McDermott Votes No on Bailout - Irked by Pork
In what shouldn't come as a surprise to those of us that know McDermott, the representative voted no on the Bailout Bill that passed this time around. He had voted yes on the previous stripped down plan. Baghdad Jim had this to say (quite justifiably, as far as I'm concerned):
On Thursday morning, the morning after the Senate passed a very different bailout bill, two things happened.
The filings for new unemployment benefits hit a seven year high, and a number of telephones melted in my congressional office as my constituents called in with their opinions.
By the thousands, the people of the 7th Congressional District are absolutely enraged by what the Senate did.
Senate Republicans blocked Senate Democrats from legislation that delivers for Main Street.
Senate Republicans demanded the pot be sweetened. But they left out the millions of Americans who can't find a job and are running out of benefits. And they left out a lot of other Americans too.
With economic times getting tougher by the day, Senate Republicans have no problem telling the American people to go it alone.
Last week, the House passed on a strong bi-partisan vote a stimulus package to help Main Street America.
But Senate Republicans said no; they were willing to help Wall Street but look the other way for Main Street...
The Senate dug an enormous ditch alongside Main Street, and they want the House to drive into it.