Senate Quickly Blocks Boehner Debt Ceiling Bill: 59/41; Rand Paul Votes With MajoritySubmitted by SteveMT on Fri, 07/29/2011 - 21:38
Senate quickly acts to block House debt-ceiling plan
By Michael A. Memoli
July 29, 2011, 5:29 p.m.
The Senate voted Friday evening to reject Speaker John A. Boehner's debt-ceiling plan just hours after it moved through the House, setting up a dramatic weekend of negotiations as Congress works to stave off a potential federal default.
The Senate tally was 59-41 on the motion to table the House plan, including some Republican votes.
Six Republicans and both Independents voted with the majority.