Thursday, May 22, 2008

How They Voted on The Farm Bill

After a wink and a nod from the President, letting Republicans know it was OK to vote for the Farm Bill, it passed by a veto- proof margin in both houses of Congress. President Bush who was reluctant to veto any spending bill passed by a Republican Congress, apparently feels he needs to go though the motions of vetoing at least some excessive spending bill passed by a Democratic Congress. However, it is all a game and the President did not intend for his veto to be sustained. Apparently, he thinks we are so stupid, we will not see how the game is really played.

The farm bill was an absolutely terrible bill. It increased spending by 44% above last year’s level. It contains millions in non-farm pork spending, it subsidizes multimillionaire farmers, it increases food prices to the consumer, it makes corn syrup so cheap that it is added to products that don’t need corn syrup, it undermines American leadership on trade and puts farmers in undeveloped countries at a competitive disadvantage which keeps poor countries from developing a modern agricultural sector.

I have below a list of how each Senator voted. I have also listed the vote of the Tennessee Congressmen. To see how congressmen in your state voted, click here.

I did not expect better from the Democrats but I am deeply disappointed in a good many Republicans. You will note that some prominent Republicans, many who will brag about their conservative credentials and blast their opponents as "liberal", voted for this bill. I have highlighted a few of their names. While I am not going to turn against someone over one single vote, anyone who voted for this bill should not be taken very seriously if they rail against wasteful government spending.

In looking at the list below, I am very disappointed in my own two Senators, Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker. I have admired and respected both of these men. I have thought they were rational, moderate, responsible, fiscally conservative public servants. I have voted for them and made modest contributions to their campaigns. They disappoint me.

Pleased to see voting against the bill in defiance of his own party is my own representative, Congressman Jim Cooper. Representative Cooper is a Democrat. If the next time we have a senatorial election in Tennessee, Democrat Jim Cooper should challenge either of our Republican senators, I might just vote for Cooper. This disgruntled Republican might just become a conservative Democrat.

How the Senate Voted:


Aye Sessions, Jefferson[R]
Aye Shelby, Richard [R]
Aye Murkowski, Lisa [R]
Aye Stevens, Ted [R]
Nay Kyl, Jon [R]
No Vote McCain, John [R]
Aye Lincoln, Blanche [D]
Aye Pryor, Mark [D]
Aye Feinstein, Dianne [D]
No Vote Boxer, Barbara [D]
Aye Allard, Wayne [R]
Aye Salazar, Ken [D]
Aye Lieberman, Joseph [I]
No Vote Dodd, Christopher [D]
Aye Carper, Thomas [D]
No Vote Biden, Joseph [D]
Aye Martinez, Mel [R]
No Vote Nelson, Bill [D]
Aye Chambliss, C. [R]
Aye Isakson, John [R]
Aye Akaka, Daniel [D]
Aye Inouye, Daniel [D]
Aye Craig, Larry [R]
Aye Crapo, Michael [R]
Aye Durbin, Richard [D]
No Vote Obama, Barack [D]
Aye Bayh, B. [D]
Nay Lugar, Richard [R]
Aye Grassley, Charles [R]
Aye Harkin, Thomas [D]
Aye Brownback, Samuel [R]
Aye Roberts, Pat [R]
Aye Bunning, Jim [R]
Aye McConnell, Mitch [R]
Aye Landrieu, Mary [D]
Aye Vitter, David [R]
Aye Snowe, Olympia [R]
Nay Collins, Susan [R]
Aye Cardin, Benjamin [D]
Aye Mikulski, Barbara [D]
Aye Kennedy, Edward [D]
Aye Kerry, John [D]
Aye Levin, Carl [D]
Aye Stabenow, Debbie Ann [D]
Aye Coleman, Norm [R]
Aye Klobuchar, Amy [D]
Aye Cochran, Thad [R]
Aye Lott, Trent [R]
Aye Bond, Christopher [R]
Aye McCaskill, Claire [D]
Aye Baucus, Max [D]
Aye Tester, Jon [D]
Aye Nelson, Ben [D]
Nay Hagel, Charles [R]
Aye Reid, Harry [D]
Nay Ensign, John [R]

New Hampshire
Nay Gregg, Judd [R]
Nay Sununu, John [R]
New Jersey
Aye Menendez, Robert [D]
Nay Lautenberg, Frank [D]
New Mexico
Aye Bingaman, Jeff [D]
Aye Domenici, Pete [R]
New York
Aye Schumer, Charles [D]
No Vote Clinton, Hillary [D]
North Carolina
Aye Dole, Elizabeth [R]
Nay Burr, Richard [R]
North Dakota
Aye Conrad, Kent [D]
Aye Dorgan, Byron [D]
Aye Brown, Sherrod [D]
Nay Voinovich, George [R]
Aye Coburn, Thomas [R]
Aye Inhofe, James [R]
Aye Smith, Gordon [R]
Aye Wyden, Ron [D]
Aye Casey, Robert [D]
Aye Specter, Arlen [R]
Rhode Island
Nay Reed, John [D]
Nay Whitehouse, Sheldon [D]
South Carolina
Aye Graham, Lindsey [R]
Nay DeMint, Jim [R]
South Dakota
Aye Johnson, Tim [D]
Aye Thune, John [R]
Aye Alexander, Lamar [R]
Aye Corker, Bob [R]
Aye Cornyn, John [R]
Aye Hutchison, Kay [R]
Aye Hatch, Orrin [R]
Nay Bennett, Robert [R]
Aye Leahy, Patrick [D]
Aye Sanders, Bernard [I]
Aye Warner, John [R]
Aye Webb, Jim [D]
Aye Cantwell, Maria [D]
Aye Murray, Patty [D]
West Virginia
Aye Byrd, Robert [D]
Aye Rockefeller, John [D]
Aye Feingold, Russell [D]
Aye Kohl, Herbert [D]
Aye Barrasso, John [R]
Aye Enzi, Michael [R

How Tennessee’s Representatives Voted.
Aye TN-1
Davis, David [R]
Nay TN-2 Duncan, John [R]
Nay TN-3 Wamp, Zach [R]
Aye TN-4 Davis, Lincoln [D]
Nay TN-5 Cooper, Jim [D]
Aye TN-6 Gordon, Barton [D]
Nay TN-7 Blackburn, Marsha [R]
Aye TN-8 Tanner, John [D]
Aye TN-9 Cohen, Steve [D

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