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Voinovich Drops Out of Stimulus Talks [Woo hoo!! Keep the pressure on!!]
Roll Call ^ | February 6, 2009 | By Emily Pierce and Jessica Brady

Posted on 02/06/2009 1:14:41 PM PST by MaestroLC

Sen. George Voinovich (R-Ohio) has pulled out of negotiations on a bipartisan compromise on the Senate’s economic stimulus bill.

Three Republicans — Sens. Susan Collins (Maine), Olympia Snowe (Maine) and Arlen Specter (Pa.) — continue to negotiate with Democrats, but Voinovich’s departure could make it more difficult for Democrats to reach the 60 votes they need to pass the bill.

Voinovich left a meeting in Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) office around 2:30 p.m., saying he did not believe there was a deal he could agree to on an amendment that would cut as much as $100 billion from the more than $920 billion measure.

“I’ve really tried to work on this, but the three things that it should be timely, that it should be temporary and it should be targeted, that was something that I looked at,” Voinovich said. “It just doesn’t meet my criteria, and I feel very sorry because I think the Majority Leader has his responsibility, and he’s got his Members that he has to take care of.”


TOPICS: Activism/Chapters; Breaking News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Ohio
KEYWORDS: 111th; bho2009; bho44; bipartisan; collins; destroyamerica; firsthundreddays; obama; ohio; porkulus; rinos; snowe; specter; stimulus; stimuluswatch; talks; vichy; voinovich
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1 posted on 02/06/2009 1:14:42 PM PST by MaestroLC
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To: MaestroLC

Usual suspects.


2 posted on 02/06/2009 1:15:50 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: MaestroLC

Nice job posting the numbers!


3 posted on 02/06/2009 1:15:57 PM PST by romanesq
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To: MaestroLC

Ha! My e-mail worked!


4 posted on 02/06/2009 1:16:34 PM PST by reegs
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To: MaestroLC; penelopesire; trooprally; Veeram; rlmorel; Pyro7480; kristinn; Syncro; Jim Robinson; ...

PING!

Keep Callin!!!


5 posted on 02/06/2009 1:17:37 PM PST by eeevil conservative (GIVE ME A PLACE TO STAND AND I WILL MOVE THE EARTH....Archimedes)
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To: reegs

I didn’t even try after all it’s Voinivich and he’s not running for re election.

I must say I’m surprised. Pleased, but surprised.


6 posted on 02/06/2009 1:17:37 PM PST by griswold3 (a good story is more compelling than the search for truth)
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To: MaestroLC

Kill it. Then put a stake through its heart and burn it. Kill this bleeping bill.


7 posted on 02/06/2009 1:17:50 PM PST by denydenydeny (People in dictatorships long for truth while pampered, decadent people in the West long for myth.)
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To: MaestroLC

Have Specter’s number on speed dial right now...busy. I’ll keep trying.

Not even going to bother with Bob Casey. He’s just going to do what Reid tells him to do.


8 posted on 02/06/2009 1:18:01 PM PST by JenB987
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To: MaestroLC

Must be feeling the heat of the voters. It is amazing how the MSM is avoiding the facts that the vast majority of people in the US do not want a “stimulus” package shoved down their throats.


9 posted on 02/06/2009 1:18:13 PM PST by calex59
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To: romanesq
Nice job posting the numbers!

Yes, good job...going to dial the Arsenic and Old Lace sisters' offices when Howie Carr goes to commercial.
10 posted on 02/06/2009 1:18:17 PM PST by LostInBayport (Tax cheats, lobbyists, secrecy and drunken liberal spending..."hope and change" defined at last.)
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To: MaestroLC

Wow Mr Rino bails on the bailout....guess he didnt like my email yesterday lmao


11 posted on 02/06/2009 1:18:41 PM PST by boxerblues
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To: MaestroLC

Just hit all three and each are busy. For the moment.

If one does get through, they should logically explain why this is a bad idea and how using these quivers leaves us in worse shape later.

