On the Amendment S.Amdt. 3308 to S.Amdt. 3299 to H.J.Res. 45 (No short title on file)

Senate Vote #11 [primary source: senate.gov]
Jan 28, 2010 (111th Congress)
Amendment Rejected

This was a vote to approve or reject an amendment.

H.J.Res. 45 (111th): Increasing the statutory limit on the public debt.
Introduced by None on April 29, 2009
Totals     Democrat     Republican     Independent
  Yea 56
16 39 1
  Nay 44
42 1 1
Required: 3/5

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