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Monday, October 11, 2004

Corporate tax bill cloture passed in Senate

[Following up earlier pieces - latest October 8 . see CORRECTION below.]

I assume (the Congressional Record on THOMAS updated only to Thursday) that there was a filibuster of a sorts mounted by Ted Kennedy and friends, because, otherwise, there would have been no reason for the cloture motion which passed yesterday 66-14; one can hardly blame the Johns for not voting, given that only 11 Dems had the decency to oppose the motion.

The Roll of Shame (more properly, the Roll of Business-As-Usual) was:

Baucus (D-MT)
Bingaman (D-NM)
Breaux (D-LA)
Cantwell (D-WA)
Daschle (D-SD)
Dayton (D-MN)
Dorgan (D-ND)
Feingold (D-WI)
Feinstein (D-CA)
Inouye (D-HI)
Johnson (D-SD)
Lieberman (D-CT)
Lincoln (D-AR)
Mikulski (D-MD)
Miller (D-GA)
Murray (D-WA)
Nelson (D-FL)
Nelson (D-NE)
Pryor (D-AR)
Reid (D-NV)
Rockefeller (D-WV)
Schumer (D-NY)
Stabenow (D-MI)
Wyden (D-OR)

That is, 24 Dems, including the Majority Leader, chose expediency and supported the motion.

(For those, like me, not entirely on top of the cloture rule (Rule XXII), the requirement to pass is
three-fifths of the Senators duly chosen and sworn
- not voting counts as a vote against.)

The Dems who voted to go along were by no means confined to the DINO tendency: for instance, why Schumer? He's rated a Populist Liberal by On the Issues - and the Mesabi Range of corporate giveaways contained in the bill were scarcely either populist or liberal! (Hillary was among the non-voters, in case you were wondering.)

How, one wonders, will the 24 Dems account for their votes to their electorates? And what about the far greater number of House Dems who approved the bill?

Of course, I am shocked only in the Captain Reynaud sense. But when one hears DEWDROPs bleating in apocalyptic terms about the need to take back Congress, remembering the likes of the HR 4520 cloture vote provides the necessary carload of salt with which such Hammond organ exercises ought to be taken.

It's not, of course, that they're all the same; but, at times like this, the similarities do seem rather to outnumber the differences...


The Post's take on the Senate approval of the bill.


Homer seems to have a touch of narcolepsy at the moment! Of course, what had passed on Sunday was merely the cloture motion. (I say merely...)

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