Filibuster Blocked

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The Senate voted this afternoon pretty overwhelmingly against continuing debate on the nomination of Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court. The way a filibuster works, yes votes are votes to end debate, and no votes are notes not to put an end to the debate. All Republicans voted yes except Chuck Hagel (NE) and John Ensign (NV). Ensign was in a car accident today and couldn't make the vote. He expects to vote yes on the nomination tomorrow morning.

The Democrats who chose to have the vote as scheduled tomorrow are Daniel Akaka (HI), Max Baucus (MT), Jeff Bingaman (NM), Robert Byrd (WV), Maria Cantwell (WA), Tom Carper (DE), Byron Dorgan (ND), Daniel Inouye (HI), Tim Johnson (SD), Mary Landrieu (LA), Joe Lieberman (CT), Blanche Lincoln (AR), Herb Kohl (WI), Bill Nelson (FL), Ben Nelson (NE), Mark Pryor (AR), Jay Rockefeller (WV), Ken Salazar (CO)

Those supporting the filibuster are:

Evan Bayh (IN), Joe Biden (DE), Barbara Boxer (CA), Hillary Clinton (NY), Mark Dayton (MN), Chris Dodd (CT), Dick Durbin (IL), Russ Feingold (WI), Dianne Feinstein (CA), Jim Jeffords (VT), Ted Kennedy (MA), John Kerry (MA), Frank Lautenberg (NJ), Patrick Leahy (VT), Carl Levin (MI), Robert Menendez (NJ), Barbara Mikulski (MD), Patty Murray (WA), Barack Obama (IL), Jack Reed (RI), Harry Reid (NV), Paul Sarbanes (MD), Chuck Schumer (NY), Debbie Stabenow (MI), Ron Wyden (OR) [All Dems except Jeffords, who is technically independent]

Besides Republican Senators Hagel and Ensign, Tom Harkin (D-IA) also did not vote. So the tally is 72-25-3

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