Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) was just on Fox Business doubting that there will be a vote on the bill tonight. Apparently no compromise has been reached and, seeing as Voinovich just pulled out of negotiations, one isn’t exactly on the horizon. Did I mention that a CBS poll shows only 13% of Americans are okay with the bill passing without bipartisan support?
Meanwhile, Fox Business was also speaking to a trader on the floor of the stock exchange. A few thoughts from him: The market rallied today, but there was supposedly quite a bit of short-selling. The executive pay cap may actually drive companies to go it alone, rather than rely on the government. Apparently traders aren’t all convinced that the spending bill will go through.
And Vitter may have a point. Dow Jones is now reporting that there may not be a vote tonight. Keep up the calls, folks. The administration is trying to scare people into pushing for this crap sandwich, even as it claims that the era of politics of fear is over. Call Specter: (202) 224-4254; Collins: (202) 224-2523; and Snowe: (202) 224-5344. Let them know that you’ll work against them on re-election if they vote for this disaster of a spending bill.
Update: I’m told that Collins is wavering towards opposing the bill. But it’s nowhere near definite. Keep up those calls.
Meanwhile, an Ace commenter says that Kay Hagan — Democrat from North Carolina — hasn’t decided how to vote. Here’s her number: 202-224-6342.
Judd Gregg (R-NH) also supposedly hasn’t committed. Here’s his number: (202) 224-3324
Update: Carl Cameron of Fox isn’t optimistic about the bill passing today.
Update: I missed it, but Ace says that Carl Cameron is reporting that Reid can’t get Collins, Snowe, or Specter on board.
Update: Here’s Feinstein reserving the right to vote against the bill, which she apparently doesn’t think puts enough jobs out there.
Update: Here’s video of McCain pointing out that possibly two Senate Republicans and no House Republicans voting for this crap sandwich doesn’t make it “bipartisan”. By the way, the multi-million dollar waterpark has been struck from the bill.
As it stands right now, Reid can get maybe three Republicans (Snowe, Collins, Specter) and may lose a Blue Dog (Hagan is reportedly wavering). Feinstein isn’t the bill’s biggest fan, but I don’t see her voting against it.
Update: Aww, the president is running out of patience. Axelrod also claims that Americans don’t have the tolerance to wait for the stimulus. Really?