Deal almost done on auto industry. GOP Senators talking filibuster

That Democrats on the Hill still have to negotiate with George Bush is really quite annoying. How can anyone trust the Bush White House to get anything right? Per usual, the Senate Republicans will hold the key via their filibuster power:

Congressional Democrats and the White House appear to have a deal on a $15 billion package to support the auto industry, but it must still win the critical support of Senate Republicans to become law.

“Bipartisan hard work has paid off and I understand an agreement has been reached,” said Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), late Tuesday evening. “This gets us to the 20 yard line, but getting over the goal line will take a major effort, particularly in the Senate.”….

Several Senate Republicans, including Sens. Richard Shelby (Ala.) and John Ensign (Nev.), expressed disappointment earlier on Tuesday over the draft language of the bill. Senate Republicans will hold a policy lunch on Wednesday, where some senators may make a pitch to mount a filibuster.

The Senate GOP doesn’t want to help American workers, especially workers in unions. They stick to protecting Wall Street.

Reuters reports the House could vote today:

The U.S. House of Representatives could vote as early as Wednesday on a $15 billion plan to bail out and restructure U.S. automakers but the initiative may face Republican roadblocks in the Senate.


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