For those who wonder how their senators voted yesterday on the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which extends federal hate-crime law to include acts of violence against a person because of his or her sexual orientation, here's the rundown:
There were 68 votes in favor.
There were 29 votes against:
Three senators did not vote:
All but one "no" vote came from Republicans. The lone Democrat to vote "nay" was Russ Feingold of Wisconsin. The GOP lawmakers generally said they opposed the fact that the measure was attached to a must-pass $680 billion defense bill — though they had not lent their support to previous efforts to bring the Shepard Act to a vote. Feingold said he supported the hate crimes extension but opposed the defense bill because it allows too open-ended of a commitment to keeping U.S. forces in Afghanistan.
Ten Republicans crossed party lines to vote "aye'. They were: Christopher Bond of Missouri, Susan Collins of Maine, John Cornyn of Texas, John Ensign of Nevada, Judd Gregg of New Hampshire, Kate Bailey Hutchison of Texas, Richard Lugar if Indiana, John McCain of Arizona, Olympia Snowe of Maine and George Voinovich of Ohio.
Our source for the vote counts: Senate.gov.