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UPDATE SENATE DEMOCRATS BREAK GOP FILIBUSTER, MOVE FORWARD WITH FEMA DISASTER BILL

List of Senators Votes, Below

Chris Bannon
A street in Fairfield - Tuesday of this week. The floods have ravaged many neighborhoods.
Diane Lilli
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UPDATE: 5:00 P.M.

U.S. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ), Vice Chair of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, issued the following statement today after the Senate overcame a Republican filibuster and voted to move forward with a measure that would provide emergency disaster relief for communities hit by Hurricane Irene and other disasters. The bill will now be considered on the Senate floor.

“The Senate has overcome a senseless and heartless Republican filibuster attempt to block disaster relief funding. We cannot turn our backs on the families, businesses and communities that are struggling to recover,” Senator Lautenberg said. “FEMA is running out of money, so Republicans must set aside their political games and work with us to pass a disaster relief bill.”

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Yesterday, the Senate voted against more Hurricane Irene relief that would have provided $6.9 billion to victims of natural disasters.

The votes were just 7 less than needed to pass this bill. The bill failed with 53 votes - 60 were needed. Votes tallied 53 for the bill with 33 against the bill. Every nay vote was made by a Republican, and out of the 53 'yea' votes, only 6 Republicans in total voted to pass this bill.

U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg reacted to the vote.

"With so many people suffering from floods and other disasters, it is shameful that Republicans blocked disaster relief today," said Lautenberg. "No wonder Americans are fed up with Congress when the Republicans make disaster victims pawns in a political game. The Republicans seem to be willing to go to any length to make the government appear to be dysfunctional and ineffective. It's time for the Republicans to stop playing politics and work with us to get people the disaster relief they need."

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) was furious, saying “The only reason someone might be holding up this bill today is because my friends on the other side of the aisle, the Republicans, don’t want the Senate to vote on disaster assistance."

Already, 30,000 plus New Jersey residents have applied for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) assistance, with FEMA reporting disbursements have already begun.

When President Barack Obama toured the flood plagued regions in New Jersey only two weeks ago, he vowed to push for a bi-partisan consensus so FEMA could get the funds necessary to quickly pay for cleaning up the floods that ravaged so many homes - and lives.

Now, the war between Republicans in the Senate that want to avoid any kind of increase in U.S. spending and Democrats - along with a few Republicans - who want to offer a helping hands to flood and other natural disaster victims has stalled the process of getting the money to

flow as quickly into areas devastated by flash flooding.

The bill that failed was offered by Democrat leaders and was voted down in a budget battle that has been ongoing for months in Washington D.C.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) urged everyone to vote for this bill, and said not voting for the bill which was never deemed controversial would send a message that FEMA would not be funded. The bill that included FEMA money also included a non-controversial bill to renew sanctions on Burma - sanctions both parties have agreed upon publicly and have voted for in the past.

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) spoke to the Senate before the vote, saying

he thought the nearly $7 billion was too much money to spend for FEMA and for U.S. victims of natural disasters.

"Seven billion dollars?," he asked. "The state of Alabama’s general budget is $2 billion. Seven billion is a lot of money."

As of the early hour, calls to the Governor's Office and the White House have not yet been returned.

The Senate Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee approved the FEMA budget on Tuesday, before offering it to the Senate for a vote. This $6.9 billion budget is part of the Department of Homeland Security's 2012 budget and earmarked as appropriations for FEMA.

This proposed and rejected $6.9 billion FEMA funding - voted down - is $666 million below the 2011 appropriations.

Updates will follow.

