Oops! Senate leader votes against his own bill on its way to passage

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    Early this morning, after weeks of raucous debate and exhausting negotiations, the U.S. Senate passed a historic health-care reform bill. The gravity of the rather solemn moment, however, was momentarily broken when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, the main architect of the bill's passage, accidentally voted against it.

    With the debate on the bill entering its 25th day and the Senate's storied polite decorum eroding, the roll was called for the vote at 7:05 a.m. It was the first time since 1895 the Senate body has conducted a Christmas Eve vote on legislation. Reid, clearly weary from the process, stood when his name was called and said "nay." Realizing what he'd done, he quickly switched his vote to "aye" as his colleagues laughed. After the vote was concluded and the $871 billion bill was passed 60-39, Reid made light of the situation in a post-vote news conference, joking that his "nay" vote wasn't so much an accident as it was an effort on his part to extend the hand of bipartisanship to his Republican friends across the aisle.

    "I spent a very restless night last night trying to figure out how I could show some bipartisanship," he said. "I think I was able to accomplish that for a few minutes today."

    It should be noted that Reid's accidental vote against the bill wasn't the only atypical moment from this morning's vote. When his turn came, ailing 92-year-old Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV) deviated from Senate protocol to dedicate his vote to a recently departed friend who'd long fought to reform the nation's health care system.

    "This is for my friend Ted Kennedy," he said." Aye!"

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    Oops! Senate leader votes against his own bill on its way to passage - Yahoo! News
     
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    Dirty Harry voted twice, his votes should be eliminated.
     
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    They would have been if he had an (R) after his name.

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    Now when the results come to bear and the masses are pissed off, he can weasel out of blame by saying "I voted against it....(before I voted for it.)", but he'll conveniently leave off the last five words...sort of like John Kerry did as he failed to impress people while stumping for President.
     
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    I wondered what bribe he gave himself for voting yes?

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    ROFL... marvelous.
     
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    well, now im filled with confidence.
     
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    You make a good point

    There has to be some arcane senate rule out there to cover this issue

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    Maybe it would be a couple things like this...................

    Reid has also been criticized for several potentially self-enriching tactics. In 2005 Reid earmarked a spending bill to provide for building a bridge between Nevada and Arizona that would make land he owned more valuable. Reid called funding for construction of a bridge over the Colorado River, among other projects, 'incredibly good news for Nevada' in a news release after passage of the 2005 transportation bill. He owned 160 acres (65 ha) of land several miles from the proposed bridge site in Arizona. The bridge could add value to his real estate investment. A year later it was reported that Reid had used campaign donations to pay for $3,300 in Christmas gifts to the staff at the condominium where he resides; federal election law prohibits candidates from using political donations for personal use. Reid's staff stated that his attorneys had approved use of the funds in this manner but that he nonetheless would personally reimburse his campaign for the expenses. That action notwithstanding, the conservative group Citizens United announced it had filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission to investigate the matter.[40]

    In 2006, Reid was also brought under question as to his possible involvement in the Jack Abramoff Indian lobbying scandal, in that he purportedly "received more than $50,000 from four tribes with gaming interests between 2001 and 2004 after they hired Abramoff," which would have introduced a conflict of interest. However, the Senate Ethics Committee never accused Reid of violating Senate ethics rules

    Harry Reid - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
     
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    They're all crooks looking out for their own interests, and the interests of their "connections", every last one of 'em.
     
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