Thursday, November 17, 2005

They're Revolting in the House

About 2:15 this afternoon, the Democrats in the U.S. House held together (amazing in itself) and with 22 Republican "moderates" defeated the attempt by Republican conservatives to slash social services. It was an appropriations bill for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (and related agencies), and it went down 224 to 209. According to Think Progress, the 15-minute vote was held open for 30 minutes, but the Republican strong arms could not make 22 members of the Republican caucus vote "right." Not one Democrat -- not one! -- voted for the Republican bill.

How's that for togetherness?

And how's that for the fracturing of the Republican monolith?

Needless to say, Virginia Foxx voted with her leadership. She just hates the sponging poor.

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