New Gang of 13 Passes Jobs Bill

February 25, 2010

Posted by Mike Memoli, Real Clear Politics

They voted against it, before they voted for it.

The $15 billion jobs bill was overwhelmingly approved in the Senate today, thanks to the votes of more than a dozen Republicans. Here’s the list:

Lamar Alexander (R-TN)
Kit Bond (R-MO)
Scott Brown (R-MA)
Richard Burr (R-NC)
Thad Cochran (R-MS)
Susan Collins (R-ME)
Orrin Hatch (R-UT)
Jim Inhofe (R-OK)
George LeMieux (R-FL)
Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
Olympia Snowe (R-ME)
George Voinovich (R-OH)
Roger Wicker (R-MS)

But only five of those senators — Bond, Brown, Collins, Snowe and Voinovich — had supported a cloture motion on Monday night, which allowed the bill to come to the floor for a final up-or-down vote. So who flipped?

Alexander, Cochran, Inhofe, LeMieux, Murkowski and Wicker all cast votes against cloture, but for final passage. Hatch and Burr hadn’t voted at all on the cloture motion. It’s the kind of outcome the White House has criticized all year, particularly where Republicans blocked legislation or appointments for an extended period of time.

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