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Six shift jobs bill vote

From NBC's Domenico Montanaro
The jobs bill today passed the Senate overwhelmingly, 70-28 with two not voting. Yet it barely squeaked past a filibuster yesterday, 62-30 with eight not voting.

So, who voted for the final jobs bill but against cloture?

Six Republicans changed their vote, including both senators from Mississippi -- Roger Wicker and Thad Cochran; as well as Lamar Alexander (TN), James Inhofe (OK), George LeMieux (FL), and Lisa Murkowski (AK).

Why did they change their vote? (1) These are all senators who aren't ideologically opposed to their states getting their fair share from the federal government; and (2) For at least two of the senators, the cloture vote was essentially a protest vote against the way Majority Leader Harry Reid carried out the process. The hope was that if Reid's bill failed the 60-vote hurdle, he would have been forced to scrap the measure and go back to a larger bill that seemed to have widespread bipartisan support.

Cochran was "dissatisfied" that Reid "did away with the bipartisan bill," said Chris Gallegos, the senator's press secretary. In the end, though, Cochran "agreed with the pieces that were in [the final bill] to try to spur hiring," Gallegos said.

Murkowski spokesman Michael Brumas echoed that: "Sen. Murkowski was disappointed that the Majority Leader didn't allow a vote on a bipartisan bill, crafted by Sens. Grassley and Baucus, that would have addressed a number of expiring federal laws tied to job creation. Additionally, she believes that the bill should've been open to amendments. So Sen. Murkowski voted against ending debate on the bill. She did support the elements contained in the pared down bill that the Senate passed today and voted for the legislation."

*** UPDATE *** LeMieux was upset that senators were not allowed to present amendments. "He thinks the rights of the senator ought to be respected," LeMieux's spokesman Ken Lundberg said. LeMieux wanted to present an amendment to cut the payroll tax in half, Lundberg said. "We protest the process; he wanted the senator's and other's ideas heard." But "at the end of the day, this [bill] was better than nothing."

Two Republicans who didn't vote yesterday, voted yes today -- Richard Burr (NC) and Orrin Hatch (UT). A total of 13 Republicans voted in favor of this bill, and one Democrat -- Ben Nelson of Nebraska -- voted against, as he did on the cloture vote.