By Erik Wasson - 10/11/11 10:08 PM EDT
Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen Jeanne ShaheenSenators press State Department on 'plan B' in Syria Senate passes bill to preserve sexual assault kits Dems call for better birth control access for female troops MORE of New Hampshire will travel back to Washington on Tuesday night to vote on President Obama's jobs bill.
In a message on Twitter, Shaheen said she was "proud to support efforts to put Americans back to work" and would be in Washington, D.C., to vote for the jobs bill. Shaheen was scheduled to accept a "New Englander of the Year" award on Tuesday night from the New England Council in Boston.
Her absence would have made Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidDHS urges states to beef up election security DHS chief: 21 states sought help over election hacking concerns The missed opportunity of JASTA MORE’s (D-Nev.) quest to gain a majority of senators on the bill even harder. Tuesday’s vote — with a threshold of 60 votes — is to cut off debate on the motion to proceed to the bill.
With Republicans apparently united in opposition, Reid can afford to lose only two of his own and still claim that a majority of senators support the president’s tax and stimulus bill.
“The senator has told leadership that she is fully prepared to be here tonight if her vote is needed for passage,” Lipman said.
Passage is not the issue, since 60 votes are out of the question. But it's possible Democrats fear they will not win 51 votes, which would be symbolically important, without her.
Sens. Jon TesterJon TesterElection-year politics: Senate Dems shun GOP vulnerables Democrats press Wells Fargo CEO for more answers on scandal Overnight Finance: Senate rejects funding bill as shutdown looms | Labor Dept. to probe Wells Fargo | Fed to ease stress test rules for small banks MORE (D-Mont.) and Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) are almost certain to vote against the cloture vote but had not firmly decided as of Monday. They could, like Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), vote to open debate while vowing to vote against final passage if it ever came to that.
Sens. Jim Webb (D-Va.), Joe ManchinJoe ManchinElection-year politics: Senate Dems shun GOP vulnerables Mylan CEO should be ashamed of EpiPen prices Overnight Finance: Senate rejects funding bill as shutdown looms | Labor Dept. to probe Wells Fargo | Fed to ease stress test rules for small banks MORE (D-W.Va.) and Max BaucusMax BaucusChina moves to lift ban on US beef Overnight Healthcare: Zika fight stalls government funding talks | Census finds big drop in uninsured | Mental health bill faces wait Glover Park Group now lobbying for Lyft MORE (D-Mont.) are other possible defectors on the vote.
—This story was posted at 1:04 and updated at 6:08 p.m.