hey yelled, they screamed, they hopped up and down on one leg and told us how bad this 410 billion dollar spending bill was and how it was â€œbusiness as usualâ€™ (something they should certainly know about) that increased the spending level 8% and was full of 9,000 earmarks. And they condemned the Democrats and said they were spending the country into bankruptcy. They claimed that the best way to continue the spending was to keep it at this yearâ€™s level and that would save 250 billion dollars.
In the end, 8 Republican senators voted for the bill. Thatâ€™s right, 8. Specter and Snowe were consistent – theyâ€™ve never seen an outlandish and wasteful, pork packed, deficit-funded spending bill they didnâ€™t like.
Who else joined them? Why Mississippi Sens. Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker; Alabama Sen. Richard Shelby; Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander; Missouri Sen. Kit Bond and Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski. The cloture vote passed handily even with three Democratic senators voting against it.
I was going to post something about this, but McQueen beat me to it. Yeah, just this morning some GOP Senators were flatly saying that Reid didn’t have the votes to pass it.
But we can always count on GOP Senators to stab the party, conservatives, and themselves in the back.
Be sure and check out the list of some of the more rancid items of pork. (via Bashir – thanks!)