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View Diary: Sen. Corker (R-TN) to GOP on financial reform: "You've got to be kidding me." (update x4) (262 comments)

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  •  I don't know why he signed it but I do know (14+ / 0-)

    that he has been exasperated by McConnell's "Hell No!" demand for quite a while. There was an article in HuffPo from March 25, about him feeling "abandoned" by Rethug leadership during the financial committee meetings, as he really wanted to go all bipartisan in committee but couldn't, as per party M.O. Excerpts:

    Failing to reach a bipartisan deal in committee was "a very large strategic mistake," the Tennessee senator told reporters after his speech before a U.S. Chamber of Commerce summit in Washington. Declining to offer amendments, and then passing the bill out of committee along party lines, "talks about how dysfunctional, how dysfunctional we have been as a committee and the Senate has been in addressing this issue," Corker said in reference to financial reform.
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    "It's going to be very, very difficult -- very difficult -- to get 41 members to hold, especially, especially if many of the provisions in this bill address concerns that everyday people on Main Street have," said Corker. "That's why I thought it was so important to leave that committee -- maybe lose three Republicans, lose three Democrats -- but to end up with a middle-of-the-road bill that we can all hold hands and fight off amendments."

    Seeing as how the bill has indeed been watered down to middle-of-the-road status, I'm hopeful Corker will finally break ranks.

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    by StepLeftStepForward on Mon Apr 19, 2010 at 09:45:30 AM PDT

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