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An explanation of the sausage making.

The vote:

U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 111th Congress – 2nd Session

Question: On the Cloture Motion (Motion to Invoke Cloture on Motion to Concur in the House Amdt. to Senate Amdt. With Amdt. No. 4727 to H.R. 4853 )

Vote Number: 258 Vote Date: December 4, 2010, 10:30 AM

Required For Majority: 3/5 Vote Result: Cloture Motion Rejected

Amendment Number: S.Amdt. 4727 to H.R. 4853 (Airport and Airway Extension Act of 2010, Part III)

Statement of Purpose: To change the enactment date.

Vote Counts: YEAs 53

NAYs 36

Not Voting 11

And they managed to do so with 11 republicans not voting. Is this a great country, or what?