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Financial debate blocked by Republicans for the third time

Associated Press

A Senate bill to rein in financial institutions has stalled again as Republicans remain unified against the Democrats' proposed overhaul.

The 56-42 vote failed to get the necessary 60 votes to move the legislation to the Senate floor for debate. Without that step, senators cannot offer amendments to the bill.

It was the third such vote in three days, orchestrated by Democrats to maintain pressure on Republicans. GOP senators insist key provisions be changed before formal debate begins.

Republican criticism has shifted to the bill's consumer protection provisions. For the most part, they have dropped arguments that the bill would perpetuate bailouts. That shift came after Republican Sen. Richard Shelby said he and Senate Banking committee Chairman Christopher Dodd had agreed to fix some aspects of the bill.

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The former British Prime Minister, Harold Wilson, once said: "A week is a long time in politics!"
Seven months is a long time in American politics! It's always about the state of the economy!
President Obama, his advisers, the Federal Reserve, and a Democratic Congress have done some smart and positive things to turn the economy around, from recession to growth in record time! It has taken the United States, 18 months, for the turnaround! It took the Japanese 12 years to get themselves out of recession!
Only one Party has been managing the economy, and that's been the Democrats!
Only one Party has been honestly concerned about saving and creating jobs, and that's been the Democrats!
The Democrats is the Party of small business. Sixty five percent of workers in the US are employed by small business owners!
It's the Democrats, who have designed and delivered tax breaks and tax credits for small businesses to stay afloat and prosper!
It's the Democrats, who are trying to regulate the financial sector, so that we do not have another economic meltdown, with its accompanying mass unemployment, and misery for families.
It's the Democrats who are concerned about the creation of new Green Energy economy, that will produce higher paying jobs!
It’s the Democrats, through the Recovery Act, who have invested in lithium battery factories, to power the new hybrid vehicles of the future!
It's the Democrats that are concerned about cutting Health care cost for businesses, and make them more competitive in a global economy.
It's the Democrat economic policy that have seen, a 7% growth in three consecutive quarters, the best in 50 years!
Why shouldn't the electorate vote for Democrats to regain control of the Senate and House of Representative in November?
Why shouldn’t the electorate trust the Democrats to successfully manage the economy?
Democrats have proved that in time of economic crisis, they can deliver!
Democrats are not quitters!
Democrats feel the pain of the American people, and try and solve their problems!
Democrats don’t play politics with the unemployed! They help them retain and find jobs!
Democrats have displayed a quality of courageous and sacrificial leadership, unseen for decades!
Democrats know how to lead effectively in a crisis!
It's the economy!
It always has been, and always will be about the economy!
When it comes to the management of the economy, the Democrats are a cut above the other party!

Posted by: stephendelsol | April 29, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

My investments DOUBLED from 2000 to 2007 (when the demonkrats gained a majority in Congress). The HIGHEST stock market in history was recorded during Bush's administration. I guess my rememberances of Republican management of the economy are simply more factual than the obama media reports.

Posted by: IQ168 | April 29, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

This is essentially a white flag from Republicans. They realize they are in an untenable political position and decided to get this fight over with before it did even more harm to their midterm chances.

Posted by: parkerfl1 | April 28, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Can we just pass some financial reform already? I'm getting really tired of Republicans voting no unless a bill is perfectly tailored to their desires. The point of compromise is that nobody gets everything, but everybody gets something.

Posted by: damascuspride04 | April 28, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Prof. Wagstaff must have been a Republican: "Whatever it is, I'm against it."

Posted by: jckdoors | April 28, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

As the current proposed legislature is written it will destroy my bank and insurance company...USAA. An organization started by retired military officers in an effort to provide low paid military personnel access to auto, life and home insurance. USAA is one of the most efficient and ethically ran businesses in the U.S. and now Congress wants to destroy it. U.S. active, inactive, veterens and retirees have lost most all our benefits and now Congress uses a ten pound sledge hammer rather than the right tool further demonstrating their incompetence to "fix" Wall Street. USAA isn't even on Wall Street, it's in San Antonio TX yet Congress hasn't the good sense to even know that. I refuse to support these numskulls in anything they do. They caused the recession and they are trying to create an even worse one.

