The cloture vote is through.

Byrd was wheeled in in a chair. Landrieu sat near the clerk. You could barely hear her "aye." Lincoln sounded more confident. Lucky (or unlucky) Senate aids sat near the clerk as well. Specter mumbled his "aye." Vitter snorted no.

The motion was reported as "agreed to." Democrats broke out in applause. They were called to order.

Republicans cried in their beers.

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