Senate Stimulus Voting TrendsFebruary 6, 2009 - by Donny Shaw
>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.
>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.