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Tuesday, March 30, 2004

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Human Events has a behind-the-scenes account of the defeat of Dianne Feinstein's "poison-pill" amendment to the Unborn Victims of Violence Act (H.R. 1997). It is nice to see that Senate Republicans can push a through a difficult piece of legislation.
Congressional sources tell HUMAN EVENTS that the pro-life success in defeating this amendment can be chalked up to hard work by Majority Leader Bill Frist (R.-Tenn.). Frist was reportedly instrumental in bringing pro-abortion Senators Ben Campbell (R.-Colo.) -- whose vote was in doubt up to the last hour -- and Lisa Murkowski (R.-Alaska) over to the pro-life side. In turn, Murkowski brought with her Ted Stevens (R.-Alaska).
Way to go, Senator Frist!

And now for our Crapweasel of the Week: Sen. Arlen Specter.
Interestingly, liberal Sen. Arlen Specter (R.-Pa.) found this rollcall very unpleasant and tried to sit on the fence. Although he did not want to be the vote that caused Feinstein's amendment to pass, he voted "yes" only after was clear that the amendment would fail. This made little political sense for him, as a "no" vote would have helped him fend off the tough primary challenge he faces from conservative Rep. Pat Toomey (R.-Pa.).

Republican Senators voting in favor of the Feinstein amendment - Collins, Chafee, Snowe, Specter.

Democrat Senators voting against - Breaux, Miller, Nelson (Neb.).

Sen. Biden did not vote.

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