Senate Democrats

Where There’s A Will, There’s A Way

GOP Has Overlooked Blue Slip Issue on Important Priorities Before…

House GOP Has Passed Two Landmark Bills This Congress That Originated As Revenue Measures In The Senate

Transportation Bill: On March 14, 2012, the Senate passed S. 1813, the surface transportation reauthorization bill, by a vote of 74-22 (including 22 Republican votes in favor).  On April 24, 2012, the Senate took up H.R. 4348, struck all of the language, and substituted the language of S. 1813.  The Senate then passed the bill by UC, eventually leading to a conference with the House.  On July 6, the transportation bill became law.  [S. 1813, Vote 48, 3/14/12; Public Law 112-141]

FAA Reauthorization: On February 17, 2011, the Senate passed S. 223, an FAA reauthorization bill, by a vote of 87-8 (including McConnell and 36 other Republican votes in favor).   On April 7, 2011, the Senate took up H.R. 658, struck all the language and substituted the language of S. 223.  The Senate then passed the bill by UC, eventually leading to a conference with the house.  The bill was signed into law on February 14, 2012. [S. 223, Vote 25, 2/17/11; Public Law 112-095]


Senate GOP Has Joined Democrats in Passing Two Other Senate Measures Despite Blue-Slip Issue

Violence Against Women Act:  Fifteen Senate Republicans voted for the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization (S. 1925) despite the fact that it contained a small revenue offset that made it “blue-slippable” in the House.  The bill passed the Senate 68-31 on April 26, 2012.  [S. 1925, Vote 87, 4/26/12]

Ethanol Subsidy Repeal:  On June 16, 2011, the Senate passed a Coburn amendment to repeal the ethanol excise tax credit (S. Amdt. 476) to S. 782 (Economic Development Revitalization Act of 2011) by a vote of 73-27.  Thirty-three Republicans, including Minority Leader McConnell, voted to repeal the ethanol subsidy even though the amendment was “blue-slippable.” [S. Amdt. 476, Vote 90, 6/16/11]

Bookmark and Share