Wednesday, May 12, 2004

Republicans defeat unemployment benefit extension: "Democrats tried to attach the benefit to a corporate tax bill. On a 59-40 vote in the GOP-controlled Senate, they fell just shy of the 60 votes needed to overcome objections that extending the benefits violated last year's budget agreement.
Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, was the only senator who missed the vote"

-- Interesting headline considering 10 Republicans would have had to have voted with the Democrats to get to 59, too bad John Kerry was too busy runing for president to get back and make it 60-40 so it would have passed.

Perhaps a better headline would have been. "Senator Kerry not voting causes jobless benefit extension to fail"

OneMan

4 comments:

Rick Klau said...

Now come on, Henry... you know that Frist & co. arranged the votes so that Kerry's vote looked critical when in fact it wasn't. I'm no fan of Kerry's, but this is about as easy as it gets when you're in the majority and you're looking to score a cheap point or two...

OneMan said...

Yeah, doesn't mean I still didn't think that would be a better headline :-)

OneMan said...
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OneMan said...

I know what kind of move it was. Still doesn't mean I would not have liked the headline.