The list of Republicans who voted against the Veterans Job Corps Act of 2012 is instructive in itself. Of course, not all Senators are up for re-election this round and in this vote it may be showing. [vote 193]
Republican Senators not up for re-election until 2016 who voted against the Veterans Job Corp Act: (1) Ayotte (R-NH), (2) Blunt (R-Mo), (3) Boozman (R-AR), (4) Burr (R-NC), (5) Chambliss (R-GA), (6) Coats (R-IN), (7) Coburn (R-OK), (8) DeMint (R-SC), (9) Grassley (R-IA), (10) Hoeven (R-ND), (11) Isakson (R-GA), (12) Johnson (R-WI), (13) Lee (R-UT), (14) McCain (R-AZ), (15) Moran (R-KS), (16) Paul (R-KY), (17) Portman (R-OH), (18) Rubio (R-FL), (19) Shelby (R-AL), (20) Thune (R-SD), (21) Toomey (R-PA), and (22) Vitter (R-LA) (23) Crapo (R-ID) 23
Republican Senators not up for re-election until 2014 who voted against the Veterans Job Corp Act: (1) Alexander (R-TN), (2) Cochran (R-MS), (3) Cornyn (R-TX), (4) Enzi (R-WY), (5) Graham (R-SC), (6) Johanns (R-NE), (7) McConnell (R-KY), (8) Risch (R-ID) (9) Roberts (R-KS), (10) Sessions (R-AL) 10
Republican Senators up for re-election in 2012 who voted against the Veterans Job Corp Act: (1) Barrasso (R-WY), (2) Corker (R-TN), (3) Hatch (R-UT), (4) Hutchison (R-TX) (5) Kyl (R-AZ), (6) Lugar (R-IN), (7) Wicker (R-MS) 7
Barrasso is in an essentially safe seat, the Democrats haven’t sent a Senator to Washington, D.C. since 1970.
Corker had a campaign chest of approximately $6 million as of August 2012, and no challenger reported more than $19,000. [HuffPo]
Hatch has already spent $10.5 million on his re-election, his Democratic opponent reported $120,000 on hand as of last June. [OS]
Hutchison announced she would not seek re-election last January. [The Fix]
Kyl announced his retirement last February. [WaPo]
Lugar lost to a primary challenger in May. [NYT]
Wicker is facing a “low budget” challenger. [ColDisp]
So, according to the numbers, 33 Republicans who do not have to face re-election for at least two more years combined with 4 Republicans currently holding safe seats and 3 who are leaving the Senate to make just exactly the number necessary to block the Veterans Job Corp Act without needing the votes of the ladies from Maine and Alaska (Snowe, Collins, Murkowski) and 2 Senators who are facing tough re-election battles —- Brown (R-MA) and Heller (R-NV) who could then “safely” vote in favor of the bill?
Do the arithmetic?