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Senate Stimulus Voting Trends

February 6, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

Nate at 538 looks at voting unity on 13 amendments to the stimulus that the Senate has voted on this week.

>So far, Senate Democrats have voted in accordance with what we believe to be the administration’s position 97.4 percent of the time – or 98.1 percent of the time if the most common “Democratic” dissenter, Joe Lieberman, is excluded from the tally.
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>By contrast, the Republicans have voted against the administration’s position an average of 89.2 percent of the time. That’s fairly unified also, but the Democrats are nevertheless picking off an average of 4 Republican votes on each amendment, whereas the Republicans are getting an average of only 1 and 2 Democrats siding with them. That’s a net swing of 2 or 3 votes in the Democrats’ direction – possibly enough to get them to 60 votes when the final bill comes up for passage.

It’s definitely worth clicking through to Nate’s post because he has put all the vote data in a chart that shows the trends really nicely. You can see, for example, that Republican Susan Collins has voted with Democrats more often than Democrat Evan Bayh (and Independent-Democrat Joe Lieberman). And that Republican John Ensign’s “”http://ensign.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Media.PressReleases&ContentRecord_id=471e7ea0-962d-921a-0cf8-ca13911620e2">Fix Housing First Act," one of the most divisive amendments, was opposed by two very conservative Republicans – Jim Bunning and Jim DeMint.

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Comments

  • Anonymous 02/07/2009 12:20pm

    This is most disturbing to me. The senate needs to collape this monster and start over!! To much money we don’t have. They need to just cut taxes! China is going to end up owning America. Our grandchildren will never get out of this Black hole of debt. This is not the legacy I want to leave my grandchild!I really don’t believe our Senators are listening to the people! You just don’t spend money you don’t have. Please Obama don’t tell me how to handle my finances or health care when the Government can’t even balance their own books. Who is taken care of the peoples business… seems like they don’t know how to save and count their pennies like the rest of us. Tax and spend. That’s not change. Shame on you Obama!!!

  • Anonymous 02/07/2009 1:36pm

    President Obama, Scrape this enormous pork spending stimulus mistake! You get with the Demorcrats and Republicans and write a new bill that helps Americans get back to work and gives them a paycheck! America is a very loving but not real patience people when they need to pay bills and feed their children. Stop complaining, these Senators are divided and the Country is too.. Get busy now and fix this Pork bill. Kill it now and start over and be the Leader of change and hope and quit begging!
    The American people are listening and watching you! This bill was written by only the Demcrats and that’s the problem!!! The country needs a leader for ALL the people of both parties. Bring these Senators together and start over on this Recovery plan. All businesses have had to throw out the first ideas to get the best of the best. Change is what you are about!I am waiting to see if you as a young leader can get a hole of these old guys and shake them awake!!! Fix this mess they created and clean up the Senate. I hold each one of these Senators responible for the nations money problems. housing problems, food problems, health problems, job losses, business closings..it all leads back to Washington and the men who are suppose to be doing the peoples business…not robbing the store house! Get going… time is short…clean the House…start over..be careful with our hard earned tax money and don’t spend our future.

  • Anonymous 02/08/2009 5:20am

    i’ve never been one to disignate myself as republican or democrate. I alway vote my principles, but right now only the republicans are show any kind of fiscal restraint and any understanding of history.

    we need to dump all this spending and simply extend unemployment benifits along with a 1 to 2 year tax amnisty for everyone with gross income under 200K.

    personally that would put an extra 25,000 in my pocket. tell me that wouldn’t help americans across the country.

    why is this so hard to understand??????

  • Anonymous 02/10/2009 4:29am

    Ditto:
    President Obama, Scrape this enormous pork spending stimulus mistake! You get with the Demorcrats and Republicans and write a new bill that helps Americans get back to work and gives them a paycheck! America is a very loving but not real patience people when they need to pay bills and feed their children. Stop complaining, these Senators are divided and the Country is too.. Get busy now and fix this Pork bill. Kill it now and start over and be the Leader of change and hope and quit begging!
    The American people are listening and watching you! This bill was written by only the Demcrats and that’s the problem!!! The country needs a leader for ALL the people of both parties. Bring these Senators together and start over on this Recovery plan. All businesses have had to throw out the first ideas to get the best of the best. Change is what you are about!I am waiting to see if you as a young leader can get a hole of these old guys and shake them awake!!! Fix this mess they created and clean up the Senate. I hold each one of these Senators responible for the nations money problems. housing problems, food problems, health problems, job losses, business closings..it all leads back to Washington and the men who are suppose to be doing the peoples business…not robbing the store house! Get going… time is short…clean the House…start over..be careful with our hard earned tax money and don’t spend our future.

  • Anonymous 02/12/2009 6:30am

    I have written my Senators,Cardin and Mikulski, but wish to get this message to the President and Reps. from Maryland. Please don’t vote for this mess!! Get together and rewrite a bill that doesn’t have all this PORK. Also the Medical Health Provisions are dangerous. I am a Registered nurse and have over 25 yrs.working in general practicioners offices. We are headed for SOCIALIAZION. This bill is only the beginning. Our hard earned tax money and our children and grandchildren’s future are being put in jeopardy. Please reread this bill and don’t vote for it. I thought you, the President, were going to bring a new hope to the Gov.t and the people!

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