Ex-Im Senate Vote Breakdown

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012 and is filed under Blog

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Here is the riddle of the day: What is it called when Rinos and donkeys get together for a bipartisan big-government love fest in Washington?  A same-sex marriage.

Yesterday, the Senate approved reauthorization and expansion of the Export-Import Bank by a 78-20 vote.  19 Republicans an Bernie Sanders voted no.  You have to give Bernie Sanders credit for his principled stance against business.  He hates them enough that he won’t vote for subsidies.  In that sense, socialism is not as bad as the crony capitalism espoused by the majority of both parties.

It’s interesting to note that while the House is often regarded as the “Tea Party” branch of government, a higher percentage of Republicans in the Senate, 40%, actually voted against the Bank.  Here are the 19 no votes:

  • Barrasso (WY)
  • Corker (TN)
  • Cornyn (TX)
  • Crapo (ID)
  • DeMint (SC)
  • Enzi (WY)
  • Grassley (IA)
  • Hatch (UT)
  • Inhofe (OK)
  • Johnson, R. (WI)
  • Kyl (AZ)
  • Lee, M. (UT)
  • McCain (AZ)
  • McConnell (KY)
  • Paul, Rand (KY)
  • Risch (ID)
  • Rubio (FL)
  • Toomey (PA)
  • Vitter (LA)

Now you might be wondering why McConnell is on the list.  Clearly, our focus on voting records and the fact that Heritage Action and the Club for Growth are scoring these votes makes senators think twice before voting the wrong way.  However, it is also important to note that Senator Mike Lee proposed an amendment to wind down the Bank after a year. Only 12 Republicans supported that amendment.  So while 19 of them were able to say that they voted against the reauthorization, only 12 senator were willing to go on record as supporting complete elimination of the bank.  The following 7 members who voted against final passage were not among the brave 12 who voted to end the bank:

Barrasso, Corker,  Enzi, Inhofe, Johnson, McConnell, Toomey.  Most of them are not surprising, but Toomey and Johnson are real disappointments.