But Senate GOP votes, like those of Collins, Specter and Snowe, will undoubtedly come with a price tag, and the pressure from other Republicans to unify against Democratic solutions to the economy may only get more intense as time wears on.
Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) said he hopes the three GOP moderates will actually deny Democrats their votes in the future, saying the stimulus measure was more a wish list of Democratic policy priorities than an economic recovery bill.
I would hope that the three amigos if you wouldnt endanger your life if you got between them and a TV camera that maybe they can come back in, Roberts said.
Democrats are wary of just that problem, which was clear Friday on the Senate floor when Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) pleaded with Republicans to come to the negotiating table.
To my colleagues, please, on the next bill it is too late for this one rethink the attitude, Schumer said. We are trying. ... Republican input, albeit from three, has been large in this package. Join us. We want you to.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.