Not a single Republican voted for the measure; 17 Democrats, mostly from GOP-leaning districts, voted against it. The Senate will vote on the measure Wednesday afternoon.
The House GOP also voted in unison against the stimulus package in February — despite President Obama’s aggressive bipartisan outreach. In January, Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) said that “it would be a great mistake for the House GOP to turn inward and simply become the party of ‘no.’”
Yglesias writes that “there still are quite a few House Republicans who represent districts Obama won. Some of them, like Joseph Cao and Mike Castle represent districts that Obama won handily. When you add into the mix the fact that John Boehner really has no inducements at his disposal to offer to members, it’s a real testament to the success of the Club for Growth and others at inspiring fear of primaries into every single Republican member.”