In a fairly unsurprising vote, the Senate just rejected a two year ban on earmarks by a 39-56 vote. While the vote largely went down party lines, eight
seven Republicans voted against the ban and seven Democrats voted for it.
Here are the Republicans voting no:
Bob Bennett (R-UT) – defeated for reelection, Appropriations Committee Thad Cochran (R-MS) – Ranking Member, Appropriations Committee Susan Collins (R-ME) – Appropriations Committee James Inhofe (R-OK) Richard Lugar (R-IN) Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) – Appropriations Committee Richard Shelby (R-AL) – Appropriations Committee George Voinovich (R-OH) – retiring, Appropriations Committee
Here are the Democrats voting yes:
Evan Bayh (D-IN) – retiring Michael Bennet (D-CO) – freshman Russ Feingold (D-WI) – defeated for reelection Claire McCaskill (D-MO) – freshman, up for reelection in 2012 Bill Nelson (D-FL) – up for reelection in 2012 Mark Udall (D-CO) – freshman Mark Warner (D-VA) – freshman
The trends here for those not voting the party line are clear. Republicans voting no are largely Appropriations Committee members and Democrats voting yes are largely first term members.
Update: We’ll be hosting a Twitter chat tomorrow at 3 PM to discuss issues around earmarks, the earmark ban and earmark transparency. Just follow @SunFoundation or track the #sunchat hashtag.