Thursday, September 22, 2005

Senate must show pork before votes

You show me your pork and I'll show you mine. Now this sounds like some progress. Mark Tapscott reports on a Senate vote today approving the Coburn amendment. Senator Tom Coburn, R-Ok, attached the amendment (Senate Amendment 1775) to the Agriculture Appropriations bill (H.R. 2744) and the amendment was approved 55-39. The full bill was later approved 97-2. The amendment would force the Senate to attach any House limitation, directive, or earmarking to a bill's conference report. At this time, the Senate can automatically approve all of the pork measures attached to a bill by the House without the messiness of debate or vote. The House still must approve the measure. Anybody taking bets?

Here is the vote on Senate Amendment 1775 - The Coburn Amendment.

Alabama: Sessions (R-AL), Yea Shelby (R-AL), Nay
Alaska: Murkowski (R-AK), Yea Stevens (R-AK), Nay
Arizona: Kyl (R-AZ), Yea McCain (R-AZ), Yea
Arkansas: Lincoln (D-AR), Nay Pryor (D-AR), Nay
California: Boxer (D-CA), Yea Feinstein (D-CA), Yea
Colorado: Allard (R-CO), Nay Salazar (D-CO), Yea
Connecticut: Dodd (D-CT), Yea Lieberman (D-CT), Yea
Delaware: Biden (D-DE), Yea Carper (D-DE), Nay
Florida: Martinez (R-FL), Yea Nelson (D-FL), Yea
Georgia: Chambliss (R-GA), Nay Isakson (R-GA), Yea
Hawaii: Akaka (D-HI), Yea Inouye (D-HI), Not Voting
Idaho: Craig (R-ID), Yea Crapo (R-ID), Yea
Illinois: Durbin (D-IL), Nay Obama (D-IL), Yea
Indiana: Bayh (D-IN), Yea Lugar (R-IN), Yea
Iowa: Grassley (R-IA), Nay Harkin (D-IA), Nay
Kansas: Brownback (R-KS), Yea Roberts (R-KS), Yea
Kentucky: Bunning (R-KY), Nay McConnell (R-KY), Yea
Louisiana: Landrieu (D-LA), Yea Vitter (R-LA), Nay
Maine: Collins (R-ME), Yea Snowe (R-ME), Yea
Maryland: Mikulski (D-MD), Not Voting Sarbanes (D-MD), Nay
Massachusetts: Kennedy (D-MA), Nay Kerry (D-MA), Yea
Michigan: Levin (D-MI), Yea Stabenow (D-MI), Yea
Minnesota: Coleman (R-MN), Nay Dayton (D-MN), Yea
Mississippi: Cochran (R-MS), Nay Lott (R-MS), Nay
Missouri: Bond (R-MO), Nay Talent (R-MO), Yea
Montana: Baucus (D-MT), Nay Burns (R-MT), Yea
Nebraska: Hagel (R-NE), Nay Nelson (D-NE), Yea
Nevada: Ensign (R-NV), Yea Reid (D-NV), Nay
New Hampshire: Gregg (R-NH), Nay Sununu (R-NH), Yea
New Jersey: Corzine (D-NJ), Not Voting Lautenberg (D-NJ), Nay
New Mexico: Bingaman (D-NM), Yea Domenici (R-NM), Not Voting
New York: Clinton (D-NY), Yea Schumer (D-NY), Yea
North Carolina: Burr (R-NC), Yea Dole (R-NC), Nay
North Dakota: Conrad (D-ND), Nay Dorgan (D-ND), Nay
Ohio: DeWine (R-OH), Nay Voinovich (R-OH), Yea
Oklahoma: Coburn (R-OK), Yea Inhofe (R-OK), Yea
Oregon: Smith (R-OR), Nay Wyden (D-OR), Yea
Pennsylvania: Santorum (R-PA), Yea Specter (R-PA), Yea
Rhode Island: Chafee (R-RI), Yea Reed (D-RI), Nay
South Carolina: DeMint (R-SC), Yea Graham (R-SC), Yea
South Dakota: Johnson (D-SD), Nay Thune (R-SD), Nay
Tennessee: Alexander (R-TN), Yea Frist (R-TN), Nay
Texas: Cornyn (R-TX), Yea Hutchison (R-TX), Nay
Utah: Bennett (R-UT), Nay Hatch (R-UT), Nay
Vermont: Jeffords (I-VT), Nay Leahy (D-VT), Nay
Virginia: Allen (R-VA), Yea Warner (R-VA), Yea
Washington: Cantwell (D-WA), Yea Murray (D-WA), Nay
West Virginia: Byrd (D-WV), Nay Rockefeller (D-WV), Not Voting
Wisconsin: Feingold (D-WI), Yea Kohl (D-WI), Yea
Wyoming: Enzi (R-WY), Not Voting Thomas (R-WY), Yea

I don't see any pattern here at all. In some cases senators from the same state and the same party voted differently - Mass, Kerry yea, Kennedy nay - Tenn, Alexander yea, Frist nay. In other states they voted the same - Cal, Boxer yea, Feinstein yea - PA, Santorum yea, S.P.E.C.T.E.R. yea. The leadership was split also. Reid, Durbin, Kennedy and Byrd all voted nay while Biden, Boxer, Feinstein, Dodd and Leiberman all voted yea. Frist and Hatch voted nay while McConnell, McCain and Lugar voted yea. It looks like maybe this may have been a stealth operation by Coburn and a few others that took some senators by surprise, not giving the leadership a chance to coordinate and whip their troops into line. I dunno.

Other pork wranglers:
Being American in TO
The Daily Bubble
Murdoc Online
The Coaster
A Stitch in Haste
Jamul Blog
The Club for Growth

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