By Mark Memmott

The 59-39 vote last evening in the Senate to approve its version of legislation to overhaul financial regulations was very much along party lines.

But there were four Republicans who joined the majority, and two Democrats who voted against the measure.

For those who like to keep track of the key votes their lawmakers cast, the complete roll call is online here.

Or here's a quicker way to look at things. Unless your senator is one of the following, he or see voted "with" his or her party ("for" the bill if you're a Democrat; "against" the bill if you're a Republican).

Republicans who voted "yes":

-- Scott Brown of Massachusetts.
-- Susan Collins of Maine.
-- Charles Grassley of Iowa.
-- Olympia Snowe of Maine.

Democrats who voted "no":

-- Maria Cantwell of Washington.
-- Russ Feingold of Wisconsin.

The two senators who did not vote were Democrats Robert Byrd of West Virginia and Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania.

On Morning Edition, NPR's Audie Cornish reported that the next step in the process will be for House and Senate negotiators to work through differences in the two chambers' versions of overhaul legislation. She says that process may take about four weeks:

Planet Money figures out how things like the overhaul legislation work over here.

categories: Economy, Government, Politics

7:15 - May 21, 2010