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Mo. Senate ends filibuster, passes stimulus money

Mo. Senate ends filibuster, passes stimulus money

May 4th, 2011 in News

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.