Senate Votes 55-36 Against Cloture to Limit Debate on Genocide Pact

The Senate voted today, 55 to 36 against cloture to limit debate on the International Treaty Against Genocide. A two-thirds vote of Senators present and voting is needed for a vote for cloture which prevents filibusters against bills before the Senate. The motion for cloture fell short by six votes.

Sen. Frank Church (D.Idaho), chairman of the subcommittee on the treaty, filed a motion immediately for another cloture vote, which, will probably be held tomorrow. In the vote, 37 Democrats and 18 Republicans voted for cloture and 22 Republicans and 14 Democrats voted against.

Hyman Bookbinder, Washington representative for the Ad-Hoc Committee for Ratification of the Genocide Treaty, said before the vote that it would be a “marvelous beginning” if the Senate voted for cloture on debate on the genocide treaty. The treaty, which was unanimously adopted in Paris by the United Nations General Assembly in Dec. 1948, has been endorsed by hundreds of American organizations.

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