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Sherrod Brown, the 60th vote? Ohio senator key to passage of the stimulus bill.
cleveland.com ^ | 2/13/9 | Stephen Koff

Posted on 02/13/2009 4:40:39 PM PST by bimboeruption

The White House is providing a government plane for Sen. Sherrod Brown to return to the Capitol for the vote tonight and then get back to Mansfield for his mother's funeral in the morning.

Today's visitation ends at 8 p.m. There were no commercial flights available that could accommodate the Senate's schedule and Brown's obligations to be with his family and honor his mother, officials said. The trip is considered official business.

Assuming that Republicans will vote no differently from last time, it will take every available Democratic senator tonight to win final passage of the $789 billion economic stimulus package. But two things complicate the calculus -- leaving Ohio's Sherrod Brown in a spot that is getting attention.

His mother, Emily Campbell Brown, died recently. The funeral is tomorrow, and calling hours are today, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. In Mansfield.

The Senate vote on the stimulus bill is scheduled around 7 p.m.

So Brown has to leave Mansfield as soon as he can, catch a plane to Washington and be at the Capitol to vote. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will hold it open as long as necessary for Brown to return.

Brown's vote appears to be essential, because it will take 60 votes to cut off debate and conclude the matter. Remember the earlier Senate bill, before reconciliation with the House version, and how it passed with 61 votes?

That's because Ted Kennedy, a Democrat who has a malignant brain tumor, returned, and three Republicans joined the Democrats' support. But Kennedy is not expected to return tonight because of his health. So unless at least one other Republican joins in, the only way for the historic bill to pass is with Brown's vote.

Brown, who left for Ohio this morning, will make yet another round trip tonight. As soon as he can, he needs to get out of Washington again. His mother's funeral is tomorrow morning.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Ohio
KEYWORDS: 111th; obama; plane; sherrodbrown; stimulusbill
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I'm praying for an ice storm.
1 posted on 02/13/2009 4:40:39 PM PST by bimboeruption
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To: bimboeruption

God willing... I am too. Hope he has to sit it out in the airport and miss the vote.


2 posted on 02/13/2009 4:42:40 PM PST by antceecee (Bless us Father.. have mercy on us and protect us from evil.)
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To: bimboeruption

I’m surprised they didn’t drag Teddy Kennedy out of bed and fly him to DC. This is pathetic and I’m sick to my stomach


3 posted on 02/13/2009 4:42:58 PM PST by shadeaud (Time to smell the roses and not the stench coming from D .C.)
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To: bimboeruption

Disgusting.


4 posted on 02/13/2009 4:43:03 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: bimboeruption
The White House is providing a government plane for Sen. Sherrod Brown to return to the Capitol for the vote tonight and then get back to Mansfield for his mother's funeral in the morning.

If Obama is cutting our Military budget should they be flying our congress criters around? I'm sorry for his loss but I don't think our Military should be used like this.

5 posted on 02/13/2009 4:43:09 PM PST by armymarinemom (My sons freed Iraqi and Afghan Honor Roll students.)
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To: bimboeruption
Pray to his mother that she straightens her son out before he votes. She's physically closer to God now ... so she has more "connections" and she certainly knows the right thing to do.

St. Michael the Archangel, pray for US!
6 posted on 02/13/2009 4:44:32 PM PST by mlizzy
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To: bimboeruption

So, this being the case, it does not appear the Dems are concerned that all of the defectors will vote against this.


7 posted on 02/13/2009 4:44:53 PM PST by WildcatClan (Iam fimus mos ledo ventus apparatus)
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To: bimboeruption

What a carbon footprint the plane trips will leave! I wonder how much global warming and pollution the plane will cause. I thought the lear jet liberals cared about the environment.


8 posted on 02/13/2009 4:45:27 PM PST by Rosemont
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To: mlizzy

Oh, and I’m praying for a ice storm too! :)


9 posted on 02/13/2009 4:46:10 PM PST by mlizzy
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To: mlizzy

Good point!


10 posted on 02/13/2009 4:46:17 PM PST by MiddleEarth (With hope or without hope we'll follow the trail of our enemies. Woe to them, if we prove the faster)
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To: bimboeruption

We got plenty of money to spend on special trips like that. I am going to puke.


11 posted on 02/13/2009 4:46:51 PM PST by bergmeid (We have to fight Democraps with everything we've got!)
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To: bimboeruption

Maybe we will get lucky and he will eat the fish

12 posted on 02/13/2009 4:47:38 PM PST by woofie
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To: bimboeruption

Does this mean the Republicans have not voted yet?