As in we won’t have any. And this pork will be back for renewal(s).

So stop it now!


12 posted on 02/06/2009 1:19:47 PM PST by romanesq
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To: MaestroLC
The lame McSpecter votes mainly with the dames from Maine.

Leni

13 posted on 02/06/2009 1:20:50 PM PST by MinuteGal
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
for Democrats to reach the 60 votes they need to pass the bill.

They don't need 60 votes to pass anything. This article is a lie.

The Pubs should all just say they're voting no, but won't fillibuster it.

Then let all the Dems vote for it without a single Pub doing so.

That way O and his Dem pals own this debacle lock, stock, and barrel.

L

14 posted on 02/06/2009 1:21:12 PM PST by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: MaestroLC

So, let me get this straight. It started at 830b and there was outrage. Now, it has balloned to 920b and there is still outrage. So, this so called bipartisian team will get together to trim 100b, putting back near the original number and we should be ok with it...

I DONT THINK SO!!! Let’s burn those phone lines up.


15 posted on 02/06/2009 1:21:26 PM PST by mouse1
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To: calex59

I think Americans do want a stimulus package. Just not this porkulus bill. They want a tax cut bill!


16 posted on 02/06/2009 1:21:34 PM PST by KansasGirl
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To: MaestroLC

Hot Air just announced an update on their site that Collins is starting to waiver as she has had a chance to look at the new bill. Time to put pressure on her because if she pulls out Snowe will most likely follow which will leave Specter.


17 posted on 02/06/2009 1:23:13 PM PST by PhiKapMom ( BOOMER SOONER! Sam Bradford Heisman! LetsGetThisRight.com RED STATE Oklahoma Republican)
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To: romanesq

You mean ranting and raving doesn’t work. Oops. :-) I try to stay come, really I do, but gadnabit, this looting of the American taxpayer is an absolute outrage!


18 posted on 02/06/2009 1:23:22 PM PST by KansasGirl
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To: MaestroLC

I hope Collins Snowe and Specter feel very cold and lonely tonight.

HOW DARE they even be sitting around playing poker over a $900 BILLION DOLLAR pork package.

Do they really believe the people of Maine and Pennsylvania want to BET ONE TRILLION of their children’s future tax dollars on programs to build water parks in Miami, build even more empty schools for Milwaukee, paint bridges, change light bulbs, and paint childcare centers in Georgia?


19 posted on 02/06/2009 1:23:25 PM PST by silverleaf (Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a BUMPY ride.)
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To: Lurker

That way O and his Dem pals own this debacle lock, stock, and barrel.

Except when it fails, the republicans will still get the blame. Remember, “O” said it had to pass yesterday or it would be the end of the world.


20 posted on 02/06/2009 1:23:52 PM PST by mouse1
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To: MaestroLC

Specter seems to be the ringleader and Collins sponsored this, so Snowe is the weak link. She should be targeted with phone calls the most.

Feinstein might defect. We need some moderate Dems like Blanch Lincoln or Baucus to defect also.


21 posted on 02/06/2009 1:24:32 PM PST by LongIslandConservative
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To: MaestroLC

agreed I’m calling right now along with some red dog Dems

Lets target them as much as we can as they have no idea we’re not in their area


22 posted on 02/06/2009 1:24:49 PM PST by manc (Marriage is between a man and a woman no sick MA,CT sham marriage end racism end affirmative action)
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To: JenB987

Specter is a lost cause. He has been voting for most of the Dems amendments..


23 posted on 02/06/2009 1:24:55 PM PST by acoulterfan
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To: MaestroLC
Three Republicans — Sens. Susan Collins (Maine), Olympia Snowe (Maine) and Arlen Specter (Pa.) — continue to negotiate with Democrats

Negotiation for what? Surrender?

