(CNSNews.com) – The tax rate and unemployment benefit compromise package succeeded in a Senate cloture vote on Monday and will now move to a full Senate vote on final passage. The measure is expected to pass with bipartisan support later in the week.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) held the vote open for several hours on Monday due to inclement weather in much of the Midwest. The vote was 83 to 15 to 2. Among the 15 senators, who opposed cloture, and thus would have blocked a final vote on the deal, were ten Democrats and five Republicans.
The five Republicans who opposed cloture: Jim DeMint (S.C.), Tom Coburn (Okla.), Ensign (Nev.), Jeff Sessions (Ala.) and George Voinovich (Ohio). The ten Democrats who opposed cloture (including Bernie Sanders, an Independent who caucuses with Democrats) were: Jeff Bingaman (N.M.), Sherrod Brown (Ohio), Russ Feingold (Wis.), Gillibrand (N.Y.), Hagan (N.C.), Frank Lautenburg (N.J.), Patrick Leahy (Vt.), Carl Levin (Mich.), Bernie Sanders (Vt.), Udall (Colo.).
The Senate convened an hour before the cloture vote began on Monday.
The final vote was an overwhelming 83 to 15 in favor of the bill.
In the current Senate, there are 58 Democrats (includes 2 Independents who caucus with the Democrats) and 42 Republicans.