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The vote yesterday

C&P from The Clog: 


Only one PA Republican, U.S. Rep. John Peterson, R-5th, who's retiring at the end of the year, voted in favor of the bail-out bill, the AP reported.
All together, 10 House members from the state voted against it, while nine supported it, the AP reported.
Besides Kanjorski, the Democrats voting in favor were U.S. Reps. Bob Brady, Chaka Fattah, Allyson Schwartz, Joe Sestak, Patrick Murphy, John Murtha and Mike Doyle.
The other Pennsylvania Republicans who opposed the legislation were U.S. Reps. Jim Gerlach, Bill Shuster, Charles Dent, Joe Pitts, Tim Murphy, and Todd Platts, the AP reported.

Re: The vote yesterday

  • I was just going to post about crazy Heather Locklear, but your post made me feel shallow!

    This thing is all f'ed up.  The thing is that no one really knows if this is going to help but they know it won't hurt.  I know we need to do it because there are no other alternatives.  Part of me is so pissed about it though.

    It is so ridiculous that the Repubs got their panties in a wad because of Pelosi.  But her little rant was not necessary at that time either

    The whole thing is effing scary...

    DS 3.12.08
    DD 7.11.09
    DD 8.01.13
  • Yeah.  I agree.  I was curious who vote how, and all those websites were clogged yesterday, so when I saw this, I thought I'd pass it along.


  • i could swear Sestak was on the news today saying he DIDN"T pass it.  must research.

    [IMG][/IMG] Hi Francey!
  • This thing is going to become the new "I did/did not vote for the war".  I don't think in reality the Pelosi thing made a difference --- I think enough people were shaking in their boots with phone calls from their constituents not to do it, and it was so close to the election, that they pussed out.

    And a huge part of that is must people don't understand much about it.  "Your money" going to "bail out Wall Street" isn't the whole picture --- not even close.  Even if you don't have a dime invested, your life depends in large part on Wall Street.

    Baby Numbers 11.8.10 The Sequel on or around 10.13.12
  • This is not really related to the bailout, but I was just reminded of it.

    Some chick on one of the baby boards last week was bitching because she didn't qualify for WIC.  Meanwhile she lives in SoCal in a 3br, 2ba condo with a $2500 mortgage payment.  When people told her she should sell the condo and live somewhere less expensive, she said they couldn't do that bc they would take a loss on the condo.

    Umm, WIC is not for people worried about taking a loss on their SoCal condo

    DS 3.12.08
    DD 7.11.09
    DD 8.01.13
  • I was not completely surprised when I heard it didn't pass, but was shocked at the number of Republicans that voted against it. This bailout was strongly supported by the Treasury Dept and Bush.  My guess is--and I did not check for fact--that the # of Republicans (as well as Democrats) that voted against it are likely running for re-election in 5 weeks and do not want their name tied to Bush in any way whatsoever.

    I was surprised at how quickly Congress acted.  From what I understand, there were two reasons Congress wanted to get this bailout complete by the end of the weekend: 1) in time for the foreign markets to open and 2) so they could pass it before a one day recess.

    Reason #1 makes sense, but #2 does not...were they afraid that everyone would go home and not come back? Given that the Senate didn't plan to vote on it until later in the week, if the their delay of vote doesn't affect foreign markets, then why did the House rush it through?  (even my PoliSci degree isn't helping me on this one)

  • a good friend is in barney frank's press office.  she has been going non-stop since the beginning of the month.  it is turining canabalistic on the hill.  somehow i don't think much will get done with an every man for himself mentality.

    the protesters do brighten my day though.

  • Do not get me started on WIC and the baby boards. 


    The number of women I has seen in my Knot/Nest life who have biitched about no qualifying for WIC, even though they weren't working.  Um, WIC is not meant to be a cash supplement for a SAHM -- it's meant to, you know, keep kids from starving.  My usual suggestion is that prehaps they could cancel their internet service to save some cash.  The right there is a few months worth of name brand cereal!

    Baby Numbers 11.8.10 The Sequel on or around 10.13.12
  • Colleen, this is exactly my problem with many of our social programs.  Last night I got into a discussion with some random dude (I really need to stop doing this, especially when politics is involved, but I really want to know all sides.  Anyway...) who said he thinks we need to get rid of social security and welfare completely because the government should not be supporting the public - it's too much akin to socialism. 

    I certainly agree that these programs have TONS of abusers, but it's really easy to say when you're not worried how you're going to support your disabled mother in a few years when her savings runs out and there is no more SSI.

    I just don't know what to think anymore.

    Ramble over. 

  • an excerpt from Blank Rome LLP (a pretty big law firm):


    Overall, the best way to sum up the vote is this: Members who are the most liberal, most conservative, in tight races and running for the Senate voted no. Behind that general assessment there are some interesting numbers. For example, voting "no" were:

    • 81 of 106 Members of the conservative Republican Study Committee.
    • 16 of 34 Democratic Members from California, Speaker Pelosi's home state.
    • 4 Full Committee Chairs of the House.
    • 7 of 8 GOP Members from Pennsylvania and 3 of 11 Democratic Members.
    • Only 4 of 29 Members from New York, home to many key firms in the financial sector.


    [IMG][/IMG] Hi Francey!
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