One of two Democratic senators to vote against cloture on the financial regulatory reform bill said Wednesday that she can only support moving forward if senators vote on her amendment.
Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) said that a key amendment deal-breaker for her vote. It was not put up for a vote before Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) attempted to invoke cloture Wednesday afternoon, which failed.
Asked if her vote for cloture was contingent on having a vote on the amendment, she said "yes."
Cantwell said that the measure is crucial to the reform effort.
"This one is so critical to making sure there is clarity in the marketplace that I couldn't move forward without a vote on it," she said.
The Washington senator told reporters that the Democratic leadership did not say why they did not call a vote on the amendment.
Cantwell is also co-sponsoring an amendment with Sen. John McCain
(R-Ariz.) that would reinstate the Glass-Steagall rules that separate
commercial and investment banking. The rules were repealed in 1999, an
event which has become a lightning rod for criticism of Wall Street.
vote was held open for more than half an hour after it became clear that
Democrats did not have the votes to pass the measure, but Cantwell said
that was because of the absence of Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska), who was
attending to a family matter, and not vote-wrangling with her.
Sen. Russ Feingold (Wis.) was the only other Democrat to vote against the cloture motion.
Cross-posted to Blog Briefing Room
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