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Motion to Invoke Cloture Re: Mark Anthony Calabria to be Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency: Mark Anthony Calabria, of Virginia, to be Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency for a term of five years

Apr 4, 2019 at 12:23 p.m. ET.

This was a vote on “cloture” in the Senate, which means to end debate so that an up-or-down vote can be taken. A vote in favor is a vote to end debate and move to a vote on the issue itself, while a vote against is a vote to prolong debate or to filibuster.

Totals

All Votes R D I
Yea 54%
 
 
 
53
53
 
0
 
0
 
Nay 46%
 
 
 
46
0
 
44
 
2
 
Not Voting
 
 
 
1
0
 
1
 
0
 

Cloture Motion Agreed to. Simple Majority Required. Source: senate.gov.

The Yea votes represented 48% of the country’s population by apportioning each state’s population to its voting senators.

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