Last Minute Voting on the Debt Ceiling Agreement
August 3, 2011
On the final vote on the debt ceiling agreement, Democrats withheld their votes until the very end of the voting period. The graph below shows how each party voted by seconds during the twenty minutes when voting took place. One can see that at the last minute a number of Republicans voted no. This is usually done when members determine that their votes are not needed for the measure to pass. When about five minutes was left in the fifteen-minute voting period, the Democrats began to vote. About 130 Democrats voted in the last minutes. This graph is made by plotting the change in votes by seconds as shown on C-SPAN.