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Kay Bailey Hutchison skips jobs bill vote

By Ben Pershing
Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison decided to skip Wednesday morning's vote on the $15 billion job-creation bill as she battles against being dubbed a "Washington insider" in the Texas gubernatorial GOP primary.

Thirteen Republicans crossed the aisle to join 57 Democrats in backing the jobs bill, which creates a Social Security tax break for companies hiring new employees and also contains money to replenish the highway trust fund. Hutchison was one of only two senators to miss the vote; the other was Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), who was diagnosed with cancer last week.

As of this posting, Hutchison's office had not responded to a request for comment on why she missed the vote and how she would have voted had she been present.

Hutchison is fighting to unseat Gov. Rick Perry in the Texas primary, which is scheduled for March 2. Perry leads in the polls, and has worked to turn the senator's long experience in Congress against her. "I didn't think that anyone could turn my success in producing results for Texas into a negative, but I think that he has attempted to do that and that is what I've been having to fight against," Hutchison said in an interview with the Associated Press.

Through Feb. 4, Hutchison had missed 7.2 percent of all votes cast in the 111th Congress, the sixth-most among current senators, according to a Washington Post database.

Looking at the five senators who have missed more votes than Hutchison, three -- Sens. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.), Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) and Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) -- have had significant health problems. Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.) missed several votes when he was weighing whether to become President Obama's Commerce secretary, and Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.), who is retiring, missed more than 20 votes in December but declined to give specific explanations why to the Kentucky media.

Of the 13 Republicans who voted for final passage of the jobs bill Wednesday, five also voted with Democrats on a key procedural tally Monday: Sens. Christopher S. Bond (Mo.), Scott Brown (Mass.), Susan Collins (Maine), Olympia Snowe (Maine) and George Voinovich (Ohio).

Another eight Republicans went from "no" on Monday to "aye" on Wednesday: Sens. Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), Richard Burr (N.C.), Thad Cochran (Miss.), Orrin Hatch (Utah), James Inhofe (Okla.), George LeMieux (Fla.), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and Roger Wicker (Miss.).

By Ben Pershing  |  February 24, 2010; 12:33 PM ET
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Kay Bailey Hutchinson too liberal to be the governor of Texas? This is absolutely incredible. What on earth is happening in Texas.

Posted by: makeitwright | February 24, 2010 11:26 PM | Report abuse

are you watching texas?good leader huh?afraid to vote.

Posted by: donaldtucker | February 24, 2010 9:58 PM | Report abuse

She's a fraud.

Posted by: SickofFatCats | February 24, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

She's a cowardess!

Posted by: houston123 | February 24, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

I wonder how this will play out with the Wombs Without Brains- er, I mean Hockey Moms back home?? Do they even play hockey in texas?

Posted by: arm320 | February 24, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Once Texans were famous for bravery, think Jim Bowie and the Alamo. Sadly, Texas is now famous for its GOP cowards. George W. Bush, Kay Bailey Hutchison, Rick Perry, Tom Delay, Karl Rove, etc.

Posted by: rodneythecat | February 24, 2010 6:43 PM | Report abuse

She's a coward!

Posted by: DCGuyme | February 24, 2010 6:39 PM | Report abuse

At least she didn't pull the regular republican lazy party vote and vote no without any study or investigation of the bill. I can't imagine why all the republicans that show up for the votes even show up. They should just have one person show up and make a party vote for all of them. Better yet they should be given an aptitude test on every subject that they vote for. That would prove that they have no idea what their talking about or voting on 95% of the time. If you take a good look at the republican party leaders and the way they look, talk and act you would have to wonder how they got in office and if their really serious about anything other than special interest and their own personal gain. Their KOOKY!!! Sessions..? Boehner....? McConnell...? Flapping toungue Gingrich....? Their completely off the wall idea's are ridiculous and specially designed to irritate and bother any party that doesn't agree with stupidity.

Posted by: kimkimminni1 | February 24, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Hutchison's absence is shameful! Was she too busy to do her job and vote on a jobs bill?

Posted by: gce1356 | February 24, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Cowardly cow.

Posted by: lambcannon | February 24, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

TO: leichtman

The $15 Billion Jobs Bill will do nothing to help the Texas problems you have described, it will only raise taxes for us and taxes for business. Just the opposite of what we need to move forward.

Kay Bailey should have done all she could to have defeated this bill, yet she did not even vote!

Posted by: KBHandRay | February 24, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

TO: trident420

I am so sorry, I did not read your comment correctly!

Now that I have, I agree and you said it very well!

Again, I guess Kay Bailey Hutchison was not going to get anyting out of the vote for herself, thus she did not vote.

Posted by: KBHandRay | February 24, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

"See for yourselves who in the 111th Congress has missed the most votes in the Senate."
You mean they broke McCain's record?

Posted by: JRM2 | February 24, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Hey baggers, how's Scott Brown working out for ya?, have you thrown him under the bus yet?

