Susan Collins First Republican To Side With Dems, But Schumer Amendment Still Fails


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Republican Sen. Susan Collins broke party lines in voting for Schumer’s 10th and final amendment to the impeachment trial.

If passed, the amendment Collins voted for would give Pelosi’s appointed impeachment managers a whole day instead of 2 hours to respond to motions.

But, it still didn’t pass!

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The amendment, even with Collin’s vote, failed just like all of Schumer’s other ones 52-48.

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The Hill has more to say on Collins being the only Republican to side with Dems on a Schumer amendment:

Sen. Susan Collins (Maine) became the only GOP senator to break with her party during a marathon session over the rules for the Senate's impeachment trial of President Trump.

Democrats forced a 10th amendment vote early Wednesday morning that would extend the amount of time House impeachment managers and Trump's legal team have to respond to motions.

Currently, both sides can file motions around 9 a.m., including a potential motion to dismiss the charges against Trump. Under the rules, the opposing side would have to respond by 11 a.m. The amendment by Democrats would extend that time, giving them until Thursday to respond.

A spokeswoman for Collins didn't immediately respond to a request for comment about why she broke with her party and voted against tabling the amendment.

The early morning vote came after the first nine amendment votes failed, with senators voting along party lines to table the proposals from Democrats, including attempts to subpoena former national security adviser John Bolton and acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney.

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NBC News also stated:

As expected, Schumer's 10th amendment failed. Unlike with the previous nine amendments, however, the vote did not come down exactly along party lines. Susan Collins of Maine became the first Republican defection of the day, and the amendment was killed, 52-48.

The amendment was to allow senators more time to file responses to motions.

Collins, a moderate Republican who is up for re-election this year, is considered one of the most likely in her party to vote to call witnesses and hear new evidence.She had also pushed McConnell on Tuesday to soften the rules in his proposed blueprint for the trial.



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