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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Liveblog: Senate bailout vote

The vote in the U.S. Senate, which just concluded, was 74-25 in favor of the bailout. Senator Ted Kennedy did not vote. Technically, the vote was to approve the amendment to the House bill before the Senate. A second vote on final passage of the bill, which Senator Harry Reid has noted will be the same, is currently ongoing on the floor of the Senate.

As for Northwest Senators, here is how they voted:

Senator Maria Cantwell voted no .
Senator Larry Craig voted yes.
Senator Mike Crapo voted no.
Senator Patty Murray voted yes .
Senator Gordon Smith voted yes.
Senator Ron Wyden voted no.

Thank you to Senators Cantwell, Crapo and Wyden for their no votes. Senator Cantwell, in particular, gave a great speech on the floor earlier today, one we're told was not from prepared remarks. We'll post the full text as soon as we receive it.

And though he's not in Washington, Oregon or Idaho, thanks also to Senator Jon Tester of Montana for his no vote. Jon is one of those Better Democrats who got elected in 2006. We need more like him.

Stay tuned to The Advocate for more coverage.


Blogger montanaslim said...

I am usually not inclined to agree with democrats, but I would urge all to quickly look @ Rep Marcy Kaptur's bailout plan which is based on what happened in the late 70's and early 80's when 1600 banks failed and former head of the FDIC William Issac stepped in and made sense of things. There is an interview on the subject that can be seen here.
I would like to THANK the writer of this blog for getting the information of how our Senators voted out so quickly. I must say that I am now very glad Larry Craig is leaving office.

October 1, 2008 9:02 PM  
Blogger buckman said...

Did Cantwell, Crapo and Wyden oppose the TARP and how vigorously? And what would it say about them if we found out that they waffled on or supported the wallstreet bailout and then voted no on the big-3?

December 14, 2008 1:44 AM  

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