According to the Senate website, the definition of voice vote is as follows: “A vote in which the Presiding Officer states the question, then asks those in favor and against to say “Yea” or “Nay,” respectively, and announces the result according to his or her judgment. The names or numbers of Senators voting on each side are not recorded.” I added the emphasis so that the American people realize what happened with this vote. The results are based on human judgement and we cannot go after our representatives in Washington who voted for this crap. I can understand the value of having voice vote available in instances of post office namings and other side-bar items, but on something this devastating to an already over taxed system! Talk about disenfranchisement.
And there were a couple of amendments attached to this that most people will not hear about, but I happened to see because I pulled up the Roll Call List. There was an amendment from Senator Vitter that would have made the automatic cost of living increase for Congress null and void and they would have had to vote themselves a raise each year instead, which would have benefited we the people. That was tabled. Also, Senator Sessions introduced an amendment that would have extended the pilot program of E-Verify to make sure illegals were not being employed. That was tabled. Of course, both of those amendments and the vote for cloture on the bill were done as most votes are: recorded individually.
Now it is on to our unprincipled leader, President Obama, who will break yet another campaign promise and sign on with over 8,000 earmarks in the Omnibus. Wonder if any of the Kool-Aid drinkers are waking up yet?