24 posted on 02/06/2009 1:25:15 PM PST by rabscuttle385 ("If this be treason, then make the most of it!" —Patrick Henry)
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To: MaestroLC
Sens. Susan Collins (Maine), Olympia Snowe (Maine) and Arlen Specter (Pa.)

The usual RINO rats.

25 posted on 02/06/2009 1:25:19 PM PST by Robert DeLong (u)
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To: mouse1

I believe that it is 940 now. As the 3 rhinos keep negotiating behind closed doors it keeps going up!


26 posted on 02/06/2009 1:26:35 PM PST by acoulterfan
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To: MaestroLC

At 4:25 p.m. EST, Collins’ mailbox is full and Snowe’s line is busy...

...that alone says a lot.


27 posted on 02/06/2009 1:26:37 PM PST by LostInBayport (Tax cheats, lobbyists, secrecy and drunken liberal spending..."hope and change" defined at last.)
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To: MaestroLC
Why doesn't John McPain take a hike, too?

He sure was Johnny-on-the-spot when he suspended his campaign and winged it to DC to support the disasterous first bailout (TARP).

He's apparently caught in the grip of inertia now that he could could make a psychological difference with the moderate legislators if he symbolically walked out of all O-ridiculous negotiations.

No guts, no glory, John (yes, I DID clean that up).

Leni

28 posted on 02/06/2009 1:26:54 PM PST by MinuteGal
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To: acoulterfan

But it will make me feel better to yell at him.

:)


29 posted on 02/06/2009 1:26:55 PM PST by JenB987
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To: MaestroLC

“The mailbox of Senator Susan Collins is full. Good bye.”


30 posted on 02/06/2009 1:27:21 PM PST by Mark was here (The earth is bipolar.)
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To: eeevil conservative

Good news! Keep calling the RNC too folks!

Tell Steele to reel them back in or they are going to hurt our entire party! No-one is going to want to give money to the RNC out of fear some will go to the rino traitors! Every good senator will be hurt by this betrayal!

Republican National Committee | 310 First Street | Washington, D. C. 20003
p/202.863.8500 | f/202.863.8820 | e/info@gop.com


31 posted on 02/06/2009 1:27:37 PM PST by penelopesire ("The only CHANGE you will get with the Democrats is the CHANGE left in your pocket")
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To: Mark was here

Call one of her District offices!

Washington, D.C. Office (202) 224-2523

Augusta Office (207) 622-8414
Bangor Office (207) 945-0417
Biddeford Office (207) 283-1101
Caribou Office (207) 493-7873
Lewiston Office (207) 784-6969
Portland Office (207) 780-3575


32 posted on 02/06/2009 1:28:35 PM PST by penelopesire ("The only CHANGE you will get with the Democrats is the CHANGE left in your pocket")
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To: MaestroLC

I know the democrats are a close group but I can’t help but believe that some of their senators from red or purple states aren’t getting hammered by their voters. Can’t see Reid getting all of them to vote for it, could well be wrong.


33 posted on 02/06/2009 1:28:44 PM PST by engrpat (End the National Nightmare on 1-20-2013)
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To: KansasGirl

come = calm! Geesh. Been a long day!


34 posted on 02/06/2009 1:28:45 PM PST by KansasGirl
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To: MaestroLC

I heard Collins was out too - leaving Specter and Snowe.

Why Specter would be for this is beyond me. He’s up for re-election in ‘10 and this vote would guarantee a primary.


35 posted on 02/06/2009 1:28:46 PM PST by nhwingut (,)
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To: Mark was here

It appears Collins is out now.

http://www.redstate.com/jeff_emanuel/2009/02/06/and-then-there-were-two/


36 posted on 02/06/2009 1:29:01 PM PST by LimberJim
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To: MaestroLC

Woo hoo!! Keep the pressure on!!


37 posted on 02/06/2009 1:29:04 PM PST by Jim Robinson
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To: MaestroLC

Voinovich probably went behind closed doors to find out what the f**k Collins, Snowe and Spector were UP TO!


