Wednesday, March 09, 2005

What party follows "marching orders" Senator Reid?

The other day (3-7) in the Senate both Kennedy and Santorum had competing amendments that would raise the minimum wage.

Thankfully both failed. I don't believe the Gov't should tell businesses what they should be paying their employees, the market should decide.

But that's not the reason for this post.

Before the votes on both amendments were cast Senator Reid, the majority leader, rose and said this.

I was heartened last week to see my Republican colleagues express their commitment to addressing the issue of poverty. Press conferences were held. But I believe the time has come for them to back up their words with action and vote to increase the minimum wage to $7.25 an hour. It is not going to happen. We understand that the marching orders have been given, and they will all walk up here and vote against increasing the minimum wage.

Oh, really? Let's look at how the votes were cast.

Kennedy Amdt. No. 44

Santorum Amdt. No. 128

Now if you'll notice in the Kennedy amendment there were NO dems in the 49-NAYs but there were 4 repubs in the YEAs. (Jeffords is a dem.) (and Spector said he would have voted for it if present, so that's really 5)

And when you look and the Santorum roll call only 38 repubs voted YEA and not one dem voted for it.

So who's following the "marching orders"?