Monday, June 29, 2009

Cap and Traitors: Blame These Boys and Girls

Key votes on the House climate change bill, from The Hill:

Leonard Boswell (D-Iowa). House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) negotiated many changes to the measure, noting that his panel members were behind him. But when Peterson backed the bill, others remained skeptical. Twelve of the 27 Agriculture Committee Democrats rejected the bill. But Boswell, who is regularly targeted by Republicans, needed to be convinced and Pelosi closed the deal.

Lacy Clay (D-Mo.). Clay was one of many members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) who was worried about the effect the legislation would have utility bills for his constituents. Clay backed the measure and the only CBC member who voted no was Rep. Artur Davis (D-Ala.), who has launched a gubernatorial bid.

Henry Cuellar (D-Texas). Obama tried, and failed to convince Cuellar. On Thursday, Pelosi approached Cuellar on the House floor as he was telling a colleague about how he was going to reject the bill. The Speaker tapped him on the shoulder.

“Henry,” she interrupted. “Can I talk to you about your vote?”

Cuellar, who sits on the Agriculture Committee, later said he was still leaning no. He waited late in the roll call on Friday evening to register his position, voting yes.

Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas). Doggett had called the legislation crafted by Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) “weak” on the House floor, adding he could not support it. He later changed his mind in a huge blow to GOP hopes of taking down the bill.

Alan Grayson (D-Fla.).
Grayson may be a freshman, but he knows how to horse trade like a veteran legislator. For his yes vote, Grayson secured a $50 million hurricane research center in his district.

Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio).
The Ohio lawmaker is not shy about blasting House Democratic leaders on various issues and bucking them on the floor. Like Doggett, she went to the House floor to complain about the climate bill, but subsequently voted for it.

Frank Kratovil (D-Md.).
The freshman lawmaker was seen on the House floor on Thursday shaking his head no on as Pelosi buttonholed him. Kratovil, one of the most vulnerable Democrats, voted yes on Friday. He likely was leaned on by fellow Maryland Democrats, Reps. Steny Hoyer and Chris Van Hollen, who are Pelosi’s deputies in leadership.

David Scott (D-Ga.).
Scott, an Agriculture Committee member, was on the fence earlier this week, but was persuaded to support the measure.

Heath Shuler (D-N.C.).
The former Redskins quarterback seems to enjoy being a maverick, publicly ripping Democrats on immigration reform and other matters. Shuler fell in line on this vote.

Peterson (D-Minn.). His criticism of the climate change bill attracted many headlines. Yet, his support was vital.

Scott Murphy (D-N.Y.). Murphy, who won a tight election this year to replace now Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), waited late in the roll call to support the legislation. His vote was immediate criticized by the National Republican Congressional Committee, which will be aiming to win the seat next year.

GOP centrists. If every Republican had rejected the bill, Democrats likely still would have had the votes to pass it. Rep. Pete Stark (D-Calif.), for example, has known Pelosi for decades and waited late in the vote to register his no vote. If it had made a difference, Stark – a key player on healthcare reform – would have likely voted yes. In 2007, Stark voted “present” on a war supplemental bill that he opposed in order to ease the passage of that spending measure. There were other Democratic no votes who would have helped Pelosi out in a pinch. But the eight “yes” votes from Republicans made it easier on the Democrats.

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