In what can only be taken as and admission of near defeat, Senate Democrats have announced that any vote on the bill to give the District of Columbia a vote in Congress will not make it to the Senate floor before the summer recess:
Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid said yesterday that he would not bring the D.C. vote bill to the floor before September but added that supporters were “getting close” to having enough votes to pass the measure quickly.
“When Senator [Joseph I.] Lieberman and I feel that we have 60 votes, or close to it, we’ll work to bring it to the floor,” Reid (D-Nev.) told reporters. Lieberman (I-Conn.) is the measure’s chief Senate sponsor.
A Senate vote “is not going to happen now because we do not have the 60 votes,” Reid said. “We’re getting close.”
Advocates of the bill had hoped it would clear the Senate before the month-long break scheduled to begin the end of this week. The bill passed the House in April and a key Senate committee last month.
But the measure is opposed by the Senate’s Republican leader, Mitch McConnell (Ky.), who could use delaying tactics that would require 60 votes to overcome. If the measure passes the Senate, the White House has threatened a veto.
At the very least, one can take that as a sign that Republican Senators are holding firm enough to keep proponents of the bill from getting a filibuster-proof majority,
Here’s hoping it stays that way.
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