Vote of 50-49. Scott Brown votes with the Dems
The Senate voted largely along party lines on Sunday afternoon to block legislation crafted by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) that would raise the debt limit by $2.4 trillion.
Reid and other Democratic leaders worked intently to persuade centrist Republicans to support the plan but fell short.
The vote to end a GOP filibuster failed 50-49. Only Sen. Scott Brown, a centrist Republican from Massachusetts, defied the GOP leadership.
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) voted against Reid's plan, as did Reid himself in a procedural move that allows him to bring it back to the floor.
Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) was the only senator to miss the vote.
Now Democratic senators are waiting for Reid to call a special caucus meeting with senior administration officials to hear about the status of negotiations with GOP leaders on the latest compromise attempt. A meeting announced for 2 p.m. was postponed at the last moment.
Lawmakers say they have been told the president and GOP leaders are closing in on a deal and expect one as soon as this afternoon.
Reid told colleagues shortly after noon that he is cautiously optimistic about the negotiations. via thehill