A start of Fiscal Responsibility

by Sal on December 21, 2005

in Politics

The Republican Senate took the first step towards fiscal responsibility today when Vice President Dick Cheney cast the tiebreaking vote to cut spending by $39.7 Billion, sending the bill to President Bush for a signature. While this is pretty much pocket change for the Federal government, it is at least a start in the right direction from the constantly-expanding federal budgets of the past.

Later today, a vote on ANWR as part of the Defense appropriations bill, will also be taken. Stay tuned for updates and further Axis of Right commentary.

As part of a new tradition here at Axis of Right, below are the Republican Senators who voted against the Spending Cut.

Sen. Olympia Snowe, Maine, Sen Susan Collins, Maine, Sen. Gordon Smith, Oregon, Sen. Mike DeWine, Ohio, and Sen. Lincoln Chafee, Rhode Island.

Each time there is a vote of significance, we will post the Republican defectors here (as well as any unexpected Democrat supporters, if any). Prior to election 2006, we will post a tally of each RINO (Republican in Name Only) and their votes against crucial legislation.

Update: The Senate Democrats, with the help of some Republicans, filibustered the Defense Appropriations bill with ANWR oil drilling attached. The RINO’s in this vote were:

Sen Mike DeWine, Ohio, Sen. Lincoln Chafee, Rhode Island

Four Democrats also voted against the filibuster, and they deserve recognition as well:

Sen Mary Landreau, Louisiana, Sen Daniel Akaka, Hawaii, Sen Daniel Inouye, Hawaii, and Sen Ben Nelson, Nebraska.

Sen Bill Frist also voted for the filibuster in the 56-44 vote, but only for procedural reasons. So we were three votes away from breaking the filibuster, two of which were RINOs.

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