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View Diary: BREAKING: Dems offer largest deficit-reduction bill since '93 (248 comments)

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  •  Clinton only had 51 vote in senate (1+ / 0-)
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    Matt Z

    I love how he was able to get it done just with the 51 votes he had.

    •  Vice President Gore the Senate Tie-Breaker (1+ / 0-)
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      As the New York Times recalled:

      Historians believe that no other important legislation, at least since World War II, has been enacted without at least one vote in either house from each major party...

      An identical version of the $496 billion deficit-cutting measure was approved Thursday night by the House, 218 to 216. The Senate was divided 50 to 50 before Mr. Gore voted. Since tie votes in the House mean defeat, the bill would have failed if even one representative or one senator who voted with the President had switched sides.

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