On a 52-42 vote today (roll call vote), the Senate failed to reach the 60 votes needed to proceed to debate on S. 3604, the Democratic leadership’s second economic stimulus bill, a $56.2 billion package of stuff, including Sen. Reid’s destimulating ban on domestic oil shale production.
The bill would have extended unemployment benefits by up to 20 weeks and boosted funding for food stamps by 10 percent. It would have helped states pay health-care costs and provided low-interest loans for small businesses.
It also included spending for a wide range of other measures, from a new Coast Guard icebreaker to a next-generation spacecraft and upgrades to local sewer systems.
The White House’s Statement of Administration Policy details the provisions and raised the veto stamp high.