Government Reform

Senate Financial Reform Voting, Annotated for Your Protection


The Senate is voting on whether to limit debate and amendments to the financial reform bill right now. Go watch the roll call with the Sunlight Foundation folks, who are annotating the vote with info about campaign contributions and personal asset statements, and offering handy explainer chats for those not in the habit of watching CSPAN for fun.

Read more about the bill here and here.

UPDATE: 57 votes for cloture. Motion fails. The debate continues.

UPDATE 2: Nope. They're voting again!

UPDATE 3: Nope again. More yammering and then a quorum call.

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  1. That’s great stuff. Correlation and causation are, often enough, good friends.

    1. Look at all the Rethuglicans who took money from the big bull corporation. They didn’t vote for this.

      1. MacArthur Park is melting in the dark
        All the sweet, green icing flowing down
        Someone left the cake out in the rain
        I don’t think that I can take it
        ‘Cause it took so long to bake it
        And I’ll never have that recipe again
        Oh, no!
        Oh, no
        No, no
        Oh no!!

  2. Financial reform is gharar. Can’t jack to it.

    1. Just pretend that Arlen Specter is 9 years old.

  3. Looks like they might fail to get cloture. I thought this was expected to pass.

  4. Reform? We don’t need no stinkin’ reform!

    1. Oh no! Oh, please, Congress don’t pass this bill — it will hurt all of us evil bankers here on Wall Street so much, especially those assholes at Goldman Sachs! Oh, we just tremble to think about how badly we will be punished if this bill passes. No, if there’s one thing you must not do, unless you care about Main Street and The Little Guy, it’s passing this reform bill. Please, if you have any mercy in your heart for greedy rich bankers, please, I beg you, don’t pass this bill.

      1. +1, though racist for the Uncle Remus reference, thus +10.

        1. yeah, go ron paul!

          small government and racism. that’s the platform right?

          1. Hey look, it’s some douche who has never visited reason before and has no idea wtf he’s talking about! Everyone point and laugh.

            1. [points] Hahahahahaha!!

  5. Wait, WHO doesn’t watch CSPAN for fun?

  6. Dooooooooooouchebag!

  7. It’s spelled “closure”. It means to put on clothes.

  8. Looks like they might fail to get cloture.

    They got one (1) Republican. What more do they need?

    Oh, I get it. A couple of Dems smartened up and realized they could sell their votes for a lot more.

  9. Katherine, you stupid cunt, this isn’t interesting. It’s fucking boring.

    1. HAGGIS

      Stomach bag and pluck (heart
      Liver and lights of a sheep
      -(You can substitute a
      -Selection of organ meats)
      2 Onions — peeled
      2 c Pinhead oatmeal — (Irish
      1 2/3 c Suet
      Salt & pepper
      -trussing needle and fine
      – stirng

      Thoroughly wash the stomach bag in cold water. Turn
      it inside out and scald it, then scrape the surface
      with a knife. Soak it in cold salted water overnight.
      Next day remove the bag from the water and leave it on
      one side while preparing the filling. Wash the pluck.
      Put it into a pan, with the windpipe hanging over the
      side into a bowl, to let out any impurities. Cover the
      pluck with cold water, add 1 teaspoon of salt and
      bring the water to a boil. Skim the surface, then
      simmer for 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Meanwhile parboil the
      onions, drain, reserving the ligquid, and chop them
      roughly. Also tpast the pinhead oatmeal until golden
      brown. Drain the pluck when ready and cut away the
      windpipe and any excess gristle. Mince half the liver
      with all the heart and lights, then stir in the
      shredded suet, the toasted oatmeal and the onions.
      Season well with salt and pepper. Moisten with as much
      of the onion or pluck water as necessary to make the
      mixture soft. With the rough surface of the bag
      outside fill it just over half full, the oatmeal will
      swell during cooking, and sew the ends together with
      the trussing needle and fine string. Prick the bag in
      places with the needlw. Place the haggis on and enamel
      plate and put it into a pan of boiling water. Cover
      the pan and cook for about 3 hours, adding more
      boiling water when necessary to keep the haggis

    2. I like when Max acts as if his opinion matters.

      I think your mother is calling, why don’t you go upstairs and help her with the bath?

  10. Arlen Spooter?

  11. I think that it would never end … While it is profitable

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