The Senate late Thursday afternoon accepted a proposal from Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidHarry Reid calls on Democrats to plow forward on immigration Democrats brace for tough election year in Nevada The Memo: Biden's horizon is clouded by doubt MORE (D-Nev.) to add $6.9 billion in Federal Emergency Management Agency funding to a bill extending import sanctions against Burma.
Reid’s technical amendment to the Burma bill passed in a 62-37 vote, which was treated as a final passage vote. It needed 60 votes to pass under a consent agreement reached earlier today.
Reid’s plan stands in contrast to one put forward by House Republicans, which would provide for another $1 billion in the current fiscal year, and another $2.65 billion in the next fiscal year for FEMA. But House Democrats today were already signaling disagreement with that plan, partly because they want more funding and partly because they disagree with the GOP offsets.
Senate acceptance of Reid’s amendment means the two chambers will likely have to sort out their differences on how exactly to boost FEMA funding. The House GOP proposal has not yet been approved, but is part of the continuing resolution introduced this week that would fund the federal government through Nov. 18.
House Republican leaders said Thursday that they would vote on the continuing resolution next Wednesday.
Prior to the final vote, the Senate rejected two Republican amendments to the bill that sought to offset the additional FEMA money.