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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The Bush Dream of Compassionate Conservatism Lives On!

The Senate just passed H.R. 4213, the bill which will extend unemployment benefits to millions of desperate Americans. The vote was 60-40; Republicans Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe of Maine voted for the bill, as did the senator who has been a U.S. Senator for less than two hours, West Virginia Democrat, Carte Goodwin, who replaced the recently deceased Robert Byrd..
(right- sen. olympia snowe of maine,
left- sen. susan collins of maine)
.Nebraska Democrat Ben Nelson voted against the bill, siding with the Republicans who wanted to find a way "to pay" for the bill before it was passed, the same Republicans who want to extend Pres. Bush's tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, which are set to expire soon. If Ben Nelson's name sounds familiar, it might be because he was one of the handful of Democrats who almost derailed Pres. Obama's health care; at one point he negotiated a deal where Nebraska would have its state Medicaid bill paid for by the federal government, i.e. our taxes, in return for his vote on the health care bill. That deal was later negated. And Ben Nelson, nor his Republican friends, has also not mentioned how we're going to "pay for" the hundreds of millions of dollars in infrastructure aid which Hillary Clinton just promised to Pakistan. Way to go, Ben Nelson, you've had a tremendous year. Nebraska must be so proud..
(sen. ben nelson of nebraska)

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