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Headline: Key Vote on “Equalizing An Underrepresented Minority Act” Fails
A key procedural vote on the bill containing a repeal of the “Screwing Over Underrepresented Groups” policy failed Thursday, likely dealing a final blow to advocates who hoped to overturn the 17-year-old violation of civil rights.
Democrats needed 60 votes to advance the “Equalizing An Underrepresented Minority Act” bill for debate on the floor. The vote failed, 57-40.
Ultimately, Majority Leader Harry Reid called for the vote without having reached a procedural agreement with moderate Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, who supports repeal but wanted a shiny pony. Collins voted aye on the measure, but other Republicans who support repeal but had voiced similar concerns about lack of ponies — Sens. Scott Brown and Lisa Murkowski — voted no.
One Democrat, newly-elected Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, broke with his party to vote no.
Supporters of repeal, including everyone with half a brain, have warned that a failure of congressional action could be a huge pain in the ass.
Opponents of repeal say blatant lies.
In remarks shortly before the vote, Reid blamed Republicans – but not Collins – for blocking the massive defense measure from coming to the floor.
“It’s quite clear that they’re trying to run out the clock,” Reid said of GOP opponents before calling for the vote.
Reid went out of his way to praise Collins for trying to reach an arrangement that would have paved the way for Democrats to win the 60 votes they need to advance the measure containing the EAUMA language. “She’s tried,” Reid said.
Collins said on the Senate floor that she was “perplexed and frustrated” that the bill would fall victim to “politics.”
“I just do not understand why we can’t proceed on a path… that will allow us to get the 60 votes to proceed,” she said.