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Naming Names on Bailout Pork



October 05, 2008 – Comments (3)

For those interested, Taxpayers for Commonsense has put together an analysis of the ‘Top 10 Tax Sweetners in the Bailout Bill.’  Of particular interest, they tried to associate names with the pork where possible.  Unfortunately, they didn’t have names for many of the add-ons, so I’m sure this list should be much longer.

For those who want the short version, here's a list of the names associated with the 'sweetners'; hope I didn't miss any copying them over.  Congratulations to Sen Ron Wyden (D – OR) for being the only member of congress with multiple citations (3).  

Sen Gordon H. Smith (R - OR)
Sen Ron Wyden (D - OR)
Rep Don Young (R - AK)
Rep DeFazio (D – OR)
Rep Bill Sali (R – ID)
Sen Ron Wyden (D - OR)
Sen Larry Craig (R - ID)
Sen Harry Reid (D – NV)
Rep Diane Watson (D – CA)
Rep Louise Slaughter (D – NY)
Rep Melissa Bean (D – IL)
Sen Ron Wyden (D – OR)
Rep Earl Blumenauer (D – OR)

If you've got other names to associate with the bill provisions, please list them and provide your source. 

3 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On October 05, 2008 at 1:44 AM, awallejr (28.75) wrote:

Kind of amused me.  On  Monday the bill went down in the House because many thought it was too expensive.  So what did they do? They ADDED another 140 Billion to the bill and it passed.  Gotta love Congress ;/

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#2) On October 05, 2008 at 4:44 PM, Ph1sh55 (29.33) wrote:

not very accurate as it implies these particular people insisted these previously written tax corrections, many benefiting 'main street' be included in this bill. That is not the case.

For example DeFazio of OR voted 'NO' for the final bill, yet he is cited as responsible for tacking on a pork.

A more accurate assessment would be to look at who from their list changed their vote the second time around.


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#3) On October 05, 2008 at 9:26 PM, rd80 (95.44) wrote:

awallejr - The add-ons largely shoot down the 'taxpayers will make money' arguement.  They just put up $840 billion to get a $700 billion authorization.  We're down 20% and they haven't bought the first security yet.

Ph1sh55 - The add-ons to this bill came for two reasons.  First, the Senate couldn't consider it as a standalone for procedural reasons, so they amended another bill.  Every thing in that bill necesarily rolled into the bailout bill.  Second, they wanted to get more votes in the House so they included provisions championed by a number of Representatives they thought might have been on the fence.  Those may have included people other than initial sponsors of the provisions.

I do agree that the list would be more accurate with how they voted, so here it is with the votes and, for House members whether or not they flipped from No to Yes - a Yes means they voted for it.  I didn't check to see if any of them flipped from Yes to No.

Sen Gordon H. Smith (R - OR) - Yes
Sen Ron Wyden (D - OR) - No
Rep Don Young (R - AK) - No
Rep DeFazio (D – OR) - No
Rep Bill Sali (R – ID) - No
Sen Ron Wyden (D - OR)  - No
Sen Larry Craig (R - ID) - Yes
Sen Harry Reid (D – NV) - Yes
Rep Diane Watson (D – CA)  - Yes (flipped)
Rep Louise Slaughter (D – NY) - Yes (flipped)
Rep Melissa Bean (D – IL) - Yes (same as first vote)
Sen Ron Wyden (D – OR) - No
Rep Earl Blumenauer (D – OR) - No

I was surprised at the number of No votes from this list.  Unless I made a mistake, only two Representatives on this list flipped from No to Yes between their two votes on the bill. 

An even better list would be all the Representatives who flipped their votes and whether or not they sponsored or championed some of the stuff added.  


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