Voting against the bill were Republicans Tom Coburn (news, bio, voting record) of Oklahoma and Orrin Hatch (news, bio, voting record) of Utah. Sens. Sam Brownback (news, bio, voting record), R-Kan., and Tim Johnson (news, bio, voting record), D-S.D., did not vote.
So Coburn and Hatch opposed even the appearance of supporting ethical behavior in the Senate. I'm not really surprised that the holdouts are Republicans (which is really a sad thing, if you actually stop to think about it). But let's look at the rest here:
Johnson is in the hospital after having a stroke.
What is Sam "religion prison" Brownback's excuse? How's he going to explain this during his expected presidential candidacy?