Tuesday, June 11, 2013

McCain Doesn't Vote on Immigration Bill to Start Debate When He is a Co-Sponsor

Sometimes 2+2 don't add up to 4 which describes John McCain today.  

This is the information on the vote that took place today in the Senate to proceed to debate on the Senate Immigration bill which passed handly with 82 yes votes when only 60 were needed.  Still have a hard time with the new way of fiibuster because it wastes so much time and money.  Taking a vote to proceed to debate is ludicrous.  Majority Leader Reid should NEVER have agreed with McConnell whose word is worth zero, zip, nada as Reid found out shortly after the agreement. McConnell has been thumbing his nose at Reid ever since.  

Must be an election year as McConnell voted to proceed on this Immigration Bill.  Would bet he is planning on it being killed in the House where all good bills go to die with the Republicans in charge of the House.  The vast majority of Republicans only know one thing -- vote against anything Obama is for which is petty and mean spirited.  It also gives us a look into why the GOP is incapable of being in charge of the House with the hard right calling the shots.

When I looked at one of the three who didn't vote/abstained, one name jumped out at me - John McCain is a co-sponsor of this legislation who didn't vote to begin debate.  What am I missing?  How can you co-sponsor a bill and not vote for that bill?  McCain is all over the place.  Used to him being a maverick but this goes well past that into never, never land and have to wonder about McCain.  Having your picture taken in Syria with kidnappers is not something most Senators would have done.  Think McCain and Inhofe should have both retired in the last election as a lot of what they do and say makes no sense.  So should have Reagan in 1984 instead of running for a second term.  Sometimes ages catches up with some people more rapidly then others.  

Also noted today that Ted Cruz (R-TX), most hated man in Senate who wants to run for President believes this bill will pass but be killed in the House.  Can only imagine what off the wall things he will have to say about this bill in the debate.  Pants on Fire, Fact Checkers better get some good sleep tonight as they are going to need it with Inhofe and Cruz debating for the anti-everything group of Senators.
S.744 Latest Title: Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act
Sponsor: Sen Schumer, Charles E. [NY] (introduced 4/16/2013)      Cosponsors (7)
Related Bills: H.R.490S.223S.616 Latest Major Action: 6/10/2013 Motion to proceed to measure considered in Senate.
Senate Reports: 113-40
COSPONSORS(7), ALPHABETICAL [followed by Cosponsors withdrawn]:     (Sort: by date)Sen Bennet, Michael F. [CO] - 4/17/2013
Sen Durbin, Richard [IL] - 4/17/2013
Sen Flake, Jeff [AZ] - 4/17/2013
Sen Graham, Lindsey [SC] - 4/17/2013
Sen McCain, John [AZ] - 4/17/2013
Sen Menendez, Robert [NJ] - 4/17/2013
Sen Rubio, Marco [FL] - 4/17/2013

Grouped By Vote Position
YEAs ---82
Alexander (R-TN)
Ayotte (R-NH)
Baldwin (D-WI)
Baucus (D-MT)
Begich (D-AK)
Bennet (D-CO)
Blumenthal (D-CT)
Blunt (R-MO)
Boxer (D-CA)
Brown (D-OH)
Burr (R-NC)
Cantwell (D-WA)
Cardin (D-MD)
Carper (D-DE)
Casey (D-PA)
Chambliss (R-GA)
Chiesa (R-NJ)
Coats (R-IN)
Cochran (R-MS)
Collins (R-ME)
Coons (D-DE)
Corker (R-TN)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Cowan (D-MA)
Donnelly (D-IN)
Durbin (D-IL)
Feinstein (D-CA)
Fischer (R-NE)
Flake (R-AZ)
Franken (D-MN)
Gillibrand (D-NY)
Graham (R-SC)
Hagan (D-NC)
Harkin (D-IA)
Hatch (R-UT)
Heinrich (D-NM)
Heitkamp (D-ND)
Heller (R-NV)
Hirono (D-HI)
Hoeven (R-ND)
Isakson (R-GA)
Johanns (R-NE)
Johnson (D-SD)
Johnson (R-WI)
Kaine (D-VA)
King (I-ME)
Klobuchar (D-MN)
Landrieu (D-LA)
Leahy (D-VT)
Levin (D-MI)
Manchin (D-WV)
McCaskill (D-MO)
McConnell (R-KY)
Menendez (D-NJ)
Merkley (D-OR)
Mikulski (D-MD)
Moran (R-KS)
Murphy (D-CT)
Murray (D-WA)
Nelson (D-FL)
Paul (R-KY)
Portman (R-OH)
Pryor (D-AR)
Reed (D-RI)
Reid (D-NV)
Rockefeller (D-WV)
Rubio (R-FL)
Sanders (I-VT)
Schatz (D-HI)
Schumer (D-NY)
Shaheen (D-NH)
Stabenow (D-MI)
Tester (D-MT)
Thune (R-SD)
Toomey (R-PA)
Udall (D-CO)
Udall (D-NM)
Warner (D-VA)
Warren (D-MA)
Whitehouse (D-RI)
Wicker (R-MS)
Wyden (D-OR)
NAYs ---15
Barrasso (R-WY)
Boozman (R-AR)
Crapo (R-ID)
Cruz (R-TX)
Enzi (R-WY)
Grassley (R-IA)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Kirk (R-IL)
Lee (R-UT)
Risch (R-ID)
Roberts (R-KS)
Scott (R-SC)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shelby (R-AL)
Vitter (R-LA)
Not Voting - 3
Coburn (R-OK)McCain (R-AZ)Murkowski (R-AK)

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