CNN's Keilar reported that "the Senate voted to stop debate" on DC voting rights bill -- but it was the Republicans

››› ››› MATT GERTZ

CNN's Brianna Keilar reported, "Today the Senate voted to stop debate on a bill that would have given Washington, D.C., residents their first ever representative in the U.S. House." But Keilar did not note that it was 41 Republicans and one Democrat who voted to block the bill, denying proponents the 60-vote supermajority needed to end their filibuster.

On the September 18 edition of CNN's The Situation Room, correspondent Brianna Keilar reported, "Today the Senate voted to stop debate on a bill that would have given Washington, D.C., residents their first ever representative in the U.S. House." In fact, the bill was filibustered almost exclusively by Republicans, which Keilar did not note. The September 18 cloture vote on the motion to proceed to consideration of the District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act of 2007, which required a three-fifths majority for passage, failed on a 57-42 vote. Forty-seven Democrats, joined by eight Republicans, voted to bring the bill to the floor, while 41 Republicans and one Democrat voted to filibuster the bill. The two independents in the Senate, Joseph I. Lieberman (CT) and Bernie Sanders (VT) both voted to bring the bill to the floor, and one Democrat, Sen. Robert Byrd (WV) did not vote.

From the 7 p.m. ET hour of the September 18 edition CNN's The Situation Room:

KEILAR: The nation's Capitol will not be getting a seat in Congress for now. Today the Senate voted to stop debate on a bill that would have given Washington, D.C., residents their first ever representative in the U.S. House. Critics called the measure unconstitutional. Utah also lost out. The bill would have granted the state its fourth House seat, which it narrowly missed getting after the last census -- Wolf.

BLITZER: Thanks, Brianna, for that. Brianna Keilar reporting.

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