13 posted on 02/13/2009 4:48:54 PM PST by blueyon ( Civil rights and civility have nothing in common)
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To: shadeaud
>>I’m surprised they didn’t drag Teddy Kennedy out of bed and fly him to DC...<<

That bloated drunkard must REALLY be sick.

14 posted on 02/13/2009 4:50:20 PM PST by bimboeruption (Clinging to my Bible and my HK.)
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To: bimboeruption

If it’s Brown, it’s goin’ down.


15 posted on 02/13/2009 4:50:42 PM PST by Rockitz (This isn't rocket science- follow the money and you'll find truth.)
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To: bimboeruption

So we the taxpayers are paying to be slaughtered


16 posted on 02/13/2009 4:51:13 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: bimboeruption

But, but, what about the environment? Won’t that plane just cause more global warming? Don’t they caaaaare?


17 posted on 02/13/2009 4:51:35 PM PST by La Lydia
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To: bimboeruption

A simple majority is all that is required, no?

What did I miss in civics class?


18 posted on 02/13/2009 4:52:35 PM PST by Glenn (Free Venezuela!)
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To: bimboeruption

Amazing how fast the Dems pony up for “private jets” to sell out America.


19 posted on 02/13/2009 4:52:37 PM PST by DakotaRed (Don't you wish you had supported a conservative when you had the chance?)
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To: bimboeruption

“There were no commercial flights available “

Yeah right. Not


20 posted on 02/13/2009 4:52:42 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: bimboeruption

All on Taxpayer dime.

Talk about using our money to screw us.


21 posted on 02/13/2009 4:52:43 PM PST by Danae (Amerikan Unity My Ass)
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To: shadeaud

They tried.


22 posted on 02/13/2009 4:53:00 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: bimboeruption

Shouldn’t Gregg be voting this time around, against the bill? He recused himself before, but he is no longer a member of the Obama administration.


23 posted on 02/13/2009 4:53:25 PM PST by Eva (CHANGE- the post modern euphemism for Marxist revolution.)
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To: DakotaRed

Yea, but the sure do bitch when people who HONESTLY EARNED THE MONEY TO AFFORD IT use their own resources!. Just DAMN.


24 posted on 02/13/2009 4:53:33 PM PST by Danae (Amerikan Unity My Ass)
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To: armymarinemom

Maybe the pilot can accidentially land someplace in Austraila


25 posted on 02/13/2009 4:54:15 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: Glenn
A simple majority is all that is required, no? What did I miss in civics class?

60 votes are required since it involves deficit spending after the budget has been approved.

26 posted on 02/13/2009 4:55:43 PM PST by Taking Congress back in 2010
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To: bimboeruption

Would the White House have sent a private plane to fetch a Republican who was against the bill, so that he or she could make that vote?


27 posted on 02/13/2009 4:57:48 PM PST by KJC1
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To: shadeaud

“I’m surprised they didn’t drag Teddy Kennedy out of bed and fly him to DC.”

Maybe Teddy can drive Brown to D.C.?

That way we can be sure that neither will make it.


28 posted on 02/13/2009 4:58:10 PM PST by VanDeKoik (Just another day for you and me in Obama paradise...)
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To: bimboeruption

29 posted on 02/13/2009 4:58:49 PM PST by Colonial Warrior (Never approach a bull from the front, a horse from the rear, or a fool from any direction.)
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To: KJC1
"Would the White House have sent a private plane to fetch a Republican who was against the bill, so that he or she could make that vote?"

A flying machine, maybe.
30 posted on 02/13/2009 5:01:12 PM PST by VanDeKoik (Just another day for you and me in Obama paradise...)
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To: bimboeruption

Somebody fill me in. I thought they only needed a simple majority on this and 60 votes were only required for cloture.


31 posted on 02/13/2009 5:01:17 PM PST by Hillarys Gate Cult (The man who said "there's no such thing as a stupid question" has never talked to Helen Thomas.)
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Here's Sherrod, my socialist, baby-killing, anti-gun, greasy-faced, unkempt, weasel of a Senator.


32 posted on 02/13/2009 5:02:00 PM PST by bimboeruption (Clinging to my Bible and my HK.)
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To: Eva

Doesn’t matter if Gregg votes No. Only the count of Ayes is important.


