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Health Care Repeal: Senators Voted in Alignment With Their Contributions

Jeffrey ErnstFriedman | February 03, 2011

Feb. 2, 2011 - When the Senate on Wednesday failed to adopt an amendment to the FAA reauthorization bill (S 223) that would have repealed health care overhaul legislation passed in the 111th Congress, the chamber collectively voted in alignment with their monied interests as much as along party lines. The amendment failed by a vote of (47-51), well short of the 60 votes needed for adoption. The amendment mirrors language in H.R. 2, which was passed by the House on Jan. 19, 2011.

  • Interest groups that supported this amendment gave 50% more to senators that voted YES than to senators that voted NO
  • Interest groups that opposed this amendment gave 3.1 times more to senators that voted NO than to senators that voted YES
  • Only nine senators, seven Democrats and two Republicans, did not vote with the money
  • Two senators, Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Mark Warner (D-Va), did not vote

Based on support and opposition research conducted by MAPLight.org, contributions by interest group established by the Center for Responsive Politics. Includes reported contributions to congressional campaigns of senators voting on day of vote, from interest groups invested in the vote according to MAPLight.org, November 23, 2004 – November 22, 2010. Contributions data source: OpenSecrets.org

Average contributions given to Senators from interest groups that…

supported this amendment

Average received by Senators who

 voted YESvoted NO
Insurance companies, brokers & agents$103,653$64,464
Hospitals$57,039$58,314
Restaurants & drinking establishments$52,579$21,576
Accident & health insurance$39,418$26,088
Management consultants & services$24,568$28,534
Retail trade$10,412$7,272
Construction equipment$9,367$1,618
General business associations$7,804$909
Small business associations$6,793$1,524
Plumbing, heating & air conditioning$6,299$3,793
Commercial printing & typesetting$6,069$5,253
Chambers of commerce$3,582$1,300
Pro-business associations$1,712$337
Abortion policy/Pro-Life$1,302$171
Christian Conservative$811$0
Fiscal & tax policy$625$5
 $332,032$221,157

Interest groups that supported this amendment gave 50% more to Senators that voted YES than to Senators that voted NO

opposed this amendment

Average received by Senators who

 voted NOvoted YES
Women's issues$136,477$3,207
Schools & colleges$88,974$32,209
Physicians$78,910$98,530
Building trades unions$64,233$3,721
Teachers unions$20,100$1,434
Children's rights$15,376$543
Minority/Ethnic Groups$15,074$3,516
Nurses$10,820$6,713
State & local govt employee unions$10,097$133
Commercial service unions$8,641$532
Teamsters union$8,238$27
Welfare & Social Work$7,082$560
Labor Unions$6,112$64
Health & welfare policy$5,868$1,630
Elderly issues/Social Security$5,387$186
Churches, clergy & religious organizations$3,898$2,784
 $485,287$155,787

Interest groups that opposed this amendment gave 3.1 times as much to Senators that voted NO than to Senators that voted YES

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