38 posted on 02/06/2009 1:29:09 PM PST by acoulterfan
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

RINOs at work.


39 posted on 02/06/2009 1:29:10 PM PST by b4its2late (Ignorance allows liberalism to prosper.)
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To: LostInBayport

Her phone was taken off the hook at 8:00 this morning. She is ignoring our outrage! Call one of her district offices:

Washington, D.C. Office (202) 224-2523

Augusta Office (207) 622-8414
Bangor Office (207) 945-0417
Biddeford Office (207) 283-1101
Caribou Office (207) 493-7873
Lewiston Office (207) 784-6969
Portland Office (207) 780-3575


40 posted on 02/06/2009 1:29:53 PM PST by penelopesire ("The only CHANGE you will get with the Democrats is the CHANGE left in your pocket")
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To: MaestroLC

“Hope” burns eternal.


41 posted on 02/06/2009 1:31:23 PM PST by RichardAubrey (Richard Aubrey)
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To: MaestroLC

Called Spectors office. They asked for my zip code. I told them I was stuck in Michigan with no one to represent me and to vote no.


42 posted on 02/06/2009 1:31:43 PM PST by Mark was here (The earth is bipolar.)
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To: MaestroLC

“Sen. George Voinovich (R-Ohio) has pulled out of negotiations on a bipartisan compromise on the Senate’s economic stimulus bill. “

Before the three names were release, there was a lot of GV bashing on other threads. I hope he will get some calls thanking him.


43 posted on 02/06/2009 1:32:40 PM PST by ColdWater
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Is it even REMOTELY possible that the GOP..even the 3 or 4 RINOs are running a game on Obama...leak that they can be had..show up at the meetings...then one by one even THEY say they can’t support it?

Then it can be spun in this way “If Obama can’t even get THOSE Republicans, it must be a bad bill”

Too much to hope for I know.


44 posted on 02/06/2009 1:32:46 PM PST by Crimson Elephant
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To: LimberJim

WOOHOO!!

Call the district offices of Specter and Snowne if you can’t get through to DC!

http://specter.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.OfficeLocations

http://www.snowe.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=ContactSenatorSnowe.DistrictOffices


45 posted on 02/06/2009 1:34:12 PM PST by penelopesire ("The only CHANGE you will get with the Democrats is the CHANGE left in your pocket")
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To: penelopesire

Well I got through to Collins’ office to urge her not to support this. No luck with Specter, phone is constantly busy.


46 posted on 02/06/2009 1:35:39 PM PST by Zeddicus
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To: MaestroLC
... Democrats to reach the 60 votes they need to pass the bill.

The minimum they need is 50 plus Biden. They have those. All they want is 'Pub votes for cover, plus enough to invoke cloture. So we either filibuster or let the roll be called and have only the ''Rats support it. When it crashes and burns, we don't hesitate to say "I told you so" and tie it around their pencil necks like an anchor and sink the 'Rats with it.

47 posted on 02/06/2009 1:35:59 PM PST by chimera
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...saying he did not believe there was a deal he could agree to on an amendment that would cut as much as $100 billion from the more than $920 billion measure.

The bill was $819 billion when it was approved by the House. Cutting $100 billion out of the $920 billion version only gets it back to the crap bill that Nancy Pelosi sent the Senate. If the GOP Senators consider that a victory, we are all screwed.

48 posted on 02/06/2009 1:36:46 PM PST by ConservaTexan (February 6, 1911)
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Thank you for this, Sen. Voinovich.


49 posted on 02/06/2009 1:36:47 PM PST by combat_boots ("In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act."Aldous Huxley)
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To: MaestroLC
100 billion? This is just ridiculous!

100 billion does nothing. This thing needs to be cut down to at least 400 billion - and not an ounce of the "new white meat"!

They just cut the Fla. water park - wooopteedoo! 2 million dollars! KRAPOLA!

50 posted on 02/06/2009 1:37:24 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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