is part of the Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

  • American Agriculturist
  • Beef Producer
  • Corn and Soybean Digest
  • Dakota Farmer
  • Delta Farm Press
  • Farm Futures
  • Farm Industry news
  • Indiana Prairie Farmer
  • Kansas Farmer
  • Michigan Farmer
  • Missouri Ruralist
  • Nebraska Farmer
  • Ohio Farmer
  • Prairie Farmer
  • Southeast Farm Press
  • Southwest Farm Press
  • The Farmer
  • Wallaces Farmer
  • Western Farm Press
  • Western Farmer Stockman
  • Wisconsin Agriculturist
Votes Being Lined Up for Financial Reform

Votes Being Lined Up for Financial Reform

Uncertainty remains as to whether Senate has the votes needed.

Tuesday and Wednesday the U.S. House is expected to debate the financial reform report passed out of a House and Senate Conference Committee last week. Once the House passes the legislation the Senate is expected to quickly act upon the bill.  However, the Senate doesn't appear to have the 60 votes necessary for passage.

Even before the death of Senator Robert Byrd, D-W.V., it appeared Democrats were short of the 60 votes needed to take up the conference report. In addition it seems Senator Scott Brown, R-Mass., who supported the Senate version, is unhappy with the final version citing concerns about the addition of a tax on banks.

Senator Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa and Senators Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, and Susan Collins, R-Maine, were the other Republicans who supported the Senate-passed bill. But even if they support the final measure, that doesn't assure a 60 vote count. Democratic leaders are preparing for the likelihood of a Republican filibuster.

Hide comments


  • Allowed HTML tags: <em> <strong> <blockquote> <br> <p>

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.