Posted by: staterighter | April 28, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

A Wallstreet Public Option

The only single institution in this country, too big to fail is the US federal government. There is no bank, no insurance company, no health care provider, no anything else, too big to fail.

Government “public options” were created in 1776 and designed into the US federal constitution. State government is a “public option” for federal government. City government is a “public option” for state government. Today, there’s more. State universities and city colleges are a “public option” to private universities. The US post office is a “public option” to UPS and Fedex. “Public options” diffuse power and special interests, increase competition, improve service, and inspire fair-play capitalism. Public options empower people.

America must break its economic dependence on wallstreet. This can be achieved in a couple ways. Breaking up big wallstreet banks, into smaller more specialized entities, increases competition in the marketplace.

Another approach is a public option for wallstreet. Allowing states to provide banking, credit union, brokerage house, and hedge fund services is a public option to wallstreet. Integrity is primary in institutions not obsessed with profit. Americans can expect honest service and avoid a few recessions. Let states create banks, credit unions, brokerage houses, and hedge funds. This simply turns the corner on wallstreet.

Citizen is coach to team democracy. Coach is responsible for success. It’s your call, coach.

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Posted by: jordaner004 | April 28, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Take a vote every day; take a vote every hour. Let the American voters know who is preventing reform. Let's have all debate out in the open. No closed door deals. Then have an up or down vote. If the republican party continues to prevent debate, go to the Constitutional option--Pass everything by majority vote including supreme court expansion, public financing of elections, the fairness doctrine.

Posted by: rer21741 | April 28, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Teabaggers are nothing more than republicans. This proves it. They show all this faux concern for the taxpayer, but if big business wants to pick their pockets, they're good with it. They're just more hypocrisy from the right.


Posted by: blarsen1 | April 28, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

My question is..."Where are the Tea Partiers?"
This business of Wall Street Reform should be right down their alley! Their silence may just be the proof that they really are just a splinter group of the Republican Party after all.
And what about that Arizona bill? Shouldn't they be out in the thousands screaming about government intervention in their private lives?? Will the real grass rooters please show their colors?

Posted by: amerfirst | April 28, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

My question is..."Where are the Tea Partiers?"
This business of Wall Street Reform should be right down their alley! Their silence may just be the proof that they really are just a splinter group of the Republican Party after all.
And what about that Arizona bill? Shouldn't they be out in the thousands screaming about government intervention in their private lives?? Will the real grass routers please show their colors?

Posted by: amerfirst | April 28, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Hate to be a hater but what is the Republican alternative? Status quo. That does not make you conservative it makes you stupid. Too big to fail is too big to be. Break them up. Look what competition, regulated competition, did for phone technology and prices. Does anyone remember what long distance calling used to cost? We need banks and insurance companies and investment houses and finance corps. The NYT had several great ideas in this past Sunday's paper. End crony capitalism.

Posted by: stevepj | April 28, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Are ALL the Republicans in Congress stupid enough to believe that the voting public is stupid enough to accept their Orwellian doublespeak? Do they think we buy their story that their unwillingness to debate out in the open arises from a desire to protect ongoing negotiations?

Pt. Barnum was right, there's a sucker born every minute, but that still doesn't produce enough suckers for them to sell THIS load of bull to the American people. See you in November.

Posted by: sailorashore | April 28, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Wall Street has demonstrated that capitalism rewards not the most productive, but those best at cheating. Americans want the rules set so the cheating stops.

So we really *do* have a nonpartisan issue here. The poor white conservative "base" loathes the guys on Wall Street as much as any liberal. Both sides are losing jobs and houses in a steady stream that threatens to become a flood if the Greek bond problems spook the market worldwide.

Looks like Newt Gingrich's strategy of obstructionism may backfire here.

Posted by: ian807 | April 28, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Tea Baggers cat got your tongues? Silence is deafening!!!

Posted by: ggrant9170 | April 28, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

I hope they keep holding this bill up until it wipes out what Goldman and Obama are trying to put over on the people.

