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U.S. Senate Profiles in Courage and Cowardice

Wednesday, December 1, 2010, 22:21 EDT Leave a comment Go to comments

Yesterday, the U.S. Senate voted on whether or not to ban earmarks in the next three fiscal years. The proposed ban came in the form of an amendment (S.Amdt 4697) to another bill (S.510). It should surprise no one to learn that the amendment was defeated, 39-56-5.

The roll call fell largely along party lines, with most Republicans voting in favor and most Democrats voting against. In both cases, the dissenters are notable.

Democrats who deserve credit for bucking their party’s leadership and voting for the earmark ban were:

Conversely, several Republicans deserve to feel the heat for voting to maintain the status quo where earmarks are concerned:

There were also a few Senators who couldn’t be bothered to vote at all:

Although the vote was mostly partisan, sponsorship of the amendment was bipartisan. In addition to Democrats McCaskill and Udall, Republicans Bob Corker (R-TN) and George LeMieux (R-FL) also deserve credit for being co-sponsors.

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