I found this part of TMB’s earlier post the most interesting:
A centrist Republican, Susan Collins of Maine, whom the Democrats will likely need to overcome a filibuster by conservative Republicans, calls the bill “a real dilemma.”
“We need some additional funding because the border patrol is going to run out of funds in a month’s time,” said Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine). “However, it’s very disappointing that they did not include any kind of reforms that will prevent this from continuing to happen.”
I do believe my esteemed colleague is being generous in calling Senator Collins “centrist.” In the latest ACU ratings, Collins has the lowest rating of any R in the Senate, with just 28%. This ties her with Pryor and Manchin (the most conservative D’s), the latter of which appeared in TMB’s article as well.
Now, when the D’s don’t have the support of the furthest-left R in the Senate, there really need to be some changes made to the bill. Any Republican who votes “aye” on this bill while Collins is a “nay” bids fair to be declared further left than she is, and that’s not gonna be a winner anywhere except Maine and maybe Massachusetts.
If Reid wants Obama to have his money, there need to be some changes to the law. If he digs in his heels, then he’s the one being obstinate.