December 14th, 2010
11:45 AM ET

9/11 responders bill defeated by Senate GOP filibuster

CNN Wire Staff

Washington (CNN) - Senate Democrats failed Thursday to win a procedural vote to open debate on a bill that would provide medical benefits and compensation for emergency workers who were first on the scene of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The motion for cloture, or to begin debate, needed 60 votes to pass due to a Republican filibuster, but fell short at 57-42 in favor.

While supporters said they would try to bring the bill up again, either on its own or as part of other legislation to be considered, the vote Thursday jeopardized the measure's chances for approval in the final weeks of the current congressional session.

The House previously passed the bill on a mostly partisan 268-160 vote.

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  1. J.V.Hodgson

    Republicans used 9/11 as part of the justification to spend trillions of dollars on two wars and still spending.Can put earmarks into bills of 8bn but cannot give domestic heroes $7.4bn of they claim the best medical cover( but most expensive) in the world because it costs too much!?
    Tell you what since they won the House they are doing a pretty good job of destroying any chance of winning in 2012 with this kind of vote!!

    December 15, 2010 at 12:51 am |