The Huntington Postから：Opposition To Bernanke Growing In Wake Of Mass. Vote
金曜日の朝にもう一人の上院議員Russ Feingold (D-Wisc.)氏がBernankeの承認を否定すると発表。
Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) summed it for many of her colleagues. The decision, she said, “gives me heartburn.”
Along with Mikulski, eight other Democratic senators said they are undecided, including Maria Cantwell (Wash.), Ben Cardin (Md.), Patrick Leahy (Vt.), Carl Levin (Mich.), Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), Bill Nelson (Fla.), Bob Casey (Pa.), Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Debbie Stabenow (Mich.).
Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.V.) declined to say which way he would vote or whether he’s made up his mind.
Republican Sens. Kit Bond (Mo.), John McCain (Ariz.) and Olympia Snowe (Maine) also said they are undecided.
The nine yes votes: Democrats Tom Carper (Del.), Kent Conrad (N.D.), Daniel Inouye (Hawaii), Paul Kirk (Mass.) and Mark Warner (Va.), plus Republicans Susan Collins (Maine), George Voinovich (Ohio) and Lindsey Graham (S.C.), along with independent Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) all said they’d vote to confirm Bernanke.
The undecideds cited Bernanke’s role in the financial collapse. “Usually at this stage of a vote like that, you have a better sense about it. I’m clearly and definitively undecided,” said Casey. “Part of it is just how we analyze his stewardship at the time when our economy began to go in the wrong direction.”
Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) said he’s voting no unless Bernanke tells Congress “who got direct loans from the Fed,” he said. “He’s essentially said to us he doesn’t intend to tell the congress or the American people which investment banks got direct loans from the Fed for the first time in history.”
Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), who opposes Bernanke, said he thinks Democrats might sacrifice him him to distance themselves from the White House. “I do think more people — Democrats, in particular — are looking for separation from the administration on votes, so that could be a factor,” Vitter said.
Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), a leading Republican on financial issues, said that while he backed Bernanke in committee, he is reserving judgment for the floor, but leaning toward support. “I talked to Ben this morning,” said Corker. “I’ve shared with him, I think this AIG situation has certainly created some issues….You’d have to be sort of not alive to realize, no doubt, this AIG situation certainly has been damaging to the Fed.”
McCain, who has said he believes that his presidential campaign was undone in large part by the financial meltdown, cited it as a reason to pause. “I do think the case is being made that his policies were a major contributor to the meltdown,” he said.
Stabenow said much the same. “I certainly have question about his role in what got us to the point where we had the financial collapse,” she said.
Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) has made up his mind and is firmly opposed. “I was a Fed defender for 22 years — probably one of the biggest ones on the banking committee,” he said. “Once I got into the weeds on the Fed’s role as a regulator dealing with the holding companies, their regulatory regime, and their record was weak and flawed and that is my beef right now.”