America Saved: The Spending Bill Passes the Senate, 81-19

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April 14 2011 6:08 PM

America Saved: The Spending Bill Passes the Senate, 81-19

The compromise CD sailed through the upper House with only 16 Republicans and three Democrats* voting no. Sen. Ron Wyden, one of the Democratic noes, did so after negotiators stripped the free choice vouchers he and Susan Collins had added to the Affordable Care Act.

"I thought that so soon after the enactment of the Affordable Care Act, to send a message that you can, if you're a powerful special interest group, get behind closed doors and sacrifice the public interest, was a mistake," said Wyden. "And all over town now, these very prominent lobbies are saying that you can descend, almost like animals overhead, trying to pick at this."

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*yes, Bernie Sanders is an independent socialist, technically

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter.