Kirk Is Still Voting

Though Massachusetts voters have selected Scott Brown as their newest representative in the Senate, Sen. Ted Kennedy's appointed stand-in, Paul Kirk, is still voting.

Kirk provided Democrats a needed 60th vote to increase the debt limit and to reimpose statutory pay-as-you-go rules for spending, and, though his vote wasn't needed for passage, he voted to confirm Ben Bernanke to a second term as Fed chairman, SusanAnne Hiller points out at Big Government.

Before and after Brown's election, discussion centered on whether Kirk would cast the 60th vote on a modified health care bill; the next day, President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid assured the nation that he wouldn't and that Democrats wouldn't "force" a massive health care overhaul through the upper chamber without letting Brown have his say. But Kirk's overall voting status was less of a focus; turns out he's still legislating away.