I heard on the radio this morning that three unnamed Republicans voted with the Democrats in the Senate to end a filibuster on the Defense Appropriations bill which had 1,719 earmarks worth $7.6 billion. I automatically assumed that the two ‘Republican’ Senators from Maine, Snowe and Collins, voted to end the filibuster, but I was curious as to who the third one was.
It turns out it was Texas Senator and Gubernatorial candidate, Kay Bailey Hutchison.
The Republicans were filibustering the Defense Appropriation bill as a stalling technique to delay the Health Care bill from getting to the floor.
Now, thanks to Sen. Hutchison, the Senate just might pass the health care bill by Christmas. Thanks Senator Hutchison for sticking to your Conservative principles!
(Hat Tip to Erick Erickson from Red State for this information)