OFA sent out an e-mail today requesting calls and e-mail to the Republicans to force them to change there vote.

Interesting how the Washington Post fails to note Goldman is in favor of this bill now that it has done it's dog and pony show with Congress. I wonder how long the Democrats that questioned and the Goldman CEO'S that answered rehearsed before the hearing to get the desired drama.

The perfect storm is coming together. Obama and the media have lost there control they have to many plates spinning and soon they will start falling.

This is only the start of this circus.

See you at the voting booth in November.

Posted by: jace1 | April 28, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Good politics. A vote a day as Republicans shift through reasons to "kill the bill" to serve their latest and greatest Wall Street paymasters is the way to go until their unprincipled stance sinks in with the American public.

Posted by: washpost29 | April 28, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

We saw how deregulation of West Virgina coal mines worked out for middle class families. While the CEO wealth grew tremendously, the workers worked for peanuts and died because of his greed.

Republicans want to do too middle class families what the CEO of the coal miners did. Throw middle class some peanuts while legislating for the wealthy. If a few families lose their 401ks, jobs or homes, so be it. Mitch figures as long as he is taken care of, sacrificing a few middle class families along the way it meets the Republican criteria of how capitalism and the free market works.

Mitch McConnells revolving door with Wall Street tells the whole story why Republicans voted NO to debate wall street reform. Mtich has his wall street talking points, Frank Luntz playbook and Fox News to help spread as much distortion, lies and B.S. about how he is looking out for the American people while hoping he can kill or weaken the bill.

I'm sure just like a baseball or football player who gets performance bonuses, for each day Mitch can delay reform, he gets a fat bonus check from Wall street. I wonder how many millions Mitch will rake in. At the very least, I'm sure no matter what happens, Mitch was smart enough to ensure Wall Street has a lobbyist job waiting for him when or if he needs it.

Posted by: steveeyes | April 28, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Okay which is it consumer protection (we know Republicans don't care about consumers we all remember health care reform) or bailouts.

Liar, liar pants on fire.

Posted by: rlj1 | April 28, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

More proof of the disdain the rightwing hold for the middle class. The republicans want the banks and market makers to be able to empty the working man's IRA and put it in their own pockets.


Posted by: blarsen1 | April 28, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

The strategery (sic) propose a bill so far off the planet that only hussein, piglosi and reid and hoyer would vote for it. Then, blame everyone who opposes it, even if it is a demoncrat. Then announce to the press "those" people are killing babies and raping the land and stealing all youse money. I think everyone is buying this scatalogy. We are just a another bill away from utopia. Everything will be free and all the bad people like corporations and wall street will be gone and will not hurt us anymore. Oh, wait, most of the corporations are already gone! Well done! HAPPY DAYS ARE HERE AGAIN!

Posted by: pervleft | April 28, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse


I pledge allegiance to Wall Street
of the United Bank of America,
for RNC campaign donations for which it stands:
one Nation under Wall Street, separable,
With Liberty and Justice for all Wealthy Americans

Posted by: steveeyes | April 28, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

The country is better off without a new host of laws to focus attention away from the simple fact that the federal govt. and its agencies didn't do its job in the first place. Also, no bill is really addressing the "REAL" problem - fostering competition. There are now only a handful of companies that provide broad based investment services. Companies like Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Bank of America, and others, should be broken up into smaller companies. The SEC should be in the business of fostering competition and that would do more for the US consumer then anything that comes out of Congress.

Posted by: bdr882000 | April 28, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Well, I guess a stalled government is better than no government... It's time for business unusual, rather than business as usual. Get out the Vote, Get out the Graft! REMEMBER in November...

Posted by: edaldama | April 28, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans are kicking the dimtards arses. Keep saying no. Don't accept another dimtard porkulus bill. Democrats are on the way out this November.

