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Byron York: Three Republicans Voting with Democrats

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"They've cut a deal with three of our guys." That's what Byron York learned today when he called who he characterized as an influential Republican senator. It's possible four Republicans will vote for this spendulus. Here they are and again I'm asking you keep calling. If you can't get through to their DC offices, use their local office numbers:

Collins (202) 224-2523; ME office (207) 622-8414
Snowe (202) 224-5344; ME office (207) 622-8292
Voinovich (202) 224-3353; OH office (614) 469-6697
Specter (202) 224-4254; PA office (717) 782-3951

Call them!

Also, call Senator Dianne Feinstein because she has come out and said she may not support the spendulus. Call her and encourage her to vote no. (202) 224-3841; CA office (415) 393-0707.

Update: Good news! Voinovich has dropped out of negotiations:


Sen. George Voinovich (R-Ohio) has pulled out of negotiations on a bipartisan compromise on the Senate's economic stimulus bill.

Three Republicans -- Sens. Susan Collins (Maine), Olympia Snowe (Maine) and Arlen Specter (Pa.) -- continue to negotiate with Democrats, but Voinovich's departure could make it more difficult for Democrats to reach the 60 votes they need to pass the bill.

Keep calling Collins, Snowe, and Specter. It is vital that we defeat this. If you need some inspiration as to why you should call and demand our senators vote against it, read Bob Owens' piece.

Lorie Byrd emails to say that according to Senator Burr two senators are still negotiating but he doesn't know when they will vote, meaning that Reid does not have the votes. Burr said that out of very 10 phone calls coming 9.9 of them are against the bill. Our phone calls are working. Keep it up!

Update II: Charles Krauthammer on Obama's sudden change of tone. Mr. Hopenchange is suddenly Scary Barry:

So much for the president who in his inaugural address two weeks earlier declared "we have chosen hope over fear." Until, that is, you need fear to pass a bill.

Update III: CQ Politics says Susan Collins is wavering:

But by mid-afternoon, one of the leaders of the bipartisan group, Republican Susan Collins of Maine, emerged from a meeting with Reid and said she was just beginning to review an offer from the Democratic leader.

Asked how she felt, Collins said, "not as good as I felt earlier."

Jeff Emanuel at RedState is also hearing that Collins is wavering because she's feeling bad for possibly betraying her fellow Republicans and her constituents.

Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) just said in a radio interview that only two "Republican" Senators are still actively attempting to provide the Democrats "bipartisan" cover for their nearly $1,000,000,000,000.00 borrow-and-spend bill. Based on what I've been hearing from around the Hill, and Roll Call's report that Sen. Collins (R-ME) was having misgivings about betraying her party and constituents, those two are (definitely) Arlen Specter (PA) and (most likely) Olympia Snowe (ME).

Her constituents were against this and she was prepared to throw them under the bus in order to give the Democrats bipartisan cover? What is she thinking?

Update V: Ed Morrissey says Reid can't get cloture.


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Comments (11)

Why do those names not surp... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Why do those names not surprise me? As for Feinstien, she's gotten both calls and an email. Not to worry, she'll roll over and vote for it. Just like Botox Babs.

I just called Specter's off... (Below threshold)
sarahconnor2:

I just called Specter's office-it only took three tries to get through.

I have been saying for over... (Below threshold)
retired miilitary:

I have been saying for over a week that snowe, collins and spectre would vote for it. Of course the fact that the 3 of them would vote for it doesnt suprise anyone.

Yep, absolutely no surprise... (Below threshold)
DaveD:

Yep, absolutely no surprises here. I have lived in PA almost all my life and felt that if Specter ever lost his Senate seat he would change his party affiliation and run as a Democrat which is I think what he secretly wants to be anyway.

From the AP:On ... (Below threshold)

From the AP:

On the flip side of the bipartisan effort, Obama sharpened his rhetoric in challenging the GOP to back the measure, arguing that last November voters rejected "partisan posturing," and "the same tried and failed approaches."

Feel free to figure out on your own how "I won...I will trump you on that" and not even allowing Republicans in on the process in the House fits in with a claim that voters rejected "partisan posturing" and embracing the failed examples of the Great Depression and 1990s Japan is a rejection of "the same tried and failed approaches".

On the other hand, polls show vast disapproval with the TRILLION DOLLAR spendings spree...so I guess it might be true...it's just that Great Leader and his fellow travellers are the ones that didn't get the message.

Also per the AP:<i... (Below threshold)

Also per the AP:

Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, was working with Democrats to cut back the measure's $340 billion tax section by perhaps $25 billion, an aide said.

Great - the part Snowe is looking to trim is the tax cut part. Great. Bravo. That'll help.

for crying out loud...

You know...my dad used to s... (Below threshold)

You know...my dad used to say that the country was heading to heck in a handbasket back in the 80s and 90s (when it was just a social breakdown) and that he was afraid he'd live to see the end of the US as a great nation and surely his kids would. Well, I don't know if Dad will make it, but if this passes I'm pretty sure my generation will live to see it. There is simply no way to add a TRILLION dollars to your deficit all at once, not when it represents a 50% spending increase all at once, without it doing potentially irreparable harm. I feel sorry for those that got through WW2 and the cold war only to see a socialist inaugurated and the birth of widespread socialism installed within 3 weeks. Dennis Prager wrote a column back in June that started like this:

The day the O.J. Simpson verdict was announced, I said to my then-teenage son, "David, please forgive me. I am handing over to you a worse America than my father handed over to me."

Unfortunately, I still feel this way.

I can't help but think America is, for the first time, guaranteeing our children a worse America than was handed to it. And it only took 3 weeks.

Barry, you should not have ... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Barry, you should not have burned so much political capital for this mess. ww

Now I can't wait for the Re... (Below threshold)
Adrian Browne:

Now I can't wait for the Republican primaries!

"Collins is wavering becaus... (Below threshold)
retired miilitary:

"Collins is wavering because she's feeling bad for possibly betraying her fellow Republicans and her constituents"

What a joke. She has stabbed them for years. I think she realizes just how big a mess the bill is and is wavering between voting for it to get her payoff or not voting for it and not getting blamed for it.

Great job, conservatives. ... (Below threshold)

Great job, conservatives. Keep pounding away. This one should be a no-brainer for every Republican: liberal, moderate or conservative. The spendulus bill is neither popular nor prudent.
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