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northoftheborder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 12:52 PM
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Feingold will not vote for finance bill
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Davis_X_Machina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 12:55 PM
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1. I don't give a rap....
...if he votes for it -- the question is, will he vote against cloture on it?

Voting against cloture is tantamount to telling his own caucus they don't even get to vote on the conference committee report.
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tekisui Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 12:58 PM
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2. Thank You, Russ Feingold.
In fact, reports indicate that the administration and conference leaders have gone to significant lengths to avoid making the bill stronger. Rather than discussing with me ways to strengthen the bill, for example, they chose to eliminate a levy that was to be imposed on the largest banks and hedge funds in order to obtain the vote of members who prefer a weaker bill. Nothing could be more revealing of the true position of those who are crafting this legislation. They had a choice between pursuing a weaker bill or a stronger one. Their decision is clear.

On this bill, like the others that preceded it, the biggest financial interests have won.
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midnight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 01:01 PM
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3. Is the same bill that Boehner asks to raise retirement to70?
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damntexdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 01:14 PM
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4. That still doesn't say whether or not he will vote for cloture.
Allowing a democratic vote is at issue in the case of closure.
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Nite Owl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 01:52 PM
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5. Go Russ!
More of the so called progressives should be with him. He stands alone again, just like the Patriot Act vote.
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inna Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 01:57 PM
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6. Exactly.
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bvar22 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 02:18 PM
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7. inna,
THAT would make a great OP.
Please repost you work as a new thread.
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bvar22 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 02:20 PM
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8. Senator Russ Feingold...
"Standing Up to the Unholy Alliance Between Washington and Wall Street!"

K&R for a real "Democrat".
I STAND with Russ.


"If we don't fight hard enough for the things we stand for,
at some point we have to recognize that we don't really stand for them."

--- Paul Wellstone


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NJmaverick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 02:21 PM
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9. I guess this is what the phrase "don't let the perfect
be the enemy of the good" was referring to
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no limit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 03:23 PM
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10. Except that he won't vote against cloture. So the bill will pass. What's your point?
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Davis_X_Machina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 03:45 PM
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11. He voted against cloture on 19 May -- and announced that he would...
....do so again yesterday.

He won't even let it come up for a vote by members of his own caucus.
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Nite Owl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 03:53 PM
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12. They need to start over and do it
right. Forget what Wall St wants, it should be a bill that protects us not them. They put a real bill out there and they will have no problems winning in November. People are watching this and they don't like it.
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Davis_X_Machina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 03:58 PM
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13. A vote against cloture is a vote....
Edited on Wed Jun-30-10 04:01 PM by Davis_X_Machina
...to do nothing at all to address the problem.

Digby on the present conference report:
these regs are an improvement over the status and may well set the stage for more if the economy stays bad. And it's a big political hammer with which to hit these crazed Republicans over the head this fall, so it's worth doing on that basis alone.
We'll see though. Every egomaniacal Senator is now a king so anything could happen.


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no limit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 05:41 PM
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16. I would love if he would actually do that. But he will vote for cloture if his is the deciding vote
you wanna bet on it?
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NJmaverick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 04:03 PM
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14. Regardless, he is still voting against a good bill
just because it isn't perfect
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no limit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 05:39 PM
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15. No, it's not a good bill. Better than nothing? Sure. But it's pretty much nothing
the white house even chose to strip giving more rights to shareholders when it comes to CEO pay, something both the house and the senate supported.

And since this isn't a very strong bill it might be better if it died as opposed to pass. That way Obama can't come out and say that this is huge reform that he won on and then forget about reform which he would do. He will have to instead go back and do it right.
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