Senate to vote on breaking up the banks and auditing the Fed
Most people tend to think that the question with an amendment is whether it'll get 60 votes. But often the question is whether it'll be allowed to come up for a vote. This is particularly true for popular amendments that are opposed by powerful industries (like the banks) and powerful players (like the White House). In those cases, the safest way to kill the thing isn't to vote it down, but to keep it from being voted on at all.
That seemed like the likely fate for some of the most controversial amendments in the financial regulation bill. In particular, the Brown-Kaufman plan to break up the banks and the Sanders amendment to audit the Fed both looked like the sort of bills that could get killed in a backroom somewhere so that senators didn't actually have to take a stand on them. But according to Harry Reid, both are going to come up for a vote.
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