Vote On Fed Audit Delayed To Accommodate Bennett

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A last minute snag tonight temporarily delayed a vote on Bernie Sanders’ amendment–still expected to pass overwhelmingly–to force an audit of the Federal Reserve.

Republican Sen. Bob Bennett is in his home state of Utah today, in the last days of a tough primary campaign. Because the race is so close, he doesn’t want to be held accountable for missing a vote on an important amendment, popular on the grassroots right, so Republicans sought a delay. To move things along, Democrats acceded, but will instead hold votes on several other amendments tonight–including one, authored by Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), limiting the size of large financial institutions.

Sanders’ amendment will likely get a hearing Tuesday.

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