They rejected the standalone bill to defund ObamaCare also, but that was a straight party-line vote and will provide plenty of tasty goodness for attack ads next year against McCaskill, Tester, Nelson et al. No party line on defunding PP, though: 42/58, with five Republicans — Brown, Collins, Snowe, Mark Kirk, and our old friend Lisa Murkowski — joining Democrats. Of those five, only Brown and Snowe are up for reelection, and the GOP’s position in Massachusetts is so precarious that I doubt Brown will get a serious primary challenge regardless. All of which goes towards two points. One: If you were wondering why Boehner gave up on the PP rider in budget negotiations last week, wonder no longer. And two: It’ll be a long, long time before the GOP stands a real chance of defunding Planned Parenthood. We’ve got a better shot at repealing O-Care, frankly, than we do at turning off the spigot of taxpayer money for one of America’s abortion HQs.
As for the budget deal, it passed the Senate the same way it did the House — overwhelmingly, but with an unusual ideological mix in the minority. The roll will be here eventually but it isn’t up as I’m writing this; according to the Examiner’s Philip Klein, though, the no votes were Coburn, Crapo, DeMint, Ensign, Graham(!), Hatch, Inhofe, Johnson, Leahy, Lee, Levin, Paul, Risch, Rubio, Sanders, Shelby, Toomey, Vitter, and Wyden. Hatch is obviously looking to earn some tea-party cred ahead of next year; Grahamnesty hasn’t cared much about that in the past, but maybe he’s finally waking up to it. I don’t know how else to explain his vote.
Here’s Rand Paul before the vote doing what Rand Paul does best.