The Beat

Before Final Passage, Dozens Of Amendments in Vote-A-Rama

·By civilbeat

Shortly before 2 a.m., having voted on 62 amendments, and about three hours before concluding business, Senate budget charwoman Patty Murray, D-Wash., noted to chuckles they’d voted on amendments on just about every topic, “including the budget.”

This was what’s known here as vote-a-rama, where before passing the Senate version of the budget, senators went through dozens of amendments. Most were ideological and political, designed to get members of the other part to take bad votes — like measures to ensure the United States government funds its military at higher levels