Democratic Caucus Just Shy of Sixty Votes on DISCLOSE Act
Democrats might not reach 60 votes today in a cloture vote on the DISCLOSE Act, but they’re getting awfully close. Sen. Joe Lieberman’s (I-Conn.) spokesman just confirmed to Politico’s Ben Smith that while he will miss the vote today, he has promised Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) that he will vote in favor of cloture if the bill comes up for a vote again — a scenario that appears increasingly likely. Meanwhile, Greg Sargent reports that Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.), long speculated to be wavering on the issue, is also a yes on cloture.
That leaves Senate Democrats where they’ve so often found themselves this past year — with 59 votes, one shy of breaking a Republican filibuster and opening debate.