Emergency Supplemental Passes:


The pork-laden emergency supplemental bill passed the Senate today with 70 “yea” votes. The 70 votes means that some Senators would have to flip-flop if they didn’t want to override President Bush’s first veto of his presidency. The President has threatened to veto the emergency supplemental because of the excess spending, however the President has previously signed a bill that he had threatened to veto for the same reasons. That would be the 2005 transportation appropriations bill, which at one point included the infamous “Bridge to Nowhere”. Tim Chapman has more at the Capitol Report and NZ Bear at Porkbusters posts a list of votes for and against Sen. Tom Coburn’s (R-OK) pork stripping amendments.