Reid Changes His “Yes” Vote on Wall Street Reform to “No” After It Failed
Really. The “reform” Harry Reid has been championing for the past weeks failed thanks to Senate Republicans and Cornhusker Kickbacker Ben Nelson. So what did Harry Reid (Snake – NV) do when it was clear it was going to fail to get the 60 votes needed for cloture? He changed his vote:
The Senate, in a 57-41 vote, failed to get the 60 supporters needed to proceed on the regulatory overhaul. One Democrat, Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska, joined with the Republicans.
But the evening vote was just part of a legislative ballet keeping bipartisan talks alive. At the end, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid switched his vote to “no,” too, but that was just a maneuver that will enable him to call for a new tally as early as Tuesday.
So Reid failed to get what he wanted the first time and will try it again with likely even more tricks.
Obama’s response to the lack of cloture:
“I am deeply disappointed that Senate Republicans voted in a block against allowing a public debate on Wall Street reform to begin. Some of these Senators may believe that this obstruction is a good political strategy, and others may see delay as an opportunity to take this debate behind closed doors, where financial industry lobbyists can water down reform or kill it altogether. But the American people can’t afford that. […]”
Not only is he acting as if you’re stupid, the President is obviously misleading you. The Republican’s halting cloture doesn’t put it into back rooms where smoky deals (such as what we saw in the health care legislation) are made – Reid is pretty good at that on his own. A ‘no’ vote on cloture is a vote to try again on the bill in a bipartisan manner. Don’t let the President or Harry Reid convince you otherwise.
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