Missouri Senate ends filibuster, passes stimulus money

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. | The Missouri Senate has ended an all-night filibuster and passed a bill reauthorizing the expenditure of about $450 million in federal stimulus money.

The 20-8 vote Wednesday morning came after senators agreed to trim about $14 million from the bill — mainly by eliminating some money for energy efficiency projects. The cut was far less than the $40 million that four filibustering senators had wanted to ax. They had expressed concerns about growing federal spending, but other senators said eliminating the money only would hurt Missouri projects.

The stimulus money at issue already is included in a state budget that expires June 30. The bill passed by the Senate would allow that money to be carried over to the next budget year.

The legislation now must return to the House.