Prior to that vote the Senate also defeated an amendment offered by Sen. Tom CoburnTom Coburn-trillion debt puts US fiscal house on very shaky ground Al Franken: 'I make fun of the people who deserved it' The more complex the tax code, the more the wealthy benefit MORE (R-Okla.), 63-34, that would have attempted to prevent the creation of duplicative and overlapping federal programs. That amendment demanded a two-thirds majority to pass.

"If you are against his amendment you are against eliminating the very cause of our problems in this country and you are against doing the proper oversight," said Coburn prior to the vote.

Despite the defeat, however, that vote could be seen as a symbolic victory for Coburn as the amendment managed to reach the 60-vote threshold required for passage in the regular amendment process.