Posted by: JRM2 | February 24, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

To screwjob2:

I'd suggest you look one step beyond the numbers of which party makes the votes:

1. If you look at senators who missed only zero-to-four of the 417 votes (or less than one percent), it was 33 Dems, 14 GOPs, and 1 Indy (Bernie Sanders).
2. The reason that the D numbers in total are a little higher are two:
a. The three or four members of the session who have been very sick with such things as brain cancer have all been Dems. (If you take away the votes Sen. Kennedy missed alone you equalize the totals.)
b. Three or four others missed the small handful of votes while being confirmed or sworn into offices such as vice president and secretary of state. Now, the totals are perhaps high (like 30 percent), but they were only there for six to ten votes total. And, they likely didn't vote on their own confirmation, which would affect that total.

So, if you actually read the numbers, the Ds come out significantly better than the Rs on showing up for votes. I respond only because honesty is a good policy.

Posted by: prairiepopulist | February 24, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

it doesn't matter how she would have voted. she has p.o Ds by insulting the POTUS who were prepared to cross over in the primary and support her and the conservatives in the state don't trust her. Both will be toast in Nov by a well run Bill White campaign. Texas is in desperate need of change and CHANGE will be Bill White's message to rid us of the sessionist governor who puts his brand of ugly politics ahead of the needs of my beloved Texas citizens.

Posted by: leichtman | February 24, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

To KBHandRay:

If that is your opinion, then she should have attended and voted "no."

My point is that she did "nothing."

Posted by: trident420 | February 24, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

the $15 billion is not in Texas ineterest?
That is interesting seeing that we face a multibillion dollar deficit next year and have the highest property taxes in the country and exploding college costs. I have several unemployed professional friends who have been layed off and resent the idea that you and governor Perry wish to deny them their extension of unemployment benefits and COBRA so that you, Perry and Hutchinson can make your partisan statement. Have you and your sessionist governor no shame?

Posted by: leichtman | February 24, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

... and she still got paid.

Posted by: whocares666 | February 24, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

KBH is a coward.

Posted by: jckdoors | February 24, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

See for yourselves who in the 111th Congress has missed the most votes in the Senate.

That would be the dims.

Posted by: screwjob2 | February 24, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

To: Heerman532

Your statement as to why Kay Bailey Hutchison is wanting to be Governor of Texas is very naive.

But you keep thinking that.

To All Happy Voting!

Posted by: KBHandRay | February 24, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

The logical question to ask is--WHY--the United States government, has never even started the mass deportation of illegal immigrants? Because it costs too much? So the next question we should ask, is--WHY--if it costs too much, then--WHY--are they able to find--BILLIONS AND BILLIONS--of dollars in expenditures for free health care, education and accommodating hundreds of thousands in prisons? The answer is very simple that Wall Street, open border lobbyists, congregational religion, unions and subversive groups have to much power over our politicians. Hands are certainly greased by the wealth businesses, who have sold their loyalty to the American worker for Judases 30 pieces of silver or a larger profit margin. Throw out of office these conveyors of corruption, beginning with Sen Harry Reid, Speaker Nancy Pelosi in mid-term elections who intentionally opted E-Verify from the job bill.

We need to insist of the legislators a permanent E-Verify? A permanant 287 (g) illegal alien arrest and local police.ICE needs to return to lightening raids on companies who use foreign labor. It works and must be operated nationwide. It ejects illegal laborers from the mainstream workforce, and gives the employee the ability to straighten out his dilemma by being interviewed by the Social Security agents. Of course nobody mentions that? Specially the pro-anti-illegal organizations and the business world. YOU CAN LEARN THE TRUTH at NUMBERSUSA, SMARTBUSINESSPRACTICES. Read about the corruption at JUDICIALWATCH The Jobs bill needs E-Verify attached to it, to halt the illegal immigration invasion. Call the Call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 and speak to your federal, state representative. Tell them no AMNESTY, NO MORE SANCTUARY STATES. American jobs for American people. One flag, one language. No copyright on this comment. Inform the people--its a matter of survival.

Immigration Quick News:
The father and 2 sons murdered by an illegal alien gang member, in San Francisco in the Sanctuary State of California. The widowed wife can receive no restitution from the city as according to the so-called judge Charlotte Woolard "they’re not eligible to claim that the city failed to protect them." GOD HELP OUR CITIZENS AND LEGAL RESIDENTS, WHEN JUDGES GIVE NO FINANCIAL RELIEF TO A GRIEVING WIFE & MOTHER FROM COLD BLOODED MURDERER WITH AN AK47.

Posted by: infinity555 | February 24, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

When is Texas going to secede? I hope Perry wins and takes Texas with him. Let HIM fight against the drug cartels who have taken over the border instead of making the U.S. taxpayers pay for it with Customs and Homeland Security.

As a bonus, he gets to keep Jerry Jones and the Cowflops.

Everyone wins.

Posted by: Please_Fix_VAs_Roads | February 24, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, no. Maybe Governor Goodhair can launch Tea Party Nation from another state, but let us keep Texas, please

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | February 24, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Ok, one more time;

Ole' Kay has adopted two kids. She has said very, V E R Y publicly that she doesn't want to raise them in Washington D.C. So, since she is entitled, according to her lobbyists, to have whatever she wants, she decided she should be governor.

