Jim Jeffords on Principles & Values
Independent Jr Senator (VT, retiring 2006)
The defection of Republican senator Jim Jeffords was a window into his early discord between the Congress and the new administration. He grasped fully the implications of the Bush-Cheney team embarking on its radical agenda, and attempting to marginalize and undermine Congress.
Senator Jeffords had served in Washington for decades. In 1974 he was one of the few Republicans able to win election to the House in the immediate fallout of the Watergate scandal.
He had seen a lot of ups and downs in the party's fortunes, but what was happening in Washington in the spring of 2001 led him to cross the aisle, become an independent and caucus with the Democrats.
With the Senate evenly divided between the two parties, a switch by Jeffords would give Democrats a one-vote edge, elevating Tom. Daschle (D, SD) to the post of majority leader, now held by Trent Lott (R, MS), and complicating prospects for Bushís legislative agenda on Capitol Hill. Democrats said they understood Jeffords would vote with Democrats on control of committees, meaning Republicans would be supplanted by Democrats as chairs of the panels.
Jeffords would be in line to become chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee under an agreement worked out with Democrats. Democrats last controlled the Senate in 1994, before a Republican sweep put both houses of Congress in Republican hands for the first time in a half-century.
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