Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Who Confirmed Geithner?

Well, he's in, and in case you were wondering (as I was) who confirmed him, here's the list. I noticed that Sherrod Brown, whom I contacted and whom I received a "thank you for contacting me" email reply, didn't vote at all. That's one way to avoid controversy. (CORRECTION: I WAS SENT A NOTE THAT MR. BROWN WAS NOT TRYING TO AVOID CONTROVERSY. HE IS IN HIS HOME STATE TAKING CARE OF PERSONAL FAMILY MATTERS, SO WAS NOT AVAILABLE FOR THE VOTE. I WANT TO BE FAIR TO HIM ON THIS ISSUE.) But Senator Voinovich, who didn't respond to my email by one jot or tittle, voted to confirm him. Thanks, Mr. Republican!

What frosts me the most is the idea being put out there by many stalwart senators that Geithner had "paid up and made it right". Really? Geithner waited until he was being "vetted" for the Treasury Secretary job to pay up and make it right. Ick. That feels slimy, but perhaps our senators are used to that slick feeling by now.

Anyway, I appreciate the near one hundred people who came to my blog and did their civic duty to express their anti-Geithner comments to their senators! We did speak up; too bad our ELECTED officials weren't listening. Here they are (and kudos to the ones with guts enough or morals enough to say "NO!"):

Grouped By Vote Position YEAs ---60
Akaka (D-HI)
Baucus (D-MT)
Bayh (D-IN)
Begich (D-AK)
Bennet (D-CO)
Bingaman (D-NM)
Boxer (D-CA)
Burris (D-IL)
Cantwell (D-WA)
Cardin (D-MD)
Carper (D-DE)
Casey (D-PA)
Conrad (D-ND)
Corker (R-TN)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Crapo (R-ID)
Dodd (D-CT)
Dorgan (D-ND)
Durbin (D-IL)
Ensign (R-NV)
Feinstein (D-CA)
Graham (R-SC)
Gregg (R-NH)
Hagan (D-NC)
Hatch (R-UT)
Inouye (D-HI)
Johnson (D-SD)
Kaufman (D-DE)
Kerry (D-MA)
Klobuchar (D-MN)
Kohl (D-WI)
Landrieu (D-LA)
Lautenberg (D-NJ)
Leahy (D-VT)
Levin (D-MI)
Lieberman (ID-CT)
Lincoln (D-AR)
McCaskill (D-MO)
Menendez (D-NJ)
Merkley (D-OR)
Mikulski (D-MD)
Murray (D-WA)
Nelson (D-FL)
Nelson (D-NE)
Pryor (D-AR)
Reed (D-RI)
Reid (D-NV)
Rockefeller (D-WV)
Schumer (D-NY)
Shaheen (D-NH)
Shelby (R-AL)
Snowe (R-ME)
Stabenow (D-MI)
Tester (D-MT)
Udall (D-CO)
Udall (D-NM)
Voinovich (R-OH)
Warner (D-VA)
Webb (D-VA)
Whitehouse (D-RI)

NAYs ---34
Alexander (R-TN)
Barrasso (R-WY)
Bennett (R-UT)
Brownback (R-KS)
Bunning (R-KY)
Burr (R-NC)
Byrd (D-WV)
Chambliss (R-GA)
Coburn (R-OK)
Cochran (R-MS)
Collins (R-ME)
DeMint (R-SC)
Enzi (R-WY)
Feingold (D-WI)
Grassley (R-IA)
Harkin (D-IA)
Hutchison (R-TX)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Isakson (R-GA)
Johanns (R-NE)
Kyl (R-AZ)
Lugar (R-IN)
Martinez (R-FL)
McCain (R-AZ)
McConnell (R-KY)
Murkowski (R-AK)
Risch (R-ID)
Roberts (R-KS)
Sanders (I-VT)
Sessions (R-AL)
Specter (R-PA)
Thune (R-SD)
Vitter (R-LA)
Wicker (R-MS)

Not Voting - 4
Bond (R-MO)
Brown (D-OH)
Kennedy (D-MA)
Wyden (D-OR)


Tracy said...

Whew, both of my senators (Jon Kyle & John McCain) voted against him. Don't you wish honor and integrity were more than mere words to most politicians? Thanks for posting this.

Joanne Sher said...

And my two voted FOR (of course, they're democrats, but that's certainly no excuse). Thanks for keeping us informed!