LIST OF SENATORS VOTES FOR THIS BILL

Alphabetical by Senator Name

Akaka (D-HI), Yea

Alexander (R-TN), Nay

Ayotte (R-NH), Nay

Barrasso (R-WY), Nay

Baucus (D-MT), Yea

Begich (D-AK), Yea

Bennet (D-CO), Yea

Bingaman (D-NM), Yea

Blumenthal (D-CT), Yea

Blunt (R-MO), Yea

Boozman (R-AR), Nay

Boxer (D-CA), Yea

Brown (D-OH), Yea

Brown (R-MA), Yea

Burr (R-NC), Nay

Cantwell (D-WA), Yea

Cardin (D-MD), Yea

Carper (D-DE), Yea

Casey (D-PA), Not Voting

Chambliss (R-GA), Nay

Coats (R-IN), Yea

Coburn (R-OK), Nay

Cochran (R-MS), Nay

Collins (R-ME), Yea

Conrad (D-ND), Yea

Coons (D-DE), Yea

Corker (R-TN), Nay

Cornyn (R-TX), Nay

Crapo (R-ID), Nay

DeMint (R-SC), Not Voting

Durbin (D-IL), Yea

Enzi (R-WY), Nay

Feinstein (D-CA), Yea

Franken (D-MN), Yea

Gillibrand (D-NY), Yea

Graham (R-SC), Nay

Grassley (R-IA), Nay

Hagan (D-NC), Yea

Harkin (D-IA), Yea

Hatch (R-UT), Nay

Heller (R-NV), Yea

Hoeven (R-ND), Not Voting

Hutchison (R-TX), Not Voting

Inhofe (R-OK), Not Voting

Inouye (D-HI), Yea

Isakson (R-GA), Nay

Johanns (R-NE), Nay

Johnson (D-SD), Yea

Johnson (R-WI), Nay

Kerry (D-MA), Yea

Kirk (R-IL), Not Voting

Klobuchar (D-MN), Yea

Kohl (D-WI), Yea

Kyl (R-AZ), Nay

Landrieu (D-LA), Not Voting

Lautenberg (D-NJ), Yea

Leahy (D-VT), Yea

Lee (R-UT), Nay

Levin (D-MI), Yea

Lieberman (ID-CT), Yea

Lugar (R-IN), Nay

Manchin (D-WV), Yea

McCain (R-AZ), Nay

McCaskill (D-MO), Yea

McConnell (R-KY), Nay

Menendez (D-NJ), Yea

Merkley (D-OR), Yea

Mikulski (D-MD), Yea

Moran (R-KS), Nay

Murkowski (R-AK), Not Voting

Murray (D-WA), Yea

Nelson (D-FL), Yea

Nelson (D-NE), Yea

Paul (R-KY), Nay

Portman (R-OH), Nay

Pryor (D-AR), Yea

Reed (D-RI), Yea

Reid (D-NV), Yea

Risch (R-ID), Nay

Roberts (R-KS), Nay

Rockefeller (D-WV), Not Voting

Rubio (R-FL), Not Voting

Sanders (I-VT), Not Voting

Schumer (D-NY), Yea

Sessions (R-AL), Nay

Shaheen (D-NH), Yea

Shelby (R-AL), Nay

Snowe (R-ME), Yea

Stabenow (D-MI), Not Voting

Tester (D-MT), Yea

Thune (R-SD), Nay

Toomey (R-PA), Nay

Udall (D-CO), Yea

Udall (D-NM), Yea

Vitter (R-LA), Not Voting

Warner (D-VA), Yea

Webb (D-VA), Yea

Whitehouse (D-RI), Yea

Wicker (R-MS), Nay

Wyden (D-OR), Not Voting

Vote Summary By Senator Name By Vote Position By Home State

Grouped By Vote Position

YEAs ---53

Akaka (D-HI)

Baucus (D-MT)

Begich (D-AK)

Bennet (D-CO)

Bingaman (D-NM)

Blumenthal (D-CT)

Blunt (R-MO)

Boxer (D-CA)

Brown (D-OH)

Brown (R-MA)

Cantwell (D-WA)

Cardin (D-MD)

Carper (D-DE)

Coats (R-IN)

Collins (R-ME)

Conrad (D-ND)

Coons (D-DE)

Durbin (D-IL)

Feinstein (D-CA)

Franken (D-MN)

Gillibrand (D-NY)

Hagan (D-NC)

Harkin (D-IA)

Heller (R-NV)

Inouye (D-HI)

Johnson (D-SD)

Kerry (D-MA)

Klobuchar (D-MN)

Kohl (D-WI)

Lautenberg (D-NJ)

Leahy (D-VT)

Levin (D-MI)

Lieberman (ID-CT)

Manchin (D-WV)

McCaskill (D-MO)

Menendez (D-NJ)

Merkley (D-OR)

Mikulski (D-MD)

Murray (D-WA)

Nelson (D-FL)

Nelson (D-NE)

Pryor (D-AR)

Reed (D-RI)

Reid (D-NV)

Schumer (D-NY)

Shaheen (D-NH)

Snowe (R-ME)

Tester (D-MT)

Udall (D-CO)

Udall (D-NM)

Warner (D-VA)

Webb (D-VA)

Whitehouse (D-RI)

NAYs ---33

Alexander (R-TN)

Ayotte (R-NH)

Barrasso (R-WY)

Boozman (R-AR)

Burr (R-NC)

Chambliss (R-GA)

Coburn (R-OK)

Cochran (R-MS)

Corker (R-TN)

Cornyn (R-TX)

Crapo (R-ID)

Enzi (R-WY)

Graham (R-SC)

Grassley (R-IA)

Hatch (R-UT)

Isakson (R-GA)

Johanns (R-NE)

Johnson (R-WI)

Kyl (R-AZ)

Lee (R-UT)

Lugar (R-IN)

McCain (R-AZ)

McConnell (R-KY)

Moran (R-KS)

Paul (R-KY)

Portman (R-OH)

Risch (R-ID)

Roberts (R-KS)

Sessions (R-AL)

Shelby (R-AL)

