RollCall2 - April 9, 2008 POLS 30005; Prof. Roos...

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May 13, 2009 POLS 30005; Prof. Roos Legislative Roll Call Analysis The roll call on House Resolution 1559 resulted in a unanimous Democratic vote yes, and split the Republican Party significantly. This vote was to extend unemployment benefits to displaced airline workers. It assumed that the Republicans more likely to vote for this bill are those who are more liberal since it is a bill distributing benefits to a group of unemployed workers or those Republicans in need of or who could receive a boost of support from their constituents for a vote of yes on this measure. The first group to examine is those Republicans who are not safe in their seat in the house. A “safe” seat can be defined as winning the last Congressional election with 55% of the vote or more, anything less is a marginal seat. It is logical to assume that these Republicans are more likely to vote yes on this measure in order to bring home benefits to a group of voters in their district, in this case airline workers. Safe seats are not likely to be significantly divergent from Republicans in general, since they are still going to be given a boost from this project, however are not in need of it, so no more likely to vote yes than the party members in general. The next group to be examined is the freshmen Representatives, or those elected
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