I follow the voting records of our Congressional delegation, roll call by roll call, looking for the anomalies. Often, we have votes on mostly partisan lines, with all or most of the Massachusetts delegation voting with the Democrats. But sometimes, something more interesting happens, and that’s when I get curious.
Last Thursday, the House voted on the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2007, and passed it 396-31. Massachetts was the only state where the bill was not supported by a majority: our delegation split 5-5.
Interestingly, of the 31 nays, 30 were Democrats, and th one Republican was Ron Paul of Texas, who is actually more of a Libertarian registered as a Republican (and one of the few highly principled Republicans left in Congress, though I think he’s on the wrong side of many many issues).
I’m usually most curious when Barney Frank, Ed Markey, and Mike Capuano disagree on a vote. That didn’t happen this time – they’re 3 of our five nays. Still, a point of curiosity.