What: All Issues : Making Government Work for Everyone, Not Just the Rich or Powerful : Adequate Government Funding for a Broad Range of Human Needs : S Con Res 13. (Fiscal 2010 budget resolution) DeMint of South Carolina amendment that would allow for legislation that would block economic stimulus money from being used to provide further bailouts to auto manufacturers/On agreeing to the amendment (2009 senate Roll Call 148)
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S Con Res 13. (Fiscal 2010 budget resolution) DeMint of South Carolina amendment that would allow for legislation that would block economic stimulus money from being used to provide further bailouts to auto manufacturers/On agreeing to the amendment
senate Roll Call 148     Apr 02, 2009
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Win

This vote was on an amendment by Jim DeMint, R-S.C., that would provide for legislation to block economic stimulus money from being used to provide further bailouts to auto manufacturers.  The amendment was offered to the budget resolution that serves as the blueprint for Congress’ budget priorities in fiscal 2010.  The budget resolution sets overall spending targets for the Appropriations committees and outlines other budget rules.

DeMint said Americans are frustrated with how much money the government is spending, and that many perceive the bailouts given to auto manufacturers as a handout to companies that will mismanage the funds. 

“Americans are already fed up with how much we spent on all the bailouts. One of the areas they are most frustrated with is the auto bailouts. We have already taken over $17 billion from funds designated to financial institutions and now the administration is talking about some form of bankruptcy while General Motors and Chrysler have asked for another $21.6 billion,” DeMint said.  “Enough is enough.”

Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., said just days ago President Obama released a plan to revitalize the U.S. auto industry and that the plan needs a chance to work, and that DeMint’s amendment would tie the administration’s hands.

“They are in the middle of the boldest restructuring of the American auto industry we have ever seen. This would cut the legs out from under that.   Our President has made it clear that we are not going to walk away from the people, the communities or the businesses—the thousands of businesses that depend on the auto industry,” Stabenow said.

By a vote of 31-66, the amendment was rejected.   Of Republicans present, 30 voted for the amendment and 11 voted against it.  .  All but one Democrat present voted against the amendment.   The end result is that the bill went forward without language that would have allowed for legislation to block any further use of economic stimulus money for aid to auto manufacturers.

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