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Liveblogging omni-pork debate in Senate; Meet the Republicans against school choice; Omni-pork passes

By Michelle Malkin  •  March 10, 2009 05:53 PM

Scroll for updates…7:09pm Eastern…motion to invoke cloture passes 62-35…and…omni-pork sails through the Senate on voice vote…$410 billion soon to siphoned away from taxpayers to bolster congressional re-election prospects…they should have said “Oink” instead of “aye…”

Just watched Jeff Session’s E-Verify amendment to ensure that omni-pork spending only goes to legal citizens get tabled.

Vote was 50-47. Here’s the roll call vote.

Senators now voting on Ensign amendment to save the DC public school choice program, which I noted earlier this morning here.

Update 6:00pm Eastern: Lieberman voted for school choice. Specter voted against.


Another GOP no on school choice: Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski.

School choice amendment goes down, 39-58.

Update 6:09pm Eastern. Dingy Harry Reid now on the floor trying to stave off Vitter’s attempt to repeal automatic pay raises.

Meantime, news that Obama’s Democrat support for omni-pork is crumbling. Hope lives:

Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) said Tuesday that President Obama’s budget plan doesn’t have enough support from lawmakers right now to win approval.

Conrad said that he has spoken to enough colleagues with reservations about several different provisions in the budget that he thinks Congress won’t pass it, at least in its present form.

Conrad urged White House budget director Peter Orszag not to “draw lines in the sand” with lawmakers, most notably on Obama’s plan for a cap-and-trade system to curb carbon emissions.

“Anybody who thinks it will be easy to get the votes on the budget in the conditions that we face is smoking something,” Conrad said Tuesday during a hearing of the Senate Budget Committee.

6:38pm Eastern. Reid successfully beats back automatic pay raise repeal amendment. Whines about how “difficult” the process has been.


7:02pm Eastern. Meet the Republicans against school choice…Crapo, Specter, Snowe, Murkowski. Here’s the roll call vote on the Ensign amendment:

Grouped By Vote Position

YEAs —39
Alexander (R-TN)
Barrasso (R-WY)
Bennett (R-UT)
Bond (R-MO)
Brownback (R-KS)
Bunning (R-KY)
Burr (R-NC)
Byrd (D-WV)
Chambliss (R-GA)
Coburn (R-OK)
Cochran (R-MS)
Collins (R-ME)
Corker (R-TN)
Cornyn (R-TX)
DeMint (R-SC)
Ensign (R-NV)
Enzi (R-WY)
Graham (R-SC)
Grassley (R-IA)
Gregg (R-NH)
Hatch (R-UT)
Hutchison (R-TX)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Isakson (R-GA)
Kyl (R-AZ)
Lieberman (ID-CT)
Lugar (R-IN)
Martinez (R-FL)
McCain (R-AZ)
McConnell (R-KY)
Risch (R-ID)
Roberts (R-KS)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shelby (R-AL)
Thune (R-SD)
Vitter (R-LA)
Voinovich (R-OH)
Warner (D-VA)
Wicker (R-MS)

NAYs —58
Akaka (D-HI)
Baucus (D-MT)
Bayh (D-IN)
Begich (D-AK)
Bennet (D-CO)
Bingaman (D-NM)
Boxer (D-CA)
Brown (D-OH)
Burris (D-IL)
Cantwell (D-WA)
Cardin (D-MD)
Carper (D-DE)
Casey (D-PA)
Conrad (D-ND)
Crapo (R-ID)
Dodd (D-CT)
Dorgan (D-ND)
Durbin (D-IL)
Feingold (D-WI)
Feinstein (D-CA)
Gillibrand (D-NY)
Hagan (D-NC)
Harkin (D-IA)
Inouye (D-HI)
Johnson (D-SD)
Kaufman (D-DE)
Kerry (D-MA)
Klobuchar (D-MN)
Kohl (D-WI)
Landrieu (D-LA)
Lautenberg (D-NJ)
Leahy (D-VT)
Levin (D-MI)
Lincoln (D-AR)
McCaskill (D-MO)
Menendez (D-NJ)
Merkley (D-OR)
Mikulski (D-MD)
Murkowski (R-AK)
Murray (D-WA)
Nelson (D-FL)
Nelson (D-NE)
Pryor (D-AR)
Reed (D-RI)
Reid (D-NV)
Rockefeller (D-WV)
Sanders (I-VT)
Schumer (D-NY)
Shaheen (D-NH)
Snowe (R-ME)
Specter (R-PA)
Stabenow (D-MI)
Tester (D-MT)
Udall (D-CO)
Udall (D-NM)
Webb (D-VA)
Whitehouse (D-RI)
Wyden (D-OR)
Not Voting – 2
Johanns (R-NE)
Kennedy (D-MA)

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