Tuesday morning, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., announced a deal that would provide three years of funding, an extra $45 billion, through a variety of measures, including reducing dividends paid to big banks and tapping the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.
But the text was only released less than an hour before the vote, and senators balked at a complicated bill they did not have a chance to read, among other substantive objections. The vote failed, 41-56, and McConnell threatened weekend work to solve the impasse -- with the highway trust fund due to expire July 31.
Sen. Johnny Isakson supported the bill, while David Perdue opposed it -- a rare Georgia split.
Isakson spokeswoman Amanda Maddox emphasized that the vote was to begin debate on the bill:
Perdue objected to the bill having six years of policy and only three years of funding, via a spokeswoman:
Isakson and Perdue last split in April, over the Medicare "doc fix."
State law may allow arms to be carried, but state Department of Defense policy apparently does not. A member of the Guard sends us this excerpt from the state handbook emphasis ours:
On the list is Frank Hanna, of Atlanta, who owns a private equity and venture capital firm and also a philanthropist to Catholic and other types of causes.
He has some work to do in his own state: An analysis of FEC data shows Hanna and his wife, Sally, were the only Santorum donors in Georgia last quarter.
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