It passed the Senate today … by a vote of 70-28.
No, that is not a typo.
13 Republicans voted for it and Ben Nelson voted against it. Lautenberg and Hutchison did not vote.
Here are the Republicans who voted for it:
If the ones who voted for cloture are scumbags, aren’t the ones who voted against cloture but for the bill 100x worse? I can see if you vote for cloture on something you believe merits a vote and then voting against it on the floor, but what in the heck excuse could a Senator have for doing the opposite? If you think it never deserved to even get a vote at all, how can you then flip a day or two later and vote for it?