This week’s floor defeats – on measures expected to pass easily – further rattled GOP leaders, sparking speculation that the majority couldn't govern, or at least count votes.
- On Tuesday, 26 Republicans broke party ranks to vote down a measure to extend expiring provisions of the Patriot Act, an antiterrorism bill rushed through Congress after the 9/11 attacks. The bill comes back to the floor on Friday.
- Next, GOP leaders pulled a trade bill, also headed toward defeat.
- On Wednesday, Republicans lost a vote on what was expected to be a popular measure to require the United Nations to refund $179 million in overpayments. All but 23 Democrats plus two Republicans opposed the move after the Obama administration made a case that the bill would defund new security measures at the UN.
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