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Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 07/13/2011

Senate rejects symbolic measure on ‘shared sacrifice’

The Senate on Wednesday blocked a resolution that would have called for “shared sacrifice” from the wealthy in resolving the ongoing debt-limit impasse.

The symbolic measure, introduced last month by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), failed to secure the 60 votes necessary to end debate. Fifty-one members, all members of the Senate Democratic caucus, voted in favor of proceeding on the measure, while 49 senators – including 47 Republicans and two Democrats, Sens. Mark Pryor (Ark.) and Ben Nelson (Neb.) – voted “no.”

The measure would have expressed the “sense of the Senate that any agreement to reduce the budget deficit should require that those earning $1,000,000 or more per year make a more meaningful contribution to the deficit reduction effort.”

Some Republicans had supported previous moves to proceed to the measure in the hope of offering amendments to it that would express the GOP’s position in the debt-ceiling debate. But Reid blocked those efforts through a procedural move prohibiting any amendments from being considered.

Democrats had been hoping to use the non-binding measure to further their case that tax increases must be included in a bipartisan debt-limit agreement.

But while the measure failed, Democrats were still seeking to use the vote against some Republicans who are running for re-election in 2012.

"Once again (Sen.) Scott Brown (R-Mass.) has gone along to get along with Washington, D.C. Republicans’ efforts to protect the wealthiest Americans and special interests," Massachusetts Democratic Party Chairman John Walsh said in a statement targeting the Bay State's junior senator.

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