Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) seldom lets Senators vote on amendments to bills, but last week he agreed to a “vote-a-rama” on the budget bill. Hundreds of amendments on all sorts of issues were offered and many of them are being voted on. Senator Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) offered an amendment (#261) to put the Senate on record against any tax or fees on carbon dioxide emissions. The Senate voted on this anti-carbon tax amendment on Friday, 22nd March. Fifty-three Senators voted in favor, with 46 opposed. Sixty votes were required for passage under Senate rules.
All the no votes were from Democratic members. The 45 Republican Senators were joined by eight Democrats in voting for Blunt’s amendment. The Democrats were: Max Baucus of Montana, Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Mark Pryor of Arkansas, and Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia.