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EDA Reauthorization Killed in Senate

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  • June 21, 2011
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The Senate Tuesday rejected a motion to limit debate on a measure to reauthorize the Economic Development Administration (EDA) at $500 million a year through fiscal 2015, ending Democrats’ effort to pass legislation they described as a “jobs bill.”

Majority Leader Harry Reid (D- Nev.) was forced to hold the cloture vote to avoid allowing the chamber to debate almost 100 amendments, most of which were not related to economic development, reported The Hill. The vote, which required 60 votes to pass, failed 49 to 51.

A number of Republicans opposed the measure, S. 782, because they believe EDA’s funding should be cut or that the federal government shouldn’t subsidize businesses and state and local governments. Still, some Republicans said they supported the agency’s goals but voted against cloture to fight Democrats’ attempt to bar amendments from being debated, reported the Huffington Post.

The agency provides financial support to distressed communities, including those dealing with a base closure or realignment. S. 782 would have expanded the agency’s mandate to include communities coping with mission growth as well.

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