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Follow the Votes: Tied Up With TARP

The Senate took up three noteworthy pieces of legislation yesterday.

• S.J. Res. 5 was defeated by vote of 42-52, resulting in the release of the remaining $350 billion of TARP funds for President-elect Barack Obama to inject in the economy. The resolution would have blocked the second half of the $700 billion Wall Street bailout. Six Republicans and one Independent joined 45 Democrats to defeat the measure.

President-elect Obama said of the Senate's vote, "I'm gratified that a majority of the U.S. Senate, both Democrats and Republicans, voted today to give me the authority to implement the rest of the financial rescue plan in a new and responsible way," according to a statement released by his transition office.

• The Senate voted to invoke cloture, 72-23, on the motion to proceed with H.R. 2831, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act -- legislation proposed last year, addressing the issue of pay discrimination in the workplace.

• The Senate also passed a motion to invoke cloture, 68-24, on S. 22 -- the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009.

--Sarah Lovenheim

By Washington Post editors  |  January 16, 2009; 6:30 AM ET
Categories:  Votes  
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Why was this news not in the headline section of the Wash. Post today? Obviously your editors want to camoflage this distressing news from the readers who as citizens are overwhelmingly opposed to the release of more funds to banks. Theyb are fed up with giving our tax dollars away to those who are abusive of their customers and who are usurious on a vast scale. Your newspaper did the nation a disservice by not placing this headline where it belonged, at the top of the headlines.

Posted by: tak8211 | January 16, 2009 3:14 PM | Report abuse

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