Posted by: charlietuna666 | April 28, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse


1. Free Market - Republican word describing Wall Street method for making money by screwing the American economy

2. Legislation - The bidding procedure for making laws.

3. Constitutes - wealthy Americans

4. Orange - John Boehner

5. Middle Class Legislation - The Hell No policy for meaningful deeds that would help ordinary Americans.

6. Socialism - welfare laws passed to redistribute wealth to the wealthy

7. FMD - finance of mass destruction

8. Capitalism - RNC organized greed to protect the wealthy.

9. Strip Joint - how the RNC spends their campaign donations.

10. Flag - what Republicans wrap their lies around

11. Reform - The status quo to protect the wealthy.

12. Democracy - The Republicans method of governing using wall street and corporate America's talking points.

13. Taxes - what Republicans mis-represent by pretending that Obama letting Bush tax cuts for the wealthy expire is a tax hike on middle class.

14. Death Panels - the Republican committee on middle class legislation.

15. Individual Rights - American class system where rights are determine by your wealth

16. Fox News - propaganda machine for Republican lies

17. Health Care - a Republican privilege paid by Americans tax dollars that is not a considered a right for middle class families

18. N word - a word used by tea baggers when they disagree with a black politician

19. Big Government - a word associated with legislation that helps middle class families but not associated with legislation that helps corporate America or Wall Street.

20. Bipartisan - a term only used when Democrats agree with GOP policy.

21. Bridge to No Where - the method Republicans use when trying to bridge their lies with truth.

22. Freedom - a Republican belief that exists for those who can afford it.

23. Rush Limbaugh - the GOP leader of the Republican party

24. Fairness - legislation that favors the wealthy

25. Delay - a Republican tactic used to weaken reform that may effect wealthy contributors.

Posted by: steveeyes | April 28, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

repubs are digging into a ditch? which poll are you looking at? PLEASE, provide even a pcstench leftwing traitor poll from the ny times. ANYTHING? ANYTHING? No, I thought not.

Posted by: pervleft | April 28, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

WoW voting NO to even debating the bill? wth...How much longer are we the public gonna keep paying these Republicans to do nothing but block progress?

Posted by: kimwanstat | April 28, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

steveeyes ~ if it were the case that the legislation was really about beneficial reform you might have a case.

Unfortunately Democrats cannot be trusted to deal with this nation's financial affairs ~ particularly private sector financial affairs.

The bill is overburdened with PORK and FAVORITISM.

Even the White House has some degree of concern ~ I think the phrase was "Hey, you get caught doing that and......"

Clean the bill up. Remove the special deals for the special interests. Toss out the pork ~ my goodness, this is supposed to be about financial system reform NOT building roads to nowhere!

I think you might well get some Republican interest in a good bill. You will get little Republican interest with cr*p.

Posted by: muawiyah | April 28, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse


Everyone else:


Keeping Americans Unemployed and using that as an excuse to delay legislation is the GOP Modus Operandi. While military men and women fight to protect our freedoms the GOP leadership delays improving our Economy and National Security. They delay and stall against meaningful financial regulation of Derivatives, Swaps, CDOs and Ratings agencies. They delay against creating Renewable Energy Jobs. They delay against supporting American Innovation, Efficiency and Technology to replace dirty Coal with clean energy. The list goes on and on...

Wanted for Regulation and Transparency as a result of causing Global Economic crises and the loss of Jobs, Homes, and Businesses of Millions of People: Derivatives, Credit Default Swaps, CDOs, and Credit Rating Companies.

GOP Senators attempts to derail Toxic asset regulation are symptomatic of their support for Wall Street, Coal, Oil, Tobacco and Medical Insurance corporate corruption. Even the Senate Agricultural committee’s passing of derivatives regulation took a hit from 8 Republicans who all voted against regulating derivatives.

8 Republican Senators on the committee voted against the American People in favor of Wall Street Corruption, including;

Saxby Chambliss, (R-GA)
Mitch McConnell, (R-K)
Lindsey Graham, (R-SC)

SEC Republican commissioners who voted against bringing Goldman Sachs to justice are;

Kathleen Casey (R)
Troy Paredes (R)

These Senators and SEC Commissioners are supporting Wall Street Criminals as well as failing in their duty to bring Justice for Millions of the victims of Wall Street greed and corruption. The trading of Derivatives, Credit-Default-Swaps, CDO's and other Toxic assets should be Transparent and regulated. In 2008 McConnell called for a $700 Billion fund to be paid into by banks but now that he has been bought off by Wall Street he’s blocking all regulation of them. That is both an Economic and National Security issue. It's a shame that many Republicans do not support that.

