The Senate’s Second COVID Recovery Vote-A-Rama, Vote-by-Vote

  • 50 to 49 against Tim Scott (R-SC)’s amendment on investigations into nursing home deaths. This was intended more as a messaging amendment against New York Governor Andrew Cuomo than as a way of addressing a real problem. As Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) noted, the bill already provides nursing homes with extra funding.
  • 50 to 49 against Bill Cassidy (R-LA)’s amendment to provide federal funding to private schools
  • 50 to 49 against a motion from Chuck Grassley (R-IA) send the bill back to Finance Committee for 3 days with instruction to remove $86B subsidizing private sector pension plans intended to ensure solvency of multi-employer pension plans
  • 50 to 49 against Pat Toomey (R-PA)’s amendment to strike a provision helping minority-owned farms
  • 50 to 49 against Deb Fischer (R-NE)’s amendment to reduce the funding for transit
  • 50 to 48 against Todd Young (R-IN)’s amendment to reallocate funds for paid leave to Customs & Border Protection
  • 50 to 48 against Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV)’s motion to send the bill back to the Finance Committee with instructions to reallocate funding from state and local governments to roads and bridges
  • 50 to 48 against Tom Cotton (R-AR)’s motion to send the bill back to the Finance Committee with instructions to bar funding from “sanctuary cities”
  • 50 to 49 against Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)’s amendment to strike certain types of Medicare hospital payments
  • 50 to 49 against Ted Cruz (R-TX)’s amendment to create education vouchers to divert funding away from public schools and toward private schools if the public schools are not open for in-person instruction, five-days-a-week by the end of the academic year
  • 50 to 49 against Mitt Romney (R-UT)’s amendment to limit aid to state and local governments
  • 50 to 49 against a motion to break up the bill and send it to eleven committees as a delay tactic
  • 50 to 48 against John Kennedy (R-LA)’s amendment to send the bill to the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship with instructions to bar Small Business Administration funds for anyone convicted during past 15 yrs of rioting
  • 50 to 49 against Mike Lee (R-UT)’s amendment to limit the child allowance
  • 50 to 49 against John Cornyn (R-TX)’s motion to send it back to the Health, Labor, Education, & Pensions Committee with instructions for additional border funding
  • 50 to 49 against Bill Cassidy (R-LA)’s amendment to block rebates from going to individuals currently incarcerated
  • 50 to 49 against Ted Cruz (R-TX)’s amendment to block rebates from going to undocumented immigrants
  • 50 to 49 against Mike Lee (R-UT)’s amendment to limit the expansion of the Affordable Care Act subsidies
  • 50 to 49 against Jerry Moran (R-KS)’s amendment to increase the availability of amounts for the Veterans Community Care Program, which is handled in the defense bill
  • 50 to 49 against an a motion from Steve Daines (R-MT) to send the bill back to the Foreign Relations Committee with instructions to include the Keystone XL Pipeline
  • 50 to 49 in favor of an amendment from Ron Wyden (D-OR) to provide a $300 weekly federal unemployment benefit through September 6. This was negotiated down from the original $400 in order to win the support of Joe Manchin, although it was extended a week. Manchin, who represents a poor state but had been an opponent of a $400 weekly benefit, also voted for a Republican amendment from Rob Portman (R-OH) to end the benefits in July.
  • 51 to 48 against Susan Collins (R-ME)’s amendment to replace the bill with the $650 billion package that “moderate” Republicans had proposed. Josh Hawley (R-MO) joined Democrats in opposition.
  • 51 to 48 against Marco Rubio (R-FL)’s amendment to tie school funding to reopening targets. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) voted with Democrats in opposition.
  • 51 to 48 in favor of Maggie Hassan (D-NH)’s amendment to require schools, within 30 days of receiving money from the bill, to develop publicly available plans for in-person instruction. Susan Collins (R-ME) joined Democrats in support.
  • 51 to 48 against Lindsey Graham (R-SC)’s amendment to reallocate some of the funding for state and local aid. Pat Toomey (R-PA) joined Democrats in opposition.
  • 51 to 48 in favor of Jon Tester (D-MT)’s amendment to require the President to review and approve the Keystone XL Pipeline. The amendment failed because it needed 60 votes. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Tester joined Republicans in voting for it.
  • 51 to 47 against Rand Paul (R-KY)’s amendment to block Paycheck Protection Program funding from going to Planned Parenthood. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) joined Democrats in opposition. (Note that Susan Collins did not.)
  • 51 to 47 against Rick Scott (R_FL)’s amendment to reallocate money from Amtrak to procurement of HC-130J aircraft by the Coast Guard. Jerry Moran (R-KS) joined Democrats in opposition.
  • 52 to 47 in support of Jim Lankford (R-OK)’s amendment to apply the Hyde Amendment (which blocks federal funding for abortion) to the bill. Bob Casey (D-PA), Tim Kaine (D-VA), and Joe Manchin (D-WV) voted for it, but it needed 60 votes to pass.
  • 50 to 49 against Tommy Tuberville (R-AL)’s amendment to block Title II funding from any school that allows trans women to participate in women’s athletics. Joe Manchin (D-WV) joined Republicans in support, but Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) joined Democrats in opposition.
  • 51 to 48 against Rick Scott (R-FL)’s motion to send the bill back to the Homeland Security Committee with instructions to tie lawmaker pay to passing a budget. Rand Paul (R-KY) joined Democrats in opposition.
  • 54 to 45 against Chuck Grassley (R-IA)’s amendment to redirect funds to crops insurance subsidies for Iowa farmers. Mike Lee (R-UT), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Rand Paul (R-KY), and Pat Toomey (R-PA) joined Democrats in opposition.

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Jonathan Cohn

Jonathan Cohn

Editor. Bibliophile. Gadfly. Environmentalist. Super-volunteer for progressive campaigns. Boston by way of Baltimore, London, NYC, DC, and Philly.