure that allowed them to propose a series of amendments to the budget resolution to force Democrats to take a stand on a series of tough issues.
Among those amendments and the vote counts included:
- 97-3 to support keeping the U.S. Embassy in Israel in Jerusalem
- 50-50 on a failed amendment supporting the free exercise of religion
- 50-50 on a failed amendment opposing the Biden administration’s move to restrict oil and gas leasing on federal lands
- 50-50 on a failed amendment opposing a federal carbon tax
- 50-50 on a failed amendment opposing stimulus checks for people in prison
- 53-47 in favor of an amendment supporting the expansion of health savings accounts
- 50-50 on a failed amendment to oppose packing the Supreme Court
- 50-50 on a failed amendment to support the border wall
- 51-50 in favor of a budget resolution for coronavirus relief allowing the Senate to proceed using budget reconciliation rules (to avoid a GOP filibuster)
With the exception of support for the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, nearly everything was split across party lines with one other exception, an amendment opposing the defunding of police that passed 100-0.
My amendment to #BackTheBlue and defend, not defund, the police passed the Senate overwhelmingly tonight by vote of 100-0
— Senator John Cornyn (@JohnCornyn) February 5, 2021
The “defund the police” movement is wildly unpopular among voters. A Rasmussen poll taken in July of last year found that only two in ten support defunding police in their own community.
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