Sunday, March 21, 2010

8 Yay, 5 Nay

This will be easy.

Every last one of the proposed amendments went down on party line votes, with four Republicans voting in favor and nine Democrats opposed. Republicans called for a recorded vote on all amendments (folks who consistently criticize bureaucracy as inefficient come across rather comical using bureaucracy for the sole purpose of slowing a process down).

The final vote to move reconciliation forward went down almost the same way but for Congressman Michael Arcuri joining Republicans in voting no. This was not a complete surprise, many progressive groups had called on people to pressure this very Congressman. What consequences Arcuri will face from the left is not hard to predict, many groups have spoken openly about interest in challengers.

This is sure to be an election to keep your eye on. The Working Families Party had a serious hand in helping Arcuri last time around. He defeated his challenger "by just 10,000 votes, while winning 9,500 votes on the Working Families Party line." (Quote from Daily Politics link above).

To sum up, oodles of 4-9 votes on amendments, a 8-5 vote to move reconciliation forward, and one Congressman officially has a problem with the left.
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