Nine Senate Republicans Join Democrats to Pass Budget Deal
Nine Senate Republicans crossed over to vote with all Senate Democrats to support the budget deal that House Budget Committee chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) cut with Senate Budget Committee chairwoman Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA).
The deal passed Wednesday by a final vote of 64-36. The nine Senate Republicans who crossed over are as follows: Sens. John McCain (R-AZ), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Susan Collins (R-ME), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Ron Johnson (R-WI), John Hoeven (R-ND), and Rob Portman (R-OH).
The House passed the bill last Thursday by a margin of 332-94. A total of 169 Republicans supported the plan, many because of the talking points that Ryan gave them, while 62 House Republicans voted against the bill.
Ryan used a series of misleading styles of accounting and talking points to promote the bill, especially when it came to veterans' pensions. He claimed the bill overall reduced the deficit by $23 billion. In reality, the bill increases the deficit by at least $15.5 billion.
Most of these faults in the accounting and the inaccuracies in Ryan’s talking points did not become apparent until after the House voted for the plan. Armed with that information, 80% of Senate Republicans voted against Ryan's deal—a major reversal from the 73% of House Republicans who voted for it without that vetting.