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Cloture Motion Rejected!

FARM BILL UPDATE

Date: December 19, 2001 1:30 PM

RE: Third vote to invoke cloture on the farm bill

VOTE: The third cloture vote on the farm bill was held today. The vote was the last chance for the Senate to finish a farm bill this year. It would limit the time of debate and the amendments that could be offered, requiring that each amendment be “germane” (relevant) to the bill. The cloture vote required 60 votes to pass.

RMFU POSITION: RMFU supported cloture because it could have brought finality to the farm bill.

RESULT: Cloture Motion Rejected

NOTE: Because the vote was rejected, the Senate will not be able to finish a farm bill this year.

VOTE TALLY: (As before, Sen. Daschle voted against the bill, giving him the right to call for a re-vote at a later time.)

YEAS — 54
Baucus
Bayh
Biden
Bingaman
Boxer
Breaux
Byrd
Cantwell
Carnahan
Carper
Chafee
Cleland
Clinton
Collins
Conrad
Corzine
Dayton
Dodd
Dorgan
Durbin
Edwards
Feingold
Feinstein
Graham
Harkin
Hollings
Hutchinson
Inouye
Jeffords
Johnson
Kennedy
Kerry
Kohl
Landrieu
Leahy
Levin
Lieberman
Lincoln
Mikulski
Miller
Murray
Nelson (FL)
Nelson (NE)
Reed
Reid
Rockefeller
Sarbanes
Schumer
Snowe
Specter
Stabenow
Torricelli
Wellstone
Wyden

NAYS — 43
Allard
Allen
Bennett
Bond
Brownback
Bunning
Burns
Campbell
Cochran
Craig
Crapo
Daschle
DeWine
Domenici
Ensign
Enzi
Fitzgerald
Frist
Gramm
Grassley
Gregg
Hagel
Hatch
Hutchison
Inhofe
Kyl
Lott
Lugar
McCain
McConnell
Nickles
Roberts
Santorum
Sessions
Shelby
Smith (NH)
Smith (OR)
Stevens
Thomas
Thompson
Thurmond
Voinovich
Warner

NOT VOTING — 3
Akaka
Helms
Murkowski