Thune (R-SD)

Toomey (R-PA)

Wicker (R-MS)

Not Voting - 14

Casey (D-PA)

DeMint (R-SC)

Hoeven (R-ND)

Hutchison (R-TX)

Inhofe (R-OK)

Kirk (R-IL)

Landrieu (D-LA)

Murkowski (R-AK)

Rockefeller (D-WV)

Rubio (R-FL)

Sanders (I-VT)

Stabenow (D-MI)

Vitter (R-LA)

Wyden (D-OR)

Vote Summary By Senator Name By Vote Position By Home State

Grouped by Home State

Alabama: Sessions (R-AL), Nay Shelby (R-AL), Nay

Alaska: Begich (D-AK), Yea Murkowski (R-AK), Not Voting

Arizona: Kyl (R-AZ), Nay McCain (R-AZ), Nay

Arkansas: Boozman (R-AR), Nay Pryor (D-AR), Yea

California: Boxer (D-CA), Yea Feinstein (D-CA), Yea

Colorado: Bennet (D-CO), Yea Udall (D-CO), Yea

Connecticut: Blumenthal (D-CT), Yea Lieberman (ID-CT), Yea

Delaware: Carper (D-DE), Yea Coons (D-DE), Yea

Florida: Nelson (D-FL), Yea Rubio (R-FL), Not Voting

Georgia: Chambliss (R-GA), Nay Isakson (R-GA), Nay

Hawaii: Akaka (D-HI), Yea Inouye (D-HI), Yea

Idaho: Crapo (R-ID), Nay Risch (R-ID), Nay

Illinois: Durbin (D-IL), Yea Kirk (R-IL), Not Voting

Indiana: Coats (R-IN), Yea Lugar (R-IN), Nay

Iowa: Grassley (R-IA), Nay Harkin (D-IA), Yea

Kansas: Moran (R-KS), Nay Roberts (R-KS), Nay

Kentucky: McConnell (R-KY), Nay Paul (R-KY), Nay

Louisiana: Landrieu (D-LA), Not Voting Vitter (R-LA), Not Voting

Maine: Collins (R-ME), Yea Snowe (R-ME), Yea

Maryland: Cardin (D-MD), Yea Mikulski (D-MD), Yea

Massachusetts: Brown (R-MA), Yea Kerry (D-MA), Yea

Michigan: Levin (D-MI), Yea Stabenow (D-MI), Not Voting

Minnesota: Franken (D-MN), Yea Klobuchar (D-MN), Yea

Mississippi: Cochran (R-MS), Nay Wicker (R-MS), Nay

Missouri: Blunt (R-MO), Yea McCaskill (D-MO), Yea

Montana: Baucus (D-MT), Yea Tester (D-MT), Yea

Nebraska: Johanns (R-NE), Nay Nelson (D-NE), Yea

Nevada: Heller (R-NV), Yea Reid (D-NV), Yea

New Hampshire: Ayotte (R-NH), Nay Shaheen (D-NH), Yea

New Jersey: Lautenberg (D-NJ), Yea Menendez (D-NJ), Yea

New Mexico: Bingaman (D-NM), Yea Udall (D-NM), Yea

New York: Gillibrand (D-NY), Yea Schumer (D-NY), Yea

North Carolina: Burr (R-NC), Nay Hagan (D-NC), Yea

North Dakota: Conrad (D-ND), Yea Hoeven (R-ND), Not Voting

Ohio: Brown (D-OH), Yea Portman (R-OH), Nay

Oklahoma: Coburn (R-OK), Nay Inhofe (R-OK), Not Voting

Oregon: Merkley (D-OR), Yea Wyden (D-OR), Not Voting

Pennsylvania: Casey (D-PA), Not Voting Toomey (R-PA), Nay

Rhode Island: Reed (D-RI), Yea Whitehouse (D-RI), Yea

South Carolina: DeMint (R-SC), Not Voting Graham (R-SC), Nay

South Dakota: Johnson (D-SD), Yea Thune (R-SD), Nay

Tennessee: Alexander (R-TN), Nay Corker (R-TN), Nay

Texas: Cornyn (R-TX), Nay Hutchison (R-TX), Not Voting

Utah: Hatch (R-UT), Nay Lee (R-UT), Nay

Vermont: Leahy (D-VT), Yea Sanders (I-VT), Not Voting

Virginia: Warner (D-VA), Yea Webb (D-VA), Yea

Washington: Cantwell (D-WA), Yea Murray (D-WA), Yea

West Virginia: Manchin (D-WV), Yea Rockefeller (D-WV), Not Voting

Wisconsin: Johnson (R-WI), Nay Kohl (D-WI), Yea

Wyoming: Barrasso (R-WY), Nay Enzi (R-WY), Nay

Vote Summary By Senator Name By Vote Position By Home State

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