Shaheen to fly in for jobs vote

Democratic Sen. Jeanne ShaheenCynthia (Jeanne) Jeanne ShaheenAmerica will not forget about Pastor Andrew Brunson Shaheen sidelined after skin surgery Members of Congress demand new federal gender pay audit 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. 

Senate Democrats could keep the vote open for some time to ensure Shaheen casts a vote. 

Her absence would have made Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidAmendments fuel resentments within Senate GOP Donald Trump is delivering on his promises and voters are noticing Danny Tarkanian wins Nevada GOP congressional primary 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.

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Shaheen spokesman Jonathan Lipman earlier on Tuesday said Shaheen, a yes vote, would show up if her vote was necessary for passage.

“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 TesterJonathan (Jon) TesterSenate DHS bill includes .6 billion for ‘fencing’ on border Manchin becomes final Democrat to back bill preventing separation of immigrant families Trump signs VA reform bill without Democratic co-author 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 ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinKaine shares photos of child detention facility: ‘The real Trump Hotel’ Manchin becomes final Democrat to back bill preventing separation of immigrant families Manchin touts support for Trump border wall in new ad MORE (D-W.Va.) and Max BaucusMax Sieben BaucusClients’ Cohen ties become PR liability Green Party puts Dem seat at risk in Montana Business groups worried about Trump's China tariffs plan MORE (D-Mont.) are other possible defectors on the vote.


—This story was posted at 1:04 and updated at 6:08 p.m.