Senate Achieves Cloture and Sets Final ESSA Vote for December 9

Today, December 8th, the U.S. Senate voted to bring S. 1177, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), to cloture, ending any further debate and moving the bill one step closer to final passage. The final Senate vote is now expected tomorrow, Wednesday December 9, at 10:45 a.m.

Today’s vote count was 84-12, with four senators not voting.

The “No” votes on cloture were as follows:

Blunt (R-MO)
Crapo (R-ID)
Cruz (R-TX)
Daines (R-MT)
Lee (R-UT)
Moran (R-KS)
Paul (R-KY)
Risch (R-ID)
Sasse (R-NE)
Scott (R-SC)
Shelby (R-AL)
Vitter (R-LA)

Abstaining votes were as follows:

Coats (R-IN)
Graham (R-SC)
Rubio (R-FL)
Sanders (I-VT)


In case you missed it, the House last week passed ESSA by a final vote of 359 – 64. Be sure to also check out NAfME’s in-depth analysis and fact sheet on this new legislation. Gaining a thorough understanding of what the various music- and arts-friendly provisions throughout S.1177 could mean for music education over the course of a four-year authorization (and potentially beyond) will be pivotal to NAfME’s efforts to expand nationwide access to music and increase resources to teachers and students.

Senate floor action can be viewed live through the Senate’s live streaming web page. Additionally, we will be providing updates via our Twitter feed (or follow @NAfME on your mobile device).

Capitol Hill
Photo: Luna Marina/iStock/Thinkstock

There is still one more day to contact your senator and urge them to vote YES for ESSA. Please take action here by sending your senators a short letter asking for their support of the bill. We are very close to the finish line and hope many of you will be able to join and witness this historic vote!

Ronny Lau, Legislative Policy Advisor, Center for Advocacy, Policy, and Constituency Engagement, December 8, 2015. © National Association for Music Education (