• Senate Democrats on Friday night blocked passage of a monthlong stopgap spending bill, leaving less than two hours to find a path forward before much of the government was set to shut down.
• The roll call, which is still technically open, was 50 in favor and 48 against. Sixty votes are needed to end debate and move to a final vote. Five Democrats voted to end debate, while four Republicans voted with most of the Democrats to block the bill. See how the senators voted »
• After it became clear that the bill lacked the votes need to move forward, senators remained on the chamber’s floor, apparently discussing whether some compromise could be reached.
• Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, was trying to rally support for a shorter three-week spending bill which could muster the 60 votes for passage. But because the bill would need to clear the House, at least a short shutdown appeared unavoidable.
Someone at the Times is wrong. This is not a news flash. This is how things are. I continue to believe that the American people are not going to see what is really in front of their eyes until the media explains it to them the correct way:
For the First Time in American History, A Party in Control of the House, Senate, and Executive Branches Has Shut Down the Government
That's the headline, however awkward, that needs to be run. Democrats didn't shut down anything--they have no power! They're not in the committee rooms, writing the bills! The Republicans write the bills and deny Democrats the ability to have any input! No Democratic amendments have made it to the floor of the Senate this year. It's a fiasco.