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Obama Finds Lame Duck Ally In Murkowski

December 20, 2010

Three other Republican senators supported the president's position on three out of the four key bills: New England Sens. Scott Brown (R-Mass.), Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Olympia Snowe (R-Maine). They favored the tax cut compromise, the New START treaty and the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell while voting against the Dream Act.

And four Republican senators supported Obama on two out of four bills: Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), John McCain (R-Ariz.) and George Voinovich (R-Ohio). Graham, McCain and Voinovich all backed the New START treaty. Graham, McCain and Kirk favored the tax cut compromise while Voinovich did not. Voinovich and Kirk supported repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell.

Twenty-eight other GOP Senators voted only for the tax cut compromise and against the New START treaty, the Dream Act and repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell. Four Republicans voted against all four bills: Sens. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), John Ensign (R-Nev.) and Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.).

In an odd twist though, Ensign and Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) voted for the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell after voting against cloture.

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