Thursday, 02 April 2009

In Passing

The List: Republicans voting for HR.1388

Snowe builds score, remains out front.
Specter right behind!
Hatch leaps into the top three,
Collins falters.
McCain debuts with a double.

HR.1388  A bill entitled “The Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, an Act to reauthorize and reform the national service laws.”
Fresh from their exercise in unconstitutional “bipartisanship,” the Usual Suspects join a bunch of other clowns to take the next step toward compulsory national service:  $5.7 billion for the Army of O.

Two stages on this one:  First, the Senate version:
S.277  A bill to amend the National and Community Service Act of 1990 to expand and improve opportunities for service, and for other purposes.
Sponsored by Ted Kennedy, 42 co-sponsors including seven Republicans.

Republican co-sponsors for S.277*:
Thad Cochran (R-MS)
Judd Gregg (R-NH)
Orrin Hatch (R-UT) [primary co-sponsor]
Johnny Isakson (R-GA)
John McCain (R-AZ)
Olympia Snowe (R-ME)
Roger Wicker (R-MS)

S.277 was dropped when the House passed its version first.  Which brings us to the Senate vote on HR.1388.[1]

Usual suspects (listed in order of score):
*Olympia Snowe  (R-ME)  [score so far: 7]
Arlen Specter  (R-PA)  [score so far: 6]
*Orrin Hatch  (R-UT)  [score so far: 4 - Leaps into top 3!]

*Thad Cochran  (R-MS)  [score so far: 3]
Susan Collins  (R-ME)  [score so far: 3]
Chuck Grassley  (R-IA)  [score so far: 3]
Lisa Murkowski  (R-AK)  [score so far: 3]
George Voinovich  (R-OH)  [score so far: 3]
*Roger Wicker  (R-MS)  [score so far: 3]

LaMar Alexander  (R-TN)  [score so far: 2]
Kit Bond  (R-MO)  [score so far: 2]
*Judd Gregg  (R-NH)  [score so far: 2 - First appearance.]
*Johnny Isakson  (R-GA)  [score so far: 2 - First appearance.]
Richard Lugar  (R-IN)  [score so far: 2]
*John McCain  (R-AZ)  [score so far: 2 - First appearance.]

Robert Bennett  (R-UT)
Richard Burr  (R-NC)
Saxby Chambliss  (R-GA)
Michael Enzi  (R-WY)
Kay Hutchison  (R-TX)
Mike Johanns  (R-NE)
Mel Martinez  (R-FL)

I might be inclined to give the Newbies a bit of a pass this time, as some people like the Americorps program, and because the Senate deleted[2] the House bill’s creepy “mandatory service” language before passing it.  But beware, gang, you’re on notice!


*  Gets a bonus point for co-sponsoring S.277.

[1]  The Senate passed HR.1388 after amendments on March 26. The House accepted the Senate amendments on March 31.

[2]  And rather than vote on the revisions, the House managers accepted them and moved the deleted provisions into a new bill- HR.1444- which I shall be watching!

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