Bailout cloture vote: Republicans hold the line

posted at 11:12 pm on December 11, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

The Senate just held its long-awaited vote on cloture for the auto bailout bill, and it failed 52-35.  Good.

A few surprises: The Maine Sisters voted to end debate and not to support the filibuster, but Montana’s two Democrats, Max Baucus and Jon Tester, sided with the Republican filibuster.  Norm Coleman voted to support the filibuster, which surprises me just a little.  Richard Lugar voted in favor of the bailout.  Bob Corker, who tried to fashion a last-minute deal, voted in support of the filibuster.  Sam Brownback, George Voinovich, Arlen Specter, and John Warner all voted for the bailout.   I knew it had failed when Harry Reid voted no, a parliamentary maneuver which allows him to reopen the vote.

Harry Reid says he won’t be offering any more business in this session of Congress, which means this bailout died a well-deserved death.  He urged President Bush to use his executive powers to offer the bailout from TARP funds, and as early as tomorrow, with any conditions he sees fit.  I’d bet we’ll see just that within 24 hours.

In the meantime, congratulations to Senate Republicans.  Most of them, and a few Democrats like Baucus and Tester and Blanche Lincoln, must have read their Robert Byrd Pocket Constitutions and realized that the federal government has no role in bailing out private enterprise with taxpayer money.

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Bogeyfre on December 12, 2008 at 2:08 AM

I am in North Eastern Ohio, and know more than a few UAW folk, active and retired. They admit that the “30 and out”(to full retirement benefits) is problematic, they admit that the jobs bank is absurd, they admit that most of the “job security” provisions in their contracts are maddening. Perhaps it is because we have seen the death of one industry here (steel) that some of these folks realize they are going to kill the goose if they do not ditch or modify some of the items.

Nathan_OH on December 12, 2008 at 11:02 AM

This vote – right here, right now – is what may have guaranteed Obama a second term. If this vote kills one of the automakers – and it very well might – no one is going to trust an Republican in power again for a very, very long time.

Mal Carne on December 12, 2008 at 8:55 AM

What a load of crap, or wishful thinking – your pick. It guarantees Barry is a one-termer (if he makes it that long).

Vashta.Nerada on December 12, 2008 at 11:20 AM

I,am sorry to say but a lot of these UAW workers think they are God,s gift to this country and should be payed much more than any other worker in this country.After all they build cars & trucks and the rest of us just are a bunch of average workers will little or no skill.

thmcbb on December 12, 2008 at 11:20 AM

Bail them out with the friggin profits from the oil companies. My god they have 100’s of billions.

johnnyU on December 12, 2008 at 12:01 PM

Can anyone explain to me how this is not the fault of the Republicans like the union guy said?

kanda on December 12, 2008 at 1:13 PM

Can anyone explain to me how this is not the fault of the Republicans like the union guy said?

kanda on December 12, 2008 at 1:13 PM

oh we’ll gladly take the ‘blame’ for not bailing out the UAW thugs. moron.

right4life on December 12, 2008 at 1:30 PM

Irrational hate prevails. Hopefully the lame ducks are the problem this time around.

Honda Trabant anyone?

sethstorm on December 12, 2008 at 1:36 PM

Screw the UAW, them and their families will never vote Republican anyways. The quicker they face financial ruin and destitution the better.

Tabris on December 12, 2008 at 1:47 PM

The federal gov’t has no Constitutional role in education, entertainment, art, or health care, but billions of tax dollars are wasted therein yearly.

jgapinoy on December 12, 2008 at 7:14 AM

Yup. They need to quit.
If we lose the manufacturing capability, well then we lose it. I see what that’s given us in the airline industry, but there is still competition in some areas.
If I have to, I’ll ride my damned horse.
It’s gonna take a huge upheaval to change this crap. The govt’s gotta get their fingers out of the pie-
1st by reassessing all the lovely “free trade” deals which are anything but ‘free’.

Badger40 on December 12, 2008 at 2:38 PM

Fox news headlines “United Auto Workers Lash Out at GOP Senators Over Bailout Collapse”

And so it begins ….

Badbrucskie on December 12, 2008 at 3:18 PM

Badbrucskie on December 12, 2008 at 3:18 PM

Unlike air traffic controllers, there’s no specific law that forces the GOP’s, the President’s hand, or anyone else’s.

This time, the GOP may have bitten off more than they can chew. Right now, all I hear from the South is something regarding the Alamo.

sethstorm on December 12, 2008 at 4:47 PM

Dasher on December 12, 2008 at 7:21 AM

You are correct to some extent, but none of those companies have the LARGE SCALE production capacity of the auto industry. How many tractors do you think Deere makes a year? How many earth movers does Caterpillar manufacture? I bet you the Big 3 auto makers turn out more cars in a month than those companies produce all year.

Also those manufacturers do not have the manufacturing agility of the auto makers. Auto companies are very good at retooling plants for different models. The folks you talk about make very few changes to their designs compared to the auto industry. The only other manufacturing industry that has the defense capability of the auto industry is aerospace.

Hawthorne on December 13, 2008 at 5:31 AM

Tabris on December 12, 2008 at 1:47 PM

As many of you know I live in the Detroit area. Your perception of the “UAW thugs” is pure crap. I know a LOT of them and many of them vote Republican. So maybe you need to revise your fantasies and learn a little factual representation.

Hawthorne on December 13, 2008 at 5:37 AM

right4life on December 12, 2008 at 1:30 PM

Who you calling a moron? or was that your sig?

kanda on December 13, 2008 at 12:10 PM

The UAW is a big business like any other. They will not give up without a fight. The issue they now have is it is out of their hands. If the automakers go bankrupt it’s sayanara gravy train. I hope the US auto indusrty can recover but I’m looking at thier track record since the 1960’s and I don’t feel warm an fuzzy that they will. I think greed on the part of the manufacturers and the union has destroyed this once invincible industry.

kanda on December 13, 2008 at 12:15 PM