Landrieu Won’t Block CR in Senate

Posted September 27, 2008 at 10:51am

The Senate on Saturday moved to wrap up a continuing resolution to fund the federal government into next year, but all eyes were on Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) as she appealed to her colleagues for money for damaged farmlands in her state. Senators voted 83-12 on a procedural motion to advance to the CR, and now expect to hold an afternoon vote on final passage. The CR, which includes three security-related funding bills, would fund federal programs until March 6. Landrieu, who had threatened to filibuster the CR and force a Sunday vote, crisscrossed the Senate floor to appeal for help in adding $1.12 billion to the funding bill for farmlands ravaged by natural disasters. Landrieu ultimately agreed not to press for the funding on this bill, but asked for and received a full hour to discuss the farmland issue prior to the vote on the CR. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said he and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) would do “everything we can do” to bring up the Landrieu proposal. “Everyone understands the Senate rules, and we will do our best to get it up. You know, we can’t guarantee a vote. We’ll guarantee that we will do everything we can to bring this matter before the Senate,” Reid said. Reid also left open the option that the Senate could take up the financial bailout measure before the House.