Updated 6:15 p.m. ET
Senators reached a tentative deal Tuesday on averting a constitutional showdown over confirming President Obama’s agency nominations and promptly moved ahead with a vote on Richard Cordray to lead the Consumer Protection Financial Bureau.
Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) moved ahead with a key procedural test vote, a cloture motion Tuesday morning.
Here's how it went:
Final tally: Cloture motion approved 71 to 29.
Which Republicans voted for cloture?: 17.
The GOP senators were Kelly Ayotte (N.H.), Roy Blunt (Mo.),Saxby Chambliss (Ga.), Dan Coats (Ind.), Susan Collins (Maine), Bob Corker (Tenn.), Jeff Flake (Ariz.), Lindsey O. Graham (S.C.), Orrin Hatch (Utah), John Hoeven (N.D.), Johnny Isakson (Ga.), Mike Johanns (Neb.), Mark Kirk (Ill.), John McCain (Ariz.), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), Rob Portman (Ohio), Roger Wicker (Miss.).
Notes: Several of these senators — Ayotte, Collins, Corker, Graham, Hoeven, McCain and Wicker — actively sought a solution to changing the rules. Wicker first proposed the idea of having all 100 senators meeting Monday evening in the Old Senate Chamber, while McCain worked with Senate Democratic leaders over the weekend into Tuesday morning to strike a deal. Ayotte, Corker, Hoeven and others also pressed Democrats to find an amenable solution.
Later Tuesday, senators voted on the final confirmation of Cordray. Here are the results:
Final tally: 66 to 34.
Which Democrats voted for Cordray?: All 54 members of the Senate Democratic caucus voted in favor of his nomination.
Which Republicans voted for Cordray?: 12.
The GOP senators were Saxby Chambliss (Ga.), Tom Coburn (Okla.), Susan Collins (Maine), Bob Corker (Tenn.), Jeff Flake (Ariz.), Lindsey O. Graham (S.C.), Orrin Hatch (Utah), Johnny Isakson (Ga.), John McCain (Ariz.), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), Rob Portman (Ohio) and Roger Wicker (Miss.).
Notes: Far fewer GOP senators voted for final confirmation than backed ending debate on the Cordray nomination. Coburn voted against cloture, but for final confirmation while Ayotte, Blunt, Coats, Hoeven, Johanns and Kirk voted for cloture but against final confirmation.
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