broadband caucus in the senate. it's very bipartisan, john boozman of arkansas, heidi hite -- heidi heitkamp from north dakota, a lot of people are participating. broadband is one of the ways the rural areas have been left behind. can you imagine you're looking at a house and the realtor says it's a nice house but you'll never have broadband. you cannot have a business in maine, without broadband. an urgents infrastructure, which is why i hope that the infrastructure plan, what ever it is, has a carveout that identifies broadband just like airports and railroads. host: does that literally mean, that you have to dig for wires? or do you just, areas in the country with a lot of wi-fi? what has been done to get it? there is no one answer, it depends on topography. in some places out west, you could have a tall wi-fi tower and cover a large territory. in maine, because of our, and west virginia, you need sometimes a wire solution or fiber solution. in maine we have a terrific broadband network, but it's the middle and the last mile that are the problems. it's like having an interstate highway wi
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yeas and 49 nays. there were five democrats voted yes, joe donnelly and heidi heitkamp. and doug jones, the new senator from alabama, and mccclaskill i missouri. they're moderate democrats so it was good for them to take. we'll have lindsey gram and rand paul and mitch mcconnell. you may say, mitch mcconnell propounded the vote, why is he saying no? what happens in the senate and say you get a deal you have to keep the bill alive and you have to be on the prevailing side of the vote. in this case the nos will prevail. mcconnel will vote no. they started at 10:13 and we're now at 11:24, a little more than an hour and mcconnel will be able to recall the vote at some point. say the government shuts down and has a lapse in funding. that's the term we should use at this hour. the house and senate don't have a deal, when they have a deal tonight, tomorrow or the weekend next week, you say wait a minute they kept some organizations open. things were being funded. how can they do that? article 1 section 9 of the constitution said you can't spend money without the appropriation of money.
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