If there's a reason Americans are frustrated with Washington politics, it's this. On Monday just five Republican senators joined Democrats to vote for cloture on a $15 billion job-creation bill. That is, they voted in favor of overcoming a filibuster so the Senate could proceed to a vote on the bill itself. Today, six Republicans who had voted against cloture, and two Republicans who didn't vote on the cloture motion at all, voted yea on the bill itself. It's nonsensical. Why would you try to kill a piece of legislation you're going to end up voting for? It's the worst form of blind, unproductive partisanship.
We're probably going to hear a string of excuses, such as they were hoping to offer an improved version of the bill later but once it went to the floor and it was clearly going to pass then there's no reason not to vote for it. Maybe some of the senators were working on their own pieces of legislation, but once Harry Reid's bill reached the floor they knew they it was too late. Or maybe they've just seen how Democrats have been successfully attacking members of Congress who voted against the stimulus and then tried to take credit for projects it funded. They know that looks bad. And it should. It's self-serving hypocrisy. Now they're on record voting for a jobs bill that will likely be popular in their electorates even though they tried to kill it.
For those who are interested, here's the list of shame:
Senators who voted against cloture but for the bill:
Senators didn't vote on the cloture motion but voted for the bill: