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Motion Invoke Cloture on the Shelby Amdt. No. 5

Jan 24, 2019 at 2:42 p.m. ET.

This was a vote on Senate Republicans’ proposal to fund certain federal agencies through September 30, 2019 and to reopen the agencies whose funding lapsed at the start of the partial government shutdown until February 8, 2019. The proposal was one of two Senate amendments that would have replaced the text of the House funding proposal H.R. 268. It would have included $5.7 billion in funding for a southern border wall and increase restrictions on asylum-seekers attempting to enter the United States.

The Washington Post wrote about the two amendments two days before they were both rejected. The full text of the amendment can be found at the top of this page.

On December 22, 2018 the 115th Congress was unable to reach a deal to fund some federal agencies through fiscal year 2019 after President Trump demanded $5 billion in funding for a southern border wall. The Senate had unanimously passed a bill to fund the government through 2019, without the border wall, the then Republican-controlled House amended the bill adding $5 billion in funding for a southern border wall. The Senate neglected to vote on that bill leaving it to die in the previous Congress. When funding lapsed for the USDA, FDA, and Departments of Commerce, Justice, Homeland Security, Interior, Environment, State, Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, the partial government shutdown began. When the 116th Congress began in 2019, Democrats took control of the House. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi made it clear that the House does not plan to approve funding for the border wall in any future appropriations bills. As of January 24, House Democrats have passed ten different bills that would completely or partially reopen the federal government. Only H.R. 268 has been considered by the Senate, where Republican and Democratic amendments to the bill both failed.

This vote was related to amendment S.Amdt. 5 (Richard Shelby) to H.R. 268. The title of the amendment is S.Amdt. 5 (Shelby) to H.R. 268: Of a perfecting nature..


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Yea 50%
Nay 47%
Not Voting 3%

Cloture Motion Rejected. 3/5 Required. Source:

The Yea votes represented 47% of the country’s population by apportioning each state’s population to its voting senators.

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