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59-36 is still way too close!

by Jeremy Hooper

You know Sen. Robert Bennett's "poison pill" amendment to the healthcare reconciliation bill that would've given D.C. residents the supposed "right" to vote on already-enacted marriage equality? Yea, well, overnight it failed by a hyper-partisan 59-36 margin. Here's how your Senator voted:

(*One hint: If your Senator is a Republican not named Snowe or Collins, they voted for the possibility of your equality being rolled back by majority tyranny. Or in the case of Bond, Isakson, and Voinovich, they didn't vote at all)

Akaka (D-HI), Nay
Alexander (R-TN), Yea
Barrasso (R-WY), Yea
Baucus (D-MT), Nay
Bayh (D-IN), Nay
Begich (D-AK), Nay
Bennet (D-CO), Nay
Bennett (R-UT), Yea
Bingaman (D-NM), Nay
Bond (R-MO), Not Voting
Boxer (D-CA), Nay
Brown (D-OH), Nay
Brown (R-MA), Yea
Brownback (R-KS), Yea
Bunning (R-KY), Yea
Burr (R-NC), Yea
Burris (D-IL), Nay
Byrd (D-WV), Not Voting
Cantwell (D-WA), Nay
Cardin (D-MD), Nay
Carper (D-DE), Nay
Casey (D-PA), Nay
Chambliss (R-GA), Yea
Coburn (R-OK), Yea
Cochran (R-MS), Yea
Collins (R-ME), Nay
Conrad (D-ND), Nay
Corker (R-TN), Yea
Cornyn (R-TX), Yea
Crapo (R-ID), Yea
DeMint (R-SC), Yea
Dodd (D-CT), Nay
Dorgan (D-ND), Nay
Durbin (D-IL), Nay
Ensign (R-NV), Yea
Enzi (R-WY), Yea
Feingold (D-WI), Nay
Feinstein (D-CA), Nay
Franken (D-MN), Nay
Gillibrand (D-NY), Nay
Graham (R-SC), Yea
Grassley (R-IA), Yea
Gregg (R-NH), Yea
Hagan (D-NC), Nay
Harkin (D-IA), Nay
Hatch (R-UT), Yea
Hutchison (R-TX), Yea
Inhofe (R-OK), Yea
Inouye (D-HI), Nay
Isakson (R-GA), Not Voting
Johanns (R-NE), Yea
Johnson (D-SD), Nay
Kaufman (D-DE), Nay
Kerry (D-MA), Nay
Klobuchar (D-MN), Nay
Kohl (D-WI), Nay
Kyl (R-AZ), Yea
Landrieu (D-LA), Nay
Lautenberg (D-NJ), Not Voting
Leahy (D-VT), Nay
LeMieux (R-FL), Yea
Levin (D-MI), Nay
Lieberman (ID-CT), Nay
Lincoln (D-AR), Nay
Lugar (R-IN), Yea
McCain (R-AZ), Yea
McCaskill (D-MO), Nay
McConnell (R-KY), Yea
Menendez (D-NJ), Nay
Merkley (D-OR), Nay
Mikulski (D-MD), Nay
Murkowski (R-AK), Yea
Murray (D-WA), Nay
Nelson (D-FL), Nay
Nelson (D-NE), Nay
Pryor (D-AR), Nay
Reed (D-RI), Nay
Reid (D-NV), Nay
Risch (R-ID), Yea
Roberts (R-KS), Yea
Rockefeller (D-WV), Nay
Sanders (I-VT), Nay
Schumer (D-NY), Nay
Sessions (R-AL), Yea
Shaheen (D-NH), Nay
Shelby (R-AL), Yea
Snowe (R-ME), Nay
Specter (D-PA), Nay
Stabenow (D-MI), Nay
Tester (D-MT), Nay
Thune (R-SD), Yea
Udall (D-CO), Nay
Udall (D-NM), Nay
Vitter (R-LA), Yea
Voinovich (R-OH), Not Voting
Warner (D-VA), Nay
Webb (D-VA), Nay
Whitehouse (D-RI), Nay
Wicker (R-MS), Yea
Wyden (D-OR), Nay

Amendment 3568 -- roll call

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Your thoughts

This was wonderful news to wake up to.

Posted by: Bob Barnes | Mar 25, 2010 9:53:41 AM

In fairness to Isakson, he's out sick.

(Of course, had he been there, he would have cast his usual homophobic vote. But, still, this is one time he didn't.)

Posted by: K in VA | Mar 25, 2010 10:15:30 AM

Oh yea, K: Voinovich, Isakson, and Bond would have certainly have been "yay" votes. All three voted for the FMA.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Mar 25, 2010 10:20:24 AM

So now when I write to AZ's governer, Jan Brewer, and tell her to kiss my tax revenue goodbye because I'm getting married and moving to DC, I'll have to cc Senators Kyl and McCain. Oh and JD Hayworth. Thanks for this, Jeremy!

Posted by: DN | Mar 25, 2010 12:07:47 PM

Thanks Diane and Babs,

..and full Health Care bill passed out of Senate by 56-43!!! 2:16PM ET posted on TPM.

PS. Babs has a new website for her campaign called BOXER's Corner featuring big pair of red boxing gloves. Neat!!

Posted by: LOrion | Mar 25, 2010 3:05:20 PM

Voinovich is in his last term. He is retiring. OH will have a new Senator, hopefully another Dem.

Posted by: Don | Mar 25, 2010 3:54:17 PM

I'm seeing this with all the significance of the "stop molesters from getting fed-paid viagara" amendment.

Just as a Dem voting no on that amendment doesn't necessarily mean they support fed-paid viagara for sex offenders, this vote doesn't mean that every Republican wants to stop marriage in DC. These votes were not on the merits of the amendments, but over the reconciliation bill.

Posted by: Timothy Kincaid | Mar 25, 2010 5:18:40 PM

I just got done reading Brian Brown's latest email blast, and got a chuckle out of this line:

"Ironically, the only two Republicans to join with the Democrats in opposing the amendment were Senators Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins of Maine."

Nice work there, Brian. After all the money NOM pumped into Maine, looks like you're reaping all kinds of fear and respect (but mostly the imaginary kind, apparently).

Posted by: Chino Blanco | Mar 26, 2010 2:11:27 AM

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