Senate Dems have already killed Obama spending freeze 

From the Associated Press:

WASHINGTON – Just days after President Barack Obama endorsed a partial freeze on domestic spending, his Democratic allies in the Senate have rejected a plan attempting to do pretty much the same thing.

[T]he bipartisan legislation, sponsored by Alabama Republican Jeff Sessions and Missouri Democrat Claire McCaskill...was a slightly modified version of Obama's that would have permitted domestic agencies an increase of just about 1 percent, with slightly higher boosts for the Pentagon.

A 56-strong majority of senators supported the plan but it failed because 60 votes were required. The vote came the morning after Obama threatened to veto spending bills that would exceed a domestic spending freeze.

The roll call is here. You'll notice that of the 44 senators voting against the freeze, only one was a Republican -- appropriations ranking member Thad Cochran, R-Miss.

Locally, both Virginia senators voted for the freeze. Both Maryland senators voted against.

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