Posted by: liveride | April 28, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Knock, Knock
Who's there?
Republican who?
We will be what you want for the right price

Knock, Knock
Who's there?
Mitch McConnell
Mitch McConnell who?
Mitch "bailout" McConnel that is afraid to debate fiancial reform on the floor

Knock, Knock
Who's there?
John Boehner
John Boehner who?
John "hell no" glow in the dark Boehner

Knock, Knock
Who's there?
Conservative who?
Not sure, let me ask Frank Luntz where we stand this week.

Knock, Knock
Who's there?
Fox News
Fox News who?
Hold on, I'm making up the news so dont' rush me.

Knock, Knock
Who's there?
Wall Street
Wall Street who?
Wall Street "status quo" George Bush deregulation

Knock, Knock
Who's there?
Geoge Bush
George Bush who?
Ask Wall Street

Knock, Knock
Who's there?
Water Down
Water Down who?
Don't ask until we had efficient time to spread lies to confuse American people to support our agenda while screaming socialism

Knock, Knock
Who's there?
Debate who?
We are afraid to debate in pubic Republicans fearing Americans will see who we truly represent

Posted by: steveeyes | April 28, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

What do you call a Republican Politician walking down Main Street?


Posted by: steveeyes | April 28, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

More typical GOP schoolyard bully stunts. Hardly surprising at all. That's what we can expect from the party of no ideas, always ready to put self, party, and cronies ahead of the good of the nation.

This just shows that the Republicans aren't serious about financial reform, or anything else, except for cutting taxes on the rich, increasing military spending, loosening environmental legislation and worker protection, pandering to religious fanatics (unless they happen to be Muslim) and hectoring immigrants.

Posted by: Dan78 | April 28, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse


HEALTH CARE - negotiations went on for over a year and look what we got. A water down bill that would of been much stronger for Main Street if the house bill would of passed with the public option. Republicans way of negotiating health care was to bring to the table Insurance companies’ talking points. They are doing the same thing now with Financial reform.

FINANCIAL REFORM - the repubs are using the same tactics they used in health care. Hopefully the Dems won’t fall for their phoney “lets make it better” crap. Make it better for whom -- Wall Street? Republicans negotiate by bringing to the table the talking points of Wall Street while pretending they have Main Street’s best interests at heart. If you believe that, I have a bridge to nowhere you can buy real cheap. Republicans are masters of deception and scare tactics – hopefully American public is catching on to Republican’s Karl Rove and Frank Lutz tactics.

What is amazing about Financial Reform now is the Dems are trying to bring the bill to the floor to DEBATE and the Republicans say NO DEBATE. Republicans must be too scared to DEBATE in fear that the American people will see who the Republicans really represent. Expect more lies, Frank Lutz buzz words, distortion, delay tactics, etc, all in the effort to weaken the bill for their rich Wall Street cronies.

IMMIGRATION - this will be the next farce of phoney Republican rhetoric. I wonder what Frank Lutz has drummed up for this one. Republicans say the Federal Government needs to do something but then the Republicans have done everything in their power to stall or delay immigration discussion. Lindsey Graham (R) walks away from talks with Democrats about Immigration while Republicans complain that the Obama administration needs to do something. Graham said he won’t do any more talks about Immigration until there is another Republican on board while at the same time the party of NO complains about Obama administration and takes no action to further the immigration discussion.

It is obvious what the Republicans are trying to do. Blame Obama for immigration problems but when the Dems propose to do something, they back off. What hypocrites. The Republicans are all political double talk without actually doing something about the problems facing this country. I’m starting to realize that the Republicans are a bunch of hypocrites who politicize everything in hopes of gaining power while they could care less about the country and middle class America.

REPUBLICANS - the party that legislates for the wealthy and says NO for middle class legislation.

