Monday, October 24, 2005

U.S. Senate: Legislation & Records Home > Votes > Roll Call Vote

It should have been bigger news than it was (to the extent that it was news at all), but a bill made it to the floor of the senate that would have unfunded the 'bridge to nowhere', and used the resulting funds to rebuild a bridge which had been destroyed in Louisiana. Many doubted that it would pass, but it was a fight that needs to be fought. Needless to say, it went down 82-15. Of course, for all their talk about fiscal discipline, only 3 of the 15 were Democrats (and they wonder why no one believes them?) and one of them is a Louisiana Senator, so she doesn't really count. Russ Feinglod was one of the three, and interestingly enough Evan Bayh from Indiana, who many think could be a possible upset challenger in the Democratic presidential primary. Anyway, here's the roll of the YEAs (interesting as well that Mike DeWine from Ohio voted for it - has he discovered that he might actually need support from his base to make it through the primary?), from U.S. Senate: Legislation & Records Home:
YEAs ---15
Allard (R-CO) Allen (R-VA) Bayh (D-IN)
Burr (R-NC) Coburn (R-OK) Conrad (D-ND)
DeMint (R-SC) DeWine (R-OH) Feingold (D-WI)
Graham (R-SC) Kyl (R-AZ) Landrieu (D-LA)
Sessions (R-AL) Sununu (R-NH) Vitter (R-LA)
Also from Poltical Diary:
Mr. Coburn proposed to block $453 million in federal funds earmarked in the new highway bill for two dubious bridges in Alaska, including the infamous "Bridge to Nowhere," which will connect the Alaskan mainland to an island with 50 residents. Mr. Coburn proposed sending the money instead to repair the Interstate 10 Bridge across Lake Pontchartrain, which was severely damaged by Hurricane Katrina.

The response from senior senators was instantaneous and hostile. Washington Democrat Patty Murray stood up and warned that any senator supporting the Coburn idea would find projects in his or her own state jeopardized. Log-rolling ("I'll scratch your back if you'll scratch mine") is a way of life on Capitol Hill, even at a time when federal spending is out of control.

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