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Senate Approves

None of them can actually tell you what it will do, but they approved it to show that they were doing something.

I’ll post the vote when it appears on the official site.

Update: CNN reports 74 -25 were the numbers, but they haven’t posted the actual roll call.

Here’s the official vote. I note that the inclusion of the tax break on wooden arrows wasn’t enough to convince Ron Wyden (D-OR), one of the sponsors of that particular tax break in an earlier bill, to vote for the bill, but his Republican counterpart, Gordon Smith did vote for it.

Update: I’m adding the names of those who voted NO below the fold, because it is an unusual collection of Senators, a number of whom who were targeted specifically with some of the additional provisions.

Allard (R-CO)
Barrasso (R-WY)
Brownback (R-KS)
Bunning (R-KY)
Cantwell (D-WA)
Cochran (R-MS)
Crapo (R-ID)
DeMint (R-SC)
Dole (R-NC)
Dorgan (D-ND)
Enzi (R-WY)
Feingold (D-WI)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Johnson (D-SD)
Landrieu (D-LA)
Nelson (D-FL)
Roberts (R-KS)
Sanders (I-VT)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shelby (R-AL)
Stabenow (D-MI)
Tester (D-MT)
Vitter (R-LA)
Wicker (R-MS)
Wyden (D-OR)

9 comments

1 The CultureGhost { 10.01.08 at 9:49 pm }

My two clowns, Boxer and Feinstein, voted for it.

2 Bryan { 10.01.08 at 10:01 pm }

My clowns split, Rep aye, Dem nay. I’m surprised that Bill Nelson voted against it, but he may have actually read a bill for a change.

There are some real bad things in this bill that are going to come back to bite us all if the next Congress doesn’t do a real bill. Almost no one understands things like the “mark to market” accounting rule, but that was a change made to stop the crap Enron pulled, and they have removed the requirement in this bill.

This is a minefield.

3 hipparchia { 10.01.08 at 10:20 pm }

yes, but are they rubber-tipped arrows?

nelson does get some things right sometimes.

4 Jack K., the Grumpy Forester { 10.01.08 at 10:33 pm }

…gobsmacked. That’s the only word (and I am presuming that it is an actual word) that I can come up with. Here I sit out here in the otherwise unremarked and unoticed place called Orygun, and my Democratic Senator is voting against the bill while Gordo Smith – who has been engaged in a vicious reelection battle with Jeff Merkley and really wants us to think of him as Orygun’s ‘other’ Democratic Senator – votes for it while Peter Defazio has become the very face of liberal Democratic opposition to the bailout on its very face.

My most hated classes in college were the few economic classes required to fulfill the graduation requirement (oh, OK, so “Biological Statistics” sucked, too), so my ability to understand this issue is limited by my own most grievous fault. I am, however, fascinated by the fact that over half of the House and Senate votes available to my state have been against the ‘rescue’…and they’re votes cast moderate to liberal Democrats…

5 Kryten42 { 10.01.08 at 11:04 pm }

There are some real bad things in this bill that are going to come back to bite us all if the next Congress doesn’t do a real bill. Almost no one understands things like the “mark to market” accounting rule, but that was a change made to stop the crap Enron pulled, and they have removed the requirement in this bill.

That was most likely one of the primary reasons this administration wanted this bill passed. 🙂 You know they have never, ever, done anything to help anyone other than their *big* friends. 🙂

Why would anyone be even remotely surprised? *shrug*

6 Bryan { 10.01.08 at 11:17 pm }

As a former Boy Scout, Hipparchia, I can confidently say – not for long. 😉

Jack, I included the list because the names cause a brain melt – Bernie Sanders and Sam Brownback? That’s like Karl Marx and JP Morgan. They added provisions to extend some programs for Katrina and all of the Senators from Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama voted against it. You’ve got me.

Oh, yeah, Kryten, there is some real nasty stuff buried in the 451 pages. People are going to go ballistic when they figure out what this $810 billion is buying.

7 cookie jill { 10.02.08 at 1:26 am }

BarBo and DiFi are getting a piece of my mind tomorrow.

8 LadyMin { 10.02.08 at 11:09 am }

That bill is a disgrace! It’s filled with a bunch of BS that has nothing to do with bailing out the financial sector. They should have all voted no, acted like … um… intelligent adults and demanded a bill dealing with the pertinent issues.

It’s filled with *special provisions* that will allow tax breaks for …

* Manufacturers of kids’ wooden arrows – $6 million.
* Puerto Rican and Virgin Islands rum producers – $192 million.
* Wool research.
* Auto-racing tracks – $128 million.
* Corporations operating in American Samoa – $33 million.
* Small- to medium-budget film and television productions – $10 million.

WTF? That’s it; I’m done. I’m voting against them if they voted for this piece of crap.

My republican congresscritter in the House voted no on the earlier vote; my Democrats in the Senate now voted yes.

9 Bryan { 10.02.08 at 12:17 pm }

Every time there is “must pass” legislation they pull this special interest dump. They are coating the toxic center with Chinese chocolate.

There is a reason the Senate is known as “the millionaires’ club”, and why they are more in tune with Wall Street than Main Street.