Posted by: steveeyes | April 28, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

The republican party is committing political suicide by obstructing finance reform. Supporters went along with their attempts to destroy whatever was presented, but we all know our country needs finance reform and their undying support for Wall St. has developed in an outcry against their tactics and irresponsibility.
They need to represent the people and work on our country's survival rather than maintain the destructive win at any cost mentallity.

Posted by: kathlenec | April 28, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

The republican party is committing political suicide by obstructing finance reform. Supporters went along with their attempts to destroy whatever was presented, but we all know our country needs finance reform and their undying support for Wall St. has developed in an outcry against their tactics and irresponsibility.
They need to represent the people and work on our country's survival rather than maintain the destructive win at any cost mentallity.

Posted by: kathlenec | April 28, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

"Oh BS, the democrats don't want anyone to have personal responsibilty for their actions."

Do you even know what you're talking about?

"Personal responsibility" is a wonderful thing.

But what does it have to do with making bank loans, or mortgages, or credit cards, or payday loans, etc. more transparent?

If anything, reform will help make people MORE -- not less --responsible, because they will know exactly what signing their name on that dotted line entails.

Posted by: associate20 | April 28, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Nice try, ManHandleWilly. Democrats certainly want Goldman Sachs to take responsibility for their actions. Your boy McConnell is against that. And he doesn't want to debate financial reform out in the open -- he wants to negotiate behind closed doors. Probably suits you fine. What is the official Tea Bagger position on financial reform?

Posted by: barbarian_horde | April 28, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Do republicans even pretend to care about the American public anymore?

Posted by: mercurial51 | April 28, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Well it looks like the Dirty Harry Reid is up to his old Democrat Party tricks again.

Refuse to build a bi-partisan bill and instead pull this STUNT everyday that he KNOWS he will lose.

Democrats don't know how to work with the other Party, we have had one year to observe this.

We saw the same dirty bunch ram a HC plan through Congress without any bi-partisan agreements.

Now the dirty Democrats are trying to get their pals in our liberal/progressive MSM wolfpack press to help them out.

Sorry.............. these olde tricks won't work anymore.

Republicans have no problems saying no......NO........and NO ! to poorly written partisan legislation from this lame duck Congress.........

Posted by: allenridge | April 28, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

This is the same tactic these repugs used during the health care debate, stall and kill. It won't work this time. Protecting those thieves on walls street will only create anger on main street. Did they not learn anytime at all while they were in power? This ditch they're digging is just getting deeper. At this rate the dems will stay in power for the next 25 years. Go figure!

Posted by: jla3312 | April 28, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

No no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no

I am so glad the GOP keeps working for WALL STREET. Can't wait to see how much dough they are each brining in each time they vote to reform. We can then say "AH - SEN McConnel - your campaing brought in $3 million in the Last week of APRIL 2010--How much of that did you get as a direct result of each NO vote you cast -say $1 mill per NO VOTE thus far. NOT BAD BRIBING IF I MUST SAY

Posted by: racerdoc | April 28, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

And Reid says the filibuster is un-American. Patriotism: The last refuge of scoundrels. All Democrats need to be unelected in 2010...all of them.

Posted by: PanhandleWilly | April 28, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

"Democrats are right to fight for the consumers. I wish the Republicans would stop obstructing and join them in that fight."

Oh BS, the democrats don't want anyone to have personal responsibilty for their actions.

Posted by: JDB1 | April 28, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

America is a declining state. Republicans if anything will hasten that process. I don't know how Bush managed to foist his convoluted agenda on us people. Makes wonder why Democrats are unable to make Repubs work on even the most urgent of reforms. And the pigs in the country want to elect more of these Repubs in Nov & beyond in 2012. Looks like we are headed to be a divisive nation of fools headed by Palin & her tea party croonies. World's laughing stock.

Posted by: hughes_168 | April 28, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

"Republican criticism has shifted to the bill's consumer protection provisions."

I bet it has. Republicans, according to alternative proposals they've been floating, want to weaken consumer protections.

Democrats are right to fight for the consumers. I wish the Republicans would stop obstructing and join them in that fight.

Posted by: associate20 | April 28, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

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