New York Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand split their votes today as the Senate headed toward overcoming a key procedural hurdle toward passage of an $858 billion package of tax cuts and unemployment benefits.
Gillibrand was six Democrats who opposed the measure during the first hour of voting while Schumer joined in the lopsided majority who were voting to prevent a filibuster.
At 3:50 p.m. the Senate still need three more votes to reach the 60-vote supermajority.
4:12 p.m. — PASSAGE. The vote now stands at 62 to 7. The seven no votes are Democrats Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Russ Feingold of Wisconsin, Patrick Leahy of Vermont, Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia and Mark Udall of Colorado as well as independent Bernie Sanders of Vermont.