Senator Hutchison Misleads Texans on Her Bad Vote

After feeling the intense grassroots backlash from Texans for her vote with the Democrats to accelerate a vote on Obamacare, Washington Kay is now attempting to mislead Texans about that vote. Watch for yourself:

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Hutchison voted with Democrats to end the Republican filibuster on Obamacare. Now she’s trying to re-write history.

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Hutchison Hiding The Truth About Her Vote With Democrats To End GOP Filibuster of Health Care

Senator falsely told Fox News yesterday “By the time I got to the floor, they had the 60 votes”

Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison continues to hide the truth from the American people regarding her decision to vote with 60 Democrats and Maine Senators Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe to end a Republican filibuster to delay the passage of health care legislation.

On Dec. 19, during an appearance on Fox News, Sen. Hutchison said, “By the time I got to the floor, they had the 60 votes.” (SOURCE: 2:32 mark of interview available online at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYMqE_IZMdk)

The facts say otherwise. C-SPAN footage of the vote to end the filibuster clearly shows that when Sen. Hutchison arrived on the Senate floor, the outcome of the vote was still in doubt, and the 60-vote threshold had not yet been reached. (See detailed timeline below.)

“Senator Hutchison is clearly misrepresenting the facts and trying desperately to cover up her decision to side with every Democrat in accelerating the passage of health care legislation,” said Texans for Rick Perry spokesman Mark Miner. “After promising to fight health care, Senator Hutchison abandoned Republicans and stood with Democrats to ensure health care legislation would pass quickly.”

On Dec. 18, Sen. Hutchison attempted to deflect criticism of her vote as being “in support of our troops,” despite the fact that this was a procedural vote that did not provide one dollar in defense funding. (SOURCE: “Statement on Senator Hutchison’s Vote to Support American Troops,” http://hutchison.senate.gov, 12/18/09; Roll Call Vote #381, 12/18/09)

Then on Dec. 19, Sen. Hutchison contradicted her own false explanation by voting no on a procedural vote requiring the same 60-vote threshold – a vote that would have prevented the spending bill from passing had it not been agreed to.

From the Dec. 20 Austin American Statesman: “On the last attempt at delaying the bill, 58 Democrats, one independent who caucuses with Democrats and four Republicans voted to beat back the GOP effort at raising a point of order against the legislation. Texas Republican Sens. John Cornyn and Kay Bailey Hutchison voted against moving forward.” (SOURCE: “Senate passes defense spending measure,” Austin American-Statesman, 12/20/09; Roll Call Vote Roll #383, 12/19/09)

Below is a timeline of Sen. Hutchison’s vote on Dec. 18, 2009, to end the Republican filibuster:

At 1:08 a.m., Sen. Hutchison is seen arriving on the Senate floor.

At 1:09 a.m., the names of all Senators who have voted Aye are read. There are 59 names read – all Democrats. Sen. Hutchison can be seen as the names are read.

At 1:10 a.m., the names of Senators who voted No are read. There are 32 names read – all Republicans.

At 1:11 a.m., Sen. Hutchison steps forward to look at the voting table but does not vote. Also at 1:11 a.m., Sen. Thad Cochran votes No.

For the next two minutes, Sen. Hutchison remains visible, standing near the voting table but not voting.

At 1:14 a.m., Sen. Ron Wyden votes Aye – becoming the 60th Democrat to vote Aye.

At 1:15 a.m., Sen. Susan Collins, Sen. Olympia Snowe, and Sen. Hutchison stand together at the voting table. Also at 1:15 a.m., Sen. Collins votes Aye, then Sen. Snowe votes Aye. Sen. Hutchison then stands alone.

At 1:16 a.m., eight minutes after arriving on the Senate floor, Sen. Hutchison casts her vote: Aye.

Four minutes pass, and at 1:20 a.m., the final vote tally is read: 63 Yeas, 33 Nays.

C-SPAN footage of the vote is available in three parts.

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