has said that the Senate bill ought to pass. But even the most moderate of Republican Senators, Olympia Snowe (R-ME) voted against the bill in the Senate. Likewise a number of modestly pro-labor House Republicans such as Frank Lobiondo, Jim Gerlach, Peter King, etc., could not be convinced to vote for this bill despite the fact it was a top labor priority.
All of which is another way of saying that the Era of Rockefeller Republicanism is officially over. There are zero federally elected Republicans who accept the progressive goals of the welfare state while attempting to produce a more pro-business implementation of those goals. Teddy Roosevelt and Thomas Dewey would be Democrats today.
Being a Rockefeller Republican doesn't have anything to do with supporting labor. As the name "Rockefeller Republican" would suggest, this wing of the party tended to represent middle to upper-middle class folks. Mostly Protestants. Peter King would not fit in at all.
Hell Richard Nixon would practically be a democrat today.
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