The yeas and nays broke down like this.
What made the difference? It was, very likely, a deal reached to expand Medicaid coverage under Obamacare. This gave just enough Democrats cover to vote for the transportation bill, which is now before the Senate.
Those with long enough memories will recall that during Tim Kaine’s term as governor, Republicans fought him at every turn when he tried to raise taxes for transportation — even thwarting him during a special session called specifically to deal with road funding.
Congratulations, then, to Sen. Kaine. Your legacy moment comes a bit late, but the GOP finally gave you what you sought for so long.
Norman Leahy blogs at Bearing Drift. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.