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Mad that their amendments weren't part of the bill -- including Kennedy's minimum wage hike -- Dems blocked an extension of welfare reform.

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Democrats Stall Welfare Reform

Mad that their amendments weren’t part of the bill — including Kennedy’s minimum wage hike — Dems blocked an extension of welfare reform.

On April 1, by a vote of 51 to 47, the Senate again failed to invoke cloture on the Welfare Reauthorization Act (H.R. 4). In order to end discussion on the issue and bring it to a vote, 60 votes were needed.

While all Republicans voted for cloture, all Democrats but one resisted on the grounds that their unrelated amendments — including Kennedy’s minimum wage increase (see above) and various labor regulations — were not allowed to come up for a vote.

Sen. Rick Santorum (R.-Pa.) argued that there is no correlation between minimum wage and child poverty, as Kennedy maintains. “During the highest level of poverty among African-Americans, we had a high minimum wage,” Santorum said.

The reauthorization bill would increase the work requirement by 20%. Interestingly enough, the amount of daycare would increase by 100%. “So this — the Democrats’ objection — is, again, Washington logic,” said Santorum. He also alluded to the President’s marriage initiative, encouraging marriage among couples seeking welfare. Studies demonstrate that poverty rates are lower among married couples than they are among single heads of household.

A “yes” vote was a vote in favor of invoking cloture, ending discussion and bringing to a vote the Senate committee’s substitute that would reauthorize, with a few changes, the current successful welfare reform measure through fiscal 2008 and was, in effect, a vote for welfare reform extension. A “no” vote was a vote against cloture and was, in effect, a vote against welfare reform extension.

For the Motion: 51 Against the Motion: 47
REPUBLICANS FOR (50):
Alexander
Allard
Allen
Bennett
Bond
Brownback
Bunning
Burns
Campbell
Cochran
Coleman
Collins
Cornyn
Craig
Crapo
Chafee
Chambliss
DeWine
Dole
Domenici
Ensign
Enzi
Fitzgerald
Frist
Graham (S.C.)
Grassley
Gregg
Hagel
Hatch
Hutchison
Inhofe
Kyl
Lott
Lugar
McCain
McConnell
Nickles
Roberts
Santorum
Sessions
Shelby
Smith
Snowe
Specter
Stevens
Sununu
Talent
Thomas
Voinovich
Warner

DEMOCRATS FOR (1):
Miller

REPUBLICANS AGAINST (0):

DEMOCRATS AGAINST (46):
Akaka
Baucus
Bayh
Biden
Bingaman
Boxer
Breaux
Byrd
Cantwell
Carper
Clinton
Conrad
Corzine
Daschle
Dayton
Dodd
Dorgan
Durbin
Edwards
Feingold
Feinstein
Graham (Fla.)
Harkin
Hollings
Inouye
Johnson
Kennedy
Kohl
Landrieu
Lautenberg
Leahy
Levin
Lieberman
Lincoln
Mikulski
Murray
Nelson (Fla.)
Nelson (Neb.)
Pryor
Reed (R.I.)
Reid (Nev.)
Rockefeller
Sarbanes
Schumer
Stabenow
Wyden

INDEPENDENTS AGAINST (1):
Jeffords

NOT VOTING: 2

REPUBLICANS (1): DEMOCRATS (1):
Murkowski Kerry
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