Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Senate Passes Jobs Bill With More Republicans

The Senate passes the jobs bill. What's weird about that? Only five republicans voted a day ago to move the bill ahead, blocking a republican filibuster, but even more republicans voted to pass the bill. It doesn't make any logical sense. If they wanted to vote for the bill, why did they filibuster? Did the bill change that much in a day? Is Scott Brown that much of a magnet? Perhaps he is. Chuck Todd says the bill passed because it was small.
The Senate easily passed a $15 billion jobs bill on Wednesday morning amid hope that the measure could provide a blueprint for other items on President Obama's agenda.

The measure passed 70 to 28, with 13 Republicans joining 57 Democrats in support of the package. One Democrat, Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska, voted against it.
The next stop is the House, where Democratic leaders are weighing whether to pass the Senate version or go to conference to reconcile it with the $154 billion jobs bill the House passed in December.WaPo
Foolish tea partiers got Obama wrong and Brown wrong:
One leader of the "tea party" movement has taken to calling the freshman "Benedict Brown," and disillusioned conservatives filled Brown's Facebook page with accusations that he was a "Judas" and a "sellout."
John Cornyn, ever a ray of sunshine, says don't read too much into the bipartisan bill:
"I think it's going to depend on the nature of the bill and on whether he's going to try to freeze out the minority party," Cornyn said, adding that he would advise against reading too much into Monday's vote: "Frankly, I just don't think it was all that big of a deal."
Read it all at WaPo