Mo. Senate ends filibuster, passes stimulus money

Four filibustering Missouri senators upset about the growth of federal spending thought they had a deal to reject about $250 million of federal stimulus money. In in the end, they settled for a $14 million cut in Missouri’s stimulus spending and declared a symbolic victory.

The Missouri Senate ended an all-night filibuster Wednesday morning and passed a budget bill reauthorizing the expenditure of about $450 million of federal stimulus money. The chamber’s 20-8 vote came after a divided Republican caucus met twice behind closed doors, ultimately agreeing to slice off only a portion of the federal money that the filibustering senators had demanded be axed.

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