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Exemplary Democrats on the Stimulus

February 11, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

Say what you will about the economic stimulus package, but the fact of the matter is that it is the result of as fair and deliberative a process as ever happens in Congress. In the Senate alone, 27 amendments were voted on, at least 20 of them sponsored by members of the minority party. So far, the Senate has gone down on the record 29 times regarding the stimulus. Throughout all the votes, 10 Democrats voted with the majority of their party (or what we can assume to be the administration’s position) every single time. They are:

Sen. Mark Begich [D, AK]
Sen. Bill Nelson [D, FL]
Sen. Barbara Mikulski [D, MD]
Sen. Benjamin Cardin [D, MD]
Sen. Debbie Ann Stabenow [D, MI]
Sen. Amy Klobuchar [D, MN]
Sen. Charles Schumer [D, NY]
Sen. Sherrod Brown [D, OH]
Sen. Bernard Sanders [I, VT]
Sen. Patty Murray [D, WA]

The amendment that picked off the most Democrats was Sen. Tom Coburn’s (R-OK) S.Amdt.309, “to ensure that taxpayer money is not lost on wasteful and non-stimulative projects.”

I’ll be back with the corresponding list of Republicans in a flash… Here are the 7 Republicans with perfect party-line voting records on the stimulus.

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  • Anonymous 02/12/2009 3:13am

    “it is the result of as fair and deliberative a process as ever happens in Congress”

    I saw yesterday that the Republicans were locked out of the deliberations…why?

  • Anonymous 02/12/2009 4:51am
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    The Republicans best thinking has gotten us into this mess, it’s about time they let someone else do the thinking for them.

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    triptyx 02/12/2009 9:04am

    Unfortunately, many aspects of this problem were brought on by both parties. Democrats were primarily responsible for requiring subprime lending by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and also were in a lead role when numerous frauds and problems came to light about the operations of those two entities.

    That said, it was Bush and the Republicans who created a monetary and spending policy (including slashing interest rates after the tech bubble busted in 2001, creating an atmosphere that devalued the dollar and created a large part of the consumer credit issues we’re seeing at this time). It is the height of folly to say that an entire party should just bow out because of past problems. To further disprove your statement, the Senate and House have been under Democratic control for the last two years. Acting like this is all the Republicans fault makes absolutely no sense, and displays a scary amount of ignorance.

    What it is time for is hearing out both parties, and taking the time to ensure that everyone, including the American People, have time to digest this bill and have a final say in what is included and not included. That process can not be accomplished by having Democrats lock themselves in a room overnight out of the public eye wheeling and dealing.

    The basic fact is that the more time we have to look at this bill, the less we’re going to want it. The true fear held by Democrats (and President Obama) at this point is that enough time will pass for the citizens of this Nation to actually find out the gory details of this non-stimulative pork filled fiasco of a bill.

    We’ve been in economic trouble for 14 months now, at least (though it only recently reached critical mass). Another month to ensure the correct solution is found, rather than blowing an entire YEAR’s worth of tax revenues on a poorly thought out solution will not hurt.

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