What can Brown do for you? This, for starters.
Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska is leading the charge to block the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gasses, and today she got some support from across the aisle: Three Democratic senators signed onto Murkowski resolution to bar such regulation.
The Democrats, the Associated Press reports, are Ben Nelson of Nebraska, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, and Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas. Murkowski’s resolution says a rule submitted by the EPA to regulate greenhouse gasses “shall have no force or effect.” Thirty-five Republicans co-sponsored the measure.
Nelson and Lincoln also voted for John Thune’s failed amendment to end TARP, which would have made this a good day for Bribetaking Ben if not for the news from CBO that applying his Medicaid “Cornhusker Kickback” to all 50 states — as he claims he wants — would mean another $35 billion for ObamaCare. Not over 10 years, mind you; over just three years.
I’m trying to do the math for ObamaCare to see if I can get 11 Democratic no votes, which would kill the bill even in a case of reconciliation, but I don’t think I can get there. Best bets are these three plus Bayh, Bennet, Lieberman, McCaskill, Bill Nelson, Pryor, Warner, and Webb, but Bennet said a few months ago that he’d vote for O-Care even if it meant being voted out in November and McCaskill and Nelson, while swing-staters, have been safe yes votes until now. I don’t think we’ve got the numbers. Tell me I’m wrong.