The End.

Posted by: Heerman532 | February 24, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Oh come on WAPO,tell the truth here,as
Kay Bailey Hutchinson screwed up big time,
by being stupid enough to give up her safe
seat in the US Senate and run against Texas Governor Rick Perry and she is so far
behind in the polls that the only thing left open to her just retire as you have
become a joke and has been Hutchinson now.

However,the very strong possiblity also sure exists that every current Incumbent both Republican and Democrat will be voted
out of office on election days 2010 & 2012.
As,frankly WE the People are as fed up with
Congress as we are with Barack Obama and as
an Independent Voter in Arizona I will not
vote to re-elect Amnesty John McCain and I
sure as Hell will not vote for Mitt nitwit
Romney or Barack Hussein Obama in 2012!

Posted by: carleen09 | February 24, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

When is Texas going to secede? I hope Perry wins and takes Texas with him. Let HIM fight against the drug cartels who have taken over the border instead of making the U.S. taxpayers pay for it with Customs and Homeland Security.

As a bonus, he gets to keep Jerry Jones and the Cowflops.

Everyone wins.

Posted by: Please_Fix_VAs_Roads | February 24, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

all that counts next this november is if the jobs bill has worked...
and since the dems are in power and they wrote the bill...
they get the credit or the blame...
either way it's up to the people then to grade them...
how many think too little too late...
think about it...

Posted by: DwightCollins | February 24, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Someone;s running scared...

KBH didn't want to be accused of voting against jobs, but she also knew that the Tea Party crowd would kill her if voted with the socialist majority...

Posted by: parkerfl1 | February 24, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Sen. Bunning is also retiring. Anybody know how much money is in his RE-EIECTION campagin account? Whatever is in that account he can take with him and it's TAX-FREE. That's right TAX-FREE. $1 dollar or $13 million, it's TAX-FREE. Sombody find out and let us know!!! All sneators and congressmen and women can do the same. Even Kay. I think it's called REDISTRIBUTION of WEALTH.

Posted by: doughboy96 | February 24, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

TO: trident420

It must be in Kay Baileys Hutchison's best interest for she promised in her campaign for Texas Gov. to fight for Texas.

As the $15 Billion Job Bill is not in the best interst of Texas and we sure do not want to pay for it, why was she not fighting to defeat it, and at least vote against it??!!

No she, she was serving two self intersts, to be a US Senator and a Texas Governor.

Posted by: KBHandRay | February 24, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Sen. Mikulski's significant health problem was a broken ankle. I guess she couldn't find a wheelchair or some crutches.

Sen.Hutchison has no excuse, she may be running for gov. of Texas but her primary job is in Washington as SENATOR for Texas.

Posted by: doughboy96 | February 24, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Huh? How exactly does this benefit her?

Do Texans really think that sitting on a$$ makes you a "Washington Outsider?"

Posted by: trident420 | February 24, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

More proof that repugnants are creeps....

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | February 24, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Kay Bailey Hutchison's self interest rules again.

The real truth shall set you free and Texas most likely will be free of Kay Bailey Hutchison. Here is some truth that is coming out.
"I will be a governor who never forgets who she works for." That is great for Ray Hutchison the bond attorney husband, AA, and DFW Airport, Enron (the former Law Firm for ENRON), against the needs of all Texans!
What Kay really means is-
In Kay Bailey Hutchison's own words, it is about money! " I want to earn money and support my children and the things that will put them in a very strong position for the future.” In the past it has been from her husbands best clients with payments through her husband.
For example:
Kay Bailey Hutchison and her Bond attorney husband Ray Hutchison have taken $Millions from DFW Airport Bond management fees since 1968 to now.
Most recent increase in Bond Management fees being the additional DFW Airport Bond for $2.7 Billion in 2005 by Ray the bond attorney and his law firm Vinson and Elkins (the former law firm for ENRON).
Kay Bailey will take all the money she and Ray can get their hands on and do it under her role in Government.
Most likely Ray wants Kay to be Governor because she cannot make as much money in the Senate any more now that the Democrats are in charge.
Kay Bailey Hutchison is a front for Ray to make vast sums of money behind the Oz Curtain of Government.
Kay Bailey and Ray Hutchison did more in a sneeze in felony theft of public trust then Don Hill (former Mayor Pro Tem Dallas) even could imagine doing and he was found guilty, as he should have been.
When will Kay Bailey and Ray Hutchison be investigated??
$Millions have made it into the Hutchison household by Kay Bailey as front for her husband Ray's best clients, AA, DFW, City of Dallas, and countless towns in Texas doing bonds through Ray and his law firm Vinson and Elkins (former law firm for ENRON).
Kay and Ray have no shame, only greed.
Kay and Ray do you need to make money at the expense of the tax payers and their children?

Why should Kay Bailey Hutchison care about stopping a $15 Billion Bill we do not need?

Posted by: KBHandRay | February 24, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

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