Saturday, December 18, 2010

Republicans for Change

Republican Senators who voted to allow DADT repeal to come up for a vote in the Senate, thus assuring passage of this reform:

Scott Brown
Mark Kirk
George Voinovich
Lisa Murkowski
Susan Collins
Olympia Snowe

(UPDATE: Richard Burr and John Ensign subsequently switched their votes after the initial vote, making a total of eight Republicans in favor of moving the issue forward.)

Republican Senators who voted to allow the  DREAM Act to come up for a vote in the Senate:

Richard Lugar
Bob Bennett
Lisa Murkowski

Not enough in the second case to allow the bill to pass, unfortunately.  The real hero of the three is Lugar, who supported the bill even though he is probably going to face a primary challenge in 2012.  As pointed out on TPM, the fact that Murkowski and Bennett  both lost the backing of the Republican party probably explains their new-found independence.  Murkowski should be interesting to watch in the next Congress.

1 comment:

  1. Perhaps being the "anti-Palin" is not such a bad thing to be in Alaska these days.