Where Senators Stand on Controversial Issues

Senators took 41 roll call votes on a litany of controversial issues during the Senate’s marathon vote-a-rama that lasted more than 15 hours from Thursday into Friday — concluding with a party-line vote to advance the budget resolution and set up a filibuster-free process for Democrats to pass coronavirus relief without GOP help.

Republicans in the 50-50 Senate with Vice President Harris as the tiebreaking vote didn’t have the juice to stop the chamber from moving ahead under a process called budget reconciliation. But they did manage to force Democrats into uncomfortable votes all night.

“We’re going to put senators on the record,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Thursday ahead of the all-nighter. “Expect votes to stop Washington from actively killing jobs during a recovery — like terminating the Keystone pipeline; that job-killing, one-size-fits-all minimum wage hike; and whether to bar tax hikes on small businesses for the duration of this emergency.”

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., meanwhile hit Republicans for pushing “messaging amendments” to “score political points.”

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