33 posted on 02/13/2009 5:02:08 PM PST by acoulterfan
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To: Taking Congress back in 2010

Thanks. You answered my later question.


34 posted on 02/13/2009 5:02:31 PM PST by Hillarys Gate Cult (The man who said "there's no such thing as a stupid question" has never talked to Helen Thomas.)
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To: bimboeruption
Anything can happen on this ... pray like a monk! I've got an online Rosary you can put in the background at this link: Rosary
35 posted on 02/13/2009 5:03:00 PM PST by mlizzy
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To: bimboeruption

Wow, he’s the Senate’s version of the ever so handsome Representative Waxman (Nostrazilla)


36 posted on 02/13/2009 5:03:15 PM PST by King Moonracer (Bad lighting and cheap fabric, that's how you sell clothing.)
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To: acoulterfan

Duh, of course. How stupid of me.


37 posted on 02/13/2009 5:04:24 PM PST by Eva (CHANGE- the post modern euphemism for Marxist revolution.)
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To: armymarinemom

It’s not OK for car/bank/insurance company/business executives to fly on private planes but it is OK for a Jackboot of Harry the Grey to get q free ride to destroy Liberty. I am sick to my stomach.


38 posted on 02/13/2009 5:04:27 PM PST by Shady (The Fairness Doctrine is ANYTHING but fair!!!!)
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To: Shady

Oh boy, what drama, he could be a star if he voted no.


39 posted on 02/13/2009 5:05:49 PM PST by Indy Pendance (Abortion: It's not for the young anymore)
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To: bimboeruption

Oh yeah, he can’t ride on a regular plane like the rest of us, he has to ride on an uppity plane cause he deserves it.


40 posted on 02/13/2009 5:06:34 PM PST by lormand (...don't blame me, I never vote democRAT)
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To: bimboeruption

Bill O’Reilly has said that Sherrod Brown is a “left wing nut.”.

Now that’s bad.


41 posted on 02/13/2009 5:06:42 PM PST by GOP_Lady
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To: bimboeruption

Is that one of those Corporate Jets?? Shouldn’t she be driving a Hybrid or a Golfcart?? The Hypocrisy!

Pray for America and Our Troops


42 posted on 02/13/2009 5:06:44 PM PST by bray (The District of Corruption fits Obama like a Glove)
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To: King Moonracer
>>Wow, he’s the Senate’s version of the ever so handsome Representative Waxman (Nostrazilla)<<

Sherrod's EVEN BETTER in person.

He looks like he bathes in grease.

43 posted on 02/13/2009 5:06:46 PM PST by bimboeruption (Clinging to my Bible and my HK.)
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To: Glenn

They need 60 for cloture.


44 posted on 02/13/2009 5:07:01 PM PST by Shady (The Fairness Doctrine is ANYTHING but fair!!!!)
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To: bimboeruption

The wrong plane might have crashed during the past 24 hours....


45 posted on 02/13/2009 5:07:43 PM PST by KoRn
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To: bimboeruption

Read the last 2 paragraphs about this guy!

http://www.clipsandcomment.com/2009/01/26/sherrod-brown-skips-geithner-vote-glad-he-did/


46 posted on 02/13/2009 5:09:03 PM PST by acoulterfan
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To: bimboeruption

Sherrod Brown Let us Down.


47 posted on 02/13/2009 5:09:15 PM PST by Martins kid
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To: bimboeruption
Today's visitation ends at 8 p.m. There were no commercial flights available that could accommodate the Senate's schedule and Brown's obligations to be with his family and honor his mother,

Well good grief. Y'all can't see the simple answer? All these companies we, our children, their children and their children are bailing out have private jets. They can't just get one of the now-taxpayer-owned jets over there to pick this guy up? Nancy is anxious to get on her European tour. Why can't she send her over-sized jet over there. It can accomodate all of Nancy's family, friends, plastic surgeon and casual acquaintances. It should be able to one guy back to Washington....and best of all it's FREE!!!

48 posted on 02/13/2009 5:10:01 PM PST by PistolPaknMama (We're mad, but when do we get REALLY mad?)
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To: Martins kid

Browns office won’t answer the phone


49 posted on 02/13/2009 5:10:55 PM PST by Martins kid
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To: Colonial Warrior
Jeff Stahler
50 posted on 02/13/2009 5:12:49 PM PST by Caribou (All Red State Radio: http://www.ktok.com/main.html)
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